Critic Consensus: Peter Capaldi and the writers have settled into an emotionally engaging tone, allowing the show to raise the stakes for the Twelfth Doctor.
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This is big-ticket Doctor Who, done in such a beautifully delicate way that it manages both to startle and to endear.
Rarely has a show been so dependent on the skills of a single actor - and Capaldi is a good one: able to bring just enough emotional depth to a comicbook caper to render it dramatic.
Full of wit and menace, unafraid to take on the show's museum piece classics, The Magician's Apprentice proves to be a supremely confident series premiere, launching the Twelfth Doctor's second innings in style.
Seemingly keen to re-energize itself after a topsy-turvy year in 2014, Doctor Who's ninth season has upped the stakes dramatically while still maintaining much of its grounded, loveable charm.
So beautifully well written, with a few familiar settings and a new one we haven't seen (Skaro of course).
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