The Witch's Familiar

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Critic Consensus: "The Witch's Familiar" is proof that Doctor Who is back on target, ending the two-part season opener with a revealing, meaningful, and twist-driven conclusion.

Episode Info

The Doctor is trapped in a horrifying Dalek city and must resist temptations.

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Critic Reviews for The Witch's Familiar

Gomez continued to excel as Missy, whirling around dementedly while chewing on dialogue with real relish.

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

It's a relief to see that the season premiere wasn't a fluke and that showrunner Steven Moffat is back on form.

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

Through all of its twists and turns and set-pieces... the heart of the episode turns out to be a meditation on the nature of friendship and enmity.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If there's anything that this episode (...) suffers from, it's that there are one too many "gotcha!" double-backs, and not all of them are that smart.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

But as whole, it didn't feel like this episode felt fully resolved - or even that this story needed two full hours to tell.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

That this storyline works as well as it does is pretty much entirely down to Peter Capaldi, who is in rare form this time around.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

'The Witch's Familiar' is a bit of a treat, certainly for the established Doctor Who fan.

Nov 18, 2015 | Full Review…

Speaking of comedy, the Doctor ripping Davros out of his chair (albeit offscreen), taking his seat, and pushing the buttons of a horde of Daleks was something we've never seen before and will likely never see again.

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

Doctor Who has become a meta representation of itself. The show has become its own T-shirt.

Oct 1, 2015 | Full Review…

There's some meaty material in this episode, some of the best character stuff we've ever seen in Doctor Who, in fact, the two old foes seeming to share a moment of real connection before it's all revealed to be dupe and counter-dupe.

Sep 29, 2015 | Full Review…