However, he is soon reunited with Ashildr, the stubborn girl who declared war on the Mire. Who no longer wants to be known by her birth name, due to centuries of heartache she now wants to be known as ‘Me.’ Can the Doctor change the perspective of a stubborn, bitter girl into becoming her old self?’
First of all 'The Girl Who Died' was a great introduction for the character of Ashildr. Maisie Williams was great casting and was very fitting due to her background being in the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. However, bringing Ashildr back in the following episode wasn’t a good idea, I personally think that she should’ve came back in a series or two later. Though I did like the fact that she keeps an eye on all his companions throughout their lives. At some point she is bound to meet the infamous Captain Jack Harkness, now would be a great and hilarious moment.
The Doctor and now ‘Me’ have a bitter relationship, they’re not enemies they’re friends. As in a way 'friends' are the ones you need to actually keep a sharp eye on. 'The Girl Who Died' was a nice revelation to why the Doctor chose the one Capaldi’s previous characters in the Doctor Who universe. He simply chose it as a message to himself that he can at least save one person or at least show that there is some good in the violent and dangerous universe.
I felt like episode six was just written in to fill the gap between 'The Girl Who Died' and the 'Zygon Invasion.' I felt like it was pointless to have so soon after the events of episode five. Episode five was an enjoyable episode, I very much liked the nod to the Patrick Troughton era with the use of the Doctor’s 2000+ diary that is identical to the 2nd Doctor’s 200 Year diary from the late 1960’s. Probably a request from fanboy Peter Capaldi.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Girl Who Died' the following episode however I was left slightly disappointed as previously stated I thought it was way too soon to bring Ashildr back and that episode six was more of a gap filler than being a part of the series. Though the only thing that makes it a part of series nine is the Hybrid moment, is Ashildr the hybrid or is it someone else? Also will Ashildr ever make another appearance in the Doctor’s future or is this the last we’ll see of her? So many question and just weeks away from the answers. As the Doctor has said in the past “time will tell, it always does.”
I give the story a 8/10 for its effort of introducing a female version of Captain Jack Harkness. Next week 'The Zygon Invasion.'