The God Complex Preview

If you enjoyed The Girl Who Waited, The Doctor’s Wife, Night Terrors or any other River Song-lite episode this season, then The God Complex is probably something that you will be looking forward to.

Written by Being Human creator Toby Whithouse (whose previous Doctor Who episodes are School Reunion (2006) and Vampires of Venice (2010)), The God Complex takes our travellers to a mysterious 1980s hotel, complete with monstrous fears such as clows, ventriloquist dolls, Weeping Angels and even David Walliams!

Walliams – a star of Little Britain and Come Fly With Me (not to mention the work of genius that preceded both, Rock Profiles) – guests as the rodent-like Figgis, and clearly endured a torrid time under the astonishing makeup. Given his impressive determination and stamina in swimming the Thames recently, however, this was probably a walk in the park.

So, a few thoughts about the episode in a moment – in the meantime, the BBC’s official synopsis:

The TARDIS lands in what looks like an ordinary hotel, as the time-travelling drama continues. But the walls move, corridors twist and rooms vanish. There is a room for every visitor that contains their deepest, darkest fears. Fears that will kill them. What lies in the Doctor’s room? And when his turn comes, will he welcome death like all the rest?

After the character shaping events of The Girl Who Waited, you might be forgiven for thinking that The God Complex is a more light-hearted affair, particularly with the present of a comedy actor among the guest cast. As it is there are few laughs, and as the 7.15 timeslot should demonstrate, The God Complex is back into the territory of Night Terrors. There are scares aplenty in this episode, from the architecture of the hotel reconfiguring itself seeming at will to the presence of a stomping, fearsome minotaur.

This is also an episode in which the Doctor doesn’t seem to be in control, although this will surely be open to question when you reach the end and find out just what the heck has been going on. With some great guest appearances, more wonderful direction and a strikingly emotional ending, however, I hope you’ll join with me in punching the air once again when the Doctor refers to the Nimon.

As with The Girl Who Waited, The God Complex is a must-watch-on-the-night episode, unless you’re willing to be spoilered to hell and back with emails, text messages and Tweets before watching…

Now, to get you in the mood:

Last but not least, our gallery, provided by the BBC:

Doctor Who - The God Complex

Doctor Who - The God Complex

Doctor Who - The God Complex

Doctor Who - The God Complex

Doctor Who - The God Complex

Doctor Who - The God Complex

Doctor Who - The God Complex

Doctor Who - The God Complex

Doctor Who - The God Complex

Doctor Who - The God Complex

Doctor Who - The God Complex

Doctor Who - The God Complex

Doctor Who - The God Complex

Doctor Who - The God Complex

The God Complex airs on BBC One and BBC HD this Saturday, 17th September at 7.10 pm and on BBC America at 9/8c!



Christian Cawley

About

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.


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