It's been five years since Amy Pond last traveled 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 for ever.
Several of the Dream Lord's outfits reflect aspects of the Doctor's character and personality: *In the care home, he is dressed like a medic, reflecting the "healer" aspect.
*Outside the castle he is dressed like the "lord of the manor", reflecting the fact that the Doctor is a Time Lord. *In the butcher's shop, he is dressed like a butcher (Davros referred to the Doctor having "butchered millions" in Journey's End).
*The "lothario" outfit he appears in while talking to Amy reflects the Doctor's sexual nature, which has been referred to many times in the new series.
*When riding in the van, he is wearing a race car driver's outfit, reflecting the "challenger of limits" aspect.
The Dream Lord says to the Doctor "I bet you're the sort of flop-haired wuss who's a vegetarian!" The Doctor adopted a vegetarian diet after the events of the Sixth Doctor storyline The Two Doctors, but, circa Boom Town, seemed to have abandoned it.
The old folks home is called "Sarn Residential Care Home". Sarn was the name of the planet in the Fifth Doctor serial Planet of Fire.
The Dream Lord being a semi-physical manifestation of the Doctor's suppressed dark emotions is similar to the character of the Valeyard from the Sixth Doctor story arc The Trial of a Time Lord. The Valeyard is a distillation of the Doctor's evil side: a potential dark version who might exist around his twelfth and final incarnation.
The box under the TARDIS console the Doctor opens has the following inscription:
"TARDIS. Time And Relative Dimension In Space. Build Site: Gallifrey Blackhole Shipyard. Type 40. Build date: 1963. Authorised for use by qualified Time Lords only by the Shadow Proclamation. Misuse or theft of any TARDIS will result in extreme penalties and permanent exile."
The Doctor initially believes that the shared dream is due to the TARDIS jumping a time track. The First Doctor and his companions jumped a time track in The Space Museum, and encountered their future selves frozen and on display.
Amy: Put these on. Both of you.
Rory: Oh. A poncho. The biggest crime against fashion since lederhosen.
Amy: Ah. Here we go. Ah, my boys, my poncho boys. If we're going to die, let's die looking like a Peruvian folk band.
The Doctor: Amy, why don't you take a guess at what... that is.
Amy: Umm, Dream Lord. He creates dreams.
The Doctor: Dreams, delusions, cheap tricks.
Dream Lord: And what about the gooseberry here? Does he get a guess?
Rory: Uhh, listen, mate. If anyone's the gooseberry around here, it's the Doctor.
Dream Lord: Well, there's a delusion I'm not responsible for.
Dream Lord: Let's all jump under a bus and wake up in the TARDIS. You first.
The Doctor: Leave her alone.
Dream Lord: Do that again. I love it when he does that. Tall, dark hero. "Leave her alone!"
Rory: Just leave her.
Dream Lord: Yes, you're not quite so impressive.
Dream Lord: Love's a red-head, our naughty Doctor. Has he told you about Elizabeth the First? Well, she thought she was the first.
Amy: And you had a nightmare about... us. What happened to us in the nightmare?
The Doctor: It was a bit similar in some aspects.
Rory: Which aspects?
The Doctor: Well... all of it.
Amy: You had the same dream.
The Doctor: Basically.
Rory: You said it was a nightmare.
The Doctor: Did I say nightmare? No, more of a really good... mare.
The Doctor: Well I wanted to see how you were. You know me, I don't just abandon people when they leave the TARDIS. It's Time Lords for life. You don't get rid of your old pal the Doctor so easily.
Amy: You came here by mistake, didn't you?
Doctor: Yeah, a bit of a mistake, but look, what a result! Look at this... (motions to Amy's stomach) bench, what a nice bench. What will they think of next?
The Doctor: I told you, trust nothing we see or hear or feel. Look around you, examine everything. Look for all the details that don't ring true.
Rory: Okay, well, we're in a spaceship that's bigger on the inside than the outside...
Amy: ...with a bowtie-wearing alien...
Rory: ...so maybe "what rings true" isn't so simple.
The Doctor: There's something that doesn't make sense. Let's go and poke it with a stick.
Amy: (regarding Rory): Save him. You save everyone, you always do, that's what you do.
The Doctor: Not always. I'm sorry.
Amy: Then what is the point of you?
Dream Lord: (to the Doctor/Amy/Rory): Tweet, tweet, time to sleep. Oh, or are you waking up?
Dream Lord: Poor Amy. [The Doctor] He always leaves you, doesn't he? Alone in the dark, never apologises...
Amy: He doesn't have to.
Dream Lord: That's good, because he never will.
The Doctor: Now, we all know there's an elephant in the room.
Amy: I have to be this size; I'm having a baby!
The Doctor: No, no. The hormones seem real, but no. Is anyone going to mention Rory's ponytail? (to Amy) You hold him down, I'll cut it off.
Rory: This from the man in the bowtie?
The Doctor: Bowties are cool.
Dream Lord: Now then, the prognosis is this: if you die in the dream, you wake up in reality, healthy recovery in next to no time. Ask me what happens if you die in reality.
Rory: What happens?
Dream Lord: You die, stupid. That's why it's called "reality".
The Doctor: Where did you pick up this cheap cabaret act?
Dream Lord: Me? Oh, you're on shaky ground.
The Doctor: Am I?
Dream Lord: If you had any more tawdry quirks, you could open a tawdry quirk shop! The madcap vehicle, the cockamamie hair, the clothes designed by a first-year fashion student... I'm surprised you haven't got a little purple space dog, just to ram home what an intergalactic wag you are!
Amy: (about the TARDIS) Shall I run and get the manual?
The Doctor: You can't. I threw it into a supernova.
Amy: You threw the manual into a supernova? Why?
The Doctor: Because I disagreed with it. Stop talking to me when I'm cross!
The Doctor: You've swallowed a planet!
Amy: I'm pregnant.
The Doctor: You're huge!
Amy: Yeah, I'm pregnant!
The Doctor: Look at you: when worlds collide!
Amy: Doctor, I'm pregnant.
The Doctor: Oh, look at you both. Five years later, and you haven't changed a bit! Apart from age, and size...
Amy: Oh, it's good to see you, Doctor.
The Doctor: ...are you pregnant?
International Airdates: US: 5 June 2010 on BBC America/BBC America HD
Amy: That's why I got pregnant, so I don't have to be seen in Oklahoma!.
Referencing the musical written by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It was initially a stage show which was adapted for film in 1955. The movie starred Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones as the lead characters, Curly and Laurey. It contained a dream sequence in which Laurey dreams of what marriage to Curly would be like. When Curley is killed in her dream, it makes her realise that he is the man for her. Amy reaches the same conclusion when Rory is killed in the dream world.
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