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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."]]

->''"This is the Doctor's darkest hour. He'll rise higher than ever before, then fall so much further. This is the day he finds out who I am."''
-->-- '''River Song'''

Written by Steven Moffat. The finale of the first half of series 6. '''"Spoilers!"'''
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Last episode, we found out that the Amy we've been seeing was not, in fact, Amy. It was an avatar, making her constantly believe that she was walking around unharmed, while her real self was held captive in a place called Demon's Run. She's given birth there to a baby girl named Melody, guided by Madame Kovarian -- the eyepatch lady -- and surrounded by an entire military. But she's not scared. Because she knows that the baby's real father will come for them. A man who has travelled across the galaxy. A man who has lived for centuries. A man [[ShipTease known as the]]... Last Centurion.

The soldiers are quite nice, actually, and simply believe that the Doctor is a fearsome warrior that should be killed. That doesn't mean they can't be his fanboys, too. One of them, Lorna (Creator/ChristinaChong) from the Gamma Forest, met him once when she was young and only joined so she could see him again. She's happily embroidering a little piece of cloth with the words "Melody Pond", as a religious good luck charm for Amy.

The Doctor and Rory (dressed magnificently in his Last Centurion gear) prepare to raise an army. On his quest, Rory defeats a Cyberman fleet without even a hint of fear. In her cell in Stormcage, River Song sadly acknowledges that the time has come at last. Today will mark the Battle of Demon's Run and the Doctor's darkest hour. Both sides will make their sacrifices and River Song must finally reveal her most closely guarded secret to the Doctor: her identity. She's unusually happy to see Rory, but she can't come with him.

The Doctor gathers friends with old debts in his TARDIS: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E9ColdBlood a Silurian woman named Vastra]] from Victorian London and her human girlfriend, a {{Badass}} Sontaran nurse whose clone batch [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem met the Doctor once]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot Captain Avery and Toby]], the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth Judoon of the Shadow Proclamation]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks Churchill's spitfire fighters]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens Dorium Maldovar, the owner of the Maldovarium]].

Lorna sneaks out, finds Amy and hands her the little embroidered cloth. Amy is too traumatised to talk to her much.

The Headless Monks, a religious faction, are seemingly allied with the Demon's Run army, but the Doctor interferes and starts manipulating the soldiers effortlessly. As Amy watches, he vows to rescue her. [[RunningGag "Amelia Pond, get your coat!"]]

Rory, still in Centurion gear, reunites Amy and little Melody while crying ManlyTears. The Doctor follows soon after. He talks to young Melody for a bit ("I speak Baby. I speak ''everything''.") and the two quickly bond. The Doctor gives Melody a little Gallifreyan cot. Amy asks him where the hell he got that from. Why would he have a cot? Does he have kids? ''Did'' he have kids? He mumbles a bit before revealing that all right, yes, it's his cot. From when he was a baby. And little Melody will be quite safe.

Chaos quickly ensues again, however, and the Doctor is questioned by everyone on whether or not he's responsible for the child. Because [[WhamLine it's got Time Lord DNA]]. And there are not a whole lot of ways for little babies to become half Time Lord. Simply put, when a girl travelling with a Time Lord has a half-Time Lord baby, people tend to draw conclusions.

The Doctor is genuinely confused, because no, [[ShipSinking he did not sleep with Amy]]. And he can't see any way for the child to be part Time Lord, even when it's pointed out by Vastra that the Time Lords themselves evolved from continuously being close to the time matrix. That doesn't apply here, he states, because Time Lords evolved over billions of years, not just nine months. And even if this baby was somehow influenced by Amy being in the TARDIS, it's just not how evolution works. Besides, how could it even have been conceived on the TARDIS? Rory wasn't there, and then he was dead, and then he never existed, and then he was a plastic Roman for two millennia, and then it was their wedding n--

Oh.

The Doctor realises quite suddenly why Amy was so worried about her baby being messed up by the time stream or having a "time head" or something. Little Melody was conceived on the TARDIS, and the TARDIS added quite a bit of her own creative influence to the baby's DNA. And now this Time Lord baby will be raised as a weapon against him.

->'''The Doctor:''' Why would a Time Lord be a weapon?\\
'''Vastra:''' They've seen ''you''.

As the Doctor's makeshift army confronts the soldiers of Demon's Run, Lorna is shot. The Doctor rushes to her side and tells her to be brave. Of ''course'' he remembers her. They ran together, years ago. She dies in his arms. He quietly has to ask who she was, because he hasn't met her yet and he remembers everyone.

By now, the Doctor has got into a habit of hugging Amy tightly, and rubbing her back, while he's talking to her. With permission from Rory, of course. Because he can only give her one nasty revelation after another: little Melody is not little Melody. She's made of the Flesh, and the real baby is far, far away by now. The little bundle in Amy's arms promptly turns into a [[JustForPun jelly baby]].

And then, just as the Doctor's friends are dying all around him again, River appears. And the Doctor is ''very'' genuinely angry with her. He's beyond TranquilFury and gone off into plain old rage. Why did she wait this long to show up? Why did she do ''nothing'' to prevent all this? Why is she just standing there? This carnage, this drama, this ''isn't him''. River quietly replies that he's wrong. This is him. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Gathering people around him, changing their lives, making them sacrifice themselves for him]]. As for the Demon's Run army: in the Gamma Forest language, "Doctor" has become the word for "Mighty Warrior". The Doctor's reputation has made him into a demon in the eyes of entire cultures. He's a true MemeticBadass, and they've become so scared of him, they're going to kill him out of sheer terror.

He orders her to stop lying to him and to finally explain who she is. She takes his hands and leads him towards the cot. He looks down at his old cot, at the Gallifreyan text, at his little kinetic baby toy mobile. He looks up at River. He looks down again. And he starts to happily make incoherent {{squee}} noises while she grins and nods at him.

It's all still a bit confusing to him -- they've kissed and everything, and that's just ''weird'' now -- but he's too busy being flabbergasted to even care any more. He waves goodbye to the Ponds, promises to find little Melody, gets in the TARDIS and gives River one final {{squee}} before dashing off. River can take the others home.

Amy has a full-on HeroicBSOD at that. She picks up a gun and prepares to shoot River right then and there. River calms her down with some effort, and tells her to take another look at the Doctor's cot. Because with written text, the TARDIS translation matrix can take a while to kick in. No, not the Gallifreyan text on the cot -- [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels the TARDIS doesn't translate ancient Gallifreyan anyway]]. River means Lorna's beautifully embroidered cloth, and she shows it to Amy and Rory. [[ArcWords The only water in the forest is the river]]. In Lorna's Gamma Forest language, the elaborate embroidered text says "Pond" on one side, and "Melody" on the other: "River" and "Song". [[WhamLine Mummy and Daddy, meet your daughter.]]

->'''THE DOCTOR WILL RETURN IN'''\\
'''[[MoodWhiplash LET'S KILL HITLER]]'''\\
'''AUTUMN 2011'''

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!!Tropes:

* ActionPrologue: The first four minutes of the episode has Rory infiltrate a Cyberman fleet, and the destruction of said fleet. All before the title runs.
* AdultFear:
** Your baby daughter is a really a ganger, and she ''melts away in your arms.''
** Amy's baby is taken from her and all she knows is that the kid will be raised as a living weapon. There's also that chilling part at the beginning, when Amy holds her daughter and tells her how she wishes she could promise to protect her. And then the soldier tells her she has two minutes left before they take the baby away.
** In a blink-and-you-miss-it example, having your spouse suddenly murdered, when you'd clearly thought that they'd been out for something innocuous and would be back by dinner, as the Thin Gay Anglican Marine did. While being converted to an order of Headless Monks is a bit of a SpaceWhaleAesop, you could easily apply the situation to something more mundane, like going out to the store or to a meeting at work.
* AffablyEvil: The Sontaran CombatMedic Strax.
-->'''Strax:''' Don't worry, my boy, you'll be up and around in no time. And perhaps one day, you and I will meet on the field of battle, and I shall destroy you for the glory of the Sontaran Empire.
* AlmostDeadGuy: Both Strax and Lorna live long enough to express regret and drive a knife [[TearJerker right through your heart]].
* AnachronismStew:
** Strax is introduced in the midst of a battle fought by humans in {{Ruritania}} uniforms wielding energy pistols, set in 4037 AD.
** "Stevie Wonder sang in 1814?" "Yes, he did. But you must never tell him."
* ArcWords: "The only water in the forest is the river" refers to a cultural translation issue. There is no word in the Gamma Forest for a pond, only for a river. Melody Pond becomes River Song.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** The Doctor gets a few Armor-Piercing ''Answers'':
--->'''The Doctor:''' Why would a Time Lord be a weapon?\\
'''Vastra:''' They've seen ''you''.
** And:
--->'''The Doctor:''' [A war] against who?\\
'''Kovarian:''' Against you, Doctor.
** The Doctor keeps asking River the question, "Who are you?" This time he finally gets an answer.
* ArmyOfTheAges: See BadassArmy below.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** When Dorium realizes that he's one of the Doctor's draftees.
--->'''Dorium:''' You don't need me! Why would you need me?! I'm old! I'm fat! [[CrowningMomentOfFunny I'm blue!]]
** Also, when Amy pick up some sort of tool (which looks like an electric toothbrush) in response to a knock on the door of her room
--->'''Amy:''' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot I'm armed, and dangerous... and... cross!]]
* TheAtoner:
** It's implied that Madame Vastra was murdering homeless people to avenge her sister before the Doctor found her and convinced her to become a SerialKillerKiller.
** Strax is introduced working as a nurse, serving out a punishment that the Doctor imposed for dishonoring his clone batch.
* AvengersAssemble: We only see a handful of the people the Doctor calls in his marker for, but doing everyone would've been an episode all its own.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Amy argues [[TheMaidenNameDebate the difference between "Melody Williams" and "Melody Pond"]] is the difference between a geography teacher and a superhero.
* BabyLanguage: The Doctor can speak it, apparently. What's hilarious is the lines of the one-sided conversation he has with little Melody. Includes, "Really, you should call her Mummy, not big milk thing," "It's my hair, it's real," and in regard to the bow-tie, [[RunningGag "No, it's cool."]]
* BadassArmy: Lets 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 of course, 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!
* BadassBoast: The Moff delivers as usual.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
* BadassFamily: The Ponds, consisting of Amy, who tells her captors to be very, very afraid of what's coming for them, Rory, who gets up in the grill of an entire Cyber Legion, and Melody, who grows up to be a woman who makes Daleks beg for mercy.
* BadassNormal: Make no mistake. The "good man" mentioned in the title is ''not'' the Doctor, but rather is Rory Williams. 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, albeit removing himself from all of the databases. More immediately, Madame Kovarian gets away with the real baby, having successfully {{Batman Gambit}}ed the Doctor.
* BaitAndSwitch:
** At the beginning it seems as though Amy is talking about the Doctor when she's telling little Melody about the man who's coming to help them. She's actually talking about Rory:
--->'''Amy:''' He's the last of his kind. He looks young, but he's lived for hundreds and hundreds of years. And wherever they take you, Melody, however scared you are, I promise you you will never be alone. Because this man is your father. He has a name, but the people of our world know him better... as the Last Centurion.
** When Amy asks the Doctor to please, ''please'' tell them what's going on his head re. Melody, he replies "It's mine" -- and then clarifies that he was talking about the cot he found for her in the TARDIS.
** When the Doctor talks about good men and rules, he's not identifying ''himself'' as a good man.
* BattleButler: Jenny to Madame Vastra. Possibly a [[NinjaMaid Swashbuckler Maid]]. Not so much LesYay as official couple.
* BattleCouple: Vastra and Jenny.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A Sontaran who regrets dying in battle? Talk about playing against your planet's hat.
* 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;
-->'''Rory:''' I have a message and a question. A message from the Doctor... and a question from ''me''. Where. Is. My. Wife?! Oh, don't give me those blank looks! The 12th Cyber Legion monitors this entire quadrant. You hear ''everything''. So you tell me what I need to know, you tell me ''now''. And I will be on my way...\\
'''Cybermen:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: What is the Doctor's message? ]]
\\
(''the entire fleet explodes'')\\
'''Rory:''' Would you like me to repeat the question?
* BigBudgetBeefUp: Series 6 has maintained the revival's reputation for mostly excellent special effects, but they take it up a notch for the mid-series finale with appearances from several old enemies and allies, and CG effects galore.
* BigNo: Colonel Manton, when all hell breaks loose between the clerics and the monks.
* BodyHorror:
** Dear mother of God, the ''Monks''.
** A bit more with gangers, this time having a baby explode into goo.
* BreakTheCutie: Amy Pond has to deal with this while she's alone on Demon's Run, mostly involving her baby. Of course, we've seen Amy snap before, so we know this isn't a good idea. At the end, though, 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.
* BuffySpeak: What baby sounds like, apparently.
-->'''The Doctor:''' You really should start calling her "Mummy", not "big milk thing".
* BullyingADragon: What Dorium tells Kovarian that she's doing. He even uses a very similar analogy -- pricking a beast and not having the sense to run away.
* BuryYourGays: Fat One lasts just long enough to state he's gay, and then walks off to get a little [[OffWithHisHead off the top.]] The ''other'' gay couple introduced in this episode went on to be beloved recurring characters.
* CallBack:
** The hooded men with the [[LaserSword laser swords]] are the Headless Monks. Their future final resting place is the Delirium Archive where [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels River once left a message for the Doctor]].
** Several characters and groups from previous episodes make a return to help the Doctor.
** The Clerics practice recognising psychic paper, as did the Torchwood operatives in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts "Army of Ghosts"]].
** When the gay married couple talk about the Doctor, they mention the time he [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour sent the Atraxi off and then called them back for a "scolding"]].
* CanonDiscontinuity: Madame Vastra claims to have eaten Jack the Ripper. In the comic ''Ripper's Curse'', Jack the Ripper was an alien from the Re'nar race and died in the spatial void. Of course, this is a show about time travel and rewriting history.
* CardboardPrison: Really... River can just waltz in and out, use the phone to announce she's breaking in and order room service and can gallivant off whenever she pleases. A CardboardPrison would actually be more secure than what she's in right now.
* ChasteHero: The Doctor is completely oblivious to the notion that Melody might have been conceived in the TARDIS until pushed by Madame Vastra. He works through the fifth series and comes to the realisation that the first time they were together on the TARDIS after the reboot was... their wedding night.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The baby carrier. It's actually a Ganger control harness.
** The prayer leaf, which reveals Melody Pond's true identity.
* ChekhovsGunman: Lorna. When she first appears, she just seems like a young soldier being nice to Amy. Then Lorna gives Amy the leaf, which shows up at the end for the final revelation.
* CherryTapping: The Doctor wants Colonel Manton to order his men not to fall back, but to "run away". For the rest of his life, he would be known as Colonel Run-Away -- to show what happens when you mess with the people the Doctor cares about.
* ChildSoldiers:
** Sontarans, sort of; as a cloned race of {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s, they skip past anything we would recognise as childhood, both physically and mentally.
--->'''Strax:''' It's all right. I've had a good life. I'm nearly twelve.
** And of course Melody/River Song as well.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Averted. Even though the sect called the Headless Monks follow decisions made by a "Papal mainframe", their Anglican allies are portrayed as a different sect where, if one of their number needs to join the former, they must first convert (in the most literal sense of the word).
* ChurchMilitant: Similar to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]] -- though Colonel Manton has a military rank rather than a clerical one.
* CombatMedic:
** A Sontaran nurse. It started out as a punishment for [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem something his clone-batch did]], as taking care of the sick and weak is a Sontaran's idea of the perfect humiliation. In spite of that, he seems to have grown to like it.
--->'''Boy:''' Will I be okay?\\
'''Strax:''' (''cheerfully earnest'') Of course you will, my boy, you'll be up and around in no time. And perhaps one day, you and I shall meet on the field of battle, and I will ''destroy'' you for the glory of the Sontaran Empire!\\
(''beat'')\\
'''Boy:''' Thanks, nursie.\\
[...]\\
'''Strax:''' Captain Harcourt, I hope someday to meet you in the glory of battle, where I shall crush the life from your worthless human form. (''beat'') Try and get some rest.
** And let's not forget the '''other''' nurse who also happens to be the Last Centurion...
* ContinuityNod:
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon The baby has a Time Head.]]
** The logo on the banners of Madame Kovarian's army contains the same logo we saw on [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels the Church's uniforms]].
** The shot near the end of Amy and Rory looking on as the Doctor takes off without them is very similar to one from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]].
** The speech that Colonel Manton made to his army on the legends surrounding the Doctor as an exaggeration is a clear reference to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens"]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon This is not the first time this series]] Amy has made a speech that sounds at first like it's about the Doctor [[BaitAndSwitch when it's really about Rory]].
** 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?
** The Doctor addressing an army with [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "Guess who" ]], like in the scene on Stonehenge. [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Even the music agrees with the epicness!]]
** Amy refers to Rory and the Doctor as "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E6TheVampiresOfVenice my]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E7AmysChoice boys]]".
** Amy arming herself with a toothbrush is even funnier when you remember the time the Doctor [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger held a toothbrush in the same intimidating manner.]]
** When listing the reasons its impossible that Amy and Rory would have had time to produce a baby on the TARDIS the Doctor mentions [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E6TheVampiresOfVenice "sexy fish vampires"]].
* CoolPlane: Danny Boy and his space spitfires make their return after the Doctor explains to Colonel Run-Away that all he needs to do to keep the rest of the fleet uninvolved is take out the comm array.
-->'''The Doctor:''' And you've got incoming!\\
'''Danny Boy:''' (''radio static burst'') [[GunshipRescue Danny Boy to the Doctor! Danny Boy to the Doctor!]]\\
'''The Doctor:''' Give 'em Hell, Danny Boy!
* CoolSword:
** Rory has a gladius.
** Jenny and Vastra use katana.
** The Headless Monks have cool swords that [[ShockAndAwe have red lightning running up and down the blade]].
* CruelMercy:
** The Doctor's planned fate for Colonel Manton follows along these lines. See FateWorseThanDeath below.
** Also Commander Strax's penance as a nurse.
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: Part of the back-story; Madame Vastra and Commander Strax are two old foes of the Doctor's, turned into allies.
* TheDeterminator: Rory, of course. Heaven help whoever is between him and Amy this time.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu:
** Remember, the Doctor is considered a MemeticBadass demigod in-universe. See Dorium's quote above, and his many {{Badass Boast}}s.
--->'''Lady Kovarian:''' What have you heard?\\
'''Dorium:''' That you pricked the side of a mighty beast, Madam Kovarian, and entirely failed to run.
** 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.
--->'''Rory:''' Would you like me to ''repeat'' the question?
* DoubleMeaningTitle: With the "good men don't need rules" business from the Doctor, the title of the episode may very well apply to Rory.
* 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.
* EnemyMine: This looks to be the situation for the army the Doctor raises.
* EntendreFailure: When Vastra and Dorium notice the weird DNA in Melody's scan, they attempt to be tactful and ask in various vague ways if the Doctor and Amy ever... you know. However, the Doctor [[ComicallyMissingThePoint fails to grasp at what they're on about.]] Once they find out it wasn't his...
-->'''Madame Vastra:''' (''talking about Melody'') Which leads me to ask -- when did it happen?\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''When''?\\
'''Madame Vastra:''' (''scoffs'') I am trying to be delicate. [[CelibateHero I know how you can blush.]]\\
(''Dorium chuckles'')\\
'''Madame Vastra:''' ...When did this baby... begin?\\
'''The Doctor:''' (''realisation finally dawns'') ...Oh, you mean...\\
'''Madame Vastra:''' Quite.
* EternalEnglish: {{Subverted|Trope}}. Among the people of the Gamma Forest the word "Doctor" has gone from meaning "Healer" to come to mean "Mighty Warrior" thanks to the badassery of the Time Lord himself.
* EvilKnockoff: This is why Kovarian wants Amy's child: so she can make her into an EvilKnockoff of the Doctor.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Headless Monks, [[CaptainObvious monks who don't have heads.]]
* 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--
-->'''Madame Vastra:''' Their what?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Their wedding night.
* 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.
* FalseDichotomy: Melody Williams is a geography teacher. Melody Pond is a superhero.
* FantasticRacism: From the Doctor of all people. Let it be said, he's being very TranquilFury at that moment, his levity is clearly hiding the fact we see later that he is ''very'' pissed off.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Please, point a gun at me if it helps you relax! You're only human.
* FatAndSkinny: The "thin/fat gay married Anglican marines."
* FateWorseThanDeath: The Doctor thoroughly ''trashes'' Colonel Manton into humiliation, in one of his biggest TranquilFury moments yet. And apparently enjoys every second of it.
-->'''The Doctor:''' No, Colonel Manton, I want you to tell your men to ''run away''.\\
'''Manton:''' You what?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Those words. Run away. I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want people to call you Colonel Run-Away. [[HumiliationConga I want children laughing outside your door, 'cos they've found the house of Colonel Run-Away]]. And when people come to you and ask you if trying to get to me through [[BerserkButton THE PEOPLE]] [[TrueCompanions I LOVE]] [[TemptingFate is in any way a good idea]]... I want you to tell them your name.
* AFatherToHisMen: Give Colonel Manton his due. When it looks like the Headless Monks are about to start carving up his troops, he's clearly horrified.
* TheFettered:
** Rory has been suppressing the Centurion's memories for his sanity. Not so much when Amy is missing.
** The Doctor, as usual.
--->'''The Doctor:''' Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
* {{Foil}}: Rory to Commander Strax, of all people. Rory was a nurse who became a warrior, Strax was a warrior who became a nurse.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Meta-example. From the BBC website:
--->'''River Song:''' Demons run when [[TitleDrop 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.
** The poem has two more lines in the episode.
--->''Demons run but count the cost. The battle's won but the child is lost.''
** "The only water in the forest is the river." The TARDIS said this as her body was dying.
** "'Melody Williams' is a geography teacher, 'Melody Pond' is a superhero." Yes, actually, she is.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** [[http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x393/likwidsolutions/Shows/Doctor%20Who/Doctor%20Who%20S6/Remember.jpg The Clerics do their darned best to not fear the Doctor's arsenal, which is neither sonic nor a screwdriver.]]
** Also just before the Cybermen fleet is destroyed you can see the TARDIS flying by.
* FriendInTheBlackMarket: Dorium
* GenreSavvy / OnlySaneMan:
** Dorium seems to be a rare antagonist version, in that he is the only one that 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 Demon's 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.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: It's a Moffat episode, so there are several.
** Not the least of which is Vastra's PowerPerversionPotential.
--->'''Madame Vastra:''' Oh, all mammals look the same.\\
'''Jenny:''' (''sarcastic, annoyed'') Thanks.\\
'''Madame Vastra''': Oh, I'm sorry dear, did I say something insensitive again? I don't know why you put up with me.\\
(''cue a six-foot long tongue whiplash to subdue a prisoner -- which makes Jenny smile'')
** The exchange between River Song and Rory in the Stormcage Prison.
--->'''Rory:''' I've come from the Doctor too.\\
'''River:''' Yes, but at a different point in time.\\
'''Rory:''' Unless there's two of them.\\
'''River:''' Now... that's a ''whole different'' birthday.
** Or before that, when she sees Rory in the shadows and can only make out his Roman soldier outfit. She is delighted and comments that her jailers usually don't read her request memos.
* GondorCallsForAid:
** The Doctor raises an army to help him.
--->'''Dorium:''' There are people all over this galaxy that owe that man a debt. By now, a few of them will have found a blue box on their doorstep.
** After he says that, Dorium walks into the back room and, of course, finds the Doctor on ''[[OhCrap his]]'' doorstep. "I'm old! I'm fat! I'm [[CrowningMomentOfFunny blue]]! You can't need ''me''!"
* HaveWeMetYet:
** 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.
* HesBack: Rory the Roman, [[LetsGetDangerous all pimped out in battle gear and seriously ticked off]].
* HeroicBSOD:
** A minor one when Madame Vastra tells the Doctor that the child can be a weapon because it's modelled after ''him''.
** A much bigger one 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, however.
* HitlerCam: Several, given the prevalence of balconies and grand speeches. One for [[http://doctorwho.sonicbiro.co.uk/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/DW_6x07_A_Good_Man_Goes_To_War_262.jpg Colonel Manton]] and, oddly, one for [[http://doctorwho.sonicbiro.co.uk/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/DW_6x07_A_Good_Man_Goes_To_War_335.jpg Madame Vastra]].
* HypocriticalHumour: Vastra. She frequently shows disdain for mammals and implies she devours ones who annoy her, though she is also involved in a lesbian relationship with a human woman. She does seem to try to catch herself when she's being rude at least, commenting "how do you put up with me?"
* IdiotBall: Dorium running towards the Headless Monks. Prior to that he'd been pretty GenreSavvy.
* ImAHumanitarian: Vastra
* InLoveWithTheMark: River.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[http://doctorwho.sonicbiro.co.uk/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/DW_6x07_A_Good_Man_Goes_To_War_242.jpg Madame Vastra the Silurian and Jenny the human]]. TheyFightCrime in VictorianBritain. [[CrazyAwesome Need more be said?]]
* JackTheRipper: Gets ''eaten'' by a Silurian off-screen.
* KidFromTheFuture: River is Rory and Amy's.
* KnowledgeBroker: Dorium
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: What Madame Kovarian wants River/Melody to become.
* LaserSword: The Headless Monks' [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon lightning blades]]. Not only gives a CleanCut, but also [[BodyHorror ties a knot]] [[{{Squick}} in the neck of a decapitated enemy]]. And it keeps the head alive as well.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The music that plays when River reveals she is Melody Pond is the same heard when the Doctor was given a Viking funeral in "The Impossible Astronaut" and the girl regenerated at the end of "Day of the Moon".
* LetsGetDangerous:
** The baddies -- not to mention the audience -- get a vicious reminder that between being a nurse and being a companion, Rory was the Lone Centurion. Begins the episode by scaring the crap out of a legion of Cybermen to determine Amy's location, and only gets better from there. Remember, Cybermen are engineered to not feel emotions. Including fear.
** As for the Doctor himself, this is not one of those episodes where he scares off his enemies by saying [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "You're in a library, look me up."]] No, this is one of the times when he shows exactly ''why'' everyone's so scared of him.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: How the Doctor takes care of the Headless Monks and the army they've raised against him.
* 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.
* MeaningfulName:
** The asteroid Madame Kovarian has set up shop on is called Demon's Run. As in [[BewareTheNiceOnes "Demons run when a good man goes to war."]]
** Melody Pond -- Melody = Song and River is the closest translation by the Forest People because "The only water in the forest is the river."
** According to Steven Moffat, Lorna Bucket: "Lorna the warner, the bucket that carried the pond to the river."
* MemeticBadass: An InUniverse {{Deconstruction}}. The villains have become so terrified of the Doctor that they're willing to kidnap a newborn baby of his loved ones no less, and raise and turn the child against him; River even explicitly points out that the word "Doctor" means, well, "doctor" all through the universe, but in some places it means "warrior" instead.
* MoodWhiplash:
** River and the Doctor trade {{What the Hell Hero}}s and the audience is quite caught up in it. Then the Doctor looks at the crib and he's giddy as a schoolboy. He bounces out of the room and...
--->'''River:''' It's me. I'm Melody. I'm your daughter.\\
(''smash to black'')\\
THE DOCTOR WILL RETURN IN '''LET'S KILL HITLER''' AUTUMN 2011.
** 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]]...
** American viewers managed to get both moods ''at once'' when, during the scene where the Doctor is running to warn Amy about her flesh daughter, BBC America decided to speed up everything to a near comedic pace.
* MookHorrorShow:
** One gets the impression the Doctor is the monster in this particular episode.
** 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!]]''
* MoralDissonance: Due to the Doctor's influence, Vastra no longer preys upon humans as she once did. On the other hand, she has no qualms about killing and ''eating'' JackTheRipper.
-->'''Vastra:''' [[KickTheSonOfABitch Murder is either right or wrong; which one, depends on the victim.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The Doctor has this combined with a HeroicBSOD when he realizes just how much he's made people fear and hate him over the years, and what that's cost him and his loved ones.
* MythologyGag:
** When Rory asks if there could be more than one Doctor, River says "that's another sort of birthday", referencing the multi-Doctor anniversary specials to come.
** Also possibly a reference to the events of "First Night / Last Night" where the Doctor has to deal with trying to keep three River Songs from bumping into each other, each mistaking his TARDIS as the one that was meant to pick them up [[TimeyWimeyBall in their respective present.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: We can imply that the whole reason River Song was taken from Amy and Rory and became who she is today is because the Doctor has a love for theatrics and likes to make his enemies afraid of him. During the WhatTheHellHero speech given to him near the end by River he seems to be having a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment when he realizes that he's partly culpable for the creation of a ChildSoldier TykeBomb. Yeah, [[SarcasmMode great going there]] Doctor.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[TheyFightCrime Crime-fighting]] [[SerialKillerKiller serial-killer-hunting]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana-wielding]] [[VictorianBritain Victorian]] [[InterspeciesRomance interspecies]] [[LesYay lesbians]].
-->'''Creator/NeilGaiman:''' I think Madame Vastra should act as well as solve crimes. Then she'd be a [[SublimeRhyme Victorian Silurian Lesbian Thespian]].
* NoodleIncident: It's never stated just when or how Amy was kidnapped and replaced with a Flesh avatar.
* NotSoDifferent:
** 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.
** Rory and Strax. Both are [[{{Badass}} Warriors]] who also act as [[CombatMedic Nurses]].
** Amy and Lorna Bucket are ''both'' girls who waited for the Doctor.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome:
** Implied. If "Doctor" means "mighty warrior" in the language of the Gamma Forest, the Doctor must [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble do/have done]] something pretty spectacular even by his standards during his visit there, especially if it's from only one visit.
** 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.
* OffWithHisHead: The Headless Monks.
* OhCrap:
** The Doctor when he finds out River is Melody and that he has a ''special'' relationship with Rory and Amy's daughter. That face just ''screams'' "They're going to kill me!".
** Dorium, when he realizes the Doctor's recruiting him too.
** The Doctor has one earlier, when he realizes that baby Melody that Amy is protecting is actually a Flesh avatar, and that Madame Kovarian has successfully kidnapped the real child.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Thin One and the Fat One. {{Lampshaded}}.
-->'''The Fat One:''' We're the thin/fat, gay, married Anglican Marines. Why would we need names as well?
* PapaWolf: Rory
* PowerPerversionPotential:
-->'''Madame Vastra:''' Was I being insensitive again, dear? I don't know why you put up with me. (''knocks out a mook from across the room with her prehensile tongue; smiiirk'')
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** When Rory is questioning the Cybermen at the beginning.
--->'''Rory:''' Where. Is. My. WIFE?
** "And 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."
* PyrrhicVictory:
** 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 single fatality]] 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.
** Summed up nicely by River's introductory quote, which is a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Graham,_1st_Viscount_Dundee John Graham]] who won [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Killiecrankie a battle at the cost of his own life]] and reputedly asked the given question:
--->'''River:''' Well then, soldier. How goes the day?
* QueerPeopleAreFunny: The Thin-fat-gay-married Anglican Marines come off as this.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Given to the Doctor by River Song no less. It basically consists of "you're so successful at what you do that it's starting to scare people, so that whole non-violent schtick of yours is starting to seem kind of flimsy from where everyone else is standing".
** The 'Run away' speech the Doctor gives to Colonel Manton comes across as a sort of "The Reason You ''Will'' Suck Speech".
* RedBaron: Rory, the Lone/Last Centurion. Post Big Bang 2, his standing guard over the Pandorica has become part of the Earth's official mythology, and will never be forgotten.
* RedHerring:
** A ''magnificent'' one that had been building up for a year: whether or not the Doctor and Amy were doing it. Everyone around them assumed that they were, and it would have very neatly explained the baby. While everyone was busy fretting and StarBoarding over that, the ''real'' secret of the baby is something completely different.
** Since the cot is the Doctor's, and River seems to point at its engraved Gallifreyan text when the Doctor asks her who she is, there are also hints that River could be a future incarnation of him. This was already hinted at in "The Doctor's Wife" when it was revealed that Time Lords can change sex when regenerating. It was Creator/DavidTennant's personal pet theory while filming River's first appearance, and when he revealed that to Creator/StevenMoffat during the audio commentary, Moffat was amused enough to tease the fans with it a little in this episode.
** The giant "door lock override" button. The guard dramatically inches his way toward it, almost making you think he'll succeed... and then Vastra tongue-whips him unconscious as if it's nothing.
* RedshirtArmy: Subverted. The human {{Mooks}} out to kill the Doctor don't look as if they'll stand a chance against the hordes the Time Lord can call up, but the Doctor takes the base without a drop of blood being spilled. Initially. ([[WhatMeasureIsAMook Just don't count the RedShirt and the Headless Monk killed when the Doctor briefly turned the two enemies against each other.]])
* TheReveal: River Song's identity. She's Amy and Rory's daughter.
* RousingSpeech: By the Colonel to the RedShirtArmy.
* RuleOfSeven: This episode was the 7th in the 2011 series, and was also the 777th in the show's famously long run. Three days after it aired, on June 7, the BBC officially announced Series 7.
* RunningGag:
** Strax's inability to tell humans' gender.
** As always, the Stormcage is a CardboardPrison.
** Bow-ties are what?
--->'''Melody Pond:''' [gurgle]\\
'''The Doctor:''' No it's not. (''adjusts bowtie'') It's cool.
* ScaryBlackMan: Colonel Manton.
* SerialKillerKiller: Madame Vastra killed and ate Jack the Ripper.
* ShipSinking: In one fell swoop, Moffat sinks Amy×Doctor forever. And makes anyone who ever enjoyed River×Ponds fanfiction feel icky.
* ShipTease: Amy's LastWords to her baby that sound at first like she's talking about the Doctor being the father.
* ShoutOut:
** The mysterious hooded men (Headless Monks) resembling [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Ringwraiths]]; they wield electric swords resembling [[Franchise/StarWars lightsabers and throw lightning from their hands]].
** River Song comments on Rory's outfit by saying that the Doctor's rules of engagement "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee", a quote from boxer Muhammad Ali. She's pretty much saying he's as subtle as a punch in the face.
** In London, a posh lady gives orders to her chauffeur, [[Series/{{Thunderbirds}} Parker]]. His reply: "Yes, M'Lady."
** River Song tells Rory that the Doctor got Stevie Wonder to sing for her birthday. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isn%27t_She_Lovely Stevie Wonder wrote the song "Isn't She Lovely" in celebration of the birth of his own daughter.]]
** The battlefield scene where we meet Strax is possibly a homage to the opening of ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
* SmugSnake: Madame Kovarian positively oozes this trope near the end.
-->'''Kovarian:''' Fooling you once was a joy. Fooling you twice, with the same trick? It's a privilege.
* SomeKindOfForceField: A forcefield surrounds the TARDIS to cut off any escape just before the Headless Monks attack. Vastra does the honor of touching it to show it's there, and stating the obvious.
* SpaceIsNoisy: A couple of times, each involving Dalek Spitfires.
* StuffBlowingUp: The Doctor is more than happy to use explosions to make a point.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Kovarian really, really comes off like the Rani sometimes.
* SwordAndGun:
** Rory dual-wields his gladius and a pulse pistol as they prepare for the Headless Monks to attack, taking up a {{Badass}} pose to boot.
** Madame Vastra seems to have both her katana and a pulse rifle taken from the army, but she wouldn't be able to use them both at the same time.
* TemptingFate:
** "We are not fools!" Cue an entire army of Silurians and a bunch of Judoon teleporting in.
** "There are twenty men aboard my ship. How could you possibly take control?" Cue the pirate captain.
** Dorium pointing out that there are people all over the galaxy who owe the Doctor a favor, and now he's calling them in. Seems he owes one as well.
** From the Fat One's conversion, just before he loses his head.
--->'''The Fat One:''' Do you lot have Lent? I'm not good at giving things up.
* TheyFightCrime: Madam Vastra's a Silurian [[GreatDetective detective]] with [[KatanasAreJustBetter a katana]] who [[IAmAHumanitarian eats people]]. Jenny's a BattleButler / NinjaMaid. TheyFightCrime in VictorianLondon!
* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: In the language of the forest people, which lacks a word for a still body of water and clearly ain't that complex about music either, "Melody Pond" becomes "River Song". TranslatorMicrobes + averting EternalEnglish = WhamEpisode. Who knew?
* ThoseTwoGuys: More specifically, Those Two "thin/fat gay married Anglican Marines" Guys, who [[LampshadeHanging don't need names]].
* TitleDrop: Twice, both fitted in nicely. River's voice-over gives it context, but Dorium's one does it best:
-->'''Dorium:''' Do you know why it's called Demon's Run? [...] Demons run when a good man goes to war.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: The preview for the episode sure made it seem like Amy's kid was the Doctor's.
* TranquilFury: Rory facing the Cyber legions.
* {{Troperiffic}}: [[CaptainObvious Gee]], [[SarcasmMode you think?]]
* TryingNotToCry: [[{{Adorkable}} Rory was gonna be cool...]]
-->'''Amy:''' Crying Roman with a baby? Definitely cool.
* TheUndead: The Headless Monks. They're specifically stated to not show up on a life-detecting scanner.
* UndyingLoyalty: Rory to Amy. And vice versa. When Amy tells Melody there's a man who will stop at nothing to come and save them, she's talking about ''Rory''.
* VillainousValor: We all knew how outclassed Colonel Manton's forces would be, still remarkable they got as far as they did.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Jenny's outfit is very stylish indeed.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The bad guys of this episode seem to be this -- they genuinely think that the Doctor is a threat to everyone, and are willing to turn Melody into a ChildSoldier to stop him. Madame Kovarian [[KnightTemplar at least thinks she is.]] [[HiddenAgendaVillain Probably.]]
* WhamEpisode:
** Almost certainly, not least because it's the last episode of this half of the series, the apparent [[GondorCallsForAid Doctor Calls for Aid]] scenario and [[TheReveal River Song's identity being revealed.]] Moffat's been promising a cliffhanger that rather than endanger the characters' lives will change them forever.
** The Doctor and company manage to save the baby, but it turns out to be a double bluff as the baby is Flesh. [[TimeyWimeyBall Which completely makes things weird, as Little!River is still somewhere out there in the hands of Madame Kovarian.]] [[FridgeHorror Wait, what?!]]
* WhatTheHellHero: River and the Doctor actually exchange these speeches with one another at the end. In fact, it could well be said that the entire, desperate attempt by the Clerics to create a weapon usable against the Doctor served as an enormous one of these.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Where the ''[[PrecisionFStrike hell]]'' were you today?!
* WrongGenreSavvy:
** The "we are not fools" ploy might have worked had the Doctor been working alone as usual. Too bad he has an army.
** The [[ThoseTwoGuys fat/thin gay married Anglican marines]] seem to assume that they are quirky enough to outlive the story. [[NominalImportance They don't even need names!]] Unfortunately, in this series AnyoneCanDie.
** Dorium thought that he could negotiate with the Headless Monks, due to his prior contacts with them. [[TooDumbToLive He was wrong.]]
* XanatosSpeedChess: The Doctor's plan to take Demon's Run. Disguise himself as a Headless Monk and start an EnemyCivilWar amongst the enemy factions. Colonel Manton gets around this by ordering his forces to lay down their arms to get the Monks to back off... leading the Doctor to call in the Judoon and Silurian forces to capture them in one fell swoop. Manton tries to counter ''this'' by using the base's automatic distress signal... at which point the Doctor orders in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks the air force of Spitfires armed with Dalek weaponry to blow their communications array sky high.]] How much of this he planned and how much he [[IndyPloy improvised along the way]] is anyone's guess.
* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: Near the beginning, Dorium attempts to educate the villains about the reality of their situation.
-->'''Dorium:''' Colonel Manton, all those "stories" you've heard about him? They're ''not'' "stories", they're ''true!'' Really, you're not telling me you don't know what's coming?
* 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. And 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.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: You wouldn't guess by looking at him, but Strax is less than twelve years old.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Or in this case, your daughter is in another body.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: River's WhatTheHellHero speech paints the Doctor's adventures as a very gradual version of this trope. Yes, the Doctor has saved worlds and more, but his methods in doing so and the occasional genocide have slowly changed his reputation from a healer and wise man to a [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation dangerous, unpredictable and possibly insane warrior]] that some feel must be destroyed.

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