A Good Man Goes to War
Series 6 Episode 7
Amy Pond has been kidnapped and the Doctor is raising an army to rescue her. But as he and Rory race across galaxies, calling in long-held debts and solemnly given promises, his enemies are laying a carefully concealed trap. In her cell in Stormcage, River Song sadly acknowledges that the time has come at last - today will mark the Battle of Demons 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.
Trivia
  • A prequel to this episode was released online on Saturday 28th May.
Memorable Quotes
  • Amy: (To Melody) I wish I could tell you that you'll be loved. That you'll be safe and cared for and protected. But this isn't a time for lies. What you are going to be, Melody, is very, very brave...
  • Rory: Where is my wife!?
  • Thin One: I'm the Thin One. This is my husband, he's the Fat One.
    Lorna: Don't you have names?
    Fat One: We're the thin, fat, gay, married, Anglican marines. Why would we need names as well?
  • Commander Strax: Did somebody call for a nurse?
  • River: It's my birthday. The Doctor took me ice skating on the River Thames in 1814, the last of the great frost fairs. He got Stevie Wonder to sing for me under London Bridge.
    Rory: Stevie Wonder sang in 1814?
    River: Yes, he did. But you must never tell him.
  • River: This is the Battle of Demon's Run. The Doctor's darkest hour. He'll rise higher than ever before and then fall so much further. And I can't be with him until the very end.
    Rory: Why not?
    River: Because this is it. This is the day he finds out who I am.
  • Dorium: You don't need me! Why would you need me!? I'm old! I'm fat! I'm blue! You can't need me!
  • Colonel Manton: He is not the devil. He is not a god. He is not a goblin, or a phantom, or a trickster. The Doctor is a living, breathing man, and as I look around this room, I know one thing. We're sure as hell going to fix that.
  • Amy: (About the Doctor) Have you met him?
    Lorna: Yeah. But I was just a little girl.
    Amy: So was I.
    Lorna: You've been with him a long time then.
    Amy: No. He came back for me.
    Lorna: You must be very special.
  • Amy: You can wait a long time for the Doctor, but he's worth it, ok?
  • Colonel Manton: On this day, in this place, the Doctor will fall.
  • The Doctor: Hello everyone! Guess who!? Please, point a gun at me if it helps you relax. You're only human.
  • Kovarian: The Doctor must think he's winning, right until the trap closes.
  • The Doctor: Colonel Manton, I want you to tell your men to run away.
  • The Doctor: Oh, look. I'm angry. That's new. I'm really not sure what's going to happen now.
    Kovarian: The anger of a good man is not a problem. Good men have too many rules.
    The Doctor: Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
  • Rory: (About Melody) She's beautiful. Oh, God, I was going to be cool. I wanted to be cool. Look at me!
    Amy: You're ok. Crying Roman with a baby. Definitely cool.
  • The Doctor: Urgh. Kissing and crying! I'll be back in a bit.
  • The Doctor: Hello, Melody Pond!
    Rory: Melody Williams.
    Amy: ...is a geography teacher! Melody Pond is a superhero...
  • Amy: I knew you were coming. Both of you. My boys!
  • The Doctor: (To Melody) Really you should call her Mummy, not Big Milk Thing...
    Amy: Ok, what are you doing?
    The Doctor: I speak Baby.
    Amy: No, you don't.
    The Doctor: I speak everything. Don't I, Melody Pond?
  • Madame Vastra: (To the Doctor) My friend, you have never risen higher.
  • Amy: She doesn't like the TARDIS noise. I asked him to turn something off but it was all, "But I don't want to punch a hole in the space-time continuum"...
  • Commander Strax: I have gene-spliced myself for all nursing duties. I can produce magnificent quantities of lactic fluid.
  • Amy: Doctor, do you have children?
  • Amy: He's not a warrior.
    Lorna: Then why's he called the Doctor?
  • Madame Vastra: When did this baby... begin?
    The Doctor: Oh, you mean...
    Madame Vastra: Quite.
    The Doctor: Well, how would I know? That's all human-y, private stuff. It just sort of goes on. They don't put up a balloon or anything!
  • Amy: Rory, no offence to the others, but you let them all die first, ok?
    Rory: You're so Scottish.
  • Kovarian: Oh, Doctor. Fooling you once was a joy, but fooling you twice, the same way, it's a privilege.
  • River: Demons run when 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. Demons run but count the cost, the battle's won but the child is lost...
  • Commander Strax: I've had a good life. I'm nearly 12.
  • Lorna: I met you once, in the Gamma Forests. You don't remember me.
    The Doctor: Hey, of course I remember. I remember everyone. Hey, we ran, you and me. Didn't we run, Lorna?
  • Madame Vastra: You're giving up? You never do that!
    The Doctor: Yeah, and don't you sometimes wish I did!?
  • River: When you began, all those years ago, sailing off to see the universe, did you ever think you'd become this? The man who can turn an army around at the mention of his name? Doctor? The word for healer and wise man throughout the universe. We get that word from you, you know. But if you carry on the way you are, what might that word come to mean? To the people of the Gamma Forests, the word "Doctor" means mighty warrior. How far you've come.
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