Doctor Who- The Magicians Apprentice
The Doctor is back!
Well he is for at least 5 minutes near the beginning of this episode then he sort of just disappears, but then again what do you expect from the man who is always running.
One of the best openings to an episode, if not a series in recent memory, The Magicians Apprentice brings us to a war, a very old war with a very young boy caught in the crosshairs of one of the more nightmarish concepts to leak from the genius that is Steven Moffat, Hand Mines. But who is the boy?
The answer to that shakes the Doctor to his very core and asks that question that ran through the previous series, is the Doctor a good man. Face to face with the boyhood Davros, creator of the Daleks and architect of the mass genocide of both the Thal and Kaled races of Skaro, does he save the boy from his 1000 to 1 chance of living or let the man die thus potentially saving countless lives as well as the lives of every Time Lord who fell in the Great Time War and bringing Gallifrey home.
From the sinister looking Colony Sarff who is in the employ of a now grown Davros who seeks the Doctor all across the universe, to the return of Michelle Gomez as the wonderful, if not Joker like, Missy aka The Master.
With the skies over planet earth frozen and the Doctor not anywhere to be found, it is up to the bare Miss Clara Oswald to speak on the human races behalf to the murderous Time Lady and assess what it is she truly wants. Missy reveals that she has received the last will and testament of the Time Lord known as the Doctor which means the Doctor has but only one day to live and what would the Doctor do with only a day to live?
Throw a massive party in castle in the Dark Ages of course?
With an enigmatic entrance atop a tank whilst playing an electric guitar its clear that the Doctor isn’t going to greet death quietly, not that we would have ever expected him to.
After challenging a dark ages warrior to an “Axe” battle and showing up with a guitar he then proceeds to serenade Missy or Clara not really sure which, by playing Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman, which I am most certain Peter was more than happy to do, before dishing out a few jokes that are way out of there time.
Peter Capaldi, the current and 13th incarnation of the Time Lord, seems to have really come into his own even this early on in the series. His performance in the previous, 8th series seems quite confused, awkward and even slightly difficult to get along with at times as it felt the writers were trying to distance him from Clara, whereas now you can sense the friendship in an almost Sarah Jane Smith was between the two; which is rather fitting as the whole ton of this story reeks of the Tom Baker era, but more specifically his episode Genesis of the Daleks where we were first introduced to the mad Kaled scientist Davros and told how his monstrous creatures, came into being and begun to spread across the galaxy like a plague. Defiantly a must watch from Classic Who.
Taken by Colony Sarff to meet Davros who is apparently also dying, must be a bug going around, Clara, Missy and the Doctor are taken to what appears to be a space station in in the middle of nowhere where Davros lies in waiting to confront the man who left him in the battlefield to die all those years ago. The Station however turns out to be the resurrected planet of Skaro, home of the Daleks and suddenly Clara and Missy find themselves surrounded by Daleks from every era of Doctor, excluding the latest more colourful incarnation of the Daleks which seem to have been forgotten in time.
So how do you end a cataclysmic opener such as this? You kill the Master and Clara of course!
The Doctor is in despair, trapped on an enemy planet, all alone and mourning his newest and oldest friends who have just been exterminated. What do they say about trapping a scared animal in a corner? Watch out Daleks, the Doctor is in.