Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 13

The Big Bang (26 Jun. 2010)

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The Daleks, Cybermen and others have imprisoned in the Pandorica the most dangerous creature in the universe - the Doctor, who they say will in the future destroy the universe. Moving to ... See full summary »

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The Daleks, Cybermen and others have imprisoned in the Pandorica the most dangerous creature in the universe - the Doctor, who they say will in the future destroy the universe. Moving to 1996, a preteen Amy Pond visits a museum with her Aunt and opens the Pandorica, only to find the adult version of herself inside. Traveling back and forth in time, the Doctor tries to make sense of it all and find River Song, who is also missing. He realizes that there is only one explanation for a starless universe. Written by garykmcd

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Steven Moffat had suggested that Matt Smith wear a fez in this episode to give the Doctor some character, as well as for comic relief. Others on the production staff, who had seen Smith's enthusiasm for costume items for the Doctor, were concerned that the fez might become a permanent part of the Doctor's wardrobe. Moffat had, however, already written the fez-destruction scene (in which, in one fluid movement, Amy throws the fez in the air and River shoots it) with this in mind. See more »

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When Amy is reading (viewing) the history of the Centurion who guarded the Pandorica Box, the monitor showed an air raid over London in progress. These bombers shown were USAAF B-17s and not German. See more »

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Rory: [Watching the Doctor seal Amy inside the Pandorica] Whoa, whoa, whoa. What are you doing?
The Doctor: Saving her. This box is the ultimate prision. You can't even escape by dying. It forces you to stay alive.
Rory: But she's already dead!
The Doctor: Well, she mostly dead. the Pandorica can stasis lock her that way. Now all it needs now is a scan of her living DNA, and it'll restore her.
Rory: Where's it going to get that?
The Doctor: [Looks at his watch] In about 2,000 years.
[the Doctor walks off]
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References Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons: Episode Four (1971) See more »

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A very satisfying conclusion to a superb 1st series.
27 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Absolute genius. To link back to the first episode and show us the clues he left sprinkled throughout the 1st series shows remarkable confidence from Steven Moffat. Such complexity also shows the respect he has for his audience's intelligence.

This 2 parter was the best season finale so far in 'New Who' and wipes away the memory of Tennant as 'Yoda' Doctor with the Master.

As for Matt Smith - brilliant as usual - especially in the more emotional scenes with young Amy and all handled a lot better than the somewhat over the top style we got from Tennant & Davies.

Whilst other dramas seem to lose their way ( Lost, Heroes ) Doctor Who goes from strength to strength - and as long as Matt and Steven are around I don't see that changing.


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