To kick off this year’s A-Z Challenge it’s one of my favourite episodes of series five; “Amy’s Choice”. I was never a fan of the “love triangle” with Amy supposed to choose between the Doctor and Rory because I never really saw Amy and the Doctor’s relationship like that, but with “Amy’s Choice” you finally get the definitive answer of who Amy would choose and why she loves Rory so much.
I really enjoy what happens in both “dreams” and how life in a village back on Earth can feel just as real as an impending disaster on the TARDIS. As a viewer, it’s easy to believe that the life in a small village post-travels with the Doctor is the dream, but how it bounces between the two does make you doubt yourself.
Toby Jones as the Dream Lord is also worth a mention. Obviously he’s a great actor and how he mirrors the Doctor, showing the worst of the Time Lord’s character traits is really interesting and it’s one of those things where once you know the big reveal, you can see the breadcrumbs and how it all comes together.
Really though, it’s this exchange between Amy and the Doctor after she’s lost Rory that really makes this episode work for me.
Amy Pond: Save him. You save everyone. You always do. That’s what you do.
The Doctor: Not always. I’m sorry.
Amy Pond: Then what is the point of you?
Until this point, Amy has pretty much always believed in the Doctor and has (mostly) seen him succeed, or at least anyone who does die weren’t that close to her. She now faces the reality of the Doctor’s limitations and having lost Rory that’s when she decides any world that he’s not in can’t be the real one – or one that’s worth her living in. I think Amy’s decision in “Amy’s Choice” is a clear precursor to her decision in “The Angels Take Manhattan”. Amy Pond loves Rory Williams and there’s nothing in the universe that will keep them a part.