History Recap / DoctorWhoS21E7TheTwinDilemma

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.
5th Oct '16 5:51:19 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheNthDoctor: Creator/ColinBaker makes his debut as the Doctor.
24th Aug '15 10:00:04 AM SilentHunterUK
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* NeverLiveItDown: The Doctor dresses in what is widely regarded as one of the worst outfits he ever dons, has rapid mood swings, and nearly ''murders'' his companion for no reason. This episode is ''not'' looked at fondly by many.
9th Apr '15 7:08:22 AM carlhummus
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2nd Apr '15 5:50:30 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->'''Peri:''' On what?
-->'''Doctor:''' [[Creator/PeterDavison My last incarnation]]. I was never happy with that one.
-->'''Peri:''' Why ever not?
-->'''Doctor:''' It had a sort of feckless charm, which simply wasn't me.

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-->'''Peri:''' On what?
-->'''Doctor:'''
''what''?!\\
'''Doctor:'''
[[Creator/PeterDavison My last incarnation]]. incarnation]]... Oh, I was never happy with that one.
-->'''Peri:'''
one.\\
'''Peri:'''
Why ever not?
-->'''Doctor:'''
not?\\
'''Doctor:'''
It had a sort of feckless charm, "charm", which simply wasn't me.''me''!
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