With the mid-series finale of Doctor Who just around the corner, it’s time for us to turn our attention to A Good Man Goes To War.
The stage has been set in The Almost People with the realisation that Amy Pond’s been kidnapped and held in a claustrophobic white chamber. Who’s holding her captive, and what are their reasons? Well, the eyepatch lady Madame Kovarian can be seen in the episode trailer talking about using the child as a weapon!
There’s literally a stack of information (and pictures) for the mid-series finale, so let’s get this party started:
The Doctor gathers an army and calls in some old debts
If you’ve seen the prequel for A Good Man Goes To War, you’ll know that Dorium warns some hooded figures that it’s not a good idea to anger [[The Doctor (Doctor Who)|The Doctor]].
I even hear rumours about whose child you’ve taken. Are you mad? You know the stories about The Doctor? The things that man has done? God help us if you’ve made him angry!
We’ve seen the wrath of The Doctor in David Tennant’s era in The Family Of Blood, when he callously dispatched the aliens who’d been trying to capture him. I’m excited to see this darker side of The Doctor again, and he seems particularly outraged that Korvarian plans to use Amy’s child as a weapon. And of course, there’s always the possibility that an enraged Doctor will make a critical mistake along the way…
Returning Enemies Frenemies?
The rumour mill seems to think that Captain Avery (aka Hugh Bonneville) from The Curse Of The Black Spot will make a return appearance, fighting alongside The Doctor. The official synopsis seems to support this – and the teaser pictures from the episode suggest a whole lot more…
Amy Pond has been kidnapped and the Doctor is raising an army to rescue her as the drama continues. But as he and Rory race across galaxies, calling in long-held debts and solemnly given promises, his enemies are laying a carefully concealed trap.
As you can see from the pictures, it looks like Rory in particular is fighting alongside veteran enemies of The Doctor. We’ve got Silurians, Sontarans and even Cybermen in this episode. How? I’m not sure. Only a handful of episodes ago, these vintage baddies were conspiring to lock The Doctor in an inescapable box. So how and why they’ll side with him remains to be seen.
The Battle of Demon’s Run
According to what I’ve read, Demon’s Run is an asteroid. The battle that unfolds there is said by River Song to be The Doctor’s darkest hour.
What do we know? Well, there’s Madame Kovarian, the baby snatcher with the eye-patch. And there’s a Colonel Manton, who’s said to be leading a group of Clerics (like the ones from Flesh and Stone?) against The Doctor. His tagline?
On this day. In this place. The Doctor will fall.
There are also sinister cloaked figures with lightsaber-esque weapons. These look like the same ones who bought security software from Dorium. And a sci-fi squeefest space-battle, just for added fun. However, I can’t currently fathom out:
- Why Manton and Kovarian have an urge to destroy The Doctor.
- How Amy’s baby will be used as a weapon, and what it’ll be used against.
- Why Amy’s baby is so significant and why they chose to kidnap her and use the flesh Amy as a decoy.
There’s a Jenny!
This actually makes me quite excited: Catrin Stewart plays a character called Jenny. Could this finally be a return for The Doctor’s clone daughter? Granted, she isn’t being played by Georgia Moffett, but isn’t it possible that she could’ve somehow regenerated into a new body? And wouldn’t that be wonderful – to have a semi-Time Lord character out there in the universe that The Doctor could call on from time to time?
Will we find out who River Song really is?
Let’s start with this: Apparently, Amy names her child Melody. A daughter. So we have parallels in water and music. Pond is like River, Melody is like Song. The overwhelming feeling at this stage is that River will turn out to be Amy Pond’s child.
And let’s face it, that would be the kind of mixed up, Timey-Wimey relationship that Steven Moffat would conjure up. Not only does The Doctor meet his future companion’s daughter, he ‘saves’ her to a big galactic hard drive before even knowing that he has a complex future relationship with her. If that’s the case, I heartily approve.
However, we’ve yet to discover why River is still trapped in a Storm Cage. And disturbingly, all we know is that she kills “a good man”. And given that the title of this episode is A Good Man Goes To War, that puts The Doctor (or possibly Rory, who makes a hobby of dying) in serious jeopardy.
Is Amy’s baby the regenerating Time Lord child?
I seriously doubt it. I’m only mentioning this because one of our commenters raised the idea in another post. There’s a tendency to mix everything together because the clues themselves are so muddled.
But I think that Amy’s child and the regenerating girl at the end of Day Of The Moon are two seperate entities. For one thing, Amy having a Time Lord child would entail having slept with The Doctor, thus being unfaithful to Rory. And for a teatime family drama, I don’t think those themes are going to ever make it into Doctor Who.
Personally, I’m in favour of it being an incarnation of Jenny. I don’t know the whys and wherefores just yet, but that would be a very satisfying comeback for that character in my opinion. But others among you might point at The Doctor’s grand-daughter, Susan Foreman. I know there are a few fans of that character who’d love to see her return. And remember the speculation back in 2010 that Joanna Page would play a relative of The Doctor? Hmmm.