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September 26th, 2015 112 comments

What Did You Think of The Witch’s Familiar?

Now that the highly anticipated second episode of series 9 has been aired what did you think? Was it everything you had hoped for or not what you expected.

Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire: no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist?

And will there be mercy?


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  • Obsie

    September 27th, 2015 - 10:22pm

    The Master and The Doctor go back a long way. Clara is splintered throughout time, even popping up on Gallifrey a couple of times. Heaven knows what goes on in Stephen Moffat’s world, lol.

  • 2doctors2000

    September 27th, 2015 - 7:11pm

    If you look closely you can see this scene is actually a mini 12″ remote control Dalek set up, although they have modified the Dalek’s weaponry to not bend in the middle, the Dalek has a connected joint on the eyestalk down to the dome, if you look closely as the black section you’ll see the split where the eyestalk can be removed on the toy.
    The 1960’s painted in modern style was most definitely just a repaint as the BBC couldn’t get hold of a 12″ classic model. But the nice thing about this is it opens up a canonised repaint of the Time War Daleks in 60’s design, opening up opportunities for screen accurate customs! 🙂 I really like the fact it appeared on screen, I wish the Daleks had that colour livery on every modern one, maybe instead of using classics in Series 10, use classic colours new model 🙂


    September 27th, 2015 - 5:19pm

    Just made an upload featuring the error. Do check it out 🙂


    September 27th, 2015 - 5:14pm

    Great series start- why that sly old fox Davros almost had me shedding a tear. Also the dialogue where Davros apologises for the difficulty in finding a chair (on Skaro ! ) for the Doctor to sit in was funny.

  • A

    September 27th, 2015 - 5:12pm

    About the eyes, I have two theories. One, Davros prefers his own technology which presumably has better range in both distance & spectrum. Or, while hoping to tempt the Doctor into laying hands on the wires to commit genocide, he suspected he would have to play on the Doctor’s compassion. Manipulation via eye contact & emotion. It’s not beyond Davros intellect to use basic cosmetic surgery to reconstruct his eyes enough to assist his plan.

  • Obsie

    September 27th, 2015 - 4:52pm

    They left the line in too in the repeat, good for them.

  • DalekAgent

    September 27th, 2015 - 4:50pm

    I actually thought she said “The Witch is Back” referencing the episode title The Witch’s Familiar

  • Dalek Smith

    September 27th, 2015 - 4:12pm

    For me it was really underwhelming.


    September 27th, 2015 - 3:39pm

    Re-watched the episode again this morning, and I noticed an error regarding a classic Dalek.

    During a brief corridor scene when the Daleks are suddenly deactivated, a 60’s Dalek seen by itself down a corridor on the right of the screen appears to have the base of a modern day Time War Dalek.

    I had to re-watch and pause the scene to make sure.

  • Exterminator

    September 27th, 2015 - 1:02pm

    What a great second part that was. I absolutely loved Davros, for a minute I was thinking no he can’t die surely?

    So no we know, Davros can open his eyes and he’s got no legs. I loved the Dr in Davros’s chair and Clara inside the Dalek.

    Missy was amazing. I can’t wait to see what she is planning with the Daleks and I loved the bit where she finally met Davros and then poked him in the eye. Lol

  • Obsie

    September 27th, 2015 - 11:57am

    Plus River said that she had al of the Doctor’s faces in her diary, she is working backwards so could have mentioned it to him at some point when she knew him in his 12th incarnation, maybe when she’s back at Christmas it could be a throw away line.

  • Obsie

    September 27th, 2015 - 11:53am

    She did indeed, since she said it about herself any complaints hopefully will be few. Be interesting to see if I gets cut from Sunday’s repeat showing on BBC1 at 3:15pm however.

  • 2doctors2000

    September 27th, 2015 - 11:18am

    The Dalek in ‘Dalek’ had extrapolated DNA from Rose Tyler, meaning it understand human concepts.

  • Matt

    September 27th, 2015 - 10:50am

    My biggest grievance with this story is the Doctor being baffled by the Dalek mentioning ‘Mercy’, (before anyone says ‘The Doctor wasnt there when the Dalek/River Song moment in Big Bang happened), the Doctor is more taken aback by the Daleks understanding the concept of mercy, despite, even in Dalek, the Dalek begs The Doctor to ‘have pity’ on him. Seems a bit daft when the Daleks clearly have demonstrated their ability to understand mercy.

  • Dem squiggles

    September 27th, 2015 - 10:24am

    Did missy say, “the bitch is back”?

  • matparks08

    September 27th, 2015 - 10:24am

    whoops…second line should read ‘shows just how important’

  • matparks08

    September 27th, 2015 - 10:23am

    Didn’t feel it quite lived up to the extremely high expectations of the previous week, but was still a cracking episode and whos just how imprtant two part episodes are…i thought last season suffered greatly by stories cramming too much into 45 minutes. This one allowed time for characters to grow and, by jingo, how the doctor fell for trusting both Davros and Missy in the same story is beyond me. I know it was played as a double bluff but did The Doctor really know the liquified daleks were in the sewers? I also couldnt help but think Clara had come full circle by being stuck inside the dalek. Finally the scene where the Doctor watches the Dalek City from the hillside was a lovely touch which seemed very similar to the Doctor seeing it for the first time 51 years ago! Sorry – lots of waffling, it was great, and next weeks looks pretty scary stuff too…glad it’s on later …..

  • Tim M

    September 27th, 2015 - 9:42am

    Brilliant episode…and altogether excellent two parter. Easily my favourite story of Capaldi’s era so far. Most certainly the best story to feature Davros since ‘Genesis of the Daleks’. A superb story by Steven Moffat, great direction from Hettie Macdonald, and wonderful performances from the regular and guest cast. One of my all time favourites! 🙂 10/10

  • CJ

    September 27th, 2015 - 8:17am

    You think Clara is the Master’s Daughter? That’s messed up…

  • CJ

    September 27th, 2015 - 8:12am

    Am I the only one who likes the Sonic Sunglasses? Seriously, we’ve had a Laser Screwdriver, a Sonic Gun, A SONIC LIPSTICK!!! And a silly old Sonic Pen! IMO I think the Sonic Sunglasses are cool! 😀


    September 27th, 2015 - 7:49am

    Chooky1441 – Davros’s accident happens to him in ‘I,Davros – Part 3 – Corruption’ when his around 30 something years old.

  • Obsie

    September 27th, 2015 - 7:47am

    Or is Clara the Master’s ……. To be continued !

  • Rufus

    September 27th, 2015 - 7:46am

    Bet at the end of the series we see Davros dressed in full time lord get up.


    September 27th, 2015 - 6:55am

    FINALLY !!. 40 years in the making since his debut in ‘Genesis of the Daleks’, and the old son of a Kaled is finally recognized as the true leader of the Daleks !! 😀

    Goodbye Supreme Daleks, goodbye Emperor Daleks . . Davros is KING !! 😀

    Blimey thou, he has eyes ??, I thought he lost his eyes due to the accident that crippled him, and since we now know his actually had his eyeballs all this time, it really makes his camera eye in his forehead meaningless, until maybe he has it because his natural eyesight is poor due to the accident.

    And holy heck, the Doctor took Davros out of his chair and decided to play Dodgem’s with the Daleks, good grief, still, it gave us a nice look of Davros’s lower half of his body to show us once and for all that he lost his leg’s as we’ve never been sure how much of his body really existed.


    September 27th, 2015 - 6:50am

    If you look up the Paradigm Daleks on the Doctor Who Wiki page, it appears that the Paradigm Daleks have ditched their quite awful multi-coloured casings in favior of the Time War casing.

  • CG

    September 27th, 2015 - 2:07am

    Yes I thought that too. Wasn’t too bad with Clara though.

  • CG

    September 27th, 2015 - 2:06am

    Yes I think that really showed us how vulnerable he is.

  • CG

    September 27th, 2015 - 2:05am

    Loved the episode. Was actually feeling quite sorry for Davros for a while when he wanted to see the sun and opened his eyes, before he sprung the trap on The Doctor.
    I think Missy could have been a little better in this episode but was great. I loved the inclusions of the 60s daleks too and hope a mixture of daleks return. I also liked the idea of the rejected dalek mutants rebelling and how the Doctor went back and saved Davros. Sad about no sonic screwdriver through. =(

  • Anonymous

    September 27th, 2015 - 12:58am

    Really hope we get a davros figure too al though the doctor in his chair would definitely be an interesting variant

    ( I’m also really, REALLY hopeful we get a re release of the 5″ version as I was never able to get it)

  • The Moffat Paradox

    September 27th, 2015 - 12:54am

    Yes it’s VERY reminscient.

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