Doctor Who

Season 5 Episode 13

The Big Bang (2)

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

    6.0
    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 !

    10
    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

    10
    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

    8.0
    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.
  • The Lathe of Heaven

    10
    Part One was really sad which makes this follow up a sweet sense of relief which is what makes this probably my favorate two parter in the series, at least for now anyway. It's true this episode in fact this season has certain innonsistances but most time travel stories are guilty of this, but personally I don't care as long as it's a good story with good characters.



    I like the begining where as usual with the Steven Moffat stories it's sort of a mystery where it takes place in the future but then we see it's the same begining as in the first episode and we see a young Amy Pond the same age she was when she first meet the doctor, though how is this possible. We also see there is something different and wrong with this future, there are no stars and are considered not real. Then suddenly there are all of these notes for her to comply to and then she comes up to the Pandorica and opens it by merely touching it and when it opens up two thoughts come to my mind. One, what the frak because we assumed the doctor was in there and two, yeah Amy is alive.



    This episode is filled with a lot of great moments each character had their share and I felt were at their best, like one where the Doctor acts out of character for a moment by acting like a jerk and saying something about Amy that pushed a wrong button for Rory and then he punches the Doctor, way to go for him. But it was really funny we see it was just a trick the Doctor was just testing to make sure it was really Rory.



    But I feel the big moment for Rory was when he decides to stay and guard the box despite the fact it won't open for 2,000 years, hell of a long time to wait. I felt that was sweet and it truely demonstrated how his love for Amy truely knows no bounds as well as Rory permanant evolution into being a hero. But this also gave Rory a broad story arc because as we see on a chart of the musium where the Pandorica went thoughout time even during WW2, it really made me wonder how much Rory went though and what he did during those times, I even like the fact he's became sort of a legend or unexplained phenomina like "Big Foot". When Rory and Amy come back together for the first time in a long time, it was both sweet and funny as we see both are kissing hard and pasonately, I like what the Doctor says to both of them "breathe".



    I really liked seeing the Doctor use the time wrist traveler, it was just funny seeing how he had to jump back and forth in time constantly, it sort of reminds me of the back and forth joke from "The Flintstones" where Fred had to be at two places at once. We also see with it he is able to rescue River, and I really like that joke with the Fez at the end when River takes it and blows the crap out of it with her gun. But also seeing River make a Dalek beg for mercy was awesome, it just shows how River truely is a tough hombre.



    However my favorate moment was hearing that speach that the Doctor gives to a sleeping Amy was touching and I felt wasn't just a speach for her but in a way for us as well the fans, it really justify why this franchise and characters has been around for so long as Babe Ruth once said, "Heroes are remembered but legends never die." I actually had a tear or two in my eyes because even though was able to save the universe in order to complete his mission he had to go though the crack in the universe which meant it would be sealed forever but also the Doctor would be wiped out of existance, what he does just shows how strong his sense of humanity truely is but it was also sad I didn't want him to die but there wasn't anything I can do about it.



    Then of course there was the moment with Ami, which was happy because she not just had parients but also was finally getting married with her true love Rory. I liked how this was handled it didn't feel cheezy or milked. But then of course there is the great moment when once Amy glimpses at her present which is Doctor Who's journal it startss to trigger her subconcious and Amy somehow with the power of her imagination is able to bring the Doctor back. Once we see the doctor back in a ball room like outfit, couldn't help but cheer it was like, yeah the doctor is back. The moments seeing him dance at the reception were funny, I can't help but feel most of that party really wasn't scripted which made it feel all the more authentic.



    And of course in the end Amy and Rory go on more adventures with the Doctor, where will they go no one knows.



    Imagination becoming reality is why dreams are powerful and live forever.moreless
Frances Ashman

Frances Ashman

Christine

Guest Star

Barnaby Edwards

Barnaby Edwards

Stone Dalek

Guest Star

William Pretsell

William Pretsell

Dave

Guest Star

Arthur Darvill

Arthur Darvill

Rory

Recurring Role

Caitlin Blackwood

Caitlin Blackwood

Amelia

Recurring Role

Nicholas Briggs

Nicholas Briggs

Dalek Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • 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.

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