The Girl Who Died


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The Girl Who Died

Series 9

Episode 5

First Transmitted

17 October 2015

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Regular Cast
Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara)

Guest Cast

Maisie Williams (Ashildir), David Schofield (Odin), Simon Lipkin (Nollarr), Ian Conningham (Chuckles), Tom Stourton (Lofty), Alastair Parker (Limpy), Murray McArthur (Hasten), Barnaby Kay (Heidi)


Written by Jamie Mathieson/Steven Moffat
Directed by Ed Bazalgette
Produced by Derek Ritchie


Captured by Vikings, The Doctor and Clara must help protect their village from Space Warriors from the future: the Mire. Outnumbered and outgunned, their fate seems inevitable.

So why is The Doctor preoccupied with a single Viking girl?


  • The Girl Who Died was the fifth episode of the ninth series of Doctor Who produced by BBC Wales.
  • This story features the use of footage from The Fires of Pompeii and Deep Breath when the Twelfth Doctor discovers the origin of his face.
  • This is the 100th story of the BBC Wales era of Doctor Who.
  • The false Odin feeds on adrenaline and testosterone.
  • The Doctor references Clarke’s Law, which states that “any sufficiently advanced form of technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
  • A Viking snaps The Doctor’s sonic sunglasses in half, almost destroying them. (The Magician’s Apprentice)
  • The Doctor uses his Third incarnation’s catchphrase, “Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow”.
  • The Doctor realises he has Caecilius’s face, and that it is there to remind him that he can”save people” just like he saved Caecilius and his family. (The Fires of Pompeii)
  • The Doctor speaks Baby. (A Good Man Goes To War, Closing Time)
  • The Sixth Doctor had previously wanted to save someone because he grew to like her, though on that occasion Evelyn Smythe stopped him from changing history to do it. (Arrangements for War)
  • The Seventh Doctor also referred to Clarke’s Law. (Battlefield)
  • Upon thinking about how Ashildr’s situation will play out now that she is functionally immortal, The Doctor says, “Time will tell. It always does.” His seventh incarnation said this to Ace when she hesitantly asked if they “did good” after the Shorch Incident, aware that the victory over the Daleks came at the expense of many lives. (Remembrance of the Daleks)
  • The Third Doctor had previously met the real Odin. (The Spear of Destiny)
  • The Eighth Doctor had previously given someone immortality while saving their life. (The Road to Hell)
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