The TARDIS crashlands in Berlin in the 1930s and the Doctor suffers the ultimate betrayal while facing the greatest war criminal of all time.
The Eleventh Doctor
In this episode Mels comments "You said guns didn't work in this place! You said we're in a state of temporal grace!". This is a reference to a plot device from the original series in which weapons could not be discharged within the TARDIS. This was first mentioned in "The Hand of Fear (3)." In later episodes this plot device was abandoned such as "Earthshock."
Hitler shoots Mels, but at no point do we see blood (which Rory refers to) or even a hole in her dress. This happens again when Mels is repeatedly shot not long after.
Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, and Donna Noble all make an appearance as holographic images as the Doctor was selecting a voice interface.
Mels: (about the Doctor) You said he was funny. You never said he was hot.
The Doctor: Sorry. Hello. Doctor not following this, Doctor very lost. You never said I was hot.
Young Mels: But how can he travel in time?
Young Amelia: Because he's got a time machine, stupid!
Young Rory: (comes through door) I thought we were playing hide and seek! I've been hiding for hours!
Young Amelia: Well, we just haven't found you yet.
The Doctor: You shot it! You shot my TARDIS! You shot the console!
Mels: It's your fault!
The Doctor: How is it my fault?
Mels: You said guns didn't work in this place! You said we're in a state of temporal grace!
The Doctor: Oh, that was a clever lie, you idiot! Anyone could've told it was a clever lie!
Female Teacher: Mels, did you not understand the question? I'm asking you why the Titanic sank.
Mels: Because the Doctor didn't save it. Except you don't know about the Doctor because you're stupid.
Mels: Yeah, I've heard a lot about you. I'm their best mate.
Doctor: Then why don't I know you? I've danced with everyone at the wedding. The women were all brilliant, the men were a bit shy.
Mels: I don't do weddings.
Mels: I need out of here now.
The Doctor: Anywhere in particular?
Mels: Let's see. You got a time machine, I've got a gun. What the hell, let's kill Hitler.
Amy: Where are we?
The Doctor: A room.
Rory: What room?
The Doctor: I don't know what room. I haven't memorized every room in the universe, I had yesterday off.
Amy: Okay, Doctor, explain what is happening, please.
The Doctor: Mels. Short for...
Amy: Yeah, I named my daughter after her.
The Doctor: You named your daughter after your daughter.
Robot Antibody: Welcome. You will experience a tingling sensation and then death.
Rory: Is anybody else finding this day just a bit difficult? I'm getting this sort of banging in my head.
Amy: Yeah, I think that's Hitler in the cupboard.
Rory: That's not helping.
Rory: What's wrong with you, what's she done to you?
The Doctor: Poisoned me. But I'm fine. Well, no, I'm dying. But I've got a plan.
Amy: What plan?
The Doctor: Not dying.
German Officer: What are you doing here?
River: Well, I was on my way to this gay Gypsy bar mitzvah for the disabled when I suddenly thought, "Gosh, the Third Reich's a bit rubbish. I think I'll kill the Fuhrer." Who's with me?
Rory: Okay. Okay, I'm trapped inside a giant robot replica of my wife. I'm really not trying to see this as a metaphor.
Amy: How can we be in here?
Amy: How do we fit?
Rory: Miniaturization ray.
Amy: How would you know that?
Rory: Well, there was a ray and we were miniaturized.
Amy: All right.
River: Are you serious?
The Doctor: Never knowingly. Never knowingly be serious. Rule 27, you might want to write these down.
The Doctor: I'm not dead.
Amy Robot: You're dying.
The Doctor: Well, at least I'm not a time-traveling, shape-shifting robot operated by miniaturized cross people. Which I've got to admit, I didn't see coming.
This episode was written back in February 2011 but the opening scene posed an logistical challenge for the crew as they had to wait until July 2011 to film it, in order to have a field full of corn. This left the filming quite close to the transmission date.
Injoke: In this episode the Doctor is poisoned by what the TARDIS voice interface refers to as the poison of the Judas Tree. Which alludes to an episode of Jonathan Creek, entitled "The Judas Tree." This episode had a significant Doctor Who element, since it guest-starred Paul McGann, the Eighth Doctor, and Sheridan Smith who plays the Eighth Doctor's assistant Lucy Miller in the Big Finish Audio episodes of Doctor Who.
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