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.
The 'verse feels cohesive, the nods to the past are earned, undistracting, and clever.
[It] feels more akin to the penultimate episode of a season rather than the premiere entry. This either means that shit's going to get even crazier from here, or that it's all downhill from this point. For now, I'm putting my money safely on the latter.
The Magician's Apprentice was not perfect, but its strengths outweighed its weaknesses, and in leaving us with the image of our non-violent, absolutely moral protagonist pointing a Dalek exterminator at a small child, it made for compelling television.
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