History Recap / DoctorWhoS26E2GhostLight

2nd May '16 2:53:58 PM Temmere
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* GambitPileup: The conflicting plans of Light, Control, and Josiah get pretty complicated, to the point that The Doctor exclaims, "Oh, things are getting out of control, even I can't play this many games at once!"
2nd May '16 11:37:42 AM Temmere
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* YouFailBiologyForever: Josiah and his laughably inept grasp of evolutionary theory, though this trope could just as easily be the arc word for the serial as a whole, seeing how it skewers both Light's attempts to catalogue a neverending list of lifeforms and Victorian England's attitudes towards evolutionary science juxtaposed with their own rigid social hierarchy.

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* YouFailBiologyForever: ArtisticLicenseBiology: Josiah and his laughably inept grasp of evolutionary theory, though this the former trope name (You Fail Biology Forever) could just as easily be the arc word for the serial as a whole, seeing how it skewers both Light's attempts to catalogue a neverending list of lifeforms and Victorian England's attitudes towards evolutionary science juxtaposed with their own rigid social hierarchy.
2nd May '16 11:33:48 AM Temmere
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* AudienceSurrogate: One of the ways they were trying to develop Ace around this time was to have The Doctor teach her about the universe so she could take amore active role in their adventures than previous companions had. This meant that in this story, The Doctor doesn't spend much time explaining things to her; it's explicitly stated that he's "testing" her. But as Andrew Cartmel admits, this unfortunately meant that a lot of things don't get explained at all, and that they probably should have had someone like Inspector Mackenzie be the audience surrogate. (Although with their time constraints it still might not have made things much clearer.)

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* AudienceSurrogate: One of the ways they were trying to develop Ace around this time was to have The Doctor teach her about the universe so she could take amore a more active role in their adventures than previous companions had. This meant that in this story, The Doctor doesn't spend much time explaining things to her; it's explicitly stated that he's "testing" her. But as Andrew Cartmel admits, this unfortunately meant that a lot of things don't get explained at all, and that they probably should have had someone like Inspector Mackenzie be the audience surrogate. (Although with their time constraints it still might not have made things much clearer.)
1st May '16 8:11:55 PM Temmere
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* AudienceSurrogate: One of the ways they were trying to develop Ace around this time was to have The Doctor teach her about the universe so she could take amore active role in their adventures than previous companions had. This meant that in this story, The Doctor doesn't spend much time explaining things to her; it's explicitly stated that he's "testing" her. But as Andrew Cartmel admits, this unfortunately meant that a lot of things don't get explained at all, and that they probably should have had someone like Inspector Mackenzie be the audience surrogate. (Although with their time constraints it still might not have made things much clearer.)
19th Apr '16 4:49:33 AM john_e
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* EvilTaintedThePlace: Even after the creepy occurrences in Gabriel Chase have been explained (well, sort of) by the story, in the events still leave a sense of evil and creepiness about the place which inspires Ace to burn it down in the future.



* HauntedHouse: Played with. Even after the creepy occurrences in Gabriel Chase have been explained (well, sort of) by the story, in the events still leave a sense of evil and creepiness about the place which inspires Ace to burn it down in the future.

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* HauntedHouse: Played with. Even after the creepy occurrences in Ace recalls having visited one, and resolving never to go there again. That house was Gabriel Chase have been explained (well, sort of) by the story, in Chase, a hundred years after the events still leave a sense of evil and creepiness about the place which inspires Ace to burn it down in the future.this episode.



* WhatTheHellHero: Ace was horribly traumatised by the creepy atmosphere of the mansion in her own time, so the Doctor decides to take her back to find out what happened ''without informing her beforehand''. She is obviously somewhat upset about this.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Ace was horribly traumatised by the creepy atmosphere of the mansion in her own time, so the Doctor decides to take her back to find out what happened ''without informing her beforehand''. She is obviously somewhat upset about this.
7th Oct '15 9:37:24 AM LahmacunKebab
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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: subverted in the case of Nimrod the Neanderthal butler, who is probably the nicest character in the serial.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: subverted Subverted in the case of Nimrod the Neanderthal butler, who is probably the nicest character in the serial.



* POVCam: Used to show the Reverend Matthews' ... departure.

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* POVCam: Used to show the Reverend Matthews' ...Matthews'... departure.



* ThirdPersonPerson: "Poor Redvers...[[GoMadFromTheRevelation his hair turned white]]."

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* ThirdPersonPerson: "Poor Redvers... [[GoMadFromTheRevelation his hair turned white]]."
14th Nov '14 11:46:28 PM Solle
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To make a long story as short as humanly possible, the Doctor takes companion Ace back in time to the Victorian era for some form of training that involves facing her childhood fears. The TARDIS lands in a mansion of the era, and the Doctor and Ace soon find themselves the guests of a "Josiah Smith" who proudly proclaims the wonders of the Darwin concept of evolution. Ace, who has a trauma involving haunted mansions, tells the Doctor that she doesn't appreciate his lesson. Also, there is a Rev. Ernest Matthews, who despises evolution, there's a maid service that refuses to stay in the house after 6pm... and a polite, well-dressed Neanderthal butler named Nimrod. The maid service is apparently also taking care of GreatWhiteHunter named Redvers Fenn-Cooper, who has recently lost his mind by "[[GoMadFromTheRevelation seeing something he cannot comprehend]]". And there's a sinister housekeeper, and Josiah's niece who isn't entirely uncreepy herself. Ace decides to crossdress for the occasion (mainly because her modern clothes causes people to call her a shameless trollop).

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To make a long story as short as humanly possible, the Doctor takes companion Ace back in time to the Victorian era for some form of training that involves facing her childhood fears. The TARDIS lands in a mansion of the era, and the Doctor and Ace soon find themselves the guests of a "Josiah Smith" who proudly proclaims the wonders of the Darwin concept of evolution. Ace, who has a trauma involving haunted mansions, tells the Doctor that she doesn't appreciate his lesson. Also, there is a Rev. Ernest Matthews, who despises evolution, there's a maid service that refuses to stay in the house after 6pm... and a polite, well-dressed Neanderthal butler named Nimrod. The maid service is apparently also taking care of GreatWhiteHunter named Redvers Fenn-Cooper, who has recently lost his mind by "[[GoMadFromTheRevelation seeing something he cannot comprehend]]". And there's a sinister housekeeper, and Josiah's niece who isn't entirely uncreepy herself. Ace decides to crossdress for the occasion (mainly because her modern clothes causes including VaporWear cause people to call her a shameless trollop).
15th Sep '14 11:33:21 AM john_e
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* LetThePastBurn: Ace tried to invoke this by burning down Gabriel Chase. She wasn't counting on the Doctor bringing her back in time to before she did it.
-->'''Ace:''' When you're a kid you smash things you hate. But what do I do if it keeps coming back?
15th Aug '14 5:59:10 PM TheRarispy
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The original pitch was set in a sinister house from ''the Doctor's'' childhood, on Gallifrey, but showrunner John Nathan-Turner asked for that aspect of it to be changed, as he felt it gave away too much about the Doctor at once. Creator/MarcPlatt went on to actually write that story as the notoriously confusing ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' GrandFinale "Lungbarrow". Ghost Light ended up being the final production of the original series, as it was produced before "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]", despite airing before both of them. [[note]]The final scene shot was of Light turning Gwendoline and her mother to stone, in case you're curious.[[/note]]

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The original pitch was set in a sinister house from ''the Doctor's'' childhood, on Gallifrey, but showrunner John Nathan-Turner asked for that aspect of it to be changed, as he felt it gave away too much about the Doctor at once. Creator/MarcPlatt went on to actually write that story as the notoriously confusing ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' GrandFinale "Lungbarrow". Ghost Light ended up being the final production of the original series, as it was produced before ''after'' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]", despite airing before both of them. [[note]]The final scene shot was of Light turning Gwendoline and her mother to stone, in case you're curious.[[/note]]
15th Aug '14 5:58:45 PM TheRarispy
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The original pitch was set in a sinister house from ''the Doctor's'' childhood, on Gallifrey, but showrunner John Nathan-Turner asked for that aspect of it to be changed, as he felt it gave away too much about the Doctor at once. Creator/MarcPlatt went on to actually write that story as the notoriously confusing ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' GrandFinale "Lungbarrow".

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The original pitch was set in a sinister house from ''the Doctor's'' childhood, on Gallifrey, but showrunner John Nathan-Turner asked for that aspect of it to be changed, as he felt it gave away too much about the Doctor at once. Creator/MarcPlatt went on to actually write that story as the notoriously confusing ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' GrandFinale "Lungbarrow".
"Lungbarrow". Ghost Light ended up being the final production of the original series, as it was produced before "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]", despite airing before both of them. [[note]]The final scene shot was of Light turning Gwendoline and her mother to stone, in case you're curious.[[/note]]
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