Rate & Discuss: The Pandorica Opens

June 19th, 2010
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

The Doctor’s friends unite to send him a terrible warning; the Pandorica - which is said to contain the most feared being in all the cosmos - is opening. But what’s inside, and can the Doctor stop it?

As the end credits roll on the first part of this year’s spectacular series finale, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to cope with the week-long wait until its conclusion. While we can’t make time go faster, we can make the next 7 days a tad more bearable, as it’s over to you to scrutinize and speculate the remaining nights away!

Tonight, we saw the Doctor and Amy joining forces with River Song, as the various warnings and prophecies we’ve witnessed throughout the series came back to haunt them. As the dreaded Pandorica opened its doors to a world of unmistakable horror, the trio were faced with a dilemma they couldn’t even have imagined in their most terrifying of nightmares. But this is no dream, and as a host of familiar friends and foes returned, our heroes were thrown head first into their toughest challenge yet, caught up in a mind-boggling mystery buried deep beneath the soils of Stonehenge.

In what can only be described as an epic start to what looks set to be the finale to end all finales, there were surprises aplenty, but there’s plenty more to come, as its colossal cliffhanger leaves us twiddling our thumbs in anticipation for next week’s final curtain call. But what did YOU make of Episode 12, and what are your hopes for Episode 13? Share in the epic journey with your fellow fans by leaving a comment on this post. Please bear in mind that we won’t be monitoring the discussion for spoilers, so please don’t read any further if you haven’t yet seen the episode. You have been warned!

Series 5 concludes next Saturday, 26th June, with The Big Bang at 18:05 on BBC1/HD.

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79 comments on this article
  1. FirstOfTen(th)
    June 21st, 2010 at 7.36pm | #1

    At first: His name is Steven Moffat, still.

    Then… right, River Song is with us since “Silence In The Library” in 2008.

    And at last: There are so many secrets throughout the whole series… and you can’t stand 24 months? Well… build yourself a TARDIS and go for it. But please: Don’t come back here and foretell me!

  2. Jay
    June 21st, 2010 at 7.39pm | #2

    if we knew who every1 and wat everythin is would u be writing ur say on the matter on websites like this….

  3. Pandorica
    June 21st, 2010 at 9.11pm | #3

    no, sorry i never knew this would cause such a problem.

    i personally, am getting a bored of it, just wish the grand moff would tell us who she really is…. thats all im saying…..

  4. Pandorica
    June 21st, 2010 at 11.27pm | #4

    never mind, sorry if ive caused any problems

  5. JD
    June 22nd, 2010 at 1.50am | #5

    quick few theories. its possible the vortex manipulator is used to displace the pandorica itself in time, its shifted about and ends up in a museum, its opened by amy. now for the clever bit, remember the sign in the lodger? amy goes back in time, puts it in a window in order for the doctor to know where craigs flat is. the doctor does the SAME thing in amys childhood, pre “the eleventh hour” he gives her the pandoras box book in order for her to one day fall in love with it and open the pandorica in the future. this is why amy in “the eleventh hour” thanks santa for the “dolls, pencils and the fish” the first two are to recreate the doctor(so he can be remembered after falling through a crack?)as seen by the creepy dolls of the TARDIS AND the doctor lying around and the fish is a cheeky nod to fish custard.

  6. Jay
    June 22nd, 2010 at 4.20am | #6

    nice idea JD…

    I jst watched the beast below again and wen amy pushes the 4get button u dnt think that it made her 4get wat the doctor told her wen she was seven…jst a thought :D

  7. Pandorica
    June 22nd, 2010 at 4.45pm | #7

    i thought when amy pressed the forget button thats wat made her not know the daleks along with a few other things she didnt know?

  8. Jay
    June 22nd, 2010 at 6.27pm | #8

    i kinda thought the same but wen the doctor says about the cyber king it not jst amy that dnt knw every1 dnt remember the cyber king…

  9. elena roberts
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8.11pm | #9

    i agree with your theory as it makes alot of sense and yeaah the doctor did say that what people can be remembered by dolls and if they are remembered they can come back! so maybe thats why he came back at the end of ‘the eleveth hour’ because maybe that was him in the future telling her to do it… x@JD

  10. elena roberts
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8.15pm | #10

    also thats why she has kept them even though she’s alot older! x@JD

  11. Jay
    June 22nd, 2010 at 8.51pm | #11

    if u go to Link removed u will see a photo sum1 put in the comments there are photos on amys wall at the end ov flesh n stone and it looks like der a photo ov david T, Rose, River eyes wid her sun glassess on,Liz 10 or a clockwork monster cant quiet see nott 100% clear and i swear i can see a pic of a warewolf like frm tooth and claw and right at the bottom it looks like a drawing of Madame de Pompadour…go see..:D

  12. Pandorica
    June 22nd, 2010 at 10.55pm | #12

    its all very confusing
    but i guess it all comes down to the next episode, everything should be explained then….

  13. Carl
    June 23rd, 2010 at 6.34pm | #13

    Sorry if anyone has already posted this, but if Rory was erased from time, how can there be a picture of him and amy in her bedroom ?

  14. Glenn
    June 24th, 2010 at 1.42am | #14

    I’ve been wondering about that scene when the young amelia pond first waits out in the garden for the doctor… and then someone moves across the window when the camera zooms back and back into the kitchen. Its definitely not Prisoner zero… it couldn’t have been… he didn’t have time to establish a psychic connection with anyone… and it was definitely human-ish in shape.

    I rewatched it an had a funny feeling that scene might be revisted in the big bang, and shows what happens in the time lapse.

  15. Jay
    June 25th, 2010 at 3.04am | #15

    1 Day 15Hrs Bring it on!!!! cant wait :D

  16. Hawk
    June 26th, 2010 at 5.21am | #16

    I have a question.
    When River Song was talking to the blue alien near the beginning of the episode, the alien said he had a time agent’s wrist strap. Is this hinting at Captain Jack Harkness? Also, has River used it yet?

  17. Steve
    June 26th, 2010 at 10.11am | #17


    Yeah man, he was talking about Jack, he’s not coming back, just sumthing for the fans
    And yes, she used it 2 go back to the oldest cliff in the universe and then do 102 AD to Stone Hendge, obviously dude,

  18. Jay
    June 26th, 2010 at 5.31pm | #18

    one thing i dnt get the libery is were river is ment to die and thats wen we first see her in handcuffs heres the good bit in stone and flesh she says why dose it always end in handcuffs how dose she knw if she aint been to the libery yet?…..

  19. Anonymous
    June 26th, 2010 at 9.43pm | #19

    @Hawk @Steve Um, no it wasn’t Jack, unless Jack only has one hand now… because when he looked in the box, he winced and said, “I said OFF the wrist!”, meaning, the watch was still on the wrist in the box. So, like I mentioned, unless Jack only has one hand now (or can somehow regenerate new limbs?!), it was a different Time Agent’s Time Watch. :)

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