History YMMV / CallTheMidwife

11th Apr '16 12:16:05 AM Lullabee
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** Dr Turner prescribes thalidomide to a patient, since the side effects weren't known at the time, and she says she'll recommend it to all her friends. So the baby might be born with severe or even fatal birth defects ("[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalidomide#Birth_defects_crisis Of the approximately 2,000 babies born with defects [in the UK], around half died within a few months]]"), or the mother's friends' babies if they end up taking it. Also, a few episodes earlier, we saw Dr Turner get really distraught after making a (reasonably fixable) medical mistake. If several babies are born with birth defects because of something he prescribed, he'd feel ''really'' guilty. And imagine all the hundreds of real-world doctors who were in that situation.
11th Mar '16 3:30:26 PM Izzie
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** [[spoiler: Sister Evangelina's]] death and everyone's reactions.
22nd Jan '16 2:57:00 PM SilentHunterUK
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* FanservicePack: For the entire non-nun cast in Season 6 as they change uniforms... some of them literally. Particularly for Helen George (Trixie) who had appeared on ''Series/StrictlyComeDancing'' during filming; Trixie ends up with multiple scenes in tight clothing, in her undies or showing off her stockinged leg. In character, she's attending a Keep Fit class with the result that she's dropped two inches of her waist and gone up a cup size.
** The ''Daily Mail'' predictably described this as 'sexing up' the show.
17th Jan '16 2:28:42 PM PurrElise
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** In Season 4 Episode 3, the kindhearted Sergeant Noakes testifies against a man in court for homosexual behavior. Later Fred asks the same man to leave a community organization.

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** In Season 4 Episode 3, the kindhearted Sergeant Noakes testifies against a man in court for homosexual behavior. Later Fred asks the same man to leave a community organization.organization.
* WriterCopOut: [[spoiler: The 2015 ChristmasSpecial builds and builds to what looks like a [[TearJerker emotional and poignant death]] for Sister Monica Joan. Then right at the end...she just gets better. Out of nowhere. [[StatusQuoIsGod And everything goes back to the way it was.]] It's so unexpected that it honestly seems like the writers planned to kill her off but changed their minds right at the last moment. Perhaps because Sister Monica Joan is such a beloved character and staple of the series.]]
17th Jan '16 1:19:57 PM RoseAndHeather
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** That said, between Nora Harding's entire storyline, Trixie's [[spoiler:near-rape]], and [[spoiler:the fallout of Dr Turner giving in to his feelings with his IKissYourHand]], 2x05 stands out.
31st Dec '15 4:53:25 PM PurrElise
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*** In 1950s Britain it wasn't uncommon for people to leave their babies in prams outside their houses while they did something inside. It was wasn't necessarily something everyone did, but it was considered safe to do so by the people who did. It was taken as obvious that sleeping outdoors was good for children, and many houses had no yard or garden- it was also normal for children from poor areas to play in the street almost as soon as they could walk (there were very few cars and so many children played there it was assumed the older ones were watching.)

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*** In 1950s Britain it wasn't uncommon for people to leave their babies in prams outside their houses while they did something inside. It was wasn't necessarily something everyone did, but it was considered safe to do so by the people who did. It was taken as obvious that sleeping outdoors was good for children, and many houses had no yard or garden- it was also normal for children from poor areas to play in the street almost as soon as they could walk (there were very few cars and so many children played there it was assumed the older ones were watching.)
25th Dec '15 6:35:36 PM RoseAndHeather
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* CrackPairing: Out of the bowels of Website/{{Tumblr}} sprang the Dr Turner/Sister Julienne pairing. ''Definite'' crack, especially given that Dr Turner is so desperately in love with Sister Bernadette he can hardly see straight ([[spoiler:it's very mutual]]) and has been since they first shared a scene, and yet some find it strangely enthralling. The "[[InsaneTrollLogic logic]]" seems to be, "She is like an older Sister Bernadette, and he's in love with Sister Bernadette. Also, Jenny Agutter is ''[[RuleOfSexy hot]].''"

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* CrackPairing: Out of the bowels of Website/{{Tumblr}} sprang the Dr Turner/Sister Julienne pairing. ''Definite'' crack, especially given that Dr Turner is so desperately in love with Sister Bernadette he can hardly see straight ([[spoiler:it's (it's very mutual]]) mutual) and has been since they first shared a scene, and yet some find it strangely enthralling. The "[[InsaneTrollLogic logic]]" seems to be, "She is like an older Sister Bernadette, and he's in love with Sister Bernadette. Also, Jenny Agutter is ''[[RuleOfSexy hot]].''"



** Averted with Chummy's temporary replacement: Jane is an interesting character in her own right. Invoked in-universe when Chummy comes back; Jane worries that she was only there to "fill a gap", but the other girls reassure her that she's a part of Nonnatus now. (Whereupon she's instantly DemotedToExtra for the rest of the series and then [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome absent from the Christmas Special without explanation]], [[EnsembleDarkhorse much to the irritation of the fandom]].[[note]]Later given an explanation, thanks to a cut scene from the 2013 Christmas special; Jane's gone to nursing school.[[/note]] (Given the sheer amount of story packed into every episode -- and the fact that they probably couldn't get Dot Atkinson back -- her reduced screentime is understandable, but no less displeasing to her fans.)

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** Averted with Chummy's temporary replacement: Jane is an interesting character in her own right. Invoked in-universe when Chummy comes back; Jane worries that she was only there to "fill a gap", but the other girls reassure her that she's a part of Nonnatus now. (Whereupon she's instantly DemotedToExtra for the rest of the series and then [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome absent from the Christmas Special without explanation]], [[EnsembleDarkhorse much to the irritation of the fandom]].[[note]]Later given an explanation, thanks to a cut scene from the 2013 Christmas special; Jane's gone to nursing school.[[/note]] (Given Given the sheer amount of story packed into every episode -- and the fact that they probably couldn't get Dot Atkinson back -- her reduced screentime is understandable, but no less displeasing to her fans.)



* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: On Tumblr, there are a few fans who ship Nurse Barbara Gilbert with Trixie's former fiance, Rev. Tom Hereward, with the explanation that their personalities are better suited. Also, Barbara is a vicar's daughter, which might make her more understanding of the life of a curate than Trixie seemed to be. There have even been a few fanfictions featuring this ship. This shipping is despite the fact that in canon, Tom and Barbara have shared very few scenes together and have had no conversations of any substance.

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* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: On Tumblr, there are a few fans who ship Nurse Barbara Gilbert with Trixie's former fiance, Rev. Tom Hereward, with the explanation that their personalities are better suited. Also, Barbara is a vicar's daughter, which might make her more understanding of the life of a curate than Trixie seemed to be. There have even been a few fanfictions featuring this ship. This shipping is despite the fact that in canon, Tom and Barbara have shared very few scenes together and have had no conversations of any substance. [[spoiler:Until the 2015 Christmas special, during which the two shared some adorably flirty moments and Tom couldn't seem to take his eyes off Barbara whenever they were in the same room. Does the fandom know their head writer, or what?]]



** In Season 4 Episode 3, the kindhearted Seargent Noakes testifies against a man in court for homosexual behavior. Later Fred asks the same man to leave a community organization.

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** In Season 4 Episode 3, the kindhearted Seargent Sergeant Noakes testifies against a man in court for homosexual behavior. Later Fred asks the same man to leave a community organization.
3rd Sep '15 8:46:37 PM beaglefan
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* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: On Tumblr, there are a few fans who ship Nurse Barbara Gilbert with Trixie's former fiance, Rev. Tom Hereward, with the explanation that their personalities are better suited. Also, Barbara is a vicar's daughter, which might make her more understanding of the life of a curate than Trixie seemed to be. There have even been a few fanfictions featuring this ship. This shipping is despite the fact that on the show, Tom and Barbara have shared very few scenes together and have had no conversations of any substance.

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* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: On Tumblr, there are a few fans who ship Nurse Barbara Gilbert with Trixie's former fiance, Rev. Tom Hereward, with the explanation that their personalities are better suited. Also, Barbara is a vicar's daughter, which might make her more understanding of the life of a curate than Trixie seemed to be. There have even been a few fanfictions featuring this ship. This shipping is despite the fact that on the show, in canon, Tom and Barbara have shared very few scenes together and have had no conversations of any substance.
3rd Sep '15 8:44:50 PM beaglefan
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* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: On Tumblr, there are a few fans who ship Nurse Barbara Gilbert with Trixie's former fiance, Rev. Tom Hereward, with the explanation that their personalities are better suited. Also, Barbara is a vicar's daughter, which might make her more understanding of the life of a curate than Trixie seemed to be. There have even been a few fanfictions featuring this ship. The most obvious problem with this ship is that on the show, Tom and Barbara have shared very few scenes together and have had no conversations of any substance.

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* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: On Tumblr, there are a few fans who ship Nurse Barbara Gilbert with Trixie's former fiance, Rev. Tom Hereward, with the explanation that their personalities are better suited. Also, Barbara is a vicar's daughter, which might make her more understanding of the life of a curate than Trixie seemed to be. There have even been a few fanfictions featuring this ship. The most obvious problem with this ship This shipping is despite the fact that on the show, Tom and Barbara have shared very few scenes together and have had no conversations of any substance.
3rd Sep '15 8:42:39 PM beaglefan
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* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: On Tumblr, there are a few fans who ship Nurse Barbara Gilbert with Trixie's former fiance, Rev. Tom Hereward, with the explanation that their personalities are better suited. Also, Barbara is a vicar's daughter, which might make her more understanding of the life of a curate than Trixie seemed to be. There have even been a few fanfictions featuring this ship. The only problem is that on the show, Tom and Barbara have shared very few scenes together and have had no conversations of any substance.

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* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: On Tumblr, there are a few fans who ship Nurse Barbara Gilbert with Trixie's former fiance, Rev. Tom Hereward, with the explanation that their personalities are better suited. Also, Barbara is a vicar's daughter, which might make her more understanding of the life of a curate than Trixie seemed to be. There have even been a few fanfictions featuring this ship. The only most obvious problem with this ship is that on the show, Tom and Barbara have shared very few scenes together and have had no conversations of any substance.
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