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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 2/4/19 2:25 pm
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This is a strange episode. The TARDIS is brought to a setting which appears to be a mid Twentieth Century hotel where each guest has a room which holds their 'phobia' or deepest fear. A beast roams the hotel killing those who have faced their fear after somehow getting them to transmit their faith in what they believe in towards him. The initial fear scene is not great featuring a lame pantomime style gorilla but some of the scenes do give you the creeps.

The best thing about this episode is the creepy, scary aspects. It clearly tries to evoke The Shining with the hotel corridors and has many horror cliches which while not original are effectively unsettling. The weirdness of the episode is a mixture of good and not so good while the ideas presented are also a mixed bag. The themes of faith and fear are interesting but those themes are not explored entirely coherently. The interactions between all the characters makes for some good scenes and there is pleasant humour. The script and acting are good quality and the direction and all production values are good. Along with the creepiness that makes for an entertaining episode with some thoughtful ideas. However, when the reveal happens in the end revealing what is really going on it does not really ring all that true. Why would anyone imprison a creature but allow victims to continue to be brought to it to 'feed' it? Why if the beast is so sad and not really malicious does it continue to pursue and feed on people?

An additional issue I had personally with this was the scene where the Doctor tries to shake Amy's faith in him. This episode is not written by Steven Moffatt, it is written by Toby Whithouse but I feel this episode reveals a shared need that Moffatt and Whithouse seem to have to portray the Doctor as someone who uses people and is a dark, dangerous character. It comes across as if they are telling us that we should not have faith in the Doctor ourselves as viewers and should see him as an ambiguous character with questionable morals. This episode is just one of many Moffatt era stories that seem to chip in to this theme.

Overall, the horror elements and weird drama make this pretty enjoyable so I rate it 7.5/10. Decent but not as great as it could have been.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 8/9/16 7:30 am
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This one seems to slip under the radar for most people, nobody really rates and nobody really slates, so I thought I would revisit it and try and work out why I think it is an underrated classic.

I think the show don't tell rule is one of the most important and easily forgotten aspects of story-telling. It feels like the production is constantly pulling its punches because there are a few deaths but no death scenes. We see people being chased and running around corridors and then slumped unmarked bodies afterwards. I know this is a family show but can ou imagine Hinchcliffe taking this approach? The Minotaurs death scene is smothered in emotive music and a beautiful moment. I have nothing against beautiful moments but I have no sympathy for this character as nothing unjust has happened to a beast locked away because it's a cruel killer. So the biggest problem for me is the tone.

The there is the logic behind all this. They built a prison rather than kill off the threat - so they are merciful? Yet, let it continue feeding on innocents that are selected in a way that would suggest a slow small scale cleansing of the universe of a certain type of person. I have no idea why the Minotaur couldn't just stop feeding if it wanted to die so badly.

Stylistically the sets are wonderfully detailed but the bright colours also sabotage the tone a bit. And when the reveal of it not really being a hotel comes it has no impact because we knew along, though, I don't think there was actually intended to be any doubt in the viewers mind. The pictures of previous victims are an indexical symbol of how many have gone before. You could argue that that breaks the show don't tell rule but hundreds of deaths scenes strung together would be laborious and impractically slow. The odd camera shots and various other nods to The Shining are all very nice. It's a shame they didn't pay more than lip service to the creepy atmosphere of that film.

The characters are pretty decent. It's nice that Gibbis is a sly coward rather than a cute one but the photo of the Sontaran makes think he would have been a more interesting choice. A Sontaran getting scared and going against type seems an interesting idea to me. The first scare with the guy in the gorilla costume is silly and again tonally deficient. In fact, most of the scares are actually social awkwardness rather than any sort of phobia. The laughing girls or the Gym Teacher, for example. The end scene is awful and tacked on. One week the Doctor is shouting about how he will find their baby and then the next it's, "Oh, I am off for a bit, see you later. Bye!".

It's a lovely little puzzle that is thematically dense with wonderful directing and good acting. The biggest plus is Nick Durran's directing. I would like to say more about that but I would just be describing it. This could have been so good. I don't know who was responsible avoiding the death scenes but that is the biggest flaw, for me. This is indicative of the fear of story-telling that has consequences which is so often displayed in the Moffat-era and that really is a shame. This could have been so much more.