Let’s Kill Hitler!

MELODY: Just tell me. The Doctor, is he worth it?

AMY: Yes. Yes, he is.

“You’ve got a time machine, I’ve got a gun…. let’s kill Hitler”, suggests ‘Mels’, a friend of Amy’s and Rory’s since childhood; but of course she is Melody, their daughter, who managed to track them down after the events of Demons Run. ‘Took me years to find you two; I’m so glad I did. And, you see, it all worked out in the end, didn’t it? You got to raise me after all.’ Melody, who has been a bad girl, again, is on the run from the police; the sound of approaching sirens is the clue. Her solution is to run; in the TARDIS; so she has listened to her mother’s stories after all.

Quickly summarising; the TARDIS arrives in the Fuehrer’s office and Rory puts Hitler in a cupboard interrupting the Teselecta, ‘a time-traveling, shape-shifting robot operated by (421) miniaturized cross people’, in the process of meting out delayed justice to the criminal dictator.

‘We don’t kill them. We extract them near the end of their established timelines,’ says Carter, of the Teselecta. ‘And then what?’ asks the Time Lord. ‘We give them hell,’ says Carter.

Mels (Melody) is accidentally shot but regenerates, emerging as River Song, though she doesn’t yet know that’s her name. River poisons the Doctor with a kiss; ‘It was never going to be a gun for you, Doctor, the man of peace who understands every kind of warfare, except, perhaps, the cruelest’, she says.

With 32 minutes to live, the Doctor, in top hat and tails, argues for her acquittal but when it seems that he has died, River is placed in ‘hell’ by the Teselecta though Amy manages her release. The Doctor whispers something important to River and the Teselecta reveals her identity.

When the penny drops and River sees the Doctor dying (from her kiss) she struggles with a decision and that struggle prompts her question. “Just tell me; the Doctor, is he worth it?” and Amy’s reply, “Yes; yes he is.”

So River uses all of her regenerative powers to revive the Doctor, weakening herself so much that she wakes in the care of the Sisters of the Infinite Schism, in ‘the greatest hospital in the universe’.

I am interested in River’s question, “Is he worth it?”

Apparently, she is prepared to give up her many potential regenerations but only if the Doctor is worthy of that sacrifice.

This reminded me of a comment of Paul’s in his letter to the Romans, regarding Jesus and his sacrifice for us.

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

  • But though we are unworthy, we are not worthless.

Later, Paul would write to the Church at Colossae,
‘For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:9-14

5 comments on “Let’s Kill Hitler!

  1. Hold on just a minute, that’s what struck you in this episode? This was not about if he was worthy of being saved. This whole episode is about the salvation of Melody Pond. He was saving her! He was actually acting in a very Christ-like manner, being more concerned that she find “River Song” and that she rescue her parents. It may have seemed from watching this episode that she made a very quick turn around but remember that she did grow up with her parents. Also remember at the end of “A Good Man Goes to War” where do you think he went? Why to see River of course! (Possibly the older version that had kissed him). She probably gave him a few pointers about how to handle the murderous version of herself without revealing major spoilers.

  2. Thanks for your comment…it has taken me more than a minute to chew it over! What can I say? River asked the question and Amy answered her; I assume that whatever she had learned from her parents (or from the Doctor himself?) had not settled the matter in her mind. If the Doctor whispered to her what I think he whispered to her (Tell River I love her?) then that interests me too….that the recognition that we are loved (by God) is integral to His grace and our salvation….

  3. He could have said “Tell River I forgive her”

  4. This between episode story takes place for the Doctor immediately after he leaves in the Tardis at the end of “A Good Man Goes to War” and just before “Let’s Kill Hitler”. For River this happens a short while after her last scene with the Doctor in “Day of the Moon”. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8915088/1/The-First-Last-Kiss-Revisited

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