History Recap / DoctorWhoS21E7TheTwinDilemma

8th Jun '17 11:56:34 PM Maddoxsort
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Regardless of what one thinks of this story ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement and we cannot stress this enough]]), it certainly left a mark on viewers.

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Regardless of what one thinks of this story ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement and we cannot stress this enough]]), it certainly left a mark on viewers. In fact, a red-haired chap in glasses would famously make [[BrutalHonesty a contentious and sobering comment]] from a live talk show audience about this story and the following season at large and what he would like to do with the show if he was in charge. That same man [[{{Foreshadowing}} would much later become the show-runner himself]], Creator/ChrisChibnall!
8th Jun '17 11:34:36 PM Maddoxsort
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This episode was pinned onto the end of Season 21 when the idea of introducing viewers to a brand-new Doctor right off the bat instead of making them wait for the next season had merit, so the production team decided to strike while the iron was hot. The end result was very daring- suddenly, the kind and noble Doctor was ''radically'' redefined into the polar opposite, a spiky and unpredictable fellow. The turbulent nature of this brand new portrayal would be a subject of debate for ''Doctor Who's'' future, because instead of waiting to formulate a full game plan for the Sixth Doctor, it seemed like jumping headfirst into the wild, uncharted territory was... [[ShapedLikeItself bewildering]], to say the least.

Regardless of what one thinks of this story ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement and we cannot stress this enough]]), it certainly left a mark on viewers.
15th May '17 5:14:30 AM goldenroad
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Recap/DoctorWhoS14E2TheHandOfFear
9th May '17 9:54:55 PM bowserbros
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The one with... the '''coat'''.
4th Apr '17 4:32:08 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ContinuityNod:
** The Doctor says, "Brave heart, Tegan." He is addressing Peri at the time, who is confused by the injunction.
** Seen in the TARDIS wardrobe are the Second Doctor's trousers, suspenders and coat; the Third Doctor's velvet jacket and checked cape; and Tegan's coat and shirt
** [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Doctor wants to take Peri to the Eye of Orion, but he has trouble remembering the co-ordinates]].
** The Doctor paraphrases Sarah in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E2TheHandOfFear The Hand of Fear]]" when he says "I don't know if I'm coming or gone or even been"
Recap/DoctorWhoS14E2TheHandOfFear



* {{Deconstruction}}: If this serial aired today, people would interpret it as a high-profile trolling effort. The Doctor regenerates back into William Hartnell, undoing all of his character development thus far, and what's more, the new costume is eye-searingly ugly? By all indications, this was not Nathan-Turner's intention; Colin Baker was interested in returning to a darker, less trustworthy Doctor, and Nathan-Turner cast someone who was the polar opposite of Peter Davison. It's hard to explain the outfit, though... except as a deliberate subversion of the hallowed regeneration makeover.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: If this serial aired today, people would interpret it as a high-profile trolling effort. The Doctor regenerates back into William Hartnell, Creator/WilliamHartnell, undoing all of his character development thus far, and what's more, the new costume is eye-searingly ugly? By all indications, this was not Nathan-Turner's Creator/JohnNathanTurner's intention; Colin Baker was interested in returning to a darker, less trustworthy Doctor, and Nathan-Turner cast someone who was the polar opposite of Peter Davison.Creator/PeterDavison. It's hard to explain the outfit, though... except as a deliberate subversion of the hallowed regeneration makeover.
4th Apr '17 4:01:35 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* KnightErrant: The Doctor describes himself as one:
-->I'm a knight errant, not an errant fool!
* LaughingMad: The Doctor's regeneration trauma runs the gamut of emotions, from "happy drunk" to "raving paranoia" and everything in between. The wardrobe change is interrupted by a bout of [[WhoWantsToLiveForever existential angst.]]
-->"Nothing but the... urk!... grinding engines of the universe! The... crushing boredom of eternity! [=HAAAAAHahahahAHAhahahaA!=]"
4th Mar '17 3:12:53 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* BigBad: Mestor.


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* {{Expy}}: Mestor is basically a low-budget [[Franchise/StarWars Jabba the Hutt]].
4th Mar '17 3:03:24 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* GenderFlip: Averted, as Creator/JohnNathanTurner was encouraged to cast two more experienced female actors as Romulus and Remus, but chose male actors because he believed it was crucial the characters be boys for the script to work. He may have had a point about this (the twins can be read as a PlotParallel for the Doctor's fragmented personality following his regeneration).
4th Mar '17 2:52:33 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreepyTwins: Romulus and Remus aren't evil, but they are spooky mathematical geniuses.



* DoubleMeaningTitle: Anyone who has watched it will think of Romulus and Remus when hearing the title, but anyone who knows it as "the first Sixth Doctor episode" will think of regeneration and his moodswings. Of course, that sentence doesn't apply to most people - any episode with Peri in it is BestKnownForTheFanservice.

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* DoubleMeaningTitle: Anyone who has watched it will think of Romulus and Remus when hearing the title, but anyone who knows it as "the first Sixth Doctor episode" will think of regeneration and his moodswings. mood swings. Of course, that sentence doesn't apply to most people - any episode with Peri in it is BestKnownForTheFanservice.BestKnownForTheFanservice.
* DullSurprise: Romulus and Remus. The actors were picked purely for the fact that they were identical twins and it shows.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The Sixth Doctor strangling Peri makes it clear how unstable this regeneration is starting off. Fortunately, the Doctor gets better.

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The Sixth Doctor strangling Peri makes it clear how unstable this regeneration is starting off. Fortunately, the Doctor gets better.


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* ResurrectionSickness: The Sixth Doctor becomes dangerously psychotic and suffers from violent mood swings, first convincing himself that his companion is a spy and trying to strangle her, then declaring that he needs to become a hermit for everyone's safety when he realizes what he almost did.


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* WholePlotReference: This is a DarkerAndEdgier version of the Fifth Doctor's regeneration story, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva "Castrovalva"]] -- both are regeneration stories about the Doctor trying to pull himself together after a FreakOut while godlike child geniuses warp the fabric of reality.
25th Nov '16 3:10:49 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* YouLookFamiliar: Dennis Chinnery (Sylvest) previously appeared as Albert C. Richardson in The Chase, and as Gharman in Genesis of the Daleks.
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