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
The Pandorica Opens is the first part of a two part story which together form the season finale of Matt Smith's first series as the Doctor and Steven Moffatt's first series as Showrunner. Moffatt wrote this two parter and both include his strengths of exciting, interesting storytelling but there are also signs (mostly in the second part 'The Big Bang') of his major fault of throwing too many ideas in without ensuring logic and making sense. In this episode characters actions are rather too convoluted and the story is slightly too contrived but there are not many clear major faults yet and it is so much fun and has so much excitement and interest that the positives far outweigh any flaws.
For reasons that are not revealed the TARDIS is going to explode and the Doctor is lead along a convoluted journey to find the Pandorica, a mythical 'prison cell' which appears to have some role in averting disaster. It turns out this is an even more convoluted trap set by many of the Doctor's enemies. Amy and her exposure to the crack in time turn out to have a large part in events.
Acting, script, action and effects are all strong and the ambition of such a complex story is admirable. In my view things turn out to not all make sense once things pan out in the final episode but at this stage things are very thrilling, intriguing and epic. Having so many enemies and so many threads all coming together is impressive and the cliffhanger is superb.
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