History YMMV / DoctorWho

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** "Pure historicals", stories set in historical periods with the presence of the TARDIS crew being the only science fiction element and usually dealing with questions like the morality of interfering with history, were considered by contemporary audiences to be dry and boring and got progressively more and more unpopular as the series progressed. Ratings tanked especially hard during "The Gunfighters", the story which all but killed the format. There has always been a minority calling for the return of this format, but today it is generally agreed upon that Creator/WilliamHartnell's pure historicals tend to be his ''best'' stories. They tend to have rather more mature and witty writing than the show's early attempts at science fiction, don't suffer from SpecialEffectFailure to the same extent, and have less EarlyInstallmentWeirdness than many of the surrounding stories, despite the fact that being a historical is itself EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. Pure historicals usually cited as amongst Hartnell's best include the rather mythologised MissingEpisode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E4MarcoPolo Marco Polo]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E4TheRomans The Romans]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E3TheMythMakers The Myth Makers]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E6TheMassacre The Massacre of Saint Bartholemew's Eve]]", and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAtecs The Aztecs]]" (often given as a contender for his very best story). "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade The Crusade]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E8TheReignOfTerror The Reign of Terror]]" are less popular, but have more defenders than the contemporarily highly popular sci-fi serials "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The Web Planet]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase The Chase]]". The only pure historical that is generally considered ''bad'' is "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters The Gunfighters]]", although that's a special case: 1) fan lore held that it was an awful story due to an especially damning write-up in the review book ''Doctor Who: A Celebration'' which was around before home video, so fandom took its opinion as gospel (although its loving write up in the later review book ''The Discontinuity Guide'' is eroding its reputation), and 2) it's a comedy and to some extent a MusicalEpisode, so was always going to be a LoveItOrHateIt story.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]]", a ''Doctor Who'' storyline with no companions, a focus on alien politics, and with an awful lot of FamilyUnfriendlyViolence was viewed at the time as a failed experiment at best (the absence of TheWatson made the plot much harder to follow than normal, and the execs said it was never to happen again no matter how much Creator/TomBaker insisted that it worked) and [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids tasteless and audience-inappropriate]] at worst (notoriously attracting so many complaints that the show was {{Re Tool}}ed into a much less violent, more comedy-based series for most of the rest of Tom Baker's run). Fans nowadays tend to appreciate the attempt at trying something other than MonsterOfTheWeek, the more impressionistic and political tone, the especially brutal and exciting action, and in particular the AlternateCharacterInterpretation that the Doctor gets in the story; due to not having an ally to talk to, he comes off as a brooding, quiet and much more mysterious character with a pinch of SpaghettiWestern hero about him, a sharp contrast to his usual funniness and ObfuscatingStupidity. It's not a usual candidate for Creator/ToBaker's best serial (those would be "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]", or "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]") but is often listed as a standout, must-see episode and a bit of a hipster favourite. Its reputation may go up further now that it's had a SpiritualSuccessor in the wildly-acclaimed modern-''Who'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]" (no companion aside from a mental construct the Doctor's using as a coping mechanism, ''extremely'' dark story involving a deadly adversary in an EldritchLocation, FamilyUnfriendlyViolence, the Doctor at his broodiest, etc.).

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** "Pure historicals", stories set in historical periods with the presence of the TARDIS crew being the only science fiction element and usually dealing with questions like the morality of interfering with history, were considered by contemporary audiences to be dry and boring and got progressively more and more unpopular as the series progressed. Ratings tanked especially hard during "The Gunfighters", the story which all but killed the format. There has always been a minority calling for the return of this format, but today it is generally agreed upon that Creator/WilliamHartnell's pure historicals tend to be his ''best'' stories. They tend to have rather more mature and witty writing than the show's early attempts at science fiction, don't suffer from SpecialEffectFailure to the same extent, and have less EarlyInstallmentWeirdness than many of the surrounding stories, despite the fact that being a historical is itself EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. Pure historicals usually cited as amongst Hartnell's best include the rather mythologised MissingEpisode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E4MarcoPolo Marco Polo]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E4TheRomans The Romans]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E3TheMythMakers The Myth Makers]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E6TheMassacre "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E5TheMassacre The Massacre of Saint Bartholemew's St Bartholomew's Eve]]", and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAtecs "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs The Aztecs]]" (often given as a contender for his very best story). "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade The Crusade]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E8TheReignOfTerror The Reign of Terror]]" are less popular, but have more defenders than the contemporarily highly popular sci-fi serials "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The Web Planet]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase The Chase]]". The only pure historical that is generally considered ''bad'' is "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters The Gunfighters]]", although that's a special case: 1) fan lore held that it was an awful story due to an especially damning write-up in the review book ''Doctor Who: A Celebration'' which was around before home video, so fandom took its opinion as gospel (although its loving write up in the later review book ''The Discontinuity Guide'' is eroding its reputation), and 2) it's a comedy and to some extent a MusicalEpisode, so was always going to be a LoveItOrHateIt story.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]]", a ''Doctor Who'' storyline with no companions, a focus on alien politics, and with an awful lot of FamilyUnfriendlyViolence was viewed at the time as a failed experiment at best (the absence of TheWatson made the plot much harder to follow than normal, and the execs said it was never to happen again no matter how much Creator/TomBaker insisted that it worked) and [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids tasteless and audience-inappropriate]] at worst (notoriously attracting so many complaints that the show was {{Re Tool}}ed into a much less violent, more comedy-based series for most of the rest of Tom Baker's his run). Fans nowadays tend to appreciate the attempt at trying something other than MonsterOfTheWeek, the more impressionistic and political tone, the especially brutal and exciting action, and in particular the AlternateCharacterInterpretation that the Doctor gets in the story; due to not having an ally to talk to, he comes off as a brooding, quiet and much more mysterious character with a pinch of SpaghettiWestern hero about him, a sharp contrast to his usual funniness and ObfuscatingStupidity. It's not a usual candidate for Creator/ToBaker's Baker's best serial (those would be "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]", or "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]") but is often listed as a standout, must-see episode and a bit of a hipster favourite. Its reputation may go up further now that it's had a SpiritualSuccessor in the wildly-acclaimed modern-''Who'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]" (no companion aside from a mental construct the Doctor's using as a coping mechanism, ''extremely'' dark story involving a deadly adversary in an EldritchLocation, FamilyUnfriendlyViolence, the Doctor at his broodiest, etc.).



** These moments were very common during CreatorRussellTDavies' run on the show, with the Tenth Doctor and Rose getting the worst of it.

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** These moments were very common during CreatorRussellTDavies' Creator/RussellTDavies' run on the show, with the Tenth Doctor and Rose getting the worst of it.



** Creator/JohnNathanTurner's era as producer in general has been strongly criticised by many fans for StuntCasting without much consideration as to whether the celebrity guest was actually suited to the role, one notable example being Beryl Reid as Captain Briggs in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E5Earthshock Earthshock]]", due to Nathan Turner's love for light entertainment.

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** Creator/JohnNathanTurner's era as producer in general has been strongly criticised by many fans for StuntCasting without much consideration as to whether the celebrity guest was actually suited to the role, one notable example being Beryl Reid as Captain Briggs in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E5Earthshock "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock Earthshock]]", due to Nathan Turner's love for light entertainment.
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* AbandonShipping: A subverted example. The announcement of the 12th Doctor as 50-something Peter Capaldi initially led many to jump off the 'Whouffle' ship as an ongoing concern, sticking to shipping Clara with just 11. This was spurred by a false rumor that Capaldi himself had allegedly stated that he was adamant about not having so much as romantic tension between the two, stating that there would be "no flirting". And then came episodes like "Time Heist" or "The Caretaker" where the Twelfth Doctor's outright jealousy towards Danny Pink was no longer just a matter of conjecture. At one point in "Caretaker" the Doctor attempts to "ship" Clara and a fellow teacher who happens to resemble the Eleventh Doctor! Which led many to now jump back ''on'' the ship and write 12/Clara fanfics, which have become quite popular and even gained a new name, "Whouffaldi." And then along came "Mummy on the Orient Express"... ''Then'' it turned out the "no flirting" thing was completely inflated by the media because certain segments of the fanbase would probably like to hear that - See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWbZtUQw1ng this interview]] where both Moffat and Capaldi basically state that they never said any such thing. Various statements by writers and actors alike have since confirmed that it is basically more of a mixture between them playing up the 'socially inept' part of socially inept genius and an AnchoredShip situation, to the point that certain lines in [[http://sswhouffaldi.tumblr.com/post/100726511943/x "Mummy on the Orient Express"]] and [[http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/doctor-who/32928/doctor-who-steven-moffat-on-series-8-missy-lies-and-leaks "Dark Water"]] were intended as indirect [[LoveConfession love confessions]]. With those, Doctor/Clara shot up there with Doctor/Rose, Doctor/River and Doctor/TARDIS as far as canonicity goes, only further confirmed from "Last Christmas" onward. The Series 9 finale trilogy was revealed in its conclusion to be one big anchored ship/[[spoiler: [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]]]] scenario between the Doctor and Clara (with general consensus being that the Doctor stating [[spoiler: "I had a duty of care"]] and Clara's [[spoiler: off-screen statement to the Doctor in the Cloisters]] were additional {{Love Confession}}s), an OfficialCouple anchored perhaps for good: [[spoiler: the Doctor lost most of his memories of her, and Clara moved on without him...because their relationship was too close for everyone's safety]].

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* AbandonShipping: A subverted example. The announcement of the 12th Doctor as 50-something Peter Capaldi Creator/PeterCapaldi initially led many to jump off the 'Whouffle' ship as an ongoing concern, sticking to shipping Clara with just 11. This was spurred by a false rumor that Capaldi himself had allegedly stated that he was adamant about not having so much as romantic tension between the two, stating that there would be "no flirting". And then came episodes like "Time Heist" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]" or "The Caretaker" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E6TheCaretaker The Caretaker]]" where the Twelfth Doctor's outright jealousy towards Danny Pink was no longer just a matter of conjecture. At one point in "Caretaker" the Doctor attempts to "ship" Clara and a fellow teacher who happens to resemble the Eleventh Doctor! Which led many to now jump back ''on'' the ship and write 12/Clara fanfics, which have become quite popular and even gained a new name, "Whouffaldi." And then along came "Mummy on "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon Kill the Orient Express"...Moon]]"... ''Then'' it turned out the "no flirting" thing was completely inflated by the media because certain segments of the fanbase would probably like to hear that - See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWbZtUQw1ng this interview]] where both Moffat and Capaldi basically state that they never said any such thing. Various statements by writers and actors alike have since confirmed that it is basically more of a mixture between them playing up the 'socially inept' part of socially inept genius and an AnchoredShip situation, to the point that certain lines in [[http://sswhouffaldi.tumblr.com/post/100726511943/x "Mummy on the Orient Express"]] and [[http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/doctor-who/32928/doctor-who-steven-moffat-on-series-8-missy-lies-and-leaks "Dark Water"]] were intended as indirect [[LoveConfession love confessions]]. With those, Doctor/Clara shot up there with Doctor/Rose, Doctor/River and Doctor/TARDIS as far as canonicity goes, only further confirmed from "Last Christmas" onward. The Series 9 finale trilogy was revealed in its conclusion to be one big anchored ship/[[spoiler: [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]]]] scenario between the Doctor and Clara (with general consensus being that the Doctor stating [[spoiler: "I had a duty of care"]] and Clara's [[spoiler: off-screen statement to the Doctor in the Cloisters]] were additional {{Love Confession}}s), an OfficialCouple anchored perhaps for good: [[spoiler: the Doctor lost most of his memories of her, and Clara moved on without him...because their relationship was too close for everyone's safety]].



** From one of the Fifth Doctor serials, we have this spit-take inducing line:

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** From one of the Fifth Doctor serials, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E4Terminus Terminus]]", we have this spit-take inducing line:



** Fifth Doctor serials seem to have a knack for this. "The Visitation" gives us this exchange...

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** Fifth Doctor serials seem to have a knack for this. "The Visitation" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E4TheVisitation The Visitation]]" gives us this exchange...



** The sonic vibrator Nyssa builds in the same serial may also deserve mention. Made worse by Adric's line, "I don't see why you wanted to work in here (her bedroom)."

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** The sonic vibrator Nyssa builds in the same serial may also deserve mention. Made worse by Adric's line, "I line,
-->"I
don't see why you wanted to work in here (her bedroom)."



** The jury is out on whether the Doctor's dodgy [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/gallery/thirddoctor/images/1024/19.html time disturbance detection device]] in ''The Time Monster'' was deliberately phallic or not. But... he built it to detect ''TheMaster''. That probably tells us [[FreudWasRight everything we need to know]].
** The fact that the title "companion" carries some pretty... adult... connotations. Lampshaded immediately when the Ninth Doctor first used the term to refer to Rose. The policeman questioning him immediately asked if it was sexual. Occasionally the show tries to shy away from using the term directly, preferring "assistant" and "friend" among others, but "companion" is often used, and occasionally the innuendo is invoked. Ironically, in "The Husbands of River Song", the Doctor's actual wife (who also travelled with him occasionally) is only referred to as his "consort".

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** The jury is out on whether the Doctor's dodgy [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/gallery/thirddoctor/images/1024/19.html time disturbance detection device]] in ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimeMonster The Time Monster'' Monster]]" was deliberately phallic or not. But... he built it to detect ''TheMaster''. That probably tells us [[FreudWasRight everything we need to know]].
** The fact that the title "companion" carries some pretty... adult... connotations. Lampshaded immediately when the Ninth Doctor first used the term to refer to Rose. The policeman questioning him immediately asked if it was sexual. Occasionally the show tries to shy away from using the term directly, preferring "assistant" and "friend" among others, but "companion" is often used, and occasionally the innuendo is invoked. Ironically, in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song", Song]]", the Doctor's actual wife (who also travelled with him occasionally) is only referred to as his "consort".



** Tom Baker and Lalla Ward - actually subverted as the two were in fact a real-life couple during their time on the show and were later married for a couple of years.
** David Tennant and Billie Piper.
** Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.
** Matt Smith and Alex Kingston (due mainly to the two flirting during interviews for ''Doctor Who Confidential'').
** The chemistry between Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman proved to be so strong that some fans actively began shipping them with the name "Colepaldi" sometimes attributed to the pairing, despite Capaldi being happily married, Coleman in a long-standing relationship initially (and another later), and no indication of anything but deep friendship between the two. Ironically, the relationship displayed in real life by the two actors - confirmed as even extending onto the set, per WordOfGod (directors, writers, Moffat, and even the guy who shot a publicity photo with the two on the Abbey Road zebra crossing) - actually exhibits all the traits ''sans romance'' that some fans say should exist between the Doctor and Clara and other companions.

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** Tom Baker Creator/TomBaker and Lalla Ward - actually subverted as the two were in fact a real-life couple during their time on the show and were later married for a couple of years.
** David Tennant Creator/DavidTennant and Billie Piper.
Creator/BilliePiper.
** Matt Smith Creator/MattSmith and Karen Gillan.
Creator/KarenGillan.
** Matt Smith Creator/MattSmith and Alex Kingston Creator/AlexKingston (due mainly to the two flirting during interviews for ''Doctor Who Confidential'').
** The chemistry between Peter Capaldi Creator/PeterCapaldi and Jenna Coleman Creator/JennaColeman proved to be so strong that some fans actively began shipping them with the name "Colepaldi" sometimes attributed to the pairing, despite Capaldi being happily married, Coleman in a long-standing relationship initially (and another later), and no indication of anything but deep friendship between the two. Ironically, the relationship displayed in real life by the two actors - confirmed as even extending onto the set, per WordOfGod (directors, writers, Moffat, and even the guy who shot a publicity photo with the two on the Abbey Road zebra crossing) - actually exhibits all the traits ''sans romance'' that some fans say should exist between the Doctor and Clara and other companions.



** At the end of "The Daleks" the Daleks are all killed off, which caused the writers a problem when they became an instant huge success. "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" has the Doctor speculate that he's gone back to a time before they all died. Later stories simply ignore it, with some Expanded Universe stories and much commentary on the show taking advantage of the "Daleks" Daleks' weaker powers and different personality to suggest that they were simply a splinter faction of the main Dalek civilisation, or surviving descendants of early experiments by Davros.

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** At the end of "The Daleks" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks The Daleks]]" the Daleks are all killed off, which caused the writers a problem when they became an instant huge success. "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth" Earth]]" has the Doctor speculate that he's gone back to a time before they all died. Later stories simply ignore it, with some Expanded Universe stories and much commentary on the show taking advantage of the "Daleks" Daleks' weaker powers and different personality to suggest that they were simply a splinter faction of the main Dalek civilisation, or surviving descendants of early experiments by Davros.



** The revelation in the TV Movie that the Doctor is a HalfHumanHybrid was hated by many fans who saw it as parochial and an imitation of ''Franchise/StarTrek''. After some ArmedWithCanon disputes in the 1996-2005 expanded universe material as to whether it was real or not, it was finally rejected in "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End", where it's a major plot point that no human-Time Lord hybrid has ever existed.
** Though it may not have been intended this way, the reveal in "The Christmas Invasion", that in the first day after regeneration a Time Lord can perform drastic body alterations, has been seized on in {{Fanon}} as an explanation for Romana's notorious regeneration scene in "Destiny of the Daleks", where she appeared to waste several of them just to "try out" different looks.
** Some fans considered that the HappinessInSlavery depiction of the Ood in "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit" and the Doctor's unthinking acceptance of it was a gross breach of the show's and the character's usual moral principles. Two years later, the story "Planet of the Ood" revealed that the Ood were only happy because evil humans were lobotomising them, and the Doctor explicitly expressed guilt for being too preoccupied with the earlier story's major threat and not investigating.
** The "New Paradigm" Dalek redesign introduced in "Victory of the Daleks" was loathed by fans and critics in a way that was much more universal and long-lasting than the normal TheyChangedItNowItSucks. Starting with "Asylum of the Daleks," the Ninth and Tenth Doctor-era design was reinstated as the main one, with the New Paradigm Daleks being used to fill out crowd scenes in that story and later "The Time of the Doctor."
** After "The Pandorica Opens"/"The Big Bang", some fans yelled that a Dalek begging River for mercy was out of character for them and an example of Moffat CharacterShilling River. "The Magician's Apprentice"/"The Witch's Familiar" confirms that the Daleks do have a concept of mercy, and makes it a huge plot point. [[spoiler: [[FridgeBrilliance It's also later revealed that River supposedly killed the Doctor, which would give the Daleks a reason to be afraid of her]].]]
** In Matt Smith's last three episodes, Steven Moffat utilized disparate plot threads dating back to the earliest days of the revived series to negate the whole issue of the Doctor only having thirteen lives, in case the BBC felt like cancelling the series when the thirteenth actor left.

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** The revelation in the [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie The TV Movie Movie]] that the Doctor is a HalfHumanHybrid was hated by many fans who saw it as parochial and an imitation of ''Franchise/StarTrek''. After some ArmedWithCanon disputes in the 1996-2005 expanded universe material as to whether it was real or not, it was finally rejected in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End", Earth]]" / "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]", where it's a major plot point that no human-Time Lord hybrid has ever existed.
** Though it may not have been intended this way, the reveal in "The Christmas Invasion", that in the first day after regeneration a Time Lord can perform drastic body alterations, has been seized on in {{Fanon}} as an explanation for Romana's notorious regeneration scene in "Destiny of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E3DeathToTheDaleks Death to the Daleks", Daleks]]", where she appeared to waste several of them just to "try out" different looks.
** Some fans considered that the HappinessInSlavery depiction of the Ood in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet The Impossible Planet"/"The Planet]]" / "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit The Satan Pit" Pit]]" and the Doctor's unthinking acceptance of it was a gross breach of the show's and the character's usual moral principles. Two years later, the story "Planet of the Ood" revealed that the Ood were only happy because evil humans were lobotomising them, and the Doctor explicitly expressed guilt for being too preoccupied with the earlier story's major threat and not investigating.
** The "New Paradigm" Dalek redesign introduced in "Victory "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks Victory of the Daleks" Daleks]]" was loathed by fans and critics in a way that was much more universal and long-lasting than the normal TheyChangedItNowItSucks. Starting with "Asylum "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks Asylum of the Daleks," Daleks]]", the Ninth and Tenth Doctor-era design was reinstated as the main one, with the New Paradigm Daleks being used to fill out crowd scenes in that story and later "The Time of the Doctor."
** After "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens"/"The Opens]]" / "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Big Bang", Bang]]", some fans yelled that a Dalek begging River for mercy was out of character for them and an example of Moffat CharacterShilling River. "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice The Magician's Apprentice"/"The Apprentice]]" / "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E2TheWitchsFamiliar The Witch's Familiar" Familiar]]" confirms that the Daleks do have a concept of mercy, and makes it a huge plot point. [[spoiler: [[FridgeBrilliance It's also later revealed that River supposedly killed the Doctor, which would give the Daleks a reason to be afraid of her]].]]
** In Matt Smith's Creator/MattSmith's last three episodes, Steven Moffat Creator/StevenMoffat utilized disparate plot threads dating back to the earliest days of the revived series to negate the whole issue of the Doctor only having thirteen lives, in case the BBC felt like cancelling the series when the thirteenth actor left.



** Nyssa's [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nyssa_9366.jpg skirt-removal]] in "Terminus". The in-story HandWave for why she decided to strip down to her slip was that she was feeling feverish. This doesn't really come across on screen, so Nyssa appears to strip off her clothes for no reason.

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** Nyssa's [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nyssa_9366.jpg skirt-removal]] in "Terminus"."[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E4Terminus Terminus]]". The in-story HandWave for why she decided to strip down to her slip was that she was feeling feverish. This doesn't really come across on screen, so Nyssa appears to strip off her clothes for no reason.



** Peri entered the TARDIS [[http://ibw.cwbuechler.com/newblog/wp-content/Peri-in-Peril.jpeg wearing a bikini]] (being carried by Turlough, who was wearing bikini ''briefs''). There was a long-running joke/tradition that Companions always left the TARDIS wearing less clothes than they entered in, which many were waiting to see if it would hold true...

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetOfFire Planet of Fire]], Peri entered the TARDIS [[http://ibw.cwbuechler.com/newblog/wp-content/Peri-in-Peril.jpeg wearing a bikini]] (being carried by Turlough, who was wearing bikini ''briefs''). There was a long-running joke/tradition that Companions always left the TARDIS wearing less clothes than they entered in, which many were waiting to see if it would hold true...



** And Zoe [[http://fancyfembot.com/wp-content/uploads/mindrob3.jpg clinging to the TARDIS console]] in "The Mind Robber", while the camera drools over her bottom in a very tight catsuit.

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** And Zoe [[http://fancyfembot.com/wp-content/uploads/mindrob3.jpg clinging to the TARDIS console]] in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber The Mind Robber", Robber]]", while the camera drools over her bottom in a very tight catsuit.



** Most media coverage of new companion Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) at the start focused on her skimpy kissogram costume in her first episode.
** There were some media attempts at this when Jenna Coleman made her first appearance in "Asylum of the Daleks", in which Oswin wore a short, form-fitting dress, and the fact a miniseries titled ''Room at the Top'' in which Coleman appeared topless aired soon after didn't help matters. Ultimately averted, however, as the decision was made to dress Clara conservatively.
* BizarroEpisode: "The Feast of Steven", the ChristmasEpisode in the middle of the grim 12-parter "The Daleks' Master Plan". And "Love and Monsters" from the New Series.
** "The mind robber" could also count as it a very bizarre, but imaginative story coming from the time when many 2nd Doctor serials were base-under stories.

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** Most media coverage of new companion Karen Gillan Creator/KarenGillan (Amy Pond) at the start focused on her skimpy kissogram costume in her first episode.
** There were some media attempts at this when Jenna Coleman Creator/JennaColeman made her first appearance in "Asylum "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks Asylum of the Daleks", Daleks]]", in which Oswin wore a short, form-fitting dress, and the fact a miniseries titled ''Room at the Top'' in which Coleman appeared topless aired soon after didn't help matters. Ultimately averted, however, as the decision was made to dress Clara conservatively.
* BizarroEpisode: "The Feast of Steven", the ChristmasEpisode in the middle of the grim 12-parter "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan The Daleks' Master Plan". Plan]]". And "Love and Monsters" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters Love & Monsters]]" from the New Series.
** "The mind robber" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber The Mind Robber]]" could also count as it a very bizarre, but imaginative story coming from the time when many 2nd Doctor serials were base-under stories.



** Modern Era showrunners Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat endure a lot of hatred from some aspects of fandom. There have been many cases of people going into modern Doctor Who expecting a trainwreck based upon what they've read on forums, etc., and coming away wondering what show the haters were actually watching.

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** Modern Era showrunners Russell T Davies Creator/RussellTDavies and Steven Moffat Creator/StevenMoffat endure a lot of hatred from some aspects of fandom. There have been many cases of people going into modern Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' expecting a trainwreck based upon what they've read on forums, etc., and coming away wondering what show the haters were actually watching.



** Averted with "Journey's End", where critics and the fans have quite mixed thoughts. However critics tend to have a lower opinion.

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** Averted with "Journey's End", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]", where critics and the fans have quite mixed thoughts. However critics tend to have a lower opinion.



* CriticalResearchFailure: In ''The Sound of Drums'', American President Arthur Winters introduces himself as "President-Elect Arthur Coleman Winters." In America, the President-Elect is someone who's been elected President in the November elections but hasn't been sworn in yet at the January Inaugural. Thus, he wouldn't be the President yet, and wouldn't have the political power to do what Winters does here. Except for that one line, everything else in the script indicates Winters is supposed to be the current American President. If he was, there's no good reason (not even a stupid reason) why he'd call himself, "President-Elect"? [[WordOfGod Outright admitted by RTD]], who had no idea what "president-elect" meant but thought it sounded cooler than "president".
** "Hell Bent" suggests that the lifespan of the universe is measured in mere ''billions'' of years, when in fact scientists estimate the universe is more likely to survive for many ''trillions'' of years. This error also reflects a research failure within the show itself, as the episode "Utopia" had already established that the end of the universe occurs at some point after the year 100 trillion.

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* CriticalResearchFailure: CriticalResearchFailure:
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In ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums The Sound of Drums'', Drums]]", American President Arthur Winters introduces himself as "President-Elect Arthur Coleman Winters." In America, the President-Elect is someone who's been elected President in the November elections but hasn't been sworn in yet at the January Inaugural. Thus, he wouldn't be the President yet, and wouldn't have the political power to do what Winters does here. Except for that one line, everything else in the script indicates Winters is supposed to be the current American President. If he was, there's no good reason (not even a stupid reason) why he'd call himself, "President-Elect"? [[WordOfGod Outright admitted by RTD]], who had no idea what "president-elect" meant but thought it sounded cooler than "president".
** "Hell Bent" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]" suggests that the lifespan of the universe is measured in mere ''billions'' of years, when in fact scientists estimate the universe is more likely to survive for many ''trillions'' of years. This error also reflects a research failure within the show itself, as the episode "Utopia" had already established that the end of the universe occurs at some point after the year 100 trillion.



** Clara also gets tons of it. One particularly popular little oddity seems to be to ship her or any of her echoes with practically ''every single character'' Peter Capaldi has ever played. For that matter, due to Capaldi and Jenna Coleman's intense chemistry and close friendship off-screen -- if one wasn't aware that he'd been happily married for a quarter century and she was likewise in a long-term relationship, and ignoring the age disparity, one could easily mistake them for a real-life couple -- a branch of shipping emerged dedicated to shipping the ''actors themselves''.

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** Clara also gets tons of it. One particularly popular little oddity seems to be to ship her or any of her echoes with practically ''every single character'' Peter Capaldi Creator/PeterCapaldi has ever played. For that matter, due to Capaldi and Jenna Coleman's Creator/JennaColeman's intense chemistry and close friendship off-screen -- if one wasn't aware that he'd been happily married for a quarter century and she was likewise in a long-term relationship, and ignoring the age disparity, one could easily mistake them for a real-life couple -- a branch of shipping emerged dedicated to shipping the ''actors themselves''.



** Tegan--though, as a woman of normal intelligence stuck on the TARDIS with three alien super-geniuses (The Doctor, Nyssa, and Adric/Turlough), she was Damsel Scrappy By Default. You want a real Damsel Scrappy in ''Series/DoctorWho'', try Vicki, Victoria Waterfield or Peri Brown.
** In a rare male example, Adric. In addition to being a widely disliked character, he was repeatedly captured and/or mind-controlled by various evil manipulators; most notably the Master in "Castrovalva", the Vampire Orcon in "State of Decay", and the Cybermen in "Earthshock".
** Mel was the only companion during her tenure, and thus had the duty of getting captured. This would be fine if she were useful or likable. And then she was followed by Ace. Who killed Daleks with homemade explosives (stored in deodorant cans) and a super-charged baseball bat.

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** Tegan--though, as a woman of normal intelligence stuck on the TARDIS with three alien super-geniuses (The Doctor, Nyssa, and Adric/Turlough), she was Damsel Scrappy By Default. You want a real Damsel Scrappy in ''Series/DoctorWho'', try Vicki, Susan, Victoria Waterfield or Peri Brown.
** In a rare male example, Adric. In addition to being a widely disliked character, he was repeatedly captured and/or mind-controlled by various evil manipulators; most notably the Master in "Castrovalva", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva Castrovalva]]", the Vampire Orcon in "State "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay", Decay]]", and the Cybermen in "Earthshock".
"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock Earthshock]]".
** Mel was the only companion during her tenure, and thus had the duty of getting captured. This would be fine if she were useful or likable.likeable. And then she was followed by Ace. Who killed Daleks with homemade explosives (stored in deodorant cans) and a super-charged baseball bat.



* DracoInLeatherPants: The Master has benefited from a lot of this, particularly thanks to Creator/JohnSimm's depiction and the increased FoeYay it's given him with the Doctor. It can be a bit too easy for fans so inclined to handwave his lengthy list of evil deeds and the body count they have resulted in just because he acts a bit quirky and flirty to the Doctor or because of the FreudianExcuse the drums in his head (introduced in the 2007 episode "Utopia" as a symbol of his insanity) give him.

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* DracoInLeatherPants: The Master has benefited from a lot of this, particularly thanks to Creator/JohnSimm's depiction and the increased FoeYay it's given him with the Doctor. It can be a bit too easy for fans so inclined to handwave his lengthy list of evil deeds and the body count they have resulted in just because he acts a bit quirky and flirty to the Doctor or because of the FreudianExcuse the drums in his head (introduced in the 2007 episode "Utopia" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia Utopia]]" as a symbol of his insanity) give him.



* EndingFatigue: The 15-minute farewell scenes in ''The End of Time''. Though to be fair, in [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures "The Death of the Doctor"]] The 11th Doctor told Jo Grant that during that scene he also visited all of his classic companions offscreen. As awesome as that would be, we should probably be lucky it was only fifteen minutes.
** The farewell scenes in "Journey's End", which partially led to the episode overunning by 20 minutes.
* EngagingChevrons: The rocket launch in "The Seeds of Death", with a full one-minute countdown.

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* EndingFatigue: The 15-minute farewell scenes in ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time''.Time]]". Though to be fair, in [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures "The Death of the Doctor"]] The 11th Doctor told Jo Grant that during that scene he also visited all of his classic companions offscreen. As awesome as that would be, we should probably be lucky it was only fifteen minutes.
** The farewell scenes in "Journey's End", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]", which partially led to the episode overunning by 20 minutes.
* EngagingChevrons: The rocket launch in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E6TheSeedsOfDoom The Seeds of Death", Doom]]", with a full one-minute countdown.



* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: "The Happiness Patrol" is the most (over)analyzed story in the history of ''Doctor Who''. Is it a biting criticism of Thatcher? Is it about homophobia? Is it a satire of runaway commercialism smothering society? Is it just plain crap? Or all of the above? Just about the only thing anyone can agree with is that it features a candy robot that kills people.

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* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol The Happiness Patrol" Patrol]]" is the most (over)analyzed story in the history of ''Doctor Who''. Is it a biting criticism of Thatcher? Is it about homophobia? Is it a satire of runaway commercialism smothering society? Is it just plain crap? Or all of the above? Just about the only thing anyone can agree with is that it features a candy robot that kills people.



** "The Big Bang":

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** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Big Bang":Bang]]":



** From "The Name of the Doctor": what all of the Clara-fragments were doing and how they saved the Doctor.

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** From "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor The Name of the Doctor": Doctor]]": what all of the Clara-fragments were doing and how they saved the Doctor.



** The Eighth Doctor's regeneration, before "The Night of the Doctor".
** It's been heavily speculated that The Ninth Doctor, after leaving Rose and Mickey in "Rose" only to reappear a split second later, went on a bunch of unknown adventures during that time. As the start of the episode hinted he just regenerated, this fills the plot holes of (while alone) visiting Krakatoa and saving a family from boarding the Titanic. "The Beast of Babylon" confirmed this.

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** The Eighth Doctor's regeneration, before "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor".
Doctor]]".
** It's been heavily speculated that The Ninth Doctor, after leaving Rose and Mickey in "Rose" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose Rose]]" only to reappear a split second later, went on a bunch of unknown adventures during that time. As the start of the episode hinted he just regenerated, this fills the plot holes of (while alone) visiting Krakatoa and saving a family from boarding the Titanic. "The Beast of Babylon" confirmed this.



** "The Husbands of River Song" raises the question of [[spoiler: how the Twelfth Doctor and River Song spent those 24 years together]].

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** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song" Song]]" raises the question of [[spoiler: how the Twelfth Doctor and River Song spent those 24 years together]].



* FashionVictimVillain: Eric Roberts' Master always dresses for the occasion.
* FauxSymbolism: "Kinda" and "Snakedance" writer Christopher Bailey derived the Mara from a demon of the same name in Buddhist philosophy which, as in ''Doctor Who'', symbolises temptation rather than evil (at least, in the sense of "sinfulness"). In Kinda, Dukkha, Panna, Karuna, Anatta and Anicca's names and functions all derive from Buddhism as well.

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* FashionVictimVillain: Eric Roberts' Creator/EricRoberts' Master always dresses for the occasion.
* FauxSymbolism: "Kinda" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E3Kinda Kinda]]" and "Snakedance" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E2Snakedance Snakedance]]" writer Christopher Bailey derived the Mara from a demon of the same name in Buddhist philosophy which, as in ''Doctor Who'', symbolises temptation rather than evil (at least, in the sense of "sinfulness"). In Kinda, Dukkha, Panna, Karuna, Anatta and Anicca's names and functions all derive from Buddhism as well.



** If any one story from the classic series counts as this, it would probably be "Earthshock" from 1982. On its first broadcast -- and even today, in fact -- it was a hugely popular story thanks to its action, gritty and mature feel, the return of a classic villain and the brave decision to kill off an ongoing character for the first time ever (all previous companion deaths were character that had only been with the Doctor for a short time; [[spoiler: Adric]] had been with the Doctor for most of two seasons). However, attempts to recapture all of these elements in future stories would play a major part in driving the series into the ground in the mid-1980s. The continuity aspects were emphasized to such an extent that it led to major ContinuityLockout. This is well-shown by the Cybermen's next major story, "Attack of the Cybermen", which is basically incomprehensible without a good knowledge of Cyber-History and incredibly violent.

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** If any one story from the classic series counts as this, it would probably be "Earthshock" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock Earthshock]]" from 1982. On its first broadcast -- and even today, in fact -- it was a hugely popular story thanks to its action, gritty and mature feel, the return of a classic villain and the brave decision to kill off an ongoing character for the first time ever (all previous companion deaths were character that had only been with the Doctor for a short time; [[spoiler: Adric]] had been with the Doctor for most of two seasons). However, attempts to recapture all of these elements in future stories would play a major part in driving the series into the ground in the mid-1980s. The continuity aspects were emphasized to such an extent that it led to major ContinuityLockout. This is well-shown by the Cybermen's next major story, "Attack "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E1AttackOfTheCybermen Attack of the Cybermen", Cybermen]]", which is basically incomprehensible without a good knowledge of Cyber-History and incredibly violent.



*** Aspects of this can be seen earlier in the Series 1 finale "The Parting of the Ways", where the Doctor deliberates over wiping out the Daleks even though it will destroy all life on Earth and finally refuses to do so, considering it the moral high ground. Even though the Daleks have just wiped out nearly all life on Earth and the Doctor points out earlier the human race has spread to other worlds and will survive.
*** "Journey's End" in many ways is a good example of the aspects of the RTD era done badly. Author Favouritism for Rose? Very much so. The moral debate about the Doctor's actions, such as killing Daleks, being inconsistent and not making much sense? Yes. A ridiculous DeusExMachina? On multiple occasions.
** The criticisms of Creator/StevenMoffat's run of the reboot series are largely present back in the episodes he wrote for the series when Creator/RussellTDavies was in charge, including convoluted plots, SoapOpera-level interactions between the cast, female characters who revolve entirely around the Doctor, and EverybodyLives endings via flimsy DeusExMachina. For individual episodes his style worked marvelously, especially as it contrasted with the rest of the episodes at the time, with "Blink" still regarded as one of the best (and scariest) episodes in ''Who'' history. But when Moffat graduated to showrunner this stuff took over the show so that plot intricacy became [[KudzuPlot alienating incoherence]] and the once-creepy elements (the Weeping Angels, the use of repeated phrases etc) were overused to the point of {{Narm}}.
** To some classic fans, the Tennant and Smith eras are bashed for the Doctors' seemingly newfound appreciation for humanity as well as rather soapish elements with the companions becoming a RomanticPlotTumor. But these two complaints both have elements of them showing up as early as Peter Davison's tenure, with his overall more kind persona as well as the sheer amount of companions he had causing various B-plot conflicts, this might be OlderThanTheyThink.
** Steven Moffat's storylines were criticised for not giving a satisfying payoff that really explained the aspects. What a lot of people forget is that the S4 Finale didn't explain many of the plot points throughout the series, such as how Rose appeared in "Midnight" or much of her role in "Turn Left". It seems that the prospect of Rose coming back distracted a lot of people (including the writers) from the lack of a full explanation, however such a character hasn't yet appeared under Moffat (though Clara would be the likely candidate post-"Hell Bent").

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*** Aspects of this can be seen earlier in the Series 1 finale "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays The Parting of the Ways", Ways]]", where the Doctor deliberates over wiping out the Daleks even though it will destroy all life on Earth and finally refuses to do so, considering it the moral high ground. Even though the Daleks have just wiped out nearly all life on Earth and the Doctor points out earlier the human race has spread to other worlds and will survive.
*** "Journey's End" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]" in many ways is a good example of the aspects of the RTD era done badly. Author Favouritism for Rose? Very much so. The moral debate about the Doctor's actions, such as killing Daleks, being inconsistent and not making much sense? Yes. A ridiculous DeusExMachina? On multiple occasions.
** The criticisms of Creator/StevenMoffat's run of the reboot series are largely present back in the episodes he wrote for the series when Creator/RussellTDavies was in charge, including convoluted plots, SoapOpera-level interactions between the cast, female characters who revolve entirely around the Doctor, and EverybodyLives endings via flimsy DeusExMachina. For individual episodes his style worked marvelously, marvellously, especially as it contrasted with the rest of the episodes at the time, with "Blink" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink Blink]]" still regarded as one of the best (and scariest) episodes in ''Who'' history. But when Moffat graduated to showrunner this stuff took over the show so that plot intricacy became [[KudzuPlot alienating incoherence]] and the once-creepy elements (the Weeping Angels, the use of repeated phrases etc) were overused to the point of {{Narm}}.
** To some classic fans, the Tennant and Smith eras are bashed for the Doctors' seemingly newfound appreciation for humanity as well as rather soapish elements with the companions becoming a RomanticPlotTumor. But these two complaints both have elements of them showing up as early as Peter Davison's Creator/PeterDavison's tenure, with his overall more kind persona as well as the sheer amount of companions he had causing various B-plot conflicts, this might be OlderThanTheyThink.
** Steven Moffat's Creator/StevenMoffat's storylines were criticised for not giving a satisfying payoff that really explained the aspects. What a lot of people forget is that the S4 Finale didn't explain many of the plot points throughout the series, such as how Rose appeared in "Midnight" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight Midnight]]" or much of her role in "Turn Left". "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft Turn Left]]". It seems that the prospect of Rose coming back distracted a lot of people (including the writers) from the lack of a full explanation, however such a character hasn't yet appeared under Moffat (though Clara would be the likely candidate post-"Hell Bent").post-"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]").



** Erato, the "Creature from the Pit", looks like... [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pit_creature_7954.jpg um]]... It would probably have been better if the Doctor hadn't tried blowing into the protruding bit.

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** Erato, the "Creature "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E3TheCreatureFromThePit Creature from the Pit", Pit]]", looks like... [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pit_creature_7954.jpg um]]... It would probably have been better if the Doctor hadn't tried blowing into the protruding bit.



** In "The Vampires of Venice".

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** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E6TheVampiresOfVenice The Vampires of Venice".Venice]]".



** And then there's Eleven and Ten showing off their sonic screwdrivers in ''Day of the Doctor''.

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** And then there's Eleven and Ten showing off their sonic screwdrivers in ''Day "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor''.Doctor]]".



** The AffectionateParody spoof ''JustForFun/InspectorSpacetime'' on ''Series/{{Community}}'' was very well received by ''Doctor Who'' fans. Both Matt Smith and Karen Gillan have expressed appreciation of the other show and an interest in appearing on it.
** Due to several actors appearing in both franchises, most notably Creator/JohnBarrowman and Creator/AlexKingston in the [[Series/{{Arrow}} main series]] and Arthur Darvill in [[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow one of its spinoffs]], ''Doctor Who'' and Franchise/ArrowVerse fans manage to get along pretty well.

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** The AffectionateParody spoof ''JustForFun/InspectorSpacetime'' on ''Series/{{Community}}'' was very well received by ''Doctor Who'' fans. Both Matt Smith Creator/MattSmith and Karen Gillan Creator/KarenGillan have expressed appreciation of the other show and an interest in appearing on it.
** Due to several actors appearing in both franchises, most notably Creator/JohnBarrowman and Creator/AlexKingston in the [[Series/{{Arrow}} main series]] and Arthur Darvill Creator/ArthurDarvill in [[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow one of its spinoffs]], ''Doctor Who'' and Franchise/ArrowVerse fans manage to get along pretty well.



** At the end of "Shada", the Fourth Doctor muses about how future generations of Time Lords might remember him as a criminal.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho1985JFIGSAFixWithSontarans "A Fix with Sontarans"]] was a wacky wish-fulfillment skit for a fan, with ''Jim'll Fix It'' presenter Jimmy Savile presented as FauxHorrific via the Sixth Doctor and Tegan's reactions. After his death in 2011, it came to public light that Savile was perhaps the most DepravedKidsShowHost of all time.

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** At the end of "Shada", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E6Shada Shada]]", the Fourth Doctor muses about how future generations of Time Lords might remember him as a criminal.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho1985JFIGSAFixWithSontarans "A Fix with Sontarans"]] was a wacky wish-fulfillment skit for a fan, with ''Jim'll Fix It'' presenter Jimmy Savile Creator/JimmySavile presented as FauxHorrific via the Sixth Doctor and Tegan's reactions. After his death in 2011, it came to public light that Savile was perhaps the most DepravedKidsShowHost of all time.



** The First Doctor's second serial, "The Daleks", is seen as where the show really took off, after a mostly dull first serial involving cavemen.

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** The First Doctor's second serial, "The Daleks", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks The Daleks]]", is seen as where the show really took off, after a mostly dull first serial involving cavemen.



** The Seventh Doctor in season 25, particularly "Remembrance of the Daleks", is seen as marking the point when the 1980s Doctor Who began to show a maturer and more confident approach. Unfortunately, the show's ratings did not improve and this led to its cancellation after the following season.

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** The Seventh Doctor in season 25, particularly "Remembrance "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks Remembrance of the Daleks", Daleks]]", is seen as marking the point when the 1980s Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' began to show a maturer and more confident approach. Unfortunately, the show's ratings did not improve and this led to its cancellation after the following season.



** Some people would claim "Dalek" was this for the revived series and the Ninth Doctor.

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** Some people would claim "Dalek" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek Dalek]]" was this for the revived series and the Ninth Doctor.



** The Twelfth Doctor had a similar situation to the Tenth as far as debuts went (Series 8) -- the fantastic lead performance by Creator/PeterCapaldi was hamstrung by his character's personality initially coming off as too grumpy and insensitive (though this [[CharacterDevelopment starts softening]] as early as episode 3, "Robot of Sherwood"), companion Clara became a SpotlightStealingSquad and RomanticPlotTumor via belated CharacterDevelopment after serving as more puzzle than person in Series 7, and there were a few absurd-even-by-''Who''-standards plots in "Kill the Moon" and "In the Forest of the Night". Series 9, which consisted primarily of multi-parters -- allowing for character-based, introspective, slower-moving stories still filled with comedy and action -- took the strengths of Series 8 and '''ran''' with them. Even the debate over the finale "Hell Bent"'s effectiveness in tying up the year's {{Story Arc}}s (particularly Clara's fate) couldn't undo the acclaim many episodes, ''especially'' "Heaven Sent", and the season as a whole received. Familiarity with Series 8's events and ''especially'' how they affected Clara and the Doctor's CharacterDevelopment is needed to fully understand Series 9.

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** The Twelfth Doctor had a similar situation to the Tenth as far as debuts went (Series 8) -- the fantastic lead performance by Creator/PeterCapaldi was hamstrung by his character's personality initially coming off as too grumpy and insensitive (though this [[CharacterDevelopment starts softening]] as early as episode 3, "Robot "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E3RobotOfSherwood Robot of Sherwood"), Sherwood]]"), companion Clara became a SpotlightStealingSquad and RomanticPlotTumor via belated CharacterDevelopment after serving as more puzzle than person in Series 7, and there were a few absurd-even-by-''Who''-standards plots in "Kill "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon Kill the Moon" Moon]]" and "In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E10InTheForestOfTheNight In the Forest of the Night".Night]]". Series 9, which consisted primarily of multi-parters -- allowing for character-based, introspective, slower-moving stories still filled with comedy and action -- took the strengths of Series 8 and '''ran''' with them. Even the debate over the finale "Hell Bent"'s "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]"'s effectiveness in tying up the year's {{Story Arc}}s (particularly Clara's fate) couldn't undo the acclaim many episodes, ''especially'' "Heaven Sent", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent Heaven Sent]]", and the season as a whole received. Familiarity with Series 8's events and ''especially'' how they affected Clara and the Doctor's CharacterDevelopment is needed to fully understand Series 9.



** The Fourth Doctor's parting "Until we meet again, Sarah" was always going to be heartbreaking after the death of Elisabeth Sladen. But it's magnified by the fact that she spent more than a decade trying to convince Tom Baker to do a series of Big Finish audios with her. He finally caved and signed a contract a week before she died. So, in essence, Four and Sarah Jane never did meet again.

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** The Fourth Doctor's parting "Until we meet again, Sarah" was always going to be heartbreaking after the death of Elisabeth Sladen. Creator/ElisabethSladen. But it's magnified by the fact that she spent more than a decade trying to convince Tom Baker Creator/TomBaker to do a series of Big Finish audios with her. He finally caved and signed a contract a week before she died. So, in essence, Four and Sarah Jane never did meet again.



** Post-"Face the Raven", partially because there were two episodes still to come, there was much speculation in ''Radio Times'' and elsewhere that [[spoiler: the original Clara Oswald]] was not actually KilledOffForReal. As it turned out, [[spoiler: she was, but the Doctor removes her from the timeline at the last possible moment in "Hell Bent". She's agelessly "alive" as a result, and as the story ends heads out with Ashildr to travel the universe in a TARDIS of their own -- but since her death remains a fixed moment in time, she must eventually return to that moment to preserve time and space]].

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** Post-"Face Post-"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven Face the Raven", Raven]]", partially because there were two episodes still to come, there was much speculation in ''Radio Times'' and elsewhere that [[spoiler: the original Clara Oswald]] was not actually KilledOffForReal. As it turned out, [[spoiler: she was, but the Doctor removes her from the timeline at the last possible moment in "Hell Bent". She's agelessly "alive" as a result, and as the story ends heads out with Ashildr to travel the universe in a TARDIS of their own -- but since her death remains a fixed moment in time, she must eventually return to that moment to preserve time and space]].



** The series does outdo itself constantly in this area due to thrills and scares, but very few can compare to [[spoiler: the sudden reemergence of the ''TIME LORDS'']] in the final scene of ''The End of Time'' Part One, [[spoiler:and their TitleDrop of just what they plan to do.]]

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** The series does outdo itself constantly in this area due to thrills and scares, but very few can compare to [[spoiler: the sudden reemergence of the ''TIME LORDS'']] in the final scene of ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time'' Time]]" Part One, [[spoiler:and their TitleDrop of just what they plan to do.]]



** The Daleks returning at the climax of "Army of Ghosts"? That was a big secret held by the production team at the time. These days, the following episode "Doomsday" is generally known for being Daleks v Cybermen.

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** The Daleks returning at the climax of "Army "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts Army of Ghosts"? Ghosts]]"? That was a big secret held by the production team at the time. These days, the following episode "Doomsday" is generally known for being Daleks v Cybermen.



** "The Day Of the Doctor" provided this just through the extent of its {{Call Back}}s to the show's history, from ''every'' Doctor showing up to help freeze Gallifrey in the show's climax, to the revelation of the ''Twelfth'' Doctor's input, to the appearance of Creator/TomBaker as the Curator in the episode's epilogue (marking his first appearance in an official episode of the show for the first time since leaving it in 1981).

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** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day Of of the Doctor" Doctor]]" provided this just through the extent of its {{Call Back}}s to the show's history, from ''every'' Doctor showing up to help freeze Gallifrey in the show's climax, to the revelation of the ''Twelfth'' Doctor's input, to the appearance of Creator/TomBaker as the Curator in the episode's epilogue (marking his first appearance in an official episode of the show for the first time since leaving it in 1981).



** There are several MissingEpisodes from the 1960s which have developed a reputation for being almost legendarily good classics, despite this being hard to confirm or refute without seeing them. Consequently, there have been several occasions in which these episodes ''have'' been found, to the delight of all... only for a slightly awkward moment to set in as everyone realises on looking back that these episodes, while perhaps not exactly bad, weren't actually as good as they were made out to be. "Tomb of the Cybermen" and "The Web of Fear" are two which have suffered this fate.

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** There are several MissingEpisodes from the 1960s which have developed a reputation for being almost legendarily good classics, despite this being hard to confirm or refute without seeing them. Consequently, there have been several occasions in which these episodes ''have'' been found, to the delight of all... only for a slightly awkward moment to set in as everyone realises on looking back that these episodes, while perhaps not exactly bad, weren't actually as good as they were made out to be. "Tomb "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen" Cybermen]]" and "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear The Web of Fear" Fear]]" are two which have suffered this fate.



** Later, in "Stolen Earth", it proved that she was right to try and arm Earth in case the doctor isn't there, and actually set up a program that seeks out help in an emergency.

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** Later, in "Stolen Earth", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth The Stolen Earth]]", it proved that she was right to try and arm Earth in case the doctor isn't there, and actually set up a program that seeks out help in an emergency.



* InternetBackdraft: The reveal that Jenna Coleman, a white woman, was cast as the companion for Series 7 had several fans upset, to say the least. It doesn't help that the previous ''potential'' companion from the episode "The God Complex" was a woman of color who was killed off.

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* InternetBackdraft: The reveal that Jenna Coleman, Creator/JennaColeman, a white woman, was cast as the companion for Series 7 had several fans upset, to say the least. It doesn't help that the previous ''potential'' companion from the episode "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11TheGodComplex The God Complex" Complex]]" was a woman of color who was killed off.



** In series 5's "The Big Bang", [[spoiler: Rory spends 1894 years alone guarding his in-suspended-animation fiancee in a giant metal box keeping it safe from outside influences, following it wherever it is taken and writing himself into the myths and legends of a dozen civilizations in the process.]] Then in Series Six he has to deal with [[spoiler: all his memories of 2,000 years threatening to overwhelm him, the constant suggestion that Amy prefers the Doctor over him (she doesn't), his wife dissolving into goo, then his ''child'' dissolving into goo, and then the revelation that River is his daughter.]] Poor guy.
** The Star Whale from "The Beast Below". Say what you will, there's something [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming touching]] about choosing to continue ferrying [[HumansAreBastards the humans who tortured you for roughly two hundred years.]]

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** In series 5's "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Big Bang", Bang]]", [[spoiler: Rory spends 1894 years alone guarding his in-suspended-animation fiancee in a giant metal box keeping it safe from outside influences, following it wherever it is taken and writing himself into the myths and legends of a dozen civilizations in the process.]] Then in Series Six he has to deal with [[spoiler: all his memories of 2,000 years threatening to overwhelm him, the constant suggestion that Amy prefers the Doctor over him (she doesn't), his wife dissolving into goo, then his ''child'' dissolving into goo, and then the revelation that River is his daughter.]] Poor guy.
** The Star Whale from "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow The Beast Below".Below]]". Say what you will, there's something [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming touching]] about choosing to continue ferrying [[HumansAreBastards the humans who tortured you for roughly two hundred years.]]



** The reveal of the Cybermen in part 1 of "Earthshock" was well-hidden. Today it is widely known; a Cyberman is even featured on the DVD cover.
** Every male character in "The Caves of Androzani" (apart from the Sixth Doctor) dies.

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** The reveal of the Cybermen in part 1 of "Earthshock" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock Earthshock]]" was well-hidden. Today it is widely known; a Cyberman is even featured on the DVD cover.
** Every male character in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The Caves of Androzani" Androzani]]" (apart from the Sixth Doctor) dies.



** Russell T. Davis implied this about Davros in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]". He stated that he didn't want to be the one to have permanently killed off such a legacy character. So as far as WordOfGod is concerned, he survived somehow. [[spoiler: And he did - Darvros returns for the Series 9 opener.]]

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** Russell T. Davis Creator/RussellTDavis implied this about Davros in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]". He stated that he didn't want to be the one to have permanently killed off such a legacy character. So as far as WordOfGod is concerned, he survived somehow. [[spoiler: And he did - Darvros returns for the Series 9 opener.]]



** Many things associated with John Simm's Master; the four drum beats, his nice choice in music, the gas mask..

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** Many things associated with John Simm's Creator/JohnSimm's Master; the four drum beats, his nice choice in music, the gas mask..



** Thanks to Peter Capaldi's role as [[SirSwearsalot Malcolm Tucker]] on ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', the Twelfth Doctor has been almost universally characterized by the fans (prior to his debut) as ''incredibly'' foul-mouthed. Amusingly enough this is referenced in "Dark Water", where the psychic paper has swearing on it.

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** Thanks to Peter Capaldi's Creator/PeterCapaldi's role as [[SirSwearsalot Malcolm Tucker]] on ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', the Twelfth Doctor has been almost universally characterized by the fans (prior to his debut) as ''incredibly'' foul-mouthed. Amusingly enough this is referenced in "Dark Water", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater Dark Water]]", where the psychic paper has swearing on it.



** Amy; the original entry on the Characters page compared the chibi-like fanart for her to Karen Gillan.

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** Amy; the original entry on the Characters page compared the chibi-like fanart for her to Karen Gillan.Creator/KarenGillan.



** In "Dalek", Van Statten is just arrogant and ignorant... until he decides to keep the Doctor as a specimen, for ''torturing''. And later he dismisses his soldiers as "dispensible" when the Dalek massacres them. After that, there's no excuse.
** Miss Mercy Hartigan from ''The Next Doctor'' may have been a more sympathetic character particurlarly with her implied RapeAsBackStory past. However, when she enslaves children, whatever sympathy one may have had for her vanishes. Moreover, when she decides that the children are disposable, you're actively rooting for her defeat. Interestingly, [[WordOfGod RTD]] later stated that, in hindsight, he felt that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen he should have given her]] a chance for RedemptionEqualsDeath in the climax - specifically by having her WhatHaveIBecome ''not'' result in her [[DrivenToSuicide killing herself in horror]], but for the Doctor to prompt her to transport the Cyberking away ''herself'' before it explode (if only to avoid the Doctor's DeusExMachina-ish solution to the problem). By the time Davies thought of this solution, however, it was too late to implement it and we're left with what we got.
** "The Name of the Doctor" reveals that [[spoiler:one incarnation of the Doctor (played by John Hurt) did something so monstrous that the other incarnations (including those who have committed multiple genocides and doomed their own species,) have disowned him, stripped him of the name "Doctor" and tried to forget he ever existed.]] However, "The Day of the Doctor" [[spoiler:ends up portraying him more sympathetically as a war-torn WellIntentionedExtremist who, with the help of the Tenth and Eleventh (and the other ten) Doctors, eventually averts this and ends the episode content with the possibility of having failed in doing the right thing as opposed to the guilt of having succeeded in doing the wrong thing]].

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** In "Dalek", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek Dalek]]", Van Statten is just arrogant and ignorant... until he decides to keep the Doctor as a specimen, for ''torturing''. And later he dismisses his soldiers as "dispensible" "dispensable" when the Dalek massacres them. After that, there's no excuse.
** Miss Mercy Hartigan from ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor The Next Doctor'' Doctor]]" may have been a more sympathetic character particurlarly particularly with her implied RapeAsBackStory past. However, when she enslaves children, whatever sympathy one may have had for her vanishes. Moreover, when she decides that the children are disposable, you're actively rooting for her defeat. Interestingly, [[WordOfGod RTD]] later stated that, in hindsight, he felt that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen he should have given her]] a chance for RedemptionEqualsDeath in the climax - specifically by having her WhatHaveIBecome ''not'' result in her [[DrivenToSuicide killing herself in horror]], but for the Doctor to prompt her to transport the Cyberking away ''herself'' before it explode (if only to avoid the Doctor's DeusExMachina-ish solution to the problem). By the time Davies thought of this solution, however, it was too late to implement it and we're left with what we got.
** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor The Name of the Doctor" Doctor]]" reveals that [[spoiler:one incarnation of the Doctor (played by John Hurt) Creator/JohnHurt) did something so monstrous that the other incarnations (including those who have committed multiple genocides and doomed their own species,) have disowned him, stripped him of the name "Doctor" and tried to forget he ever existed.]] However, "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor" Doctor]]" [[spoiler:ends up portraying him more sympathetically as a war-torn WellIntentionedExtremist who, with the help of the Tenth and Eleventh (and the other ten) Doctors, eventually averts this and ends the episode content with the possibility of having failed in doing the right thing as opposed to the guilt of having succeeded in doing the wrong thing]].



** Whoever made the poor Doctor, the man who saved Gallifrey, go through more than 4 billion of years of MindRape in his confession dial in "Heaven Sent" -- possibly ''solely'' to extract information about the Hybrid from him -- has definitely crossed this. It is heavily implied to be Rassilon himself, and if so, he gets off easy by being exiled.

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** Whoever made the poor Doctor, the man who saved Gallifrey, go through more than 4 billion of years of MindRape in his confession dial in "Heaven Sent" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent Heaven Sent]]" -- possibly ''solely'' to extract information about the Hybrid from him -- has definitely crossed this. It is heavily implied to be Rassilon himself, and if so, he gets off easy by being exiled.



* MostAnnoyingSound: The Web Planet is an average episode at best, but the noise the aliens make throughout most of the serial, is a high-pitched squeal. Just try to watch it without wanting to tear off your own ears.

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* MostAnnoyingSound: "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The Web Planet Planet]]" is an average episode at best, but the noise the aliens make throughout most of the serial, is a high-pitched squeal. Just try to watch it without wanting to tear off your own ears.



** In the Master's first-ever appearance in "Terror of the Autons", he fed a man to a chair and tried to take over the world with plastic daffodils. It's widely regarded as his best performance in the role, and one of the best stories from Pertwee's era.

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** In the Master's first-ever appearance in "Terror "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E1TerrorOfTheAutons Terror of the Autons", Autons]]", he fed a man to a chair and tried to take over the world with plastic daffodils. It's widely regarded as his Roger Delgado's best performance in the role, and one of the best stories from Pertwee's Creator/JonPertwee's era.



** The Sixth Doctor trying to strangle Peri, which they themselves don't get over until "The Mysterious Planet".
** Another widespread example is Adric being persuaded to approve of Monarch's evil plan in "Four To Doomsday" in about three minutes of conversation, which led to massive {{Flanderisation}} of him as "always siding with the villain".

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** The Sixth Doctor trying to strangle Peri, which they themselves don't get over until "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E1TheMysteriousPlanet The Mysterious Planet".
Planet]]".
** Another widespread example is Adric being persuaded to approve of Monarch's evil plan in "Four To Doomsday" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E2FourToDoomsday Four to Doomsday]]" in about three minutes of conversation, which led to massive {{Flanderisation}} of him as "always siding with the villain".



** Not to mention the fans who bash David Tennant and/or Matt Smith solely because of the now-infamous line "I don't want to go."

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** Not to mention the fans who bash David Tennant Creator/DavidTennant and/or Matt Smith Creator/MattSmith solely because of the now-infamous line "I don't want to go."



** Tom Baker and Lalla Ward's punting scene in Sha- err, "The Five Doctors".
** The Raston Warrior Robot slaughters a group of Cybermen and simply leaps into thin air, never to be seen again in the episode.
** The disassembled, lone Cyberman's fight against the Doctor and Amy in "The Pandorica Opens".
** A number of the Doctor's allies in "A Good Man Goes to War", including [[spoiler: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones the Judoon]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks the Space Spitfires]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot the pirate captain and his son]].]]
** Derek Jacobi's five minutes as [[spoiler:the Master]] in "Utopia".

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** Tom Baker Creator/TomBaker and Lalla Ward's punting scene in Sha- err, "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors".
**
Doctors]]".
*** From the same episode,
The Raston Warrior Robot slaughters a group of Cybermen and simply leaps into thin air, never to be seen again in the episode.
** The disassembled, lone Cyberman's fight against the Doctor and Amy in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens".
Opens]]".
** A number of the Doctor's allies in "A "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar A Good Man Goes to War", War]]", including [[spoiler: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones the Judoon]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks the Space Spitfires]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot the pirate captain and his son]].]]
** Derek Jacobi's Creator/DerekJacobi's five minutes as [[spoiler:the Master]] in "Utopia".



* {{Padding}}: Often suffered by the classic series, especially in the earlier years when stories would sometimes run for six or seven (and in one notable instance twelve) episodes, but also with the more standard four-parters; the stereotypical third part episode would involve the regulars, having been captured or imprisoned at the end of the previous episode, breaking free and spending a lot of time running up and down corridors before being recaptured at the end. In some of the worst cases from the Jon Pertwee era, entire episodes are given over to a 25 minute chase sequence which doesn't advance the plot ''at all''.
** The chase-scene padding in the JonPertwee era can often be put down to WagTheDirector -- Pertwee loved driving motor vehicles around very fast (in fact, the "Whomobile" seen in a couple of episodes was not the BBC's property, but his own personal car). The episode-long chase scene in ''Planet of the Spiders'' has been explicitly mentioned to have been a farewell present from the writers to him.

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* {{Padding}}: Often suffered by the classic series, especially in the earlier years when stories would sometimes run for six or seven (and in one notable instance twelve) episodes, but also with the more standard four-parters; the stereotypical third part episode would involve the regulars, having been captured or imprisoned at the end of the previous episode, breaking free and spending a lot of time running up and down corridors before being recaptured at the end. In some of the worst cases from the Jon Pertwee Creator/JonPertwee era, entire episodes are given over to a 25 minute chase sequence which doesn't advance the plot ''at all''.
** The chase-scene padding in the JonPertwee Creator/JonPertwee era can often be put down to WagTheDirector -- Pertwee loved driving motor vehicles around very fast (in fact, the "Whomobile" seen in a couple of episodes was not the BBC's property, but his own personal car). The episode-long chase scene in ''Planet "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders Planet of the Spiders'' Spiders]]" has been explicitly mentioned to have been a farewell present from the writers to him.



** In "City of Death", there's a whole lot of shots of the Doctor and Romana just merrily running around Paris; excused partly by the BBC wanting to get their money's worth out of the location shooting (literally all they could afford was a silent shoot with Tom Baker, Lalla Ward and no other actors, and they may... um, not have asked permission to film from anyone), and partly for SceneryPorn.
** ''Inferno'' has been described as a four-part story with episode three removed and replaced with another four-part story. Fortunately, both stories are generally considered classics.

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** In "City "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death", Death]]", there's a whole lot of shots of the Doctor and Romana just merrily running around Paris; excused partly by the BBC wanting to get their money's worth out of the location shooting (literally all they could afford was a silent shoot with Tom Baker, Creator/TomBaker, Lalla Ward and no other actors, and they may... um, not have asked permission to film from anyone), and partly for SceneryPorn.
** ''Inferno'' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E4Inferno Inferno]]" has been described as a four-part story with episode three removed and replaced with another four-part story. Fortunately, both stories are generally considered classics.



** "The Waters of Mars". Don't drink the water. Don't even touch it. Not One Drop. Being turned into a monster if you touch something that your body physically needs is terrifying.

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** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars The Waters of Mars".Mars]]". Don't drink the water. Don't even touch it. Not One Drop. Being turned into a monster if you touch something that your body physically needs is terrifying.



** Steven Moffat seems to be determined to give the entire planet a phobia of ''everything''. So far he's covered ticking, statues, shadows and now [[spoiler:cracks on the wall and... whatever the Smilers are]].

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** Steven Moffat Creator/StevenMoffat seems to be determined to give the entire planet a phobia of ''everything''. So far he's covered ticking, statues, shadows and now [[spoiler:cracks on the wall and... whatever the Smilers are]].



*** In "Deep Breath", he managed to make you scared of ''breathing''.
*** "Listen." [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Scared. Of.]] [[spoiler: Literally NOTHING]]. This one should be fairly hard to top.
*** But "Last Christmas" may have managed it. Because you can never, ''ever'', ''[=EVER=]'' be sure that one of those [[spoiler: Dream Crabs]] isn't ''already'' slurping on your brain...

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*** In "Deep Breath", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath Deep Breath]]", he managed to make you scared of ''breathing''.
*** "Listen." "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen Listen]]". [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Scared. Of.]] [[spoiler: Literally NOTHING]]. This one should be fairly hard to top.
*** But "Last Christmas" "[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]" may have managed it. Because you can never, ''ever'', ''[=EVER=]'' be sure that one of those [[spoiler: Dream Crabs]] isn't ''already'' slurping on your brain...



** "A Christmas Carol". So you're just minding your own business, ruling a planet as the Scrooge you are. Then a guy comes into your house, shows you footage of your childhood, then ''appears in said footage and changes it, rewriting your memories in the meantime''. At the same time, a guy appears when you're 8 and starts saying stuff like "[[AccidentalPervert I'm better than your nanny]]" at an age you can probably see the DoubleEntendre, even if the time-traveling alien doesn't. Then the guy almost kills you in your past several times, while ''you see the live feed in your present''. And there's nothing you can do about it.

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** "A "[[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol A Christmas Carol".Carol]]". So you're just minding your own business, ruling a planet as the Scrooge you are. Then a guy comes into your house, shows you footage of your childhood, then ''appears in said footage and changes it, rewriting your memories in the meantime''. At the same time, a guy appears when you're 8 and starts saying stuff like "[[AccidentalPervert I'm better than your nanny]]" at an age you can probably see the DoubleEntendre, even if the time-traveling alien doesn't. Then the guy almost kills you in your past several times, while ''you see the live feed in your present''. And there's nothing you can do about it.



** Moff did it again with the ''Daleks'' of all things. In "Asylum of the Daleks" we are introduced to the Dalek Puppets; people that have been partially transformed into Daleks using nanotechnology. You can't tell they are Daleks until their eyestalk pokes through their forehead. And the kicker? The Dalek-ified people don't even realize that anything's wrong until they remember that they ''died''. You or anyone else can be a Dalek and you'd never know it.

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** Moff did it again with the ''Daleks'' of all things. In "Asylum "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks Asylum of the Daleks" Daleks]]" we are introduced to the Dalek Puppets; people that have been partially transformed into Daleks using nanotechnology. You can't tell they are Daleks until their eyestalk pokes through their forehead. And the kicker? The Dalek-ified people don't even realize that anything's wrong until they remember that they ''died''. You or anyone else can be a Dalek and you'd never know it.



** Mickey Smith starting with "The Age of Steel"; solidified at the end of "Army of Ghosts".

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** Mickey Smith starting with "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel The Age of Steel"; Steel]]"; solidified at the end of "Army "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts Army of Ghosts".Ghosts]]".



** In "The Sun Makers", Goudry is played by Michael Keating, better known for his later role as Vila Restal of ''[[Series/BlakesSeven Blake's 7]]''.
** The policeman pursuing the kidnappers in "The Twin Dilemma" is [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Mr. Gibbs]].
** [[Characters/BerniceSummerfield Lisa Bowerman]] and [[Series/{{Emmerdale}} Adele Silva]] appear in ''Survival''.

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** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E4TheSunMakers The Sun Makers", Makers]]", Goudry is played by Michael Keating, better known for his later role as Vila Restal of ''[[Series/BlakesSeven Blake's 7]]''.
*** On that note, Paul Darrow (Avon) is Captain Hawkins in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E2DoctorWhoAndTheSilurians Doctor Who and the Silurians]]".
*** And in THAT story, Dr. Quinn is played by [[Series/{{Poridge}} Fulton Mackay]].
** The policeman pursuing the kidnappers in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E7TheTwinDilemma The Twin Dilemma" Dilemma]]" is [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Mr. Gibbs]].
** [[Characters/BerniceSummerfield Lisa Bowerman]] and [[Series/{{Emmerdale}} Adele Silva]] appear in ''Survival''."[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]".



** Five years before becoming the first actor to play Davros, Michael Wisher has a fairly minor role as a broadcaster in "The Ambassadors of Death". He also appeared in "Terror of the Autons" and "Carnival of Monsters" and voiced the Daleks in "Death to the Daleks".
** Lon from "Snakedance" is Gary from ''Series/MenBehavingBadly'' and Series/DocMartin.

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** Five years before becoming the first actor to play Davros, Michael Wisher has a fairly minor role as a broadcaster in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E3TheAmbassadorsOfDeath The Ambassadors of Death". Death]]". He also appeared in "Terror of the Autons" and "Carnival "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E2CarnivalOfMonsters Carnival of Monsters" Monsters]]" and voiced the Daleks in "Death "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E3DeathToTheDaleks Death to the Daleks".
Daleks]]".
** Lon from "Snakedance" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E2Snakedance Snakedance]]" is Gary from ''Series/MenBehavingBadly'' and Series/DocMartin.



** John in "Remembrance of the Daleks" is Geoffrey from ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.
** Series 3 and 4 co-star Creator/FreemaAgyeman shows up in the series 2 episode "Army of Ghosts" [[RetCon Martha's strangely-identical cousin]].
** Jeff from "The Eleventh Hour" is [[Series/{{Merlin}} Sir Percival]].
** Jethro from "Midnight" is Merlin himself.
** Frank from "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks"? [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan Spider-Man.]]
** King Richard the Lionheart from ''The Crusaders'' and Count Scarlotti from ''City of Death'' would become [[StarWarsTheEmpireStrikesBack General Veers]] and [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Walter Donovan]], the last bringing the RetroactiveRecognition inadvertently full circle.
** Hal from ''The Time Warrior'' is [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Boba Fett]].

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** John in "Remembrance "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks Remembrance of the Daleks" Daleks]]" is Geoffrey from ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.
** Series 3 and 4 co-star Creator/FreemaAgyeman shows up in the series 2 episode "Army "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E12ArmyOfGhosts Army of Ghosts" Ghosts]]" [[RetCon Martha's strangely-identical cousin]].
** Jeff from "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour The Eleventh Hour" Hour]]" is [[Series/{{Merlin}} Sir Percival]].
** Jethro from "Midnight" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight Midnight]]" is Merlin himself.
** Frank from "Daleks "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E4DaleksInManhattan Daleks in Manhattan" Manhattan]]" and "Evolution "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E4EvolutionOfTheDaleks Evolution of the Daleks"? Daleks]]"? [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan Spider-Man.]]
** King Richard the Lionheart from ''The Crusaders'' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade The Crusade]]" and Count Scarlotti from ''City "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death'' Death]]" would become [[StarWarsTheEmpireStrikesBack General Veers]] and [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Walter Donovan]], the last bringing the RetroactiveRecognition inadvertently full circle.
** Hal from ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E1TheTimeWarrior The Time Warrior'' Warrior]]" is [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Boba Fett]].



** The series has no one creator to lay blame on, but aside from original producer Verity Lambert, legendary writer Creator/RobertHolmes and arguably Tom Baker's second producer, Philip Hinchcliffe, just about everyone who's ever worked on the show has been designated ScapegoatCreator by some segments of fandom. Creator/JohnNathanTurner (Producer, 1980-9) and Creator/RussellTDavies (Executive Producer and Head Writer 2005-2010) are both frequent and popular targets of this.

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** The series has no one creator to lay blame on, but aside from original producer Verity Lambert, legendary writer Creator/RobertHolmes and arguably Tom Baker's Creator/TomBaker's second producer, Philip Hinchcliffe, just about everyone who's ever worked on the show has been designated ScapegoatCreator by some segments of fandom. Creator/JohnNathanTurner (Producer, 1980-9) and Creator/RussellTDavies (Executive Producer and Head Writer 2005-2010) are both frequent and popular targets of this.



** While not a severe case of this trope, the last full seasons for both the First and Second Doctors are felt to be a slight step down after two very solid seasons each. Like with Pertwee, there is a cheeky game amongst fandom in trying to spot the moment when Troughton 'quits' the series.
** The Third Doctor's last season is easily his worst, despite the arrival of Sarah Jane. Even Creator/JonPertwee and producer Barry Letts admitted this being the case, due to a combination of fatigue (the duo, plus script editor Terrance Dicks had been in the job longer than any of their predecessors) and depression over the death of Roger Delgado.
** The Fourth Doctor's era is generally regarded to have gone downhill after the departures of Philip Hinchcliffe and Robert Holmes. Whether or not this applies to his final season usually depends on whether you're the type who thinks ''Doctor Who'' should be serious sci-fi (in which case it's usually regarded as a decent send-off) or whether you think it should be campy and fun (in which case it's where the Fourth Doctor's run completely went to hell). Tom Baker, for his part, relished the LighterAndSofter tone, often ad-libbing his own jokes and pantomines -- much to the annoyance of the crew.
** The Fifth Doctor's middle season is generally considered the weakest of his three, due to nearly every story being SoOkayItsAverage and lacking any of the memorable episodes such as "Earthshock" in Davison's first season, and "The Caves of Androzani" in his last. In fact, Creator/PeterDavison ''himself'' might support this viewpoint to some degree - in one of the DVD Commentaries he mentions that, although he'd been taking the advice of Creator/PatrickTroughton to leave after just three seasons, he essentially felt like his last season was better written overall and that if he'd had writing of that level earlier in his tenure, he'd have seriously considered coming back for just one more season. For the record, Creator/ColinBaker was already set to succeed Davison by the time Season 21 even started airing, and by the time Davison was reconsidering his decision to ''not'' renew his contract, it was too late to do so.

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** While not a severe case of this trope, the last full seasons for both the First and Second Doctors are felt to be a slight step down after two very solid seasons each. Like with Pertwee, there is a cheeky game amongst fandom in trying to spot the moment when Troughton Creator/PatrickTroughton 'quits' the series.
** The Third Doctor's last season is easily his worst, despite the arrival of Sarah Jane. Even Creator/JonPertwee and producer Barry Letts admitted this being the case, due to a combination of fatigue (the duo, plus script editor Terrance Dicks Creator/TerranceDicks had been in the job longer than any of their predecessors) and depression over the death of Roger Delgado.
** The Fourth Doctor's era is generally regarded to have gone downhill after the departures of Philip Hinchcliffe and Robert Holmes. Whether or not this applies to his final season usually depends on whether you're the type who thinks ''Doctor Who'' should be serious sci-fi (in which case it's usually regarded as a decent send-off) or whether you think it should be campy and fun (in which case it's where the Fourth Doctor's run completely went to hell). Tom Baker, for his part, relished the LighterAndSofter tone, often ad-libbing his own jokes and pantomines pantomimes -- much to the annoyance of the crew.
** The Fifth Doctor's middle season is generally considered the weakest of his three, due to nearly every story being SoOkayItsAverage and lacking any of the memorable episodes such as "Earthshock" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock Earthshock]]" in Davison's first season, and "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The Caves of Androzani" Androzani]]" in his last. In fact, Creator/PeterDavison ''himself'' might support this viewpoint to some degree - in one of the DVD Commentaries he mentions that, although he'd been taking the advice of Creator/PatrickTroughton to leave after just three seasons, he essentially felt like his last season was better written overall and that if he'd had writing of that level earlier in his tenure, he'd have seriously considered coming back for just one more season. For the record, Creator/ColinBaker was already set to succeed Davison by the time Season 21 even started airing, and by the time Davison was reconsidering his decision to ''not'' renew his contract, it was too late to do so.



** Series 2 of the new series (season 28 overall) is considered the least of the first five, due in part to an over-reliance on the Doctor/Rose ship and the show in general becoming a little too goofy, even for Who. A lot of people also found 10 and Rose's behaviour unbearable. It also produced two of the least liked Doctor Who stories, "Love and Monsters" and "Fear Her". On the other hand, it wasn't a complete disaster; David Tennant's performance as the Doctor was fantastic, catapulting him to star status and making him the most popular Doctor since Tom Baker. Another positive is the finale, which had Daleks vs Cybermen and a very satisfactory ending to the season's arc. Though that ending is becoming a bit of a base breaker due to Rose gaining quite a hatedom. And many people don't think the arc had a good payoff.
** The general consensus for Series 6 is that the series had good ideas that were marred by shaky writing. Fans complained that the overall story arc was at once far too convoluted and far too simplistic. Constant twists marred the overall story arc, causing odd swerves in tone and character development. Some accused the River Song arc of being a Romantic Plot Tumor, or just disliked her in general. Amy's pregnancy was another source of controversy, with some claiming it had Unfortunate Implications. Though episodes like The Doctor's Wife and The Girl Who Waited are well liked by many fans and critics.
** Series 7 had problems, ironically they were partially caused by trying to get away from the problems of Season 6. The overly-complex Silence plotline was dropped completely, only getting a belated and perfunctory tie-up in the next year's Christmas special. Writers instead focused on standalone episodes, but these suffered from lackluster execution, sometimes as a result of Pacing Problems. Casting changes were also criticized. Some fans don't think The Ponds got the exit they deserved, and Clara is either one of the best companions of the new series or a glorified MacGuffin Girl and Creator's Pet.
** Series 8 isn't as badly regarded as the above two, but the Twelfth Doctor's debut season suffered for Clara becoming a SpotlightStealingSquad via belated CharacterDevelopment; Twelve's unusually prickly, if not unlikable, initial characterization and relationship dynamic with her proving inconsistent; a RomanticPlotTumor between Clara and Danny Pink; too-silly-even-for-''Who'' plots in "Kill the Moon" and "In the Forest of the Night"; and a gloomy StoryArc with a BittersweetEnding that felt more like a DownerEnding for the leads. At least it laid the groundwork for the ''very'' well-received "Last Christmas" and Series 9.

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** Series 2 of the new series (season 28 overall) is considered the least of the first five, due in part to an over-reliance on the Doctor/Rose ship and the show in general becoming a little too goofy, even for Who. A lot of people also found 10 and Rose's behaviour unbearable. It also produced two of the least liked Doctor Who stories, "Love "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters Love & Monsters]]" and Monsters" and "Fear Her". "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E11FearHer Fear Her]]". On the other hand, it wasn't a complete disaster; David Tennant's Creator/DavidTennant's performance as the Doctor was fantastic, catapulting him to star status and making him the most popular Doctor since Tom Baker.Creator/TomBaker. Another positive is the finale, which had Daleks vs Cybermen and a very satisfactory ending to the season's arc. Though that ending is becoming a bit of a base breaker due to Rose gaining quite a hatedom. And many people don't think the arc had a good payoff.
** The general consensus for Series 6 is that the series had good ideas that were marred by shaky writing. Fans complained that the overall story arc was at once far too convoluted and far too simplistic. Constant twists marred the overall story arc, causing odd swerves in tone and character development. Some accused the River Song arc of being a Romantic Plot Tumor, RomanticPlotTumor, or just disliked her in general. Amy's pregnancy was another source of controversy, with some claiming it had Unfortunate Implications. UnfortunateImplications. Though episodes like "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife Wife]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited The Girl Who Waited Waited]]" are well liked by many fans and critics.
** Series 7 had problems, ironically they were partially caused by trying to get away from the problems of Season 6. The overly-complex Silence plotline was dropped completely, only getting a belated and perfunctory tie-up in the next year's Christmas special. Writers instead focused on standalone episodes, but these suffered from lackluster execution, sometimes as a result of Pacing Problems.PacingProblems. Casting changes were also criticized. Some fans don't think The Ponds got the exit they deserved, and Clara is either one of the best companions of the new series or a glorified MacGuffin Girl MacGuffinGirl and Creator's Pet.Creator'sPet.
** Series 8 isn't as badly regarded as the above two, but the Twelfth Doctor's debut season suffered for Clara becoming a SpotlightStealingSquad via belated CharacterDevelopment; Twelve's unusually prickly, if not unlikable, initial characterization and relationship dynamic with her proving inconsistent; a RomanticPlotTumor between Clara and Danny Pink; too-silly-even-for-''Who'' plots in "Kill "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon Kill the Moon" Moon]]" and "In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E10InTheForestOfTheNight In the Forest of the Night"; Night]]"; and a gloomy StoryArc with a BittersweetEnding that felt more like a DownerEnding for the leads. At least it laid the groundwork for the ''very'' well-received "Last Christmas" and Series 9.



** Romana/Four. Especially when she was the first woman the Doctor notes as attractive. Helps that Tom Baker and Lalla Ward were in a real-life relationship at the time.

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** Romana/Four. Especially when she was the first woman the Doctor notes as attractive. Helps that Tom Baker Creator/TomBaker and Lalla Ward were in a real-life relationship at the time.



** "Genesis of the Daleks" has two scenes that have loomed large not just over that story but over the entire franchise. The first is The Doctor asking Davros if he would use a virus that would destroy all life, and Davros's maniacal answer; the second is The Doctor, on the brink of wiping out the Daleks, wondering if he has the right to do so.
** Twelve's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvGND1i6Dj0 thoughtful speech]] on the nature of war and revanchism from "The Zygon Inversion" is fast becoming this. You know you've made it when hobbyist voice impersonators start recording adaptations of that same speech with voices of different Doctor incarnations - such as the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKwEKxNOBIo Second Doctor]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfAx5eG2op0 Third Doctor]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fkbQR2AZow War Doctor]] or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoeO782AaJA Tenth Doctor]]. Creator/PaulMcGann also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0leIKO5Z2c did a reading of the speech]] at a fan event in November 2015.

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** "Genesis "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks" Daleks]]" has two scenes that have loomed large not just over that story but over the entire franchise. The first is The Doctor asking Davros if he would use a virus that would destroy all life, and Davros's maniacal answer; the second is The Doctor, on the brink of wiping out the Daleks, wondering if he has the right to do so.
** Twelve's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvGND1i6Dj0 thoughtful speech]] on the nature of war and revanchism from "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion" Inversion]]" is fast becoming this. You know you've made it when hobbyist voice impersonators start recording adaptations of that same speech with voices of different Doctor incarnations - such as the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKwEKxNOBIo Second Doctor]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfAx5eG2op0 Third Doctor]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fkbQR2AZow War Doctor]] or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoeO782AaJA Tenth Doctor]]. Creator/PaulMcGann also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0leIKO5Z2c did a reading of the speech]] at a fan event in November 2015.



** "The Underwater Menace"; one printed review in ''SFX'' magazine describing it as "''[[Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace Plan Nine from Doctor Who]]''".

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** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E5TheUnderwaterMenace The Underwater Menace"; Menace]]"; one printed review in ''SFX'' magazine describing it as "''[[Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace Plan Nine from Doctor Who]]''".Who]]''".
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E2TheInvisibleEnemy The Invisible Enemy]]" can count since it has many special fx failures, an insane plot and a hilariously unthreatening villain, but it is entertaining and the script is decent; plus it introduced K-9, one of the most iconic companions.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E5TheHornsOfNimon The Horns of Nimon]]" has this reputation. [[HamAndCheese Graham Crowden's performance as Soldeed]] is by far one of the hammiest, most over-the-top performances in the entire series, and that is ''really'' saying something. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRUqJSCOyZ4 His death scene is proof enough.]]



** "The Horns of Nimon" has this reputation. [[HamAndCheese Graham Crowden's performance as Soldeed]] is by far one of the hammiest, most over-the-top performances in the entire series, and that is ''really'' saying something. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRUqJSCOyZ4 His death scene is proof enough.]]
** "The Invisible Enemy" can count since it has many special fx failures, an insane plot and a hilariously unthreatening villain, but it is entertaining and the script is decent; plus it introduced K-9, one of the most iconic companions.



** The pulsating brain in "The Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp" is nauseating. Great effect, though.
** In "Love & Monsters", Elton mentions having a love life with a slab of concrete, with the slab rightfully telling him not to go into any more detail.
** The Doctor gets himself and Amy ejected from a giant mouth by making the animal vomit. They go out screaming, with their mouths open.

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** The pulsating brain in "The Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp Mindwarp]]" is nauseating. Great effect, though.
** In "Love "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters Love & Monsters", Monsters]]", Elton mentions having a love life with a slab of concrete, with the slab rightfully telling him not to go into any more detail.
** In [Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow The Beast Below]], the Doctor gets himself and Amy ejected from a giant mouth by making the animal vomit. They go out screaming, with their mouths open.



** "The Creature From the Pit". ''[[UnfortunateCharacterDesign OH GOD]]''.

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** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E3 The Creature From the Pit".Pit]]". ''[[UnfortunateCharacterDesign OH GOD]]''.



** "The Invasion of Time": Companion Leela decides to stay on Gallifrey and marry the guard Andred. There's been nothing romantic between them. While the actors tried to suggest attraction in the story with their acting, the script didn't give them much to work with. It was basically, Doctor: "Come on, Leela, let's go." Leela: "No, I'm going to stay here and marry Andred." Doctor: "Okay, bye." This happened because the actress told the producer she was leaving at the end of the season, and he kept trying to change her mind. The Big Finish audio drama series ''Gallifrey'' ends up subverting this relationship in a fairly satisfying way.
** The posthumous pairing of Peri with King Yrcanos at the end of "Trial of a Time Lord". Apparently, Colin Baker was distressed by Peri's death at the end of the "Mindwarp" portion of the StoryArc and mentioned this to producer John Nathan-Turner. JNT, in his usual subtle way, fixed the problem by giving the Inquisitor a quick line stating that Peri is living happily with Yrcanos as a warrior queen, despite how nothing in the story apart from the brief clip of his putting his hand on her shoulder that is shown ''after'' that line supports that romance, and doing a {{Retcon}} of it makes a hash of the entire end of the story.
** Martha Jones and Mickey Smith, two characters who before "Journey's End" had never even met, and had only been onscreen together in the scene where ''everybody from the new series ever'' flies the TARDIS, are shown in their "happy ending" vignette in ''The End of Time'' as a married couple, freelancers and fighting a Sontaran. This is despite the fact that Martha had been shown to be engaged in a previous appearance (though her fiance never showed up). This naturally got a lot of accusations that they were only paired up because [[TokenShipping they're both black.]]
** River and Eleven for some, due to the main gimmick of their relationship being that they meet in the wrong order and therefore one tends to gain affection as the other loses it. Post-"The Wedding of River Song" they seem to be on the same wavelength, alleviating this aspect of their relationship.

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** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime The Invasion of Time": Time]]": Companion Leela decides to stay on Gallifrey and marry the guard Andred. There's been nothing romantic between them. While the actors tried to suggest attraction in the story with their acting, the script didn't give them much to work with. It was basically, Doctor: "Come on, Leela, let's go." Leela: "No, I'm going to stay here and marry Andred." Doctor: "Okay, bye." This happened because the actress told the producer she was leaving at the end of the season, and he kept trying to change her mind. The Big Finish audio drama series ''Gallifrey'' ends up subverting this relationship in a fairly satisfying way.
** The posthumous pairing of Peri with King Yrcanos at the end of "Trial of a Time Lord". Apparently, Colin Baker Creator/ColinBaker was distressed by Peri's death at the end of the "Mindwarp" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp Mindwarp]]" portion of the StoryArc and mentioned this to producer John Nathan-Turner.Creator/JohnNathanTurner. JNT, in his usual subtle way, fixed the problem by giving the Inquisitor a quick line stating that Peri is living happily with Yrcanos as a warrior queen, despite how nothing in the story apart from the brief clip of his putting his hand on her shoulder that is shown ''after'' that line supports that romance, and doing a {{Retcon}} of it makes a hash of the entire end of the story.
** Martha Jones and Mickey Smith, two characters who before "Journey's End" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]" had never even met, and had only been onscreen together in the scene where ''everybody from the new series ever'' flies the TARDIS, are shown in their "happy ending" vignette in ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time'' Time]]" as a married couple, freelancers and fighting a Sontaran. This is despite the fact that Martha had been shown to be engaged in a previous appearance (though her fiance never showed up). This naturally got a lot of accusations that they were only paired up because [[TokenShipping they're both black.]]
** River and Eleven for some, due to the main gimmick of their relationship being that they meet in the wrong order and therefore one tends to gain affection as the other loses it. Post-"The Post-"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong The Wedding of River Song" Song]]" they seem to be on the same wavelength, alleviating this aspect of their relationship.



* StrawmanHasAPoint: In "The Sontaran Stratagem", the Doctor insists that he is going to handle the situation and that Colonel Mace of UNIT should listen to him and not attack the Sontarans who have already killed several dozen people and are warming up a full force invasion. While the Doctor is right that something fishy is going on with the Sontaran tactics and that UNIT could easy be crushed if the Sontarans actually tried, Colonel Mace is dealing with ''an alien invasion''; he knows that attacking that building may end with all of his men dead, but he points out that they cannot [[IdiotBall simply sit around and wait to be conquered.]]

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* StrawmanHasAPoint: In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem The Sontaran Stratagem", Stratagem]]", the Doctor insists that he is going to handle the situation and that Colonel Mace of UNIT should listen to him and not attack the Sontarans who have already killed several dozen people and are warming up a full force invasion. While the Doctor is right that something fishy is going on with the Sontaran tactics and that UNIT could easy be crushed if the Sontarans actually tried, Colonel Mace is dealing with ''an alien invasion''; he knows that attacking that building may end with all of his men dead, but he points out that they cannot [[IdiotBall simply sit around and wait to be conquered.]]



** In the serial "The Invasion", aspiring glamour photographer Isobel suggests getting proof of the Cybermen's presence in the sewers by going down to take pictures. TheBrigadier agrees, but intends to use his own men instead, on the basis that such a situation is [[StayInTheKitchen no place for a lady]]. Isobel blows up at how backward and sexist he's being, but the Brig refuses, and both girls gang up on Jamie for agreeing with him and both she and Zoe [[IdiotBall walk away in a huff to get the pics themselves]] with Jamie worriedly tagging along, which ends up getting [[RedShirt a police officer and a UNIT soldier]] sent to rescue them killed. While it could easily be argued that the Brig was in the wrong to assume they could not handle themselves for being ''women'', it might have been better to let trained and experienced soldiers do the dangerous work, and neither of the girls are called out for their reckless actions getting two men killed. To add insult to injury, Isobel's photos end up being useless since she's never done any surveillance or dim-lighting photography.

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** In the serial "The Invasion", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion The Invasion]]", aspiring glamour photographer Isobel suggests getting proof of the Cybermen's presence in the sewers by going down to take pictures. TheBrigadier agrees, but intends to use his own men instead, on the basis that such a situation is [[StayInTheKitchen no place for a lady]]. Isobel blows up at how backward and sexist he's being, but the Brig refuses, and both girls gang up on Jamie for agreeing with him and both she and Zoe [[IdiotBall walk away in a huff to get the pics themselves]] with Jamie worriedly tagging along, which ends up getting [[RedShirt a police officer and a UNIT soldier]] sent to rescue them killed. While it could easily be argued that the Brig was in the wrong to assume they could not handle themselves for being ''women'', it might have been better to let trained and experienced soldiers do the dangerous work, and neither of the girls are called out for their reckless actions getting two men killed. To add insult to injury, Isobel's photos end up being useless since she's never done any surveillance or dim-lighting photography.



** In "Journey's End" the Doctor is disgusted when his clone destroys the Dalek fleet and treats him like a monster, even though the Daleks are fanatical mass-murderers who never negotiate and letting them live would inevitably lead to countless more deaths. They had just come close to destroying the Universe and it probably wouldn't be too difficult for them to try again, considering from what we see the Doctor was just willing to leave them like they were, when it probably wouldn't be too difficult for them to recover. We later see that a few Daleks surviving rebuild their race, which has led to a lot more death and destruction throughout the Universe.
** Whizkid in "Greatest Show In The Galaxy" is a cruel stereotype of the ''Doctor Who'' fans of the period, complaining that "[[PraisingShowsYouDontWatch although I never saw it in the early days]] I know [[RuinedFOREVER it's not as good as it used to be]]." Except, as pointed out in ''The Completely Useless Encyclopedia'', Whizkid is ''right'' about the circus, and the reasons are [[AnalogyBackfire pretty much exactly the criticisms]] fans were making about eighties ''Doctor Who''.
** In "The Curse of Peladon" Hepesh is treated as an unreasonable nationalist willing to do anything not to deal with the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire. But "The Mutants" two serials later shows that an earlier Human Empire did to the planet Solos exactly what Hepesh feared would happen to Peladon, exploited to the point of destruction and with the native population almost wiped out. Decades later, "Planet of the Ood" would give another good reason to dislike the empire.

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** In "Journey's End" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]" the Doctor is disgusted when his clone destroys the Dalek fleet and treats him like a monster, even though the Daleks are fanatical mass-murderers who never negotiate and letting them live would inevitably lead to countless more deaths. They had just come close to destroying the Universe and it probably wouldn't be too difficult for them to try again, considering from what we see the Doctor was just willing to leave them like they were, when it probably wouldn't be too difficult for them to recover. We later see that a few Daleks surviving rebuild their race, which has led to a lot more death and destruction throughout the Universe.
** Whizkid in "Greatest "[[Recap/DoctorWho/Series25E4TheGreatestShowInTheGalaxy Greatest Show In The Galaxy" Galaxy]]" is a cruel stereotype of the ''Doctor Who'' fans of the period, complaining that "[[PraisingShowsYouDontWatch although I never saw it in the early days]] I know [[RuinedFOREVER it's not as good as it used to be]]." Except, as pointed out in ''The Completely Useless Encyclopedia'', Whizkid is ''right'' about the circus, and the reasons are [[AnalogyBackfire pretty much exactly the criticisms]] fans were making about eighties ''Doctor Who''.
** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E2TheCurseOfPeladon The Curse of Peladon" Peladon]]" Hepesh is treated as an unreasonable nationalist willing to do anything not to deal with the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire. But "The Mutants" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E4TheMutants The Mutants]]" two serials later shows that an earlier Human Empire did to the planet Solos exactly what Hepesh feared would happen to Peladon, exploited to the point of destruction and with the native population almost wiped out. Decades later, "Planet of the Ood" would give another good reason to dislike the empire.



*** The serial "Underworld" even revealed that when the Time Lords first interacted with another planet by giving them advanced technology, the planet and nearly all of the species were wiped out.
** Ten and Eleven criticize Kate Stewart for being willing to blow up the Black Archive (and a good chunk of London with it) in order to keep the Zygons from using the technology stored in the Archive to conquer Earth. Sure, the Doctors came up with an alternate solution, but, at the time, Kate didn't see another option (although there are only a few Zygons, and she can summon an army).

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*** The serial "Underworld" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E5Underworld Underworld]]" even revealed that when the Time Lords first interacted with another planet by giving them advanced technology, the planet and nearly all of the species were wiped out.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]", Ten and Eleven criticize Kate Stewart for being willing to blow up the Black Archive (and a good chunk of London with it) in order to keep the Zygons from using the technology stored in the Archive to conquer Earth. Sure, the Doctors came up with an alternate solution, but, at the time, Kate didn't see another option (although there are only a few Zygons, and she can summon an army).



** Fan reaction to almost any regeneration and companion addition, sometimes initial, sometimes permanent. Given that the show is over 50 years old and finished its 33rd season in 2013, with regular change of cast and fourteen different actors who played the main character's thirteen different incarnations[[note]]counting Richard Hurndall's portrayal of the First Doctor in "The Five Doctors" anniversary special, and John Hurt's "War Doctor" and Capaldi's cameo as the "Twelfth" Doctor in "The Day of the Doctor" anniversary special[[/note]], it is bound to invoke this trope.
** This is particularly true for Creator/MattSmith's run as the Doctor since they changed basically everything at the same time: new Doctor, new companions, [[Creator/StevenMoffat new showrunner]], new tone, new cameras, new TARDIS interior, new title sequence, new theme song arrangement, new foes (including a new look for the Daleks, though this was relegated later on), and even a new sonic screwdriver. And if you add the facts that Matt Smith is the youngest actor ever to play the Doctor, that he directly succeeded Creator/DavidTennant (who as of 2013 is still considered the most popular Doctor and casts a gigantic shadow over Eleven and Twelve, especially to younger fans), and that Smith's Doctor is the goofiest yet of the revived series (Tennant and even Creator/ChristopherEccleston had their moments, but that was it). It's typical for ''Who'' actors to say they owe a great debt to their immediate predecessor, but Matt Smith sounded like he genuinely believed it.

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** Fan reaction to almost any regeneration and companion addition, sometimes initial, sometimes permanent. Given that the show is over 50 years old and finished its 33rd season in 2013, with regular change of cast and fourteen different actors who played the main character's thirteen different incarnations[[note]]counting Richard Hurndall's portrayal of the First Doctor in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors" Doctors]]" anniversary special, and John Hurt's Creator/JohnHurt's "War Doctor" and Capaldi's Creator/PeterCapaldi's cameo as the "Twelfth" Doctor in "The ""[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor" Doctor]]" anniversary special[[/note]], it is bound to invoke this trope.
** This is particularly true for Creator/MattSmith's run as the Doctor since they changed basically everything at the same time: new Doctor, new companions, [[Creator/StevenMoffat new showrunner]], new tone, new cameras, new TARDIS interior, new title sequence, new theme song arrangement, new foes (including a new look for the Daleks, though this was relegated later on), and even a new sonic screwdriver. And if you add the facts that Matt Smith Creator/MattSmith is the youngest actor ever to play the Doctor, that he directly succeeded Creator/DavidTennant (who as of 2013 is still considered the most popular Doctor and casts a gigantic shadow over Eleven and Twelve, especially to younger fans), and that Smith's Doctor is the goofiest yet of the revived series (Tennant and even Creator/ChristopherEccleston had their moments, but that was it). It's typical for ''Who'' actors to say they owe a great debt to their immediate predecessor, but Matt Smith sounded like he genuinely believed it.



** Canton Everett Delaware III. "The Impossible Astronaut" almost outright states that he's one of the Doctor's most trusted still-living human allies, since he's one of just five people that he chose to tell about his impending "death" (the other four being Amy, Rory, River and [[MyFutureSelfAndMe himself]]). Aside from that, he's a very memorable BadassNormal maverick FBI agent who answers directly to the President of the United States, and he's openly engaged in an interracial same-sex relationship in the 1960's. In spite of all that juicy development, though, he's completely dropped after the two-part opener of Series 6 and never mentioned again. The last we see of him from his timeline is the older Canton 40 years later coming to see the Eleventh Doctor's "death" and then outright saying that this will be the last time he'll be seeing Amy, Rory, and River.
** Osgood, an {{Adorkable}} fan stand-in who proves to be quite badass in her own right in "The Day of the Doctor", and is then killed off in only her second appearance ("Death in Heaven") to serve as a KickTheDog moment for The Master. '''Subverted''' with her unconventional comeback in Series 9 ([[spoiler: it's not revealed if it's the original Osgood or her Zygon double but the personality is the same]]), in which she continues to be awesome in new ways!

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** Canton Everett Delaware III. "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut The Impossible Astronaut" Astronaut]]" almost outright states that he's one of the Doctor's most trusted still-living human allies, since he's one of just five people that he chose to tell about his impending "death" (the other four being Amy, Rory, River and [[MyFutureSelfAndMe himself]]). Aside from that, he's a very memorable BadassNormal maverick FBI agent who answers directly to the President of the United States, and he's openly engaged in an interracial same-sex relationship in the 1960's. In spite of all that juicy development, though, he's completely dropped after the two-part opener of Series 6 and never mentioned again. The last we see of him from his timeline is the older Canton 40 years later coming to see the Eleventh Doctor's "death" and then outright saying that this will be the last time he'll be seeing Amy, Rory, and River.
** Osgood, an {{Adorkable}} fan stand-in who proves to be quite badass in her own right in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor", Doctor]]", and is then killed off in only her second appearance ("Death ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven Death in Heaven") Heaven]]") to serve as a KickTheDog moment for The Master. '''Subverted''' with her unconventional comeback in Series 9 ([[spoiler: it's not revealed if it's the original Osgood or her Zygon double but the personality is the same]]), in which she continues to be awesome in new ways!



** At the end of "The End of Time Part 1", the Master has turned every human on Earth into the Master except two people: the Doctor's current companion, Wilfred Mott and Wilfred's granddaughter, former companion Donna Noble and ''Donna's starting to remember!'' OMG! Are we about to see the return of the Doctor Donna? Maybe she'll find a clever way to keep her memories without dying! At the very least, she's bound to play a key, pivotal role in Part 2, right? Right?? '''Wrong.''' At the start of Part 2, she gets chased around a little, then some AppliedPhlebotinum the Doctor left in her brain kicks in, knocking her and her pursuers out, and she doesn't wake up (and isn't seen again onscreen) until after the main crisis is over, and she wakes with her damn amnesia still intact. Also, ''Torchwood'' and ''The Sarah Jane Adventures'' are going on at the same time -- what happened to those people? Gwen was ''pregnant'' around the day the Master created his new race. Luke apparently didn't change, because he is an artificial human manufactured by the Bane with strange differences from ordinary human DNA. Too bad that's never explored.
** The most ''consistent'' complaint about the Series 9 finale "Hell Bent" was that an event that one would have expected to be the focus of an entire episode -- [[spoiler: the Doctor returning to Gallifrey for the first time since the Time War and confronting Rassilon]] -- is, rather, the setup for the endgame of [[spoiler: his relationship with Clara]].

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** At the end of "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time Time]]" Part 1", 1, the Master has turned every human on Earth into the Master except two people: the Doctor's current companion, Wilfred Mott and Wilfred's granddaughter, former companion Donna Noble and ''Donna's starting to remember!'' OMG! Are we about to see the return of the Doctor Donna? Maybe she'll find a clever way to keep her memories without dying! At the very least, she's bound to play a key, pivotal role in Part 2, right? Right?? '''Wrong.''' At the start of Part 2, she gets chased around a little, then some AppliedPhlebotinum the Doctor left in her brain kicks in, knocking her and her pursuers out, and she doesn't wake up (and isn't seen again onscreen) until after the main crisis is over, and she wakes with her damn amnesia still intact. Also, ''Torchwood'' and ''The Sarah Jane Adventures'' are going on at the same time -- what happened to those people? Gwen was ''pregnant'' around the day the Master created his new race. Luke apparently didn't change, because he is an artificial human manufactured by the Bane with strange differences from ordinary human DNA. Too bad that's never explored.
** The most ''consistent'' complaint about the Series 9 finale "Hell Bent" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]" was that an event that one would have expected to be the focus of an entire episode -- [[spoiler: the Doctor returning to Gallifrey for the first time since the Time War and confronting Rassilon]] -- is, rather, the setup for the endgame of [[spoiler: his relationship with Clara]].



** Oddly enough, while Tennant's run as the Doctor is the longest of anyone in the revival to date, his Doctor is this in-universe. Every other incarnation is established as living for at least a century before regenerating (with the Ninth fitting in roughly 100 years of travel after meeting Rose and before she took up his offer to join him). With the Tenth, however, it's implied that he was less than a decade old by the time he died!
** Father Octavian from "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh And Stone". He sets a standard for FaceDeathWithDignity that from now on everyone's going to be struggling to match.
** Isaac from "A Town Called Mercy". He's loyal, brave, is a man of integrity and a leader that everyone seems to trust, has a dry sense of humour and is quite easy on the eyes (being played by Ben Browder). Of course he's doomed.

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** Oddly enough, while Tennant's Creator/DavidTennant's run as the Doctor is the longest of anyone in the revival to date, his Doctor is this in-universe. Every other incarnation is established as living for at least a century before regenerating (with the Ninth fitting in roughly 100 years of travel after meeting Rose and before she took up his offer to join him). With the Tenth, however, it's implied that he was less than a decade old by the time he died!
** Father Octavian from "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels The Time of Angels"/"Flesh And Stone".Angels]]" / "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone Flesh and Stone]]". He sets a standard for FaceDeathWithDignity that from now on everyone's going to be struggling to match.
** Isaac from "A "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E3ATownCalledMercy A Town Called Mercy".Mercy]]". He's loyal, brave, is a man of integrity and a leader that everyone seems to trust, has a dry sense of humour and is quite easy on the eyes (being played by Ben Browder). Of course he's doomed.



** "The Caves of Androzani" just feels like it set the bar way too high for "The Twin Dilemma". The producers should have waited until the next year to introduce the Sixth Doctor and formulate a better story, instead of rushing to the plate with the hype for Colin Baker's portrayal. At least that would have provided a lot of time for a better script.
** The Fourth Doctor. Regardless of who your favourite Doctor is or what you think of the quality of the show when he was the star, the simple fact is that Tom Baker played the Doctor on television for the longest period of time and was watched by more people in the UK than any of his predecessors or successors (episode four of "City of Death" continues to hold the record for the largest amount of viewers that a ''Doctor Who'' TV story has enjoyed on first UK broadcast). His episodes where also the ones that first began to break into the American market. His look, with the distinctive curly hair and eighteen-foot multicoloured scarf, is instantly iconic, and it's fair to say that almost every one of his successors, including those in the modern revival, has been inspired by or drawn on his portrayal in some way. It's also telling that Tom Baker was the only classic series Doctor to appear in the 50th anniversary special in person rather than as just stock footage. Put simply, even today for many people the Fourth Doctor simply is ''the'' Doctor.
** Sarah Jane Smith is considered by a slew of fans who grew up with the original run of the series to be ''the'' Companion. Her chemistry with the Fourth, her badass and smart personality and being immensely beloved that she got her ''own TV series'' should be a sign of that otherwise. Her constant appearances starting around Series 2 of the Russell T. Davies era of the show were met with open arms and fans were heartbroken with the passing of her actress, Elisabeth Sladen. As a result, most companions are met with either okay reception (Martha), ''polarizing results'' (Rose, Amy, Clara, Donna), or flat out hate (Ardic). And even with the immense love some companions get, they never seen to top ''The Companion'', that is Sarah Jane Smith.

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** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani The Caves of Androzani" Androzani]]" just feels like it set the bar way too high for "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E7TheTwinDilemma The Twin Dilemma". Dilemma]]". The producers should have waited until the next year to introduce the Sixth Doctor and formulate a better story, instead of rushing to the plate with the hype for Colin Baker's Creator/ColinBaker's portrayal. At least that would have provided a lot of time for a better script.
** The Fourth Doctor. Regardless of who your favourite Doctor is or what you think of the quality of the show when he was the star, the simple fact is that Tom Baker Creator/TomBaker played the Doctor on television for the longest period of time and was watched by more people in the UK than any of his predecessors or successors (episode four of "City "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death" Death]]" continues to hold the record for the largest amount of viewers that a ''Doctor Who'' TV story has enjoyed on first UK broadcast). His episodes where also the ones that first began to break into the American market. His look, with the distinctive curly hair and eighteen-foot multicoloured scarf, is instantly iconic, and it's fair to say that almost every one of his successors, including those in the modern revival, has been inspired by or drawn on his portrayal in some way. It's also telling that Tom Baker was the only classic series Doctor to appear in the 50th anniversary special in person rather than as just stock footage. Put simply, even today for many people the Fourth Doctor simply is ''the'' Doctor.
** Sarah Jane Smith is considered by a slew of fans who grew up with the original run of the series to be ''the'' Companion. Her chemistry with the Fourth, her badass and smart personality and being immensely beloved that she got her ''own TV series'' should be a sign of that otherwise. Her constant appearances starting around Series 2 of the Russell T. Davies era of the show were met with open arms and fans were heartbroken with the passing of her actress, Elisabeth Sladen.Creator/ElisabethSladen. As a result, most companions are met with either okay reception (Martha), ''polarizing results'' (Rose, Amy, Clara, Donna), or flat out hate (Ardic). And even with the immense love some companions get, they never seen to top ''The Companion'', that is Sarah Jane Smith.



** Even allowing for some DeliberateValuesDissonance of the 'Victorian horror-adventure pulp' feel it's evoking, "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" itself reflects some questionable (1970s) attitudes towards race; in particular TheDragon, a Chinese character, is played by a white actor in yellowface. Granted, the character is otherwise depicted in a well-rounded and even sympathetic fashion, but even so.
* ValuesResonance: "Vengeance on Varos", despite being made in TheEighties, could almost be a parody on certain forms of modern reality TV, seeing as Varosian society (with televised BreadAndCircuses entertainment and viewers voting if people live or die) almost seems to resemble ''Series/BigBrother'' or ''Series/TheXFactor'' meets ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.

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** Even allowing for some DeliberateValuesDissonance of the 'Victorian horror-adventure pulp' feel it's evoking, "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang" Weng-Chiang]]" itself reflects some questionable (1970s) attitudes towards race; in particular TheDragon, a Chinese character, is played by a white actor in yellowface. Granted, the character is otherwise depicted in a well-rounded and even sympathetic fashion, but even so.
* ValuesResonance: "Vengeance "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros Vengeance on Varos", Varos]]", despite being made in TheEighties, could almost be a parody on certain forms of modern reality TV, seeing as Varosian society (with televised BreadAndCircuses entertainment and viewers voting if people live or die) almost seems to resemble ''Series/BigBrother'' or ''Series/TheXFactor'' meets ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.



** The Classic Series' Cybermen went from "no known weaknesses" to "gold dust interferes with their respiratory systems" to "[[WeaksauceWeakness holy crap, anything gold kills them dead]]". "The Five Doctors" and "Attack of the Cybermen" didn't utilise any gold weaknesses, but they were still quickly shot down in droves, including one who forgot it was immune to ordinary bullets. The trend has been reversed since "Rise of the Cybermen", the first Cyberman episode since the Creator/SylvesterMcCoy era. Although the ones that appeared from 2006-2008 weren't from Mondas, a single Mondasian Cyberman in "The Pandorica Opens" has more nasty tricks up its sleeve than they ever did in the classic episodes -- including lasers, tranquilizer darts, CombatTentacles and the ability to function separately as a body and a severed head when necessary. Three years later, "Nightmare in Silver" (described by WordOfGod as [[http://www.sfx.co.uk/2013/05/07/exclusive-neil-gaiman-talks-doctor-who-and-cybermen/ a "cross-breeding" of Cybus [the corporation that created the 2006-08 Cybermen] and Mondas tech]], and in-story using some of the source code of the older Cybermen in its Cybermites) added AdaptiveAbility and SuperSpeed to their arsenal, while keeping a nod to the "body working separately from the head" seen in "The Pandorica Opens". Ironically, the episode also brought back a mild form of gold weakness.
** The Master underwent some serious Villain Decay in his two stories opposite the Sixth Doctor, "The Mark of the Rani" and "The Ultimate Foe", in both of which he achieves very little and mostly acts as comic relief to the Doctor's conflict with a new Time Lord villain. (The fact that he '''isn't''' the title character in "The Ultimate Foe" sums it up.) This was fortunately reversed in his only Seventh Doctor story, "Survival", in which his desperation to escape a decaying planet makes him even more ruthless than usual and his sadism is played up considerably more than it had been for a long time. However, it was reversed quickly by the TV movie, where The Master's behavior is outright ridiculous (not to mention the fact that he was played by ''Eric Roberts'', who isn't even British). And this was later reversed again in Utopia, when they got Derek Jacobi to play The Master while he was "Professor Yana", a kind old scientist trying to help humanity survive at the end of the universe. And when then he turned back into the Master, Jacobi's performance was nothing less than thrilling. Then Jon Simm came along and brought out the crazy in The Master, giving us an entirely new side to him. Finally, they brought Michelle Gomez to play "Missy", a female incarnation of the Master, and subsequently took it UpToEleven in both [[AxCrazy craziness]] and [[LargeHam hamminess]].
** The Slitheen were fairly menacing (if goofy) in "Aliens of London", "World War Three" and "Boom Town" in Series One. By the third series of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', they were quickly caught by their "cousins".

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** The Classic Series' Cybermen went from "no known weaknesses" to "gold dust interferes with their respiratory systems" to "[[WeaksauceWeakness holy crap, anything gold kills them dead]]". "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors" Doctors]]" and "Attack "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E1AttackOfTheCybermen Attack of the Cybermen" Cybermen]]" didn't utilise any gold weaknesses, but they were still quickly shot down in droves, including one who forgot it was immune to ordinary bullets. The trend has been reversed since "Rise "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen Rise of the Cybermen", Cybermen]]", the first Cyberman episode since the Creator/SylvesterMcCoy era. Although the ones that appeared from 2006-2008 weren't from Mondas, a single Mondasian Cyberman in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens" Opens]]" has more nasty tricks up its sleeve than they ever did in the classic episodes -- including lasers, tranquilizer darts, CombatTentacles and the ability to function separately as a body and a severed head when necessary. Three years later, "Nightmare "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver Nightmare in Silver" Silver]]" (described by WordOfGod as [[http://www.sfx.co.uk/2013/05/07/exclusive-neil-gaiman-talks-doctor-who-and-cybermen/ a "cross-breeding" of Cybus [the corporation that created the 2006-08 Cybermen] and Mondas tech]], and in-story using some of the source code of the older Cybermen in its Cybermites) added AdaptiveAbility and SuperSpeed to their arsenal, while keeping a nod to the "body working separately from the head" seen in "The Pandorica Opens". Ironically, the episode also brought back a mild form of gold weakness.
** The Master underwent some serious Villain Decay in his two stories opposite the Sixth Doctor, "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E3TheMarkOfTheRani The Mark of the Rani" Rani]]" and "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe The Ultimate Foe", Foe]]", in both of which he achieves very little and mostly acts as comic relief to the Doctor's conflict with a new Time Lord villain. (The fact that he '''isn't''' the title character in "The Ultimate Foe" sums it up.) This was fortunately reversed in his only Seventh Doctor story, "Survival", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]", in which his desperation to escape a decaying planet makes him even more ruthless than usual and his sadism is played up considerably more than it had been for a long time. However, it was reversed quickly by the TV movie, where The Master's behavior is outright ridiculous (not to mention the fact that he was played by ''Eric Roberts'', ''Creator/EricRoberts'', who isn't even British). And this was later reversed again in Utopia, when they got Derek Jacobi Creator/DerekJacobi to play The Master while he was "Professor Yana", a kind old scientist trying to help humanity survive at the end of the universe. And when then he turned back into the Master, Jacobi's performance was nothing less than thrilling. Then Jon Simm Creator/JonSimm came along and brought out the crazy in The Master, giving us an entirely new side to him. Finally, they brought Michelle Gomez Creator/MichelleGomez to play "Missy", a female incarnation of the Master, and subsequently took it UpToEleven in both [[AxCrazy craziness]] and [[LargeHam hamminess]].
** The Slitheen were fairly menacing (if goofy) in "Aliens "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon Aliens of London", "World London]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree World War Three" Three]]" and "Boom Town" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E11BoomTown Boom Town]]" in Series One. By the third series of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', they were quickly caught by their "cousins".



** Also, Colin Baker - often proclaimed "Worst Doctor Ever!" - made a great many fans come around with his outstanding performances in the Big Finish audios. Additionally, over time there has become a growing agreement in the idea that Colin Baker himself was not to blame for the show's problems, but rather [[SeasonalRot the quality of the scripts]] as well as [[ScrewedByTheNetwork behind-the-scenes difficulties]]. The [[WTHCostumingDepartment infamous rainbow coat]] on the other hand, is still much-maligned.
** Similarly Creator/PaulMcGann. While many proclaimed him the worst Doctor for the TV Movie, a lot of people over time have decided he actually gave a great performance and his many appearances in Big Finish have won him a lot of fans. "The Night of the Doctor", showing his regeneration and acknowledging his audio adventures as canon, has also helped.
** While the contemporary criticisms of Season 16 and 17 for being [[DenserAndWackier too silly]] remain agreed upon (although with some grudging admission that it was amazing they got anything on the screen at all with all the strikes, budget problems and [[CreatorBreakdown lead actor mental health issues]]), "City of Death" was much hated by the fanbase when it aired for being too farcical and stupid. Nowadays, it's one of the most beloved Classic serials and frequently makes top ten lists. Steven Moffat is a huge fan, and Website/FourChan's perennial ''Doctor Who'' discussion thread "/who/" even voted it the best ''Doctor Who'' TV story ever.

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** Also, Colin Baker Creator/ColinBaker - often proclaimed "Worst Doctor Ever!" - made a great many fans come around with his outstanding performances in the Big Finish audios. Additionally, over time there has become a growing agreement in the idea that Colin Baker himself was not to blame for the show's problems, but rather [[SeasonalRot the quality of the scripts]] as well as [[ScrewedByTheNetwork behind-the-scenes difficulties]]. The [[WTHCostumingDepartment infamous rainbow coat]] on the other hand, is still much-maligned.
** Similarly Creator/PaulMcGann. While many proclaimed him the worst Doctor for the TV Movie, a lot of people over time have decided he actually gave a great performance and his many appearances in Big Finish have won him a lot of fans. "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor", Doctor]]", showing his regeneration and acknowledging his audio adventures as canon, has also helped.
** While the contemporary criticisms of Season 16 and 17 for being [[DenserAndWackier too silly]] remain agreed upon (although with some grudging admission that it was amazing they got anything on the screen at all with all the strikes, budget problems and [[CreatorBreakdown lead actor mental health issues]]), "City "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death" Death]]" was much hated by the fanbase when it aired for being too farcical and stupid. Nowadays, it's one of the most beloved Classic serials and frequently makes top ten lists. Steven Moffat Creator/StevenMoffat is a huge fan, and Website/FourChan's perennial ''Doctor Who'' discussion thread "/who/" even voted it the best ''Doctor Who'' TV story ever.



** "Pure historicals", stories set in historical periods with the presence of the TARDIS crew being the only science fiction element and usually dealing with questions like the morality of interfering with history, were considered by contemporary audiences to be dry and boring and got progressively more and more unpopular as the series progressed. Ratings tanked especially hard during "The Gunfighters", the story which all but killed the format. There has always been a minority calling for the return of this format, but today it is generally agreed upon that Hartnell's pure historicals tend to be his ''best'' stories. They tend to have rather more mature and witty writing than the show's early attempts at science fiction, don't suffer from SpecialEffectFailure to the same extent, and have less EarlyInstallmentWeirdness than many of the surrounding stories, despite the fact that being a historical is itself EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. Pure historicals usually cited as amongst Hartnell's best include the rather mythologised MissingEpisode "Marco Polo", "The Romans", "The Myth Makers", "The Massacre of Saint Bartholemew's Eve", and "The Aztecs" (often given as a contender for his very best story). "The Crusade" and "The Reign of Terror" are less popular, but have more defenders than the contemporarily highly popular sci-fi serials "The Web Planet" and "The Chase". The only pure historical that is generally considered ''bad'' is "The Gunfighters", although that's a special case: 1) fan lore held that it was an awful story due to an especially damning write-up in the review book ''Doctor Who: A Celebration'' which was around before home video, so fandom took its opinion as gospel (although its loving write up in the later review book ''The Discontinuity Guide'' is eroding its reputation), and 2) it's a comedy and to some extent a MusicalEpisode, so was always going to be a LoveItOrHateIt story.
** "The Deadly Assassin", a ''Doctor Who'' storyline with no companions, a focus on alien politics, and with an awful lot of FamilyUnfriendlyViolence was viewed at the time as a failed experiment at best (the absence of TheWatson made the plot much harder to follow than normal, and the execs said it was never to happen again no matter how much Tom Baker insisted that it worked) and [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids tasteless and audience-inappropriate]] at worst (notoriously attracting so many complaints that the show was {{Re Tool}}ed into a much less violent, more comedy-based series for most of the rest of Tom Baker's run). Fans nowadays tend to appreciate the attempt at trying something other than MonsterOfTheWeek, the more impressionistic and political tone, the especially brutal and exciting action, and in particular the AlternateCharacterInterpretation that the Doctor gets in the story; due to not having an ally to talk to, he comes off as a brooding, quiet and much more mysterious character with a pinch of SpaghettiWestern hero about him, a sharp contrast to his usual funniness and ObfuscatingStupidity. It's not a usual candidate for Tom Baker's best serial (those would be "Genesis of the Daleks", "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", or "City of Death") but is often listed as a standout, must-see episode and a bit of a hipster favourite. Its reputation may go up further now that it's had a SpiritualSuccessor in the wildly-acclaimed modern-''Who'' episode "Heaven Sent" (no companion aside from a mental construct the Doctor's using as a coping mechanism, ''extremely'' dark story involving a deadly adversary in an EldritchLocation, FamilyUnfriendlyViolence, the Doctor at his broodiest, etc.).
** ''Doctor Who'' has a lot of {{Missing Episode}}s which [[PraisingShowsYouDontWatch tend to get regarded as 'classics' simply because they can't be watched]], but no-one really cared about "The Enemy of the World" - it's a bit of an OutOfGenreExperience in that it's a spy story focusing on a human DiabolicalMastermind and with no monsters, and the recons made the story seem silly and difficult to follow (not helped by the fact that it's about a CriminalDoppelganger and ImpersonatingTheEvilTwin). Additionally, the only episode to survive in full was a comic-relief one with many deliberately-silly scenes. But when the whole thing was suddenly discovered in Nigeria, fans suddenly were able to see the surprisingly good action scenes in the first episode, and observe the character acting from Troughton that made the story make sense, and suddenly reappraised it as one of the best Troughton stories. [[Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine DWM]] pointed out that in their top 200 stories poll of 2009 it was the 30th rated story of the '60s, but in 2014 it was the 10th rated.

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** "Pure historicals", stories set in historical periods with the presence of the TARDIS crew being the only science fiction element and usually dealing with questions like the morality of interfering with history, were considered by contemporary audiences to be dry and boring and got progressively more and more unpopular as the series progressed. Ratings tanked especially hard during "The Gunfighters", the story which all but killed the format. There has always been a minority calling for the return of this format, but today it is generally agreed upon that Hartnell's Creator/WilliamHartnell's pure historicals tend to be his ''best'' stories. They tend to have rather more mature and witty writing than the show's early attempts at science fiction, don't suffer from SpecialEffectFailure to the same extent, and have less EarlyInstallmentWeirdness than many of the surrounding stories, despite the fact that being a historical is itself EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. Pure historicals usually cited as amongst Hartnell's best include the rather mythologised MissingEpisode "Marco Polo", "The Romans", "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E4MarcoPolo Marco Polo]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E4TheRomans The Romans]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E3TheMythMakers The Myth Makers", "The Makers]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E6TheMassacre The Massacre of Saint Bartholemew's Eve", Eve]]", and "The Aztecs" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAtecs The Aztecs]]" (often given as a contender for his very best story). "The Crusade" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade The Crusade]]" and "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E8TheReignOfTerror The Reign of Terror" Terror]]" are less popular, but have more defenders than the contemporarily highly popular sci-fi serials "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The Web Planet" Planet]]" and "The Chase". "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase The Chase]]". The only pure historical that is generally considered ''bad'' is "The Gunfighters", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters The Gunfighters]]", although that's a special case: 1) fan lore held that it was an awful story due to an especially damning write-up in the review book ''Doctor Who: A Celebration'' which was around before home video, so fandom took its opinion as gospel (although its loving write up in the later review book ''The Discontinuity Guide'' is eroding its reputation), and 2) it's a comedy and to some extent a MusicalEpisode, so was always going to be a LoveItOrHateIt story.
** "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin", Assassin]]", a ''Doctor Who'' storyline with no companions, a focus on alien politics, and with an awful lot of FamilyUnfriendlyViolence was viewed at the time as a failed experiment at best (the absence of TheWatson made the plot much harder to follow than normal, and the execs said it was never to happen again no matter how much Tom Baker Creator/TomBaker insisted that it worked) and [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids tasteless and audience-inappropriate]] at worst (notoriously attracting so many complaints that the show was {{Re Tool}}ed into a much less violent, more comedy-based series for most of the rest of Tom Baker's run). Fans nowadays tend to appreciate the attempt at trying something other than MonsterOfTheWeek, the more impressionistic and political tone, the especially brutal and exciting action, and in particular the AlternateCharacterInterpretation that the Doctor gets in the story; due to not having an ally to talk to, he comes off as a brooding, quiet and much more mysterious character with a pinch of SpaghettiWestern hero about him, a sharp contrast to his usual funniness and ObfuscatingStupidity. It's not a usual candidate for Tom Baker's Creator/ToBaker's best serial (those would be "Genesis "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks", "The Daleks]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang", Weng-Chiang]]", or "City "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death") Death]]") but is often listed as a standout, must-see episode and a bit of a hipster favourite. Its reputation may go up further now that it's had a SpiritualSuccessor in the wildly-acclaimed modern-''Who'' episode "Heaven Sent" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]" (no companion aside from a mental construct the Doctor's using as a coping mechanism, ''extremely'' dark story involving a deadly adversary in an EldritchLocation, FamilyUnfriendlyViolence, the Doctor at his broodiest, etc.).
** ''Doctor Who'' has a lot of {{Missing Episode}}s which [[PraisingShowsYouDontWatch tend to get regarded as 'classics' simply because they can't be watched]], but no-one really cared about "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E4TheEnemyOfTheWorld The Enemy of the World" World]]" - it's a bit of an OutOfGenreExperience in that it's a spy story focusing on a human DiabolicalMastermind and with no monsters, and the recons made the story seem silly and difficult to follow (not helped by the fact that it's about a CriminalDoppelganger and ImpersonatingTheEvilTwin). Additionally, the only episode to survive in full was a comic-relief one with many deliberately-silly scenes. But when the whole thing was suddenly discovered in Nigeria, fans suddenly were able to see the surprisingly good action scenes in the first episode, and observe the character acting from Troughton that made the story make sense, and suddenly reappraised it as one of the best Troughton stories. [[Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine DWM]] pointed out that in their top 200 stories poll of 2009 it was the 30th rated story of the '60s, but in 2014 it was the 10th rated.



** These moments were very common during Russell T Davies' run on the show, with the Tenth Doctor and Rose getting the worst of it.

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** These moments were very common during Russell T Davies' CreatorRussellTDavies' run on the show, with the Tenth Doctor and Rose getting the worst of it.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The show itself is considered family viewing, despite its dark tone of certain episodes and surprising amount of [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar sexual innuendo]] and it is shown around the supper hour on a Saturday. ''Doctor Who'' is over fifty years old and neatly matches the second paragraph of this trope's description. It's very much seen as a family/children's show, but it's been violent from the very beginning. A BBC audience research survey conducted in 1972 found that Doctor Who was the most violent show it produced at the time (cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who ). The show was especially violent during the first few Fourth Doctor seasons, consistently getting complaints, and the show was also so violent in 1985 that it got the show cancelled for 18 months. For instance, ''The Brain Of Morbius'' (1976) featured a man getting shot in the stomach with an explosion of blood, then crawling, dying, down a corridor.
** Even the first few stories could be really dark. In the first story "An Unearthly Child" the Doctor is a quite morally ambiguous figure, and there were some surprisingly violent scenes, such as a Caveman covered in blood and a cave of broken skulls. "The Edge of Destruction" uses haunted house tropes and has Susan wildly stabbing a bed with scissors.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The show itself is considered family viewing, despite its dark tone of certain episodes and surprising amount of [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar sexual innuendo]] and it is shown around the supper hour on a Saturday. ''Doctor Who'' is over fifty years old and neatly matches the second paragraph of this trope's description. It's very much seen as a family/children's show, but it's been violent from the very beginning. A BBC audience research survey conducted in 1972 found that Doctor Who was the most violent show it produced at the time (cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who ). The show was especially violent during the first few Fourth Doctor seasons, consistently getting complaints, and the show was also so violent in 1985 that it got the show cancelled for 18 months. For instance, ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius The Brain Of Morbius'' Morbius]]" (1976) featured a man getting shot in the stomach with an explosion of blood, then crawling, dying, down a corridor.
** Even the first few stories could be really dark. In the first story "An "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild An Unearthly Child" Child]]" the Doctor is a quite morally ambiguous figure, and there were some surprisingly violent scenes, such as a Caveman covered in blood and a cave of broken skulls. "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction The Edge of Destruction" Destruction]]" uses haunted house tropes and has Susan wildly stabbing a bed with scissors.



** Season 22 is notorious for this, showing someone having their hands crushed and showing several people being stabbed to death. This is lampshaded in "Vengeance on Varos".
** JohnSimm stated that ''Doctor Who'' being a kids' show was the main reason why he decided to play as TheMaster ([[SoMyKidsCanWatch he wanted to show his son that he could act]]). Of course, the episodes he ''was'' in involved twisted monsters from the future wiping out a good portion of humanity, the Master being [[GoneHorriblyWrong resurrected as a superpowered being]] [[HorrorHunger who devours humans to satisfy his endless hunger]], and turning the ''entire'' human population into copies of himself.
** Current show runner Steven Moffat has written about how annoyed and insulted he is whenever people use the phrase "kid's show" as a derogatory thing.

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** Season 22 is notorious for this, showing someone having their hands crushed and showing several people being stabbed to death. This is lampshaded in "Vengeance "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros Vengeance on Varos".
Varos]]".
** JohnSimm Creator/JohnSimm stated that ''Doctor Who'' being a kids' show was the main reason why he decided to play as TheMaster ([[SoMyKidsCanWatch he wanted to show his son that he could act]]). Of course, the episodes he ''was'' in involved twisted monsters from the future wiping out a good portion of humanity, the Master being [[GoneHorriblyWrong resurrected as a superpowered being]] [[HorrorHunger who devours humans to satisfy his endless hunger]], and turning the ''entire'' human population into copies of himself.
** Current show runner Steven Moffat Creator/StevenMoffat has written about how annoyed and insulted he is whenever people use the phrase "kid's show" as a derogatory thing.



** In the Russell T. Davies era, UNIT took a much more aggressive and morally questionable approach towards alien threats all in the name of [[TheWarOnTerror "Homeworld Security"]]. Notably the Brigadier is not impressed at this new mindset at all and says as much in the ''Sarah Jane Adventures'':

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** In the Russell T. Davies Creator/RussellTDavies era, UNIT took a much more aggressive and morally questionable approach towards alien threats all in the name of [[TheWarOnTerror "Homeworld Security"]]. Notably the Brigadier is not impressed at this new mindset at all and says as much in the ''Sarah Jane Adventures'':



** John Nathan-Turner's era as producer in general has been strongly criticised by many fans for StuntCasting without much consideration as to whether the celebrity guest was actually suited to the role, one notable example being Beryl Reid as Captain Briggs in "Earthshock", due to Nathan Turner's love for light entertainment.
** Nicholas Parsons' casting as Reverend Wainwright in "The Curse of Fenric" might appear to be an example of this at first glance, given that he was best known for being a quiz show host at the time of the story's airing. In reality Parsons was actually a pretty experienced actor, although he hadn't done any TV acting work for over a decade when the story was made. (The director wasn't aware of this prior to recording of the story, but when he noticed Parsons could actually act a number of scenes were hastily rewritten to give his character more development.)
** Eric Roberts as the Master in the TV movie.

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** John Nathan-Turner's Creator/JohnNathanTurner's era as producer in general has been strongly criticised by many fans for StuntCasting without much consideration as to whether the celebrity guest was actually suited to the role, one notable example being Beryl Reid as Captain Briggs in "Earthshock", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E5Earthshock Earthshock]]", due to Nathan Turner's love for light entertainment.
** Nicholas Parsons' casting as Reverend Wainwright in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric" Fenric]]" might appear to be an example of this at first glance, given that he was best known for being a quiz show host at the time of the story's airing. In reality Parsons was actually a pretty experienced actor, although he hadn't done any TV acting work for over a decade when the story was made. (The director wasn't aware of this prior to recording of the story, but when he noticed Parsons could actually act a number of scenes were hastily rewritten to give his character more development.)
** Eric Roberts Creator/EricRoberts as the Master in the TV movie.



* WTHCostumingDepartment: While all incarnations of the show ''and'' the title character are guilty of it to some degree or another, the crowner of this trope is probably Colin Baker's costume. There is no good explanation for that coat.

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* WTHCostumingDepartment: While all incarnations of the show ''and'' the title character are guilty of it to some degree or another, the crowner of this trope is probably Colin Baker's Creator/ColinBaker's costume. There is no good explanation for that coat.
14th Oct '16 3:58:04 PM skidoo23
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** The chemistry between Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman proved to be so strong that some fans actively began shipping them with the name Colepaldi sometimes attributed to the pairing, despite Capaldi being happily married, Coleman in a long-standing relationship, and no indication of anything but deep friendship between the two. Ironically, the relationship displayed in real life by the two actors - confirmed as even extending onto the set, per WordOfGod (directors, writers, Moffat, and even the guy who shot a publicity photo with the two on the Abbey Road zebra crossing) - actually exhibits all the traits ''sans romance'' that some fans say should exist between the Doctor and Clara and other companions.

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** The chemistry between Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman proved to be so strong that some fans actively began shipping them with the name Colepaldi "Colepaldi" sometimes attributed to the pairing, despite Capaldi being happily married, Coleman in a long-standing relationship, relationship initially (and another later), and no indication of anything but deep friendship between the two. Ironically, the relationship displayed in real life by the two actors - confirmed as even extending onto the set, per WordOfGod (directors, writers, Moffat, and even the guy who shot a publicity photo with the two on the Abbey Road zebra crossing) - actually exhibits all the traits ''sans romance'' that some fans say should exist between the Doctor and Clara and other companions.


Added DiffLines:

* AngstDissonance: Due to the diverse nature of the show's ever-changing mixture of characters and actors, some fans react differently to angst-related scenarios than others. The somewhat angst-ridden relationships between the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler (particularly after she is trapped in the alternate earth) and the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald are not supported by some fans.


Added DiffLines:

** Fans are split on the success of the three-season-long character arc followed by Clara Oswald, with some fans arguing it was well thought out and progressed naturally and logically, and others saying they couldn't make sense out of it.
13th Oct '16 1:48:04 AM TheRoguePenguin
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* [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation/DoctorWho AlternativeCharacterInterpretation]]

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* [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation/DoctorWho AlternativeCharacterInterpretation]]Alternative Character Interpretation]]



* [[Headscratchers/DoctorWho Headscratchers]]



* [[HilariousInHindsight/DoctorWho HilariousInHindsight]]

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* [[HilariousInHindsight/DoctorWho HilariousInHindsight]]Hilarious In Hindsight]]



* [[WhamEpisode/DoctorWho Wham Episode]]
11th Oct '16 7:57:59 AM erforce
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** The policeman pursuing the kidnappers in "The Twin Dilemma" is [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Mr Gibbs]].

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** The policeman pursuing the kidnappers in "The Twin Dilemma" is [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Mr [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Mr. Gibbs]].



** Hal from ''The Time Warrior'' is [[StarWarsTheEmpireStrikesBack Boba Fett]].

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** Hal from ''The Time Warrior'' is [[StarWarsTheEmpireStrikesBack [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Boba Fett]].
8th Oct '16 12:12:15 PM DustSnitch
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** Sarah Jane Smith is considered by a slew of fans who grew up with the original run of the series to be ''the'' Companion. Her chemistry with the Fourth, her BadAss and smart personality and being immensely beloved that she got her ''own TV series'' should be a sign of that otherwise. Her constant appearances starting around Series 2 of the Russell T. Davies era of the show were met with open arms and fans were heartbroken with the passing of her actress, Elisabeth Sladen. As a result, most companions are met with either okay reception (Martha), ''polarizing results'' (Rose, Amy, Clara, Donna), or flat out hate (Ardic). And even with the immense love some companions get, they never seen to top ''The Companion'', that is Sarah Jane Smith.

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** Sarah Jane Smith is considered by a slew of fans who grew up with the original run of the series to be ''the'' Companion. Her chemistry with the Fourth, her BadAss badass and smart personality and being immensely beloved that she got her ''own TV series'' should be a sign of that otherwise. Her constant appearances starting around Series 2 of the Russell T. Davies era of the show were met with open arms and fans were heartbroken with the passing of her actress, Elisabeth Sladen. As a result, most companions are met with either okay reception (Martha), ''polarizing results'' (Rose, Amy, Clara, Donna), or flat out hate (Ardic). And even with the immense love some companions get, they never seen to top ''The Companion'', that is Sarah Jane Smith.
1st Oct '16 12:32:14 AM Eagal
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* UglyCute:
** The Adipose (cutest BodyHorror ever!)
** [[EldritchAbomination Prisoner Zero]] can be this when it's not trying to scare people. [[spoiler: Especially when you hear its [[SnakeTalk voice.]]]]
** The Ood. In fricking ''spades''.
** Ganger-Jennifer. Her degeneration makes her look like Voldemort's younger sister.

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* %%* UglyCute:
** %%** The Adipose (cutest BodyHorror ever!)
** %%** [[EldritchAbomination Prisoner Zero]] can be this when it's not trying to scare people. [[spoiler: Especially when you hear its [[SnakeTalk voice.]]]]
** %%** The Ood. In fricking ''spades''.
** %%** Ganger-Jennifer. Her degeneration makes her look like Voldemort's younger sister.



%% UnfortunateImplications require citations
%%* UnfortunateImplications: The way that in "The End of the World" religion is banned yet nobody comments on this and it is treated as a good thing.
%%** While the show is not overtly sexist there are a few undercurrents such as many female companions getting captured and in need of rescue and leaving by getting married (and often getting StrangledByTheRedString).
%%** The show always treated Peri as a sex object and her relationship with the Doctor comes off as abusive.
%%** RTD era female companions have a dependence on the Doctor that no other era ever had such as Sarah Jane saying her travels were her life and Rose and Donna actively hunting the TARDIS down to continue travelling.
%%** The Moffet era has a few sexist jokes thrown about at times.
1st Oct '16 12:30:00 AM Eagal
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* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: The Seventh Doctor serial "Ghost Light" is relatively confusing and nonsensical. Naturally many fans see it as brilliant commentary.
1st Oct '16 12:25:59 AM Eagal
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** The Doctor
** K-9.
** The Master is an evil version.



%%** The Doctor
%%** K-9.
%%** The Master is an evil version.



** Pretty much every Doctor.



** John Simm's Master.
** Missy.

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** %%** John Simm's Master.
** Missy.%%** Missy.
%%** Pretty much every Doctor.



* FandomBerserkButton: It's the Doctor, not Doctor Who!

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* FandomBerserkButton: FandomBerserkButton:
** The main character's name [[IAmNotShazam is not "Doctor Who"]]. [[OnlyKnownByHisNickname
It's the Doctor, not actually The Doctor Who!either]], but that's the most common pseudonym he uses.



* FanficFuel: "The Big Bang":
** Rory spent 1894 years staying out of trouble [[note]]unsuccessfully[[/note]] and going from Britain to Rome to Germany/France to Italy in 1240 and then back to Britain by 1941. And whatever he went through, he learned that you shoot Daleks in the eyestalk.
** At the end there is the whole Egyptian Goddess and Orient Express InSpace; even if it never ended up being addressed in the series you can almost hear the sound of a million keyboards screaming and suddenly being silenced. (Actually they finally got around to it in season 8)

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* FanficFuel: FanficFuel:
**
"The Big Bang":
** *** Rory spent 1894 years staying out of trouble [[note]]unsuccessfully[[/note]] and going from Britain to Rome to Germany/France to Italy in 1240 and then back to Britain by 1941. And whatever he went through, he learned that you shoot Daleks in the eyestalk.
** *** At the end there is the whole Egyptian Goddess and Orient Express InSpace; even if it never ended up being addressed InSpace. It was suggested to have been a ruse in Series 8, enacted by the series you can almost hear owner of the sound of a million keyboards screaming and suddenly being silenced. (Actually they finally got around to it in season 8)Orient Express, but the details are not mentioned.



** The Doctor spending hundreds of years on Trenzalore fighting of various Monsters.

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** The Doctor spending hundreds of years on Trenzalore fighting of off various Monsters.



--->'''Rory:''' Yours is bigger than mine.
--->'''The Doctor:''' Let's not go there.

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--->'''Rory:''' Yours is bigger than mine.
--->'''The
mine.\\
'''The
Doctor:''' Let's not go there.



** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vbIZl1lfqU Bigger on the Inside]]

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** %%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vbIZl1lfqU Bigger on the Inside]]



* IAmNotShazam: The main character's name is "The Doctor", not "Doctor Who" (in spite of what the credits might sometimes say).

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* IAmNotShazam: IAmNotShazam:
**
The main character's name is "The Doctor", not "Doctor Who" (in spite of what the credits might sometimes say).



* InternetBackdraft:
** The reveal that the person cast as the companion for Series 7 was another white woman had several fans upset, to say the least. It doesn't help that the previous ''potential'' companion from the episode "The God Complex" was a woman of color who was killed off.
** Really, it would be far quicker to list the things about the show that ''hadn't'' caused buckets of frothing internet nerdrage at some point or another.

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* InternetBackdraft:
**
InternetBackdraft: The reveal that the person Jenna Coleman, a white woman, was cast as the companion for Series 7 was another white woman had several fans upset, to say the least. It doesn't help that the previous ''potential'' companion from the episode "The God Complex" was a woman of color who was killed off.
** Really, it would be far quicker to list the things about the show that ''hadn't'' caused buckets of frothing internet nerdrage at some point or another.
off.



** The Ninth Doctor.
** Amy.



** River.

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** River.%%** River.
%%** The Ninth Doctor.
%%** Amy.



* JerkassWoobie:
** Turlough. Especially in his first episode. He gets better.
** Chang Lee.
** Thanks to copious amounts of MoralDissonance right from the [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion get-go]], the Tenth Doctor.
** Amy as well, thanks to her BitchInSheepsClothing moments.
** That poor [[spoiler:Dalek]] near the end of "The Big Bang".

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* %%* JerkassWoobie:
** %%** Turlough. Especially in his first episode. He gets better.
** %%** Chang Lee.
** %%** Thanks to copious amounts of MoralDissonance right from the [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion get-go]], the Tenth Doctor.
** %%** Amy as well, thanks to her BitchInSheepsClothing moments.
** %%** That poor [[spoiler:Dalek]] near the end of "The Big Bang".



* MagnificentBastard: So ''very'' many. The Master pretty much takes home the gold, though. Davros gets the silver.
** The Doctor himself. He gets platinum, as he ''frequently beats all of them''.

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* MagnificentBastard: So ''very'' many. %%* MagnificentBastard:
%%**
The Master pretty much takes home the gold, though. Davros gets the silver.
**
Master
%%** Davros
%%**
The Doctor himself. He gets platinum, as he ''frequently beats all of them''. himself



** Rory "Chuck Norris" Williams.



%%** Rory "Chuck Norris" Williams.



** And everyone in Series 5 is a duck.
** Eleven has a meme now. [[BowtiesAreCool Memes are cool]].

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** And everyone in Series 5 is a duck.
** Eleven has a meme now. [[BowtiesAreCool Memes
Eleven's "[[BowtiesAreCool X are cool]].cool]]" catchphrase. From bowties to fezzes, he had a knack for picking up unusual clothing items and declaring them to be "cool", often against Amy's objections.



** EGGGGGGGGGGS!



** Stormageddon, the Dark Lord of All

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** Stormageddon, the Dark Lord of AllAll, Craig's newborn son that (according to the Doctor, who speaks fluent baby) dislikes the name "Alfy" and prefers the more grandiose title.



** ''EVERYONE'' is a [[WMG/TimeLord Time Lord]].
*** Related, every female character is The Rani.

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** ''EVERYONE'' is a [[WMG/TimeLord Time Lord]].
***
Lord]]. Related, every female character is The Rani.Rani.



** "Like a hybrid!"

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** %%** "Like a hybrid!"hybrid!"
%%** EGGGGGGGGGGS!
%%** And everyone in Series 5 is a duck.



* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped:
** Some of the episodes during the Third Doctor's era which have a very political stance. A good example of this is "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E4TheMutants The Mutants]]". While the message about not treating other races badly and of colonialism being bad seems obvious, at the time there was an apartheid regime in South Africa.
** While a heavy-handed episode, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E4TheSunMakers The Sun Makers]]" does highlight the oppressive nature of an out-of-control bureaucracy especially when it's revealed the Usurians are using the system to work and tax the human race to death.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft Turn Left]]" is one of the most mature depictions of [[DayOfTheJackboot modern fascism]] that you'll ever see on mainstream television because it specifically avoids positioning an ObviouslyEvil dictator in a convenient villain role. As the episode points out, oppressive regimes don't just rise to power because of evil people with evil agendas, they rise to power when a populace becomes too scared and beaten-down to question its authority figures. Far too often, it just takes a few random disasters to rob people of their hope.
-->'''Wilfred:''' [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide "Labour camps". That's what they called them last time.]]\\
'''Donna:''' [[GenreBlind ... what d'you mean?]]\\
'''Wilfred:''' [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany It's happening again.]]\\
'''Donna:''' What is?
** Sure, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor Vincent and the Doctor]]" was basically a VerySpecialEpisode about depression - even the monster that provides the plot can be read as a metaphor for van Gogh's mental illness - but it was handled so maturely that it falls squarely into this category. [[spoiler:Even knowing that his paintings will be incredibly famous and loved in the future, Vincent still kills himself, because it's not a matter of cheering him up: he's got a ''disease'' that nobody in his time understands.]]
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon Kill the Moon]]". Humanity gave up on space exploration, and then found they were in desperate need of it.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E7TheZygonInvasion The Zygon Invasion]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E8TheZygonInversion The Zygon Inversion]]" have a lot to say about warmongering and the integration of immigrants into society, which have become even more relevant since the episode aired in light of the terrorist attacks that occurred shortly afterwards and the subsequent rush to demonise all Muslim immigrants from certain elements of society. As long as prejudice against immigrants exists, it is quite likely that the Aesop of the story will remain relevant.
1st Oct '16 12:03:10 AM Eagal
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* AlasPoorScrappy: Adric.

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* %%* AlasPoorScrappy: Adric.
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