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1st May '18 1:27:09 PM mariofan1000
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* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' may be the ultimate example of this, even by LongRunner standards. It's a franchise that can shift from being a wacky family-friendly GagSeries to a dark, gritty {{Seinen}} drama with little to no humor. For instance, ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'', a extremely dark, violent, NightmareFuel filled series, got followed up by ''WesternAnimation/LupinIIITheItalianAdventure'', a {{Shonen}} series with plenty of humor and a relatively light-hearted, adventurous plot. Then ''that'' got followed up with ''Anime/LupinIIIPart5'', which, while not to the same extent as ''Fujiko Mine'', had a much darker, grounded, and more ominious plot, and a lot more violence.
18th Apr '18 6:12:31 AM jormis29
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* Joe Diffie started out primarily singing ballads on his first two albums, and his early up-tempo releases such as "New Way (To Light Up an Old Flame)" still had mostly serious content. Starting with his third and fourth albums ''Honky Tonk Attitude'' and ''Third Rock from the Sun'', the novelty factor pushed to the forefront, giving him big hits in lighthearted, silly fare such as both albums' title tracks, "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)", and "Pickup Man", with "So Help Me Girl" being the lone ballad success from either. Once the novelty wore off, he began releasing more serious material again, culminating in 1999's ''A Night to Remember'', which was praised for its serious tone.

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* Joe Diffie Music/JoeDiffie started out primarily singing ballads on his first two albums, and his early up-tempo releases such as "New Way (To Light Up an Old Flame)" still had mostly serious content. Starting with his third and fourth albums ''Honky Tonk Attitude'' and ''Third Rock from the Sun'', the novelty factor pushed to the forefront, giving him big hits in lighthearted, silly fare such as both albums' title tracks, "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)", and "Pickup Man", with "So Help Me Girl" being the lone ballad success from either. Once the novelty wore off, he began releasing more serious material again, culminating in 1999's ''A Night to Remember'', which was praised for its serious tone.
25th Mar '18 10:06:26 AM DavidCowie
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* As with many tropes it played with, ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' took this and [[UpToEleven ran with it for all it was worth]]. Not only would it alternate between highly dramatic and comedic episodes (for example, a drama-heavy two-parter which ended with [[spoiler:the death of one of the Crichtons, essentially killing the main character]], being followed by [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments an episode that was largely animated]] as an homage to Creator/ChuckJones, and then was followed once again by an episode dealing with the aftermath of [[spoiler:Talyn-John's death]]) but would have heavy MoodWhiplash within the individual episodes, especially as Crichton's mental state was variably played for laughs and drama. This even extends from season to season, as the series gets progressively darker over the course of season 1 and 2, before taking the plunge outright in season 3. Season 4 then backpedals into a somewhat lighter tone, before things get pitch black in ''The Peacekeeper Wars''.

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* As with many tropes it played with, ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' took this and [[UpToEleven ran with it for all it was worth]]. Not only would it alternate between highly dramatic and comedic episodes (for example, a drama-heavy two-parter which ended with [[spoiler:the the death of one of the Crichtons, essentially killing the main character]], characters, being followed by [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments an episode that was largely animated]] as an homage to Creator/ChuckJones, and then was followed once again by an episode dealing with the aftermath of [[spoiler:Talyn-John's death]]) that character's death) but would have heavy MoodWhiplash within the individual episodes, especially as Crichton's mental state was variably played for laughs and drama. This even extends from season to season, as the series gets progressively darker over the course of season 1 and 2, before taking the plunge outright in season 3. Season 4 then backpedals into a somewhat lighter tone, before things get pitch black in ''The Peacekeeper Wars''.
5th Mar '18 5:48:58 AM bowserbros
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** Due to the production difficulties of the time (several producers, tortured budgets and plots that had to be written around [[AbsenteeActor the lead actor's failing mental health]]), Season 3 (with the First Doctor) definitely qualifies. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E2MissionToTheUnknown Mission to the Unknown]]", a BottleEpisode without the Doctor in it where a bunch of people get miserably slaughtered by Daleks, is followed by "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E3TheMythMakers The Myth Makers]]", a lighthearted {{Bathos}}-based social comedy set in Troy which suddenly becomes very dark and bloody when the Greeks invade in the final episode. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan The Daleks' Master Plan]]" is a SpaceOpera {{Arc}} combining an extreme bodycount (including the deaths of ''two'' companions) and brutal violence with the [[AffablyEvil intentionally goofy]] villain the Monk and a ridiculous comedy episode halfway through where they get stuck on a 1920s film set and then go off to celebrate Christmas. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E5TheMassacre The Massacre]]" is another unusually dark episode with a DownerEnding where the Doctor is forced to ignore a genocide and has a HeroicBSOD, interrupted in the last five minutes by a giggly CloudCuckooLander ManicPixieDreamGirl companion accidentally breaking into the TARDIS. Then we get the [[AngstWhatAngst somewhat less relentlessly negative]] "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E6TheArk The Ark]]", the absolutely ridiculous "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E7TheCelestialToymaker The Celestial Toymaker]]", a comedy MusicalEpisode ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters The Gunfighters]]") which again has a suddenly dark and bloody ending, and it's only by "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E9TheSavages The Savages]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E10TheWarMachines The War Machines]]" that the series settles back down into monster-based adventure serials.
** Series 2 of the revival era alternates between [[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion an invasion which the Doctor can't help stop and he may be dying]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth to a madcap body-snatcher romp]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen to a tale about humans]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel losing their humanity to cold steel shells]], [[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E7TheIdiotsLantern to a somewhat tongue-in-cheek 50s piece with a hammy villain]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet to demonic possession]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit on board a lonely Sanctuary Base]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters to an offbeat episode commenting on ''Doctor Who'' fandom itself]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday to all-out war between [[spoiler:the Daleks and the Cybermen]]]].
** Series 5 and 6: Creator/MattSmith was originally a much more [[CloudCuckoolander madcap and alien]] Doctor, who met a girl and took her away to see the universe. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E9ColdBlood In the middle of the season, [[spoiler:Rory gets erased from time]]]]. However, two episodes after this, [[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger the Doctor is passing off as a human lodger and playing football]]. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The episode after that has the Doctor [[spoiler:trapped in the Pandorica; Rory returning, albeit as an Auton and shooting Amy, while River is inside the TARDIS and it's exploding]]]]! And then the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang finale]] has this in spades in one episode. Music/ChameleonCircuit summed it up quite nicely in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f0xBe0kq3E this song]].

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** Due to the production difficulties of the time (several producers, tortured budgets and plots that had to be written around [[AbsenteeActor the lead actor's failing mental health]]), Season 3 (with the First Doctor) definitely qualifies. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E2MissionToTheUnknown Mission to the Unknown]]", a BottleEpisode without the Doctor in it where a bunch of people get miserably slaughtered by Daleks, is followed by "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E3TheMythMakers The Myth Makers]]", a lighthearted {{Bathos}}-based social comedy set in Troy which suddenly becomes very dark and bloody when the Greeks invade in the final episode. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan The Daleks' Master Plan]]" is a SpaceOpera {{Arc}} combining an extreme bodycount (including the deaths of ''two'' companions) and brutal violence with the [[AffablyEvil intentionally goofy]] villain the Monk and a ridiculous comedy episode halfway through where they get stuck on a 1920s film set and then go off to celebrate Christmas. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E5TheMassacre The Massacre]]" is another unusually dark episode with a DownerEnding where the Doctor is forced to ignore a genocide and has a HeroicBSOD, interrupted in the last five minutes by a giggly CloudCuckooLander ManicPixieDreamGirl companion accidentally breaking into the TARDIS. Then we get the [[AngstWhatAngst somewhat less relentlessly negative]] "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E6TheArk The Ark]]", the absolutely ridiculous "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E7TheCelestialToymaker The Celestial Toymaker]]", a comedy MusicalEpisode ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters The Gunfighters]]") which again has a suddenly dark and bloody ending, and it's only by "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E9TheSavages The Savages]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E10TheWarMachines "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E10TheWarMachines The War Machines]]" that the series settles back down into monster-based adventure serials.
** Series 2 of the revival era alternates between [[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion an invasion which the Doctor can't help stop and he may be dying]], dying]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth to a madcap body-snatcher romp]], romp]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen to a tale about humans]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel losing their humanity to cold steel shells]], [[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E7TheIdiotsLantern [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E7TheIdiotsLantern to a somewhat tongue-in-cheek 50s 50's piece with a hammy villain]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet to demonic possession]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit on board a lonely Sanctuary Base]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters to an offbeat episode commenting on ''Doctor Who'' fandom itself]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday to all-out war war]] between [[spoiler:the Daleks and the Cybermen]]]].
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** Series 5 and 6: Creator/MattSmith was originally a much more [[CloudCuckoolander madcap and alien]] Doctor, who met a girl and took her away to see the universe. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E9ColdBlood In the middle of the season, season,]] [[spoiler:Rory gets erased from time]]]]. time]]. However, two episodes after this, [[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger the Doctor is passing off as a human lodger and playing football]]. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The episode after that has the Doctor Doctor]] [[spoiler:trapped in the Pandorica; Rory returning, albeit as an Auton and shooting Amy, while River is inside the TARDIS and it's exploding]]]]! exploding]]! And then the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang finale]] has this in spades in one episode. Music/ChameleonCircuit summed it up quite nicely in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f0xBe0kq3E this song]].



** The Twelfth Doctor's tenure continues this trend. Series 8 is mostly standalone stories while Series 9 prefers multi-parters, but it's common for light adventures to suddenly swerve into tragic territory and dark ones to indulge in whimsy as the much-changed Doctor's relationship with Clara is tested again and again. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E6TheCaretaker The Caretaker]" has Clara trying to hide her two relationships with Danny and the Doctor from each other when the latter poses as a human at her school...but it also addresses Danny's concern that Clara will come to a bad end traveling with the alien. "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]" has brain-eating, DreamWithinADream-weaving aliens...but SantaClaus himself helps our heroes escape them. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died]]" has the Doctor help a village of Viking farmers defeat hammy aliens...but when the cost of victory is too high to bear, he makes a rash decision that haunts him for the rest of the season. The intense "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion]]"[=]/[=]"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion]]" has cheeky comic relief and a SurprisinglyHappyEnding. The tragic, massively-scaled three-part Series 9 finale starts with what ''could'' be a whimsical adventure, but certain villains are out to get the Doctor ''and'' Clara makes a well-meant choice... After that saga's BittersweetEnding comes "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]]", a ChristmasEpisode that outstrips just about every other revival episode for wackiness '''''then''''' becomes a tender romance that has its own BittersweetEnding -- albeit one more sweet than bitter. Series 10 starts out episodic by way of introducing lighthearted companion Bill Potts to him, but it has a dark undercurrent in the background that moves to the forefront in episode five, "Oxygen", which ends with the Doctor [[spoiler: blinded]], leading into the Monks Trilogy mini-arc that fully reveals the season's StoryArc ([[spoiler: the attempted redemption of Missy]]). The happy ending of the trilogy leads into two lighter episodes, but the arc still holds sway and the two-part SeasonFinale sees sweet Bill [[spoiler: converted into perhaps the first true Cyberman]] and ends with the Doctor nearly being KilledOffForReal with all his hopes for those he cared about in tatters. AND THEN a RayOfHopeEnding leads directly into his GrandFinale "Twice Upon a Time". Conceived ''only'' because a ChristmasEpisode for 2017 was needed and the incoming showrunner didn't want it to be Thirteen's debut, it's a '''much''' LighterAndSofter team-up with the First Doctor in which [[spoiler: there's No Antagonist, Everybody Lives, and he gets positive resolution to lingering issues regarding Bill ''and'' Clara]], ending Twelve's MythArc on a note of hope just before the traditional regeneration {{Cliffhanger}}.

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** The Twelfth Doctor's tenure continues this trend. Series 8 is mostly standalone stories while Series 9 prefers multi-parters, but it's common for light adventures to suddenly swerve into tragic territory and dark ones to indulge in whimsy as the much-changed Doctor's relationship with Clara is tested again and again. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E6TheCaretaker The Caretaker]" Caretaker]]" has Clara trying to hide her two relationships with Danny and the Doctor from each other when the latter poses as a human at her school...school... but it also addresses Danny's concern that Clara will come to a bad end traveling with the alien. "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]" has brain-eating, DreamWithinADream-weaving aliens...but SantaClaus himself helps our heroes escape them. ItMakesSenseInContext. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died]]" has the Doctor help a village of Viking farmers defeat hammy aliens... but when the cost of victory is too high to bear, he makes a rash decision that haunts him for the rest of the season. The intense "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion]]"[=]/[=]"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion Invasion]]"[=/=]"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion]]" has cheeky comic relief and a SurprisinglyHappyEnding. The tragic, massively-scaled three-part Series 9 finale starts with what ''could'' be a whimsical adventure, but certain villains are out to get the Doctor ''and'' Clara makes a well-meant choice... After that saga's BittersweetEnding comes "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]]", a ChristmasEpisode that outstrips just about every other revival episode for wackiness '''''then''''' becomes a tender romance that has its own BittersweetEnding -- albeit one more sweet than bitter. Series 10 starts out episodic by way of introducing lighthearted companion Bill Potts to him, but it has a dark undercurrent in the background that moves to the forefront in episode five, "Oxygen", which ends with the Doctor [[spoiler: blinded]], leading into the Monks Trilogy mini-arc that fully reveals the season's StoryArc ([[spoiler: the attempted redemption of Missy]]). The happy ending of the trilogy leads into two lighter episodes, but the arc still holds sway and the two-part SeasonFinale sees sweet Bill [[spoiler: converted into perhaps the first true Cyberman]] and ends with the Doctor nearly being KilledOffForReal with all his hopes for those he cared about in tatters. AND THEN a RayOfHopeEnding leads directly into his GrandFinale "Twice Upon a Time". Conceived ''only'' because a ChristmasEpisode for 2017 was needed and the incoming showrunner didn't want it to be Thirteen's debut, it's a '''much''' LighterAndSofter team-up with the First Doctor in which [[spoiler: there's No Antagonist, Everybody Lives, NoAntagonist, EverybodyLives, and he gets positive resolution to lingering issues regarding Bill ''and'' Clara]], ending Twelve's MythArc on a note of hope just before the traditional regeneration {{Cliffhanger}}.
1st Mar '18 6:17:18 PM SCBlue
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** The same holds true for the aforementioned ''Super Sentai''. Compare the dark and serious ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' (which almost got the franchise cancelled) to the frenetic and comical ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger''. For a specific series example, ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' flip-flops a lot, especially thanks to its tributes to previous Sentai teams.

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** The same holds true for the aforementioned ''Super Sentai''. Compare the dark and serious ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' (which almost got the franchise cancelled) to the frenetic and comical ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger''. For a specific series example, ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' flip-flops a lot, especially thanks to its tributes to previous Sentai teams.
1st Mar '18 4:36:47 PM fibonnaciseries
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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' as a result of being both very long, and highly episodic. Besides a serious run between books 15 and 23, and the increasingly bleak last arc, the series would have an over-the-top LiteralSplitPersonality plot followed by "book-length torture scene", and plot-heavy or dark books alongside ones where the climax involves morphing an annoying poodle, a FantasticVoyagePlot, or the [[Filler fucking]] [[LilliputianWarriors Helmacrons]].

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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' as a result of being both very long, and highly episodic. Besides a serious run between books 15 and 23, and the increasingly bleak last arc, the series would have an over-the-top LiteralSplitPersonality plot followed by "book-length torture scene", and plot-heavy or dark books alongside ones where the climax involves morphing an annoying poodle, a FantasticVoyagePlot, or the [[Filler [[{{Filler}} fucking]] [[LilliputianWarriors Helmacrons]].
25th Feb '18 9:04:45 PM AustinCarver13
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* Creator/MartinMcDonagh's ''Film/ThreeBillboardsOutsideEbbingMissouri''is an example done quite successfully, where the sharp-witted barbs, one-liners and pitch-BlackComedy never get in the way of how tragic, sad and disturbing the characters and their lives really are.
24th Feb '18 8:19:28 PM nombretomado
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** In practice this goes like: The dramatic arc which dealt with Javert's dark past (canon) was followed by the Jareth vs. Misto story that was purely comedy, after that came a dramatic and romantic arc about Erik finding a new girlfriend (and giving the impression to have a crush on SarahBrightman), intersected with a meta and hilarious outtake about the "[[TropaholicsAnonymous Killed for canon meeting]]", which results in a carefully calculated and deviously executed MoodWhiplash "What does FriendsWithBenefits mean anyway?" and so forth.

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** In practice this goes like: The dramatic arc which dealt with Javert's dark past (canon) was followed by the Jareth vs. Misto story that was purely comedy, after that came a dramatic and romantic arc about Erik finding a new girlfriend (and giving the impression to have a crush on SarahBrightman), Music/SarahBrightman), intersected with a meta and hilarious outtake about the "[[TropaholicsAnonymous Killed for canon meeting]]", which results in a carefully calculated and deviously executed MoodWhiplash "What does FriendsWithBenefits mean anyway?" and so forth.
13th Feb '18 10:01:39 AM Sapphirea2
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** The Twelfth Doctor's tenure continues this trend. Series 8 is mostly standalone stories while Series 9 prefers multi-parters, but either way it's common for light adventures to suddenly swerve into tragic territory and dark ones to indulge in whimsy as the much-changed Doctor's relationship with Clara is tested again and again. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E6TheCaretaker The Caretaker]" has Clara trying to hide her two relationships with Danny and the Doctor from each other when the latter poses as a human at her school...but it also addresses Danny's concern that Clara will come to a bad end traveling with the alien. "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]" has brain-eating, DreamWithinADream-weaving aliens...but SantaClaus himself helps our heroes escape them. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died]]" has the Doctor help a village of Viking farmers defeat hammy aliens...but when the cost of victory is too high to bear, he makes a rash decision that haunts him for the rest of the season. The intense "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion]]"[=]/[=]"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion]]" has cheeky comic relief and a SurprisinglyHappyEnding. The tragic, massively-scaled three-part Series 9 finale starts with what ''could'' be a whimsical adventure, but certain villains are out to get the Doctor ''and'' Clara makes a well-meant choice... After that saga's BittersweetEnding comes "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]]", a ChristmasEpisode that outstrips just about every other revival episode for wackiness '''''then''''' becomes a tender romance that has its own BittersweetEnding -- albeit one more sweet than bitter. Series 10 starts out light and episodic by way of introducing Bill Potts to him, but has a dark undercurrent in the background that moves to the forefront in episode five, "Oxygen", which ends with the Doctor [[spoiler: blinded]], leading into the Monks Trilogy that also fully reveals the season's StoryArc ([[spoiler: the attempted redemption of Missy]]). The surprisingly happy ending of the trilogy leads into two lighter episodes, but the arc still holds sway and the two-part SeasonFinale sees sweet Bill [[spoiler: converted into perhaps the first true Cyberman]], the Doctor nearly being KilledOffForReal, and all his hopes for those he cared about in tatters as far as he knows. AND THEN his GrandFinale "Twice Upon a Time" -- conceived at the eleventh hour when an extra adventure was needed -- is a LighterAndSofter team-up with the First Doctor in which [[spoiler: there's No Antagonist and Everybody Lives]], ending his MythArc on a note of hope just before the traditional regeneration {{Cliffhanger}}.

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** The Twelfth Doctor's tenure continues this trend. Series 8 is mostly standalone stories while Series 9 prefers multi-parters, but either way it's common for light adventures to suddenly swerve into tragic territory and dark ones to indulge in whimsy as the much-changed Doctor's relationship with Clara is tested again and again. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E6TheCaretaker The Caretaker]" has Clara trying to hide her two relationships with Danny and the Doctor from each other when the latter poses as a human at her school...but it also addresses Danny's concern that Clara will come to a bad end traveling with the alien. "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]" has brain-eating, DreamWithinADream-weaving aliens...but SantaClaus himself helps our heroes escape them. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died]]" has the Doctor help a village of Viking farmers defeat hammy aliens...but when the cost of victory is too high to bear, he makes a rash decision that haunts him for the rest of the season. The intense "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion]]"[=]/[=]"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion]]" has cheeky comic relief and a SurprisinglyHappyEnding. The tragic, massively-scaled three-part Series 9 finale starts with what ''could'' be a whimsical adventure, but certain villains are out to get the Doctor ''and'' Clara makes a well-meant choice... After that saga's BittersweetEnding comes "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]]", a ChristmasEpisode that outstrips just about every other revival episode for wackiness '''''then''''' becomes a tender romance that has its own BittersweetEnding -- albeit one more sweet than bitter. Series 10 starts out light and episodic by way of introducing lighthearted companion Bill Potts to him, but it has a dark undercurrent in the background that moves to the forefront in episode five, "Oxygen", which ends with the Doctor [[spoiler: blinded]], leading into the Monks Trilogy mini-arc that also fully reveals the season's StoryArc ([[spoiler: the attempted redemption of Missy]]). The surprisingly happy ending of the trilogy leads into two lighter episodes, but the arc still holds sway and the two-part SeasonFinale sees sweet Bill [[spoiler: converted into perhaps the first true Cyberman]], Cyberman]] and ends with the Doctor nearly being KilledOffForReal, and KilledOffForReal with all his hopes for those he cared about in tatters as far as he knows. tatters. AND THEN a RayOfHopeEnding leads directly into his GrandFinale "Twice Upon a Time" -- conceived at the eleventh hour when an extra adventure Time". Conceived ''only'' because a ChristmasEpisode for 2017 was needed -- is and the incoming showrunner didn't want it to be Thirteen's debut, it's a '''much''' LighterAndSofter team-up with the First Doctor in which [[spoiler: there's No Antagonist and Antagonist, Everybody Lives]], Lives, and he gets positive resolution to lingering issues regarding Bill ''and'' Clara]], ending his Twelve's MythArc on a note of hope just before the traditional regeneration {{Cliffhanger}}.
13th Feb '18 9:56:04 AM Sapphirea2
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** The Twelfth Doctor's tenure so far, Series 8 and 9, continues this trend. Series 8 is mostly standalone stories while Series 9 prefers multi-parters, but either way it's common for light adventures to suddenly swerve into tragic territory and dark ones to indulge in whimsy as the much-changed Doctor's relationship with Clara is tested again and again. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E6TheCaretaker The Caretaker]" has Clara trying to hide her two relationships with Danny and the Doctor from each other when the latter poses as a human at her school...but it also addresses Danny's concern that Clara will come to a bad end traveling with the alien. "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]" has brain-eating, DreamWithinADream-weaving aliens...but SantaClaus himself helps our heroes escape them. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died]]" has the Doctor help a village of Viking farmers defeat hammy aliens...but when the cost of victory is too high to bear, he makes a rash decision that haunts him for the rest of a season. The intense "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion]]"[=]/[=]"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion]]" has cheeky comic relief and a SurprisinglyHappyEnding. The tragic, massively-scaled three-part Series 9 finale starts with what ''could'' be a whimsical adventure, but certain villains are out to get the Doctor ''and'' Clara makes a well-meant choice... After that saga's BittersweetEnding comes "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]]", a ChristmasEpisode that outstrips just about every other revival episode for wackiness '''''then''''' becomes a tender romance that has its own BittersweetEnding -- albeit one more sweet than bitter.

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** The Twelfth Doctor's tenure so far, Series 8 and 9, continues this trend. Series 8 is mostly standalone stories while Series 9 prefers multi-parters, but either way it's common for light adventures to suddenly swerve into tragic territory and dark ones to indulge in whimsy as the much-changed Doctor's relationship with Clara is tested again and again. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E6TheCaretaker The Caretaker]" has Clara trying to hide her two relationships with Danny and the Doctor from each other when the latter poses as a human at her school...but it also addresses Danny's concern that Clara will come to a bad end traveling with the alien. "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]" has brain-eating, DreamWithinADream-weaving aliens...but SantaClaus himself helps our heroes escape them. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died]]" has the Doctor help a village of Viking farmers defeat hammy aliens...but when the cost of victory is too high to bear, he makes a rash decision that haunts him for the rest of a the season. The intense "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion]]"[=]/[=]"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion]]" has cheeky comic relief and a SurprisinglyHappyEnding. The tragic, massively-scaled three-part Series 9 finale starts with what ''could'' be a whimsical adventure, but certain villains are out to get the Doctor ''and'' Clara makes a well-meant choice... After that saga's BittersweetEnding comes "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]]", a ChristmasEpisode that outstrips just about every other revival episode for wackiness '''''then''''' becomes a tender romance that has its own BittersweetEnding -- albeit one more sweet than bitter. Series 10 starts out light and episodic by way of introducing Bill Potts to him, but has a dark undercurrent in the background that moves to the forefront in episode five, "Oxygen", which ends with the Doctor [[spoiler: blinded]], leading into the Monks Trilogy that also fully reveals the season's StoryArc ([[spoiler: the attempted redemption of Missy]]). The surprisingly happy ending of the trilogy leads into two lighter episodes, but the arc still holds sway and the two-part SeasonFinale sees sweet Bill [[spoiler: converted into perhaps the first true Cyberman]], the Doctor nearly being KilledOffForReal, and all his hopes for those he cared about in tatters as far as he knows. AND THEN his GrandFinale "Twice Upon a Time" -- conceived at the eleventh hour when an extra adventure was needed -- is a LighterAndSofter team-up with the First Doctor in which [[spoiler: there's No Antagonist and Everybody Lives]], ending his MythArc on a note of hope just before the traditional regeneration {{Cliffhanger}}.
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