The end of the series seems to have come a lot more quickly this time – or is it just me?

Cast and Crew

Matt Smith as the Doctor
Karen Gillan as Amy Pond
Alex Kingston as River Song
Arthur Darvill as Rory
Caitlin Blackwood as Amelia
Susan Vidler as Aunt Sharon
Frances Ashman as Christine
Barnaby Edwards as Stone Dalek
William Pretsell as Dave
Halcro Johnston as Mr Pond
Karen Westwood as Tabetha
Nicholas Briggs as Dalek Voice

Written by Steven Moffat

Produced by Peter Bennett

Directed by Toby Haynes

Originally aired on the 26th of June 2010 on BBC One/BBC HD in the United Kingdom.


Previously on Doctor Who, the universe ended, but the Earth still seems to be there, and somebody’s been reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

High Points

  • The Pandorica opens… again.
  • This means goodbye.
  • Unanswered questions!

Low Points

  • You can extrapolate the entire universe from a small piece of fairy cake the Pandorica?

The Scores

Originality: Recreating the entire universe! I suppose it’s original if you’ve not read about the Total Perspective Vortex. Perhaps Mr Moffatt is a fan? I actually don’t really mind that much. It’s not like Doctor Who is known for its science. Five out of six.

Effects: Bright lights, stone Daleks and a gorgeous explosion. Five out of six.

Story: It’s more of an exploitation than an explanation. We still don’t know all the answers, and I like that a lot. The whole story is driven by a fantastic sense of time pressure, because there really is a limited amount of time left – the remaining lifetime of the universe. Six out of six.

Acting: Very good from the principles, but it felt like some of the guest cast were playing cookie-cutter roles. Five out of six.

Emotional response: A triumphant feeling, and a bright future. That tear in my eye is from the hayfever though. Four out of six.

Production: The museum was superb, particularly the presentation on the Centurion. Somebody’s really thought about how history is different when there’s no universe. Five out of six.

Overall: Last week left me with misgivings. This week I’m glad that they didn’t come to pass, and I loved not only the resolution of this series but the leaving open of doors for the next. Six out of six.

The Big Bang receives a grand total of thirty-six out of forty-two.