"Rory, I'm not trying to be rude, but you died. You died and then you were erased from time. You didn't just die, you were never born at all, you never existed." Rory's like, he remembers dying and he remembers being a Roman, but there's a certain fuzziness pertaining to the middle act of that one, which is distracting now that he's thinking about it. And when he leans over Amy and asks the Doctor if she missed him, the Doctor doesn't quite know what to say, because this is a story that is functionally sad on every possible level. Fundamentally heartbreaking, I will not deny it.
Luckily, the Pandorica is finally opening -- and it is gorgeous, all wheels-within-wheels and glowing Tronnishly -- and River's on a horse getting more and more annoyed with the Doctor's lack of plan. She rides off to get the TARDIS for him, while he has a conversation with the opening Pandorica, which is not a great conversationalist. Rejected, he runs outside and stands on a big rock and gives the first and only truly marvelous version of the Big Bad-Ass Speech with which this season has been rife:
"Hello, Stonehenge! Who takes the Pandorica, takes the universe. But bad news, everyone. Because guess who? Ha! Listen, you lot, you're all whizzing about, it's really very distracting. Could you all just stay still a minute? Because I am talking! The question of the hour is, Who's got the Pandorica? Answer: I do. Next question, who's coming to take it from me? Come on! Look at me! No plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn. Oh, and something else, I don't have anything to lose! So if you're sitting up there in your silly little spaceship, with all your silly little guns, and you've got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who's standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you. And then -- and then -- do the smart thing. Let somebody else try first."
Somehow not annoying, even with the flashing lights and magical music and mussed up gorgeous hair and Romans staring adoringly. I think it's because Matt Smith is amazing. He literally kept it from being obnoxious somehow and I cannot figure out how he did it. Point made, standing taller than ever, and knowing or believing that they'll fall to infighting for at least a bit longer, he struts off while the Romans stand around writing his name over and over on their Custodis Irretitus.