The Doctor Who TARDISblend 87: The Witch’s Familiar

Held captive on Skaro by the Daleks, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is alone. Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and Missy (Michelle Gomez) are gone, while one of the Doctor’s oldest enemies holds the Time Lord captive.

During TARDISblend 87, we discuss the possible implications for the entire story of Doctor Who Series 9 based on clues left in the opening two episodes of the season, look into whether Missy has another sinister plan for the Doctor up her sleeve, and much, much more!

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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TV Review: Doctor Who 9.2 “The Witch’s Familiar”

Doctor Who
Season 9, Episode 2 “The Witch’s Familiar”
Directed by Hettie MacDonald
Written by Steven Moffat
Starring Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez, Julian Bleach
BBC America
Air date: Saturday, September 26, 2015

So… how do we start? We assume we’re going to win! When we left off last week, the Doctor discovered his own part in Davros’ past; he, Missy, Clara, and the TARDIS were all on Skaro; and the latter three of those four were apparently vaporized. It was just the Doctor, Davros, and a planet full of Daleks, or as Missy put it this week “on the run, no TARDIS. No friends, no help. In other words “¦ the Doctor, happy.” Well, I wouldn’t go that far… and neither would showrunner Steven Moffat. It’s a tangled web, to be sure! How does the Doctor escape? By creating a future that causes a past that produces his present, and showing once again that compassion is a disease for which there is no cure.

With all of the opening overture fireworks completed, the strengths of the Moffat-era Doctor Who now become more apparent. Where last week we saw almost a bewildering display of characters and plot twists, the players this week on Episode 9.2 “The Witch’s Familiar” are reduced to just five: the Doctor, Missy, Clara, Davros, and the Daleks. We know they are on Skaro, and we have some idea how they relate to one another… or do we? The brilliance of Steven Moffat the writer is to skillfully invert what we think we know about characters and situations and to do it with brilliant, economical dialogue.

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 86: The Magician’s Apprentice

After meeting a lone boy in the middle of a battlefield, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) goes into hiding. Temporarily abandoning their differences, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and Missy (Michelle Gomez) unite to find the missing Time Lord. But someone else is searching for the Doctor, someone more sinister…

During TARDISblend 86, we discuss triumphant return of Doctor Who with the smashing opening episode of Series 9 – surely one of the best season debuts of the series for several years. We discuss Steven Moffat‘s return to form, and much, much more!

All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!

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