The beginning of the end of season 31, and what a beginning it was.
This was always going to be a confusing episode, simply because of everything that has gone before it.
Time travel can be a difficult subject to broach at the best of times, but when you’ve a whole season of jumping backwards and forwards (not necessarily in chronological order, I might add), with cracks appearing all over the universe, people seemingly being erased and then suddenly popping up as programmed Autons and a hitherto never-to-happen unholy alliance of every foe that The Doctor has ever (?!?) encountered, well then, it’s going to make for a very fast paced, confusing story.
Hooray, we weren’t disappointed.
There’s a lot going on in this ep. so if you don’t think I’ve done it justice by the end of the review please tell me in the comments box.
Where to start?
This has been building to a climax and the audience has had enough time to prepare for it but did we really have to see another exploding TARDIS? The season opened up with the TARDIS crash landing back on Earth do we really need to end the season with another wrecked blue box?
Auton Rory seemingly killed Amy, who incidentally remembered everything that had been wiped from her head previously. Is Amy dead? If so, well, we now know that time can be re-written, so if she is dead now who’s to say she’ll be staying that way for very long. Will Auton Rory be the catalyst to bring the alliance of The Doctor’s enemies crashing down? Speaking of which …
The unholy/unusual/unlikely alliance that every alien race in the Whoniverse that’s ever had a run-in with The Doctor suddenly starts working together in a bid to trap The Doctor?!? What the what.
If we forget for a second that the Daleks and the Cybermen almost annihilated each other in a previous season of the show, and we put aside the many times that The Doctor has snatched victory from the jaws of failure on any number of occasions that these evildoers have tried to take over the universe, not just Earth, the very first time all these alien races get together is actually to save the universe?
I’m not buying that for a second.
Which race decided that this was a good idea? Which race was responsible for creating this alliance? Which race/s are powerful enough to draw all those thousands of different ships together to converge in that one point in space and time?
When the Pandorica first opened and we heard the disembodied voice my very first thought was of Davros. That turned out not to be the case (unless Davros is inside one of the new super-Daleks) but I think it would take a singularly dastardly brain to come up with a plan like this to trap The Doctor.
Then again, River Song (*sigh*) said about the Pandorica “A box, a cage, a prison. It was built to contain the most feared thing in the entire universe.” Even she doesn’t know what it is exactly, and something being built “to contain” something doesn’t necessarily make it a bad thing, it could actually be used to protect it’s contents from destructive outside forces.
This is what I suspect it really is for. If the universe is going to go bang what thing would you want to preserve? The one thing that could possibly put it all right once the big bad thing has happened. That would be The Doctor.
Of course, this is just all speculation. There’s a wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey constant flux in Doctor Who, but one thing’s for certain, whatever happened in this episode regarding the Pandorica, it’ll have to be dealt with in the next and final episode of the season. Even if that means repercussions in future episodes a resolution will have to be proffered of some sort.
I can’t wait.