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"Doctor Who" The Power of Three (TV Episode 2012) Poster

(TV Series)

(2012)

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Despite playing the main villain of the story Steven Berkoff only has 8 lines.
The emphasis of the story was heavily altered in post with a huge chunk of the Sharki scenes being removed .
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The final TV role of Peter Cartwright who died soon after working on this.
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Steven Berkoff was required for three days of filming.
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Matt Smith put disgust into the Doctor's remark concerning Twitter in the episode, reflecting his real-life decision to stay off the social network.
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The episode was largely restructured to introduce the invasion storyline earlier. The episode originally began with scenes such as the adventure with Henry VIII and Amy at the engagement party.
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Amy and the Doctor's conversation outside the Tower of London could not be filmed at the genuine location due to the London Olympics, so it was shot on studio in Cardiff and the live action was combined with other footage to create the illusion.
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The working title for this episode was Cubed.
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Producer Marcus Wilson stated that a "hundred" individual cube props were made, with "many more" added with CGI.
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The character of Kate Stewart had previously appeared in Downtime (1995).
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Chris Chibnall drew upon his childhood love of the Jon Pertwee era in writing an alien invasion story featuring UNIT.
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This episode takes place in the 2010s and on June 26, 1890.
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In one throwaway gag, the Doctor is seen randomly holding a cabbage. Tom Baker once famously joked that he wanted a sentient cabbage as the next companion.
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A scene with bomb disposal experts Conroy (Okezie Morro) and Sullivan (Henry Luxemburg) was deleted in post.
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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.
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One major element removed from the script was the appearance of Prime Minister Stephen Carter. Suspicious of the Doctor, Carter would bar him from the United Kingdom, resulting in the Time Lord's absence from a long stretch of the narrative.
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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.
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Chris Chibnall's brief from showrunner Steven Moffat was to "live with the Doctor - The Man Who Came to Dinner, Doctor Who (2005) style."
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Alan Sugar's cameo was in fact filmed on the set of The Apprentice (2004), with director Douglas Mackinnon standing in for the person who was fired.
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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.
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The read-through of the episode was held on April 27, 2012.
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Before being taken by android orderlies himself, Arnold Underwood was to make reference to a neighbour named Elizabeth Cracknell who had not returned home from the hospital.
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The abductee who led Rory to the Shakri ship was not Brian Williams, but instead a patient named Anne.
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There was an extended action sequence in the climax in which Rory took down the two orderlies. The Shakri was not a hologram, and instead was defeated when Amy and Rory attacked him with the syringes retrieved from the orderlies, and the Doctor used his sonic screwdriver on the Shakri's devastating ocular weaponry. However, it was felt that this part of the episode detracted from the focus on Amy and Rory's life together.
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Chris Chibnall was also inspired by the story of the MSC Napoli, a 2007 shipwreck along the Devon coast near his home, when people showed up in droves to claim merchandise which had washed up on the shore.
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Brian, Rory's dad, is the only person in the series to call UNIT, U.N.I.T.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

This was the last episode filmed with Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. The last scene shot was of their characters entering the TARDIS with the Doctor. When the doors closed behind them, all three actors hugged each other and began to cry.
The episode originally ended with Amy and Rory deciding to take "one more" trip in the TARDIS despite Brian's unease. Steven Moffat suggested that this be changed to have Brian encourage them to go with the Doctor, providing a less sombre and more subtle lead-in to Amy and Rory's final story, The Angels Take Manhattan.
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