Chris Chibnall described this episode as "a lovely big Earth invasion story" but different from the ones done before, as it focused on Amy and Rory's time with the Doctor and the impact of him on their lives. See more »
The cubes are meant to be completely identical and with 'no flaws' to their perfect cubic nature whatever. Just after the soldier's enter, the doctor picks up a cube and plays about with it, tossing it and turning it over in his hands. At the last moment of the shot, a dent and a line, possibly from tape meant to keep the cube together, can clearly be seen at the top of one of the cubes. See more »
Secret base beneath the Tower? Hope we're not here because we know too much.
Yes, I've got officers trained in beheading. Also, ravens of death.
I like her.
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In theme with the story, the Doctor Who logo is filled with a faux-3D pattern of the black cubes. See more »
"In medias res" is Latin for "In the middle of things" and it describes how classical drama begins. Oedipus enters Thebes during the plague and the story proceeds from there. There are technical reasons why classical drama did this, mostly because the events of the play took place in the same time as the play itself -- the Unity of Time. There were no flashbacks or cuts.
It's also usually the way a Doctor Who story takes place. The Doctor is called in because an invasion is taking place or drops in on a spaceship to find it is about to be blown up and its cargo of dinosaurs will be destroyed. There is no unity of time. Time is usually composed of moments. Not in this episode.
Chris Chibnall has written a brilliantly different episodes that gives the audience an idea of how the Doctor sees the world: as a collection of discrete moments that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. He drops in occasionally on Amy and Rory to discover that their everyday life is forming a gestalt that excludes the Doctor. He is becoming an occasional intruder and we can see the true end of their journeying with him.
As a meditation on Doctor Who, this is a brilliant piece of work. The occasional fan or newcomer should be amused by Matt Smith's eccentric portrayal. The long term fan will enjoy the fun and also recognize how the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
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