The Doctor arrives on Earth five years after Amy last saw him. The heavily-pregnant girl is pleased to see him, but then things start getting strange, and a critical decision will soon have to be made…

Doctor Who 5.07 - Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill
Doctor Who 5.07 Amy’s Choice – The Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) © BBC

From the trail, this looked like it was going to be a rather spooky and mysterious piece, but it turned out to be rather superficial with the hope of something mysterious that never appeared. We seemed to be treading over old ground, echoing the Donna-makes-a-choice story Turn Left, with the outcome of the story being that Amy actually loved Rory after all. It doesn’t say very much for her if she’d gone to the point of marriage without realizing this, but then this idea has been the spark for many a story over the years.

At first, the switching between two equally plausible scenarios – well, in terms of the Doctor Who universe – was quite interesting, but it began to wear thin. The Dream Lord, jauntily played by Toby Jones, is what kept the story going a bit longer, but even his true identity was mildly interesting at most. The trouble is that the story never became really exciting. It should have been, but failed.

Doctor Who 5.07 - Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan and Matt Smith
Doctor Who 5.07 Amy’s Choice – Rory (Arthur Darvill), Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and The Doctor (Matt Smith) © BBC

Perhaps the image of pensioners slowly lumbering towards out haplass heroes wasn’t the most thriling of images, or the green smoke emitting from the creatures inside that sometimes hit its mark, or, when convenient to the plot, missed entirely. There was danger around, but never particularly imminent. This was a lightweight story, as lightweight as the most leightweight of the Sarah Jane Adventures stories.

As for the conclusion to the story… Well, let’s just pull a plot device out of the TARDIS and blame it for everything. I suppose we weren’t given any clues about this plot device as this would have spoiled the question about which scenario was real, but it did not help being so last minute. The only clue we did get was that this episode failed to feature the crack in time that has plagued the season so far – unless I missed it when I nodded of now and then.

Doctor Who 5.07 - Toby Jones
Doctor Who 5.07 Amy’s Choice – The Dream Lord (Toby Jones) © BBC

No, this is a missed opportunity for a really creepy piece, going more for another “romp”. Maybe it was meant to give us a clue about the Doctor’s psyche, but since he is an alien this would be a rather pointless, and constricting, exercise. If it was meant to tell us more about Amy, it didn’t, except, that she can make choices. So stunning…

[Rating: 2.5]

Jan Vincent-Rudzki

UK editor of Film Review Online