History Recap / DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay

9th May '17 9:44:12 PM bowserbros
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The one where the Doctor stabs someone with a rocket.
1st Apr '17 10:34:05 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* StockPoses: The peasants give a complex salute to their lords, covering their ears, eyes and mouths. This is a reference to the Three Wise Monkeys, "See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil."
7th Feb '17 2:38:00 PM LondonKdS
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* WhenPropsAttack: When the Doctor is attacked by the bat, its flight is achieved by pulling it away from Tom Baker on a string and reversing the film, but the actual attack is Baker holding the prop to his throat and struggling.
5th Jan '17 4:43:06 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* DistressedDude: Adric is captured to be made a vampire.
* EldritchAbomination: The Great Vampires, who fought the early Time Lords in the war that made the entire species get sick of violence, are gargantuan winged creatures who feast on planets, and can only be killed by having their heart destroyed. But they are so massive that the Time Lords had to invent a new type of ship specifically for hunting them. The only way the Doctor managed to best the one he encountered was by stabbing it with a rocket ship.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The Tower of the Three Who Rule. This being ''Doctor Who'', the Tower is really a crashed, defunct spaceship.



* FeudalFuture
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy

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* FeudalFuture
FeudalFuture / MedievalStasis: Enforced by the Three Who Rule
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazyGettingCrapPastTheRadar: Camilla is a pretty obvious LesbianVampire and molests Romana. She also describes Adric (who's around fourteen to sixteen years old) as a "handsome child" in a tone reminiscent of an older woman out to "make a man" of an innocent young boy.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Both averted and played straight one of the guards recognises that the man claiming to be a guard is, in fact, a known deserter. But the other doesn't... and falls for "the old prisoner trick".



* LesbianVampire: Camilla (the name's a giveaway) seems very interested in Romana.



* MedievalStasis: Enforced by the Three Who Rule
* TheNecrocracy

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* MedievalStasis: Enforced TheNecrocracy: The planet was ruled over by evil vampires, and the Three Who Rule
* TheNecrocracy
rulers had been dining on the mortal population for so long that it was down to a single small village.



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: "And certain 'erbs". Baker slips out of his BBC English accent for a second.

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: "And certain 'erbs". Baker Creator/TomBaker slips out of his BBC English accent for a second.



* {{Uberwald}}

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* {{Uberwald}}{{Uberwald}}: The unnamed planet is essentially Überwald as a PlanetOfHats.
22nd Oct '16 11:29:52 AM john_e
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'''Guard:''' We are outnumbered. Unless you aid us we shall all be killed!.\\

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'''Guard:''' We are outnumbered. Unless you aid us we shall all be killed!.\\killed!\\
22nd Feb '16 6:59:36 PM foxley
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* TorchesAndPitchforks

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* TorchesAndPitchforksTorchesAndPitchforks: The Doctor persuades the peasants to attack the castle of their tyrannical rulers (actually a spaceship embedded in the ground) with a rousing speech that's paraphrased from the St. Crispin's Day speech in ''Theatre/HenryV''. A mob scene with torches and pitchforks ensues.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The topic of "The Wasting" comes up several times during the first episode as something the peasants dread and will not discuss. It seems significant, but once episode one ends, it's never mentioned again.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The topic of "The Wasting" comes up several times during the first episode as something the peasants dread and will not discuss. It seems significant, but once episode one ends, it's never mentioned again. This is apparently a hangover from a much early draft of the script.
10th Dec '15 7:07:51 AM JamesAustin
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->'''The Doctor:''' Do you know, it just occurs to me. There are vampire legends on almost every inhabited planet.
->'''Romana:''' Really?
->'''The Doctor:''' Yes. Creatures that stalk in the night and feast on the blood of the living. Creatures that fear sunlight and running water and certain herbs. Creatures that are so strong they can only be killed by beheading, or a stake through the heart.

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->'''The Doctor:''' Do you know, it just occurs to me. There are vampire legends on almost every inhabited planet.
->'''Romana:''' Really?
->'''The
planet.\\
'''Romana:''' Really?\\
'''The
Doctor:''' Yes. Creatures that stalk in the night and feast on the blood of the living. Creatures that fear sunlight and running water and certain herbs. Creatures that are so strong they can only be killed by beheading, or a stake through the heart.



-->"Psst. You're wonderful."
-->"I suppose I am. I never really thought about it, really."

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-->"Psst. You're wonderful."
-->"I
"\\
"I
suppose I am. I never really thought about it, really."



* PercussiveMaintenance
** Twice. That's Earth craftsmanship for you...

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* PercussiveMaintenance
**
PercussiveMaintenance: Twice. That's Earth craftsmanship for you...



* SnarkBait: The title was changed from the Wasting to State of Decay to avoid this trope.



* VampireMonarch: The head vampire is an EldritchAbomination. Once the doctor stakes it with a rocket ship, the other (human) vampires crumble to dust.

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* VampireMonarch: The head vampire is an EldritchAbomination. Once the doctor Doctor stakes it with a rocket ship, the other (human) vampires crumble to dust.



--> '''Aukon:''' The guards must hold the tower to the last man.
--> '''Guard:''' We are outnumbered. Unless you aid us we shall all be killed!
--> '''Aukon:''' Then die. That is the ''purpose'' of guards.

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--> '''Aukon:''' The guards must hold the tower to the last man.
-->
man.\\
'''Guard:''' We are outnumbered. Unless you aid us we shall all be killed!
-->
killed!.\\
'''Aukon:''' Then die. That is the ''purpose'' of guards.
10th Oct '15 5:58:14 PM foxley
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* TrojanPrisoner: Romana poses as Takar's prisoner to allow them to sneak into the tower to rescue Adric.

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* TrojanPrisoner: Romana poses as Takar's Tarak's prisoner to allow them to sneak into the tower to rescue Adric.
10th Oct '15 2:17:23 AM foxley
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* NoImmortalInertia

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* NoImmortalInertiaNoImmortalInertia: Aukon, Camilla and Zargo crumble to dust when the Great Vampire is destroyed.
10th Oct '15 2:16:15 AM foxley
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* TrojanPrisoner: Romana poses as Tarkan's prisoner to allow them to sneak into the tower to rescue Adric.

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* TrojanPrisoner: Romana poses as Tarkan's Takar's prisoner to allow them to sneak into the tower to rescue Adric.
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