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August 11th, 2012, 04:33 PM
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<DIV STYLE="margin-top:10px; padding:0;">The Doctor is left with no explanation for a "slow invasion" of seemingly harmless black cubes, which become so prolific around the Earth that they become a commonplace part of daily life.</DIV>
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September 22nd, 2012, 12:12 PM
AAAARGH! Anybody but Professor Brian Cox!!

Ten years... blimey.

Oooh, scientist-controlled UNIT? Nice...

The Eleventh Doctor really doesn't do waiting does he? Then again, a bored Doctor seems rather useful to have around.

I do like Rory's Dad and how he's changed since discovering the Doctor and what he does.

You mean I have the Doctor to thank for Yorkshire Puddings?

Malevolent cubes... didn't they have those in Terrahawks?

Another Doctor who wonders how we work with only one heart...

Loved it. Absolutely loved it. Can't wait until next week's though!

September 22nd, 2012, 12:13 PM
Brilliant episode!
Definately the best so far this season, but I think it will be close after next weeks episode, cant believe Im going to have to wait a few days to see it!
Brilliant mix of humour, action, mystery and emotion.

September 22nd, 2012, 12:27 PM
That was a really fun episode. :)

Professor Brian Cox!!! I LOVE him. :D

I need a bored Doctor to do some work around my house. Loved him playing the Wii. Great idea having the Brig's daughter now running UNIT. I would have loved Brian to travel with the Doctor for a while and I wish TPTB would have an older man as a permanent companion. I adored Wilf as well.

My one tiny gripe was the Doctor's heart attack being playing for laughs. I think it should have been more dramatic, but maybe that's just me.

I give this one 7/10. (BTW I'm being a lot stricter with my scoring this year as I seemed previously to be giving nearly everything 9/10 :rolleyes:)

Edit - Oh and how am I going to wait for next week's episode. :S

September 22nd, 2012, 12:28 PM
Not a bad episode. Preferred last week.

But ultimately the enemy was disappointing, The Timelords use these guyes is use to frighten Timelord children into behaving, it should take a bit more than a wave of a sonic screwdriver to defeat them.

Their Space ship look cool through.

Plus what was the point of that child android or the collecting of the patents.

An you do not just get back up an walk around after a cardiac arrest.

The build up to the ending was cool, seeing how the Ponds live without the Doctor and Rory dad good, love it when Rory Dad listed all the possibilities on what the cubes might be.

Not to sure about the new UNIT through, still to much dumbness to them to take them seriously.

Matt G
September 22nd, 2012, 02:25 PM

1. This ep took a while to get going, first thing of any interest was the kid with glowing blue eyes.

2. Kate...like the idea behind her...let's face it the Brig is a legend...

3. Shakri, OK, some old school reference I'm meant to get?

4. Ten years. Bloody hell!

Wierd, slightly nuts, but cool when the dust settled.

Ben 'Teal'c would WIN!!' Noble
September 22nd, 2012, 03:55 PM
I enjoyed the ep but didn't like the stoyline about the cubes just felt like it wasn't that well thought out

September 22nd, 2012, 03:59 PM
I much preffered this episode to last weeks. (but i believe next weeks episode will be my fave)

- the cubes doing different things.. like playing the chicken dance song was awesome


- they didnt explain much about that kid holding the cube

- the ending was a bit weak

- the doctor painting and playing wii tennis LOL

- professor brian cox. ahahaa win

(there was plenty more but thats all i remember)

id say 8/10

September 22nd, 2012, 04:13 PM
I *would* review this ep...

...but the bastard other officers in the bastard TV room kept on bastard-well talking over the whole bastard episode.

*severe anger*

It seemed decent enough, but I missed pretty much any and all dialogue involving Kate, or that actually explained the plot.

Come on iPlayer!

September 22nd, 2012, 05:02 PM
Crickey Moses! Haha.

September 22nd, 2012, 07:58 PM
I liked the episode even though it was the most slow paced of them all by far. And are the seasons of Dr Who getting increasingly shorter or it it just me? I mean season finale after just 5 episodes? :eek:

September 22nd, 2012, 11:39 PM
I liked the episode even though it was the most slow paced of them all by far. And are the seasons of Dr Who getting increasingly shorter or it it just me? I mean season finale after just 5 episodes? :eek:

It's not the season finale. Quite *why* the American networks are advertising that, I do *not* know.

S7 is just extended into 2013 after a mid-season break. (Oh how very Yankee-doodle).

September 22nd, 2012, 11:52 PM
It's technically the Summer finale? The mid-season breaks are awful.

I liked the painting and wii tennis. Wasn't the kid really an android?

The Flyattractor
September 23rd, 2012, 01:28 AM
So since "Kate Stewart" was portrayed in this ep the way she was am I safe in assuming that the events of "downtime" aren't to be considered canon anymore?

September 23rd, 2012, 01:45 AM
I haven't seen it. Does it not fit? (Personally I only consider BBC productions to be canon anyway, but I suppose it's up to the individual person to decide what is and what isn't, particularly as the BBC have no thoughts on the subject.)

September 23rd, 2012, 08:22 AM
Why do aliens always try to wipte out humans? Surely the Shakri should be trying to kill Cybermen or Daleks?

Same thing with the Silents (grey aliens) try to take over the Dalek or Cybermen empires?

September 23rd, 2012, 10:20 AM
A nice enough episode. An interesting mix of "enemy of the week" very thoroughly mixed up with the series arc of "good-bye Ponds". "No series arc", yeah right, Mr Moffat. But perhaps the arc was too heavy for the week's story: the Shakri was light-weight and too many silly errors (such as the cardiac recovery).

September 23rd, 2012, 11:52 AM
The episode was slow, useless, and boring. This season has only had one decent story so far (the premier). Who is either fantastic or dreadful lately.

The Flyattractor
September 23rd, 2012, 01:23 PM
Why do aliens always try to wipte out humans? Surely the Shakri should be trying to kill Cybermen or Daleks?

Because in the DWU Humans are LITERALLY the cockroaches of the universe? Name 1 story since the "New" series started that didn't envolve humans.

Same thing with the Silents (grey aliens) try to take over the Dalek or Cybermen empires?
Hell. Shakys should be HELPING the Cybers or Daleks for that matter. Its not like the apperantly don't have the same goal.

September 23rd, 2012, 05:41 PM
"good-bye Ponds". "No series arc", yeah right, Mr Moffat.

hehe pretty sure he said no two parters, and some hack took that to mean arc.
There is a subtle arc, most obvious bit is the lighbulbs, but there's other stuff, like the out of place/time comment in the 1st episode.

Also is is just me, or have the opening titles got darker throughout this series?

Cold Fuzz
September 24th, 2012, 12:39 AM
The Power of Three was definitely one of my favorite episodes since the beginning of the Eleventh Doctor's travels. The character building was superbly executed, with many wonderful moments shining throughout the episode. The character building though, did come at the expense of the plot, which left me scratching my head and thinking, "What, that's it?"

Positives (and there's a lot of them!)

The Doctor montage and the comparison to real life. I empathized with how real life seemed like drudgery.
Brian Williams. He's quickly become one of my favorite recurring characters. Since encountering the Doctor, he's become open to new ideas but my goodness he can be obsessive about them. :lol:
The Cubes. Small, curious-looking, innocuous--the perfect shape and color. There's something primal and archetypal about them. It all goes back to the idea of a child and a closed box. Give a little kid a box and they start thinking: Is it a present? Is it a puzzle to be solved? What's inside exactly? It's a shape purposely designed to provoke curiosity. Using the Cubes is a brilliant choice by writer Chris Chibnall.
Kate Stewart. Ah, she's definitely one of the highlights of this episode. :D Like with Brian, I took an instant liking to her character and Jemma Redgrave's nuanced performance was a large part of this. She displayed a wonderful thoughtfulness and yet also possessed a strong command presence. I really hope we see more of her.
The new UNIT. I have to go on record and say that I strongly dislike RTD's treatment of UNIT in the past. The Tenth Doctor's condescending smugness to Colonel Alan Mace and other UNIT commanders seemed unnecessarily antagonistic to me, especially in light of the good history past Doctors have shared with UNIT. I'm glad Chibnall, Moffat, and the other powers that be decided that the Eleventh Doctor would have a much better relationship with UNIT than the Tenth Doctor.
Amy & Rory. I liked Pond Life's glimpse at the companions' everyday lives and this episode wonderfully explored that angle. That scene outdoors when the Doctor explains Amy & Rory's significance to him was brilliant writing and acting. Here's some perspective on just how important they really are. He's traveled with Amy since he was in his early 900s and he's now 1,200. I believe they are the only companions to have taken up 300 years of the Doctor's life. I think they are also the only companions where the Doctor's travels have occupied 10 years of their personal timelines. This does beg the question though, if 10 years have passed for the Ponds, what year is it on Earth during the first appearance of the Cubes? Amy clearly said that though 10 years may have passed for them, that certainly wasn't the case for Earth.
Murray Gold's score. :D Murray has scored another winner. His exploration of more electronic music worked well here, in my opinion, and followed in the exotic direction of scores for episodes like The Girl Who Waited and The God Complex.
The Doctor of course. I loved his lack of patience and utter inability to sit still. Extreme hyperactivity is a quirk that definitely works well for this incarnation of the Doctor. I also loved the fish fingers & custard, especially how pointed to the idea of the Doctor being the originator of Yorkshire pudding.

Negative (and there's only one)

The resolution. The Shakri are uncovered and then the whole crisis is solved with a wave of the Doctor's sonic screwdriver? :S Come on, Chibnall. As I writer, I know you can do better than that! :P The episode's slow burn as a buildup combined with the abrupt resolution doesn't work.

Overall, this is one of the strongest Eleventh Doctor episodes. Even if someone doesn't know what's coming for next week, the episode by itself does strongly suggest that Amy & Rory's final days with the Doctor are upon them. :o

Asgard Flu
September 24th, 2012, 08:33 AM
I was dissapointed with the episode to be quite frank. The start of the ep was great, the cubes turning up was fantastic and something different. In the end though the doctor solved it all in one episode with his sonic screwdriver. This could have been epic, could have been a new big bad for the series, I was honestly expecting this to be at least a two parter episode. In the end it was a huge let down.

September 24th, 2012, 12:59 PM
Just started rewatching it today - actually I'm amazed it's taken me that long.

First off, Amy's response to Rory's line about soldiers and pants... I had actually forgotten her "love a squaddie/roman" lines from a couple of seasons ago. Nice callback, Chibnall.

Kate's line about UNIT adapting and evolving actually seems to fit with how the Tenth Doctor reacted to UNIT in The Sontaran Stratagem. They would have to continually change and modify themselves in order to deal effectively with any number of threats they can imagine, and the ones they can't. So I'm guessing UNIT went through a somewhat dark phase without the Doctor, and they're only now heading back to being what they used to be.

When the Doctor is telling Brian (possibly my new favourite character) what happened to all his other companions, he seemed somehow older and more tired than we've seen him in a while... having people around keeps him youthful and invigorated and perhaps more importantly, distracted, never stopping long enough to reflect.

I did love the sheer number of generally very well handled references to past Who characters and references. They didn't feel forced, but instead rather nicely integrated and brought up.

The Eleventh Doctor does get some superb speeches/monologues, all equally well delivered by Matt Smith. I do like the 'One Corner' speech, and his line "I'm not running away from things, I'm running to them... before they flare and fade forever".

This time around I paid more attention to the music a bit more and noticed some superb pieces that I really hope make it onto the soundtrack album.

Anybody else think that when the Doctor says "how to destroy a human: go for the heart" it's what other species bear in mind when dealing with us? I had an odd flashback to Silence in the Library - "Daleks, aim for the eyestalk. Sontarans, back of the neck". It's also telling that perhaps it has a double meaning.

Talking of hearts... does the Eleventh Doctor have his hearts in different positions relative to previous incarnations? I could have sworn both Nine and Ten at least had them on opposite sides of the chest cavity, yet with Eleven one appears to be lower than the other. Regeneration defect perhaps?

The final act needed a bit more work - how convenient that Rory's hospital was one of the focal points. Also how (unless I misheard) a third of the human population may have died or been incapacitated and it's barely remarked upon!

Still, grumbles aside I really enjoyed this episode. With Pond Life, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and The Power of Three, Chibnall seems to have hit his stride in terms of Who episodes (42 was passable and The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood was fairly decent), and he does seem to know how to write genuinely fun stories this season.

Gen. Chris
September 24th, 2012, 02:19 PM
Okay, my question is, where the hell was Torchwood? It took place over months, and there was never a reference to the team?

Or was/is there something else occupying the team.

By the way, I'm only in the first season of Torchwood, so don't go spoiling anything. I was just curious about that since it would seem logical that Torchwood would have been there.

September 24th, 2012, 03:17 PM
There is a reason why Torchwood doesn't do anything but as you haven't watched it all and don't want to be spoiled then I'll say no more.

Gen. Chris
September 24th, 2012, 03:27 PM
Ahh...well okay. So there was a specific reason, then?

September 24th, 2012, 03:31 PM
Not sure what you on about, Jack was still around an so were serveral Torchwood personnel, an they were the ones that called in UNIT to oversee the securing of the Virgina. If anything now that a scientist is running UNIT, an Torchwood is depleted you would expect the two groups to work even closer together.

September 28th, 2012, 08:15 PM
Watched it on the repeat. I guess sometimes it doesn't take 20 minutes of really complex stuff to undo the entire alien plot, you just press the "Off" switch. We're so used to the complexity, we forget that occasionally that it's not always the applicable result.

Anyway, what bugged me about this episode is UNIT and their scientific-led approach. Sadly, the writer would appear to either not be a scientist/engineer or has really dumbed it down for the kiddiwinks. Testing to +/-200C. You can do that in the kitchen at home (if you're a gastro-chef): hardly Earth shattering. Dropping from a helicopter: not exactly precision science, when there are many commercial places who can do pressure and shear testing (as, for example, would be done with aircraft parts).

Coco Pops
September 29th, 2012, 10:52 PM
This was one of the very so so episodes for me as far as I am concerned. It started off very well had a great build up then it's all undone in the final act by waving the frelling sonic around.

SOMEONE PLEASE BAN THE SONIC from any future episodes please........Writer's crutch

July 4th, 2013, 10:41 AM
I think this should have been a two-parter with a longer and slightly more complex resolution. Just waving the sonic screwdriver felt like a deus ex machina resolution to me...

Coco Pops
July 4th, 2013, 03:25 PM
This wasn't a good episode..... The low point of this series for me.