Twelfth: The Girl Who Died (part 1)

girl who died

Writer: Jamie Mathieson & Steven Moffatt

Director: Ed Bazelgette

Producer: Derek Ritchie

Companions: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Ashildr (Maisie Williams)

Series: 9. ep. 5

Summary: The Doctor and Clara help a Viking village fight a race of warriors called the Mire disguised as their god Odin. However, a girl named Ashildr dies during the battle. Using technology from the Mire’s ship, the Doctor grants her immortality.

Review: This episode felt like a return to the fairy tale motif that was prominent throughout the Smith era. I felt the story was great. Maisie Williams is an excellent actress, thanks to her role as Arya Stark in the Game of Thrones TV series on HBO. She’s one of the few good child actresses out there. Really the only flaw the story has is there isn’t much for Clara to do.

Overall Review: 9/10

Continuity: The Doctor’s sonic sunglasses are destroyed in a manner similar to how the Fifth Doctor lost the sonic screwdriver. The Doctor actually says that the phrase “reverse the polarity of the neutron flow” is meaningless. He speaks baby again, just like the Eleventh Doctor did in Closing Time. The Doctor now has a 2,000 year old diary. It was first introduced in the Troughton era, but there it was only 500 years.

 

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