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What Did You Think of The Woman Who Lived?

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

Doctor Who Legends of Ashildr Hardback

Never-before-told stories of The Woman Who Lived. Ashildr, a young Viking girl, died helping the Doctor and Clara to save her village. Brought back to life by the Doctor using alien technology, she is now immortal – The Woman Who Lived.

Since then, Ashildr has kept journals, detailing her extraordinary life. The stories in ‘The Legends of Asildr’ are selections from these journals. It offers a remarkable glimpse into Ashildr’s adventures over her first three hundred years, from enduring the Black Death in London to pirate voyages through the mythical Fortunate Isles. Written by Justin Richards, James Goss, David Llewelyn and Jenny Colgan.

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  • Bow Ties Are Cool!

    October 31st, 2015 - 4:57pm

    So far in my opinion
    1. Under The Lake
    2. Before The Flood
    3. The Magician’s Apprentice
    4. The Witche’s Familiar
    5. The Girl Who Died
    6. The Woman Who lived

  • The Moffat Paradox

    October 28th, 2015 - 11:10am

    It was OK and could be equallly have been called “The Episode That Was Middling” before hopefully getting back to form from the “The Zygon Invasion.”

  • Big D

    October 27th, 2015 - 12:19pm

    Really didn’t like the first part of this story but part 2 was okay. MW was far better than the previous episode and the interaction with the Doctor was very good. I think she would make for an interesting companion.

    However the Bedknobs and Broomsticks subplot was completely unnecessary, whilst the whole immortality thing, whilst making for an interesting story, was frustrating. Would the Doctor really have allowed Clara to convince him to save Ashildrs life in that manner? The Doctor would know he would be condemning her to a life of loneliness etc and wouldn’t the Doctor then take responsibility for her and take her with him?

    Remember that this is nu Who. A Doctor for the enlightened 21st century. A Doctor who carries a burden and a sense of responsibility and love for planet Earth and it’s inhabitants. A Doctor who has and does experience loneliness himself.

    I’m sorry but this doesn’t make sense to me and again shows the inconsistencies in SMs oversight of the show.

    • Mrs Cook

      October 29th, 2015 - 5:15pm

      I think that the scripts are rubbish. Can we get back to what it was like pre Peter Capaldi. He just doesn’t cut the mustard at all. When Matt Smith was the Doctor he was just brilliant. Now it’s just going downhill. I’ve been watching the programme since the very beginning. Sadly now it is lacking. Please don’t let Ashildr be the new companion.

    • CJ

      October 30th, 2015 - 9:53am

      Sorry to say this but if your going to watch it and then complain about how rubbish it is and how it’s going downhill then I’d suggest you stop watching it… IMO there is nothing wrong with the scripts and yes Matt Smith might of been a brilliant Doctor but I think Peter Capaldi plays a brilliant Doctor better then both Matt Smith and David Tennant

    • Anonymous

      November 2nd, 2015 - 1:10am

      Matt Smith was okay, but his storylines were TERRIBLE.

    • anon

      November 2nd, 2015 - 11:21am

      CJ, why is it whenever anyone moans about Capaldi or the storylines, you instantly have to have a go at the person making the comments?! It is their opinion, not yours!

      And both Matt Smith and David Tennant are great actors who both made the role of the Doctor their own in their own ways.

      Seriously, i have noticed that its mainly you who has a go at anyone who puts Capaldi, Steven Moffat or the storylines down in anyway. As far as i am concerned, all the episodes so far APART from The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lives were quite good.

      As for the latter, they were complete and utter garbage. Maisie Williams can not act at all and the storyline was utter rubbish. The most feared lifeform in the universe (or whatever) and they turn out to actually be a Laurel and Hardy tribute act.

      Rant over!

  • Doctor Stu

    October 27th, 2015 - 9:03am

    Clara telling The Doctor ‘I’m not going anywhere’ basically means she’s gonna die pretty soon

  • fire eater

    October 26th, 2015 - 11:14pm

    The best part of the episode for me? Trailer for The Zygon Invasion.

  • Some bloke

    October 26th, 2015 - 10:42pm

    I hate to say it but the last two episodes have been APPALLING! Two WHOLE episodes just to feature a character/actress who (as far as I can see in this series) is TOTALLY pointless and irritating! Both episodes were just excuses to introduce a pathetic character who, yet again, is made immortal or somehow special in relation to the Doctor’s life! (SPOILER ALERT) I know she’s meant to be in episode 10 as well which I am now utterly dreading! Fans of both Doctor Who and Game of Thrones hyped these two up SO much just because it was Maisie Williams from one TV show with a massive fandom crossing over to another TV show with a massive fandom! I think I would have hated these two episodes less if it wasn’t Maisie! I just don’t think she has enough power and gravitas to carry the role of someone who is meant to live (supposedly) as long as the Doctor! (I know she only says she’s lived for 800 years but there is the possibility of her living for 2000) And DON’T get me started on that selfie image of her in the background *Casually* raising an eyebrow to it’s highest point looked ridiculous

    –RANT ENDS– 😀

    • Olga

      October 30th, 2015 - 9:37am

      Unfortunately, I agree with what you said.

    • anon

      November 2nd, 2015 - 11:24am

      Some Bloke, i completely and utterly agree one million percent. And i too was looking forward to episode ten, but since i found out that so-called actress is in it, not so much.

  • Anonymous

    October 26th, 2015 - 10:21am

    liked the references to Captain Jack. & the end scene with Clara.

    • Clarice

      October 27th, 2015 - 7:02am

      Ah the end scene with Clara hit me in the feels…they’re starting to prepare for her departure from the show already :'(

    • Anonymous

      October 27th, 2015 - 4:27pm

      And yet no reference to Romana.

  • Anonymous

    October 25th, 2015 - 11:06pm

    It’s about time they brought Mr Slap back!

  • MaxP

    October 25th, 2015 - 10:43pm

    I’m sorry but when an alien comes from a planet named coincidently with an English word that’s based on what the alien looks like, it’s terrible writing and one of the absolute worst aspect of sci-fi. A lion man from Leonus Delta (or whatever it was) I’m sorry. Terrible. As bad as the the lava monsters from Pyrovelia or Dragon men from Draconia.

    • collector

      October 25th, 2015 - 11:58pm

      So true.

    • MaxP

      October 28th, 2015 - 9:59pm

      The point of the last 2 episodes has nothing to do with my point that it is quite frankly an utterly unbelievable coincidence that an alien lion man comes from a planet called Lionus Delta, and it is undoubtedly the worst kind of hack writing.

  • The Flying Shark

    October 25th, 2015 - 7:48pm

    I thought it was quite good, but I think Clara needed to be in it for more than just the last scene. I liked the references to the Terileptils and Captain Jack.

  • doctor no more

    October 25th, 2015 - 6:33pm

    what a poor story if there was one,this series is sinking quickly after the last one was dire.the first 2 episodes shone some light that it might get better after bringing davros back with a half decent story.this episode with a creature borrowed straight from beauty and the beast and now resembling a kids show was terrible but thankfully clara was back at the end.the doctor playing a guitar most episodes and now with sonic glasses and no screwdriver is just ruining a good show,with moffet killing off characters and then bringing them back with no explaination is very poor story still watching through love of what has gone before,i just hope someone gets back to writing a good dark story that we can connect to when matt and david shone playing the doctor.

    • MaxP

      October 25th, 2015 - 10:39pm

      The show is absolute rubbish these days for sure, but the sonic screw driver that seemed to do everything and was always being waved around was one of the main contributing reasons for the aforementioned rubbish status. Sunnies and guitar make a very cool Doctor IMO.

    • Obsie

      October 26th, 2015 - 5:11pm

      After 48 years of watching the programme I must admit struggling a bit to viewing the show. No disrespect to Mr Capaldi. Changes I can and have endured all this time however, so I will probably still watch it. However, it seems to have lost something along the way.

    • The Metal Lord

      October 26th, 2015 - 5:46pm

      Stand back! Somebody actually likes Clara! Be afraid! Be very afraid!

    • Obsie

      October 27th, 2015 - 9:31pm

      “Anonymous”, you’re correct 3 and 4 were my Doctors. Tom Baker’s Doctor I disliked intensely when he took over in ’74 and I was 12 years old. However, he grew on me, I noticed the mood and atmosphere change, bringing in aspects that were new to me and made me actually think ; snapping me out of complacency. I too remember the “dross” you talk of and shudder seeing it as an adult now. I applaud the exploits of 12 being an alien, not just coming from a different planet; rather more to make the audience actually think again at showing how alien we are at being shocked at his attitudes, surely his character is not to be ridiculed because he snaps tersely, is aloof and sometimes sombre. His unpredictability is the excitement which makes us watch. This Whovian will accept the changes needed to make the show go forward. As for your “Primeval” phase, The Doctor sorted that out in “Inferno” too, lol.

    • MaxP

      October 28th, 2015 - 10:06pm

      Anonymous, the show these days is suffering, made it seems to appeal mainly to children. This may be a minority opinion among die hard Whovians but I know I’m not the only one who thinks it. And I take no pleasure in feeling this way, why would I? It used to be my favorite show but these days there’s none of the dark horror it used to have and it rarely if ever reflects current events in the real world.

    • fan of Clara

      October 28th, 2015 - 11:46pm

      The Metal Lord, quite a lot of people like Jenna Coleman as the companion, me being one of them. Guaranteed, the only reason that a fair share donr like her is cus she isnt blonde. At least Clara dresses decently….. Need i mention Peri? The show is meant to be family friendly, she turned it into a bit of light filth and in my opinion the most WORST companion to ever set foot in the Tardis.

      I really dont want to see Clara go, but thats what Doctor Who is about, change.

      As long as a companion does not show far too much “adult material”, thats the main thing. I have said the above as i dont know what words arent allowed to be said and dont want to be banned from the site.

    • MaxP

      November 1st, 2015 - 10:16pm

      So fan of Clara, you want all female companions to show no flesh. That’d mean no Leela, or Jo Grant, who wore mini-skirts. Also your claim people don’t like Clara cause she isn’t blonde is utterly absurd.

    • fan of clara

      November 2nd, 2015 - 11:31am

      MaxP, honest opinion, Peri, Leela, Jo Grant and any other companion should have no reason to get themselves practically out of the costume.

      And no, its not absurd, for some unknown reason, a lot of males seem to prefer blonde women. I read somewhere a few years ago that when the show came back, they “wanted a young, attractive blonde woman to bring in the viewers”. I personally did not watch doctor who until The Runaway Bride, as least Donna wasnt blonde.

  • Dalek the Supreme

    October 25th, 2015 - 6:25pm

    A really decent episode. I’m glad they decided to use the fact that the companion balances out normal life with TARDIS life to give us a break from Clara, as I know she isn’t the most popular companion. Her absence gives the dynamic between the Doctor and Ashyldr (Did I spell her name right?) time to develop. I like the concept of the episode, seeing the Doctor’s affect on the people he leaves behind. The fact that Ashyldr has cut herself off from people because of the pain of immortality works really well, and the fact that she doesn’t even remember her village is heart-wrenching. Sam Swift the Quick (I think that’s his name) was a really enjoyable character. I’d love to see more of him. I like the message the episode is giving, but I do have some problems. Ashyldr’s sudden realization that she cares has very little buildup, so it feels like it came out of nowhere. The lion man has very little development, and ultimately feels like a generic, interchangeable villain. The conversation about immortality feels a little repetitive, and I feel like they could have cut some of that dialogue to develop Ashyldr’s Heel-Face Turn and the lion man’s character. Ultimately, I think it’s the weakest of Series 9 so far, but still a decent episode.

  • Dalekparadigm2

    October 25th, 2015 - 3:41pm

    Really good episode and a well done to Treganna for the writing. Its food to know there’s another two immortals for Captain Jack to hang out with. Could be a spin off story one day… An almost Clara-free episode but it let Capaldi shine. Maybe a little too much humour though and a fart joke… I can look past that though

    So, my currant list of favourite episodes goes:

    -Under The Lake
    -Before The Flood
    -The Magician’s Apprentice
    -The Woman Who Lived
    -The Witch’s Familiar
    -The Girl Who Died

  • The Surgeon

    October 25th, 2015 - 3:00pm

    So far in my opinion
    1 (best) Under the Lake
    2 Before the Flood
    3 The Woman who Lived
    4 The Girl who Died
    5 The Witch’s Familiar
    6 The Magician’s Apprentice

    However, I still think they’ve all been brilliant! What a series so far.


    October 25th, 2015 - 2:50pm

    Just watched and loved it! Fantastic character moments. Leandro was a little underused, but I can’t fault it other than that. Loved the Jack reference and all the history references.

  • the ergon

    October 25th, 2015 - 12:38pm

    I felt as though I was watching CBBC rather than late prime time telly, although the adventure of ashildr would be a good spin off series for big finish.

  • Obsie

    October 25th, 2015 - 12:09pm

    Curiously it reminded me of “Blackadder the Third” in parts; the one where Miranda Richardson played the part of “The Shadow”.


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