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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?



  • 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.

  • 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 - 7:05pm

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Olga

    October 18th, 2015 - 6:05pm

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

  • 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.

  • 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.


    October 18th, 2015 - 3:57pm

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

  • 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

  • Aidan Gula

    October 18th, 2015 - 3:39pm

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

  • 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.

  • Exterminator

    October 18th, 2015 - 2:41pm

    The Mire…. the Dire more like.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 - 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.

  • 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 - 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.

  • 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).

  • Obsie

    October 18th, 2015 - 12:21pm

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

  • booboo

    October 18th, 2015 - 11:22am

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

  • CJ

    October 18th, 2015 - 11:14am

    Lol 😀

  • Doctorfan

    October 18th, 2015 - 11:13am

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

  • CJ

    October 18th, 2015 - 11:10am

    Same here 😀

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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.


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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.

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