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Best of Matt Smith: The Power of Three

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Across the next couple of months Doctor Who TV is running a series of polls to celebrate Matt Smith’s era. We want you to cast your votes on every story and at the end we’ll be comprising a list to find the top scoring.

We continue Series 7 with The Power of Three. All you have to do is rate the story with your score out of 10, so get voting and join us again tomorrow for the next episode.

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MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Best episode of the series in my opinion. A superb episode with only one flaw: the ending. 9/10

DawnTime
DawnTime

Great fun - Love the Doctor trying to do domestic chores because he is bored very funny a very good 8 from me.

DW_girl
DW_girl

7/10. It was one of those episodes in series 7 which suffered from the rejection of two-parters. I'm sure lots will agree when I say that the resolution was pretty naft- that sonic screwdriver is just a 'get out of jail free' card these days. However, had the episode been a two-parter, I would have given it a 9/10, due to the fact that the whole story and concept was brilliantly written and executed. It had the right balance between humour, fear and friendships, and it sets up the Pond's last episode expertly. Matt Smith gives an outstanding performance again, and it was nice to see another Earth-based story after so many episodes which were set on another planet and/or different time zone.

WhoMallow666
WhoMallow666

Besides the rushed ending this is an amazing episode, 8/10

mgm1229
mgm1229

Even with the rushed ending, I loved this episode for the same reason I love The Lodger. It's always fun to see the Doctor negotiate normal human life. And it addresses something that the first 4 series of New Who did brilliantly, which was the effect meeting and traveling with the Doctor has on the loved ones of the companions, the people left behind. It adds emotional depth to the upcoming departure of the Ponds, as it solidifies for the viewer why, in the end, Amy chooses to live her life with Rory. The glimpse we get into their life together is invaluable. And please, the Doctor on the Wii? Hilarious.

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

10/10- Fantastic episode that proved monsters don't always have to be a important part of the episode.

LaraHarris
LaraHarris

Terrible. Probably the worst episode since the restart ,mostly because an interesting premise was ruined by the most rushed, disjointed god awful ending. I don't think there is an episode has disappointed me more and considering there are episodes out there like The Twin Dilemma and Victory of the Dakeks, that's saying something

Whovian Across the Pond
Whovian Across the Pond

I liked this episode for what it was, it really wasn't about the cubes, it was showing the life of the Ponds in relation to the Doctor (8/10), probably to set up their exit. I also have a theory about this episode. I think the first half of it happened after Dinosaurs on the Space Ship and the second half (from the Ponds anniversary on) was after Angels Take Manhattan (A Town Called Mercy happened during the anniversary trip). The Doctor was young and unable to sit still in the first half of the episode and then left in the TARDIS (and could have traveled for years during that time picking up older Ponds) and came back for their annivesary clinging on to them and seemed older. He even mentions about Amy and Rory fading from them and will eventually stop traveling with him (he had a very sad and knowing look when he and Amy are at the Tower of London). I definitely think ATCM was after the TATM. He says he is 1200 years old in ATCM and was unusually angry. I think eventually he had to let them go due to the time disturbance (he was picking up younger Ponds) and he also lost River (went to the Singing Tower of Derillium) during that time and then went into the depression from The Snowman.

LeightonWestwoo
LeightonWestwoo

People hated because the plot was solved by the sonic screwdriver but in day of the doctor the waved his sonic screwdriver and the zygons forgot who they are ( they solved it by using the sonic screwdriver ) we forgot aout because of the follow through

DrIndianaJonesThatsWho
DrIndianaJonesThatsWho

Always said it, great and underrated episode. Not perfect, but for me 7/10. If the ending had been better could have been 8 or 9

JailBanksters
JailBanksters

I liked this ep, but I had to knock a point off because he ending was absolute krap.

I suppose it's better than just reversing the polarity.

Oodkind, now in 2D!
Oodkind, now in 2D!

It was great until the end. The story was interesting, it reintroduced UNIT, and the dialogue was good. And then it introduced the evil alien at the end as a mastermind behind it, and you think "this is great, a new villain!" And then the sonic screwdriver came out, and with a wave, everyone came back to life, the threat blew up, and everyone lived happily ever after. Talk about deus ex machina.


It should have been a two parter, but the ending was too abrupt. Who was the evil alien? Will he come back? Why did he choose the earth? What was with the cubes anyway? I'm not sure if this was supposed to have two parts, and if it did and Moffat cut it as he did with Nightmare in Silver, or if it was just bad writing, but either way, it was an awful ending. Some of the middle parts were rushed and a bit off two. All the random traveling with no explanation just made me dizzy.

7/10, because the plot was good enough to partially make up for the failure.

stargazer0118
stargazer0118

Really dull episode. Pacing was so weird. 5/10

Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

Is it just me or are the comments under the newest article not working?

Erehwon NZ
Erehwon NZ

7/10  Not bad but rushed & we needed to see the Shakri More

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

a fun episode even if little comes of it 7/10

AndrewMarsden
AndrewMarsden

7/10. The rushed ending spoiled what was an otherwise interesting (albeit flawed) episode.

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

5/10 - Not a bad episode, but too flawed to be above average!

Anthony Retondo
Anthony Retondo

Aside from the scene at the lake I'm really not a fan :(

Polyphase
Polyphase

2/10. The villain was a non event and the end was just too easy.

Petrolheaded Wholockian
Petrolheaded Wholockian

These polls aren't the best of Matt Smith, not really. His performance has been, without doubt, absolutely superb in every episode. They're more of a poll of the writing, directing and editing in the Matt Smith era. Also, isn't it obvious that TDOTD will come out on top overall? 

grumpyoldcow
grumpyoldcow

I voted it just an average episode. I keep thinking little kids probably loved it with the Doctor's hyjinks about his heart and all, the weird projection of the weird "monster", or should I say just the weird monster's projection, little black yawny cubes, sigh. The saving grace was, of course, what it always is, Matt Smith's incredible take on the Doctor. ALL his lines are quoteworthy and memorial. You know, the Tenth Doctor had practically the same conversation about companions leaving with Jackson Lake at the end of The Next Doctor, but Matt makes it much more tangible and poignant.

I loved the whole idea of the Doctor 'coming to stay' and how he changed during the episode. Especially moving was how he was able to tell Amy he missed her. . and the bit where he said he was running towards things before they flared and faded really hit home now that Matt Smith is fading from the collective fandom of Doctor Who.

This episode felt like it couldn't decide whether to be a character study or a monster of the week, so marks off forthe inconsistency.

But I did love Brian, and, the ending where he tells them to go with the Doctor.

SouffleBoy
SouffleBoy

This episode screamed for a two parter! I liked it.. a lot, just a little bit rushed towards the end. 7/10


Handles
Handles

Six. I like it, bar the ending, although I'm not sure I was that pleased to have this as the penultimate episode with the Ponds. But it has its good moments, and it reinvented UNIT into a far more likeable force (I wasn't a huge fan of Series 1 - 4 UNIT). We also got to see Brian again, for what will probably the last time (sadly).

Whogasms
Whogasms

Can we vote for the first 40 minutes separately from the last 5 please?

TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

Very rushed ending that kept it from being outstanding but the rest of the episode was great. Kate Stewart was awesome. The nurses with cubes on their faces were pretty creepy but the main point of this episode was the character's emotions, and that was handled wonderfully. The scene between the Doctor and Amy where they talk about their relationship and how the Doctor is 'running' to Amy is very moving. I like how it explored the Pond's home life and I loved the opening with Amy saying 'life with the Doctor was like this.... Real life was like this'. The contrast of the Pond's two different lives was great and it showed the chaotic effect the Doctor has on their lives. This episode may not have been that great on the plot front but with characters and emotion it excelled. 7/10.



sontaran17
sontaran17

I LOVE this episode!!! Continuing Season 7's 9+ streak this episode recieves a 10/10 purely for how much I enjoyed it! Its fun, its visually stunning- Its a great concept and a brilliant execution! Without a doubt - Exceptional!

Stradiwhovius
Stradiwhovius

3/10. The plot is meandering never builds to an effective climax. In fact, I was never that disappointed by the lackluster resolution because I found the entire story pretty lifeless and dull! Yet - bizarrely - it also suffers from the precise opposite problem: from Apprentice cameos (which get the fundamental concept of supply and demand confused) to trips to the Savoy, there is too much going on! There are some really lovely moments; like Brian asking about previous companions and the Tower of London chat; but they're ruined a little by feeling like just another sidetrack to a bloated and soulless episode. 

I think this episode could have worked so much better if it was more focused. It's supposed to be all about The Doctor's relationship with the Ponds, but I don't feel like it is. To me, it just seems like they all get caught up in an unrelated plot. To talk about the ending though, while it doesn't disappoint me that much, I feel like it probably should because it is incredibly weak: The Doctor finds the spaceship, waves the Sonic Screwdriver and the threat is over. That's it. It's not even explained very clearly what he's actually doing. 

My final complaint goes to Amy's last voiceover: " It was also when we realised something the Shakri never understood. What cubed actually means. The power of three." What is this even supposed to mean?!




DW_girl
DW_girl

@LaraHarris I don't think you should let the rushed ending spoil the actual episode, because I think the actual story more than makes up for that annoying trick played out by the sonic screwdriver. But it's your opinion, so I won't tell you otherwise.. :)

DW_girl
DW_girl

@Whovian Across the Pond I honestly think that TATM was the last episode for the Ponds, as the emotion was just too great for people who knew they were going to go on more adventures together.

Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!
Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!

No, they used the sonics to reconfigure the memory filters in the building, which is perfectly understandable because that's what the sonic does; it hacks into other technology.

Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!
Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!

@Oodkind  "Who was the evil alien?"

- It was just a projection. An avatar for the Shakri race. As the Doctor put it, "just the ship's automated interface, like a talking propaganda poster."



"Will he come back?"

- *shrug*

"

Why did he choose the earth?"

- The Shakri believed that humanity was a plague, and they wanted to kill the humans before they colonized space.

"What was with the cubes anyway?"

- Stealth weapons. The cubes were designed to attract peoples' attention so that they would collect them, which put the cubes in position to monitor the humans and their world. Then, when the Shakri had seen enough, they sent the signal to the cubes, which released an electrical surge that stopped the heart of the nearest human.


















grumpyoldcow
grumpyoldcow

While I agree with you to some extent, I will point out that maybe "The Best of Matt Smith" as a poll in and of itself does apply. I love the actor's performance 9 out of 10 times, but that one time is a real clunker. His performance in The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, seems forced and second-rate at best, imho, when compared to episodes when he is fully engaged.

Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!
Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!

@Petrolheaded Wholockian  Indeed, but saying "10/10 for Matt's performance" every day would get pretty dull after a while. :P I mean, just look review at my comments for an example. Basically, in every one I have said the same thing about Matt, just with a different synonym for "great" each time.

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

There really is no comparison between how David and Matt delivered their lines in these two shows. I do feel sorry for David as you could see that by about half way in season 4 he really sort of stopped trying and a few of his performances, particularly the next doctor and plabet of the dead were just phoned in. Water of Mars was the last time he really bothered in the role and one of the reasons (of many) The End of Time is so poor is that David just reverts to his gurning and teeth gritting and doesn't put any 'truth' in his performance. Matt has literally never given a less than stellar performance and puts his heart into each one. That's why Matt's star is still rising and Tennant's is in decline.

Handles
Handles

The last voiceover is just a cheesy line to say that the Shakri were no match for "the power of three" of the Doctor, Amy, and Rory.

Whovian Across the Pond
Whovian Across the Pond

@DW_girl @Whovian Across the Pond The Ponds did not go on any adventures after TATM. The Doctor picked up earlier Ponds (i.e. the TPOT) and they had no idea where the Doctor was on his timeline and that he knew where they "die". They just thought here's the Doctor to take us on an adventure. Think about it, his entire relationship with River he knew when she would die and he never told her. I think that is why he was clingy, sad, and unusually angry in last 1/2 of TPOT and all of ATCM.

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

I think Matt is delightful in Widow. That giddy way he rushes around showing the house to the children, the wonder when he meets the tree people and the beautiful moment with Amy at the end. Sometimes the script has let him down a little but he has never given less than 100% in each episode. There has simply never been a better actor to have played the role or one who has given so much to the show and its fans. So many people have commented that Matt is headed for even greater stardom in the next few years. I can hardly wait to see what he does next. Just such a truly gifted actor and wonderful human being. Doctor Who is so lucky to have had him and Moffat come together for this golden era.

TheDreamer
TheDreamer

@Amy the Consulting Key Ring Haha, same here. Except I just use "brilliant" most times because it's usually nighttime here when I do those polls and my brain is only half working, lol.

sontaran17
sontaran17

@Notsosmartguy  Finally! It averges out to be my favourite season of New Who for sure, Most are 10's, maybe 3 are 9's - The lowest in 8 and thats Cold War. Definetley a stunner season!!

Stradiwhovius
Stradiwhovius

@Handles  But... Amy and Rory didn't do anything! As @Galactic Yo Yo alludes to, the first 40 minutes which deals with The Power of Three doesn't have much impact on the resolution at all.

DW_girl
DW_girl

Okay, I get you. It's an interesting way of looking at it, but for me personally, i like to think of TATM as the very last adventure for both The Doctor and the Ponds, because otherwise it kind of takes away from the emotional goodbyes.

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Count me in. Season 7A is my fave too!