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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River Song: Well I was on my way to a gay gypsy bar mitzvah for the disabled when I suddenly thought 'gosh the third Reich's bit rubbish I think I'll kill the Fuhrer' who's with me?
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Let's Lock Hitler In A Cupboard!
2 September 2011 | by (California) – See all my reviews

According to Patrick Mulkern of 'The Radio Times', 'Let's Kill Hitler' is a 'massively entertaining episode that's fizzing with spectacle, funny lines and breath-taking twists'. He must have seen a completely different episode to the one I viewed - I found it a massively boring farrago with as much fizz as a flat bottle of Tizer and shot through with insane, half-baked ideas ( the shape-changing robot inhabited by a 'Star Trek'-like crew ), leaden dialogue and breathtakingly awful acting ( from Smith and Gillan ).

Ignoring the finale of the previous episode - 'A Good Man Goes To War'

  • it shifted the story away from Amy and Rory discovering their baby

'Melody' is really River Song, to them finding crop circles outside their home village of Leadworth. Why? We then got pointless flashbacks to their childhood, and the introduction of a previously unmentioned loudmouthed friend called 'Mels' who then ( surprise, surprise ) turns to be really River. The story then moves to 1938 and a brief encounter with Hitler ( why bother mentioning him in the title if he is not a major character in the plot? ). Moffat then decided the story wasn't really about Hitler after all, and focused instead on a newly-regenerated River. All these elements needed a coherent plot to make them work - they didn't get one. How many of us yelled at the screen during the Doctor's ludicrously unconvincing 'I've been poisoned' scene: "Go on! Regenerate! Turn into someone else! Please!".

As the episode unfolded, I sat shaking my head in utter disbelief. It is incredible that something so stupid ever made it to television. Every aspect was jaw-droppingly bad. Moffat is on a colossal ego trip, so busy is he building up mysteries he forgets to care about things like plot. character, excitement, and entertainment. He is repeating the mistakes John Nathan-Turner made back in the '80's. He thinks the viewers will wait patiently as the story unfolds over a period of months/years. They will be more likely to switch off. There are signs this is beginning to happen now. When the Doctor appeared dressed in top hat and tails, I came close to throwing a brick at the set. What in the name of all that is holy is Moffat doing to my once-favourite show? It is like watching a close relative being tortured. Since 2009, his episodes have plumbed new depths for sheer awfulness. 'Warriors Of The Deep' from 1984 looks like a classic compared to some of Moffat's recent efforts.

I was amused at the comment of a fan boy who said 'L.K.H.' makes sense on the tenth viewing. Nothing in the world would induce me to sit through it more than once. I'd rather have teeth drilled without anaesthetic.

Its depressing to see so many have been taken in Moffat's spin about the show being 'darker' and scarier. It was dark before, particularly with the excellent 'The Waters Of Mars'. Scary? Try watching 'Inferno' and 'Terror Of The Autons'. Though over 40 years old, both outdo anything seen in the present series.

I will continue to watch 'Dr.Who', but as long as Moffat continues to churn out dross such as this, I will remain pessimistic about its long-term future.

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