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Reviewed By: XxDachshundxX Review Date: 3/28/19 7:06 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This episode for me is one of the worst things we've ever gotten in New Who. While the idea of something randomly appearing becoming so prevalent in society turning out to be bad is really good, the actual story is probably the dullest 45 minutes I've sat through. When I say that most of the story is people sitting around watching cubes, I'm not exaggerating...that's what the story is about.
The best thing about this story is the acting performances. Matt Smith is excellent with what's he's given as per usual, Arthur Darvill is great as the lovable Rory and Mark Williams is fabulous as Rory's dad. Karen Gillan is terrible as Amy, but that's not a problem unique to this story so I'll let it side.
This story would have been better maybe if we got an alien planet where the cubes appear. Then maybe the Doctor leaves and comes back in 100 years time, finding out that cubes are killing people. Even though that story is super cliched and unoriginal, it would be more watchable than what we got.
The Shakri are another example of a villain that could have been really cool, but we literally never see them. We get one at the very end who does nothing.
Also, we get another attempt to revive UNIT, and this iteration is maybe better than the Russell T Davies version, but it will never be anywhere as good as the 70s.
So yeah, this is a really terrible story. What's funny is that after writing this, Chibnall wrote Broadchurch which is arguably the best thing he's ever written!
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 2/11/19 11:57 am
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The majority of this story is intriguing, suspenseful, fun, well filmed, well acted and interestingly written with some great scenes. With an exciting and inventive climax and a substantial villain facing off against the Doctor this would probably have been a brilliant 10/10 episode but sadly the climactic scenes are a real disappointment. After all the strong build up the alien threat turns out to be a pretty unimpressive and unexciting one that inexplicably allow the Doctor access to their technology and the Doctor very easily defeats the threat in a total anticlimax. Then this is compounded by yet another case (there are far too many in the Moffatt era) where all the damage done in the episode is undone by a convenient and unconvincing ability to put it all right. The Doctor has one heart stop at the same time as numerous humans have their hearts stop. The Doctor then survives via his remaining heart long enough for Amy to restart his 2nd heart. Some time passes while he goes to confront the threat and defeat it and then he uses the technology in the cubes which stopped people's hearts this time restarting them all. But if people had been left with stopped hearts for the time it took the Doctor to carry out his actions then they would certainly have nearly all been irreversibly damaged and dead.

It is interesting that the writer for this episode was future Showrunner Chris Chibnall and features something Chibnall was to be criticised for when he took over - the villain turning out to be disappointing and easy to defeat - yet it also features a common Moffatt era issue of all the bad effects of events in the story being wiped out by a convenient 'magic wand' moment.

Prior to these poor scenes at the end there was a really good episode. It had the great addition of Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, the new head of UNIT and daughter of the Doctor's old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. It had Rory's Dad, Brian, making another very welcome appearance. It had thoughtful scenes of dialogue as the Doctor discusses his travels and where Brian questions the wisdom of Amy and Rory risking their lives. It had the fresh idea of the slow invasion in the kind of world where people continue with their daily lives whilst ignoring a mystery and possible danger in their midst. It had really good production values and acting. It had quite creepy scenes with initial attacks by the alien invaders. It had the cubes themselves which were a fun idea. It had some good funny scenes of humour.

Taking all the positives of the whole episode but acknowledging the silly and unsatisfactory ending I think a fair score would be 7/10.
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Reviewed By: Omega3000Review Date: 4/17/18 2:11 pm
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The first part of the story is alrigh but it seems like writers had no idea how to reslove it properly. When episode has great buildup like this one the resolution must also be satisfying one. The villain of the week is forgetable as they get, just vanishes like his henchmen and leave The Doctor in the base to fix everything with few waves of his magic wand... ah, I mean sonic scredriver.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/23/15 11:25 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Strange cubes land on Earth from out of nowhere and they seem to be utterly harmless and inert. However, the Doctor knows there’s more to this than meets the eye and he has to be there when something happens with the cubes. Unfortunately, he has a long wait and so he becomes Amy and Rory’s long-term house guest.

This is a story really carried by the relationship between the characters, as well as some great comedy as the most hyper Doctor ever is forced to spend an entire year living a normal life. It’s true that the Doctor’s adventures in, “The Lodger” and “Closing Time” kept him Earthbound but those were both on investigations that had a very quick turnaround, which this doesn’t.

There’s a wonderful scene between the Doctor and Amy where he explains why he travels. It’s one of the best explanations given for why the Doctor travels, and also why he can’t seem to walk away from Amy even after trying to in, “The God Complex.” The character of Brian continues to be wonderful and it’s a pity we didn’t get to see more of him.

The actual underlying plot is a bit more iffy. The idea of, “The Slow Invasion” is brilliant. It’s resolution is another matter. It happened very quickly, and we saw a very serious consequences of this invasion “undone” with the greatest ease in a way that just doesn’t make sense.

Overall, it’s a grand exploration of the Doctor and his relationship with the Companions with a lot of funny moments. The plot does hold together through most of it but fizzles a bit at the end.