Doctor Who “The Magician’s Apprentice”: 21 Spoiler-Free Teasers


Here, for your delight and delectation, are some teasers for the debut episode of new Doctor Who’s ninth series, “The Magician’s Apprentice” which airs this Saturday on  BBC 1. There’s nothing here that gives away any specifics that haven’t already been referenced in official trailers and promo images. Because that would ruin your fun…

  1. It doesn’t feel like the first episode of a two-parter; it feels like the first episode of a season-long arc (note: we don’t know this is the case, that’s just how it feels).
  2. There are a lot of cameos, of all varieties.
  3. One line makes reference to a continuity problem from the classic series.
  4. The Doctor’s words are thrown back in his face.
  5. Someone seems to have spent have become a Star Wars fan in his old age, giving himsith a new title.
  6. The stripey-faced guy we’ve seen in preview photos and trailers has a number of gimmicks.
  7. There’s some footage from previous stories – not flashbacks though. Somebody’s been keeping records.
  8. The Doctor and Missy seem to be in a competition to see who can make the most noise, though the Doctor needs amplification.
  9. The Doctor makes two very impressive entrances.
  10. Missy says something a certain section of fandom will be hoping is a lie.
  11. There’s a pleasingly familiar space station.
  12. Somebody has a Bride Of Frankenstein wig.
  13. There’s a wonderful homage to ’60s Who sci-fi design.
  14. Something the needs explaining is referred to but not explained.
  15. There are a lot of locations.
  16. It opens with a brilliantly chilling pre-credit teaser. Chilling for multiple reasons.
  17. There are some terrible puns; not all of them are deliberate. One is reminiscent of David Cronenberg’s visual “hand-gun” gag in Videodrome… but it’s not a hand gun.
  18. The Doctor is on his knees at one point.
  19. The Next Week teaser has been moved to after the end credits.
  20. The 12th Doctor’s theme gets a number of new workouts.
  21. There are a few familiar tunes.


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  1. Carla Luz says:

    Missy says something a certain section of fandom will be hoping is a lie.”

    what section??? PLEASE SAY WHAT?

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