The Doctor, on the hunt for a magic purple McGuffin, finds himself in 1651 and back in the company of Ashildr aka The Girl Who Died, The Woman Who Lived and The Character Who Should Never Return.
Good grief. Never in the history of people who live forever has one of them been quite so incredibly whiny and annoying. Yes, Missy is irritating in the extreme and the Doctor’s habit of “Woe is me, eternal life is hard” brooding can be trying, but this week, Ashildr, aka The Immortal With the Planet-Sized Chip on Her Shoulder, put all of that into startling perspective. I know we were supposed to sympathise with this walking complaint generator, but my GOD. After about ten minutes of this episode, I didn’t care what it was about any more (which is just as well because the plot wasn’t so much wafer-thin as virtually non-existent), I just wanted it to end. Note to Doctor: if this is what happens when you break the rules, then DON’T.