2015-09-26 22:54:11 UTC
The Witch's Familiar
New title sequence... still waiting for one.
So another episode that was supposed to be telling the story of Davros
is given a title referring to Clara. What did Clara exactly do to
deserved this? Absolutely nothing, just like before.
Just as everyone predicted Missy and Clara did not die but were
teleported to a safe place outside of the city. How Clara ended up
hanging from a rock upside down I don't know. Missy then explains how
she pinched the idea from the Doctor so that Moffat can waste some more
time with irrelevant material like he did in the first part.
Was the Master supposed to have had a daughter? Maybe it was Susan. I
After all the set-up from the previous episode the Doctor somehow
manages to procure himself a Dalek weapon and the next moment Davros is
lying flat on his back out of his wheelchair and the Doctor is prancing
around in it in front of the Dalek Supreme. And what exact purpose does
this all serve? Absolutely nothing plot wise. It's just a feeble device
Moffat has contrived for get the Doctor recaptured and put back at
Davros's mercy again. Why didn't Davros die when he was cut off from his
life support system, what kept his heart beating, what enabled him to
breath? Moffat just played it for laughs. As Frankie Howard once wisely
said, one shouldn't mock the afflicted.
While Missy and Clara try to reenter the city though the sewers which
are full of old and decrepit Daleks the Doctor is back at Davros's
mercy. Somehow Davros has regained the ability to see with his own eyes,
like why does he need an eye in the middle of his forehead if he can use
his own, it was never explained.
Through crocodile tears he eventually manages to convince the Doctor to
use his regeneration energy to heal him, so he can see one last sunrise,
and it all turns out to be a trap to create a new race of hybrid Dalek
Time-Lords and fulfill a prophesy, and with that Moffat once again makes
the same mistakes as The Phantom Menace. Prophesies and science fiction
don't go especially when you have time travel at your disposal. It's all
Then finally it turns out the Doctor knew about Davros plot all the long
and let him go ahead with it so that the old decrepit Daleks from the
sewers are given new vigour and rise up and destroy the current ones.
How the Doctor survives regenerating a whole city full of Daleks is
never explained given that the 5th Doctor wasn't capable of healing more
than one for each regeneration in Mawdrin Undead.
In the end the Doctor goes back to boy Davros in order to save him so
that he does not remove concept mercy from the Dalek mutants brains. But
wait a moment isn't that the way he distinguished Clara from a real
Dalek? Well at least Davros understood it.
So all in all a total anticlimax. We didn't get the big speech by the
Doctor that was being billed and nothing neat as powerful as Tom Bakers
lines in Genesis of the Daleks.
The Daleks never seem to pose any kind of threat at all and after you
subtract the wasted half an hour from episode 1 and another 15 minutes
wasted by Missy and the Doctor prancing around at various times in
episode 2 this entire story could have been easily done in just a single
10/10 for entertainment.
84/100 for the quality of writing of the story. Up until the shoddy
anti-climax with the Doctor reversing the tables on Davros, totally
pulled out of thin air with no foreshadowing at all, I would have given
it almost full marks. Moffat built everything up but didn't know how to
capitalise on it properly an there wasn't really anything to justify
this being a two parter.
Next week's episode looks promising but let's wait and see.