September 23, 2012

"The Year of the Slow Invasion" - POWER OF THREE

Right now, I'm just getting a wee bit annoyed with fandom - people who say that "The Doctor wouldn't do that" and "What right does he have to say that?" seem more motivated out of wanting the new series to be just like the classic series....rather than just let it breathe and stand on its own.

Which is a shame, because I think they're probably going to miss out on The Power of Three - granted, it's very old school, fun, and a super-brisk 45 minutes, but it is, in my opinion, the best of the episodes so far....because it is so old-fashioned.

I can't really describe it without spoiling (and thankfully, the BBC was very parsimonious in its publicity around this episode), but Chris Chibnall does a great job in jugging various elements. The Ponds' home life, the RTD-esque invasion, the "moments of charm" has a great classic series feel yet somehow seems to maintain that new series' vibe. My only complaint about this episode - it seemed way too short, but that's just a minor quibble.

Various classic series fans will continue to complain that this isn't their Who...and they'll probably complain that this isn't their Who, either, which is a shame, because it's a damn good story.

Easily the best of this season, so far.

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