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"The Woman Who Lived" concludes a Doctor Who story for the ages, with a performance by Maisie Williams that is both fun and thought-provoking.
If last week's episode felt rushed, The Woman Who Died unfurled at a steady, considered pace. The story of Ashildr's life was given time to develop, to allow the enormity of living forever time to sink into the audience's consciousness.
All things considered, "The Woman Who Lived" isn't terrible. But after "The Girl Who Died," this companion piece is something of a disappointment: a story that gestures at complexity but turns out to be rather simplistic.
This should be an episode that goes down in Doctor Who history.
Maisie Williams does it again, being such a superb foil to the Doctor that we don't miss Clara overmuch in this episode.
What a truly fantastic episode of Doctor Who; possibly even one of the best.
This episode is pretty much great from beginning to end...
The Maisie Williams/Ashildr story, which started off well last week, reached an even more satisfying conclusion (for now) here.
It's a crowning achievement to an already strong half-a-season.
The meat of the episode - the complex back and forth between the Doctor and Ashildr/Lady Me - is remarkable.
The experiences of the woman who cannot die touch on something we've seen time and again in Doctor Who: knowing the Doctor often comes with a cost.