Doctor makes timely return
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.