Doctor Who 9×02 Review: The Witch’s Familiar

Oh, Davros, you cunning, wrinkly bastard. For a second there I felt sorry for you! But that is part of the beauty of Doctor Who.

Even though the follow-up to last week’s ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’ wasn’t as thrilling as I expected it to be (mostly the beginning), it paid off thanks to that heart-to-heart conversation between the Doctor and Davros which turned out to reveal Davros as the big villain that he’s always been, even if he is an old man dying.

doctordavrosDavros’s plan to plead to the Doctor’s compassionate nature to lure him into giving in some of his regeneration power to him was a masterplan, but of course, the Doctor is much cleverer than that, which means he knew all along and used this to pretty much saturate the Daleks. They went all gooey and gross! That is the showdown we all want, right?

The themes running throughout the episode reminded us of things treated in the past in the show: genocide, compassion, pity, the possibility of redemption and the climatic subject of mercy. Even Davros dared to say a line uttered by our own Doctor last season: am I a good man? I guess people as decisive as they both are need to constantly ask themselves this.

But forget that for a second, because the last thing I want to mention is that the MVP of the episode (after Capaldi’s scenes with Davros old and young) was Michelle Gomez. I have always had a soft spot for the Master and she has managed to portray Missy with the perfect mixture of chaos, evilness and comicalness. All the highlights of the episode belonged to her –just her reactions to Clara inside the Dalek alone make her worthy of it. I am sure we haven’t seen the last of her.



“One word: moron”


-Clara’s frustration as she tried to tell the Doctor it was her inside the Dalek and only managing to say “I am a Dalek” was absolutely enthralling. And it was a throwback to the very first time we met her in ‘Asylum of the Daleks’.

-Though I must admit that, knowing that she is going to leave at the end of the series, I am trying to detach myself emotionally from the character. But I must say I don’t get all the Clara-hate. I have read many comments of people being happy about her departure. I like her character, even if she had flaws, like every character has had, let’s admit it. And I must also say that I prefer Clara over Amy –not that I don’t like Amy, because I do. I just like Clara more.

-So, the screwdriver is now a pair of sunglasses? I mean, I like the idea, it is funny, but I am assuming it won’t go further than next episode, right? Even though Capaldi in sunglasses rules.

-Do you think Missy tried to get the Doctor to kill Clara out of jealousy? Because it was obviously that. She was also jealous of Davros in the premiere for stealing the title of “archenemy” from her, so it was only fair that she would at least try to secure the “best friend” one.

-So… who is the witch’s familiar? Seriously, I spent the entire episode wondering about this and I still have no idea.


Next week’s story (part of another two-part episode, which is how all the episodes of this series will be), ‘Under the Lake’, is written by Toby Whithouse, who has written many DW episodes, including ‘A Town Called Mercy’, which holds a very special place in my heart.


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6 thoughts on “Doctor Who 9×02 Review: The Witch’s Familiar

  1. I don’t get the anti-Clara sentiment out there, either, but that faction must have been happy with this episode — Clara hung upside down as possible dinner; Clara bumped into a hole to test its depth; Clara encased in a Dalek shell, unable to identify herself.
    Lots of laughs throughout the episode, mostly generated by Missy. Lots of one-liners from both Missy and the Doctor: “Your sewers are revolting.”

  2. Is next week a two parter? I thought I read that while they had paired off the episodes so each writer and director did two

    • Virginia Cerezo

      I think they have! If you check the titles, they all look like two-parters, Classic DW-style.

  3. Stupid computer…..let me finish that last thought

    Is next week a two parter? I thought I had read that while they had paired off the episodes so each writer and director did two in a row, they weren’t all necessarily two parters, and that the audience wouldn’t really know if it would be a two parter until the end.

    It’s pretty obvious that 7&8 will be a two parter (the Zygon episodes), and the series finale 11&12 more than likely will be. 9&10 I see now actually have different writers, so who knows.

  4. Heather

    Oh Missy you so fine.. Missy and Davros were the standouts of the two-parter and I wish she could be in the Xmas Special instead of River..but that’s another story. Loved all the tongue n cheek humor. But hoping the sonic screwdriver comes back.

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