Doctor Who Series 6 Episode 7: A Good Man Goes To War
Posted by wedgedoc on June 4, 2011
First of all, let’s just take a minute to offer a standing ovation. Come back when you’re done. Back? Good. As always, I’ll try and keep this as spoiler free as possible, but it may be a toughy.
The Cybermen return in the pre-titles sequence and it seems they are actual proper “Our Universe” Cybermen. Who have assimilated “Petes World” technology. At least thats what I made of the Cyber-fleet. Arthur Darvill is back in his Roman togs, and Amy’s voice over as she talks to her child is poignant – once again, it seems she’s talking about one of her companions when in fact it’s the other. This ultimately shows the strength of her relationship with Rory – that he outshines the Time Lord in many ways in her eyes. Based off this opening scene in particular, and the episode on the whole I’m going to stop calling Rory “Mr. Pond”. Anyone with the stones to make demands from a Cyberleader in it’s own command ship is worthy of respect … And the Doctor’s message? Damn!
The returns don’t stop there as the TARDIS makes a whistlestop tour through time and space to recruit a team of allies to help him get Amy back, including a Victorian Silurian samurai sword weilding detective and her partner, a Sontaran Nurse and (later revealled) a squad of Judoon. The idea of our hero calling in favours to prove what a bad idea it is to try to get to him through his loved ones is fantastic, and the execution of his infiltration of the asteroid base was superb.
What Moffat does this week is show that there are more than one side to alien races. I remember reading a short story in the Abslom Daak collection that had amongst other things, a Sontaran bar steward and I’m sure other Who media has done similar “outside the norm” things with the various races. What’s nice here is that it happens “officially”. We have a sympathetic Sontaran – one who’s punishment is to become a Nurse. We have a not-Silurian Dual Samurai Sword weilding Detective living in Victorian London. Both of these characters were excellently presented and realised by the writing and the cast.
While the final revelation had been predicted by many, that didn’t detract from it for me. Having my own musings confirmed gave me a little boost. Especially early on in the episode where Amy reveals the name of her child. The episode has a slightly bitter-sweet feel, as although the Doctor wins, he also loses in a number of ways. This makes for a superb mid-series cliff-hanger and I think the break will really strengthen the series.
Oh – and the title of the next episode? Nuff said!
And the niggles?
Um. Return of the unlikely space pirates? Nah – I’m going to let it slide as it actually made me grin!
A fantastic ending to a solid half-series. Questions answered and questions asked. An awesome assembly of minor characters, most of whom deserve their own series.