The Magician’s Apprentice
By Steven Moffat
“Davros knows. Davros remembers.”
After months of speculation and rumors The Magician’s Apprentice has arrived and series nine has now begun in earnest. The episode opens up with a child who happens to have wandered into an area where there are hand mines and is trapped and can’t get out. The Doctor soon appears and tries to help the child from the trap until he learns the name of the child. He then leaves the child to his fate and leaves in the TARDIS.
Now I thought Colony Sarff was pretty cool. I enjoyed seeing this creature slithering around asking people where The Doctor was. I enjoyed seeing the reveal of what he was and seeing all those snakes appearing wreaking havoc. But there was a problem with all that. If Bors was a Dalek agent and spent three weeks with The Doctor why did Davros have to send Colony Sarff to find him? I mean I’m sure Davros knew this as he would have access to the Daleks computers as he is all powerful so why send the snake guy? They obviously knew where he was since one of their agents was there. Unless the snake bite transformed Bors into a Dalek agent. Then does that mean the snakes are really a Dalek creation? Who knows I could be overthinking this part and it is a minor thing anyway.
The Magician’s Apprentice was a really good opening story that did have some surprises that I wasn’t expecting. For one the confession dial which will open up when The Doctor is dead. Who knows where that will lead? I did enjoy most of the story as it caught my interest and I’m really looking forward to what happens next in The Witch’s Familiar. It really did set things up very nicely but what is with the episode titles. I’m sure we’ll find up in the next episode. I did not like the silliness like the 3d Missy head coming out of the view screen but that is the overly cuteness that Moffat likes and most of us roll our eyes to. The Series seems to have started off well and I am hoping Steven Moffat does not screw it up with the second part like he does way too often.