If you’re behind on your Doctor Who viewing, take a look at last week’s recap!
This week, Earth has been invaded by tons of little black cubes. The Doctor arrives and hangs out with the Ponds for a few days, trying to figure out what the cubes do. Which turns out to be….nothing. He gets super bored and we’re treated to a very weird montage in which the Doctor does house maintenance and bounces a soccer ball around. This isn’t QUITE enough to satisfy his adventurous spirit, so he heads off in the TARDIS.
Over the next year, the black cubes are integrated into society. Amy and Rory find themselves with more real-life commitments. I’m still a little skeptical that getting promotions and being a bridesmaid are in any way comparable to traveling through time and space, but I’ll go with it.
Suddenly, the cubes go crazy—attacking people, scanning things, and endlessly playing the chicken dance. The Doctor’s trying to work out what’s happening when they all start to display a countdown.
I will admit to being kind of a wimp when it comes to suspenseful things, so I was watching from between my fingers as the numbers went to zero. When the cubes finally opened, I was pretty much expecting some evil jack-in-the-box alien to come bursting out. Instead, the cubes harness electrical energy and stop the hearts of everyone nearby. Including the Doctor! (It’s cool, he’s got a backup).
As Earth’s population is dying off by the millions, the Doctor and Amy head through a wormhole to a spaceship, where Rory, his dad, and some other humans are being held hostage. The spaceship belongs to the Shakri, who are using the cubes to kill all the humans before they can colonize space.
The Doctor has a nice moment of defending the human race before he figures out how to save the world. With a few swirls of the sonic screwdriver, he turns all the cubes from heart-stopping machines into defibrillators, and everyone is fine! At first, I was like, “Wait, EVERYONE’S fine? Haven’t their hearts been stopped for a while? Is that even how defibrillators work?” But this is a show about aliens and time travel, so I don’t know if I can complain about realism.
Also, there’s another spaceship explosion. That’s the third in three episodes, if you’re keeping track!
At the very end, Rory’s dad finally points out what I’ve been saying forever and tells Amy and Rory to travel with the Doctor while they have the chance! This is the first episode this season that’s ended with the Doctor and the Ponds heading off on an adventure, and I was unreasonably happy about that.
That’s it for this week! I’m actually pretty psyched for the return of the Weeping Angels next episode (which I can’t believe I’m saying because they TERRIFY me). After a few weeks in a row of villains we’ve never met before, it’ll be nice to see a familiar face, even if that face is completely horrifying.
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