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what’s in the box?

UPDATE: My spoilerific blogging now available here.

Well, we know what’s in the box, but we still don’t know, really, what’s in the box, do we?

At the Coventry Telegraph blog The Geek Files, Steven Moffat teases us some more about tonight’s finale (warning: spoilers for “The Pandorica Opens”!):

The Doctor is trapped inside a prison from which even he can’t escape. Amy Pond is dead. Rory is plastic. River Song has been blown up in the Tardis, which has been blown up and destroyed every sun in the universe.

I think any other hero would be in a pickle but I think The Doctor can take it.

I really do think episode 13, the episode we’ll see on Saturday, is a story only Doctor Who can do – no other show could have come close to a story like this. That’s what is exciting about it.

Click through to The Geek Files for more on Moffat’s visit to the primary school where his sister teaches (he brought Cybermen along for the trip).

Doctor Who: “The Big Bang” is on BBC One tonight, and tonight on BBC America, “Vincent and the Doctor.”

Don’t spoil “The Big Bang” here! (We’re already spoiling “Vincent and the Doctor” here.) My blogging coming asap tomorrow.

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  • Max

    I don’t know what’s in the box; but I know when I will know.


  • JSW
  • OMG WTF? Just got to the opening credits. !!!!! This is so unexpected.

  • max

    WOW – did not see that coming

  • I know how this ends.

    The USS Enterprise shows up and collapses the singularity using excess antimatter pods to… to… what? Whadda ya mean, no crossovers allowed?! NOOOOOOOOOOooooooo

  • max

    I can’t wait for Christmas!

  • Jackie

    The Fez died! We barely got to know it!

  • Martin

    Maybe I’m missing a few details but that one pretty much made sense 99% of the time.

    There’s got to be a bigger picture that makes no sense. It can’t be wrapped up so easily…

  • Martin

    Don’t worry, Jackie, the Fez will regenerate.

  • Dre in Spain

    What’s in the box?

    why,.. it’s Sam Tyler..oh dear, and he’s not very happy. Is it Gene Hunt? Is he kicking in a nonce?


  • JohnnyInc

    Didn’t anyone ever tell you? There’s one thing you never put in a trap if you’re smart. If you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there’s one thing you never, ever put in a trap.

  • Martin


  • Jackie

    Actually, I loved the way that River knew how to deal promptly with a Doctor wardrobe malfunction before it got out of hand.

  • Lisa

    too true

    you may think you know what’s in the box… lol

    nice one, Stevie!

    Can’t wait to see you explain it all next year! lol

  • Orangutan

    Schroedinger’s Doctor?

  • The last Doctor Who Confidential show covered the BBC America screening of the Eleventh Hour in East Village. I looked and looked for MAJ in the crowd but couldn’t see her. Anyone else have better luck?

    Also, eeeek, Steven Moffat promises that next series we will find out who River Song is!!!!

  • Martin

    There might have been some fairy cake in there, but I’m not sure…

  • Keith

    Not quite what I expected. Thought the ending was a bit heavy on the deus ex machina (I can think of some variations on this, but that I will save them for MaryAnn’s proper review).

    Was right about there being some sort of reset. Nice to also see we were right about the coat issue from the earlier Angels episode.

    Looks like the big story arc for this season is really part of a larger story arc to come. If there has been some sort of big bad at work, we apparently haven’t even seen him/her/it yet.

  • kassia

    That was the weirdest, most amazing piece of timey-wimey in all the universes. Steven Moffat is an complete and utter genius, and my jaw was on the floor for the entire episode. It was so jam packed, and it tied up (most of) everything. My head is still spinning from the timey wimey of it all a couple hours later.

  • Kat

    That should answer MaryAnn’s question about what to do with the rest of summer. Watching all episodes over and over again, the last two ones for a gazillion times probably.
    Also: My girl-crush on River is starting to worry me.

  • Lisa

    the initial thing didn’t make sense to me – just you dare say timey wimey to me!

    oh yeah looked for Maj too

  • Janus

    Aaah stop spoiling here! Shh! Over on the West coast I’m just downloading now!

    So, MaryAnn, can we anticipate that your “dreading” bias meter button will now read “Doctor Who-free summer”?

    Because that’s what I’m dreading.

  • Mark

    The thing that it took me this long to realize is that this episode aired on the magic date of June 26 2010. I wonder what guarantees Moffat needed to get for that to work out.

  • Mo


    …Was anyone else thinking “sofa of reasonable comfort”?

    Loved the extended jumbled up Princess Bride reference.

    And oh my goodness, she made a —– — for —–!!! o.0

    Favourite season yet. ^.^

  • Dre in Spain

    My little brain doesn’t know quite what happened there, but I’m quite sure I enjoyed it.

  • Oo! So damned Timey Wimey… grief… Fez’ are cool.

    @ Kat: Ditto for River.

    Loved the ep.

  • OMG! OMG! I totally didn’t see the episode and STILL it was AWESOME!

    …okay. So what happened?

  • FrankS

    Well, that’s a doozy of a surprise at the seven and a half minute mark…

    Also, I think it’s safe to reveal that The Doctor comes back at Christmas.

  • FrankS

    Oh yeah, there are penguins on the Nile, polar bears in Australia, and Pharaohs in the Himalayas. Hopefully that’s sufficiently unspoilerish.

  • Absolutely fucking marvelous! Holy blue box you guys was that amazing or what?

    How long till Xmas?

  • I’d say that words fail me but(SPOILERS) obviously not. It made my head hurt and my heart ache – just brilliant. Sorry that we’re not going to see the Eygptian goddess on the Orient Express (assuming that Matt and Karen were telling the truth on Confidential that they had just learnt (while in NYC) what the Christmas episode was going to be), sounds like a riot!

  • DaveTM

    Just finished it. It was amazing, however as to the little speech right before the phone rings…


  • Isobel

    That made me happy,

  • Bassygalore

    It was an AMAZING episode, but how’s he going to top that season after season?

  • Left_Wing_Fox

    I finally got myself caught up on who this week (Left off at “Cold Blood”).

    Glorious! Death of a Fez had me laughing hard, and the Timey-Wimeyness was brilliant. I love how the erratic nature of the time jumps turns out to be a result of the Doctor’s somewhat scatter-shot thought processes.

  • Mark

    Timey-wimeyness par excellence

  • Lisa

    very Curse of Fatal Death

    ahh so you’re thirsty? that’s why!

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