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5.12 - 'The Pandorica Opens'

Quote Unquote:
The Doctor: "You graffitied the oldest cliff-face in the universe."
River Song: "You wouldn't answer your phone."

Steven Moffat
Director: Toby Haynes
Producer: Peter Bennett
Original Air Date: 19th June 2010
Monster/Villain: The Alliance of enemies, the Voice [controlling the TARDIS]

  • France (1890)
  • London (1941)
  • Stormcage Containment Facility (5145)
  • Royal Collection (5145)
  • The Maldovarium (5145)
  • Planet One cliff-face
  • Stonehenge (102 A.D.)
  • Amy Pond's house (26/6/2010)
A Van Gogh painting ferried across thousands of years, communicating a disturbing prophecy to the Doctor, a message on the oldest cliff-face in the universe and a love that lasts a thousand years. In 102 AD England, Romans receive a surprise visit from Cleopatra.
   Nearby, Stonehenge conceals the Pandorica, a prison-box of legend. As it slowly unlocks from the inside, terrible forces gather in the heavens above. The fates are drawing close around the TARDIS. The Pandorica, which contains the most dangerous threat in the Universe, is opening. Only one thing is certain: "The Pandorica will open... silence will fall".

Notable Features:

  • Many monsters have returned in the new series since 2005 before, but never so many, some making on-screen appearances while others are just mentioned - all part of The Alliance
  • New-series creations are shown, such as Cybus Cybermen, Slitheen, the Hoix, Sycorax, Weevils, Uvodni, Roboforms, and the Atraxi respectively. 
  • Classic-series enemies who appear on screen include Sontarans, Silurians, Autons, and Daleks respectively, while those only mentioned include the Nestene, Drahvins, Draconians, Tereleptils, and Zygons respectively. 
  • Even the Chelonians are given a brief mention, who have previously only ever appeared in Doctor Who novels and storybooks, created by Gareth Roberts.
  • This episode features the first appearances of some of Doctor Who's spin-off-show's monsters in the main programme, the monsters being the Uvodni from The Sarah Jane Adventures' 'Warriors Of The Kudlak' and the Torchwood series 1 and 2 regulars the Weevils.
  • The pre-titles sequence of this episode is the longest in Doctor Who so far, running at 7-mins 17-seconds in length.
  • This marks River Song's second meeting with the Eleventh Doctor, which is set before her appearance in Series 5 'The Time Of Angels'.
  • River Song makes 5 costume changes in this episode, in multiple guises, 4 of which are only in the pre-titles sequence.

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