Doctor Who: The Girl Who Died First Impressions

I’m beginning to get a little tired of the whole two-parter thing.

  • Another interesting cold open, why is Clara outside the TARDIS in a spacesuit?  Why does the TARDIS seem like it’s about to crash?  The world may never know.
  • Not Actually the Police: Well that’s true Doctor, but usually you do a better job than just hoping for the best.  Usually.
  • End of the Sonic Sunglasses: YES!!!
  • He Can’t Deal With Vikings: Ok, not space vikings, but let’s just see where this one goes.
  • Introducing Ashildr: Maisie Williams everybody!  She seems to remind me of someone here…*
  • Premonitions: Speaking of which, she seems to remind the Doctor of something as well.  Of course, being a time-traveller, he might be remembering things the wrong way around.
  • I Am Odin: First of all, classic time-traveler bit; pretending to be the local god to get the primitives to let you go.  But then it all goes pear-shaped when somebody else shows up claiming the same thing.  And he has better special effects.
  • Odin’s Chosen: Ok, so this guy kidnapped a bunch of viking warriors to get distilled testosterone and adrenaline so he could drink it?  I swear, some alien threats just have it coming to them.  Also, Ashildr is both badass and stupid.  So typical viking then.
  • “This is not a hug”: Yes it is.
  • The Baby is a Poet: That kid is surprisingly eloquent for an infant.
  • Handing out the Real Swords: That went about as well as you could have realistically expected.
  • “What have I made of you?”: Ah-ha!  That’s the real question, isn’t it Doctor?  How much of what Clara has become is the Doctor’s fault, and how much of it is simply Clara going too far.
  • Ashildr the Storyteller: Can I just say that I really like Ashildr as a character.  She’s a different take on the companion of the week that we usually get, and Maisie Williams does a great job with her.
  • Fire in the Water: I’m pretty sure that electric eels don’t actually work the way that they do in this episode, but it’s an interesting idea all the same.
  • Looking Happier than the Other Guy: I think there might be a bit more to it than that Doctor.
  • Pre-War Party: I’m starting to think that the current Doctor is something of a party animal.  We’ll see if that helps in the long run, I’m thinking it won’t.
  • Reverse the Polarity of the Neutron Flow: You gotta love the classics.  Even if no one, including the Doctor, has any idea what that even means.
  • The Girl Who Died: Hmm, lot of companion of the week deaths this series.
  • “Who frowned me this face?”: Now this is interesting; as far as I know, there has never been a reason given for why the Doctor’s new regeneration sometimes looks like some minor character from a previous episode.  But I kind of like the reason that they give here, although it does beg the question of why the Doctor would need to be reminded of that particular incident, other than plot convenience of course.
  • The Price of Immortality: Good point there Doctor.  Immortality isn’t everything that it’s cracked up to be, and Ashildr is about too learn that the hard way.  As we can plainly see in the final shot.

Like I said, I’m getting a bit tired of the two-parters at this point and I would really like to see a good one-off before the season ends.  That said, I really do like Ashildr and seeing more of her next week is good.  The fact that she’s gone all Girl-Highwayman is pretty cool too.

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