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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 the Pandorica opens and the Doctor says, "The final phase. It's opening." the shot is flipped. The Doctor's hair, which normally flops toward Matt Smith's right, goes toward his left. See more »


The Doctor: You graffitied the oldest cliff face in the universe!
River Song: You wouldn't answer your phone!
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Arranged by Murray Gold
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A great opening to the series finale
20 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As Matt Smith's first series as The Doctor comes to an end things are looking bad for The Doctor and his assistant Amy Pond. This opening episode of a two part story refers back to previous episodes of the series; Vincent van Gogh has painted a new picture, it is discover in war time London and Churchill calls River Song and she in turn contacts The Doctor and shows him the picture which depicts the Tardis exploding. The then set off to discover the Pandorica, a mysterious box which contains the most dangerous creature in the universe and is about to open. This is to be found at Stonehenge in Roman occupied Britain. As they wait for the Pandorica to open River goes to bring the Tardis to The Doctor but instead of going there it takes her to Amy's house where she makes a surprising discovery, two of Amy's childhood books are strangely linked to their current predicament and it appears that nothing is quite what it seems. As the box opens many of The Doctor's greatest enemies appear and he makes a shocking discovery about the contents of the box.

This was an excellent episode with several nice surprises which I've tried to avoid mentioning here. I liked how the opening sequence linked to previous episodes in the series and brought The Doctor and River Song together once again. There were some good scares, the best of which was when Amy was attacked by a disembodied Cyberman's head. Amy also gets the best emotional scene when she meets a Roman soldier who's identity might surprise some people, if not everybody. Karen Gillan once again did a great job as Amy showing a range of emotions in a believable way. The only scene I was unsure about was when most of the Doctor's major enemies appeared together although I'm sure this will appeal to younger viewers. I can't wait for next week's series finale to learn how The Doctor, Amy and River get of of their current predicament who at the end of this episode looked doomed... I'm sure The Doctor will sort things out though!

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