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9.1 - The Magician's Apprentice

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 3/20/19 11:45 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I think this episode and the whole two part story is great. There are a few little annoyances which only detract a tiny bit. In the first part of this story I found the Doctor going a bit bonkers in medieval times playing electric guitar and shouting "dude" was a bit cringeworthy and there were slightly over the top moments with Missy and the search for/procurement of the Doctor but even those aspects are kind of fun and pretty harmless really. I feel this episode is still worthy of 9.5/10. There is lots of great stuff and the negatives are of minor importance.

Missy is entertainingly crazy and funny and her interactions with Clara are good for making Clara enjoyable in this story. The idea of the Doctor meeting Davros as a child then facing him as he is dying is terrific and Julian Bleach is magnificent as Davros again, following on from his excellent debut in the role in Journey's End with the 10th Doctor. The boy Davros is good and the hand mines are pretty cool. Skaro is realised really well and is great to see. Colony Sarff is a cool villain and is done with great effects.

The themes and ideas are all strong and are clearly trying to emulate the idea from Genesis of the Daleks when the 4th Doctor has the chance to stop the creation of the Daleks. I would have preferred this to be more acknowledged in a way (to register the influence of that earlier story) with the Doctor mentioning he had this chance before but then again, mostly it is better to leave things unsaid and let us do the work as the audience so I am OK with how it was done.

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Reviewed By: doctorwhomoffReview Date: 12/17/15 3:14 pm
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Pure gold from start to finish, great performances from all involved and on the strength of this episode alone Missy became my favourite master.
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Reviewed By: AlfredReview Date: 10/13/15 8:14 am
0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Apprentice is the first half of a Davros story that deserves to be right up there with Remembrance, Revelation and perhaps even almost with Genesis.

However, there are a couple of severe viewing irritations which have to be highlighted here and unfortunately I have had to mark the first part down because of them.

Firstly, the rebooted UNIT continues to be utterly cringe worthy and should be consigned to a pocket universe located somewhere up Moffat's left nostril (or other suitable orifice), no more to be seen. There must be other ways to set up the action without dredging them up in mockery of the Invasion.

Secondly, there is the piazza scene where, continuing on with her Death in Heaven bravura, Missy goes totally and unconvincingly overboard with gratuitous executions accompanied by victim demeaning that is palpably written with the purpose of providing the show with some memorable quotes (in their dreams). The script writers were obviously concerned that the viewer mightn't get it that she is a bad guy - why? - because she is a woman? Well, women can be bad too - we gets you, she sure is one bad-assed dude, thank you Steven.

Mercifully, the script settles down after this and Gomez is actually given the chance to act and become an integral part of the story, not a side show.

The medieval scenes impressed - why wouldn't you do something like this if you can travel in time and space, have more lives than a cat and want to get away from facing up to your problems? This is the Doctor's version of a bender.

The story really gets down to business with the return to Skaro and this is a piece of continuity that will genuinely please the long-term Whovian. Good cliffhanger and the viewers are left waiting for more next week. Just like the old days.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/21/15 2:49 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Magician's Apprentice begins in an attention grabbing way as we see a boy about to face death and the Doctor has a chance to save him and we learn that boy is Davros. The story hearkens back to the Fourth Doctor's lines in, "Genesis of the Daleks" and revisits this is a new and powerful way.

The central theme of the Doctor's relationship with Davros is revived in a compelling and different way. This is a very fitting story for Davros who really got short shrift as one element among so many in, "Journey's End." This story reintroduces Davros and the Doctor's moral dilemma in Genesis of the Daleks to a new generation of fans, and leads up to a stunning cliffhanger.

The strength of the core story was hindered a little bit by the sheer volume of ideas and characters introduced. The Doctor playing electric guitar in the twelfth century, the return of missing, Davros' snake henchman, and more are e extraneous elements to the story, but I'd say most of them work and enhance the entertainment value of the story. Missy would appear to be mostly unnecessary to the plot, but not having seen Part Two, we can't say for sure.

Overall, despite its unfocused moments, this is a very entertaining compelling start to Series 9.