What can we expect from next week’s Doctor Who episode The Witch’s Familiar?

WARNING: contains spoilers for The Magician's Apprentice

Doctor Who returned to our screens tonight in exciting fashion, with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor brought face-to-face with one of his oldest foes once again – Davros, creator of the Daleks. Who saw that one coming?


And with Clara (Jenna Coleman) and Missy (Michelle Gomez) apparently exterminated by the Daleks, the Doctor has a terrible choice to make in next week’s episode The Witch’s Familiar. God, it’s going to be a long wait until next Saturday.

Still, until then we can whet your appetites with a few things you can expect to see when it does finally come around. Nothing too spoilery, mind you – just a few tidbits that we thought were particularly exciting.

In short it’s Daleks, Daleks and more Daleks. But we reckon you’re probably OK with that.

A trek through the Dalek sewers 

Why would Daleks need sewers, I hear you ask? Well, it’s certainly not for the usual reason – and the tunnels are appropriately deadly…

A secret from the Doctor’s past

Why DID he leave Gallifrey in the first place, anyway?

An insight into Dalek psychology

It turns out they’re a lot more emotional than they appear – and that fact is a core part of their technological design. Eat that, Cybermen!

A sort-of flashback to the First and Fourth Doctors

And it’s very cool to see William Hartnell and Tom Baker’s incarnations in action once again, no matter how brief the moment is.

The truth of exactly what happens when Daleks get too old to function

As you might expect, it’s not too pretty…

A softer side to Davros

The great villain appears to be dying – could this have given him a bit of perspective? Maybe the episode will finally see his repentance for creating the Daleks in the first place, or even a reconciliation with the Doctor. Stranger things HAVE happened – well, maybe one or two. 

The reason why Missy sent Clara to the Doctor in the first place

Back in 2013’s The Bells of St John, Missy brought the Doctor and Clara together through a phone call – and for reasons that are only emerging now. 

Vampire monkeys

Yes, you heard us right, and no we’re not going to give you any more context than that. You’ll just have to wait until next week to see what we mean…

Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar will be on BBC1 on Saturday 26th September at 7:50pm


Doctor Who fan? See Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat LIVE at the Radio Times Festival  on Friday 25th September – tickets available here