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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You can see the contents of the Doctor's room in the reflection of his eye. 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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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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Ye of Little Faith
17 September 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Graeme Harper holds the distinction of being the only director of the 1963-1989 Doctor Who to also direct episodes in the BBC Wales revival series. His signature shot in DOCTOR WHO is the weird point of view shot, a distorted image seen through the eye of a Dalek or an askew magnifying glass for a sense of weird emotional impact. Although he did not direct this episode, writer Toby Whithouse and director Nick Hurran have produced an episode that evokes that sort of image, with weird traveling shots and Hitchcockian Down-the-stairwell shots to evoke the fears that people feel, for which deep and abiding faith is the only shield..... and when that faith is broken, they either die or grow up.

Toby Whithouse's script is quite good, but may only be accessible to a dedicated fan of the show. It examines, as have other episodes in this season, the faith and attitudes and, yes, the hungers of the Doctor and the people who travel with him. The Doctor seeks out companions because he is lonely and needs someone to admire him -- a normal and natural set of urges. His companions get to see amazing and brilliant places and times. They also provide an emotional access for the viewer -- it's rather difficult to identify with a nine hundred year old alien.

It's a brilliant life, but by no means a safe one and this season has been investigating the risks and psychology behind the characters, and reaching towards an unhappy conclusion, in a series of episodes that have been growing more and more terrifying. In the previous episode, Rory Williams reproached the Doctor for his habit of not checking out the dangers of where he goes. In this episode, the question is approached much more directly and the Doctor finds himself in the unenviable position of having to be an adult and making sure the kids are safe and capable of taking care of themselves.

It's an episode that sits deep inside the history and mythos of DOCTOR WHO. Toby Whithouse, whose best outing in the new series is the second season's "School Reunion" throws in references to the classic series' "Horn of Nimon" serial to excellent effect. It will not, however, be particularly accessible to the casual viewer or even the dedicated viewer who is only familiar with the current series. I enjoyed it, but it will not be to everyone's taste.


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