|The Magician's Apprentice|
|Script release:||online here|
|Main enemy:||Colony Sarff, Davros, Daleks|
|Premiere broadcast:||19 September 2015|
|Premiere network:||BBC One|
|Format:||1x45 minute episode|
|Doctor Who television stories|
|The Doctor's Meditation||The Witch's Familiar|
|Prologue||The Witch's Familiar|
|Another memorable moment|
|Behind the scenes video|
|More behind the scenes stuff|
|Another behind the scenes moment|
The Magician's Apprentice was the first episode of the ninth series of Doctor Who produced by BBC Wales. It saw the return of Kate Stewart and Missy, as well as Davros, who was shown prior to his disfigurement for the first time on television.
The episode shows the first encounter between Davros and the Twelfth Doctor, as well as the first televised encounter between the two of them since their meeting during the Doctor's tenth incarnation. The episode gives no explanation as to how Davros managed to survive after the events of Journey's End, nor when the Doctor discovered he had done so.
The episode also placed the Twelfth Doctor in a moral dilemma that he himself had brought up many years ago in his fourth incarnation in the television story Genesis of the Daleks: "If someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives, could you then kill that child?", with the Doctor coming face to face not only with Davros in the present, but also as a child in the past.
The Doctor is gone. The skies of Earth have been frozen by a mysterious force. But where is the Doctor, and why is he hiding?
As his past comes back to haunt him, old enemies must meet again. Can the seemingly impossible occur? Will the Doctor and Clara escape with their lives?
On a misty battlefield, soldiers flee a bombing run. When the dust settles, one of the soldiers notices a small figure running in the mist. The soldier's companion warns him they need to leave, because clam drones are going to pass through the area to pick off those whom the bombing run missed.
The soldier says he thinks he saw a child and will catch up; he runs off and discovers a boy, whom he tells to stop. The boy, dressed in the same uniform as the soldier, turns fearfully as he is asked if he is lost. The boy nods and the earth below him rumbles; something appears to be tunneling underneath it. The soldier warns the boy to be still and quiet, and takes out a scanner. The soldier and the boy are standing on a Handmine field; they will be safe as long as they remain still and quiet.
The soldier pulls out some tools and tries to keep the child calm; he asks if the boy has ever seen a Handmine before. The boy nods and points to the man's leg — a muddy hand has clamped onto the soldier's ankle. The soldier looks upon his ankle in fear and then back to the boy, before the Handmine pulls him down into the earth, creating a gaping hole that closes behind him.
Several muddy hands with a single eye on their palms rise from the ground. Alone and panicked, the boy begins to scream for someone to help him. Suddenly, something lands beside him: a sonic screwdriver. The boy picks it up, and sees a man through the mist. The Doctor has arrived to help the child. Using the sonic screwdriver to create an audio corridor, they talk. The Doctor tells the boy that he has one chance in a thousand of surviving, but that he should focus on that one chance: one is all he needs. He asks the boy what war this is, not knowing when or where he is. The boy, confused, replies that "it's just the war." He is similarly confused when the Doctor asks him what planet this is. The Doctor tells him not to mind. In an attempt to reassure and comfort the boy, the Doctor asks him what his name is. The boy replies, "Davros. My name is Davros."
At the Maldovarium, Colony Sarff, an envoy of Davros, is searching for the Doctor. He demands that the patrons tell him his location. He is met with silence. Later, in the Shadow Proclamation, the Shadow Architect refuses to tell Sarff where the Doctor is, insisting that she has no idea. Later still on Karn, Ohila warns Sarff of the dangers hunting the Doctor can bring. Colony Sarff tells Ohila that Davros is dying, but is still anticipating his final meeting with the Doctor. They then leave, giving Ohila a message for the Doctor, unaware that the Time Lord is hiding from behind the rocks.
On present day Earth, Clara is teaching in Coal Hill School. She looks out the window, noticing something amiss; using a marker, she draws a circle around a plane in the sky, realizing that it's frozen in the air. After assigning her class to use their mobiles to search about any information, Clara is told by another teacher about a call for her. Knowing it's UNIT, Clara leaves for the Tower of London. She attempts to contact the Doctor, but receives no answer.
At UNIT HQ, Kate Stewart is tracking the frozen planes. Clara deduces that the planes aren't being weaponized because an invasion involves stealth, not spectacle. At that moment, the Doctor's communication channel is opened, and lyrics appear on the screen, with one repeating word — Missy. Missy appears on-screen, explaining that the frozen planes were just a way to get their attention. She proposes a meeting with UNIT.
At 16:00, Clara and Missy meet in a cafe, where Missy demonstrates her ability to freeze the planes with a simple Time Lord trick and shows Clara the Doctor's confession dial — containing the Doctor's last will and testament. She explains that a confession dial is given to a dying Time Lord's closest friend on their final day. The Doctor's confession dial has been given to Missy, but will only open once he's dead. The Doctor is facing his final day, Missy tells Clara, and they therefore both assume that he has come to Earth. They don't know where or when, however. Clara asks Missy how a Time Lord would spend his final day, and Missy says that it is supposed to be in meditation. Clara tells Kate to track mentions of the Doctor that don't also mention an alien disturbance, and they discover his location: Essex, the Middle Ages. Using a vortex manipulator, Missy and Clara vanish into the past.
Clara and Missy arrive in a castle and discover the Doctor playing guitar atop a tank for a crowd of peasants. They believe that he is a magician, and his apprentice is Bors. The Doctor defends his actions to Missy and Clara, saying that his last party is going how he wants, which includes being able to play with time. Sarff arrives, revealing his composition: a colony of snakes, bound together to form a humanoid. They demand the Doctor come with them to speak with Davros. The Doctor, recalling an action about which he feels great shame, agrees to go with Sarff. Missy and Clara demand to be taken as well; after voting, Sarff agrees to take them, binding the hands of all three with snakes. The Doctor, Clara and Missy are teleported to Sarff's shuttle. In their absence, Bors — revealed to have been converted into a Dalek puppet by Sarff — procures the TARDIS and informs Dalek High Command.
Travelling to Davros' location — apparently a space hospital - the Doctor tells Clara who Davros is — the creator of the Daleks; a child of war who sealed his species inside tanks to preserve them. In the hospital, the Doctor goes with Sarff to see Davros, leaving Clara with Missy. As he leaves, he mentions the gravity. Both the Doctor and Missy have noticed that the gravity is natural. The hospital cannot be a space station. Missy daringly opens the air lock.
The Doctor meets with Davros, and they talk of how their conflicts have been fuelled by a single disagreement — was Davros right to create the Daleks, or was his lack of compassion wrong? Davros plays several recordings of the Doctor's various speeches to him about morality. He ends on the Doctor's reasoning against destroying the Daleks: it would not be right to kill a child who would cause nothing but evil once grown, given he is still innocent; recalling, in a cruel twist of fate, the Doctor seeing Davros as a child. The Doctor tells him that his point has been made.
Clara and Missy walk out, apparently into outer space. However, they are breathing, and apparently walking on solid ground. Missy realizes that, once within the planets atmosphere, one begins to synchronize with it. The illusion vanishes, showing a city in the middle of a wasteland; Missy reacts with horror and disbelief, while Clara is left confused. At the same time, the Doctor is shown the truth by Davros; they are on Skaro, the Daleks' home world.
Sighted by a Dalek, Clara and Missy are taken to see the Supreme Dalek, who has a large weapon aimed at the TARDIS. Missy attempts to reason with the Daleks - if they don't destroy the TARDIS, she can help them fly it, allowing them to conquer the universe. However, the Supreme Dalek demands Missy's total exterminated, and she vanishes in the blast.
The Doctor pleads with Davros to not let Clara come to harm — but Davros tells him that he does not control the Daleks. Davros observes the Daleks' choice to wait for Clara to run. As she runs, they exterminate her, causing her to vanish. The Supreme Dalek then orders the TARDIS to be destroyed and it is seemingly vaporised by the weapon aimed at it. Davros reasons with the Doctor that this happened because the Doctor showed him compassion as a child, despite knowing his destiny — allowing Davros to create the Daleks, who have now killed his friends.
The child Davros, still pleading with the Doctor not to leave, hears the TARDIS rematerialise behind him, and disbelievingly asks him how he has moved. The Doctor explains he's come from the future, and that he has to save his friend in the only way he can. Brandishing a severed Dalek gunstick, the Doctor glares towards the child, shouting "Exterminate!"
- The Doctor - Peter Capaldi
- Clara - Jenna Coleman
- Missy - Michelle Gomez
- Colony Sarff - Jami Reid-Quarrell
- Davros - Julian Bleach
- Kate - Jemma Redgrave
- Jac - Jaye Griffiths
- Mike - Harki Bhambra
- Bors - Daniel Hoffmann-Gill
- Boy - Joey Price
- Kanzo - Benjamin Cawley
- Mr Dunlop - Aaron Neil
- Ohila - Clare Higgins
- Voice of the Daleks - Nicholas Briggs
- Shadow Architect - Kelly Hunter
- Alison - India Ria Amarteifio
- Ryan - Dasharn Anderson
- Newsreader - Stefan Adegbola
- Newsreader - Lucy Newman-Williams
- Newsreader - Shin-Fei Chen
- Daleks - Barnaby Edwards, Nicholas Pegg
- Soldier - Jonathan Ojinnaka
|Executive Producers Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin|
|Director of Photography|
Andy Pryor CDG
| Special Effects|
Original theme music by Ron Grainer
• Titles by BBC Wales Graphics
• With thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sur-Film Production & Services S.L
|Not every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.|
- The Doctor gets the crowd to complete the title of "All the Young Dudes".
- The Doctor can play the electric guitar. He plays the introductory bars of "Pretty Woman".
- The Doctor claims to have given marbles of his to Bors, and told him not to swallow them.
- Clara claims that Jane Austen was a "phenomenal kisser".
- Clara tells her Coal Hill students to turn on their phones and go to news, websites and Twitter, and search for hashtags such as #ThePlanesHaveStopped.
- Missy uses a time stop to stop all of the planes of the Earth in mid-air.
- Missy refers to the Cloister Wars and the President's wife.
- Missy refers to selfies when threatening to kill a UNIT guard.
- Missy references British television series Play School when she talks to UNIT "out of [the] square window".
- Missy claims that three bullets to each of a Time Lord's hearts and two bullets to their brain stem simultaneously could prevent regeneration.
- Mr. Dunlop mentions the prime minister and Kate Stewart mentions a President.
- UNIT have a "Doctor Channel".
- The Kaleds are seen using bows and arrows in this story, just as Harry Sullivan suggested they would be doing in Genesis of the Daleks.
Story notes Edit
- To keep Davros' return a surprise, Julian Bleach was not credited prior to airing. The young Davros, played by Joey Price, is not credited as Davros, but rather as "Boy".
- The Radio Times programme listing was accompanied by a head-and-shoulders shot of Missy operating her control device, with the accompanying caption "Doctor Who / 7.40 p.m. Missy is one of many searching for the missing Time Lord as the series returns".
- This was the first series opener in the BBC Wales series to be directed by a woman.
- On 27th September, the day after the broadcast of TV The Witch's Familiar, the two-part opener was broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD as one single feature-length episode.
- This is the first story in which both Davros and the Master appear.
- The episode's credits list the creators of the Kahler, Skullions, Hath, Blowfish, Ood, and Sycorax, all of whom were present when Colony Sarff was searching for the Doctor. This is the Skullions' first appearance on Doctor Who, having previously appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures.
- This is the first time a Special Weapons Dalek has been shown to apparently talk on-screen, and also features the gold oblong windows encircling its dome lighting up. These traits were subject to debate and speculation ever since the Special Weapons Dalek model first appeared in Remembrance of the Daleks, as the model featured was never shown speaking either in that serial, or in Asylum of the Daleks. A new model was used in the story, completely separate from the prop used in the first two stories.
- The title sequence was slightly modified starting with this episode; the clock gears, gas and the first Roman numeral clock face tunnel now have a purple hue.
- This episode begins with a flashback, following on from its beginnings in The Doctor's Meditation.
- The read-through for the story took place on 9 February, and production began on the 12th..
- The words Missy uses to announce that she is alive are similar to the words Sherlock uses to tell Watson he is alive in BBC's Sherlock.
- Missy refers to the vortex manipulator as "cheap and nasty time travel" as the 11th Doctor once did. The Big Bang (TV story)
- The congregation of Daleks that Clara and Missy meet on Skaro include:
- The original silver and blue model used from TV: The Daleks to TV: The Space Museum.
- This story marks this model's first colour appearance in the series proper.
- The second silver and blue model used from TV: The Space Museum to TV: The War Games.
- This story also marks this model's first colour appearance in the series proper.
- The Emperor Dalek's personal guard from TV: The Evil of the Daleks.
- This story again marks this model's first colour appearance in the series proper.
- The grey and black model from TV: Remembrance of the Daleks.
- The Special Weapons Dalek from TV: Remembrance of the Daleks.
- This story reveals that the cage-like structure at the top of its dome functions identically to a standard Dalek's dome lights, illuminating with each spoken syllable. A new model, not used in its previous two TV stories, was used for filming.
- A black Dalek resembling Dalek Sec, who maintained a presence in the series from TV: Army of Ghosts / Doomsday to TV: Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks.
- The Supreme Dalek model from TV: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End.
- This model's appearance as a commanding authority for the Daleks seems to designate it as the Supreme Dalek within the New Paradigm.
- The incumbent bronze model that has been in use since TV: Dalek.
- The original silver and blue model used from TV: The Daleks to TV: The Space Museum.
- Peter Capaldi actually played the guitar in this story and the rest of the season, having been a musician in real life.
- Michelle Gomez confirmed on Twitter that her tickling a nearby Dalek's bumps when referring to the TARDIS as "the dog's unmentionables" was improvised.
- This story is the first time Ohila has been featured in a full-length episode of Doctor Who as opposed to mini-episodes.
- It appears the tank the Doctor rode in on is a Challenger 2 currently used by the British Army.
- The design of the Dalek city and the sliding doors in it pays homage to the set of the first Dalek story, TV: The Daleks.
- BBC One Overnight: 4.58 million
- BBC America Overnight: 2 million
- UK final ratings: 6.54 million
Filming locations Edit
- Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
- Convento de San Francisco, Garachico, Tenerife, Canary Islands
- Parque Nacional del Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Production errors Edit
- This is not the first time that the Doctor has been called to Skaro by a sinister hooded messenger. (WC: Asylum of the Daleks Prequel)
- The Doctor is hidden while Colony Sarff looks for him on Karn. He later has a conversation with Ohila about the message they are given. (WC: Prologue) He goes from there to meditate in 1138, (TV: The Doctor's Meditation) where Clara and Missy find him
- Clara mentions that it has been "ages" since they last saw Missy. (TV: Death in Heaven)
- Missy insults Clara, calling her nano-brain. The Twelfth Doctor previously insulted humans, calling them pudding-brains. (TV: Deep Breath et al.)
- The Doctor previously mentioned he is running from an old familiarity. (WC: Prologue, TV: The Doctor's Meditation) It turns out to be Davros.
- The Doctor previously gave Ohila a confession dial, telling her she knows who to give it to. (WC: Prologue) This turns out to be Missy.
- Clara says the Doctor will "go Scottish" if UNIT doesn't have a reason for calling him. (TV: Deep Breath)
- Missy reintroduces herself to UNIT on their computer screens with her song "Hey Missy". (TV: Death in Heaven)
- Missy treats her apparent resurrection as no big deal, having been shot by a Cyberman in full view of Clara and the Doctor on Earth. (TV: Death in Heaven) This is the latest of several instances where the Master has escaped from certain death with no explanation as to how he survived. (TV: Castrovalva, Planet of Fire, Survival, et al.)
- Clara considers herself the Doctor's best friend. (TV: Death in Heaven)
- Missy has a new version of her device. She kills several people with it. (TV: Dark Water / Death in Heaven)
- Missy tells Clara to "say something nice", or else she kills all of the UNIT personnel accompanying her. (TV: Dark Water / Death in Heaven)
- Missy says a Time Lord is supposed to die after meditation, in which they show their acceptance of it. (WC: Prologue, TV: The Doctor's Meditation)
- Clara refers to the fact that Missy constantly tries to kill the Doctor. (TV: Terror of the Autons et al.)
- Missy uses a Vortex manipulator. (TV: The Empty Child et al.)
- The Doctor reminds Clara he and Missy have known each other a long time. (TV: Terror of the Autons, Utopia, et al.; PROSE: The Eight Doctors, The Dark Path)
- Missy describes vortex manipulator time travel as "cheap and nasty". (TV: The Big Bang, COMIC: Space in Dimension Relative and Time)
- Missy asks Clara if Danny Pink is still dead. (TV: Dark Water/Death in Heaven)
- Clara mentions that the Doctor is not the person to party. (TV: Deep Breath etc.)
- Clara is surprised by the Doctor's hug, knowing he doesn't like it. (TV: Deep Breath, Listen) He reminds her that it's a way to hide one's face. (TV: Death in Heaven)
- The Doctor mentions that he helped Bors and his men to dig a well. (TV: The Doctor's Meditation)
- Bors calls the Doctor a magician. (TV: Time Heist, Last Christmas, The Doctor's Meditation)
- When the Doctor says he's been in Essex all day, Bors reminds him that he's been there for three weeks. (TV: The Doctor's Meditation)
- The Doctor refers to spending a day in a bowtie, à la his previous incarnation, (TV: The Eleventh Hour et al.) and the day before that in a long scarf, à la his fourth incarnation. (TV: Robot et al.)
- The Sisterhood of Karn appears. (TV: The Brain of Morbius, The Night of the Doctor)
- The Shadow Proclamation and the Shadow Architect both reappear. (TV: The Stolen Earth)
- Colony Sarff visits The Maldovarium. (TV: The Pandorica Opens, A Good Man Goes to War)
- The Doctor says he no longer has a screwdriver. He had earlier stopped using his screwdriver when it was destroyed by the Terrileptils during his fifth incarnation. (TV: The Visitation et al.)
- Bors becomes a Dalek puppet. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks, The Time of the Doctor)
- The Doctor says Davros is a child of the Thousand Year War. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks; AUDIO: Innocence)
- Davros replays footage to the Doctor of some of their earlier confrontations featuring his previous incarnations:
- During the aforementioned series of clips, highlighted due to its particular relevance to the situation, Davros plays the Fourth Doctor's question to his companions: "If someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives, could you then kill that child?" (TV: Genesis of the Daleks) Davros has previously used another part of that speech against the Eighth Doctor when he created the virus that could destroy all living things. (AUDIO: Terror Firma)
- The Doctor and Davros talk about the Last Great Time War (PROSE: Engines of War, TV: The Day of the Doctor) and the arguments they have had about the Daleks since their first meeting. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks etc.) The Doctor claims that their argument ended in the War, but Davros believes it survived the War. (TV: The Stolen Earth/Journey's End)
- Davros reminds the Doctor that he doesn't control the Daleks. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks et al.)
- Clara is still teaching classes about Jane Austen. (TV: The Caretaker) However, it appears that at some point since the previous discussion she has actually met (and possibly even kissed) the author.
- The Doctor had previously contemplated his death on a battlefield, at Trenzalore (TV: The Time of the Doctor)
- As UNIT tracks locations that the Doctor has visited in the past across the globe in an attempt to deduce where he could have gone for his last destination, Jac notes San Martino, (TV: The Masque of Mandragora), Troy (TV: The Myth Makers), multiple visits to New York (TV: The Chase, et al.) and three possible versions of Atlantis. (TV: The Underwater Menace, The Dæmons, The Time Monster)
- The Doctor concludes that the war must be very old going by the mix of technology. He previously made the same observation later on in the same war. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks)
- Missy makes a similar bargain with the Daleks as the Doctor did when first meeting them (TV: The Daleks), offering to teach them how to operate the TARDIS in exchange for her life.
- Davros believes the Doctor's greatest weakness is his compassion. The Daleks have previously made the same observation. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)
- The life forms which became the Daleks were humanoids. (TV: The Daleks, Genesis of the Daleks)
- The Master and the Daleks worked together on one previous occasion. (TV: Frontier in Space)
- Clara combines her computer skills and talent for understanding behavior to find the Doctor. She previously did the same to find Miss Kizlet's uploaded victims. (TV: The Bells of Saint John)
- The Master was previously seemingly exterminated by the Daleks. (TV: Doctor Who)
- Colony Sarff tells Ohila that "the Doctor is required." This echoes WOTAN's line "Doctor Who is required" (TV: The War Machines), as well as the Daleks' "The Doctor is required." (TV: The Time of the Doctor)
- The Doctor's newly revealed musical proclivities are nothing new; according to Madame Vastra, he even once put a musical band together involving at least one famous philosopher (TV: Deep Breath).
- Several past versions of the Doctor have been shown to have musical talents with various instruments, including the recorder (Second Doctor) and the spoons (Seventh Doctor). The Tenth Doctor claimed to have played tuba at an early Proms concert (TV: Music of the Spheres), while the Eleventh Doctor believed the recording of the aria "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" listened to by Oswin Oswald was one on which he played the triangle. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)
- The Doctor uses a Magpie Electricals amplifier with his guitar (TV: The Idiot's Lantern).
Home video releases Edit
DVD releases Edit
The Magician's Apprentice was released on DVD as part of "Doctor Who: Series 9, Part 1" on November 2 in region 2 and November 3 in region 1.
Blu-ray releases Edit
to be added
Digital releases Edit
to be added
- ↑ The Magician's Apprentice. BBC One - Doctor Who, Series 9. Retrieved on 23 September 2015.
- ↑ That was my Dalek. That was my Dalek. Retrieved on 9 October 2015.
- ↑ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4289846/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast
- ↑ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3JZDF14smXfkQNdlcbsGXM5/the-magician-s-apprentice-the-fact-file
- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/DoctorWho/photos/a.182096918471010.52777.127031120644257/1065351840145509/?type=1&permPage=1
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- Transcript of The Magicians Apprentice at Chrissie's Transcripts Site
- The Magician's Apprentice at The Locations Guide