Lots of threads come together for the first part of the first series finale of Steven Moffat’s reign.

Cast and Crew

Matt Smith as the Doctor
Karen Gillan as Amy Pond
Alex Kingston as River Song
Arthur Darvill as Rory
Tony Curran as Vincent
Bill Paterson as Bracewell
Ian McNeice as Winston Churchill
Sophie Okonedo as Liz Ten
Marcus O’Donovan as Claudio
Clive Wood as Commander
Christopher Ryan as Commander Stark
Ruari Mears as Cyber Leader
Paul Kasey as Judoon
Howard Lee as Doctor Gachet
Barnaby Edwards as Dalek
Simon Fisher Becker as Dorium
Joe Jacobs as Guard
Chrissie Cotterill as Madame Vernet
David Fynn as Marcellus

Written by Steven Moffat

Produced by Peter Bennett

Directed by Toby Haynes

Originally aired on the 19th of June 2010 on BBC One/BBC HD in the United Kingdom.


In a chain through time and space, various people the Doctor has met before manage to pass on a warning – a painting of the TARDIS exploding, a lost work of Van Gogh, with time/space coordinates included. Going there, the Doctor discovers the Pandorica, and it’s opening. But what’s inside, and who else is interested?

High Points

  • “I hate good wizards in fairy tales. They always turn out to be him.”

Low Points

  • The end

The Scores

Originality: Well, it’s not really been done in Doctor Who before… five out of six.

Effects: Very pretty. Six out of six. I do like those teleports.

Story: Lots of threads from this series are now coming together into quite an interesting puzzle, but I did feel it went too far by the end of the episode. The validity of that will be shown by what happens next week. Four out of six.

Acting: Pretty much uniformly excellent. Six out of six.

Emotional response: Maybe I’m supposed to care more than I actually did. There’s a point where it tips over too far and my disbelief’s antigravity field fails catastrophically. Four out of six.

Production: Very atmospheric, but the moorlands really did look more or less exactly like modern England. Four out of six.

Overall: I’m more worried than excited about next week, but it was a good episode. Five out of six.

The Pandorica Opens receives a grand total of thirty-four out of forty-two.