“The Girl Who Died” put another gem in the Doctor Who ninth series crown Sept 17.
With a different pairing of writers for this episode, Jamie Mathieson this time teaming with Steven Moffat, I was afraid that the dialog might suffer. It continued to sparkle.
In this review, as with the last time around, I’m keeping the focus on what was said, but adding a twist. A pop quiz! Betcha didn’t see that coming.
Identify the speaker for each of the following quotes. Warning, these quotes might be a bit spoilish for those who have not watched the episode. The answers might be even more so.
Here we go. Where do you rate?
- It’s possibly a Love Sprite. It sucks your brain out through your mouth, hence the name.
- Not a word about my spot-on materialization skills.
- I’m not actually the police. That’s just what it says on the box.
- No, no, not Vikings. I’m not in the mood for Vikings.
- People talk about premonition as if it’s strange. It’s not. It’s just remembering in the wrong direction.
- So, it’s going to be the yo-yo again, isn’t it?
- It’s supposed to do that!
- That’s not really Odin, is it?
- He hasn’t even got a yo-yo.
- I’m not good with heights.
- What’s one thing that gods never do? Gods never actually show up.
- Time for your medication?
- Okay. You mash up Vikings to make warrior juice. Nice.
- The Universe is full of testosterone. Trust me. It’s unbearable.
- You almost had me talking. Talk is for cowards.
- I’m not a hugger.
- I looked them up in my 2,000-year diary. They’re called the Mire. They are one of the deadliest warrior races in the entire galaxy.
- Make puddings and babies. That’s basically what you do, right?
- Fly like a bird. Run like a nose. That’s probably a Viking saying, I think. Haven’t checked that yet
- What are you? Farmers, fishermen, web designers. Maybe not that last one.
- The Mire are coming for each and every one of you. So, what are you going to do, raise crops at them?
- He speaks Baby.
- So, when I say “move,” you move. When I say “jump, you say “how high? Unless there’s, of course, a gap of some kind, in which case, of course, means you jump horizontally.
- I’ve got too much to think about without everybody having their own names. So, it’s Lofty. You’re Lofty, you’re Daphne, ZZ Top, you’re Noggin the Nog and you’re, uh, Heidi.
- You’ll be given your real swords back when you can prove that you can wave them around without lopping bits off yourself.
- What happened?
- The Big Bang, dinosaurs, bipeds, a mounting sense of futility.
- More recently, Chuckles hit Lofty over the head on his helmet with a sword, which knocked him out.
- Well, Heidi faints at the mention of blood, not just the sight anymore. He’s actually upgraded his phobia.
- Chuckles, he questions every single order you give him, which is going to be a little bit difficult, a little tricky, in the heat of battle.
- So, we meet again, fake Odin. Valhalla burns around you. Your army is destroyed. And now, it time for you to die!
- Oh, I love puppets!
- We’ll be cut down like corn.
- Why has Lofty stolen a baby?
- Okay. You’re shouting. What’s happened? Have you trapped your finger in something again?
- Winning is all about looking happier than the other guy.
- Act as if you know their plan, and sometimes, if you’re very lucky, they’ll actually tell you it.
- Not to mention the whole wetting your pants and running away from a puppet debacle.
- See. All it needed was the Benny Hill theme.
- Silence is even worse in a Scottish accent.
- Immortality isn’t living forever. That’s not what it feels like. Immortality is everybody else dying.
The Doctor: 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,11,16,17,18,19,20,21,23,24,25,27,29,30,32,34,36.37.38,41
Mire Odin: 15
SCORING (ONE POINT FOR EACH CORRECT ANSWER)
0-10 Barely able to pay attention, possibly borderline non-sentient. Are you a Dalek?
11-20 Semi-conscious. Judoon? Sontaran?
21-30 Occasionally able to focus. Terran?
31-41 Very sharp. Galifreyan? Hey. Where the hell is your planet hiding?