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Doctor Who: The Complete Guide to The Magician’s Apprentice

It’s been nine whole months since Doctor Who left our screens at Christmas – but at last, the wait is over, with the Twelfth Doctor and Clara returning tonight for twelve new episodes! It all kicks off this evening with the first part of a thrilling, shocking opening two-parter, The Magician’s Apprentice – and to whet your appetite for tonight’s opener, here’s all you need to know about the episode:

Synopsis (Thanks to Radio Times)

As this first adventure begins, it seems the Time Lord has gone missing – which is bad news for Earth, as a mysterious alien force has frozen the skies. Clara needs to find her friend – but where is he and what is he hiding from? Things soon become clear with the appearance of a familiar old enemy with a black hat and Scottish accent.

The international broadcast times for The Magician’s Apprentice are as follows:

  • UK – Tonight at 7.40pm on BBC One
  • US – Tonight at 9/8C on BBC America
  • Canada – Tonight at 9pm on SPACE
  • Asia Pacific – Tomorrow at 10am SGT on BBC Entertainment
  • New Zealand – Tomorrow at 7.30pm on Prime
  • Australia – Tomorrow at 7.40pm on ABC1 (available after UK premiere on iView)
  • Finland – Monday 28th September at 6.05pm on YLE2
  • South Africa – Saturday 24th October at 6pm on BBC First
  • Germany – Thursday 3rd December at 9pm on FOX (available tomorrow on iTunes)
  • India – Later in 2015 on FX
  • Italy – Early 2016 on RAI4
The cast list for The Magician’s Apprentice is as follows:
  • The Doctor – Peter Capaldi
  • Clara – Jenna Coleman
  • Missy – Michelle Gomez
  • Colony Sarff – Jami Reid-Quarrell
  • Kate Stewart – Jemma Redgrave
  • Jac – Jaye Griffiths
  • Mike – Harki Bhambra
  • Bors – Daniel Hoffman-Gill
  • Kanzo – Benjamin Cawley
  • Mr Dunlop – Aaron Neil
  • Ohila – Claire Higgins
  • Shadow Architect – Kelly Hunter
  • Alison – India Ria Amarteifio
  • Ryan – Dasharn Anderson
  • Voice of the Daleks – Nicholas Briggs
  • Boy – Joey Price
  • Newsreaders – Stefen Adegbola, Shin-Fei Chen and Lucy Newman-Williams
  • Schoolgirl – Demi Papaminas
  • Daleks – Barnaby Edwards & Nicholas Pegg
  • Soldier – Jonathan Ojinnaka
Here’s the TV trailer and the prologue:

Be sure to stay tuned to The Gallifrey Times after the episode at 8.30pm for a discussion & poll, behind the scenes content and the Next Time trailer for The Witch’s Familiar!