rapped and alone on the terrifying planet Skaro, the Doctor is at the heart of the evil Dalek Empire - no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?’
Last week we left the Doctor without hope, his friends brutally murdered in front of him and his TARDIS destroyed by the Dalek Empire. After patiently waiting seven days for the conclusion of this year’s two-part season opener, we finally have the concluded, with enough twists and turns to satisfy any “Whovian.”
‘The Witch’s Familiar’ revealed a side to Davros that none of us fans have ever seen before, of course he’s still manipulating megalomaniac, but he also has an aspect of sheer brilliance. The survival of the Kaled race, who are in fact now Daleks was revealed. The overall story was built on such a scale that both episodes felt really cinematic and would’ve made a great film if the two installments were edited together.
My only criticism with ‘The Witch’s Familiar’ is the idea of the sunglasses being wearable technology. It feels silly, unreasonable and unnecessary. However, the idea of the Doctor no longer having a sonic-screwdriver is a great way to build more tension in scenes where the Doctor is in a spot of bother.
You also can’t forget that little snippet of footage involving a Special Weapons Dalek delivering dialogue. Even though the Dalek has spoken before in a past adventure, involving a previous Doctor. The scenes between the Doctor and Davros were beautifully executed and as an audience member I could see that both characters have the upmost respect for each other, even though one of them is desperate to exterminate the other. This is mainly seen in the gentile mannerism that Julian Bleach delivers in his portrayal of Davros, makes it hard not to love the mad-scientist from Skaro.
Not much happened in this episode but I was satisfied that ‘The Witch’s Familiar’ wrapped up the story and questions that were being asked were in fact answered. However one concern that still stands is that, somewhere on Skaro is a Time Lord-Dalek hybrid, which is rather quite frightening and gives the Daleks the opportunity to become the Lords of Time along with the natives of Gallifrey.
Michelle Gomez was given center stage in this two-part adventure and we were treated the madness of the Master/Missy, her sheer evilness and hunger for power shone from start to finish.The first two episodes also feels like they were the stepping stones for the departure of Clara Oswald. I got the sense that at any moment Clara was going to die, it seems that Moffat has stuck to his word of making this series unpredictable. It’s a breath of fresh air to have the Daleks finally being threatening and rather quite frightening, instead of just being there and not exterminating, the Daleks are back and this time they’re going back to their roots, quite literally.
Therefore I shall award this episode a 4/5 rating and over all I will give the two episodes together a 9/10 rating, which I think is generous being as I’m a very critical customer when it comes to Doctor Who.