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The Witch's Familiar 

Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire; no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?

Director:

Hettie Macdonald

Writers:

Steven Moffat, Terry Nation (characters: "Daleks")
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Michelle Gomez ... Missy
Jami Reid-Quarrell ... Colony Sarff
Julian Bleach ... Davros
Joey Price Joey Price ... Boy
Nicholas Briggs ... Daleks (voice)
Barnaby Edwards Barnaby Edwards ... Dalek
Nicholas Pegg Nicholas Pegg ... Dalek
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Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire; no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)

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Trivia

Davros says the Doctor is privileged to be able to use the only other chair on Skaro. This references Doctor Who: The Survivors (1963) (the second episode of "The Daleks", the first Dalek adventure), when Barbara comments that on the Daleks' world, "there wasn't any furniture, now I come to think about it..." It was also brought up in Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death (1999), where the Doctor and his companion were tied to chairs by Daleks; when his companion asked why the Daleks had chairs, the Doctor promised to "explain later". See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: [surprises the Daleks by arriving in Davros' chair] Admit it - you've all had this exact nightmare.
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Connections

Featured in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Doctor Who Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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One of the greatest Doctor Who episodes ever told
27 September 2015 | by joshuayetman71See all my reviews

What. An. Episode. This episode not only stood up to the quality of the sensational The Magician's Apprentice from last week, but it managed to surpass it altogether, a rare act for a double-part story these days. The episode toned down the epic tone of its predecessor, to focus almost entirely on two relationships, Clara and Missy, and the Doctor and Davros. The acting from the entire cast - especially Bleach and Capaldi - was incredible, and the talks between the Doctor and Davros took the ancient enemies into completely new - and unexpected - territory, dripping with surprising emotion, powerful dialogue, and truly touching moments. Elsewhere, Missy is devilishly evil and proves herself to be one of the best incarnations of the Master yet. One second, she's being hilarious and bouncing off Clara brilliantly, the next you literally hate her very despicable guts. She's funny and electric, but damn you can't trust her. And, ultimately, the crux of this episode is in its optimistic portrayal of the concept of mercy and compassion, and simply how powerful was the final scene, the Doctor and the young Davros, hand in hand, Davros carrying the screwdriver and the Doctor carrying the Dalek gun? What a powerful image, concluding what is by far one of the best Doctor Who episodes ever told. Superlatives all round for this one; Moffat, this may be your greatest ever script for the show. Hopefully the rest of Series 9 can keep to this astounding quality.


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