History Recap / DoctorWhoS17E3TheCreatureFromThePit

8th Apr '17 3:49:38 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AsideGlance: The Doctor forces Lady Adrasta's hand onto Erato's larynx machine and the creature starts speaking through her. As she goes through her VillainousBreakdown, we can see the Doctor lurking at the edge of the shot, looking straight at the camera out of the corner of his eye and smirking.
1st Apr '17 9:44:01 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ContinuityNod: A number of the Doctor's old costumes appear on the TARDIS hatstand. His coats from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E6TheSeedsOfDoom The Seeds of Doom]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]" are two of these.


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Doctor claims a ball of string Romana finds in the TARDIS helped Theseus and Ariadne out of the Minotaur's maze. This may have been foreshadowing "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E5TheHornsOfNimon The Horns of Nimon]]".
29th Dec '16 10:26:28 AM Eagal
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* DistressCall

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* DistressCallDistressCall: What kicks off the episode is the Doctor responding to one of these.



* MillionToOneChance
* NeverTellMeTheOdds

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* TractorBeam

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29th Dec '16 10:25:42 AM Eagal
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* CrazyPrepared: parodied.

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* CrazyPrepared: parodied.%%* CrazyPrepared
21st Dec '16 8:04:49 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The infamous scene where the Doctor "communicates" with the creature.

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The infamous monster in this one has a terribly UnfortunateCharacterDesign that has to be seen to be believed, and resembles a giant, warty green cock-and-balls. The costume department claims it was unintentional, but the scripted innuendo and its MeaningfulName - "Erato" - a few letters away from "erotic" and the name of the Muse of pornography - is enough to make a case that it wasn't. They didn't quite get away with it - the creature had to have its appendage altered between episodes. Tom Baker, for his part, has a lovely time rubbing his mouth and licking his lips a lot while talking to it. There is one particular scene where he greets it by moaning, "you have beautiful skin..." before moving in to caress its 'body', sighing his dialogue and rubbing his cheek against it. Then he takes its appendage in his hands, rubs his hands up and down it, puts the end of it in his mouth, and mimes blowing and sucking. Later the Doctor "communicates" actually allows Erato to use his throat (the creature needs to use other people's larynxes to talk), which Tom Baker decides to play as if he's allowing Erato to do something quite intimate, cuddling up to Erato's side and gesturing towards his throat with his hands.
** The Doctor gets put in the stocks by a villain who takes the opportunity to stroke and admire the Doctor's nose while he's powerless to resist.
** Romana makes at least one BDSM joke about her relationship
with the creature.Doctor.
** Forget her relationship with the Doctor; Romana spends half the serial being tied up, interrogated, slapped across the face and claimed as a 'handmaiden' by a woman in red-and-black leather who calls her "my dear" and seems to enjoy manhandling her whenever possible.
21st Dec '16 8:01:58 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* {{Corpsing}}: During the scene where the Doctor has to approach a monster that looks like a giant green penis and scrotum and "communicate" with it, Creator/TomBaker, normally very good at keeping a straight face during such things, is clearly about to crack up and even has to hide his smile with his hand at one point.



* CurseOfBabel

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* CurseOfBabelCurseOfBabel: The titular creature is presented as a villain until we find that it just lacks a speech synthesizer.


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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The infamous scene where the Doctor "communicates" with the creature.


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* MeaningfulName: The Creature in the Pit is called Erato, which means "sexually desired" and is the name of the muse of erotic poetry in Greek mythology. In the story, Erato is a force of love and creativity. And, more prosaically, it looks like a giant cock and balls and Creator/TomBaker's acting exploits this for all it is worth.
* MetalPoorPlanet: The story takes place on the planet Chloris which has an over-abundance of plant life and virtually no metal; the local dictator's power comes from having control of the only mine.


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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Lady Adrasta is killed with about 20 minutes to go, seemingly leaving the Doctor to simply arrange a treaty between Chloris and Tythonus. Then the Tythonians decide to destroy Chloris in retribution for her actions and various minor villains get in the way of the Doctor trying to stop them.
9th Oct '16 7:59:21 PM PaulA
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* SpecificSituationBooks: While trying to climb out of the Pit, the Doctor produces a book from his pocket called ''Everest in Easy Stages''. Sadly, it's in Tibetan, so he produces another book called ''Teach Yourself Tibetan''.
11th Aug '16 5:31:12 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ShoutOut: Two character names were inspired by GreekMythology:
** Lady Adrasta was inspired by Andromeda, who attracted a sea monster which plagued her homeland.
** Erato was one of a group of goddesses called the Muses, specifically the Muse of erotic poetry; significantly, her name means “lovely”.
** The story's setting, Chloris, came from “chlorophyll”, the green pigment found in most vegetation.
11th Aug '16 5:29:05 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* {{Expy}}: Torvin was clearly modeled on [[Literature/OliverTwist Fagin]].
11th Aug '16 5:24:00 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheOtherDarrin: K-9, who now has a different voice after being temporarily put out of action by robo-laryngitis earlier in the season. In real-life, previous voice actor John Leeson had quit the series and had been replaced by David Brierly.



* UnfortunateCharacterDesign: The creature from the pit - Oh '''God''' the creature! Take a look at [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/3b70dd8bbde2a83011d6e8302c83ab19/tumblr_inline_nddoowCmlC1slakn1.jpg this]] design of the alien, and what the Doctor is doing to "communicate" with it.
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