If you saw the shocking Doctor Who Season 9 premiere this Saturday, then you know that one of the Doctor’s deadliest and oldest foes made a chill-inducing -- and quite unexpected -- reappearance on the BBC sci-fi series.
And I’m not talking about Missy/The Master, played by the always superb Michelle Gomez.
Nope, I’m talking about Davros, creator of those exterminating Daleks, and an ugly thorn in our Time Lord’s side. The last time we saw Davros was seven years ago (man, does time fly!) in the Series 4 two-parter finale, "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End," during David Tennant’s tenure as the Tenth Doctor. At the time, Russell T Davies was still showrunning the heck out of the show.
So why bring Davros back now, to face Peter Capaldi's incarnation of the Mad Man in the Big Blue Police Box? Well, it’s apparently something current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has dreamed of doing since he was a wee child.
"When I was very young, I watched Genesis of the Daleks and began a long plan."
For those who are not familiar with older Doctor Who episodes, "Genesis of the Daleks" was the first time Davros made his appearance on the show, facing off against Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor in the 1975 serial. He also added:
"I was doing what I do in my spare time which is watch old episodes of Doctor Who – because I really know how to kick back and relax," he explained. "Davros had already returned within the series...and it occurred to me, and I think this is just true, there isn't a bad scene between the Doctor and Davros."
"Whatever you think of the stories – and I think they're all good – all the time, every time you have the Doctor confronting Davros, in the classic series and in the new series... every time they meet, it's really quite electric. There's something about those two characters meeting, so I wanted to have a go at it."
Moffat also talked about wanting to get the Doctor and Davros to spend some time together, archnemesis to archnemesis (Missy doesn't seem to like it one bit), since he feels they didn’t get to have much screen time together in the past.
"What surprised me, looking back at the old stories, was how little screen time they have together. In Genesis of the Daleks they have a couple of scenes, that's all – brilliant scenes, beautifully written and played, beautifully done. But they're very short – they're not long at all. I'd imagined it in my memory as being most of the story, but it wasn't at all.
"So my notion was to actually stick them in a room together and see what happens after a long while. So that's, you know, a childhood ambition that hasn't changed into my 50s."
Were you guys surprised by the appearance of Davros during "The Magician’s Apprentice"? Do you think he makes a perfect foil for Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor? Were you surprised by the Doctor's apparent role in creating the monster we all love to hate?
(via Radio Times)