History Recap / DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames

8th Jun '18 2:09:23 AM PaulA
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* BoundAndGagged: While investigating General Smythe's office, the Doctor's team bind and gag his adjutant using bandages from Lady Jennifer's ambulance.
8th Jun '18 2:03:35 AM PaulA
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: The alien War Lords have been kidnapping human soldiers from various periods, using time machines. But when the Doctor and his companions (who are among some human soldiers) say they're time travelers, the War Lord who's questioning them is skeptical, questioning their sanity. (Another War Lord, though, thinks to himself, "Time travelers — I wonder." A subversion?)
* ArmyOfTheAges

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* AnswerCut: When the Doctor and Zoe are discussing the advanced communication device hidden in Smythe's office, the Doctor remarks that he wonders what's at the other end of the link. The scene then changes to show the War Room at the other end of the link.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: The alien War Lords aliens have been kidnapping human soldiers from various periods, using time machines. But when the Doctor and his companions (who are among some human soldiers) say they're time travelers, the War Lord alien who's questioning them is skeptical, questioning their sanity. (Another War Lord, alien, though, thinks to himself, "Time travelers — I wonder." A subversion?)
") It's later explained that the aliens believe that the secret of time travel is known only to the Time Lords, who never get involved, and themselves. (The wondering alien turns out to be the rogue Time Lord who gave them the secret, and so he's quicker to consider the possibility that another Time Lord is on the scene.)
* ArmyOfTheAgesArmyOfTheAges: The War Lord and his people have kidnapped soldiers from all Earth's major wars and set them against each other, planning to winnow them out and use the survivors as an army of conquest.



* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: Twice. The first time is during the Doctor's execution (a member of the firing squad is shot instead), the second is when the commander of the American civil war wants to shoot a rebel (he is shot by a half-brainwashed member).

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* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: Twice. The first time is during the Doctor's execution (a member of the firing squad is shot by a sniper instead), the second is when the commander of the American civil war wants to shoot a rebel (he is shot by a half-brainwashed member).



* BilingualBonus: The German dialogue between Captain von Weich and Lieutenant Lucke in the German dugout in episode three is translated as follows:
-->'''von Weich:''' Who are these people? What's going on here?\\
'''Lucke:''' We have here three English civilians, Captain... They told me they come from another time in a spaceship called TARDIS.\\
'''von Weich:''' They are English spies. We must detain them. I'll speak with the General about it.



* BookEnds: The serial begins and ends with the Doctor's execution.

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* BookEnds: The serial begins and ends with the Doctor's Doctor being put on trial and sentenced to execution.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: None of the aliens seem to have names -- their leader is the War Lord, his lieutenants are the War Chief and the Security Chief, and the scientist who oversees the brainwashing is only ever referred to as "the scientist". It even extends to their home planet, which they all call "the home planet". Their species gets no name at all, unless you count the time the War Chief refers to them as "the aliens" during a conversation with the Doctor.



* ForceFieldDoor: Used in the Time Lords' detention area in the final episode.



** There are a lot of comments about the [=SIDRAT=]s being "just like the TARDIS" (because of their travel abilities, the fact that they're bigger on the inside, and, amusingly, from Jamie after the Doctor has trouble controlling one) leading up to the revelation that they're knock-off [=TARDIS=]es built by a rogue Time Lord.



* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: At every level of the exercise. The guards at the prison let Jamie and the Redcoat prisoner escape because of a fake tussle, and almost let the Doctor [[BavarianFireDrill talk his way right into their corridors and then right back out.]] Later, a pair of the War Lords' guards seemingly fail to notice the Doctor directly in front of them as he's sneaking down a hall.

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* GrenadeHotPotato: During the attack on the chateau, a grenade comes in through a window, and Jamie throws it out again before it explodes.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: At every level of the exercise. The guards at the prison let Jamie and the Redcoat prisoner escape because of a fake tussle, and almost let the Doctor [[BavarianFireDrill talk his way right into their corridors and then right back out.]] Later, a pair of the War Lords' Lord's guards seemingly fail to notice the Doctor directly in front of them as he's sneaking down a hall.



* HumansAreWarriors: The War Chief firmly believes this, so he and the War Lords try to create a mighty army out of various warriors and soldiers from human history.

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* HighClassGlass: Captain von Weich's monocle.
* HumansAreWarriors: The War Chief firmly believes this, so he and the War Lords Lord's people try to create a mighty army out of various warriors and soldiers from human history.



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: When Smythe recaptures the Doctor in a late episode, he's so annoyed by the trouble the Doctor's put him to that he decides to have the Doctor shot despite having been ordered to take him alive, and then report to his superiors that the Doctor was shot trying to escape.



* NobodyCallsMeChicken: When Villar balks at stepping inside a SIDRAT, one of the other resistance leaders asks him if he's scared, and he immediately insists on going first to prove that he isn't.



* OurDoorsAreDifferent: The Security Chief's door is designed to evoke a guillotine blade.

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* OurDoorsAreDifferent: OurDoorsAreDifferent:
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The Security Chief's door is designed to evoke a guillotine blade.



* PhotographicMemory: Zoe's trained memory, established in earlier stories, becomes plot-relevant when the Security Chief, as part of his interrogation, shows her photographs of all known resistance fighters in an attempt to get her to identify them. She is able to remember all of them, making it possible for Russell's resistance group to contact them and join forces.
* RayGun: The alien guards are armed with them, which have a DeathRay setting and a {{Stun Gun|s}} setting (the latter of which isn't mentioned until after Jamie is shot in a cliffhanger).
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: The German and French soldiers' dialogue is not translated or subtitled. The conversation between Captain von Weich and Lieutenant Lucke in the German dugout in episode three is translated as follows:
-->'''von Weich:''' Who are these people? What's going on here?\\
'''Lucke:''' We have here three English civilians, Captain... They told me they come from another time in a spaceship called TARDIS.\\
'''von Weich:''' They are English spies. We must detain them. I'll speak with the General about it.



* StockFootage: The shot of the TARDIS in space in the final episode is recycled from "The Web of Fear" (some of the web is visible).



* TakingYouWithMe: The Doctor essentially risks this; although he forces the Aliens to end the War Games, he doesn't have the resources to send all the abducted humans back to their own time periods, so he's forced to contact his people, the Time Lords, for help. This results in the Time Lords sentencing him to regeneration and exile, but when he made that decision he had no guarantee that the Time Lords wouldn't condemn him just as harshly as the War Lords.

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* TakingYouWithMe: The Doctor essentially risks this; although he forces the Aliens to end the War Games, he doesn't have the resources to send all the abducted humans back to their own time periods, so he's forced to contact his people, the Time Lords, for help. This results in the Time Lords sentencing him to regeneration and exile, but when he made that decision he had no guarantee that the Time Lords wouldn't condemn him just as harshly as the War Lords.Lord's group.



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: When the Doctor and his friends first arrive at Major Barrington's outpost, they're offered a reviving mug of tea each, which they hold through the subsequent conversation and then put down without any of them having drunk any.
* TrojanPrisoner: After escaping from General Smythe's HQ with Lieutenant Carstairs and Lady Jennifer, the Doctor realizes he needs another look at Smythe's office to find out what's going on, so Carstairs gets him back in by pretending to have recaptured him.



* WeCanRuleTogether: The War Chief makes this offer to the Doctor.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Lady Jennifer disappears about halfway through. Later, Lieutenant Carstairs says he wants to look for her, but he disappears (in a more literal sense) before he can. WordOfGod on the DVD commentary says that when they returned to Earth, he did find her. And married her.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Lady Jennifer disappears about halfway through.through after agreeing to see to the resistance's wounded. Later, Lieutenant Carstairs says he wants to look for her, but he disappears (in a more literal sense) before he can. WordOfGod on the DVD commentary says that when they returned to Earth, he did find her. And married her.


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* WhiteFlag: The Doctor waves a large white handkerchief and claims it as a flag of truce when the War Chief catches him in the transport bay.
* WhyThankYouX: When the Doctor goes back to the conditioning room to steal the deconditioning machine, he finds the scientist working on it. The Doctor leans over his shoulder and makes a suggestion, and the scientist thanks him before realizing it's the wanted fugitive who attacked him earlier.
8th Jun '18 2:03:05 AM PaulA
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* BolivianArmyEnding



* CavalryBetrayal: At long last, the Doctor finds one enemy (The War Chief) he can't fight without sending for reinforcements from Gallifrey. The Time Lords aren't amused: they find the Doctor guilty -- with some equanimity -- of ruining whole civilizations and then splitting before the clean-up. His sentence is separation from his companions, the dismantling of his TARDIS, and exile in post-sixties London. Oh, and they execute him[[note]]In the sense of forcing him to use one of his twelve regenerations[[/note]] just for shiggles.
-->'''War Chief:''' Doctor, you mustn’t call them in, or it will be the end of us. [[BiggerBad They'll show no mercy.]]



* DownerEnding



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Doctor uses these exact words (almost) of the scientist whom he turns the processing machine on.
19th Mar '18 6:04:13 PM AmuckCricetine
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* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: One of the war zones.



* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet - [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the Time Lords.

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* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet - InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the Time Lords.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia / VictoryGuidedAmnesia: Jamie and Zoe are returned to their respective times and have their memories altered so that they don't remember The Doctor as part of his punishment from the Time Lords.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia / VictoryGuidedAmnesia: LaserGuidedAmnesia[=/=]VictoryGuidedAmnesia: Jamie and Zoe are returned to their respective times and have their memories altered so that they don't remember The Doctor as part of his punishment from the Time Lords.



* OhCrap

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* OhCrapOhCrap: The Doctor's reaction when the War Chief recognises him and again when he's left alone with the resistence who think he's betrayed them.


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* SurroundedByIdiots: The War Lord is extremley irritated by the War Chief and the Security Chief's bickering.


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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: The War Chief and the Security Chief spend a lot of time arguing with each other. The War Lord even has to tell them to pack it in like he's dealing with squabbling children.
18th Mar '18 6:12:51 PM AmuckCricetine
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** And the Doctor was only on his second body, as opposed to his [[DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor thirteenth]].

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** And the Doctor was only on his second body, as opposed to his [[DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor thirteenth]].[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor thirteenth]].
* EndOfAnEra: In addition to being the end of the Troughton era, the story closed the book on the black and white era.
12th Mar '18 6:57:27 PM AmuckCricetine
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* TakingYouWithMe: The Doctor essentially risks this; although he forces the Aliens to end the War Games, he doesn't have the resources to send all the abducted humans back to their own time periods, so he's forced to contact his people, the Time Lords, for help. This results in the Time Lords sentencing him to regeneration and exile, but when he made that decision he had no guarantee that the Time Lords wouldn't condemn him just as harshly as the War Lords.
20th Feb '18 10:46:05 AM moloch
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* EarlyBirdCameo: Two of the Time Lords on the Doctor's tribunal will come back again - one has become Chancellor by [[Recap/DoctorWhoSS10E1TheThreeDoctors "The Three Doctors"]], and the other Chancellor will become quite important [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin many years (and two lives) later]].

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Two of the Time Lords on the Doctor's tribunal will come back again - one has become Chancellor by [[Recap/DoctorWhoSS10E1TheThreeDoctors [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors "The Three Doctors"]], and the other Chancellor will become quite important [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin many years (and two lives) later]].
20th Feb '18 10:45:09 AM moloch
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* ContinuityCavalcade: The Doctor reels off every monster he's faced (in his second incarnation at least) while explaining his actions to the Timne Lords.

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* ContinuityCavalcade: The Doctor reels off every monster he's faced (in his second incarnation at least) while explaining his actions to the Timne Time Lords.
20th Feb '18 10:44:49 AM moloch
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* EarlyBirdCameo: Surely that Time Lord judge from Episode 10 won't be important again [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin many years (and two lives) later]]?

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Surely that Two of the Time Lord judge from Episode 10 won't be Lords on the Doctor's tribunal will come back again - one has become Chancellor by [[Recap/DoctorWhoSS10E1TheThreeDoctors "The Three Doctors"]], and the other Chancellor will become quite important again [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin many years (and two lives) later]]?later]].
20th Feb '18 10:26:30 AM moloch
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* EarlyBirdCameo: Surely that Time Lord judge from Episode 10 won't be important again [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin many years (and two lives) later]]?
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