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: