In our second review of “Let’s Kill Hitler”, you get to see what I thought of it.

Cast and Crew

Matt Smith as The Doctor
Karen Gillan as Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill as Rory
Alex Kingston as River Song
Nina Toussaint-White as Mels
Caitlin Blackwood as Young Amelia Pond
Albert Welling as Adolf Hitler
Ezekiel Wigglesworth as Young Rory
Ella Kenion as Margaret / Harriet
Maya Glace-Green as Young Mels
Philip Rham as Zimmerman

Written by Steven Moffat

Produced by Marcus Wilson

Directed by Richard Senior

Originally shown on the 27th of August 2011

Premise

Somehow, Amy and Rory got themselves back to Earth, and they’re writing the Doctor’s name in a cornfield. After he arrives, Amy’s friend Mels turns up, hijacks the TARDIS, demands to go and kill Hitler, and then we get a brilliant flashback sequence before the rest of the plot comes piling on.

High Points

  • “Rory, put Hitler in that cupboard.”
  • “It’s that kind of day, so I expect I can.”
  • “Well, there was a ray, and we were miniaturised, so miniaturisation ray.”
  • Basically, Rory gets all the best lines. And he punched Hitler.

Low Points

  • So just like that, she changes her mind and gives up so much?
  • Are the time justice whatever people really dumb enough to not realise that 1938 might not be the year they were looking for?
  • Why is it that wherever they go, something else is always going on? There must be time travelling vigilantes everywhen!

Questions

  • How did Rory and Amy get back to Earth? Is this the same kind of thing that allows River to move around in time and space quite freely despite not having a TARDIS or other apparent means of transportation? Does River have a temporal manipulator like Jack Harkness?
  • How do we get from here to the astronaut and the first episode of this series?

Scores

Originality: It’s fun to play with time travel tropes. I particularly liked how Hitler was dealt with. River’s behaviour is a bit too drawn out of the classic bad-girl instruction manual though. Four out of six.

Effects: Great robot shapeshifting effects. Less great security robot effects. Nothing that’s going to jar you out of your immersion though. Five out of six.

Story: What a tangle, tangled into tangles from elsewhere and more tangles in the future. I’m not quite sure what to make of it, but then it’s not meant to stand on its own. I did enjoy it, and I would have been deeply dissatisfied with any River story that wasn’t absurdly complicated. Five out of six.

Acting: Regulars on their usual form. Robot captain good. Robot crew quite generic. Five out of six.

Emotional Response: Exciting, slightly moving but mostly curious. What now? What now? I risk being annoyed in advance that there might be filler, even though last series what looked like filler turned out not to be. Four out of six.

Production: Again, can we please have some more musical variety? Heck, keep the action music motif and just shake up the arrangement a bit. Anything! Liked the Doctor’s suit. Four out of six.

Overall: Five out of six.

In total, Let’s Kill Hitler receives 32 out of 42.