The Girl Who Died
Doctor Who Season 9

90%

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Critic Ratings: 20
Critics Consensus

With a stellar guest-star performance by Maisie Williams, "The Girl Who Died" sets thrillingly high stakes, while still maintaining the playful tone we've come to expect from Peter Capaldi's incarnation of Doctor Who.

Episode Info

The Doctor and Clara are captured by Vikings and must protect their village from space warriors called the Mire.

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Critic Reviews for The Girl Who Died

"The Girl Who Died" is the show doing historical episodes as they're meant to be done. It's like "Fires of Pompeii," "Robin of Sherwood" and classic Third Doctor adventure "The Time Warrior" all mixed into one -- literally -- electrifying episode.

Oct 19, 2015 | Rating: A++ | Full Review…

Whoo-ee, that was some clever storytelling. Plus: Vikings!

Oct 19, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Tonight's much-anticipated "Doctor Who," perhaps my favorite episode so far this season, gives us our first glimpse of Arya Stark, well "Game of Thrones" actress Maisie Williams anyway, in the Whoniverse.

Oct 19, 2015 | Full Review…

New director Ed Bazalgette proves adept at both keeping the light-hearted antics bubbling along, and provides space for Capaldi and Coleman to nail the serious moments.

Oct 19, 2015 | Full Review…

Yep, I might as well say it: "The Girl Who Died" is a damn triumph.

Oct 19, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Fresh out of their latest space adventure, the Doctor and Clara make a pit stop in the age of the Vikings, who didn't ask for company.

Oct 19, 2015 | Full Review…

Maybe the BBC wanted to reuse some costumes from Merlin, or something?

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

There's not a single wasted minute in this episode, which manages to go through a bunch of storytelling scenarios in rapid succession while still taking enough time with each of them to make you feel something potent.

May 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Maisie Williams is, of course, terrific. If her character hadn't worked, the episode would have fallen apart, but Ashildr is hugely likeable. She's fierce, but not one-dimensionally angry, brave but not unafraid.

Oct 19, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Understanding the bigger picture is simply thrilling. It's incredible when other seasons and Doctors connect this way.

Oct 19, 2015 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

The Viking girl's story plays nicely into the bigger thematic arc of this season as well, as the Doctor and Clara contemplate the constraints of being a Time Lord... of, as he puts it, being able to do anything but not being allowed to.

Oct 19, 2015 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

What makes the episode interesting isn't that the Doctor figures out a way to snatch a young girl from death's icy hands. Rather it is the larger, unseen consequence of him doing so and, possibly more intriguing, the reason behind the Doctor's action.

Oct 19, 2015 | Full Review…