Last night I went to a really fun “Let’s Kill Hitler” watch party. In truth, we didn’t do much other than eat dinner and Who-themed desserts while watching the episode, but it doesn’t take more than that to be a fun party for me.
I’m going to share some pictures of the goodies we had at the party, and then I’m going to share some of what I thought of the episode. So beware…spoilers after the cupcakes!
I made TARDIS sugar cookies to bring to the party using a slightly modified version of this recipe at All Recipes. The modification? Blue food coloring. (I added it during the vanilla step.) I now know that food coloring doesn’t cut it for keeping the cookies blue as they bake, and I also realize I’m not the best icing decorator. I think they came out cute anyway.
Blue Sugar Cookie Dough
I found that the easiest way to ensure the cookies came out as close to rectangles as possible was to just flatten them out myself before putting them in the oven.
Oval-shaped Sugar Cookies
As soon as a batch finished, I cut the rounded parts off of each cookie to make them rectangles. Now I have a bunch of cookie bits and nothing to do with them…maybe I’ll make a milkshake.
Cutting off the rounded edges
Once I had all of my rectangular cookies, I decorated them with icing to make them into little TARDISes. I had a tube of the black icing, but I had to put the blue and white icings into plastic baggies and cut a corner to fake a real decorating bag. Still, I think they turned out pretty well for my first cookie decorating venture.
TARDIS Sugar Cookies!
After the cookies were finished, I went over to my friend’s house to help her make dinner and cupcakes. She actually used a gel dye in her Blue Velvet cupcakes and I swear, those little beauties came out TARDIS blue. They were also absolutely delicious!
Blue Velvet Cupcakes, Pre-icing
More of the blue velvet cupcakes
Blue Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
They're TARDIS blue!
To make things even more Whovian, we had some really cute bowtie pasta with dinner.
Striped bowtie pasta!
Now that I’ve gotten through the awesome food part, let’s talk about the episode. (This is the part where you should leave if you don’t want to be spoiled. Seriously, if you haven’t watched it yet, you really should stop reading. Well, you’ve been warned.)
I personally loved “Let’s Kill Hitler.” It was funny (“Rory, put the fuhrer in the closet.”), it tied up loose ends, and it created more questions.
I was pleased with the River Song explanations we were given. Now we know why she dies in “Forest of the Dead”: she used up all of her remaining regenerations on saving the Doctor. We also know that she was with her parents pretty much their whole lives in her previous regeneration (resulting in Amy naming her daughter after…her daughter), and we got to see her regenerate into the person we all know and love (at least in looks). The reason she became an archaeologist was explained as well: she wanted to look for the Doctor after he, Amy, and Rory left her to recuperate from using up all her regenerations. We also learned that the TARDIS herself taught Melody to fly. So, she really did learn from the best.
Melody’s regeneration was also quite amusing. Just like the Doctor, she checks to make sure she has all the parts she’s supposed to have. She plays with her hair in a similar way, and she even has the same reaction to new teeth.
There were some great Rory moments, which I loved, and there were some “Gah, why did you do that to Rory, Moffat?!” moments as well. Rory got to punch out Hitler, tell him to shut up, and stuff him in a closet, which was cool. He also apparently can drive a WWII era motorbike. But those bits of him as a kid…I felt so bad for him! Amy even thought he was gay, when in fact he’d just liked no one else but her the whole time. Poor guy.
Another interesting thing we learned in “Let’s Kill Hitler”: the Silence are in fact a religious group. So…does that mean the aliens from “The Impossible Astronaut” are not necessarily the Silence, but a part of the larger organization? Also, what is the ultimate question, and what happens when it is asked? (I could make a Hitchhiker’s Guide joke, but I’ll refrain from doing so.) These are just a couple of the many questions I have.
For example, if Melody ended up a toddler in New York last time she regenerated, how’d she get to Amy and Rory in the first place? How did the brainwashing happen? If this is her first meeting with the Doctor, where in their timeline will we see her again? (I’m pretty sure she’ll be back, so I wonder how they’ll work this out since they’re supposed to be meeting in the wrong direction.) Will River Song really kill the Doctor? Hopefully they aren’t setting up an end to the series. According to the Wikipedia article on regeneration, time lords get 12 regenerations, and he’s only used 10. Of course, Doctor Who kind of does what it wants, so that number could easily change.
I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season and having some of my questions answered. I also won’t be surprised if some of the “explanations” I’m so happy to have turn out to be completely untrue. They could easily be nothing more than an elaborate scheme to pull the Doctor and company into an even crazier death trap. But enough of what I thought…what do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts on Doctor Who’s return in the comments!