Doctor Who Let’s Kill Hitler S06E08 (BBC)

The new Doctor Who: Matt Smith

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The Doctor working a smartphone

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

This is the first of a series of specials that will air this year. Since David Tennant couldn’t commit to a full series this year, due to some previous acting commitments, we are left with a bunch of specials.

After two disappointing specials, we come to the end of David Tennant’s Doctor. Tennant has rapidly become a favorite of mine. I still love Tom Baker above all, but Tennant is very good. What is it about him? I’d say that David Tennant was almost perfect for the role. It’s too bad that he’s moving on. Already, the 5th season has been delayed until later this year because he couldn’t commit to a full serial.

It’s sad because he was so good. However, it’s good that Tennant is going out with a bang. The ending of part one of the End of Time was amazing. The Master, the Doctor, and the Time Lords, all reunited at last for one final confrontation.

I didn’t really like how the tenth Doctor died, but others will say that it is within his nature to be like that, to sacrifice himself for anyone. He did so. The end is nigh as he says goodbye to all of his companions, from Rose to Sarah Jane.

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The new Doctor is nutty. Nutty enough to be the Doctor, if that makes any sense. I don’t know much about Matt Smith, and I usually keep an embargo on myself about upcoming Doctor Who episodes so that the fun isn’t spoiled, and frankly, I was surprised. It was a good show, not extremely good, but good nonetheless. I have to say that I did really like David Tennant as the Doctor. His shoes are going to be hard to fill. Naturally, Tom Baker remains as my favorite Doctor of all time.

This was an incredible way of ending this storyline. There are quite a few open-ended questions that I hope will be answered. We finally have seen the Silence and what they do. The Doctor was able to rid Earth of them, but this is something that’s on-going. Who is the little girl? She’s obviously got Time Lord blood since she can regenerate, and she’s quite strong. Naturally, she must be the Doctor’s child, but who’s the mother, Amy Pond or River Song? Amy was pregnant when the story arc started, she no longer is pregnant and the Silence have been caring for a child for years. The Space Suit in which the child resides will end up killing the Doctor.

There were a lot of questions, but the Silence are definitely quite creepy. There’s nothing like forgetting that a monster is behind you while you turn around. However, the whole thing about the “Silence Will Fall” story arc has a dual meaning now, since it could simply mean that the Silence, as a race, will fall and disappear. this is the exact opposite of what was implied during the last season, but it’s nice to see them return to this intrigue. I’ve always thought that Silence Will Fall meant that the universe would end and/or all life would be extinguished.

I sort of knew that River Song was the daughter of Amy and Rory, it was just confirmed in this episode. The reason why Kovarian and the Papal Mainframe wanted to go to war against the Doctor is still a mystery. Anyway, they said that Melody Pond is going to be a weapon that they’ll use against the Doctor, and in some way, this makes sense, because she does kill him in the beginning of this series, some two hundred years in her future.

This episode was confusing to some people, but it was just fine and dandy to me. There were bits that were strange and the sudden appearance of Mels was extremely weird. Still, it wasn’t hard to figure out who she was. It didn’t take her long to become River Song.

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Amy and Rory are driving an old Mini in a field. They wrote ‘Doctor’ in a field to summon him. He appears in the TARDIS. It was in the papers. Mels appears driving a Corvette. She pulls a gun on the Dcotor. She wants to kill Hitler. The cops are after her.

We see a flashback of Mels and Amy. They have been best mates for years. Mels has always been a troublemaker.

Mels shoots the console and they end up in Berlin, 1938.

In Berlin 1938, some people from the future are already trying to alter the timeline. Cybermen? Tiny people in a human-sized robot ship. They abduct a Nazi and have their robot ship to take his place. There are some death-bots around to kill him.

The robot is about to kill Hitler, but then the crew say that they need to get Hitler earlier. The TARDIS crashes into the room.

Hitler was saved by the crash, he thanks the Doctor, Amy and Rory. Then, the robot ship gets up and wants to have another go at Hitler. Hitler shoots him a couple of times, doesn’t do much damage, but ends up shooting Mels, who’s bleeding out.

The robot ship fakes a faint and scans the room. They match the TARDIS to one in their database. It’s from one of the universe’s direst war criminals.

Mels says that she is Rory and Amy’s daughter. She starts glowing. She’s regenerating. Mels is short for Melody.

You named your daughter after your daughter.
The Doctor

Mels is now River Song. She’s regenerated before. The team in the robot ship are after Melody Pond, the woman who killed the Doctor. She was going to shoot them. WTF. She tries to kill the Doctor a few times. WTF again.

She was trained and conditioned to kill the Doctor at Demon’s Run.

The Doctor collapses. She poisoned him with some lipstick when she kissed him. Melody was brainwashed to kill him. The Doctor sends Amy and Rory after Melody. He’s dying and he goes back into the TARDIS.

The Doctor’s death is a fixed point in time. He will always die in Utah on 22/04/2011. It can’t be changed.

Melody robs some Nazis. Rory and Amy find her. The robot ship takes Amy’s place. Rory and Amy are welcomed aboard the Tessalector.

The Doctor shows up. He’s wearing a tuxedo and has a sonic screwdriver cane. The Doctor is still dying. The Silence is a religious order, which believes that silence will fall when the question is asked. The question isn’t known.

The robot ship starts giving Melody hell for killing the Doctor. Amy disables their badges and activates the robots. Then she runs off with Rory. The crew beams out. Only Rory and Amy are left to face the robots.

Amy and Rory are saved by Melody. The TARDIS taught her to fly her. The Doctor says that she is the child of the TARDIS. The Doctor is still dying. He has a message for River Song. He whispers it to Melody. The Doctor dies. Melody realizes that she is River.

Melody starts shimmering like she is going to regenerate. She puts her glowing hands on the Doctor and brings him back to life. River says hello and kisses him. She uses all of remaining regenerations in one go to save the Doctor. The Doctor leaves the TARDIS notebook for her.

The Doctor leaves her with the Sisters of the Infinite Schism.

In the Luna University in 5123, River wants to study archeology.

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