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[[caption-width-right:350:Time to get psychological...]]

->''Bring me death! Bring me glory! My master, my lord, I'm here! Bring me death!''

Written by Toby Whithouse.
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Interior: [[Film/TheShining the Overlook Hotel]]. A policewoman, Lucy, cautiously walks along the hotel's red carpet hallways. Seeing a specific door, she turns and opens it. A gorilla steps out from the suite's bathroom and stares back at her. There are other nightmares: shadows, creatures, [[Literature/{{It}} a clown sitting on a bed with a balloon]]. Flashes of something go through her head along with the words "praise him". A smile crosses her face, and she closes the door. Taking out a worn notepad, she starts to anxiously write down how she is the last one left, but it doesn't matter now because she will be released soon. Her writing turns automatic, as she becomes [[MadnessMantra stuck on the words]] "praise him, praise him...".

The TARDIS lands in a hotel hallway. Amy and Rory immediately complain about landing in a hotel, but the Doctor recognizes that it is an alien structure designed meticulously to look like a Earth hotel of the 1980s. They walk down towards the lobby, finding that the windows and doors are bricked up. Suddenly, they are set on by three people ready to attack them: Rita, a medical worker, Howie, a lanky nerd and conspiracy blogger, and Gibbis ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-HsqArxhWU quite literally]] PromotedFanboy Creator/DavidWalliams), an alien from a highly cowardly species. After calming the situation down, the Doctor learn they, plus a guy called Joe, are the last of their group.

Rita shows quick analytic thinking and a generally clever mind, and the Doctor instantly picks her as his new companion (and [[HarsherInHindsight jokingly]] tells Amy she's fired now). The Doctor offers to take them away with his TARDIS, but she's suddenly gone from where they had left her. Howie explains that the hotel's layout can change in an instant, and escape is impossible.

The three take the TARDIS crew to Joe, a gambler. They have him tied up in the hotel's dining room, where every other chair is occupied by wooden ventriloquist dummies. Joe is stammering "praise him, praise him", which Rita notes is what happened to all the others. She also explains that there is a creature which roams the hallways, attacking and killing those who have been "taken" like Joe. The Doctor insists on exploring the hotel, and the group joins him, with Joe (his mouth duct-taped shut) wheeled along with the group.

They find numerous pictures of the dead, human and alien alike, [[Film/TheShining mounted on the lobby walls]], with captions describing the greatest fear of each person. Amy finds sheets of Lucy's notebook in a hallway, and the Doctor realizes that whatever is killing the guests does so by luring the person to open a specific door to witness their worst fear. At that moment, it is able to occupy the person's mind and turn them into a state like Joe's. He warns everyone to not open a single door unless instructed.

Of course, Howie is drawn to one, where he is shamed by a group of beautiful young women for being a stuttering conspiracy nerd. The Doctor quickly closes it, hoping that it is not too late. Joe starts to utter "praise him", luring the beast near. Rory briefly catches a glimpse of a door labelled as a fire exit, but it disappears when he turns back to look at it. Amy and Gibbis find one with Weeping Angels -- possibly meant for Gibbis. The Doctor instructs everyone into specific doors not containing anyone's fears, but Joe goes outside, and killed by the beast.

The group returns Joe's body to the dining room. The Doctor talks with Rita and Gibbis, learning that each were pulled from their worlds and brought here. Rita was a woman from Earth. Gibbis' species finds happiness in meek and nervous slavery, and he can't wait to go back home again and quietly await the next random alien invasion of his planet.

As they determine their next plan, the Doctor becomes aware that Howie has started to say "praise him". The group uses Howie's voice over the intercom to lure the beast into the hotel's beauty parlour and trap him there temporary. The Doctor talks to the Minotaur-creature and discovers that it wishes to die, and he realizes that the hotel has become a prison for it. Instinct forces it to feed and the hotel provides sustenance for it. Howie manages to escape by appealing to Gibbis' desire to be used and seeks out the beast so it can kill him. It breaks out and does so.

The group splits off to try to find more answers about the hotel. The Doctor tells them that the monster must feed on fear. Since Rory has no fear left in his life, the monster obviously doesn't want him. The answer, the Doctor tells everyone, is to focus on ''faith'' instead of fear.

Unfortunately alone, Amy opens up a door that calls to her. The Doctor happens to open another door (to Room 11) that has called to him, and glumly recognises what is waiting for him. We never get to see it (although [[OhCrap the Cloister Bell is heard ringing]]), and he puts a "do not disturb" sign on the door.

After everyone's regrouped, the Doctor chats with Rita in the stairwell, reassuring her that everyone will be fine. She comments that she knows things will be fine -- after all, this is obviously Jahannam; Muslim Hell. She's lived a good life, [[GodIsGood so she knows that Allah will judge her fairly]] and she can deal with whatever she encounters. The fact that she's now stuck in a shifting hotel with a couple of ''aliens'' is filed under "freak out about later". The Doctor promises to get her out and show her the stars. Rita asks the Doctor why he feels the need to be responsible for everyone, commenting that he has quite [[TitleDrop the God complex]]. The Doctor seems to take this to heart, but is distracted when he notices a CCTV camera nearby. He rushes off to find the room where all of the cameras lead, while Rita remains, staring into the camera wistfully. "Praise him", she says.

When the Doctor finds the security booth he begins scouring the screens for signs of the Minotaur, he sees only Rita finding her door again and walking in. It has her father in it, mocking her for average grades. The Doctor calls Rita's room on the phone, begging her to let him find her and save her. She refuses, telling him that the hotel's shifting rooms would keep them miles apart. As the Minotaur approaches, the Doctor's pleas for Rita to save herself go unanswered. Rita hangs up and begs the Doctor to look away while she dies, in order to give her some final dignity. The Doctor sonics the screen off as Rita bravely, and happily, faces her death.

The Doctor goes into a violent rage for a few moments while the others look away.

Everyone returns to the hotel's bar. The Doctor comes to realise that the beast is not feeding on fear at all; it's the strong faith of each of its victims. Joe, the gambler, was savvy to luck; Howie was a conspiracy theorist that stuck to his convictions, Rita was a devoted Muslim, and Gibbis, who hasn't been affected ''yet'', relies completely on his planet's many conquerors. Rory just has no real single point of great faith, and the building has been showing him exits because it has no use for him. The Doctor suffers a HeroicBSOD when he realises that he's been ''encouraging'' the gang to focus on their faith, and that he's caused their deaths. He's interrupted, when he hears that Amy is now saying "praise him". Her faith in the Doctor is what brought them to the hotel in the first place and what is feeding the beast right now.

The four race to the door that Amy opened previously, followed by the beast. Inside is young Amelia Pond, waiting in her coat with with her suitcase to join her Raggedy Doctor on the night she met him. As Rory and Gibbis try to hold the beast back, the Doctor, speaking to both Amys, tells her he can't save her. He took her along because he was vain and lonely. He ruins lives and lies to everyone. He invites people along for a ride, ''knowing'' that his life is full of war, death and loss. Because he's not a God, and not a Devil -- just "a mad man with a box". It's time for her, "[[TheMaidenNameDebate Amy Williams]]", to just go home. Amy's faith is broken, and the beast lets out a savage roar, falling to the floor. The Doctor races outside, finding it dying.

As they watch, the hotel starts to dissolve around them, revealing it to be a digital simulation within a large ship. The Doctor talks to the beast, a relative of the Nimon, in its own language. The beast tells him that for such an ancient creature, who caused so much destruction and has the blood of the innocent on his conscience, death would be a mercy. The Doctor agrees. The beast curtly tells him that it wasn't talking about itself; it meant the Doctor.

After the beast passes away, the Doctor recognises the place as an automated prison ship, plucking people with strong faith out of time and space as food for the beast. It glitched, causing the fears of past occupants to still be shown. Nearby sits the TARDIS, and as they climb aboard, Gibbis asks for a lift back to his home planet.

Some time later, the TARDIS arrives in England, outside a townhouse. The Doctor presents the house, and a new car, to Amy and Rory as a gift, but Amy suspects that something is up. As Rory checks out the house, the Doctor tells Amy that they must stop travelling with him, as only death and destruction come to those that accompany them. The Doctor makes for a quick goodbye and disappears back into his TARDIS before Amy can protest.

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!!Tropes:

* AbusivePrecursors: Whoever built the Minotaur's prison and programmed it to roam across the universe, picking up innocent people and offering them as sacrifices, for all eternity. The fact that the programming has picked up several bad glitches implies that it's been around so long that it's builders aren't either alive or bothering to keep an eye on it anymore, if they ever did to begin with.
* AdultFear: A bit of this; alongside the {{Demonic Dumm|y}}ies and MonsterClown, the rooms also show such fears as social anxiety and disappointing your parents.
* AlasPoorVillain: The Minotaur feeds because it must, and wishes it didn't. The Doctor pities it as it dies and it pities the Doctor. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Because he won't die.]]
* AllMythsAreTrue: The Doctor mentions that there are several Minotaur-esque aliens, such as the Nimons. The Third Doctor had also [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimeMonster previously encountered]] a Minotaur in Atlantis.
* AlphaBitch: Howie's worst fear is a room party full of them, who make fun of his stutter.
* AndIMustScream: Whoever put the Minotaur in the ship has a ''lot'' to answer for, ''because they put the Minotaur there''. What they did to all the victims is '''also''' a crime.
* AntiVillain: The Minotaur [[TragicVillain doesn't want to kill anyone]], it's compelled to.
* ArcWords: [[WhamLine Praise him]].
* AxCrazy: Inverted. The people under the Minotaur's influence are obviously insane, but incredibly peaceful and agreeable. The danger doesn't come directly from them, but from the fact that they call the Minotaur.
* ApocalypticLog: Amy finds a handwritten account of one of the Minotaur's former victims.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Gibbis often veers into this.
-->'''Gibbis:''' All I want is to go home and be conquered and oppressed, ''is that too much to ask?!''
* {{Badass}}: Rory doesn't do anything particularly badass, but what does the [[MindRape mind raping]] hotel show him? ''The exit''. It wanted him out of there.
%%* BadVibrations
* BeliefMakesYouStupid:
** More accurately, belief makes you [[SpaceWhaleAesop vulnerable to a faith-devouring monster.]]
** It's downplayed by Rita, who as the one character whose faith is in actual religion, is the one who greets her death with the most courage and dignity, while the others turned into gibbering fools.
* TheBGrade: Rita's nightmare. More specifically, [[WellDoneSonGuy her father's reaction]] if and when she ever got one.
* BigLabyrinthineBuilding: The hotel shifts its walls to befuddle the captives.
* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: One of the Doctor's [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist many]], [[NotThatKindOfDoctor many]] [[SuperDoc degrees]] is cheesemaking.
* BoundAndGagged: Used on Joe to keep him quiet because he was being creepy.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: Is it a Minotaur? Or an alien? Or an alien Minotaur?
-->'''Amy:''' That's not a question I thought I'd be asking this morning...
* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: The Doctor deliberately talks Amy into losing her faith in him, presenting himself not as an invincible hero incapable of wrong, but as a vain fool who did not consider the danger he was putting her in.
* BritishStuffiness: Rita jokes about it, saying that the British deal with trauma by drinking tea and tutting.
* BrokenPedestal: The Doctor invokes this trope by breaking the pedestal Amy put him on, by listing his many faults and painting their first meeting in the worst possible light.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Basically what the Doctor's 'god complex' is -- he can and must save everyone, always. Rita pulls him up on it, asking him why he thinks it's his duty to save them all.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Howie decides that they're in a facility in Norway built by the CIA for when the world is destroyed when it collides with another planet.
-->'''Rory:''' Amazing.\\
'''Howie:''' It's all there on the internet.\\
'''Rory:''' No, it's amazing you've come up with a theory even more insane than what's actually happening.
* ContinuityNod:
** A Minotaur given power from faith, a power that is stripped when belief is stripped? It's a call back to Two's tenure! Two and Zoe dealt with a Minotaur way back in The Mind Robber.
** The Doctor has to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric destroy his companion's faith in him in order to save the day.]]
** One to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour The Eleventh Hour]]: "Amy Pond, there's something you'd better understand about me, 'cause it's important, and one day your life may depend on it -- ''I am definitely a madman with a box.''"
** The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E5TheHornsOfNimon Nimon]], a race of bipedal horned aliens, get name-dropped in this episode as relatives of the Minotaur.
** The wall of photos has numerous aliens the Doctor has encountered over the years, either as the victims themselves or fears of the victims.
** A [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E9NightTerrors Rubik's Cube]] shows up again. Although this time the Doctor solves it easily.
** Oddly, the Doctor eats an apple. The Doctor [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour hates]] apples. Combined with the above, and the impending death of the Doctor, this has led to WildMassGuessing.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens An ancient creature drenched in the blood of innocents...]]"
** This isn't the first time Rory has wielded a mop. Or a broom. The Doctor, too.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Don't blink."]]
* CoolCar: Rory's dream car, a red [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9a/1963_Jaguar_XK-E_Roadster.jpg E-Type Jag]].
* CreatorCameo: One of the producers of the show is on the wall as someone who has been consumed.
* DeathSeeker:
** The Minotaur wants nothingmore than to die but instinct drives it to feed.
** The Minotaur turns its targets into this, once he converts their faith. Then they eagerly want it to kill them.
* DemonicDummy: The ventriloquist dummies are Joe's fear.
* DirtyCoward: Gibbis comes from a [[PlanetOfHats race of these]]. Whenever they meet someone they surrender to avoid trouble. At first, it's PlayedForLaughs; then it directly gets somebody killed.
* DoorRoulette: A continued theme throughout the episode is opening doors to find something new, strange or scary inside.
* TheDoorSlamsYou: [[ButtMonkey Not surprisingly, to Rory]].
* DopeSlap: The Doctor playfully slaps Amy with the paper she found in the corridor, which she forgot in all the excitement.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: "God Complex" describes not only the Doctor's and Minotaur's need to be adored, but also the hotel itself: a prison to contain a deity.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Mild example, but when Rory wakes up after getting knocked to the floor, he jokes that Amy hit him. It's mentioned that she has at least once in the past when he made a complaint about the Doctor.
* DownerEnding: Everyone but Gibbis dies; Amy and Rory leave the Doctor; The Doctor leaves in a HeroicBSOD.
* EducationPapa: Rita's father appears with a B grade paper. The disappointment of whom is her greatest fear.
* EmotionEater: The obvious idea that the Minotaur feeds on fear is disproven. It presents its victims' fear which causes them to use faith to strengthen themselves, at which point the Minotaur converts that to faith in itself, and drains it from the victim.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Evidently the purpose of the Minotaur's prison. All it wants is release from its torment, so the prison ensures that will never happen.
* FoodChainOfEvil: Victims of the Minotaur include previous ''Doctor Who'' enemies, such as a Dalek, a Judoon, a Sontaran, a Silurian and a Hoix.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** "Amy, with regret, you're fired."
** Rory immediately begins to fear for Rita's health when she makes friends with the Doctor.
* FreudianSlip: Rory refers to his time in the TARDIS in the past tense. The Doctor notices.
* TheGamblingAddict: Implied for Joe via a horseshoe tie pin and die cufflinks.
* GenreBlindness: The Doctor still hasn't learned that offering companionship in the middle of an episode is signing the person's death warrant.
* GilliganCut: Howie asks if there isn't anything they can do about Joe's insane ranting. In the very next shot, Joe's mouth is covered with tape.
* AGodAmI:
** The Minotaur needs to be believed as this to get his "meals". The Minotaur himself doesn't believe this.
** Rita accuses the Doctor of having a "[[TitleDrop God Complex]]".
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The Minotaur feeds on the belief of people who worship it. Any belief will do in a pinch.
* GotTheCallOnSpeedDial: When the Doctor drops off Amy and Rory. Amy isn't quite willing to give it all up. Rory... [[Really700YearsOld knows the price]] of companionship. Even Amy understands, though she doesn't like it.
* GymClassHell: A coach from one of these briefly appears as one of the left-over fears.
* HappinessInSlavery: Gibbis seems wistful at thought of being saved by slavers.
* HellHotel: It's actually a prison but one of the prisoners does believe it to be Hell, at first.
* HelloInsertNameHere: Gibbis's species' national anthem is entitled "Glory to (Insert Name Here)."
* HenpeckedHusband: Rory's first response after getting unexpectedly knocked down: "[[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale Something hit me... was it Amy?]]" He mentions once being [[ShoeSlap hit by a shoe]] when he spoke ill of the Doctor in front of her. A shoe she had to bend down and unlace ''first!'' It's averted at the end of the episode. Rory goes over a number of reasons why Amy won't want to accept the Doctor's gift of the CoolCar... then decides he can live with it. He ''really'' wants the car.
* HeroicBSOD: After Rita's death, the Doctor destroys the bar.
* {{Hypocrite}}: The Doctor notes to Rita that his companions didn't really have a choice about accompanying him, what with the Doctor offering all the wonders of time and space. Moments later, he offers Rita the same thing.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: The Minotaur just wants to die, but it can't because the prison ship is programmed to supply it with food and its own instincts are too powerful for it to starve itself.
* IComeInPeace: Amy gets up Rory for giving a mundane version of this trope. "Did you just say: It's OK, we're nice?"
* IDieFree:
** The FairCop in the cold open may be hoping for this. Her notes / narration state that they're being dictated in between periods of worship, that when she's not dictating "Praise him", and variants, she's lucid. Unfortunately, she absolutely can't die free. She dies a slave.
** Rita wants the Doctor to remember her as she was because she's about to have her faith stolen from her.
* ImNotAHeroIm: Part of the Doctor's BrokenPedestal speech. He's really just a madman with a box.
* InternalHomage: The plot is similar to the Eighth Doctor's adventure on [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDAS1E5Phobos "Phobos"]].
* IronicHell: This is Rita's theory on what the hotel is. She points out it's hardly more unlikely than Howie's ConspiracyTheory or the Doctor blaming aliens.
* IronicNurseryRhyme: ''Here comes a candle to light you to bed. Here comes a chopper to chop off your head. Chop... chop... chop... chop!'' Double points for being a real nursery rhyme. Note to foreigners: British nursery rhymes are [[http://www.rhymes.org.uk/oranges_and_lemons.htm deeply disturbing.]]
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: The Doctor leaves Amy and Rory behind on Earth because he fears for their lives, as they are likely to die or to have a FateWorseThanDeath like some of his other companions.
* KarmaHoudini:
** Whoever imprisoned that poor Minotaur in the first place, not only forcing it to continue [[WhoWantsToLiveForever existing for all eternity when all it really wants to do is die]], but also scooping up who-knows-how-many innocent victims to be fed to it simply because they have any kind of faith.
** To a lesser extent, Gibbis. Not only does he release Howie in order to appease the Minotaur, but ends up being the only survivor of his original group. While the Doctor chews him out for it, he's dropped off and allowed to go on his way at the end of the episode.
* KillerGorilla: Lucy's fear is "that brutal gorilla".
* LampshadeHanging: "Every time I see the Doctor getting chummy with someone, I get the overwhelming urge to notify their next of kin."
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: The annoying hotel music. Fortunately, the Doctor turns it off. Unfortunately, [[ItWontTurnOff it comes back on]].
* LiteralMetaphor:
-->'''The Doctor''': Are there any more of you?\\
'''Rita''': Joe. But he's tied up right now.\\
'''The Doctor''': Doing what?\\
'''Rita''': No. I mean he's tied up right now.
* ALoadOfBull: The Minotaur-like monster running about.
* LovableCoward: Gibbs is not lovable at all. He's annoying.
* MadnessMantra: "Praise him!" Often accompanied by MadnessMontage.
* MalevolentArchitecture: The hotel can shift its dimensions to hide the TARDIS, separate the people trapped in it and create rooms tailored to people's fears. Justified, as it is actually an alien holodeck.
* MeaningfulName: The room numbers on the hotel doors. The Doctor's door is 11; Amy's is 7 (her age when she first met the Doctor). The room where they try to trap the creature is called The Pasiphae Spa; Pasiphae was the mother of the Minotaur.
* MeaningfulRename: After calling him "Rory Pond", and calling the couple "The Ponds", the Doctor finally calls her "Amy Williams". He's finally letting go of the little girl he accidentally abandoned and truly wants her to move on with her life. It is significant that while talking to her during that scene he (and she?) sees her as her 7-year-old self.
-->'''The Doctor:''' It's time to stop waiting.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: The Doctor drops off his companions on Earth.
-->"You haven't seen the last of me. Bad Penny is my middle name. Seriously, the looks I get when I fill in a form..."
* MindRape: The Minotaur digs into a person's mind to find their fear, uses it to expose their faith, and then converts that faith into faith in itself, and in the process, turns them into giddy and zealous death seekers.
* MonsterClown: Averted. The clown represents someone's coulrophobia, but since that someone is long dead, all it does is sit on a bed and look sad.
* MoodWhiplash:
** In-universe example. People who've been "changed" by the hotel go from abject fear to absolute worship of the Minotaur. Their mental state is shown by close-ups of them screaming and laughing in rapid succession.
** After witnessing Rita's death on the CCTV, the Doctor, Amy and Rory turn to another screen to see Gibbis snacking on the goldfish from the spa.
* MythologyGag: The Doctor's fear is in [[TheNthDoctor Room 11]].
* NerdGlasses: Howie Spragg, the (formerly) stuttering conspiracy nutt. They're even old-fashioned.
* NerdsSpeakKlingon: Howie is taunted over this by the Alpha Bitches.
* NoodleIncident: This isn't the first time the Doctor has been [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext threatened with a chair leg]].
* NothingIsScarier:
** The opening sequence shows a woman, Lucy Hayward, opening door after door in the hotel, and finding various nightmares, including a creepy clown. She's then drawn to one particular door -- her door -- and opens it to reveal… an empty room. ''Then'' the gorilla comes out of the bathroom.
** When the Doctor finds his room: we hear the cloister bell ringing, and can assume that a person is in there, but that's all.
* NotSoDifferent: The Minotaur and the Doctor are both ancient creatures soaked in the blood of the innocent. The difference is that the former wants to die.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Invoked by Rita, when wondering what kind of "Doctor" he is.
-->'''Rita:''' You are a ''medical'' doctor, aren't you? You don't have a degree in cheese or something?
** The answer is ''[[OmnidisciplinaryScientist both]]''.
* OneSteveLimit: In the script read-through (shown on ''Series/DoctorWhoConfidential'') the policewoman in the opening sequence is named Lucy Miller. By the time of the episode, she has been renamed as Lucy Hayward, presumably to avoid confusion with [[Characters/BigFinishDoctorWho Lucie Miller]].
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: What happens to planets over time is that they go secular, cutting off the Minotaur's source of "food": faith. It's also played with; it's shown that "faith" is a catch-all phrase for any strongly-held value, be it a faith in luck related to a compulsive gambling habit, a mountain of crazy conspiracy theories, or [[TearJerker the belief that compels a seven-year-old girl to hold on to the memory of an imaginary friend for fourteen years.]]
* PlanetOfHats: Gibbis is from the planet of surrendering.
* PsychologicalTormentZone: First captives are baffled by their sudden appearance in the hotel. Then they are scared out of their shit. Then whatever they belive in is used to brainwash them.
* ResistanceIsFutile: Gibbis' old school motto was "Resistance is exhausting."
* RuleOfSymbolism: The shot of [[LoveTriangle Rory sitting between the Doctor and Amy.]] Later when destroying Amy's faith in him, the Doctor calls her "Amy Williams".
* ShadowArchetype: The Minotaur and the Doctor are played as [[NotSoDifferent being very similar]]: travelling the universe in a vessel with strange dimensions, and which is stuck in its current guise, drawing people to themselves at random and compelling those people to have faith in them. Both ultimately destroy those trapped with them, not because they want to but out of a sort of compulsion. Many of the things the Minotaur says (voiced by the Doctor) can apply to either of them.
* ShoutOut: [[Franchise/StarTrek Speaking Klingon]] is mentioned, and our heroes are trapped on a holodeck.
** The setup of the episode as a whole is clearly based on the Minotaur of Crete from Myth/GreekMythology: A bull / man monster trapped in an inescapable labyrinth, with victims periodically chucked in for it to feed on.
** [[Literature/HouseOfLeaves A constantly-shifting structure with a Minotaur in it.]]
** The room housing the Doctor's greatest fear is number 11, referencing the fact that this is the Eleventh Doctor.
** Gibbis says he was planting trees on the sides of the streets so that alien invaders could march in the shade, similar to a joke about [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys the French]] planting trees along the Champs-Elysée for [[ThoseWackyNazis the incoming Germans]].
** The hotel itself is very reminiscent of the Overlook in Stanley Kubrick's [[Film/TheShining 1980 adaptation]] of Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheShining''; it's worth noting that everybody keeps comparing the décor to that of a "hotel from the 1980s."
** The clown may be a reference to Pennywise from ''Literature/{{It}}'', though admittedly, fear of clowns is not particularly uncommon. A monster that feeds on the fear of its victims could also be a reference but the Doctor eventually realizes that's NOT what's happening.
** Rooms that generate the worst fear of the person who opens them are very similar to [[Literature/HarryPotter boggarts.]]
** Why was Lucy's gorilla in the bathroom when she entered her room? Very likely a nod to Third Doctor Jon Pertwee, who once remarked that while alien planets might be scary, nothing would be scarier than coming home and finding a Yeti on your toilet in Tooting Bec. It could also be nod to the old Lady scene from ''Film/TheShining''.
** "So what have we got? People being snatched from their lives and dropped into an endless shifting maze [...] with bad dreams in the bedrooms." [[Film/{{Cube}} Maybe the hotel's in Canada?]] Immediately after saying that line, the Doctor tosses a Rubik's Cube in the air and catches it. Later, he finds a pair of glasses with one lens shattered and a small piece missing.
** The IronicNurseryRhyme is the same one used in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''. Also ''Film/TheWickerMan''.
** A tiny one. The Doctor is trying to catch Howie's attention while he's being mind-controlled. He taps on the table four times.
** When the Beast possesses people, you see brief flashes of them laughing, similar to a scene in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Objects in Space" where bounty hunter Jubal Early is being tormented by memories from his past.
** The ventriloquists' dummies are a double reference: to Charlie [=McCarthy=], and also to Slappy from ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}''.
* SortingAlgorithmOfMortality: Averted with DirtyCoward Gibbis surviving.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The cheesy muzak being piped into the hotel corridors.
* SpotOfTea: Another sign of Rita's intelligence and potential as a Companion is that she knows where to find the tea in a hotel.
* TantrumThrowing: The Doctor smashes up a bar in rage over Rita's death.
* TitleDrop: "That's quite a god complex you have there." [[NotSoDifferent Both the Doctor and the Minotaur have a god complex]]: the Minotaur requires worship to eat, and the Doctor has a need to save everyone and be idolized by his companions.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Anyone who's been overwhelmed by the Minotaur and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Gibbis]].
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: While everyone else keeps seeing their fears made manifest, Rory just sees exits. The Doctor guesses that after all his travels with in the TARDIS (plus the 1,894 years or so he spent by himself as the Lone Centurion), Rory doesn't fear anything, so he has nothing for the Minotaur to feed on. This is later revealed to be not quite true as the creature feeds not on fear, but on faith with the fear merely being a catalyst for them to draw on their faith in whatever they believe will save them. Rory is unsuitable to its needs because he is neither religious nor superstitious and, unlike Amy, does not have an abiding faith that the Doctor will always save the day.
* TorturedMonster: The Minotaur just wants to die but its instinct to feed drives it forward.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers for the episode made it seem like the Weeping Angels had a prominent role for the episode. Turns out, they only get a cameo, and ''they aren't even real angels''.
* TheUnreveal:
** We don't see what's in the Doctor's room.
** When Amy asks what god Time Lords believe in, the Doctor doesn't answer.
* VertigoEffect: Straight and played with.
** Several dolly zooms shorten or lengthen hallways. Because scary.
** An extreme variant, repeated multiple times, is the ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'' stairwell. A shot down the middle of a stairwell iconically showed up in that film and is part of this episode's MindScrew.
* VoiceoverLetter: Played with. When the Doctor starts reading Lucy's notes, her voice comes in, but his never fades away; both voices are audible, reading the same words with different inflections.
* WellDoneDaughterGal: Rita's greatest fear is her father's rejection of her, manifesting as [[TheBGrade disappointment in a "B" in maths]].
* WhamEpisode: Bet you weren't expecting Rory and Amy to part ways with the Doctor two episodes before the series ends.
* WhatDoTheyFearEpisode: Lots of fears in this episode. A Sontaran fears defeat, Rita fears disapointing her father, Howie has social anxiety, someone fears the Weeping Angels etc.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse The "Do Not Disturb" sign the Doctor hung on his own room is never explained.
* WhatTheHellHero: Done to the Doctor by ''himself'' for failing to save everyone and putting Amy and Rory in danger in the first place. The Doctor doesn't need the Dream Lord to tell him that he's a monster; he can do that himself.
* YourWorstNightmare: The maze brings people's fears into physical form. They include [[MonsterClown clowns]], a gang of [[AlphaBitch Alpha Bitches]], [[DemonicDummy ventriloquist's dummies]], [[KillerGorilla gorillas]], P.E. teachers, paternal rejection and ''Weeping Angels''. Amy's is being abandoned by the Doctor, and while we don't see the Doctor's fear (see TheUnreveal above), he's previously noted that ''he'' is [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace what monsters have nightmares about]] -- meaning it's ''bad''. Oh, and the Cloister Bell is chiming.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: The Doctor does this in order to save Amy from the monster -- he tells her he's not worth believing in, and that he's done more harm than good to her. He was a bit nicer about it than he was [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric to Ace.]]
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