History Recap / DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol

27th Nov '15 3:38:26 PM malifee
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** Helen A's policy of, shall we say, managing population through extreme force, is reminiscent to some extent of how Margaret Thatcher brought inflation to an all-time low, but at the cost of high unemployment rates: technical success only.
23rd Oct '15 10:49:38 AM john_e
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* ArtisticLicenseEngineering: The levers used by the Kandyman to control the Fondant Surprise are made to look as if they have catches at the top that need to be pushed in before the lever can be moved. The Kandyman's actor moves the levers without touching the supposed catches, making it all too obvious that they're dummies.
16th Oct '15 4:39:41 PM BobSaget9
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* VillainousBreakdown: Indeed, the whole crux is the Doctor trying to provoke one. If Helen A loses her composure, her whole philosophy is discredited. By Episode Three, Helen is clearly going to pieces over the state of things but, to her credit, somehow manages to maintain her stiff upper lip [[spoiler: --until she discovers her pet dog Fifi, the only thing she has ever loved, is dead]]. Cue harmonica.

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* VillainousBreakdown: Indeed, the whole crux is the Doctor trying to provoke one. If Helen A loses her composure, her whole philosophy is discredited. By Episode Three, Helen is clearly going to pieces over the state of things but, to her credit, somehow manages to maintain her stiff upper lip [[spoiler: --until lip... until she discovers her pet dog Fifi, the only thing she has ever loved, is dead]].dead. Cue harmonica.
11th Oct '15 2:04:51 PM SorPepita
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* FelonyMisdemeanor: A Type 3. On Terra Alpha, being a 'Killjoy' (i.e. being unhappy) is punishible by death.

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* FelonyMisdemeanor: A Type 3. On Terra Alpha, being a 'Killjoy' (i.e. being unhappy) is punishible punishable by death.
11th Mar '15 7:13:06 PM johnnyfog
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Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, referred to this story in his 2011 Easter sermon, on the subject of happiness and joy. No, really.

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Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, referred to this story in his 2011 Easter sermon, on the subject of happiness and joy. [[PeripheryDemographic No, really.]]
5th Feb '15 5:13:42 PM Elusivehawk
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->''I can hear the sound of empires toppling.''

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->''I ->''"I can hear the sound of empires toppling.''"''
27th Oct '14 8:26:11 AM DorisWildthyme
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* CrapsaccharineWorld: Terra Prime 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 campy 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 Prime 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 campy 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.



* {{Newspeak}}: There are no prisons on Terra Alpha, only "waiting areas"! --''[-but step over the line and you're a dead man.-]''

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* {{Newspeak}}: There are no prisons on Terra Alpha, only "waiting areas"! zones"! --''[-but step over the cross that line and you're a dead man.-]''
8th Sep '14 1:51:18 PM johnnyfog
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* ANaziByAnyOtherzName: Earl sadly hums on his harmonica, only to frantically burst into polka music when Priscilla drives past, slapping a pink sticker on his lapel.

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* ANaziByAnyOtherzName: ANaziByAnyOtherName: Earl sadly hums on his harmonica, only to frantically burst into polka music when Priscilla drives past, slapping a pink sticker on his lapel.
8th Sep '14 1:50:31 PM johnnyfog
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** The allegory still holds up today, as Silas P.'s entrapment of killjoys by blending in among them was (and is) altogether too common with undercover cops looking to cuff sexual 'deviants'.

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** The allegory still holds up today, as Silas P.'s entrapment of killjoys by blending in among them was (and is) is a particularly barbed commentary of the police. This tactic is altogether too common with undercover cops looking to cuff sexual 'deviants'.
8th Sep '14 1:48:09 PM johnnyfog
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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 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.
** It's very difficult not to read it as a PersecutionFlip: the conservatively-dressed "killjoys" are the oppressed minority, while Helen A's shock-troopers all resemble painted drag queens. We even get the obligatory Hitler reference with the badges: Earl sadly hums on his harmonica, only to frantically burst into polka music when Priscilla drives past, slapping a pink sticker on his lapel. This may also explain the suspicious 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 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. \n** It's very difficult not to read it as a PersecutionFlip: the conservatively-dressed "killjoys" are the oppressed minority, while Helen A's shock-troopers all resemble painted drag queens. We even get the obligatory Hitler reference with the badges: Earl sadly hums on his harmonica, only to frantically burst into polka music when Priscilla drives past, slapping a pink sticker on his lapel. This may might also explain the suspicious 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...]]]]
** The allegory still holds up today, as Silas P.'s entrapment of killjoys by blending in among them was (and is) altogether too common with undercover cops looking to cuff sexual 'deviants'.


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* ANaziByAnyOtherzName: Earl sadly hums on his harmonica, only to frantically burst into polka music when Priscilla drives past, slapping a pink sticker on his lapel.


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* PersecutionFlip: The conservatively-dressed "killjoys" are the oppressed minority, while Helen A's shock-troopers all resemble painted drag queens.
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