Small black cubes descend all over the Earth on Doctor Who tonight. But they are not what they seem. The Doctor and Amy Pond race against time to save the planet.
The black cubes, which appeared everywhere, appear to be nothing but simple black boxes. People are curious and take them home and to work, turning them into paperweights and other such menial items. Even Professor Brian Cox doesn’t know what they are or where they came from!
However, before Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory even need to ask, the Doctor is at hand to solve the puzzle. He meets with Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) the daughter of Lethbridge Stewart who was the founder of U.N.I.T – The United Intelligence Taskforce – an organization which defends the Earth from aliens. Kate is now in charge and they decided to monitor the cubes 24/7.
After four days of surveillance at base a.k.a Amy and Rory’s house, the Doctor is like a bored and fidgety child so he goes to let off some steam. He does one million keepie-uppies, mows the lawn, cleans the house, paints the garden fence and twiddles with the car – managing to pass just 1 hour!
So the Doctor (Matt Smith) goes on a trip in the TARDIS in an attempt to pass some more time and restore his sanity. Amy and Rory stay at home as they have jobs that they can’t just leave for their “Doctor-life”. In the time that the Doctor is away, Amy and Rory (Arthur Darvill) begin to like their “real-life”, making commitments for the future.
It reaches Christmas and there has still been no activity from the cubes. That is until an android in the form of a girl, who is sat holding a cube in the waiting room of the hospital, is shown with glowing blue eyes. Then we see a nurse remove his surgical mask to reveal a cube shaped mouth and we hear his patient scream.
It isn’t until day 361 that the cubes come to life globally. All of the cubes become active at the same time, each behaving individually. One takes your pulse, one shoots at you, one sets on fire and one plays The Birdy Song on a loop. Then, after 40 minutes of activity it all stops. The cubes have got what they wanted. They have made a complete scan of the Earth and know they best way to attack. The cubes begin their seven minute countdown. A mass message is sent out to tell people to keep away from the cubes while the Doctor tries to stop the attack.
When the countdown reaches zero, the cubes send out electrical currents to the nearest human to stop their heart. 1/3 of the population dies. While helping Rory at the hospital, his dad Brian (Mark Williams) is taken by the cubed-mouthed men through a portal. Rory follows and finds himself in a spaceship orbiting Earth, one dimension to the left. The Doctor and Amy aren’t far behind and are soon on the ship too.
On the ship is a hologram of Shakri (Steven Berkoff) the pest controller of the universe. He has sent to cubes to the Earth to erase humanity before they colonise space. The second wave is about the begin but the Doctor uses his handy Sonic Screwdriver to make it so the next electrical current sent out by the cubes would restart people’s hearts, rather than stop more. At the same time blowing up the spaceship.
The Doctor then enjoys a celebratory dinner with Amy, Rory and Brian before jetting off again in the TARDIS, this time joined by his companions following some persuasion from Brian.
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