History Recap / DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric

1st Jan '17 6:15:49 AM Doug86
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* WorldWarTwo: Russian soldiers! The ENIGMA machine! Military bases! Nazis are absent, though.

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* WorldWarTwo: UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Russian soldiers! The ENIGMA machine! Military bases! Nazis are absent, though.
31st Dec '16 8:03:31 PM Xtifr
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The Doctor and Ace step out of their TARDIS into a 1940's English naval base near Maiden's Point on the Northumbrian coast during World War II. Befriending the base personnel, they learn that the base, run by Commander Millington, is being used as a listening post where Dr. Judson is using his ULTIMA machine[[note]]That would be Creator/AlanTuring and the ENIGMA machine.[[/note]] to crack inscriptions written on a Viking crypt beneath the base, warning of a being called Fenric, which has attracted Millington's attention believing he can gain Fenric's power. Outside the base, the Doctor and Ace discover a covert squad of Soviet commandos, led by Captain Sorin, who are seeking to capture ULTIMA for themselves; the Doctor warns them to stay low, while Ace and Sorin become smitten with each other.

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The Doctor and Ace step out of their TARDIS into a 1940's English naval base near Maiden's Point on the Northumbrian coast during World War II. Befriending the base personnel, they learn that the base, run by Commander Millington, is being used as a listening post where Dr. Judson is using his ULTIMA machine[[note]]That would be Creator/AlanTuring UsefulNotes/AlanTuring and the ENIGMA machine.[[/note]] to crack inscriptions written on a Viking crypt beneath the base, warning of a being called Fenric, which has attracted Millington's attention believing he can gain Fenric's power. Outside the base, the Doctor and Ace discover a covert squad of Soviet commandos, led by Captain Sorin, who are seeking to capture ULTIMA for themselves; the Doctor warns them to stay low, while Ace and Sorin become smitten with each other.
21st Dec '16 4:29:39 PM john_e
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** Judson's ULTIMA project is said to be a result of InterserviceRivalry -- the Navy want their own equivalent of Turing's group at Bletchley Park.
27th Nov '16 9:34:11 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* OutOfOrder: This was intended to be shown before "Ghost Light", so that Ace telling Kathleen about her fear of haunted houses would have been {{foreshadowing}}.
27th Nov '16 5:22:12 AM LondonKdS
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* ReCut: A "movie" edit was produced for the VHS version, and then further tweaked for the DVD version, which removes opening and closing credit sequences and cliffhanger reprises for the middle episodes, restores certain deleted sequences, and reorders certain scenes. It's generally considered by fans that the plot is much easier to follow in this cut.
14th Oct '16 7:13:03 AM Solle
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* AllThereInTheManual: Like several novelisations of 1980s ''Doctor Who'' stories, the novel fleshes out several of the characters; in particular, it shows that Millington is has been madly in love with Judson, and was the one to (accidentally) cripple him out of jealousy. Feelings between the two London evacuees are also hinted at to an even greater degree than the TV episodes, and it reveals that Judson's nurse is a Soviet spy informing on the ULTIMA project to the Russians. It even fleshes out the prudish old woman who is billeting the evacuees, stating that as a younger woman she got pregnant after a reckless visit to Maiden's Point with a boy she knew, hence her bitterness about the subject in the present day.

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* AllThereInTheManual: Like several novelisations of 1980s ''Doctor Who'' stories, the novel fleshes out several of the characters; in particular, it shows that Millington is has had been madly in love with Judson, Judson for decades, and was the one to (accidentally) cripple him out of jealousy. Feelings between the two London evacuees are also hinted at to an even greater degree than the TV episodes, and it reveals that Judson's nurse is a Soviet spy informing on the ULTIMA project to the Russians. It even fleshes out the prudish old woman who is billeting the evacuees, stating that as a younger woman she got pregnant after a reckless visit to Maiden's Point with a boy she knew, hence her bitterness about the subject in the present day.
14th Oct '16 7:12:32 AM Solle
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* AllThereInTheManual: Like several novelisations of 1980s ''Doctor Who'' stories, the novel fleshes out several of the characters; in particular, it quite heavily implies a homosexual relationship between Millington and Judson in their backstory and feelings between the two London evacuees to an even greater degree than the TV episodes, and it reveals that Judson's nurse is a Soviet spy informing on the ULTIMA project to the Russians. It even fleshes out the prudish old woman who is billeting the evacuees, suggesting that as a younger woman she was 'ruined' after a reckless visit to Maiden's Point with a boy she knew, hence her bitterness about the subject in the present day.

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* AllThereInTheManual: Like several novelisations of 1980s ''Doctor Who'' stories, the novel fleshes out several of the characters; in particular, it quite heavily implies a homosexual relationship between shows that Millington is has been madly in love with Judson, and Judson in their backstory and feelings was the one to (accidentally) cripple him out of jealousy. Feelings between the two London evacuees are also hinted at to an even greater degree than the TV episodes, and it reveals that Judson's nurse is a Soviet spy informing on the ULTIMA project to the Russians. It even fleshes out the prudish old woman who is billeting the evacuees, suggesting stating that as a younger woman she was 'ruined' got pregnant after a reckless visit to Maiden's Point with a boy she knew, hence her bitterness about the subject in the present day.
29th Jul '16 1:46:44 PM morenohijazo
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* ShownTheirWork: 1940s computing is surprisingly accurately shown, and so are most of the details of period cryptanalysis. German cryptography really did depend on rotors, as shown, and the rotor diagram on Judson's blackboard is extremely simple but essentially accurate. On the other hand, translation of an ancient script is ''not'' "decryption", and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner%27s_dilemma Prisoner's Dilemma]] name-checked by the Doctor and Judson in part 1 is not an algorithm but a well-known problem in game theory.

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* ShownTheirWork: 1940s computing is surprisingly accurately shown, and so are most of the details of period cryptanalysis. German cryptography really did depend on rotors, as shown, and the rotor diagram on Judson's blackboard is extremely simple but essentially accurate. On the other hand, translation of an ancient script is ''not'' "decryption", and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner%27s_dilemma Prisoner's Dilemma]] PrisonersDilemma name-checked by the Doctor and Judson in part 1 is not an algorithm but a well-known problem in game theory.
15th Jun '16 8:50:15 PM Doug86
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* OopNorth: Meant to be set in northern England, although few, if any, of the guest cast try to sound northern. Faintly justified in that it's mostly set on a naval base during WorldWarII; plenty of possibility for none of the sailors and marines stationed there to be from the local area. A lot of the characters aren't locals - Millington, Judson; even the Reverend Wainwright's distinctly non-Northern accent could be explained by him having gone to public school and learning to speak proper, like.

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* OopNorth: Meant to be set in northern England, although few, if any, of the guest cast try to sound northern. Faintly justified in that it's mostly set on a naval base during WorldWarII; UsefulNotes/WorldWarII; plenty of possibility for none of the sailors and marines stationed there to be from the local area. A lot of the characters aren't locals - Millington, Judson; even the Reverend Wainwright's distinctly non-Northern accent could be explained by him having gone to public school and learning to speak proper, like.
20th Mar '16 8:35:11 AM skidoo23
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* ContinuityCavalcade: It's difficult to hear due to the sound mix, but at one point to fight off a Haemovore, the Doctor begins reciting the names of all his past companions. (With only one more storyline to air after this, this marks the original series' final opportunity to acknowledge its past.)


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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Ace and Sorin, with Ace acting unexpectedly sultry towards him in one scene.
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