A new volume of The Complete History, a partwork which reveals the behind-the-scenes stories of Doctor Who‘s past, turns its focus to the middle of Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor!
Doctor Who: The Complete History #37 – actually Volume 68 of the 80-part series – focuses on three tales from Series 6 (2011), a very underrated run of stories:
A Good Man Goes to War
Across space and time, the Doctor recruits an army to rescue Amy from the clutches of the evil Madame Kovarian. In the aftermath of the Battle of Demon’s Run, River Song delivers a revelation that will change the Doctor, Amy, and Rory’s lives forever.
Let’s Kill Hitler
When the TARDIS is hijacked by Amy and Rory’s friend Mels, it’s just the start of an adventure that takes them to the office of Adolf Hitler in Berlin, 1938. How will the TARDIS crew cope when River Song’s true purpose is revealed?
The Doctor makes a rare house call when he receives a psychic message from George, a terrified little boy. Amy and Rory find themselves trapped in a sinister dolls’ house, while the Doctor attempts to find the truth behind George’s night terrors.
I really love A Good Man Goes to War; despite its gloominess (Amy and Rory’s baby is kidnapped!), the overall feeling is of joy. When the Doctor takes over Demon’s Run, I never fail to get goosebumps – it’s one of those bright, gorgeous little moments few shows can pull off. Naturally, Matt perfectly pulls off the switch between the happy-go-lucky traveller, and the dark, sinister, threatening Time Lord.
Let’s Kill Hitler is a funny one. I can never really make my mind up about the first section, but once River’s parading around Germany and the Teselecta’s chasing after her, it’s great fun. Steven Moffat really likes Matt’s dying acting, doesn’t he? Watch Karen Gillan as the Teselecta, a blank face but her voice full of emotion. Wow. And Arthur Darvill always makes me laugh with his Scottish “clues? What sort of clues?”
Finally, Night Terrors, which is a nicely intimate tale by Mark Gatiss with fantastic visuals and one of my favourite guest stars, Daniel Mays. It sadly suffers from not following on from the tricky situation with Amy, Rory, and River, a side-effect from it switching places with The Curse of the Black Spot.
That’s my tuppence, but what do you think?
Doctor Who: The Complete History #37 is out now, priced £9.99.