History Recap / DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield

9th May '17 10:03:25 PM bowserbros
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The last one with the Brig. Well, for a time.
5th Apr '17 4:51:58 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AncientAstronauts: It's implied that a future regeneration of the Doctor was/will be Merlin and thus influence the development of England in the deep past.
* AuthorTract: The Doctor's spiel against nuclear weapons.
* BatmanGrabsAGun: The Doctor is perfectly willing to empty a clip of silver bullets into the Destroyer. And from his reaction post-sucker punch, this ''isn't'' a plot to get Lethbridge-Stewart to take the job instead.



* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: A future incarnation of the Doctor ends up as the Merlin of an alternate universe.



* TheBusCameBack: The Brigadier.



* ContinuityNod: The Doctor gives Ace an ID card. Ace: "Who's Elizabeth Shaw?"



* {{Demythification}}: The Doctor is apparently Merlin. Or maybe he will be in the future. Or he already was, but in an alternate universe. It's complicated.



* DoingInTheWizard: The Doctor admits that Morgaine's powers are magic, however, and gives Ace an inverse of Clarke's Law. "Any advanced form of magic is indistinguishable from technology." The in-episode explanation is that Morgaine comes from an alternate universe with different physical laws, and apparently magic or something that we might as well call magic actually works there.



* FiveRoundsRapid: Averted. UNIT has invested in specialized rounds for different alien threats, which work just fine. The new series adds 'rad-steel' rounds for counteracting anti-bullet fields. It's probably a subversion in the sense that said bullets are only deployed after normal bullets fail. On top of that, guess who gets to put the fatal Five Rounds into the Destroyer?.



* IHaveManyNames: From deleted scene:
-->'''Ancelyn''': My lord Merlin.
-->'''The Brigadier''': Merlin?
-->'''Ancelyn''': Oh, he has many names.



* IronicEcho: "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol The Happiness Patrol]]" has a famous scene where the Doctor talks a sniper out of shooting him by saying "Look me in the eye. Pull the trigger. End my life." This is repeated almost word for word, only this time it's the Doctor being spoken to.



* LargeHam: Pretty much everybody from the Arthurian universe.

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* LargeHam: LargeHam:
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Pretty much everybody from the Arthurian universe.universe.
** One of Creator/SylvesterMcCoy's greatest moments:
-->'''STOOOOOOOP!''' I '''COMMAND''' IT! THERE. WILL. BE. NO. BATTLE. '''HERE!!!'''
* LikeADuckTakesToWater: Ancelyn manages to hook up with Bambera, and get a job as a gardener for then-retired Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
* LookBehindYou: When the Doctor was preparing to face Morgaine (who would very likely kill him), the Brigadier suddenly shouts, "My God, it's a flying saucer!" When the Doctor turns to look, the Brigadier punches him out, then says, "Sorry, Doctor, but ImMoreExpendableThanYou now!"



* TheMissusAndTheEx: Neither one is anything close to a love interest, but a couple of deleted scenes from provide an example of the companion not warming up to an older one right away: TheBrigadier manages to offend Ace by referring to her as "the latest one," and a line about how looking after the Professor is her job reveals that she may feel a bit threatened. By the end of the serial the Brig has managed to prove that he can be trusted to take care of the Doctor and the two bond over a nice big explosion. In the Brig's case, at least, it's less "mutual hostility" on his part and more "old-fashioned stuffy social awkwardness":
--->(''after Ace has stormed off in a huff'')\\
'''The Brigadier:''' Oh dear. Women, not really my field, Doctor.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Don't worry, Brigadier; [[DeadpanSnarker people will be shooting at you soon]].



* NamesToRunAwayFrom: Morgaine.
* NextSundayAD: The story takes place some time in Ace's future (which actually includes the broadcast date, oddly enough), but was most likely meant to take place in the early 1990s. (This was obviously due to the UNIT dating problems). This ends up being an epic fail, though, when England's king is mentioned, which pushes the story farther and farther into the future, where people start dressing as if it were 1988.



* OutsideContextProblem:



* SleepCute: Ancelyn and Bambera.

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* SleepCute: The Doctor comes in to find Brigadier Bambera and Sir Ancelyn and Bambera. last seen having a knock-down drag-out brawl leaning on each other, fast asleep.



* WriteBackToTheFuture: The Doctor's notes.

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* WriteBackToTheFuture: The Doctor's notes.Doctor finds a note in his own handwriting with the body of King Arthur, a message from his future self.


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* YouCanPanicNow: When Ace triggers an alarm in the underwater spaceship that sees them attacked by an energy creature, the Doctor tells her This is NoTimeToPanic. He is promptly knocked off his feet by the creature and amends it to "''Now'' we panic!"
* YouWillBeBeethoven: The Doctor discovers that he will, in his own future, become Merlin.
23rd Mar '17 6:33:02 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AdaptationExpansion: The novelisation adds a flashback sequence includes an unknown future incarnation of the Doctor, who has red hair and wears a camel-hair coat.
** There is an extra opening sequence of Bambera being summoned to Geneva to be breached on the nuclear missile transport. Excalibur's signal causes a storm, which is what grounds the convoy.
** Material from earlier drafts that was never filmed is included, such as Rowlinson going to help Lavel after the helicopter crash, the Brigadier taking charge of Lavel's remains and Doris attempting to get information on casualties. It also uses the idea of the Destroyer initially appearing as an aristocratic man in a 20th century business suit, with his shadow being that of his demon self.
** The Destroyer kills a group of soldiers who try to help Ace and Shou Yuing at the hotel.


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* AllThereInTheManual: The novelisation includes dates not given on screen: Walmsley's tax disc reads 30.6.99 (suggesting a setting of late 1998 or early 1999), while Liz Shaw's old UNIT pass expired on 31.12.75.
** There is extra background material of Morgaine and Mordred receiving Excalibur's signal, including Mordred being summoned from a tavern with his drinking partner.
** Mordred's initial companions are named as Sir Comus and Sir Madlamor.
** Ancelyn's back story is given: He was a Knight General in Morgaine's army who deserted because of an ancient family pledge to answer Arthur's call. He refuses to give UNIT information on Morgaine's army because of his old oaths.
** Shou Yuing is given the family name Li.
** Ancelyn is specified as the one who killed the Knight Commander.
** Rowlinson reveals he is a retired police officer.
22nd Jan '17 10:16:33 AM MarkLungo
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* ThisIsNoTimeToPanic: The Doctor, at the end of Episode 2. A few seconds later, he adds: "''Now'' we panic!"

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* ThisIsNoTimeToPanic: The Doctor, at the end of Episode 2. A few seconds later, he adds: "''Now'' "''[[YouCanPanicNow Now]]'' [[YouCanPanicNow we panic!"panic]]!"



* WorldOfHam

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* WorldOfHamWorldOfHam
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3rd Jan '17 10:16:55 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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[[caption-width-right:350:An incredible {{Badass}}. [[BaitAndSwitch And her boyfriend.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:An incredible {{Badass}}.badass. [[BaitAndSwitch And her boyfriend.]]]]
3rd Jan '17 3:21:02 PM LondonKdS
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* UncoveringRelationshipStatus: Ancelyn blurting out "Art thou betrothed?" to Bambera.
14th Dec '16 5:27:53 AM john_e
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* NoNameGiven: We never hear Shou Yuing's family name -- [[AllThereInTheManual the novelisation gives it as Li]].

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* NoNameGiven: We never hear Shou Yuing's family name -- [[AllThereInTheManual [[NamedByTheAdaptation the novelisation gives it as Li]].
12th Dec '16 12:06:18 PM john_e
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* GirlOfTheWeek: Shou for Ace.

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* GirlOfTheWeek: Shou Yuing for Ace.


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* NoNameGiven: We never hear Shou Yuing's family name -- [[AllThereInTheManual the novelisation gives it as Li]].
27th Nov '16 5:40:39 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ReCut: The Special Edition adds a lot of unbroadcast scenes.


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* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Elizabeth is blind until she meets Morgaine.
12th Sep '16 11:27:11 AM NOYB
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** Elizabeth is so confused by the MoodWhiplash she is left sobbing "She killed that girl and cured my eyes." over and over trying to process it.

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** Elizabeth is so confused by the MoodWhiplash she is left sobbing sobbing, "She killed that girl and cured my eyes." eyes," over and over trying to process it.
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