Doctor Who 32.12,13 The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang (2010, Science Fiction Adventure) – 7/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Matt Smith: The Doctor
Karen Gillan: Amy Pond
Writer: Steven Moffat
Producer: Peter Bennett
Director: Toby Haynes
Alex Kingston: River Song
Arthur Darvill: Rory Williams
Executive Producer: Steven Moffat
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Daleks: Terry Nation

Doctor Who 32.12,13 Pandorica Opens, The / Big Bang, The (2010)

The Doctor gets a message through time via a Van Gogh painting. It leads to the Pandorica, a presumed-mythical box containing the most dangerous and deadly weapon in the universe. When the Doctor arrives, it starts to open.

7/10

While I’m convinced that I could not explain the plot to anyone if my life depended on it, fact is, this double-episode season finalé works and connects emotionally. It’s fun, exciting and involving and, as the Doctor, Matt Smith continues to be brilliant. He doesn’t switch crunchingly between serious Doctor and jolly Doctor, as the Tenth David Tennant did, but allows each to bleed into the other. He also carries off a bow-tie and a fez. On him, they are cool. Overall, this has been a stonking series that has consistently entertained and thrilled. There’s always been enough lore to keep fan fires stoked and speculation rampant but most of the episodes have also connected on a more primeval level and it is this that makes good episodes great.

This Doctor Who episode contains mild adult dialogue and references and violence, unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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