The Woman Who Lived


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The Woman Who Lived

Series 9

Episode 6

First Transmitted

24 October 2015

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Complete Series 9 DVD Cover


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

Guest Cast

Maisie Williams (Me/The Knightmare/Ashildir), Rufus Hound (Sam Swift), Gareth Berliner (Coachman), Lucie Fanshawe (Elisabeth Hopper), John Voce (Mr Fanshawe), Struan Rodger (Clayton), Gruffudd Glyn (Lloyd Llewelyn), William Stout (Reuben Johnson), Ariyon Bakare (Leandro), Daniel Fearn, Karen Seacombe (Crowd), Johne Hales (Hangman), Will Brown (Voice of the Knightmare)


Written by Catherine Tregenna
Directed by Ed Bazalgette
Produced by Derek Ritchie


England, 1651. The deadly Highwayman ‘The Nightmare’ and his sidekick stalk the dark streets of London. But when they find loot that’s not of this world, they come face to face with The Doctor.

Who is the Nightmare in league with?

And can The Doctor avoid the hangman’s noose and protect Earth from a devilish betrayal?


  • The Woman Who Lived was the sixth episode of the ninth series of Doctor Who produced by BBC Wales. It was the 100th story of Doctor Who since its revival in 2005.
  • The Doctor mentions how the Terileptils started the Great Fire of London. (The Visitation)
  • The Doctor also refers to Jack Harkness and his immortality. (The Parting of the Ways)
  • Clara wears her silver bird necklace from The Bells of St John.
  • Clara isn’t with the Twelfth Doctor because she’s taking her Year Seven students to taekwondo. Clara previously told the Twelfth Doctor she was fine defending herself because she knew taekwondo from taking her Year Sevens to lessons. (Robot of Sherwood)
  • The Doctor says he’s against bantering. (Robot of Sherwood)
  • The Doctor, in an attempt to jog Ashildr’s memory, mention Einarr, and how the Twelfth Doctor called him
  • “Chuckles”, as well as the Viking village. Later he said he just tried to save a terrified young woman’s life. (The Girl Who Died)
  • The Doctor helps Clara’s students meet Winston Churchill. Eleventh Doctor has previously met Churchill. (Victory of the Daleks)
  • The Rift is opened. (The Unquiet Dead, Everything Changes)
  • Me mentions being present at the Battle of Agincourt. Fourth Doctor previously mentioned to his companion Leela she would have loved Agincourt. (The Talons of Weng Chiang)
  • The Doctor demonstrates he is a skilled horse rider. (The Masque of Mandragora).
  • The phrase”Stand and Deliver” is used by the highwaymen in this episode. This phrase was used in real world as well.
  • The Doctor compares the Knightmare to Zorro, a character created by real-life author Johnston McCully.
  • The Doctor compares Leandro to “Lenny the Lion”, a character created by real-life creator Terry Hall.
  • The Doctor wonders if the Great Scotland Yard has been invented yet. It was formed in the year 1829.
  • The Knightmare is known to be faster than Sam Swift the Quick and deadlier than Deadly Dupont.
  • Mr. Fanshawe and the Knightmare references the Devil/Satan, when Fanshawe suggests the Knightmare is in league with him.
  • Ashildir mentions how life expectancy is 35 in the 1650s.
  • Somewhere between the 9th century and the 17th century, Ashildr was founding a leper colony.
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