History Recap / DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol

3rd Feb '18 12:29:03 AM foxley
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* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Helen A has large capital As on the sleeves of her outfit.
16th Jan '18 1:18:24 PM MasterFuzzy
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* AscendedFanon: Played with/inverted. Back in ''Recap/DoctorWhoS16E6TheArmageddonFactor,'' it was heavily implied that this was the Doctor's true name. The audience either ignored or were incredibly pissed off by this, until the Doctor says in this story that it was his college nickname.



* ImprobableHairstyle: At first glance, Helen A looks to be wearing a hat -- but no. That is a combination 80's perm/ponytail with [[SkunkStripe whitewalls]] and toppped off with a big pink stripe(!).

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* ImprobableHairstyle: At first glance, Helen A looks to be wearing a hat -- but no. That is a combination 80's perm/ponytail with [[SkunkStripe whitewalls]] and toppped topped off with a big pink stripe(!).
7th Nov '17 4:13:25 PM foxley
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* RightHandAttackDog: Although Helen A's pet Fifi initially appears to a RightHandCat, she is actually a very efficient predator, as seen at the end of the serial when Helen A sends her down the pipes to wipe out the pipe people and other dissidents hiding there.
4th Nov '17 8:48:19 AM Scifimaster92
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* CrapsaccharineWorld: Terra Alpha is an inverted Oceania. On the surface, life under the regime is pretty good. Helen A's built over 1000 new factories, has solved the problem of shortages, pipes camp music into every workplace, and has abolished prisons. At night, however, goon squads go around rounding up undesirables and/or blasting them with their fun guns.

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* CrapsaccharineWorld: Terra Alpha is an inverted Oceania.[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Oceania]]. On the surface, life under the regime is pretty good. Helen A's built over 1000 new factories, has solved the problem of shortages, pipes camp music into every workplace, and has abolished prisons. At night, however, goon squads go around rounding up undesirables and/or blasting them with their fun guns.
19th Oct '17 8:03:44 PM foxley
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* HairTriggerAvalanche: Fifi is crushed to death when Earl uses his harmonica to cause an avalanche of the unstable crystallized sugar deposits in the pipes.
1st Aug '17 1:43:08 AM LondonKdS
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** Ace relates the plot of Mark Dinning's "death disc" song "Teen Angel".

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** Ace relates the plot of Mark Dinning's "death disc" "[[TeenageDeathSongs death disc]]" song "Teen Angel".
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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