Doctor Who

Season 5 Episode 13

The Big Bang (2)

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jun 26, 2010 on BBC America
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Episode Summary


The Doctor is gone, the TARDIS has been destroyed, and the universe is collapsing. The only hope for all reality is a little girl who still believes in stars.

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  • And my interest in this show officially wanes

    I thought Moffat taking over would be good for this show. I loved his episodes in earlier seasons. They were clever and original and scary. And funny. And always intelligible, not stupidly complicated. Now, surprisingly, I find myself missing the campy days of Russel T. Davies. I don't know. It's not really fair because at this point I've been skipping the stuff between the highly-rated episodes. Mainly looking for River. But here even she's not even worth it.

    It's okay if initially you can't make sense of an episode; what matters is whether you care enough to work it out. And I just don't anymore. I turned this off 3/4s of the way through. This exhausting episode makes me feel down on TV in general.moreless
  • what a bang !

    i love this episode ive really struggled connecting to the new cast but after that episode i love them all

    Rory was brilliant it was such a good way to show Amy and the doctor he was a great guy.

    and don't get me started on river the more you see her the better she gets her story line is so gripping.

    love it !
  • The Big Bang

    The Big Bang was a spectacular and exquisite episode of Doctor Who. I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of significant character and plot development. It was awesome to see The Doctor and Amy Pond in Action. River Song was outstanding as well! I liked how every thing played out and I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!
  • Rory truly proves himself worthy

    Rory truly proves himself worthy.

    People should make the most of what little time they have in life. They really don't need people around them who hold them back. For a while I thought Rory was merely an albatross around Amy's neck.

    No more. He proved himself more than worthy.
  • I'm flabbergasted!

    This was a fast paced episode. In fact, so fast paced I failed to understand what was going on. I suppose the rift in Amy's wall was some sort of dimensional rift in space and time which created some interesting hullabaloo. The Doctor picked an exceptionally perky little tart named Amy Pond to help him in his madness. The first episode, or two, I spent mainly checking Amy out because I thought she was REALLY sexy.

    In this episode we had an enigmatic woman who seems to come to the Doctor's rescue time and again. I believe she was called Riversong! I'm not sure the Doctor knows precisely who she is as well because he asked: are you my wife, or what? She just pops up out of no where! Maybe she is Billie Piper morphed into a different body – who knows. She seems to LOVE the doctor because she was constantly calling him her love, etc., etc. The Doctor obviously has a crush on Amy, but she loves a goofy goober and would give her life for him. A touching scene towards the end of this episode had the goofy man Amy loves (WITH ALL HER HEART) shoot her in the gut as she is admonishing him to accept who he is!!! Of course the Doctor saves the day by telling the goofy man to put his sonic screw driver in his pocket in the Pandora's Box which saves the day in the future! For those of you who may ask what this all means, it means running all over the place and having one heck of a wedding party for Amy in the last few minutes. I must say the writers need to introduce NEW monsters and aliens into the plot. ALRIGHT already…no more of those cute little Dilaks! I would also like K-9 to take some kind of leading role. I would like to see MUCH more of AMY! Wow…what a babe! I would definitely keep the goofy goober guy. He seemed deeply troubled when he shot Amy in the gut and killed her. That was exceptional acting! He also apologized when he dragged the VERY pregnant Amy up the stairs by the hair in the nightmare episode. This has been a great year and can't wait until next season!!moreless
Frances Ashman

Frances Ashman


Guest Star

Barnaby Edwards

Barnaby Edwards

Stone Dalek

Guest Star

William Pretsell

William Pretsell


Guest Star

Arthur Darvill

Arthur Darvill


Recurring Role

Caitlin Blackwood

Caitlin Blackwood


Recurring Role

Nicholas Briggs

Nicholas Briggs

Dalek Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • After Amy's wedding reception, River asked the Doctor if he danced. Then she states that he always dances at weddings. However, this may only be true for the 11th Doctor and possibly his future generations. In The Runaway Bride at Donna's wedding reception, the 10th Doctor not only didn't dance he stood at the bar just looking around the room. Though Donna didn't get married, it was still a wedding reception and he had no interest in dancing.

    • For no apparent reason, the Doctor puts on a fez and takes hold of a mop. This appears to be a nod to the classic series episode "Silver Nemesis", where, while rifling through Queen Elizabeth II's treasure store, the then Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) suddenly pops out from behind a pillar wearing a fez, and holding a mop up in front of his face like a moustache.

    • Production Error; At the end of the episode when the Doctor enters the TARDIS, before the shot is cut away from, you can see people moving around and opening the TARDIS doors, yet in the next shot when Amy and Rory enter, the door was closed

    • When the Doctor travels back to important moments in Amy's life, he also talks to her within the setting of the episode Flesh and Stone. He is wearing his sack coat, which finally explains why he was suddenly wearing it in that scene when talking to Amy, even though he left it behind earlier and was not wearing it after that scene.

    • Both the date of the in-universe 'unidentified explosion' and the real-world date of broadcast are 26/06/2010.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Rory: What are they?
      The Doctor: History has collapsed. Whole races have been deleted from existence. These are just like afterimages. Echoes, fossils in time, the footprints of the neverwhere.

    • The Doctor: When you wake up, you'll have a mom and dad. And you won't even remember me. Well, you'll remember me a little. I'll be a story in your head. That's okay. We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? Because it was, you know. It was the best. A daft old man who stole a magic box. Anyway, 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? We had, never. In your dreams, I'll still be there. The Doctor and Amy Pond. And days that never came.

    • Amy: Okay, Doctor, did I surprise you this time?
      The Doctor: Yeah, completely astonished. Never expected that.

    • River: Did you dance? Well, you always dance at weddings, don't you?
      The Doctor: You tell me.
      River: Spoilers.

    • The Doctor: Legs, yes! Bow-tie, cool! Fez...? I can buy a fez.

    • River: Amy! And the plastic Centurion?
      The Doctor: It's okay, he's on our side now.
      River: Really? I dated a Nestene duplicate once. Swappable head. Do keep things fresh.

    • Amy: What are we doing?
      The Doctor: Well, we are running into a dead end, where I'm going to have a brilliant plan, which basically involves not being there anymore.

    • The Doctor: Hi, honey, I'm home.
      River: And what sort of time do you call this?

    • River Song: Right then, I have questions, but number one is this, what in the name of sanity do you have on your head? The Doctor: It's a fez. I wear a fez now, fezzes are cool. (Amy snatches the fez from the Doctor's head, throws it into the air, and River Song shoots it with her gun)

    • Amy: Do you feel like you've forgotten something really important? Do you feel like there's a... great, big thing in your head, and you feel like you should remember it, but you can't?
      Rory: Yep.
      Amy: Are you just saying "yes" because you're scared of me?
      Rory: Yep.
      Amy: Love you.
      Rory: Yep. I mean, I love you, too.

    • Amy Pond: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
      (The TARDIS appears)

    • The Doctor: Hello, everybody! I'm Amy's imaginary friend! But I came anyway.
      Amy: You absolutely, definitely may kiss the bride.
      The Doctor: Amelia, from now on I shall be leaving the kissing duties to the brand new Mr Pond.
      Rory: No, I'm not Mr Pond. that's not how it works.
      The Doctor: Yes. it is.
      Rory: ...Yeah, it is.

    • The Doctor: River... who are you?
      River: You're going to find out very soon now. And I'm sorry, but that's when everything changes.

  • NOTES (1)