History Recap / DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock

19th Jan '17 3:05:37 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Adric's ship seems to be heading straight for Korea, which apparently looks the same 65 million years ago as it did today -- as does the rest of the Earth, in fact (the remastered special effects on the DVD fix this mistake).
* BBCQuarry: One of the few serials of Doctor Who to feature a quarry ''that the Doctor and companions never visit.''
* BechdelTest: Passes with flying colours and a [[JustForPun gold star]].

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Adric's ship seems to be heading straight for Korea, which apparently looks the same 65 million years ago as it did today -- as does the rest of the Earth, in fact (the remastered special effects on the DVD fix this mistake).
* BadassMustache: Commander Scott has an impressive one.
* BatmanGrabsAGun: The Doctor straight up shoots the Cyber Leader.
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BBCQuarry: One of the few serials of Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' to feature a quarry ''that the Doctor and companions never visit.''
* BechdelTest: Passes with flying colours and a [[JustForPun gold star]]. star]].
* BeenThereShapedHistory: The Doctor and the Cybermen were responsible for the dinosaurs dying out.



* TheCorpseStopsHere: at the Doctor's and Adric's feet.

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* TheCorpseStopsHere: at At the Doctor's and Adric's feet.feet.
* CallBack: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E3FullCircle Full Circle In Adric's final moments, he's holding his brother's belt]].
* ContinuityNod:
** Adric mentions the Monitor at [["Recap/DoctorWhoS18E7/Logopolis Logopolis]]".
** The Cyber Leader plays clips of the Doctor's previous encounters with them.
* {{Corpsing}}: Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton suffered an attack of the giggles while they were filming the final scene, in which their characters were supposed to be grieving for Adric. Fortunately, they eventually managed to regain their composure, enabling the scene to be filmed; the incident is recounted in the "making of" documentary on the DVD.



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Adric valiantly trying to stop the freighter from crashing.
* FailedASpotCheck: In the first episode, a pair of assassin robots dart down a corridor just before a soldier turns to look. While the robots themselves are out of view, their shadows are clearly visible retreating down the passage; however, the soldier completely fails to notice ''despite staring straight at them''.



* InformedAttribute: The Cybermen are supposed to be emotionless. It is not apparent.

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* HeroicSacrifice: Ultimately, Adric failed in his goal (and achieving it would have been impossible without a major paradox being created), but he was trying to be heroic. Technically, he didn't fail completely his actions prevented the entire population of the earth from being killed. Well, the human population, anyway.
* InformedAttribute: The Cybermen are supposed to be emotionless. It is not apparent. This is lampshaded by the Doctor:
-->"Compared to some, this one's positively flippant".


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Doctor indirectly caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.


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* RewardedAsTheTraitorDeserves / YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The Cybermen kill Ringway when they have no use for him.


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* SenselessSacrifice: Adric attempts to save the earth by diverting the course of the freighter headed right for it. What he doesn't realize is that the freighter crashing into the earth is what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. He fails.


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* StableTimeLoop: The freighter is sent back in time and causes the extinction of the dinosaurs, the dominance of ''Homo sapiens'' and the creation of the ship. It also kills Adric.


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* WeMeetAgain:
-->'''Cyberleader''': So, we meet again, Doctor!
4th Dec '16 3:51:47 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* MissingEpisode: While reviewing the Doctor's history with the Cybermen, the Cyberleader refers to the events of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]]", but the clip of Patrick Troughton comes from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E7TheWheelInSpace The Wheel in Space]]". At that point, "The Tomb of the Cybermen" had not yet been returned from Hong Kong and was still missing from the BBC Archives.
27th Aug '16 7:38:03 AM TLYoungPro
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* WhamEpisode: Companion death has always been very rare, and the ones that have died in the past (and future) were all one-story companions, with the exception of one who joined at the end of one story and died ''early'' in the next. A ''main cast member of the show'' has died precisely ''twice'' in its five decade plus history - one is Adric, and the other, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven Clara Oswald]], was '''33 years later'''. It's THAT rare. "Earthshock" intensified the effect by silently rolling the credits over a picture of Adric's badge, smashed beyond repair. While that's the biggest WHAM part of the episode it also has further value: Back when it first aired, the Cybermen being the villains was a well kept secret which also adds to the shock value. But both twists have suffered ItWasHisSled at this point.

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* WhamEpisode: Companion death has always been very rare, and the ones that have died in the past (and future) were all one-story companions, with the exception of one who joined at the end of one story and died ''early'' in the next. A ''main cast member of the show'' has died precisely ''twice'' in its five decade plus history - one is Adric, and the other, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven Clara Oswald]], was '''33 years later'''. later''' (and even that arguably doesn't count since Clara is currently immortal, and can choose when she wants to die in the future.) It's THAT rare. "Earthshock" intensified the effect by silently rolling the credits over a picture of Adric's badge, smashed beyond repair. While that's the biggest WHAM part of the episode it also has further value: Back when it first aired, the Cybermen being the villains was a well kept secret which also adds to the shock value. But both twists have suffered ItWasHisSled at this point.
16th Aug '16 4:25:04 AM CumbersomeTercel
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16th Aug '16 4:25:03 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheManual: The sudden and unexplained reactivation of the Cyber-Leader's secondary garrison is explained away in the novelisation as a side-effect of the secret passageway to the Cybermen's makeshift control centre slamming shut, setting the delicate instrumentation of their equipment into action and reviving the warriors.
** The effect of the Earthshock bomb planted in Professor Kyle's archaeological site is said to be enough to blow the entire planet apart should it be planted at the focal point of several geological fault lines.
** Several mentions are made of a Galactic Congress hosting the interstellar conference on Earth.
14th Aug '16 1:26:55 PM MarkLungo
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* Jerkass: Part of the reason Ringway betrays everyone is that Captain Briggs is not a very nice person, and seems to care more about making sure she gets her bonus than her crew's lives.
* KilledOffForReal: Being blown to shreds and scattered across the prehistoric Earth will do that to you. (Although the BigFinish audio "The Boy That Time Forgot" gave Adric a different fate in the end.) Incidentally, this was the third and final instance of a classic series companion being killed, unless you count Kamelion, and Peri's death-that-wasn't.

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* Jerkass: {{Jerkass}}: Part of the reason Ringway betrays everyone is that Captain Briggs is not a very nice person, and seems to care more about making sure she gets her bonus than her crew's lives.
* KilledOffForReal: Being blown to shreds and scattered across the prehistoric Earth will do that to you. (Although the BigFinish Creator/BigFinish audio "The "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho110TheBoyThatTimeForgot The Boy That Time Forgot" Forgot]]" gave Adric a different fate in the end.) end). Incidentally, this was the third and final instance of a classic series companion being killed, unless you count Kamelion, and Peri's death-that-wasn't.
14th May '16 5:37:54 AM Clare
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* PyrrhicVictory: The Cyberleader's line (said in response to the Doctor's declaration that the Cybermen's plan to destroy the conference taking place on 26th Century Earth has been thwarted) about the Doctor "not enjoying the victory" turns out to be chillingly prophetic. The Doctor's victory over the Cybermen is overshadowed by Adric's death.
7th May '16 3:06:50 PM Temmere
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* Jerkass: Part of the reason Ringway betrays everyone is that Captain Briggs is not a very nice person, and seems to care more about making sure she gets her bonus than her crew's lives.
20th Dec '15 10:33:09 PM goldenroad
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* WhamEpisode: Companion death has always been very rare, and the ones that have died in the past (and future) were all one-story companions, with the exception of one who joined at the end of one story and died ''early'' in the next. A ''main cast member of the show'' has died precisely ''twice'' in its five decade plus history - one is Adric, and the other, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven Clara Oswald]], was '''32 years later'''. It's THAT rare. "Earthshock" intensified the effect by silently rolling the credits over a picture of Adric's badge, smashed beyond repair. While that's the biggest WHAM part of the episode it also has further value: Back when it first aired, the Cybermen being the villains was a well kept secret which also adds to the shock value. But both twists have suffered ItWasHisSled at this point.

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* WhamEpisode: Companion death has always been very rare, and the ones that have died in the past (and future) were all one-story companions, with the exception of one who joined at the end of one story and died ''early'' in the next. A ''main cast member of the show'' has died precisely ''twice'' in its five decade plus history - one is Adric, and the other, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven Clara Oswald]], was '''32 '''33 years later'''. It's THAT rare. "Earthshock" intensified the effect by silently rolling the credits over a picture of Adric's badge, smashed beyond repair. While that's the biggest WHAM part of the episode it also has further value: Back when it first aired, the Cybermen being the villains was a well kept secret which also adds to the shock value. But both twists have suffered ItWasHisSled at this point.
20th Dec '15 10:32:44 PM goldenroad
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* WhamEpisode: Companion death has always been very rare, and the ones that have died in the past (and future) were all one-story companions, with the exception of one who joined at the end of one story and died ''early'' in the next. A ''main cast member of the show'' has died precisely ''twice'' in its long, long history - one is Adric, and the other, [[spoiler:[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven Clara Oswald]], was '''32 years later'''. It's THAT rare.]] "Earthshock" intensified the effect by silently rolling the credits over a picture of Adric's badge, smashed beyond repair. While that's the biggest WHAM part of the episode it also has further value: Back when it first aired, the Cybermen being the villains was a well kept secret which also adds to the shock value. But both twists have suffered ItWasHisSled at this point.

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* WhamEpisode: Companion death has always been very rare, and the ones that have died in the past (and future) were all one-story companions, with the exception of one who joined at the end of one story and died ''early'' in the next. A ''main cast member of the show'' has died precisely ''twice'' in its long, long five decade plus history - one is Adric, and the other, [[spoiler:[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven Clara Oswald]], was '''32 years later'''. It's THAT rare.]] "Earthshock" intensified the effect by silently rolling the credits over a picture of Adric's badge, smashed beyond repair. While that's the biggest WHAM part of the episode it also has further value: Back when it first aired, the Cybermen being the villains was a well kept secret which also adds to the shock value. But both twists have suffered ItWasHisSled at this point.
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