229) THE POWER OF THREE

22 September 2012

Viewing Figure: 7.67M

Plot

When mysterious black cubes appear all across the World, The Doctor spends time with the Ponds while looking for answers

Cast

Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory), Mark Williams (Brian Williams), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart)

Steven Berkoff (Shakri), Selva Rasalingam (Ranjit), Alice O'Connell (Laura), Peter Cartwright (Arnold Underwood)

David Hartley (UNIT Researcher)

Uncredited Cast

David Beck, Daniel Beck (Orderlies)

Crew

Chris Chibnall (Writer), Marcus Wilson (Producer), Douglas McKinnon (Director), Crispin Layfield (Stunt Coordinator)

Sarah Davies (First Assistant Director), James DeHaviland (Second Assistant Director), Heddi-Joy Taylor-Welch (Third Assistant Director)

Danielle Richards (Assistant Director), Iwan Roberts (Location Manager), Geraint Williams (Unit Manager)

Iestyn Hampson-Jones (Location Assistant), Phillipa Cole (Production Manager), Claire Hildred (Production Coordinator)

Gabriella Ricci (Asst Production Coordinator), Sandra Cosfeld (Production Assistant)

Rachel Vipond, Samantha Price (Production Assistants), Rhys Evans, Justine Wooff (Asst Production Accountants)

Joe Phillips (Assistant Script Editor), Rory Herbert (Script Supervisor), Joe Russell (Camera Operator)

James Scott, Juluis Ogden (Focus Pullers), Gary Norman (Grip), Meg de Koning, Sam Smithard, Evelina Norgren (Camera Assistants)

Owen Charnley (Assistant Grip), Ross Adams, Chris Goding (Sound Maintenance Engineers), Mark Hutchings (Gaffer)

Stephen Slocombe (Best Boy), Bob Wilton, Gareth Sheldon, Matt Wilson (Electricians), Paul Spriggs (Supervising Art Director)

Adrian Anscombe (Set Decorator), Charlie Lynam, Adrian Greenwood (Production Buyers), Amy Pickwoad (Art Director)

Richard Hardy (Assistant Art Director), Donna Shakesheff (Art Department Coordinator), Paul Smith (Props Master)

Ian Griffin (Props Chargehand), Jayne Davies (Set Dresser), Austin J Curtis (Prophand) 

Phill Shellard, Helen Atherton (Standby Props), Mike Elkins, Paul Barnett (Dressing Props), Christina Tom (Graphic Artist)

Chris Lees (Graphic Designer), Florence Tasker (Petty Cash Buyer), Will Pope (Standby Carpenter)

Bryan Griffiths (Standby Rigger), Penny Howarth, Alan Hardy, Jamie Thomas (Props Makers), Gareth Fox (Prop Driver),

Terry Horle (Construction Manager), Dean Tucker (Construction Chargehand), Fraser Purfit (Assistant Costume Designer)

Carly Griffith (Costume Supervisor), Katarina Cappallazzi, Gemma Evans (Costume Assistants) 

Sara Angharard, Vivienne Simpson, Alison Sing (Make-Up Artists), Alice Purser (Casting Associate), Becky Torman (Assistant Editor) 

Joel Skinner (VFX Editor), Darran Clement (Dubbing Mixer), Paul McFadden (Dialogue Editor)

Tom Heuzenroeder (Sound Effects Editor), Jamie Talbutt (Foley Editor), Peter Anderson Studio (Graphics)

Geraint Pari Huws (Online Editor), Gareth Spensley (Colourist), with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

conducted and orchestrated by Ben Foster, mixed by Jake Jackson, recorded by Gerry O'Riordan

Ron Grainer (Original Theme Music), Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director), Julie Scott (Production Executive)

Nerys Davies (Post Production Supervisor), Jeff Dunn (Production Accountant), Deian Llyr Humphreys (Sound Recordist)

Howard Burden (Costume Designer), Barbara Southcott (Make-Up Designer), Murray Gold (Music)

The Mill, Space Digital (Visual Effects), Real SFX (Special Effects), Prosthetics (Millennium FX), Mike Hopkins (Editor)

Michael Pickwoad (Production Designer), Gavin Struthers (Director of Photography), Denise Paul (Script Producer)

Diana Barton (Line Producer), Steven Moffat, Caroline Skinner (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Denise Paul (Producer), Nick Brown, Toby Ford (First Assistant Director), Heddi-Joy Taylor-Welch (Second Assistant Director)

Delmi Thomas, Danielle Richards, Marie Devautoru (Third Assistant Director), Seb Feehanm, James Beaumont (Assistant Director)

Nicky James (Location Manager), Rhys Griffiths (Unit Manager), Claire Hildred (Production Manager), Gabriella Cole (Production Coordinator)

Phillip Trow, Vicky Cole (Script Supervisors), Leo Holba, Chris Walmsley (Focus Pullers), Kate Bohin, Claire Polydorou

Pam Verran (Costume Assistants), Pam Mullins, Cathy Davies, Meinir Jones-Lewis (Make-Up Artists)

Gareth Meirion Thomas (Sound Recordist), Phillipa Cole (Line Producer)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • Villa Napoli Restaurant, Plymouth Road, Penarth

  • Church Road, Penarth

  • Caerphilly Castle, Castle Street, Caerphilly

  • St Nicholas, near Cardiff

  • Bute Esplanade, Cardif Bay

  • St Cadoc's Hospital, Lodge Road, Caerleon

  • Neath Abbey, Monastery Road, Neath

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 1

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 3

  • Near Morgan Arcade, Cardiff

  • Belle Vue Park, Penarth

  • BBC Roath Lock Studio

  • The Apprentice Studio

  • King Street, Hammersmith, London

Deaths

  • Sharki [possibly killed when the Sharki ship blows up]

  • Arnold Underwood [possibly killed when Shakri ship blows up]

  • Orderlies [possibly killed when Shakri ship blows up]

  • Patients [possibly killed when Shakri ship blows up]

Number of Production Days: 17

Production Days

  • 17 Days between Monday 30 April - Monday 30 July 2012

Production Errors

  1. When Kate Lethbridge-Stewart takes out her scanner, the screen is facing The Doctor. In the next shot, the screen can be seen facing away from him

  2. When Amy lifts her legs to allow The Doctor to vacuum, Karen Gillan's audio recorder can be seen 

  3. During some shots the cubes are counting down from 7, some of them do not have their numbers. The numbers later return in the following shot. This can be seen at 28:01 and 25:44​​

Working Titles

  • Cubed

Verdict

A terrible excuse to get The Doctor to spend some time with his companions on Earth whilst doing some human things. People do not want to watch 'Doctor Who' to be constantly reminded how boring human life can be. People see normal life when they look in the mirror. The script is almost no-existent paying far too much attention with the fancy editing and far too many shots of the black boxes being used like everything is normal. There is far too many moments which do not make sense and the story seems to pay no attention to them. The threat does not appear until when the plot calls for it and what is revealed is heavily disappointing. UNIT are thrown while the London Tower base is so shamelessly under used. Whenever the script calls for a chuckle results in roll your eyes or put your fingers in your ears worthy. There is absolutely nothing that can be said about The Power of Three instead of, don’t watch it. Terrible.*

76) THE ARK IN SPACE

Number of Production Days: 5