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Doctor Who XXXII.7-8: A Good Man Goes to War and Let's Kill Hitler

September 6th, 2011 (07:58 pm)

My thoughts on both these episodes can now be found over at This Way Up with the title The Sound of Silence?

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/448396.html.


Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: September 6th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)

A thought not directly related to your review, but triggered by it: I wonder if the Amy/Rory/River Song relationship/storyline is a critique of the Davies era? I know I spent much of 2005-09 arguing that while grounding the series in the real-world of families and lovers was fine, the events they experience should be more science fictional. I don't know if Steven Moffat thought the same (he certainly wasn't foolish or disloyal enough to say so publically), but watching the last series and a half, I feel as if Moffat is saying "You want soap in an sf format? I'll show you soap in an sf format! How about your childhood imaginary friend being real? How about your fiance dying, being removed from existence and then coming back as an Auton Roman centurion! How about having your daughter as your childhood best friend! (etc.)"

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 6th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)

I think you are definitely on to something there...

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: September 6th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)

Strax is self-conscious and presents his nursing activities as a penance. This account is undermined by his death scene, which suggests that his debt to the Doctor is that the Doctor helped him find a way to follow his real vocation.

Mind you, I don't find it implausible that what started as a penance became a vocation!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 6th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)

True enough!

Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: September 7th, 2011 07:30 am (UTC)

A splendid read, thank you.
I must admit I was surprised at the view that River's sacrifice diminished her. I thought that having been brought to see that what she had been taught was wrong, she made a grand act of atonement, much to her credit. Sara Kingdom stuff.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 7th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)

I'm sure that was the way it was intended - indeed, River is atoning for things she has not yet done - but I do see the critics' point.