History Recap / DoctorWhoS15E4TheSunMakers

21st Jun '17 4:51:44 PM nighttrainfm
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* TakeThat: The entire script is one towards the Inland Revenue office (although changed around from a public government entity to a private corporate one).

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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The entire script is one towards the Inland Revenue office (although changed around from a public government entity to a private corporate one).
12th Jun '17 3:38:27 PM AmuckCricetine
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* BrokenAesop: The story is supposed to be a right-wing allegory about how taxation is bad, written by an openly Conservative writer. However, ignoring a few throwaway flippant comments made by the Doctor, the story is really about the evil of taxation that targets the poorest in society, and societies that strip away social safety nets so the untaxed rich can rake in massive profits. The reason for this situation is privatisation, where every utility (including sunlight) is run by corporate interests and the government is viewed only as an extension of the MegaCorp. At the very least, it comes across as left-wing in an Occupy kind of way. If you choose to read into the fact that the Doctor wins by inspiring a populist revolt to execute their leaders while quoting Karl Marx, it becomes actively ''Communist''. Not what you'd expect from something written by a UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher supporter in 1977.
10th Jun '17 8:04:41 AM AmuckCricetine
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The one with the offhand bit of ''Logan's Run''.

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The one with the offhand bit of ''Logan's Run''.
''Film/LogansRun''.
9th May '17 9:35:21 PM bowserbros
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The one with the offhand bit of ''Logan's Run''.
24th Mar '17 10:02:16 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* PriceOnTheirHead: The Gatherer puts a 5,000 talmar bounty on the Doctor's head. The Doctor boasts that The Droge of the Gabriellides offered ''an entire star system'' for his head.
19th Mar '17 6:03:01 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** When Mandrel says that the Doctor had better have a good story, the Doctor begins, "[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Once upon a time, there were three sisters...]]"
19th Mar '17 6:01:13 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* {{Expy}}: The Collector appears to have been based on Davros's design.

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The Collector appears to have been based on Davros's design.design.
** Actor Richard Leech saw his character, Gatherer Hade, as a version of Pooh-Bah from ''Theatre/TheMikado''. Hade's remark that giving the Doctor a thousand talmars "added a touch of verisimilitude" echoes Pooh-Bah's famous line describing an element he has added to a cover story as "merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative."



* FunWithAcronyms: The initialism PCM may be a play on Per Calendar Month.



* IncrediblyLamePun: The Doctor spoofs Karl Marx when he tells the workers they have nothing to lose but their claims.

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* IncrediblyLamePun: The Doctor spoofs Karl Marx UseulNotes/KarlMarx when he tells the workers they have nothing to lose but their claims.



** Actor Richard Leech saw his character, Gatherer Hade, as a version of Pooh-Bah from ''Theatre/TheMikado''. Hade's remark that giving the Doctor a thousand talmars "added a touch of verisimilitude" echoes Pooh-Bah's famous line describing an element he has added to a cover story as "merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative."
12th Jan '17 7:55:22 PM justme13
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* BaldOfEvil: The Collector


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* TheDragon: Hade to the Collector.
14th Dec '16 9:12:17 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: The story is set in the far future on Pluto, which is referred to explicitly as a planet (other Doctor Who episodes refer to it as such, too).



* NoodleIncident: The PA announces that the Gatherer has offered 5,000 telmars for the Doctor's capture. A couple of workers marvel at this, until the Doctor (who's been standing behind them) scoffs, "Peanuts! The Droge of the Gabriellides once offered an entire star system for my head!"



* ShoutOut: Leela's attempted execution contains visual references to ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' (the pod she's confined in, and the control panels). The opening shots of Cordo are a copy of the opening shots of Winston Smith in the famous 1950s [=BBC=] version of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.

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Leela's attempted execution contains visual references to ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' (the pod she's confined in, and the control panels). The opening shots of Cordo are a copy of the opening shots of Winston Smith in the famous 1950s [=BBC=] version of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.
6th Oct '16 3:49:19 AM foxley
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* CameraSpoofing

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* CameraSpoofingCameraSpoofing: The Doctor does this; looping the film so it looks like he is wandering back and forth along a corridor.
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