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* "The Holy Terror"; another Sixth Doctor serial. It's got Frobisher, who's a shapeshifting penguin in his first (and only in the main canon) audio appearance. He sounds a bit like he's from [[HahvahdYahdInMyCah the Boston area of America]]. It's about a world where successions of emperors/kings gets taken the mickey out of, with cliché evil High priests and brothers of crown princes wanting to dispose of him because [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality they HAVE to. It's always been this way!]] You catch glimpses of something lying underneath at one point when the Doctor meets up with an [[{{Irony}} unimportant scribe]]. It then suddenly (after [[CerebusSyndrome gradually getting]] more serious and less comical, and after [[spoiler:the deaths of five main characters]]) goes [[MoodWhiplash full swing the other way]]: [[spoiler:the world is a [[DreamLand Dream World]], a prison set up for ''some'' reason for ''some'' person because of his biggest crime he's committed; taking the life of his child. The guilty father is confronted by this form of GroundHogDayLoop and is encouraged by the Doctor to not kill his son this time; he can break the loop, he can redeem himself. [[TheReveal Eugene]], [[{{Irony}} the unimportant scribe]], [[DrivenToSuicide hands his son the knife he used to kill him with]] and has him kill him (Eugene) while the Doctor [[IntangibleMan is unable to stop them]]. The world [[DreamApocalypse ends]] and the Doctor and Frobisher end in a [[TheVoid landscape of static]], while Eugene's son cries out his father was like a God to [[{{Irony}} him]] and dies as well. [[DownerEnding Wow.]]]]

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* "The Holy Terror"; another Sixth Doctor serial. It's got Frobisher, who's a shapeshifting penguin in his first (and only in the main canon) audio appearance. He sounds a bit like he's from [[HahvahdYahdInMyCah the Boston area of America]]. It's about a world where successions of emperors/kings gets taken the mickey out of, with cliché evil High priests and brothers of crown princes wanting to dispose of him because [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality they HAVE to. It's always been this way!]] You catch glimpses of something lying underneath at one point when the Doctor meets up with an [[{{Irony}} unimportant scribe]]. It then suddenly (after [[CerebusSyndrome gradually getting]] more serious and less comical, and after [[spoiler:the deaths of five main characters]]) goes [[MoodWhiplash full swing the other way]]: [[spoiler:the world is a [[DreamLand Dream World]], a prison set up for ''some'' reason for ''some'' person because of his biggest crime he's committed; taking the life of his child. The guilty father is confronted by this form of GroundHogDayLoop and is encouraged by the Doctor to not kill his son this time; he can break the loop, he can redeem himself. [[TheReveal Eugene]], [[{{Irony}} the unimportant scribe]], [[DrivenToSuicide hands his son the knife he used to kill him with]] and has him kill him (Eugene) while the Doctor [[IntangibleMan is unable to stop them]]. The world [[DreamApocalypse ends]] and the Doctor and Frobisher end in a [[TheVoid landscape of static]], static, while Eugene's son cries out his father was like a God to [[{{Irony}} him]] and dies as well. [[DownerEnding Wow.]]]]
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[[AC:Fifth Doctor]]
* "Spare Parts" -- The scene with the description of a Christmas tree on Mondas. Yes, the Cybermen homeworld. ItMakesSenseInContext, and it is ''sad.''
** The scene in which [[spoiler: Yvonne]], half-converted into one of the prototypical Cyberman and for all intents and purposes lobotomised, is taken home by her family for the Mondas equivalent of Christmas. Her cries are deeply, ''deeply'' disturbing. And the poor girl crying, in that machine voice... The whole thing really, when you get the sense that no, there's no hope for the people of Mondas.



* The source material "Dalek", based on "Jubilee", has its fair share of tear jerking scenes as well. Special mention must go to when Evelyn finds out what happens to the Doctor who saved the world back in 1903. He's been imprisoned in the Tower of London for 100 years, and had to bear witness to him losing his Evelyn, his legs, and his sanity. Honestly, his reminiscing about how if he closes his eyes, he can travel through time and space... *sob*.

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[[AC:Sixth Doctor]]
* "The Holy Terror"; another Sixth Doctor serial. It's got Frobisher, who's a shapeshifting penguin in his first (and only in the main canon) audio appearance. He sounds a bit like he's from [[HahvahdYahdInMyCah the Boston area of America]]. It's about a world where successions of emperors/kings gets taken the mickey out of, with cliché evil High priests and brothers of crown princes wanting to dispose of him because [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality they HAVE to. It's always been this way!]] You catch glimpses of something lying underneath at one point when the Doctor meets up with an [[{{Irony}} unimportant scribe]]. It then suddenly (after [[CerebusSyndrome gradually getting]] more serious and less comical, and after [[spoiler:the deaths of five main characters]]) goes [[MoodWhiplash full swing the other way]]: [[spoiler:the world is a [[DreamLand Dream World]], a prison set up for ''some'' reason for ''some'' person because of his biggest crime he's committed; taking the life of his child. The source material "Dalek", based on "Jubilee", guilty father is confronted by this form of GroundHogDayLoop and is encouraged by the Doctor to not kill his son this time; he can break the loop, he can redeem himself. [[TheReveal Eugene]], [[{{Irony}} the unimportant scribe]], [[DrivenToSuicide hands his son the knife he used to kill him with]] and has him kill him (Eugene) while the Doctor [[IntangibleMan is unable to stop them]]. The world [[DreamApocalypse ends]] and the Doctor and Frobisher end in a [[TheVoid landscape of static]], while Eugene's son cries out his father was like a God to [[{{Irony}} him]] and dies as well. [[DownerEnding Wow.]]]]
* "Jubilee"
has its fair share of tear jerking scenes as well.scenes. Special mention must go to when Evelyn finds out what happens to the Doctor who saved the world back in 1903. He's been imprisoned in the Tower of London for 100 years, and had to bear witness to him losing his Evelyn, his legs, and his sanity. Honestly, his reminiscing about how if he closes his eyes, he can travel through time and space... *sob*.



* "The Holy Terror"; another Sixth Doctor serial. It's got Frobisher, who's a shapeshifting penguin in his first (and only in the main canon) audio appearance. He sounds a bit like he's from [[HahvahdYahdInMyCah the Boston area of America]]. It's about a world where successions of emperors/kings gets taken the mickey out of, with cliché evil High priests and brothers of crown princes wanting to dispose of him because [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality they HAVE to. It's always been this way!]] You catch glimpses of something lying underneath at one point when the Doctor meets up with an [[{{Irony}} unimportant scribe]]. It then suddenly (after [[CerebusSyndrome gradually getting]] more serious and less comical, and after [[spoiler:the deaths of five main characters]]) goes [[MoodWhiplash full swing the other way]]: [[spoiler:the world is a [[DreamLand Dream World]], a prison set up for ''some'' reason for ''some'' person because of his biggest crime he's committed; taking the life of his child. The guilty father is confronted by this form of GroundHogDayLoop and is encouraged by the Doctor to not kill his son this time; he can break the loop, he can redeem himself. [[TheReveal Eugene]], [[{{Irony}} the unimportant scribe]], [[DrivenToSuicide hands his son the knife he used to kill him with]] and has him kill him (Eugene) while the Doctor [[IntangibleMan is unable to stop them]]. The world [[DreamApocalypse ends]] and the Doctor and Frobisher end in a [[TheVoid landscape of static]], while Eugene's son cries out his father was like a God to [[{{Irony}} him]] and dies as well. [[DownerEnding Wow.]]]]

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* "The Holy Terror"; another Sixth Doctor serial. It's got Frobisher, who's a shapeshifting penguin in his first (and Not only in the main canon) audio appearance. He sounds a bit like he's from [[HahvahdYahdInMyCah ending of "Legend of the Boston area of America]]. It's about a world where successions of emperors/kings gets taken the mickey out of, with cliché evil High priests and brothers of crown princes wanting to dispose of him because [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality they HAVE to. It's always been this way!]] You catch glimpses of something lying underneath at one point Cybermen", when the Doctor meets up with an [[{{Irony}} unimportant scribe]]. It returns [[spoiler:Zoe to her home period, and she forgets him again. Made even sadder by the way it is done: Zoe narrates being returned to her home period and drifting off to sleep, and then suddenly (after [[CerebusSyndrome gradually getting]] more serious the Doctor says the last few words, "...and less comical, then, her memories shut down for the final time, and I was lost to her again."]], but also the revelation that [[spoiler:Jamie is not real]] at the end of part two, but also [[spoiler:his]] reaction to this.
* "The Wrong Doctors" An older, wiser, kinder Six tries so hard to comfort a younger, amnesiac and terrified Mel. Then he makes a promise to her in her last moments which neatly slots his BF adventures into place:
-->'''Young Mel''': I-I liked his [younger Six's] coat.
-->'''Older Six''': Then I shall wear it again, for you.

[[AC:Seventh Doctor]]
* In 'The Fearmonger',
after 7 and Ace being awesomely cool and basically at their best- comedic and otherwise- it all goes wrong when Ace [[spoiler: attempts one of the Doctor's 'pull the trigger, end a life' speeches in order to stop a gunman from firing on them. It doesn't work. She gets shot through the shoulder. The Doctor's anguished cry of 'Ace!' is completely heartbreaking. Also, five seconds later, you can hear him trying to stop her from going into shock by muttering 'it's all right, Ace. It's all right' repeatedly.]]
* The Seventh Doctor story "A Death in the Family" has its share of depressing bits, being the culmination of a plot arc that in and of itself was a tearjerker. Ace and Hex's individual reactions to
[[spoiler:the deaths Doctor's]] death hit hard (even without their sudden separation across centuries and space). Ace's especially, as she spends huge amounts of five main characters]]) goes [[MoodWhiplash full swing the other way]]: time and money fighting to bring [[spoiler:the world Doctor]] back from the dead; once she finally realizes it isn't possible, she has a complete, hysterical, sobbing breakdown and it isn't pretty. But the death of [[spoiler:Evelyn]] at the end is a [[DreamLand Dream World]], a prison set up for ''some'' reason for ''some'' person because of killer, as she essentially narrates it herself. "As the lights grew faint around her and the Word Lord paced the shrinking room in silence, [[spoiler:Evelyn Rossiter]] sat quietly without fear, thinking about her friend the Doctor. ''Her'' Doctor, with his biggest crime he's committed; taking bright coat and bravado, and all their wonderful adventures together in time and space." HarsherInHindsight following the life death of his child. The guilty father is confronted by this form [[spoiler:Maggie Stables (Evelyn).]]
* [[spoiler: Hex's death at the end
of GroundHogDayLoop Gods and Monsters.]] Ace is encouraged by inconsolable and refuses to let the Doctor to not kill his son this time; he can break calm her down.
* The entirety of 'Afterlife'; in
the loop, he can redeem himself. [[TheReveal Eugene]], [[{{Irony}} the unimportant scribe]], [[DrivenToSuicide hands his son the knife he used to kill him with]] and wake of [[spoiler: Hex's death, Ace has him kill him (Eugene) while turned on the Doctor [[IntangibleMan for his many plans, deceits and games, the Doctor is unable to stop them]]. placate her and only seems to make her angrier with every attempt he makes, and everyone is ''grieving'']]. The world [[DreamApocalypse ends]] story is a dour deconstruction of what kind of damage a HeroicSacrifice can leave, especially when said death happens to a time traveler who's family is unaware of his actions. The Doctor shows just how painfully alien he is by being unable to reconcile himself with the humans around him, and just how scary and vindictive he can be when one of his friends is played with. Ace herself shows how badly she copes at losing someone important to her, especially when that person [[spoiler: appears right in front of her without any memory of her]].
** Even worse is the fact that
the Doctor [[spoiler: just wants his friend back.]] But Ace is [[spoiler: refusing to listen to him, and Frobisher has barricaded herself in Hex's room, ''breaking down utterly''. The Doctor tries everything to cheer her up- he even goes and makes pancakes (which are rebuffed) and attempts to play the spoons. A spoon solo has never sounded ''so damn mournful''.]]

[[AC:Eighth Doctor]]
* "The Chimes of Midnight" -- Hearing of Edith's miserable life and how she killed herself after Charley apparently died because she felt Charley was the only person who cared about her. This makes the part at the
end in a [[TheVoid landscape of static]], while Eugene's son cries out his father was like a God where the butler is convinced to [[{{Irony}} him]] and dies as well. [[DownerEnding Wow.]]]]complement Edith a Heartwarming Moment.



* "The Glorious Revolution:" Long after getting his memories erased, Jamie is visited by a Time Lord who restores them temporarily in order to get information on a disturbance in time. Initially, Jamie is angry that the Time Lords would erase his memories without asking. At the end of the audio, the Time Lord offers to let Jamie keep his memories permanently. After some consideration, Jamie decides to forget the Doctor again, because remembering him and the adventures they had would make living a normal life too hard.
* Lucie Miller's parting speech to the Doctor at the end of "Death In Blackpool" -- both of them nearly in tears, while Lucie explains that she has to leave so she can remember him as she wants to, as a good man. All while "In The Bleak Midwinter" soars in the background. Actress Sheridan Smith was actually in tears throughout the whole thing.



* "Spare Parts" -- The scene with the description of a Christmas tree on Mondas. Yes, the Cybermen homeworld. ItMakesSenseInContext, and it is ''sad.''
** The scene in which [[spoiler: Yvonne]], half-converted into one of the prototypical Cyberman and for all intents and purposes lobotomised, is taken home by her family for the Mondas equivalent of Christmas. Her cries are deeply, ''deeply'' disturbing. And the poor girl crying, in that machine voice... The whole thing really, when you get the sense that no, there's no hope for the people of Mondas.
* "The Wrong Doctors" An older, wiser, kinder Six tries so hard to comfort a younger, amnesiac and terrified Mel. Then he makes a promise to her in her last moments which neatly slots his BF adventures into place:
-->'''Young Mel''': I-I liked his [younger Six's] coat.
-->'''Older Six''': Then I shall wear it again, for you.
* In the adaptation of ''[[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures Love and War]]'', Sophie Aldred's performance when [[spoiler:she walks out on the Doctor after he gets Jan killed]] is hard to listen to.
* "The Chimes of Midnight" -- Hearing of Edith's miserable life and how she killed herself after Charley apparently died because she felt Charley was the only person who cared about her. This makes the part at the end where the butler is convinced to complement Edith a Heartwarming Moment.
* A fridge example brought on by the [[DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor Night of the Doctor mini-episode]] in which [[spoiler: Eight remembers Charley, C'rizz, Lucie, Tamsin, and Molly as his companions from the Big Finish era.]]
* Pretty much the entirety of "To The Death" is one long breaking of the Doctor and Susan [[spoiler: as literally everyone they love is slaughtered by the Daleks]]. First the Doctor awakes to find not only have the Daleks launched a second invasion of Earth led by the Dalek Time Controller, [[spoiler: but Lucie was left on there fighting an increasingly nightmarish war against them, leaving her half blind and handicapped due to the Dalek's bio-weapons]]. Tamsin is [[spoiler: gunned down by the Daleks despite the Monk desperately pleading for her life]], Alex [[spoiler: sacrifices himself to give Lucie a chance to defeat the Dalek's plan and is exterminated in front of Susan who becomes completely hysterical after seeing her son die]], and finally Lucie [[spoiler: performs another HeroicSacrifice to defeat the Dalek Time Controller]]. In the end Susan is left completely alone on a desolate earth and the Doctor is driven near insane with grief and rage, promising to annihilate the Daleks should he ever get the chance, seriously contemplating breaking the rules of time, and outright declaring that he wishes to be as cold and heartless as he was in "An Unearthly Child" when he attempted to murder a wounded caveman to save himself. Foreshadowing both the Time War and the "Time Lord Victorious" and helping to explain why he eventually became the [[DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor War Doctor]].
** Even the extremely amoral and cowardly Monk is shown to be utterly horrified and guilt-ridden over all the suffering he caused and is nearly sobbing when [[spoiler: Tamsin is killed.]]
** The Doctor ''bellowing'' at the Monk to get out of his sight while choking back tears when he learns [[spoiler: everything that happened was his fault.]]
** This is an even sadder finale then all the New Who finales.
** The Doctor [[spoiler:brokenly replaying Lucie's recording in his TARDIS so much he's reciting everything Lucie expected him to respond with.]] Over... and over... and over...
* Not only the ending of "Legend of the Cybermen", when the Doctor returns [[spoiler:Zoe to her home period, and she forgets him again. Made even sadder by the way it is done: Zoe narrates being returned to her home period and drifting off to sleep, and then the Doctor says the last few words, "...and then, her memories shut down for the final time, and I was lost to her again."]], but also the revelation that [[spoiler:Jamie is not real]] at the end of part two, but also [[spoiler:his]] reaction to this.
* Going back an incarnation, the Seventh Doctor story "A Death in the Family" has its share of depressing bits, being the culmination of a plot arc that in and of itself was a tearjerker. Ace and Hex's individual reactions to [[spoiler:the Doctor's]] death hit hard (even without their sudden separation across centuries and space). Ace's especially, as she spends huge amounts of time and money fighting to bring [[spoiler:the Doctor]] back from the dead; once she finally realizes it isn't possible, she has a complete, hysterical, sobbing breakdown and it isn't pretty. But the death of [[spoiler:Evelyn]] at the end is a killer, as she essentially narrates it herself. "As the lights grew faint around her and the Word Lord paced the shrinking room in silence, [[spoiler:Evelyn Rossiter]] sat quietly without fear, thinking about her friend the Doctor. ''Her'' Doctor, with his bright coat and bravado, and all their wonderful adventures together in time and space." HarsherInHindsight following the death of [[spoiler:Maggie Stables (Evelyn).]]

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* "Spare Parts" -- The scene with Silver Turk is written by the description of a Christmas tree on Mondas. Yes, the Cybermen homeworld. ItMakesSenseInContext, and it is ''sad.''
** The scene in which [[spoiler: Yvonne]], half-converted into one of the prototypical Cyberman and for all intents and purposes lobotomised, is taken home by her family for the Mondas equivalent of Christmas. Her cries are deeply, ''deeply'' disturbing. And the poor girl crying, in that machine voice... The whole thing really, when you get the sense that no, there's no hope for the people of Mondas.
* "The Wrong Doctors" An older, wiser, kinder Six tries so hard to comfort a younger, amnesiac and terrified Mel. Then he makes a promise to her in her last moments which neatly slots his BF adventures into place:
-->'''Young Mel''': I-I liked his [younger Six's] coat.
-->'''Older Six''': Then I shall wear it again, for you.
* In the adaptation of ''[[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures Love and War]]'', Sophie Aldred's performance when [[spoiler:she walks out on the Doctor after he gets Jan killed]] is hard to listen to.
* "The Chimes of Midnight" -- Hearing of Edith's miserable life and how she killed herself after Charley apparently died because she felt Charley was the only
same person who cared about her. This makes the part at the end where the butler is convinced to complement Edith a Heartwarming Moment.
* A fridge example brought on by the [[DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor Night of the Doctor mini-episode]] in which [[spoiler: Eight remembers Charley, C'rizz, Lucie, Tamsin,
wrote Spare Parts, and Molly while it's nowhere near as his companions heart-breaking as that story, it still has its moments, such as when Mary finds a disoriented Cyberman, one like those from the Big Finish era.]]
* Pretty much
Tenth Planet, who has crashed on Earth. Hearing it speaking in that weird sing-song voice, mixed with the entirety of "To The Death" is one long breaking of the Doctor effects used for more modern Cyberman voices, and Susan [[spoiler: as literally everyone they love is slaughtered by the Daleks]]. First the Doctor awakes to find not only have the Daleks launched a second invasion of Earth led by the Dalek Time Controller, [[spoiler: but Lucie was left on there fighting an getting increasingly nightmarish war against them, leaving her half blind terrified, because it thinks it's back on Mondas and handicapped due to the Dalek's bio-weapons]]. Tamsin is [[spoiler: gunned down has no idea what's happened.
** It gets worse: There's two Cybermen, and both are very badly hurt not just from crash-landing but from being tortured
by the Daleks despite the Monk human who found them. The first tries desperately pleading for her life]], Alex [[spoiler: sacrifices himself to give Lucie a chance to defeat the Dalek's plan and is exterminated in front of Susan who becomes completely hysterical after seeing her son die]], and finally Lucie [[spoiler: performs another HeroicSacrifice to defeat the Dalek Time Controller]]. In the end Susan is left completely alone on a desolate earth and the Doctor is driven near insane with grief and rage, promising to annihilate the Daleks should he ever get the chance, seriously contemplating breaking the rules of time, and outright declaring that he wishes to be as cold and heartless as he was in "An Unearthly Child" when he attempted to murder a wounded caveman to save himself. Foreshadowing both it's comrade, to the Time War point of getting them struck by lighting. The first turns to the second, who just makes these truly wretched gurgling noises, and the "Time Lord Victorious" and helping to explain why he eventually became the [[DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor War Doctor]].
** Even the extremely amoral and cowardly Monk is shown to be utterly horrified and guilt-ridden over all the suffering he caused and is nearly sobbing when [[spoiler: Tamsin is killed.]]
** The Doctor ''bellowing'' at the Monk to get out of his sight while choking back tears when he learns [[spoiler: everything that happened was his fault.]]
** This is an even sadder finale then all the New Who finales.
** The Doctor [[spoiler:brokenly replaying Lucie's recording in his TARDIS so much he's reciting everything Lucie expected him to respond with.]] Over... and over... and over...
* Not only the ending of "Legend of the Cybermen", when the Doctor returns [[spoiler:Zoe to her home period, and she forgets him again. Made even sadder by the way it is done: Zoe narrates being returned to her home period and drifting off to sleep, and then the Doctor says the last few words, "...and then, her memories shut down for the final time, and I was lost to her again."]], but also the revelation that [[spoiler:Jamie is not real]] at the end of part two, but also [[spoiler:his]] reaction to this.
* Going back an incarnation, the Seventh Doctor story "A Death in the Family" has its share of depressing bits, being the culmination of a plot arc that in and of itself was a tearjerker. Ace and Hex's individual reactions to [[spoiler:the Doctor's]] death hit hard (even without their sudden separation across centuries and space). Ace's especially, as she spends huge amounts of time and money fighting to bring [[spoiler:the Doctor]] back from the dead; once she finally realizes it isn't possible, she has a complete, hysterical, sobbing breakdown and it isn't pretty. But the death of [[spoiler:Evelyn]] at the end is a killer, as she essentially narrates it herself. "As the lights grew faint around her and the Word Lord paced the shrinking room in silence, [[spoiler:Evelyn Rossiter]] sat quietly without fear, thinking about her friend the Doctor. ''Her'' Doctor, with his bright coat and bravado, and all their wonderful adventures together in time and space." HarsherInHindsight following the death of [[spoiler:Maggie Stables (Evelyn).]]
then... it's gone.



* Peri's had her fair share of TearJerker moments, but the real kick-in-the-gut ones come hard and fast in "Peri And The Piscon Paradox" and "The Reaping". It's possible there's a version of Peri out there that's had a perfectly happy life, but Big Finish sure doesn't include them.
* The part near the end of The Suffering, when Vicki and Steven are stating what Suffragettes went through in prison. Maurine O'Brien and Peter Purves' sorrowful performances are what made it even more heartbreaking.
* The Silver Turk is written by the same person who wrote Spare Parts, and while it's nowhere near as heart-breaking as that story, it still has its moments, such as when Mary finds a disoriented Cyberman, one like those from the Tenth Planet, who has crashed on Earth. Hearing it speaking in that weird sing-song voice, mixed with the effects used for more modern Cyberman voices, and getting increasingly terrified, because it thinks it's back on Mondas and has no idea what's happened.
** It gets worse: There's two Cybermen, and both are very badly hurt not just from crash-landing but from being tortured by the human who found them. The first tries desperately to save it's comrade, to the point of getting them struck by lighting. The first turns to the second, who just makes these truly wretched gurgling noises, and then... it's gone.
* In 'The Fearmonger', after 7 and Ace being awesomely cool and basically at their best- comedic and otherwise- it all goes wrong when Ace [[spoiler: attempts one of the Doctor's 'pull the trigger, end a life' speeches in order to stop a gunman from firing on them. It doesn't work. She gets shot through the shoulder. The Doctor's anguished cry of 'Ace!' is completely heartbreaking. Also, five seconds later, you can hear him trying to stop her from going into shock by muttering 'it's all right, Ace. It's all right' repeatedly.]]
* [[spoiler: Hex's death at the end of Gods and Monsters.]] Ace is inconsolable and refuses to let the Doctor calm her down.
* The entirety of 'Afterlife'; in the wake of [[spoiler: Hex's death, Ace has turned on the Doctor for his many plans, deceits and games, the Doctor is unable to placate her and only seems to make her angrier with every attempt he makes, and everyone is ''grieving'']]. The story is a dour deconstruction of what kind of damage a HeroicSacrifice can leave, especially when said death happens to a time traveler who's family is unaware of his actions. The Doctor shows just how painfully alien he is by being unable to reconcile himself with the humans around him, and just how scary and vindictive he can be when one of his friends is played with. Ace herself shows how badly she copes at losing someone important to her, especially when that person [[spoiler: appears right in front of her without any memory of her]].
** Even worse is the fact that the Doctor [[spoiler: just wants his friend back.]] But Ace is [[spoiler: refusing to listen to him, and has barricaded herself in Hex's room, ''breaking down utterly''. The Doctor tries everything to cheer her up- he even goes and makes pancakes (which are rebuffed) and attempts to play the spoons. A spoon solo has never sounded ''so damn mournful''.]]
* The opening of "The Great War" shows the Eighth Doctor's not recovered from after the events of "To the Death". Instead, he's slipped further away and gone ''genuinely insane'', seriously considering a trip to the end of the universe. Simply put: he's steering his TARDIS straight into oblivion, as fast as it can go. And it seems to be helplessly ''objecting'' to his actions. Then, when another Time Lord drops in unexpectedly to halt the TARDIS so that Time Lord rules about visiting that far ahead in time aren't broken, ''[[GetOut Eight goes berserk.]]''
** He ends up crash-landing on a WWI battlefield, falling down in trenches repeatedly as he stumbles around like a newborn calf, slopped in gobs of mud with bombs exploding all around him, checked out of the deadly reality around him. All the while humming a tune insanely.
* "Dark Eyes 4" starts with a very sad one for Kitty Donaldson, the childhood friend of Molly O'Sullivan. Molly has left after a trying war, with Kitty having no idea where her friend has gone, her bother is having many symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder and has lost a leg, and then a strange man named the Doctor starts making enquiries. [[spoiler: Then killer robots start hunting her brother, people are hurt, and her home ends up being ground zero of a time bomb her brother makes a heroic sacrifice to keep localized.]] The Doctor leaves to catch up [[spoiler:with his stolen TARDIS]] and she has no idea what has happened.
* The ending of "The Brink of Death" qualifies for this in spades. [[spoiler: After a lengthy chase by the Sixth Doctor to prevent the Valeyard from [[AssimilationPlot replacing him and every other Time Lord]], the Doctor realises that the only way to stop him is to go through the Time Lord-unfriendly radiation circling the nearby [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani Lakertya]]. The Valeyard's plan hinges on using the Sixth Doctor's brainwaves to succeed, and is foiled if this Doctor [[TheNthDoctor became another one]]. Considering the distance this Doctor has gone in being [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap saved from the Scrappy Heap]] by AudioPlay/BigFinish, it's heartbreaking to hear his final moments [[TheNthDoctor before dying]].]]



* Lucie Miller's parting speech to the Doctor at the end of "Death In Blackpool" -- both of them nearly in tears, while Lucie explains that she has to leave so she can remember him as she wants to, as a good man. All while "In The Bleak Midwinter" soars in the background. Actress Sheridan Smith was actually in tears throughout the whole thing.



** The Monk himself may warrant a mention as well what with his monologue to Tamsin after the Daleks have killed her and everything is crashing around his ears. "You see, I was the one who brought the Dalek plague to Earth. Simple, really. I just materialised my TARDIS, popped the vial out through the door, closed the door, went forward three years and rematerialised when the plague had burnt itself out. When it had ... done its work. And you ... were none the wiser, my dear. You were none the wiser. I thought I could lie to you and forgive myself. I was wrong."
* A meta one: ElisabethSladen, who had done a number of Sarah Jane Smith dramas for Big Finish, had been chipping away for years at TomBaker's reticence to return to the role of the Fourth Doctor. She wanted to do at least one audio drama with the old TARDIS team back together again. Finally, Baker agreed to come back, and started up talks to return in a series of Big Finish audio dramas. He signed the contract with Big Finish some time around April 12, 2011. One week later, Lis Sladen passed away of cancer, meaning the long-awaited reunion could never take place.

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** * Pretty much the entirety of "To The Monk himself may warrant a mention Death" is one long breaking of the Doctor and Susan [[spoiler: as well what with his monologue literally everyone they love is slaughtered by the Daleks]]. First the Doctor awakes to Tamsin after find not only have the Daleks have killed launched a second invasion of Earth led by the Dalek Time Controller, [[spoiler: but Lucie was left on there fighting an increasingly nightmarish war against them, leaving her half blind and handicapped due to the Dalek's bio-weapons]]. Tamsin is [[spoiler: gunned down by the Daleks despite the Monk desperately pleading for her life]], Alex [[spoiler: sacrifices himself to give Lucie a chance to defeat the Dalek's plan and is exterminated in front of Susan who becomes completely hysterical after seeing her son die]], and finally Lucie [[spoiler: performs another HeroicSacrifice to defeat the Dalek Time Controller]]. In the end Susan is left completely alone on a desolate earth and the Doctor is driven near insane with grief and rage, promising to annihilate the Daleks should he ever get the chance, seriously contemplating breaking the rules of time, and outright declaring that he wishes to be as cold and heartless as he was in "An Unearthly Child" when he attempted to murder a wounded caveman to save himself. Foreshadowing both the Time War and the "Time Lord Victorious" and helping to explain why he eventually became the [[DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor War Doctor]].
** Even the extremely amoral and cowardly Monk is shown to be utterly horrified and guilt-ridden over all the suffering he caused and is nearly sobbing when [[spoiler: Tamsin is killed.]]
** The Doctor ''bellowing'' at the Monk to get out of his sight while choking back tears when he learns [[spoiler:
everything that happened was his fault.]]
** This
is crashing an even sadder finale then all the New Who finales.
** The Doctor [[spoiler:brokenly replaying Lucie's recording in his TARDIS so much he's reciting everything Lucie expected him to respond with.]] Over... and over... and over...
* The opening of "The Great War" shows the Eighth Doctor's not recovered from after the events of "To the Death". Instead, he's slipped further away and gone ''genuinely insane'', seriously considering a trip to the end of the universe. Simply put: he's steering his TARDIS straight into oblivion, as fast as it can go. And it seems to be helplessly ''objecting'' to his actions. Then, when another Time Lord drops in unexpectedly to halt the TARDIS so that Time Lord rules about visiting that far ahead in time aren't broken, ''[[GetOut Eight goes berserk.]]''
** He ends up crash-landing on a WWI battlefield, falling down in trenches repeatedly as he stumbles
around his ears. "You see, I was like a newborn calf, slopped in gobs of mud with bombs exploding all around him, checked out of the one who brought deadly reality around him. All the Dalek plague to Earth. Simple, really. I just materialised my TARDIS, popped while humming a tune insanely.
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* The ending of "The Brink of Death" qualifies for this in spades. [[spoiler: After a lengthy chase by
the vial out Sixth Doctor to prevent the Valeyard from [[AssimilationPlot replacing him and every other Time Lord]], the Doctor realises that the only way to stop him is to go through the door, closed Time Lord-unfriendly radiation circling the door, went forward three years nearby [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani Lakertya]]. The Valeyard's plan hinges on using the Sixth Doctor's brainwaves to succeed, and rematerialised is foiled if this Doctor [[TheNthDoctor became another one]]. Considering the distance this Doctor has gone in being [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap saved from the Scrappy Heap]] by AudioPlay/BigFinish, it's heartbreaking to hear his final moments [[TheNthDoctor before dying]].]]
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* In the adaptation of ''[[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures Love and War]]'', Sophie Aldred's performance
when [[spoiler:she walks out on the plague had burnt itself out. When it had ... done its work. And you ... were none Doctor after he gets Jan killed]] is hard to listen to.
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* "Dark Eyes 4" starts with a very sad one for Kitty Donaldson,
the wiser, my dear. You were none childhood friend of Molly O'Sullivan. Molly has left after a trying war, with Kitty having no idea where her friend has gone, her bother is having many symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder and has lost a leg, and then a strange man named the wiser. I thought I could lie to you Doctor starts making enquiries. [[spoiler: Then killer robots start hunting her brother, people are hurt, and forgive myself. I was wrong."
her home ends up being ground zero of a time bomb her brother makes a heroic sacrifice to keep localized.]] The Doctor leaves to catch up [[spoiler:with his stolen TARDIS]] and she has no idea what has happened.
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* A meta one: ElisabethSladen, "The Glorious Revolution:" Long after getting his memories erased, Jamie is visited by a Time Lord who had done a number of Sarah Jane Smith dramas for Big Finish, had been chipping away for years at TomBaker's reticence restores them temporarily in order to return to get information on a disturbance in time. Initially, Jamie is angry that the role Time Lords would erase his memories without asking. At the end of the Fourth Doctor. She wanted to do at least one audio drama with audio, the old TARDIS team back together again. Finally, Baker agreed Time Lord offers to let Jamie keep his memories permanently. After some consideration, Jamie decides to forget the Doctor again, because remembering him and the adventures they had would make living a normal life too hard.
* The part near the end of "The Suffering", when Vicki and Steven are stating what Suffragettes went through in prison. Maurine O'Brien and Peter Purves' sorrowful performances are what made it even more heartbreaking.
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* Peri's had her fair share of TearJerker moments, but the real kick-in-the-gut ones
come back, hard and started up talks to return fast in "Peri And The Piscon Paradox" and "The Reaping". It's possible there's a series version of Peri out there that's had a perfectly happy life, but Big Finish audio dramas. He signed sure doesn't include them.
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* A fridge example brought on by
the contract with [[DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor Night of the Doctor mini-episode]] in which [[spoiler: Eight remembers Charley, C'rizz, Lucie, Tamsin, and Molly as his companions from the Big Finish some time around April 12, 2011. One week later, Lis Sladen passed away of cancer, meaning the long-awaited reunion could never take place.era.]]
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31st May '16 10:36:49 PM jbmasta
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* [[spoiler: Hex's death at the end of Gods and Monsters.]] Ace is inconsolable and refuses to let the Doctor calm her down.
16th Dec '15 10:04:56 PM PatPayne
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** The Monk himself may warrant a mention as well what with his monologue to Tamsin after the Daleks have killed her and everything is crashing around his ears. "You see, I was the one who brought the Dalek plague to Earth. Simple, really. I just materialised my TARDIS, popped the vial out through the door, closed the door, went forward three years and rematerialised when the plague had burnt itself out. When it had ... done its work. And you ... were none the wiser, my dear. You were none the wiser. I thought I could lie to you and forgive myself. I was wrong."

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** The Monk himself may warrant a mention as well what with his monologue to Tamsin after the Daleks have killed her and everything is crashing around his ears. "You see, I was the one who brought the Dalek plague to Earth. Simple, really. I just materialised my TARDIS, popped the vial out through the door, closed the door, went forward three years and rematerialised when the plague had burnt itself out. When it had ... done its work. And you ... were none the wiser, my dear. You were none the wiser. I thought I could lie to you and forgive myself. I was wrong.""
* A meta one: ElisabethSladen, who had done a number of Sarah Jane Smith dramas for Big Finish, had been chipping away for years at TomBaker's reticence to return to the role of the Fourth Doctor. She wanted to do at least one audio drama with the old TARDIS team back together again. Finally, Baker agreed to come back, and started up talks to return in a series of Big Finish audio dramas. He signed the contract with Big Finish some time around April 12, 2011. One week later, Lis Sladen passed away of cancer, meaning the long-awaited reunion could never take place.
6th Dec '15 9:54:31 PM jedidarrick
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*** He doesn't just replay it. He mimics having a conversation with her, pausing the recording each time she comments about what he might say in this hypothetical situation, and quoting the dialogue himself. It's a conversation about accepting Lucie back aboard the TARDIS as his companion.
*** He has a HarsherInHindsight with her, too: in her first episode, she says that her middle name is for her to know, and him to find out. He never does.
*** The Monk himself may warrant a mention as well what with his monologue to Tamsin after the Daleks have killed her and everything is crashing around his ears. "You see, I was the one who brought the Dalek plague to Earth. Simple, really. I just materialised my TARDIS, popped the vial out through the door, closed the door, went forward three years and rematerialised when the plague had burnt itself out. When it had ... done its work. And you ... were none the wiser, my dear. You were none the wiser. I thought I could lie to you and forgive myself. I was wrong."

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*** ** He doesn't just replay it. He mimics having a conversation with her, pausing the recording each time she comments about what he might say in this hypothetical situation, and quoting the dialogue himself. It's a conversation about accepting Lucie back aboard the TARDIS as his companion.
*** ** He has a HarsherInHindsight with her, too: in her first episode, she says that her middle name is for her to know, and him to find out. He never does.
*** ** The Monk himself may warrant a mention as well what with his monologue to Tamsin after the Daleks have killed her and everything is crashing around his ears. "You see, I was the one who brought the Dalek plague to Earth. Simple, really. I just materialised my TARDIS, popped the vial out through the door, closed the door, went forward three years and rematerialised when the plague had burnt itself out. When it had ... done its work. And you ... were none the wiser, my dear. You were none the wiser. I thought I could lie to you and forgive myself. I was wrong."
6th Dec '15 9:54:08 PM jedidarrick
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* The ending of "The Brink of Death" qualifies for this in spades. [[spoiler: After a lengthy chase by the Sixth Doctor to prevent the Valeyard from [[AssimilationPlot replacing him and every other Time Lord]], the Doctor realises that the only way to stop him is to go through the Time Lord-unfriendly radiation circling the nearby [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani Lakertya]]. The Valeyard's plan hinges on using the Sixth Doctor's brainwaves to succeed, and is foiled if this Doctor [[TheNthDoctor became another one]]. Considering the distance this Doctor has gone in being [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap saved from the Scrappy Heap]] by AudioPlay/BigFinish, it's heartbreaking to hear his final moments [[TheNthDoctor before dying]].]]

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* The ending of "The Brink of Death" qualifies for this in spades. [[spoiler: After a lengthy chase by the Sixth Doctor to prevent the Valeyard from [[AssimilationPlot replacing him and every other Time Lord]], the Doctor realises that the only way to stop him is to go through the Time Lord-unfriendly radiation circling the nearby [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani Lakertya]]. The Valeyard's plan hinges on using the Sixth Doctor's brainwaves to succeed, and is foiled if this Doctor [[TheNthDoctor became another one]]. Considering the distance this Doctor has gone in being [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap saved from the Scrappy Heap]] by AudioPlay/BigFinish, it's heartbreaking to hear his final moments [[TheNthDoctor before dying]].]]]]
* "Death in Blackpool": Lucie tells the Doctor she's staying on Earth and gives him back the parabolic diverteró rejecting his offer to come back to her if ever she calls.
-->'''Lucie:''' You're the Doctor. You're brilliant. And it was great, I mean really bleedin' great. And ... Well ... that's how I want to remember it. That's how I want to remember you.\\
'''Doctor:''' So I'm just a memory now.\\
'''Lucie:''' Yeah. The best memory I've got.\\
''The Doctor rises, walks to the TARDIS, and leaves without another word.''
* "Lucie Miller". The whole damn thing is one long case of KickTheDog for everyone involved, but especially poor Lucie herself. She contracts a plague while on holiday with Alex in Thailand. The plague leaves her blind in one eye and dependent on leg braces to walk. Interwoven through the episode is a kind of ApocalypticLog she's recording for the Doctor, and it's absolutely heartbreaking. Sheridan Smith deserves some kind of award for that one.
** It went FromBadToWorse in "To the Death". Both she and Alex [[HeroicSacrifice die]], while the Doctor's helpless to save them and has to actually ''watch''. Unsurprisingly, he hits some HeroicBSOD, and by the end of the audio is completely broken. Listening to him rewind and replay Lucie's log is just heartbreaking.
*** He doesn't just replay it. He mimics having a conversation with her, pausing the recording each time she comments about what he might say in this hypothetical situation, and quoting the dialogue himself. It's a conversation about accepting Lucie back aboard the TARDIS as his companion.
*** He has a HarsherInHindsight with her, too: in her first episode, she says that her middle name is for her to know, and him to find out. He never does.
*** The Monk himself may warrant a mention as well what with his monologue to Tamsin after the Daleks have killed her and everything is crashing around his ears. "You see, I was the one who brought the Dalek plague to Earth. Simple, really. I just materialised my TARDIS, popped the vial out through the door, closed the door, went forward three years and rematerialised when the plague had burnt itself out. When it had ... done its work. And you ... were none the wiser, my dear. You were none the wiser. I thought I could lie to you and forgive myself. I was wrong."
15th Oct '15 12:53:11 PM LahmacunKebab
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* The source material "Dalek", based on "Jubilee", has its fair share of tear jerking scenes as well. Special mention must go to when Evelyn finds out what happens to the Doctor who saved the world back in 1903. He's been imprisoned in the Tower of London for 100 years, and had to bear witness to him losing his Evelyn, his legs, and his sanity. Honestly, his reminiscing about how if he closes his eyes, he can travel through time and space...*sob* .

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* The source material "Dalek", based on "Jubilee", has its fair share of tear jerking scenes as well. Special mention must go to when Evelyn finds out what happens to the Doctor who saved the world back in 1903. He's been imprisoned in the Tower of London for 100 years, and had to bear witness to him losing his Evelyn, his legs, and his sanity. Honestly, his reminiscing about how if he closes his eyes, he can travel through time and space...*sob* . *sob*.
15th Oct '15 12:52:59 PM LahmacunKebab
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* [[AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho Big Finish]] gave Adric a second HeroicSacrifice death in "The Boy That Time Forgot." The sacrifice itself is more of a Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming (done in a flashback at the very end where Adric uses the last of his life energy to rescue the TARDIS and pass on the mantle of lonely-orphan-boy-companion to Thomas Brewster), but the scene before his death is absolutely heartwrenching. Nearly 30 years since his on-screen death, all the [[TheScrappy fan-hate]], all the trauma he's been through, and we're left with the audio-spurred image of a dying old man in an armchair by a window, watching the Victorian London spring roll in, and singing mathematics to the insects in the walls. This isn't AlasPoorScrappy anymore, it's just..."alas poor..." *weeps*

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* [[AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho Big Finish]] gave Adric a second HeroicSacrifice death in "The Boy That Time Forgot." The sacrifice itself is more of a Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming (done in a flashback at the very end where Adric uses the last of his life energy to rescue the TARDIS and pass on the mantle of lonely-orphan-boy-companion to Thomas Brewster), but the scene before his death is absolutely heartwrenching. Nearly 30 years since his on-screen death, all the [[TheScrappy fan-hate]], all the trauma he's been through, and we're left with the audio-spurred image of a dying old man in an armchair by a window, watching the Victorian London spring roll in, and singing mathematics to the insects in the walls. This isn't AlasPoorScrappy anymore, it's just... "alas poor..." *weeps*
4th Sep '15 6:44:41 AM Aomic
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* The ending of "The Brink of Death" qualifies for this in spades. [[spoiler: After a lengthy chase by the Sixth Doctor to prevent the Valeyard from taking over his life and the Gallifreyan Matrix, the Doctor realises that the only way to succeed is to go through the Time Lord-unfriendly radiation circling the nearby [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani Lakertya]]. The Valeyard's plan hinges on using the Sixth Doctor's brainwaves to succeed. He's foiled if this Doctor [[KilledOffForReal became another one]]. Considering the distance this Doctor has gone in being [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap saved from the Scrappy Heap]] by AudioPlay/BigFinish, it's heartbreaking to hear his final moments [[TheNthDoctor before dying]].]]

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* The ending of "The Brink of Death" qualifies for this in spades. [[spoiler: After a lengthy chase by the Sixth Doctor to prevent the Valeyard from taking over his life [[AssimilationPlot replacing him and the Gallifreyan Matrix, every other Time Lord]], the Doctor realises that the only way to succeed stop him is to go through the Time Lord-unfriendly radiation circling the nearby [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani Lakertya]]. The Valeyard's plan hinges on using the Sixth Doctor's brainwaves to succeed. He's succeed, and is foiled if this Doctor [[KilledOffForReal [[TheNthDoctor became another one]]. Considering the distance this Doctor has gone in being [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap saved from the Scrappy Heap]] by AudioPlay/BigFinish, it's heartbreaking to hear his final moments [[TheNthDoctor before dying]].]]
4th Sep '15 6:42:36 AM Aomic
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* The ending of "The Brink of Death" qualifies for this in spades. [[spoiler: After a lengthy chase by the Sixth Doctor to prevent the Valeyard from taking over his life and the Gallifreian Matrix, the Doctor realises that the only way to succeed is to go through the Time Lord-unfriendly radiation circling the nearby [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani Lakertya]] and regenerate. So he does. Considering the distance this Doctor has gone in being [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap saved from the Scrappy heap]] by AudioPlay/BigFinish, it's heartbreaking to hear his final moments [[TheNthDoctor before dying]].]]

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* The ending of "The Brink of Death" qualifies for this in spades. [[spoiler: After a lengthy chase by the Sixth Doctor to prevent the Valeyard from taking over his life and the Gallifreian Gallifreyan Matrix, the Doctor realises that the only way to succeed is to go through the Time Lord-unfriendly radiation circling the nearby [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani Lakertya]] and regenerate. So he does. Lakertya]]. The Valeyard's plan hinges on using the Sixth Doctor's brainwaves to succeed. He's foiled if this Doctor [[KilledOffForReal became another one]]. Considering the distance this Doctor has gone in being [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap saved from the Scrappy heap]] Heap]] by AudioPlay/BigFinish, it's heartbreaking to hear his final moments [[TheNthDoctor before dying]].]]
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