History Recap / DoctorWhoS18E2Meglos

9th May '17 9:42:35 PM bowserbros
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The one with an evil cactus.
7th Apr '17 2:05:45 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: The Doctor's decision to kill Meglos and the band of thieves he was working with (who didn't even know they were involved in a genocidal scheme up until the end) is never explained or even questioned. More alarmingly, the underground city leaders thank the Doctor for saving their planet from destruction and stopping the criminal who stole their power source, but never question whether it was really necessary to destroy the power source. They now have to evacuate untold cubic miles of powerless underground dwellings, set up new homes in a horrible writhing jungle, and somehow find the power to make it all work. Assuming this is even possible, it will be a long and difficult process in which many lives will no doubt be lost. The Doctor may have had no alternative to destroying the artefact, but we wouldn't know because the subject is never discussed at all.
2nd Apr '17 2:51:57 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* {{Leitmotif}}: The titular angry cactus is signalled by a vibraslap scream, with increasing distortion as he approaches VillainousBreakdown.
1st Apr '17 10:28:00 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RecycledSoundtrack: The sound effect created for the approach of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E3ImageOfTheFendahl the Fendahl]] is re-used as background atmosphere for the Tigellan jungle, as well as effects used in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan The Daleks' Master Plan]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E4PlanetOfTheDaleks Planet of the Daleks]].
30th Mar '17 7:37:42 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* OurMonstersAreWeird: Meglos. A dangerous and psychotic alien DiabolicalMastermind, technocrat and shapeshifter, who accomplished all this despite being a sessile cactus with no discernable sensory organs.
4th Jan '17 3:15:44 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheManual: The "abducted earthling" of the televised story is given a name in the novelisation George Morris and backstory as an assistant bank manager. His abduction by the Gaztaks, whom he believes at first are students carrying out one of their Rag Week pranks, is shown in the opening pages.

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* AllThereInTheManual: The "abducted earthling" of the televised story is given a name in the novelisation George Morris and a backstory as an assistant bank manager. His abduction by the Gaztaks, whom he believes at first are students carrying out one of their Rag Week pranks, is shown in the opening pages.



* GroundhogDayLoop: {{Defied|Trope}}. The two Time Lords solve a time loop within 5 minutes before starting the adventure proper. But then, they are ''Time Lords'', it should be easy for them.



* HumanSacrifice: The Doctor is offered up to Ty almost.
* ImpersonatingTheEvilTwin: The Doctor impersonates Meglos. He is discovered only when Meglos is shot in the belief that he's the Doctor and replies, "satisfied?"
* KickTheDog: Literally when the mercenary kicks K-9. According to the commentary, the actor, who was best known for playing hammy villains, added this business himself because he figured the fans would be expecting it.



* PlantAliens

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* PlantAliensPlantAliens: The titular Meglos, an evil shape-shifting ''cactus'' who wanted to take over the universe. [[IncrediblyLamePun What a prick]].



* GroundhogDayLoop: {{Defied|Trope}}. The two Time Lords solve a time loop within 5 minutes before starting the adventure proper. But then, they are ''Time Lords'', it should be easy for them.
* TerminallyDependentSociety

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* GroundhogDayLoop: {{Defied|Trope}}. TerminallyDependentSociety: The two Time Lords solve people of Tigella live in a time loop within 5 minutes before starting city where everything is powered by a single alien artifact, which gets destroyed at the adventure proper. But then, they are ''Time Lords'', it should be easy for them.
* TerminallyDependentSociety
story's climax; although they're initially horrified by having to manage without it, it's presented as ultimately being an opportunity rather than a disaster.
15th Aug '16 1:49:49 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheScript: The human abducted so that Meglos can possess his body is unnamed in the original TV dialogue and credits, and only named as George Morris in [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations the novelisation]].

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\n* AllThereInTheScript: AllThereInTheManual: The human abducted so that Meglos can possess his body "abducted earthling" of the televised story is unnamed given a name in the original TV dialogue and credits, and only named as novelisation George Morris in [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations and backstory as an assistant bank manager. His abduction by the novelisation]].Gaztaks, whom he believes at first are students carrying out one of their Rag Week pranks, is shown in the opening pages.
** The novelisation makes it clear the "Gaztak" is a broad term for mercenary bands, not referring only to Grugger's group.
** The novel answers the question of how Meglos' species would be able to advance technologically as immobile cacti by their ability to take over the minds of other beings, implying that, despite what was shown, they are able to do it without technological adjuncts.
** The novelisation ends with George Morris returning to Earth.


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* SignificantAnagram: Brotadac is an anagram of "Bad Actor".
10th Dec '15 7:03:56 AM JamesAustin
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* ActingForTwo: Creator/TomBaker as both the Doctor and Meglos. Creates a fascinating contrast when they get locked in a cell together.



* HeroicBystander: George Morris (aka The Earthling) proves that despite his [[{{Geek}} Geekiness]] and NerdGlasses, that he's just a pinch TooSpicyForYogSothoth.

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* HeroicBystander: George Morris (aka The Earthling) proves that despite his [[{{Geek}} Geekiness]] {{geek}}iness and NerdGlasses, that he's just a pinch TooSpicyForYogSothoth.



* PlayingPossum: One of the pirates

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* PlayingPossum: One of the piratespirates.



* GroundhogDayLoop: [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. The two Time Lords solve a time loop within 5 minutes before starting the adventure proper. But then, they are ''Time Lords'', it should be easy for them.

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* GroundhogDayLoop: [[DefiedTrope Defied]].{{Defied|Trope}}. The two Time Lords solve a time loop within 5 minutes before starting the adventure proper. But then, they are ''Time Lords'', it should be easy for them.



* YouLookFamiliar: Lexa is played by Jacqueline Hill, who had played the Doctor's companion Barbara 15 years earlier.
5th Feb '15 4:43:52 PM Elusivehawk
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->''First things first, but not necessarily in that order.''
-->'''The Doctor'''

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->''First ->''"First things first, but not necessarily in that order.''
-->'''The
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-->--'''The
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5th Aug '14 2:29:38 AM SnarkyAce
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* GroundhogDayLoop: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. The two Time Lords solve a time loop within 5 minutes before starting the adventure proper. But then, they are ''Time Lords'', it should be easy for them.

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* GroundhogDayLoop: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]].[[DefiedTrope Defied]]. The two Time Lords solve a time loop within 5 minutes before starting the adventure proper. But then, they are ''Time Lords'', it should be easy for them.
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