Five years after finally leaving the TARDIS Amy and Rory now married, live in the quiet little village of Leadworth. But everything is not what it would seem.
This episode is a perfect example of plot vs. character work.
The character growth that Amy goes through in this episode is incredibly important, and I appreciate it greatly. In that way, the fact that the baddies our main trio is facing are kind of lame is a small quibble.
The zombie-like old people in this episode feel oddly reminiscent of several different alien villains that have been on the show previously, so I find myself having a hard time getting invested in the plight of the main characters when it comes to the creatures.
With the cast back in Leadworth, I would have hoped for an episode reminiscent of “The Eleventh Hour,” at least in scope or tension. But we don’t really get that.
Sure, we get plenty of tension in the two dire situations the characters face, but it’s never quite as fun as the first episode of series 5. it’s kind of unfortunate, since this episode is so important.
“Amy’s Choice” features on of the biggest decisions in the show (so it’s fitting that it has “choice” in the title, haha). She chooses to stay in the universe that has a living, breathing Rory.
This is a decision that will escalate in future episodes, and one that will be on the periphery of every episode featuring Mr. Williams.
At this point, it’s unclear what Amy’s really choosing. It’s awfully convenient that when it comes to making her choice, Amy gets to decide that she gets her adventures on the TARDIS and her fiance.
In that way, it’s a step in the direction of the Amy we eventually come to know (who will choose Rory over The Doctor altogether), yet this is still an Amy that is immature enough to only make that choice based on outside, plot-based circumstances (and some selfishness on her part, still wanting to stay in the TARDIS).
Then you’ve got The Doctor, who, for the first time, really shows just how dark he can go. The Dream Lord is an extremely important character, and does a great job of illustrating just how heartless our hero can be in the bad times.