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One: Great Two and three: One flaw...

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Saturday 16 October 2010
Rating:   9

Amy's Choice is wonderfully different. It also carries almost the same amount of punch as Turn Left. The Dream Lord is a creepy invention, menace dripping in every scene. And that pregnancy should be at last dwelled upon in a who script is good. The Doctor's reaction to Amy's belly is quite believable. Simon Nye done a good job here. And those old people with those eyes sprouting from their mouths....gross to say the least. Dreams again, as used in Kinda and Snakedance to brilliant effect, and again very well relised. The story rips along and doesnt feel like 45 minutes at all. This is a very strong episode. The ending again is well thought out and again original. One of my favourite stories so far of the new series. Well done Simon.

The Hungry Earth/ Cold Blood holds one huge flaw. Well two actually. The first is that for me these silurians here are not a patch on the original. And no matter what the bbc team say here they still look like people in costumes. Even more so now than ever with their more human tones. And what felony! No third eye!!! This was very much a let down for me. The original silurians were far better. The second flaw is this is just a blatant retelling of the Silurians and the Sea Devils. Even some of the lines bare very uncanny resemblance to these two prior stories. These two flaws should see my mark right down for this story, but somehow...despite these two things, I still like this story rather a lot. The drama is there, the acting is there, the dire peril is there too. Firstly theres the dilemma with the captured silurian who is finally killed. This comes across well on screen. I dont know why I like it, but I do. Maybe its Matt Smith's leading. Maybe its Arthur Darvill. I dont know, i just still like this story a lot. I know Im weird. Thats me to the tee. And then theres the final scene of Rory suddenly dying, unexpected and hard hitting. A real surprise ending. So, this may well be just a rip off from the past with no so good silurians, but I still cant help but really like this new story....

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