So, for some reason Doctor Who fans are not at all thick on the ground up here in Utah as they are in South Florida, so I don’t get much opportunity to discuss current episodes with the people around me during the course of a series. To help fill in the gap a bit I downloaded a bunch of podcasts from Timey-Wimey TV. Today I listened to the episode that includes Let’s Kill Hitler.
Thoughts and spoilers …
[Edited to remove lots of fruitless and mean whining regarding errors of observation. My inner witch had gotten out.]
We do not know what The Doctor whispers. We can guess and we might even be right, but not knowing is important. I expect he whispers a couple of things. His name, for instance. But I wouldn’t say so as a fact, merely an opinion or suspicion.
The baby was one month old at the Battle of Demons Run. You can’t judge baby ages in TV shows by what they look like because baby casting is a complete bear. You have to listen to the dialgoue. See the later episodes of Pillars Of The Earth to see some dramatic examples of this problem.
Liz mentions not understanding why Rory and Amy are on the TARDIS after this. It’s better staying in Leadworth. Faced with the decision of go home or travel, what do you pick? The answer is almost never go home. Companions keep traveling, if they can, until they die, get horribly harmed, get completely fed up, or fall in love with somebody they want to stick around for. I do however agree with the unsatisfying feeling Liz describes that this episode is supposed to close the book on baby Melody. I don’t see a mom buying that either.
There are still some big missing pieces, not just who does the actual killing of whom, or what, at Lake Silencio.
More importantly, and I overlooked this myself at first, there is not a single joining point between tiny Melody’s regeneration in New York in 1969 and Mels’ long-ago sudden toddlerhood in New York mentioned in this episode. The reason?
About 20 years.
Rory and Amy are from our time. That puts their birth year somewhere in the mid-to-late 80s or possibly even early 90s.
So, what do we know? The Silence had her from the age of one month old to however old she was when she busted out of the spacesuit. Since we don’t know how often she’s regenerated, we can’t know how long that was. Then after she broke free, there’s a gap of approximately 20 years, and then she’s small again and living in Leadworth. One or both of those gaps has her training and conditioning in it. She could have been recaptured, so I’m not ruling out the second gap.
Another nuance they sort of touch and sort of don’t is that the Justice Department believes Melody is the greatest war criminal that ever got away, as she is accused of the murder of The Doctor at Lake Silencio, Utah (which by the way does not actually exist under that name). They don’t wonder why the Justice Department is after her, since she presumably is doing time in Stormcage for killing the greatest man she’s ever known. The crew of the Teselecta punish the ones that got away. Doesn’t look like she did. So WTF, mate? And they came to this conclusion before the fatal smoochie, so we can’t say they at first were eager to punish her because they caught her killing ahead of schedule and on the sly. That aspect developed afterward.
I do like the idea that the tux and tails was a response to having to use the emergency backup sonic cane, which didn’t go with his regular clothes at all. However, my own feeling was that it was a big special occasion, and that calls for dressing up.
I do agree that the voice interface probably didn’t actually say, “Fish fingers and custard,” but that he heard it. It sounds different. It sounds in-person, rather than echoey and artificial. It’s either coming from a telepathic source (the Matrix perhaps), or from The Doctor’s own psychological turmoil, or from simple hallucinations thanks to the poison.
And that’s it. This podcast also contains discussion of Torchwood: Miracle Day, which I also watch, but this isn’t that site, heh.