Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Doctor Who In Review: The Magician's Apprentice
This is one of the episodes that you really need to watch a few times so you can catch all the little things that you probably missed the first time round.
A few of those times involve Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor, as he made his entrance into the ring. His AXE was blaring an awesome version of the Who theme. It wasn't easy to catch the first time around. Or even the second when you know what it is he's playing. He did a resounding version of Pretty Woman too. Roy Orbison would be pleased!
I found that this episode really saw everyone coming into their own.
12 had some great comic lines, which kept him from being all dark and cranky. Clara was much more likable here than she has been since the Time/Day/Name Trilogy. I wish she would have been this good last season, so that I would be missing her when she leaves. Missy was fantastic as well, divinely crazy as any Master should be. Though I really wish Moffat would give us the backstory on how Simm's Master regenerated into Missy.
I liked the story line with Davros, though I'm sure Moff will leave us with some hug plot holes in the next episode, as that's what he does best.
I really felt this was one of the strongest series openers we've seen in a very long time and considering it involve the very over used Daleks, that is saying a lot.