History Recap / DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks

23rd Jul '17 5:56:14 AM JackG
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* BaitAndSwitch: First it appears that the Dalek Battle Computer will turn out to be Davros, only for it to be PoweredByAForesakenChild. Then it turns out Davros is involved after all, as the Dalek Emperor.

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* BaitAndSwitch: First it appears that the Dalek Battle Computer will turn out to be Davros, only for it to be PoweredByAForesakenChild. PoweredByAForsakenChild. Then it turns out Davros is involved after all, posing as the Dalek Emperor.
23rd Jul '17 5:54:57 AM JackG
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* BaitAndSwitch: First it appears that the Dalek Battle Computer will turn out to be Davros, only for it to be PoweredByAForesakenChild. Then it turns out Davros is involved after all, as the Dalek Emperor.
5th Jul '17 11:45:57 PM goldenroad
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The one where things start getting interesting. And the [[MoreDakka legendary debut]] of the [[EnsembleDarkhorse SPECIAL WEAPONS DALEK.]]

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The one where things start getting interesting. And The one where 80's DW returns to form. Oh, and the [[MoreDakka legendary debut]] of the [[EnsembleDarkhorse SPECIAL WEAPONS DALEK.]]



The Doctor and Ace arrive at Coal Hill School, perhaps a month after the First Doctor and company left. It doesn't take long before they're mixed up in trouble of the Dalek kind -- two separate Dalek factions, the Renegades (Grey) and Imperials (White), who are opponents and followers of the Dalek Emperor, wage war on each other for possession of the Hand of Omega, a Time Lord superweapon hidden here by [[Creator/WilliamHartnell the First Doctor]]. And unfortunately for both groups, the Doctor has laid a trap for them; he just has to make the right conditions to spring it and ensure that Group Captain Gilmore and his men don't get diced in the crossfire.

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The Doctor and Ace arrive at Coal Hill School, perhaps a month after the First Doctor and company left. It doesn't take long before they're mixed up in trouble of the Dalek Xenophobic Salt Shaker kind -- two separate Dalek factions, the Renegades (Grey) and Imperials (White), who are opponents and followers of the Dalek Emperor, wage war on each other for possession of the Hand of Omega, a Time Lord superweapon hidden here by [[Creator/WilliamHartnell the First Doctor]].Doctor]], explaining why he was on Earth in the first place. And unfortunately for both groups, the Doctor has laid a trap for them; he just has to make the right conditions to spring it and ensure that Group Captain Gilmore and his men don't get diced in the crossfire.



** Skaro's destruction is described with full in depth detail. Several details regarding Skaro are mentioned including beetle , one thousand million Daleks, a Dalek city, rock leopards in the mountains, seas boiling, the sky turning white and the atmosphere being blown into space. There is also mention of a Dalek city on Skaro known as Mensvat Esc-Dalek.

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** Skaro's destruction is described with full in depth detail. Several details regarding Skaro are mentioned including beetle , one thousand million Daleks, a Dalek city, rock leopards in the mountains, seas boiling, the sky turning white and the atmosphere being blown into space. There is also mention of a Dalek city on Skaro known as Mensvat Esc-Dalek.



** In the novelisation, it's explained that the Daleks, [[OmnicidalManiac Omnicidal Maniacs]] one and all, really aren't comfortable with the Special Weapons Dalek, because they think that, by Dalek standards, it's a dangerous insane killer.

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** In the novelisation, novelization, it's explained that the Daleks, [[OmnicidalManiac Omnicidal Maniacs]] one and all, really aren't comfortable with the Special Weapons Dalek, because they think that, by Dalek standards, it's a dangerous insane killer.
27th Jun '17 3:41:32 AM AmuckCricetine
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* MagicalNegro: The Doctor is helped out by a black man who serves tea in a cafe while inexplicably offering philosophical insights based on the enslavement of his ancestors.
** The Doctor DID start the philosophical train of thought, however, by commenting on how the demand for sugar started off a long string of events.
26th Jun '17 12:10:18 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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It's also the [[TropeNamer home]] of the ''original'' CrowningMomentOfAwesome, where [[{{Badass}} Ace]] '''took a super-powered baseball bat to a Dalek and gave it the beating of a lifetime''', where most companions would have run for their lives. And let's not even start with the ''[[UpToEleven rocket launcher.]]''

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It's also the [[TropeNamer home]] of the ''original'' CrowningMomentOfAwesome, where [[{{Badass}} Ace]] Ace '''took a super-powered baseball bat to a Dalek and gave it the beating of a lifetime''', where most companions would have run for their lives. And let's not even start with the ''[[UpToEleven rocket launcher.]]''
26th Jun '17 1:50:42 AM Maddoxsort
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** The inclusion of the Last Great Time War into the mix made this a total clusterfarce when it was stated that one of the things that routinely happened in the Time War was that things that took place at one point in time could suddenly be undone at the drop of a hat. ''Ad infinitum.'' At that point, most people just went with "The Daleks restored Skaro in the Time War and undid the moment of its destruction, and that's why it's back in the movie, so shut up already."
26th Jun '17 1:46:24 AM Maddoxsort
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* CreepyChildrenSinging

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* CreepyChildrenSingingCreepyChildrenSinging: Complete with creepy musical chime {{Leitmotif}}, thanks to the efforts of synth composer [=Keff McCullough=]



* EarthShatteringKaboom: Actually, Skaro-Shattering, but it's the same idea. That doesn't prevent Skaro [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie from]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks returning]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice in]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E2TheWitchsFamiliar tact]] (although it should be noted that in the final story listed above, Skaro is mentioned to have been destroyed and brought back, leaving its fate unclear).

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* EarthShatteringKaboom: Actually, Skaro-Shattering, but it's the same idea. That doesn't prevent Skaro [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie from]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks returning]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice in]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E2TheWitchsFamiliar tact]] (although it should be noted that in the final story listed above, Skaro is mentioned to have been destroyed and brought back, leaving its fate unclear). See WhatHappenedToTheMouse for more details.



** In the novelisation, it's explained that the Daleks, [[OmnicidalManiac]]s one and all, really aren't comfortable with the Special Weapons Dalek, because they think that, by Dalek standards, it's a dangerous insane killer.

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** In the novelisation, it's explained that the Daleks, [[OmnicidalManiac]]s [[OmnicidalManiac Omnicidal Maniacs]] one and all, really aren't comfortable with the Special Weapons Dalek, because they think that, by Dalek standards, it's a dangerous insane killer.
26th Jun '17 1:42:48 AM Maddoxsort
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** In the novelisation, it's explained that the Daleks, OmnicidalManiacs one and all, really aren't comfortable with the Special Weapons Dalek, because they think that, by Dalek standards, it's a dangerous insane killer.

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** In the novelisation, it's explained that the Daleks, OmnicidalManiacs [[OmnicidalManiac]]s one and all, really aren't comfortable with the Special Weapons Dalek, because they think that, by Dalek standards, it's a dangerous insane killer.
26th Jun '17 1:41:55 AM Maddoxsort
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Skaro's fate is highly contestable. The original intention here was that the Doctor ''blew up Skaro'' and struck a devastating blow toward them the likes of which would not be seen again until the Last Great Time War. It was a ''huge'' move for the classic series, and that's really saying something- the homeworld of the Daleks just wiped out of existence in the blink of an eye! Apparently, the Daleks were going to fix that in a later story, only the classic series never made it that far and fell into the mosh pit of FixFic. Plus, the choppy special effects used for the scene in question made unclear if the planet was actually destroyed or just exposed to a huge amount of intense heat as its sun was forced to explode.
** A lot of writers who were uneducated regarding the intended plan for the show were hung up on Skaro's destruction and got their wires crossed trying to figure out what that really meant in the grand scheme. It was eventually dealt with, but it took a ''long'' time and a ''lot'' of sorting out to do, not helped by the fact some writers didn't care for the plot point and tried to RetCon it. One rather dubious interpretation is that the Daleks trolled the Doctor into blowing up Antalin, a planet they terraformed into a Skaro-lookalike in case he tried to pull something on the planet-buster scale.
** When the TV movie came out and Skaro was shown intact in the ''opening shot of the movie'', it just made things even worse; that was before it came to light that the movie was going to be a sort of ContinuityReboot which never panned out.
** All in all, the Skaro debacle devolved into a ''mess''. Later episodes in the revival era establish that Skaro is indeed still intact, just ''really'' messed up by what the Doctor did with the Hand of Omega. And finally, the Daleks restore the planet to its former glory.
26th Jun '17 1:15:30 AM Maddoxsort
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This was the point where [[WriterOnBoard Andrew Cartmel took the reins as one of the new prospective writers]] on ''Doctor Who'' and the [[SeasonalRot funny business in experimenting with the format]] '''stopped.''' The show officialy got its grove back thanks to Cartmel. [[GrowingTheBeard He injected some much-needed mythos and drama to the show where it was desperately needed]], as it felt like the Doctor's life had become an open book by now. Suddenly, things were not as they seemed. Thus, he invoked what fans now call the "[[FanNickname Cartmel Masterplan]]", a last-ditch effort to get the show back on track before the hammer came down on it that ultimately never played out to its full extent and was instead [[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures explored in a bunch of novels based on the TV series.]] Their canonicity is [[BroadStrokes debatable]], given how writers across several mediums in the ''DW'' franchise [[ContinuitySnarl can't seem to get things straight.]]

[[ShooOutTheClowns Gone was the pantomiming Doctor from Season 24]], or at least downplayed in that aspect. [[CerebusSyndrome Now, he became]] [[TheChessmaster a cunning and manipulative fellow]] who at times could be downright ''[[GoodIsNotNice scary]]'' with his methods. The [[FreudianExcuse reason]] being was that his personal involvement with shaping the history of the cosmos was coming into the fray and starting to bite him where the sun didn't shine, and he realized he had better shape up fast and get with the program if it meant protecting the universe from dangers of his own accord.

Sadly, the damage had already been done by three potty seasons in a row, and now the show was desperately treading water. Though Cartmel made a valiant effort to [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rescue everything]], he still had to contend with all the scripts from the previous regime of writers who signed on with Creator/ColinBaker and carried over to Creator/SylvesterMcCoy, which took up till now to burn off. And that, unfortunately, put the show on the downward spiral. This is where the homestretch of the classic series begins, but boy, is it one heck of a ride, starting here.





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