Moffat Era Rewatch: The Power of Three
When the world is invaded by little black boxes, the Doctor comes to stay…
Warning: Spoilers Sweetie
- As an invasion story this one is pretty flimsy. Many have said it would’ve been improved by making it a two parter, but I don’t see how. There’s barely enough story here for one episode let alone two. But as a character piece for the Ponds and their relationship with the Doctor it is almost perfect.
- Amy’s reading glasses are ready.
- Karen is obviously wearing a wig here.
- My favourite thing about this episode is how it focused on Amy and Rory’s struggle to balance their TARDIS adventures with their regular lives back home, something the show would explore further with Clara in season eight.
“Of course I’ve got a job. What do you think we do when we’re not with you?” “I imagined mostly kissing.”
- Amy is travel writer now.
- 10 years.
“There are soldiers all over my house, and I’m in my pants.”
- Hello, Kate.
- Hard to believe Kate and the Doctor have never met before considering how close he was to her father.
“That’s impressive. I don’t want them to be impressive. I want them vulnerable with a nice Achilles heel.”
- “Twitter.” Said with the same level of disgust he usually reserves for Daleks.
“Patience is for wimps.” He says to the man who waited 2,000 years.
- Rory and the Doctor are at odds and Amy is noticeably staying out of it.
- Karen is wearing the wig again.
- I love that real life is no longer treated as this boring or horrible thing that companions need to escape from. For Amy and Rory is is not simply a case of Doctor life good, home life bad. Home life is good, home life is happy, and just as important to them as their time with the Doctor.
- So no one at this hospital noticed that the same little girl was hanging around the place unsupervised for almost an entire year?
- Okay, leaving the cubes in with the knives and forks is just unsanitary. I mean, they literally don’t know where they’ve been. They could have all sorts of alien germs on them. Someone get the health inspectors on these people.
- So either Old Chibs ships Doctor/Rory or Matt and Arthur just really like kissing each other in his episodes.
- I know this is a money saver, but I really wanted to see Zygons.
- “Some left me. Some got left behind. And some, not many but, some died. Not them. Not them, Brian. Never them.” Don’t make promises you know you can’t keep, Doctor.
“I miss you.” Amy’s face at the end is priceless.
- Awww, they’re all eating fish fingers and custard together.
- “Oh, if Fred Perry could see me now, eh? He’d probably ask for his shorts back.”
- “Don’t despair, Kate. Your dad never did.”
- Obvious fake background is obvious.
- “I’m not running away. But this is one corner of one country in one continent on one planet that’s a corner of a galaxy that’s a corner of a universe that is forever growing and shrinking and creating and destroying and never remaining the same for a single millisecond. And there is so much, so much to see, Amy. Because it goes so fast. I’m not running away from things, I am running to them before they flare and fade forever. And it’s all right. Our lives won’t run the same. They can’t. One day, soon maybe, you’ll stop. I’ve known for a while.”
- This is just a lovely little scene. If Matt and Karen seem genuinely emotional it is probably because this was actually the last episode they filmed together. ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’ was shot in the previous production block.
- “Because you were the first. The first face this face saw. And you’re seared onto my hearts, Amelia Pond.” *Sobbing*
- A third of the population dead? Does she mean just Britain or the entire planet, because if it’s the entire that’s like 2 billion people. Rather low key way to speak about such a massive death toll.
- She just saved her son in law’s life and now looks like she instantly regrets it.
“Wow. That’s some seriously weird bedtime story.” “You can talk. Wolf in your grandmother’s nightdress?”
- This has to be one of the most generic endings in the show’s history as a bland looking alien bad guy mumbles a load of nonsense before the Doctor saves the day with a wave of the sonic.
- Wait, wouldn’t all those people whose hearts were restarted have brain damage from being dead so long?
“My! A kiss from a Lethbridge Stewart.” Don’t like, Doctor, you’e been wanting one for a long time.
“Go with him. Go save every world you can find. Who else has that chance? Life will still be here.” Oh, Brian, so much heartache could’ve been avoided if you’d just stayed silent.
Next Time: The Angels Take Manhattan