Television Review: Doctor Who: A Good Man Goes to War

I haven’t sat down and tried to write this review before this moment, because this is going to be the hardest episode to not spoil. Now I understand why the cast just kept saying that it was a brilliant episode and leaving it at that. But, urgh, I’ll try. (I’m going to assume that you’ve read the last two episodes) **Spoiler Free**

At the end of  “The Almost People”, we discover that Amy is not flesh and blood, but one of the flesh people. And she has been, for some time. Instead, she has been locked in a very white chamber, getting more and more preggers, until she is about to pop. The Doctor tells Amy, before he Sonics her, that he is coming for her. Rory steps away, and Amy disintegrates into pancake batter. “A Good Man Goes to War” is the conclusion of this story arc, with a taste of what is to come in the last part of the season, starting with “Let’s Kill Hitlers”, which doesn’t air until September.

In “A Good Man Goes to War”, the Doctor and Rory (as the Last Centurion) head off to find Amy and rescue her. The Doctor visits old acquaintances who owe him favors and brings them along. Rory heads off first to get River Song, who tells him, she only shows up at the end and she does, with the hugest revelation of all. I mean, good lord!! River has always been an enigma, where she came from what she is to the Doctor. So finding out a piece of her history, was mind blowing. The show was a never ending whirlwind of activity, great leaps forward, and huge falls backwards. But the ending was the most spectacular mid-season finale I have seen in a while (frankly, I’ve been disappointed by a lot of the season finale’s this spring). Doctor Who proves once again, that they have got the goods and they know how to use them.

I am going to say, that for a split second in “Day of the Moon” I thought what if River is…, but dismissed the ludicrous idea out of hand. And here I was right!!! Go watch the exciting mid-season finale, if you haven’t already. If you can’t wait until September, here are some clips to hold you over.

io9 exclusive (which means I can’t embed the videos) of how Matt Smith would play an evil version of the Doctor.

Recap (of the first 7 episodes):

Compendium of pictures and scenes of the crew filming (frankly I got bored and didn’t watch the whole thing)