Matt Smith as the Doctor in The Power of Three

The Preview of Three…

We’re just a few hours away from The Power of Three, episode 4 of Doctor Who Series 7. While all that might seem like a numerologist’s dream – especially given the number of sides a cube has, it’s all just stuff and nonsense.

You see, this is possibly the best episode of Series 7a to date. It has everything, from UNIT to an alien invasion, awesome guest appearances and a dynamic feeling that this is something new.

Indeed, if you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll know that Amy mentions “the year of the slow invasion”, and the episode reacts to that in a way that is very different to anything seen in Doctor Who since 2010. There’s a feeling of the various alien invasions in Turn Left to the episode… in fact you might be forgiven for thinking the episode hails from the Russell T Davies era.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The Doctor and the Ponds puzzle an unlikely invasion of Earth, as millions of sinister black cubes arrive overnight, almost like presents falling from the sky.

But what are they, what’s inside them and most importantly, who sent them? With the international community at a loss, it’s left to the Doctor to unearth who is behind the mystery.

With guest stars Mark Williams, Steven Berkoff and Jemma Redgrave, the episode is written by Chris Chibnall. If you’ve previously questioned some of his other Doctor Who stories you might well be pleasantly surprised by The Power of Three, which is directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

Over the past few weeks with our previews we’ve been giving a short run down of spoiler-free hints. This one is going to be tough, as there is such a lot of clever, fan-pleasing stuff going on. So I’ll leave it with a mention of ravens and Fish Finger custard – and you can re-read this piece to find the other hints…

Meanwhile, don’t forget to checkout the episode’s trailers and our Power of Three gallery!

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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