When it was originally performed in 2273, most plays focused on dialogue and let the action happen off-stage, due to budget constraints after the 22nd century Dalek invasion and Cyber-Wars. The Good Soldiers broke with this tradition by showing an army of robot soldiers storming the castle and killing most of the characters at the end. Because of this, contemporary reviewers lauded Osterling as the new William Shakespeare. In contrast, the Seventh Doctor considered Osterling's dialogue to be convoluted, and Irving Braxiatel thought it wasn't very good.
By 3985, while the reviews of the play were remembered, the play itself was lost. As a result, it had a legendary reputation. The original hand-written manuscript, the last copy left in existence, was kept by Irving Braxiatel in the Braxiatel Collection. He told Bernice Summerfield that he refused to publish it lest its reputation be diminished. (PROSE: Theatre of War)
During the Fifth Axis occupation of the Braxiatel Collection in 2602, Martlak persuaded Braxiatel to agree with the Axis' demands by burning the cabinet that contained The Good Soldiers. Braxiatel wept as The Good Soldiers burned. (PROSE: Passing Storms)