Doctor Who: series 9, episode 6 – The woman who lived extra

Me against the world – Maisie Williams and Peter Capaldi talk about the relationship between the Doctor and Me.

Life as Me – Steven Moffat on Ashildr’s march through history.

Stand and deliver or stand up – Peter Capaldi and Rufus Hound talk about the character of Sam Swift.

#RufusCam: Caught on camera – Rufus Hound with the inside scoop on this ‘acting lark’.

#RufusCam: Peter’s birthday surprise – Rufus Hound films Peter Capaldi being surprised for his birthday!

#RufusCam: Quickfire quiz for Maisie – Rufus Hound and Maisie Williams play a quiz between takes. Lots and lots of fun!

#RufusCam: Maisie’s work experience – Rufus Hound and Maisie Williams set their positions with the Camera Operator. That’s work for television.

#RufusCam: ThunderTap – Rufus Hound gets the crowd moving while waiting for some explosions to happen.

#RufusCam: Village people – Rufus Hound meets the villagers in the crowd, the same people that wanted to hang his character!

Interview with writer Cath Tregenna – she talks about writing for an immortal woman in The Woman Who Lived.

Doctor Who, series 9, episode 6 – The woman who lived

Yes, the Doctor saves the Earth one more time (from an alien invasion), and that’s something already ordinary. He’s done it too many times not to expect of this from him, and an episode that would have only this would be almost boring. Almost. This episode is boring only for a few moments, when the action is slow and a little childish, or when it’s hinting to Robin Hood duel in the woods (from any movie about Robin Hood you can think about in this very moment, not only the episode from last season), but you can pass with no problems of these moments.

Especially because the episode The woman who lived deals with two important subjects for the entire Doctor Who show and, why not?, the future of the Doctor.

  • everyone knows the Doctor is always running, right? He saves someone, he destroys some things, he saves a planet (usually the Earth), he looses some men doing that, and he moves on. He never sets to some place long enough to set some roots there. The only times (at least in the last seasons) when he was close enough to that was the refuge for an undetermined time (we only know that he was alone “for a long time”) between the clouds where he hid after Amy and Rory’s dissapearance, and the time he spend on Trenzalore, bat then he did not have too many choices. Only a few times, too few!, he had to deal with what he leaves behind and the effects of his actions as intense as this episode.
  • at the end of the previous episode the Doctor says something you should remember: immortality does not mean “living forever”, it means “everyone dies around you”. It’s a different perspective that is the center of the action in this episode, you deal with it very intense: what happens with a person that lose often the beloved ones (friend, lovers, children)? Does that person remains normal (in the common sense of the word: a people you deal with, you are friend with and you can do something together) or he / she retreats in a personal world, distinct of the world we all share, and from he / she wants to escape?

Tha’s why this episode is a true continuation of previous episode. You will have to find out for yourselves the details (if you haven’t already found them): the Doctor made some mistakes, Ashildr made also some mistakes, and the second medical device (made by the Mire, reprogrammed by the Time Lord to repair humans, its secondary effect is immortality) is merged with the most trivial and unimportant human being in the world. A man who did nothing special, but who loves to live and, more, to remind Ashildr how precious is the human life. The conclusion will be understood only in the end of the episode, with Clara’s appearance (she was absent most of the episode) and the barely noticed appearance in the background of a selfie.

Directed by Edward Bazalgette (as Ed Bazalgette), written by Catherine Tregenna. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Maisie Williams (Ashildr), Rufus Hound (Sam Swift), Gareth Berliner (Coachman), Elisabeth Hopper (Lucie Fanshawe), John Voce (Mr. Fanshawe), Struan Rodger (Clayton), Gruffudd Glyn (Pikeman Lloyd Llewelyn), Reuben Johnson (Pikeman William Stout), Ariyon Bakare (Leandro), Daniel Fearn (Crowd 1), Karen Seacombe (Crowd 2), John Hales (Hangman).

Next time on Doctor Who: The Zygon Invasion, the seventh episode of series 9, written by Peter Harness.

The Zygons, a race of shapeshifting aliens, have been living in secret among us on Earth, unknown and unseen — until now! When Osgood is kidnapped by a rogue gang of Zygons, the Doctor, Clara and UNIT must scatter across the world in a bid to set her free. But will they reach her in time, and can they stop an uprising before it’s too late?

It premieres Saturday 31 October on BBC One, 8.15pm to 9.05pm.

Brian Cox tests the Doctor – The Science of Doctor Who preview – BBC Two

As you may already know from the trailer, Brian Cox takes a trip with the Doctor and challenges the science of the TARDIS.

For one night only, Professor Brian Cox takes an audience of celebrity guests, including Charles Dance and Rufus Hound, and members of the public on a journey into the wonderful universe of the Doctor, from the lecture hall of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Drawing on the latest theories as well as 200 years of scientific discoveries and the genius of Einstein, Brian tries to answer the classic questions raised by the Doctor – can you really travel in time? Does extra-terrestrial life exist in our galaxy? And how do you build something as fantastical as the TARDIS?
Credits

Presenter Brian Cox

Participant Matt Smith

Executive Producer Andrew Cohen

Producer Milla Harrison-Hansley

Participants: Charles Dance, Rufus Hound, Al-Khalili, Dallas Campbell

Broadcasts

BBC Two Thu 14 Nov 2013 21:00 and Fri 22 Nov 2013 23:05