History Headscratchers / DoctorWhoSeries2

3rd Jan '17 7:34:59 AM Sharlee
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** Quarterstaff-fighting is hardly foreign to Great Britain. Really, the only "shaolin" elements to that fight scene are the costumes and the one backflip-over-your-opponent shot.
1st Jan '17 9:09:20 PM inspibrain101
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** something tells me that in a world of aliens, some of which are little more than squids in a jar, or dragons that hatch out of moons, the Doctor's criteria for "life" is a tad different then the 21st-century definition.
31st Dec '16 1:27:59 PM Sharlee
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*** The Queen knows he's the one on the Titanic ship, he called her before he managed to pull it over the palace, remember? And, of course, liking him doesn't equal bothering to talk to Torchwood about it. And it might also have been later (on her time stream) the Torchwood One fiasco
*** It is also possible she was caught in the moment and years later she cooled down and came to regret her decision once she had time to think about it and tried to lift the banishment. or at least, make sure Torchwood did not actively try antagonize him, but still have them around just in case the doctor decided to go against the kingdom.

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*** The Queen knows he's the one on the Titanic ''Titanic'' ship, he called her before he managed to pull it over the palace, remember? And, of course, liking him doesn't equal bothering to talk to Torchwood about it. And it might also have been later (on her time stream) the Torchwood One fiasco
fiasco.
*** It is also possible she was caught in the moment and years later she cooled down and came to regret her decision once she had time to think about it and tried to lift the banishment. or at least, make sure Torchwood did not actively try antagonize him, but still have them around just in case the doctor Doctor decided to go against the kingdom.kingdom.
* In the opening sequence, we are introduced to a group of monks who whip off their robes and proceed to use faux shaolin martial arts to take over the Torchwood estate. All well and good, until you realize these monks are supposed to be cloistered Christian monks, not far eastern Buddhist monks that study martial arts. Just because they are both called 'monks' doesn't mean they're the same thing! Did the UK happen to have an ancient order of ninjas hiding in its society? If so, why don't we hear more about the Britjas after this episode?
** Christianity had warrior monks too, the Knights Templar being the most well known example. Besides, maybe the werewolf taught them the marital arts.
** The monks in question probably ''need'' proficiency in hand-to-hand combat, as they have to be able to keep each new Host imprisoned while the infection progresses. There's probably a stage of this process in which the new Host has more-than-human strength, but still retains enough of their original personality to want to escape; they certainly can't ''shoot'' a Host that tries to break loose, so learning the best techniques to smack one into submission - even foreign techniques - could have been their best means of getting it back in its cage.
* On that note, where do the britjas run off to during the third act? The last we see of them is surrounding the house waiting for the werewolf to infect the Queen. They just kind of vanish when the werewolf dies.
*** Their god just died, I presume they went off somewhere having a crisis of faith.
** Seeing as they would hate the Doctor, have experience with aliens, and have varied martial skills, I always thought they were ideal recruits for the newly-formed Torchwood.
31st Dec '16 1:21:49 PM Sharlee
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* The Krillitanes are established to be vulnerable to high pitched sounds thanks to their bat-like nature. Which, one would imagine, would make a device like the SONIC screwdriver rather useful in a fight against them. Yet this never seems to occur to any of the characters.
** That would have worked, yes, but I think Russell once stated he didn't want the sonic screwdriver to ever be the solution to an episode's problem, lest it becomes some sort of DeusExMachina. But otherwise, good point; it would have definitely come in handy for them.
31st Dec '16 1:14:28 PM Sharlee
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* In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel The Age of Steel]]'', the Doctor says to Mrs. Moore/Angela Price that the flesh in the heart of the Cyberman makes it act like a living thing, correcting himself by saying that it is a living thing. However, a Cyberman doesn't meet the seven criteria for life, those being movement (yes), respiration (unknown), sensitivity (emotional inhibitor removes this), nutrition (they don't eat), excretion (they don't defecate or urinate), reproduction (they can't procreate) and growth (their bodies never change). Call it fridge logic, call it a Main/CriticalResearchFailure, whatever it is, it's clear that the Doctor didn't do his biology homework.
** The organic components don't do those things ''in the manner of a human'' anymore, but they still contain living cells. Those cells presumably continue to engage in absorption of oxygen and nutrients, excretion of carbon dioxide and wastes, intracellular transport, responsiveness, and mitotic division necessary for self-maintenance, else they'd be useless to the Cyber-body and would quickly decompose.
31st Dec '16 1:06:04 PM Sharlee
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* In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday Doomsday]]'', when the Cybermen and Daleks get sucked into the void, the reason why Rose gets sucked in and has to be dragged to the parallel world by Pete is because she's a time traveler and has a certain type of background radiation around her. The same would apply to all of the Doctor's companions - so wouldn't Sarah Jane, Ace, Ian Chesterton, Tegan Jovanka, Jo Grant, and Jack Harkness, among others, have been sucked up too?

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* In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday Doomsday]]'', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday Doomsday]]", when the Cybermen and Daleks get sucked into the void, the reason why Rose gets sucked in and has to be dragged to the parallel world by Pete is because she's a time traveler and has a certain type of background radiation around her. The same would apply to all of the Doctor's companions - so wouldn't Sarah Jane, Ace, Ian Chesterton, Tegan Jovanka, Jo Grant, and Jack Harkness, among others, have been sucked up too?
31st Dec '16 1:05:36 PM Sharlee
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* In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday Doomsday]]'', when the Cybermen and Daleks get sucked into the void, the reason why Rose gets sucked in and has to be dragged to the parallel world by Pete is because she's a time traveler and has a certain type of background radiation around her. The same would apply to all of the Doctor's companions - so wouldn't Sarah Jane, Ace, Ian Chesterton, Tegan Jovanka, Jo Grant, and Jack Harkness, among others, have been sucked up too?
** Umm, no. The reason Rose got sucked up has nothing to do with being a time traveler. It's clearly stated that the 'radiation' she's absorbed is from the Void between parallel universes - her and the Doctor absorbed the 'radiation' when they went to the parallel universe and back in the Cyberman two-parter earlier this season. All the Doctor's other contemporary Companions are safe unless they two travelled to a parallel world.
20th Dec '16 9:38:58 PM Sharlee
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** Don't forget, Sarah Jane herself was getting sick of the violence and stress at the time Four left her behind, and was ranting about wanting to leave at the time Four received the summons from Gallifrey. At the time, Four was too distracted by the message to notice what she was saying, but he may have subconsciously registered that she needed a break from their travels, or could have replayed her monologue from the TARDIS's memory banks later. Sarah Jane later changed her mind, but Four assumed she'd meant to leave for good.

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** Don't forget, Sarah Jane herself was getting sick of the violence and stress at the time Four left her behind, end of "The Hand Of Fear", and was ranting about wanting ''wanting'' to leave at all the time while Four received was receiving the summons from Gallifrey. At the time, Four was too distracted by the message to notice what she was saying, but he may have subconsciously registered that she needed a break from their travels, or could have replayed her monologue from the TARDIS's memory banks later. Sarah Jane later eventually changed her mind, but Four assumed she'd honestly meant to leave for good.good, so didn't drop by to check.
20th Dec '16 9:36:45 PM Sharlee
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** Don't forget, Sarah Jane herself was getting sick of the violence and stress at the time Four left her behind, and was ranting about wanting to leave at the time Four received the summons from Gallifrey. At the time, Four was too distracted by the message to notice what she was saying, but he may have subconsciously registered that she needed a break from their travels, or could have replayed her monologue from the TARDIS's memory banks later. Sarah Jane later changed her mind, but Four assumed she'd meant to leave for good.
20th Dec '16 9:27:08 PM Sharlee
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** They were reaching out for help and reassurance. The other clones were clearly just as sickly, confused, and desperate as themselves, in no position to heal one another or to provide consolation rather than just shared misery.
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