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On the other hand... Steven Moffat must know that people would fear the title as being old hackneyed ground. So maybe he has something special planned.
Lets come back after watching the episode.
While the episode did indeed sidestep the tired trope of time travelling to kill Hitler, by virtue of stashing the dictator in a cupboard and then forgetting about him. (Just as well considering his accent that threatened to dismantle the illusion of reality - yes, yes I know the TARDIS translates, but come on). It really wasn't what it should have been.
I wanted to like the episode, I wanted to enjoy it as much as Dan Owen clearly did (http://danowen.blogspot.com/2011/08/doctor-who-68-lets-kill-hitler.html). However I find myself leaning more towards Myle's take on the episode (http://cultural-learnings.com/2011/08/27/fall-premiere-doctor-who-lets-kill-hitler/). Except a bit more brutal in my thoughts and feelings.
Some of the good points first. Most of the good moments, revolve around Rory. I'm pleased he's evolved beyond the Moffat-Man-Child archtype that most leading men he writes fall under. In fact I'm sold on (Arthur Darvill) as the reluctant hero, I'd go to see an action film just on the strength that he was in the leading role. His Nazi sucker punches channeled pure (pre-Nuke) Indiana Jones and his Miniaturisation Ray observation was spot on and hilarious.
Matt Smith also had his fair share of strong moments, the Doctor stopping off to change into top hat and tails, complete with Sonic Cane was a wonderful touch. However it was impossible to feel any real sense of danger for him, we've already got the Sword of Damocles hanging over us in the spaceman shooting. Threatening his existence even further doesn't really ramp up the tension, it instead makes me feel frustrated and worn out.
Speaking of which, the show is in vast danger of becoming overwhelmed by this series's mystery. I, for one, am getting more than a little tired with it. It's sucking the fun out of the show. Please, I want more of 'The Doctor's Wife' and less of 'The Doctor's Death'.
Karen Gillan was relegated a little to the sidelines here, yes she got to play a robot simulacrum of herself. Run around a bit, look in danger and then act in a way that would have murdered several hundred people if they hadn't had an escape button (is it OK for a companion to intend to murder people but fail through no fault of her own? I'm not sure...) This is no bad thing, it's nice to have focus on other characters at times, Amy Pond is a cracking character, but so is Rory and The Doctor.
On to the elephant in the room. Melody, Amy's friend (Ret-conned into the plot a little ham-fistedly, but I'll over look that) - aka Melody Pond, Amy's Daughter - aka after a gut shot regeneration Melody Pond II (Pre-River Song).
I'm sorry, I really am, but I am tired of Alex Kingston, sick and tired of her performance and her character as a whole. Once it was interesting and sweet, but her delivery of lines has grated on me to the point that I'm tempted to watch Silence in the Library again just so I can see her die once and for all. The concept is fun, the character is well written, but at the end of it - it just does nothing but tire me. If there were more Doctor Who episodes per series I'd probably be pressing the 'Skip' button the moment I see her on screen. Datura (the lovely wife) agrees with me, she's also sick of River Song. I'm hoping that this half series wraps things up and we get to move on from her.
The problem from here on in is this, there's not much else to the episode - it was an episode that started out as a cheeky time travelling trope that should really be left alone (but could be fun) and degenerated into little more than a vehicle for River Song and more mysterious hints. Outside of the Justice department (which made me think of Red Dwarf's Inquisitor) there was little else to the episode - apart from Rory punching Hitler. That was pretty fun.
So, 'Let's Kill Hitler' was not the episode I hoped it would be, it hasn't moved the series away from the rather awful end of the first half and at this point Doctor Who is in serious danger of drowning in its own mythos. That's almost ironic, because I've always wanted more ongoing story lines in the show, I just wanted them to be more like Murder One or The Shield (interesting, balanced with other items) not murky and frustrating (like Lost became in the second season).
Where's the show I loved gone?