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 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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Todd Haynes wanted to first show the revelation that the TARDIS would appear at the reception in a small way with minor changes such as the glasses tinkling and chandelier shaking, and build it up from there. See more »


Figure can be seen on right side of screen after Amy touches her younger self on the head. See more »


[the Doctor has modified a roof dish to prove the sun is actually the TARDIS exploding at every point in history]
Rory: Doctor, there's something else. A voice.
Amy Pond: [Watching as The Doctor adjusts the dish] I can't hear anything.
Rory: [Pointing to his ear] Trust the plastic!
River Song: [Repeating] I'm sorry, my love.
Amy Pond: Doctor, that's River! How can she be up there?
Rory: Maybe it's a recording or something.
The Doctor: No, it's not a recording. Of course, the emergency protocols! The TARDIS has sealed off the control room and put her in a time...
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References The Princess Bride (1987) See more »


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Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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A few plot holes, but a brilliant finale nevertheless
27 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After watching the cliffhanger to "The Pandorica Opens", i remember thinking to myself "well how are they going to follow that up satisfyingly?" luckily, writer Steven Moffat, as normal, succeeded. With this season finale i was expecting a huge explosion fest, the sort of thing i was accustomed to during the RTD era, luckily Moffat is more clever in his stories, and wrote a very interesting, and clever story, don't want to spoil anything, but believe me, it was possibly the most clever story the show has ever brought out, and it ties in, perfectly almost, with the rest of series 5. Now, don't get me wrong, this episode was not perfect, there were plenty of plot holes, for example: how can Nestene Rory still be there if the Nestene's never existed? (i can except that maybe Amy wouldn't have disappeared since she still exists in this alternate timeline, and maybe the doctor was protected by the Pandorica). Still, nothing is flawless, and the plot holes aren't nearly as annoying as they were back when Davies was writing.

The stone Dalek is very effective, and it's actually pretty intimidating (something i wasn't expecting from the teletubby daleks) and it even managed to make me jump at one point, it really is pretty amazing that one Dalek (and one that's not even WORKING properly) can seem more powerful than a whole empire of them.

The emotion in this episode is frequent, and there are several time's where you may be on the verge of tears, the difference between Moffat and davies' writing in my opinion, is that Moffat can write interesting characters AND a good story, whereas with Davies it tends to be one or the other.

The resolution of the episode is a deus ex machina, but it helps that they give it some build up, and properly EXPLAIN it, rather than just pulling it out of nowhere, and giving us an incredibly vague explanation for it. Plus, it actually make's some sense, unlike RTD's little deus ex machinas.....

Overall, this is an excellent season finale for an overall good season with only a few weak points (Victory of the Daleks, and "The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood".

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