‘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.
The Magician’s Apprentice was the first episode of the ninth series of Doctor Who
Whilst playing the electric guitar, the Twelfth Doctor gets a crowd in medieval England to chant the word “dude”, most likely a reference to “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”. In the film, the two rock musician protagonists often use the word”dude”, and also use a time machine disguised as a phonebox to visit medieval England.
The Doctor also gets the crowd to complete the phrase”all the young dudes”, the title of a song written by David Bowie, originally recorded and released as a single by Mott the Hoople in 1972.
To keep Davros’s return a surprise, Julian Bleach went uncredited until the episode’s release.
In Welsh, “Sarff” means”serpent”.
This was the first series opener since Doctor Who returned in 2005 to be directed by a woman.
The episode’s credited list the creators of the Kahler, Skullions, Hath, Blowfish, Ood, and Sycorax, all of whom were present when Colony Sarff was searching for The Doctor. This is the Skullions’ first appearance on Doctor Who, having previously appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures.
This is the first time a Special Weapons Dalek has been shown to talk on-screen, and also reveals that the gold square windows encircling its dome actually light up. This trait was subject to debate andspeculation ever since the Special Weapons Dalek model first appeared in Remembrance of the Daleks, because that particular Dalek was never shown speaking, nor was the one seen in Asylum of the Daleks.