Summary[edit | edit source]
The TARDIS crew, accompanied by Anglo-Saxons, visit Lord Wemba and his wife Frida, who thank the Doctor for helping King Alfred the Great escape from Somerset. Rangar the Strong, his son Henghist and several Vikings walk in to discuss peace with the Anglo-Saxons, but Rangar's son has other ideas. He plans to control the Anglo-Saxon "dogs". His father hits him and tells him to obey him, and Amy notices Henghist is only here to start an argument.
Frida, away from the others, tells Amy that she and Rory should leave while they can, as Henghist has expressed great interest in her. Amy assures her she'll be fine.
Meanwhile, Rory walks past a room where Henghist and Rangar are arguing. At the end of the argument, Rangar disowns Henghist and Henghist stabs Rangar in a fit of rage.
Rory tells the Doctor, Amy and Wemba, when Henghist walks towards them and pretends that Rangar was killed by the Saxons. Henghist tries to take Amy and Frida as "payment for his father's death" when the Doctor has another idea: he challenges him and one of his soldiers to a game of football. If he wins, he gets Frida, Amy and Wemba's land. If he loses, the Vikings leave.
The Doctor and Rory win the football match, much to Henghist's displeasure. He wants to kill the women and burn the village, but Rory punches him, knocking him out cold.
After their goodbyes, the TARDIS crew finally travel to Wembley Stadium at the right time, where they chant "Wemba's Lea!".
Characters[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- The Doctor, Amy and Rory mention George Best, David Beckham, Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst and Bobby Moore.
- The Doctor refers to the Blinovitch Limitation Effect.
Story notes[edit | edit source]
- This story is a "pure historical" featuring no science fiction elements apart from the presence of the Doctor, Amy, Rory and the TARDIS.
- The title of the story is a reference to a remark - "They think it's all over! It is now!" - made by the BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme in the closing moments of the World Cup in which England beat West Germany 4-2.
Continuity[edit | edit source]
- The Doctor mentions that he was once a star player for the King's Arms football club. (TV: The Lodger)
- The Eleventh Doctor shows an enthusiasm for football as his eighth incarnation often did, (COMIC: Doctor Who and the Nightmare Game; AUDIO: Living Legend, Something Inside) and once again attempts to take Amy and Rory to a football match. (COMIC: Ripper's Curse)
- The Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory also attended the 1966 World Cup final on another occasion. (PROSE: Extra Time)