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I admit that I enjoyed Amy's Choice which was reasonably funny, though highly derivative - well, doh!

I didn't find the plot scary or particularly interesting, so it had to stand by whether it was funny, in character and well-acted.

I suppose it was all three in patches, but I have this odd feeling that it has simplified both the characterisation and the relationships in a way that left me dissatisfied. I prefer my characters complex and ambiguous, thank you, and I do not really need it spelled out that the Doctor hates himself or that Amy is wildly in love with Rory.

Also the use of what would have been sex-pollen in fannish hands, and came close to it at this time, caused me to groan.

And is it just me, or is there a definite feel about writer-insert with Rory in this episode?

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I had high hopes for this one and, like you, I did enjoy it but... it could have been *more*. If you're going to do this type of character/motivation study them do it properly. Actually address Amy's ambiguity, Rory's insecurity (OK, that was done better), the Doctor's self disgust etc. And the Doctor is too positive a character to overtly hate himself: these are the three A.M. emotions, the ones that inhabit the dark corners of our psyches. I happily admit that at 907 the Doctor probably has more dark corners than anyone but, given hat he *is* 907 I'd expect him to have buried those aspects very deep indeed. I'd have preferred the identity of the Dream Lord to be something he didn't want to acknowledge rather than an, "Oh, yeah, he's me, btw."

And, just as a personal niggle: NURSES ARE NOT FRUSTRATED DOCTORS! Nor are they secondary to Doctors. Yes, yes I do get the symbolism etc. but it really annoyed me that in five years Rory was supposed to have gone from nurse to GP! "What you always wanted." If it was what he'd always wanted he'd have trained as a doctor!

Oh, and Rory is not nearly tough enough to be a nurse. If you make it through the training you do end up with a personality you can bounce bricks off. There's a reason for that "bitch" stereotype...

Still, I like Rory, Amy and Eleven. It's all fun.

I'm glad there's someone else who feels a little uneasy about the characterisation in this episode - and I never found Rory's profession convincing in the first place. Coming from you, the criticism becomes even more valid.

It hit me in the very first episode when he's trying to show the consultant his phone pictures and allowed himself to get shouted down. Now the shouting down is realistic - doctors certainly can be a bunch of arrogant tossers with the social skills of alpha male baboons - and it is because of that, that nurses learn to assert themselves very effectively.

Male nurses split into two groups: the hyper-masculine ones who seem to be compensating for the fact they're in a slightly "girly" job and the ones who come across as a little effeminate and unmasculine. I have a theory that this is an acquired persona that allows them to perform intimate hands on care whilst negating the the social power structure that would make patients uncomfortable at receiving that care from a man. This is the way Mr S presents himself at work and it certainly seems to be Rory's persona BUT that lack of traditional masculinity does not imply someone who is effete or a pushover.

You see hints of this in Rory - he does call the Doctor on a few things very effectively but he allows himself to be shouted down far too often and doesn't seem able to assert himself. He also worries too much about ill people! Nurses are far more likely to go, "Yeah,yeah, he's OK," at anything less than life threatening. We are not exactly sympathetic people to have around during illness...

Oh, I forgot, at the psychic pollen bit I was yelling, "Sex pollen!" at the screen to Mr S's amusement and the kids' confusion...

Hee! Me too :-) The Who shippers, both slash and het, will have a field day with that bit of canon, no doubt.

It did seem slightly unlikely. Why could he not have been working as a nurse at the care home?

Managing the care home would give him a decent salary and a better way of introducing the old ones!

I do get that the whole thing is symbolic of his feeling that he needs to compete with the Doctor but... it just annoys me.

I wanted the Dream Lord to be River Song. Still think it would've made the story - and River - a lot more interesting. (The "has he told you his name?" bit resonated with that, for example.)

I must admit that, when the Doctor said, "No-one hates me like you do," I immediately thought of the Master. I'm sure he would dispute the point!

That's what I thought, but obviously, it wasn't going to be him. But wasn't there another 'Master' way back in Hartnell or Troughton's day? Master of the Land of Fiction or something, I think it was. That's kind of who I thought it might be turn out to be in the end

I do wonder whether we've heard everything about the Dream Lord. The Doctor seemed very... glib when he said, "Oh, it was me all along," and started talking about psychic pollen. And there was the reflection in the console at the end...

Yes, I'd forgotten that... could be they're setting something up for the finale, and as far as I know they're laying off the 'real' Master for a while (sensibly, I think, much as I enjoy him). The Doctor warring against his inner self? Could be interesting. A bit different, anyway.

It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but it was great fun in lots of ways. But I felt a bit sorry for the actors, it must have been perishing cold when they were filming! You can see it snowing in several of the village shots :-)

They did say on Confidential that they weren't that cold.

Did they mention when it was filmed?

If they did I can't remember.

I actually liked the snow and bleakness, not just because it added a bit to the atmosphere of the ep, and fitted nicely with them freezing back in the TARDIS, but so often shows seem to avoid showing weather. It hardly ever seems to rain in TV land unless there's so desperate need for it in the plot.

One of my favourite scenes in classic Survivors was shot in a snowstorm, with the two characters riding through it without comment because they were just travelling from place to place and that was the weather they encountered.

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