History Recap / DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin

12th Apr '16 4:45:45 PM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message


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.

to:

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
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


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.

to:

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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


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.

to:

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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


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.

to:

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.
30th Nov '15 2:31:54 AM TheAmazingBlachman
Is there an issue? Send a Message


However, it becomes apparent that this is a plot of the Master's -- having used up all his regenerations, the Doctor's EvilCounterpart managed to get into some kind of offscreen accident and can't regenerate into a new body any longer. He's reduced to a skeletal husk, his skin rotting off and causing him constant agony, and now he wants to get his hands on the Key and Sash of Rassilon: the Presidential regalia.

to:

However, it becomes apparent that this is a plot of the Master's -- having used up all his regenerations, the Doctor's EvilCounterpart managed to get into some kind of offscreen accident and can't regenerate into a new body any longer. He's reduced to a skeletal husk, [[ThePowerOfHate only kept alive through the power of his burning hatred]], his skin rotting off and causing him constant agony, and now he wants to get his hands on the Key and Sash of Rassilon: the Presidential regalia.
15th Oct '15 9:08:34 AM JamesAustin
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[caption-width-right:350:Get that [[CrosshairAware triangle]] off the screen, pronto! What do you think this is, [[TheIlluminati the Illuminati]]? At this rate, you'll give half the viewers triangle fever, triangle vision, or some other three-sided malady!]]

to:

[[caption-width-right:350:Get that [[CrosshairAware triangle]] off the screen, pronto! What do you think this is, [[TheIlluminati the Illuminati]]? {{the Illuminati}}? At this rate, you'll give half the viewers triangle fever, triangle vision, or some other three-sided malady!]]



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.

to:

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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games]]") 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.



* ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination

to:

* ConspicuouslyPublicAssassinationConspicuouslyPublicAssassination: The Master does this to the President of Gallifrey, having first lured the Doctor into a position where he can take the fall for the assassination.



* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The title, though varying definitions of whether regeneration constitutes "death" muddles this.
** It's also been pointed out that there are many incompetent assassins, so they wouldn't necessarily be deadly.

to:

* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The title, though varying definitions of whether regeneration constitutes "death" muddles this.
** It's also been pointed out
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.



* EvilCripple: Since he can't regenerate, the Master has artificially extended his life and is just kind of...rotting.

to:

* EvilCripple: Since he can't regenerate, the Master has artificially extended his life and is just kind of... rotting.



* ForgotAboutHisPowers : Goth dies rather than regenerating. The other characters who get killed might not have that ability (whether or not all Gallifreyans have the powers of Time Lords very much [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]]). Or stasers and the Master's TCE are able to kill someone even if they have regenerative powers.

to:

* ForgotAboutHisPowers : ForgotAboutHisPowers: Goth dies rather than regenerating. The other characters who get killed might not have that ability (whether or not all Gallifreyans have the powers of Time Lords very much [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]]). Or stasers and the Master's TCE are able to kill someone even if they have regenerative powers.



-->'''Spandrell:''' ''Well done, Hilred. An antiquated capsule, for which you get adequate early warning, transducts on the very steps of the Capitol. You are warned that the occupant is a known criminal, therefore you allow him to escape and conceal himself in a building a mere 53 stories high. A clever stratagem, Hildred. You're trying to confuse him, I take it?''

to:

-->'''Spandrell:''' ''Well Well done, Hilred. An antiquated capsule, for which you get adequate early warning, transducts on the very steps of the Capitol. You are warned that the occupant is a known criminal, therefore you allow him to escape and conceal himself in a building a mere 53 stories high. A clever stratagem, Hildred. You're trying to confuse him, I take it?''it?



* HeroWithBadPublicity: Unfortunately that Omega business was covered up, so the Doctor is known only as a disgraced exile apparently linked to a despised 'dirty tricks' agency.

to:

* HeroWithBadPublicity: Unfortunately Unfortunately, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors that Omega business business]] was covered up, so the Doctor is known only as a disgraced exile apparently linked to a despised 'dirty tricks' agency.



* UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy: The assassination of the president (note the use of the American executive title rather than "prime minister," as one might expect from a BBC show) has obvious and intentional resonance with the Kennedy murder.



* OffTheShelfFX: An Action Man doll doubles as a matter-condensed Chancellery Guardsman. Also, the "transduction" effect used on the TARDIS was reused from ''SwapShop''.

to:

* OffTheShelfFX: OffTheShelfFX:
**
An Action Man doll doubles as a matter-condensed Chancellery Guardsman. Also, the Guardsman.
** The
"transduction" effect used on the TARDIS was reused from ''SwapShop''.''Swap Shop''.
** The poison Goth pours into the only source of drinking water seems to be green food colouring, still in its original bottle.



* OhCrap: Upon seeing the technician's shrunken corpse stashed in the telescope, the Doctor instantly recognises it as the work of TheMaster and turns very grave.

to:

* OhCrap: Upon seeing the technician's shrunken corpse stashed in the telescope, the Doctor instantly recognises it as the work of TheMaster the Master and turns very grave.



* PropagandaMachine

to:

* PropagandaMachinePropagandaMachine: We get to hear the plans twice for covering up what happened.



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: This is the Doctor's only twentieth-century TV solo story with no companion in tow. This was ultimately deemed undesirable in the long run, although it would be revived occasionally in the 21st century, in particular in Christmas specials.

to:

* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: This is the Doctor's only twentieth-century TV classic series solo story with no companion in tow. This was ultimately deemed undesirable in the long run, although it would be revived occasionally in the 21st century, revival series, in particular in Christmas specials.specials, although even those tend to have a guest character filling the role temporarily.



** OffTheShelfFX: In fact, it looks very much like green food colouring, still in its original bottle.



* WhoShotJFK: The assassination of the president (note the use of the American executive title rather than "prime minister," as one might expect from a BBC show) has obvious and intentional resonance with the Kennedy murder.



* YouLookFamiliar: Chancellor Goth is played by Bernard Horsfall, who also played the Time Lord who sentenced the Doctor to exile in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]". Some [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] works make them the same character, but he wasn't cast with this in mind.
1st Jun '15 8:16:41 AM LongLiveHumour
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* JohnFKennedy: The assassination of the president (note the use of the American executive title rather than "prime minister," as one might expect from a BBC show) has obvious and intentional resonance with the Kennedy murder.

to:

* JohnFKennedy: UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy: The assassination of the president (note the use of the American executive title rather than "prime minister," as one might expect from a BBC show) has obvious and intentional resonance with the Kennedy murder.
16th May '15 10:01:09 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* GothicHorror: A staple of Tom Baker's tenure. Though the plot is ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'', the atmosphere and visual borrows a lot from ThePhantomOfTheOpera and HammerHorror.

to:

* GothicHorror: A staple of Tom Baker's tenure. Though the plot is ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'', the atmosphere and visual borrows a lot from ThePhantomOfTheOpera and HammerHorror.Film/HammerHorror.
8th May '15 12:32:39 PM JulietF2
Is there an issue? Send a Message


-->'''Spandrell:''' ''Well done, Hilred. An antiquated capsule, for which you get adequate early warning, transducts on the very steps of the Capital. You are warned that the occupant is a known criminal, therefore you allow him to escape and conceal himself in a building a mere 53 stories high. A clever stratagem, Hildred. You're trying to confuse him, I take it?''

to:

-->'''Spandrell:''' ''Well done, Hilred. An antiquated capsule, for which you get adequate early warning, transducts on the very steps of the Capital.Capitol. You are warned that the occupant is a known criminal, therefore you allow him to escape and conceal himself in a building a mere 53 stories high. A clever stratagem, Hildred. You're trying to confuse him, I take it?''
This list shows the last 10 events of 95. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Recap.DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin