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What did you Think of The Girl Who Died?

Now that the highly anticipated fifth episode of series 9 has been aired what did you think? Was it everything you had hoped for or not what you expected

Captured by Vikings, the Doctor and Clara must help protect their village from Space Warriors from the future: the Mire. Outnumbered and outgunned, their fate seems inevitable. So why is the Doctor preoccupied with a single Viking girl?




  • Gregor

    October 30th, 2015 - 4:11am

    Enough with the sunglasses and electric guitar. The doctor doesn’t need to be “cool”.

  • Bow Ties Are Cool!

    October 26th, 2015 - 10:48pm


  • The Doctor

    October 26th, 2015 - 10:44am

    Series 9. I love it when new series comes out. to be honest i like it when anything comes out!

  • The Sonic Monkey

    October 22nd, 2015 - 7:45pm

    I have to say that so far this season has been a let down.
    Not that its really bad, but it certainly isn’t as good as it should be.

    I think the problem is that the (few) other shows I watch have all come back with great openers (Walking Dead S06E01 + 02… WOW) But so far the Doctor has yet to wow me. Such a shame as P.C. is my favourite Doctor so far, since the shows revival (don’t think any one will beat the great Tom Baker!). But he is certainly more in line with the classic Doctors than the youthful running and spinning doctors of previous seasons.

    It’s time for SM to step away from the keyboard and leave the writing duties to better folks.

    • Howie Markowitz

      October 23rd, 2015 - 5:44pm

      Spot on!

  • collector

    October 22nd, 2015 - 5:23am

    In The Woman Who Lived, where is Clara? Shes not in the trailers and no explanations are in next weeks tv guide

  • 100,000BC

    October 21st, 2015 - 5:08pm

    It was co-written by Steven Moffat and Jamie Mathieson (Last year’s Mummy/Flatline writer) not Toby Whithouse (I don’t know WHERE everybody’s getting that idea from). Toby wrote Under the Lake/Before the Flood.

    Also, how do you know which bits Moffat wrote – I’d imagined that he’d come in to write the face bit rather than the viking bit but how can any of us be sure without them telling us (which as far as I’m aware, they haven’t)?

  • Big D

    October 21st, 2015 - 4:14pm

    Even without seeing the titles one could tell that this was a TW / SM adventure. Without a doubt the worst episode of the series so far.

    What could and should have been a terrific story became the stuff of pantomime. The Mire had terrific potential but old Captain Hook …. aaarrrrrr…… was awful. Vikings against aliens. What could go wrong? Its a pity TW/SM didnt watch Outlander (film) or 13th Warrior (both very underrated in my opinion) to see how it should have been done.

    Why bring back the soap opera dramatics of Clara again just when Dr Who was getting interesting again? One glance at the writers tells us why. And as for the dialogue…. Please say goodbye Mr Moffat. And quickly.

    As for the block of wood acting of Maisie Williams. Im told shes a decent actress but as Ive never seen her before I can only go on this performance, so either she needs to get the sandpaper out or my heart goes out to her having to act that part.

    Anyway, Ive really enjoyed the series up to this point. Hopefully it will get back on track with the next episode.

  • Stephen

    October 21st, 2015 - 12:46pm

    Also, lose the Bill and Ted theme!

  • Stephen

    October 21st, 2015 - 12:46pm

    I am VERY disappointed at the absence of the sonic screwdriver. The glasses just aren’t cool. Bring back the sonic screwdriver.

  • Exterminator

    October 20th, 2015 - 3:48pm

    Yes I saw that. Even Downton Abbey is scarier than Who! Lol

    • Exterminator

      October 20th, 2015 - 3:51pm

      Above is a reply to the comment below about Downton Abbey having lots of blood this week.

  • The Moffat Paradox

    October 19th, 2015 - 11:20pm

    Dont think the episode was quite in the mire (pun intended) but the Mire themselves seemed to borrowing much from the Borg/Predator concepts.

  • Robert Marsden

    October 19th, 2015 - 7:24pm

    So if the 12th Doctor chose his face from Caecilius to remember he should always try to save lives (no matter the consequences), then why did the 6th Doctor chose the face of Commander Maxil?

    • The Moffat Paradox

      October 19th, 2015 - 7:31pm

      Maybe because any influence on this is more unconscious.

    • Doctor Stu

      October 19th, 2015 - 9:44pm

      Does this mean the Doctor will suddenly regenerate into Lindsey Duncan sometime soon then :mrgreen:

  • MrHaloWho

    October 19th, 2015 - 5:37pm

    It was Robot of Sherwood – the worst episode yet – all over again!

    • The Livin’ Shadow

      October 19th, 2015 - 7:42pm

      How was it like Robot of Sherwood?

    • Doctor Stu

      October 19th, 2015 - 9:46pm

      Trying too hard to be funny, had well designed villains that were poorly used and a poor resolution

  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    October 19th, 2015 - 12:16pm

    The Magician’s Apprentice: 9/10
    The Witch’s Familiar: 10/10
    Under the Lake: 7/10
    Before the Flood: 8/10
    The Girl Who Died: 6/10

    Average score so far: 8/10.
    That’s a pretty good average. 🙂

    • MrHaloWho

      October 19th, 2015 - 5:34pm

      My ratings:
      The Magician’s Apprentice: 6/10
      The Witch’s Familiar: 5/10
      Under the Lake: 4/10
      Before the Flood: 3/10
      The Girl Who Died: 2/10

      Somehow, the series seems to be going downhill from the horrible first episode!

    • MrHaloWho

      October 19th, 2015 - 5:36pm

      And an average of 4/10 isn’t great. D,oD

    • Olga

      October 19th, 2015 - 6:24pm

      I guess the next episode will be 1/10 because you’re counting down.

    • PedroPete

      October 19th, 2015 - 7:18pm

      Last Christmas – 6/10
      The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witch’s Familiar – 9/10
      Under the Lake / Before the Flood – 7/10
      The Girl Who Died – 8/10

      So an average score of 7.5 so far, which isn’t too bad. Here are last year’s results:

      Deep Breath – 7/10
      Into the Dalek – 8/10
      Robot of Sherwood – 8.5/10
      Listen – 6/10
      Time Heist – 8/10
      The Caretaker – 7/10
      Kill the Moon – 6/10
      Mummy on the Orient Express – 7.5/10
      Flatline – 9/10
      In the Forest of the Night – 7.5/10
      Dark Water / Death in Heaven – 5.5/10

      So the average for that series is 7.27 so not far under Series 9 so far.

  • 47

    October 19th, 2015 - 10:03am

    Apart from Peter Capaldi in a couple or three scenes near the end which highlight how good he is, this was a rather poor episode. Nonsense story, nonsense ‘villain’ and yet another re-treading of the Doctor/Clara relationship and character ‘dilemas’, the whole episode was a dull, waste of time, just to set up a new character/plot/story point. After the last four excellent episodes, this was a big step backwards……. Hopefully just a filler, though………

  • LaurenceC

    October 18th, 2015 - 9:21pm

    An excellent episode with some nice fun parts thrown in. Masie seemed to be a bit disconnected from things at some points, but she was a very worthy addition – I hope she is not overused. One major gripe though – Moffat seems to treat viewers like idiots sometimes. Every schoolchild know that Viking helmets did NOT have horns on them!

    • the ergon

      October 19th, 2015 - 12:51pm

      If you read this months doctor who magazine, writer toby whitehouse explains that the look was intentional for the program a misconception of how vikings really looked. A mythologised look. I don,t think his idea was to patronise the audience.

    • Anonymous

      October 19th, 2015 - 4:55pm

      It was not written by Whithouse though…

    • the ergon

      October 19th, 2015 - 5:28pm

      No but he directed it knowing this inaccuracy.

    • the ergon

      October 19th, 2015 - 5:44pm

      I apologise, it was ed bazalgette who directed. In any case as toby mentioned, they are aware but prepared for it to go out, accepting Vikings didn,t have horns on their helmets. Wasn,t the Viking helmet the first doctor found in ‘the time meddler’ a Viking helmet?

    • Anonymous

      October 19th, 2015 - 10:16pm

      Yes, and they’d also know that Vikings are the members of raiding parties, not just everyone in the Norse community. Doctor Who history is not the same as real world history, as long as the production team are willing to point out the “discrepancies” are for stylistic reasons and not genuine screw ups then there’s nothing wrong with it.

    • the ergon

      October 20th, 2015 - 12:26pm

      Exactly. and more enjoyable for it. The historicals for me are far better when played in a romp like fashion. I don,t give a hoot about discrepancies. The magic of who is that it can take any point in history and be as malleable as it likes.

  • Dalek the Supreme

    October 18th, 2015 - 6:54pm

    It was a fun episode. I loved the opening scene where it’s business as usual, and the scene where the Doctor brags about the Sonic Sunglasses, just before they get destroyed. Hopefully that’s the end of them. The girl was interesting enough, although I can’t remember her name. The other supporting characters, especially the Doctor’s dynamic with them, was hilarious. This episode had some great dialogue, with the conversations about whether the Doctor should or shouldn’t help the people fight. The Mire were decent, but nothing all that special, which made their humiliating defeat at the end of the episode work. That was hilarious. The only complaint I really have with the episode is the sudden, serious change in tone when the girl dies, and how the Doctor’s reasoning behind his face is suddenly brought up and explained, after being forgotten since Deep Breath. This is a complaint I have with a lot of the Twelfth Doctor’s character arcs. They’re interesting enough, but they get dropped for a whole bunch of episodes, and brought up again with very little buildup. Other than that, this was a very enjoyable episode, and I’m looking forward to the next one.

    Also, between the girl, the person she gives the other kit to, and the Time Lord Daleks, I think we have our story arc for the season: hybrids.


    October 18th, 2015 - 3:57pm

    Just learned from the Doctor Who Wiki page that this is the 100th story of new series Doctor Who 🙂

    • Clarice

      October 19th, 2015 - 12:26am

      Whoa that’s amazing! 100 episodes FLEW by…

      Cheers to 100 more! 🙂

    • The Cyber Squirrel

      October 19th, 2015 - 7:31am

      I hate to be that guy, but it was actually the crimson horror.

    • starshipalaska

      October 19th, 2015 - 1:28pm

      I hate be that other guy, but I think the Crimson Horror was the 100th episode, while this is the 100th story 🙂


      October 19th, 2015 - 2:57pm

      Cyber Squirrel and Starship Alaska – THAT GUY ? what are you two on about ?.


      October 19th, 2015 - 3:18pm

      Oh wait, I think I just understood your comment about ‘that guy’ being Clarice because they said episodes not stories.

      Yeah, ‘The Crimson Horror’ is indeed the 100th episode of the new series, while this current 2-parter is the 100th story 🙂

    • starshipalaska

      October 19th, 2015 - 3:20pm

      Just an expression DOCTOR WHO ONE, it means that although you are about to point something out, you still don’t want to come across as a know-it-all :).


      October 19th, 2015 - 3:53pm

      Well, I wasn’t trying to come across as a know-it-all to begin with, just wanted to share an interesting fact that maybe others had not been aware off that I thought maybe they’d find interesting 🙂

    • Clarice

      October 27th, 2015 - 6:01am

      Ahhh I understand now! STORY, not episode. Roger that :). Still. Crazy that there have been so many already. Is this 100 including the original Who, or just starting from the reboot?

  • Aidan Gula

    October 18th, 2015 - 3:42pm

    The Magician’s Apprentice – 10/10
    The Witch’s Familiar – 10/10
    Under the Lake – 8/10
    Before the Flood – 7/10
    The Girl Who Died – 2/10
    Series 9 Average (so far) – 7.4/10

    • starshipalaska

      October 18th, 2015 - 7:30pm

      Wow, really, 2/10? There were some really nice moments, continued subtle development of Clara, some decent comedy bits, brilliant shock revelations at the end relating to Capaldi’s face and the Hybrid. Seems a little harsh but whatever.

  • Dalekparadigm2

    October 18th, 2015 - 3:30pm

    So far my best to worst this series are:

    Under the Lake
    Before the Flood
    The Magician’s Apprentice
    The Witch’s Familiar
    The Girl Who Died

    I think if Moffat didn’t co-write last night’s episode then it would’ve been so much better.

    • Aidan Gula

      October 18th, 2015 - 3:39pm

      I totally agree. Steven Moffat shouldn’t have had any input. Just sack him.

    • Anonymous

      October 18th, 2015 - 4:10pm

      I disagree. It was Moffats input that saved the episode from being another Robots of Sherwood. Its set up next weeks…and possibly many more episodes nicely. Yep, the weakest of the series so far…but that says more about the strength of the 4 episodes prior to it…2 of which were written by SM.

      Sometimes I am embarrassed to be a DW fan when I read immature, irrational and utterly subjective comments like those left above.

    • Dalek the Supreme

      October 18th, 2015 - 7:02pm

      I honestly think The Magician’s Apprentice is the weakest. That’s not saying much, because I haven’t disliked an episode of this season so far.

    • Dalekparadigm2

      October 18th, 2015 - 10:46pm

      I personally think that The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor have been the best Moffat episodes. I do also think that he has had enough time on the show. He’s run out of ideas. This episode could’ve been so much more but if you look at my other ratings, out of 5 episodes so far, all that were written or co-writen by Moffat have been at the bottom of the list. Toby Whithouse for lead writer. Those last two were great!

    • Clarice

      October 19th, 2015 - 12:29am

      @Dalekparadigm2 I agree that the Day of the Doctor and the Time of the Doctor are some of the best, but I disagree that he’s had enough time on the show. I think he has an incredible attention to detail–the little snide comments and under-the-breath remarks he writes into every episode he’s a part of, prove that. This might’ve not been his best yet, but I still look forward to all the new episodes and wild ideas he has to bring to the series. I guess only time will tell how he does this season!

    • Anonymous

      October 19th, 2015 - 1:29am

      Remember Toby Whitehouse wrote Vampires of Venice and A Town Called Mercy…hardly the finest scripts. Kind of proves many of these comments are not even thought through.

      The point is…it doesn’t matter who is leader writter…their will always be haters and complainers.

      SM is doing a fantastic job, not only with his own writing but recruiting other writers and directing their scripts.

    • Clarice

      October 27th, 2015 - 6:02am

      ^^^ I second that!

  • Olga

    October 18th, 2015 - 1:32pm

    I quite liked the episode but I think it’s been the worst from series 9 so far. The beginning was weird. Then it got a bit more interesting but the enemy was a joke.What was that? It was more like a parody of Doctor Who and would be perfect for Red Nose Day. I’m not a huge fan of Maisie Williams as well. She doesn’t really fit Doctor Who and I thought she’s about 14. What I liked the most about the episode was Peter Capaldi. He’s great as the Doctor.

    • Exterminator

      October 18th, 2015 - 2:41pm

      The Mire…. the Dire more like.

    • Olga

      October 18th, 2015 - 6:05pm

      I hope the next episode will be better but we’ll all see.

    • Dalek the Supreme

      October 18th, 2015 - 7:05pm

      I don’t mind a more comedic villain. After all the dead-seriousness of the Daleks, Davros, the ghosts, the Fisher King, the Cybermen, basically, after almost every villain of the Twelfth Doctor’s era so far, I like that they’re taking a break and giving us something more fun for once.

    • Olga

      October 18th, 2015 - 7:22pm

      I agree with you but I still think the vilain should have been either more funny or more serious. He was silly but not in that funny way (raher in “was that for real?” way). It’s just my opinion but I’m still optimistic about the series.

  • the ergon

    October 18th, 2015 - 1:13pm

    I enjoyed it even if the basic ‘stranger comes to town and rallies the locals to fight back is as old as the hills. If maisie Williams wasn,t so established an actress and had been unknown, imagine the possibilities they could do with the ashildr character. So much potential there. Hope her characters able to return,as with River song, she could flit in and out playing a different guise. I,m looking forward to next week now with her Nightmare character. I like the pseudo historicals more anyway. I still can,t understand why the 5th doctor modelled his face on commander maxil. Understandable with the 12th doctor.

  • Exterminator

    October 18th, 2015 - 12:37pm

    I’m sorry but I found it a bit boring. Yes it had a nice little flash back to Tennant and Tate, but I can see why thousands of people are switching off. I feel Doctor Who is too tame for a modern audience. Look at big shows like the walking dead, game of thrones, true blood. They all feature blood and gore and adult themes. We never ever see a drop of blood in Who! It’s content could be shown on CBBC as a replacement for the Sarah Jane Adventures. This week we had Vikings having their adrenalin and testosterone extracted and yet all we saw was a little zap of electricity and a puff of smoke. It’s just not scary.

    • Cymon

      October 18th, 2015 - 12:42pm

      The shows you mention are all aimed at the adult viewer whereas Doctor Who is aimed at a family audience, but I agree with you, they could up the scare factor a bit so the whole family can enjoy it not just the kids

    • Exterminator

      October 18th, 2015 - 1:01pm

      I realise those shows are for an adult audience but I would guess that the majority of Dr Who’s audience is adult. Last nights episode wasn’t at all scary and I can’t imagine any kids having nightmares after watching it. One of the Vikings fainted at the sight of blood! Really??? Blood that we didn’t even see. 2/10 for me.

    • the astronaut of death

      October 18th, 2015 - 1:31pm

      oh come on , we have had 4 weeks of rather dark episodes , so i think its alright to get a light hearted one now and then.

    • Exterminator

      October 18th, 2015 - 5:05pm

      If they want kids to be talking about Dr Who in the school playgrounds, they need to add a bit of horror and gore. Kids love it.

      This week could’ve been kids saying to there friends at school: ‘Did you see Dr Who this week?’ ….. ‘Yeah, that really cool bit where the Vikings got mashed up and you saw their heads getting squashed! How cool was that!’

      I don’t think many will be talking about a zap of electricity and puff of smoke.

    • the astronaut of death

      October 18th, 2015 - 7:08pm

      the kids might love it , but the parents wont like them loving it , or even watching it for that matter.

    • Dalek the Supreme

      October 18th, 2015 - 7:08pm

      I don’t think most parents will be letting their children watch shows where people are getting their heads crushed.

    • Exterminator

      October 18th, 2015 - 10:05pm

      Well the ratings are dropping every week, they need to do something and quickly.

    • Rufus

      October 19th, 2015 - 10:18am

      Who is not about blood and guts and pointless head smashing.

    • Exterminator

      October 19th, 2015 - 1:40pm

      Who is about being scared of the monsters and aliens and hiding behind the sofa and telling your school friends how scary it was.

      It takes more to scare audiences these days. That’s the point I’m trying to make.

      The Dire (lol) were just terrible.

    • Anonymous

      October 19th, 2015 - 3:58pm

      @Exterminator the over night ratings are dropping but the final ratings aren’t and those are the ones that matter

    • Anonymous

      October 19th, 2015 - 3:59pm

      @Exterminator the type of show you want is not Doctor Who

    • Exterminator

      October 19th, 2015 - 5:13pm

      I’ve been a fan since the 70’s. I’m just saying that compared to other hit shows, Who is tame in comparison.

      This weeks episode wouldn’t have been out of place on CBEEBIES!

    • Exterminator

      October 19th, 2015 - 6:43pm

      Ok, just completed the BBC survey about this weeks episode. I’ve been positive up until now.

    • the astronaut of death

      October 19th, 2015 - 6:53pm

      doctor who is its own show it does not need to copy other shows

    • Exterminator

      October 19th, 2015 - 7:06pm

      You’re absolutely right. There’s nothing else like it which is why we all love it and it’s lasted so long. But, I’m not alone in thinking that wasn’t a very good episode.

    • The Moffat Paradox

      October 19th, 2015 - 11:01pm

      LOL There was actually MORE blood and gore on Downton Abbey this weekend!

  • Doctorfan

    October 18th, 2015 - 11:13am

    Booboo is the cover and info for legends of Ashildr ready yet

    • booboo

      October 18th, 2015 - 11:22am

      the synopsis has been around for a while on some sites not seen a cover

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