Who Saved Who?

Forget Doctor Who. How about Doctor Who-The-Hell-Does-He-Think-He-Is?

doctor-whoDOCTOR Who is meant to be an intergalactic time-travelling fighter of evil but he’s come in for big criticism for appearing to save Adolf Hitler’s life in a coming episode.

Reaction to the good doctor appearing to turn bad has bounced around the webo-sphere since the Dr Who trailer aired at Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego this week.

The episode is called Let’s Kill Hitler but instead of Doctor Who – played by Matt Smith – being an assassin, he appears to be the dictator’s saviour well before World War II broke out.

At one point in the clip the Doctor, whose assistant Karen Gillan, who plays Amy Pond was found naked in a hotel lobby this year, meets Hitler, who tells him: “Thank you, I think you have just saved my life.”

One fan worried that “Doctor Who helping Hitler in any positive way is terrible and unthinkable”, while the episode’s synopsis suggests that he may have done so inadvertently.

“In the desperate search for Melody Pond, the Tardis crash-lands in 1930s Berlin, bringing the Doctor face-to-face with the greatest war criminal in the universe – and Hitler,” it reads.

“The Doctor must teach his adversaries that time travel has responsibilities – and in so doing, learns a harsh lesson.”

But the BBC has cautioned that judgments should be held off until the episode airs later in the year. It will also be shown on the ABC.

The above report supposedly contains the offending trailer, but the reporter seems to have included the wrong one. Here’s the one they likely meant:

Update: I guess now Hitler may have changed his mind since this conversation?

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media