Spoilers for Doctor Who’s “A Good Man Goes to War” and “Let’s Kill Hitler”
“Doctor” crop circles? Nice! Clever. The Doctor certainly has changed, though — so much for never coming back. They’ve got a special relationship — he gets their attention; they get his. It’s a lot more equal, the Doctor and Amy and Rory. It’s much less focused on the Doctor and his companion; they’ve got lives beyond the Doctor, and they don’t worry that he’ll abandon them.
Amy and Rory seem parental toward Mels (the whole “who steals a bus?” thing) — responsible parents and rebellious teen.
“That’s right, Adolf. The British are coming.”
“The biggest war criminal . . . it’s her.” Whoah, what? The TARDIS? River? Amy?
The Doctor agrees to marry Mels — cute! Mels is River? Oh my god. (By the way, that makes the parental thing all the more adorable.) Does that make this the second time the Doctor has accidentally/unintentionally proposed to River?
The first “spoilers” ever!!
“I’m getting this sort of banging in my head.” “I think that’s Hitler in the cupboard.”
“I’m a psychopath; I’m not rude.”
“Only River Song gets to call me that.” “Who’s that?” “And old friend of mine.”
I don’t think I like Melody. I miss River.
“I’m fine. Well, no, I’m dying.”
“She’s been brainwashed; it all makes sense to her. Plus, she’s a woman.” Oh, Doctor, you’re a jerk. But I love you.
“Can you ride a war bike?” “I expect so; it’s that kind of day.”
Voice interface — we learn the Doctor doesn’t like himself (no surprise there, despite how arrogant he can be); Rose and Martha both give him guilt (and Donna even more). “C’mon. There must be someone left in the universe I haven’t screwed up yet.” Oh, Doctor.
“So Scottish.” “You will be fine for 31 minutes. You will be dead in 32 minutes.”
“Clues? What kind of clues?”
I love Matt Smith in a tuxedo. Also, he just said, “Doctor Who.” Sonic cane?
“Don’t you touch her! Don’t harm her in any way!” Oh, Doctor, even as you die, you protect . . . people? Melody Pond, the child of Amy and Rory? The future River Song?
“I’d ask you who you think you are, but the answer’s pretty obvious. So I’ll ask you, who do you think I am?”
“That man is my best friend. That woman is my daughter. You give him anything he wants.” Oh, Amy. Oh, Amy and Rory. You poor people.
The TARDIS taught River how to fly her. So much sense. Taught by the best, indeed.
“As first dates go, I’d say that was mixed signals.” Understatement of the bloody millennium, Doctor.
I don’t know how I feel about this. I guess there’s only been three Pond Jr’s, right? Melody, Mels, and Melody-who-becomes-River. I had thought maybe there’d be more regenerations. Maybe Melody would spend her childhood with the Doctor, or at least a little time with Amy and Rory as her parents. But we know what her life’s been like since she was, what, ten? And that was the first time she saw the Doctor. And then she become Melody, the Doctor’s assassin, and then the beginning of River Song as we know her. She was named for herself, twice over. As a baby named for Mels, becoming River Song because she will be River Song in the future.
Massive props to Alex Kingston for being so many characters at once. The change to River may have been abrupt, but . . . I don’t care because I want River Song back, not Melody the Assassin.