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The Pandorica Opens 

River Song returns to deliver The Doctor a serious warning from his allies: the mythical Pandorica, said to contain the most feared creature in the entire Universe, is opening.




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When an unknown Van Gogh painting is found in a house in France in World War II, it's pretty obvious who it's meant for. It's left to Prime Minister Winston Churchill to try and contact the Doctor and does so in a round about way via an imprisoned Dr. River Song. The work is called Pandorica Opens, the Pandorica being a mythical enclosure for the most dangerous thing in the universe. The Doctor soon finds themselves in Roman Britain where at Stonehenge they discover the fabled Pandorica. Rory, who was supposed to have been erased from time and never existed, is now a Roman soldier but Amy doesn't recognize him. River travels to the future in the TARDIS and discovers something important in Amy's room. Written by garykmcd

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17 July 2010 (USA)  »

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Amy Pond describes her deep interest in Roman culture. Karen Gillan's original appearance on Doctor Who (2005) was that of a soothsayer from Pompeii in "The Fires of Pompeii". See more »


When Amy is left to hide behind the Pandorica alone, on her close-up the back wall of this perfect prison wobbles. See more »


The Doctor: Does it ever bother you, Amy, that your life doesn't make any sense?
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The Greatest Threat The Universe Has Ever Faced
18 July 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

One of the things that I enjoy about this season of Doctor Who is that Moffat and his crew established from the very first episode that there was a big full season-long story going on, re-establishing the essentially serial nature of the stories. Oh, yes, Davies had thrown in little hints, catchphrases in his series, but it was impossible to tell whether they were important or an inside joke. They gave no hint as to what was actually going on. They seemed meaningless memes until they were suddenly made important in the seasons' two-part finales.

But anyone who saw Episode One, The Eleventh Hour, knew that those cracks were important. They kept on appearing, and little bits of information were dropped, all leading to this episode and the issue at hand; because to give size to the series, the entire universe must be threatened and what is the threat that confronts us?

Well, I'm not going to come out and tell you in case you haven't seen this episode yet, but it was certainly a surprise to me. Moffat has taken this series, cajoled a great number of varied scripts out of his head and other writers' -- some better than others, of course -- and made of it a whole, with some excellent writing and actors who are up to playing the characters. And he has tied it all together in the first five minutes of this episode and given us a heck of a cliffhanger!

There have been attempts to tie together seasons more tightly before. Some, like the Keys of Time sequence worked. Some, like THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD did not. But this episode fills me with coincidence, but leaves me with one infuriating question.

How is the doctor going to get out of this one? I'll discuss that next week.

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