The Big Bang
Episode / March 15, 2016

Aired 26 June 2010 As it turns out, the scope and ambition of ‘The Pandorica Opens’ was only the beginning as ‘The Big Bang’ continued with and even surpassed those aspects of its predecessor, resulting in a very satisfying conclusion that demands the attention of its audience. Following a necessarily lengthy recap of ‘The Pandorica Opens,’ events then shift forward in time 1,894 years to a young Amelia Pond saying her prayers during ‘The Eleventh Hour’ before effortlessly shifting her to the British Museum where she comes upon the Pandorica. Steven Moffat again proves adept at tying together all of his previous episodes, continuing with the feel of every episode along the way being important. However, the intrigue increases as Amelia turns out to be the only one who can open the Pandorica, resulting in the bigger mystery of the older Amy being revealed within its confines. Fortunately, that mystery ends up being one of the easier ones to explain as the Pandorica keeps its prisoner in stasis. But the weaving back and forth was just beginning as, back in the past, Rory meets up with the Doctor, now sporting a fez. This version of the Doctor is using a…

The Eleventh Hour
Episode / February 9, 2016

Aired 03 April 2010 ‘The Eleventh Hour’ picks up directly where ‘The End of Time Part Two’ leaves off, with the newly regenerated Time Lord desperately trying to land a careening TARDIS on Earth, and immediately sets about the task of introducing us to the new lead Matt Smith and the style of the new showrunner Steven Moffat. Moffat, of course, is no stranger to modern Doctor Who, having already penned several standout episodes for both Eccleston and Tennant, and ‘The Eleventh’ Hour is brimming with his trademark style right from the start, taking a seemingly innocuous crack in the wall and that sensation of inexplicably seeing something out of the corner of one’s eye and bringing both into the realm of fantastic. This combination helps to make the story of Patient Zero just a little more unnerving. Both the beginning and end offer very well-written scenes for Matt Smith to show off his skills, and he takes full advantage. Whether lightheartedly interacting with a child, wryly and dutifully instilling confidence into others, or brazenly and determinedly warning the alien threat to leave and survive, the Eleventh Doctor is put through a range of situations that allows viewers to get…