"You know this is all just a story, don't you? You know there's no such thing as stars."Downstairs, someone's deposited a pamphlet through her letterbox. It's from the National Museum with a picture of the Pandorica on it. "Come along, Pond." Next day, she drags her aunt to the museum, past a stone Dalek into the Pandorica room. Someone steals her drink. There's another note on the box ("Stick around, Pond") and she hides until everyone leaves. Amelia reaches forward and it opens under her touch, light spilling out to reveal... a grown-up Amy. "Okay, kid. This is where it gets complicated."Back at Stonehenge, Rory is cradling Amy's body, trying to get through to her. With the universe ending, they weren't even born, twice in Rory's case; she'd laugh at that. Please, laugh. He could really do with one of those ridiculous miracles the Doctor talked about just about now. Promptly, the Doctor appears in a flash of blue light, holding a mop and wearing a fez. He gives Rory his screwdriver to open the Pandorica with. Just point, and press, and put the screwdriver in Amy's pocket when he's done. Then, zap! he's gone again. When Rory does get him out, everyone in the room who locked the Doctor in is just dust and stone, after-images of things that never existed, echoes in time. Fossils. Well done guys! The two of them are still here, though, because they're in the eye of the storm.Upstairs, Rory shows the Doctor that he's killed Amy. The Doctor doesn't blame him; he's just part of the Nestene Consciousness, a lump of plastic with delusions of humanity. "But I'm Rory now. I'm Rory —""That's just the software talking," the Doctor says, which, okay, is just harsh. The Doctor could bring Amy back if he had the time, but all of creation has been wiped out from the sky, there are people out there who never existed, were never born, more lives lost than he can imagine. Rory's girlfriend isn't more important than the whole universe —WHACK!"SHE IS TO ME!""Haha! WELCOME BACK, RORY WILLIAMS!"He just had to check. They go downstairs. "And take that look off your plastic face. You're getting married in the morning."Memories are a powerful thing, the Doctor explains, and Amy is not an ordinary girl, having spent most of her life with a time-crack in her wall and all. The Nestene used her mind to create the Romans and got way more than they bargained for; like Rory's heart and soul, for instance. The Doctor gently leaves Amy a psychic message and puts her in the Pandorica. It's a trap you can't escape from, not even in death; it'll keep her just barely alive, since she's Only Mostly Dead.Back to the Museum. Amy's recovered, and recognises her confused younger self. note She looks at Amelia, checks her hair and height, and dates it to 1996. She catches sight of the history of the Pandorica on the wall.Underneath Stonehenge, the Doctor grabs River's Vortex Manipulator and prepares to travel them 2000 years to the future; it's still there, just another version of it. But Rory has doubts. Sure, nothing can supposedly get in there, but the Doctor did. So, wouldn't she be safer if Rory stayed? Well, yeah, but 2000 years is a long time and he wouldn't be able to sleep and he'd go mad. But yes, obviously, she'd be safer. Then why would Rory leave?
The Doctor: Why do you have to be so... human?The Doctor leaves Rory a few instructions: he's living plastic, but not indestructible, so stay away from heat and radio signals. And for God's sake, however bored he gets, stay out of — zap!And so Rory draws his sword, sits down beside the Pandorica and waits.In the museum, Amy looks over the Pandorica's history, all 2000 years where it's been across the Earth; Stonehenge, then Rome, then Italy, then Germany... A short film accompanying the exhibit narrates that throughout its long history, there would always be an iconic Centurion there guarding it, warning people of the consequences if it was opened before its time. It explains that the last time he was seen was in the London Blitz, dragging it away from the fire that destroyed its storage place, his final act saving the box he'd pledged loyalty to for 2000 years. It is believed he perished in the fire that night.Cue the audience: "Oh, Rory."Then suddenly: exterminate! The stone Dalek has come to life and zap! " — trouble." The Doctor is here from the past. "Come along, Ponds!" A museum guard shows up and the Dalek goes after him, while the three run.
Rory: Because right now, I'm not.
Dalek: Scan shows intruder is unarmed."You think?" Museum guard Rory, having taken quite a few levels in badass during the last 2000 years, shoots the Dalek with his Arm Cannon and disables it for a while. Amy freezes, then runs toward him and they have a tearful reunion which consists mostly of babbled endearments and quite a lot of kissing. The Doctor tries to break them up, but neither of them really give a damn about much of anything right now — including the end of the world. Or breathing. Oh, and little Amelia is thirsty.They lock the Dalek in the room, while the Doctor zaps back (to Rory at the beginning) and forth for a while, getting himself out of the Pandorica, fixing time loops and leaving messages. And Amelia, here's a drink. He's grabbed a fez from a mannequin in the museum. Then, suddenly, another Doctor appears on top of the stairs, burnt, jacket torn, dishevelled, and collapses. He whispers something into our Doctor's ear and... dies. The good news is, they have twelve minutes.And little Amelia has vanished. Meanwhile, the Dalek has been Restooorrrrred.They go up to the roof, where it's day. The sun's gone, since no stars ever shone, but there's a big ball of light in the sky. It's the TARDIS exploding, exploding at every point in time and space, keeping those who still exist on Earth warm. The Doctor grabs a satellite dish and it picks up River's voice. The TARDIS has trapped her in a "Groundhog Day" Loop, freezing her in time so she relives her last moments over and over and over again. The Doctor zaps to her and brings her to the roof.
River: Right then, I have questions, but number one is this. What in the name of sanity have you got on your head?Yeah, he wears a fez now, fezzes are cool. Amy and River immediately decide otherwise, tearing it off his head and blowing it up with a laser pistol.And then: Exterminate!Back downstairs! The Doctor blocks the Dalek beams with the satellite dish. They have exactly four-and-a-half to go before he's shot, so he takes some time to exposition: the light from the Pandorica was a restoration ray, it repaired Amy because it had her DNA but it managed to partially restore the Dalek too. There are millions of atoms in that box, and theoretically, it can restore everything given enough power. Like cloning a whole body using a single cell.They're going to reboot the Universe. The Big Bang 2.Exterminate! The Doctor's down! And he's zapped himself away again.Rory and Amy run for it and get back downstairs, while the Dalek faces off with River, who's unamused that the Doctor is (apparently) dead.
Dalek: You will be exterminated.River glares. A couple of seconds later she comes strolling around the corner, alone.
River: Not yet. Your systems are still restoring, which means your shield density is compromised. One alpha-meson burst through your eye-stalk would kill you stone dead.
Dalek: Records indicate you will show mercy. You are an associate of the Doctor's.
River: I'm River Song. Check your records again.
River: Say it again?
River: One. More. Time.
Amy: Where's the Dalek?Back downstairs, the Doctor's gone. They find him in the Pandorica, having dragged himself there. The rest of them were a diversion, so he could work down here. Reality continues to collapse around them and it's speeding up; the museum room they're standing in is now much emptier. But the Pandorica has a restoration field; powered by an explosion happening everywhere in space-time, it can act as a Reset Button. The Doctor's wired the Vortex Manipulator to the box, so he can send it into the heart of the exploding TARDIS and give the spark that reboots the Universe. Then they'll all wake up where they ought to be, and none of this ever happened.The Doctor will be at the heart of the explosion, River explains. Trapped in a never-space, the void between two worlds. All memory of him purged.The Doctor wants to speak to Amy. She asks why her instead of River. River says it's because the Doctor doesn't really know her yet, and now he never will. The Doctor asks Amy about her family, that big, big house she lived in all alone when he picked her up, those empty rooms, her parents nowhere to be seen. She's lost her parents, she says, but she can't even remember them, or even how. That crack in her bedroom wall has been eating away at her life for a long time now, the Doctor says. The girl who didn't make sense. "Nothing is ever forgotten, but you have to try."That crack in her wall, the Universe pouring into her head, she'll be able to remember them. She just has to remember, and when she wakes up, her family will be there. The Doctor won't, but she'll have her family back."You won't need your imaginary friend any more."And hey. "Gotcha." Bye-bye, Pond.The Pandorica lifts off and the Doctor sends a message to River's transmitter: Geronimo.The Doctor powers the Pandorica into the explosion. Things rewind, events unhappen. And he... wakes up in the TARDIS. Okay. "I escaped, then. Love it when I do that." Legs? Got it. Bow tie? Cool. Fez?... He can buy one. Until he hears his own voice from the console, babbling about a beach with automatic sand. He's in last week, when they were going to Florida IN SPACE!. He's rewinding within his own timestream. The crack in the TARDIS wall is sealing.He rewinds again, to Colchester, where Amy is putting the card in the window. The Doctor calls out to her; she turns but doesn't see anything. The crack in the pavement is sealed. Rewind again to aboard the Byzantium, in the generated forest, until after jacketless!Doctor leaves. He tells her to remember what he told her when she was seven. So it wasn't an error, the whole jacket thing! We knew it!Rewind again, to Amelia's house (note the scary open door), where she's fallen asleep in the garden atop of her suitcase. He picks her up and tucks her into bed, then sits beside her. When she wakes up, he says, he'll be a story in her head but it's okay; they all are, in a way. Just make it a good one, because it was, you know. A daft old man who stole a magic box and ran away. Did he tell her that? Well, borrowed it, really, and he meant to give it back but never had the chance. She'll dream about the box that's big and little at the same time, brand new and ancient, the bluest of blue. Adventures they had. Would have had. Never did. The Doctor and Amy Pond and the days that never came. The crack in her wall is closing now, but they can't close properly until he's on the other side. Oh, well. He skips the rest of the rewind note .
River: It died.
The Doctor: I hate repeats. Live well. Love Rory. Bye-bye, Pond.Amelia wakes up. Outside her window, the stars are back.In the morning, we're back to Amy's wedding day and her mum's brought her breakfast. Amy is surprised at first, then confused about why she's surprised. Her dad's downstairs but it's like she's never seen them before.Wedding dinner! Amy's dad fails to give a speech, and Amy is laughing until she sees River walk past the window. And suddenly, she's crying, but she doesn't know why. Because she's happy, Rory tries, but she's not; it's because she's sad — but why is she sad?There's a blue notebook on the table in front of her with nothing written in it, a present a woman left. It's just a present, a wedding thing. Her eyes fall on a bow-tie, a man's braces, the notebook that looks like a blue box. She cuts off her dad's speech:
Amy: There's someone missing. Someone important. When I was a kid I had an imaginary friend. The raggedy Doctor. My raggedy doctor. But he wasn't imaginary, he was real. I remember you! I brought the others back, I can bring you home too. Raggedy man, I remember you and YOU ARE LATE FOR MY WEDDING!She remembered him through words. "Something old, something new, something borrowed... something blue."For a moment nothing happens, but then the glass vibrates, there's wind from somewhere and...Vworp, Vworp, VworpHe's back! And wearing a spiffy tux with top hat, to boot.
The Doctor: Hello, everyone! I'm Amy's imaginary friend, but I came anyway.She's so happy she's ready to kiss him again, but the Doctor insists that the only one doing the kissing will be Mr Pond. Rory briefly objects that that's not how last names work, then has to agree that in their case, it just is.The Doctor's only here for the dancing note . And he does it really... creatively. Later, Rory and Amy slow dance, while the Doctor watches from the doorway. "Two thousand years. The boy who waited. Good on ya, mate."The TARDIS is parked in Amy's garden. The Doctor goes back to it, and River shows up. He gives her back her notebook and her Vortex Manipulator. He asks her a series of questions, she gives back a series of non-answers. Is she married? Is she saying yes to being married or does she think he's asking her to marry him? Was that a yes or yes?He's going to find out who she is very soon. That's when everything changes. And zap! she's gone.He's about to run again, but Amy and Rory catch up. There are things left unresolved; the Big Bad still hasn't been revealed yet, someone brought the TARDIS to this point in time-space and blew it up, that voice from nowhere still hasn't been explained. Then he gets a phone call. Another Sealed Evil in a Can has escaped on the Orient Express. IN SPACE!! He has to go, something's come up, so this is goodbye. Amy and Rory agree:
Amy: (standing in the TARDIS doorway, waving back at the house) Goodbye!And vworp, vworp...
But the Doctor isn't going to the Orient Express. That's an adventure for another time, and another incarnation entirely. Because someone has crank-called his TARDIS for malicious reasons. Instead, he's going to find another adventure for Amy and Rory... while they do something a bit... passionate on the ladder for their TARDIS bunks.