Let’s come at this from the very beginning then. At the end of the last half of the series, I said I wasn’t bothered about watching the rest. I knew I was going to watch this first episode to see where they took it, but the rest was up for grabs. As much as I love the Doctor, there are other ways I can spend an hour on a Saturday night.
The beginning of this second half of series six was highly trailed and touted by the BBC, but I tried to ignore the hype and the teasers and come at it afresh. The title of the episode had me a little concerned, but as it turns out, Hitler only appears in it for a couple of minutes. Although, for one of those minutes he is speaking English, which is odd. The TARDIS is nowhere in sight either.
The crop circle thing was excellent. I love the new and innovative ways that the Ponds have found to contact the Doctor. Then Mels appeared and I was suspicious. It was fantastic to see little Amelia again, and great to see how the relationship between Amy and Rory developed, but who was this Mels and why hadn’t we heard about her before? She seemed shoehorned in. I was happy to go with it, but it grated a little bit - particularly as the whole of Amy’s first episode was about how no one had believed her stories growing up.
Then it turns out that Mels is Amy’s daughter named Melody after Amy’s best friend who turns out to be her daughter, named Melody after… repeat. No wonder she was shoehorned in.
When that madness was happening in Hitler’s room, where Melody said Benjamin, and was trying to kill the Doctor and the gun turned into a banana and stuff… my head was going to explode. I didn’t like it. I really thought I was going to switch off. Thankfully, it got much better after that.
People inside people is always going to be a winner with me. Numskulls all the way. Everyone was running through corridors, corridors that looked suspiciously like those hideous ones that were used for the TARDIS in the previous episode.
Rory had the most excellent lines in this episode. I think Arthur mentioned that he loved getting to punch Hitler, but getting to say: “Shut up, Hitler,” and more importantly, “I’m putting Hitler in the cupboard,” now that is a good episode to be in. Amy seemed a lot more cuddly in this hour, clinging on to Rory more than we’ve previously seen. Perhaps it is becoming a mother, perhaps it is just everything the pair have been through. It was different, and it was intriguing.
I particularly enjoyed Rory’s answer to whether he could ride a motorbike: “I expect so, it’s that kind of day.”
Really, aside from the moment of madness in Hitler’s office, the only downer of this episode for me was the constant pain the Doctor was in. It’s so much better when he’s bouncing around and having fun, I’m not sure I’m keen on seeing him be tortured for half an episode.
In the end, I assume, Melody Pond has become River Song and is all good now. Although we have another naming circle. Is she called River Song because the Doctor called her that because that’s how he knew her later when she was already called it because the Doctor called her that or… repeat.
We assume that she is good and is ready to help the Doctor on his future adventures. She’s used up all her regenerations, which explains why she has always looked the same when we’ve seen her, and why she died in the library. Is she really good though? Rory asks the question. Someone is going to kill the Doctor, and now we know someone who has been trying to kill the Doctor. Are the two things connected? That’s the unanswered question right now. Thankfully, it is one of the few remaining mysteries. That, and the Silence.
What is the question The Silence want asked?
In conclusion, this episode seemed to have five times more content than the cliffhanger at the end of the first half of series six, but handled it so much better. It’s not perfect, it’s still not a patch on series 5, but I will be tuning in this time next week.