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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?

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Review: Doctor Who – 6×7 – A Good Man Goes To War

A Good Man Goes To War

In the UK: Saturday 4th June, 6.45pm, BBC1/BBC1 HD. Available on the iPlayer
In the US: Saturday 11th June, 9pm/8c, BBC America

Well, we’re here already – the previously almost unheard of on these shores “mid-season finale”. Finally, we’re going to get some answers about River Song, understand what’s been happening all this season with Amy, learn who eye-patch woman is, see Rory grow a vestigial scrotal sack for almost a minute and finally discover what happens at the fabled “Demon’s Run”.

Except for viewers in America, who have their own programming. Tee hee.

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Review: Doctor Who – 6×6 – The Almost People

In the UK: Saturday 28th May, 6.45pm, BBC1/BBC1 HD. Available on the iPlayer
In the US: Saturday 28th May, 9pm/8c, BBC America

Hey ho. Another episode of Doctor Who has aired. Can you tell I wasn’t enthused by this episode either? Let’s face it: it’s basically a tribute two-parter to the movie Moon, isn’t it? And that’s probably the best that can be said for it.

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Review: Doctor Who – 6×5 – The Rebel Flesh

The Rebel Flash

In the UK: Saturday 21st May, 6.45pm, BBC1/BBC1 HD. Available on the iPlayer
In the US: Saturday 21st May, 9pm/8c, BBC America

Erm, yes. Doctor Who. It’s running up and down corridors, while threatened by a bad special effects enemy generated through odd science and with poor motivation, isn’t it?

Sigh. I wasn’t expecting much from Matthew Graham after Fear Her, and given the last non-Moffat Moffat-years two-parter was the dreadful The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, I wasn’t expecting too much from this either. And there were some nicely creepy bits, some decent direction, some decent acting and some good ideas underneath it all. Unsurprisingly, given this was Matthew Graham (co-creator of Life On Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus So I Won’t Have Any Good Ones In My Show), Rory actually came out of this quite well and didn’t come across as a total sponge for once – he didn’t even die once – while Amy got precisely bugger all to do except scream.

But largely, this was an extremely boring episode where not much happened except people running up and down corridors in a slight homage to The Thing/The Clonus Horror. Worse still, come 20 minutes, I’m not just looking at the clock thinking "Oh, God, we’ve got another 25 minutes of this", I’m looking at it thinking "Oh, God, we’ve got another one of these next week as well."

Expectations: met.

However, your mileage may vary, so leave a comment or a link to a review on your own blog.

PS Is it just me or if you’re going to have a story arc that runs across an entire season, it doesn’t count having the same reference in every single week: yes, Amy is both pregnant and not pregnant; there’s a woman with an eye-patch behind every wall; and the Doctor’s going to die and Rory and Amy are wondering whether to tell him. We remember that from episodes 2, 3 and 4. Is anything else going to happen?

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Review: Doctor Who – 6×4 – The Doctor’s Wife

The Doctor's Wife

In the UK: Saturday 14th May, 6.30pm, BBC1/BBC1 HD. Available on the iPlayer
In the US: Saturday 14th May, 9pm/8c, BBC America

So I’ve just about got up the energy and enthusiasm to review this week’s provocatively titled episode, The Doctor’s Wife, written by the hallowed author of Sandman and American Gods, Neil Gaiman. Just about.

Review after the trailer.

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