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25th Feb '17 5:29:57 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003''; once the Utrons realized they has crash-landed on a planet where the technology was too primitive to repair their ship and build another, they realized this was their only solution; they had to wait. They realized humanity would evolve and advance in science and technology to a point where they could use it with theirs. Being a ''very'' long-lived species, this eventually paid off, and after ''centuries'' of waiting, they succeeded. (With the heroes' help, that is.)
23rd Feb '17 6:19:27 AM Doug86
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** The episode [[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS2E5Compromised "Compromised"]] gives us Todd/Obsidian, one of [[Comicbook/{{Vixen}} Amaya's]] teammates from the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. Amaya stowes away on the Legend's TimeMachine, the ''Waverider'', in 1942, and a few weeks later (for her), runs into Obsidian in 1987, who he hasn't seen her in over forty years.

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** The episode [[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS2E5Compromised "Compromised"]] gives us Todd/Obsidian, one of [[Comicbook/{{Vixen}} Amaya's]] teammates from the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica.ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. Amaya stowes away on the Legend's TimeMachine, the ''Waverider'', in 1942, and a few weeks later (for her), runs into Obsidian in 1987, who he hasn't seen her in over forty years.
18th Feb '17 3:23:57 AM Nakuyabi
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* In ''Literature/WeCantRewind'', the characters discover near the end that there's a way to visit the past. [[spoiler: You just have to be living in a nation called Merciar on an alternate Earth in a parallel BizarroUniverse in which time flows backward, which is on the other side of a huge naturally generated inter-dimensional portal in TheBermudaTriangle; and you have to have access to some of Merciar's advanced inter-dimensional portal-opening technology.]] Then you have to live for however long into the past from the present your intended destination is.
8th Feb '17 10:59:35 AM AthenaBlue
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** The parody episode "The Curse of Fatal Death" has a slight variation where the Master falls into a sewer which takes him ''three hundred and twelve years'' to crawl out of, before using his Tardis to return to just a few moments after he fell in. '''Three times'''. He keeps tally after each incident, and is ''very'' tired and put out after nine hundred and thirty six years of sewer climbing.

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** The parody episode "The Curse of Fatal Death" has a slight variation where the Master falls into a sewer which takes him ''three hundred and twelve years'' to crawl out of, before using his Tardis TARDIS to return to just a few moments after he fell in. '''Three times'''. He keeps tally after each incident, and is ''very'' tired and put out after nine hundred and thirty six years of sewer climbing.
8th Feb '17 10:58:41 AM AthenaBlue
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** Invoked and exploited multiple times in [[Recap/DoctorWho50ASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]]. Elizabeth I leaves standing orders to summon the Doctor if certain conditions are met, which takes several centuries. The Zygons use stasis cubes to hide in suspended animation inside paintings until Earth is advanced enough to be worth conquering. The War Doctor programs his sonic screwdriver to solve a complex problem and the Eleventh Doctor's centuries older screwdriver has the solution. The Doctors [[spoiler:have the First Doctor start calculating the solution to save Gallifrey so it will be solved by the time of the Eleventh Doctor]].

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** Invoked and exploited multiple times in [[Recap/DoctorWho50ASTheDayOfTheDoctor [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]]. Elizabeth I leaves standing orders to summon the Doctor if certain conditions are met, which takes several centuries. The Zygons use stasis cubes to hide in suspended animation inside paintings until Earth is advanced enough to be worth conquering. The War Doctor programs his sonic screwdriver to solve a complex problem and the Eleventh Doctor's centuries older screwdriver has the solution. The Doctors [[spoiler:have the First Doctor start calculating the solution to save Gallifrey so it will be solved by the time of the Eleventh Doctor]].
8th Feb '17 10:57:56 AM AthenaBlue
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E26S6E1TimesArrow Time's Arrow]]", Data's head spends several hundred years in a cave in California. In a classic StableTimeLoop, it's the discovery of his head that bootstraps the adventure. There's also Guinan (whose species lives a long time) first meeting the crew 500 years in the past. Just before the crew returns to their present time, they note that Guinan won't see the crew again for 500 years, but the crew will see her in a few minutes on the ''Enterprise''.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E03TheVisitor The Visitor]]", Benjamin Sisko is sent blinking in and out of time, staying for only a few moments, and leaving for years at a time. He keeps reappearing near Jake at farther and farther times apart, as Jake spends his entire life trying to stabilize his father, lest he be lost in subspace forever. Despite being the one afflicted with temporal instability, Sisko takes the ordeal much better, and is far more saddened by his son's suffering. The episode is one of the most loved episodes in all of Star Trek.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "E^2", the Enterprise is sent one hundred years back in time while attempting to travel through a Xindi subspace tunnel. As a result, it lays low for the next century, becoming a generational ship, all so that it can stop the accident from happening in the first place. It's existence is hinted several times prior to that episode, when the Xindi claim to have seen other Earth ships in the area.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** "Unending" -- SG-1 is trapped within a time-stop field on the ''Odyssey'' for fifty years. When they finally work out a solution, Teal'c volunteers to be excluded from the time-reversal effect, so that he can deliver a plan to save the ship. Fortunately, as a Jaffa, his lifespan is [[WeAreAsMayflies exceptionally long]], though he is still visibly older by the end of it.
** Earlier in the show, season eight's finale "Moebius," a Zero Point Module takes the slow path from Ancient Egypt, due to some monkeying with the TimeyWimeyBall by the team. That ZPM ends up in Atlantis's season 2 premiere.
** In the episode "[[Recap/StargateSG1S4E6WindowOfOpportunity Window of Opportunity]]" Jack and Teal'c spend a sizable amount of time [[GroundhogDayLoop living through the same day over and over]], instantly traveling back in time to the beginning of the day each time, and use the months of time they live through to take the opportunity to learn juggling, pottery, and also how the time machine works.
** In ''Film/StargateContinuum'', Mitchell goes back in time in order to stop Ba'al from sabotaging the Stargate Program. However, he accidentally arrives several years too early, and is forced to wait until Ba'al's attack takes place.
** The episode ''1969'' has 2 examples.
*** When SG-1 are sent back to 1969 they meet a young Lieutenant Hammond, who thanks to a note from his future self helps them. He then has to take the long way to see them again as a General. It's also stated that his encounter with them was what led to the older him giving them the information they would need to get back, before they left. He could have even stopped them from going, but knew it would have created a paradox.
*** Then at the end of the episode when trying to get home they accidentally go too far into the future. An elderly woman greets them in a clearly deserted SGC. Sam recognizes her as Cassandra - a young preteen in their time. She knew they were coming and was waiting for them to return them to the proper time. Meaning at some point Sam told her when she would need to be there and gave her the necessary technology, and she took the slow path to do so.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** "[[Recap/StargateAtlantisS01E15BeforeISleep Before I Sleep]]" -- An alternate Dr. Weir has spent ten thousand years in stasis after saving Atlantis from flooding. She's still an aged old woman by the time she's discovered.
** In the season four finale "[[Recap/StargateAtlantisS04E20TheLastMan The Last Man]]", a solar flare sends Sheppard 48,000 years in the future. To return to his present, Sheppard spends somewhere around 700 years in stasis to catch a solar flare that sends him back to 12 days after he disappeared.



* When the others are blasted into the future in ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', Marvin has to take the slow path and wait billions of years to meet up with them. He spends the last several thousand years parking cars at the site where the Restaurant At the End of the Universe was eventually built.
* On ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', Ray, Kendra, and Sarah are left behind in the 1950s, and assume that they are stuck there for good. [[spoiler: Sarah rejoins the League of Assassins, while Ray becomes a professor, and begins dating Kendra. They are stuck there for 2 years before Rip and the rest of the team get to them.]] In Season 2, the ''Waverider'' is left at the bottom of the Atlantic for 74 years, before a historian named Nate Haywood and [[Series/{{Arrow}} Mayor Oliver Queen]] board the timeship in 2016 and find Mick Rory aboard in stasis. Only moments have passed for Mick. Apparently, the timeship is none the worse for wear after spending so much time underwater and [[spoiler:being hit by a nuclear-tipped torpedo]].
** Both the BigBad of Season 1, Vandal Savage, and one of the LegionOfDoom in Season 2, Damian Darhk, are immortals, and so meet the time travelling Legends at different times in their long lives, between which decades pass for them, while it's only been a matter of weeks at most for the good guys. [[spoiler: Averted in Season 2, where Damian Darhk begins travelling in time as well, due to his alliance with the Reverse Flash]].
** The episode [[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS2E5Compromised "Compromised"]] gives us Todd/Obsidian, one of [[Comicbook/{{Vixen}} Amaya's]] teammates from the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. Amaya stowes away on the Legend's TimeMachine, the ''Waverider'', in 1942, and a few weeks later (for her), runs into Obsidian in 1987, who he hasn't seen her in over forty years.
* A less tragic version in the season 2 finale of ''Series/TheLibrarians2014'', where the TimeMachine that sent Flynn and Eve into Creator/{{Shakespeare}}'s time breaks after the jump, and Jenkins informs the others that it's impossible for them to return, even using another time machine, as each time machine works differently. After the BigBad is defeated ([[spoiler:by exorcising him from Shakespeare's body]]), [[spoiler:Shakespeare]] needs to return to his own time. The space/time continuum obligingly creates a temporal rift for him, but Flynn and Eve aren't able to use it. Instead, [[spoiler:they use the last of the Bard's magic to have the two of them turned into statues and placed in a locked room in the Library. A clue is then left that will only appear at the appropriate time that will allow Jenkins to open the room and break the "curse", turning the statues back to normal]].
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** As of season 5, most of the characters of [[spoiler: are back in 1977. Some of them got stuck in 1974 and simply had to build lives for themselves in that time period while waiting for Locke and the O6 to return.]] Though the neat thing is, [[spoiler:the people who got off the island take three years to make it back, so that by the time everyone meets up again, they've all experienced the same amount of time.]]
** Locke meets a young Charles Widmore on the island in 1954, then again in Tunisia in 2005. Widmore introduces himself, tells Locke that they met 50 years ago and asks how long it's been for him. "Four days".



* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'':
** In an episode, a terminator is sent back in time to stockpile raw materials for terminator manufacturing. It does so by stealing a large amount of coltan and storing it in the fallout shelter of an abandoned military base that will be turned into a factory by Skynet. It then goes into standby mode, presumably to wait until Skynet builds the factory and discovers it.
** Cromartie, the most persistent of the enemy Terminators in the series, ended up undergoing an unusual variant of this in the pilot episode. While his head gets transplanted from 1999 to 2007 along with the heroes, his body remains behind. They later recombine, so like Data, just one part of the body takes the slow path.
** The Slow Path is used by another Terminator as well. In the episode ''Self Made Man'', a terminator with orders to kill [[ShoutOut the governor of California]] in a certain time and place is sent back several decades too far, apparently just by accident, all the way to the 1920s or something. Not only that, but his electric time travel bubble [[spoiler: kills the person who was going to build the building where the assassination was supposed to happen]], so to fulfill his mission and avoid a paradox, he [[spoiler: creates a construction company from the ground up, builds the building himself, and when it's finished, entombs himself into the wall of the correct room to wait 80 years for the governor to come to him]]. They really are implacable.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** As of season 5, most of the characters of [[spoiler: are back in 1977. Some of them got stuck in 1974 and simply had to build lives for themselves in that time period while waiting for Locke and the O6 to return.]] Though the neat thing is, [[spoiler:the people who got off the island take three years to make it back, so that by the time everyone meets up again, they've all experienced the same amount of time.]]
** Locke meets a young Charles Widmore on the island in 1954, then again in Tunisia in 2005. Widmore introduces himself, tells Locke that they met 50 years ago and asks how long it's been for him. "Four days".



* When the others are blasted into the future in ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', Marvin has to take the slow path and wait billions of years to meet up with them. He spends the last several thousand years parking cars at the site where the Restaurant At the End of the Universe was eventually built.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E26S6E1TimesArrow Time's Arrow]]", Data's head spends several hundred years in a cave in California. In a classic StableTimeLoop, it's the discovery of his head that bootstraps the adventure. There's also Guinan (whose species lives a long time) first meeting the crew 500 years in the past. Just before the crew returns to their present time, they note that Guinan won't see the crew again for 500 years, but the crew will see her in a few minutes on the ''Enterprise''.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E03TheVisitor The Visitor]]", Benjamin Sisko is sent blinking in and out of time, staying for only a few moments, and leaving for years at a time. He keeps reappearing near Jake at farther and farther times apart, as Jake spends his entire life trying to stabilize his father, lest he be lost in subspace forever. Despite being the one afflicted with temporal instability, Sisko takes the ordeal much better, and is far more saddened by his son's suffering. The episode is one of the most loved episodes in all of Star Trek.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "E^2", the Enterprise is sent one hundred years back in time while attempting to travel through a Xindi subspace tunnel. As a result, it lays low for the next century, becoming a generational ship, all so that it can stop the accident from happening in the first place. It's existence is hinted several times prior to that episode, when the Xindi claim to have seen other Earth ships in the area.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** "Unending" -- SG-1 is trapped within a time-stop field on the ''Odyssey'' for fifty years.
When they finally work out a solution, Teal'c volunteers to be excluded from the others time-reversal effect, so that he can deliver a plan to save the ship. Fortunately, as a Jaffa, his lifespan is [[WeAreAsMayflies exceptionally long]], though he is still visibly older by the end of it.
** Earlier in the show, season eight's finale "Moebius", a Zero Point Module takes the slow path from Ancient Egypt, due to some monkeying with the TimeyWimeyBall by the team. That ZPM ends up in Atlantis's season 2 premiere.
** In the episode "[[Recap/StargateSG1S4E6WindowOfOpportunity Window of Opportunity]]" Jack and Teal'c spend a sizable amount of time [[GroundhogDayLoop living through the same day over and over]], instantly traveling back in time to the beginning of the day each time, and use the months of time they live through to take the opportunity to learn juggling, pottery, and also how the time machine works.
** In ''Film/StargateContinuum'', Mitchell goes back in time in order to stop Ba'al from sabotaging the Stargate Program. However, he accidentally arrives several years too early, and is forced to wait until Ba'al's attack takes place.
** The episode ''1969'' has 2 examples.
*** When SG-1
are blasted into the sent back to 1969 they meet a young Lieutenant Hammond, who thanks to a note from his future in ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', Marvin self helps them. He then has to take the long way to see them again as a General. It's also stated that his encounter with them was what led to the older him giving them the information they would need to get back, before they left. He could have even stopped them from going, but knew it would have created a paradox.
*** Then at the end of the episode when trying to get home they accidentally go too far into the future. An elderly woman greets them in a clearly deserted SGC. Sam recognizes her as Cassandra - a young preteen in their time. She knew they were coming and was waiting for them to return them to the proper time. Meaning at some point Sam told her when she would need to be there and gave her the necessary technology, and she took the
slow path and wait billions of years to meet up with them. He spends the last several do so.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** "[[Recap/StargateAtlantisS01E15BeforeISleep Before I Sleep]]" -- An alternate Dr. Weir has spent ten
thousand years parking cars at in stasis after saving Atlantis from flooding. She's still an aged old woman by the site time she's discovered.
** In the season four finale "[[Recap/StargateAtlantisS04E20TheLastMan The Last Man]]", a solar flare sends Sheppard 48,000 years in the future. To return to his present, Sheppard spends somewhere around 700 years in stasis to catch a solar flare that sends him back to 12 days after he disappeared.
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'':
** In an episode, a terminator is sent back in time to stockpile raw materials for terminator manufacturing. It does so by stealing a large amount of coltan and storing it in the fallout shelter of an abandoned military base that will be turned into a factory by Skynet. It then goes into standby mode, presumably to wait until Skynet builds the factory and discovers it.
** Cromartie, the most persistent of the enemy Terminators in the series, ended up undergoing an unusual variant of this in the pilot episode. While his head gets transplanted from 1999 to 2007 along with the heroes, his body remains behind. They later recombine, so like Data, just one part of the body takes the slow path.
** The Slow Path is used by another Terminator as well. In the episode ''Self Made Man'', a terminator with orders to kill [[ShoutOut the governor of California]] in a certain time and place is sent back several decades too far, apparently just by accident, all the way to the 1920s or something. Not only that, but his electric time travel bubble [[spoiler: kills the person who was going to build the building
where the Restaurant At assassination was supposed to happen]], so to fulfill his mission and avoid a paradox, he [[spoiler: creates a construction company from the End ground up, builds the building himself, and when it's finished, entombs himself into the wall of the Universe was eventually built.correct room to wait 80 years for the governor to come to him]]. They really are implacable.



* A less tragic version in the season 2 finale of ''Series/TheLibrarians2014'', where the TimeMachine that sent Flynn and Eve into Creator/{{Shakespeare}}'s time breaks after the jump, and Jenkins informs the others that it's impossible for them to return, even using another time machine, as each time machine works differently. After the BigBad is defeated ([[spoiler:by exorcising him from Shakespeare's body]]), [[spoiler:Shakespeare]] needs to return to his own time. The space/time continuum obligingly creates a temporal rift for him, but Flynn and Eve aren't able to use it. Instead, [[spoiler:they use the last of the Bard's magic to have the two of them turned into statues and placed in a locked room in the Library. A clue is then left that will only appear at the appropriate time that will allow Jenkins to open the room and break the "curse", turning the statues back to normal]].
* On ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', Ray, Kendra, and Sarah are left behind in the 1950s, and assume that they are stuck there for good. [[spoiler: Sarah rejoins the League of Assassins, while Ray becomes a professor, and begins dating Kendra. They are stuck there for 2 years before Rip and the rest of the team get to them.]] In Season 2, the ''Waverider'' is left at the bottom of the Atlantic for 74 years, before a historian named Nate Haywood and [[Series/{{Arrow}} Mayor Oliver Queen]] board the timeship in 2016 and find Mick Rory aboard in stasis. Only moments have passed for Mick. Apparently, the timeship is none the worse for wear after spending so much time underwater and [[spoiler:being hit by a nuclear-tipped torpedo]].
** Both the BigBad of Season 1, Vandel Savage, and one of the LegionOfDoom in Season 2, Damian Darhk, are immortals, and so meet the time travelling Legends at different times in their long lives, between which decades pass for them, while it's only been a matter of weeks at most for the good guys. [[spoiler: Averted in Season 2, where Damian Darhk begins travelling in time as well, due to his alliance with the Reverse Flash]].
** The episode [[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS2E5Compromised "Compromised"]] gives us Todd/Obsidian, one of [[Comicbook/{{Vixen}} Amaya's]] teammates from the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. Amaya stowes away on the Legend's TimeMachine, the ''Waverider'', in 1942, and a few weeks later (for her), runs into Obsidian in 1987, who he hasn't seen her in over forty years.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', the TropeNamer, does this so often, it practically justifies a category of its own. Aw screw it:

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* A less tragic version in the season 2 finale of ''Series/TheLibrarians2014'', where the TimeMachine that sent Flynn and Eve into Creator/{{Shakespeare}}'s time breaks after the jump, and Jenkins informs the others that it's impossible for them to return, even using another time machine, as each time machine works differently. After the BigBad is defeated ([[spoiler:by exorcising him from Shakespeare's body]]), [[spoiler:Shakespeare]] needs to return to his own time. The space/time continuum obligingly creates a temporal rift for him, but Flynn and Eve aren't able to use it. Instead, [[spoiler:they use the last of the Bard's magic to have the two of them turned into statues and placed in a locked room in the Library. A clue is then left that will only appear at the appropriate time that will allow Jenkins to open the room and break the "curse", turning the statues back to normal]].
* On ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', Ray, Kendra, and Sarah are left behind in the 1950s, and assume that they are stuck there for good. [[spoiler: Sarah rejoins the League of Assassins, while Ray becomes a professor, and begins dating Kendra. They are stuck there for 2 years before Rip and the rest of the team get to them.]] In Season 2, the ''Waverider'' is left at the bottom of the Atlantic for 74 years, before a historian named Nate Haywood and [[Series/{{Arrow}} Mayor Oliver Queen]] board the timeship in 2016 and find Mick Rory aboard in stasis. Only moments have passed for Mick. Apparently, the timeship is none the worse for wear after spending so much time underwater and [[spoiler:being hit by a nuclear-tipped torpedo]].
** Both the BigBad of Season 1, Vandel Savage, and one of the LegionOfDoom in Season 2, Damian Darhk, are immortals, and so meet the time travelling Legends at different times in their long lives, between which decades pass for them, while it's only been a matter of weeks at most for the good guys. [[spoiler: Averted in Season 2, where Damian Darhk begins travelling in time as well, due to his alliance with the Reverse Flash]].
** The episode [[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS2E5Compromised "Compromised"]] gives us Todd/Obsidian, one of [[Comicbook/{{Vixen}} Amaya's]] teammates from the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. Amaya stowes away on the Legend's TimeMachine, the ''Waverider'', in 1942, and a few weeks later (for her), runs into Obsidian in 1987, who he hasn't seen her in over forty years.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', the TropeNamer, does this so often, it practically justifies a category of its own. Aw Aw, screw it:



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** In ''The Invasion,'' the Brigadier has lived through four years of normal Earth-time while the Doctor and Jamie only spent a few weeks.
** This happens to Jackie and Mickey a mere four episodes into the new series. The 9th Doctor intends to bring Rose home 12 ''hours'' after she left and accidentally returns her 12 ''months'' later. Everyone who had to live through that year the long way thought she had been kidnapped or killed. Needless to say, no one involved was happy about the results.
** In "The Girl in The Fireplace," the Doctor keeps zipping through Madame de Pompadour's life while she grows up normally. He can't control when he appears, which is very much PlayedForDrama. She gets to name the trope. At the end, it appears that the Doctor will have to live through several thousand years of Earth history to get back to the TARDIS and his companions, but it turns out she had already established a way out for him.
** Occurs several times in the new third season: In "Blink," several characters are attacked by "Weeping Angels," who send them back in time to take The Slow Path back, and eat the days they ''would'' have had. One of them, a 2007 cop, is sent back in time to 1969, only to be reunited with the episode's heroine on his deathbed, roughly an hour after they first met.

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** In ''The Invasion,'' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion "The Invasion"]], the Brigadier has lived through four years of normal Earth-time while the Doctor and Jamie only spent a few weeks.
** This happens to Jackie and Mickey a mere [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon four episodes episodes]] into the new series. The 9th Doctor intends to bring Rose home 12 ''hours'' after she left and accidentally returns her 12 ''months'' later. Everyone who had to live through that year the long way thought she had been kidnapped or killed. Needless to say, no one involved was happy about the results.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl in The Fireplace," Fireplace"]], the Doctor keeps zipping through Madame de Pompadour's life while she grows up normally. He can't control when he appears, which is very much PlayedForDrama. She gets to name the trope. At the end, it appears that the Doctor will have to live through several thousand years of Earth history to get back to the TARDIS and his companions, but it turns out she had already established a way out for him.
** Occurs several times in the new third season: series 3: In "Blink," [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]], several characters are attacked by "Weeping Angels," [[LivingStatue Weeping Angels]], who send them back in time to take The the Slow Path back, and eat the days they ''would'' have had. One of them, a 2007 cop, is sent back in time to 1969, only to be reunited with the episode's heroine on his deathbed, roughly an hour after they first met.



** And let's not even get started on Captain Jack Harkness, who has already had to live through more than a century after arriving in 1869 to get to the 2000s, the setting of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and the third series of ''Doctor Who'', in the hopes of seeing the Doctor again. In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Exit Wounds", Jack spends eighteen and a half centuries buried alive/dead/alive again below what becomes Cardiff.
** In "The Eleventh Hour," the Doctor promises a young Amelia Pond that he'll be back in five minutes. However, as the TARDIS engines are malfunctioning he is a bit off. [[spoiler: Twelve years off to be exact. And at the end of the episode, he accidentally leaves for another two years.]] Amelia's storyline can also be applicable to the first interpretation of the trope, as it seems she is [[spoiler: taking an extended vacation the night before her wedding.]]
** And in "The Big Bang," this happens twice: [[spoiler: Amy is kept in suspended animation inside the Pandorica from 102 AD to 1996, while Rory stands guard outside, becoming "The Lone Centurion" of legend. Interestingly, this means that relatively, Rory is actually twice as old as the Doctor. He's able to keep the memories of it tucked away neatly most of the time, though: [[MakesSenseInContext happened to an Auton replica of him that got merged with his normal self when time was healed again]].]]

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** And let's not even get started on Captain Jack Harkness, who has already had to live through more than a century after arriving in 1869 to get to the 2000s, the setting of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and the third series of ''Doctor Who'', in the hopes of seeing the Doctor again. In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode [[Recap/TorchwoodS2E13ExitWounds "Exit Wounds", Wounds"]], Jack spends eighteen and a half centuries buried alive/dead/alive again below what becomes Cardiff.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour," Hour"]], the Doctor promises a young Amelia Pond that he'll be back in five minutes. However, as the TARDIS engines are malfunctioning he is a bit off. [[spoiler: Twelve years off to be exact. And at the end of the episode, he accidentally leaves for another two years.]] Amelia's storyline can also be applicable to the first interpretation of the trope, as it seems she is [[spoiler: taking an extended vacation the night before her wedding.]]
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor "Vincent and the Doctor"]], when the Doctor asks if time always moves "really slowly" and "in the right order" as he waits for Creator/VincentVanGogh to complete a painting.
** And in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang "The Big Bang," Bang"]], this happens twice: [[spoiler: Amy is kept in suspended animation inside the Pandorica from 102 AD to 1996, while Rory stands guard outside, becoming "The Lone Centurion" of legend. Interestingly, this means that relatively, Rory is actually twice as old as the Doctor. He's able to keep the memories of it tucked away neatly most of the time, though: [[MakesSenseInContext happened to an Auton replica of him that got merged with his normal self when time was healed again]].]]



** Lampshaded in "Vincent and the Doctor," when the Doctor asks if time always moves "really slowly" and "in the right order" as he waits for Creator/VincentVanGogh to complete a painting.
** In the 2010 Christmas special "[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol A Christmas Carol]]," the Doctor attempts to change the ways of a cold-hearted tyrant Kazran (in order to convince him to help save a crashing starliner where Amy and Rory were honeymooning) by visiting Kazran as a child. During their first visit, they encountered Abigail, a beautiful woman who was forced to live in suspended animation to avoid dying of a mysterious disease. Over the next few years, the Doctor would visit Kazran every Christmas Eve, and they would bring Abigail out of her cold sleep to celebrate the holiday with them. So while the Doctor time-traveled from one Christmas Eve to the next and Abigail slept from one Christmas Eve to the next, Kazran ended up taking the slower path.

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** Lampshaded in "Vincent and the Doctor," when the Doctor asks if time always moves "really slowly" and "in the right order" as he waits for Creator/VincentVanGogh to complete a painting.
** In the [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol 2010 Christmas special "[[YetAnotherChristmasCarol A special]] [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol]]," Carol"]], the Doctor attempts to change the ways of a cold-hearted tyrant Kazran (in order to convince him to help save a crashing starliner where Amy and Rory were honeymooning) by visiting Kazran as a child. During their first visit, they encountered Abigail, a beautiful woman who was forced to live in suspended animation to avoid dying of a mysterious disease. Over the next few years, the Doctor would visit Kazran every Christmas Eve, and they would bring Abigail out of her cold sleep to celebrate the holiday with them. So while the Doctor time-traveled from one Christmas Eve to the next and Abigail slept from one Christmas Eve to the next, Kazran ended up taking the slower path.



** In "The Doctor's Wife", one of the things House does to MindRape Amy on the TARDIS is to make her believe this happened to Rory. At random intervals, Amy is separated from Rory by a sliding steel wall. She finds him a minute or two later, while much more time has passed for him. The first time, it's a few hours, and he's mildly annoyed. The second time, it's several decades and he's a seething mad, wizened old man. The final time, he's a withered skeleton surrounded by messages saying "HATE AMY" written in what looks like blood. Of course, it's all an illusion and present Rory comes round the corner just a moment later.
** In "The Girl Who Waited", Amy is separated from The Doctor and Rory and is stuck in a faster time stream. A few seconds for them is a week for her. When Rory manages to find her, 36 years have passed and Amy is '''not''' happy.
** Weaponised by the Doctor in "The Bells Of St John". He jumps forward to the morning so that the people searching for him have been at it all night and are less effective.
** Invoked and exploited multiple times in "The Day of the Doctor". Elizabeth I leaves standing orders to summon the Doctor if certain conditions are met, which takes several centuries. The Zygons use stasis cubes to hide in suspended animation inside paintings until Earth is advanced enough to be worth conquering. The War Doctor programs his sonic screwdriver to solve a complex problem and the Eleventh Doctor's centuries older screwdriver has the solution. The Doctors [[spoiler:have the First Doctor start calculating the solution to save Gallifrey so it will be solved by the time of the Eleventh Doctor]].
** ''The Time of the Doctor'' has the Eleventh Doctor spending 900 plus years on Trenzalore, whereas for Clara the episode takes place over the span of two hours. The first few centuries he at least had the excuse of not having the TARDIS, but the rest of the time he apparently didn't even touch it. In a twist on the [[MayflyDecemberRomance Mayfly/December]] relationship, the mortal (Clara) sees the near immortal (the Doctor) die of old age by the end of it. Don't worry, [[TheNthDoctor he regenerates.]]

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife", Wife"]], one of the things House does to MindRape Amy on the TARDIS is to make her believe this happened to Rory. At random intervals, Amy is separated from Rory by a sliding steel wall. She finds him a minute or two later, while much more time has passed for him. The first time, it's a few hours, and he's mildly annoyed. The second time, it's several decades and he's a seething mad, wizened old man. The final time, he's a withered skeleton surrounded by messages saying "HATE AMY" written in what looks like blood. Of course, it's all an illusion and present Rory comes round the corner just a moment later.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited "The Girl Who Waited", Waited"]], Amy is separated from The Doctor and Rory and is stuck in a faster time stream. A few seconds for them is a week for her. When Rory manages to find her, 36 years have passed and Amy is '''not''' happy.
** Weaponised by the Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn "The Bells Of St John".Saint John"]]. He jumps forward to the morning so that the people searching for him have been at it all night and are less effective.
** Invoked and exploited multiple times in [[Recap/DoctorWho50ASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor".Doctor"]]. Elizabeth I leaves standing orders to summon the Doctor if certain conditions are met, which takes several centuries. The Zygons use stasis cubes to hide in suspended animation inside paintings until Earth is advanced enough to be worth conquering. The War Doctor programs his sonic screwdriver to solve a complex problem and the Eleventh Doctor's centuries older screwdriver has the solution. The Doctors [[spoiler:have the First Doctor start calculating the solution to save Gallifrey so it will be solved by the time of the Eleventh Doctor]].
** ''The [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor'' Doctor"]] has the Eleventh Doctor spending 900 plus 900-plus years on Trenzalore, whereas for Clara the episode takes place over the span of two hours. The first few centuries he at least had the excuse of not having the TARDIS, but the rest of the time he apparently didn't even touch it. In a twist on the [[MayflyDecemberRomance Mayfly/December]] relationship, the mortal (Clara) sees the near immortal (the Doctor) die of old age by the end of it. Don't worry, [[TheNthDoctor he regenerates.]]]]
** ''All'' other examples ''pale'' in comparison to what the Doctor goes through as he attempts to escape his confession dial in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]], in which he spends ''four and a half billion'' years reliving the same few days over and over[[spoiler:[[note]]Albeit as fresh copy each time[[/note]]]], gradually punching his way through an impenetrable diamond-like wall, all the time grieving the death of his beloved companion.
** And ''that'' was outdone in the ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent very next episode]]'' when it's revealed that Ashildr [[TimeAbyss survived]] until ''the end of the universe'' apparently without travelling in time.



** Later retellings of "Planet of The Spiders" in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures claim that the third Doctor actually spent ten years in agony on the floor of the TARDIS before returning to UNIT to regenerate.
** In "The Crystal Bucephalus," the fifth Doctor spends three years as a restaurateur after being abandoned on a random planet in a different era (he's looking to get picked up by time-traveling restaurant critics from the title time-traveling restaurant).
** In "The Stone Rose," the Doctor reveals at the end that he'd taken three years off in the middle of the story to study sculpture under Michaelangelo in order to produce the title statue.
** In the animated story "The Infinite Quest," the Doctor spends three years on a prison planet raising a robot bird before he arrives just in time to rescue Martha, who took the TARDIS.
** The parody episode "Curse of Fatal Death" has a slight variation where the Master falls into a sewer which takes him ''three hundred and twelve years'' to crawl out of, before using his Tardis to return to just a few moments after he fell in. '''Three times'''. He keeps tally after each incident, and is ''very'' tired and put out after nine hundred and thirty six years of sewer climbing.
** The Creator/BigFinish audios:
*** In the audio [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho081TheKingmaker "The Kingmaker"]], Peri and Erimem, having been ditched thanks to a navigational error, have to spend two years with Richard III while waiting for the Doctor to arrive.
*** In the episode [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho045ProjectLazarus "Project: Lazarus"]], the Doctor tells a newly turned vampire that he'll be back really soon with a cure. Months later, he tries to find her just minutes after he left her behind, but the TARDIS suggests that he seeks her out half a year later in her relative time instead. The Doctor decides to trust the TARDIS and meets the girl again... only to find that she's had six months of utter misery and has been mentally broken by the vampire who turned her. She calls him out on it, ''really'' hard.
*** In [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho030SeasonsOfFear Seasons of Fear]] this happens to Sebastian Grayle, who has to wait 750 years to give his Masters [[spoiler:the Nimons]] a chance to invade again, while the Doctor just travels to the next location. In the intervening time WhoWantsToLiveForever goes into effect for Grayle, making him go FromNobodyToNightmare.
*** In [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDAS3E1Orbis Orbis]], the Eighth Doctor spends five hundred years on the titular planet before Lucie and the Headhunter come for him.
*** And in "Doing Time", a story in the [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho142TheDemonsOfRedLodge Demons of Red Lodge]] collection, averting an explosion inside a slow time field takes the Doctor several years, but it looks like only minutes to everybody else.
* However ''all'' of the above examples ''pale'' in comparison to what the Doctor goes through as he attempts to escape his confession dial in the episode "Heaven Sent" in which he spends ''four and a half billion'' years reliving the same few days over and over[[spoiler:[[note]]Albeit as fresh copy each time[[/note]]]], gradually punching his way through an impenetrable diamond-like wall, all the time grieving the death of his beloved companion.
** And ''that'' was outdone in the ''very next episode'' when it's revealed that Ashildr survived until the ''end of the universe'' apparently without travelling in time.

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** Later retellings of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders "Planet of The Spiders" Spiders"]] in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' claim that the third Third Doctor actually spent ten years in agony on the floor of the TARDIS before returning to UNIT to regenerate.
** In "The ''The Crystal Bucephalus," Bucephalus'', the fifth Doctor spends three years as a restaurateur after being abandoned on a random planet in a different era (he's looking to get picked up by time-traveling restaurant critics from the title time-traveling restaurant).
** In "The ''The Stone Rose," Rose'', the Doctor reveals at the end that he'd taken three years off in the middle of the story to study sculpture under Michaelangelo in order to produce the title statue.
** In the animated story [[Recap/DoctorWho2007TDWASTheInfiniteQuest "The Infinite Quest," Quest"]], the Doctor spends three years on a prison planet raising a robot bird before he arrives just in time to rescue Martha, who took the TARDIS.
** The parody episode "Curse "The Curse of Fatal Death" has a slight variation where the Master falls into a sewer which takes him ''three hundred and twelve years'' to crawl out of, before using his Tardis to return to just a few moments after he fell in. '''Three times'''. He keeps tally after each incident, and is ''very'' tired and put out after nine hundred and thirty six years of sewer climbing.
** * The Creator/BigFinish audios:
*** ** In the audio [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho081TheKingmaker "The Kingmaker"]], Peri and Erimem, having been ditched thanks to a navigational error, have to spend two years with Richard III while waiting for the Doctor to arrive.
*** ** In the episode [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho045ProjectLazarus "Project: Lazarus"]], the Doctor tells a newly turned vampire that he'll be back really soon with a cure. Months later, he tries to find her just minutes after he left her behind, but the TARDIS suggests that he seeks her out half a year later in her relative time instead. The Doctor decides to trust the TARDIS and meets the girl again... only to find that she's had six months of utter misery and has been mentally broken by the vampire who turned her. She calls him out on it, ''really'' hard.
*** ** In [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho030SeasonsOfFear Seasons "Seasons of Fear]] Fear"]] this happens to Sebastian Grayle, who has to wait 750 years to give his Masters [[spoiler:the Nimons]] a chance to invade again, while the Doctor just travels to the next location. In the intervening time WhoWantsToLiveForever goes into effect for Grayle, making him go FromNobodyToNightmare.
*** ** In [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDAS3E1Orbis Orbis]], "Orbis"]], the Eighth Doctor spends five hundred years on the titular planet before Lucie and the Headhunter come for him.
*** ** And in "Doing Time", a story in the [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho142TheDemonsOfRedLodge "The Demons of Red Lodge]] collection, Lodge"]], averting an explosion inside a slow time field takes the Doctor several years, but it looks like only minutes to everybody else.
* However ''all'' of the above examples ''pale'' in comparison to what the Doctor goes through as he attempts to escape his confession dial in the episode "Heaven Sent" in which he spends ''four and a half billion'' years reliving the same few days over and over[[spoiler:[[note]]Albeit as fresh copy each time[[/note]]]], gradually punching his way through an impenetrable diamond-like wall, all the time grieving the death of his beloved companion.
** And ''that'' was outdone in the ''very next episode'' when it's revealed that Ashildr survived until the ''end of the universe'' apparently without travelling in time.
7th Feb '17 4:40:20 PM Amahn
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** The episode ''1969'' has 2 examples.
*** When SG-1 are sent back to 1969 they meet a young Lieutenant Hammond, who thanks to a note from his future self helps them. He then has to take the long way to see them again as a General. It's also stated that his encounter with them was what led to the older him giving them the information they would need to get back, before they left. He could have even stopped them from going, but knew it would have created a paradox.
*** Then at the end of the episode when trying to get home they accidentally go too far into the future. An elderly woman greets them in a clearly deserted SGC. Sam recognizes her as Cassandra - a young preteen in their time. She knew they were coming and was waiting for them to return them to the proper time. Meaning at some point Sam told her when she would need to be there and gave her the necessary technology, and she took the slow path to do so.
3rd Feb '17 4:03:44 AM 1810072342
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* Slight variant version in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', since it involves dying and coming back rather than conventional time travel. The civilisation of Shurima fell aeons before the game's main setting point due to the scheming of Xerath, and the emperor Azir was killed in the process. When he is brought back to life by accident in the main setting point, he is as fresh as ever and is ready to remake Shurima's great reputation once again. The other Shuriman Ascended haven't had such an easy time of it - Nasus has become a solitary, somewhat tragic figure and Renekton has spent millennia sealed in a tomb with Xerath, which caused him to lose all grasp of reason and been twisted to side with Xerath instead (Xerath has been corrupting Renekton all these years and has been having a great time, although it did cause him to lose all restraint on his ambition as well).

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* Slight variant version in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', since it involves dying and coming back rather than conventional time travel. The civilisation of Shurima fell aeons before the game's main setting point due to the scheming of Xerath, and the emperor Azir was killed in the process. When he is brought back to life by accident in the main setting point, he is as fresh as ever and is ready to remake Shurima's great reputation once again. The other Shuriman Ascended haven't had such an easy time of it - Nasus has become a solitary, somewhat tragic figure and Renekton has spent millennia sealed in a tomb with Xerath, which caused him to lose all grasp of reason and been twisted to side with Xerath instead (Xerath has been corrupting Renekton all these years and as a result has been having a great time, although it did cause him to lose all restraint on his ambition as well).
3rd Feb '17 4:02:58 AM 1810072342
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** Not to mention your robot butler Codsworth, who not only survived the initial nuclear holocaust, but has also spent the past two centuries trying ([[AvertedTrope and failing]], [[RagnarokProofing of course]]) to keep the household maintained in order. He can hardly believe his processors when he sees you. [[spoiler:Also the Vault-Tec salesman from the prologue survived the Great War too, and now lives as a ghoul in Goodneighbour. He's not happy about how he's had to live through 200 years of nightmarish post-apocalyptic survival and discrimination, but he still wears the same suit as the day you met.]] And of course, there's Billy, a child ghoul who has been hiding in a fridge since the bombs dropped. For two hundred years. Stuck in a [[FridgeHorror fridge.]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis For. Two. Hundred. Years.]] [[/folder]]

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** Not to mention your robot butler Codsworth, who not only survived the initial nuclear holocaust, but has also spent the past two centuries trying ([[AvertedTrope and failing]], [[RagnarokProofing of course]]) to keep the household maintained in order. He can hardly believe his processors when he sees you. [[spoiler:Also the Vault-Tec salesman from the prologue survived the Great War too, and now lives as a ghoul in Goodneighbour. He's not happy about how he's had to live through 200 years of nightmarish post-apocalyptic survival and discrimination, but he still wears the same suit as the day you met.]] And of course, there's Billy, a child ghoul who has been hiding in a fridge since the bombs dropped. For two hundred years. Stuck in a [[FridgeHorror fridge.]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis For. Two. Hundred. Years.]] ]]
* Slight variant version in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', since it involves dying and coming back rather than conventional time travel. The civilisation of Shurima fell aeons before the game's main setting point due to the scheming of Xerath, and the emperor Azir was killed in the process. When he is brought back to life by accident in the main setting point, he is as fresh as ever and is ready to remake Shurima's great reputation once again. The other Shuriman Ascended haven't had such an easy time of it - Nasus has become a solitary, somewhat tragic figure and Renekton has spent millennia sealed in a tomb with Xerath, which caused him to lose all grasp of reason and been twisted to side with Xerath instead (Xerath has been corrupting Renekton all these years and has been having a great time, although it did cause him to lose all restraint on his ambition as well).
[[/folder]]
8th Jan '17 5:08:48 PM nombretomado
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** In "The Savage Time," the League travels back to World War II in order to stop VandalSavage from conquering the world, and Wonder Woman fights alongside special agent Steve Trevor while there. Once the League returns to their own time, Wonder Woman encounters Trevor again -- this time as an old man in a retirement home.

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** In "The Savage Time," the League travels back to World War II in order to stop VandalSavage ComicBook/VandalSavage from conquering the world, and Wonder Woman fights alongside special agent Steve Trevor while there. Once the League returns to their own time, Wonder Woman encounters Trevor again -- this time as an old man in a retirement home.
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