Episode 88 – Why Grownups Were Invented

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 6×11 The God Complex & Angel 1×15  The Prodigal

The God Complex

Written by Toby Whithouse; Directed by Nick Hurran

The Doctor and the Ponds find themselves in a creepy, Shining-esque hotel. Discussion points include:

  • Toby Whithouse’s themes and Nick Hurran’s influence
  • Gods, monsters, security cameras, and fish bowls
  • The Minotaur: Predator or victim?
  • What’s the purpose of the fears?
  • The brilliant Rita and the disappointing Gibbous
  • Amy’s shattered faith and the Doctor’s fear
The Prodigal

Written by Tim Minear; Directed by Bruce Seth Green

Kate confronts her daddy issues while Angel remembers his own troubled relationship with his father. Discussion points include:

  • Parallel daddy issues
  • Liam’s domestic origin story
  • Trevor’s good intentions
  • The prodigal and faithful children
  • Darla mentors Angelus
  • Kate’s denial and disgust

Next time: Buffy 4×16 Who Are You? and Doctor Who 6×12 Closing Time.


About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.

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