Series 7, Episode 4:
The Power Of Three
Guest Starring: Mark Williams, Jemma Redgrave and Steven Berkoff.
Written by: Chris Chibnall.
Directed by: Douglas Mackinnon.
Produced by: Marcus Wilson.
Executive Producers: Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner.
Broadcast date: Saturday 22nd September 2012 at 7:30pm on BBC One.
Reviewed by Tom for The Gallifrey Times.
The Gallifrey Times have seen Series 7, Episode 4: The Power Of Three and have put our spoiler-free preview together:
After the brilliant story of A Town Called Mercy which was of course set in the American Wild West, The Power Of Three is set back in boring old modern day. But this episode is not boring! Chris Chibnall, who also wrote the crazy Dinosaurs On A Spaceship pens this adventure, and this episode is also pretty mad! (Maybe whatever Chris was on when writing Dinosaurs On A Spaceship had worn off a bit by the time he wrote this episode!)
The story starts off showing Amy & Rory and how they are coping in their ‘normal’ lives without The Doctor. The couple discuss that they have two lives, and they must choose which one they want. However, 10 months after A Town Called Mercy, The Doctor returns to actually live with the Ponds to investigate the millions of black cubes that have invaded Earth overnight.
|What exactly is inside these
The Doctor, Amy, Rory and Brian (Rory’s dad) spend around a year observing these identical mysterious cubes. (Well, The Doctor doesn’t because we learn that he he is very impatient and always has to have something to do.) Brian keeps a video log (called ‘Brian’s Log’) of the cubes activity. These cubes become part of everyones life as they are everywhere, and people actually start to get attached to them. After around a year, all the cubes show signs of activity and start counting down. It’s up to The Doctor, Amy, Rory, Brian and Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) to investigate what they are and what exactly is inside them and what will happen when the countdown reaches zero…
In charge of the cubes occurrence is Kate Stewart, a scientific advisor from UNIT. Jemma Redgrave plays this character fantastically well and Kate is made to be such a loveable person by Chris Chibnall.
|Jemma Redgrave plays the
heart warming Kate Stewart
Onto the acting, the usual cast of Matt Smith plays the brilliant Doctor, who in this episode is sometimes a bit wacky. (Especially when on the Wii) While Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill play the couple, Amy and Rory, who are still having some issues with their relationship as The Doctor finds out in a deep and emotional conversation with Amy. Mark Williams, who of course plays Rory’s dad, Brian portrays a investigative individual who is determined to observe the cubes at whatever cost. As previously said, Jemma Redgrave really does play a brilliant, warming and interesting Kate Stewart and personally, I would really like to see her appear in a future episode.
|Kate, The Doctor and Amy.|
I don’t think Chris Chibnall has made the cubes the main purpose of this episode, instead I think that it’s focused on The Doctor, Amy & Rory as friends and the love between the three of them. We all know that the Ponds will be departing the show in The Angels Take Manhattan, and I think that The Power Of Three is a fitting second to last episode to feature the much loved Doctor, Amy & Rory together on one of their final adventures together.
This episode has been brilliantly written, and I think from now on we can expect all episodes written by Chris Chibnall to have some wacky scenes and some humorous dialogue which we will all enjoy.
I’m sure you will enjoy The Power Of Three as we near the end of the relationship between The Doctor and Amy & Rory.