History Recap / DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar

27th Apr '16 1:01:50 PM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many."]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:"Good [[caption-width-right:350:''"Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many."]]
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Written by Steven Moffat. The finale of the first half of series 6.

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Written by Steven Moffat.Creator/StevenMoffat. The finale of the first half of series 6.
14th Mar '16 6:56:51 AM skidoo23
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* TheILoveYouStigma: The series has a longstanding policy that the Doctor never is shown uttering the words "I love you" to anyone on screen (he doesn't even say it to [[spoiler: his wife]]). Although it remains the case here, there is a one-of-its-kind zigzagging as the Doctor for the first (and, as of 2016, only) time invokes the L-word when discussing his companions:
--->'''The Doctor:''' 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.
19th Jan '16 8:53:23 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* CruelMercy:
** The Doctor's planned fate for Colonel Manton follows along these lines. See FateWorseThanDeath below.
** Also Commander Strax's penance as a nurse.

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* CruelMercy:
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CruelMercy: The Doctor's planned fate for Colonel Manton follows along these lines. See FateWorseThanDeath below.
** Also Commander Strax's penance
doesn't involve any physical harm of any kind. He will live in perfect health long enough to be humiliated as a nurse.Colonel Run-Away.



** The Cyber-Legion immediately pull their weapons on Rory, who offers them the chance to answer a simple question and he will be on his way. They fail to answer. Cue the ''entire fleet'' exploding.

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** The Cyber-Legion immediately pull their weapons on Rory, who offers them the chance to answer a simple question and he will be on his way. They fail to answer. Cue the ''entire fleet'' exploding.exploding from the Doctor's actions.



* EliteMooks: WordOfGod is that the Headless Monks are the ChurchMilitant's special forces. Possibly {{Elite Zombie}}s as well, since the detectors don't register them as alive.

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* EliteMooks: WordOfGod is that the Headless Monks are the ChurchMilitant's special forces. Possibly They're possibly {{Elite Zombie}}s as well, since the detectors don't register them as alive.



* ExplainExplainOhCrap: The Doctor insists that the baby can't have been conceived on the TARDIS. I mean, they spend far too much time running around fighting monsters for... that sort of thing, and anyway, in ''this'' version of reality they were never on the TARDIS together until their w--

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* ExplainExplainOhCrap: The Doctor insists that the baby can't have been conceived on the TARDIS. I mean, they They spend far too much time running around fighting monsters for... that sort of thing, and anyway, in ''this'' version of reality they were never on the TARDIS together until their w--



* EyepatchOfPower: Madame Kovarian packs a [[ElectronicEyes cyborg version]] of one of these.
* FaceHeelTurn: Last time we saw the Clerics, they were working with [[ColonelBadass Father Octavian]] to help the Doctor and River against the Weeping Angels. This time around... they're not nearly as friendly. Given that those events took place after River was locked up, it's possible that they are in the future of this episodes, meaning they got more friendly.

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* EyepatchOfPower: Madame Kovarian Kovarian, the cunning BigBad, packs a [[ElectronicEyes cyborg version]] of one of these.
an eyepatch.
* FaceHeelTurn: Last time we saw the Clerics, they were working with [[ColonelBadass Father Octavian]] to help the Doctor and River against the Weeping Angels. This time around... around they're not nearly as friendly. Given that those events took place after River was locked up, it's possible that they are in the future of this episodes, [[HeelFaceTurn meaning they got more friendly.]]



* FantasticRacism: From the Doctor of all people. He's being very TranquilFury at that moment and his levity is hiding the fact that he is ''very'' pissed off.

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* FantasticRacism: From the Doctor of all people. He's people; he's being very TranquilFury at that moment and his levity is hiding the fact that he is ''very'' pissed off.



* {{Foil}}: Rory to Commander Strax, of all people. Rory was a nurse who became a warrior, Strax was a warrior who became a nurse.

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* {{Foil}}: Rory to Commander Strax, of all people. Rory was a nurse who became a warrior, warrior and Strax was a warrior who became a nurse.



** Dorium is the only one who realizes that antagonising the Doctor is a really bad idea. He retains this after we find out he's working for the good guys, pointing out how they cleared out the fortress far too easily. Dorium's savviness seems to degrade some when he walks up to the menacing Headless Monks, thinking that because they know him, they'll let him go. He does this after observing that ''they're chanting their war hymn''.
** When it looks like the Doctor is trying to start a shoot-out between his men and the monks, Manton is the first person to discharge his gun's battery as a sign of good faith. "We are not fools." He just had no way of knowing about the Doctor's real plan.
** Keep in mind that [[BigBad Madame Kovarian's]] entire reason for kidnapping Amy's child is so she can be raised as a weapon against the Doctor. That they are ''so terrified'' of him they are willing to harm his TrueCompanions to do it. When The Doctor invades Demons Run, Madame Kovarian is ''quaking in fear'' from being in the Doctor's presence. She doesn't even start her EvilGloating until she is far, far away from him.
** Lorna met the Doctor when she was a kid. He's going to meet her again and have to know she's going to die in a few years.

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** Dorium is the only one who realizes that antagonising the Doctor is a really bad idea. He retains this after we find out he's working for the good guys, guys by pointing out how they cleared out the fortress far too easily. Dorium's savviness seems to degrade some when he walks up to the menacing Headless Monks, thinking that because they know him, they'll let him go. He does this after observing that ''they're chanting their war hymn''.
** When it looks like the Doctor is trying to start a shoot-out between his men and the monks, Manton is the first person to discharge his gun's battery as a sign of good faith. "We are not fools." He just had no way of knowing about the Doctor's real plan.
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** Keep in mind that [[BigBad Madame Kovarian's]] entire reason for kidnapping Amy's child is so she can be raised as a weapon against the Doctor. That they are ''so terrified'' of him they are willing to harm his TrueCompanions to do it. When The Doctor invades Demons Run, Madame Kovarian is ''quaking in fear'' from being in the Doctor's presence. She doesn't even start her knows that villains who do their EvilGloating up close and personal get punched in the face, so she waits until she is far, far away from him.
** Lorna met the Doctor when she was a kid. He's going to meet her again and have to know
she's going to die in a few years.far away.



** Rory is GenreSavvy enough to ask this of River in the beginning.
** Also played with later: the Doctor consoles the dying Lorna Bucket by reminding her of the fun they had on their adventures together, but after she dies, he admits that he hadn't actually met her yet.

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** Rory Rory, given that he works with a time traveling alien, is GenreSavvy enough to ask this of River in the beginning.
** Also played with later: with: the Doctor consoles the dying Lorna Bucket by reminding her of the fun they had on their adventures together, but after she dies, he admits that he hadn't actually met her yet.



** After a scathing WhatTheHellHero from River: the Doctor realises that the rest of the universe sees him as a dangerous and potentially insane warrior because of his actions. We haven't yet seen the full extent of this one.

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** After a scathing WhatTheHellHero from River: River the Doctor realises that the rest of the universe sees him as a dangerous and potentially insane warrior because of his actions. We haven't yet seen the full extent of this one.



* IdiotBall: Dorium running towards the Headless Monks. Prior to that he'd been pretty GenreSavvy.

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* IdiotBall: Dorium running towards the Headless Monks. Prior to that he'd been pretty GenreSavvy.Monks after they start chanting their war hymn was an unusual slip for him.



* KidFromTheFuture: River is Rory and Amy's.

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* KidFromTheFuture: River is Rory and Amy's.Amy's all grown up.



* LaserGuidedTykebomb: Madame Kovarian wants River/Melody to become an assassin when she grows up.

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* LaserGuidedTykebomb: Madame Kovarian wants River/Melody to become an a Doctor slaying assassin when she grows up.



* LovelyAngels: Vastra and Jenny, though with no [[LesYay subtext]], it's right upfront.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: River reveals she's Amy and Rory's daughter.
* ManlyTears: Rory, upon returning Melody to Amy. Even more heart-warming is that he does it while saying he was trying to be "cool" and not cry.

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* LovelyAngels: Vastra and Jenny, though with there is no [[LesYay subtext]], it's right upfront.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: River reveals that she's Amy and Rory's daughter.
* ManlyTears: Rory, upon returning Rory tears up when he returns Melody to Amy. Even It's even more heart-warming is that because he he does it while saying he was trying to be "cool" and not cry.



** And after all this: a brief clip of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDhmZwiS-0g&feature=feedu a skeletal hand clutching a sonic screwdriver]]...

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** And after After all this: a brief clip of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDhmZwiS-0g&feature=feedu a skeletal hand clutching a sonic screwdriver]]...



** Even Rory gets this treatment in the ColdOpen, particularly with this bit of dialogue:
--->'''Cyberman:''' Intruder Level 11! Seal off Levels 12, 13 and 14! ''[[OffscreenTeleportation Intruder Level 15!]]''

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** Even Rory gets this treatment in the ColdOpen, particularly with this bit of dialogue:
--->'''Cyberman:''' Intruder Level 11! Seal off Levels 12, 13 and 14! ''[[OffscreenTeleportation ''[[TheJuggernaut Intruder Level 15!]]''



* NoodleIncident: It's never stated just when or how Amy was kidnapped and replaced with a Flesh avatar.

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* NoodleIncident: It's NoodleIncident:
**It's
never stated just when or how Amy was kidnapped and replaced with a Flesh avatar.avatar.
**The Doctor did some so amazingly warrior-like in the Gamma Forest that the people there equate "Doctor" with "Warrior".



** Rory and the Doctor. When the chips are down, Rory will destroy anything in his path to get back the people who were taken from him. Despite being the person who usually tries to save everyone, you do NOT want to piss off Rory and underestimate the fury of the Last Centurion. ''Sound familiar?'' "''A Good Man Goes To War''", the title proves equally true of both Rory and the Doctor.

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** Rory and the Doctor. When Doctor; when the chips are down, Rory will destroy anything in his path to get back the people who were taken from him. Despite being the person who usually tries to save everyone, you do NOT want to piss off Rory and underestimate the fury of the Last Centurion. ''Sound familiar?'' "''A Good Man Goes To War''", the title proves equally true of both Rory and the Doctor.Doctor, but the difference is that the Doctor doesn't consider himself a good man.



** Rory's entire fight with the Headless Monks. Particularly given how they fight with a LaserSword while he's dual wielding a gun and sword.

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** Rory's entire fight with the Headless Monks. Particularly Monks and particularly given how they fight with a LaserSword while he's dual wielding a gun and sword.



** Dorium, when he realizes the Doctor's recruiting him too.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Thin One and the Fat One. {{Lampshaded}}.

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** Dorium, Dorium freaks out when he realizes the Doctor's recruiting him too.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Thin One and the Fat One. {{Lampshaded}}.One {{Lampshade}} their lack of need for real names.



** When, in the future, people come to you and ask you whether coming after me through the PEOPLE! I! LOVE! is in any way a good idea, I want you to tell them your name."

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** When, "When, in the future, people come to you and ask you whether coming after me through the PEOPLE! I! LOVE! is in any way a good idea, I want you to tell them your name."



** Definitely one for the Doctor. He raised an army, kicked the ass of the bad guys with them, took control of the army and even got back the real Amy [[EverybodyLives without a a single drop of blood spilled]] up to that point. However, part of the mission was to save Amy and Rory's newborn daughter with them, which they failed and even some of the lives of the Doctor's army were lost in the battle. However, after finding out who [[TheReveal River Song really is]], the Doctor is reinvigorated to rescue her infant self. The battle may have been lost (or won, as the case may be), but the war is far from over.

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** Definitely This is definitely one for the Doctor. He raised an army, kicked the ass of the bad guys with them, took control of the army and even got back the real Amy [[EverybodyLives without a a single drop of blood spilled]] up to that point. However, part of the mission was to save Amy and Rory's newborn daughter with them, which they failed and even some of the lives of the Doctor's army were lost in the battle. However, after finding out who [[TheReveal River Song really is]], the Doctor is reinvigorated to rescue her infant self. The battle may have been lost (or won, as the case may be), but the war is far from over.



* TheReveal: River Song's identity. She's Amy and Rory's daughter.

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* TheReveal: River Song's identity. She's identity; she's Amy and Rory's daughter.



* ShipTease: Amy's LastWords to her baby that sound at first like she's talking about the Doctor being the father.

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* ShipTease: Amy's LastWords to her baby that sound at first like she's talking about the Doctor being the father. It's actually her husband.



* SmugSnake: Madame Kovarian positively oozes this trope near the end.

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* SmugSnake: Madame Kovarian positively oozes this trope confidence near the end.



* SpaceIsNoisy: A couple of times, each involving Dalek Spitfires.
* StableTimeLoop: The reason River can't come with Rory. She has to let these events proceed as they always have, to ensure she gets the childhood of her first incarnation. When she shows up in the beginning of the episode, it is after these events have already happened for her, further compounding the fixed point in time.

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* SpaceIsNoisy: A couple of times, times there are explosive noises in space and each involving one involves Dalek Spitfires.
* StableTimeLoop: The reason River can't come with Rory. She Rory is she has to let these events proceed as they always have, to ensure she gets the childhood of her first incarnation. When she shows up in the beginning of the episode, it is after these events have already happened for her, further compounding the fixed point in time.



** "We are not fools!" Cue an entire army of Silurians and a bunch of Judoon teleporting in.

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** Disarming and shouting "We are not fools!" Cue an entire army of Silurians and a bunch of Judoon teleporting in.



* VillainousValor: We all knew how outclassed Colonel Manton's forces would be, still remarkable they got as far as they did.

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* VillainousValor: We all knew how outclassed Colonel Manton's forces would be, but it's still remarkable they got as far as they did.
19th Jan '16 8:06:49 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ArmyOfTheAges: Let's see, the Doctor brought alongside with him an army of Silurians including the one in Victorian England with a female human partner, the Judoon who are basically an intergalactic SWAT team, a Sontaran as a CombatMedic, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot Captain Avery and his son]], an intergalactic black market dealer, with [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks the Space Spitfires covering the skies]], Rory/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Lone Centurion]]" and, the Doctor, who is a OneManArmy by himself, all there just to take back Amy's baby! Good Lord! The Doctor really outdid himself there!

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* ArmyOfTheAges: Let's see, the Doctor brought alongside with him an army of Silurians including the one in Victorian England with a female human partner, the Judoon who are basically an intergalactic SWAT team, a Sontaran as a CombatMedic, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot Captain Avery and his son]], an intergalactic black market dealer, with [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks the Space Spitfires covering the skies]], Rory/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Lone Centurion]]" and, the Doctor, who is a OneManArmy by himself, all there just to take back Amy's baby! Good Lord! The Doctor really outdid himself there!



* BadassNormal: Make no mistake. The "good man" mentioned in the title is ''not'' the Doctor, but rather is Rory Williams. A cyberman legion can't stop him from marching into their control room and interrogating them. And man, does he live up to this trope in this episode.
* TheBadGuyWins: Think about it. Whatever nefarious purpose Madame Kovarian wanted to achieve by kidnapping baby River set a chain of events that makes her a terrifying ActionGirl whose mere name even causes fear in the heart of a freaking Dalek. River will still kill that good man, who in all likelihood was Kovarian's target to begin with. As it turns out, she was only ''imprisoned'' for killing the Doctor, and the Doctor is intact. More immediately, Madame Kovarian gets away with the real baby, having successfully OutGambitted the Doctor.

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* BadassNormal: Make no mistake. The "good man" mentioned in the title is ''not'' the Doctor, but rather is Rory Williams. A cyberman legion can't stop him from marching into their control room and interrogating them. And man, does he live up to this trope in this episode.
them.
* TheBadGuyWins: Think about it. Whatever nefarious purpose Madame Kovarian wanted to achieve by kidnapping baby River set a chain of events that makes her a terrifying ActionGirl whose mere name even causes fear in the heart of a freaking Dalek. River will still kill that good man, who in all likelihood was Kovarian's target to begin with. As it turns out, she was only ''imprisoned'' for killing the Doctor, and the Doctor is intact. More immediately, Madame Kovarian gets away with the real baby, having successfully OutGambitted the Doctor.



* BattleCouple: Vastra and Jenny are a couple and they can fight together.

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* BattleCouple: Vastra and Jenny are a couple and they can fight serial killers together.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: It's what the episode title means, so you can expect a lot of it. Rory kicks much ass and the ''entire episode'' is basically showing us this about the Doctor. The "Colonel Run-Away" scene and his WhatTheHellHero to River are all about showing the Doctor when he's really at the limit of his restraint. As Rory notes in the opening teaser;

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: It's what the episode title means, so you "Demons run when a good man goes to war". You can expect a lot of it.dangerous nice people in this episode. Rory kicks much ass and the ''entire episode'' is basically showing us this about the Doctor. The "Colonel Run-Away" scene and his WhatTheHellHero to River are all about showing the Doctor when he's really at the limit of his restraint. As Rory notes in the opening teaser;



* BigNo: Colonel Manton, when all hell breaks loose between the clerics and the monks.

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* BigNo: Colonel Manton, Manton yells "no" when all hell breaks loose between the clerics and the monks.



** A bit more with gangers, this time having a baby explode into goo.

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** A bit more with gangers, gangers; this time having a baby explode into goo.



* BreakTheCutie: Amy Pond has to deal with this while she's alone on Demons Run, mostly involving her baby. At the end, she ''is'' thoroughly broken by the revelation that her baby was actually taken and the one she thought she'd rescued was a Flesh copy; this is only remedied by River's timely revelation.

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* BreakTheCutie: Amy Pond has to deal with this while she's alone on Demons Run, mostly involving her baby. At the end, she ''is'' thoroughly broken by the revelation that her baby was actually taken and the one she thought she'd rescued was a Flesh copy; this is only remedied by River's timely revelation.



* CardboardPrison: River can just waltz in and out whenever she pleases. She has to use the phone to announce that she's breaking ''in'', not out, and she can also order room service, as if the place were a hotel. A CardboardPrison would actually be ''more secure'' than what she's in right now.

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* CardboardPrison: River can just waltz in and out of Stormcage prison whenever she pleases. She has to use the phone to announce that she's breaking ''in'', not out, and she can also order room service, as if the place were a hotel. A CardboardPrison would actually be ''more secure'' than what she's in right now.



** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon "Day of the Moon"]], Rory mentions that Amy knows he's always coming for her. And what is Amy's speech about?

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon "Day of the Moon"]], Rory mentions that Amy knows he's always coming for her. And what What is Amy's speech about?
28th Dec '15 2:24:58 PM missmoon
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* YouLookFamiliar: The Doctor's old acquaintences Strax and Vastra, even though we've never seen them before -- but we have seen that actor playing a Sontaran and that actor playing a Silurian. In Strax's case the two characters were clones so naturally they look alike. Vastra's actress played two different related Silurians in the last episode we saw her, so it seems that Silurians don't have much genetic variation.
12th Dec '15 11:29:05 AM Gregzilla
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** The Doctor gets a few Armor-Piercing ''Answers'':

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** The Doctor gets a few Armor-Piercing ''Answers'':few:
11th Dec '15 6:07:57 PM JulietF2
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* TheDeterminator: Rory is in full Roman mode here. Heaven help whoever is between him and Amy this time. The Cybermen sealed three levels ahead of him and Rory passed through by before the order was finished.

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* TheDeterminator: Rory is in full Roman mode here. Heaven help whoever is between him and Amy this time. The Cybermen sealed three levels ahead of him and Rory passed through by before the order was finished.
27th Oct '15 8:59:13 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ArmyOfTheAges: See BadassArmy below.

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* ArmyOfTheAges: See BadassArmy below.Let's see, the Doctor brought alongside with him an army of Silurians including the one in Victorian England with a female human partner, the Judoon who are basically an intergalactic SWAT team, a Sontaran as a CombatMedic, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot Captain Avery and his son]], an intergalactic black market dealer, with [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks the Space Spitfires covering the skies]], Rory/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Lone Centurion]]" and, the Doctor, who is a OneManArmy by himself, all there just to take back Amy's baby! Good Lord! The Doctor really outdid himself there!



** Also, when Amy picks up some sort of tool (which looks like an electric toothbrush) in response to a knock on the door of her room

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** Also, when When Amy picks up some sort of tool (which looks like an electric toothbrush) in response to a knock on the door of her room



* BadassArmy: Let's see, the Doctor brought alongside with him an army of Silurians including the one in Victorian England with a female human partner, the Judoon who are basically an intergalactic SWAT team, a Sontaran as a CombatMedic, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot Captain Avery and his son]], an intergalactic black market dealer, with [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks the Space Spitfires covering the skies]], Rory/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Lone Centurion]]" and, the Doctor, who is a OneManArmy by himself, all there just to take back Amy's baby! Good Lord! The Doctor really outdid himself there!
26th Oct '15 1:19:56 PM Trogdor
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion:

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion:ArmorPiercingResponse:
20th Oct '15 2:21:02 PM Trogdor
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** The Doctor keeps asking River the question, "Who are you?" This time he finally gets an answer.
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