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Moffat Era Rewatch: A Good Man Goes to War

Demons run when a good man goes to war…

Warning: Spoilers Sweetie 

  • Who is the good man of the title? Is it the Doctor or Rory? The Doctor doesn’t consider himself a good man so it has to be Rory, right? 
  • Hello Melody Pond, whose name is a pretty big give away of who you really are. 
  • They’re doing the thing where you think she’s talking about the Doctor but its Rory. As I said before I don’t like that and I’m glad they pretty much stop doing it after this episode. 
  • Hello Lorna Bucket. 
  • These Cybermen don’t have the Cybus logo so this is the first time in NuWho we see the Cybermen for this universe. 
  • Hello Rory, or to give him his full name Roranicus Badassius.  
  • “What is the Doctor’s message?” KABOOM!!!!
  • And here’s my favourite human/lizard lesbian couple. I’m still a little bitter that they never got a spin-off. Instead we got Class
  • Vastra catching Jack the Ripper and eating him is what we should teach in history. Far more satisfying than “He was never caught”
  • Love this mixture of Napoleonic uniforms with laser guns. 
  • “Did someone call for a nurse?” And here is everyone’s favourite violent potato/healthcare professional. 
  • For River, prison was just a place to grab a shower and get changed.  
  • “The Doctor took me ice skating on the River Thames in 1814, the last of the great Frost Fairs. He got Stevie Wonder to sing for me under London Bridge.” They should’ve had some of the extras in ‘Thin Ice’ singing Stevie Wonder songs and confusing the hell out of Bill. 
  • Confirmation that River totally had a threesome with the Doctor. 
  • This episode make no effort to explain who the bad guys are or why they are doing this. Moffat was saving all of that for later. 
  • This is the story about the legend of the Doctor and what it means to various people so it was a smart move to holds of revealing him for most of the episode, instead letting us hear all the other characters tell stories about him. 
  • So they are really headless then. 
  • “Amelia Pond! Get your coat!” 
  • One of the things I love so much about Vastra and Jenny is their impeccable sense of style.
  • “Run away. I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want people to call you Colonel Run Away. I want children laughing outside your door, because they’ve found the house of Colonel Run Away. 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. Oh, look, I’m angry. That’s new. I’m really not sure what’s going to happen now.” I get goosebumps whenever we see that sliver of ice in Eleven’s hearts. 
  • “Now, Mrs Williams, that is never, ever going to happen.” *Shipper tears*
  • The Doctor just pointed and laughed at an archaeologist.
  • Melody Pond is most definitely a superhero. 
  • Not even a year old and she’s already making fun of his dress sense. 
  • Awww, the Doctor’s cot. 
  • Don’t ask about the Doctors family, Amy. Like his name, it is one of those mysteries the show will never ever answer.
  • “That anger is always the shortest distance to a mistake.” I’ve always loved Vastra friendship with the Doctor. She is one of few people that is completely unafraid to call him out on his bullshit or tell it like it is.  
  • “He’s not a warrior.” “Then why is he called the Doctor?”
  • Let’s talk about sex, baby.
  • “No! No! Impossible! It’s all running about, sexy fish vampires and 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 w…” And now we know the real reason the episode was called “The Big Bang”.
  • “Why would a Time Lord be a weapon?” "Well, they’ve seen you.” “Me?” Matt’s acting here is just amazing. 
  • This has to be the most decapitations in an single episode of Doctor Who
  • "Oh, Doctor. Fooling you once was a joy, but fooling you twice the same way? It’s a privilege." 
  • “Demons 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. Demons run but count the cost. The battle’s won, but the child is lost.” 
  • Amy’s scream here always sends chills down my spine. 
  • Stop being such a drama queen, Strax. It’s probably just a scratch. 
  • “I remember everyone.” Did he really remember her or was that just a comforting lie? 
  • “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 get that word from 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 Forests, 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.” I love this entire speech. Someone needed to say this to him a long time ago. 
  • Oh god, their faces when he finally realises.  
  • “But you and I, we, we, we, er *makes kiss kiss noises*” "Yes.” I love how he is both ridiculously excited by this and worried terribly about what Amy and Rory will do to him for kissing their daughter.
  • Can’t help noticing how he never promises to return Amy and Rory’s daughter to them. 
  • “I’m your daughter” All the River reveals were in a way a little anticlimactic, but that doesn’t bother me because I was never too invested in the mystery side of her story. 

Next Time: Let’s Kill Hitler


Doctor Who S10E03 Thin Ice

aka This is the moment I will cherish forever when Twelve regenerates. This right here. Thanks Sarah Dollard. 

aka On an whole different note, do we get to see the Doctor interact with the hamilton cast accurately portraying (i.e. no singing) their characters? because i would like to see that please and thanks

aka where’s the Paternoster Gang? Are they busy? Did they call the TARDIS and pretty much is the reason why they are needed there? i just miss vastra, jenny, and strax okay.

The Time of Our Lives (Steven Moffat’s final DWM Column)

You know something I don’t know. You know who the next Doctor is. At least, I think that will be out by the time you read this. Old Chibs (as he must always now be known) is playing his cards close to his chest, and won’t tell me a thing. I attempted to give him some sage advice on the subject of secrecy, but he gave me a look, as if to say, “Seriously, have you checked your own record on this??” and had me removed by security. Again. But it’s comfy here, in my skip in the Roath Lock car park, and Russell is good company. When we’re both not crying, that is.

Actually, I’m not comfy at all. I’ve got everything crossed. Can Old Chibs pull it off? Can we actually have a new Doctor that’s a proper surprise, the way it’s supposed to be? I do hope so! But you know all that by now, out there, in the glorious new dawn.

And the fact is, I have no more news for you. Barely any secrets to keep. One more Special on Christmas Day, and I’ll be gone before the end credits. A brand-new team will go blazing into action, and in the far future, vast new Andrew Pixley Archives will form in the void.

But frankly, even I don’t care about me - this is all about Peter Capaldi. I saw him at the end, you know. The very last shot you see of him as the Doctor is in fact (brilliant scheduling by amazing producer, Pete Bennett) the very last thing Peter did on the show. Just as popping out the TARDIS and confusing Strax was the very first thing he did in Deep Breath, all those centuries ago. Since then he’s faced down a Mummy on the Orient Express, talked down a Zygon war using a couple of empty boxes, punched a wall for four and a half billion years, misunderstood the romantic intent of a puddle, decked a racist, insulted Santa, had a 24-year date in a restaurant, and played gooseberry when Missy met herself. He’s been gentle and fierce and rude and kind, and now with a wave of his hand and a flap of his cuff, he’s striding into the sunset to give it a piece of his mind. Be there for him on Christmas Day - Scotland’s finest in his final hour. He’ll break your heart and save your galaxy, all over again.

It was funny, that last day. I was in the studio for most of it, which is the first time I’ve ever managed that on Doctor Who. Normally, there’s so much else to do - new season to plan, new scripts to write, new stars to find. But now, with my time on the show winding down, with desks falling empty, and computers falling silent, and endless rounds of goodbye drinks, there’s nowhere else for me to be.

Brian Minchin is here today. And we sit and laugh and chat, and marvel at Peter’s extraordinary final performance. Every take is different and beautiful in a new way, and how the hell are we supposed to choose just one? It’s not goodbye to Brian, I’m delighted to say - he’s joining me and Sue at Hartswood Films, and we have dark and mighty plans.
Rachel Talalay, our finale specialist, is directing. She’s come back to see number 12 off into the shades but I very much hope she’ll be directing more Doctor Whos in the future. She keeps hinting that she won’t, though.

“You’re already directing the new one - you’re doing the regeneration!”
“Yes, but apart from that.”
“You probably know who the new Doctor is, and everything!”
“No, I don’t”
“You had a secret dinner with Matt Strevens and Old Chibs!”
“It wasn’t secret!”
“Well, I didn’t know about it.”
“No-one thought to tell you, it was just for people who are… you know…”

I was alright after a bit, and the nurse with the oxygen was very nice.

“Who’s the new Doctor?” I demanded to know from my stretcher, mostly in hand signals.
“I don’t know,” lied Rachel, probably.
“Just the initials.”
“I don’t know.”
“Will you tell me if I cry?”
“You’re already crying.”
“… Would you like ten pounds?”

There’s another goodbye coming up - and frankly it’s right here. My old friend, the wise and kind King of Numbers himself, Tom Spilsbury, is leaving this magazine. It’s funny, we’ve done almost everything in parallel in Doctor Who. He was assistant editor on the mag, while I was an occasional writer for Russell’s era. He became editor only shortly before I became showrunner. And now, at the end, we’re tumbling out the door together. We’ve tumbled out of quite a few doors together, but I’m damned if I’m telling you which pubs. Once a month, for so many years, Tom would remind me that this column was due. No, that’s a lie. He’d remind me several times a month. Towards the end, in a very high voice, with crying. Well, no more! These days are over. Tom’s entirely brilliant era of DWM is drawing to a close with every word you read, my time on Doctor Who is vanishing like breath on a mirror, and this column too is about to pop out of existence.

It’s funny how things you take for granted just disappear, isn’t it? That school you went to every day and then never go back to, that friend you part from laughing and never see again, all those doors that click behind you without you knowing they’re closing forever. I first wrote Doctor Who in 2004, and I very much hoped I’d get to write it again. Then I wrote more, and then so much more, until I thought it might go on forever. I remember at some awards dinner, telling Brian I loved my job so much I couldn’t imagine ever stopping. In other more melancholy moments I knew that everything ends and wondered what the very last words I’d ever write about Doctor Who would be. Well, the time has come, and here they are.

All my love, good luck and goodbye.

Some Of My Favourite Things About The Nu-Who Era

• The Companions- particularly Donna, Martha, Rory and Bill

• River Song. Just, River Song.

• Captain Jack Harkness. I may not talk about him much, but he’s awesome.

• The epic adventure music we had in Matt Smith’s era. That was my jam back in the day.

• The casual LGBT representation. It’s been there since series one, but it’s never been a big deal.

• The Drunk Giraffe.

• There was actually an episode that used as many oo sounds as possible (Judoon platoon upon the Moon!) just to mess with David Tennant, because it was hard for him to maintain his English accent and say those words.

• I love the Master and Missy in equal amounts, because they are evil because they can be, and still act like the Doctor’s their best friend, especially Missy.

• Honestly, I’ll be sad to see Missy go- she’s basically a big ball of Glaswegian craziness, and she’s brilliant as a villain.

• The Paternoster Gang, because only on Doctor Who would you have a team comprised of a pair of interspecies crime solving lesbians and their pet potato.

• Nardole, mother hen extraordinaire.

• Amy and Rory’s relationship.

• “It’s smaller on the outside!”

• “Allons-y, Allonso!”

• “Bow ties/ Fezzes/ Stetsons are cool.”

• The Doctor’s entire message in Blink.

• All the nods to the Doctor’s past- Sarah Jane, UNIT, the Master, all the old monsters, even things like Twelve offering someone a jelly baby and the return to Coal Hill School.

• Many other things, but I can’t think of them just now.