History Recap / DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin

21st Mar '17 6:41:11 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ExospeakGag: Rather than describe the Doctor's change of body by the rather more lofty "regeneration", a fellow Time Lord refers to them as "face lifts".

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* ExospeakGag: ExpospeakGag: Rather than describe the Doctor's change of body by the rather more lofty "regeneration", a fellow Time Lord refers to them as "face lifts".
21st Mar '17 6:31:11 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ExospeakGag: Rather than describe the Doctor's change of body by the rather more lofty "regeneration", a fellow Time Lord refers to them as "face lifts".
6th Feb '17 6:49:21 AM Doug86
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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.[[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[[/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.

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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.[[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 [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse stories in other media]] take this and run with 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 Dec '16 3:54:48 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ShoutOut: The biplane that menaces the Doctor is reminiscent of the crop duster from ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
** The Doctor's line about "vaporisation without representation" mocked a similar American slogan about taxation that was popular during the War of Independence.
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The biplane that menaces the Doctor is reminiscent of the crop duster from ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''.
8th Dec '16 11:47:13 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ChromosoneCasting: The only female character in the serial is the voice of a computer.

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* ChromosoneCasting: ChromosomeCasting: The only female character in the serial is the voice of a computer.



* TechniclorToxin: The Master's poison is green.

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* TechniclorToxin: TechnicolorToxin: The Master's poison is green.
8th Dec '16 11:44:10 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AgonyBeam

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* AgonyBeamAgonyBeam: The Doctor is tortured to get him to confess with this.



* AmbitionIsEvil

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* AmbitionIsEvilAmbitionIsEvil: The Master subverts his ally through appealing to his ambition.



* BodyHorror: The Master tried to regenerate beyond his regeneration limit. He has become a rotted walking corpse, in constant agonising pain, living only on willpower and hatred as his body continues to disintegrate.



* ChewingTheScenery / LargeHam: The Master, of course.
--->You '''craaaaaaven-'earted'''... SPINELESS... Poltroon!
* ChromosoneCasting: The only female character in the serial is the voice of a computer.



* DarkerAndEdgier: The dark echoes of the Kennedy assassination and the Red Scare, the more visceral than usual violence, several shocking cliffhangers, and the fact that Master is now a Hammer Horror monstrosity drew particular ire from MoralGuardians at the time.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The dark echoes of the Kennedy assassination and the Red Scare, the more visceral than usual violence, several shocking cliffhangers, and the fact that Master is now a Hammer Horror Film/HammerHorror monstrosity drew particular ire from MoralGuardians at the time.



* DramaticIrony: The Time Lord authorities make deductions from the Doctor's history that lead them to believe him far more knowledgable than he actually is.

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* DramaticIrony: The Time Lord authorities make deductions from the Doctor's history that lead them to believe him far more knowledgable knowledgeable than he actually is.is.
* ElderlyImmortal: The Master.



* EvilIsPetty: The Doctor points out the Master's pettiness to him:
-->"You would delay an execution to pull the wings off a fly!"



* ImmortalityImmorality: The Master will do anything to gain more life, even if it means destroying Gallifrey and the Time Lords.



* JanitorImpersonationInfiltration: The Fourth Doctor disguises himself as a dressing room assistant to appear invisible while he steals himself a disguise, using only voice pitch and body language as he was dressed only in his underwear at the time. Notably, the two Time Lords who are the focus of the scene don't even seem entirely sure that there was another person there at all.



* LiteralCliffhanger: Episode 2 was intended to end with a cliffhanger of a samurai with Goth's eyes cutting through the Doctor's scarf as he hung from it off a cliff face. However, the episode was underrunning and so a lot of SurrealHorror setpieces intended for Episode 3 got bumped forward to Episode 2, resulting in an eventual cliffhanger of the Doctor trapped with his foot on a train track as the train approaches.



* MesACrowd: While in the Matrix, Goth takes on various generic historical personas (a samurai, a clown, a WW1 biplane pilot, etc.) to attack/frighten the Doctor (and the audience). At one point several of him seem to man several positions on a train (or trains) simultaneously to run over the Doctor's leg.
* MindRape: The Fourth Doctor simultaneously commits and is subjected to one when he ends up heading into a Cyberspace based on Goth's mind in order to assassinate him. Obviously he's invading Goth's mind, but Goth is also subjecting him to both psychological and physical (mental) torture.



* TheNthDoctor: Peter Pratt takes over as the Master for the only time.



* NamesToRunAwayFrom: Chancellor Goth.



* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The show's new producer considered the previous incarnations of the Master a "Comic-opera villain" and wanted something conspicuously scarier and more threatening for his return. Well, it worked...

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* NightmareFace: The Master's new face...ain't pretty.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: The show's new producer Phillip Hinchcliffe considered the previous incarnations incarnation of the Master a "Comic-opera villain" and wanted something conspicuously scarier and more threatening for his return. Well, it worked...


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* TheNthDoctor: Peter Pratt takes over as the Master for the only time.


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* ParentService: The story features no companion for this job and the rest of the cast are either old men or a hissing walking corpse, so an excuse is found to dress the Doctor in an unfastened see-through pirate shirt and tight skinny leggings, and get him wet, complete with him tossing back his wet hair and striking a pose. Even official programme guides comment about how dashing and sexy Creator/TomBaker looks in this one. If you prefer a more conventionally handsome look for your men, the serial also delivers Bernard Horsfall in silver lipstick and eyeshadow.


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* PseudoCrisis: Twice:
** The Doctor takes a sniper rifle from a balcony, aims, and shoots the Lord President of Gallifrey dead. It's pure Superdickery, and the next episode it's revealed he was actually trying to shoot the person trying to shoot the President.
** An enemy grabs the Doctor from behind and started to drown him at the end of Episode 3. The next week, the man lost energy for no apparent reason, and the Doctor threw him off with ease.


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* TechniclorToxin: The Master's poison is green.


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* VideoInsideFilmOutside: Reality is all video with smooth motion and bright (some would say rather lurid) colours. When the Doctor enters the {{Cyberspace}} nightmare-world, it's all film, including the few studio shots (such as the Miniature Effects with the crocodile), with everything in a drab and muted, grainy colour palette (helped by the cheap and nasty-quality film) with the exception of the Doctor's ridiculously blue eyes. The whole effect is to indicate unrealness to everything there except for the Doctor's mind.
* WhamEpisode: This was the first serial to completely take place on Gallifrey, and as such established much of the backstory regarding the culture that would inform stories for decades to come, including the revelation that Time Lords (in theory) may only regenerate 12 times. The Doctor is companion-less for the first time in the series, accused of a crime he didn't commit. It also featured the return of the Master (the character had previously been retired due to Roger Delgado's death) and the revelation that yes, the Time Lords were absolutely capable of political scheming and skullduggery.


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* YourMindMakesItReal: The Gallifreyan Matrix works like this, as death in the virtual reality overloads the person's mind.
8th Nov '16 11:21:58 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The title, though varying definitions of whether regeneration constitutes "death" muddles this. According to the text commentary on the DVD, Robert Holmes argued that there are many incompetent assassins, so they wouldn't necessarily be deadly.

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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The title, though varying definitions of whether regeneration constitutes "death" muddles this. According to the text commentary on the DVD, Robert Holmes argued that there are many incompetent assassins, so they wouldn't necessarily be deadly. It is at least an improvement on the working title of "The ''Dangerous'' Assassin".
5th Oct '16 5:39:07 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheNthDoctor: Peter Pratt takes over as the Master for the only time.
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.
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