Saturday past gave us the first episode of the new Series 9 of Doctor Who, The Magician's Apprentice, and a cracking start it was too. Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman reprise their roles as the Doctor and companion Clara Oswald, and this first episode alone gave us a cracking story and a whole bunch of guest stars, including Missy (played by Michelle Gomez), Davros and Daleks. Lots of Daleks. How's that for a great start?
In the spirit of avoiding spoilers, I'll leave a more detailed analysis of the story until a later date. I'll say only that it was the first episode of a two-parter (unusual in itself, as two-parters are almost always season-enders - I don't recall any season ever beginning with one), and to say that I'm REALLY looking forward to Part Two is putting it mildly. I hope that it lives up to the first episode, as these two-parters have an unfortunate tendency to start off brilliant in the first episode, but fade away disappointingly in the second.
I've been going out of my way to avoid seeing any spoilers on the internet, on TV or in magazines, which can be incredibly hard to do, especially when you spend as much time online and read as many magazines each month (including Doctor Who Magazine) as I do. I've been trying to come to the new series knowing absolutely nothing in advance, for maximum impact and surprise. Until I saw it on television, I knew absolutely nothing about the first episode, other than it had the Doctor, Clara, Missy, Davros and the Daleks. I don't want to know the storylines or synopses in advance. So I'm trying to avoid anything like that like the plague.
Anyway, here's a listing of the episode titles for Series 9, with zero spoilers.
- 01. The Magician's Apprentice
- 02. The Witch's Familiar
- 03. Under the Lake
- 04. Before the Flood
- 05. The Girl Who Died
- 06. The Woman Who Lived
- 07. The Zygon Invasion
- 08. The Zygon Inversion
- 09. Sleep No More
- 10. Face the Raven
- 11. Heaven Sent
- 12. Hell Bent
Roll on Saturday and The Witch's Familiar!