Here we are again. So it seems to be a thing now where I write about the new Doctor Who as it comes out (Asylum of the Daleks, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, A Town Called Mercy) So let’s talk about The Power of Three.
So here was another non-Moffat episode, and the last Pond episode before their big farewell next week (which will be written by Moffat. Color me nervous about that one.)
And, three in a row, another episode I liked.
On some level, I feel like this episode COULD have been a two parter. There was so much going on, that I felt RUSHED through it. Boxes, the Pond life, Kate, and all three of those stories had very different emotional tones. I left this episode feeling less impressed than the last two. The conflict was resolved VERY quickly, I didn’t have time to even really understand the big bad, and ultimately I just think it fell flat by trying to do too much too quickly.
But let’s talk feminism.
This episode did pretty damn good.
For one thing, this episode passed the Bechdel test with Kate and Amy. (The second one this season. Only Dinosaurs also passed)
Amy was lovely the whole episode. Three in a row that she hasn’t had her emotional, physical, or mental autonomy violently violated. Phew. She was sweet, likable, was building a life all on her own. She wasn’t overshadowed by Rory or the Doctor, and I appreciate that.
But the real star of the show, I feel, was Kate Stewart.
It’s always nice to call back to classic who, and to give Brig a daughter was PERFECT. She was cool, calm, in control. Here was a woman in power who wasn’t hardened by it, or frozen by it, or corrupted by it. She just…runs UNIT like a boss and is still very much her own person.
This is female leadership shown right.
I agree that this episode felt rushed. As Cory said, “This smells like a two-parter,” but then it wasn’t. All valid points about the female characters, and, in my opinion, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship has been the best Amy episode in possibly her entire run.