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The Power of Three 

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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22 September 2012 (UK)  »

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Kate Stewart mentions having "ravens of death" in the Tower. There are six captive ravens that are cared for and live in the real Tower of London. Legend has it that these ravens are the guardians of the Crown and the Tower, and if the ravens ever go away the kingdom will fall. 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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The Doctor: You're thinking of stopping, aren't you? You and Rory.
Amy Pond: No, no - I mean, we haven't made a decision...
The Doctor: But you're considering it.
Amy Pond: Maybe. I don't know. We don't know. Well, our lives have changed so much. There was a time, there were years when I couldn't live without you. Um, when just the whole every day thing would drive me crazy. But since you dropped us back here, since you gave us this house, you know, we've built a life. And I don't know if we can have both.
The Doctor: Why?
Amy Pond: Because, they pull at each...
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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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The Chicken Dance
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Composed by Werner Thomas
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If Life Were Only Moments
22 September 2012 | by 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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