History Recap / DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders

11th Dec '17 3:03:24 PM ClintEastwood
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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: The Doctor has to face his worst fear - a giant psychic spider. She's a homicidal alien despot, but the writer of the script, Robert Sloman, was a [[AuthorPhobia terrible arachnophobe]] and the similarity to arachnophobia was very intentional.
3rd Nov '17 9:52:37 AM Sukid
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** It's also thanks to this that Regeneration was defined as what it was; an explicit parallel to {{Reincarnation}}.
1st Oct '17 8:44:18 PM PaulA
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* AdaptationExpansion: For the novelisation, Creator/TerranceDicks adds a prologue featuring Jo Grant, who is referenced but otherwise does not appear on screen in the TV version. Jo is referred to as Josephine Jones, which is consistent with the name she uses when she returns in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''.
** There is an extra sequence of Cho-Je refusing to let Yates see K'Anpo (a similar scene was filmed for the televised version but cut). Tommy sends Yates away instead of being distracted by his medallion.
** There is an extra sequence of Arak's rebels testing their stone protection by attacking and killing a patrol.
** There is an extra sequence of Arak and Tuar freeing Sabor from the larder and getting him to safety, which is not made clear on screen.



* AllThereInTheManual: In the novelization, Lupton's spider explains he cannot use the web to stun his pursuers because they are too many and too distant.
** The soldier is named as Corporal Hodges.
** It is made clearer that the Spider Council planned the invasion of Earth without the request of either the Great One or the Queen, assuming that was why the Great One wanted the crystal.
** The Doctor says he knows Clegg is a psychic because he can sense his vibrations.
** It is mentioned that Barnes and the others were hospitalised with nervous breakdowns after the Spiders died and Sarah has asked the Brigadier to help Tommy get into university.
** Barnes states Lupton was strong enough to perform the ceremony on his own, presumably to explain how he transported to Metebelis.
28th Jul '17 11:41:31 AM ClintEastwood
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* AnswerCut: The Doctor asks Arak how the spiders came Metebelis III. We then cut to Sabor telling Sarah that they came from Earth.



* BackForTheFinale: Mike returns to redeem himself after getting booted out of UNIT for his betrayal in Invasion of the Dinosaurs.

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* BackForTheFinale: Mike returns to redeem himself after getting booted out of UNIT for his betrayal in Invasion "Invasion of the Dinosaurs.Dinosaurs".



* DiesWideShut: The Brigadier does this to the Doctor.

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* DiesWideShut: The Brigadier Sarah does this to the Doctor.



* DumbassNoMore: Tommy.

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* DumbassNoMore: Tommy.Tommy thanks to the Metebelis crystal.



* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: Subverted: Tommy gains normalised intelligence through handling a Metebelis Crystal, and gets to stay that way at the end of the story.



* GrandFinale: To the Creator/JonPertwee era as a whole as it features a callback to Jo, Yates' return and acts as a loose sequel to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E2InvasionOfTheDinosaurs Invasion of the Dinosaurs]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E5TheGreenDeath The Green Death]].

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* GrandFinale: To the Creator/JonPertwee era as a whole as it features a callback to Jo, Yates' return and acts as a loose sequel to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E2InvasionOfTheDinosaurs "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E2InvasionOfTheDinosaurs Invasion of the Dinosaurs]] Dinosaurs]]" and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E5TheGreenDeath "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E5TheGreenDeath The Green Death]].Death]]".



* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Tommy

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* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: TommyTommy, a mentally disabled man with a taste for shiny objects. He appears to represent innocent goodness in the story's Buddhist symbology..



* LostColony: the human colony on Metebelis III.

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* LostColony: the The human colony on Metebelis III.



* SimpletonVoice / HulkSpeak: Tommy has both of these ailments until the Metebilis crystal washes them out of his mind.
* SpidersAreScary

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* SimpletonVoice / HulkSpeak: SimpletonVoice[=/=]HulkSpeak: Tommy has both of these ailments until the Metebilis crystal washes them out of his mind.
* SpidersAreScarySpidersAreScary: The Eight-Legs of Metebelis III. Mutated by blue Metebelis crystals from Earth spiders that stowed aboard a colony ship, they eventually grew to several inches across and gained mental powers that allowed them to dominate (and occasionally eat) humans. Their supreme ruler The Great One became a true Giant Spider, many yards across, and attempted to take over the universe. You can probably guess how that turned out for her.



* TakingTheBullet: Mike jumps in front of energy rays meant for Tommy.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Mike Yates is never seen or mentioned again after he recovers from being blasted by energy.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Mike Yates is never seen or mentioned again after he recovers from being blasted by energy. Also, Tommy is last seen on the floor having been defeated by the villains, although he survived.



* {{Yellowface}}: The serial has two Tibetan-appearing Time Lords played by white actors in makeup, with a fairly excruciating Asian Speekee Engrish accent in one case. The portrayal of the character is fairly respectful, but it's still quite painful to watch nowadays.

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* {{Yellowface}}: The serial has two Tibetan-appearing Time Lords played by white actors in makeup, with a fairly excruciating Asian Speekee Engrish AsianSpeekeeEngrish accent in one case. The portrayal of the character is fairly respectful, but it's still quite painful to watch nowadays.nowadays.
* YouShallNotPass: Tommy defends the Doctor, Sarah and the crystal against Lupton's followers.
27th Jun '17 4:50:02 PM Maddoxsort
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The one with the very long chase sequence.

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The one with the very long chase sequence.
sequence. And '''[[BigCreepyCrawlies SPIDERS!!!]]'''
9th May '17 9:24:46 PM bowserbros
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The one with the very long chase sequence.
3rd Apr '17 11:22:15 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* KneelBeforeZod: The Great One tormenting the Doctor in part 5.

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* KneelBeforeZod: The Great One tormenting uses her telepathic powers to torture the Doctor in part 5.into grovelling before her.
31st Mar '17 8:53:03 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AGodAmI: the Great One's desire

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* AGodAmI: the The Great One's desire



* PhlebotinumOverdose

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* PhlebotinumOverdosePhlebotinumOverdose: The Great One assembles a web of crystals that contain poweróbut when she completes it, the power destroys her. Also meant as a metaphor for the ego. Said crystals are psychic super amplifiers so not just a metaphor, her ego *is* the power that destroys her.



* PsychicPowers

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* PsychicPowersPsychicPowers: The Great One is powerful enough to strike fear into the Doctor.
16th Mar '17 3:40:36 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** When the Doctor explains the workings of the TARDIS to Mike, he says, "You speak as if she were alive," and the Doctor replies, "Yes. Yes, I do, don't I?" [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimMonster This was the same thing Jo Grant said when the Doctor talked about the TARDIS having moods]].

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** When the Doctor explains the workings of the TARDIS to Mike, he says, "You speak as if she were alive," and the Doctor replies, "Yes. Yes, I do, don't I?" [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimMonster [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimeMonster This was the same thing Jo Grant said when the Doctor talked about the TARDIS having moods]].
16th Mar '17 3:39:52 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** When the Doctor explains the workings of the TARDIS to Mike, he says, "You speak as if she were alive," and the Doctor replies, "Yes. Yes, I do, don't I?" [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimMonster This was the same thing Jo Grant said when the Doctor talked about the TARDIS having moods]].
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