I have mixed feelings about this episode.
On the one hand, it was a good romp through an unusual situation with an interesting outcome. On the other hand, it wasn’t even slightly what I thought it was going to be.
Firstly, I know that it’s my fault for building it up into something it wasn’t. I’m a big fan of the time travel/flash forward/mixed up universes kind of story, ones where there are all kinds of coincidences and you have to stick with it to figure it out.
This wasn’t quite like that, and when the Doctor himself said they were in flash forward, it just made me think of LOST.
I suppose it was a necessary journey for Amy to take, because she had to find out that she did still love Rory, why she wanted to marry him in the first place. I don’t think that would have been needed if they hadn’t done that thing at the end of that episode of which we will never speak again, but that’s the way Moffat wanted things to go.
I think the problem with the episode is that it was a bit of both worlds. A little bit about dreaming and alternate universes, but also a little bit about a monster or tricky situation. Therefore, neither really felt that strong.
However, if that sounds all negative, do not get me wrong. I did enjoy the episode. I laughed out loud several times, and I really enjoy the relationship between the three. My favourite line of the evening? Rory saying to Amy: “Well, you have been known to… be very lovely.” Like conversations Mr C and I have all.the.time.
Talking of that bit - she was all “this time I really am in labour” but then the thing happened (no spoilers) and she marched to the minibus and labour was all forgotten. Most odd.
Elsewhere, I was completely blown away by the feeling I had when the Doctor was struggling to stay awake so he could get to safety in the cupboard. Putting characters in a situation where it looks like there is no way out and they are absolutely stuck and going to die is what Doctor Who does best. I’ve always been one step removed from that, though, because, come on, this is Doctor Who, he’ll find a way out. This time round, even though I knew it would come right in the end, I did find it really scary. I think it was the idea of them becoming unconscious. The Doctor can only fight when he is awake, right? Being rendered asleep in a world where aliens are banging the door down… that’s some scary stuff right there.
I would have to go out and say this was my least favourite episode of the series so far (not mentioning the thing) but even with that, it was good and interesting and I wouldn’t say no to watching it again.
I was going to finish by saying that next week’s looks really rather good (although Amy’s descent into the earth looks a little bit Superman?) but I said that last week and look what happened! This time I will merely wait and see.