“Demons run when a good man goes to war.”
Or they, um, kidnap babies to raise them to be Doctor-killing weapons. Who travel the opposite way in time. I think.
The Who mid-season finale was written by Steven Moffat; Who super-fan, twist-master extraordinaire, and general genius. So it was obviously witty, sad, intricate, and often completely over my head. Where did this army come from? Should I remember Lorna Bucket from her previous meeting with the Doctor? What is Madame Kovarian’s problem? And how on earth (or anywhere else for that matter) can people without heads see where they’re going?
But while a lot of it deserved praise, it fell just short of fabulous for me. Some of the big cues and the guest characters didn’t quite resonate as they should with me, given the significant gaps in my Who history, and I’ve now heard Amy do the “There’s this ace man out there, he’s so awesome, he’s going to save us all – ha ha, fooled you, it’s Rory, not the Doctor!” speech too many times to find it anything other than irritating. Colonel Manton was a cliché, and an unconvincing one at that. And River giving the Doctor the big lecture at the end was a bit pot-kettle-black, I thought.
But the jokes were very funny, the Doctor and Rory meeting the baby was adorable (“I speak Baby” – Heh.), it’s always lovely to see The Last Centurion, and the twist at the end would have been absolutely amazing had too many bright sparks not worked it out weeks ago, robbing it of the shock factor it deserved. Plenty that was brilliant then, and nothing too much to complain about. Except having to wait till autumn for the rest of the season…