History Recap / DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric

14th Apr '17 3:54:31 PM john_e
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'''Rose:''' Well you can stop thinking it, all right?\\

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'''Rose:''' '''Kathleen:''' Well you can stop thinking it, all right?\\right?
8th Apr '17 4:08:20 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* QuntityVsQuality: Fenric:

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* QuntityVsQuality: QuantityVsQuality: Fenric:



* StableTimeLoop: Ace causes her own existence by sending her mother and grandmother to London.

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* StableTimeLoop: Ace causes only exists as the result of a stable time loop: she befriends her own existence by sending her mother and grandmother as a young woman, and when disaster strikes sends her to London.a specific address in London with Ace's infant mother.
4th Apr '17 6:04:44 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ArtisticLicenseSports: The Doctor has perplexed Fenric with a chess puzzle the being cannot solve. The solution is accidentally provided by Ace, the black and white pawns must work together! This is presented as a solution that Fenric, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood by his nature]], could not comprehend. In reality, it's a solution that nobody who understands chess could comprehend. [[note]]There are a few smart-alecs who have written chess-puzzles with the phrase: "Move one to mate" having the solution be "promote pawn to enemy's whatever, using said piece to mate me". This may or may not be legal in a actual game, and in either case is not used here.[[/note]]
** The Doctor all but confirms this. He defeated Fenric using chess puzzles the first time they met. It is implied that he cheated then as well, counting on Fenric not to realize that in the Doctors case GoodIsNotNice.



* CallBack: To "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]", it is revealed Fenric was manipulating these events.

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* CallBack: CallBack:
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To "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]", it is revealed Fenric was manipulating these events.


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* CosmicPlaything: It's revealed that Ace was just a pawn in a game between the Doctor and Fenric.
* CrossMeltingAura: Rev. Wainwright's holy symbols are ineffective against the Haemovores. This is because the Haemovores are not actually repelled by holy symbols (like a cross), but rather the faith that their wielder has invested in them. As by this point in the story, the priest's faith is severely wavering, what power he may have had has simply seeped away...


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* DoingInTheWizard: Fans complained about "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]" when Lady Peineforte's magic worked and was actually called magic. This story claims that her powers had been derived from a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien. Though it is unclear exactly what Fenric is...


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Ace mentions to Kathleen an old house in Perivale, which the Doctor overhears. This was supposed to lead into "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E2GhostLight Ghost Light]]" before the running order was switched.
* FrozenFashionSense: The sequences where the haemovores rise up to feast on the living display everything from Elizabethan doublets to eighteenth century seawool. Justified, as they've all been holed up since they were turned, and haven't exactly had a chance to nip down to the shops and pick up something more trendy.


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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Miss Hardaker says, "I know what girls who go to Maidens Point have in mind. You will never go near the place, neither of you." Not too hard to guess what it's referring to.
** Plus this conversation:
-->'''Ace:''' I didn't know you were married.\\
'''Kathleen:''' I've got a baby.\\
'''Ace:''' Yeah, I just thought that-\\
'''Rose:''' Well you can stop thinking it, all right?\\


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* KneelBeforeZod:


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* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Dr. Judson was based on UsefulNotes/AlanTuring.


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* QuntityVsQuality: Fenric:
-->"Ah... the sound of dying. When it comes to death, quantity is so much more satisfying than quality."


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Doctor is forced to crush Ace's faith in him with a particularly nasty speech in order to make his plan pay off. He apologizes afterwards.
-->'''Fenric''': Time for the one final game. The choice is yours, Time Lord. I shall kill you anyway, but if you would like the girl to live, kneel before me.
-->'''Ace''': I believe in you, Professor.
-->'''Fenric''': Kneel, if you want the girl to live!
-->'''The Doctor''': ...Kill her.
-->'''Fenric''': The Time Lord finally understands.
-->'''The Doctor''': Do you think I didn't know? The chess set in Lady Peinforte's study. I knew.
-->'''Fenric''': Earlier than that, Time Lord. Before Cybermen, ever since Ice World. Where you first met the girl.
-->'''The Doctor''': I knew. I knew she carried the evil inside her. Do you think I'd have chosen a social misfit if I hadn't known? She couldn't even pass her chemistry exams at school, and yet she manages to create a time storm in her bedroom. I saw your hand in it from the very beginning.
-->'''Ace''': No...
-->'''The Doctor''': You're an emotional cripple. I wouldn't waste my time on her, unless I had to use her somehow.
-->'''Ace''': No!


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* SurvivalMantra: The Doctor repels an army of vampires who cannot harm those who have faith by reciting the names of his past companions under his breath.


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* TranslationConvention: Captain Sorin instructs his men to speak only English from here on in. Despite wearing Soviet uniforms and everything. And they continue to do so, even while dying or otherwise under great duress.


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* WeMeetAgain: The crippled Judson, now possessed by Fenric, stands up and reveals glowing green eyes.
-->'''Judson/Fenric''': We play the contest again, Time Lord.


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* WhamLine:
-->'''Fenric/Judson:''' We play the contest again, Time Lord.
** Followed a little later by:
--->'''Fenric:''' [[KneelBeforeZod Kneel]] if you [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl want the girl to live!]]\\
'''The Doctor:''' [[BatmanGambit Kill her.]]
31st Mar '17 9:52:27 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ArcWelding: Ace being transported to Iceworld and Lady Peinforte's magic were due to Fenric.
* BadFuture: Fenric is trying to force one where humanity evolve into Haemovores. It's not clear whether this has been averted.



* BigBad: Fenric serves as this to the Seventh Doctor's era despite not appearing till now.
* BodySurf: Fenric can do this between his "Wolves".



* CallBack: To "Dragonfire" and "Silver Nemesis", it is revealed Fenric was manipulating these events.

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* CallBack: To "Dragonfire" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]" and "Silver Nemesis", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]", it is revealed Fenric was manipulating these events.



* GlowingEyesOfDoom: When Fenric takes possession of a new host.
* GrandTheftMe: Fenric. Takes over Millington's body, then Judson's, then Sorin's.
* TheGrotesque: The Ancient One, the head Haemovore.



* HolyBurnsEvil: Haemovores can be repelled by faith itself. The Doctor repels them by repeating the names of all his companions, the fervently Communist Sorin repels them with a red star badge from his uniform, and Reverend Wainwright sadly fails to repel one using a bible, as the horrors of World War II destroyed his faith.



* GrandTheftMe: Fenric. Takes over Millington's body, then Judson's, then Sorin's.
* TheGrotesque: The Ancient One, the head Haemovore.
* HolyBurnsEvil: Haemovores can be repelled by faith itself. The Doctor repels them by repeating the names of all his companions, the fervently Communist Sorin repels them with a red star badge from his uniform, and Reverend Wainwright sadly fails to repel one using a bible, as the horrors of World War II destroyed his faith.



* MeaningfulName: Fenric comes from Fenrir, a wolf in Norse Mythology who would break free at the end of the world. And the Haemovores are called 'Wolves of Fenric'.



* NoodleIncident: The Doctor imprisoned Fenric around the 3rd century after tricking him in a Game of Chess. It's not revealed exactly what happened.



* PsychicPowers: Despite being imprisoned, Fenric can still transport people through time.



* SealedEvilInACan: Fenric.



* StableTimeLoop: Fenric is apparently trying to perform one. The Ancient One getting transported back and spreading poison will enable the Haemovores to evolve. Subverted when the Ancient One performs a HeelFaceTurn and destroys Fenric's host body in a HeroicSacrifice.



* ViralTransformation

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* ViralTransformationViralTransformation: How the Haemovores are created.
23rd Mar '17 6:39:58 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** The Doctor recites the names of his past companions to overcome the Haemovores: Susan, Ian, Barbara, Vicki, Steven, Jo and Sarah Jane.
** Nurse Crane is implied to be a soviet agent.
** Prozorov is renamed Trofimov and frequently thinks of his wife Irena and daughter. It is mentioned that he and Sorin investigated the deaths in Trannsylvania.
** Vershinin's rank is given as corporal, which is not clear on screen.
** There is dialogue indicating that Ace, Jean and Phyllis are not "maidens". (This was scripted but cut down during filming and removed entirely during editing.)
** The Doctor's name is obscured by a splodge on his forged authorisation.
** The Haemavores that kill Petrossian are said to be the missing commandos. (They are not seen on screen.)
** Miss Hardaker is given backstory as an unmarried mother who never escaped the stigma.
** The refugees are said to have arrived that day, explaining why Bates mistakes Ace for one.
** The Doctor tells Ace she can hear the psychic "singing" against the Haemavores because she is slightly telepathic.
** The Ancient Haemavore helps Fenric because he believes he will return him to his own time.
** Ace mistakes the Doctor's reference to the flask coming from the Orient, believing he means Leyton Orient Football Club. (The novel contains interludes telling the story of the Doctor's first encounter with Fenric and the flask's journey to Northumbria).
1st Feb '17 12:35:00 PM Morgenthaler
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** The Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse gives us a more accurate identification: ''Hastur'', the Unspeakable One, the Ragged King. YES, ''[[CthulhuMythos that one]]''!

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** The Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse gives us a more accurate identification: ''Hastur'', the Unspeakable One, the Ragged King. YES, ''[[CthulhuMythos ''[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos that one]]''!
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}}.
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