History Recap / DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric

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.
6th Feb '16 5:34:01 PM kkhohoho
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* WhatTheHellHero: Ace lets the Doctor have it (several times) for concealing vital plot-related information from her. In particular after she accidentally tells Judson how to release Fenric.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Ace lets the Doctor have it (several times) for concealing vital plot-related information from her. In her, as well as [[BreakHerHeartToSaveHer using her by breaking her faith in him.]] That last one in particular after is the one that hits her the hardest, and the one she accidentally tells Judson how to release Fenric.in turn lashes out the hardest at the Doctor for.
30th Jan '16 4:49:56 PM Metz77
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The Doctor reveals he has previously faced Fenric, an ancient evil since the dawn of time, besting him by challenging him at a chess problem. Arranging another chess problem in the same room where the nerve gas has been stockpiled, the Doctor is able to delay Fenric while he runs off to seek a more permanent solution. Sorin, the last remaining member of his squad, enters the room and prepares to shoot Fenric, but Fenric reveals that Sorin is one of his "wolves", having descended from the Vikings that carried the cursed vase to the English shores, and takes over his body. When Ace returns to the room, she unwittingly helps Fenric, in Sorin's body, to solve the chess problem. The Doctor arrives too late, as Fenric can no longer be stopped. Fenric orders the Ancient One to attack the Doctor, but a psychic barrier created by Ace's trust in the Doctor prevents the Ancient One from acting. When Fenris threatens to kill Ace, the Doctor tells him to go ahead, revealing to Ace that she too is one of Fenric's pawns and that he has known so all along. It was he that created the time storm that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire transported her to the alien world where she met the Doctor the first time]]. Furthermore, by saving Kathleen and Audrey, she has assured that the cycle remains unbroken, as Audrey will grow up to become Ace's mother whom she despises. Why else, he asks, would he invest so much in some anti-authoritarian urchin? It's not as though he cares about her. Ace's faith shatters, causing the psychic barrier to drop, but instead of attacking the Doctor, the Ancient One grabs Fenric, pulls him into a sealed chamber and releases a lethal dose of the gas. The chamber explodes, killing them both. The Doctor pulls Ace out of the store as it explodes behind them.

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The Doctor reveals he has previously faced Fenric, an ancient evil since the dawn of time, besting him by challenging him at a chess problem. Arranging another chess problem in the same room where the nerve gas has been stockpiled, the Doctor is able to delay Fenric while he runs off to seek a more permanent solution. Sorin, the last remaining member of his squad, enters the room and prepares to shoot Fenric, but Fenric reveals that Sorin is one of his "wolves", having descended from the Vikings that carried the cursed vase to the English shores, and takes over his body. When Ace returns to the room, she unwittingly helps Fenric, in Sorin's body, to solve the chess problem. The Doctor arrives too late, as Fenric can no longer be stopped. Fenric orders the Ancient One to attack the Doctor, but a psychic barrier created by Ace's trust in the Doctor prevents the Ancient One from acting. When Fenris Fenric threatens to kill Ace, the Doctor tells him to go ahead, revealing to Ace that she too is one of Fenric's pawns and that he has known so all along. ever since [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire he met her on Ice World]]. It was Fenric, he explains, that created the time storm that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire transported her to the alien world where she met the Doctor Ace there in the first time]].place. Furthermore, by saving Kathleen and Audrey, she has assured that the cycle remains unbroken, as Audrey will grow up to become Ace's mother whom she despises. Why else, he asks, would he invest so much in some anti-authoritarian urchin? It's not as though he cares about her. Ace's faith shatters, causing the psychic barrier to drop, but instead of attacking the Doctor, the Ancient One grabs Fenric, pulls him into a sealed chamber and releases a lethal dose of the gas. The chamber explodes, killing them both. The Doctor pulls Ace out of the store as it explodes behind them.
30th Jan '16 4:47:59 PM Metz77
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The Doctor reveals he has previously faced Fenric, an ancient evil since the dawn of time, besting him by challenging him at a chess problem. Arranging another chess problem in the same room where the nerve gas has been stockpiled, the Doctor is able to delay Fenric while he runs off to seek a more permanent solution. Sorin, the last remaining member of his squad, enters the room and prepares to shoot Fenric, but Fenric reveals that Sorin is one of his "wolves", having descended from the Vikings that carried the cursed vase to the English shores, and takes over his body. When Ace returns to the room, she unwittingly helps Fenric, in Sorin's body, to solve the chess problem. The Doctor arrives too late, as Fenric can no longer be stopped. Fenric orders the Ancient One to attack the Doctor, but a psychic barrier created by Ace's trust in the Doctor prevents the Ancient One from acting. The Doctor is forced to reveal to Ace that she too is one of Fenric's pawns, as it was he that created the time storm that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire transported her to the alien world where she met the Doctor the first time]]. Furthermore, by saving Kathleen and Audrey, she has assured that the cycle remains unbroken, as Audrey will grow up to become Ace's mother whom she despises. Ace's faith shatters, causing the psychic barrier to drop, but instead of attacking the Doctor, the Ancient One grabs Fenric, pulls him into a sealed chamber and releases a lethal dose of the gas. The chamber explodes, killing them both. The Doctor pulls Ace out of the store as it explodes behind them.

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The Doctor reveals he has previously faced Fenric, an ancient evil since the dawn of time, besting him by challenging him at a chess problem. Arranging another chess problem in the same room where the nerve gas has been stockpiled, the Doctor is able to delay Fenric while he runs off to seek a more permanent solution. Sorin, the last remaining member of his squad, enters the room and prepares to shoot Fenric, but Fenric reveals that Sorin is one of his "wolves", having descended from the Vikings that carried the cursed vase to the English shores, and takes over his body. When Ace returns to the room, she unwittingly helps Fenric, in Sorin's body, to solve the chess problem. The Doctor arrives too late, as Fenric can no longer be stopped. Fenric orders the Ancient One to attack the Doctor, but a psychic barrier created by Ace's trust in the Doctor prevents the Ancient One from acting. The When Fenris threatens to kill Ace, the Doctor is forced tells him to reveal go ahead, revealing to Ace that she too is one of Fenric's pawns, as it pawns and that he has known so all along. It was he that created the time storm that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire transported her to the alien world where she met the Doctor the first time]]. Furthermore, by saving Kathleen and Audrey, she has assured that the cycle remains unbroken, as Audrey will grow up to become Ace's mother whom she despises. Why else, he asks, would he invest so much in some anti-authoritarian urchin? It's not as though he cares about her. Ace's faith shatters, causing the psychic barrier to drop, but instead of attacking the Doctor, the Ancient One grabs Fenric, pulls him into a sealed chamber and releases a lethal dose of the gas. The chamber explodes, killing them both. The Doctor pulls Ace out of the store as it explodes behind them.
13th Jan '16 2:27:24 AM LondonKdS
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* DirtyCommunists: Averted. At first, it seems the Russians are an antagonist force, what with them performing a covert mission in England, and attacking Royal Marines, and holding up the Doctor and Ace at gunpoint. As the story develops, we gain more sympathy for them, they become protagonists and the Royal Marines end up as antagonistic Mooks until they join forces.

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* DirtyCommunists: Averted. At first, it seems the Russians are an antagonist force, what with them performing a covert mission in England, and attacking Royal Marines, and holding up the Doctor and Ace at gunpoint. As the story develops, we gain [[ChummyCommies more sympathy for them, them]], they become protagonists and the Royal Marines end up as antagonistic Mooks until they join forces.
11th Oct '15 12:55:31 PM SorPepita
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* TemporaryLoveInterest: Sorin is Ace's love interest for about...30 minutes.

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* TemporaryLoveInterest: Sorin is Ace's love interest for about... 30 minutes.
11th Oct '15 10:27:00 AM SorPepita
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* {{Fanservice}}: Ace wears stockings and suspenders, a fact that is clearly seen when climbing down a rope ladder then fighting the haemovores at the bottom. Its all very period-costume, despite the fact Ace never bothered before, until the moment she starts kicking.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Ace wears stockings and suspenders, a fact that is clearly seen when climbing down a rope ladder then fighting the haemovores at the bottom. Its It's all very period-costume, despite the fact Ace never bothered before, until the moment she starts kicking.
11th Oct '15 10:24:30 AM SorPepita
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*** Contrast with the fact that the events of this episode are because Fenric wasn't actually a [[IncrediblyLamePun Master of Chess]] when they first met

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*** Contrast with the fact that the events of this episode are because Fenric wasn't actually a [[IncrediblyLamePun Master of Chess]] when they first metmet.
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