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Published on June 6th, 2011 | by Shane Morris

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Review: Doctor Who – A Good Man Goes to War

Welcome back to “No, YOU’RE a TARDIS!” Doom’s weekly Doctor Who review column. This week we saw the mid-series finale and the last episode until September. Knowing that, I went in expecting answers and desperately hoping we wouldn’t be left guessing too awful much until this Fall. And I was not disappointed at all.

SPOILERS AHEAD

I’m going to just write things as they come to me as I really don’t even know where to begin. I think it’s a side-effect of having my mind blown by that ending. River is Amy and Rory’s daughter! AND the Doctor’s wife and she’s just been gallivanting with them this whole time! The whole sequence from The Doctor getting mad at River for not showing up earlier to the truth finally being revealed was just so well done. I feel sorry for anyone who made the connection when the name “Melody Pond” was first mentioned and therefore couldn’t fully enjoy the reveal. This opens up so many questions too. Does that mean River killed The Doctor in “The Impossible Astronaut?” If so, why? Is that why she is in prison? I realize some of you have probably already figured these things out but the whole River/Doctor backwards timeline thing has always confused me. If anyone can explain it to me I would be happy to listen.

Aside from that, the scene when Amy, Rory and The Doctor are all gathered around the baby was great. I love that The Doctor can speak baby. And bringing out his own ancient baby bed for Melody was a sweet moment. It was really cool seeing so many people and creatures from past episodes all in the same place. Cybermen, a Sontaran, Silurians, a couple Judoon, the pirates from “The Curse of the Black Spot” and even the pilots in their awesome space planes from “Victory of the Daleks” all make appearances. I was quite proud of myself for recognizing them all as during last year’s finale I had no idea who any of the monsters gathered where.

My only problem with this episode was how rushed the parts with the soldiers felt. I’m not sure why they took the time to give The Fat One and The Skinny One identities if they’re never seen or heard from again past one becoming a Headless Monk. And it seemed like Lorna Bucket was nothing but a vehicle for the name reveal. But these are minor gripes with an otherwise perfect episode.

I’m definitely looking forward to where this story goes come September. And hopefully life doesn’t get in the way too much and I can continue writing these. Thank you everyone for reading these articles. Be sure to leave your thoughts and theories in the comments, and check out our Who Is Your Doctor Who? poll!

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  • Sharp-O

    I said you were in for a treat ;)

    The fat/thin gay married anglican marines (who don’t need names) have to be a lighthearted dig at RTD’s writing.

    The Last Centurion opening and the soldiers disarming followed by the Doctor’s army revealing themselves are my favourite parts of the episode. They were so awesomely epic.

    • Shane Morris

      Ha! There did seem to be a gay couple in almost every RTD episode.

      The actual battle itself was a bit anticlimactic for me. But it had alot of cool moments.

      • Sharp-O

        “Danny Boy to the Doctor! Danny Boy to the Doctor!” *squeeee*

  • CJ

    Thank you for the write ups on Dr Who. I will miss the show and your reviews they have been accurate and amusing. Dr Who hurry up and come back to our tvs so we can have more Matt Smith and more of your reviews!

    • Shane Morris

      Thank you! I’ve enjoyed writing them. :)

  • Aaron

    I’d argue Lorna Bucket was there for more than just the name reveal. Her story about the doctor and also her notion of “if he’s not a warrior, why is he called The Doctor?” was vital too. I think his effect on another world had to be shown by her in not only an echo of Amy’s infatuation but also how he was seen as a man of destruction.

    I agree a lot of it felt rushed though. It should have been a double episode, there was enough going on to warrant it.

    • Shane Morris

      Ah, I see what you mean. I think maybe I felt that way because they killed her off as soon as her purpose was through.

      • http://aaronfever.bogspot.com Aaron

        Oh definitely, she was a story tool only but I thought the scene where she died was a good one too. It very much felt like he was lying to her about remembering her and the way Matt Smith played it when she had passed away was amazingly deep.

        That’s one of the things I love about the show since he has taken over. There are an awful lot of scenes when you’re not too sure what he really feels. There is a complexity to the character that I didn’t see before with Tennant, even though Tennant was endlessly charismatic.

  • John

    *** SPOILERS (for Who overall, not really for the ep) ***
    I thought his ganger being the one who is killed was too obvious to solve the series main arc. Do you think a ganger can regenerate like the Doctor was beginning to do on the beach before being executed?

    • Shane Morris

      What makes you think that would be the case?

      • Sharp-O

        Having the ganger die at the start of the series solves the paradox problem caused by the inevitable jump from 11th to 12th Doctors.

        • Shane Morris

          Hm, that does make sense.

      • John

        The case, as in, it’s his ganger, or that a ganger could not regenerate?

        • Shane Morris

          The one of it being his ganger dying.

          • John

            I only say that because Amy mentioned it to his ganger. It seemed too sign-posted to actually be the case. I think Moffat has other wonderfully-clever plans for this.

  • munchykins

    I definitely need to watch this again, i think my brain fell off while watching.

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