Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Richard Senior
Producer: Marcus Wilson
Series: 6, ep. 8
Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), River Song (Alex Kingston)
Summary: The Doctor, Amy, and Rory investigate a crop circle where they meet Mels, who’s apparently an old friend of Amy and Rory. She is being chased by police and demands to be let into the TARDIS, even pointing a gun at them and suggesting that they kill Hitler. When they arrive, they discover someone has already beaten them there–a mechanical human that has little people inside piloting it. Mels is shot by Hitler, and she regenerates in to River Song. Turns out she was actually an earlier version of River. This is actually the first time she’s met the Doctor from her perspective. But this isn’t the River Song we know. This is the River Song who will kill the Doctor.
Review: This has to be one of the most confusing episodes of the new series. I tried to enjoy it, reminding myself that classic Who had its moments where I couldn’t understand what was going on. There were some genuinely funny moments (I still love when Hitler gets tossed into the closet), but they didn’t really buffer the confusion. Granted, this all gets resolved later in “The Wedding of River Song”, but I didn’t know that was coming.
Overall Review: 7/10
Continuity: As I said, many elements from this episode get resolved in “The Wedding of River Song”: The brainwashing, the Tesselactor, River Song’s ability to regenerate–that’s all stuff that’s explained later. The episode also recreates the scene in “The Doctor Dances” where the Doctor swaps a gun for a banana.