‘LET’S KILL HITLER’
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Hitler in the Cupboard
N.B. Watch the prequel for ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ before this episode.
It was strange going back to watching ‘Doctor Who’ again for Part 2 of Series 6, after a few months between ‘A Good Man Goes To War’ and ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’. I recall watching the first few episodes of the second half of Series 6 whilst I was on holiday with my parents, first in Scotland and then in York.
The problem with having a ‘Doctor Who’ season split into two halves with one half in the spring and the other in the autumn, is that you lose a sense of momentum of what happened in the mid-season finale. That’s how I felt when I watched ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’, since it didn’t fulfil my expectations.
Also there were still a lot of unanswered questions about what occurred in the first half of Series 6 of ‘Doctor Who’, since there was this big jigsaw puzzle created by showrunner Steven Moffat. First there was the Doctor’s death at the season’s start and there was the reveal of River Song’s identity.
All the questions would be answered in the second half of Series 6, especially in the season finale episode. But I was dismayed since I felt cheated on what was going on with River Song. She turned out to be Amy and Rory’s daughter Melody Pond and is also connected to how the Doctor died in Series 6.
Series 6 continues with ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ by Steven Moffat. The episode begins with Amy and Rory driving a car, in a cornfield in Leadworth where they live, as they try to attract the Doctor’s attention.
The Doctor responds after seeing the word ‘DOCTOR’ in the cornfield reported in a newspaper. Amy and Rory want to know whether he has found their daughter yet since ‘A Good Man Goes To War’.
They’re eventually interrupted as a red corvette drives into the cornfield where they are. It turns out to be…Nina Toussaint-White as Mels, who I’ve met the ‘Collectormania Glasgow 2012’ convention.
Mels is a life-long school-friend of Amy and Rory’s. She turns up wanting to meet the Doctor, since she was told about him by Amy and Rory when they were kids. Mels then points a gun at the Doctor.
It turns out that Mels actually stole the red corvette and is rather a hot-head. She wants to escape the police and she suggests a place for the Doctor to take her in the TARDIS, saying “Let’s Kill Hitler!”
I first saw this episode at a hotel in Scotland where my parents and I were staying for a weekend on our summer holidays. I have mixed feelings about this ‘Doctor Who’ story and I’ll explain why that is.
Frankly, I was hoping for a full-on ‘Doctor Who’ episode into Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler, as that was what it seemed to be promising in the episode’s title. But the episode isn’t about Hitler after all!
The episode is really about River Song, as the Doctor, Amy and Rory find out the truth about what she is and why she was made to kill the Doctor. I was very disappointed after seeing the episode for the first time.
The actor that plays Hitler, Albert Welling, doesn’t get a lot of screen time. He gets punched by Rory, gets a gun pointed at him by Rory, gets told to shut up by Rory and is then thrown into a cupboard by Rory!
I was really hoping for an exciting historical extravaganza with Hitler and Nazi Germany to settle back into the season. But the episode’s title ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ is merely a ruse to get us fans back into the series!
After re-watching the episode a few times later, I was able to appreciate the River Song aspects of the story. It transpires that Mels…is really Melody Pond, Amy and Rory’s daughter. But that means…
Mels soon regenerates into Alex Kingston as River Song herself, after getting shot by Hitler. This seems to be where River Song starts her life, but this is before the Doctor, Amy and Rory meet her.
If you’re confused by this point, I don’t blame you. This highlights why Series 6 is so convoluted and why there are so many elements to deal with in terms of telling the story with River Song and the Doctor.
There are some good things about this episode though. I enjoyed the flashback scenes with Amy and Rory when they’re with Mels and growing up. It was nice to see a younger Amy and Rory before the Doctor.
Caitlin Blackwood returns as Amelia Pond in this story, who I’ve also met at ‘Collectormania Glasgow 2012’. There’s also Maya Glace-Green as Young Mels as well as Ezekiel Wigglesworth as Young Rory.
And I mustn’t forget mentioning about the Teselecta spaceship-styled robot that can disguise itself as anyone in the episode. There’s also those robot jellyfish-like Antibodies that I found uninspiring.
‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ is okay as the opening episode to Part 2 of Series 6. I was unhappy that this episode wasn’t about Adolf Hitler, but I soon later enjoyed the River Song story after I watched the episode again.
The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 1 of ‘Series 6 – Part 2’, there’s the ‘Monster File: The Antibodies’, which looks into the creation and development of these monsters.
On Disc 4 of ‘The Complete Series 6’ of ‘Doctor Who’, the ‘Monster File: The Antibodies’ can also be found on there. There’s the prequel for ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ with Matt Smith as the Doctor and Karen Gillan as Amy Pond. On Disc 6, there’s the ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ episode ‘River Runs Wild’.
‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ rating – 6/10
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