**Warning! Here there be spoilers! DO NOT read ahead if you have not watched through Series 5, episode 7 of Doctor Who. If you have, or don’t care, read on, but don’t get mad…**
The Doctor, Amy, and Rory have had a psychic episode, a shared dream. They’re flashing forward and backward in time, but in dreams apparently. They have to try to identify which “reality” is real and which is fake.The Dream Lord (Toby Jones) has come to trick the Doctor and company. He has created an alternate reality, the trio will shift between that reality and the real one, and in both realities they will face a deadly danger. One is truly deadly, while the other just seems that way.
In the primary reality, where we left off after “Vampires in Venice” (and a tedious week off…), the TARDIS has lost all power and is drifting toward a cold star. They will freeze to death before they hit the star.
In the new reality, during the cold open, we meet Amy just as she’s about to give birth. It’s 5 years later, she and Rory are married and have settled in a small, quiet village and a tranquil married life.
And there are old people watching everything they do.
These old people have aliens living inside them and they absorb the energy of the young in the village—reducing them to dust–extending the aliens’ lives.
Eventually, Amy does make her choice. She chooses the Doctor’s World, but only if Rory is in it. In addition, neither reality was a dream, which I was happy to discover, as it gave the audience a twist that we weren’t expecting. I was a little skeptical about the believability of the situation.
Moreover, it’s revealed toward the end that the Dream Lord is the embodiment of the Doctor’s subconscious, aided by some psychedelic pollen. There is a hint that we haven’t seen the last of the Dream Lord, most likely not in the same form, but that the Doctor’s subconscious may not stay that way for long.
This is a difficult episode to describe, but it’s a very interesting one altogether. It’s very full, both of action (way too much running tires out a very pregnant Amy, and the Doctor drives a Ruby Red VW bus) and gravity. Amy isn’t allowed to waffle anymore, and I feel that Amy won’t remain in the TARDIS for long, certainly not past this series—at least not as a regular companion.
I feel like Matt Smith is becoming more of his own Doctor. He combines elements of the 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) through a somewhat short temper, as well as the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) through his quirkiness and physicality, though Smith is more withdrawn at times, while also slightly mad and childlike with wonder. I’m looking forward to watching him continue to develop this distinct character.
Hold on, this is going to be a tricky one (grins…)
It doesn’t make sense…let’s poke it with a stick.
If we’re going to die, let’s die looking like a Peruvian folk band.