There’s a chill in the air, the streets are full of winter coats and the shivering few still hanging on to their summer wardrobe are dropping like flies. Its time to admit and mourn the end of those fleeting summer days and balmy Saturday nights… but its not all doom and gloom because Autumn brings the end of a long wait and the beginning of a new season of Doctor Who! So cheer up folks and look forward to the season where every coffee is pumpkin spiced and every Saturday night is spent on the sofa/hiding behind it.

So on to what we can expect from Doctor Who Season nine Episode one, The Magician’s apprentice!

Below is the official synopsis from the BBC;

“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.”

Wonderfully ambiguous as always, the prologue recently released by the BBC is of a similar tone; certainly teasing and mood setting but giving us very few clues as to what to expect. Missy is back for the first episode though and looks to be reappearing throughout the season. Michelle Gomez was an instant hit with fans playing Missy a female regeneration of The Master. She is set to return this season and you won’t have to wait long to see her in action as Saturdays episode the magicians apprentice sees Clara alongside Missy in an attempt to locate The Doctor.


Last season was heavily centred around the theme of Clara trying to balance her everyday life with her life in the TARDIS with disastrous consequences. This season it seems things will be moving in a different direction. Jenna Coleman recently said “The Doctor and Clara have got to a place where she’s no longer split between her life and Doctor Who life. She kinda throws herself into the TARDIS and her life with the Doctor and joins him in reckless abandon.” This sounds like a far cry from the soap opera style love story that dominated our TV screens last year and will hopefully make for a refreshing change.


Peter Capaldi plays a darker, more sinister and far more unpredictable doctor than his previous regenerations. In a controversial move by Moffat last season almost every thing that made The Doctor relatable was stripped away. In doing so Capaldi’s Doctor has become more alien and mysterious and very highly anticipated. In the last season his performances seemed somewhat overshadowed by other characters and increasingly complex storylines. I’m looking forward to seeing Capaldi’s Doctor take centre stage this season and seeing how his character and relationships develop.

The Magician’s Apprentice is not set to be a small affair with writer and producer Stephen Moffat remarking “Why not start with a blockbuster? Why leave it till the last two weeks? So yes, it’s like starting with a finale, and having a big, grand, movie-sized story…” So explosions are likely if not guaranteed, as for ‘old enemies’ this episode is confirmed to have more Daleks than ever before. Daleks are timelessly terrifying, they are the ‘big guns’ of Doctor Who and are big favourites with fans of all ages. It has been argued that the frequent featuring of Daleks in finales and specials has become predictable and is diminishing the intended effect. However, this episode appears to be offering up much more than just the classic baddies and it’s an ambitious concept to go off with a bang. We can only hope the rest of the season lives up to our growing expectations.

So we don’t know much for certain about season nine or The Magicians Apprentice but it’s autumn and I’m as excited about it as I will be picking out my new stationary … Oh no wait, adults don’t get new stationary? Not even scented gel pens?…

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