Critic Consensus: In "The Magician's Apprentice," Peter Capaldi and the writers settle into an emotionally engaging tone while raising the stakes for the Twelfth Doctor.
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Critic reviews for The Magician's Apprentice
The episode, in other words, is fun and strange in the classic mode of Doctor Who.
Series nine makes bigger promises than just more of the same.
Are the titles better than last season? They feel better. Maybe it's just because the Moffatt/Capaldi era has finally come into its own.
It's too busy throwing ideas at the wall to really get to the meat of the story. Even as the first part of a two-part story, it's rather slight.
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