Writer: Chris Chibnall
Producer: Marcus Wilson
Director: Douglas McKinnon
Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), Kate Stewart (Jenna Redgrave)
Series: 7, ep. 4
Summary: Small cubes are popping up all over the world. UNIT is alerted, and the Doctor meets Kate Stewart, the daughter of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. The Doctor is curious about the cubes and waits for them to act, but it takes a very long time, causing him to actually stay for a whole year. The cubes eventually start doing random things, sometimes dangerous things like cutting people. He eventually learns that they are an alien invasion.
Review: OK, let’s start by addressing something you may have noticed. I’ve added Kate Stewart to the companion list. Why? Well, she’s meant to be the spiritual successor to the Brigadier, her father. And this is a great introduction to her character. She seems to emulate her father in many ways. She respects the Doctor as a comrade, but still prefers military action. However, she tells the Doctor that her father believed science was better, and she believes that as well. Because I consider the Brigadier a companion, I’ve decided to add Kate Stewart to companion status, especially with her involvement in the Capaldi Era.
My main problem with this story was how slow it was. The Doctor just sat around and waited, although I will admit him acting like an impatient child was fun. I almost feel like this was meant to be a two-parter, but had to be cut down.
Overall Review: 5/10
Continuity: Brian Williams makes his final appearance in this story. Amy is wearing reading glasses, which she continues to wear in the next episode. capsules containing minirobots is unwittingly reminiscent of a plan later implemented by Cassandra in “The End of the World”. Amy and Rory are seen eating fish fingers and custard, which the Doctor ate when he first met Amy as a child. The Doctor once again asks how humans can cope with just one heart, which he asked in “The Shakespeare Code”. The Doctor taunts a cube by asking “Is that all you can do? Fly around? I had a dog that could do that.” The Doctor still doesn’t like Twitter, which he criticized in “The Girl Who Waited”. The UNIT base was first seen in “The Sontaran Strategem”. The Ponds celebrate their anniversary, which was on the day the cracks in time first appeared. The dress and hairstyle of Amy during her visit to the Savoy Hotel is similar to Tegan’s dress that she war in “Enlightenment.” This is the second time defibrillators have been used to revive the Doctor. The Doctor begins to worry that his time with the Ponds is coming to an end, foreshadowing the next episode.
Trivia: Kate Stewart was introduced in “Downtime”, a Doctor Who home video production made by Reeltime, which is unofficial. This makes her a “canon immigrant”. The working title for this episode was “Cubed”. The logo for this episode was made to resemble the texture of the cubes.