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Trivia / Doctor Who S33 E4 "The Power of Three"

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  • California Doubling: Amy and the Doctor's conversation outside the Tower of London could not be filmed at the genuine location due to the London Olympics, so it was shot on studio in Cardiff and the live action was combined with other footage to create the illusion.
  • The Cast Showoff: Matt Smith plays football again.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • The emphasis of the story was heavily altered in post with a huge chunk of the Shakri scenes being removed. There was an extended action sequence in the climax in which Rory took down the two orderlies. The Shakri was not a hologram, and instead was defeated when Amy and Rory attacked him with the syringes retrieved from the orderlies, and the Doctor used his sonic screwdriver on the Shakri's devastating ocular weaponry. Much of this was removed because of Steven Berkoff's performance (see Troubled Production below).
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    • A scene with bomb disposal experts Conroy and Sullivan was deleted in post.
  • Development Gag: In one throwaway gag, the Doctor is seen randomly holding a cabbage. Tom Baker once famously joked that he wanted a sentient cabbage as the next companion.
  • Fandom Nod: With a helping of Trolling Creator. Since about a year before this episode aired, there were theories floating around the internet that Rory is secretly the Master. This episode shows a fob watch on Rory's bedside table.
  • First Appearance: Of Kate Stewart.
  • Inspiration for the Work: Chris Chibnall was inspired by the story of the MSC Napoli, a 2007 shipwreck along the Devon coast near his home, when people showed up in droves to claim merchandise which had washed up on the shore.
  • The Other Darrin: If you consider the UNIT video Downtime, in which Kate was played by Beverly Cressman, to be canonical.
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  • Promoted Fanboy: Lord Sugar. Seriously.
  • Reality Subtext: Matt Smith put disgust into the Doctor's remark concerning Twitter in the episode, reflecting his real-life decision to stay off the social network.
  • Troubled Production: Steven Berkoff proved extremely difficult to work with, repeatedly going against the wishes of the director (or just plain refusing to do as he was told), deliberately ruining takes and having temper tantrums. The ending of the broadcast episode is significantly different to what was scripted, simply because many of the scenes filmed with him were unusable, and the ending had to be cobbled together from the little material they could use and pick-ups shot later on. In an interview given to promote the episode, director Douglas Mackinnon barely attempted to conceal how difficult he found working with Berkoff:
    "The experience of working with him on Doctor Who was something that'll never be repeated; you could ask anyone on the cast or crew and they'll agree that his participation was extraordinary."
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  • Unintentional Period Piece: While the episode doesn't pile the contemporary pop culture references on quite as hard as many episodes from Russell T. Davies' era did, there are nonetheless a few bits which instantly date the episode to the early 2010s, including the Doctor briefly playing with a Wii, and the boardroom line-up on The Apprentice being Lord Sugar, Karren Brady and Nick Hewer.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The episode was largely restructured to introduce the invasion storyline earlier. The episode originally began with scenes such as the adventure with Henry VIII and Amy at the engagement party.
    • One major element removed from the script was the appearance of Prime Minister Stephen Carter. Suspicious of the Doctor, Carter would bar him from the United Kingdom, resulting in the Time Lord's absence from a long stretch of the narrative.
    • Before being taken by android orderlies himself, Arnold Underwood was to make reference to a neighbour named Elizabeth Cracknell who had not returned home from the hospital.
    • The episode originally ended with Amy and Rory deciding to take "one more" trip in the TARDIS despite Brian's unease. Steven Moffat suggested that this be changed to have Brian encourage them to go with the Doctor, providing a less sombre and more subtle lead-in to Amy and Rory's final story.
  • Working Title: Was originally known to the public as "Cubed". And incidentally, this was also Title Dropped in the same sentence by Amy.

  • Although "The Angels Take Manhattan" was last broadcast, this was the last episode that Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill filmed for Doctor Who. The final shot of this episode, with the Doctor, Amy and Rory stood outside the TARDIS, was the last shot Matt Smith, Karen Gillian and Arthur Darvill filmed together on the show.


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