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Doctor Who, “The God Complex” (6.11)

The Doctor saves Amy and Rory the only way he ever could. Read the review after the jump…

“Forget your faith in me. I took you with me because I was vain; because I wanted to be adored. Look at you. Glorious Pond. The girl who waited for me. I’m not a hero. I really am just a mad man in a box. And it’s time we saw each other as we really are. Amy Williams, it’s time to stop waiting.” – The Doctor to Amy.

How are the Doctor and Amy?

That scene… When the Doctor reveals his true self to Amy and, to be honest, to himself. That scene makes me sad inside every time I see it. It nearly makes me cry. The Doctor gets a harsh dose of reality in this episode when not only does his mistake in pinpointing the source of the monster’s power as fear rather than faith sends at least two people to their death, he almost loses Amy because she trusts him. His final act of letting Amy go on her even scarier adventure with Rory (real life, rather than flying around with the Raggedy Doctor) felt like the only possible way to go forward, not just after what happened in this episode but also after the events of the last episode, where he showed the worst he could do to Rory and Older Amy.

I’m not sure what might have been in his room (unsurprisingly, Room 11). My best guess would be River, the person he loves and I would assume fears the most in the universe since soon his next meeting with River will likely be his last.

His emotional message to Amy also reveals a bit more about his actions in the previous episode. “I took you with me because I was vain; because I wanted to be adored.” Older Amy hated him and if she survived, no one would be there to praise him. I mean, Rory knows better than to trust the Doctor, and so the Doctor forced Rory and Older Amy to make the choice he knew they would take: let the younger Amy live. Diabolical. But, like I wrote, the Doctor saw what he has done in this episode and has loosened his mental vice on Amy.

How’s Rory?

“Every time the Doctor gets pally with someone, I have this overwhelming urge to notify their next of kin.” – Rory

Sure, he doesn’t seem to be as mad has he was in the last episode, but that line and his apparent slip in referring his time in the TARDIS with the past tense shows that he has a certain mistrust of the Doctor. Turns out it’s the exact thing that kept him safe for the monster.

And now…

Philosophical Wonderings with

Professor Stéphane De La Chance

Well, then. Isn’t this the skeptic’s episode of Doctor Who! The interesting thing is that while the episode does take a jab at religion, everyone’s favourite target when it comes to “faith,” it goes further even by making any kind of faith, even in others, a bad thing. Rory seems to be the only one who wasn’t destined to become monster food because he isn’t “religious or superstitious”. Even the Doctor, it seems, was destined for death. It seems the only person you should trust is yourself. And even then, you should think twice before doing that. While I think that idea might be a bit extreme, and certainly played up for the episode, it does make you think about all the silly things blind faith can make you do. Like run away with a mad man in a box.

In Conclusion

I wasn’t expecting this episode but am I ever glad it came. It makes for a great emotional “Part 2” to “The Girl Who Waited” and it knows how to tug with your emotions with great effect. I don’t believe for a moment this is anywhere near the end of the adventures with the Doctor and Amy. Heck, he even says so himself. But with things going as they were, they needed a break. And this was the episode to leave with.

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