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epitaph for Matt Smith, now that his run as the show's title character has ended ? bluster, the “Hello, Stonehenge” speech from “The Pandorica Opens. paper over the hollowness of the characters and their relationships. I always forget quite how much I love “The Pandorica Opens” until I'm watching it. . I like that the 'damselling' of Amy from the end of the last episode only Her relationship with Rory, and their happiness, is such a world. Memories and Relationships and Loops (The Pandorica Opens/The and there's even a bonus rant about the Zygon two-parter at the end.
Who could it possibly be? Back to Underhenge, the Doctor keeps scanning the Box, when Amy pulls out the engagement ring. No, it was a friend of his, the Doctor says, someone he lost. He tries to coax Amy into remembering Rory: Nothing is ever completely forgotten; if they can be remembered they can come back. The night he picked Amy up — her house was too big, too many empty rooms.
Doesn't it bother her that her life doesn't make any sense?
Suddenly, something is shooting at them and the Doctor needs to get a closer look. He warns Amy to stay where she is, while a disembodied Cyberhead approaches behind her. It's crawling and scrabbling around on its wires, and tangling around her wrists at which point the dessicated human head is ejected while the arm shocks the Doctor.
She slams it against a stone wall, but, before she can escape, a sleeping dart is shot into her neck.
Amy manages to stumble behind a big door and shut it. It rattles a bit and falls open, revealing the Cyberman with a sword stabbed through it and pinned to the wood. Amy passes out, but Rory, in full Roman gear, catches her and carries her out. The Doctor scans her and starts babbling, looking at two huge Cyberguns ; Cybermen, Cyberweapons, why is one of them in there, was it locked in by one of its own?
There's something right in his face that he's missing, something right in front of him, something big. He'll get it in a minute. He walks away from Rory and — Wait. He pokes Rory quite apprehensively. You died and then you were erased from time. You didn't just die, you were never born at all. He just died and became a Roman centurion. It's sort of distracting.
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He walks over to the sleeping Amy. There's commotion above them before the Doctor can answer, and the sky above Stonehenge is filled with all kinds of alien spaceships.
He addresses each and every single one of the starships: Who has the Pandorica? He does, next question. Who's coming to take it? No plans, no backup, no weapons worth a damn.
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Oh, and something else I don't have: So, if you're sitting up there with your silly little spaceships and your silly little guns and you've any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight; just remember who's standing in your way.
Remember every black day I ever stopped you. The aliens must have dropped the Villain Ballbecause they all get the hell out. For half an hour, anyway, to decide who gets to take the first shot. It's not dematerialising right, and it can't be controlled. Back to Stonehenge where Amy's waking up, she bumps into Rory and recognises him as the guy who The Doctor sends her up to get some fresh air.
Rory is rather traumatised and angsts for a bit before the Doctor shuts him up and tosses him the ring. There's no explanation to this; Rory was eaten up by a crack in time and space and now he's here with a head full of Roman memories. It's unexplainable, and to be honest, rather distracting, but the universe is big and sometimes impossible things just happen and people call them miracles. The Doctor's never seen one, but this is close enough.
Rory goes after Amy. River goes out the door and the screen cracks. Suddenly a creepy voice from nowhere announces "silence will fall". They've landed outside Amy's house on June 26th, The door's been broken wide open and there are burn marks on the grass. They're exactly the same Roman soldiers from Stonehenge; maybe they're illusions, maybe they're cover-ups, but they were created from Amy's memories. Then she notices a photo of Amy and Rory together, the latter dressed as a centurion, and we realize that Rory is also a construct.
Rory tries to get Amy to remember him. She's crying, but she doesn't know why. She's happy, but why is she happy? The TARDIS is still uncontrollable, the doors won't open and again that creepy voice from nowhere says "silence will fall". The Pandorica gives off a high-pitched whine and suddenly all the Romans stop, including Rory.
A light comes from the Pandorica and when the Romans start up again, the ones underground are frog-marching the Doctor towards it. In reality, the Romans are perfected Autons, part of the Nestene consciousness, made to forget what they really were — until it was time.
Rory's struggling to keep hold of his humanitywhile trying to get Amy away. Above ground, Rory's lost his hold and shoots Amy while clinging to her. The aliens watch while the Doctor is dragged into the Pandorica. Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans; they've all formed an alliance against the Doctor.
They have deduced that the cracks in time are threatening reality and erasing all other universes, and that they have spawned from the explosion of the TARDIS. We zoom out from Rory holding Amy's body, a shot of the Earth against stars and galaxies exploding until all fades out in a black void of nothingness — And then the background music stopsmid-note. Steven Moffat feeds on fear and anguish. The prologue is over six thousand years of a painting travelling from Earth to the Doctor.
The action kicks in when River Song is involved and breaks out of prison. Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Amy finds herself stroking Rory's face and can't understand why.
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All There in the Manual: Steven Moffat said that the Cybermen seen in this episode, despite the fact that they have the Cybus logo on their chest, are in fact the Mondas Cybermen. The only reason they look that way is a low budget. And I Must Scream: Cyber-assimilation, according to the Doctor. The fate intended for the occupant of the Pandorica is to be locked into a small cube, under time stop, forever. Amy thinks this is the case when the Doctor tries to remind her about Rory with his little speech about people "dropping out of the world", asking him if the "she" he lost was nice.
The Doctor just decides to change tack. Metaphysical Annihilation on an omniversal scale. Every star going supernova at once. It'll be as if the universe never existed. It's worse than that — a Cyberman claims that "All universes will be deleted. Yet another fantastic set for the show. Actually, some great sets for both episodes, what with the Romans and Stonehenge and all!
For balance, you understand. The image of her sitting in that Pandorica is so powerful. I loved the scenes in the museum. The Dalek statues looked great, and really conveyed the idea that all the things we were familiar with had passed into myth or been lost in the fog of antiquity. Combined with the idea that stars had become the domain of dreamers though I was confused whether it was accepted that there had been stars at one pointall these things pointed to a universe that had suddenly become far smaller, and was merely a remnant of what once was.Doctor Who - The Pandorica Opens - The Doctor gets imprisoned in the Pandorica
But the tension is constant, and no sooner are Amy and Rory back together again than everything else is on the line. River is again wonderfully strong in this story, with the hints of that dark edge to her as the Dalek looks her up and starts begging mercy. For me, the most powerful part of this episode is where Amy is watching the museum video about the mysterious centurion.
The idea that Rory has spent almost thousand years guarding her is simply beautiful, and these two have to be one of the greatest romances in sci fi. There are obviously some dysfunctional elements to their relationship, but overall I find it much more healthy and meaningful than the vast majority if portrayals of love that we see in the media.
It actually quite reminds me of Zoe and Wash from Firefly — even down to the faux triangle. The wedding at the end is most definitely earned. Her relationship with Rory, and their happiness, is such a world away from the crackly, hesitant pre-wedding Amy we originally got to know.
His effusive call to Amy and their relationship there is very reminiscent of how he called her on his stag night, unaware that she was a lot less sure of their impending marriage than he was. Which I thought was sweet. Yeah, Rory knows his place when it comes to Amy, and while this is played for laughs and quite an old fashioned trope, it suits them both very well.
And that goes to show that she is an entirely different Amy. She is still very much herself in personality, but when it comes to her relationship — yes, this is a different woman. I did feel a bit bad for Rory, though. Yet again he is upstaged and pushed to one side! One of the things that I admire so much about him is the fact that he is confident enough in who he is and in his love for Amy that he can continue to display such equanamity through everything.
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I think it is a great inversion of the tired trope of the colourful, larger than life male and the supportive, in the background female that we see so often in fictional relationships. Saying all that, the wedding is lovely and it is the perfect emotional payoff for the wonderful love story we have seen over the course of not just the doubleheader, but the whole season. There are two little throwaway lines that sum up the rightness of this wedding perfectly.
The other is this great exchange: Amelia, from now on I shall be leaving the kissing duties to the brand new Mister Pond. Yes, that is how it works here! It feels like he threw everything out at The Eleventh Doctor and started from scratch. David, I have to ask. Did you see it coming? Because there was a major fan discussion that year about whether the jacket was just a jacket, and only a few die-hard paranoiacs actually pushed the theory that it meant something.
After this story, of course, EVERY tiny detail of the show, especially anything that looks like a continuity error or a dialogue screw up, has been scrutinised to a ridiculous degree. He comforts her and tells her to remember what he told her when she was a child.