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Best of Matt Smith: Amy’s Choice

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Across the next couple of months Doctor Who TV is running a series of polls to celebrate Matt Smith’s era. We want you to cast your votes on every episode and at the end we’ll be comprising a list to find the top scoring.

We continue with 2010′s Amy’s Choice. All you have to do is rate the story with your score out of 10, so get voting and join us again tomorrow for the next episode.

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eddiescthomas
eddiescthomas

Superb. A really magnificent story which is superior in both theory and execution. The Dream Lord is a perfectly taunting villain and the concepts are to die for (pun sort of intended.) The only flaw with this episode is the choice of title. I'm to sure if it's perfectly fitting with the episode, but that's only a minor nitpick. 9/10  

twoheartsonemind
twoheartsonemind

Still one of my favorites. The concept itself is brilliant and is so different from the usual episode format. The Dream Lord was a stroke of genius, both in how he was written and acted, and I would love to see his return in some capacity. 10/10

lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

It's a great story. A great concep- wonderful villain!

MikeUK2011
MikeUK2011

One of my absolute favourites. I particularly like WHO episodes with less monsters and more psychology. And this one did that very well.

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

10/10- Fantastic, absolutely fantastic. Dream Lord is still the best new villain-with-a-human-look to appear in the new series.

ericbfg
ericbfg

Nothing here as good as later episodes like Hide from series 7. Still finding its feet at this stage. 5/10

OnceTheDoctor
OnceTheDoctor

8/10 - The concept of the episode was pretty astonishing and the Dream Lord for me stood out, plus Amy's decision between Rory's death and all that was pretty awesome. Something was missing though for me. I think the Eknoide or whatever they're called were pretty useless and that old Granny freaked me out! Anyway... moving on... 

HisNameIsTheDoctor
HisNameIsTheDoctor

Amy's Choice was a brilliant episode, although the old people threats were...weird and it wasn't believable that The Ponds were getting married without Amy even knowing she loved Rory, let alone telling him.

So far:

The Eleventh Hour - 10/10

The Beast Below - 7/10

Victory of the Daleks - 4/10

The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone - 8/10

The Vampires of Venice - 6/10

Amy's Choice - 7/10

DoctorClassicMan
DoctorClassicMan

3/10 for me I didn't like the green things in the old peoples mouths and I just find this story to be much worse then some of the others but not the beast below that was awful!!

The Oncoming Storm
The Oncoming Storm

Only a 4 I'm afraid, although most people seem to enjoy it, I just don't enjoy it as the threats are both quite rubbish and  Amy and Rory annoy me in the Ledworth scenes, weak link on series 5 for me

DawnTime
DawnTime

A 8 from me - very good worth seeing just for the line - let's go down like a Peruvian folk band in poncho's! has me in stitches every time I watch it.!!

Jamesssss1
Jamesssss1

This episode's such a good example of how a plot so simple can create such suspense and so testing on the three main character's relationships with each other. It was funny, quite scary in terms of the dream worlds, and best of all it proves to you black and white what the Doctor & his Companions feel about each other and sells the Matt Smith era a lot. 7/10.

Falafel_Lord
Falafel_Lord

Definitely my favorite episode of the Matt Smith era.

PeterGecko2
PeterGecko2

10/10

Everything here for me was pitch perfect. No complaints at all.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

7/10 for me. I really enjoyed the concept and it was a well written episode, but like The Vampires of Venice is just feels forgettable. It also doesn't quite have the same effect when you rewatch it - there's so much emphasis on the identity of the Dream Lord that the second/third/fourth time around it just doesn't have the same feel.

Thesilence_1994
Thesilence_1994

When I first watched it I completely loved it and would honestly give it a 10. Now, however, after rewatching again I don't like it as much. It's still great, but I don't like the pacing at times 8/10

Jack Johnstone
Jack Johnstone

I gave it a 9/10, it was very, very good. Did anyone notice the song from the end of The Name of the Doctor? I thought that was made for the War Doctor, i guess i must of forgotten. 

JordanXeros
JordanXeros

A teacher from my primary school appeared in this episode, he was one of the guys who jumped in the van.

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

A 10/10 for me. This was one of my favourite episodes ever since I watched it, and it still is. It also slightly improved the Ponds' characterization.

JamesCresswell
JamesCresswell

Not a bad episode by any means. Loved the sarcastic Dreamlord for example,  wished we could have seen more of him. However,  like many episodes in Matt Smiths era. It has been seen before. Those that remember the Valeyard, will know what im talking about. Not only that but as I have said before, Karen Gillan in those early days just couldn't act.

It always looked like she was reading her lines off the back of Matt Smiths head. Series six is where she dramatically improved. Perhaps she had some lessons, but the point is series five had some really good episodes that were spoilt by her lack of experience.

Taking Amy aside though, I really did like the concept of The Doctor not knowing what was real, and what wasn't. Matt Smith played it perfect as usual. His facial expressions when facing the Dreamlord were sometimes chilling. Wish we could have seen more of that to, instead of the wacky Matt Smith.

So overall it's a 6/10 from me.


Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

one of my favourite moffat era episodes 10/10, now we're getting into the better half of season 5 

DrWhoClone221b
DrWhoClone221b

8/10 one of the most underrated episodes with a+ storytelling and a proper amount of wobbly wobbly timey wimey. On first watching it's forgettable, but after several times watching it it's one of my favorites

Polyphase
Polyphase

This is one of the very few episodes that I don't like, Still can't bring myself to give it a 1 though :)

2/10

supermoff
supermoff

10/10 A psychologically thrilling and highly fascinating episode, very unique in Doctor Who, and the exchanges between the Doctor and the Dream Lord were riveting and tense. It's sort of the relationship one hopes the Master could have with the Doctor.

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

8/10. A sublime episode with a very experimental concept; the ending let it down in my opinion with the 'psychic pollen' resolution and the fact that the 'realities' turned out to both be 'dreams'. However it was left very open that the manifestation of the 'dark side' of the Doctor's personality in the form of the Dream Lord himself still exists and I would love to see him return, and of course be played by Toby Jones. Would be a great dynamic alongside Capaldi...

Pockydon
Pockydon

The first 10/10 of the Smith era. Not only is this a brilliant piece of character building for Amy and Rory, it's also a very deep and complex internal character study of the Doctor himself. The Dream Lord is the Doctor, so hearing some of the things he says and seeing what he does is fascinating. This is how you showcase a Dark Doctor and do it well - he's literally fighting himself. It references the Doctors habit of inviting young, good looking women onto the TARDIS. It references his ability of completely changing a persons world view, and shaking up their life in impossible ways. It shows the dark side of travelling with the Doctor, and that you might not be as safe as you imagined, trapped with this strange man who doesn't even give his real name.


Amy's Choice is an episode which isn't afraid to take you right into the mind of a character who's been at the heard of British culture for as long as many people can remember, and show you that he might not be the hero you thought he was. It takes two alright companions, and turns them into two of the most fantastic characters in Doctor Who. 


It also has old people aliens, who kill people by shooting mouth-eye-gas of dustification. Yeah. It's also barking mad.


And underrated gem of an episode, and one I strongly believe every single Doctor Who fan should watch.

MikeRoberts1
MikeRoberts1

Dream Lord:  "You die in the dream, you wake up in reality. Ask me what happens if you die in reality."
Rory: "What happens?"
Dream Lord: "You die, stupid. That's why it's called reality."


I love it!

Sam in Cardiff
Sam in Cardiff

I rewatched this episode in December and was absolutely convinced by it. I could almost imagine it as a classic H.G Wells or Iain Banks sci-fi novel. A brilliant idea, brilliantly executed.


Although, as with the original watch in 2010, I felt let down by the end, as it didn't really leave the Dream Lord open to a return. Which for a character I loved watching and imagining was a shame. 

9/10

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

When I first watched this, I wasn't too keen on it, but over time I've started to enjoy the character development. I love the Dream Lord, but even more the moment where Amy tells Rory why she left the other dream.


The Grey Ghost
The Grey Ghost

6/10. I appear to be in the minority of people who din't absolutely love this story. I'll agree, it was an interesting concept, and the Dream lord was a good villain, but it felt a bit slow until the end, and the story itself wasn't that strong.

Balatsoukas Pavlos
Balatsoukas Pavlos

"You could never handle one reality, Doctor. Take two, and call me in the morning".


With lines like these, you can never go wrong! An instant classic, from the 'Next time' trailer even. The Doctor's dark side, first seen over 25 years ago, is easily the most interesting aspect of our beloved Time Lord. The downside was probably the rushed ending/explanation (a plague that runs throughout NuWho). However, it was far from enough to make this episode something less-than-pure-perfection. An easy 10 from me, with a plea to the writer to give us another sample of his unconventional and rational ideas in the future!

Oodkind
Oodkind

I know many people disagree, but I gave it a 6/10. It is about average, though it has an interesting concept. I thought it was a bit boring, and it was too shallow. Not my favorite of the series.

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

love this episode! probably my favourite episode until A Town Called Mercy. such a brilliant concept with my favourite companions and possibly my favourite doctor! particularly loved the dream lord of course, toby jones excelled in so many ways and id love to see his take on an actual incarnation of the time lord. a definite 10/10 from me, imo the best episodes are always character studies of the doctor. and its the episode that showed me that the doctor really is mr cool :)

Anthony Retondo
Anthony Retondo

Never agreed with those who say this one comes too late in the game. It's absolutely one of my all-time faves. Great character development for Amy, a great commentary on the Doctor, and a wonderfully campy performance by Toby Jones. I adore this episode. 

Cyberbloke
Cyberbloke

It's a 9 from me. The Dream Lord is an excellent villain, the setup is original, I like the revelation that neither 'dream' was real. The only thing that bothered me was the eye-monster old people. That was pretty weird.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

10/10, one of my favourites as it's such an interesting study of the 3 individuals, and has a nice, easy paced creepiness to it

The Dream Lord is a great character too!


JJ2000
JJ2000

4 - Below Average. Not the best episode ever, although it was ok. Not my favourite though. Ok-ish.

edoe101
edoe101

9/10 from me, a really insightful and interesting episode.

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

I wish that the Dream Lord would return. I see potential for a story about a battle for the Doctor's body between the two, even more insidious than the one with Mr Clever.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

@JamesCresswell Hmm, interesting you should say that about Karen's acting. I always felt that perhaps the directors weren't really grasping Amy's character that well, and it was their fault that her character wasn't always that convincing.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Pockydon  Yes, I remember watching this episode the first time, and thinking that this Dream Lord is saying some pretty cutting things about The Doctor and his relationship with his companions. Then you find out that The Dream Lord is actually part of The Doctor's personality, it's a creepy form of self hate coming out!

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

@Sam in Cardiff  The Dream Lord never really existed anyway, hence his title. He can never be part of reality, but this would defintiely signify a future return because the Doctor looked down on the console unit at the end and in the reflection was, the Dream Lord... 

Seaborn W Deadman
Seaborn W Deadman

Well, Doctor Who is pretty weird sometimes. Especially the classic series XD I love it. But I agree the eye monster things were not my favorite...


Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

The Doctor, the Dream Lord, and Mr. Clever all in one episode.

MaraBackman
MaraBackman

@Amy the Consulting Commentator Preferably no Mr Clever for me. I'd rather have a really dark psychological story reminiscent of the Machinist or Fight Club for the Dream Lord's attempt to hijack the Doctor's body, which the Doctor tries to prevent by staying awake longer than what is good for his mental health.

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

I've never personally seen the need for a Dream Lord sequel, but should one ever materialise I want it to play out exactly as you just described. It sounds terrific.