Doctor Who: Series 5 Episode 12: The Pandorica Opens

Posted: July 24, 2010 by datechguy in doctor who, Uncategorized
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Considering how much I liked the Lodger it would take an extraordinary episode to go higher in my ranking. The Pandorica Opens pulls it off. It is the single best episode in the entire 5th series.

The direct tie ins with previous episodes work very well. Alex Kingston not only gets an incredible array of interesting costumes (her final costume is in my mind stunning on her, particularly the hip hugging belt, it is absolutely unrevealing yet incredibly attractive, The perfect uniform for the character.) but show stealing scenes and scene stealing lines: “I hate good wizards in fairy tales, they always turn out to be him.“.

However everybody gets into the act, simply manic moments and lines such as:

The Doctor: “Look at me! I’m a target.”,

The Doctor: No, I’m missing something obvious, Rory! Something big, something right slap in front of me, I can feel it!
Rory Yeah, I think you probably are
The Doctor: I’ll get it in a minute.

The Doctor: Remember every black day I ever stopped you. And then, and then, do the smart thing. Let somebody else try first.

Roman General: “I leave camp for one week and find out we’ve been hosting, Cleopatra who’s in Egypt…and Dead!”

And in case you think this is only comedy, the drama is so thick you can cut it with a knife, A lot of answers are provided in this episode but even more questions. It leaves you emotionally drained yet desperate for more. This episode is a dramatic tear jerker and an emotional roller coaster with sizzling aliens of every type for good measure. The cliff hanger is surpurb

It doesn’t get any better than this, but lucky for you it gets damn close.

Rating *****

Last Episode: The Lodger

Next Episode: The Big Bang

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