History Recap / DoctorWhoS26E2GhostLight

9th May '17 10:03:39 PM bowserbros
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The confusing one.
7th May '17 7:24:06 AM MarkLungo
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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.

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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.this.
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7th May '17 7:19:15 AM MarkLungo
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* ChangedMyJumper: Redvers Fenn-Cooper tells Ace that she's barely dressed, and later, Reverend Ernest Matthews is shocked at the Doctor "parading [his] shameless wantons", so the Doctor sends her off with Gwendoline to get something more suitable for VictorianEngland. It doesn't work the first time...
* ContemporaryCaveman: The Doctor and Ace confront a talkative, very polite Neanderthal named Nimrod used as a butler

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* ChangedMyJumper: Redvers Fenn-Cooper tells Ace that she's barely dressed, and later, Reverend Ernest Matthews is shocked at the Doctor "parading [his] shameless wantons", so the Doctor sends her off with Gwendoline to get something more suitable for VictorianEngland.Victorian England. It doesn't work the first time...
* ContemporaryCaveman: The Doctor and Ace confront a talkative, very polite Neanderthal named Nimrod used as a butlerbutler.
7th May '17 7:15:33 AM MarkLungo
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Still with us? As the story unfolds at a breakneck pace, it's soon revealed that the disturbingly creepy house might be haunted. Only it's not. It's the base for an alien surveillance force full of animated alien insectoid husks, the leader of which (Josiah himself) wishes to integrate themselves with the human race. In his opinion, that's best done by having Fenn-Cooper assassinate Queen Victoria and taking over England as its new King, as that's how evolution works in his mind.

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Still with us? As the story unfolds at a breakneck pace, it's soon revealed that the disturbingly creepy house might be haunted. Only it's not. It's the base for an alien surveillance force full of animated alien insectoid husks, the leader of which (Josiah himself) wishes to integrate themselves with the human race. In his opinion, that's best done by having Fenn-Cooper assassinate Queen Victoria UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria and taking over England as its new King, as that's how evolution works in his mind.
7th May '17 7:13:39 AM MarkLungo
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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 including VaporWear cause 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 UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain 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 [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin Darwinian]] 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 including VaporWear cause people to call her a shameless trollop).
7th May '17 7:10:33 AM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:350:Man, Series/DowntonAbbey got ''weirrrrd''...]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Man, Series/DowntonAbbey ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' got ''weirrrrd''...]]]]
22nd Apr '17 1:15:33 PM darrenr
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* DevloutionDevice: Rev. Matthews is turned into a monkey by a Light; it is justified, however, by suggesting that this is not "de-evolution" as such, because the alien could have turned him into anything and only chose the monkey form to mock the clergyman's anti-Darwinist beliefs. (Another character, for instance, is transformed into stone instead.)

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* DevloutionDevice: DevolutionDevice: Rev. Matthews is turned into a monkey by a Light; it is justified, however, by suggesting that this is not "de-evolution" as such, because the alien could have turned him into anything and only chose the monkey form to mock the clergyman's anti-Darwinist beliefs. (Another character, for instance, is transformed into stone instead.)
4th Apr '17 6:37:49 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* BigEater: Inspector Mackenzie, much to the Doctor's annoyance:
-->Since I awoke you, you have consumed three English breakfasts, two elevenses and one four-course meal. Why don't you go and get Mrs Grose to make you some afternoon tea.
* BodyHorror: Reverend Matthews slowly turned into an ape. Another example:
-->'''Light''': (holds up a bloody, severed arm) "I wanted to see how it works, so I dismantled it."



* ChangedMyJumper: Redvers Fenn-Cooper tells Ace that she's barely dressed, and later, Reverend Ernest Matthews is shocked at the Doctor "parading [his] shameless wantons", so the Doctor sends her off with Gwendoline to get something more suitable for VictorianEngland. It doesn't work the first time...
* ContemporaryCaveman: The Doctor and Ace confront a talkative, very polite Neanderthal named Nimrod used as a butler



* DevloutionDevice: Rev. Matthews is turned into a monkey by a Light; it is justified, however, by suggesting that this is not "de-evolution" as such, because the alien could have turned him into anything and only chose the monkey form to mock the clergyman's anti-Darwinist beliefs. (Another character, for instance, is transformed into stone instead.)



* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Redvers Fenn-Cooper.

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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Redvers Fenn-Cooper.Fenn-Cooper was unlucky enough to witness Light's sleeping form in the cellar of a Victorian mansion. The experience turned his hair white and drove him into the depths of insanity. By the time the Doctor arrives, he's disassociated his own identity so well that if he does acknowledge his own name, it's in the third person.



* MindScrew: "Ghost Light" has gained a reputation as one of the most incomprehensible ''Doctor Who'' episodes ever. Even being level with some episodes written by Steven Moffat.

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* LikeADuckTakesToWater: Nimrod the neanderthal adjusts pretty well to being a butler, and later an interstellar explorer.
* MindScrew: "Ghost Light" has gained a reputation as one of the most incomprehensible ''Doctor Who'' episodes ever. Even being level with some episodes written by Steven Moffat.Creator/StevenMoffat.



* PoliceAreUseless: Inspector [=Mackenzie=] is a stereotypical flat-footed cop who spends all his time gorging food and impotently trying to impose his authority on everyone around him.



** The subplot with Control's desire to be "a ladylike" contains many shout-outs to ''{{Theatre/Pygmalion}}''.

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** The subplot with Control's desire to be "a ladylike" contains many shout-outs to ''{{Theatre/Pygmalion}}''. The Doctor even calls Ace "Eliza".



** Ace compares Josiah's aversion to sunlight to Dracula, and tries the old pull-back-the-curtain trick on him (unfortunately just after he'd levelled up and lost that weakness).

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** Ace compares Josiah's aversion to sunlight to Dracula, Literture/{{Dracula}}, and tries the old pull-back-the-curtain trick on him (unfortunately just after he'd levelled up and lost that weakness).
27th Nov '16 9:21:21 AM CumbersomeTercel
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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 ''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]]

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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 Creator/JohnNathanTurner 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 ''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]]



* {{Expy}}: Redvers Fenn-Cooper was based on [[Literature/KingSolomonsMines Alan Quartermain]].



* PromotedFanboy: Writer Marc Platt was one of only two writers in the entire history of the series (the other being "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E3FullCircle Full Circle]]" writer Andrew Smith) to have a script accepted with no professional writing experience whatsoever, and no writing background beyond ''Doctor Who'' fanfiction. And [[TropesAreNotBad the result]] is one of the Seventh Doctor's most high-concept and original adventures.
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!"
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