History Recap / DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen

23rd Jul '16 4:03:07 AM DoctorNemesis
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** The Doctor's difficulty in remembering the Great Intelligence is a meta-example -- the stories that the Great Intelligence appears in have been mostly wiped from the archives. Of ''course'' he can't remember them. Ironically, one subplot of the season involves the Doctor erasing himself from history.
*** Made HilariousInHindsight within a year of the episode's broadcast, when nearly all of one of the Great Intelligence stories ("The Web of Fear") was recovered.

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** The Doctor's difficulty in remembering the Great Intelligence is a meta-example -- the stories that the Great Intelligence appears in have had been mostly wiped from the archives. Of ''course'' he can't remember them. Ironically, one subplot of the season involves the Doctor erasing himself from history.
*** Made HilariousInHindsight
history. Even ''more'' ironically, within a year of the episode's broadcast, when broadcast nearly all of one of the Great Intelligence stories ("The Web of Fear") was actually recovered.
21st Jul '16 11:48:23 AM skidoo23
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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Clara is pulled from the Doctor's TARDIS!Cloud and falls ''thousands'' of feet to the ground with a very loud impact being heard. Yet other than being dead (though she is temporarily revived by Strax), Clara doesn't have a visible mark on her, not even a speck of blood.
13th Jul '16 4:27:10 AM goldenroad
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Written by Steven Moffat, "The Snowmen" is the 2012 ''Series/DoctorWho'' ChristmasEpisode, notable for formally introducing new companion [[Characters/DoctorWhoRevivalSeriesCompanionsClaraOswald Clara Oswald]].

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Written by Steven Moffat, "The Snowmen" is the 2012 ''Series/DoctorWho'' ChristmasEpisode, notable for formally introducing new companion [[Characters/DoctorWhoRevivalSeriesCompanionsClaraOswald Clara Oswald]].ChristmasEpisode.



When Clara mentions the word "pond" (as in what the governess died in), it sparks the Doctor into visiting Simeon's lab, pretending to be Franchise/SherlockHolmes. He realises that the snowy menace might actually threaten to destroy the Earth. After rescuing Clara and the children from the now-revived and very icy ex-governess, he takes Clara up to his TARDIS, decides to start taking on companions again, hands her a TARDIS key -- and watches in horror as she's captured by the ice and promptly falls several kilometres to her death. Strax manages to keep her alive, but just barely, and the Doctor rushes to confront Simeon a second time and destroy the sentient snow once and for all. However, when the Doctor uses the memory worm to wipe Simeon's mind and break the "link", the snow reveals it has already become its own entity, and animates Simeon's now empty body to try and kill the Doctor. But Clara, knowing that the parasite is telepathic and can be destroyed by a thought, spends her last moments wishing it to die. As it turns out, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor Clara's mind is able to destroy its immense power merely by thinking...]] and the tears of the children she cared for make the snow melt once and for all.

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When Clara mentions the word "pond" (as in what the governess died in), it sparks the Doctor into visiting Simeon's lab, pretending to be Franchise/SherlockHolmes. He realises that the snowy menace might actually threaten to destroy the Earth. After rescuing Clara and the children from the now-revived and very icy ex-governess, he takes Clara up to his TARDIS, decides to start taking on companions again, hands her a TARDIS key -- and watches in horror as she's captured by the ice and promptly falls several kilometres hundred feet to her death. Strax manages to keep her alive, but just barely, and the Doctor rushes to confront Simeon a second time and destroy the sentient snow once and for all. However, when the Doctor uses the memory worm to wipe Simeon's mind and break the "link", the snow reveals it has already become its own entity, and animates Simeon's now empty body to try and kill the Doctor. But Clara, knowing that the parasite is telepathic and can be destroyed by a thought, spends her last moments wishing it to die. As it turns out, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor Clara's mind is able to destroy its immense power merely by thinking...]] and the tears of the children she cared for make the snow melt once and for all.



* BigDamnKiss: Between Clara and the Doctor during their bicker/flirt. Oh, and the Doctor snogs a Punch puppet (or, rather, the puppet snogs him). For those keeping score with later episodes, [[spoiler: this stands as the only time any version of Clara is shown kissing any Doctor in this manner on screen. The original Clara is more prone to cheek kissing]].

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* BigDamnKiss: Between Clara and the Doctor during their bicker/flirt. Oh, and the Doctor snogs a Punch puppet (or, rather, the puppet snogs him). For those keeping score with later episodes, [[spoiler: this stands as the only time any version of Clara is shown kissing any Doctor in this manner on screen. The original Clara is more prone to cheek kissing]].kissing.



** The episode is ''loaded'' with foreshadowing of the 2015 episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]" including (but not limited to): [[spoiler: "Clara who?"; Clara demonstrating her ability to think like the Doctor; the Doctor planning to erase Clara's memory against her will; and "Clara's Theme" is heard in full for the first time.]]

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** The episode is ''loaded'' with foreshadowing of the 2015 episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]" including (but not limited to): [[spoiler: "Clara who?"; Clara demonstrating her ability to think like the Doctor; the Doctor planning to erase Clara's memory against her will; and "Clara's Theme" is heard in full for the first time.]] time. Plus, we see Eleven start to regain his love for life; it'll be made clear by the time Clara leaves the Doctor for good that he had fallen hard for her and vice versa.



-->'''Doctor:''' She'll never be able to find me again. She doesn't even have the name: Doctor. ''What two words?''

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-->'''Doctor:''' She'll never be able to find me again. She doesn't even have the name: Doctor.name Doctor... ''What two words?''



* ShipTease: It's made pretty clear that a "love at first sight" scenario is playing out between Clara Oswin and the Doctor. Clara Oswin also becomes [[spoiler: the only version of Clara]] to be shown outright kissing the Doctor romantically. Although Clara Oswin does not survive, their brief relationship sets a template that the Doctor (with mixed success) attempts to replicate when he later finds [[spoiler: the original Clara]].

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* ShipTease: It's made pretty clear that a "love at first sight" scenario is playing out between Clara Oswin and the Doctor. Clara Oswin also becomes [[spoiler: the only version of Clara]] Clara to be shown outright kissing the Doctor romantically. Although Clara Oswin does not survive, their brief relationship sets a template that the Doctor (with mixed success) attempts attempted to replicate when he later finds [[spoiler: the original Clara]].Clara; while Eleven kept his feelings in check, it was Twelve who made it clear how much in love with Clara he was.
29th Mar '16 12:18:21 PM skidoo23
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** Clara fulfils this role in a few scenes, as well, particularly while flirting with the Doctor while trying to escape the ice woman.
** Averted with Jenny. Although she has many of the qualities one would expect from the "sidekick comic relief", her character is played pretty much straight. (Contrast with the other maid seen in this episode whose entire function is to react comically to the arrival of Vastra and Jenny.)
29th Mar '16 12:14:57 PM skidoo23
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* IdiotSavant: Strax's stupidity in most situations is a [[BumblingSidekick matter of great exasperation for the Doctor and his friends]], but when he's actually put into a military situation he instantly determines the enemy's intentions.

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* IdiotSavant: Strax's stupidity in most situations is a [[BumblingSidekick matter of great exasperation for the Doctor and his friends]], but when he's actually put into a military situation he instantly determines the enemy's intentions. And he drops any pretense of bumbling when he tries every tool at his disposal in an effort to save Clara's life.



* InternalReveal: The audience is immediately aware of the suspicious resemblance between Oswin and Clara, [[DramaticIrony but the Doctor is not]]. He appears to make some connections through the episode (her voice and her love of soufflés), but he doesn't seem to completely put it together until Clara says the same FamousLastWords and her gravestone reveals her full name is Clara Oswin Oswald.

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* InternalReveal: The audience is immediately aware of the suspicious resemblance between Oswin and Clara, [[DramaticIrony but the Doctor is not]]. not]] due to the fact he never saw the earlier Clara's face and there are enough differences in their voices (Clara speaking with a cockney accent, for one) that he doesn't twig right away. He appears to make some connections through the episode (her voice does begin to sound familiar and her love of soufflés), soufflés catches his attention), but he doesn't seem to completely put it together until Clara says the same FamousLastWords and her gravestone reveals her full name is Clara Oswin Oswald.



* JumpedAtTheCall: Clara positively forces her way into the plot, and has to [[RefusalOfTheCall drag the Doctor part of the way]].

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* JumpedAtTheCall: Clara positively forces her way into the plot, and has to [[RefusalOfTheCall drag the Doctor part of the way]]. She actively begins investigating the snowmen on her own after first meeting the Doctor and even manages to figure out how to get up to the cloud, and she shows no hesitation when the Doctor invites her to be his companion.



* MadeOfIron: A possible literal example as Clara manages to fall ''thousands'' of feet from the cloud yet isn't turned into strawberry jam.

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* MadeOfIron: A possible literal example as Clara manages to fall ''thousands'' of feet from the cloud yet isn't turned into strawberry jam. The fact the ice governess broke her fall shouldn't have meant much.



** Lampshaded when Clara tells the Doctor "eyes front, soldier" when she realizes he'll be able to see up her dress when they climb the ladder. So They change places and we get the female equivalent instead as Clara admires the Doctor's backside, refusing to look away.



* MeetCute: Between the Doctor and Clara, early in the episode and it's PlayedForDrama a bit more than is usual. The Doctor feels conflicted, as he's enjoying her company and is tempted to start making friends again, but is worried that would only lead to him getting another companion into danger, [[MyGreatestFailure something he greatly fears]]. He politely brushes off Clara's attempt at socialising and tries to force himself to stay a stoic loner by walking away. Doesn't really work, as Clara is so intrigued by him that she chases down his carriage in an effort to find out who he is.

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* MeetCute: Between the Doctor and Clara, early in the episode and it's PlayedForDrama a bit more than is usual. The Doctor feels conflicted, as he's enjoying her company and is tempted to start making friends again, but is worried that would only lead to him getting another companion into danger, [[MyGreatestFailure something he greatly fears]]. He politely brushes off Clara's attempt at socialising and tries to force himself to stay a stoic loner by walking away. Doesn't really work, as Clara is so intrigued by him that she chases down his carriage in an effort to find out who he is. is, ramping the cuteness factor UpToEleven by climbing onto the carriage roof and sticking her head in from above.



* ShipTease: It's made pretty clear that a "love at first sight" scenario is playing out between Clara Oswin and the Doctor. Clara Oswin also becomes [[spoiler: the only version of Clara]] to be shown outright kissing the Doctor romantically.

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* ShipTease: It's made pretty clear that a "love at first sight" scenario is playing out between Clara Oswin and the Doctor. Clara Oswin also becomes [[spoiler: the only version of Clara]] to be shown outright kissing the Doctor romantically. Although Clara Oswin does not survive, their brief relationship sets a template that the Doctor (with mixed success) attempts to replicate when he later finds [[spoiler: the original Clara]].



* SuggestiveCollision: Clara gets her bustle caught while climbing out the window, gets yanked out by the Doctor and ends up falling on top of him. His immediate suggestion that she takes off her clothes raises the {{UST}}.

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* SuggestiveCollision: Clara gets her bustle caught while climbing out the window, gets yanked out by the Doctor and ends up falling on top of him. His immediate suggestion that she takes off her clothes raises the {{UST}}. Clara, for her part, subverts the trope slightly by immediately understanding what the Doctor means, though she still takes her time getting off of him.



** Between Clara and the Doctor -- whether that is one-sided is open to your interpretation.

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** Between Clara and the Doctor -- whether that is also one-sided is open to your interpretation.interpretation. She definitely tries her best...
* VerbalBackspace: When Strax suggests melting someone's brain with acid before interrogating them, he backtracks with "other way 'round" when he realizes the error.


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** "Pond."
24th Feb '16 5:44:45 AM skidoo23
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* LivingADoubleLife: Clara works as a barmaid under her real name and as a governess under the name "Miss Montague". Her reasons for doing so have not yet been revealed; presumably her rant about having 'ideas above her station' has something to do with it.

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* LivingADoubleLife: Clara works as a barmaid under her real name and as a governess under the name "Miss Montague". Her reasons for doing so have not yet been revealed; presumably her rant about having 'ideas above her station' has something to do with it.it, though it's also strongly hinted that she has designs on Latimer.
* MadeOfIron: A possible literal example as Clara manages to fall ''thousands'' of feet from the cloud yet isn't turned into strawberry jam.
22nd Feb '16 8:49:26 AM skidoo23
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* AnachronismStew: Clara uses the phrase "invisible". Although the word was not unknown at the time, nor the concept of ethereal beings that can be seen through, Clara uses the modern context of the word as popularized by HG Wells, but his ''The Invisible Man'' wasn't published until several years later. This is a likely clue as to Clara's modern-day connection.


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* BreakingTheFourthWall: The Doctor delivers the line "watch me run" directly to the audience. Oswin Oswald's look at the camera from "Asylum of the Daleks" is also replayed.
22nd Feb '16 8:04:09 AM skidoo23
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** "Clara who?" gets an early try out (some fans will later disparagingly start referring to the show by this name).
22nd Feb '16 8:01:34 AM skidoo23
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Written by Steven Moffat, "The Snowmen" is the 2012 ''Series/DoctorWho'' ChristmasEpisode, notable for formally introducing new companion Character/ClaraOswald.

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Written by Steven Moffat, "The Snowmen" is the 2012 ''Series/DoctorWho'' ChristmasEpisode, notable for formally introducing new companion Character/ClaraOswald.[[Characters/DoctorWhoRevivalSeriesCompanionsClaraOswald Clara Oswald]].
22nd Feb '16 8:00:51 AM skidoo23
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Written by Steven Moffat, "The Snowmen" is the 2012 ''Series/DoctorWho'' ChristmasEpisode.

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Written by Steven Moffat, "The Snowmen" is the 2012 ''Series/DoctorWho'' ChristmasEpisode.ChristmasEpisode, notable for formally introducing new companion Character/ClaraOswald.



* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Captain Latimer is clearly nursing something of a crush on Clara, but she's politely not interested in him.

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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Captain Latimer is clearly nursing something of a crush on Clara, but she's politely not interested in him. (Or so she lets on; later, it's made clear she did have designs on him until a certain Time Lord dropped into her life.)



* BigDamnKiss: Between Clara and the Doctor during their bicker/flirt. Oh, and the Doctor snogs a Punch puppet (or, rather, the puppet snogs him).

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* BigDamnKiss: Between Clara and the Doctor during their bicker/flirt. Oh, and the Doctor snogs a Punch puppet (or, rather, the puppet snogs him). For those keeping score with later episodes, [[spoiler: this stands as the only time any version of Clara is shown kissing any Doctor in this manner on screen. The original Clara is more prone to cheek kissing]].



* BookEnds: The previous episode ended with Amy and Rory looking at their own grave before being taken from the Doctor. This episode ends with Clara standing over a grave with her name on it, after another version of her dies as a result of his actions.

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* BookEnds: The previous episode ended with Amy and Rory looking at their own grave before being taken from the Doctor. This episode ends with Clara standing over a grave with her name on it, after another version of her dies as a result of his actions. (In this case, however, Clara appears to not notice what's written on the tombstone.)



* BritishAccents: Clara has two. The first is the Received Pronunciation she uses in front of her employer. The other is her cockney "secret voice" that she only uses around the children ([[AccentRelapse or under stress]]).

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* BritishAccents: Clara has two. The first is the Received Pronunciation she uses in front of her employer. The other is her cockney "secret voice" that she only uses around the children ([[AccentRelapse or under stress]]).stress]]); she uses this same voice with the Doctor when they're alone with his TARDIS suggesting the cockney is her natural accent.



** The Doctor is seen wearing [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan Amy's reading glasses.]]

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** The Doctor is seen wearing [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan Amy's reading glasses.]]]] This is confirmed when the camera focuses on them when the word "Pond" is invoked.



* FamousLastWords: Oswin's last words were "Run, you clever boy, and remember," and since he never saw her human face, the Doctor doesn't seem to make the full connection between Clara and Oswin until she says the same words. His attention is caught, however, by mention of soufflés, and he apparently recognised her voice at some point.

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* FamousLastWords: Oswin's last words were "Run, you clever boy, and remember," and since he never saw her human face, the Doctor doesn't seem to make the full connection between Clara and Oswin until she says the same words. His attention is caught, however, by mention of soufflés, and he apparently recognised her voice at some point. The penny finally fully drops when he sees the tombstone with her full name on it.



** The episode is ''loaded'' with foreshadowing of the 2015 episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]" including (but not limited to): [[spoiler: "Clara who?"; Clara demonstrating her ability to think like the Doctor; the Doctor planning to erase Clara's memory against her will; and "Clara's Theme" is heard in full for the first time.]]



* JustYouAndMeAndMyGuards: Dr Simeon quietly rings for his men while the Doctor is rambling on. The Doctor does an OffhandBackhand locking of the door with his sonic screwdriver. By the time they get the door open, the Doctor has done a StealthHiBye.



* ShipTease: It's made pretty clear that a "love at first sight" scenario is playing out between Clara Oswin and the Doctor. Clara Oswin also becomes [[spoiler: the only version of Clara]] to be shown outright kissing the Doctor romantically.



* JustYouAndMeAndMyGuards: Dr Simeon quietly rings for his men while the Doctor is rambling on. The Doctor does an OffhandBackhand locking of the door with his sonic screwdriver. By the time they get the door open, the Doctor has done a StealthHiBye.
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