YMMV / Doctor Who S6 E7 "The War Games"

  • Fight Scene Failure: Part six has an absolutely laughable sequence. Jamie swings obviously wide of the mark blows vaguely at the bad guy's face, over and over and over, while a guard in the background of a fight sequence tries to escape, with a crummy slow-motion Girly Run, before one of the heroes pulls him off a slope and onto a bed onto which he harmlessly bounces.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • At the time, the concept of Regeneration really wasn't as fleshed out as it is now. At the time, the Time Lords were just making the Doctor 'change his appearance' in preparation for his exile. Now, it's more or less the Time Lords summarily executing the Doctor (in the sense of forcing him to regenerate) before they exile him.
    • Likewise, Jamie and Zoe's fates (being mindwiped and sent back to their own time with no memory of their adventures or one another) seemed to have left a lasting scar on The Doctor, causing him to be a lot more distant to his Companions for a long time to come. But come 40-something years later and "Journey's End" where he has to be the one carrying out that fate to a Companion, despite her begging him not to? Ouch!
      • He tried it again later in "Hell Bent". The result is just as heartbreaking.
  • Narm: The slo-mo stutter in the cliffhanger to part nine:
    Doctor: Ccccoommmee onnnn!!!!
    Zoe: Wwhaatt iiss ittt??
    Doctor:Ttttiimmmmeee Llllloooordddss!!!
  • Padding: The story just goes on, and on, and on, because it had to take up the space of a six-part serial and a four-part serial and its writers were pretty much writing as they were going along. Every time they start wrapping up plots, they add in another bunch of historical soldiers to incorporate. And, since the very end of the story is the Time Lords showing up and breaking the plot, a lot of it is a Shaggy Dog Story.
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