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.
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
David Walliams was asked to guest-star in the episode in an email and he agreed, having been a fan of the show. He had previously been a candidate to play The Tenth Doctor. See more »
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 »
My name is Lucy Hayward. And I'm the last one left. It's funny. You don't know what's going to be in your room until you see it. Then you realize it could never have been anything else. The gaps between my worship are getting shorter. This is what happened to the others. It's all so clear now. I'm so happy. Praise him. Praise him.
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I never paid any attention to Doctor Who until I developed a massive crush on David Walliams circa 2010. When I found out he was doing this episode, I asked a friend who had cable to DVR it for me. I went on to watch a fair portion of the Matt Smith series, some of the Tennants (not as crazy about his Doctor--too children's entertainer-ish for me) and all the Capaldis (definitely my Doctor) but this is still my favorite episode. Probably because I prefer horror to science fiction, and this is a really well-crafted piece of horror filmmaking. I also like "The Lazarus Experiment" a lot, though it's more of an homage to classic horror than a genuine thriller in its own right, as this is.
The only thing I don't like about this episode was the decision to give David that hideous prosthetic naked mole rat face. He does manage to work quite a bit of expression through it, but yecch. Also it gives him a glaring plasticky mask-voice, which takes you out of whatever illusion the mask was intended to create. In a way it was a failure of imagination. David is something of a special effect in and of himself and I don't think he needs latex on his face to convince us he's from another galaxy.
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