Sunday, 18 September 2011
Doctor Who, The God Complex--My Thoughts
Toby Whithouse, you brilliant, brilliant man. Yes, this episode came from the mind of the man that gives us Being Human (UK) and, in my opinion, this outshone anything I've ever seen on Being Human!
Moffat DEFINITELY saved the best for the second half of series 6! WOW!
Okay, so who played 'spot the alien' with the photos on the walls of the hotel? I saw a Silurian, Sontaran, Cat Nun, Judoon and a Tritovore! ;)
Gibbis was fun! "Our Anthem is 'Glory to (insert name here)'". LOL
Did you notice the Rubik's cube from 'Night Terrors'? When he put it into his pocket, it was all a-jumble. When we saw it again on the table after Rita died, it was solved. Significance? It's solved just as the Doctor solves the riddle of the hotel? And, possibly, just as the Doctor decides to solve the problem in his head...that he needs to say goodbye to Amy and Rory?
Amy's room--Number 7. Why? Because Amelia was seven years old when she met the Doctor.
Rory had no room. But why did he speak in the past tense to the Doctor about his fears? "After all the time I spent with you in the TARDIS, what was left to be scared of?"
He had no idea the Doctor would be dropping them off at the end of the episode...He was shocked when the TARDIS leaves without them.
That's obviously significant!
The Doctor's room--Number 11. He is the Eleventh Doctor, after all. ;)
So, what was in there? I have a few guesses...
1) River, in a wedding dress, at the alter.
2) And astronaut, on a beach in Utah.
3) Himself. The Doctor.
4) Young Amelia.
5) The TARDIS, dying.
You do hear the cloister bell ringing when he opens the door to his room.
Did anyone else notice Gibbis eat the fish? Ha!
In Amy's room, her fear. Her young self, waiting....always waiting. Abandoned.
And that scene in her room? The Doctor's speech? Absolutely beautiful. Yes, I cried. Brilliant writing, brilliant directing, and Matt Smith was perfect. Just perfect. He is The Doctor. If you didn't believe before, you have to after that scene.
The parallels between the Minotaur and the Doctor--"You've lived so long even your name is lost."
And the Minotaur's last words? "An ancient creature, drenched in the blood of the innocent, drifting in space through an endless shifting maze. For such a creature, death would be a gift."
Who else knew he wasn't speaking about himself as he was saying the words? Yep, me too. ;)
So, how about that goodbye scene? Pretty sad, right? The Doctor, alone, on the TARDIS. So sad... :(
C'mon! You can't really believe that's the last we'll see of the Ponds, can you? ;)
The next episode, 'Closing Time', is the companion-lite episode (and we see the return of Craig from last seasons, 'The Lodger'!), but you know Amy and Rory will be back for the finale, 'The Wedding of River Song'.
They're there, on that beach in Utah when the astronaut kills the Doctor!
So, in case you couldn't tell, I LOVED this episode. It's right up there with 'The Doctor's Wife', 'The Girl Who Waited' and 'Let's Kill Hitler' for me.
Now, here's a new theory I have hopping around in my brain!
I think that when we next see the Doctor (in 'Closing Time'), 200 years will have passed for him. Wait, bear with me on this! ;)
I think he'll show up at Craig's door to say goodbye...Kind of like Ten did before he regenerated. Eleven is saying goodbye to his friends because he knows it's almost time for him to be killed in the desert.
See, we're seeing everything in order this series from Amy and Rory's point of view.
The Doctor dropped them off at home after 'A Christmas Carol', then the older (200 years) Doctor summons them to the desert and they see him killed.
They then they meet up with the younger (current) Doctor in the diner and go off on their adventures until he returns them to their new house after 'The God Complex'. That Doctor then goes and has 200 years of adventures, dancing with Laurel and Hardy, hiding under a skirt and being chased by the King, being painted naked, tunneling out of prison, etc....And then returns to earth and summons Amy, Rory, River and Canton to his death.
Got all that? LOL
So now...Your thoughts?
What did YOU think of 'The God Complex'?