My favorite track is the last track, “Impossible Choice” from the episode “Amy’s Choice” – a very lucky break for all of us that it ended up as a bonus track. The agony of Amy’s choice between her childhood sweetheart and the “handsome hero” can only be told by the beautiful violin section that seems to cry with us. I was in tears and still cry when I see this scene and hearing the music has the same effect on me every time. Who could make such a heartbreaking choice? Giving your heart to the Doctor will never be reciprocated, yet it pulls at us and at Amy in the way only a three-way love triangle can tear apart the human heart.
Don’t read this or click on this link if knowing about the episode before you see it if that kind of thing will freak you out.
Tonight I read the probable reason I have latched onto this episode as my neck-and-neck favorite with the premiere, “The Eleventh Hour”, and it has convinced me now to propel “Amy’s Choice” into the Number One spot on my favorites list. A review by a Live Journal contributor is a deep introspection into the story and roles of the Doctor, Amy and the Dream Lord in this episode that allow us as merely viewers to fully and truly find an emotional connection with its message that will evolve one’s appreciate for Doctor Who. It is not just someone looking for meaning that is not there. Steven Moffat doesn’t do things without a damn good reason – EVERYTHING in his Universe/Whoniverse has depth and meaning and layers that go deep under the surface, providing a rich and intelligent vehicle for our entertainment.
As just a taste of the indepth analysis into an episode that made me laugh, ponder and sob, here are a few tidbits:
“…this episode truly cements my thesis that 11th Doctor is a teacher/old wise man figure in the magical world of Time…he takes the role of the humbug Wizard, warping reality, torturing us seemingly pointlessly, leading us on a wild goose chase, all while hiding behind the curtain.”
“…the freezing cold, (is) a beautiful symbol of the Doctor’s emotional coldness that threatens Amy. The Doctor can provide her with adventure and growth (as shown in the episode itself), but he cannot provide her with the love that Rory can.”
Last year I studied archetypes with Sensei Ron Thomas and because of those lessons, I completely get this. They are the lessons of life as it is experienced all over the planet, from simply being human, no matter what culture you are from, what continent or what race. Sad though it is that we need to see ourselves through the eyes of an alien Time Lord to fully recognize and appreciate this, it speaks to the richness of the world of Doctor Who and how it makes important cultural and psychological contributions to our growth as human beings.
A great review of the episode, “Amy’s Choice”. Very indepth: