Heartbreak Hotel was the episode of Doctor Who Confidential broadcast in conjunction with The God Complex.

The title is a reference to the 1956 Elvis Presley song of the same name.

Aspects of production covered[]

  • Readthrough for The God Complex.
  • Discussion about the hotel sets.
  • The dummies' sequence, and that there were so many dummies that many of the crew had to be hidden amongst the set and puppeteering them.
  • The prosthetics design and fitting process for the Minotaur.
  • Discussion about the Minotaur and his backstory.
  • The similarities between the Minotaur and the Eleventh Doctor, and how that informed the development of the plot.
  • Guest cast discuss their characters and the fears within the hotel prison.
  • Toby Whithouse and the guest cast visit the TARDIS set.
  • Writing stage directions about the TARDIS.

Additional topics covered[]

  • A Day in the Life: Writer.
  • The importance of costume fittings.
  • Script to Screen rehearsals for Death is the Only Answer.
  • Toby Whithouse brings his children on-set for a tour of the sets alongside his first reactions to the completed sets.

People interviewed[]

Music list[]

  • "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair" by Arctic Monkeys
  • "Guilt" by Nero
  • "Fire in Your Eyes" by Chase & Status feat. Maverick Sabre
  • "Feel It" by The Bongolian
  • "Secret Robes (Alternative Mix)" by Matthew Corbett & Mike Wilkie, Album: The Movie Soundtrack ATMOS229
  • "Count in Fives" by The Horrors
  • "Civilization" by Justice
  • "That Face" by Frank Sinatra Jr.
  • "Plague of Angels" by The Delta Fiasco (also used in DCOM: Open All Hours)
  • "I Will Stay But You Should Leave" by Skunk Anansie


Elements retained in Cut Down[]

to be added

Home video releases[]

Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series DVD cover.

The "Cut Down" version of this episode was included on the Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series DVD & Blu-ray box set released on 21 November 2011.