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9.2 - The Witch's Familiar

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Reviewed By: AlfredReview Date: 10/13/15 8:39 am
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This one earns high marks because of the way it continues to soar after the excellent first part. The resolution too is superior in its disguise of artifice and the pulling together of more than one strand to tie the action off.

There are only a couple of things to criticise. Davros' scheme is so elaborate it stretches the plausiblity somewhat (it is a bit like the convoluted classic cybermen schemes or the entrapment in Evil of the Daleks - how on earth did they expect to pull that one off?) and the zapping cables scene, including the Doctor flick lighting his regeneration energy is more cartoonish than dramatic.

The two parter format is a real winner as well, providing scope for development and exploration.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/28/15 9:42 pm
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To start with, Peter Capaldi turns in a brilliant performance. The scenes of conversations with Davros are brilliant for both the Doctor and Davros. Outside of that, Capaldi's Doctor is moving away from the harsher and more abrasive Series 8 Doctor of stories like, "Time Heist." There's a great deal of warmth in the performance and a lot of humor. "Dalek Supreme, your sewers are revolting," is a great Doctor Who line that I could easily have seen coming from the Third Doctor.

Missy was great as a secondary character with her own plan and motives, and plenty of wonderful lines. Michelle Gomez does a fantastic job and helps contribute to an episode that balances humor, emotional drama, and Doctor Who magic as well as any episode in recent memory.

The final scene is beautiful and profound. It's well-executed and leaves he audience with something to ponder. Overall, this two parter of the most solid beginnings to a season of Doctor Who in the program's history.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 9/26/15 10:23 pm
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The Witch's Familiar does something that has never been done in the new series before, and that is it doesn't resolve the previous week's cliffhanger until near the end of the episode. The plot really gets going in this episode and that really works as well the plot Moffat decides to go with wouldn't have been able to be told in only 45 minutes. The plot sees a great stand-off between the Doctor and Davros, but the Doctor doesn't act in character throughout the whole thing especially with his scenes with Davros. I also loved how much more the title makes sense. Last week there was no real sense of who The Magician's Apprentice is, but Clara is obviously The Witch's Familiar with Missy obviously being the witch. Michelle Gomez and Jenna Coleman both steal the show and while some complained that the show was becoming Clara Who and not Doctor Who, that really isn't a problem as the companion is the audience's gateway.

One of my biggest problems with the episode is that the Daleks as always when Davros is around aren't used to their full potential with them playing second fiddle. This really isn't a Dalek story, but a Davros story which makes it less of a flaw. But I really like what they did with how the Daleks work and I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet. So yeah this season's opener was great and looks like Series Nine will be just as promising as Series Eight.