Doctor Who

Season 6 Episode 7

A Good Man Goes To War (1)

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jun 04, 2011 on BBC America
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Episode Summary

When Amy is kidnapped as bait in a trap, the Doctor declares war on those responsible and assembles an army of allies to recover her. Meanwhile, River realizes that the Doctor's darkest hour has come and she must reveal her greatest secret to the Time Lord.

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  • Uncommon Valor

    This is another of my favorate two parters of the series because it has almost such a big feel to it. I really like how the begining was sort of like a mystery, we first see Amy tell a story to her baby Melody and as she is telling this story we see the Doctor taking certain actions. At first it might seem like she talking about the Doctor, but then we see she's not she's talking about Rory. And then we see Rory in his Centurian gear, talking in a really firm tough manner, and then you see a whole fleet of Cybermen ship have exploded and he says' my favorate quote, "shall I repeat the question" yeah they better answer his question. I just thought that was an awesome bada.. way to start the episode which is something I don't see much, but most important I felt it shows how much of a bada.. Rory truely is.

    There's not much to say about this one, the ensamble that made the Doctor's team I thought was decent, I say this because most of them I really don't know or care about but I like the fact that this was a team made up of a mix of races. If there was one character I liked it was Bucket whom I thought was hot, she was a decent character you have a good feel for her, a good soilder whom is playing for the wrong team, a sense of warmth, but also a little depth as to the fact the Doctor visited her when she was a child. River doesn't join, we're not sure why but knowing River there is good reason.

    The villians are pritty good, you've got the Headless Monks whom are just creepy as hell (how the hell they can see or even still function, I don't know I don't want to know). There is some sort of space millitary that really isn't much of a millitary but almost a cult, when we see they've intermixed religion; in a way this shows the dire consequences of not just chirch and state mixing but living by the credo of being a follower and not an individual, as well as doing your duty blindly. Then there is Madame Cavarer whom is an unlikeable she's a representative of those creepy Silence aliens. I'll admit she's not my favorate Who villian due to her being kinda two dimentional because her motives are never really said. But all the same I thought she was decent, her character is despite smart is psychotic from certain things she says or even breaks in her mannerism.

    And of course we see the Doctor and his team iniciate their plan of attack and rescue, I really like how it all was cordinated, for some reason it was just a gratifying feel just seeing how victory can be acheved without fatalities. And Amy and Rory reunite which was a nice moment along with him seeing his daughter for the first time.

    At first things seem to be alright, a victory was scored. Unfortunately first period was far from over as we see Madame unfortunately mannaged to be one step ahead of the doctor, from the supprise attack the headless monks iniciate. Really like the battle and the chorigraphy, everyone got to fight but what I liked most about the battle was just seeing Rory just kicking butt using his gun and sword against them. But what really made my heart sink was when the b.... revealed the real part of her scheme when we discovered Melody is on another ship and the baby Amy has isn't real, just seeing and hearing Amy reacting to the discover was heartwrenching.

    I really don't have problems except for the death of Bucket which I felt was cleche, a lot of war movies even cop shows are guilty of this where there is a rockie cop or soilder you know for a matter of minutes and then suddenly their shot. I didn't like this because we actually had a good feel for her character and it seemed to hint that she could be the next companion, so it also felt like an insult. I'm probably just part of a small minority that feel this way, but all the same this cleche must die.

    The final minutes were great when River Song enters and her biggest secret is revealed, and this was a reveal that I thought was both touching and made sense because her past was kept in the dark, heck Riversong isn't even her real name. On a side note I actually figured out who she was when in a scene she looked at Melody's crib and mentioned not seeing it for a long time, or even how she looked and talked to Amy. But that's beside the point, as River is talking to Amy, Amy comes near the crib and picks up the name cloth which Bucket sewed and was the key to the mystery, and of course we see the name River.

    So, victory was achieved River is Melody, Amy and Rory are the mother and father of Riversong.moreless
  • A Good Man Goes To War

    A Good Man Goes To War was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Doctor Who. I really enjoyed watching because the story was Epic and Amazing. The Doctor calls in all those he's helped or influenced to help rescue Amy and her baby. The story was superbly written and full of character and plot development. It was awesome to learn the truth of The Headless Monks. I also liked seeing familiar alien faces from the past and or future I would suppose. Every thing played out magnificently and it was awesome when the truth about River Song was revealed. I liked how every thing played out and look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • Inadequate setup undermines emotional payoff

    Great premise, but inadequate setup seriously undermines the emotional payoff.

    The entire episode was way too rushed.

    Writers sometimes milk a story too long. Viewers start feeling "Enough already, we got it. Next!"

    But this is the opposite mistake. Failing to milk a premise long enough to make the eventual payoff feel as if was earned and deserved.
  • A good man goes to war? Was it really a war?

    Something about this episode really wound me up! So after the whole 'flesh' incident where upon it was discovered that Amy was one and that she had her baby on a spacecraft where the woman with the strange eye patch was. It is here on this space station (I think...) where there are humans and strange ominous figures called the Headless Monks. What really annoyed me was the bit where Rory speaks to the cybermen and the ships blow up behind him. The entire point of the doctor is he doesn't ever kill that's why children watch it with their parents and adults without children can see what the doctor does without weapons.

    We are then introduced to a lot of characters we do and don't know from previous episodes like the lizard woman (sorry I can't remember the species) who seemed familiar to me but yet I couldn't put my finger on her. A soltaran medic who doesn't have many lines and a fat blue man who I think is connected to the hooded monks so can track them down. River however won't appear until an opportune time later.

    This is all a very muddled and chaotic episode to me and doesn't really have much going for it in my own mind and I have tried to take favor in it I really have. There's always the bit I love however when they all say "We are not fools," before being proven otherwise. The enemy also did not feel like a worthy advisory since they were overpowered in seconds before a counter attack by the monks and Amy's baby has a secret of its own...

    As for a rating I can't give it any higher than a seven at its best and not as low as a five so lets go for the one in between. 6 and I really do hope that after this episode the following will still get me involved as much as previous episodes have done.moreless
  • Not the cliffhanger we wanted, but the road to it is definetely worth it.

    We were promised an action packed mid-season finale with a mindboggling cliffhanger that will hold us in suspense for the following couple of months, when Doctor Who picks ups again. A Good Man Goes To War got half of that right. Literally every second of this episode is used to its full potential, as it stretches out a narrative that could easily fill up a feature length movie. The build up to the Doctor's reveal at Demons Run was great, his assembled army was awesome, and for an episode that introduces at least a dozen new characters, it manages to keep its pace and not fall appart, even though it bursts at the seams. The visuals were stunning and the sets amaizing. The Moff's ingeniuos writing once again shines as he screws with the audience more than once with a couple of red herrings here and there that could very nearly make you fall of your chair. Where the episode ultimately dissapoints though, is the end. Sure, River's big reveal is big and it will have change things forever for Amy, Rory and The Doctor now that they know the truth, but it wasn't what we wanted to see revealed. We wanted to know who River killed, why was she imprisoned, how did she know the Doctor's name and most of all, are they married? With all the hype behind the big reveal, not getting even a mention of those things sure is a letdown. Which, unfortunately, makes the big cliffhanger seem a bit hollow, despite the grand nature of the reveal. Still, it was one hell of a rollecoaster ride to get there, with Matt Smith once again stealing the show with an absolutely brilliant and spot-on perfomance. Looking forward to seeing the wrap-up to Season 6!moreless
Charlie Baker (II)

Charlie Baker (II)

Fat One

Guest Star

Dan Johnston

Dan Johnston

Thin One

Guest Star

Christina Chong

Christina Chong

Lorna Bucket

Guest Star

Neve McIntosh

Neve McIntosh

Madame Vastra

Recurring Role

Catrin Stewart

Catrin Stewart


Recurring Role

Dan Starkey

Dan Starkey


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • If the TARDIS translates all known language, it should be able to translate what baby Melody is saying. The Doctor makes it clear that it is a language. Since Amy, Rory, and River have all traveled in the TARDIS, they should know what baby Melody is saying.

    • Vastra says that "Demon's Run is ours without a drop of blood spilled." However, at least one Monk and two soldiers are killed after the Doctor deliberately provokes them into attacking each other.

    • The end titles list Russel T Davies as creating the Ood and the Judoon, but no Ood appeared in the episode. This is because a scene with Ood Sigma was originally slated, but it was cut from the final episode.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Rory: I have a message and a question. A message from the Doctor and a question from me. Where is my wife? Oh don't give me those blank looks. The 12th Cyberlegion monitors this entire quadrant, you hear everything. So you tell me what I need to know. You tell me now and I'll be on my way.
      Cyberleader: What is the Doctor's message? (the Cyberlegion explodes)
      Rory: Would you like me to repeat the question?

    • Amy: I wish I could tell you that you'll be loved. That you'll be safe and cared for and protected. But this isn't the time for lies. What you are going to be, Melody, is very, very brave. But not as brave as they'll have to be. Because there's someone coming. I don't know where he is, or what he's doing. Trust me, he's on his way. There's the man who's never going to let us down. And not even an army can get in the way. He's the last of his kind. He looks young, but he's lived for hundreds and hundreds of years. And wherever they take you, Melody, however scared you are, I promise you, you will never be alone. Because this man is your father. He has a name, but the people of our world know him better as the Last Centurion.

    • Thin One: Hello, I'm the Thin One. This is my husband, he's the Fat One.
      Lorna: Don't you have names?
      Fat One: We're the thin fat gay married Anglican marines. Why would we need names as well?

    • Thin One: But what's he like? The Doctor.
      Lorna: He said, "Run."
      Thin One: Just "Run"?
      Lorna: He said it a lot.

    • Vastra: Send a telegram to Inspector Abberline of the Yard. Jack the Ripper has claimed his last victim.
      Jenny: How did you find him?
      Vastra: Stringy, but tasty all the same. I shan't be needing dinner.

    • Arthur: Will I be okay?
      Strax: Of course you will, my boy. You'll be up and around in no time. And perhaps one day, you and I shall meet on the field of battle and I will destroy you for the glory of the Sontaran Empire.
      Arthur: Thanks, nurse.

    • Strax: Captain Harcourt, I hope some day to meet you in the glory of battle, when I will crush the life from your worthless human form. Try and get some rest.

    • River Song: Oh, are you boys dressing up as Romans now? I thought nobody read my memos.
      Rory: Doctor Song, it's Rory. Sorry, have we met yet? Time streams, I'm not quite sure where we are.
      River Song: Yes, yes, we've met.

    • Rory: I've come from the Doctor, too.
      River Song: Yes, but from a different point in time.
      Rory: Unless there's two of them.
      River Song: No. That's a whole different birthday.

    • River Song: (seeing Rory in his Centurion uniform) Why on earth are you wearing that?
      Rory: The Doctor's idea.
      River Song: Of course. His rules of engagement: float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
      Rory: Look ridiculous.
      River Song: Have you considered heels?

    • Dorium: No! No, no, please, not me! You don't need me! Why would you need me? I'm old, I'm fat, I'm blue! You can't need me!

    • Manton: He is not the Devil. He is not a god. He is not a goblin or a phantom or a trickster. The Doctor is a living, breathing man, and as I look around this room, I know one thing. We're sure as hell going to fix that.

    • The Doctor: Ha-ha. Hello, everybody! Guess who! Please, point a gun at me if it helps you relax. (everyone prepares their weapons) You're only human.

    • The Doctor: I'm not a phantom.
      Manton: Doctor.
      The Doctor: I'm not a trickster.
      Manton: Doctor.
      The Doctor: (hiding among enemy monks) I'm a monk.

    • The Doctor: No, Colonel Manton, I want you to tell your men to run away.
      Manton: What?
      The Doctor: Those words, "run away." I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want people to call you "Colonel Runaway." I want children laughing outside your door because they found the house of Colonel Runaway. And when people come to you and ask if trying to get to me through the people I love... is in any way a good idea, I want you to tell them your name.

    • The Doctor: Oh, look, I'm angry. That's new. I'm really not sure what's going to happen now.
      Kovarian: The anger of a good man is not a problem. Good men have too many rules.
      The Doctor: Good men don't need rules. Today's not the day to find out why I have so many.

    • Amy: (hears someone at the door) Who's that? Who's there? You watch it, because I am armed and really dangerous, and... cross.
      Rory: Like I don't know that.

    • The Doctor: Euu. Kissing and crying. I-I-I'll be back in a bit.

    • The Doctor: (to baby Melody) That's okay, she's still all yours. And really, you should call her "Mummy," not "Big Milk Thing."
      Amy: Okay, what are you doing?
      The Doctor: I speak Baby.
      Amy: No, you don't.
      The Doctor: I speak everything. Don't I, Melody Pond? (adjusts his bow-tie) No it's not, it's cool.

    • Amy: (Melody) doesn't like the TARDIS noise. I asked him to turn something off, but it was all "But I don't want to punch a hole in the space-time continuum."

    • Jenny: (as Melody cries) Is she all right?
      Amy: Yes, she's just crying.
      Strax: Give her to me, human fools. She needs changing.
      Amy: I just changed her. I think she might need a feed.
      Strax: A feed? Of course. I'll take care of everything.
      Rory: Uhh... I really don't think you will, actually.
      Strax: I have gene-spliced myself for all nursing duties. I can produce magnificent quantities of lactic fluid!

    • Vastra: How did this baby....begin?
      The Doctor: Oh, you mean...
      Vastra: Quite.
      The Doctor: Well, how would I know? That's all human and private stuff. It just sort of goes on. They don't put up a balloon or anything.
      Vastra: Could the child have begun on the TARDIS? In flight, in the Vortex?
      The Doctor: No, no, impossible! It's all running about; sexy fish vampires, blowing up stuff, and Rory wasn't even there at the beginning.Then he was dead, then he didn't exist, then he was plastic, then I had to reboot the whole universe. Long story. So, technically, the first time they were on the TARDIS together in this version of reality was on their...
      Vastra: On their what?
      Dorium: Hmm?
      The Doctor: On their wedding night.

    • Amy: Rory, no offense to the others, but, uh, you let them all die first, okay?
      Rory: You're so Scottish.

    • The Doctor: The child is not a weapon!
      Kovarian: Oh, give us time. She can be. She will be.
      The Doctor: Except you've already lost her, and I swear I will never let you anywhere near her again.
      Kovarian: Oh, Doctor, fooling you once was a joy. But fooling you twice, the same way, it's a privilege.

    • River Song: Demon's Run when a good man goes to war.
      Night will fall and drown the sun,
      When a good man goes to war.
      Friendship dies and true love lies,
      Night will fall and the dark will rise.
      When a good man goes to war.
      Demon's Run but count the cost.
      The battles won but the child is lost.

    • Strax: It's strange. I'd often dreamed of dying in combat. I'm not enjoying it as much as I'd hoped.
      Rory: Come on, Strax. Don't give up.
      Strax: It's all right. I've had a good life. I'm nearly twelve.
      Rory: Listen to me. You'll be back on your feet in no time. You're a warrior.
      Strax: Rory, I'm a nurse.

    • The Doctor: You think I wanted this? I didn't do this, this--this wasn't me.
      River Song: This was exactly you. All this. All of it. You make them so afraid. When you began, all those years ago, sailing off to see the universe, did you ever think you'd become this? The man who can turn an army around at the mention of his name. "Doctor." the word for healer and wise man throughout the universe. We kept that word for you, you know. But if you carry on the way you are, what might that word come to mean? To the people of the Gamma Forest, the word "Doctor" means "mighty warrior." How far you've come. And now they've taken a child, the child of your best friends, and they're going to turn her into a weapon just to bring you down. And all this, my love, in fear of you.

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