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TV Review: ‘Doctor Who: Let’s Kill Hitler’
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Doctor Who: Let's Kill Hitler

Doctor Who returned last week for the second half of its Series Six run and after the break we’ve got a review of the highly anticipated “Let’s Kill Hitler.”

Doctor Who
Series 6, Episode Eight – Let’s Kill Hitler
Directed by Richard Senior
Written by Steven Moffat
Starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Nina Toussaint-White, Caitlin Blackwood, Maya Glace-Green, Ezekiel Wigglesworth, Philip Rham, Richard Dillane, Amy Cudden, Davood Ghadami, Ella Kenion, and Albert Welling
BBC America
Air date: August 27, 2011

“Let’s Kill Hitler” makes my brain hurt.

Mind you, it’s a good hurt, but much of the discussion on this episode will have to fall under our spoilers section due to the massive amount of plot that occurs in this episode. Yet, there’s still plenty of non-spoiler stuff to talk about for those that have yet to watch it.

Steven Moffat is a talented writer and I should be better accustomed to his methods, but I didn’t think the villain severe that was contained in this week’s episode. Moffat’s able to play with our expectations of what will happen based on the title of the episode. I’m glad that things didn’t played out as they were perceived to be from the title. “Let’s Kill Hitler” is certainly more focused on the history and character of River Song. Series Six has much more of an overarching narrative than in Series Five, which had more serialized episodes. Even within this, the show hasn’t deviated much from the usual formula and is clearly building to a defined ending. Even throwaway episodes have had pieces that have made a difference in how the season has played out.

“Let’s Kill Hitler” starts the second half of this series in an interesting and engaging way and I can’t see what is set to come next.

Quick Thoughts:

– Rory is one of the coolest characters in Doctor Who history. Seriously.
– For those wondering, “Hello Benjamin” is a reference to The Graduate, which was referenced by The Doctor earlier this season. This quote was the first thing Mrs. Robinson says to a young Dustin Hoffman before beginning to seduce him into an adulterous relationship.
– I can’t help but feel that this episode was rushed in many ways. The pacing on Moffat episodes are normally on breakneck speed, but I felt this was one of the worst offenders.
– I quite enjoyed seeing Alex Kingston playing a different take on River Song than we’ve normally seen and her outfit looked pretty stellar this week, as per usual.
– Matt Smith has a lot to do in this episode and nails each aspect of it. I continue to love his take on The Doctor.

And now spoilers for “Let’s Kill Hitler.” You’ve been warned.

River Song Spoilers

So, the young Melody Pond has adapted to her powers in quite a nice fashion and did end up being ‘raised’ by her parents after all. Time gets a little crazy here, as I’m still unsure how she ended up in the spacesuit and from New York City to her ‘growing up’ with Amy and Rory (I say growing up cause Mels reveals that she’s able to adjust her age). But it’s nice to get context on how impressionable she was, having just gone through a regeneration, she’s unsure of who she is and who she wants to be, and the Doctor gets to shape that for her.

This emotional core is so important to what makes Doctor Who successful a show and that element hits two-fold in this episode. While I still don’t have much context for the Doctor’s relationships with earlier companions, I do understand how much he can damage people and little Amelia Pond is a prime example for that. Yet, another question is raised here, what is the importance of fish-fingers and custard? Outside of the obvious connection to “The Eleventh Hour,” does anyone see a deeper meaning than that? Or is it something that will be uncovered at a later point along with what exactly the Doctor did in those minutes leading up to his death. On the Mels/Melody/River emotional side of things, it’s very powerful to see her give her life for a good man and it’s even more tragic to see her do this for a second time. It’s this emotional core that drives the show more than anything else, and an essential part of the show I could write a whole thesis on.

However, what are you thoughts on the larger question that gets brought up here? I can’t even begin to think about what the oldest question in the universe could be, (other than one of the oldest questions in the show, the name of the Doctor) but we know have context as to why the Doctor knew he was at his end at the start of “The Impossible Astronaut.” Regardless of what these next episodes hold for Amy, Rory and the Doctor, we know an astronaut is waiting and now the Doctor knows too.

What did you think of the episode and how excited are you for the return of Doctor Who? Sound off in our comments below!

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