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October 17th, 2015 147 comments

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?







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147 comments

  • the astronaut of death

    October 18th, 2015 - 11:09am

    best to worst episode so far….

    witch’s familiar
    before the flood
    magicians apprentice
    under the lake
    the girl who died

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  • Tim M

    October 18th, 2015 - 11:01am

    I enjoyed the episode, but it probably ranks as my least favourite episode of series nine so far. Nice explanation though of why the Doctor has the face he has, with flashback scenes to Tennant. In fact, seeing Tennant and Tate again made me feel a bit nostalgic for those times again…maybe things were better for the series then than now.? Of course, the Hybrid is the recurring theme throughout this series…and it’s clearly a hybrid connected to the Doctor’s early past on Gallifrey methinks. Maybe the Eighth Doctor was right…perhaps the Doctor became the hybrid…half time lord, half human? but why and how?

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    • Obsie

      October 18th, 2015 - 12:21pm

      I vehemently do not want the Doctor to half human, half Time Lord.

  • DOCTOR WHO ONE

    October 18th, 2015 - 6:59am

    Only thing I largely liked about it was the flashbacks to ‘The Fires of Pompeii’ and ‘Deep Breath’.

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    • CJ

      October 18th, 2015 - 11:10am

      Same here 😀

  • Wildthyme

    October 17th, 2015 - 11:25pm

    Not too bad, reminded me of an old DWM 8th Doctor serial. Especially the ending where he uses alien tech to save the samurai that helped him, which made him immortal… Wonder if she’ll follow the same type of path

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  • GallifreyanKnight

    October 17th, 2015 - 11:02pm

    Standard filler type episode.
    Not bad, but not great either.
    Average at best.

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  • The Figure Adventurer

    October 17th, 2015 - 10:47pm

    Wow. This was… amazing! I loved this episode! A refreshing break from the deep, melodramatic storylines of late. Jamie Mathieson has really topped his game since Flatline which, in my opinion, is one of the best episodes of Doctor Who. It is clear, however, at which point Moffat stepped in… the story actually dips down a little towards the end. But, other than that, this is one of the strongest stories of Doctor Who!

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    • Clarice

      October 19th, 2015 - 12:33am

      I’d have to agree with you about Flatline! That one is one of the absolute best. To clarify, do you mean that the point at which Moffat stepped in and took over the script, is clear? If so, how can you tell? Very curious about this, as you’re not the first commenter to mention that!

  • The Silent Silent

    October 17th, 2015 - 10:28pm

    OK

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  • 100,000BC

    October 17th, 2015 - 10:04pm

    Excellent! This episode seems rather ‘marmite’ compared to the previous ones this series, but personally I loved it! Ashildr could become Big Finish spin-off territory at some point (perhaps not immediately), depending on how next episode plays out.

    I loved the bit about his face, I loved Ashildr and I loved that bit with the baby – a tear formed in my eye at some points, but the episode was also a lot of fun.

    I can’t pretend that the destruction of the sonic sunglasses didn’t satisfy me – they were a fun gimmick to start with but ultimately they will probably lose their novelty as time goes on – who knows whether they will make a return?

    Roll on next week, and the second part in the Ashildr duology!

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  • RORY DOCTOR RIVER POND

    October 17th, 2015 - 10:00pm

    A simple yet effective episode. It also turned out to be very clever, and it had some brilliant character moments. Although, apart from the ending, I don’t think Williams made much of an impact.

    Nice nods to Pompeii! That was exciting. Tonnes better than last week. Proves single stories can be just as good as two parters! Nice to have a break.

    But, it did get a bit silly at times, although I thought it would be worse in the build up.

    Really enjoyed it!

    Also, THE FORESHADOWING! My English techniques bingo was bursting

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    • Obsie

      October 18th, 2015 - 10:03am

      I don’t see all the fuss of her being there, not like she was anything special, any other actress could have done the part.

    • RORY DOCTOR RIVER POND

      October 18th, 2015 - 10:08am

      Exactly

  • Anonymous

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:57pm

    Really disappointed.

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  • the astronaut of death

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:38pm

    odin reminded me of tellytubbies baby

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    • 76 Totter’s Lane

      October 17th, 2015 - 10:48pm

      Me too.

  • The eternal doctor

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:37pm

    Glad glasses have gone

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    • the astronaut of death

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:46pm

      for now…..

    • Doctorfan

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:48pm

      They haven’t they’re on tv trailer quite a lot

  • Moog Who Craft!

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:35pm

    One of the best episodes of Doctor Who ever! Steven Moffat is really upping his game here. Series 5: Great Series 6: Ok (ish) Series 7: Great Series 8: Alright

    Series 9: SMASHING! Seriously, one of the best series ever! The first two episodes were superb.
    Episode 3 was great, Episode 4 let it down slightly. But Episode 5.. MY GOD!

    Maisie williams’s character is not what I expected her to be. I am so glad she was a new character, and not River or Susan, as a lot of people assumed. Her dieing, and then coming back to life again was great, and shows us how far the Doctor will go to keep a human alive, even though that has now made Ashilda immortal.. Hmmmm *cough cough* Captain Jack..

    But seriously. A stunning episode, and I really hope we see more episodes like this!
    (Also, clara isn’t in the NEXT TIME trailer… Ummmmm)

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  • The eternal doctor

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:31pm

    Watching it again, the only thing that I thought was good about that episode was them on the mire ship, should of been on there longer and the comedy.

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  • JasonisnotaRobot

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:28pm

    I really enjoyed it, great episode!

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  • ChristopherAdventures

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:28pm

    Without the last few minutes, It would not be a strong episode.:(

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  • The super whovian

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:26pm

    Very good episode I liked the idea about the face but what does that mean about the 2nd and 6th doctor’s faces?

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    • Dem squiggles

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:30pm

      WHy the second doctor

    • The super whovian

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:34pm

      Because in The enemy of the world the 2nd doctor had the same face as salamander

    • 76 Totter’s Lane

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:38pm

      And the 1st Doctor having the same face of the Abbot of Amboise in ‘The Massacre (of St. Bartholomew’s Eve)’.

    • Colin Buick

      October 18th, 2015 - 10:33am

      I disagree. The latest doctor got his face from the fires of pompei when he has the 10th doctor’s face. And the sixth doctor’s face was from Arc of Infinity aka commander maxil when he had fifth doctor’s face. So the latest doctor face is from previous encounter so hartnell and troughton cant fall into that category.

  • Doctor Stu

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:25pm

    I was hoping for a whole episode on his face not just a 20 second scene and I feel making her live forever was a lot crueler than just letting her die it was still better than in the forest of the night though

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  • Anonymous

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:22pm

    Why did they get rid of the rock theme? It was awesome!

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  • NigelM

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:21pm

    Oh dear, the first dud episode of this series. A lot of it simply didn’t make sense. Hopefully a one-off.

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    • CJ

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:31pm

      Alot of it made perfect sense… Just saying

    • NigelM

      October 17th, 2015 - 11:57pm

      What made sense ? That one of the most feared warrior races in the galaxy would bother to use a hologram with a clearly electronic eye-patch ? Why didn’t they just transport the warriors without revealing themselves ? Why give the villagers 24 hours to prepare ? Why did she die after putting on the helmet ? Too many plot holes.

  • Anonymous

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:20pm

    Thought that was great. Was convinced the girl was river whole way through until the end. “Fire in the water” – thought we would see a river regeneration after the med-kit healed her and repaired the regeneration energy. Think we will see anew sonic now too which could link to river

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    • CJ

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:33pm

      It was the Eleventh Doctor who gave that sonic screwdriver when they visited the singing towers of darillium

  • Trenzalore

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:19pm

    Absolutely loved it, definitely one of my favourites. The first 10 minutes I thought was terrible but from the Vikings trapped aboard the ship to the end were wonderful. It was very smart they way in which they beat the mire, paired with the Benny Hill theme I thought it was hilarious.

    Didn’t really like the character of Ashildr, don’t get why the Doctor needed to save her so badly when so many others have died but it does mean she can now live forever (?) Which is a little too similar to Captain Jack.

    Loved seeing Donna again, the music was wonderful and the last shot of Ashildr was wonderfully done (though a little cheesy) would have been great if the land had changed too around her to show the passing of time, like buildings appearing.

    Overall the best in this series for me.

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  • CJ

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:17pm

    Told you all she was a new character and finally we know why he has that face!

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    • anon

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:34pm

      CJ, clap clap (!) Everyone else is allowed to have an opinion of who someone is going to be, not just you. So there is no reason to boast, its not like you have written anything in the series. Me and my mates had a bet to guess who she was, a couple said River, 1 said his daughter, i said just a new character to try and get the views up and get a lot of hype during the trailer.

      So yeah, Ashildr is a new character, big whoop. time to get on with life again

    • The eternal doctor

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:40pm

      He is just happy he is right

    • CJ

      October 18th, 2015 - 11:14am

      Lol 😀

  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:17pm

    I was hoping for something better due to Jamie Mathieson’s first two episodes, which were both very good, especially Mummy on the Orient Express. He wrote the two best episodes of series 8. However, in my episode tanking of the first five episodes of this series, I’d put this 4th or possibly 5th. It was still good, but didn’t live up to my expectations.

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    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:19pm

      *ranking, not tanking

  • The eternal doctor

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:15pm

    I was so disappointed. The face thing was so bad and the sollution was alright I guess.
    2/10

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  • Still not ginger

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:15pm

    So why did twelve have that face again?

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    • The eternal doctor

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:16pm

      To remind him to save people

    • MrHaloWho

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:16pm

      And he couldn’t just write a note?

    • The eternal doctor

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:20pm

      Well they had to think of something but that idea was awfull

    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:23pm

      They didn’t have to think of something – Moffat could have just left it unexplained. Maybe they just look similar. I’m okay with the explanation though.

    • character

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:29pm

      So thats why he took Caecillius’ face, does not explain why we have a doppelganger of Frobisher flying the Tardis though.

    • 100,000BC

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:54pm

      Frobisher the shape-shifting penguin?? Now that would be an interesting regeneration :’D

      Just joking, I know who you mean – but Mr. Frobisher’s ancestors probably just migrated from Italy at some point, which explains all of your problems, thank you and goodnight!

    • Obsie

      October 18th, 2015 - 12:34pm

      To remind himself to save people, what on earth for ? 52 years (on television anyway) of him being around doing just that and now Moffat throws it in as reason for his new face. Those of us who’ve seen it from it’s early days are used him saving races/people and planets; all I can say is : That’s it ? brilliant reasoning and so well thought out ! (not).

  • The Five Doctors

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:12pm

    Wow, now that was brilliant!

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  • Doctor Stu

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:11pm

    I have no words….it was pretty terrible up until the last 10 minutes loved seeing Donna again but apart from that I don’t think I’ll be watching that episode again

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  • Dalek105

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:11pm

    I have a theory that the girl is jenny flint

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    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:17pm

      You could be onto something there.

    • The eternal doctor

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:18pm

      That would be good

    • Dalek105

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:18pm

      thanks

    • CJ

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:19pm

      Ah but I don’t think she can age… So she can’t be

    • The eternal doctor

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:19pm

      Well they had for hink of something, bit that idea was awfull.

    • Dalek105

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:20pm

      also the lady in the next episode could be the same person, which is how the stories are linked

    • Dalek105

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:21pm

      good point CJ

    • The eternal doctor

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:21pm

      I was told they weren’t linked

    • Dalek105

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:27pm

      The names are so similar though, they HAVE to be some how linked

    • The eternal doctor

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:34pm

      I know what your saying, but there different writers

    • The eternal doctor

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:35pm

      So glad the glasses have gone

    • The eternal doctor

      October 17th, 2015 - 9:36pm

      Sorry comment was for above

    • GallifreyanKnight

      October 17th, 2015 - 11:03pm

      “I have a theory that the girl is jenny flint”

      Nope.

    • Dalek105

      October 18th, 2015 - 6:47am

      sorry didnt reply earlier, but that is a good point, I didnt look at the writers

  • Dalekparadigm2

    October 17th, 2015 - 9:09pm

    Very clever and well written. The throwback to Tennant was great and a bit of reversing the polarity just for fun. It will be interesting to see where this story goes from here.

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