History Recap / DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani

24th May '17 11:38:17 AM sonikkuruzu
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* NonIndictiveTitle: Despite the title, the Doctor notes that the caves are in fact blowholes.

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* NonIndictiveTitle: NonIndicativeTitle: Despite the title, the Doctor notes that the caves are in fact blowholes.
9th May '17 9:54:35 PM bowserbros
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The one where the Doctor fondles a bat.
4th May '17 10:54:16 PM goldenroad
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The final story of the classic series to feature Creator/PeterDavison as the Fifth Doctor, and the first time Creator/GraemeHarper directed an episode of ''Doctor Who'', opting to go beyond the traditional approach to studio filming. Rather than be a director who would go through the motions of filming with generic stage direction that felt static and stilted, he got direct with the actors and used a bold and groundbreaking dynamic style of filming, the result being what to this day remains one of the best episodes ever made. Davison lamented that if more of his tenure had included Harper's directing approach, he might have stayed on the series longer.

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The Creator/PeterDavison's final story of the classic series to feature Creator/PeterDavison as the Fifth Doctor, episode, ending his tenure at an even twenty, and the first time Creator/GraemeHarper directed an episode of ''Doctor Who'', directed, opting to go beyond the traditional approach to studio filming. Rather than be a director who would go through the motions of filming with generic stage direction that felt static and stilted, he got direct with the actors and used a bold and groundbreaking dynamic style of filming, the result being what to this day remains one of the best episodes of ''Doctor Who'' ever made. Davison lamented that if more of his tenure had included Harper's directing approach, he might have stayed on the series longer.
4th Apr '17 4:23:37 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ChromosomeCasting: Apart from Peri, the only female character is Timmin. They're the only characters who survive.


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* ContinuityNod: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetOfFire Speaking about the mud in the Androzanian landscape, Peri says it's "a change from lava"]].


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* NonIndictiveTitle: Despite the title, the Doctor notes that the caves are in fact blowholes.
4th Apr '17 3:59:23 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* HolographicTerminal: The communicator in Morgus' office, in a creative variation on the usual VideoPhone.



* HolographicTerminal: The communicator in Morgus' office, in a creative variation on the usual VideoPhone.


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* IncomingHam: The Sixth Doctor introduces himself to the world with some good old-fashioned ''[[DeadpanSnarker snark]]''!
--> '''Peri:''' ...Doctor?
--> '''Sixth Doctor:''' You were expecting someone else?
4th Apr '17 3:51:53 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The Fifth Doctor indulges in some Fourth Doctor-style banter with his captors. The key difference here is that, unlike Four, Five isn't in total control -- he's [[StepfordSnarker sweating under the collar]] and playing a brinkmanship game, desperate not to get everyone killed.
31st Mar '17 9:36:09 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AntiVillain: Sharaz Jek.

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* AntiVillain: Sharaz Jek.Jek is an admitted mad terrorist who only wants to see Morgus dead, but compared to the other villains in his story he's almost a saint..



* AsideGlance: Morgus occasionally addresses the camera.



* BigBad: Morgus is arguably the story's most irredeemable and prominent villain, but notably he never actually meets the Doctor face-to-face.



* ComingInHot
-->'''Doctor:''' Stotz, we'll be touching down in a couple of minutes, or more likely crashing down. ''(buckling up)'' You see I'm a bit out of practise with manual landings so if I were you, I'd find something firm to hang on to!
* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing: The Doctor is chained to the wall in the spaceship control cabin. He's able to break free of the wall, and finds a vertical glowing energy thingy he can use to cut the chain, through trying to do so while standing with your back to it is rather painful.



* ComingInHot
-->'''Doctor:''' Stotz, we'll be touching down in a couple of minutes, or more likely crashing down. ''(buckling up)'' You see I'm a bit out of practise with manual landings so if I were you, I'd find something firm to hang on to!
* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing: The Doctor is chained to the wall in the spaceship control cabin. He's able to break free of the wall, and finds a vertical glowing energy thingy he can use to cut the chain, through trying to do so while standing with your back to it is rather painful.



* CreepyMonotone: Morgus constantly speaks in a hushed, sullen tone that hardly ever fluctuates.



* IRejectYourReality: Morgus is irrevocably convinced that the Doctor and Peri are government agents trying to topple his schemes. Granted, there is little evidence to the contrary and the Doctor is most definitely a [[SpannerInTheWorks spanner in his works]], but this incorrect assumption ultimately leads to his downfall.



* LackOfEmpathy: Morgus leaves his business partner for dead, deliberately causes "accidents" that kill his workers and personally murders his superior, all for the pursuit of profit. It is implied that he only saw Sharaz Jek as an obstacle and didn't quite understand just how much Jek hates him. He believed that Jek would back down from a gun pointed at him, or that a bullet would slow him down. [[TakingYouWithMe He]] [[UnstoppableRage was]] [[TheDeterminator very]] [[ThePowerOfHate wrong]].



* MalevolentMaskedMan: Sharaz Jek wears a head-covering mask to conceal his disfigurement from the mud geyser.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Sharaz Jek becomes remorseful when all of his androids are destroyed in the final skirmish and he learns that Peri is dying of Spectrox Toxaemia, as he could have sent an android into the dangerous caves to find the antidote.



* NeverMyFault: Sharaz Jek blames Morgus for everything bad that happens to him.



* OneManArmy: In a sense. Jek is only one man, but his android army is sufficient enough to shunt his drug war into a stalemate.



* ProperlyParanoid: Yes, there was indeed a government agent trying to expose Morgus. It just wasn't the Doctor, or anyone else he suspected for that matter.
* RedOniBlueOni: Sharaz Jek is Red to Morgus' Blue. Jek is prone to violent raving, Morgus has a LackOfEmpathy.



* RedShirt: The army troopers. Their uniforms are even coloured like Star Trek -- Yellow for the General, blue for his aide, red for the enlisted men.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Jek's robotic doubles are amazingly articulate when it comes to expressing emotions. The only real give away is that they don't blink as much as a human would

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* RedShirt: The army troopers. Their uniforms are even coloured like Star Trek ''Series/StarTrek'' -- Yellow for the General, blue for his aide, red for the enlisted men.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Jek's robotic doubles are amazingly articulate when it comes to expressing emotions. The only real give away is that they don't blink as much as a human wouldwould.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Yes, Morgus is a diabolical bastard who must be brought down. Jek's only motivation for wanting to kill him is for the sake of his own selfish revenge.



* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Even though Morgus constantly talks in a sullen tone, he has a very good vocabulary and knows exactly how to use it.



** The actual effect was inspired by "A Day in the Life" by Music/TheBeatles.

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** The actual sound effect in the regeneration was inspired by "A Day in the Life" by Music/TheBeatles.


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* TragicVillain: Sharaz Jek is a cruel, possessive terrorist, but only because of Morgus' betrayal. He goes into a lengthy villain monologue to Peri over how he used to be an optimist, but the trauma from the incident caused him to see the ugliness in everyone. He wants to keep Peri for himself because she's the only light in the darkness for him.


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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Morgus.
15th Mar '17 6:22:17 AM JahBulOn
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* ContinuityCalvacade: When the Fifth Doctor dies, he hallucinates all his companions (of that incarnation) gathering around encouraging him to regenerate. (And the Master encouraging him to give up and die.)

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* ContinuityCalvacade: ContinuityCavalcade: When the Fifth Doctor dies, he hallucinates all his companions (of that incarnation) gathering around encouraging him to regenerate. (And the Master encouraging him to give up and die.)
9th Mar '17 4:49:34 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* StalkerWithACrush: Sharaz Jek, sorta, without the Stalking bit, technically.
** However he plans on keeping Peri there and sends androids to bring her back.

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* StalkerWithACrush: Sharaz Jek, sorta, without Jek quite clearly has the Stalking bit, technically.
** However he plans on keeping Peri there
creepy kind of hots for Peri, doing things like chloroforming her, stroking her face while she's unconscious, and sends androids to bring carrying her back.around in his arms (again, unconscious) while whispering "so beautiful...so beautiful...". The fact that he also dresses entirely in black leather really doesn't help.
2nd Mar '17 11:09:38 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllForNothing: Almost every action and event is rendered pointless by almost everyone dying. What's more, the only thing the Doctor was able to accomplish was saving Peri's life; meanwhile, he caused a gigantic power collapse on Androzani Major and managed to destroy one of the planet's most valuable resources.



* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** Morgus repeatedly turns to the camera and gives exposition soliloquies. WordOfGod says that this wasn't intended the actor had misunderstood the stage directions in the script, but the director liked the effect it gave and told the actor to keep doing it, as it made the story similar to a classical theatre piece and played on the similarity of the plot to early-modern revenge tragedies.
** At the end of the story after the Doctor regenerates, this new incarnation of the Doctor speaks to the camera when he says the last half of the line "Change my dear, and it seems not a moment too soon."



* CliffhangerCopout: The first episode ends with the Doctor and Peri geting shot, execution style, and falling down dead. The following episode resolves the conflict ten seconds in, when it is revealed that the executed parties were actually robot look-a-likes.
* ContinuityCalvacade: When the Fifth Doctor dies, he hallucinates all his companions (of that incarnation) gathering around encouraging him to regenerate. (And the Master encouraging him to give up and die.)



* CyanidePill: Mercenary gunrunner Stotz is confronted by one of his men demanding payment. Stotz forces him to the ground at knifepoint and takes out a pill.
--->'''Stotz:''' The boss gave me one of these. Ten seconds he said. Let's see if it works. ''(shoves it in the mook's mouth, who tries to swallow it whole but Stotz jams a fist over his throat)'' COME ON, YOU SLUT! BITE! BITE! BITE! ''(lets him go)'' Next time, it'll be for real.



* DeathWorld: Androzani Minor features regular semi-volcanic mud bursts, is inhabited by a (admittedly rather unconvincing) carnivorous creature and is the native environment of a mineral which, in its raw state, will kill you within a few days if you so much as touch it. Not to mention you can get shot for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, as there's a rather brutal war going on.



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: This whole story is one for the Fifth Doctor.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Shortly before that, the Doctor notes that it "feels different this time." Perhaps a warning of a regeneration about to go awry and foist upon us the horrors of Six's characterization?

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The effect used for the Doctor's distorted vision near the end of Part Three is the same effect used for his regeneration at the end of the serial, with the former appearing to subtly foreshadow the latter. The use of this effect in Part 3 was intended by the director to indicate the onset of the Doctor's regeneration, which means that the Doctor is holding off his regeneration for the entirety of Part Four.
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Shortly before that, he regenerates, the Doctor notes that it "feels different this time." Perhaps a warning of a regeneration about to go awry and foist upon us the horrors of Six's characterization?



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The infamous moment when viewers get a ''very'' strong view of Peri's cleavage right before the Fifth Doctor regenerates, which Creator/PeterDavison even recalls was distracting during the day they filmed his final scene.



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident:
-->'''Morgus''': Krau Timmin, the most appalling thing has happened. His Excellency...\\
'''Timmin''': Not the President?\\
'''Morgus''': Yes, it was all over in a second. I had no time to stop him. This is a tragic loss to the world.\\
'''Timmin''': It's dreadful, sir. And that it should have happened in ''this'' building.\\
'''Morgus''': Yes, yes, I am deeply distressed, Krau Timmin.\\
'''Timmin''': Naturally you must be, sir.\\
'''Morgus''': Still, it could have been worse.\\
'''Timmin''': In what way, Trau Morgus?\\
'''Morgus''': It could have been me.
* MaleGaze: The Doctor's moving death scene is [[DistractedByTheSexy somewhat undermined by the excellent view the audience have]] of Peri's cleavage. Peter Davison once remarked that it it's all he can remember about filming the scene.



* PeopleInRubberSuits: The ridiculously fake monster, which as usual is [[SpecialEffectsFailure overlit instead of being kept in shadow]].
* MaleGaze: The Doctor's moving death scene is [[DistractedByTheSexy somewhat undermined by the excellent view the audience have]] of Peri's cleavage. Peter Davison once remarked that it it's all he can remember about filming the scene.


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* MyGreatestSecondChance: The Doctor and his companion, Peri, are exposed to deadly radiation early on in the story, and the Doctor spends the rest of it giving his all to save Peri. Having been unable to save Adric back in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock Earthshock]]", he felt even his own life was not worth sacrificing Peri's, and after spending four episodes looking for the antidote and escaping more imminent death, he gave the only dose that survived to his companion. Even his last thought, "Adric?", indicates he felt this was a "second chance" of sorts.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Morgus.


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* NoodleIncident: For the entirety of his tenure, the Fifth Doctor wears a stalk of celery on his left lapel, pinning it on in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva Castrovalva]]". In his final serial, we learn this incarnation suffers allergies from Praxis gasses in star systems. If he comes in range of these gases, the celery turns purple and he eats its to (presumably) act as an immunity booster to the allergens. However, we never see this happen on screen, because this was a last minute explanation written in to justify his habit of pinning the celery to his clothing.


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* PapaWolf: The Doctor ''will'' save Peri, no matter what.
* PeopleInRubberSuits: The ridiculously fake monster, which as usual is [[SpecialEffectsFailure overlit instead of being kept in shadow]].


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* ShootTheShaggyDog: While the Doctor manages to save Peri, the rest of Androzani Major and Minor go completely to hell because of a chain of events that was started by the Doctor simply being there and ended with every main character dying pointlessly. The entirety of these places were so riddled with corruption that it just took one thing to make everything collapse. Particular examples of this hopelessness include Stotz killing the rest of his crew and Sharaz Jek, moments after getting the revenge that he'd started the whole war that the plot centered around over, getting shot in the back.


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* SolidGoldPoop: The highly valuable life-extending drug spectrox is made from something produced by the bats dwelling in the titular caves. The exact nature of the substance is never explained; however, antidote to spectrox toxaemia is the milk of the queen bat, which the Doctor uses to save Peri's life at the cost of his own. His HeroicSacrifice takes on a bit of fridge hilarity when you realise that the Fifth Doctor's last act was to milk a bat.


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* ShoutOut:
** The Doctor seeing his former companions as he regenerates was probably inspired by ''Series/IClaudius''.
** The actual effect was inspired by "A Day in the Life" by Music/TheBeatles.
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