Doctor Who (2005– )
10 user 8 critic

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.




Watch Now

With Prime Video





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marcus O'Donovan ...
Clive Wood ...
Ruari Mears ...
Howard Lee ...
Barnaby Edwards ...


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-PG | See all certifications »




Release Date:

17 July 2010 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »

Did You Know?


First appearance of Dorium Maldovar (Simon Fisher-Becker). See more »


At the beginning of the episode Amy's fingerless gloves come and go. See more »


The Doctor: [transmitting to the alien fleet at and using Stonehenge with the local effect as though through a loud speaker] Sorry, sorry, dropped it. Hello, Stonehenge! Who takes the Pandorica takes the Universe! But, bad news everyone, 'cause guess who! Ha! Except, you lot, you're all whizzing about, it's really very distracting. Could you all just stay still a minute because
[shouts louder]
The Doctor: *I* *am* *talking*!
[all ships stop]
The Doctor: Now, the question for the hour is, "Who's got the Pandorica?" Answer: I do. Next...
See more »


Referenced in Doctor Who: Flatline (2014) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A phenomenal start to the finale
1 September 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Some nice links back to the Series, Vincent, Liz ten etc find a painting which is intended for the Doctor. River pulls out all the stops to get hold of it. The Doctor tracks River back to an Ancient Roman settlement. The painting depicts a vision Vincent had, the destruction of the TARDIS. A date and map reference sends The Doctor, Amy and River to an ancient stone circle. Underneath lays the Pandorica, which is opening, and nobody knows what may lay inside. A secret underground opens and the three travel to an underground vault, where lays 'The Pandorica.'

First test for Steven Moffat, it's all about the finale, they had so far been a little hit and miss, The Stolen Earth was rather fantastic, The Master story a little off.

So many little elements are brought together, there is so much going on at the same time. Alien invasion pending, Romans, Pandora's box, Amy's ring, disembodied Cyberman, Amy's empty rooms.

We had been spoiled in previous finales with huge effects, but as I mentioned in my review for Vincent and the Doctor I've never needed to be overwhelmed with effects and stars, sometimes it's all about the story. I actually love the Pandorica opens, it just works, there is mystery, suspense, fear, tension and lots of surprises. The cliffhanger is totally amazing. The alliances at the end were a little dubious.

So many mentions of the show's mythology, talk of daleks, cybermen, sontarans, nestenes, attraxi, drahvin, zygons, slitheen, sycorax had me thinking we were in for something enormous!! It felt like they were building up for a huge finale.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: