Warning: This review contains spoilers for Doctor Who Season 9 Episode 1, The Magician’s Apprentice.

Say what you like about controversial Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat — and there is much to say, both good and bad, about his script for The Magician’s Apprentice — but he knows how to hook an audience with a pre-credits sequence

Moffat is able to do this, he has said, because he sets a high bar for himself. While writing, he imagines a viewer sitting at home, about to head out on a first date “with someone really hot.” They’ve got one hand in their jacket. How are you going to keep them in front of the TV? Read more…

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