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The Girl Who Died



Critic 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.


Peter Capaldi
as The Doctor
Samuel Anderson
as Danny Pink
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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.

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

The attack and battle sequence zipped through at speed. If it felt a little rushed it didn't hugely matter, as it was clearly setting up for a bigger second half.

October 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

October 19, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

October 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.

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

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