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It’s official UK fans: Doctor Who S6.2 returns August 27th in Lets Kill Hitler. This announcement followed a press release overlooking the season…
“The wait is almost over. The second part of the thrilling new series of Doctor Who begins on 27 August 2011.
“The rules have changed, and the game is deadlier than ever. Out in the universe, where the earthly rules of time and space do not apply, Amy and Rory know only too well that their baby daughter needs them. For Melody Pond is destined to become River Song, mysterious archaeologist and convicted murderer – the woman who killed the best man she ever knew…
“The Doctor leads Amy and Rory across centuries and galaxies in a desperate search for baby Melody, but a terrible and inescapable date looms large. At 5.02pm on 22nd April 2011, the Doctor will die. These are his last days, and the quest for Melody his final mission.
“The search will result in a crash landing in Thirties Berlin and will bring them face to face with the greatest war criminal of all time. And Hitler. Old friendships will be tested to their limits as the Doctor suffers the ultimate betrayal and learns a harsh lesson in the cruellest warfare of all.
“A distress call from a terrified little boy will break through all barriers of time and space and lead the Doctor to visit the scariest place in the Universe. George’s bedroom. George is terrorised by every fear you can possibly imagine. Fears that live in his bedroom cupboard. His parents are desperate – George needs a doctor. But allaying George’s fears won’t be easy. Because the monsters in George’s cupboard are real.
“An unscheduled visit to a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague – a plague that will kill the Doctor in a day – leaves Amy trapped. Alone, Rory must find Amy and bring her back to the TARDIS before the faceless doctors kill her with kindness. But Rory is about to encounter a very different side to his wife.
“In an impossible hotel, the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves checked-in but unable to check out. Walls move, corridors twist, rooms vanish and death lies in wait for every visitor. But the Doctor’s time has yet to come. He has one last stop to make on his final journey. His old friend, Craig Owens, desperately needs his help – a new and unfamiliar presence is wreaking havoc in Colchester. And then come the Cybermen. But time catches up with us all and the Doctor can delay no more.
“By the shores of Lake Silencio, in Utah, all of time and space hang in the balance. And a NASA astronaut is waiting…”
Meanwhile, “The Whoniverse Blog” released 15 teasers for the episode…
– You can see who’s looking into your eyes – but maybe you should be more worried about who’s looking out of them
-I’s the numskulls all over again
-“You will feel a tingling sensation, then death”
-A gene rationer throne
-The best line of the episode has to come from Rory – but you’ll just have to wait and see…
-A question will be asked. But what is the question?
-Banana gun, anyone?
-Yes, there are more gay references. And believe it or not, one of them is aimed at Rory
-Young Amelia makes a return – and for the first time, an appearance from young Rory
-“You didn’t tell me he was hot!”
-For those of you wondering the question about the regenerating little girl from Day of the Moon is answered
-Rory’s not afraid to punch. Twice.
-There are plenty of laughs from start to finish
-Someone’s shot the ******!
Also being thrown into the mix is a review from the Radio Times which we’ve put under the cut. Lets Kill Hitler sounds great- but it’s annoying I’m on Holiday, (but I WILL SEE MY DOCTOR WHO WHEN IT COMES OUT!)
The hottest ticket in London on Monday night? Down by the Thames for the BFI’s big-screen preview of new Doctor Who, the sexily titled Let’s Kill Hitler – a massively entertaining resumption of the series after its summer break, with all the spectacle and pizzazz we now almost take for granted from Steven Moffat.
The Whopremo was there to unleash his new baby to fans and press, and as usual he pleaded with everyone not to spoil his big surprises. As if we would. But what can we tell you?
A crop circle outside Leadworth (Amy and Rory’s home village) leads on to Hitler’s HQ in Berlin 1938, but how? Certainly look out for Amy’s new bezzie mate. Played by Nina Toussaint-White (formerly Syd in EastEnders), she’s a dazzling addition to the cast and may mean that RT’s bookazine The Companions already needs an appendix.
Fans of Rory – you know who you are – will be delighted that he bags the best lines and some knockout action. The Doctor again gets spruced up in top hat and tails, like Fred Astaire only with a dead leg. Plus there’s a shape-shifter and, as you’ll have gathered, one or two Nazis… So where does River Song figure in all this? Don’t fret. She gets plenty of screen time and is playing with fire.
For all his professed dourness, Moffat was in ebullient mood on the guest panel afterwards. Matt Smith couldn’t attend. His excuse, said Moffat, was that he’s rowing on the Thames for new BBC drama Bert and Dickie. Also a no-show from Alex Kingston (River). But Karen Gillan (Amy) looked heavenly in a long, flesh-toned dress – “effervescent” according to screen hubby Arthur Darvill (Rory), equally lovely in a freshly sprouted beard.
Chair Matthew Sweet kicked things off by praising the intricacy of River’s life story. Moffat, who created the enigmatic heroine in 2008, responded with: “When you’re telling that story backwards, like all magic tricks, it looks cleverer than it is… Oh, that’s a good one for the critics: ‘Sadly the same could not be said for Steven Moffat!’” He cast a baleful eye around the room.
When Sweet pressed him on the issue of complexity, Moffat parried with: “Assuming an intelligent audience is a good idea. And, going by the ratings, it’s a successful idea. I can’t see the flaw in the plan. They are clever; they will get it. My nine-year-old got all of this ages ago.” Gillan joined in: “Kids don’t over-think it, whereas adults tend to.”
Darvill was chuffed with his meaty material: “It was one of those moments when you open the script and just go, ‘Thank you’. Rory’s an action hero,” he went on in mock earnest. “That’s why I was employed.” A snort from Gillan turned into a fit of giggles.
So why no toy action figure of Rory, if the Doctor and Amy have one? asked an audience member. “Maybe nobody wants one,” teased Moffat. “There’s a Lego version of you,” said Gillan, which left her co-star even more indignant. “Thanks, Karen. I feel much better now,” he huffed. “It’s fine. I don’t want one!” “I’ll make it a personal mission,” promised Moffat. “A full-size one,” said Darvill, beaming.
Quizzed about the future and the identity of a major guest star for Christmas, they all remained tight-lipped. A return soon for the Daleks, which Moffat had previously denied? He shrugged, chuckling. “It’s almost like I lie sometimes. I lie repeatedly and continually. I find it by far the easiest way to communicate.”
Nevertheless they fed some morsels about the next few weeks:
Gillan: “Episode ten’s an interesting one. Amy and Rory’s relationship is explored in great depth. And episode 11 has a scary minotaur.”
Darvill: “It’s set in a creepy hotel.”
Gillan: “Kind of like The Shining.”
Darvill: “David Walliams looking like a mole.”
Gillan: “A very submissive mole.”
Moffat: “And basically we’re going back to Lake Silencio. The Doctor has to turn up there and die…”
Steven Moffat… pants on fire?