YMMV / Doctor Who S6 E7 "The War Games"

  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": It's the end of an era in many ways, and the first appearance of the Time Lords... but that's only at the end of a very long story which explores a war mystery and a conspiracy. Unfortunately, it now tends to be seen as loads of episodes of messing around before the Time Lords show up.
  • 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.
  • Foe Yay: The War Chief is all over the Doctor, with lines such as "We are two of a kind" and "We need each other". This is one reason why some fans believe he's an earlier Master. Noted on the DVD Commentary by Frazer Hines:
    War Chief: (Having just made sure he's alone with the Doctor) You may have changed your face, but I know who you are.
    Hines: "... my wife!"
  • 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.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?
    • The Time Lords ask the Doctor to choose his own face from a bunch of drawings projected on a screen. One (the one dismissed by the Doctor as 'too old') appears to be Karl Marx. Draw your own conclusions.
    • Speaking of, it doesn't take much effort to decode the implications of a story where entire generations of lower-class soldiers throughout history are being systematically oppressed, exploited, and wiped out by aristocratic overseers and generals colluding and coordinating the most appropriate war spectacle they can manage.