We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.
The Woman Who Lived
By Catherine Tregenna
“I just wanted to save a terrified young woman’s life.”
The Woman Who Lived is the second part of The Girl Who Died but in a roundabout way that it isn’t the continuation of a story that is taking place but instead the continuation of a characters story. In The Girl Who Died we were introduced to Ashildr who ends up dying. The Doctor brings her back by using an alien med kit. Now Ashildr is immortal and The Doctor runs into her again in 1651 and she has now changed and in fact is a Highwayman known as The Knightmare but more to the fact that her persona and her attitude towards life in general has changed. This disturbs The Doctor and more worrying is that he is responsible for this.
I really enjoyed seeing an episode with Peter Capaldi going solo. Once Jenna Coleman leaves this series I wouldn’t mind seeing him go sole for a while before they pair him up with the new companion. It just shows how great an actor Peter Capaldi is as he can carry the show on his own without a companion to bounce off of. It does help that his costar is the very talented and one of the better young actress around in Maisie Williams. The chemistry between the two was fantastic and it is a shame she is on Game of Thrones as it would be good to see them paired up again. Well I think they will as I do not think Ashildr’s story is over.
What I did not care for was that in other words a pretty decent story, so far, was the conclusion. It just went to pieces when they decided that they needed a protagonist. So Lenny the Lion decides that he needs to open a rift and to do that they need Rufus Hound’s character to die to open it. Not a bad set up as Sam Swift was introduced into the story earlier on and so it made sense for him to get captured. But it just seemed rushed to get to a conclusion and to convenient to use the other medi kit to save him. Sometimes I just wish there was more science in the science fiction and not the mediocre mumble jumble explanation.