The Witchfinders

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Critic Consensus: "The Witchfinders" sparks excitement by highlighting familiar themes of Doctor Who's current season -- and ignites that spark with a dramatic shift in focus.

Episode Info

The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz arrive in 17th-century Lancashire and become embroiled in a witch trial, run by the local landowner. As fear stalks the land, the arrival of King James I only serves to intensify the witch hunt.

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Critic Reviews for The Witchfinders

A shame because until the Morax appeared in the final act, this had been an eerily atmospheric episode.

Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Overall the episode lacked depth in terms of the Doctor's companions, of whom we learned very little, and it neglected to address any wider story arc for the season.

Apr 1, 2019 | Full Review…

It made everything a joke, and often a joke that wasn't funny. This is a story best avoided...

Jan 27, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It was fine.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

If you're going to tackle a period of violence that was used as an excuse to rid the world of 'misbehaving' women, there should be some intention behind it.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Fitful. Good opening, nice bit of evil hovering from a masked stranger, good playing as ever from the regulars. Yet soon it all got boggy again.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The witchhunt was scary, but the witchfinders stayed ridiculous. Malevolent yes, but ridiculously so.

Nov 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Sometimes terrifying, sometimes slyly funny, always fully committed to the belief that understanding is the ultimate weapon against evil, The Witchfinders is Who as I imagined it before I'd ever seen an episode.

Nov 28, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

With terrific performances, a strong sense of menace and deft handling of some difficult themes, this is a fun and frightening story that has more than a little magic about it.

Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The Witchfinders does give us an interesting premise incorporating King James into the mix, but it also feels like it should have been placed earlier in the series.

Nov 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…