Despite being a huge fan of Catherine Tregenna’s work on Torchwood, I did not enjoy her attempt at a Doctor Who story; The Woman Who Lived, but I have tried to pick out some highlights even though there isn't much I want to talk about.
There will be mild spoilers.
10. Clara Foreboding… again
“Well, don't worry, daft old man. I'm not going anywhere.”This seems to be a regular occurrence this year, doesn't it? I’m almost getting fed up of writing about it but I do like it each time it happens - it always gets the same reaction from me which is; ‘Oooooh’. I was thinking when I re-watched this episode, does the Doctor actually know Clara’s eventual fate? Could he possibly be the Doctor from the future travelling with a past Clara because he misses her perhaps? Wants to try and save her? Or could he feel guilt for something he did which led to her potential demise? So many questions!
9. Murray Gold
The soundtrack for these two episodes has been superb - possibly the best of the series so far. It didn’t have as many standout pieces as last week but this track was a particular highlight.
8. Captain Jack Harkness
Nice little reference to the past here. I love it when the show does that. Not a lot to say about that other than it was nice really…
7. Return Of The Guitar
I feel like I’m in the minority when I say I like the guitar and it was nice to see it return again. There are rumours, so don’t take my word as gospel, that the Doctor is actually composing a song for Clara and that what he was playing in the TARDIS was this. It kind of corroborates with my theory of the Doctor knowing Clara’s fate.
6. More Foreboding…
This one is very interesting. It seems we might be seeing Ashildr/Me in the near future. It will be interesting to see how she fits in with the rest of the series and how they might expand on the hybrid arc later in the series.
This was a nice theme to explore and what I particularly enjoyed was the comparisons between The Doctor - who can travel about through time, and ‘Me’ - who has to live a linear life but wants to be able to travel like the Doctor.
There was some really great dialogue in this episode, my favourite parts were during the scenes in which the Doctor is reading Ashildr/Me’s journals. This scene alone is all you need to understand how good the dialogue is.
"Sightless children... clutching toys as they sleep, never to wake up. My children. My screams. I could not save you... little ones. Such pain. And yet, still... still I am not brave enough to die, to let go of this... wretched life. I will endure... but no more babies. I cannot... will not suffer such heartbreak again. From now on, it's me against the world."
3. Maisie Williams as ‘Me’
Need I say it? Maisie is brilliant in any part she plays and continues to be on fine form here. The episode focused very heavily on her, more so than last week and she shone in every scene. Although the pantomime reveal: “Yes, it is me” is something I would quite like to forget.
2. Rufus Hound as Sam Swift
“When I'm gone, they'll all say "That Sam Swift, he was well hung!"One place higher than Maisie? That’s bound to annoy some people but the fact is I love Rufus Hound, which again is bound to annoy some people after his tragic appearance on Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor. He brought some excellent comedy to the episode, sure, some jokes were a bit risqué but there has been worse in Pixar films.
1. Peter Capaldi as The Doctor
Need I keep going on about it? Peter is owning this role! If I could just refer you to the quote in point four… go and watch that scene in the episode itself. Surely that alone is enough to see how amazing Peter is?
I’m sorry that this was only a short piece this week, but unfortunately I did not enjoy this episode as much as I had hoped I would. Next week looks great however, but before we get there, what were your favourite moments from The Woman Who Lived?
Nick is a 2000 year old alien who travels through time and space, saving the good and conquering the evil... or so he likes to think.