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The Magician's Apprentice 

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


Hettie Macdonald


Steven Moffat, Terry Nation (characters: "Daleks" and "Davros") | 5 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Michelle Gomez ... Missy
Jami Reid-Quarrell ... Colony Sarff
Julian Bleach ... Davros
Jemma Redgrave ... Kate
Jaye Griffiths ... Jac
Harki Bhambra ... Mike
Daniel Hoffmann-Gill ... Bors
Joey Price Joey Price ... Boy
Benjamin Cawley ... Kanzo
Aaron Neil ... Mr. Dunlop
Clare Higgins ... Ohila
Nicholas Briggs ... Daleks (voice)
Kelly Hunter ... Shadow Architect


Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen over by an mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friends. 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.

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Release Date:

19 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magician's Apprentice See more »

Filming Locations:

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

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Did You Know?


To provide the necessary Dalek props, some were taken from the nearby Doctor Who Experience exhibition. See more »


When the Doctor throws his sonic screwdriver, it lands on the ground with no hand mines around. When the boy is picking it up, the screwdriver is right at the base of a hand mine. See more »


Clara: How did you know I was here? Did you see me?
The Doctor: When do I *not* see you?
Clara: Oh, one face in all of that crowd?
The Doctor: There was a crowd, too?
Clara: Wow! We're doing charm as well now, are we?
Clara: Which one of us is dying?
[the Doctor gives her a long embrace]
Clara: Okay, and we're doing hugging now, too. I can't keep up.
The Doctor: You know what they say, hugging is a great way to hide your face.
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Written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn
Performed by Peter Capaldi
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The finale season 8 deserved. Restores my faith in Doctor Who.
19 September 2015 | by TouchTheGarlicProductionSee all my reviews

Doctor Who has always been equal parts smart and silly. This is a tonal blend that has often backfired, such as last season's finale. This, however, is an example of when it really works. It's an amazing setup, and I really hope it doesn't get wasted like the last finale.

For the first minute or so, it seems to be a typical Doctor Who episode; weird creatures (that look like the Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth) attack a young boy, and the Doctor shows up to save him. Then, things took a huge turn that brought back the moral ambiguity I loved from last season in a very interesting way.

Then, the show rights one of the wrongs of last season's finale, bringing back Missy, and reciprocating her tonal clash. She provides Clara a chance to shine in a scene demonstrating what a great companion she is.

Now, the two of them reunite with the Doctor, and this is where the silly comes in. As hilarious as the Doctor's entrance is, I almost started to worry that it was going to go too far and ruin the wonderful thing they had going, but Moffat pulled back just in time.

The final act involves Daleks, and is very clever in the way it ties in to the old show. It all ends with a shocking conclusion/cliffhanger, that makes you wonder how much is going to stick in the long run, and how much is going to be conveniently fixed in the next episode. We can only hope that this won't be wasted like last season's penultimate was.

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