Doctor Who – The Witches Familiar
Oh a long week has past and finally, we find out the true fates of Miss Clara Oswald and Missy.
Quick recap: The Doctor thinks he’s going to die because he left Davros to die as a child and now Davros remembers so he writes a will, sends it to the Master, aka Missy, who then picks up Clara, they find the Doctor playing guitar in Dark Ages England and before they are taken prisoner by a man made of snakes then the episode finished with Clara and Missy being exterminated whilst the Doctor was trapped in a room with Davros pleading for their lives.
Now onto this episode we open up confusingly with a spinning camera view which appears to show a barren desert like land which turns out to be Claras view as she is dangling from a rope then faced with a rather dangerous looking Missy who appear to be sharpening a stick then proceeds to tell Clara a story, a story of the Doctor and how he invented her new way of escaping – by using the energy from what ever is shooting at her to charge her teleportation device/ Vortex manipulator and remove her from the situation right at the point of extermination. This is all used as a way to explain that the Doctor always knows he is going to win when he goes into battle, he always knows there is a way out he just has to find it. But this time the Doctor has written a will, he has thrown himself a going away party and now thinks Clara is dead, what is there left for the old man of Gallifrey to hope for? To live for?
I also believe that this will be a recurring theme through-out this season, the Doctor is going to get cocky, too cocky for his own good and that may be why we won’t be seeing Clara after this series. Will the Doctors assumption that he is better than anything the universe can throw at him finally humble him?
Well that is something we are just going to have to wait to find out.
To get to the Doctor, Missy and Clara must go through the Dalek sewer system, but in Dalek, sewer roughly translates ‘Graveyard’ where the remnants of Daleks go once they are past their sell by date.
The Doctor in the meantime is locked in one of the longest verbal sparring matches of his 2000 plus years running through the cosmos with the dying Davros. This does lead to my personally least enjoyable, slightly annoy-able part of this episode. Davros starts to cry once he finds out the Doctor saved Gallifrey, he is happy for him because he knows how if feels to be the last of his kind fighting for the survival of his race afraid of what may become of them if he cannot save them; I mean why else would you stick them in an impenetrable tank with a weapon that we learn in this episode is powered by emotion.
But this is not my least favourite part this is just the build up, I was really annoyed at the fact they let Davros open his eyes. A personal peeve probably, however I have always believed that Davros’ eyes had been burned away and damaged by his work with radiation in the 1000 year war between the Thals and his own people, the Kaleds, this just seemed to disappoint me and make his glowing green eye seem like an alien version of a pair of glasses.
But back to the story at hand, Missy has trapped Clara inside the shell of a Dalek and now she can only communicate as a Dalek would due to the “Neural connectivity”, between her brain and controlling the Dalek, this turns out just to be another of Missy’s ploys to see that she is still his friend, she is the friend inside the enemy, the Clara inside the Dalek.
Due to the Doctors feeling of compassion he breaks a few rules and offers to help Davros live to see one final sunrise on the Planet he has spent so many centuries trying to save and protect, by charging him with a little regeneration energy. This however turns out to be part of Davros’ plan all along and starts to drain regeneration energy through the conduits that have been keeping him alive into every Dalek on Skaro.
Ready for the big spoilery ending?
That regeneration energy also went to the Dalek sewers, which gave the rotted, angry Daleks from below the power to rise up to the surface and seek, locate and exterminate there brothers and sisters for the chance to live again.
But of course the Doctor escapes with the help of his new handy “Sonic Sunglasses” which pieces the destroyed TARDIS back together and the Doctor and Clara Oswald slip off back into time and space, together once more heading for new weekly adventures
…meanwhile Missy is surrounded by a bunch of Daleks but I’m pretty sure she’ll be fine.