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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…
Top Critic

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…

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.

November 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Nothing new or interesting is being said.

June 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

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