TV Club: Doctor Who argues compassion is the best incurable disease

Let’s get the not so good stuff out of the way first. “The Witch’s Familiar” pretty much wimps out on all the seemingly major questions that “The Magician’s Apprentice” raised. We never do find out what was in the Doctor’s last will and testament—though it feels silly to even pretend the show was ever going to reveal something like that—nor does this episode ever quite clarify why the Doctor thought he was headed for certain death in the first place. You would also be forgiven for thinking this episode would focus on the Doctor’s relationship with the younger Davros, given how last week’s episode ended, and whether he ever could kill a child in cold blood. Instead, the episode keeps its attention squarely on the relationship between the Doctor and the older Davros, which isn’t in itself a bad thing—quite …

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