The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) says to his companion in the clip that someone he knows is very sick, an old friend, in fact. But who? He’s not letting on to his companion, Bors, a young warrior. However, this piece isn’t exactly fantastic. There’s typical lame banter that takes the place of dialogue:
- The Doctor: “I thought you were an idiot.”
Bors: “I thought that too.”
The Doctor: “I didn’t want to have to break it to you.”
Towards the end, after wasting time trying to find the best place to dig a well, The Doctor says, “I was looking for a bookshop… and found a battlefield. This one will be my last…”
Again, it’s like Matt Smith blabbering on about “My time is running out…”, being all melancholic like it’s the end of days.
You can see The Doctor’s Meditation below, plus two new preview clips – Clara Oswald: The Best Job in the World?, where Steven Moffat shares his thoughts about Clara and her friendship with The Doctor; and then The 12th Doctor’s TARDIS, in which Peter Capaldi reveals how and why the TARDIS will be changing in Series 9!
You can also enjoy the Doctor Who Game Maker on the BBC’s website.
And it’s been confirmed that Jenna Coleman is leaving this show either during or after this series. But when? Look on the bright side – no more whining about bloody Danny Pink!
The Magician’s Apprentice is the first episode in the new series of Doctor Who Series 9 which begins on September 19th and again returns with Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, Jenna Coleman as Clara, and, yes, Michelle Gomez, as Missy, so soon after the last series.
However, it might be worth rewatching Robot of Sherwood again if the BBC released it uncut, after getting confused between “sci-fi fiction” and “Islamic State terrorists”.
The Magician’s Apprentice is written by Moffat and directed by Hettie Macdonald, who also directs the second episode, The Witch’s Familiar, as well as Blink, the wonderful first episode featuring the Weeping Angels, from back in 2007 which featured Sally Sparrow, the assistant I hope we one day get for at least one full series, played by the amazing Carey Mulligan. However, Ms Macdonald is also responsible for directing three episodes of the first series of the godawful Fortitude…
Check out The Doctor’s Meditation here, which is in the original 16:9 ratio, not one of the trailers’ cinematic 2.35:1 widescreen ratio, and then the other two videos below. Click on the image of Peter Capaldi for the full-size version:
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