[Doctor Who] S09E05: The Girl Who Died and S09E06: The Woman Who Lived

IMDb link: The Girl Who Died

Description:

In a Viking village, a girl named Ashildr is about to make a desperate mistake. The Mire are the deadliest mercenaries in the galaxy, famed for showing no mercy and Ashildr has just declared war on them. The Doctor and Clara have 12 hours to turn a peaceful village into strong fighters, ready for the deadly Mire.

IMDb link: The Woman Who Lived

Description:

England, 1651. A deadly highwayman known only as ‘The Knightmare’ plagues the dark streets of London, his fire-breathing accomplice by his side. There’s something clearly more than human here, and that includes the loot as much as the outlaws. Who are these creatures, and are they enemies to be fought, or friends who might possibly save the Doctor from certain doom on the gallows?

Watch Date: early January 2020

Watched on: Amazon Prime Video India

Notes:

  • Ooh, Maisie Williams!
  • Scandinavia has electric eels? This seems very Tintin / Enid Blyton style handwavy problem solving using something from the real world that it cool but implausible or infrequent.
  • I really don’t see a good reason why the Doctor didn’t invite Ashildr along. Maybe because of the earlier conversation where she said that this was her home and she wouldn’t run away, and dying would be better. But even with that, he just fucked off before waiting for her to wake up and ask her if she had changed her mind, under the circumstances.
  • And this, when he’d already acknowledged that she was going to pay a terrible price for staying alive.
  • The Woman Who Lived seemed like it was padded with unconnected scenes to fill out the forty five minutes. Not that the core of the story – Ashildr dealing with a finite menory within an infinite lifespan – wasn’t worth building the episode around – just that it didn’t seem to be well developed.
  • I get the feeling that Ashildr / Lady Me was written to be more of a recurring villain, but Maisie Williams probably refused to come back.
  • The ‘I’m me, I have no other name’ could have been expanded further too.
  • I’ve forgotten now – did Ashildr use the other chip to restore the other highwayman, or was he never in danger and did she keep it for future use? In the first case, why do we never see the highwayman again, and in the second case, why don’t we get to see what happens to the second chip? Another loose end which this season doesn’t tie up.
  • Being immortal and seeing everybody around you die is already an established horror in Doctor Who, but this added the blow of ‘Your memory can’t keep up with you’ to it. But now I recall that Hob Gadlen in The Sandman has similar problems.

 

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