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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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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The cast and crew felt that the costume and make-up artists did a good job with Albert Welling, as he looked so much like Hitler it was a "surreal" experience. See more »


Near the end of the episode, the Doctor looks at the date and place of which he is going to die on the monitor of the TARDIS, when Amy tries to see what he is looking at, he turns the monitor off. However, in the next shot, you can see in the background the monitor is back on. See more »


[Gunshot. Time rotor column with a bullet hole in is expelling a jet of compressed white smoke]
The Doctor: You shot it! You shot my TARDIS! You shot the console!
Mels: It's your fault!
The Doctor: Aaah! How is it my fault?
Mels: You said guns didn't work in this place! You said, "We're in a state of temporal grace"!
The Doctor: Oh, that was a clever lie, you idiot! Anyone could tell that was a *clever lie*!
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »


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Better than people will tell you it is.
3 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Let's Kill Hitler... With a title this good it's got a lot to live up to. And it does.

This is our second trip into WW2 for NuWho and third overall, excluding spinoffs and extended media. The plot sees the TARDIS hijacked by a young Doctor-obsessed woman with a gun demanding that the 11th Doctor take her to kill Hitler only for the disgusting moustached man to shoot her and cause her to... regenerate? SHE'S RIVER SONG!!!! As twists go it's hard to beat.

This story deals a lot with Song's origins by building upon the foundations set in the previous instalment and it advances the story arc of the Doctor's apparent death via the Tessalecta, a robot controlled by tiny people who travel through time punishing war criminals. And it turns out that there's none more dangerous or deadly than Melody Pond.

This episode has received a lot of unfair and harsh treatment over time by the fandom but it's unwarranted. There's nothing that bad in here, nothing to dislike, nothing but good writing and good acting and good direction. I can't see the problem myself. 7/10

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