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Published on August 27th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

What Let’s Kill Hitler Should Do For You

Well, let’s be honest – more than anything else, the next episode of Doctor should thrill you.

And frankly, if it doesn’t then you’re either not paying attention or you’re not a fan of the show.

We were fortunate enough to see Let’s Kill Hitler this week, and in advance of our full review of the episode I wanted to give you some encouragement. In my own humble (but regularly read) opinion, A Good Man Goes to War was built up to be a massive mid-season conclusion with a “game-changing cliffhanger” that delivered long after the ship had already sailed. For me, ending the first half of the series (and what the hell is it with “Series 6.5″? It’s clearly Series 6 Part 2!) with that episode was a mistake, with a much more astonishing and truly game-changing cliffhanger clearly being the discovery that Amy was a Ganger.

But of course, you can see the logic – the Doctor left his friends behind to go on a quest to find Melody Pond. If he knew what we knew then he might have started with a particularly memorable year such as 1969, but of course the Time Lord knows something about this girl’s purpose, and the woman that she will become.

Hence the moody TARDIS-based prologue on the BBC website recently. He doesn’t know what to do.

Let’s Kill Hitler brings something new to the table, energy that has been missing from the past few episodes and it is this that should really make you sit up and pay attention when the opening credits roll on Saturday evening. If you’re worried about the title, don’t be – as you might have guessed, it’s a piece of dialogue and is delivered with such remarkable style that the red-blooded males among you might just find your pulses racing.

Yes, the episode is bonkers, but it’s that typical Steven Moffat kind of bonkers. It’s also largely bereft of any of the typical Moffat tropes such as nanogenes and gateways to the past, although there is an interesting timey-wimey element that will leave fans chuckling. The big crowd-pleasing moments from the trailer (Rory decking Hitler, for instance, or the TARDIS crash land) are more than just window dressing – they’re key to the story, and as such they sit perfectly with the rest of the adventure.

As for the eponymous man himself – well, that would be telling. Suffice to say that the Fuhrer plays an important part in the story, and history isn’t changed too dramatically (or not so we would notice by the end of the episode).

All in all, Let’s Kill Hitler is a rip-roaring restart to the series in many ways. Questions are answered, but more are raised. We still don’t know how the Doctor will escape his fate in The Impossible Astronaut (although the options are opening up with each story) but we do learn a lot.

Oh and there’s a glimpse of a few old friends, too…

You can catch Doctor Who: Let’s Kill Hitler on BBC One and BBC HD on Saturday evening at 7.10 pm, as well as BBC America.


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

One Response to What Let’s Kill Hitler Should Do For You

  1. avatar January Lost says:

    After having a little time to let the episode sink in, I would definitely say “rip-roaring” is the right description. The episode was definitely a lot of fun and quite exciting.

    I’m admittedly very critical, so I would be lying if I didn’t feel just a bit cheated on the literal injection of Mel into Amy and Rory’s past. It sort of felt like that was a less planned decision than most of the great twists in the show thus-far. No Chekhov’s gun this time around, to put it short.

    Also, Mel was ~mega~ hot!! I would have liked to see her around some. I was quite enamored while entertaining thoughts of Mel as a troublesome companion. Bygones.

    For me the most interesting moments were where ‘old friends’ made their appearance. I’m still somewhat taken aback at the Doctor’s quick reaction to them whilst dealing with his dilemma. 11 has been my favorite doctor since the 4th, and he dropped a point with me on that one. On the other hand, I loved the continuity fix in the early part. That was in tune with how I see his character and was a nice nod to us older fans.

    Overall it was certainly action-packed, strong, exciting, and lots of fun. For all of my criticisms I would certainly be a horse’s backside if I said it wasn’t wonderful. I enjoyed every bit of it. Looking forward to the next!

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