Doctor Who Extended Media Review – The Complete History Volume #81

Doctor Who The Complete History was a series of hardback volumes which came out every two weeks and covered 3-4 stories each. These were in-depth volumes covering the production of each episode from the first in 1963 to the end of the Peter Capaldi era of the show. In addition to the extensive production notes there were also merchandise and publicity updates and actor profiles. The quality of each volume was exceptional overseen by several different editors. The volumes were only available in the UK and Ireland so were difficult to obtain in other locations. I am more of a Watsonian fan but if you are a Doyalist you will greatly appreciate these books. Even so I give the entire series a solid 8 out of 10. I will rate each episode covered below.

Under the Lake and Before the Flood is a two part ghost story with The Twelfth Doctor and Clara. The story has some interesting characters that make you root for them to survive. The relationship between Cass and Lunn is well played and the UNIT fangirl O’Donnell is another standout. There are also some nice moments with The Doctor and Clara and the monster is well realized. The plot revolving around the bootstrap paradox was interesting. Overall the story itself is a solid mid-season episode good but no stand-out. 7 out of 10.

The Girl Who Died introduces Maisie Williams as Ashildr. Williams is very good as Ashildr and her acting at the very end of the episode is exemplary. Without a word she conveys the burden of immortality on her face as time passes on around her. The story has some amusing bits with ZZ Top, Heidi and Chuckles preparing for battle with the Mire. The Doctor’s realization as to why he has his current face is also well envisioned. 8 out of 10.