The God Complex
17 September 2011
Sarah Quintrell (Lucy Hayward), Amara Karan (Rita), Dimitri Leonidas (Howie Spragg), Daniel Pirrie (Joe Buchanan), David Walliams (Gibbis), Caitlin Blackwood (Amelia Pond), Dafydd Emyr (PE teacher), Spencer Wilding (The Creature), Rashid Karapiet (Rita’ father) Roger Ennals (Gorilla)
|Written by||Toby Whitehouse|
|Directed by||Nick Hurran|
|Produced by||Marcus Wilson|
The TARDIS lands in what looks like an ordinary hotel. 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’ room? And when his turn comes, will he welcome death like all the rest?
- at the time of the script read-through, Lucy Hayward’s name was “Lucy Miller”. (Heartbreak Hotel) It was ostensibly changed so as to avoid conflict with Lucie Miller, the long-term audio companion of the Eighth Doctor.
- Rita becomes the latest in a line of characters who are invited to become companions by The Doctor, only to die soon after.
- The Doctor fears that he will either get Rory and Amy killed or have to watch them die. These themes were also touched on in The Vampires of Venice and School Reunion respectively. Both episodes were also written by Toby Whithouse.
- The Doctor’s room number was 11, a reference to the fact that Matt Smith is the Eleventh Doctor and that this story is the eleventh of the 2011 series. A similar “11′ reference occurred in the eleventh episode of series 5. (The Lodger)
- David Walliams previously played Quincy Flowers and Ned Cotton in Phantasmagoria.
- The Minotaur’s final words were a prophetic statement delivered both to and about a long-lived traveller, similar to the last words of the Face of Boe. (Gridlock)
- The Weeping Angels are Gibbis’ biggest fear, and Amy mentions having encountered them. Gibbis
- As is routine for post-2005 Doctor Who, a “NEXT TIME” trailer for the next episode is shown at the end of the episode