Doc­tor makes timely re­turn

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - TIM MARTAIN Doc­tor Who, ABC1, Satur­day, 7.30pm ( pre­miere)

TAK­ING a break mid-sea­son was a pretty cruel trick for the BBC to play on Doc­tor Who fans this year.

But after a hia­tus of nearly three months, the new sea­son of the cult sci-fi se­ries con­tin­ues on Satur­day night, pick­ing up at episode eight.

Aus­tralian view­ers will get to see it only a week after its UK pre­miere – thanks Aun­tie!

The sea­son so far has been a big one for ded­i­cated fans and, if you’re not upto-date, you might want to look away now, as some spoil­ers may lurk be­low.

In the seven episodes to date, we’ve seen the 11th Doc­tor ( Matt Smith, pic­tured) killed mid-re­gen­er­a­tion by a mys­tery as­sas­sin in a space suit.

We’ve found out River Song is Amy and Rory’s daugh­ter and we’ve met the kooky, liv­ing con­scious­ness con­tained within the TARDIS.

And, ac­cord­ing to lead writer Steven Mof­fat, there are some much big­ger rev­e­la­tions ahead.

The pro­duc­ers are no­to­ri­ously se­cre­tive about up­com­ing sto­ries but we’ve been told that in episodes 8-13 the Doc­tor will con­front Adolf Hitler, visit the bed­room of a young boy named George, where there re­ally are mon­sters in the closet, fight the Cy­ber­men once more and con­front the fate that awaits him at the hands of the Im­pos­si­ble Astro­naut.

This Satur­day’s episode, tan­ta­lis­ingly ti­tled Let’s Kill Hitler, is an in­trigu­ing re­minder of a story from 1975, when the iconic Tom Baker in­hab­ited the role of the Doc­tor.

In Ge­n­e­sis of the Daleks, he was sent back to the time of the cre­ation of the emo­tion­less mon­sters to look for a way to de­feat them in the fu­ture.

When faced with an op­por­tu­nity to de­stroy the en­tire Dalek race be­fore they could be­come the evil, un­stop­pable force they are des­tined to be, the Doc­tor dis­played his strict paci­fism with poignant ef­fect.

‘‘ If some­one who knew the fu­ture, pointed out a child to you and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruth­less dic­ta­tor who would de­stroy mil­lions of lives, could you then kill that child?’’ he asked his com­pan­ion.

‘‘ If I kill, wipe out a whole in­tel­li­gent life form, then I be­come like them. I’d be no bet­ter than the Daleks.’’

In this Satur­day’s episode, the search for kid­napped in­fant Melody Pond leads the Doc­tor to Ber­lin in the 1930s, where he comes face to face with Adolf Hitler at a time be­fore the dic­ta­tor com­menced his geno­ci­dal cam­paign.

Smith’s Doc­tor might find him­self faced with a fa­mil­iar de­ci­sion to make.

The Doc­tor’s cos­tume has been up­dated, there are new mon­sters to look for­ward to, Lit­tle Bri­tain co­me­dian David Wal­liams has a guest role and we meet an older ver­sion of Amy Pond ( Karen Gil­lan).

The BBC also has con­firmed it has com­mis­sioned an­other sea­son of 14 episodes for next year with Smith re­tained as the Doc­tor.

So strap your­self in, grab a bag of jelly ba­bies, a bowl of cus­tard and a few fishfin­gers and get ready for a hell of a sea­son.

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