Doctor Who “The Power of Three”

Now, THAT was good Doctor Who!  Welcome back!


The intrigue of the plot setup was from a genuinely interesting development that unfolded with the episode instead of being a frivolous construction that’s little more than a frame and doesn’t add much to the storyline.  The use of Amy’s narrative and the Ponds’ home being home base was well done.  All the acting was wonderful and believable.  The humor here has a real range-from situational, to ironic, to sweet, to ridiculous.  The pace kept a good clip instead of getting bogged down in ham-fisted moral discussions.  The use of the title ‘power of three’ was a bit odd, but it didn’t detract from anything.  Similarly, they could’ve been a bit clearer about some of the creepy things hanging around in this episode, but they weren’t actually ignored and everything still fit together well.


My hope in this show is renewed.  I think this one’s superb.  I’ll keep it!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Isabelle
    Sep 24, 2012 @ 10:52:39

    Agreed! I liked this one very much! Felt like the old Doctor & Amy & Rory. The others have felt so strange, the chemistry has felt forced and awkward.


    • wheresmytower
      Sep 24, 2012 @ 12:35:27

      Exactly! This one had the flavor of the old Doctor Who whereas the others felt more like fanfiction. I have a bet going though that the reason Amy and Rory finally leave is because Amy miraculously conceives. It makes the title “Power of Three” have a double meaning, it’s their own new three, it’s something that would creditably force them to make a final decision about time travel, and it’s the only thing that could explain the awkward divorce bit shoehorned in. The issue of children and how they mix with the Doctor’s lifestyle needed to be broached. If that’s not what happens that their split at the beginning becomes pointless as well as unbelievable.


      • Isabelle
        Sep 29, 2012 @ 15:25:58

        That’s actually a really good theory! I’m just nervous that after making us care so much for the characters they’ll give them an improper send off. I mean they’ve felt like caricatures most of the season. If I don’t see an actual goodbye, I’m going to be really bummed out.


        • wheresmytower
          Sep 29, 2012 @ 17:42:22

          An improper goodbye is the thing I’m most worried about, as well. I kindof suspect there might be heavy-handed sentimentality involving River and not a really good sendoff from the Doctor, with the explanation being that we did get a lead up.


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