‘The Power of Three’ (TV)

Doctor Who Series 7 Part 1 Doctor Who Series 7 2014


Please feel free to comment on my review.

Pond Season – Cubes

I really like this episode with the Doctor; Amy and Rory by Chris Chibnall (his second contribution to Series 7).

This is an earthbound story focusing on Amy and Rory’s ordinary life with the Doctor popping in and out. It happens during the slow invasion of the small cubes as they appear everywhere on Earth.

This is a character-driven episode for Amy and Rory, which I’ve enjoyed and thought was really good. This episode portrays Amy and Rory in a broader light and I appreciated them more after this episode.

Matt Smith, Karen Gillian and Arthur Darvill give brilliant performances as the Doctor; Amy and Rory. They work well as the trio and you can see how they enjoy being with each other in this episode.

My favourite scenes in this episode are with the Doctor who gets easily bored when waiting for something to happen with the cubes. He finds himself still in Amy and Rory’s lounge as this happens.

The Doctor tries to be busy with kicking a football; mowing the lawn in the garden; hoovering the house; sorting out the car; etc. He does all this in one hour and becomes bored again, which is funny.

I loved it when the Doctor treats Amy and Rory to a wedding anniversary present at the Savoy Hotel which gets invaded by Zygons. Also when Amy accidentally agrees to marry Henry VIII was funny.

I enjoyed it when Amy, Rory and the Doctor enjoy eating their fish fingers and custard whilst they watch ‘The Apprentice’ with Alan Sugar on TV. It was a nice moment seeing this TARDIS trio together.

I also love that scene between the Doctor and Amy when they talk about whether she and Rory will be staying on Earth permanently or not. It’s a lovely character scene between the Doctor and Amy.

Mark Williams returns as Rory’s dad, Brian Williams. I like Mark’s performance as Brian and love his character. I wish we could have seen more of Brian in the series with the Doctor; Amy and Rory.

I love Brian’s daily log on the cubes and it was funny when Brian gets asked to stay in the TARDIS to watch the cubes. Four days later, he’s still in the TARDIS when the Doctor, Amy and Rory find him.

Jemma Redgrave makes her first appearance as Kate Stewart, daughter of Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart. Kate is in charge of U.N.I.T’s scientific division and works on the ‘slow invasion’ of the cubes.

Steven Berkoff guest stars as the alien Shakri of Time Lord legend. The Shakri was interesting behind the slow invasion, although he appears briefly in the climax of the episode which was disappointing.

The episode ends on a high where Brian allows Amy and Rory to go off in the TARDIS to travel with the Doctor after the slow invasion is over. This shows how Amy and Rory love being with the Doctor.

This adventure marks how Amy and Rory have the Doctor as part of their lives and how they are part of his. It’s a lovely piece of well-written drama and provides an interesting side to Amy and Rory.

The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 2 of ‘The Complete Series 7’ of ‘Doctor Who’, there is the ‘A Writer’s Tale’ behind-the-scenes featurette.

‘The Power of Three’ rating – 9/10

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2 thoughts on “‘The Power of Three’ (TV)

  1. Timelord 007

    Another solid episode written by the next showrunner, i agree more Shakri would’ve been welcome but again there diluting the drama by keeping to 45 minutes per episode, i sound like a broken record but 60 minutes per episode would work wonders.

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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    This episode stands out well for me for Amy, Rory and the Doctor’s characters. I do hope the stories by Chris Chibnall will match the same quality of writing as in these single episodes he’s done for the RTD and Steven Moffat eras. He did well with ‘Torchwood’ and also with ‘Broadchurch’ as I understand it.

    The Skari’s appearance in this episode was rather disappointing and brief in my opinion. But that didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the episode. It was interesting that they happened to be part of Time Lord lore in this episode.

    Thanks for your comments, Simon.

    Tim. 🙂



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