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The God Complex 

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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17 September 2011 (UK)  »

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David Walliams had been offered to play the Tenth Doctor when Christopher Eccleston left the series, but was not able to take the role due to taking his hit BBC comedy show Little Britain (2003) (TV Series) live on tour. Matt Lucas, David Walliam's comedy partner and co-creator of Little Britain (2003) (TV Series) later joined the series as Nardole, companion to The Twelvth Doctor (Peter Capaldi). 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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Referenced in Doctor Who: Before the Flood (2015) See more »

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Doctor Who Theme
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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Your biggest nightmare waits for you in a room....
6 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

The Doctor, Amy and Rory land in what appears to be a 1980's style hotel, but there's a twist, they aren't on Earth, and someone's gone to lots of trouble to make it look like Earth. They meet people also trapped in the hotel, the rooms switch around, one of the 'guests' Rita explains that the rooms have bad thing in them. The bad things in the rooms being people's worst nightmare, but worse one by one they go mad and start to 'praise him,' they begin to see the light and allow themselves to be taken willingly.

Favourite scene perhaps is Joe, who is tie up and surrounded by the Archie Andrews style puppets, they are so creepy, 'gottle o' geer!' 'Here comes a candle to light you to bed, here come a chopper to chop off your head.' Dolls a few weeks ago, puppets this....

For some reason I particularly love the music in the God complex, it feels very old school. (anyone that knows the 70's And then there were none will get the vibe.)

I adore David Walliams, but I didn't like the character they had him playing, why hide that face? Favourite character has to be Rita, she provides the fun and the tears, would have loved to have seen more of Rita. What a brilliant performance from Amara Karan. The ending feels a little like Curse of the Black spot.

What was behind the Doctor's door, the master? his mum? the war Doctor? interesting..

All in all I truly love the God Complex, an episode that plays on fears, it feels like a throwback. The monster looks like it could have fought with Tom or Sylvester. It all fits together nicely, love it. 9/10


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