Last night I sat down with my good friends David, Jonny and Becky to watch the latest episode of Doctor Who entitled The Girl who died. The episode featured Masie Williams who many of us recognise as the girl who plays Arya Stark on Game of Thrones.
From the moment I found out that Masie Williams was going to be on Doctor Who I was excited and her performance in the episode didn’t disappoint. Her character Ashildr had some interesting interactions with the Doctor and his recognition of her when he entered the village was enough to raise a few questions as to what it all might mean.
Clara and Ashildr manage to escape but the rest of the captured vikings are not so lucky as they are slaughtered for there testosterone in what they believe to be valhalla. It was great to see Clara on centre stage as she tries to convince Odin (David Schofield) and his robots to leave the vikings alone. On the one hand we had Clara and her diplomacy and on the other we had Ashildr who showed a more aggressive side to her character.
This story had a difficult job of being its own unique element of what I knew to be a two parter with some elements cut away from before we fully see them or cut to but just after they had happened and I get why they did it but it would have been cool to see more. An example of this would have been the devastation caused by the vikings preparation for battle which was explained with some exposition from clara although while it would have been cool to see, it would have actually added much to the story. Overall though I did like the way they had the preparation for battle, especially once the Doctor finally figured out a way to win.
Odin led the Mire into battle and I was looking forward to seeing the Doctor’s plan and I have to say that I really enjoyed watching this scene as it just worked really well. Not only that but it looked and sounded great and the solution to the problem that the defeated Mire could still pose for earth was solved in a way that kept everyone happy. Ashildr was not seen that much in this scene but her role was a crucial part of pulling of the plan that saved the village but led to her loosing her life.
The Girl who died finally gives us the answer as to why the doctor chose the face that he did. It is the loss of loosing Ashildr that makes him angry but when he looks in the later he remembers the face of Caecilius from “The Fires of Pompeii” when the 10th Doctor (David Tenant) was still around. Not only was it a reminder of the first time the audience saw Capaldi in Doctor Who but it also reminded the doctor of the time he broke the rules to save one man and that he can always choose to save people.
It was great that The Doctor was able to save Ashildr after the sacrifice she made to save her village from the Mire but we will just have to wait until next week to see if his decision has only caused a ripple in time or whether he has started a tidal wave.
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