Missy and Clara are not dead, because: technobabble stuff, never mind. While they “work together” – if “work together” means Missy delighting in finding ways to torment Clara in the name of rescuing the Doctor – the Doctor has a bit of fun playing Dalek Dodgems before getting pulled into a very long, sometimes moving, but mostly long, conversation with old pal Davros which lasts most of this clever, bombastic, but strangely underwhelming second ep.
For all the running and zapping – and cackling, so much cackling – there’s not actually that much going on underneath all the angsting and nostalgia. And what there is involves way too much Missy for my liking. In spite of some decent twists, some deft nods to the past and a poignant, touching final scene, then, “The Witch’s Familiar” doesn’t really hit the mark the way “The Magician’s Apprentice” did. For me, anyway.