The Pandorica finally opens in, er, The Pandorica opens – perhaps the most oblique season meme of the new series thus far. So, was this finale a bit War Games or totally, er, every single RTD series finale?
Opening scene – Fanwanky fun
Name-checking old monsters – Great fanboy moment
Dangerous Cybermen – Genuinely alarming, parasitic and threatening stuff – rather than the clunky old twats they were under RTD
Regular cast – All strong, especially Smith and Darvill
The twist – A neat subversion of the crash-bang-wallop RTD series finale we’ve become inured to
Some moments of direction – It’s a genuine novelty to see something out of the usual BBC1 drama directors textbook. The moment the Doctor was dragged towards the Pandorica was one of those moments
– Never one to let a moment pass without a glut of bombastic and/or syrupy Hollywood blockbuster dross. Get rid of him FFS.
The actual monsters – The genuine paucity of quality in new series monsters – and lack of budget – was revealed by the revelation that the fucking Judoon and various other shit monsters had clubbed together to defeat the Doctor
Romans – Who gives a stuff?
Monster clusterfuck – A little bit Hinton, as a friend put it
The sonic screwdriver – Stupid magic wand-iness has crept in more and more this season
The Doctor’s speech – Rather Tennanty
So, a bit Indiana Jones, a bit early-90s DWM comic strip, a bit Moffat-y – generally fun.
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