Doctor Who- The God Complex

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Doctor Who- The God Complex

Postby Quatermass » Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:42 am

Welp, just watched the latest episode (for us Aussies), which is Toby Whithouse's The God Complex. Brilliant episode marred by three factors:

1. The atmosphere isn't quite right to convey the psychological horror aspects of this story.

2. The scene where the Doctor destroys Amy's faith in him was very badly acted out for something that was supposed to be a more emotive scene. The nearest equivalent was where the Doctor deliberately breaks Ace's faith in him in The Curse of Fenric (I found that scene here, with a new musical score. It's at about 3 minutes 20 in), and while it needn't be as melodramatic as it was in Fenric, it needed to have more emotion from Amy.

3. Surely they could have come up with a better fear for Amy than that?

However, the Minotaur was an excellently realised monster, and a nice bit of linking it to the rubbishly realised Nimon from The Horns of Nimon. Plus, there's some nice deconstruction of what it is like to be a perfectly pacifistic and cowardly race. And there was a good examination of whether or not the Doctor himself has a god complex. :) :) :)
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Postby DaveC » Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:53 am

Really liked this one, David Walliams was great. That minotaur was awesome too. :)
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:54 am

Many, many, many years ago, when I was a kid, I entered a Blue Peter 'design an enemy' for Dr Who competition and my enemy was basically a Minotaur. OK - I pinched the idea from Minoan/Greek myth, but still! :D
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Postby Quatermass » Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:46 am

Tonyblack wrote:Many, many, many years ago, when I was a kid, I entered a Blue Peter 'design an enemy' for Dr Who competition and my enemy was basically a Minotaur. OK - I pinched the idea from Minoan/Greek myth, but still! :D


Was that the one back in the sixties, Tony? The one with the Aqwaman, the Hypnotron, and the Steel Octopus? :)

Not that a minotaur hasn't been used in Doctor Who before, Tony. The Minotaur itself was used in The Mind Robber and The Time Monster (and the guy who played it in the latter was none other than Dave 'Darth Vader' Prowse). And I also mentioned The Horns of Nimon. The God Complex shares quite a bit with that one (minotaur-like aliens setting themselves up as gods, but feeding on life energy and using faith to dupe others, and living in an ever-shifting maze).

I also reckon that Whithouse has read the psychological horror novel House of Leaves, which has a similar concept: a house with shifting interior dimensions that becomes effectively a maze, and which may actually have a minotaur in it.

Actually, I read an interesting theory. We don't see the Doctor's fear, though it is implied to have something to do with the TARDIS' cloister bell. Either his greatest fear is the TARDIS dying, or maybe (as it is implied that he actually sees a person), his greatest fear is the Valeyard, his evil personified.
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Postby Quatermass » Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:50 am

*ARRRGGGHHHH!!!*

Son of a gum-chewing funk monster! Why the fruit does all this funny stuff happen to me? Forget my life! Always surrounded by miserable failing clods! It's like this whole world just likes to bend me over and find me in the Alps! Like I'm some sort of shlock receptacle! Well as far as I care, these miserable cows can have a fancy barbecue, WITH A GODDAMN PIG!

Sorry, frustrated with the BBS screwing me over. :)
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Postby Tonyblack » Sat Sep 24, 2011 12:02 pm

It must have been in the 60s, Q. :)
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Postby Quatermass » Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:07 pm

Tonyblack wrote:It must have been in the 60s, Q. :)


It was, that one that I'm thinking of. Patrick Troughton was one of the judges. I've seen parts of the Blue Peter special that have the monsters.
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Postby raisindot » Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:37 pm

I'm not a Dr. Who fan, but if anyone saw the season premiere of NBC's "Community" they had a funny spoof of the show.
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Postby Quatermass » Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:00 am

Well, anyway, this is easily the second-best story of a rather mixed season. Better than last year, but, well...

Anyway, here's my ranking of this season so far:

1. The Doctor's Wife by Neil Gaiman (of course!)

2. The God Complex by Toby Whithouse

3. The Impossible Astronaut/The Day of the Moon by Steven Moffat

4. The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People by Matthew Graham

5. A Good Man Goes to War/Let's Kill Hitler by Steven Moffat

6. Night Terrors by Mark Gatiss

7. The Girl Who Waited by Tom MacRae

8. The Curse of the Black Spot by Stephen Thompson
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Postby DaveC » Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:34 am

raisindot wrote:I'm not a Dr. Who fan, but if anyone saw the season premiere of NBC's "Community" they had a funny spoof of the show.
keep meaning to watch this sometime I hear it's really good.
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