Monday, October 26, 2015

New Episode Reaction - The Woman Who Lived *SPOILERS*

About this Story

TitleThe Woman Who Lived
Series No.
Episode No.
Series Nine
Episode Six
Broadcast Dates24th Oct 2015
Overnight Ratings (UK)4.39 Million
DoctorTwelfth Doctor
CompanionClara Oswald

The Doctor bumps into Ashildr again, but is she the
girl she used to be?

The Reaction


  • Premise - The exploration of the Doctor's effect on the lives of the people he leaves behind was developed in a different way here. It's one that has been done before (e.g. Donna suggesting he turn Martha into a soldier), but this is a new twist on the same idea.
  • Visuals - The sets, specials effects, costumes and monster make up were all brilliant in this episode.
  • Maisie Williams - She had a lot more to do this week after her limited contributions last week. The further exploration of her character gave a wider range to the acting.
  • Character Moments - Treganna's script offered plenty of opportunities to get to know the characters a bit better, giving depth to what was happening to them within the story.
  • Humour - The script also offered plenty in the way of humour, with a good range of types, from slapstick in the earlier scenes, to more witty humour in the gallows scene.

Leandro is scheming with "Me", but
can he be trusted?

Low Points

  • Rufus Hound - As soon as it was announced about his casting, I wasn't particularly looking forward to his appearance. His acting style(?) didn't seem to suit the character he was playing; I presume highwaymen were pretty serious people.
  • Obligatory Alien Threat - The very forgettable Tharil thingy (forgot its real name) seemed rather surplus to requirements, taking away from the main premise of the episode which seemed to be about the effects of the Doctor's decisions on the people he leaves behind.
  • Foreshadowing - In small intriguing doses, I love a bit of foreshadowing. But the subtle as a brick through a window lines about Clara "never leaving" the Doctor take the biscuit. We all know how that ends.
  • Sonic Sunglasses - Ho hum.

Quote of the Week

Doctor: "Anyone in that village would have died for you." "Me": "Well, they're all dead now, and here I am. So I guess it's all worked out."

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