Writer: Simon Nye
Director: Catherine Moreshead
Producer: Tracie Simpson
Series: 5, ep. 7
Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill)
Summary: The Doctor, Amy, and Rory find themselves in a shared dream where Amy is pregnant, and they live in an idyllic village. The Doctor is the first to realize something is wrong, and every time the dream begins and ends, they hear birds chirping. They discover this is all the work of the Dream Lord. They must figure out which one is the real world.
Review: This is easily one of the best episodes of Matt Smith’s era. It fits the feel of the era, as it often feels like a mix of science fiction and fantasy. This one falls into the fantasy category and has a great nightmarish feel to it. Toby Jones plays the Dream Lord well, making him a rather cynical character rather than the trickster he might’ve been, and a great adversary for the Doctor. I like that both Amy and Rory almost seem to become more and more impatient with the situation, and especially with the Doctor. The TARDIS turning colder and colder is a great touch.
Continuity: The Dream Lord mocks the Doctor as “The oncoming storm”. He is similar to the Valeyard, as he is a manifestation of the Doctor’s evil side. The Doctor once kicked the TARDIS to start it in “Attack of the Cybermen”. The Dream Lord mentions Queen Elizabeth and the 10th Doctor.