In Review: Doctor Who – The Girl Who Died

The Doctor and Clara are captured by vikings.

Synopsis: The Doctor and Clara are captured by vikings.

Review: What starts out as a fun outing for the Doctor and Clara quickly deteriorates into a serious matter in which they have to teach an inept group of vikings how to fight in order to fend off an alien invader that intends to harvest their mightiest warriors in order to get a high off of their testosterone.

However the fight as it turns out is won by a matter of brains over brawn and a very imaginative young girl played by Maisie Williams.

There is a lot to like about this story and long term followers of ‘Doctor Who’ would have been whooping with delight at the flashback scenes to the 10th Doctor’s Pompei adventure, which informs Doctor number 12 about why he was given his face.

Maisie Williams provides a great energy to proceedings in her role of Ashildr and shares some fantastic scenes with both Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman.

It isn’t revealed where or why the Doctor knows Ashildr in this first episode, but by the close of the story some seeds are sewn, which could well have future implications for time and space.

The alien threat of the Mire seemed to be dispensed with rather easily, but one can’t help but feel that they will somehow make good on their promise and be back for more.

Although this was somewhat of a daft romp. You can’t help but feel that things are being set up for the concluding episode, which will air next week.

Doctor Who - The Girl Who Died
  • Maisie Williams scenes with the Doctor and Clara
  • The Mire seemed to be beaten a little to easily
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Special FX
  • Incidental Music

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One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    18 October 2015 at 2:07 am -

    I love that the baby translated as poetry, the Pompeii call back, and the fact that Ashildr is the hybrid of the two warrior races from the prophecy of the Dalek eps.

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