Black Archive #44 — The Pandorica Opens

The Pandorica Opens

Obverse Books has kindly provided details for Black Archive #44 — The Pandorica Opens. It’s available now and written by Philip Bates, co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion. Full details from the press release below.

The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang

“Who takes the Pandorica takes the universe.”

The TARDIS explodes. The universe is cracked. Space-time is collapsing. The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang typifies Steven Moffat’s ‘timey-wimey’ take on Doctor Who. It draws on the legend of Pandora’s Box and exhorts the power of memories.

This Black Archive explores how time operates in the Series 5 finale, in Doctor Who as a wider narrative, and in real life. How do anomalies and paradoxes work in the show? What might the end and beginning of the universe actually look like? And what caused the TARDIS to blow up anyway?

Asked why he chose The Pandorica Opens for his first Black Archive, author Philip Bates said:

10 years since it was first broadcast, I still get goosepimples when the “hello Stonehenge” speech begins; I still get emotional when “The Life and Death of Amy Pond” kicks in; and I still feel a burst of excitement as the Doctor, Amy, and Rory disappear into time and space, ready for more adventures. That’s why I love The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang. It’s a summation of everything good about Series 5, and about Doctor Who.

Philip Bates is a writer and critic and the co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion website.

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