The Black Archive #9: The God Complex
The Black Archive – a series of book-length looks at single Doctor Who stories from 1963 to the present day.
‘Why is it up to you to save us? That’s quite a God complex you have there.’
Drawing deftly on sources from theseus myth to Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Shining, The God Complex (2011) expands a one-line brief about a shifting, labyrinthine hotel into a tragic commentary on The Doctor’s fallibility and Amy’s misplaced faith. Unsettling, disorientating and frankly terrifying, Toby Whithouse’s story considers fear, belief and the series’ fundamental question: Who is The Doctor? Is he a hero, or simply ‘a madman in a box’?
Paul Driscoll is a regular writer for You and Who and Doctor Who Worldwide, and contributed two stort stories to Seasons of War.