Doctor Who: “The Magician’s Apprentice” Preview/River Song Reaction


Well it is almost upon us fellow whovians! Doctor Who is almost back! It’s hard to believe it’s been nine months since “Last Christmas,” but the Doctor is back for some more adventures and the two-part premiere looks to be a doozy! Based on reactions and reviews to the advanced screening of the two-part premiere, I am even more excited for Series 9! Without further a do here is my preview of “The Magician’s Apprentice!”


Here is the official BBC synopsis for “The Magician’s Apprentice!”

Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from?

As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara survival seems impossible.

Well color me intrigued! According to all of the early reviews and reactions to the two-part Series 9 premiere, “The Magician’s Apprentice,” and “The Witch’s Familiar,” we are in for some shocking moments and big revelations! If you have had a chance to see the Prologue that was posted online, we get a nice tease as to what is going on with the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and why he is “missing.” The Doctor is on the planet Karn, (last seen in The Doctor Who mini-sode, “The Night of the Doctor,” as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations) speaking to one of the Sisterhood of Karn (Ohila, who gave The Eighth Doctor the elixir to influence his regeneration so he could become a warrior) and it seems there is a confrontation about to happen and that the Doctor has known this person a very long time and that they have been enemies for most of their lives. Ohila tells the Doctor that this mystery person is searching for the Doctor and has sent his servants out to find him. The Doctor tells Ohila that something happened recently and she tells him that “you owe that creature nothing!” Now the Doctor says they have known each other a long time, so he feels he does owe them? Who is this mystery person?

I have a few theories, but I think enough people would assume that the Doctor is talking about The Master/Missy/The Mistress, but I think it’s a misdirection. Supposedly a Classic Who villain is returning and a lot of people are assuming it’s Davros, but what if there is more to it than that?

I personally think there is more going on here. I have said this before and I will say it again, I think The Twelfth Doctor is on a path to becoming The Valeyard! Now the Doctor and The Valeyard have hated each other most of their lives and The Doctor has known him since he was The Sixth Doctor which is a very long time considering the Doctor claims to be over 2,000 years old. It makes perfect sense for the Doctor to run from something he knows is inevitable! He could be running from his future and this fits in very well with Twelve continually asking himself in Series 8 “Am I a good man?” The Valeyard is such an interesting character and has a lot of potential as a story arc and I truly think Steven Moffat can pull it off if done right!

If the unknown person in question is Davros and the rumors that the Doctor must decide whether to save or kill a young Davros are true, that could still be very interesting! I think we all can agree that the Doctor ends up on Skaro, but what if that is a red herring? Who is to say that this enemy of the Doctor’s just doesn’t want to meet on this planet?

Some of the reactions and reviews I read online said something to the effect that a particular scene in the two-part premiere will have people “questioning numbers and incarnations,” which leads me to believe The Valeyard theory has some weight to it. What if the Doctor has had faces that he forgot about? Maybe he isn’t The Twelfth Doctor? Ahhh I am so intrigued now!

There was also an interesting piece of news that was released in the past couple of weeks and this was that Alex Kingston is returning as River Song in this year’s Christmas Special! I am sure that enough people have a mixed reaction to this, but I am excited about this and I will explain why.

The last time we saw River Song she was a data ghost on Trenzalore and had a very heartfelt goodbye with The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), and it seemed like that was the perfect place and time to end her story. However we know from River Song’s interaction with The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors that she has met other incarnations of the Doctor! My theory is that Clara Oswald is going to die and it will lead to the Doctor becoming depressed very akin to Eleven in “The Snowmen,” and boom in comes River Song to cheer him up!

I have seen a mini-sode that supposedly wraps up the whole story-line of the Doctor giving River his Sonic which ties into “Silence in The Library,” and “Forest of The Dead,” but what if the Doctor never took River to The Singing Towers because he couldn’t go through with it? Call me crazy but could The Twelfth Doctor be the one to give River his Sonic from when he was Ten and takes her to The Singing Towers? I really want to see this story-line wrapped up on screen and imagine if the rumors of David Tennant filming scenes were true and it was him in The Library?! I am not worried about River Song being in The Christmas Special and I am looking forward to seeing how she interacts with Twelve and what their dynamic will be like.

Series 9 of Doctor Who premieres on Saturday September 19th on BBC One at 7:40 PM and 9 PM on BBC America!

What say you? Are you looking forward to “The Magician’s Apprentice?” Are you excited to see River Song in this year’s Christmas Special? Whatever your thoughts let me know!


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