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The Dream Lord with the Doctor, Amy and Rory
Here’s another ‘Doctor Who’ adventure with the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory!
I was halfway through Series 5 of ‘Doctor Who’ in 2010 and I was enjoying the development of the Doctor, Amy and Rory. The next two stories included a one-parter that is a psychologically character-driven drama in dream worlds and a two-part tale featuring the return of the reptilian-like Silurians!
‘Amy’s Choice’ is by Simon Nye. The story is about dreams and the Doctor, Amy and Rory trapped in them. They try to work out how they can escape from their dreams by trying to find the right reality.
I recall seeing this episode in 2010 when my parents and I watched Series 5 at my Nana’s house. I really like this episode. This is an episode exploring more of the Doctor, Amy and Rory as characters.
The story starts five years later in 2015. Amy is now married to Rory and is heavily pregnant, as they both live in their home village Leadworth. The Doctor eventually turns up to reunite with his friends.
But the trio soon realise it’s a dream, as they wake to find themselves in the TARDIS. But that is also a dream and they wake up back in Leadworth. This is all a trap set up by the mysterious Dream Lord!
I found this story innovative in switching between dreams. Some may find this hard to follow – my parents did. But I liked the Doctor, Amy and Rory debating about what is real and what’s the dream.
The trio don’t agree with each other and become indecisive. This episode also explores more about what Amy and Rory want with their lives, in whether to travel with the Doctor or have married lives.
I like the episode’s focus on the Doctor, Amy and Rory as characters. Rory recently joined the Doctor and Amy in the TARDIS and I was so getting to like the new Doctor, Amy and Rory team in this series.
I enjoyed Matt Smith’s Doctor in this adventure. The Doctor’s focus is for Amy and Rory and it’s clear he’s very fond of them. He quickly realises something’s wrong with the two dreams that they are in.
The Doctor finds the Leadworth village dull and suspects the pensioners to be ‘very old’. I liked it when the Doctor drives a caravan and when he shares scenes with Amy in the emotional moments.
This is a pretty good episode for Karen Gillan as Amy. She certainly shows some depth as a character. Amy gets to have two lives – one in the TARDIS and one in Leadworth. Which one does she prefer?!
Amy gets false alarms when her baby comes and I like how the Dream Lord’s challenges her ‘choice’. It’s not really about choosing between the two dreams. It’s about choosing between her ‘two boys’.
Arthur Darvill stands out as Rory in this episode. Like Amy, Rory gets to have two lives in the TARDIS and in Leadworth. In Leadworth, Rory grows a ponytail. I liked how Rory is unsure about Amy in this.
Rory wonders why Amy’s delaying marrying him. I like how Rory protects Amy as his wife in the future and saying ‘sorry’ when he drags her upstairs. Rory gets to whack a woman pensioner in this too.
Toby Jones guest stars as the Dream Lord. Toby appeared in the first ‘Dark Eyes’ series with Paul McGann. The Dream Lord is a mysterious character who is taunting the Doctor, Amy and Rory in this.
The Dream Lord sets this trap for the TARDIS trio to work out what’s the dream and what’s real. He has a strong connection to the TARDIS and a strong connection to the Doctor, which was interesting.
There are some unfriendly pensioners in the future Leadworth. These pensioners are actually aliens called the Eknodine. They have green eyes in their mouths and can people by turning them into dust.
I liked how we come back to Leadworth, following its first appearance in ‘The Eleventh Hour’. The village aspect reminded me of the village in ‘The Stockbridge Trilogy’ by Big Finish which I liked a lot.
Rory gets killed by one of the pensioners and is turned into dust before Amy. Amy is heartbroken and makes her mind up. She decides Leadworth is the dream and commits suicide to see Rory again.
In the end, the trio wake up in the TARDIS still alive as Amy made the right choice. I liked that moment when a frozen Amy embraces Rory seeing him alive and Rory is startled but delighted by it.
The story finishes with the Doctor blowing the TARDIS up, as both realities were false. They escape from being blown up in a cold-star and I liked it when the Doctor explains who the Dream Lord was.
I also liked it when Amy reveals to Rory about the choice she made and how she did out of love for him. It’s a lovely moment and it was a relationship I looked forward to seeing develop in the future.
‘Amy’s Choice’ has been a great episode! It’s quite complex story and you need to pay attention. But if you like good character development, there’s plenty of it between the Doctor, Amy and Rory.
The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 6 of ‘The Complete Series 5’ of ‘Doctor Who’, there’s the ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ episode ‘Arthurian Legend’.
‘Amy’s Choice’ rating – 9/10
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