The Power of Three

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TimeLord:

OT: A great episode for 40 minutes, let down by the rushed ending. More forshadowing of the Doctors death me thinks? The Tally, the fields of Trenzalore, the "fall of the Eleventh", the question etc, all connected?

They also played up memory as thing in 1st episode. The Dr says in the parliament make them remember you. The new assistant to be as a dalek also says remember me. I think memory will be a theme in next weeks show.

The whole foreshadowing thing is overplayed a bit, I think they just like leaving open ended plot hooks which can be used later. Another writer comes along and runs with one and you end with a bit of a story arc. I have feeling its less planned than people think.

I can live with Matt Smith replacing Tennant as the Doctor, but it's Steven Moffat. He can't write Doctor Who, that is, he doesn't have the skill/talent/grasp to. The series took a pretty steep downward turn when he took over as head writer. He isn't up to the task. Maybe if they replace him there will be less convoluted and more engaging.

008Zulu:
I can live with Matt Smith replacing Tennant as the Doctor, but it's Steven Moffat. He can't write Doctor Who, that is, he doesn't have the skill/talent/grasp to. The series took a pretty steep downward turn when he took over as head writer. He isn't up to the task. Maybe if they replace him there will be less convoluted and more engaging.

And my opinion is that I am glad RTD is gone. The best RTD era episodes were not written by him imo.

Frontastic:
But my, my. How good does next week look?
1. River is FINALLY back.
2. Angels.
3. Proper Angels (timeline altering, not murderous).
4. Baby Angels!
5. It's the last one, something worthwhile has to finally happen.

Glad to see I'm not the only one excited about River coming back, lol. There is just so much hate for her and I don't really understand why. Yes I've heard all the complaints: "She's such a Mary Sue!" "She's annoying!" "She's conceited!" But you can apply nearly all of those traits to most characters who have ever been on Doctor Who, including the Doctor himself.

But yeah, on the topic of this episode, it seems my complaints are about the same as the rest. Very strong start to the episode, but the ending was rushed and there are so many plot holes you can drive a truck through I'm amazed they let it air in that condition. Like...why were there a few humans being kept on the spaceship? Why were they just allowed to walk out with Rory's dad and the other? When were the cube-men converted? What exactly was going on with that villain, anyway?

And I understand this is science fiction and they are allowed to take some blind leaps in technology, but you can't tell me those people could have been revived after 10-20 minutes of being dead without having any brain damage. The brain will begin to suffer damage immediately without a pulse to keep the blood moving, and after 4 minutes even if you do get a person's heart to beat again they will be completely brain dead. And then there's the thing that other person wrote about defibrillators not working that way. Misinformation regarding emergency medical equipment is not something any show should allow.

Susan Arendt:
The Power of Three

It's more fun watching the Doctor get bored than those black cubes.

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Great read. I've been away from the site for a bit and didn't know about this nice new segment. I'll have to go back an read the others.

The episode was okay, but just as the others in this seventh series, it further pushed me deeper down into an abyss of annoyance(and anger) because I can't stand the Ponds.

I feel the show went off the rails for me with the series 5 finale episodes. The show became much less about the Doctor and his adventures and more about Amy and Rory. Before that, except for special circumstance episodes, the Doctor had always had the most on screen time. That should be the case because the show is about him; it is called Doctor Who after all, but for awhile now it has felt like the show should be called Amy, Rory, and that Crazy Time-Traveler.

So, I personally can't wait to say so long to the Ponds.

Frontastic:

But my, my. How good does next week look?
1. River is FINALLY back.
2. Angels.
3. Proper Angels (timeline altering, not murderous).
4. Baby Angels!
5. It's the last one, something worthwhile has to finally happen.

I'm definitely interested in the Angels returning, but I could give to craps about River.

She was an interesting and mysterious character in the Tennant era, but when the writers blundered her story by making her Amy and Rory's child, with all that time baby nonsense, I lost all caring for her.

It would have been much more interesting if she had been some Time Lord from the Doctor's past.

This episode was... really boring. Like, I almost didn't want to finish it. The pacing was just weird. And the 'threat' that the Shakri posed really didn't feel that threatening at all.

And what's with the deus ex machina at the end? Oh, a bunch of people dying in the streets? Well, let me just bring them back from the dead by... restarting their hearts. I just. I don't buy that. I can't buy that. Most of those people must have actually perished before the Doctor got to the terminal. (They were having quite the little chat up there.)

Susan Arendt:
Well, we'll find out soon enough, when The Angels Take Manhattan. (Hmm ... Manhattan, eh? Think we'll run into any Daleks?)

Ugh. That's the first thing I thought of when I learned the name of the new episode. But that was actually a good episode.

Moffat already ruined the Angels for me with The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone. With the way this season (or even, this Doctor) is going so far (namely, dragging its feet) I really don't expect much from it.

DW has always been a cheap and badly put together, i don't know how they have the nerve to call it sci fi. america might not know how tell the difference between their allies and the enemy.
but at least they got their sci fi shows right.
the acting on DW is worse than hollyoaks

Sonic Doctor:

Frontastic:

But my, my. How good does next week look?
1. River is FINALLY back.
2. Angels.
3. Proper Angels (timeline altering, not murderous).
4. Baby Angels!
5. It's the last one, something worthwhile has to finally happen.

I'm definitely interested in the Angels returning, but I could give to craps about River.

She was an interesting and mysterious character in the Tennant era, but when the writers blundered her story by making her Amy and Rory's child, with all that time baby nonsense, I lost all caring for her.

It would have been much more interesting if she had been some Time Lord from the Doctor's past.

I will admit that the mystery of who she was is what made her interesting initially but I've just grown really fond of her. The baby-plot was... odd but it still made sense. Well, Moffat-sense.

scw55:

008Zulu:
I can live with Matt Smith replacing Tennant as the Doctor, but it's Steven Moffat. He can't write Doctor Who, that is, he doesn't have the skill/talent/grasp to. The series took a pretty steep downward turn when he took over as head writer. He isn't up to the task. Maybe if they replace him there will be less convoluted and more engaging.

And my opinion is that I am glad RTD is gone. The best RTD era episodes were not written by him imo.

In fact, it's interesting to note that many of the best episodes of the RTD era (Blink and Silence in the Library spring to mind) were written by Moffat. The man can write Doctor Who very, very well. He just seems to have a bit of a penchant for overdoing things without someone to reign him back every now and then, but I still vastly prefer him to RTD.

Also, I, too, do not understand the River hate. She's rather like a female Captain Jack Harkness, with roughly the same amount of flirting between her and the Doctor.

I really dig Brian, Rory's dad. He a fun guy and I'd really wish he got more stories with the Doctor.

[quote="Gizmo1990" post="6.389476.15618857"On the one hand I am happy that the Ponds are going (Hopfully being killed so they cannot possible return) on the other had River Song is in the episode and I hate her more than a gunshot to the balls. Here is hoping that, with the Ponds gone, River will not turn up any more.[/quote]
whats wrong with the ponds? i love the ponds, and im gonna be really sad to see them go. theyve been the longest running companions of any of the new series, and im definitely gonna miss them. although, River was getting a little boring, and i'll be glad when shes gone (though, in my opinion, gunshot to the balls is a little extreme)

I liked this the power of 3. i thought it was pretty funny and had an ace plot, until the last few minutes. really that one needed to be a 2-parter. the ending was pretty disappointing compared to the rest of the episode. And is it just me getting too old for dr who, or was the ending line (the meaning of cubed: the power of 3) reeeeaaaaaallly cheesey. I mean, i literally winced at it

Even if the ponds die, I really would like Brian to have a chance to come back. I just can't say enough how much I like his character. XD
Him and Wilfred too. The Doctor, Brian and Wilfred. That would be amazing fun.

Susan Arendt:
The Brigadier never actually appeared in New Who

True, but he did appear in the Sarah Jane spinoff. I haven't watched much of that, but I did check out that clip on Youtube. Let me see... oh.

Ninja:
I see someone else already pointed this out. Ah well.

Anyway - it is a scene worth seeing for any Classic Who fan. It is a TEARJERKER - particularly since both actors died shortly thereafter.

Edit: That isn't the clip I was talking about. Let me see if I can find it....

Edit2: I have failed to find it. It's the party where Sarah Jane walks in and hugs him, and they talk. I get the impression that other stuff happens with him later, but that talk they have... it was very sweet.

If anyone else has a link to that part, please post it.

Susan Arendt:
Well, we'll find out soon enough, when The Angels Take Manhattan. (Hmm ... Manhattan, eh? Think we'll run into any Daleks?)

Since I just saw the episode, and there were no Daleks in it, I can safely say this is not the case.

On the other hand... I can just imagine it.

Angel, speaking through Radio: "Do you expect to destroy all the Angels in Manhattan with just four Daleks?"

Dalek: "No. We expect to destroy all the Angels in Manhattan with just ONE DALEK. EXTERMINATE!"

And yes, I still love that quote to death.

I absolutely love this episode, it was so fun imaging the way humans would react to cubes that just... do nothing... And the cameos from Alan Sugar and Brian Cox were fantastic.

I was a little disappointed with the resolution of the mystery, because it made the set up a little less cool. It would have been better if it some how tied into the cubes more, maybe they just disappeared, maybe they're conducting an elaborate pyschological experiment (I liked that bit, with the cubes all doing different weird things) and it would have been nice if that was the purpose than straight up invasion.

Also I feel it's generally a problem of new who that they struggle to find ways to resolve episode (particularly the one parters) that don't just feel like the Doctor is getting out the techno-babble because we've been entertained for 40 minutes and it's time to wrap things up. It rarely feels like the answer stems from anything

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