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The Magician's Apprentice 

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When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend, the Doctor. But where is he and what is he hiding from?


Hettie Macdonald


Steven Moffat, Terry Nation (characters: "Daleks" and "Davros") | 5 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Michelle Gomez ... Missy
Jami Reid-Quarrell ... Colony Sarff
Julian Bleach ... Davros
Jemma Redgrave ... Kate
Jaye Griffiths Jaye Griffiths ... Jac
Harki Bhambra ... Mike
Daniel Hoffmann-Gill ... Bors
Joey Price Joey Price ... Boy
Benjamin Cawley ... Kanzo
Aaron Neil ... Mr. Dunlop
Clare Higgins ... Ohila
Nicholas Briggs ... Daleks (voice)
Kelly Hunter ... Shadow Architect


Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen over by an mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friends. But where is the Doctor and what is he hiding from? As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara survival seems impossible.

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Release Date:

19 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magician's Apprentice See more »

Filming Locations:

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

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Did You Know?


When the Doctor and Davros are talking in Davros's ship, the Dalek creator's nose can be observed uncomfortably squished at an unnatural angle against his metallic hand owing to the latex texture of his face mask. See more »


When the Doctor throws his sonic screwdriver, it lands on the ground with no hand mines around. When the boy is picking it up, the screwdriver is right at the base of a hand mine. See more »


Missy: [about Davros] I'll scratch his eye out.
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Featured in Doctor Who Extra: The Doctor's Guitar (2015) See more »


The Weeping Song
Written by Nick Cave
Performed by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
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Hello Goodbye
21 September 2015 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

Unlike the lukewarm first episode of the previous series which introduced Peter Capaldi to the Doctor Who role, this curtain-raiser for the second series was for me a success at almost every level. Starting off with the first of many arresting special effects of the Doctor encountering the young Davros in a war-zone and in particular a terrifying hand-mine infested area (and that's not a mistype of land-mine, believe me) we're then led into an introduction to the sinister Colony Sarff seeking out the Doctor on the apparently dying Dalek creator's final wish. The story, as it makes clear later, takes as its jumping-off point an ethical dilemma posed by Tom Baker's Doctor in an episode from the 70's.

Cut then to planet earth where Clara is naturally, with her eyes-on-the-skies, the first to witness the singular phenomenon of aeroplanes the world over being frozen in mid-air, which turns out to be a typically elaborate reintroduction to the Missy character (completed with a very humorous reference to a piece of disposable 80's pop) who's also, wouldn't you know looking, for our main man. Finally the Doc makes his first extended appearance, in the guise of a would-be rock star or should that be axe-victim and so the adventure really begins.

There are good jokes ("don't upset him or he'll go Scottish!" particularly hitting home from the pen of my fellow-countryman Steven Moffat), some more great effects, especially the metamorphosis into a bag of snakes by the Colony Sarff and then, right at the end, shocks at the double leaving a real sense of confusion and anticipation as to what happens next.

This was definitely one of the best latter-day Doctor Who episodes I've seen and I only hope that the sequel lives up to expectations although judging by Jenna Coleman's recent announcement, it sadly looks as if Clara may have gone none too gently into that good night. Or has she, time, perhaps literally, will tell.

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