Doctor Who Spoiler-Free Preview For The Girl Who Died
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Last series Jamie Mathieson made an impact with his first scripts for Doctor Who; Mummy On The Orient Express and Flatline quickly became two fan favourites in series eight. So naturally, anticipation will be high for his third episode and considering the high standards of series nine so far, that is quite a mountain to climb.
The Girl Who Died is a very fun episode, which after the high drama, shocks and scares of the series so far is the perfect change of pace at this point in the show. It still has a great moral dilemma at its heart but it doesn't need to be quite so serious. Peter Capaldi is on fine form once again, delivering one witty one liner after another and this is where the joint efforts of Mathieson and Moffat really succeed, while Jenna Coleman delivers another commanding performance, without bordering on bossy or conceited.
Of course the real draw of this episode of Game Of Thrones's Maisie Williams and she is utterly confident and endearing as young Viking girl Ashildr. It isn't quite a performance on the level of her work as Arya, but then I don't think the material is at that standard. Instead, this episode shows promise for some other big things to come. It is no secret that she is appearing in the following episode, Catherine Tregenna's The Woman Who Lived and the ending of this episode will leave you eager for the next.
The Girl Who Died probably isn't going to voted the greatest episode of series nine but that shouldn't put you off. It is another good entry in a very strong ninth series. And after all, the Doctor in a war between Vikings and aliens - what's not to love?