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The Big Bang

The series finale, while ultimately a pretty good episode, left me feeling a little underwhelmed by the great escape from the previous episode's predicament. On the whole though, a solid, upbeat finish to the season.

The escape from the Pandorica was almost trivial. It relied on some time-travel and paradoxes (perhaps justifiable in a collapsing universe) and the Doctor was able to save himself. But I expected something more after the brilliant setup.

The Pandorica Opens

Quite possibly the best cliff-hanger ever! This is the first part of a two-part end-of-series episode. It has the hallmarks of recent series-enders, ie. big, but without going over the top (into space opera territory). River Song is back as she foretold in Flesh and Stone with a warning that leads River, Amy and the Doctor to the Pandorica. But what is it? A prison for the most-feared warrior of all time?

The Lodger

An unusual episode that focuses on the Doctor (Amy being almost entirely absent) living as a human. He rents a flat (hence The Lodger) while investigating why the TARDIS can't materialise (trapping Amy in the future). There's humour, a love story, the Doctor playing football and another reference to the cracks.

Vincent And The Doctor

The Doctor is treating Amy to make up for losing Rory (despite her failing to remember him). At the Musee d'Orsay, the Doctor spots a face in one of Van Gogh's paintings. Believing it to be evil he takes Amy back to 1890 to meet Vincent Van Gogh and find out what the face belongs to. Thus begins a witty, yet poignant, episode about sadness, depression and one of the world's greatest ever painters. I really liked this episode; it's well worth a second look.

Cold Blood

A fairly straight-forward episode, but with effectively two endings: one where the Doctor saves the day in the usual way and a second where the cracks re-appear with devastating effect.

The Hungry Earth

The Doctor, Rory and Amy burst out of the TARDIS expecting to be in Rio. Unfortunately they're in a little town in Wales in the year 2020. So begins a reasonably traditional Doctor Who story featuring an old enemy: the Silurians.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the episode is a future Amy and Rory waving from a distance. The Doctor stops his companions from meeting their other selves. You've got to wonder what this is all about. Why did they (the future selves) do it? Is this part of the series motif?

Amy's Choice

A witty, engaging and very original episode that was a big improvement on last week. Not outstanding, but one of the best of the new season.

This episode begins with one of the longest introductions before the title credits I can recall. The Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves switching between two realities each time they nod off at the sound of birdsong. The Doctor warns them that this looks like it could be a tricky one and them smiles as if he relishes the challenge.

The Vampires of Venice

This episode began with a witty scene involving the Doctor popping out of a cake at Amy's fiance's stag party. But this was probably the highpoint of a weak episode. There were some good bits, but the plot was not strong and there was little that was novel. We learnt a little more about the cracks, but that was it.

Flesh And Stone

A clever, pacy episode that answers some questions and sets up a whole lot more. The Doctor eventually overcomes the angels (in a manner reminiscent of Doomsday). Along the way we find out more about the angels, River Song and the cracks.

The Time of Angels

Stephen Moffat brings back two of his creations in this episode: River Song and the Weeping Angels and combines them into an enigmatic thriller. The Weeping Angels are revealed to be far more powerful and dangerous than Blink would suggest and give this episode a thriller / horror feel.

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