History Recap / DoctorWhoS4E5TheUnderwaterMenace

9th Dec '17 1:06:36 PM ClintEastwood
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* BottleEpisode: It was an unpopular script that was dashed out as cheaply as possible when the producers realized it was the best script out of the bad bunch they had. Unlike other examples, this does not work in the episode's favour as it relies very heavily on sets (representing a massive Atlantean temple system with a series of box rooms with shells glued on), costumes (cardboard headdresses for everyone!) and monsters (the 'fish people' are dressed in what look like Pierrot-style white ruffled bodysuits with sequins to represent scales and big cardboard eyes). Some people find this to be enjoyable 1960s camp and link it to the psychedelia movement. Others find it SpecialEffectFailure.
27th Nov '17 9:34:09 AM ClintEastwood
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* EvilIsHammy: Zaroff could have a HamToHamCombat with the Daleks and have a good chance of winning.

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* EvilIsHammy: Zaroff could have a HamToHamCombat with the Daleks and have a good chance of winning. He's so shouty, mad-eyed and completely over-the-top that it keys off the Doctor into knowing he's ObviouslyEvil long before anyone else has figured it out. And no-one else seems to understand this, much to the Doctor's confusion.
30th Sep '17 5:07:32 AM PaulA
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* ObscuredSpecialEffects: The KnockoutGas used by the Atlanteans is invisible although this overlaps with FridgeBrilliance, because the Doctor explains it's high-pressure nitrogen, presumably to invoke the famous diving hazard of "the bends" where nitrogen under high pressure begins to act on the body like laughing gas (of course, in reality you'd probably just suffocate, but it goes with the undersea theme of the episode quite well).

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* ObscuredSpecialEffects: The KnockoutGas used by the Atlanteans is invisible although this overlaps with FridgeBrilliance, because the Doctor explains it's high-pressure nitrogen, presumably to invoke the famous diving hazard of "the bends" where nitrogen under high pressure begins to act on the body like laughing gas (of course, in reality you'd probably just suffocate, but it goes with the undersea theme of the episode quite well).invisible.
30th Sep '17 5:06:48 AM PaulA
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* AllThereInTheManual: In an early draft of the story, and in the novelisation, Zaroff's motivation to blow up the Earth stemmed from his wife and children dying in a car crash and driving him mad.
** The novelisation adds many missing details:
*** It gives Zaroff's first name as Hermann.
*** Zaroff has been missing for twenty years.
*** Zaroff created the fish people through DNA resequencing based on Atlantean legends.
*** It is stated by Ara that Zaroff walks through the market place every day to inspect the drill head, thus this is where the Doctor stages his kidnap attempt. In the television story, the only reason he goes through the market is to look for the Doctor.
*** Ara is said to be the daughter of a councillor who was killed after speaking out against Zaroff, with Nola having worked for the family.
*** It is explained by Sean that the Atlanteans do not settle on the surface because they consider their ground sacred.
*** Ara says that the grille behind Amdo's statue was set up by the original priests to control the population, and her father showed it to her before he died. It is also said that even Lolem does not know about it.
*** It is said that Zaroff saved Thous from a deadly disease thought fatal by the Atlanteans, thus why Thous trusts Zaroff more.
29th Jul '17 11:22:54 AM ClintEastwood
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* ObscuredSpecialEffects: The KnockoutGas used by the Atlanteans is invisible although this overlaps with FridgeBrilliance, because the Doctor explains it's high-pressure nitrogen, presumably to invoke the famous diving hazard of "the bends" where nitrogen under high pressure begins to act on the body like laughing gas (of course, in reality you'd probably just suffocate, but it goes with the undersea theme of the episode quite well).
19th Jul '17 7:53:13 AM ClintEastwood
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* OutOfCharacterMoment: There's a scene where Polly is trapped in a flooding chamber and [[HystericalWoman panicking and screaming that she can't do it]], and Jamie pulls her to her feet and [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan slaps her on the face]]. This was in a MissingEpisode, and when Creator/TheBBC's narrated audio reconstruction was made, Anneke Wills and the director both agreed that Jamie [[CanonDiscontinuity didn't slap Polly]] because it didn't fit his character or their relationship, and they felt that Jamie dragging Polly to her feet would have been enough to snap her out of it.
9th May '17 8:59:35 PM bowserbros
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The one where Jamie slaps Polly.
30th Mar '17 3:39:16 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ForTheEvulz: Zaroff tries to destroy Earth just for the fun of it.
17th Mar '17 10:33:43 AM ThunderingTyphoons
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For a long time it was thought that [[http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/xvbzd_tardismedia_the-underwater-menace only episode 3]] remained, until [[http://www.scifinow.co.uk/news/doctor-who-galaxy-4-and-the-underwater-menace-missing-episodes-found/ episode 2]] turned up in 2011.

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For a long time it was thought that [[http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/xvbzd_tardismedia_the-underwater-menace only episode 3]] 3 remained, until [[http://www.scifinow.co.uk/news/doctor-who-galaxy-4-and-the-underwater-menace-missing-episodes-found/ episode 2]] turned up in 2011.



* AllThereInTheManual: In an early draft of the story, and in the novelization, Zaroff's motivation to blow up the Earth stemmed from his wife and children dying in a car crash and driving him mad.

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* AllThereInTheManual: In an early draft of the story, and in the novelization, novelisation, Zaroff's motivation to blow up the Earth stemmed from his wife and children dying in a car crash and driving him mad.



* {{Atlantis}}: Or at least the last remnants of that civilization, living underground.
* AuthorFilibuster: Against organized religion in part 4.

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* {{Atlantis}}: Or at least the last remnants of that civilization, civilisation, living underground.
* AuthorFilibuster: Against organized organised religion in part 4.



* ChewingTheScenery: Zaroff was a fandom injoke for how much he milks the line "NOTHINK IN ZE VORLD CAN SHTOP ME NOW!!", which is used as TheStinger at the end of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfj4GUgZ90I official DVD trailer]]. And, of course, "BANG! BANG BANG!"

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* ChewingTheScenery: Zaroff was a fandom injoke for how much he milks the line "NOTHINK IN ZE VORLD CAN SHTOP ME NOW!!", which is used as TheStinger at the end of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfj4GUgZ90I com/watch?v=Pp4x22u6SBU official DVD trailer]]. And, of course, "BANG! BANG BANG!"
13th Oct '16 7:13:18 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* BigBad: Professor Zaroff.
* BodyHorror: Polly almost has surgery to turn her into a fish-person.


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* ChewingTheScenery: Zaroff was a fandom injoke for how much he milks the line "NOTHINK IN ZE VORLD CAN SHTOP ME NOW!!", which is used as TheStinger at the end of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfj4GUgZ90I official DVD trailer]]. And, of course, "BANG! BANG BANG!"


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* {{Cyborg}}: The fish-people, humans fitted with 'plastic gills' and artificial eyes that allow them to see better underwater.
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