History Recap / DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion

14th Sep '17 9:29:09 PM Jake18
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* SickEpisode: The spends most of the episode unconscious in bed at Rose's house while he recovers from the recent physical trauma of his regeneration, occasionally gasping up wisps of yellow energy. Which apparently inconveniently attracted an alien invasion.

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* SickEpisode: The Doctor spends most of the episode unconscious in bed at Rose's house while he recovers from the recent physical trauma of his regeneration, occasionally gasping up wisps of yellow energy. Which apparently inconveniently attracted an alien invasion.
19th Aug '17 2:21:44 PM ClintEastwood
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* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: At one point, the protagonists come under threat from a Christmas tree.



* BloodMagic: The Sycorax use "blood control" to hypnotize a third of the population of Earth. Technically it's Magic from Technology, but one of the UNIT characters commented that it appeared like they were casting a spell. The Sycorax reverse-engineered their technology from invaders, and think of it as magic.



* CelebrityParadox: The Doctor makes reference to Arthur Dent. But Douglas Adams, who wrote the ''Hitchhiker's Guide'' books, also did writing work on ''Doctor Who'' in the 1970s.

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* CelebrityParadox: The Doctor makes reference to Arthur Dent. But Douglas Adams, Creator/DouglasAdams, who wrote the ''Hitchhiker's Guide'' ''[[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker's Guide]]'' books, also did writing work on ''Doctor Who'' in the 1970s.


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* DontTouchItYouIdiot: Lampshaded: The Doctor discovers the "Big Red Button" the Sycorax are using to control any human with A+ blood, and says, "How am I gonna react when I see this? A great, big, threatening button. A great, big, threatening button which must not be pressed under any circumstances, am I right? [...] Which leaves us with a great, big, stinkin' problem. I really don't know who I am. I don't know when to stop. So if I see a great, big, threatening button which should never, ever, EVER be pressed, then I just want to do this." (Presses the button)
* DoubleEntendre: Jackie's comment when Rose was explaining to her about how the Doctor has two hearts. This while she's eyeing him up and down.
-->Anything else he's got two of?
* DuelToTheDeath: The Doctor duels with the Sycorax leader. After winning, the Doctor graciously decided to let him live (despite the fact the aliens had come to enslave humanity and had previously killed two diplomatic aides in cold blood), but when the humiliated alien captain attacked the Doctor from behind, the Doctor finished him off by dropping him off the edge of the spaceship hovering over London. By throwing a satsuma at the release button.


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* EvilSoundsDeep: The Sycorax leader has a low, rough voice.


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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Rose remarks that the Doctor has two hearts.
-->'''Jackie''': Anything else he's got two of?
** For an added bonus, Jackie is clearly looking at the Doctor's crotch while she says that line.
* HamToHamCombat: The Doctor argues with the Sycorax leader.
-->'''Sycorax''': I DEMAND TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE!
-->'''The Doctor''': I! DON'T! KNOW!!
* HeHadAName: Harriet Jones is shown making a point of asking even minor flunkies she talks to for their names. It's not explained why she does it, but it was probably meant as a ContinuityNod to show that, even without the Doctor getting all self-righteous about it, she learned her lesson from her previous appearance.


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* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: The episode appears to be nothing but a ChristmasEpisode to [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establish]] the newly regenerated Tenth Doctor but it actually set up many events for the next seasons. There's the first appearance of the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts Torchwood Institute]], the santa robots come back during [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride Donna's first appearance]], the Doctor [[NiceJobBreakingItHero deposing Harriet Jones, Prime Minister]] ultimately results in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums Harold Saxon taking her place]] and last but not least, the Doctor's severed hand is later retrieved by Jack Harkness and become important to both this series and the spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.


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* LowerDecksEpisode: The Doctor spends most of the story unconscious, leaving most of the action up until the end focused on UNIT and the prime minister.
* MarsNeedsWomen: Parodied; the Scyorax demand our minerals, our cattle, and our women. The reference to women was edited out of the spoken dialogue, but one of the characters has a translator and the text can be seen on its screen.


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* OffhandBackhand: The Doctor pulls this on the Sycorax leader with a satsuma.


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* PardonMyKlingon: Just after making a big deal out of the translation mechanism, the Doctor lapses into Sycorax when insulting the alien leader. Since the TranslatorMicrobes are linked to the Doctor's mind, it's not quite clear whether he's doing this for effect, or it's a suspiciously timed failure of his still-unstable mind. An ExpandedUniverse story claimed previously that the TranslatorMicrobes have a "swear filter".


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* PowerWalk: After defeating the Sycorax leader, the Doctor's Power Walk is coupled with the dialogue in classic Western-showdown form "No second chances. I'm that sort of a man."
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: In a quite controversial moment, the Doctor gets Harriet Jones fired for destroying the Sycorax when they were retreating. There are good points to be said for both of them, however the Doctor just uses it to portray her as the monster. This, despite him killing the Sycorax leader for not honouring the bargain earlier, and how the Sycorax might have ended up attacking another planet. Ten uses this as an excuse to bring down Harriet Jones in a contrived and ridiculous manner, thus changing history and cheating Britain out of its Golden age. In other stories the Doctor was very adamantly criticising others for trying to change history, even if they thought it was for the better. And stories like ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' seem to show the Doctor changed history for the worse.
* PsychicAssistedSuicide: The Sycorax threaten to do this by taking control of about a third of the Earth and making them all march to the nearest high place. They'll order them to jump if their demands weren't met. It turns out to be a bluff the form of mind control used can't overcome the survival instinct.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: The Sycorax leader and the newly-regenerated Doctor both speak like this: "I DEMAND TO KNOW. WHO. YOU. ARE!" "I. DON'T. KNOW!"
** Also, the Doctor's Declaration of Protection:
-->By the ancient rites of combat, I forbid you to scavenge here for the rest of time. And when you go back to the stars and tell others of this planet, when you tell them of its riches, its people, its potential, when you talk of the Earth, then make sure that you tell them this... '''IT! IS! DEFENDED!'''


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* ResurrectionSickness: The Doctor briefly becomes extremely erratic and irrational before collapsing into a dramatic coma which lasts for most of the episode, and at one point, thanks to being woken up too early, his ''brain almost collapses''.


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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: The Doctor deliberately creats one of these to get Harriet Jones kicked out of office, saying he could bring her government down with 6 words. "Don't you think she looks tired?" whispered in someone's ear. This got spread around, until there was a huge controversy regarding her health. Meanwhile, the stress of her not knowing what he said, and the resulting media circus, actually affected her health and she ended up kicked out of office.


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* SickEpisode: The spends most of the episode unconscious in bed at Rose's house while he recovers from the recent physical trauma of his regeneration, occasionally gasping up wisps of yellow energy. Which apparently inconveniently attracted an alien invasion.


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* TranquilFury: The Doctor kills the Sycorax leader by irising open the floor beneath his feet, announcing, "No second chances. I'm that sort of man." Moments later, he has a second moment against the Prime Minister, after she shoots down the retreating fleet, killing thousands needlessly, as he sees it. He talks over her pleas, saying "I could bring down your government with a single word... no... six words. Six." He then turns and whispers to her aide, "Don't you think she looks tired?" This ''alters the course of history'' and strongly reverberates all the way through to the end of Series 3 of ''Doctor Who'' and the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' miniseries ''[[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth Children of Earth]]''. Between Harriet Jones' speech proving that sometimes the StrawmanHasAPoint and the aftermath, this has gone from a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome to a WhatTheHellHero moment.
* TwistedChristmas: The Tenth Doctor's first adventure had him spending most of the day going through regenerative sickness, almost being killed by a Christmas tree, and then had his triumphant moment getting rid of the aliens spoiled by Torchwood shooting the alien ship down. And he has a huge falling out with Harriet Jones, Prime Minister, which ends with him getting her sacked, destroying "Britain's Golden Age".


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* WoundedHeroWeakerHelper: The Doctor needs to be cared for by Rose (and to a lesser extent Mickey and Jackie), and they have to try to deal with the alien invasion for him while he recuperates.
11th Jul '17 1:07:20 AM Statzkeen
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* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: A common complaint about the Doctor's ability to have his "Don't you think she looks tired?" comment turn into a successful vote of no confidence, where he implies that he and only he could speak a sentence that would result in the whole country turning against someone.
6th Jul '17 5:38:00 PM TimeLordVictorious
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It's become traditional for a new Doctor's first story to deal with regeneration trauma. The Tenth's is fairly mild -- compared to, say, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E7TheTwinDilemma the Sixth's brief homicidal mania]] -- and consists of him spending Christmas unconscious in bed. It's rather close to the Fifth Doctor's regeneration process, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva where the Doctor spent a lot of time sleeping before running around a lot]].

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It's become traditional for a new Doctor's first story to deal with regeneration trauma. The Tenth's is fairly mild -- compared to, say, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E7TheTwinDilemma the Sixth's brief homicidal mania]] ([[BrickJoke He thankfully didn't wear a technicolor coat this time]]) -- and consists of him spending Christmas unconscious in bed. It's rather close to the Fifth Doctor's regeneration process, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva where the Doctor spent a lot of time sleeping before running around a lot]].
6th Jul '17 2:17:09 AM goldenroad
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... until Harriet Jones has them shot out of the sky by Series/{{Torchwood}} London. The Doctor, suddenly quite serious, decides to say a few simple words to begin the end her time as Prime Minister ("Don't you think she looks tired?" to her aide) and then he and Rose go off into the TARDIS and fly off all happily, though a bit troubled by the fact that the government of the UK is now crashing quickly and the "Christmas snow" is really ash from the Sycorax spaceship. Merry Christmas, everyone!

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... until RealityEnsues and Harriet Jones has them shot out of the sky by Series/{{Torchwood}} London. The Doctor, suddenly quite serious, decides to say a few simple words to begin the end her time as Prime Minister ("Don't you think she looks tired?" to her aide) and then he and Rose go off into the TARDIS and fly off all happily, though a bit troubled by the fact that the government of the UK is now crashing quickly and the "Christmas snow" is really ash from the Sycorax spaceship. Merry Christmas, everyone!
27th Jun '17 7:19:27 PM Maddoxsort
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The one where the Doctor's bummed he's rude and not ginger.
27th Jun '17 7:18:32 PM Maddoxsort
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-->''"I'm gonna get killed by a '''Christmas tree!!'''"''

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-->''"I'm gonna get killed by a '''Christmas tree!!'''"''tree!!'''"''
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27th Jun '17 7:18:04 PM Maddoxsort
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-->''"I'm gonna get killed by a '''Christmas tree!!'''"''
6th Jun '17 3:29:30 AM JackG
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** The Doctor deposing Harriet Jones creates a power vacuum (and according to WordOfGod, a disturbance in the timeline) that leads to the rise of Harold Saxon, the BigBad of Season 29.

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** The Doctor deposing Harriet Jones creates a power vacuum (and according to WordOfGod, a disturbance in the disrupted timeline) that leads to the rise of Harold Saxon, the BigBad of Season 29.
6th Jun '17 3:28:12 AM JackG
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Guinevere-1 probe has a sample of human blood on it, which is what allows the Sycorax to hold all those people hostage with blood control.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: NiceJobBreakingItHero:
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The Guinevere-1 probe has a sample of human blood on it, which is what allows the Sycorax to hold all those people hostage with blood control.control.
** The Doctor deposing Harriet Jones creates a power vacuum (and according to WordOfGod, a disturbance in the timeline) that leads to the rise of Harold Saxon, the BigBad of Season 29.
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