Mark Watches ‘Doctor Who’ Liveblog: A Good Man Goes To War

Oh god OH MY GOD. For those of us who will either be watching the actual BBC airing of the mid-season finale or, like me, illegally viewing such things because I WILL NOT BE FORCED TO WAIT FOR THIS SHIT, the last liveblog of Doctor Who for quite some time is about to take place. And let us all enjoy the moment our heads collectively explode.

omg i love that i can say this: YOU ARE NOT PREPARED. Well, obviously, I am not either, BUT STILL.

No spoilery images or hints from me today. Let’s all respect that for each other, ok? Especially those in America who must wait a week.

This liveblog starts relative toΒ you. So if it is airing on your television, start liveblogging away in the comments. Same for if you happen to be watching it online by less-than-legal means. (Though I would just time it with another time zone so you can comment with other people!) We already do this withΒ Fringe and it works rather nicely. To avoid seeing spoilery comments regarding the episode from past livebloggers, I merely stay on the first page of comments and comment away, only going back after it’s over in order to comment on what other people said.

Sound fine? Just make sureΒ not to post spoilers before this episode airs.

Have fun! This is my last real-time post before I leave for the AIDS/LifeCycle. Huzzah!

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Perpetually unprepared since '09.
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984 Responses to Mark Watches ‘Doctor Who’ Liveblog: A Good Man Goes To War

  1. ABBryant says:

    *SQUEE*

    What time is it gonna be on in the UK, guys?

    • nanceoir says:

      According to the BBC website, it'll be on at 6.40pm.

      Oh, I'm very excited about it. And nervous. And anxious. And giddy.

      Except that it means no more new Doctor Who until September! T_T

      • psycicflower says:

        I'm still not sure how I feel about the series split. Yay Doctor Who's more spread out in the year but then again boo Doctor Who is more spread out in the year. Either way I'm pretty sure I'll be cursing the gap tonight.

        • George says:

          I read an interesting article with Moffat and he said the cliffhanger split and cliffhangers at the end of episodes is a hark back to the Classic episodes!! It made me make my peace with the idea which I now think is a good one!

          • who_cares86 says:

            Except you never had to wait 3 months for a resolution in the old days.

            • psycicflower says:

              And they had a lot more episodes in a series as well.

              • who_cares86 says:

                Well now we have 13, 45 minute episodes back then they had 26, 25 minute episodes. So basically the seasons have the same length.

                Apart Hartnell and Troughton Era which had 44 episodes a year and the Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy era's which had 14 episodes a year.

      • who_cares86 says:

        Time to break out the classic who dvd's I haven't watched yet.

  2. JustAHufflepuff says:

    I agree.

    We are SO not prepared.

    Methinks there is going to be a lot of keysmashing soon.

  3. psycicflower says:

    8 hours and a half hours to go! (Why is it so far away?)

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  4. who_cares86 says:

    "YOU ARE NOT PREPARED. Well, obviously, I am not either, BUT STILL."

    <img src="http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/vv301/vick1986_album/random%20stuff/2369948824_e1d0287710.jpg"&gt;

  5. who_cares86 says:

    How excited are we for this?

    <img src="http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/vv301/vick1986_album/random%20stuff/vlcsnap-00336.jpg"&gt;

    <img src="http://i56.tinypic.com/voveqp.gif"&gt;

    Yeah that's about it. This episode is going to be Ace

  6. Roxanne says:

    OMG. So much *excite!* Its going to be epic!!
    <img src="http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lm9e59s3Fw1qbb67oo1_400.gif&quot; alt="drwhogif" />

  7. Claire says:

    Does a gif made from images of the trailer count as spoilers? Because I have the best gif ever and I so want to post it.

  8. rumantic says:

    I posted this on last week's review but pretty late, so I thought I'd repost. Apparently if you go to the BBC Doctor Who website there is a cryptic poem with clues to the next ep being read out by one of the characters. I'm not sure how spoilery it is, "cryptic" implies that it won't explain anything at all. I haven't watched it though.

    • Mia says:

      "Cryptic" means that the poem explains nothing. The images, however could be considered very spoilery, so if you're against that sort of thing don't watch it!

      • Mia says:

        Oh, and that does mean avoiding the whole Doctor Who website, because the homepage plays it autommatically.

  9. Claire says:

    Ahh okay. Thanks!

  10. Violets are Blue says:

    Curses! I still haven't seen last week's episode πŸ™ I feel like before when I couldn't catch up because my dorm does not have BBCA (the crime!).

  11. Kaybee42 says:

    IT'S TOO SOON.
    I can't deal.
    This is all too EXCITING!
    HFDSAHLKSHSAL
    Okay.
    I think people think I'm taking this too seriously. Maybe I am? I'm just so excited!

  12. Meenakshi says:

    I've been waiting ALL week for this. Will be epic. Gone through every possible permutation regarding River's identity — and believe I've covered all bases and can't be surprised by the big reveal — but then again we are talking about genius Moffat!

    Watched the trailers for this episode many times — there is so much great going to happen . . . bring it on.

  13. ffyona says:

    I'm actually nervous. I almost don't want to watch it because I'm so excited that it's become a little scary.

    TODAY. OH MY GOD TODAY.

    I've been avoiding the internet all week since I almost stumbled across a spoiler. As soon as the episode's finished I'll be back to squee with y'all.

    Right, I'm off back to my isolation bubble. HURRAH IT'S TODAY OH MY GOD I FEEL A BIT SICK.

  14. Claire says:

    WHY ISN'T IT TIME YET

  15. ArrogantSage says:

    Wait…why are they breaking it up for the summer? Does this always happen? Why must I wait to see the end of the season? What did I do wrong?!

    • who_cares86 says:

      This is the first time they've done that. The reason being that they want the episodes to spread out over the year better. Mostly to make the wait for new episodes shorter for kids. A 9 month wait for the next series with only a Christmas special in between (which you still had to wait 6 months for) is a lifetime for a child. Now we'll never be more than 3 or 4 months away from a new episode.

      • Sparkie says:

        Wait so have they confirmed they're doing this next year as well? (Presuming it get's recommissioned of course)

        • who_cares86 says:

          Not yet but I wouldn't be surprised. Depends on how well it works. I wouldn't worry about recommissioning though. Doctor Who is about as safe from cancellation as you can get. The Beeb would be insane to cancel it's most popular drama.

      • ArrogantSage says:

        I suppose I won't cry. I wish they could just go year round..of course, then it would probably be stale or something,

      • I thought it had to do with Moffat needing to shoot SHERLOCK at the same time and trying to work around Martin Freeman's schedule for THE HOBBIT, so the break was necessary to make that possible.

        • who_cares86 says:

          No Doctor Who wrapped a while back and Sherlock just started filming again. It has nothing to do with Sherlock.

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      I am also taking a similar route of blaming myself for this happening, as if I've wronged the world and this is what I get.

      • Kaybee42 says:

        Maaaaaaark! You have made the Doctor Who fandom a better place to be! The beeb are just needlessly cruel to split the series!

      • Mia says:

        You haven't wronged the world. It's just that the world is scared of you because you are too awesome for Doctor Who. Fact. πŸ˜€

  16. @amyalices says:

    I AM EXCITED AND TERRIFIED.

    nooooo, please don't kill anyone, I love them aaaaaaall.

    /tempting fate Moffat

  17. jennywildcat says:

    I had a terrible dream last night. I had a dream that I watched this episode – and it was HORRIBLE! Nothing from the trailer was in the episode and they had a part where someone explained that what was in the trailer was actually in the premiere of the second half of the season! And the story was just painful to watch – I almost started crying. I don't remember any details other than the Sixth Doctor showed up at some point. I was sooo relieved when I woke up and it was just a dream!

    All that being said – BRING IT ON, MOFFAT!

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  18. Have an awesome LifeCycle! Watch out for Daleks!

  19. enigmaticagentscully says:

    SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!

    The coolest thing happened to me today – I was at a games convention and I was sitting down eating a banana when a voice said 'keep a hold of that, it's a good source of potassium'. When I looked up there were four people cosplaying the 10th Doctor, the 11th Doctor, Amy Pond and Rose Tyler sitting down at my table. It was like the nerdiest lunch ever.
    πŸ˜›

    Shame I didn't have my camera with me…

  20. enigmaticagentscully says:

    I'm actually too excited about this to liveblog…I'm just gonna have to watch it with NO distractions at all.
    I'm coming on here to read everyone's thoughts the hot second it finishes though!

  21. Hotaru_hime says:

    Steven Moffat is such a fucking troll. You know he only came up with this mid-season break because he knew that whatever is coming in this episode is going to make our brains explode!!
    Now we're gonna have to wait for it… just like Fringe.
    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

    But I'm still really excited!!

    • Mia says:

      And he was really smug on twitter, telling an answer to a common question and saying "But is that what you're really asking?" like some sort of philosopher. Gaaaah!

  22. psycicflower says:

    ONE HOUR TO GO!

    <img src="http://i53.tinypic.com/v48jev.jpg&quot; border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic">

    (In true Whovian blasphemy my DW watching sister is going to watch Britain's Got Talent instead of the second half of Doctor Who. I'm so ashamed.)

  23. psycicflower says:

    Previously: OMGWTFBBQ

  24. psycicflower says:

    FUCK YEAH

  25. Claire says:

    40 mins hrgghnnn

  26. abray90 says:

    Ughhh i just know there will be a horrible, horrible cliffhanger for this. Why?? Why do I have to wait until September? You know they are going to tell us something omgmazing about Amy's baby and just leave it hanging, and tell us something about River but not the whole thing, just so we can't stand it until September.

  27. ABBryant says:

    20 min!

  28. Vicki_Louise says:

    I'm so excited i've forgotten how to spell my own name, it took me three goes to sign in! πŸ˜€

  29. Vikinhaw says:

    10 mins! I can't wait. Last week during Doctor Who my family decided to have a conversation beside my ear. This time I had better have a quiet house or there will be murder.

  30. ABBryant says:

    wow… this is my first liveblog…

    I am excite

  31. enigmaticagentscully says:

    omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg

    I really hope I don't have a heart attack before it starts from all the excitement. Because that would suck.

    I'm going downstairs to the TV right now! SO EXCITE GUYS SEE YOU AFTER THE SHOW!

    • andreah1234 says:

      That is, like, my biggest concern so far. WHAT IF I DIE AND NEVER FOUND OUT WHO RIVER SONG IS.

      Priorities. I has them.

  32. Vicki_Louise says:

    I just jumped up and down like an excited kid on Christmas morning. Squeeeeee.

  33. firinne says:

    The BBC voice over man is so right – HOLD ON TIGHT!

  34. psycicflower says:

    Here we go!!! *flails*

  35. Vicki_Louise says:

    It's starting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  36. Amazed says:

    IT BEGINS!

  37. psycicflower says:

    Melody Pond. Nice name.

  38. NB2000 says:

    BABEH POND!

  39. firinne says:

    Melody Pond! Love it!

  40. chichichimaera says:

    FFFF MELODY POND – MELODY = SONG. RIVER SONG.

  41. Vicki_Louise says:

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww mini Pond <3

  42. jackiep says:

    Aw, poor Amy, losing her baby.

  43. NB2000 says:

    FUCK YEAH RORANICUS!

  44. Vikinhaw says:

    HELL YES IT IS RORY!!!!

  45. firinne says:

    Yay Rory! The Last Centurion.

  46. psycicflower says:

    OH THANK GOD I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE THE DOCTOR THERE

  47. Vicki_Louise says:

    FUCK YEAH RORY POND BITCH!

  48. chichichimaera says:

    FUCK YEAH RORY. SO FUCKING BADASS. OMG, I AM DYING RIGHT NOW. RORRRRRRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

  49. chichichimaera says:

    This is very Star Wars.

  50. jackiep says:

    Yay! Rory is the Last Centurion and the legend for his daughter!

  51. psycicflower says:

    FUCK YEAH RORY POND, BAMF

  52. ABBryant says:

    Woul you like me to repeat the question… BAD ASS!

  53. chichichimaera says:

    Aww, the mooks are gossiping. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  54. Vikinhaw says:

    Wow Doctor killed alot of Cybermen.

  55. psycicflower says:

    Psychic training? Is this the Time Agency?

  56. firinne says:

    Who is that soldier girl?

  57. chichichimaera says:

    HUSBAND FUCK YEAH.

  58. Amazed says:

    The Thin Fat Gay Married Anglican Marines, awesome

  59. chichichimaera says:

    THE MARINES FROM FLESH AND STONE.

  60. jackiep says:

    Ha Ha "We're the thin, fat married gay Anglican Marines, why would we need names?"

  61. Sophi says:

    I must say, that lady in the eyepatch is pretty fiiiiine, her and her arrogance and eyepatch. I don't know, it just flicks some on-switch deep in my soul.

    RORY <3 ilu now and forever in his yummy roman outfit and his attittude

    I adore that they have testing against the Doctor but people still can't tell, lololol

    • drippingmercury says:

      I must say, that lady in the eyepatch is pretty fiiiiine, her and her arrogance and eyepatch. I don't know, it just flicks some on-switch deep in my soul.

      That leather-ish suit she's got on doesn't hurt, either!

  62. Vikinhaw says:

    Who's the lady soldier? Anyone recognize her?

  63. chichichimaera says:

    Hope it's not to hide the stains. OH I LOVE YOU.

    but you're gong to loose your head. literally.

  64. Vicki_Louise says:

    OMG

  65. psycicflower says:

    A silurian in Victorian London solving crime!!! I want this to be it's own show!

  66. chichichimaera says:

    SO MUCH IS HAPPENING WTF IS GOING ON MY GOD.

  67. chichichimaera says:

    HIS BEDSIDE MANNER!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  68. Sophi says:

    The thin-fat-gay-Anglican-Marines win my allegiance now and forever. I will love them until the end of the world.

    WAIT NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FAT GAY ANGLICAN MARINE ;-;

    I LOVED YOU SO BRIEFLY

    I SHALL MOURN YOU LENGTHILY AND WITH GREAT SOBBING

  69. psycicflower says:

    I'm loving all this set up, I want to know so much more about these people and places.

  70. Vikinhaw says:

    RIVER!!!

  71. psycicflower says:

    River breaking back in!!!! LOVE YOU FOREVER RIVER!

  72. Vicki_Louise says:

    River <3 ilu

  73. chichichimaera says:

    River you are glorious.

  74. chichichimaera says:

    Um. Is he gonna die again? This seems like an ill-omened reaction.

  75. Vikinhaw says:

    River's sad about Rory! Rory's gonna die! Again!

  76. psycicflower says:

    River/Doctor birthday date sounds adorable.
    (And I'm loving this music)

  77. Vicki_Louise says:

    Because he looks smexy.

  78. chichichimaera says:

    WE'RE BUILDING AN ARMY.

    THE BABY IS TOTALLY RIVER, MY GOD.

  79. Vikinhaw says:

    Whole different birthday. HA

  80. chichichimaera says:

    SO MUCH TEASING ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGG.

  81. psycicflower says:

    River, you're making me nervous.

  82. NB2000 says:

    Oh god too enthralled to comment. THIS IS JUST AMAZING.

    <3 River, treating the Stormcage like a hotel. BUT WHO ARE YOOOOOUUU?!

    • psycicflower says:

      I love that she just picked up the phone to tell them it's all good.
      <3 times infinity for River

  83. NB2000 says:

    Eyepatch lady and military dood aren't taking the Doctor seriously….they're not making it out of the episode.

  84. Vikinhaw says:

    I'm old. I'm fat. I'm blue

  85. chichichimaera says:

    I seriously love how the mythology of the Doctor is known across the galaxy. It is amaaaazing.

  86. andreah1234 says:

    I WILL BE DOING THE LIVEBLOG. ILLEGALLY. BECAUSE NO ONE IS TAKING THIS SHIT AWAY FROM ME. Except for Steven Moffat. Damn him, and his super evil, genius mind.

    GOD, I AM SO EXCITED. I CAN'T EVEN WRITE PROPERLY. So, gifs!

    <img src="http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac220/thealisaurus/GIF%20Animations/Happydance.gif"&gt;
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    <img src="http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b276/filmgirl84/brad.gif"&gt;
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  87. Vicki_Louise says:

    I'm old, i'm fat, i'm blue! XD

  88. chichichimaera says:

    What is their beef with the Doctor anyway?

  89. ABBryant says:

    goblin or a phantom or a trickster!

    HA!

  90. NB2000 says:

    Oh Amy, ILU.

  91. psycicflower says:

    Wait, is soldier lady River by any chance? Or do we know her name and I missed it.

  92. Sophi says:

    "Somebody call for a nurse?"

    Badass, Sontaran my man.

    River Song omg omg omg will we find out what she did, and I am so very excited YES IT IS aaaaah

    It had BETTER be on this side of the split, or I'll just sob and be broken

  93. ABBryant says:

    Calling it, Dark haired chick is new companion!

  94. chichichimaera says:

    Unfaceless mooks, I <3 you.

  95. chichichimaera says:

    Heads in jars?

  96. chichichimaera says:

    OH DOCTOR FUCK YEAH.

  97. NB2000 says:

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU EWWW HEADLESSNESS

    YEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! ELEVEN!

  98. Vikinhaw says:

    JEDI?

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