Finally! I've found a title that doesn't involve Hotel California!
That's what The God Complex is, though, isn't it? DW's answer to Hotel California. Other thoughts on the episode follow.
Wouldya look at that - just four episodes ago (in the comments) I was saying we needed a scene of the Doctor psychologically breaking his companion (cf The Curse of Fenric) to round out this year's collection of Doctor Who's Greatest Unethical Hits, and pow! here's an episode that pays tribute to that exact scene in Fenric! I'm claiming extra Uncanny Points for this.
This scene's important, though, inasmuch as this episode forms a kind of diptych with The Girl Who Waited. There, too, Amy came to understand that she couldn't rely on the Doctor, but she learned that by being trapped on her own for forty years, and that version of Amy doesn't exist any more. It was more of a lesson for Rory. Now Amy - the "real" one, if you like - has to learn it for herself.
There's a subtle link back to The Horns of Nimon in the title - just as the energy-eating Nimon lived in a Power Complex ("That fits!"), so the faith-eating Minotaur-like creature here lives in his God Complex. The way is open for fannish consideration of the subtextual parallels between the two stories. But overtly relating him to the Nimon - like overtly relating the Ood to the Sensorites - is just a bit of gratuitous wank that forces the point.
At the very end, we're given a horrifying new twist on the Pond family situation: "Rory and Amy's daughter has been kidnapped by evil cultists, but it's all right because the Doctor gave them a nice house and a sports car." I don't think there's much I can add to that, or should need to.
Thing is, that is easily one of the best companion departure scenes ever. It's stone cold brilliant - apart from the unfortunate idea of the Doctor buying off the bereaved parents, I mean. My only worry is that it won't stick and Amy and Rory will be Rosed back into the series (again and again, possibly) with complete disregard for the dramatic worth of this farewell scene. News this week: Karen Gillan tells reporters she thinks Amy should be killed off. Let's hope it doesn't come to that, eh?
I liked this episode a lot, just not quite as much as I'd expected to, given the extreme surreal potential of the trailer images. Perhaps a borderline 8/9 out of 10. The surreal business was certainly there, the acting was all good, the directing was amazing and the Minotaur was indeed beautiful. Just something slightly off somewhere in the execution of the story, and so it's pipped to the post by The Girl Who Waited. We're on the comedown now.