Doctor Who: The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witch’s Familiar Premiere Event

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Gail Williams just returned from the series nine preview event for a little show called Doctor Who. You may have heard of it?

Well after a frantic drive from Swansea to Cardiff, I made it into the queue for the BAFTA Cymru exclusive preview of the opening two episodes of Doctor Who series nine. It's fair to say that we here at Warped Factor kinda like this series, and my fellow companions for the event, Tony Fyler and Tyrell Williams, are both fellow contributors to this site.

We've arrived way too early for the show, it's before five and it doesn't start till 6:30. There again seating is on a first come first serve basis so getting in early to make sure we get a good seat and a head start on the review isn’t such a bad thing.

So far I've seen a Tennant, two Capaldis, four Fez's and a very good Clara. Tyrell has posted a picture of the screen image on Instagram and it's already been liked by someone else in the room who has posted her own version. Tyrell's on her smartphone, I'm doing this on my tab, and Tony's got his laptop out to write the spoiler free review (which will be coming your way shortly).

Well there's not much else to say except that we have good seats for what will be an interminable wait. Now if only I had a time machine and could miss out all the boring bits, like Tuesdays…

Well it's now ten o'clock and I'm back home after a much less frantic drive, and I have to say my socks were well and truly blown off! Well actually, they're in the hallway with my boots, and trust me after a full day in work, a lot of standing around and roughly fifteen hours on my feet, if we had smelly-vision, then Moffit would be using them for the lurking menace.

Before I get to the episodes themselves I'm going to jump briefly to the after-show Q&A. There was of course the inevitable stupid questions - what can you tell us about the Christmas Episode? Moffat surprised us all with the promise to give a detailed response to the question - on Christmas Day evening. There was also a question as to whether he would consider a live show, and I have to say I was impressed by the answer, it was basically “no”, because what Moffat said was why would he lose the creativity of the best post production team on the planet? It was refreshing to see such recognition of work that frequently goes unnoticed.

As for the main event, I have to admit that when I joined Tony for the premiere of 'Deep Breath' last year I came out with the distinct "meh" feeling. Not this time. The eyes have it, we all loved the show.

Clearly I can't give too much away, but it was a tricky story, one bad move and it would have been a catastrophe, however the team hit it out of the ball park. Being as we are in Wales and the home of Doctor Who, we didn't just get the single episode that the English and Scottish got, we got the first two episodes, so we know how the whole story really unfolds... Spoilers Sweetie (and no - that’s not one).

I will say that there are some very dark moments to face when watching this, but some big silly laughs too. Both hit the right notes.

Would I recommend watching series nine of Doctor Who? Well if this start is anything to go by it's going to be a better than the last series, so hell yes!

Five fezes from me!

Gail Williams lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits and pieces are a bit wonderful. Well okay, she lives in Swansea with her husband and daughter. And the world’s most demanding cat. To find out more about Gail, check out - Dare you!

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