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.
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.
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.
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