Doctor Who Series 9 Episode 5: The Girl Who Died

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We begin the third two part story arch with Clara in danger and being saved by the Doctor. The TARDIS lands and they exit to be waylaid by Vikings. They are taken to the Viking village by long boat. There a girl, Ashildr, is worried about who returns from the Viking raid. The Doctor attempts to talk his way out of capture by claiming to be Odin.  One small problem a floating head in the sky claims also to be Odin.  The floating head Odin sends troops to collect the finest warriors for Valhalla. Clara and Ashildr are taken too.

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Floating head Odin of course is an alien who is taking warriors to harvest testosterone and adrenaline.  Clara is almost able to get the aliens to leave when Ashildr challenges the false Odin. This affectively starts a war between the aliens and the Viking village. The ladies return to the village and let everyone know what is going on.  The Doctor suggests they run.  The Vikings refuse to run. The Doctor then decides to help the Vikings. Using trickery and the threat of ruined reputation, the Doctor and the Vikings win, as it turns out that leads to the death of Ashildr. The Doctor saves her, but at what cost?
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Peter Capaldi had played another character on Doctor Who during David Tennant’s run with Catherine Tate as Donna Noble. This episode explains why he is wearing that face. The episode also looked into the consequences of the Doctor always wanting to save everyone he can at any cost. Is there a cost too great? One of Doctor Who’s tropes is the moral question. Another common theme is does he goes too far and at what coast? Also who pays that cost? Maisie Williams, Arya Stark from Game of Thrones, played Shildr.

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I loved the moral questions asked by the story. I loved the performances. This series is shaping up to dispel all the misgivings I had after last series. Series 8 was not bad, but it felt like it was not living up to its potential.  I give this episode an A-.

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