The Pandorica Opens
Episode / March 15, 2016

Aired 19 June 2010 Any questions about how well Steven Moffat could handle the opening of a two-part series finale are firmly laid to rest with ‘The Pandorica Opens,’ a superb opening instalment that begins to shed light on to just how much planing has gone into this series as a whole. With new scenes pertaining to several preceding stories and bringing seemingly minor and disparate events from other episodes to prominence, Moffat proves that he is a master at connecting the tales under his stewardship into one true narrative. And so viewers are taken on a bit of a pre-credits whirlwind tour at the beginning, first showing van Gogh from ‘Vincent and the Doctor’ at one of his darkest periods as he his haunted by a premonition. The painting that represented that premonition then passes through the Cabinet War Rooms with Bracewell and Churchill from ‘Victory of the Daleks’ and throughout history to eventually wind up in the hands of River Song as Cleopatra. The premonition of the painting? The TARDIS exploding, complete with date and map references. Stonehenge provides the main setting for the proper tale featured in ‘The Pandorica Opens,’ and confirmation quickly comes that the Pandorica…