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Best of Matt Smith: The God Complex

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Across the next couple of months Doctor Who TV is running a series of polls to celebrate Matt Smith’s era. We want you to cast your votes on every story and at the end we’ll be comprising a list to find the top scoring.

We continue Series 6 with the 11th episode, The God Complex. All you have to do is rate the story with your score out of 10, so get voting and join us again tomorrow for the next episode.

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RobertLythgoe
RobertLythgoe

I know I am in the minority. but I don't really like this episode. Like most Whithouse episodes, style over substance. 4/10

ClaraOswald
ClaraOswald

10/10

This is my favourite episode of series 6 and I love everything about it.

I love that it's creepy, scary, the way the characters are killed off one by one, the suspense. I love that we learn more about the Doctor. I love that we learn more about Amy and how much she admires, trusts and loves the Doctor. 

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

This used to be my favourite episode. Until the Angels Take Manhattan had been broadcast. But now my favourite is Day of the Doctor.

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

its the sort of episode I feel I should love, and im a massive fan of Whitehouse, a town called mercy being my favourite ever episode. but, I thought the pacing was all wrong, the minotaur was a weak antagonist despite the fact that he reflects the doctor. I understand the analogy of the minotaur being animalistic and beast like, reflecting the doctor. however, I think the episode really needed a more relatable villain like the dream lord or Jex. I didn't mind the hotel aspect, it gave a good clausterphobic feel to the episode. but, I actually found it quite boring. the music, while atmospheric, was also quite dull in my opinion. but the real failure for me was the conclusion. the hotel's disappearance and replacement of that weird space ship felt wrong to me and similarly dull. I would have been more effected by the ending if they had found a way of showing the similarities between the minotaur's death and the doctor's impending death at Silencio without the doctor actually having to spell it out to us, "I wasn't talking about myself." nevertheless, there were some good bits. I like Amy and the doctor's development and their goodbye at the end was the most emotional companion goodbye I think even if it wasn't goodbye for long. poor Rory gets left out again :/ 6/10

JJ2000
JJ2000

2 - Very Poor. This episode was really, really terrible. I was tied between voting it a 3 or a 2, but I ended up clicking 2. It would have probably 2.5 or something like that, but it was definitely closer to 2. It could have been good, but then the thing about faith and they solved the mystery that quick, I hear Deus Ex-Machina in the background...? The hologram thing was also stupid, but it really could have been good. Way too overrated, because it really isn't that good. It should just be forgotten about and we should all just move on and pretend that some parts of that episode never happened, but that is just my opinion. Terrible episode though!

DawnTime
DawnTime

An 8 for me enjoyed.  The best part of this one Rita - fantastic character and great acting. Sadly she only lasted one episode.

jellybabyeater
jellybabyeater

Why does nobody talk about this episode??? It's my favourite in series 6 and is mind blowing! 10!

JailBanksters
JailBanksters

A bit weird, it should of been a lot wierderer



RhonDOH
RhonDOH

Two words..."Ventriloquist Dummies."


*shiver*

smithian
smithian

Great idea, nice and creepy but flails a bit towards the end. Fun to see what was in the Doctor's room eventually, though his pronouns threw me off. "Who else?" indeed! 

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Chronos the Fannibal
Chronos the Fannibal

If I found my room I would want to open it, despite my better judgement because I would be too curious for my own good about whats in it. As I'm not actually sure what my biggest fear is…but then again I would still be scared to find out

gypsyking007
gypsyking007

Great episode. A shame this wasn't the final goodbye for Amy and Rory; the Doctor letting them go as he didn't want to stand over their graves was such a big decision and represented real growth for his character. A shame it was so quickly undone. This episode also shows that great stories don't need loads of special effects (thought we still got a minotaur!).

grumpyoldcow
grumpyoldcow

A stunning episode. 8/10

Favorite scene is the Doctor talking to the Minotaur in the spa. The mirroring of the Doctor is literally mirrored with all the glass, mirrors and water.

WhoMallow666
WhoMallow666

9/10, an interesting and thought-provoking episode, amazing acting, brilliant premise. Everywhere you look there are fascinating parallels drawn, like between the Doctor and the Minotaur: both are wandering the universe in a prison, the Doctor's figurative while the Minotaur's is literal, both need the belief of others, and both pick up 'guests' in their travel to fuel this spiritual or physical need. And my favorite is of course the Doctor's room, it raises so many questions that everyone probably has a different answer for (eg. Why is the time crack the Doctor greatest fear?). Also the music and directing for this episode is splendid.

And the end where the Doctor 'saves' Amy and Rory by letting them go is beautifully heart-breaking every watch.

Polyphase
Polyphase

Found it very uninspiring and Walliams was terrible
1/10

GregChipman
GregChipman

Lots of good stuff in the script; some bad, too, but overall the good outweighs it. Nick Hurran continues to impress, and every actor gives it their best.

3.5/5.

Tennant_Capaldi
Tennant_Capaldi

Loved it , a brilliant episode ( although series 6 was poor apart from a selected few )

AndrewMarsden
AndrewMarsden

I thought it was great. Knocked a mark off because it killed off Rita who would have been a wonderful full time companion.

TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

8/10- Great episode. Really deep and explored some very mature concepts and ideas. I like the way it touched upon various issues. That's the great thing about DW, it can explore some really mature themes without you even realising that it's exploring them. It puts deep questions and ideas into a fantasy sci fi world so that you can take what you want from it; there's something for everyone. Little kids see the monsters and adventure and older kids and adults see the themes. It's great! 

Rita was brilliant too. She would have made a great companion.


Beasts_a_Snarling
Beasts_a_Snarling

One of my favorites! Excellent concepts and visual imagery!

10/10

Perfection? Yes.

JolomontheDestroyer
JolomontheDestroyer

8/10. Oh god the amount of Nightmares from this episode. The off resolution stopped it's perfection

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

A very weird episode, but in a good way. Amy and Rory's departure at the end was certainly a surprise. 8/10.

GoodYear92
GoodYear92

I'm just going to quote most of what I said in my Big 50 contribution, as it pretty much sums up all of my thoughts on this episode.

“The God Complex”, quite apart from everything else, serves as the most acute analogy for certain elements of the Doctor’s characterisation. The Minotaur, a godly being succumbed to its base instinct – i.e. it transports the faithful aboard its vessel so as to convert their various faiths into a form of energy it can consume – mirrors the Doctor’s compulsion to entrance human beings into the TARDIS, and how in doing so, most of his companions are irrevocably changed. Whithouse toys with the notion that the Doctor cannot restrain his exigency for the accompaniment of humans, and like the Minotaur earlier in the episode, has him acknowledge this during one of his communes with Rita, in which he draws parallels between the wonders of time and space and the allure of sweets to a small child. In effect, the sweets are soured, just like the exerted worship of the Minotaur, and those he offers them to would do well to turn them down.

Amelia’s near fateful constancy to the Doctor is the clearest example of the detrimental effects his impression on people can have, and is the crux of the narrative’s resolution, with her faith in him dispelled upon the Doctor’s revelation that in her he sought only adoration. Once again alluding to the fact that the Doctor needs this brand of devoted companionship, just like the Minotaur requires it for sustenance. The equivalences are numerous beyond this, though: the labyrinthine hotel is analogous of the TARDIS’ illimitably convoluted interior; the divinity of the Minotaur reflective of the Doctor’s almost deific standing as the last of the Time Lords; the rooms comprised of nightmares representative of the horrors the Doctor’s travels subject his companions to, and the faith these cause the Minotaur’s victims to fall back on comparative to the Doctor’s associates relying on his rescue from whatever predicaments transpire during their misadventures.

I love everything about this episode; the eerie claustrophobia of Hurran’s direction, creating an otherworldly ambience, despite the seeming normality of the hotel’s earthly décor; the swift succession of deaths that befall the very relatable, likeable characters of Howie and, most of all, Rita, which is a fate avoided by the most despicable of the ensemble that first greet the Doctor, Amy, and Rory (Gibbis); the jaunty, ethereal notes of the episode's soundtrack that further enhance the 'alien' atmosphere that pervades throughout. This is my favourite Doctor Who episode of all time. I could go on forever about it. 10/10

Chris502
Chris502

The Doctor went through that time crack, he went into nothingness, and it is the result of his only piece of home being destroyed. I think 11 fears that crack a lot in that period of his life.

dschram
dschram

They never did answer the question - Who do Time Lords pray to?

KingOrokos
KingOrokos

An impressive episode from an impressive writer, The God Complex is one of the cleverest stories of the series. It deals with its themes well, using the Minotaur and its prison as a subtle metaphor for the Doctor's own god complex, and utilises the characters it creates to their full potential. Rita is the most obvious example of this, a hugely popular character in the fandom, whose resourcefulness and intelligence marked her out as companion material from the start. Through her, Whithouse manages to convey vital exposition to the audience concerning the 'hotel' whilst also creating an emotive centrepoint for the story, giving the viewers an everyday hero to route for in addition to our primary protagonists. Of course, Whithouse is not afraid to kill his darlings, as any seasoned viewer of Being Human knows all too well - and the death of such a likable character only intensifies the impact of what was already a powerful, moving episode.

There is one exception to this, though, in the form of Gibbis; he's a funny character, sure, but his little arc of cowardice and betrayal grinds to a quiet halt halfway through the episode - retribution for what was essentially the murder of Howie never really arrives, and by the story's climax the crimes of Gibbis have been all but forgotten. Aside from this misstep, Whithouse projects a sense of total control over the story, with every line and every shot seeming tailor-made to convey a tone or message. It's a slick episode, and the high-quality production, unnerving steps, and utterly, utterly creepy music put together by the marvelous Mr. Gold only serves to enhance that. A well-made story told well. 9/10.

Amy the Consulting Key Ring
Amy the Consulting Key Ring

7/10 - I like the episode, and I think that it does improve upon re-watch (it used to be one of my least favorites). The direction is stunning, and the premise is very creative. However, some things about it just don't work for me. For one, the implication that Amy is physically abusive toward Rory makes me uncomfortable and sours their relationship for me, which is such a shame with this episode following on from "The Girl Who Waited", which worked hard to demonstrate how deep their bond really was. Also, why did the Doctor call Rory "Beaky"? It just seemed like an uncharacteristically rude thing to say while not at least joking about Amy's appearance as well like he did in "The Impossible Astronaut". At least then I would have gotten the impression that he was just kidding with them as a pair and not inexplicably singling one of them out. Furthermore, I never bought the scene in which the Doctor breaks Amy's faith in him. He says that he took her on as a companion because he was being vain, but that wasn't it at all; at least, not more so than with anyone else.

The episode does get bonus points for the foreshadowing of "The Angels Take Manhattan" (I prefer that episode as the Ponds' exit), and unlike a lot of people, I actually like the revelation about the crack in time. I think it is cool that the cracks still had a bit of a presence in Series 6. :)

TARDISkey221B
TARDISkey221B

You're entitled to believe that, if you want. But from my perspective, it just looks like hate for it with no real reasons. There was no Deus Ex-Machina resolution, the hologram is completely relevant so I don't see how it's stupid, faith worked well within the overall narrative... it just seems like you have a lot of hate over the episode for no real, important, reason to be honest.


But I can't make you like it, so, oh well.

tealeaves
tealeaves

Could you explain to me how the episode is solved by deux ex machina? It was established half way through that the Minotaur had become an animal merely feeding on faith to survive who didn't want to live anymore. At the end of the episode the doctor broke Amy's faith and the creature died. The prison reduced because its only prisoner died. I'm failing to see anything introduced at the last minute to suddenly resolve the episode...

Galactic Yo Yo
Galactic Yo Yo

In a perfect world, they would have just been back once more for the finale (which also would have introduced a version of Clara) and then series 7 would have begun with "The Snowmen" with The Doctor hiding out because "he got too big". Then there would have been a whole series devoted to defining Clara as a character, instead of the half that we got.

grumpyoldcow
grumpyoldcow

Also, the Doctor is pretty dark here telling Amy to forget her faith in him.

MrGuymanwatch
MrGuymanwatch

@AndrewMarsden  That shouldn't lose it a mark, the whole point was that her death was supposed to highlight the danger companions face. That she would have made a great companion was entirely the point; we see that great companion die and understand the Doctor's protectiveness and ultimate decision to send the Ponds home to protect them from the same gruesome end.

Beasts_a_Snarling
Beasts_a_Snarling

Agreed! Toby Whitehouse has come a long way and NEEDS to come back this series and write another interesting and metaphorical episode!

Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

That actually makes sense though part of me still things moffat phoned that revelation in a bit.

Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

Ah society as advanced as the time lords can only have one deity.....Mr. T :-)

tealeaves
tealeaves

@Amy the Consulting Commentator I'm sorry when was Amy physically abusive? The most I could notice was her playfully slapping Rory I don't think there was any implication of anything other than the fact Rory made a vaguely daft remark.

JJ2000
JJ2000

@TARDISkey221B  I hate it because I thought it was rubbish, I didn't think it worked well at all and there could have been a better episode there. I don't mind if people like it. You say that I hate it for no apparent reason. I could say you like it for no reason. But I accept that it's your opinion and I can try and see how you might love it. It's just an opinion, I don't like it that much and I know for a fact, there could have been something better. There could have been something better for every episode, even the really, really good ones that I liked and enjoyed, everything could be better and this episode for me, really could have been a lot, lot better,

JJ2000
JJ2000

@tealeaves  I didn't mean a deus ex machina, just kind of similar how it's just faith that solves everything. I just think it could have been worked out better, just like the story, could have been good. Just my opinion though.

Amy the Consulting Key Ring
Amy the Consulting Key Ring

Personally, I think that it makes perfect sense. At that stage in the Doctor's life, he was practically on the run from the Silence, who meant to kill him, and we know how he tends to react toward the prospect of his own death. He also knew that the cracks and the time explosion were associated with the Silence, and as we learned in "The Time of the Doctor", he had always suspected that the cracks weren't completely gone. So in a way, the crack represents his fear of death, and of the potential threat that the Silence and the cracks still posed.

Although yeah, Moff totally phoned it in. :P

Amy the Consulting Key Ring
Amy the Consulting Key Ring

When Rory made the "next of kin" joke about Rita, Amy laughed, but Rory flinched as if he was expecting her to hit him for saying something bad about the Doctor, and then he said that the last time he did say something like that, she hit him with her shoe. Later on in the story, when Rory wakes up after being unconscious, he says "Somebody hit me; was it Amy?"

Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

Still at least it worked out and time ended up being my favorite regeneration episode so far.

Amy the Consulting Key Ring
Amy the Consulting Key Ring

Fair enough; evidently there is more than one way to interpret it, I will give you that. With the way it was presented, it just didn't work for me when I first saw it (and as I said, this episode used to be a least-favorite of mine, so who knows; it could just be some lingering animosity I need to sort out). I think perhaps what I am trying to say is that it could have been handled better, although even then, there are the other small issues with it of mine that I noted.

Pockydon
Pockydon

My best friend hits me all the time, to the point where just the act of him moving his arms quickly causes me to flinch. Now, this is a guy I've known since I was about 4, and he's my closest and dearest friend, and I wouldn't say for a second that he is in any way 'abusive', or that it sours our friendship. I think a relationship in which the participants constantly insult or playfully hit each other can be just as strong, if not stronger, than one where they're both constantly really overly nice and dread even remotely touching the other person without their permission. Adding in the fact that I'm very sure Rory was joking when he said the 'Somebody hit me' line, and I think you may be slightly overreacting. :)

Amy the Consulting Key Ring
Amy the Consulting Key Ring

Well, believe me, I would love to just be reading far too much into something that isn't there. Unfortunately, I haven't seen enough evidence to convince me that I am. :/

Amy the Consulting Key Ring
Amy the Consulting Key Ring

That isn't what I took from it from the way he flinched almost immediately as soon as she moved, and in any event, it isn't a good light to cast on their relationship. It just doesn't sit right with me.

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

@Amy the Consulting Commentator  But the way he said it suggested a light repetitive tap with her shoe rather than a full-on bash to the face with a high heel. There's nothing in any other episode at all to suggest Rory is involved in an abusive relationship.