Imagine all the Rubik’s cubes in the world suddenly became active alien weapons that could stop your heart. Surely there’d be enough of them lying about the place to wipe out most of humanity. That’s kind of what this latest episode of Doctor Who is about. And it’s a strong episode indeed, because it has original insights into the nature of modern human behaviours, etc. It’s a fascinating and hypnotic watch. It’s about how we like to collect things and we are endlessly curious (remember what curiosity does to poor old cats), but how we also get bored and casual about things far too easily.
Amy and Rory wake up to find that the world has been covered in curious black cubes. People bring them into their homes and workplaces, devising all sorts of everyday uses for them. The Doctor turns up, concerned about what the cubes might actually be, but goes bonkers waiting for something to happen. Meanwhile, people get on with their everyday lives and get used to having the cubes everywhere. There’s a great comedic subplot of Rory’s dad keeping a daily ‘log’ about his inactive cube, as the Doctor’s asked him to keep a careful watch on the cube.
Eventually, the cubes wake up and set about exterminating us. It turns out an alien race (the Shakri) that not even the Timelords were sure existed are behind it all. They are intent on wiping out the contagion that is humanity before we can begin to populate the wider universe.
Definitely worth the watch all in all. Next week: the return of the Angels.