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A Good Man Goes to War: the Doctor or the Last Centurion?

After reading a post by one of the people I follow (the-eleventh-blog) who posted a great theory about River Song, I realize that her theory makes so much sense. Thus why I reblogged it. 

I began to think about it further. Of course we all watched “A Good Man Goes to War.” And we all saw the Doctor soar higher than ever before and then we saw him sink down lower than ever before. We also found out who River Song really was. At first glace it seems just to be another title relating to the Doctor, but upon further investigation into the show “The Good Man” could be so much more.

So clearly in Doctor Who the Doctor is a good man, as well as the oncoming storm and the most feared man in the universe, such is why in “The Pandorica Opens”/ “The Big Bang” his enemies try to put him in the Pandorica because they are afraid of him, and thus why is “A Good Man Goes To War,” Madame Kovariankidnaps Amy and her baby as a means to create a weapon to kill the most feared man in the universe. But the Doctor isn’t the only “good man” in Amy’s life. As mentioned in the reblogged post Rory is also a good man. In fact by some accounts you could say that he is a better man than the Doctor is. Which brings me to my question: Is “A Good Man Goes To War” about the Doctor or the Last Centurion? 

To be honest, put to about 15 minutes ago I thought it was about the former, but as I thought about it I believe that it is about the latter. “A Good Man Goes to War” is not talking about the Doctor is is talking about the Last Centurion, i.e. the boy that waited 800+ years, the man that was always there for Amelia Pond, Rory Williams. Rory protected the Pandorica while Amy was inside it all those years, Rory died at least 5 times for Amy, and Rory went to hell and back to find the one woman that he loves. Not only that but he’s a nurse, by definition nurses have to selfless people and kind, he proved that in “The Rebel Flesh”/ “Almost People” story. 

But at the end of “Almost People” when the headless monks are buying something off of Dorium Maldovar he even says “Do you know who’s child this is?” As Melody Pond says “Spoilers!” Clear our obese blue friend is talking about Rory and not the Doctor. And further evidence that the episode itself was about Rory is that in the monologue in which Amy is talking to her new child she talks about Rory:

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 the time for lies. What you are going to be, Melody is very, very brave. But not as brave as they’ll have to be. Because there’s someone coming. I don’t know where he is, or what he’s doing. Trust me, he’s on his way. There’s a man who’s never going to let us down. And not even an army can get in the way. He’s the last of his kind. He looks young, but he’s lived for hundreds and hundreds of years. And wherever they take you, Melody, however scared you are, I promise you, you will never be alone. Because this man is your father. He has a name, but the people of our world know him better as the Last Centurion.

Amy was not putting her faith in the mad man with a box, but in the man that she loves. She knows that the Doctor is just a friend, but Rory, Rory is the boy who waited, the one who loves her, the GOOD man. Rory may only be human, but everything he did in the show was out of love. And in the episode what does the good man do? The good man goes to war. The Good man blows up the 12th Cyberlegion (doctor’s message) and asks where his wife is. And at the end of the episode we seem him actually fighting, Rory is holding up a Roman Gladius and a blaster gun and fights with the army that the Doctor raised to get Amy back. 

Of course in the whole episode the army they fight against talk about how great a warrior the Doctor is and how many people are afraid of him, but in fact they should be afraid of the man whose wife and daughter they took. Both the Doctor and Rory are good men and as Madame Kovarian points out, good men have too many rules, but the thing is when you get in the way of a father and his child most rules go out the window. Rory is the good man, in more ways in one.

Since we found out that River was in jail we’ve known that it was for killing a good man, the best man she has ever known. And since that time we’ve also guessed that the man was the Doctor. But like the-eleventh-blog said so many things have changed now. Obviously, the River Song/Melody Pond twist was a surprise, one that Steven Moffat wrote perfectly. A surprise that I quite frankly didn’t see coming. The fact that River is Rory’s and Amy’s daughter changes so much. As a child the greatest man I know is my father, so naturally who might River Song think is the greatest man she ever knew? probably the guy that gave her half her DNA right? So as the-eleventh-blog said River could have actually killed Rory and not the Doctor. It makes sense. And would you as a whovian be surprised? Would a huge twist like like surprise anyone? I mean it’s Doctor Who it’s the most logical liner show out there! there is NO WAY that something like that would come out of Moffat’s mind. The same man that killed Rory nearly every episode, if Moffat wrote “the Rebel Flesh” he would have wrote in a fake Rory just to have him die and everyone thinks it’s the real Rory until Real Rory showed up, because Moffat would do something like that. 

Further evidence that Rory is the good man is when River says the Demon’s Run lines:

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. 

During this poem the camera shows Rory fighting and not the Doctor, sure it could be a coincidence, but in a show like Doctor Who nothing is ever on accident. By all accounts the episode “A Good Man Goes to War,” is Rory’s story, and could possibly set up the truth as to who River actually killed. Maybe the-eleventh-blog is wrong, maybe River does kill the Doctor, after all that is why Melody Pond was taken to be turned into a weapon against the Doctor, but with Steven Moffat writing it is possible that a twist such as Rory being the “greatest man” River ever knew, but who knows really? All we can do is just speculate about it until September rolls around. But there is good news if Rory dies, it would follow Kurt Vonnegut’s rules for writing, #4 the more lovable the character the more bad stuff can happen to them and the audience would be fine with it. Rory is a creation of Moffat which means Steven has had plans for Rory and Amy since they were introduced, it also means that if Rory does die he’ll be back, after all who would the Moff kill off every episode if Rory dies for good? 

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