Doctor Who - Season 9, Episode 2 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Witch's Familiar



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.

September 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.

September 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.

September 28, 2015 | Full Review…

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

November 18, 2015 | Full Review…

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

October 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.

September 29, 2015 | Full Review…

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