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At first it seems like a problem that the Dream Lord has given the characters a choice that the viewer's aren't similarly in doubt about. There's no suspense when you know the Five Years Later Back In Upper Leadworth is a clearly the dream, because gah... Rory's wig.
|Let's try not to be distracted by the wig. The awful, awful wig.|
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Moments, moments and quips are what make this one fun to watch, even upon repeat viewing, knowing who the Dream Lord is and that Rory isn't going to die forever. (And knowing now that he is going to die several more times before we're through with him.) Rory whacking an old lad with a plank, cracks like "Let's go out looking like a Peruvian folk band," Elizabeth I only thinking she was the first (naughty!), a bit of punning ("There's a lot at stake," in the butcher's shop), the Doctor and Rory waking up forehead-to-forehead, and we could go on and on ... heck, even that Cold Star looks pretty impressive.
So, who is the Dream Lord? "Only one person hates me as much as you," the Doctor tells him. This Doctor, he's got all the self-loathing of a wolf in sheep's clothing, so that line's red herring (no, he's not the Master) doesn't fool anyone, we suspect. But it's nicely played. And let's credit Toby Jones for be terrific at embodying the Doctor's imp.
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So, on with it ...