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9.6 - The Woman Who Lived

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/28/15 1:20 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This story is a Clara-lite episode that finds the Doctor back in 17th Century England when he runs into Maisie Williams character from last week who is now identify as "me" and is quite jaded after hundreds of years of not being able to die and experiencing the loss of everyone she loved.

Maisie William shows some real acting range from last week's episode to this one. As an exploration of what living forever would mean to a human being it's interesting without going overboard in its philosophy. It combined this with some good comedic moments during the burglary as well as some gallows humor.

The episode had flaws in the villain and in a rushed ending. At the core of the story is a big flaw and solution and that's the second immortality chip that the Doctor left her with to give to the one person she could never live without. Her statement that she didn't find anyone like that for hundreds of years seems weak, but it's necessary to the plot but it comes off as contrived. Also, the foreshadowing of Clara's departure at the end of the episode was a bit overdone and borrowed from, "Fear Her" of all places.

Still, it was an enjoyable hour and I'll be interested to see how Williams character develops.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 10/25/15 1:37 pm
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The Woman Who Lived is the sequel story to last week's The Girl Who Died and acts very nicely as its own story, though I would say that you need to see The Girl Who Died to fully appreciate this one. The story involves Ashildir trying to find another universe to explore because she's become bored with the Earth after a hard life of love and loss. Tregenna does what she did in the Torchwood story Adam, and makes you feel really sorry for Ashildir as she has become desperate. Maisie Williams gives a great performance and has great repartee with Peter Capaldi throughout the story.

While I like Jenna Coleman's Clara Oswald, it is for the best that she is mostly absent here as she would just get in the way of the Doctor and Ashildir's story. But there are quite a few problems in the story, with the plot having a bit of padding in a few places in the middle. Other than that the story is quite good and I hope Catherine Tregenna writes again.
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Reviewed By: AtomicReview Date: 10/25/15 9:29 am
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A bit of an inverse quality compared to the previous two stories- this story is better than "The Girl Who Died", and the first second-part episode to exceed the first-part episode in this series of two-parters so far (a bit of a mouthful there). It builds on the ideas set up in the first episode, as well as other episodes such as "The Girl In The Fireplace" (visiting someone in different stages in their life), exploring how making a regular person immortal may not always turn them into Captain Jack.

I do like the hook at the end for a future episode featuring "Me", and I'm appreciative that the story's gone Clara-less. As much as I appreciate the character, this was a more personal, character-driven story between Ashildr and The Doctor, and the inclusion of Clara would detract from it.

The story & plot was coherent, and the end scene with the World Class Banter between Sam Swift and the Doctor was excellent, even though it was one of the darker scenes in the episode. The Mire patch-thing was well-used too, although I feel they could have introduced a scarier villain than Leandro, who is quickly disposed of at the end of the episode.
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Reviewed By: AlfredReview Date: 10/25/15 7:20 am
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The convenient use of the live-forever microchip to resolve the climax is a bit too deus ex machina and the villain, the lion guy, doesn't really deliver that much menace - he is almost a bit of a puss-in-boots.

Other than that, the story is pretty good and the antagonism that is established between Masie Williams and the Doctor is excellent and promises much for the future. Especially after the zoom-in-on-the-selfie conclusion to the episode. Looks like she'll be back.

I found that the Williams' character really gels. A top Sci-Fi creation. Her story and relationship to the Doctor significantly boosts the score I have given.

The examination of the Doctor as perhaps not as good a guy as he would like to be thought of is much better handled in this episode and adds to the story rather than detracts (as was the case with the previous part).