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The Magician's Apprentice



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.

Episode Info

"Where is the Doctor?" When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. 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. -- (C) BBCA


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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.

September 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Series nine makes bigger promises than just more of the same.

September 28, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

September 28, 2015 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

Overall, this was a fairly grim start to the new season. Thank goodness Missy served as comic relief throughout. I'm curious to delve deeper into the Davros/Dalek mythology and see if Missy will indeed become an ally.

September 28, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This time out, [Clara] seems more comfortable than ever in her role as Earth's liaison with the Doctor, which also gives the show an excuse to bring UNIT back into the picture.

September 28, 2015 | Full Review…

As far as season premieres go, "The Magician's Apprentice" went big on setup in order to presumably go even bigger on the following episode's payoff. That meant an exciting, if uneven start to season 9.

September 28, 2015 | Full Review…

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