Doctor Who – Amy’s Choice

One thing I love about sixties Doctor Who is the imagination that went into it. Doctor Who has always had a flexible format – with the whole of time and space to play with, a writer can tell any story he or she chooses. Yet, somehow, the seventies and eighties serials were all fairly straight action/horror adventure. No surrealism, little in the way of character drama, little exploration of what could be done with such a writer’s toybox of a series.

And this is why I loved “Amy’s Choice”. The set-up is huge, what with a seemingly god-like being forcing the TARDIS’ crew into such a dreadful scenario, yet the confines of the village and the TARDIS make the episode claustrophobic at the same time. The sense of being outside reality for the duration of the story is something I can’t recall being done so drastically since “The Celestial Toymaker” in 1966. And the exploration of Amy and Rory as characters comes across perfectly in a story wrapped around their ideal (and opposing) views of a perfect life together.

For all this, “Amy’s Choice” also carries off the feel of being an enjoyable little romp. The danger in Leadworth strikes a great balance between menace and humour, and the added possibility that the Doctor and friends could choose the wrong reality and wind up dead anyway helps to up the tension. I must also commend the casting of Toby Jones as the Dream Lord; he gives off a Doctorish sense of superiority brilliantly while also carrying an air of creepy malevolence.

Finally, I have to say the production is brilliantly well put-together. The way the episode was shot gives a real differing sense of place as the action moves between TARDIS and Leadworth, and the Eknodine are solidly realised.

~ by Scary Rob on 14 December, 2010.

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