Earth is suddenly visited by millions of small black cubes of unknown origin. The Doctor joins Amy, Rory and Rory's father, Brian, to help discover what these cubes bring for humanity.

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Earth is suddenly visited by millions of small black cubes of unknown origin. The Doctor joins Amy, Rory and Rory's father, Brian, to help discover what these cubes bring for humanity.

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For this episode, the title logo's texture resembled the Shakri cubes featured prominently in the episode. Also, the shade of red in the time vortex appears to be more crimson, rather than orange, with the lightning strikes causing an additional effect of electrical surges spreading out from the tips of the bolts. The vortex also turns purple with the sharpness seriously decreasing when the Title appears. See more »

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The Doctor jumps, and the zapping sound is heard before Amy touches the Doctor with the defibrillator paddles. See more »

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Rory Williams: [Rory walks in wearing only underpants, and escorted by soldiers] There are soldiers all over my house and I'm in my pants.
Amy Pond: My whole life I've dreamed of saying that. And I miss it by being someone else.
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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 »

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Featured in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2012) See more »

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Titanium
by David Guetta feat. Sia
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If Life Were Only Moments
22 September 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

"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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