History Recap / DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani

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.
2nd Mar '17 10:37:13 AM CumbersomeTercel
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The final story of the classic series to feature Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, and the first time Graeme Harper 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 final story of the classic series to feature Peter Davison Creator/PeterDavison as the Fifth Doctor, and the first time Graeme Harper 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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* BlackAndGreyMorality: The story is noted for being almost entirely bereft of likable characters other than the Doctor and Peri; the most sympathetic is Jek, and he's a psychopath.


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* DarkerAndEdgier: This story wouldn't have been out of place in Phillip Hinchcliffe's tenure. Creator/RobertHolmes felt that the Fifth Doctor's adventures had been too easy, so for his final story, he decided to put him through hell.
8th Jan '17 1:15:11 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* RocksFallEveryoneDies: A massive series of mud bursts kills everyone in the caves who isn't already dead, including the entire army.



* ZergRush: Even though he leads the army into a trap, Sharaz Jek is overwhelmed by sheer weight of numbers.

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* ZergRush: Even though he leads the army into a trap, Sharaz Jek Jek's android army is overwhelmed by sheer weight of numbers.
27th Nov '16 1:33:08 PM AndIntroducingALeg
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* TheStarscream: Timmin, who is the only person Morgus seems to trust until she gleefully deposes him and takes his place. There's no reason to think that things will be better with her in charge.
25th Oct '16 11:02:46 PM goldenroad
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The final story of the classic series to feature Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, and the first time Graeme Harper 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. 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 final story of the classic series to feature Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, and the first time Graeme Harper 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.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.
7th Jun '16 4:46:30 AM JackG
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* AnyLastWords: The firing squad
-->'''General Chellak:''' Do you have any last declaration?
-->'''Doctor:''' Nothing special. We're innocent, we've had no trial, we've had no opportunity to defend ourselves; in short, this is a mockery of justice.
-->'''General Chellak:''' Do you have any last declaration?
-->'''Peri:''' [[GetItOverWith Just get on with it]].



* FamousLastWords: The firing squad
-->'''General Chellak:''' Do you have any last declaration?
-->'''Doctor:''' Nothing special. We're innocent, we've had no trial, we've had no opportunity to defend ourselves; in short, this is a mockery of justice.
-->'''General Chellak:''' Do you have any last declaration?
-->'''Peri:''' [[GetItOverWith Just get on with it]].
4th May '16 11:10:52 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ThrowItIn: The scene where the President faces the camera directly and speaks out his inner thoughts came about from the actor misunderstanding the stage directions he was given. However, everyone liked the theatrical feel of it and that take was left in the episode.
4th May '16 11:08:28 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ChewingTheScenery: By the time Sharaz Jek is through, the entire set is covered with toothmarks!


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* LargeHam: Sharak Jek is one of the largest hams in ''Doctor Who'' history, and is all the more memorable for it.


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* NotHyperbole: When Jek says he wants Morgus' head "congealed in its own vile juice" that's not a metaphor.


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* ThePowerOfHate: When Sharaz Jek finally comes face-to-face with Morgus again, his hatred is so immense that [[UnstoppableRage he walks through a hail of bullets to kill him with his bare hands]].
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