Series 6

A good man goes to war reveiw

Warning: There’s oodles of spoilers in this – just thought we’d  better warn you. On your own head be it…

Sometimes I could really hate the people behind Doctor Who.

All week I’ve been looking forward to a Good Man  Goes to War, safe in the knowledge that this series is back on track after the  disappointing/cobblers (delete according to opinion) opening two parter with its  flash pyrotechnics but lack of sense or reason.

After all, we’ve had The Doctor’s Wife, one of the best episodes so far, and  the past two weeks have also been strong.

And then, a few minutes in to A Good Man… it seemed that, actually, I was  wrong again and we were indeed back to flash effects and no logical plot.

Why was Rory back in Roman costume as The Last Centurion? He became the Roman  when he spent 2,000 years protecting the Pandorica while Amy was inside it.  Since then the Doctor has rebooted the universe and Rory has gone back to being – er, a bit rubbish, frankly. He’s a decent bloke, but the character is the sort  of man who very much lets the missus wear the trousers. So why is it when he  puts on the skirt he becomes Charles Bronson, a man who can walk in to a room  full of Cybermen and give them orders? That doesn’t make sense. (And, by the  way, there’s a comment box below so feel free to offer your own opinion – but be  civil, eh? There’s a good chap.)

So I’ll presume that this is the pre-reboot Rory, in which case how can Amy  have been pregnant, and where’s the ‘real’ Rory? We were only a few minutes in  and already we were overloaded with questions. This is Doctor Who – we shouldn’t  need a set of Brodie’s notes or Doctor Who Confidential in order to follow  it.

And, while we’re on the subject of dodgy characterisation, since when did the  Doctor go psycho? Yes, I know he’s clearly fairly cheesed off with the whole ‘Amy and her baby have been kidnapped and replaced with a ganger’ thing (always  a bummer), but he’d never be the sort of character to blow up a fleet of  Cybermen just to deliver a warning. Or have I missed something?

Possibly I have. Perhaps my heart was too busy sinking as another flash,  loud, and deliberately clever clever episode plopped out of my TV.  (Oh,  please God not the World War II Spitfires again.  That was just stupid on  ice the last time around.)

Yep, Steven Moffat’s done it again, I thought. He has a great imagination,  and is a wizard at dialogue, but it’s as though he has a cracking idea for a set  piece but cannot be bothered to lay the groundwork in the plot. Therefore he  just jumps in and if you cannot keep up, tough. If he’s written himself into a  corner – tough, he’s not even going to bother trying to write his way out of it.  If he’s added new characters but not really given you enough to care when he  kills them off, tough. Sorry, but that’s no way to manage a popular TV series if  you want it to remain popular. I’m not asking to be spoonfed, but I am asking to  be credited with some intelligence.

Doctor Who: A Good Man Goes to War

The nadir came when the Headless Monks were revealed to be, er, Headless  Monks and the Doctor was disguised as one of them. I know he was ‘allowed’ to be  there because it was all part of the plot against him, but the resulting  shoutyfest was just awful.  I’m sure it’s supposed to be crowdpleasing, but  it just rings hollow with me.

So, there we were, halfway in and the off switch was calling out like a  long-lost friend.

And then – and then – about 30 minutes in we got past the bitty, the  confusing, the silly, the shouty, and we got to the talky.

The episode stepped back a bit, was allowed to breathe, and we found out more  about baby Melody Pond. Now it was interesting again. Suddenly, when little  Melody was transformed into a couple of litres of yoghurt, this episode of  Doctor Who was firing on all cylinders and playing at the top of its game. The  Doctor was forced to confront what he had become, the hurt he had caused, the  deaths, and I was hooked once more.

And that River Song revelation? I’d guessed. I think most of us had (River  Song/Melody Pond – s’obvious, innit?), but it was nice to have it confirmed.  (Although it’s slightly Woody Allen/Soon-Yi, if you think about what happens  between them.) And wasn’t Matt Smith brilliant?

So, then, a few months’ break and then we’re on to Let’s Kill Hitler, which  should be worth watching for the title alone.

As I say, sometimes I really hate the people behind Doctor Who. But, damn  them, they always keep me coming back for more.

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One thought on “A good man goes to war reveiw

  1. the Doctor told him to dress that way plus it ties in with the mythological Rory, “The Last Centurion” Amy described to Melody.

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