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 pictures seen on the walls throughout the episode show various aliens the Doctor has encountered such as Silurian, a Sontaren, a Judoon and a Sister of Plenitude (cat nun). See more »

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In the beginning of the episode, as Lucy Hayward is moving down the hotel corridor she opens three doors. Two of them have the number 214. See more »

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Gibbis: All I want to do is go home and be conquered and oppressed. Is that too much to ask?
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Owes A Bit To Tradition And That's Not A Bad Thing
21 September 2011 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

DOCTOR WHO is a unique show but isn't exactly an original one . The whole premise of the series owes a massive debt to HG Wells and the differing eras tend to homage other inspirations . Jon Pertwee's debut season is pure QUATERMASS whilst the early Tom Baker stories are a homage to Hammer horror . This shouldn't be viewed as a criticism since the above two eras show he programme as its very best

The God Complex is a case in point . It's not very original as it rips off the myth of the Minotuar and features Orweell's room 101 as a plot device where people are imprisoned with their greatest fears . It's certainly one of the most enjoyable episodes of the Moffat era since it doesn't get caught up in pretentious timey wimey time paradox .It's also an episode that feels in keeping with the spirit of Moffat's predecessor . The characterisation is some what clichéd and shallow with a geeky computer nerd scared of girls , a humanoid descended from a non primate mammal , an ethnic minority character with a career etc but again this shouldn't be taken as a criticism , more of a tradition

Where the episode is less successful is that it spends the first half building up to the revelation of the monster which is a technique almost as old as the show itself going all the way back to the first Dalek story in 1963 . The problem with this once the monster is let out of the bag the mystery and suspense used for its revelation means it doesn't have the same impact after first viewing . The episode also suffers from the mawkish scene of the Doctor holding the monster's hand as it dies which smacks of RTD at his most manipulative , as is the scene where the Doctor bids goodbye to his companions . Cue Amy Pond with saw dust running down her cheeks but don't worry about Ms Gillan because she'll be back for the Christmas special so her appointment at the job centre will be delayued for another few weeks

All in all this is a pretty good episode . By no means a classic but much better than most than those produced by Steven Moffat . It's no coincidence that much of the enjoyment of watching this is due to the fact that it's a standalone episode devoid of a running thread and timey wimey nonsense that destroyed much of the first half of season six


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