History Recap / DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin

23rd Aug '16 4:17:42 AM MobRules
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Summoned to Gallifrey and with no companion at his side, the Doctor gets a surprise FlashForward when he sees himself assassinating the Lord President. He tries to stop it from happening, but he can't prevent the assassination and is promptly arrested by Chancellor Goth.

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Summoned to Gallifrey and with no companion at his side, the Doctor gets a surprise FlashForward when he sees himself assassinating the Lord President. He tries to stop it from happening, but happening: he can't prevent sees someone else aiming to assassinate the assassination Lord President, and picks up suspiciously-conveniently located gun to shoot the assassin. But the guns scope has been tampered, so he misses the assassin, the president is shot -- and the Doctor is the one seen holding a smoking gun. He is promptly arrested by Chancellor Goth.



The Doctor escapes execution by virtue of LoopholeAbuse (to everyone's annoyance) and becomes a Presidential candidate, granting him immunity for a few days. The only other candidate is Chancellor Goth. The Doctor convinces a few sympathetic Time Lords to hook his brain up to the virtual reality of The Matrix (no, not [[Film/TheMatrix that one]]). The Matrix is a knowledge database, which is made up of the VirtualGhost brainwaves of dead Time Lords.

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The Doctor escapes execution by virtue of LoopholeAbuse (to everyone's annoyance) and becomes a Presidential candidate, granting him immunity for a few days. He is able to demonstrate that the sites on the gun he was using were tampered with to a degree that would make it impossible to hit a target, convincing at least a few of the other time-lords of his innocence. The only other candidate is Chancellor Goth. The Doctor convinces a few sympathetic Time Lords to hook his brain up to the virtual reality of The Matrix (no, not [[Film/TheMatrix that one]]). The Matrix is a knowledge database, which is made up of the VirtualGhost brainwaves of dead Time Lords.
4th Aug '16 4:09:17 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheManual: According to the novelisation, the Doctor played hide and seek in the capitol when he grew up.
** The Master lost his ability to regenerate after using a couple of bodies as a disguise.
** Gallifrey has poor lighting so people have to use lanterns at night.


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* TakeThat: It's rumoured that Holmes used the depiction of the Time Lords as a dig at the ridiculous nature of the Church of England.
22nd Jul '16 12:27:27 PM TimeLordVictorious
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This story is also known for having no companions. Ultimately, this proved the companion's use as TheWatson, as it was hard to convey the Doctor's thoughts without someone for him to explain them to. The post-2005 stories with no regular companions tend to have a guest character filling the role temporarily, with the exception of ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent]]'', where the Doctor spends the majority of the episode by himself, and can be seen a spiritual successor to this episode.

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This story is also known for having no companions. Ultimately, this proved the companion's use as TheWatson, as it was hard to convey the Doctor's thoughts without someone for him to explain them to. The post-2005 stories with no regular companions tend to have a guest character filling the role temporarily, with the exception of ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent]]'', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent Heaven Sent]]", where the Doctor spends the majority of the episode by himself, and can be seen a spiritual successor to this episode.
22nd Jul '16 12:27:04 PM TimeLordVictorious
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This story is also known for having no companions. Ultimately, this proved the companion's use as TheWatson, as it was hard to convey the Doctor's thoughts without someone for him to explain them to. The post-2005 stories with no regular companions tend to have a guest character filling the role temporarily.

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This story is also known for having no companions. Ultimately, this proved the companion's use as TheWatson, as it was hard to convey the Doctor's thoughts without someone for him to explain them to. The post-2005 stories with no regular companions tend to have a guest character filling the role temporarily.
temporarily, with the exception of ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent]]'', where the Doctor spends the majority of the episode by himself, and can be seen a spiritual successor to this episode.
17th Jul '16 6:49:47 AM eroock
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* EmptyElevator: The Doctor does this to fool the guards.
12th Apr '16 4:45:45 PM PaulA
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Another Creator/RobertHolmes serial and another classic. This serial is important in that it is the first to take place entirely on Gallifrey. In addition, ''many'' details of Time Lord society are [[WorldBuilding revealed]] for the first time: the 12 regeneration limit, the political system, the chapter houses (Prydonian, Arcalian, etc.), the swanky Time Lord regalia and their giant hats, the Sash and Key of Rassilon, the Eye of Harmony, and the Matrix. The story also introduced the Doctor's mentor Borusa and, perhaps most notably, mentioned Rassilon for the first time. Bernard Horsfall (last seen as the Time Lord who sentenced the Doctor to exile in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games"]]) returns as Chancellor Goth [[labelnote:*]] Though the casting wasn't entirely deliberate, there's nothing to indicate that it's not simply the same character, and the subtext is just too good to ignore, so the [[DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse stories in other media]] take this and run with it[[/labelnote]]. And finally, the Master returns, played by Peter Pratt. Judging from the Master's atrocious complexion, he's seen far better days since the last time he appeared.

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Another Creator/RobertHolmes serial and another classic. This serial is important in that it is the first to take place entirely on Gallifrey. In addition, ''many'' details of Time Lord society are [[WorldBuilding revealed]] for the first time: the 12 regeneration limit, the political system, the chapter houses (Prydonian, Arcalian, etc.), the swanky Time Lord regalia and their giant hats, the Sash and Key of Rassilon, the Eye of Harmony, and the Matrix. The story also introduced the Doctor's mentor Borusa and, perhaps most notably, mentioned Rassilon for the first time. Bernard Horsfall (last seen as the Time Lord who sentenced the Doctor to exile in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games"]]) returns as Chancellor Goth [[labelnote:*]] Though Goth.[[note]]Though the casting wasn't entirely deliberate, there's nothing to indicate that it's not simply the same character, and the subtext is just too good to ignore, so the [[DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse stories in other media]] take this and run with it[[/labelnote]]. it[[/note]] And finally, the Master returns, played by Peter Pratt. Judging from the Master's atrocious complexion, he's seen far better days since the last time he appeared.
12th Apr '16 4:43:48 PM PaulA
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* OnlyOnePlausibleSuspect: The revelation that the assassin is Goth comes as no real surprise, as there are no other characters it plausibly could have been.
12th Apr '16 12:04:00 PM Usagi1992
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Another Creator/RobertHolmes serial and another classic. This serial is important in that it is the first to take place entirely on Gallifrey. In addition, ''many'' details of Time Lord society are [[WorldBuilding revealed]] for the first time: the 13 regeneration limit, the political system, the chapter houses (Prydonian, Arcalian, etc.), the swanky Time Lord regalia and their giant hats, the Sash and Key of Rassilon, the Eye of Harmony, and the Matrix. The story also introduced the Doctor's mentor Borusa and, perhaps most notably, mentioned Rassilon for the first time. Bernard Horsfall (last seen as the Time Lord who sentenced the Doctor to exile in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games"]]) returns as Chancellor Goth [[labelnote:*]] Though the casting wasn't entirely deliberate, there's nothing to indicate that it's not simply the same character, and the subtext is just too good to ignore, so the [[DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse stories in other media]] take this and run with it[[/labelnote]]. And finally, the Master returns, played by Peter Pratt. Judging from the Master's atrocious complexion, he's seen far better days since the last time he appeared.

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Another Creator/RobertHolmes serial and another classic. This serial is important in that it is the first to take place entirely on Gallifrey. In addition, ''many'' details of Time Lord society are [[WorldBuilding revealed]] for the first time: the 13 12 regeneration limit, the political system, the chapter houses (Prydonian, Arcalian, etc.), the swanky Time Lord regalia and their giant hats, the Sash and Key of Rassilon, the Eye of Harmony, and the Matrix. The story also introduced the Doctor's mentor Borusa and, perhaps most notably, mentioned Rassilon for the first time. Bernard Horsfall (last seen as the Time Lord who sentenced the Doctor to exile in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games"]]) returns as Chancellor Goth [[labelnote:*]] Though the casting wasn't entirely deliberate, there's nothing to indicate that it's not simply the same character, and the subtext is just too good to ignore, so the [[DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse stories in other media]] take this and run with it[[/labelnote]]. And finally, the Master returns, played by Peter Pratt. Judging from the Master's atrocious complexion, he's seen far better days since the last time he appeared.
25th Jan '16 4:05:33 PM moloch
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Another Creator/RobertHolmes serial and another classic. This serial is important in that it is the first to take place entirely on Gallifrey. In addition, ''many'' details of Time Lord society are [[WorldBuilding revealed]] for the first time: the 13 regeneration limit, the political system, the chapter houses (Prydonian, Arcalian, etc.), the swanky Time Lord regalia and their giant hats, the Sash and Key of Rassilon, the Eye of Harmony, and the Matrix. The story also introduced the Doctor's mentor Borusa and, perhaps most notably, mentioned Rassilon for the first time. Bernard Horsfall (last seen as the Time Lord who sentenced the Doctor to exile in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games"]]) returns as Chancellor Goth. [[labelnote:*]] Though the casting wasn't entirely deliberate, there's nothing to indicate that it's not simply the same character, and the subtext is just too good to ignore, so the [[DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse stories in other media]] take this and run with it[[/labelnote]]. And finally, the Master returns, played by Peter Pratt. Judging from the Master's atrocious complexion, he's seen far better days since the last time he appeared.

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Another Creator/RobertHolmes serial and another classic. This serial is important in that it is the first to take place entirely on Gallifrey. In addition, ''many'' details of Time Lord society are [[WorldBuilding revealed]] for the first time: the 13 regeneration limit, the political system, the chapter houses (Prydonian, Arcalian, etc.), the swanky Time Lord regalia and their giant hats, the Sash and Key of Rassilon, the Eye of Harmony, and the Matrix. The story also introduced the Doctor's mentor Borusa and, perhaps most notably, mentioned Rassilon for the first time. Bernard Horsfall (last seen as the Time Lord who sentenced the Doctor to exile in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games"]]) returns as Chancellor Goth. Goth [[labelnote:*]] Though the casting wasn't entirely deliberate, there's nothing to indicate that it's not simply the same character, and the subtext is just too good to ignore, so the [[DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse stories in other media]] take this and run with it[[/labelnote]]. And finally, the Master returns, played by Peter Pratt. Judging from the Master's atrocious complexion, he's seen far better days since the last time he appeared.
25th Jan '16 4:05:03 PM moloch
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Another Creator/RobertHolmes serial and another classic. This serial is important in that it is the first to take place entirely on Gallifrey. In addition, ''many'' details of Time Lord society are [[WorldBuilding revealed]] for the first time: the 13 regeneration limit, the political system, the chapter houses (Prydonian, Arcalian, etc.), the swanky Time Lord regalia and their giant hats, the Sash and Key of Rassilon, the Eye of Harmony, and the Matrix. The story also introduced the Doctor's mentor Borusa and, perhaps most notably, mentioned Rassilon for the first time. Bernard Horsfall (last seen as the Time Lord who sentenced the Doctor to exile in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games"]]) returns as Chancellor Goth, and although the casting wasn't entirely deliberate, there's nothing to indicate that it's not simply the same character. And finally, the Master returns, played by Peter Pratt. Judging from the Master's atrocious complexion, he's seen far better days since the last time he appeared.

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Another Creator/RobertHolmes serial and another classic. This serial is important in that it is the first to take place entirely on Gallifrey. In addition, ''many'' details of Time Lord society are [[WorldBuilding revealed]] for the first time: the 13 regeneration limit, the political system, the chapter houses (Prydonian, Arcalian, etc.), the swanky Time Lord regalia and their giant hats, the Sash and Key of Rassilon, the Eye of Harmony, and the Matrix. The story also introduced the Doctor's mentor Borusa and, perhaps most notably, mentioned Rassilon for the first time. Bernard Horsfall (last seen as the Time Lord who sentenced the Doctor to exile in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games"]]) returns as Chancellor Goth, and although Goth. [[labelnote:*]] Though the casting wasn't entirely deliberate, there's nothing to indicate that it's not simply the same character.character, and the subtext is just too good to ignore, so the [[DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse stories in other media]] take this and run with it[[/labelnote]]. And finally, the Master returns, played by Peter Pratt. Judging from the Master's atrocious complexion, he's seen far better days since the last time he appeared.
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