Sunday, October 18, 2015

New Episode Reaction - The Girl Who Died *SPOILERS*

About this Story

TitleThe Girl Who Died
Series No.
Episode No.
Series Nine
Episode Five
Broadcast Dates17th Oct 2015
Overnight Ratings (UK)4.85 Million
DoctorTwelfth Doctor
CompanionClara Oswald

Odin and the Mire attack the Viking village

The Reaction


  • Pacing - I usually criticise an episode for its stop-start pace, but this time it seemed to work. The cutting between action and dialogue gave a chance to take the story in little bits at a time, as well as being teased about when the climactic action would come. Another compelling script by Mathieson!
  • Setting - Excellent graphics and set design effectively established the Viking setting of the story.
  • Quality Acting - Capaldi and Coleman on top form as ever, with Maisie Williams contributing brilliantly too. It should be good to see the less controlled part to her character next week.
  • The Face Thing - I have to say that I'm not disappointed with the way the face choice was resolved: we even got some flashbacks of Donna! Does make you wonder why Sixie took Maxil's face though...?
  • Immortality - It was quite shocking to see the Doctor grant someone immortality despite him being completely against it in the past. It also shows Twelve's development of human skills by giving her a second one for the person she falls in love with, though I theorise that she may pick the wrong person to use it on... We'll see next week....
  • Sonic Glasses - The Vikings snapped them. The Viking dudes are cool!

What is so special about Ashildr?

Low Points

  • Vikings - They didn't have horned helmets. It had to be said....
  • The Mire - Another enemy of the week that slipped through the fingers of the writers - underused and underwhelming. I'd also liked to have seen more of what was under that armour.
  • Odin's Cloud - Did it not seem all a bit Teletubbies?

Quote of the Week

Doctor: "Immortality isn't living forever, that's not what it feels like. Immortality is everybody else dying. She might meet someone she can't bear to lose. That happens, I believe..."

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