They Think It's All Over was the third comic story in the ongoing Doctor Who (2011) series from IDW.

Summary[edit | edit source]

The Doctor, Amy and Rory try to travel to Wembley Stadium in 1966 to watch a football match between England and Germany. The TARDIS lands in the exact location — but in 966.

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!".

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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.

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