Monday, 21 June 2010

DW 512: The Pandorica Opens

Now that's how you reference past episodes of the series! RTD, please take notes.

The biggest problem with this episode is that it is, by necessity, a set-up episode for the next big episode. We spend a lot of time waiting for the Pandorica to open, and then spend more time waiting... and more time... yeah, we can see this isn't opening until the end.

And no, I didn't see that ending coming. I did guess who was in there, from the description the Doctor gave (that was an obvious description of himself), but I thought it was a future Doctor or some such. [I am wondering if, now that Moffat destroyed the universe, the Doctor's now going to discover his own corpse? Although Lawrence Miles might have a few things to say about that.] But then it turns out the Doctor is being put in it... so that whole episode of "fending off the baddies and getting them fighting each other" was a complete waste of time. We could have skipped to the end quite easily, especially when they all just teleport in without any problem.

But, ooh, Rory! Although certain difficulties have already been spotted. Not sure how they are going to resolve Amy getting shot (short of some timey-whimey-ness of her never having been shot at all), but then there's clearly going to be some time-whimey-ness going on to explain the whole universe destruction thing.

[Amusing note: Right after the Doctor is fired at by the arm, and he ducks out, Amy runs into the side of the Pandorica... and it wobbles!]

Big set up... but pointlessly time-consuming set up. A whole week to wait now...

Next week: So finally they'll get to 26/06/2010... hey, wait a minute!



evildicemonkey said...

I didn't catch the date thing, very clever to have it coincide

Jamas Enright said...

I only got it this episode. I did mean to look into it earlier, but... well done with that!