Episode Review: The Witch’s Familiar

Witches Familiar

“He’s trapped at the heart of the Dalek Empire. He’s a prisoner of the creatures who hate him the most in the universe. Between us and him is everything the deadliest race in all of history can throw at us. We on the other hand have a pointy stick. How do we start?”

Episode Two of Series Nine and the epicness is astounding!! It totally stood up to the quality of the first part.

More of a relationship based episode compared to the tone of its predecessor , the acting from all involved was incredible. The conversations between the Doctor and Davros – the ancient enemies – was extremely well written – very powerful, surprisingly emotional and quite dark at times.

Was anyone else almost completed fooled into thinking that Davros was a changed ‘man’? I had empathy for Davros!! (What the hell?? lol), It was a great twist to see him make a quick face-heel turn to reveal his true intentions with stealing the Doctor’s regenerative powers to make him and the Daleks part-Time Lord. Julian Bleach gave a truly spectacular performance as Davros from a repenting old man on the verge of death to a crazy power-hungry scientist. He completely steals the show (and that is saying something when you are acting opposite Capaldi, Gomez and Coleman).

Missy is her usual self – perfection!! A beautiful combination of Jekyll and Hyde – hilarious and glamorous one minute, evil and despicable the next. Love her!!! Michelle Gomez is impeccable in this role, I never know whether to lover her or hate her. You never know what she’s going to do next. Us viewers can sense the same unease in Jenna’s character. Throwing her down a hole to check its depth and hanging her upside down to kill if there’s nothing to hun. Best  master ever!! You either hate to lover her or love to hate her.

Witches Familiar Dalek
Look at all the different pretty Daleks….awwww

Peter Capaldi is a true legend, showing off a huge acting range from joking round, to pained, to deadly menacing, to childishly fun, to explosive anger – all in the space of 45 minutes! (I could easily go on and on and on about how great Peter Capaldi is)

It is really great to see Clara and Missy getting so much time together too. Though how could she really trust Missy after she was responsible for the death of her boyfriend?  I  liked it when Clara got inside a Dalek suit to control it. She has had quite an interesting history with the Daleks thus far. One of her ‘echoes’ became a Dalek, she saw the Daleks in the Time War, she shrunk down inside a Dalek, and now she’s disguising herself as a Dalek ( It was really chilling to see Clara’s phrases be warped into Dalek phrases). I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of her and 12 together.

Oh..and the sewer of dead, decaying Daleks….eww!!!

Simply how powerful was the final scene, the Doctor and the young Davros, hand in hand, Davros carrying the screwdriver and the Doctor carrying the Dalek gun? What a powerful image, concluding what is by far one of the best Doctor Who episodes ever told

Anyone have any idea where Missy could be now?? How is the Doctor going to survive a whole season without a screwdriver??

“Proposition: Davros is an insane, paranoid genius who has survived among several billion trigger-happy mini-tanks for centuries. Conclusion: I’m definitely having his chair.”


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