Moffat has told Doctor Who Magazine that, “First episodes are tough, and I feel as though I slightly fumbled it last year by not having a ‘new thing’ in The Magician’s Apprentice.”
The Moff added: “It was the same Doctor, same companion… You want to persuade people to tune in because a brand new thing is happening.”
I don’t that’s always true. But new things, they were just hidden inside the old things, like Davros & The Daleks. There was character development, between Davros and The Doctor. Davros had more line and more EYEsight than ever.
No new Characters, just new ways of using the characters. Clara as Missy’s abused companion was hilarious.
“My name is Davros”. Chills.
Series 9 was one of the best in a long time.
Mr Moffat is keen to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “We’ll introduce [the new companion, Bill] in the first episode of 2017, and she’ll run through that series”, he explained. “She’ll not be in Christmas , because that would blow the series launch… So there’ll be somebody else – a different, guest companion – this Christmas, like how River Song played the companion role in last year’s Special.”
This all sounds rather tactical, doesn’t it? We’ll have to wait and see whether Doctor Who series 10 can match up to Doctor Who series 9, which, to us, was something of a high point for the most part. (Den of Geek)