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Caves and Twins: Let’s Kill Hitler

Doctor Who's back! With the second part of Series Six, which has been split in two for reasons that's absolutely aren't anything to do with money or ructions among the production team or Moffatt's schedule.

Four episodes into the Silence/River story arc and there's at least some manner of closure. But was Let's Kill Hitler The World at War or was it Allo Allo?


The regulars - I have doubts about Alex Kingston as River Song sometimes, mainly because the lines are occasionally terrible and the character is a bit annoying, but the main trio are excellent and have great chemistry

River Song - I quite liked the set-up of who River becomes, with the diary and archaeology.


Everything - That sounds a bit glib and unfair but I think the biggest problem with this is that it's just a massive ball of confusion, with story arcs going back several years in some cases.

Somehow, it's still not clear how, the Silence are involved as is the eyepatch lady and in the midst of everything our heroes are in Hitler's office - for no other apparent reason other than it's clearly supposed to be a kerrayzee thing to do - while miniaturised war criminal hunters are stalking around in a shapeshifting robot with the aim of torturing the Fuhrer.

No doubt a breathless review in DWM will laud it all for that very reason - bonkers! - but coherent storytelling that doesn't require an episode of Confidential to explain it all seems to be in short supply at the moment. The Silence, the killing of the Doctor, the reason for River being in prison - it's still all ongoing and I'm bored of it; it feels like Doctor Who is in danger of collapsing under the weight of its own mythos and how pleased it is with itself.

I don't think these stories are actually poor but they aren't easy to follow and require an increasing effort to keep up with that. The 'story arc' episodes in this series have left me cold - and I'm a Doctor Who fan.

Mels - Like Ace but worse. And a swerve that was pretty flippin obvious.

Funny regeneration - Firstly, River seems to experience regeneration as orgasmic, which is a rather tedious little touch if totally in keeping with Moffatt's tics, then we get the trademark 'whacky regeneration' acting and music. Bleh.

Another non death - Tiresome; decreasing returns; and feels lazy

Hitler - I'm prepared to go along with it but really? Doctor Who meets Hitler? Dangerous territory.

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Caves and Twins: Flesh and Stone

So, Moffatt's first two-parter as show-runner, Weeping Angels and all, comes to an end after last week's The Time of Angels.

Was it as satisfying as The Doctor Dances or as incomprehensible as, er, most of the other concluding episodes of two-parters?


The eeriness of the antagonists and the setting was superb, with Amy's counting down from ten ('for fun'); Octavian's imminent death; the Doctor getting literally collared; and the eventual moving Angels all wonderfully realised Who-ish moments.

The arc. I haven't worked out what the crack is all about, or what River Song has to do with it, or whether there were two separate Doctors roaming about on the Byzantium - but it's already shaping up to be fascinating, and I expect a typically rigourous conclusion by Moffatt.

Acting. All of the cast were superb, particularly the regulars. Gillan's 'countdown' scenes were played well and really gave the story a nasty, frightening edge. And Iain Glen made a role that could have been perfunctory a believable character


Direction. I'm reaching a bit here, but I found quite a few lines delivered in a really odd way, particularly by Alex Kingston, who is usually fine. And I never thought the threat of the Angels – that they move when not viewed - was communicated that well by the ultra-snappy editing. No howlers though.

Amy gets sexy. While I like the idea of Karen Gillan getting all hot and bothered, it seemed a bit off-kilter with her character and the dynamic between Amy and the Doctor so far. I've seen it argued that this scene was a massive two fingers up to the emo-ness of RTD and Ten and Rose and Martha, but I'd really enjoyed the lack of emotional wankery so far in this season. Their relationship seemed complicated, yet fairly believable - it now risks being reduced to another 'companion hot for the Doctor' thing.

That's about it, a fine two-parter that really stamped Moffatt and the leads and the new direction of the new series on Doctor Who

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