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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  • 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
  • amy is kid napped. the doctor gets an army to fight the kidnappers and headles monks capturing the base the headless monks start a fight killing lorn injuring comander strax and being defeated as river shows up telling the unprmoreless

    it was brilant.

    my new 2nd favrot episode featuring my new 2nd favrout monster.

    it gives you that fealing like when the master killed the evil time lords.

    "we are not fools" ha more like "we ARE fools"

    these are a list of things witch could make it better.

    1. dalecs

    2 sycorax

    3. rose

    4. donna

    5. martha

    6. captain jack

    7. the reaturn of doctors that are still alive 4 to 10

    8. weaping angels

    9. the time lords reaturn

    and lastly 10. flash backs and flash forwords.

    i know there strang sugestions but the zigons would not be bad at all.

    the following are ones i want to sea 2 3 6 7 8 9 and 10moreless
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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