Doctor Who The Pandorica Opens S05E12 (BBC)

The new Doctor Who: Matt Smith

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The Doctor working a smartphone

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

This is the first of a series of specials that will air this year. Since David Tennant couldn’t commit to a full series this year, due to some previous acting commitments, we are left with a bunch of specials.

After two disappointing specials, we come to the end of David Tennant’s Doctor. Tennant has rapidly become a favorite of mine. I still love Tom Baker above all, but Tennant is very good. What is it about him? I’d say that David Tennant was almost perfect for the role. It’s too bad that he’s moving on. Already, the 5th season has been delayed until later this year because he couldn’t commit to a full serial.

It’s sad because he was so good. However, it’s good that Tennant is going out with a bang. The ending of part one of the End of Time was amazing. The Master, the Doctor, and the Time Lords, all reunited at last for one final confrontation.

I didn’t really like how the tenth Doctor died, but others will say that it is within his nature to be like that, to sacrifice himself for anyone. He did so. The end is nigh as he says goodbye to all of his companions, from Rose to Sarah Jane.

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The new Doctor is nutty. Nutty enough to be the Doctor, if that makes any sense. I don’t know much about Matt Smith, and I usually keep an embargo on myself about upcoming Doctor Who episodes so that the fun isn’t spoiled, and frankly, I was surprised. It was a good show, not extremely good, but good nonetheless. I have to say that I did really like David Tennant as the Doctor. His shoes are going to be hard to fill. Naturally, Tom Baker remains as my favorite Doctor of all time.

There’s more to River Song and the Doctor. Apparently she killed a man and is serving her sentence in the Stormcage. She says that they will see each other again when the Pandorica opens. This is supposed to be episode 12 of this season. This episode was pretty darn good. I had loads of fun watching it. It was especially creepy when the angels realized that Amy couldn’t open her eyes and started moving. They still looked like statues however, which was strange. They are supposed to be in quantum lock, so I imagined that their real visage was different than stone, but it isn’t.

The cracks in the universe are back and this will be the ongoing theme of this season. We also learn why Amy can’t remember the Cybermen or the Daleks. Time is being unwritten due to some time energy explosion, somewhere in time. This is why the cracks are appearing.

This was an excellent episode. I give it an A+. What is inside the Pandorica? Well, in this episode we finally find out. The Doctor was onto it, but his enemies kept him distracted long enough for their trap to work. It worked perfectly and they doomed the universe to silence. Silence will fall, and that it did at the end of this episode. I just wonder how the Doctor will be able to escape. The Pandorica seems impregnable and Song is apparently dead, as well as Amy.

This was an incredible ending to this cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see the next episode, The Big Bang.

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The story starts in 1890 with Van Gogh going nutters. He painted one last painting for to warn the Doctor about something. The painting was delivered to Winston Churchill in London, in 1941.

A phone rings in the Stormcage. River Song is there. The guard hands it to her. It’s Winston Churchill. He wanted to talk with the Doctor, but couldn’t reach him. The TARDIS rerouted the call to her. She uses her hallucinogenic lipstick to escape. Song goes after the Van Gogh painting Churchill mentioned. She finds it and steals it but gets caught. She says that it has to do with the Doctor. She shows the Queen the painting and she understands. Song travels to Maldovarium in 5145 to find a vortex manipulator, which would allow her to travel in time. She blackmails the dealer into giving her the vortex.

Amy is looking at the ring in TARDIS. The Doctor lands the TARDIS on Planet One, the oldest planet in the universe. A message from the dawn of time leads them back to the Roman era in 102 AD. A centurion finds him. He leads them to Cleopatra, who’s actually River Song. She hands him the painting. The painting is of the TARDIS exploding.

Song, Amy, and the Doctor travel on horseback. On the door sign of the TARDIS, there are date and sign coordinates. The painting’s name is The Pandorica Opens. It’s buried at Stonehenge. The Pandorica is a legend. It’s a box that contains the universe’s worst evil. They find a hidden staircase and go down. A cyberman’s head is nearby, on the surface. It’s still active. They come to a big door. Inside, they find the Pandorica and Cybermen parts. The Doctor touches it.

There was a goblin or a trickster or a warrior… A nameless terrible thing soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. Nothing could stop it or hold it or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world. You know fairy tales. A good wizard tricked it
The Doctor

Something is unlocking the box bit by bit. There are time locks, matter lines, nothing is stopping it. It is opening it. The Doctor says that the stones are broadcasting the warning to everyone. Everyone will hear it. Stonehenge is transmitting to everyone. They try to stop the transmission. There are at least 10,000 starships around the planet. They hear Daleks, at least 12,000 ships. They hear Cyberships. They hear 4 Sontaran battlefleets. Slitheen, Zygon, Atraxian, Nestyn, Chellonian, Dravan, Hymagoth, they are all here for the Pandorica.

Everything that ever hated him has arrived. The Doctor wants to use the Romans against otherworldly creatures. Song goes to see the Romans and tries to rally them to the Doctor’s cause.

Amy asks the Doctor about the ring. She doesn’t get his message and hands it back. He asks her if it bothers her that her life doesn’t make any sense. Before she can answer, they are attacked by a cyberarm. The Doctor dastardly tries to disable it, but the cyberhead comes after Amy. The arm shocks the Doctor unconscious. The head is trying to assimilate Amy. It shoots a dart into Amy. The rest of the body arrives and attaches the head. Rory is a Roman centurion and he saves Amy. She falls unconscious. The Doctor arrives. It takes the Doctor a while to realize that it’s Rory, not just some Roman. He says that he died and turned into a Roman.

A light is coming from the Pandorica. The Pandorica is opening. The sky is filled with battleships. It’s a wonder that they aren’t fighting each other yet. There are so many hostile races there. The Doctor eggs them on. I find it almost unbelievable that all of them wink away. The Doctor says that they will squabble for about 30 minutes. Amy doesn’t recognize Rory when she wakes up. The Doctor sends Rory after Amy with the engagement ring. He meets Song. She starts to cry.

Song is in the TARDIS. There is something going on with the TARDIS. Lightning bolts attack the TARDIS in transit. The TARDIS lands. It plays a recording of a man saying “Silence will fall”. Song is near Amy’s house. She finds strange markings in the lawn. She’s homing in on something. It’s Amy’s room. She has a book about the Romans there. She’s also got her favourite book, Pandora’s Box. The Pandorica has something to do with Amy. Song talks with the Doctor. She says that the Romans aren’t real. He says that something is using Amy’s memories. They are projections or duplicates. There is even a photo of Amy with Rory as a Roman Centurion. The used Amy to construct a scenario to get close to the Doctor. The engines of the TARDIS go wrong. Someone else is flying it. The recording plays again. Silence will fall.

There is a sound. The Romans are deactivated. They behave like Cybermen. The Pandorica opens. Song lands the TARDIS. The Doctor tells her to run out. The TARDIS will shut down automatically. She can’t open the doors.

The Romans have got guns in their hands. They are hidden inside of their hands. Amy remembers Rory.

The Tri-coloured Daleks appear. The fake Romans capture the Doctor. They say that the Doctor have been scanned. They are going to put the Doctor in the Pandorica. The Cybermen, Sontarans and the enforcers of the Shadow Proclamation appear. Everyone is here. The Pandorica was prepped to hold the Doctor. They tell him that they will save all of the universes from him. The Doctor will destroy the universes. The Pandorica was constructed to safeguard the safety of the Alliance. The cracks in time are the work of the Doctor. The Pandorica trap was constructed by scanning the memories of Amy.

Fake Rory shoots Amy with something. Song tries to jury rig the TARDIS.

They seal him inside. Song wasn’t successful. There is an explosion in the TARDIS. A bunch of suns go nova. All of the suns go nova and silence falls.

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15 Responses to “Doctor Who The Pandorica Opens S05E12 (BBC)”

  1. 1 Diehl Art Gallery June 29, 2010 at 07:04

    I remember as a child watching the original Doctor Who. I’ll have to see the new series.

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