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A Pandora’s Box of a Season Finale July 20, 2010

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This week’s Doctor Who episode initiates part one of the season finale, and ‘The Pandorica Opens,’ was definitely a jam-packed box!

We are flung through this episode at a breakneck pace. In the first few minutes we follow a frantic River Song through a series of quick vignettes featuring past and perhaps future characters as she tries to contact the Doctor and get a Vortex Manipulator so she can time travel and meet up with him and Amy at a Roman-era Stonehenge.

River, you are the Doctor's Han Solo?

I love River’s unique way of leaving the Doctor messages, and this time she does so by defacing a cliff on the ‘oldest planet in the Universe,’ which contains the oldest known untranslatable message (nice little nod to So Long and Thanks for All the Fish). The setting at Stonehenge, which I believe was partially filmed on location, was simply breathtaking!

Salisbury Plain and Romans

So much happens in such a short time. The Pandoria (which holds the most dangerous thing in the Universe) begins to open, Rory returns as a Roman, River Song flies the hijacked TARDIS and gets trapped inside, the Doctor’s enemies gather at Stonehenge, and oh, Rory is actually a Auton and he shoots Amy!

In the end, we have the Doctor in a box—literally.

Saving the Universe from the Doctor?

As with all good cliffhangers, we should be left with more questions than answers, and Moffat delivered on all accounts. This is what ‘Doctor Who’ is all about.

Best Quote: The Doctor to a resurrected Rory–
“The Universe is big, it’s vast, and complicated, and ridiculous, and sometimes—very rarely—impossible things just happen and we call them miracles…and, that’s the theory. In 900 years I’ve never seen one yet, but this would do me.”

Best Parts: Wow, Autons, Daleks, Sontarians, River Song is Cleopatra, Rory, and a really Big Box. What’s not to love?

Worst Parts: It all went by so fast that I was forced to watch it twice for the quotes—damn!

My Rating: A great beginning to the end! Sonic-Four.

A Candy-Colored Daleks To Victory Tour April 30, 2010

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I don’t like robots.  Call them what you will: Cyborgs, Androids, Replicants, or Stepford Wives, they just don’t scare me very much.

That is why I was prepared for this week’s Doctor Who episode, “Victory of the Daleks” to NOT be one of my favorites.  Ever popular, the Daleks made their debut in 1963 and are perhaps the Doctor’s oldest and most deadly foe; the race responsible for wiping out the Doctor’s home planet and people in a long and agonizing war.  Not bad for a bunch of cyborg trashcans equipped with plungers and eggbeaters for appendages.

The episode starts as a curious World War II setup.  Winston Churchill (a pithy Ian McNeice) is set to employ the Daleks as a secret weapon during the Blitz.  On the surface, the military-green Union Flag wearing Dalek is prepared to help the Allied cause claiming, “I am your soldier!” but when you mash-up the Doctor and the Daleks you know you’re just asking for trouble.

If you like Dalek episodes, you won’t be disappointed.  The Daleks have been destroyed by the Doctor many times over by now.  Yet you can ALWAYS be certain that a few of them will manage to survive and somehow flung across the Universe to come back to pester the Doctor.  This time around, we find that they actually need the Doctor to re-activate the “pure” Dalek strain.  Their greatest enemy is also their savior.

Not my favorite episode, but as I said before I don’t really care for Dalek and Cybermen themed Doctor Who episodes.  Otherwise, some fun moments, including the reveal of the candy-colored Daleks, which reminded me of the famous “flavored” iMac ads.

Best Parts: Professor Edwin Bracewell is a robot!  The Doctor holds off the Daleks with a raspberry cookie!  The War Room, Churchill, London during the Blitz and Spitfires in Space!

Worst Parts: The Daleks — Again!

My Rating: Robots are just o.k.   I wish Moffat had waited awhile longer for the Daleks to reappear.   I give it a 2 out 5.