Doctor Who: Season 6, Episode 11

The God Complex (17 Sep. 2011)

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The Doctor, Amy and Rory become trapped in a hotel of horrors unable to escape and unable to find the tardis. The Doctor must save as many people as he can taking many twists and seeing his own worst fear.

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Our trio of time travelers find themselves in a very strange hotel. The Doctor quickly surmises that it's a replica of a 1980s British hotel and when they ring the bell at the check-in counter, they find themselves confronted by three others, none of whom know how they got there. They do not know that the others who were with have seemingly gone mad and are now dead. Those who remain describe the hotel as having no exits with corridors and walls that are forever changing. As well, each room is occupied by someone or something representing their greatest fear. To top things off, the TARDIS seems to have disappeared. Their encounter with a strange creature will have an impact on all of them and force the Doctor to reevaluate his relationship with Amy and Rory. Written by garykmcd

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The Doctor's room is #11. See more »

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Digital effects are used to extend the street the Doctor leaves Amy and Rory on, but the real brick wall that forms the dead end is still visible over Rory's shoulder in one shot. See more »

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Amy Pond: "Let's go to Ravan-Skala," he says. "The people are 600 feet tall, you have to talk to them in hot air balloons, and the Tourist Information Centre is made of one of their hats," he says. I'm sorry, I don't see any huge hats.
The Doctor: [giddy] Amy, Beaky, this could be the most exciting thing I've ever seen!
Rory: You're kidding.
Amy Pond: How can you be excited about a rubbish hotel on a rubbish bit of Earth?
The Doctor: Because, assembled Ponds, this is not Earth. This has just been made to *look* like Earth. The craftsmanship ...
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Hotel of Fear!
22 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode was creepy from its opening when we see a police woman running along the corridors of a strange hotel that seems to be stuck in the '80s; that is until she enters a room containing a man in a gorilla suit when she exclaims 'Praise him!'. Soon the Tardis lands in the hotel and when The Doctor, Amy and Rory get out to explore they meet another group who claim that it is impossible to leave the hotel and that the rooms and corridors keep rearranging. The Doctor suggests that they can all escape in the Tardis but when they return to where he left it, it has vanished. It is explained that somewhere in the hotel everybody will find a room containing their deepest fear and once you have found it you will soon be killed! It isn't long before people do indeed start to die.

This episode may have lacked spectacular special effects but it made up for the lack of spectacle with a more subtle atmosphere of creepiness. The monster wasn't the best design but the way it caught its prey was interesting and scary. There is also a nice twist near the end, which I won't spoil… I just hope the assumed conclusion is just teaser! The regular cast did a fine job; I particularly liked the emotion between Karen Gillan and Matt Smith in the final scene, of the guest stars the most notable were Amara Karan who did a good job as Rita and comedian David Walliams who played an alien from the most frequently invaded planet in the universe.


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