Review: Doctor Who – 6×8 – Let’s Kill Hitler

Let's Kill Hitler

In the UK: Saturday 27th August, 7.10pm, BBC1/BBC1 HD. Available on the iPlayer
In the US: Saturday 27th August, 9pm/8c ET/PT, BBC America

Can’t quite muster up the enthusiasm for a full review, so this is largely a placeholder so you can add your own thoughts and comments, as well as links to your own reviews.

On the whole, though, I liked it. It was all over the place and full of colossal amounts of Rusty-grade hand-waving. I’m not sure having River Song end up dedicating her life (twice, making this the third time) to a man was a positive role model thing. And I’m not sure where they’re going with Rory – he doesn’t work as an action hero and the constant spodness with which they offset any steps forward in growing a spine is getting to the “Ha, ha, look at the special kid” level of mocking.

But it was funny, had pathos and explained all manner of plot points. Matt Smith was excellent, the pre-credit sequence was fantastic, as were the constant anti-Scottish jokes. The numb-skulls were an odd idea but I’m sure they worked for kids. Tears were jerked, expectations exceeded, etc, etc, and it was all good enough that we could ignore the fact most of it was talking in a room and Hitler wasn’t actually in it much.

But what did you think?

Author

  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.