Doctor Who: Season 6, Episode 8

Let's Kill Hitler (27 Aug. 2011)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 2,225 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 7 critic

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 »



0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video


IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 17 Sep 2012
a list of 42 titles
created 07 Aug 2013
a list of 33 titles
created 07 Sep 2013
a list of 48 titles
created 27 Jan 2014
a list of 42 titles
created 9 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Let's Kill Hitler (27 Aug 2011)

Let's Kill Hitler (27 Aug 2011) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Doctor Who.
« Previous Episode | 77 of 140 Episodes | Next Episode »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Maya Glace-Green ...
Ezekiel Wigglesworth ...
Philip Rham ...
Amy Cudden ...
Davood Ghadami ...
Albert Welling ...
German Officer


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

27 August 2011 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


When the Doctor tricks River/Melody with the gun-to-banana switch, this is a nod to Captain Jack Harkness with the Ninth Doctor when he switched Jack's gun with a banana in "The Doctor Dances". 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 »


Anita: [inside Teselecta] Sir, what do we do now?
Jim: [inside Teselecta] Suggestion - we should go into surveillance mode.
Carter: [inside Teselecta] Agreed. Let's faint!
Zimmerman: Oh, I...
[he faints]
Rory: I think he just fainted.
The Doctor: Yes, that was a faint. A perfect faint.
See more »


References Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour (2010) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Three Hearts that Beat As Two
27 August 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

DOCTOR WHO returns from its midseason hiatus with the Doctor in pursuit of the kidnapped Melody Pond. It is a fast, furious and frequently funny episode that shows off show-runner Steven Moffat's ability to make hairpin turns in plot, but often pushes the unfortunate edge of melodrama. I enjoyed it tremendously, particularly for the wonky lines, but...

A story is composed of character and plot: the people who inhabit it and the course of action they follow from beginning to end. In a well-made story, the characters drive the plots. Their actions, and the story are driven by who they are and their characters change -- which is what makes a story, rather than an anecdote -- in response to events.

"Let's Kill Hitler", however, gives me the definite feeling that the plot is driving the characters, particularly Melody Pond. The changes in her character seem more driven by her plot than the other way around. We see her as a psychopath who has been focused and programmed to kill the Doctor, as set out in the last episode. We know she will become River Song, who so loves the Doctor that she will sacrifice her life to save his in season Four's "Silence in the Library" two-parter. That is her plot, and her change in character here seems to proceed from a simple need to get from the psychopath to the loving woman. It feels like the lines of logic in the 1960s TV Batman, justifications and excuses. It's not drama, it's melodrama.

I enjoyed it immensely, but it's not great Doctor Who by any means. The jokes are funny and the performances are great. Nina Toussaint-White as the psychopathic Mels is wonderful, and Alex Kingston, as the newly-regenerated Melody Pond, entranced by her new body, is uproariously, bawdily funny. Arthur Darvill, as usual, makes the most of the put-upon Rory Williams, who knows how idiotically dangerous it all is, yet copes throughout. The story though, the plot, needs tinkering and probably another twenty minutes to fill in the details to make Melody's change in character work.

17 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Farage ACTUALLY says he wants to axe Doctor Who...... ifORGIVEyOU10
What happened????????????????? UAF-Nanooks
Suggestions for possible new Doctors jakkfrost
New Viewer (Part 2: Electric Boogaloo) benlinuslost
How would you react if..... andrewbalshaw-12971
Got my friends to watch the New Show and questioned them...... ifORGIVEyOU10
Discuss Let's Kill Hitler (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: