The God Complex
By Toby Whitehouse
"He's Saving Us."
The writer of two previous Doctor Who stories (School Reunion & The Vampires of Venice) has returned to pen his third story The God Complex. Having liked his previous two stories especially School Reunion I was looking forward to watching The God Complex. So after seeing the trailer for this episode and seeing how cool and freaky it looked I really couldn't
wait to see The God Complex. Well I wasn't disappointed. This episode of Doctor Who was what I expected it to be and more. For one The God Complex was very intense to watch. It was filled with tons of drama and I was gripped to this episode. I was so taken in watching this episode as I was very keen on seeing how the Doctor would be able to get out off this really cool take of the Minotaur legend. I also liked how The God Complex used the play on their fears against the prisoners of the hotel. It was interesting to see what everyone was afraid of. Come on now how many people thought the clown was the scariest room in the hotel. As Ace said in The Greatest Show In The Galaxy "clowns are creepy."
One of the creepiest and maybe funny characters had to be Gibbis played by Little Britain's David Walliams. Gibbis was such a worm and very pathetic creature that you just wanted to smack. But he did have some great lines that were funny. What was another good point about this story was that Doctor had to use his intelligence to save the day. No sonic screwdriver or technological device to save the day just pure intelligence from the Doctor. But what a way to save the day. By breaking Amy's faith in the Doctor and in doing so saving everyone that is left. Somewhat reminiscent to The Curse Of Fenric but none the less very moving and sad to watch. It was one of the best scenes in the shows history and one of the best performed by Matt Smith. Who by the way was brilliant in this story.
But what caught me by complete surprise was that the Doctor drops off Amy and Rory and then leaves them at their house. Another sad moment as you are sitting there wondering if this is it for the three of them. I guess we'll have to wait and see in the next two episodes what comes from this surprise ending but it did look like the end from my point of view so the Doctor Who did accomplish what the set out to do with that ending. (They'll be back I'm sure) The God Complex was a good story that had nothing to do with the overall storyline. I think what makes this a great story for me is that it was similar to stories that I enjoyed in Classic Who. You had the monster and an impossible situation that kept you guessing on how the Doctor would save. It was almost reminiscent of a Tom Baker story written by Robert Holmes or Terrance Dicks and you could see a bit of McCoy in Matt Smith's performance as well. So The God Complex was a wonderful scary story that had some sad and emotional moments.