Days left till the 50th: 31
Episodes watched: 72
Today’s Episode: The Pandorica Opens
Writer: Stephen Moffat
I love this episode as it ties in very neatly nearly all the epiodes of the season. It begins with Van Gogh and his dreams, making a painting, and then ties in the war rooms of Victory of the Daleks with Winston Churchill, whom tries to call the Doctor but gets River in Stormcage thus adding in a few elements of Time of the Angels, whom then goes onto Starship UK, to steal the painting from the Beast Below! Love the little links of things we have seen this past season.
Now she gets the vortex manipulator from Malovar, whom says he got it fresh off the wrist of a time agent. Most people speculate that this could be Jack.. as he does turn into the Face of Boe. Then heading even further back she upsets the Doctor by writing on the oldest cliff face in history! She does write the Doctor’s childhood nickname on the face.. if you look closely you can see Sigma Theta, which is what he was called in school. This was also done in So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams, but that was God leaving a message for everyone..
I’m sure Moffat had a blast writing River Song, as he always does. He does do a very good job at making moments that are seemingly important such as the Doctor explaining to Amy why her life doesn’t make any sense to be broken up by a cyberarm shooting at them. He also wrote the most definitive speech of Eleven’s tenure thus far, known as “Hello Stonehenge”..
DOCTOR: Hello, Stonehenge! Who takes the Pandorica, takes the universe. But bad news, everyone… (jumps up on flat stone) ‘Cos guess who?! Ha! (uses communicator) Listen, you lot, you’re all whizzing about, it’s really very distracting. Could you all just stay still a minute? Because I am talking! (the ships still) The question of the hour is, who’s got the Pandorica? Answer… I do. Next question, who’s coming to take it from me? Come on! Look at me, no plan, no back-up, no weapons worth a damn. Oh, and something else, I don’t have, anything… to… lose! So if you’re sitting up there in your silly little spaceship, with all your silly little guns, and you’ve got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who’s standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you. And then, AND THEN, do the smart thing. Let somebody else try first.
The DOCTOR holds his arms outstretched, daring someone to try. The ships take off. RORY exhales. The DOCTOR throws RORY his communicator and jumps down.
Yup, Rory’s back. According to him, he died, and turned into a Roman, and its quite distracting.
He decides that Rory’s coming back is a mircle..
RORY:But I don’t understand. Why am I here?
DOCTOR:Because you are. The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous, and sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles, and that’s the theory. 900 years, never seen one yet. But this would do me. Now get upstairs, she’s Amy and she’s surrounded by Romans. I’m not sure history can take it.
Sadly, Amy couldn’t remember Rory. Luckily she did though, just in time to be shot by Rory, at the same time River gets stuck in a Time Loop on the Tardis, and the Doctor meets a ton of his olde enemies. For that scene, EVERY enemy since Rose in 2005 is there as well as the spinoff shows of Sarah Jane Adventures, and Torchwood. The Alliance consists of Atraxi, Blowfish, Chelonians, Cybermen, Daleks, Draconians, Drahvins,Hoix, Judoon, Nestene Consciousness /Autons, Roboforms, Silurians, Slitheen family, Sontarans (including Commander Stark), Sycorax, Terileptils, Uvodni, Weevils, and Zygons.
Thus began our cliffhanger, with the entire universe exploding around the earth…
Till tomorrow… we’ll see how they get out of that one..