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Dr Who - Let's Kill HitlerThere are many things that can be said about the 11th Doctor, as portrayed by Matt Smith. Some find him a refreshing change, others despise his rendition. Going hand in hand with his portrayal, the story arcs have equally been a love/hate experience. But one factor that has been overwhelmingly supported by fans and occasional viewers alike is that Dr. River Song has been a brilliant addition to the longest running sci fi series in history.
That was right up till Let's Kill Hitler.
After the season ending cliffhanger or revelation that Dr. River Song is actually the child of current Doctor companions Rory and Amy, and the fact that she is more than just a mere mortal human but a leap towards being a Time Lord, there was rampant conversation on the net.
If Dr Song is a Time Lord, can she regenerate? If she can regenerate, why did she die with the 10th Doctor, as portrayed by David Tennant? If she is raised to kill the Doctor, is Matt Smith the last Doctor? Why wouldn't she have said or hinted at who she really was? Wouldn't the Doctor, who like all Time Lords, know that she was different at the first sight of her?
These are but a few questions left for fans of Dr Who to ruminate on.
Personally, revealing the secret of Dr. River Song was a let down. Not only because it ends the mystery of who she is, but also what she is. Which says nothing of the unsatisfying manner in which she was revealed. But lets move on from that.
In Let's Kill Hilter, we get to learn a bit of the past of Rory and Amy. Which no one really cares about. This isn't Amy's story or television series, though the focus on her has been so out of proportion compared to any other companion. Except Doctor/Donna which at least was brought to a successful climax and resolution. But in learning about Amy and Rory, we learn about Mel (short for Melody).
Mel literally grows up with Amy and Rory. We never see her parents - though no parents of any of the kids are apparently around. Mel is anti-authority. She is fixated on the Doctor, who she has never met. She likes fast cars, and guns. And for a lifelong friend of Amy and Rory, she has NEVER been spoken about even once in passing. Odd?
Before we can bother to wonder we see that Mel has shot the TARDIS (a first in the series), causing it to whirl about almost out of control. Yet it goes directly to where Mel had wanted, Hitler in 1938. Where the episode jumps to a seperate and equally hamfisted plotline with the Justice Department - whoever this may be. I won't even bother to explain this, as it is completely a waste of time and poorly explained in the 30 minute farce.
Suffice to say, Hitler does not get killed, but Mel does. And then we learn she is in fact an early version of River Song. Which explains the love of guns.
But there are problems with this. First, the baby was White, from White parents - Mel was unquestionably Black. When did she regenerate? How many times has she regenerated? How many regenerations does she have?
Mel (Song) states that she needs to 'concentrate dad', focusing on a figure for a dress size, implying she can control exactly (or at least mostly) what she will look like after regeneration. Why can't the Doctor? How much control does she have? Why does she apparently prefer to be Black as opposed to White as she was born?
Other questions are apparent at this point. Why didn't Mel kill the Doctor with the gun she was carrying, the second she drove up to him? Why didn't she kill him with the car she was in, and actively missed him when she didn't have to? If this was her programming, shouldn't she have?
If she was hanging out with her mother and father (again thats Rory and Amy) just to get close to the Doctor, then why was she never anywhere nearby when the Doctor appeared early in their lives? That seems to be quite the lapse on her part, especially if she spent what seemed like 20 years waiting for the opportunity.
But in the same episode we get a few LAME jumps forward as well. Melody runs amuck in Germany, pre Nazi takeover of Europe. Hitler, who was stuffed into a closet, is never seen again in the episode - though he has ample time to do so. Along the way the Doctor is dying, without any means of help. Even regeneration will not work - due to a poison never before mentioned in the series (something you would imagine the multitude of enemies of the Doctor would have figured out by now).
So Melody decides to save the Doctor? Why? Because he said something to her, which is anyones guess. It makes Melody curious as to who River Song is. An answer provided by the Justice Department android (again, a mostly useless plot device not worth discussing), which takes the form of the more mature River Song we have seen in prior episodes. And presto, she gives up all her programming to be the assassin of the Doctor and saves his life. In fact she gives up all her future regenerations to do so.
Which brings us back to the question of how many regenerations this took, and that she had remaining. Plus, who knew that could be done. Does it affect how many regenerations the Doctor has? Does this mean he has extra lives now?
If this all sounds rushed and convoluted, the television episode is far worse. It makes poor rushed answers to some questions, opens plot holes, and creates a severe disinterest in what will happen next. It kills the mystery of River Song, and much of her allure.
In one rushed, poorly written, badly acted, horribly plotted mini-episode we see how Dr Who with Matt Smith has degraded into a mess. The one major saving grace of the program is now lost. The fun is gone.
This shouldn't have been titled Let's Kill Hitler, it should have been called 'How to ruin a loved television scifi series in less than 30 minutes'. A bit long but far more accurate.
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