Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar – Spoilers (don’t read until you’ve watched)

DW2015 2First Aired BBC1 19:40 26th September 2015

Writer: Stephen Moffat
Director: Hettie Macdonald

The Doctor: Peter Capaldi
Clara Oswald: Jenna-Louise Coleman
Missy: Michelle Gomez

This is the second part of the opening two-parter to the latest season of Doctor Who.

I haven’t frequently reviewed Doctor Who but I intend to review this current season. Below is a brief description of the previous episode, spoilers for that episode are in the full article, as well as spoilers for this episode. Only go further if you’ve seen both episodes or if you actually like spoilers.

Previously we saw the Doctor send a message to Missy (The Master) alerting her to the fact he considered his final days were approaching. Missy and Clara tracked him down to Britain during the Dark Ages where he was contesting with Bors (a member of the Round Table?).

The Doctor was captured by Colony Sarff and taken to Skaro at the bidding of Davros.

The last episode saw Missy and Clara Exterminated. This annoyed me as it is pretty obvious the characters wouldn’t be dead. This kind of plot device is over used. Not only is it overused the explanation seemed blatantly obvious and it would also fit for an explanation of how Missy survived Deletion by the Cybermen last series (and Osgood’s ‘death’ too most likely).

These kind of things are disappointing. This isn’t a Children’s show, it is a Family Show, the plots shouldn’t be this condescending.

The Sonic Screwdriver, Psychic Paper and other such devices shouldn’t be used as catch-all ‘get out of jail free’ cards. They should be sparsely used and when brought out it should be innovative. There should even be potential other ways out of a situation, possibly easy and obvious ones.

That said the plot had less weaknesses in my opinion than the average plot from last season. The acting and Direction were good.

The scenes between the Doctor and Young Davros were good. The ‘will he/won’t he’ aspect with the Doctor helping the young boy was suspenseful. Similarly the scenes with the aging Davros were interesting and were resolved satisfactorily.

Some nice Dalek scenes all in all. However I think it is time to rest the Daleks for a season or two. Though if we could have a Spin-off Dalek series I’m in. Daleks without the Doctor to always defeat them would really free them up to be amazing. Davros would obviously be more than welcome in such a series, guest stars of Missy (or indeed any incarnation of The Master). But Daleks against Humans or other races and the Daleks winning would be interesting.



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