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A Little Bird Killed Me (Facing "Face the Raven")

A Little Bird Killed Me (Facing "Face the Raven")

Companions come and companions go, but very few companions die. At least, death tends not to be the preferred exit from traveling with the Doctor, but it does happen, and Face the Raven is maybe the most dramatic companion death on record. It's perhaps a fitting end (but not really) to the arc of Clara Oswald, who was always more than your typical wayward-girl-who-stumbled-on-board-the-TARDIS. But does the story support the emotional weight of such an impactful moment? And what does "remember 82" mean? Let's get this bird on our brains — just as soon as we get of our chests our first reactions to the news that Russell T. Davies is returning to Doctor Who.

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Story Essentials

  • Series 9, Episode 10

  • Story number: 263, per the The Pull To Open Codex

  • Production Code: 9.10

  • Writer: Sarah Dollard

  • Showrunner: Steven Moffat

  • Aired 21 November 2015

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  • Season 2

  • Episode 20

Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor

Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada

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