History Recap / DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe

4th Jul '17 5:05:11 AM Maddoxsort
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** Also, regarding the shooting of the scenes with Matt Smith in the spacesuit helmet, his hair coif was too poofy to fit inside the helmet as it was, resulting in it being combed down into a rather cute pile of fluff.
4th Jul '17 5:03:12 AM Maddoxsort
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The one where a widow is non-widowed and the Doctor put his helmet on backwards.
18th Jun '17 9:07:38 AM JackG
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* WomenDrivers: Madge bump into lots of things while driving the Doctor to the phone box. She doesn't fare much better when she hijacks a HumongousMecha; the Doctor calls it a total write off. She does pretty well at traversing the Time Vortex, but accidentally goes further into the past then she needed to before landing in the right era.

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* WomenDrivers: Madge bump bumps into lots of things while driving the Doctor to the phone box. She doesn't fare much better when she hijacks a HumongousMecha; the Doctor calls it a total write off. She does pretty well at traversing the Time Vortex, but accidentally goes further into the past then she needed to before landing in the right era.
18th Jun '17 8:50:36 AM JackG
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* AnswerCut: Madge tells her husband that if people keep talking about war one will happen, "And then where would you be?" Cut to her husband flying a bomber.
3rd Jun '17 8:20:09 AM StFan
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[[caption-width-right:350:Typical Doctor, with his [[BiggerOnTheInside dimensionally impossible presents]] . . .]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Typical Doctor, with his [[BiggerOnTheInside dimensionally impossible presents]] . . .presents]]...]]



* AskAStupidQuestion: When the Doctor wonders aloud about who would ever open their Christmas present early, Lily just stares at him. He answers his own question: ". . . Shut up . . . Everyone."

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* AskAStupidQuestion: When the Doctor wonders aloud about who would ever open their Christmas present early, Lily just stares at him. He answers his own question: ". . . "... Shut up . . .up... Everyone."



* ChekhovsGun: It gets lost in the Doctor's rapid-fire . . . Doctoriness, but the children's bedroom has a "selection of torches for midnight feasts or secret reading"; lo and behold everyone has their own torch when they pass through the portal.

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* ChekhovsGun: It gets lost in the Doctor's rapid-fire . . .rapid-fire... Doctoriness, but the children's bedroom has a "selection of torches for midnight feasts or secret reading"; lo and behold everyone has their own torch when they pass through the portal.



** The Doctor's line about being fancied by a tree is a nod to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld "The End of the World"]].

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** The Doctor's line about being fancied by a tree is a nod to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld The End of the World"]].World]]".



* InternalHomage: This is the second time in ''Series/DoctorWho'' that a massive forest, killed off by industrialisation, seeks refuge inside a woman's mind. The first time was in the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho020LoupsGaroux "Loups-Garoux"]].

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* InternalHomage: This is the second time in ''Series/DoctorWho'' that a massive forest, killed off by industrialisation, seeks refuge inside a woman's mind. The first time was in the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho020LoupsGaroux "Loups-Garoux"]]."[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho020LoupsGaroux Loups-Garoux]]".



* NoAntagonist: None of the factions which appear in the episode are antagonists, even if it does not appear this way at first. The harvesters are unable to do anything to help the other characters, and the trees are only trying to save their race. The main characters even cooperate with them at the end and they part ways without either side being harmed. This is quite a contrast to all previous Christmas specials, as well as most other episodes. (This obviously ignores the big spaceship seen in the opening, but they barely have any effect on the main plot anyway . . .)

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* NoAntagonist: None of the factions which appear in the episode are antagonists, even if it does not appear this way at first. The harvesters are unable to do anything to help the other characters, and the trees are only trying to save their race. The main characters even cooperate with them at the end and they part ways without either side being harmed. This is quite a contrast to all previous Christmas specials, as well as most other episodes. (This obviously ignores the big spaceship seen in the opening, but they barely have any effect on the main plot anyway . . .anyway...)



* OhCrap: The lead interrogator says that he knows there's no way Madge will ever shoot him. Then she tells him that [[MamaBear she's looking for her children]] . . .

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* OhCrap: The lead interrogator says that he knows there's no way Madge will ever shoot him. Then she tells him that [[MamaBear she's looking for her children]] . . .children]]...



** The opening of the ActionPrologue homages ''Film/ANewHope'' (the gigantic alien spaceship flying over the camera), ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' (the StandardSnippet of "Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra") and ''Franchise/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' (the aliens' message beginning "People of Earth . . .")

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** The opening of the ActionPrologue homages ''Film/ANewHope'' (the gigantic alien spaceship flying over the camera), ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' (the StandardSnippet of "Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra") and ''Franchise/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' (the aliens' message beginning "People of Earth . . .Earth...")



** "This is one of the safest planets I know! There's never any danger here . . . [[LampshadeHanging There are sentences I should just keep away from."]]

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** "This is one of the safest planets I know! There's never any danger here . . .here... [[LampshadeHanging There are sentences I should just keep away from."]]



--->'''Madge:''' Not the war again . . . People keep reading about the war, then it will actually happen! ''Then'' where would you be?\\

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--->'''Madge:''' Not the war again . . .again... People keep reading about the war, then it will actually happen! ''Then'' where would you be?\\
10th May '17 8:49:25 PM AthenaBlue
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->'''The Doctor:''' I can't see. I'm blind!
->'''Madge Arwell:''' Oh no, love, no. I think you've just got your helmet on backwards. How did you manage that?
->'''The Doctor:''' I got dressed in a hurry.

The one with talking trees.

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->'''The Doctor:''' I can't see. I'm blind!
->'''Madge
blind!\\
'''Madge
Arwell:''' Oh no, love, no. I think you've just got your helmet on backwards. How did you manage that?
->'''The
that?\\
'''The
Doctor:''' I got dressed in a hurry.

The one with talking trees.
hurry.



* AdultFear: This episode involves a lot this. Imagine, your children are lost in the wilderness, with a very strange man you don't trust, and now people are telling you that the whole area is about to become horrifically dangerous and anyone within is doomed. When Madge pulls a gun on them, the workers don't believe for a second that she'd use it. Until she says the words "[[MamaBear I'm looking for my children]]." Then they know she is ''very'' serious.
* ArtMajorBiology: In contrast to the Doctor's slightly mystical technobabble explaining the plot twist, in real life, there's no universal "male" and "female" dichotomy in biology, and pine trees are themselves an exception to it, bearing both male and female organs on the same tree. Then again, these are ''alien'' trees so there might be a difference between them and the Earth variety.

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* AdultFear: This episode involves a lot of this. Imagine, your children are lost in the wilderness, with a very strange man you don't trust, and now people are telling you that the whole area is about to become horrifically dangerous and anyone within is doomed. When Madge pulls a gun on them, the workers don't believe for a second that she'd use it. Until she says the words "[[MamaBear I'm looking for my children]]." children.]]" Then they know she is ''very'' serious.
* ArtMajorBiology: In contrast to the Doctor's slightly mystical technobabble explaining the plot twist, in real life, there's no universal "male" and "female" dichotomy in biology, and pine trees are themselves an exception to it, bearing both male and female organs on the same tree. Then again, these are ''alien'' trees trees, so there might be a difference between them and the Earth variety.



* BlitzEvacuees: Madge and her kids are fleeing the war and enter an eccentric caretaker who takes them on a magical (ClarkesThirdLaw) adventure.

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* BlitzEvacuees: Madge and her kids are fleeing the war war, and enter encounter an eccentric caretaker who takes them on a magical (ClarkesThirdLaw) adventure.



** The trees' plan to recruit a human as a pilot is similar to that of the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger Aickman road TARDIS-knockoff]].

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** The trees' plan to recruit a human as a pilot is similar to that of the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger Aickman road Road TARDIS-knockoff]].



** The Doctor's line about being fancied by a tree is a nod to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld "The End Of the World"]].

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** The Doctor's line about being fancied by a tree is a nod to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld "The End Of of the World"]].



-->'''Head Soldier:''' There's nothing you could say that would convince me you'd ever use that gun.\\

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-->'''Head Soldier:''' -->'''Droxil:''' There's nothing you could say that would convince me you'd ever use that gun.\\



'''Head Soldier:''' ''[[OhCrap [suddenly looks quite convinced he might get shot]]]''

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'''Head Soldier:''' ''[[OhCrap [suddenly '''Droxil:''' ''[[[OhCrap suddenly looks quite convinced he might get shot]]]''



* HairpinLockpick: Madge uses one to unlock the first police box she finds for her space suit angel. It's not the TARDIS.

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* HairpinLockpick: Madge uses one to unlock the first police box she finds for her space suit spacesuit angel. It's not the TARDIS.



'''Droxil:''' (''suddenly looks quite convinced he might get shot'')

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'''Droxil:''' (''suddenly ''[suddenly looks quite convinced he might get shot'')shot]''



* MotherhoodIsSuperior: The theme ranges from the sci-fi angle where the futuristic tree harvestors are outwitted and captured by motherly instinct to the fantasy angle where the tree people reject males (even the Doctor) as their vessel because "You are weak", but accept females -- Madge in particular -- as "the mothership". How else does life travel?

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* MotherhoodIsSuperior: The theme ranges from the sci-fi angle angle, where the futuristic tree harvestors harvesters are outwitted and captured by motherly instinct instinct, to the fantasy angle where the tree people reject males (even the Doctor) as their vessel because "You are weak", but accept females -- Madge in particular -- as "the mothership". How else does life travel?



-->'''The Doctor:''' Oh, aliens made of ''wood''! ''*mutters at sonic screwdriver*'' This was always going to happen, you know.

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-->'''The Doctor:''' Oh, aliens made of ''wood''! ''*mutters ''[mutters at sonic screwdriver*'' screwdriver]'' This was always going to happen, you know.



** The walker [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds has three legs.]]

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** The walker [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds has three legs.]]legs]].



(''most tragic GilliganCut ever'')

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(''most ''[most tragic GilliganCut ever'')ever]''



** What happened to the other crew aboard Reg's plane?
** What happened to the people Madge was expecting to be waiting for them at the house? Although it isn't mentioned in the episode, Maurice Cole mentions in an interview that they won the lottery, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion which the Doctor]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime often]] [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol arranges.]]

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** What happened to the other rest of the crew aboard Reg's plane?
** What happened to the people Madge was expecting to be waiting for them at the house? Although it isn't mentioned in the episode, Maurice Cole mentions in an interview that they won the lottery, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion which the Doctor]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime often]] [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol arranges.]]arranges]].
9th May '17 11:00:34 PM bowserbros
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The one with talking trees.
29th Apr '17 4:04:32 PM DustSnitch
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* ClarkesThirdLaw: Subverted by Madge, who cons the workers into putting down their guns by fooling them into thinking she's overcome by the futuristic and alien setting.


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* GoodIsNotSoft: A kind and loving wife and mother-who pulls a gun on three soldiers standing in her way.
-->'''Head Soldier:''' There's nothing you could say that would convince me you'd ever use that gun.\\
'''Madge:''' I'm looking for my children.\\
'''Head Soldier:''' ''[[OhCrap [suddenly looks quite convinced he might get shot]]]''


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%%* HappilyMarried: Madge to Reg.
7th Mar '17 12:04:29 AM AthenaBlue
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[[caption-width-right:350:Typical Doctor, with his [[BiggerOnTheInside dimensionally impossible presents]]...]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Typical Doctor, with his [[BiggerOnTheInside dimensionally impossible presents]]...presents]] . . .]]






* ActionPrologue: The episode begins with the Doctor escaping an exploding spaceship. [[LeadIn While this leads to him meeting Madge]], it's otherwise unconnected with the plot of the episode. It also serves as a bit of a LampshadeHanging / TakeThat to the Christmas specials of the Creator/RussellTDavies era, essentially condensing the entire plot of each (large spaceship ready to attack Earth, the Doctor saves the day) into a five-minute prologue before getting on with the real plot.

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* ActionPrologue: The episode begins with the Doctor escaping an exploding spaceship. [[LeadIn While this leads to him meeting Madge]], it's otherwise unconnected with the plot of the episode. It also serves as a bit of a LampshadeHanging / TakeThat LampshadeHanging[=/=]TakeThat to the Christmas specials of the Creator/RussellTDavies era, essentially condensing the entire plot of each (large spaceship ready to attack Earth, the Doctor saves the day) into a five-minute prologue before getting on with the real plot.



* AskAStupidQuestion: When the Doctor wonders aloud about who would ever open their Christmas present early, Lily just stares at him. He answers his own question: "...Shut up...Everyone."

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* AskAStupidQuestion: When the Doctor wonders aloud about who would ever open their Christmas present early, Lily just stares at him. He answers his own question: "...". . . Shut up...up . . . Everyone."



* ChekhovsGun: It gets lost in the Doctor's rapid-fire... Doctoriness, but the children's bedroom has a "selection of torches for midnight feasts or secret reading"; lo and behold everyone has their own torch when they pass through the portal.

to:

* ChekhovsGun: It gets lost in the Doctor's rapid-fire...rapid-fire . . . Doctoriness, but the children's bedroom has a "selection of torches for midnight feasts or secret reading"; lo and behold everyone has their own torch when they pass through the portal.



** The trees' plan to recruit a human as a pilot is similar to that of the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger Aickman road TARDIS]].

to:

** The trees' plan to recruit a human as a pilot is similar to that of the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger Aickman road TARDIS]].TARDIS-knockoff]].



* MotherhoodIsSuperior: The theme ranges from the sci-fi angle where the futuristic tree harvestors are outwitted and captured by motherly instinct to the fantasy angle where the tree people reject males (even the Doctor) as their vessel because "You are weak", but accept females - Madge in particular - as "the mothership". How else does life travel?
* NeverFoundTheBody: Madge's telegram notes that Reg is lost at sea rather than being confirmed dead. This provides the means of preventing his death; the tree people's ship provided a beacon.
* NoAntagonist: None of the factions which appear in the episode are antagonists, even if it does not appear this way at first. The harvesters are unable to do anything to help the other characters, and the trees are only trying to save their race. The main characters even cooperate with them at the end and they part ways without either side being harmed. This is quite a contrast to all previous Christmas specials, as well as most other episodes. (This obviously ignores the big spaceship seen in the opening, but they barely have any effect on the main plot anyway...)

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* MotherhoodIsSuperior: The theme ranges from the sci-fi angle where the futuristic tree harvestors are outwitted and captured by motherly instinct to the fantasy angle where the tree people reject males (even the Doctor) as their vessel because "You are weak", but accept females - -- Madge in particular - -- as "the mothership". How else does life travel?
* NeverFoundTheBody: Madge's telegram notes that Reg is lost at sea rather than being confirmed dead. This provides the means of preventing his death; the tree people's ship provided a beacon.
beacon.
* NoAntagonist: None of the factions which appear in the episode are antagonists, even if it does not appear this way at first. The harvesters are unable to do anything to help the other characters, and the trees are only trying to save their race. The main characters even cooperate with them at the end and they part ways without either side being harmed. This is quite a contrast to all previous Christmas specials, as well as most other episodes. (This obviously ignores the big spaceship seen in the opening, but they barely have any effect on the main plot anyway...anyway . . .)



* OhCrap: The lead interrogator says that he knows there's no way Madge will ever shoot him. Then she tells him that [[MamaBear she's looking for her children]]...

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* OhCrap: The lead interrogator says that he knows there's no way Madge will ever shoot him. Then she tells him that [[MamaBear she's looking for her children]]...children]] . . .



* PresentPeeking: The widow's younger child gets curious and has to peek at the Doctor's big present.

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* PresentPeeking: The widow's younger child Cyril gets curious and has to peek at the Doctor's big present.



** The opening of the ActionPrologue homages ''Film/ANewHope'' (the gigantic alien spaceship flying over the camera), ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' (the StandardSnippet of "Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra") and ''Franchise/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' (the aliens' message beginning "People of Earth...")

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** The opening of the ActionPrologue homages ''Film/ANewHope'' (the gigantic alien spaceship flying over the camera), ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' (the StandardSnippet of "Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra") and ''Franchise/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' (the aliens' message beginning "People of Earth...Earth . . .")



--->'''Madge:''' Not the war again... People keep reading about the war, then it will actually happen! ''Then'' where would you be?\\

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--->'''Madge:''' Not the war again...again . . . People keep reading about the war, then it will actually happen! ''Then'' where would you be?\\



* YouLookFamiliar: Arabella Weir once played the Doctor in a ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' WhatIf story.
12th Feb '17 1:27:38 PM AthenaBlue
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** "This is one of the safest plants I know! There's never any danger here....[[LampshadeHanging There are sentences I should just keep away from."]]

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** "This is one of the safest plants planets I know! There's never any danger here....here . . . [[LampshadeHanging There are sentences I should just keep away from."]]
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