Published on June 20th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds
The Pandorica Opens Reaction
Last nights episode that saw the Doctor incarcerated, Amy murdered by Auton-Rory, River Song trapped in the TARDIS as it exploded and, oh yes, the universe ending has been universally praised by most media outlets with asides about just where the budget they saved on Amyâ€™s Choice and The Lodger went.
The Telegraph, whose reviewer is everyoneâ€™s favourite 1993 Mastermind champion (For Doctor Who, of course) Gavin Fuller, calling the penultimate episodes climax one of the best since The Stolen Earth.
â€œGiven Moffatâ€™s imaginative capabilities I for one canâ€™t even begin to hazard a guess as to how things will resolve themselves in the climactic episode. Roll on next Saturday!â€
The Express, taking umbrage with Steven Fryâ€™s comment this week at a BAFTA Television Lecture where the great man compared British drama to â€˜chicken nuggetsâ€™ calling Doctor Who a mere childrenâ€™s programme, focused on the family for its review.
â€œThe Pandorica Opens, was classic fairytale, and aimed, as always, at a family audience.â€
Den of Geek heaped praise on The Grand Moffâ€™s intricate plotting which saw most of the loose ends tied up before the opening credits had even ran.
â€œWhat has been though is delivering often deep, dark and utterly compelling episodes of Doctor Who. With The Pandorica Opens, heâ€™s not only managed that again, but heâ€™s ensured a solid week of theorising before the final episode of the series â€“ The Big Bang â€“ ties things up next week. He’s raised the stakes significantly, and we simply can’t wait to see how it all pays off in seven days’ time. Because, for our money, The Pandorica Opens was as ambitious and brilliant as we could have hoped for.â€
The Guardian went one further than Den of Geek and insisted that its readers needed to watch the episode numerous times just to untangle its little girls imagination as the universes ultimate trap plot.
â€œI’ll be honest here: you need to watch this episode at least three times to get a proper handle on every little bit that’s going on. Thing is, you’ll want to.â€
Flickfilosopher, a site of reviews and musings by MaryAnn Johanson has an absolutely mind boggling theory as to what the ultimate purpose is of the Pandorica.
â€œThough I still suspect that this â€œbox, cage, prisonâ€ of the Pandorica — the â€œfairy taleâ€ — is just a metaphorical one, and the opening of the Pandorica is really going to be â€œjustâ€ the Doctor reawakening to the real world.â€
If this turns out to be true then the Alliance using Amyâ€™s memories must also be able to impart memories to her as this doesnâ€™t explain how Amy knows exactly what all these feared enemies of the Doctor look like if like she said during Victory of the Daleks, she didnâ€™t know who they were? Is it possible for an alternative universe based on Amyâ€™s memories and mind to contain elements that she is unaware of? How is this cliff hanger going to end (or should that be begin?)
The Pandorica Opens received an audience of 5.9 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures for both BBC 1 and BBC HD. The figures are expected to see a boost when the final figures, including viewers who recorded the program are released next week.