Idea Proposed and Used to Death during the New Series: Alien species visibly based on real-life animals-- to the rhinos, cats, vultures etc., we can now add a naked mole-rat peson.
Central Premise Recycled From: "The Mind of Evil," crossed with "The Curse of Fenric".
Reference to Moffat's Back Catalogue: Small children with father issues. The Girl Who Waited.
Amy Screws Up the day with Wuv: In a callback to "The Curse of Fenric," the Doctor has to destroy her faith in him before it kills them all.
Neil Gaiman Called...: He wants his labyrinth, and his quirky take on Greek mythology, back. Oh, and Joss Whedon would like his cowardly but cunning demon with wrinkly skin, floppy ears, and kitten obsession.
And from Lawrence Miles: Who also featured a minotaur in one of the BBV Faction Paradoxes.
Murray Goldwatch: Oddly suited to the setting.
Nostalgia UK: Eighties hotels.
Inside Jokes: Not from the show, but from Greek myth-- the hotel's spa is called Pasiphae (Minos' wife, and famously the mother of the minotaur). The clown, there to frighten someone who isn't there anymore, may be a reference to the fact that Ace was afraid of them.
Teeth! On the naked mole-rat person!
Hats! On the clown!
Fish! In a bowl! Eaten by the naked mole-rat person!
Small Child! Return of Amelia Pond, also, Rita imagines herself being a small child scolded by her father. We also briefly see a small girl in the flashing montage of images as Lucy confronts her fears.
Item Most Likely to Wind Up as a Toy: The naked mole-rat person.