History Recap / DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe

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.

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

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** 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.
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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]] . . .



* 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."]]
12th Feb '17 1:11:07 PM AthenaBlue
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->'''Doctor:''' I got dressed in a hurry.

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->'''Doctor:''' ->'''The Doctor:''' I got dressed in a hurry.



Itís Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell finds a crater with a man in it. The man is wearing a space suit with a his helmet on backwards and can't see a thing. He got dressed in a bit of a hurry, what with free floating in space and a ship exploding behind him and all. The woman tells her children, Lily and Cyril, that she'll be off for a bit: she has to take a man with a backwards helmet who may or may not be an angel to find a phone box. When they find the TARDIS (after several false starts), he tells her that he'll thank her properly someday, once the suit is done healing him.

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Itís Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell finds a crater with a man in it. The man is wearing a space suit with a his helmet on backwards and can't see a thing. He got dressed in a bit of a hurry, what with free floating in space and a ship exploding behind him and all. The woman Madge tells her children, Lily and Cyril, that she'll be off for a bit: she has to take a man with a backwards helmet who may or may not be an angel to find a phone box. When they find the TARDIS (after several false starts), he tells her that he'll thank her properly someday, once the suit is done healing him.



As the acid rain starts, all hope seems to be lost, but the giant mecha comes stumbling out of the forest and towards the tower. It's piloted by Madge. The thing falls over, of course, but Madge manages to get out of the mecha and into the tower with only a ''few'' gaping acid holes in her coat. The trees latch onto her immediately. She's the strongest creature there is: a grown mother. As it turns out, the trees are speaking the universe's base language: "weak" means male, and "strong" means female, simply because females beget new life. "How else does life travel but the mothership?" Madge is quite happy to serve as the vessel for the trees and power up their transportation. The souls of the entire forest are absorbed into her head. She takes it extremely well. With the powerful thought of "home" to lock onto, the heroes and the tree collectively depart into the time vortex.

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As the acid rain starts, all hope seems to be lost, but the giant mecha comes stumbling out of the forest and towards the tower. It's piloted by Madge. The thing falls over, of course, but Madge manages to get out of the mecha and into the tower with only a ''few'' gaping acid holes in her coat. The trees latch onto her immediately. She's the strongest creature there is: a grown mother. As it turns out, the trees are speaking the universe's base language: "weak" means male, and "strong" means female, simply because females beget new life. "How else does life travel but the mothership?" Madge is quite happy to serve as the vessel for the trees and power up their transportation. The souls of the entire forest are absorbed into her head. She takes it extremely well. With the powerful thought of "home" to lock onto, the heroes and the tree collectively depart into the time vortex.
Time Vortex.



The Doctor decides to give the family some privacy while Madge explains to her kids what happened to their dad. She's interrupted when the Doctor rushes back in again, rambling about something outside that they need to see. Outside on the grass is a plane. Madge's husband gets out, very confused, but happy to see his family. When Madge moved through the time vortex, locking onto her husband in thought, the guiding light of the trees' vessel was able to guide his plane to safety right through time and space. Madge and her family cry, and the Doctor smirks at their all-too-human happy tears.

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The Doctor decides to give the family some privacy while Madge explains to her kids what happened to their dad. She's interrupted when the Doctor rushes back in again, rambling about something outside that they need to see. Outside on the grass is a plane. Madge's husband gets out, very confused, but happy to see his family. When Madge moved through the time vortex, Time Vortex, locking onto her husband in thought, the guiding light of the trees' vessel was able to guide his plane to safety right through time and space. Madge and her family cry, and the Doctor smirks at their all-too-human happy tears.



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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...Everyone."

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



* ChristmasEpisode: Madge is determined to make this "the best christmas ever" so her kids don't think that Christmas is what took their father away from them.

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* ChristmasEpisode: Madge is determined to make this "the best christmas Christmas ever" so her kids don't think that Christmas is what took their father away from them.



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The Doctor is in rare form; he "repairs" the house with spinning cars, includes the ''magna carta'' in a kid's bedroom and neglects to put in beds, and when introducing himself, goes off onto a tangent about planets where he's PersonaNonGrata.

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The Doctor is in rare form; he "repairs" the house with spinning cars, includes the ''magna carta'' ''Magna Carta'' in a kid's bedroom and neglects to put in beds, and when introducing himself, goes off onto a tangent about planets where he's PersonaNonGrata.



** The Doctor's line about he once knew a tree-woman who fancied him was a nod to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld "The End Of the World"]].

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** The Doctor's line about he once knew a tree-woman who being fancied him was by a tree is a nod to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld "The End Of the World"]].World"]].
--->"I met the Forest of Cheem once. She fancied me."



* EskimosArentReal: Whenever Cyril uses a long word like "astronomy," Lily accuses him of making it up.

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* EskimosArentReal: Whenever Cyril uses a long word like "astronomy," "astronomy", Lily accuses him of making it up.



* EverybodyLives: Not only that, but everybody gets what they want! The Androzani get their fuel, but the trees' spirits live on, Madge finds her children and unintentionally saves her husband, and the Doctor learns that he does have people who care about him.

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* EverybodyLives: Not only that, but everybody gets what they want! The Androzani get their fuel, but the trees' spirits live on, on; Madge finds her children and unintentionally saves her husband, husband; and the Doctor learns that he does have people who care about him.



* GreenAesop: Though surprisingly understated for a story about deforestation, this episode's plot is about trees evacuting their homes before they are melted down.

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* GreenAesop: Though surprisingly understated for a story about deforestation, this episode's plot is about trees evacuting evacuating their homes before they are melted down.



* 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 angel. It's not the Tardis.TARDIS.



* HypocriticalHumor: Of course it's not fairy land, Lily, grow up. Fairy land looks completely different.

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* HypocriticalHumor: HypocriticalHumour: Of course it's not fairy land, Fairyland, Lily, grow up. Fairy land Fairyland looks completely different.



* ItsALongStory: When his father asks where mum is, Cyril wisely summarizes her mother's message about taking an injured spaceman to find a police telephone box as "Out."

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* ItsALongStory: When his father asks where mum Mum is, Cyril wisely summarizes her mother's message about taking an injured spaceman to find a police telephone box as "Out."



* LighterAndSofter: Compare this ChristmasSpecial to the first ones and you notice it: EverybodyLives, presents, christmas theme etc.

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* LighterAndSofter: Compare this ChristmasSpecial to the first ones and you notice it: EverybodyLives, presents, christmas Christmas theme etc.



* 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 provided a beacon.

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* 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.



* NonIndicativeName: The title. "Widow?" [[EverybodyLives What widow?]]

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* NonIndicativeName: The title. "Widow?" "Widow"? [[EverybodyLives What widow?]]



* OutrunTheFireball: The Doctor is running away from big expolosions while escaping the spaceship in the opening.

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* OutrunTheFireball: The Doctor is running away from big expolosions explosions while escaping the spaceship in the opening.



* PlantAliens: The Adrozani trees turn out to be sapient.
* ThePowerOfLove: Madge flies the forest through the time vortex, and gets her husband home, by focusing on the power in the concept of "home" which includes family.
* PresentPeeking: The widow's youngest child gets curious and has to peek at the Doctor's big present.

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* PlantAliens: The Adrozani Androzani trees turn out to be sapient.
* ThePowerOfLove: Madge flies the forest through the time vortex, Time Vortex, and gets her husband home, by focusing on the power in the concept of "home" which includes family.
* PresentPeeking: The widow's youngest younger child gets curious and has to peek at the Doctor's big present.



** WordOfGod[[invoked]] has it that the overall Creator/TimBurton-ness quality was a deliberate shout-out.
** Cyril looks an awful lot like Ralphie from ''A Christmas Story'', which may or may not be intentional.

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** WordOfGod[[invoked]] has it that the overall Creator/TimBurton-ness quality was a deliberate shout-out.
** Cyril looks an awful lot like Ralphie from ''A Christmas Story'', ''Film/AChristmasStory'', which may or may not be intentional.



* SleepingDummy: Cyril sets one up when he sneaks downstairs to open the present early, so Lily won't realise he's gone.

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* SleepingDummy: Cyril sets one up with pillows and a teddy bear when he sneaks downstairs to open the present early, so Lily won't realise he's gone.



* TimePortal: The giant Christmas present has a portal to another planet in the year 5346.



** What happened to the other people aboard Reg's plane?

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** What happened to the other people crew aboard Reg's plane?



* 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 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, Time Vortex, but accidentally goes further into the past then she needed to before landing in the right era.
23rd Dec '15 1:12:36 PM zoop
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* EskimosArentReal: Whenever Cyril uses a long word like "astronomy," Lily accuses him of making it up.
20th Oct '15 6:25:39 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* BlindIdiotTranslation: Turns out that "weak" and "strong" are simply poor translations of "male" and "female". [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation It could also be simply stating that females are more capable of flying the ship]].

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* BlindIdiotTranslation: Turns out that "weak" and "strong" are simply poor translations of "male" and "female". [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation It could also be simply stating that "female" because females are more capable of flying the ship]].ship.
14th Sep '15 7:39:43 PM Trogdor
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* MamaBear: [[InvokedTrope Madge uses his to prove that she's serious.]]

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* MamaBear: [[InvokedTrope Madge uses his this to prove that she's serious.]]
26th Aug '15 3:22:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: All of the soldiers at first don't take Madge holding a gun on them very seriously, [[OhCrap until she mentions that]] [[MamaBear she's looking for her children]].
12th Aug '15 12:15:48 PM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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-->'''The Doctor:''' Oh yes, aliens ''made'' of wood. ''*yells at sonic screwdriver*'' This was always going to happen!

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-->'''The Doctor:''' Oh yes, Oh, aliens ''made'' made of wood. ''*yells ''wood''! ''*mutters at sonic screwdriver*'' This was always going to happen!happen, you know.
10th Aug '15 3:03:58 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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-->'''The Doctor:''' Oh yes, aliens made of wood! ''*yells at sonic screwdriver*'' This was always going to happen!

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-->'''The Doctor:''' Oh yes, aliens made ''made'' of wood! wood. ''*yells at sonic screwdriver*'' This was always going to happen!
9th Aug '15 5:05:19 PM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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-->'''The Doctor:''' Oh yes, aliens made of wood! ''*yells at sonic screwdriver*'' This was always going to happen!
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