Mark Watches ‘Doctor Who’ Liveblog: The God Complex

Oh, Doctor Who, you make my Saturday nights so much fun! Join the Mark Watches community as we flail and shriek at the newest episode of Doctor Who, “The God Complex.”

I hope that for series seven, we aren’t given an experience where it’s split in half because I want thirteen episodes in a row. It’s weird that the season will be over in two weeks! Then lots of waiting! Then Christmas-y stuff! Then more waiting! Still, there’s plenty of time to enjoy what we have, so let’s all liveblog “The God Complex”!

This liveblog starts relative to you. So if it is airing on your television, start liveblogging away in the comments. Same for if you happen to be watching it online by less-than-legal means. (Though I would just time it with another time zone so you can comment with other people!) We already do this with Fringe and it works rather nicely. To avoid seeing spoilery comments regarding the episode from past livebloggers, I merely stay on the first page of comments and comment away, only going back after it’s over in order to comment on what other people said.

Sound fine? Just make sure not to post spoilers before this episode airs.

Review goes up Monday, BSG season two finale goes up Tuesday, and a prediction post for season three of BSG goes up on Wednesday. See you tonight!

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450 Responses to Mark Watches ‘Doctor Who’ Liveblog: The God Complex

  1. psycicflower says:

    My expected reaction to this episode:

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  2. bookworm67 says:

    WOOO **party**
    Unfortunately I can't watch until tomorrow evening, gotta wait for iTunes 🙁

    Random thought: We should totally have a Mark Rewatches Series 6 post or discussion or something. Because this season is really going to need it by the end.

  3. redletter_ says:

    I was excited, but then I remembered that there's only two episodes left after this one D:


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    And now, since it's 1am and I'll be up up at 7am for this, BED TIME. I am so hardcore, gotta get my 8 hours man.

  4. Tauriel_ says:

    Am I the only one who actually LIKES the split? I mean, instead of one looooooooong wait between the end of the series and the Christmas special, we only have two short ones, which are IMHO easier to bear. I like my Doctor Who more evenly spread out throughout the year…

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:



      • psycicflower says:

        I have an image in my head now of you gathering all the boxsets you can into your arms and trying to grab more.

        But I agree, I prefer to have it all in one go rather than split across the year. I just don't like the short bursts when I'm used to the long ones. Heck the week off for the Eurovision is too much for me, kick ass mid series trailer or not. You expect more when DW comes back so you're only disappointed when it's on for a lot less than you'd thought. It feels like it just got back but it's already coming to a close.

      • Tauriel_ says:

        Bless you, Mark… 😀

      • Mia says:

        If I give it to you ALL at once then your brain will explode and none of it will make sense. Let's take it one episode at a time, k?

    • Meenakshi says:

      I also like the episodes spread out. But a little grumpy that after the Christmas Special we will have to wait until Autumn 2012 for series 7 to begin.

      • psycicflower says:

        we will have to wait until Autumn 2012 for series 7 to begin.

        Autumn 2012 for series 7

        AUTUMN 2012

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        WHAT!?! God dammit I must've missed that announcement 🙁

        • maccyAkaMatthew says:

          No proper announcement as yet, just a lot of hints and fandom flailing.

          They're filming the Christmas special now, but after that they won't start again until the spring, which obviously means no spring series. Best guess then, is autumn. There's a lot of speculation about how many we'll get then (with some vague and contradictory statements). Possibly, it'll be another 7/6 split with the last half airing in spring 2013, but the 2012 Christmas special rather confuses that, if it's still happening.

          For definite, though, we're getting another 13-episode series, to start sometime in 2012. Exact details will follow nearer the time. Plus there are "big plans" for the 50th anniversary in 2013.

          There have been no reasons given for the delay, but Moffat is very busy (although he has denied that Sherlock is the reason for the schedule change) and, probably more relevantly, they're changing a big chunk of the senior production team now and moving into the new BBC studios in Cardiff, so taking the time for that to go smoothly makes some sense. I also think they're moving Doctor Who fully into the autumn in time for the 50th Anniversary on November 23, 2013, which is a Saturday. That's just a guess on my part – but it makes me think that we'll get 13 episodes in 2012, just later in the year.

          Of course this has been read as the series being cut or on the way to being cancelled or otherwise doomed – when there's nothing to suggest that's the case. But that's fandom for you…

          • FlameRaven says:

            Yeah, there's no reason to cancel Doctor Who when it is pulling in so much money. I mean, go to a convention and look at the Who booth and all that merchandise.

            I know that Sherlock has also been pushed back to early 2012 instead of this fall like we were expecting– although given that BOTH of the main actors in that show are busy filming The Hobbit, I am not surprised. And at least we have the movie to give us some Sherlock Holmes before it airs. (Still. I need a resolution to that cliffhanger! Although I deeply suspect Moffat will give us an even worse one in S2.)

  5. kartikeya200 says:

    Random tidbit from the last episode:

    Apparently there's a missing scene where, in the original version, when Rory, Amy, and old!Amy are all running for the TARDIS, one of the handbots gets their hand chopped off and then the hand starts crawling around on its own, a la Thing, to still try and get them. Moffat was all 'omg make sure that bit stays in!' because MOFFAT.

  6. t09yavors says:

    Y'ALL, I'M SO EXCITED!! For one night only I have BBC America and can watch Doctor Who in a completely legitimate way ON A TELEVISION!!

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    What time does it start?

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      Where in the US do you live?

      Wait, I suppose that doesn't matter. 9pm your time! Also, I just got cable 2-3 weeks ago and this is also the first time I've been able to watch Doctor Who live. IT'S WEIRD.

      • t09yavors says:

        That is a long time away. :/ I might have to watch the Girl Who Waited to resist cheating.

        Just gotta remember its on the TV! And the screen is so big!! And commercials! (whoa I'm excited about commercials)

  7. Anseflans says:

    So excited!!

  8. Vikinhaw says:

    I am seriously sleep deprived and all I want to do is go to bed but I'm staying awake because I NEED TO SEE DOCTOR WHO.

  9. Gillyweed says:

    I'm so excited about this episode, sounds exactly like my kind of thing. 😀 Can't liveblog with you, so have this while waiting:

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  10. Lady X says:

    2 more episodes!! No! MOAR DOCTOR WHO! Anywho, tonights episode looks SO GOOD that I just might be okay with possibly missing this liveblog(tragedy I know :,( ) On the other hand has anyone seen the title list for the rest of S6 on IMDB yet? Cuz river omg asdf jkl; asdf jkl;!!

  11. NB2000 says:

    Totally bright idea to paint the nails on my mouse hand right before the liveblog begins, oh well.


  12. Afloam says:

    EXCIIIITE. I've never liveblogged this before. 8D

  13. NB2000 says:

    The CGI for that Planet Dinosaur looks REALLY bad, even for a BBC show.

    But whatevs because DOCTOR WHO!!!

  14. Anseflans says:

    SHIT GETS REAL IN 3…2..1…

  15. Afloam says:

    A tape! And CCTV! And a corridor! The Shining, anyone? Not that I've seen it,but the long coridors thing seems similar.

  16. Vikinhaw says:

    Ah pretty spiral staircase

  17. Sinister opening is sinister.

  18. Afloam says:

    If we were meant to believe that's a real gorilla, I'm unimpressed…

  19. NB2000 says:

    Well then…this is confusing already.

  20. Vikinhaw says:

    I thought Lucy was Amy playing dress-up again.

  21. NB2000 says:

    "Beaky"? Awww poor Rory

  22. Is the Doctor an Earth fetishist?

  23. Afloam says:

    It's their greatest fears, isn't it? Baked-potato-men hate defeat

  24. Vikinhaw says:

    'With regret, you're fired'

  25. Mark's Watcher says:

    Oh my God is that the bloke from Little Britain?

  26. NB2000 says:

    "Gloy to insert name here" ROFL

  27. Afloam says:

    …Glory to [insert name here]. Oh, that's beautiful. I like this episode already. Also, that guy looks exactly like Germaine from Flight of the Conchords.

  28. David Walliams omg!

    I totally thought he was a Who for a second there lol.

  29. NB2000 says:

    Hai random rubix cube!


  30. Afloam says:

    (Arthur Darvill's hands appreciation blog, anyone? the most beautiful facepalm I've seen…)

  31. Vikinhaw says:

    oh god that dining room is freaky.

  32. NB2000 says:

    Okay I normally don't have a problem with puppets but this is creeping me out.

  33. Anseflans says:


  34. Afloam says:

    O-kay… Shivers going down my spine. Those dummies are creepy as fuck.


    gb2 Goosebumps

  36. Afloam says:

    Without even seeing the rest of the episode – gauranteed nightmares tonight, I know.

  37. Afloam says:

    Wecanhas Matt Smith in his pants?

  38. Aw. I <3 Conspiracy Nerds. Big time.

  39. Afloam says:

    Was it the director of the Shining who had a thing for feet? Because there are also some feety-shots in this. I'm like the The Shining parallels, in any case, if I am right. Maybe if I watched The Shining, I'd see them more xD

  40. NB2000 says:


  41. Anseflans says:


  42. Afloam says:

    Asian medical person afraid of underachieving academically? Cliche much?

  43. Afloam says:

    Monster looks a bit like the Gryphaes, however it was spelt.

  44. am I going to be scared of chintz by the end of this episode or what

    I mean that is a lot of chintz

  45. Vikinhaw says:

    'He's never let me down.' Oh dear Amy.

  46. A degree in cheese-making? There is TARDIS cheese?

  47. Afloam says:

    Episode where Doctor saves the day with cheesemaking skills. Has to be done.


  48. But who's watching on the CCTV?

  49. …gargling tea is not the way to drink tea Doctor. :/

  50. Smudj says:

    The Shining, combined with a boggart. 😀

  51. Afloam says:

    …Worships. And praise him. The Gryphaes type thing is a mindfucky God thing. Aaalso, unwilling saying of things. Creepy. Like Midnight.

  52. Oh Doctor. That just means LOADS of people are going to die.

  53. NB2000 says:

    "No one else dies today"…Team TARDIS are the only ones leaving aren't they?

  54. Afloam says:

    Howie's cuuuuute.

  55. NB2000 says:


  56. Afloam says:

    Think of a basket of kittens<3

  57. Afloam says:

    Mop Rory <33333

  58. Anseflans says:

    Roricus Moppicus. <3

  59. Afloam says:

    And more feet shots!

  60. That is the saddest looking clown I have ever seen.

  61. Afloam says:

    Who is afraid of spas? O.o

  62. Smudj says:

    oooo a minatour

  63. Vikinhaw says:

    it's been a while since we've a proper alien looking alien on Doctor Who. This ones quite cool.

  64. What if the minotaur thingy isn't the monster?

  65. Afloam says:

    Have they gone for a puppet rather than CGI? He looks more mechanical…

  66. Afloam says:


  67. Vikinhaw says:

    I wanna see the Doctor's room.

  68. NB2000 says:

    AMY NO DON'T GO IN! or do cause I want to know what your room is

  69. Afloam says:

    Oh Howie. You will be missed. You were easily the most adorable.

  70. Mark's Watcher says:

    Can Rita stay on as a companion, please?

  71. O_O

    Rory's leaving? And Amy? O_O

  72. Afloam says:

    Title drop!

  73. NB2000 says:

    Ohhh title drop

    Awww Doctor, are you about to send the Ponds home?

  74. Afloam says:


  75. Anseflans says:

    Nooo not the cool Muslim girl!!

  76. NB2000 says:

    FUUUUUUUUUU she's being taken

    Of course it's Room 11

  77. Anseflans says:

    Ha. #11. How suiing.

  78. NB2000 says:


  79. 11!

    Is the Doctor in his own room for him to be scared of?

    • ldwy says:

      I don't think there's anything in his room. I think he's most afraid of being alone. It's why he falls apart without companions, and always has one even though he feels so guilty about them. And the "Do Not Disturb" sign was part of it.

  80. Vikinhaw says:

    No! What is in the Doctor's and Amy's room?!

  81. NB2000 says:

    Oh Rita *wibbles*

  82. Afloam says:

    I really did like the idea of her as a companion.=<

  83. NB2000 says:

    Blimey, Doctor tantrum, that's new.

  84. Afloam says:

    Also it still unsettles me that the dead are being watched by the creepy puppets.

  85. Afloam says:

    Amy has faith in the Doctor. What does Rory have faith in?

    • Mark's Watcher says:

      Nothing. It's why it showed him an exit, he doesn't have anything worth consuming.

    • That he looks really good in a centurion costume.

    • Monocle Claire says:


    • PK9 says:

      I don't really like that development at all. Maybe Rory doesn't believe in God, fine. But even atheists believe in something. Rory might believe in Amy, or himself, or medicine, or science. If he believes in nothing, then he's not human.

      • @JacksAnnie says:

        I think it's more about blind faith than simply faith. Everyone believes in something, but not everyone believes in one thing blindly, the way Amy does/did with the Doctor. Rory probably believes in many things, but he doesn't have one strong faith that he would cling to when faced with his worst fear. What the Doctor said was that the alien replaces their faith to be worshiped by them. That's why only those who believe very strongly in one specific thing are the targets, replacing several smaller faiths would be a lot more complicated.

  86. NB2000 says:

    Oh okay it's not Moffat chasing them then.

    Well shit, poor Amy. And Eleven, that knowledge had to hurt.

  87. Vikinhaw says:

    Wait it can't be just Amy cause the Doctor has a room too. He didn't see an exist sign.

  88. But what was in Amy's room?

  89. Afloam says:

    Rory has no faith in the Doctor. Which is sad. =< I mean, good for him for not dying, but-

  90. Afloam says:


  91. Oh. That's the room then.

  92. NB2000 says:

    AAAH AMELIA! omgno *cries*

  93. Smudj says:

    theory from hubby: dead people being turned into puppets

  94. Amy and Rory are so not in the next episode.

  95. Afloam says:

    He's saving her, but this is heartbreaking. Oh, the sads. =<

  96. Vikinhaw says:

    no. It's Amy POND and Rory POND

  97. NB2000 says:


    Yeah Amy Williams just doesn't work at all.

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