Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S9 E6 The Woman Who Lived

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S9 E6 The Woman Who Lived

Sum­mary: There are some­times costs to being saved by the Doc­tor, can one be saved from them?

Plot: While Clara is on hol­i­day the Doc­tor is trail­ing alien to Eng­land of the 16th cen­tury where he encoun­ters a high­way­man who turns out to be Ashildr. She is dis­ap­pointed to find the Doc­tor has not come to take her away as cen­turies of life have changed her for the worse to the point where she has even aban­doned her name (call­ing her­self “Me”) can the Doc­tor redeem her as they both seek that alien tech or is there some­thing deeper going on?

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Writ­ing: This episode unlike the other two parters of the sea­son can stand alone as a great story par­tic­u­larly as it deals with the side effects of the Doctor’s acts. You are never sure how or where it is going to go, which is exactly how a Doc­tor Who episode is sup­posed to be.

Act­ing: Maisie Williams and Capaldi clearly have chem­istry and if the deci­sion was made to include her as a per­ma­nent com­pan­ion it would not be bad. Sam Swift (Rufus Hound) does an admirable job but the char­ac­ter is so well writ­ten that it’s fairly easy.

Mem­o­rable Moments: Oddly enough only the ini­tial rob­bery is all that mem­o­rable. While the episode is good noth­ing really stands out except per­haps the var­i­ous flash­backs by Ashildr.

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: The Burn­ing of Lon­don by the Ter­ilep­tils (The Vis­i­ta­tion 5th doc­tor) Con­se­quences of the Doc­tor Sav­ing the day (9th Doc­tor Long Game /​Bad Wold) 10th Doc­tor (School Reunion).

Odd­i­ties: Given the num­ber of years she has lived I would think she would have had a lot more “Doc­tor” knowledge.

Pet Peeves: The view of Ashildr in the 21st cen­tury assumes the device never wears out. Given that the aliens the Doc­tor were fight­ing were not immor­tal and given the con­stant bits of the Tardis break­ing that seems unlikely.

Great Quote(s)

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The Doc­tor: Oh, don’t mind me, don’t mind me. I’m only going to be a minute. Don’t worry. Oh, very warm.
High­way­man: What are you doing?
The Doc­tor: Oh, just ignore me, I’m just pass­ing through, like fish in the night.
High­way­man: This is a rob­bery!
The Doc­tor: It’s not fish in the night, it’s some­thing else.
High­way­man: This is my rob­bery.
The Doc­tor: No, ships in the night. Yeah, some­thing like that.
High­way­man: Step aside or I shall blow your brains out.
The Doc­tor: Sorry, were you talk­ing to me there? Try again. I promise I’ll lis­ten this time.
High­way­man: You have inter­rupted my rob­bery, sir, and you will step away, if you wish to take another breath.
Coach­man: You’re going to get us all killed, if you don’t shut your mouth.
The Doc­tor: Sorry. Sorry, I really was plan­ning to lis­ten that time but, basi­cally, I didn’t. Usu­ally, some­one hits me at this point, but she’s tak­ing the Year 7s for Taek­wondo. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh! Yes! Got you! Oh, hang on. If I didn’t know bet­ter, I’d say this was a rob­bery.
High­way­man: I am rob­bing these peo­ple. You are get­ting out of my way.
The Doc­tor: I just need one tiny lit­tle thing from out of this box.
High­way­man: This is my rob­bery!
The Doc­tor: Well, can’t we share it? Isn’t that what robbery’s all about?
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Ashildr/​Me: Ten thou­sand hours is all it takes to mas­ter any skill. Over over a hun­dred thou­sand hours and you’re the best there’s ever been. I don’t need to be inde­struc­tible, I’m superb.
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Llewe­lyn: There’s a bounty on your head for twenty pounds.
The Doc­tor: Twenty pounds? Is that all?
Stout: ‘Tis a small for­tune to us.
The Doc­tor: Well, in that case, I know where Lady Me keeps all of her money. Almost thirty pounds.
Llewe­lyn: Now why didn’t you say that in the first place?

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Final Ver­dict: 4 stars. A Good episode

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 4th of 6.

1. The Girl who Died
2. The Witch’s Famil­iar
3. The Magician’s Appren­tice
4. The Woman who lived
5. Before the Flood
6. Under the Lake

Top 10 Rank­ing in the Capaldi Era: n/​a

1. Last Christ­mas
2. The Care­taker
3. The Girl who Died
4. The Witch’s Famil­iar
5. Mummy on the Ori­ent Express
6. Into the Dalek
7. Dark Water
8. Lis­ten
9. Flat­line
10. Robots of Sherwood

Summary: There are sometimes costs to being saved by the Doctor, can one be saved from them?

Plot: While Clara is on holiday the Doctor is trailing alien to England of the 16th century where he encounters a highwayman who turns out to be Ashildr.  She is disappointed to find the Doctor has not come to take her away as centuries of life have changed her for the worse to the point where she has even abandoned her name (calling herself “Me”) can the Doctor redeem her as they both seek that alien tech or is there something deeper going on?

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Writing:  This episode unlike the other two parters of the season can stand alone as a great story particularly as it deals with the side effects of the Doctor’s acts.  You are never sure how or where it is going to go, which is exactly how a Doctor Who episode is supposed to be.

Acting: Maisie Williams and Capaldi clearly have chemistry and if the decision was made to include her as a permanent companion it would not be bad.  Sam Swift (Rufus Hound) does an admirable job but the character is so well written that it’s fairly easy.

Memorable Moments: Oddly enough only the initial robbery is all that memorable.  While the episode is good nothing really stands out except perhaps the various flashbacks by Ashildr.

Doctor Who Flashbacks: The Burning of London by the Terileptils (The Visitation 5th doctor) Consequences of the Doctor Saving the day (9th Doctor Long Game / Bad Wold) 10th Doctor (School Reunion).

Oddities: Given the number of years she has lived I would think she would have had a lot more “Doctor” knowledge.

Pet Peeves:  The view of Ashildr in the 21st century assumes the device never wears out.  Given that the aliens the Doctor were fighting were not immortal and given the constant bits of the Tardis breaking that seems unlikely.

Great Quote(s)

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The Doctor: Oh, don’t mind me, don’t mind me. I’m only going to be a minute. Don’t worry. Oh, very warm.
Highwayman: What are you doing?
The Doctor: Oh, just ignore me, I’m just passing through, like fish in the night.
Highwayman: This is a robbery!
The Doctor: It’s not fish in the night, it’s something else.
Highwayman: This is my robbery.
The Doctor: No, ships in the night. Yeah, something like that.
Highwayman: Step aside or I shall blow your brains out.
The Doctor: Sorry, were you talking to me there? Try again. I promise I’ll listen this time.
Highwayman: You have interrupted my robbery, sir, and you will step away, if you wish to take another breath.
Coachman: You’re going to get us all killed, if you don’t shut your mouth.
The Doctor: Sorry. Sorry, I really was planning to listen that time but, basically, I didn’t. Usually, someone hits me at this point, but she’s taking the Year 7s for Taekwondo. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh! Yes! Got you! Oh, hang on. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this was a robbery.
Highwayman: I am robbing these people. You are getting out of my way.
The Doctor: I just need one tiny little thing from out of this box.
Highwayman: This is my robbery!
The Doctor: Well, can’t we share it? Isn’t that what robbery’s all about?
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Ashildr/Me: Ten thousand hours is all it takes to master any skill. Over over a hundred thousand hours and you’re the best there’s ever been. I don’t need to be indestructible, I’m superb.
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Llewelyn: There’s a bounty on your head for twenty pounds.
The Doctor: Twenty pounds? Is that all?
Stout: ‘Tis a small fortune to us.
The Doctor: Well, in that case, I know where Lady Me keeps all of her money. Almost thirty pounds.
Llewelyn: Now why didn’t you say that in the first place?

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Final Verdict: 4 stars. A Good episode

Ranking of Season: 4th of 6.

1. The Girl who Died
2. The Witch’s Familiar
3. The Magician’s Apprentice
4. The Woman who lived
5. Before the Flood
6. Under the Lake

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: n/a

1. Last Christmas
2. The Caretaker
3. The Girl who Died
4. The Witch’s Familiar
5. Mummy on the Orient Express
6. Into the Dalek
7. Dark Water
8. Listen
9. Flatline
10. Robots of Sherwood