Doctor Who Series 5.12 “The Pandorica Opens” by Stephen Moffat

**Warning! Here there be spoilers! For crying out loud! DO NOT read ahead if you have not watched through Series 5, episode 12 of Doctor Who. If you have, or don’t care, read on, but don’t get mad…**

This is one of those episodes I love, because it brings back our old friends from series 5. We’re not going to be happy to see everyone after awhile, because all pandemonium is going to break loose.

Vincent paints a picture of the TARDIS exploding, and all the friends we’ve met throughout this series unite in some manner to help the Doctor—Liz 10, Churchill, Vincent, and River Song (OK, I’m SO happy that they brought Vincent back, even for a moment. I totally called it!). He is drawn to Stonehenge in 102 A.D. where the Pandorica—the most dangerous item in the galaxy—is hidden beneath Stonehenge. And there are a lot of Romans in the area, with one particularly familiar person in their midst.

And the Pandorica has begun to open.

Sidenote: I felt like I was watching Indiana Doctor, as he gets a torch and explores the tunnels searching for the Pandorica.

As the Pandorica starts to open, it has sent out a signal, and tens of thousands of starships are converging on the Earth, and ultimately Stonehenge itself. The Doctor begins to yell at the aliens with a long “It is defended” speech, hoping to fend the aliens and their big guns off with a stern word, making them squabble amongst themselves for awhile before trying to seize the Pandorica.

I have to confess that I gasped and jumped up when Rory came in as a Roman. However, Amy does not remember him—because he’s been erased from existence. My hope-meter is going down…

…especially since River Song has stolen the TARDIS, which brought her back to Amy’s old house on the date marked for the end of the universe. The TARDIS has begun to crack. I blame River.

As she explores Amy’s old room, she sees quite a lot of Amy’s old things. A book on Rome, a book about Pandora’s Box, and it seems that whatever has been following Amy throughout this series has now begun to manifest her memories—including Rory.

Basically, all of the Doctor’s enemies have united against him to lock him inside the Pandorica. Something I never would have predicted.

This episode ends with all of us in abject hopelessness (except for the Boy Detective, who I imagined was cheering when Amy was killed)—yes, that’s right. Amy was killed. The Doctor was sealed away into the Pandorica, Rory shot Amy, all of the Doctor’s enemies are united against him, and the TARDIS explodes with River within.

This is the perfect platform for the Doctor to shine next week. I have NO idea how that will happen, but I can’t wait to see. However, I don’t know how I’ll last for a week.

Favorite Quotes:

Cyberman Head:

You will be assimilated.

(I’ve always thought they were basically the Borg. Now I know.)


I died and turned into a Roman. It’s very distracting.

Previous episode: “The Lodger

Next episode: Season 5 finale: “The Big Bang


3 thoughts on “Doctor Who Series 5.12 “The Pandorica Opens” by Stephen Moffat

  1. 1. You’re not wrong. I did cheer. A little.

    But I also found sweet improbable Amy Pond interesting in a way I never had.

    So I mean, that’s something.

    2. Matt Smith has absolutely grown into his own as The Doctor this season. Well done sir, well done.

    3. The Rory storyline was heartbreaking!

    4. Quit bustin’ River’s balls! For real! She is awesome and you need to let her do her thing!



    P.S. I was going to try and muster up some nice words about Amy Pond but I can’t. Glad the b* is dead;-)

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