Doctor Who: Season 6, Episode 8

Let's Kill Hitler (27 Aug. 2011)

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In the desperate search for Melody Pond, the TARDIS crash lands in Thirties Berlin, as the time-travelling drama returns for the second half of the series shown earlier in the year. The ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Maya Glace-Green ...
Ezekiel Wigglesworth ...
Philip Rham ...
Amy Cudden ...
Davood Ghadami ...
Albert Welling ...
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In the desperate search for Melody Pond, the TARDIS crash lands in Thirties Berlin, as the time-travelling drama returns for the second half of the series shown earlier in the year. The Doctor comes face to face with the greatest war criminal in the Universe. And Hitler. Old friendships are tested to their limits as the Doctor suffers the ultimate betrayal and learns a harsh lesson in the cruelest warfare of all. As precious time ebbs away, the Doctor must teach his adversaries that time travel has responsibilities. And he must succeed before an almighty price is paid. Written by BBC Press Release

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There was a delay in shooting the second half of the season to allow the wheat to grow for this episode. See more »


Hitler is shown using a revolver. While there were a few revolver models in use in Germany at the time (most notably the Erma ER77 - a replica of the Smith & Wesson M19), Hitler is only known to have used a Walther PPK, and that only to kill himself (and he probably never carried the weapon on his person, otherwise). See more »


Rory: Doctor, River was brainwashed to kill you right?
The Doctor: Well, she did kill me. And then she used her remaining lives to bring be back. As first dates go, I'd say that was mixed signals.
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Killing Hitler ? Killing A Television Legend More Like
27 August 2011 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

For the first time since the resurrection of the show in 2005 I found myself trying and failing to look forward to the restart of DOCTOR WHO . A Good Man Goes To War had left a lot of loose ends for the show's millions of fans . As one of these fans I had a sneaky suspicion of what Steven Moffat might come up with - resolved plot threads by confusing the audience so much they won't know if it makes sense or not . Hey guess what ?

Even the title of the episode involves cheating . Let's Kill Hitler has a ridiculous contrived scene with history's most hated man just so Moffat can come up with an impacting and intriguing title . In reality both this scene and the title are disposable . Instead we have the most over complicated unstructured mess involving River Song except she's not River Song she's an old school friend of Amy's called Mel's . Oh she's just regenerated in to River Song . Oh but she's also Amy's daughter and not River Song and she's been shot by Nazis but she regenerates in to River Song who she's not and she's poisoned the Doctor and he's died . But he hasn't because River Song is River Song again and she uses up her regenerations in order to save his life

If you haven't seen the episode yet I'm not making this up . That's exactly how the plotting pans out . What Moffat has done is effectively make things up as he's going along while ignoring both common sense and internal continuity from the series . If the Doctor is slowly dying why doesn't he just regenerate ? I for one am sick of death of seeing characters being continually killed just to have them resurrected at the end of the episode/season . Rory was a victim of this and now it's the Doctor . Let's not forget that this season's running thread is building up to the Doctor dying at Utah in 2011 so for some reason we have a mid season episode where the Doctor dies and is brought back to life . Itis cynical , self indulgent unentertaining nonsense by a head writer bereft of any ideas

This episode is perhaps a watershed for the show . Previously DOCTOR WHO was remembered as being the show that sent young children hiding behind the sofa . Even under the producership of RTDwe saw stories like The Unquiet Dead , The Impossible Planet and Midnight which celebrated the fear factor this legendary show could generate . Now however any casual viewer will find themselves being alienated by the confused , confusing , cheating type of writing coming out of Moffat . It says something when the spin off show TORCHWOOD despite its plodding nature is more compelling than this season of DOCTOR WHO . One wonders if DOCTOR WHO will be canceled in 2013 if it continues in this way

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