We have the third episode of the new series take us back in the past to meet someone rather important.
Series 11 started with a bang, we have a entire group of companions, a new and exciting Doctor and many new adventures to go on.
As you might have noticed we completely gave up on Doctor Who half way through the Twelfth Doctor years, that is absolutely fine seeing that the Doctor regenerates all the time giving people a chance to either fall in love with a whole new version of their favourite hero or shrug it off for a little bit and come back later on.
As we really were born from the 50th anniversary of this show it makes sense to jump back in and give the Thirteenth Doctor a chance.
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
H. P. Lovecraft
Today’s prompt reminds me of a episode of Doctor Who. The God Complex. In it a group of people including the Doctor, Amy and Rory are trapped in a hotel with a Minotaur feasting off of the fear of the people inside.
We only get to see inside some of the rooms but all their fears are different. From ventriloquist dolls to clowns.
For me though the one that truly touched me was Amy Ponds. It wasn’t a near death experience with Weeping Angels or something else mundane and normal that she had to face up with. What Amy had in her room was Little Amelia Pond. It was part of a story showing how the Doctor had entered a child’s life and through a mistake had messed that girl up but she’d never given up on the Doctor. Amy’s fear was a mixture of growing up and being abandoned, or at least I felt like it was a mixture, many people thought it was just one or the other but I believe for poor Amy both were pretty much the same thing.
I think if I had to face my own fear something like that would probably be behind my door. I don’t think it would be something you could see like a clown or a spider or something else. If it was my door inside would be something deep inside me that I don’t think about, that I can’t think about and that I won’t think about. Emotions that you relabel so that even if you know that they hurt you you can’t quite remember why they’ve been filed away any more.
Amy never gave up hoping the Doctor would show up and save her. Her parents had been erased and this mad man in a box had shown up and promised her the world, she waited for him (the Girl that Waited) and he came back years and years later after everyone she knew thought she was crazy. Because she never gave up and he rewarded her faith in him by actually showing up in the end she did live a dangerous life under the blind faith the Doctor would make it alright in the end. Something the Doctor can never really promise his companions.
It possibly isn’t something Amy Pond would have ever thought of until she’d been forced to come face to face with it. So how would I know what my fear would be till I opened the door?
We have the return of River Song which for many fans is a Christmas present all in itself.
Its time for Christmas with the Doctor!
Yeah I missed Face the Raven but I also really couldn’t say I liked the episode either.
Onto Heaven Sent!
-Obviously there are spoilers ahead as it is hard to talk about this episode WITHOUT spoiling parts of it!-
In the interest of actually reviewing the whole series I have sat down to watch ‘Sleep No More’ on no less then five occasions. Finally I might have something intelligent to say on it all.