Doctor Who A Good Man Goes to War S06E07 (BBC)

The new Doctor Who: Matt Smith

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The Doctor working a smartphone

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

This is the first of a series of specials that will air this year. Since David Tennant couldn’t commit to a full series this year, due to some previous acting commitments, we are left with a bunch of specials.

After two disappointing specials, we come to the end of David Tennant’s Doctor. Tennant has rapidly become a favorite of mine. I still love Tom Baker above all, but Tennant is very good. What is it about him? I’d say that David Tennant was almost perfect for the role. It’s too bad that he’s moving on. Already, the 5th season has been delayed until later this year because he couldn’t commit to a full serial.

It’s sad because he was so good. However, it’s good that Tennant is going out with a bang. The ending of part one of the End of Time was amazing. The Master, the Doctor, and the Time Lords, all reunited at last for one final confrontation.

I didn’t really like how the tenth Doctor died, but others will say that it is within his nature to be like that, to sacrifice himself for anyone. He did so. The end is nigh as he says goodbye to all of his companions, from Rose to Sarah Jane.

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The new Doctor is nutty. Nutty enough to be the Doctor, if that makes any sense. I don’t know much about Matt Smith, and I usually keep an embargo on myself about upcoming Doctor Who episodes so that the fun isn’t spoiled, and frankly, I was surprised. It was a good show, not extremely good, but good nonetheless. I have to say that I did really like David Tennant as the Doctor. His shoes are going to be hard to fill. Naturally, Tom Baker remains as my favorite Doctor of all time.

This was an incredible way of ending this storyline. There are quite a few open-ended questions that I hope will be answered. We finally have seen the Silence and what they do. The Doctor was able to rid Earth of them, but this is something that’s on-going. Who is the little girl? She’s obviously got Time Lord blood since she can regenerate, and she’s quite strong. Naturally, she must be the Doctor’s child, but who’s the mother, Amy Pond or River Song? Amy was pregnant when the story arc started, she no longer is pregnant and the Silence have been caring for a child for years. The Space Suit in which the child resides will end up killing the Doctor.

There were a lot of questions, but the Silence are definitely quite creepy. There’s nothing like forgetting that a monster is behind you while you turn around. However, the whole thing about the “Silence Will Fall” story arc has a dual meaning now, since it could simply mean that the Silence, as a race, will fall and disappear. this is the exact opposite of what was implied during the last season, but it’s nice to see them return to this intrigue. I’ve always thought that Silence Will Fall meant that the universe would end and/or all life would be extinguished.

I sort of knew that River Song was the daughter of Amy and Rory, it was just confirmed in this episode. The reason why Kovarian and the Papal Mainframe wanted to go to war against the Doctor is still a mystery. Anyway, they said that Melody Pond is going to be a weapon that they’ll use against the Doctor, and in some way, this makes sense, because she does kill him in the beginning of this series, some two hundred years in her future.

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On some asteroid named Demon’s Run, Amy is playing with her daughter Melody Pond. There are armed guards with her. The Eye Patch Lady is there. There are strange people with hoods watching over this whole scene. There is a whole army on this station. They take Melody away from Amy. She says that her father is the Last Centurion.

Twenty thousand light years away, some Cybermen are working on something. It’s not working out. Rory appears. He’s looking for Amy. It’s the 12th Cyberlegion. The Doctor destroys most of their fleet. The Cybermen are monitoring this part of space and they want to find Amy.

The cloaked figures are Headless Monks. Lorna Bucket is one of the soldiers on Demon’s Run. She met the Doctor some time ago.

In London, 1888 AD, Silurian Madame Vastra has just disposed of Jack the Ripper. The TARDIS appears in her drawing room. During the Battle of Zarathurstra in 4037 AD., a Sontaran nurse helps some human boy. It’s Commander Strax. He’s serving a penance. The TARDIS appears to pick up him. River Song breaks into her prison at the Storm Cage. Rory comes to see her. He’s not sure that they’ve met before. She checks her diary and says Demon’s Run. Rory says that they have taken Amy and their baby. River says that she can’t, not yet anyway. This is the Doctor’s darkest hour. She can’t be with him till the very end, because this is it. This is the day he finds out who he is. Is River Song Amy’s daughter?

The Eye Patch Lady is Madame Kovarian. Some blue guy tells Kovarian that the Doctor is collecting an army to get Amy back.

Demons run when a good man goes to war.
Old saying

Colonel Manton is briefing the human troops about the Doctor. They are getting ready to fight him. Lorna Bucket attempts to befriend Amy. Amy warns her to stay clear of the Doctor when he comes knocking. The Colonel shows the troops that the Headless Monks are truly headless. There is a Papal Mainframe and the humans are under some kind of religious doctrine. The Doctor is under one of the hoods. The lights go out thanks to the Silurian and her human manservant friend Jenny. The humans shoot a Headless Monk. The Monks start shooting. They are all soldiers of God. Colonel Manton is regaining control of his troops. Lorna goes running after the Doctor.

Judoon, Sontaran and Silurian forces transmat into place with weapons drawn on the humans. The Doctor calls in Danny boy and the space-worthy spitfires. Madame Kovarian is trying to escape the rock with Melody. Kovarian says that the Doctor must think that he’s winning until the trap is strung. Rory arrives with Captain Avery.

The Doctor gets quite angry with Colonel Manton. Madame Kovarian is also being held. Rory frees Amy. He’s got Melody in his arms.

Demon’s Run was taken without a drop of blood being spilled. The Doctor brings out an old cot that belonged to him. He slept in it.

That anger is always the shortest distance to a mistake.
Madame Vastra

Madame Vastra and Dorium found that Kovarian was scanning Melody’s DNA since she arrived. She’s got human and Time Lord DNA. Vastra tells the Doctor that the Time Lords became what they are because of their exposure to the time vortex. Melody was conceived on the TARDIS. The time energies must have been fused into her DNA. They’ve cooked themselves up a Time Lord. Retaking the asteroid was too easy. It was all about him. Kovarian talks with him. She says that the child is hope in this endless bitter war against him.

Lorna is captured by Strax. She says that all of this is a trap. She heard Kovarian talking. Apparently, the Headless Monks aren’t really alive, so they don’t register as lifeforms.

The monks put up a forcefield around the TARDIS. The doors are locking. Amy and Melody hide. Dorium is the first to be beheaded. The monks attack.

A window open once again next to Melody, just like it opened for Amy. Kovarian is behind it. She says to wake up. Melody was a Flesh ganger. A lot of their allies are dead.

They fooled the Doctor twice in the same way. Amy blames the Doctor.

River Song appears. The Doctor is furious. She tells him about how he’s changed the meaning of the word doctor. The Doctor discovers who River truly is. It’s written on the side of the cot or something like that. The Doctor leaves. Amy pulls a gun on River. Amy looks at the script. The script doesn’t translate thanks to the translation matrix of the TARDIS. River gives her the gift that Lorna gave her. On it, she finds the name of her daughter. The matrix translates it to ‘River Song’. Ha, I saw that one coming.

The only water in the forest is the river.
Saying from the people from the Gamma Forest

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