Who Review – The Magician’s Apprentice
What’s up, Evil Geek Whovians? It seems like it’s been forever since we’ve checked in with the Doctor, but Tardis travelling season is finally back! What’s our favorite Gallifreyan been up to since we last saw him? We’ll if you saw the recently released prequel to The Magician’s apprentice, you’ll know that he’s been keeping busy digging some wells and trying to do a little meditating. Why the wells? So he can finally get some decent tasting water! Why the meditation? Ummm, yeah… about that…
The episode starts out with scenes from an unnamed war on an unknown planet. What time era is this war being fought in? Who the hell knows? It’s the war where people fought laser shooting bi-planes with bows and arrows. We also get introduced to something that will be haunting my nightmares for the foreseeable future; hand mines. Frightening hands that reach up from the ground to pull you into a simkhole, presumably to be eaten by the Sarlacc monster. We are also introduced to a boy who’s currently encircled by a gaggle of hand mines. Luckily for the child, the Doctor arrives offering aid. Before he commences with the rescuing, the Doctor asks the boy his name. The boy responds “Davros.” Oh. OH. Ok then. I see. The Doctor is now faced with the choice of saving this child who will grow to be one of his greatest enemies or let an innocent (at this point in his timeline) child die. A tough choice for sure, but one that’s only going to get much worse as the episode goes. I’m assuming this is a flashback, because we’re about to find out that Davros is scouring the universe looking for the Doctor.
Next, we’re introduced to the OTHER thing in this episode that will be haunting my nightmares for the coming months, Davros’ creepy snake-tastic henchman. Think Voldemort, but made of snakes instead of just talking to them and looking like one. He’s on a mission to deliver a message to the Doctor. Davros is on his deathbed and he wants to see the Doctor one last time. The message that Sir Slither-A-Lot is so intent on delivering: Davros knows. Davros remembers. That doesn’t sound too ominous or anything, I’m sure nothing can go wrong with this request for these old enemies to meet one last time, right?
We’ll get to that mystery of why the Doctor was meditating in the prequel shortly, but first we find out that the Doctor and Davros haven’t been the only busy people in the universe these last few months. Clara has had her hands full teaching… and apparently being a part of UNIT, helping Kate Lethbridge Stewart defend Earth from alien threats. Clara is partway through a literature lesson, when she notices that planes in the sky have all frozen in place. Upon arriving at UNIT HQ, Clara and Kate are greeted with a message from none other than Missy, back from the dead. Just like in her previous appearance, Michelle Gomez absolutely steals the episode as Missy, offering up the perfect blend of deviousness and comic relief as the Doctor’s oldest “friend”.
Missy has arrived to inform Kate and Clara that as the Doctor’s oldest acquaintance, she has been delivered the Doctor’s last will, to be read on the occasion of his imminent death. This finally brings us back to the meditation thing from earlier. It would appear that Davros isn’t the only ancient being about to kick the bucket. Missy tells Clara that Time Lords only meditate when they know they’re about to die.
Missy takes Clara to the fortress where the Doctor’s been hiding out. The Doctor is know for making big entrances, but it’s going to be hard to top the way he rolls back into our lives in this episode; riding atop a tank while rocking out on an electric guitar. Even when faced with his demise, the Doctor still manages to retain his flair for dramatics. The joyous, carnival-like atmosphere quickly subsides when we see what the Doctor ended up deciding to do with young Davros. He left him to die. Didn’t even bother to get his sonic screwdriver back from the boy before he left. It’s like that philosophical question of killing baby Hitler if you could go back in time. Sure you could prevent the death of millions (or billions possibly in the case of Davros), but could you kill a child and still be morally OK with yourself? I should clarify, they Doctor doesn’t kill Davros, but he does elect not to help him. As we now know, Davros didn’t die that day, he went on to create the Daleks. The decision to not kill Davros and ultimately leave him to his own fate will come back to haunt the Doctor. Random thought: wouldn’t it be kind of crazy if Davros used the forgotten sonic screwdriver to initially create the Daleks?
No big surprise, but Davros’ invite turns out to be a trap. Davros wants nothing more than to score a final victory over the Doctor. He wants to make the Doctor pay for years of compassion, because Davros knows there is a limit to the Doctor’s compassion. Davros remembers when the Doctor left him. Maybe the Doctor should’ve gone the extra mile and just killed Davros when he had the chance? According to the end of the ep, maybe he did? Looks like we find out next week, Evil Geeks!
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Posted on September 20, 2015, in Features, Geekology, Reviews, TV, Who Review and tagged 12th Doctor, bbc, BBC America, Clara Oswald, Doctor Who, Doctor Who Season 9, Jenna Coleman, Missy, Peter Capaldi, Sci-Fi, sonic screwdriver, Tardis, The Doctor, The Magician's Apprentice, The Master, Who Review. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.