Doctor Who

Season 5 Episode 7

Amy's Choice

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM May 15, 2010 on BBC America
8.6
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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.

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  • Amy's Choice

    10
    Amy's Choice was a perfect and awesome episode of Doctor Who. I really enjoyed watching because the story writing was awesome, the character development was superb and there were many other intriguing details. I liked the Village where Rory and Amy lived though it seemed a little creepy. The scenery was beautiful. The nemesis The Dream Lord wove an interesting web of deception and it was hard to tell what was real and what was a dream. I liked how every thing played out and the ending was awesome. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • "Tall, dark hero?"

    7.0
    The Doctor: Leave her alone.

    Dream Lord: Do that again. I love it when he does that. Tall, dark hero. "Leave her alone!"



    Uh, "Tall, dark hero?"



    Really? I don't want to be accused of "lookism," but Doctor Who #11 is a far cry from Captain Jack Harkness. The writers are being awfully flattering given the casting of Doctor Who #11. Actually, none of the Doctor Whos could be characterized as " leading men." Nerd Action Heroes are more like it. Chuck in "Chuck" or Hiro in "Heroes."



    Also, the relentless "gun control," or more accurately, "victim disarmament" moralizing gets really old, really fast. Not since McGyver has a TV series been so clearly hijacked by anti-gun ideologues.



    Were it not for the dead on "live and let live" message, I would have given this episode a 0 rating. As it is, I split the difference between a 10 and a 0, and gave it a score somewhere in between.



    On the plus side, the writers do show an admirable willingness to mock their own pretensions:



    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!



    Long overdue, much appreciated lampshading.moreless
  • Out of power, out of control, and hurtling toward a cold star the Tardis is invaded by the Dream Lord; a menace that frightens even the Doctor. Facing two deadly realities ultimately Amy must decide the fate of them all.moreless

    7.5
    Out of power, out of control, and hurtling toward a cold star the Tardis is invaded by the Dream Lord; a menace that frightens even the Doctor. Facing two deadly realities ultimately Amy must decide the fate of them all.



    A well balanced and scripted addition, Amy's choice was intriging and entertaining.



    References to the Doctors personal details, as discussed in a conversation between the Dream Lord and Amy, suggest we may just yet get to see more back-story on the Doctor himself.



    This episode raises all sorts of trust issues with Amy and also revealed a well of doubt within the Doctor as the Dream Lord bluted out all his darkest thoughts.



    It also re-inforced the Doctors need for companions and resolved the Amy, Doc, Rory love triangle in a romantically quirky way.



    Overall one of the better written eps so far with so much more going on under the surface. The action playing second to a dialog of which we have never really been treated before.moreless
  • Oh, great, so it wasn't just luck.

    9.5
    I mean, the two parter was good, Vampires in Venice was classic, but even a broken watch and so on. Third time's the charm, and Doctor Who managed to hit the mark again. Sure, the premise of the episode is almost mandatory for every sci-fi show out there, but the writing was superb, funny, self referential and very well paced and the cast was just brilliant.



    From a purely mechanical perspective, the episode was filler. It's meant to establish Rory as a proper and willing companion, to mercifully and timely put an end to the love triangle and move things to post-Rose status so that we can all go on with our lives and Doctor Who can get back to adventuring. But it felt like more than that. In fact, it did a great job of connecting with that novelization feel that Human Nature also nailed. It didn't feel like a TV series, or an action movie, it felt like a story about the characters. A pulpy yellowish book you may have read under a blanket as a kid. Also, old people as alien zombies. That has to count for something.moreless
  • A bit boring, yet adventurous at the same time.

    6.5
    Who'd have thought they'd do an episode reflecting Amy's releationships between the Doctor and Rory?

    The appearance of the psychic pollen's avatar, Dream Lord is leading to another theory. Does this manifestation of the Doctor's self-loathing gain a physical form during the Doctor's 12 regeneration, thus becoming the Valeyard? It was hard to guess who he was andwhy he dressed in the likeness of the Eleventh Doctor. Could how the Doctor is 'the bigger person' in his confrontaton's have made the Dream Lord short since he was a combination of all the Doctor's darker feelings?

    This is the first time since the End of Time to have a time gap between episodes if anyone else noticedmoreless
Audrey Ardington

Audrey Ardington

Mrs Poggit

Guest Star

Toby Jones

Toby Jones

Dream Lord

Guest Star

Joan Linder

Joan Linder

Mrs Hammill

Guest Star

Arthur Darvill

Arthur Darvill

Rory

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • 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 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.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • 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?

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • 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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