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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…

The 'verse feels cohesive, the nods to the past are earned, undistracting, and clever.

January 9, 2019 | Full Review…

[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.

December 7, 2018 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

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.

December 7, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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