History Recap / DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol

27th Jun '17 3:42:02 AM AmuckCricetine
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* MagicalNegro: Earl Sigma.
13th May '17 12:38:41 PM nombretomado
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The local dictator, Helen A (who bears a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed striking resemblance]] to MargaretThatcher -- deliberate, WordOfGod would later say) decides to get the hell out before her society comes crashing in on itself. Sadly for her, her gentle husband runs away together with Kandy Man's creator, and the two make off with the only escape pod. ''And'' her mutated rat-dog-thing Fifi is killed using [[ThePowerOfRock The Power of Blues]]. Helen breaks down crying, realising perhaps for the first time that happiness isn't everything.

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The local dictator, Helen A (who bears a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed striking resemblance]] to MargaretThatcher UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher -- deliberate, WordOfGod would later say) decides to get the hell out before her society comes crashing in on itself. Sadly for her, her gentle husband runs away together with Kandy Man's creator, and the two make off with the only escape pod. ''And'' her mutated rat-dog-thing Fifi is killed using [[ThePowerOfRock The Power of Blues]]. Helen breaks down crying, realising perhaps for the first time that happiness isn't everything.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The story has generated a lot of discussion about the political meanings and agendas behind a lot of what's going on, particularly concerning 1980s politics and gay rights among others; Helen A and her cronies are stand-ins for MargaretThatcher and her government, a young woman describing her realization that she was "unhappy" is played as if she was [[ComingOutStory coming out in another sense]] (i.e. a 'closeted' blues fan), and so forth. This might also explain the inaction on the part of Terra Alpha's neighbors: Trevor reveals that his purpose is to take a census of everyone who's disappeared rather, suggesting that the planetary government he reports to would rather make lists of the dead than [[HeadInTheSandManagement do anything to stop those lists growing...]]

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The story has generated a lot of discussion about the political meanings and agendas behind a lot of what's going on, particularly concerning 1980s politics and gay rights among others; Helen A and her cronies are stand-ins for MargaretThatcher UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher and her government, a young woman describing her realization that she was "unhappy" is played as if she was [[ComingOutStory coming out in another sense]] (i.e. a 'closeted' blues fan), and so forth. This might also explain the inaction on the part of Terra Alpha's neighbors: Trevor reveals that his purpose is to take a census of everyone who's disappeared rather, suggesting that the planetary government he reports to would rather make lists of the dead than [[HeadInTheSandManagement do anything to stop those lists growing...]]



* StepfordSmiler: An entire culture of them, led by a MargaretThatcher NoCelebritiesWereHarmed who enforces this way of life with the death penalty.

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* StepfordSmiler: An entire culture of them, led by a MargaretThatcher UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher NoCelebritiesWereHarmed who enforces this way of life with the death penalty.
9th May '17 10:02:15 PM bowserbros
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The one that ignores the "sub" in "subtext".
7th Apr '17 2:07:32 AM BobSaget9
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4th Apr '17 5:28:21 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Helen A was intended to satirise Margaret Thatcher, saying things like, "I like your initiative, your enterprise" while her secret police rounded up dissidents. Also, the Doctor persuades "the drones", who toil in the factories and mines, to down tools and rise up in revolt, an echo of the miners' strikes and printers' disputes during Thatcher's first two terms in office.


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* TakeThat: Sheila Hancock confirmed that her performance was based on Thatcher, whom she "hated with a passion".
4th Apr '17 4:06:48 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* NervesOfSteel: The Doctor knows the difference between a lean killer and a coward raining down death from rooftops. He has the audacity to sneak up on some snipers, puff out his chest and dare them to kill him honorably. And then snatches the gun away, when they hesitate.
31st Mar '17 9:39:59 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* DrowningPit: It seems the Kandy Man's favourite method of execution was trapping the victim in a tube and filling the tube with fondant, drowning them. The flavour of the fondant varied, Helen A's favourite was strawberry.


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* TheEvilGenius: The Kandyman acted as this for Helen A, being her chief torturer and a scientist.


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* RoboticPsychopath: The Kandy Man is extremely sadistic and cruel.
30th Mar '17 7:20:02 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AuthorTract: UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher is evil incarnate.



* CustomUniform: When she first appears, Susan Q is one of a group of Happiness Patrol mooks, but she's wearing the more elaborate wig of a speaking character.



* CustomUniform: When she first appears, Susan Q is one of a group of Happiness Patrol mooks, but she's wearing the more elaborate wig of a speaking character.



* DystopianEdict

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* DystopianEdictDystopianEdict: No unhappiness!



* EvilChef: The Kandy Man.

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* EvilChef: The Kandy Man.Man uses confectionery as a means of execution.



* FauxAffablyEvil: The Kandy Man. He considers himself a confectionery artist even though his talents are used more for executing dissidents.



* FauxAffablyEvil: The Kandy Man. He considers himself a confectionery artist even though his talents are used more for executing dissidents.



%%* FluffyTheTerrible

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%%* FluffyTheTerrible* FluffyTheTerrible: Helen A's vicious and downright ugly pet Stigorax called Fifi.



* HaveANiceDeath: In the opening, one of the members of the titular organization even drops the name of this trope as they are executing the first killjoy seen on screen.
-->Have a nice death!



* ImplicitPrison: The waiting areas are specifically ''not'' prisons ... but step over the line that marks the edge of the area, and "you're a dead man".



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Helen A is basically a sci-fi StepfordSmiler version of Margaret Thatcher.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Helen A is basically a sci-fi StepfordSmiler version of Margaret Thatcher.UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher.
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: Standard punishments are doled out by the Kandy Man, who loves "happy" and typically sweet-themed executions, like having molten-hot sugar poured down your throat until you either suffocate or are boiled alive.



* OurMonstersAreWeird: The Kandyman, a psychopathic torture robot made of candy.



* PoliceState

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* PoliceStatePoliceState: The eponymous patrol used their "fun guns" and pink uniforms to suppress anyone seeming miserable or unhappy, whom they labelled "Killjoys". Some were executed by means of deadly sweets...


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* VelvetRevolution: The Doctor brings down an entire Fascist regime overnight.
21st Jan '17 5:24:21 PM Eagal
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* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: Helen A.
** TheDragon: Daisy K.
** TheEvilGenius: The Kandy Man
** TheBrute: Priscilla P.
** TheDarkChick: Joseph C.
** TokenGoodTeammate: Susan Q.



* FluffyTheTerrible

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5th Dec '16 1:00:12 AM DoctorNemesis
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* LadyLand: A subtle example (at least relatively, given many examples of the trope); most of the characters with power and authority in the story are women (the Happiness Patrol, for example, is composed primarily or entirely of women), and it's heavily suggested that Terra Alphan society is biased in favour of women instead of men; at one point the two male snipers gripe that women always get the better jobs -- and guns. It avoids most of the usual "utopian AuthorTract" tropes usually associated with the trope, in that Terra Alpha is hardly a better place because the women are in control instead of the men. ''(insert real world analogy here)''

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* LadyLand: A subtle example (at least relatively, given many examples of the trope); most of the characters with power and authority in the story are women (the Happiness Patrol, for example, is composed primarily or entirely of women), and it's heavily suggested that Terra Alphan society is biased in favour of women instead of men; at one point the two male snipers gripe that women always get the better jobs -- and guns. It avoids most of the usual "utopian AuthorTract" tropes usually often associated with the trope, in that Terra Alpha is hardly a better place because the women are in control instead of the men. ''(insert real world analogy here)''
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