Eleventh Doctor: The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang (dual review)


Writer: Steven Moffatt

Director: Toby Haynes

Producer: Peter Bennett

Series: 5, eps 12 and 13

Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), River Song (Alex Kingston)

Summary: River Song contacts the Doctor and Amy. They travel to Roman-occupied Britain in 102, where they discover the Pandorica under Stonehenge. The Pandorica is a giant prison designed to contain the most destructive force in the universe. All of the Doctor’s enemies have converged on the site–Cybermen, Daleks, Autons, and Sontaran’s. Oh, and Rory’s back…as an Auton.

Review: This was the story that made me a Matt Smith fan. You see, I like the Sylvester McCoy Doctor a lot. I consider him underrated, and the thing I like best about him is how every episode was like a game of speed chess. He had an entire plan mapped out, and could even change on the fly if he needed to. I always wanted to see someone else do the same thing, and it happens here. There’s lots of great action here. I love River’s scene with the Dalek. “I’m River Song, check your records again.” (Yeah, did none of you remember what Ace did to you Daleks?) And of course there’s the awesome speech the Doctor gives at the end of part 1. What a great way to end the first series of Matt Smith’s era!

Overall Review: 10/10

Continuity: Liz 10 from “The Beast Below” receives a message at the start, as does Winston Churchill. The Fourth Doctor visited Stonehenge in “The Stones of Blood”. The Seventh Doctor actually had both a fez and a mop in one episode. When we see the message “Hello Sweetie”, we also see two Greek letters, Theta and Sigma. Theta Sigma was the Doctor’s nickname at the Academy, as we learned in “The Armageddon Factor”. In “The Forest of the Dead”, River said that her Doctor was able to turn away whole armies, which the Doctor does in this episode.





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