The Eleventh Doctor’s Eleven Best Stories: 1
The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
A message spreads across time bringing the Doctor to a tomb under Stonehenge where the Pandorica, a prison housing the most terrible being in existence, supposedly lies. But it’s a trap! The Daleks, the Cybermen, the Sontarans, the Autons and just about anyone who ever had a grudge against the Doctor have conspired to prevent the Doctor from destroying the universe; but by doing so, end up destroying the universe (for a bit).
Steven Moffat’s Series 5 finale is just about the best 90 minutes of television you will ever watch. It’s mind-bogglingly timey-wimey, vastly epic (the opening five minutes span Vincent Van Gogh to River Song’s 51st Century prison via Winston Churchill) and, at its core, a love that waits a thousand years. It’s got Romans, Daleks, wedding dancing and the first appearance of the Fez!
The Doctor: “When you wake up, you’ll have a mum and dad, and you won’t even remember me. Well, you’ll remember me a little… I’ll be a story in your head. But that’s OK. We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? Cause it was, you know. It was the best. A daft old man who stole a magic box and ran away. Did I ever tell you that I stole it? Well, I borrowed it. I was always going to take it back. Oh, that box… Amy, you’ll dream about that box. It’ll never leave you, big and little at the same time, brand new and ancient and the bluest blue ever. And the times we had, eh? Would’ve had… Never had. In your dreams, they’ll still be there. The Doctor and Amy Pond, and the days that never came…”