Rate & Discuss: Amy’s Choice

May 15th, 2010
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

It’s been five years since Amy Pond last travelled with the Doctor, and when he lands in her garden again, on the eve of the birth of her first child, she finds herself facing a heartbreaking choice – one that will change her life forever.

Poor Amy Pond has had a tough old ride since she took up residence inside the TARDIS. If the hordes of Smilers, Daleks, Weeping Angels and vampires weren’t bad enough, tonight she faced her biggest challenge yet at the hands of the mysterious Dream Lord.

Five years after putting her adventures with the Doctor behind her, she and Rory were seen to be moving on to bigger and better things in Upper Leadworth. They were settling down – the life Rory always wanted – and, with their first child on the way, everything was just as it should be. There was nothing to suggest that there were to be trying times ahead, but this is Doctor Who after all. Naturally, in a quiet village such as Leadworth, where nothing out of the ordinary ever occurs, there was something truly extraordinary just around the corner.

And when the Doctor bounded back into their lives, he was followed, as the Doctor often is, by unimaginable peril, and the trio found themselves in a race against time as the Dream Lord put their judgements of reality to the ultimate test.

What did you think of tonight’s thought-provoking adventure? Let us know by leaving your thoughts in a comment below, and, as always, you can also give the episode a star rating out of 5. Will it go down in Doctor Who history, or is it set to be forgotten like a dream? The choice is yours…

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52 comments on this article
  1. Ash
    May 15th, 2010 at 7.12pm | #1

    Really liked this one, properley mental. really well written and really well played out. Nice twist at the end too. :) :)

    May 15th, 2010 at 7.16pm | #2

    see for a programme that most kids watch, its sure as hell hard to follow. not complaining, however, as i really enjoyed it. cant wait until next week:D

  3. JC
    May 15th, 2010 at 7.30pm | #3

    I have to be honest, this is the first time since The Eleventh Hour that I’ve personally felt that Season 5 was Doctor Who.

    I really approved of the gravitation of Amy towards Rory and away from The Doctor because it felt natural. Yes, Rory’s a bit of an idiot, but at the same time, Amy isn’t Rose Tyler, there hasn’t that kind of relationship there for me.

    This episode was, as BlahBlahBlah said, quite complicated but that probably contributed to why I found it enjoyable because it gave my mind something to chew on, which I’ve waited for in this series.

    I really liked the introspective nature of the episode, if the Dream Lord was a representation of the darker side of the Doctor. It revealed a kind of self-loathing that i found very interesting. “There’s only one person in the universe that hates me as much as you do”.

    Essentially combining two stories ending in a third was clever and very well written, and I saw a new side to Amy tonight that I found quite appealing where her previous behaviour had left me doubting.

    For me personally, because there may be those that disagree, this may be my favourite episode of the Series so far.

  4. Sam
    May 15th, 2010 at 7.32pm | #4

    I think it was a very good story, the Dream Lord is a very interesting character and it looks like we wont see the last of him and Amy is now officially my favourite companion. Also, nice ponytail Rory :P

  5. David
    May 15th, 2010 at 7.56pm | #5

    Only Doctor Who could make a group of pensioners seem so sinister.

    Quite unsettling but clever episode, as all of us at one time or another has had a nightmare where we feel trapped and wonder if it’s real or not.

    The Dream Lord was just incredibly… creepy!

    Karen was outstanding, and Matt just gets more watchable by the week.

  6. Shane
    May 15th, 2010 at 8.33pm | #6

    I agree with JC. I loved the eleventh hour but the other episodes just didn’t do it for me. This was the best eppy so far in my opinion. Great stuff

  7. Chris
    May 15th, 2010 at 9.09pm | #7

    Seven episodes in and it’s safe to say that my Doctor Who era is over. I don’t feel that buzz that I’d get with the David Tennant episodes, tho that’s probably down to age. Not that 16 is old.

    But having said that, this series reached a new high tonight. Acting was class all around, the story was intriguing and Matt Smith is proving that he is the right Doctor right now.

  8. dorian
    May 15th, 2010 at 9.28pm | #8

    I liked tonight episode through it was very good apart from the very end felt was so good till the last 5 minutes then had to find a quick finish which to me let it down a bit liked the idear that the dream lord was the doctor but was toeasy a get out for the writer.

    But what I realy enjoyed was the old people being evil and I know it is wrong but realy liked it when the doctor made the old woman fall off the window.

  9. Tom Versey
    May 15th, 2010 at 9.37pm | #9

    I would defianatly of chosen the world with the aliens if i had to make amys choice. Loved tonights ep 10/10.

  10. dandaines
    May 15th, 2010 at 11.10pm | #10

    Very much enjoyed this episode. Had a great twist to it – very interesting to find out that the dream lord was a darker side to the doctor.

  11. Steve
    May 15th, 2010 at 11.40pm | #11

    A slow boring and the lowest point to the season so far. Good god, Rory is a real drip! Amy has not improved, can’t that woman ever crack a smile? MS is doing very well though,
    The story was a little weak and complicated. However the twist that the Dream Lord was the Doctor adds to the Trial Of A Timelord twist! Is this the first indication of the impending 12/13 regeneration where the Doctor divides and becomes 2?

  12. Nathan Lovern
    May 16th, 2010 at 5.42am | #12

    The Valeyard WAS the Doctor “somewhere between the 12 and final incarnation” So the Master said. watch the Trial of a timelord last episode.

  13. Steve
    May 16th, 2010 at 12.10pm | #13

    @Nathan Lovern
    Which is what I said. Watch Trial and see for yourself!
    If you watch last nights episode again, you will see the Doctor and Dream Lord are one and the same!

  14. TSG
    May 16th, 2010 at 12.28pm | #14

    Best so far, in my opinion. As others have said, the Dream Lord being a facet of the Doctor was fantastic, and very revealing. The Doctor really is a gooseberry, isn’t he? There’s a bit of unrequited love going on there. And the self-loathing is very Nine.

    The Dream Lord himself was fantastic, too. Sinister, but with a sense of humour that did have hints of the Doctor in it.

  15. TWWL
    May 16th, 2010 at 4.12pm | #15

    Brilliant episode, one of the strongest of a strong series. Really enjoying Rory tagging along too.

  16. Revenant
    May 16th, 2010 at 4.24pm | #16

    Awesome, really great episode. The Dream Lords identity kept me guessing. And yes, the Valeyard was the Doctor, or rather, a manifestation of his darker side that was used to bring him down in Trial of a Timelord, this looks to be the first foundations being laid of that storyline. Funny thing is, never really thought the Doctor HAD a dfark side that intense until the new series (Ninth Doctor and then Tenth)

  17. digitaljej
    May 16th, 2010 at 5.03pm | #17

    My least favourite of the season so far – but I’m still not sure why.

    It was better than many other stories (Fear Her, Love and Monsters etc) but there was something not quite right for me.

    Was it the forgettable monsters, the annoying pensioners, the weak “pollen” excuse? I don’t know. The story idea was good, but I found the programmes editing uneven and unhelpful to the continuity of the story.

  18. TWWL
    May 16th, 2010 at 5.13pm | #18

    My only real negative was the direction; it was pretty flat and oridnary; a better director could have done something much more interesting with the material.

  19. JC
    May 16th, 2010 at 5.22pm | #19

    I can’t be negative about this episode really, cos it was the best of the series so far for me. If it hadn’t have been, as I said, I’d be considering not watching anymore.

  20. TWWL
    May 16th, 2010 at 5.26pm | #20

    Considering not watching anymore?! We’ve had some absolute crackers amongst the also rans!

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