The late journalist Herb Caen once wrote, “The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.” He may have been speaking about the dangers that come with a long career of fame and life the public eye, but when looking upon the next appearance of the now-immortal Viking child Ashildr, the quote is altogether ominous. Being given a perspective on time’s rigors that only the long-lived can attain, she not only loses her identity, but a great deal of her amassed memories and, if the Doctor is correct, a large part of her spirit in the journey. With all that loss, however, she may also have gained a razor-sharp insight into the Doctor’s own time-worn culpability:
ASHILDR: So what’s wrong with Clara, then?
DOCTOR: There’s nothing wrong with her.
ASHILDR: Why haven’t you made her immortal?
DOCTOR: Well, look how you turned out.
ASHILDR: She’ll die on you, you know. She’ll blow away like smoke.
DOCTOR: Save your breath.
ASHILDR: How old are you, Doctor?
DOCTOR: Older than you.
ASHILDR: And how many have you lost? How many Claras?
This week, we take a long look at Catherine Tregenna’s contribution to Series 9, and the unusual follow-up episode that is “The Woman Who Lived”. We discuss the unusual nature of this second chapter in the Ashildr story, the true nature of the Hybrid theory, the many differences in construct, pace, and plot that this episode demonstrates from its predecessor, and of course, Jack Harkness. Because honestly — Jack Harkness.
- ‘Vanity Fair’ Writes a Favorable Article (For All the Wrong Reasons)
- Will We See Ashildr’s Return?
- Moffat Defends (and Yet Puts a Finite Span on) Sonic Sunglasses
- Capaldi Will Remain The Doctor At Least Through Series 10
- David Tennant And Catherine Tate Are Back On Big Finish
- K9 Coming To Theaters In 2017