History Recap / DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion

12th Mar '17 1:28:29 AM AthenaBlue
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* LivingBattery: The Doctor says that the "pilot fish" could use him as one with his excess regeneration energy.
2nd Mar '17 11:41:42 PM AthenaBlue
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Written by Creator/RussellTDavies.






Mickey takes Rose out for a bit of last-minute Christmas shopping, where they are attacked by deadly robot Santas. Back at the flat, they are attacked by a deadly robot Christmas tree. The War On Christmas has never been so literal. The Doctor wakes up long enough to explain that the robot Santas aren't the threat -- they're just after the residual energy from his regeneration -- the ''real'' threat is the Sycorax warship that's just coming into view.

Meanwhile, about a third of humanity has zoned out and started climbing to the rooftops. This includes the Royal Family, but [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree Harriet Jones]], Prime Minister (Yes, [[RunningGag we know who she is]]) encourages the British people not to panic. This doesn't exactly work, as the Sycorax leader pops up and demands that either the leaders of Humanity sell half of the species into slavery... or that third will leap off the rooftops. Rose and her companions have been paying attention to what's going on, thanks to Mickey's hacking skills, and they all slide into the TARDIS.

Unfortunately, without anyone realising it, the TARDIS is quickly stolen up into the Sycorax spaceship. Rose and Mickey exit the TARDIS in shock, finding themselves alongside a delegation from the Earth led by Harriet Jones (Prime Minister) trying to bargain with the Sycorax. Mickey spilled tea all over some of the TARDIS controls as he went out to see what Rose was screaming about, but it seems to be fine aside from some random smoke and sparks. Rose, realizing how utterly screwed over everyone is without the Doctor, tries to bluff her way out of the problem by using random phrases and words she's picked up from the Doctor. It doesn't work.

Luckily, however, Rose has bought enough time for the Doctor to finally finish off his regeneration cycle. As it turns out, the tea that Mickey dropped was just enough to jump-start the Doctor back into consciousness. Within a few seconds, the Doctor gleefully bounces around their ship, gives them a speech, realizes it's from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and improvises a brief investigation instead, and decides that the Sycorax are simply bluffing -- that their blood control can't get people to kill themselves. All the while, he's running around and trying to figure out what kind of man this new body will make him. Manic and lucky, apparently. Within seconds, the Doctor challenges the Sycorax to a quick challenge for the fate of the Earth, to be decided in a sword-fight to the death. You know, the usual.

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Mickey takes Rose out for a bit of last-minute Christmas shopping, where they are attacked by deadly robot Santas. Back at the flat, they are attacked by a deadly robot Christmas tree. The War On on Christmas has never been so literal. The Doctor wakes up long enough to explain that the robot Santas aren't the threat -- they're just after the residual energy from his regeneration -- the ''real'' threat is the Sycorax warship that's just coming into view.

Meanwhile, about a third of humanity has zoned out and started climbing to the rooftops. This includes the Royal Family, but [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree Harriet Jones]], Prime Minister (Yes, [[RunningGag we know who she is]]) encourages the British people not to panic. This doesn't exactly work, as the Sycorax leader pops up and demands that either the leaders of Humanity sell half of the species into slavery...slavery . . . or that third will leap off the rooftops. Rose and her companions have been paying attention to what's going on, thanks to Mickey's hacking skills, and they all slide into the TARDIS.

Unfortunately, without anyone realising it, the TARDIS is quickly stolen up into the Sycorax spaceship. Rose and Mickey exit the TARDIS in shock, finding themselves alongside a delegation from the Earth led by Harriet Jones (Prime Minister) trying to bargain with the Sycorax. Mickey spilled dropped a thermos of tea all over some of on the TARDIS controls floor, dripping onto a light fixture, as he went out to see what Rose was screaming about, but it seems to be fine aside from some random smoke and sparks. Rose, realizing how utterly screwed over everyone is without the Doctor, tries to bluff her way out of the problem by using random phrases and words she's picked up from the Doctor. It doesn't work.

Luckily, however, Rose has bought enough time for the Doctor to finally finish off his regeneration cycle. As it turns out, the tea that Mickey dropped was just enough to jump-start the Doctor back into consciousness. Within a few seconds, the Doctor gleefully bounces around their ship, gives them a speech, realizes it's from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and improvises a brief investigation instead, and decides that the Sycorax are simply bluffing -- that their blood control can't get people to kill themselves. All the while, he's running around and trying to figure out what kind of man this new body will make him. Manic and lucky, apparently. Within seconds, the Doctor challenges the Sycorax to a quick challenge for the fate of the Earth, to be decided in a sword-fight swordfight to the death. You know, the usual.



...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 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!



* ArcWords: Harriet Jones, Prime Minister (yes we know who she is) calls '''Torchwood''' to take out the Sycorax warship.

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* ArcWords: ArcWords:
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Harriet Jones, Prime Minister (yes we know who she is) calls '''Torchwood''' to take out the Sycorax warship.



* AstronomicZoom: The beginning re-uses the zoom from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]]. The news broadcast shows one with the probe going to Mars.
* BackstabBackfire: After the Doctor wins their duel, the Sycorax leader gets up and charges him from behind. The Doctor (without looking or breaking his stride) throws the satsuma he's just found in his jim-jams at the hull switch, opening it under the Sycorax.
* BadassBoast: When someone wonders why Harriet Jones is speaking so casually about aliens as a matter of fact, she merely quips, "There's an act of Parliament banning my autobiography."

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* AstronomicZoom: ArtisticLicenceAstronomy: London seems a bit too sunny for a city at 51° north latitude four days after the Winter Solstice, don't you think? (See more at WritersCannotDoMath.)
* AstronomicZoom:
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The beginning re-uses the zoom from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]]. "Rose"]].
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The news broadcast shows one with the Guinevere 1 probe going to Mars.
* BackstabBackfire: After the Doctor wins their duel, the Sycorax leader gets up and charges him from behind. The Doctor (without looking or breaking his stride) throws the satsuma he's just found in his jim-jams dressing gown pocket at the hull switch, opening it under the Sycorax.
* BadassBoast: When someone Llewellyn wonders why Harriet Jones is speaking so casually about aliens as a matter of fact, she merely quips, "There's an act of Parliament banning my autobiography."



* CallBack: Harriet Jones makes a point of knowing the names of everyone she meets. The explanation isn't given, but since the last time she appeared she never learnt the name of the man Blon Slitheen murdered, it's likely to make sure she knows ''this time''.
** The camera focusing on the newly regenerated Tenth Doctor's face, as he's unconscious on the ground. This is more or less the exact same pose many of the classic Doctor's were in before and after their regenerations.

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* CallBack: CallBack:
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Harriet Jones makes a point of knowing the names of everyone she meets. The explanation isn't given, but since the last time she appeared she never learnt the name of the man Blon Slitheen murdered, it's likely to make sure she knows ''this time''.
** The camera focusing on the newly regenerated Tenth Doctor's face, as he's unconscious on the ground. This is more or less the exact same pose many of the classic Doctor's Doctors were in before and after their regenerations.



** This isn't the first time [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva the Doctor's regeneration almost failed]]... or, for that matter, he spent a portion of the adventure sleeping.
** The Doctor's hand regrowth is also seen by some fans as an explanation of how Romana managed to do "trial" regenerations at the beginning of "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks}} Destiny of the Daleks]]".

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** This isn't the first time [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva the Doctor's regeneration almost failed]]...failed]] . . . or, for that matter, he spent a portion of the adventure sleeping.
** The Doctor's hand regrowth is also seen by some fans as an explanation of how Romana managed to do "trial" regenerations at the beginning of "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks}} Destiny [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks "Destiny of the Daleks]]".Daleks"]].



-->'''Mickey:''' Oh, yeah. Tell me more about the Doctor, because I just ''love'' hearing about him. "This one time, the TARDIS landed in a big yellow garden full of balloons!"

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-->'''Mickey:''' Oh, yeah. Tell me more about the Doctor, yeah, because I just ''love'' hearing stories about him.the TARDIS. "This one time, the TARDIS landed in a big yellow garden full of balloons!"



* {{Eagleland}}: The United States immediately demands to take over the situation... not that Harriet cares.

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* {{Eagleland}}: The United States immediately demands to take over the situation...situation . . . not that Harriet cares.



* LimbSensationFascination: When the Doctor's hand gets chopped off, shortly after his regeneration, there's a short focus on it as he grows a new one. "I've got just enough residual cellular energy -- to do this." (''regrows hand'') "...Wanna know the best bit? This new hand is a ''fightin''' hand."

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* LimbSensationFascination: When the Doctor's hand gets chopped off, shortly after his regeneration, there's a short focus on it as he grows a new one. "I've got just enough residual cellular energy -- to do this." (''regrows hand'') "...". . . Wanna know the best bit? This new hand is a ''fightin''' hand."



* MoralDissonance: The Doctor deposes Harriet Jones, Prime Minister (yes we know who she is), violating his own standards of not altering major historical events... and nobody ever, ever pulls him up on it. Not in this episode or anywhere else in the series.

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* MoralDissonance: The Doctor deposes Harriet Jones, Prime Minister (yes we know who she is), violating his own standards of not altering major historical events...events . . . and nobody ever, ever pulls him up on it. Not in this episode or anywhere else in the series.



* PopCulturedBadass: Ten, starting as he means to go on, quotes the ''Lion King'' and references Arthur Dent.
* RationalizingTheOverkill: Harriet Jones,Prime Minister, justifies her blasting of the Sycorax spaceship out of the sky by saying that though the Doctor scared them off, who's to say they wouldn't have turned right around and attacked once The Doctor was gone, just like their leader did after being defeated ''and giving his solemn word on the blood of his race''. Thus, she had to MakeAnExampleOfThem to show that Earth could defend itself without him.
* ReplacementScrappy: In-universe, this is how Rose views the Tenth Doctor initially. She warms up to him later.
* SkewedPriorities: Before dealing with the MonsterOfTheWeek, the Doctor asks Rose how his latest regeneration looks and then throws a tantrum about how he's not ginger.

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* PopCulturedBadass: Ten, starting as he means to go on, quotes the ''Lion ''The Lion King'' and references Arthur Dent.
* RationalizingTheOverkill: Harriet Jones,Prime Jones, Prime Minister, justifies her blasting of the Sycorax spaceship out of the sky by saying that though the Doctor scared them off, who's to say they wouldn't have turned right around and attacked once The Doctor was gone, just like their leader did after being defeated ''and giving his solemn word on the blood of his race''. Thus, she had to MakeAnExampleOfThem to show that Earth could defend itself without him.
* ReplacementScrappy: In-universe, this is how Rose initially views the Tenth Doctor initially.Doctor. She warms up to him later.
* SkewedPriorities: Before dealing with the MonsterOfTheWeek, the Doctor asks Rose how his latest regeneration looks and then throws a tantrum about how is somewhat peeved to discover he's not ginger. ginger.



** He also tries to convince the Sycorax that HumansAreSpecial by saying "Look at these people. These human beings. Consider their potential... [[Disney/TheLionKing from the day they arrive on the planet and blinking, step into the sun... there's more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than]] -- [[LampshadeHanging no, hold on.]] Sorry, that's ''The Lion King.''"

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** He also tries to convince the Sycorax that HumansAreSpecial by saying "Look at these people. These human beings. Consider their potential...potential . . . [[Disney/TheLionKing from the day they arrive on the planet and blinking, step into the sun... there's more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than]] -- [[LampshadeHanging no, hold on.]] Sorry, that's ''The Lion King.''"



* SophisticatedAsHell: The Sycorax deliver an ultimatum demanding the Earth's every last resource, which is all fine and threatening until they end it with "[[BadassBoast Sycorax strong]], [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sycorax mighty]], [[RuleOfThree Sycorax]] [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers rock]]!!!" (and no, this is not a BlindIdiotTranslation, as Harriet's assistant clarifies, "...as in the modern sense, they ''rock''.")

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* SophisticatedAsHell: The Sycorax deliver an ultimatum demanding the Earth's every last resource, which is all fine and threatening until they end it with "[[BadassBoast Sycorax strong]], [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sycorax mighty]], [[RuleOfThree Sycorax]] [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers rock]]!!!" (and no, this is not a BlindIdiotTranslation, as Harriet's assistant clarifies, "...". . . as in the modern sense, they ''rock''.")



* SpotOfTea

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* SpotOfTeaSpotOfTea:



* TakeThat: When the British PM is told that the President of the US has requested control of the FirstContact, she responds, and makes sure to inform the UNIT officer who informs her of this to reply exactly, that he is ''not'' her boss, and he's not turning the situation into a war.
* TitleDrop: Jackie uses the words "Doctor ''Who?''" in the series' RunningGag.
* WackyWaysideTribe: The Pilot Fish attack The Doctor, Rose, Jackie and Mickey early in the episode and are never heard from again after The Doctor destroys their Christmas Tree saw.

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* TakeThat: When the British PM is told that the President of the US has requested control of the FirstContact, she responds, and makes sure to inform the UNIT officer who informs tells her of this to reply exactly, that he is ''not'' her boss, and he's not turning the situation into a war.
* TitleDrop: Jackie uses the words "Doctor ''Who?''" ''who?''" in the series' long-standing RunningGag.
* WackyWaysideTribe: The Pilot Fish attack The the Doctor, Rose, Jackie and Mickey early in the episode and are never heard from again after The the Doctor destroys their Christmas Tree saw.of Doom.
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* MauveShirt: Mister Llewellyn and the UNIT Major, who are beamed to the Sycorax ship with Harriet Jones, and killed shortly after.

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* MauveShirt: Mister Llewellyn and the UNIT Major, Major Blake, who are beamed to the Sycorax ship with Harriet Jones, and killed shortly after.



* TheNthDoctor: Regeneration is explored

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* TheNthDoctor: Regeneration is exploredexplored:



* ParanoiaGambit: The Doctor's "six words" that bring down Harriet Jones's government are to tell her aide "Don't you think she looks tired," then refuse to tell Jones herself what he said, leaving her to worry herself into a total mess who really does look agitated and exhausted.

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* ParanoiaGambit: The Doctor's "six words" that bring down Harriet Jones's government are to tell her aide "Don't you think she looks tired," tired?", then refuse to tell Jones herself what he said, leaving her to worry herself into a total mess who really does look agitated and exhausted.



* SophisticatedAsHell: The Sycorax deliver an ultimatum demanding the Earth's every last resource, which is all fine and threatening until they end it with "[[BadassBoast Sycorax strong]], [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sycorax mighty]], [[RuleOfThree Sycorax]] [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers rock]]" (and no, this is not a BlindIdiotTranslation, as Harriet's assistant clarifies, "...as in the modern sense, they ''rock''.")

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* SophisticatedAsHell: The Sycorax deliver an ultimatum demanding the Earth's every last resource, which is all fine and threatening until they end it with "[[BadassBoast Sycorax strong]], [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sycorax mighty]], [[RuleOfThree Sycorax]] [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers rock]]" rock]]!!!" (and no, this is not a BlindIdiotTranslation, as Harriet's assistant clarifies, "...as in the modern sense, they ''rock''.")



* SwordFight: Between the Doctor and the Sycorax champion.

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* SwordFight: Between the Doctor and the Sycorax champion.leader.
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* DisneyVillainDeath: The [[BigBad Sycorax Leader]] has a particularly nasty one here. Like in most [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] movies, you never see the body, but boy, that was a very LOOOOOOOOOONG fall there.



* DisneyVillainDeath: The [[BigBad Sycorax Leader]] has a particularly nasty one here. Like in most [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] movies, you never see the body, but boy, that was a very LOOOOOOOOOONG fall there.

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* DisneyVillainDeath: EdibleAmmunition: The [[BigBad Sycorax Leader]] has a particularly nasty one here. Like in most [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] movies, you never see the body, but boy, that was a very LOOOOOOOOOONG fall there.satsuma.


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* FruitOfTheLoon: As provided by Jackie's friend Howard, who regularly keeps snacks in the pockets of his dressing gown.
8th Feb '17 12:26:54 AM AthenaBlue
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-->'''Mickey:''' Oh, yeah. Tell me more about the Doctor, because I just ''love'' hearing about him. "This one time, the TARDIS landed in a big yellow garden, full of balloons!"

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-->'''Mickey:''' Oh, yeah. Tell me more about the Doctor, because I just ''love'' hearing about him. "This one time, the TARDIS landed in a big yellow garden, garden full of balloons!"
8th Feb '17 12:25:45 AM AthenaBlue
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* AnAssKickingChristmas: Starting a NewWho tradition, complete with a [[SwordFight swordfight]], severed limb and WaveMotionGun.

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* AnAssKickingChristmas: Starting a NewWho [=NewWho=] tradition, complete with a [[SwordFight swordfight]], severed limb and WaveMotionGun.
8th Feb '17 12:25:18 AM AthenaBlue
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* AnAssKickingChristmas: Starting a NewWho tradition, complete with a [[SwordFight swordfight]], severed limb and WaveMotionGun.



* ChristmasEpisode: It's Christmas in London and therefore supposed to be a 'day of peace'. Because the Sycorax don't respect this, [[AnAssKickingChristmas The Doctor has to kick their ass]]. Then Harriet Jones, Prime Minister, blows their ship out of the sky.

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* ChristmasEpisode: It's Christmas in London and therefore supposed to be a 'day of peace'. Because the Sycorax don't respect this, [[AnAssKickingChristmas The the Doctor has to kick their ass]]. Then Harriet Jones, Prime Minister, blows their ship out of the sky.



** On seeing the Sycorax, Mr. Llewellyn wonders if they're actually Martians. The UNIT Major dryly informs him that Martians look ''completely'' different.

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** On seeing the Sycorax, Mr. Llewellyn wonders if they're actually Martians.[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E3TheIceWarriors Martians]]. The UNIT Major dryly informs him that Martians look ''completely'' different.
8th Feb '17 12:21:25 AM AthenaBlue
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-->'''The Doctor''' I need...\\

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-->'''The Doctor''' Doctor:''' I need...\\
8th Feb '17 12:21:02 AM AthenaBlue
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-->'''Doctor''' I need...\\

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-->'''Doctor''' -->'''The Doctor''' I need...\\



'''Doctor:''' I ''need'' you to '''''shut up'''''!

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'''Doctor:''' '''The Doctor:''' I ''need'' you to '''''shut up'''''!
8th Feb '17 12:19:12 AM AthenaBlue
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* BigEater: [[TheGhost Howard]], the original owner of the pajamas and robe the Doctor ends up wearing, judging by the fact that he keeps fruit in the pockets of his robe because "he gets hungry in his sleep".
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