We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.
The Girl Who Died
By Steve Mathieson
And Steven Moffat
“I am The Doctor and I save people. And if anyone happens to be listening and you’ve got any kind of problem with that. To hell with you!”
The Girl Who Died had a lot of buzz going in mainly to see who Maisie Williams would be playing. Back in the summer was the Doctor Who Series 9 trailer and at the end Maisie Williams said this to Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor, ‘What took you so long old man?” Now that made the interwebs abuzz with speculation that she was playing Romana, The Rani, Susan and Jenny. I myself was hoping for the Terrible Zodin as some thought it was a younger Missy. Guess what? You’re all wrong as she is playing an original character. Leave it to Steven Moffat to prop up an episode that in all fairness is not that good.
I really liked the part where The Doctor was sulking about the death of Ashildr. Lamenting on all the death he has to endure while saving everyone else especially since he was responsible for the death of Ashildr since he wired her up to the helmet. Peter Capaldi did a really good job with this performance as you could really see the pain in his face as he was explaining it to Clara. Then he turns around and explains why he has the face that he does and delivers that great speech before he goes off to save Ashildr. That was great and really saved this story from being a total clunker.
While The Girl Who Died might have been highly anticipated it did not hit the mark with me as I thought it was too silly but it did have some good moments and I liked seeing the nods to the Troughton era like the diary and the funny run that Capaldi did. But none the less I did not wholly care for it and I am hoping the next part will be better.