Episode 84 – Why Would We Need Names?

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 6×7 A Good Man Goes to War and Angel 1×13 She

A Good Man Goes to War

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Peter Hoar

To rescue Amy from Demons Run, the Doctor assembles an army and wages war on Madam Kovarian. Discussion points include:

  • The Doctor’s assembled army
  • The human-plus Melody Pond
  • Madam Kovarian’s evil, evil plan
  • The Doctor plays at warfare
  • Is this really the Doctor’s darkest hour?
  • The wistful Lorna Bucket
She

Written by David Greenwalt & Marti Noxon; Directed by David Greenwalt

A skirmish between demons from another dimensions causes collateral damage in LA. Discussion points include:

  • A Rider Haggard reference?
  • The problem of Bai Ling
  • Demonic world-building
  • There are demons and there are demons…
  • Misogyny and patriarchy
  • Dorky dancing

Link: The Language of the Night by Ursula K. Le Guin

Next time: Buffy 4×14 Goodbye Iowa and Doctor Who 6×8 Let’s Kill Hitler.

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About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.

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