‘Doctor Who’ Season 9 Episode 2 Sneak Peeks, Plus Jenna Coleman On Leaving
Doctor Who kicked off its ninth season with a two-parter: the first part, “The Magician’s Apprentice,” which aired last week and the second part, “The Witch’s Familiar,” which will air this weekend. After the cliffhanger, fans are eager to see what’s going to happen next.
In the Season 9 premiere, the Doctor came across a boy surrounded by Hand Mines, which pull people into the ground, and although he told the boy he wouldn’t die that day, the Doctor changed his tune upon hearing his name: Davros. Instead of saving the child, he left him behind because he grows up to be the leader of the Daleks and his mortal enemy. Years later, what turns out to be a being made up of snakes comes looking for the Time Lord because Davros is dying and he “remembers,” it’s no surprise that he is not exactly eager to see him. Missy, who has received his will, gets Clara’s attention and the two find him, but there’s only so long the Doctor can run from Davros.
The three soon realize that they’re actually on Skaro, the home planet of the Daleks, and the Doctor can only watch as the Daleks zap Missy and then, as she tries to run, Clara.
However, as the premiere ended, he did travel back in time to Davros as a boy surrounded by Hand Mines, but not to save him. Instead, he was there to save someone else – and, in order to do so, he was choosing to echo a familiar cry: “Exterminate” – while pointing a Dalek’s weapon at him. But, could the Doctor really kill a boy, knowing what he becomes?
Several preview clips have been released for Doctor Who Season 9, episode two. In the first from BBC America, Davros asks, “Are you ready, Doctor, to hold in your hand the heartbeat of every Dalek on Skaro?” It’s “genocide in a moment,” he says following a variation of that in another video.
In the first sneak peek, the enemies face off, and Davros thinks he has the Time Lord “at his mercy.” However, the Doctor has no problems threatening a dying man.
The second “The Witch’s Familiar” clip sees the Daleks ready to protect Davros as they receive notice that he is leaving the infirmary. But, there’s something more important for them to do: find the Doctor.
The final video preview features Peter Capaldi discussing the two-part premiere. It can be exciting to work with an old enemy, especially when it’s Davros, he said, before previewing what’s to come from both men in this next episode.
“This is a particularly compelling confrontation between the Doctor and Davros. It is, in essence, their final time together and as such, it contains not only their enmity towards each other but something of their forbidden affection.”
While Clara may have been zapped by the Daleks at the end of the premiere, it isn’t her last episode – at least not yet. It has already been announced that Jenna Coleman is leaving Doctor Who, but when speaking to Entertainment Weekly about it, she wouldn’t say when she’ll appear for the final time on the series.
Coleman did admit that “it did not feel real at all” when she filmed on her last day.
“It’s become more my home than my home actually is. It was just really weird. But we film out of sequence as well so, my last part with Peter, I couldn’t quite look at him because it wasn’t supposed to be a sad part. It’s hard to go into detail without telling you anything, but I was really overwhelmed.”
Doctor Who Season 9 airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on BBC America.
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