History YMMV / DoctorWho

22nd Mar '17 9:02:23 AM skidoo23
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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. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear 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. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear The Web of Fear]]" are two which have suffered this fate.fate (though this is a YMMV itself as many have acclaimed the episodes upon seeing them, with Matt Smith openly crediting "Tomb" with influencing his development of the Doctor. Others, such as "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E4TheEnemyOfTheWorld The Enemy of the World]]" have ended up being better than many remembered.



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

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** The main character's name is "The Doctor", not "Doctor Who" (in spite of what the credits might sometimes say). Though "The Doctor" isn't his real name either.



* LauncherOfAThousandShips: The Doctor has been shipped with just about everybody, including ''[[ScrewYourself himself]]''. Some of the characters most popularly shipped with him include Rose, River, Fitz, Charley, Martha, Jack, the Master, and the TARDIS.

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* LauncherOfAThousandShips: The Doctor has been shipped with just about everybody, including ''[[ScrewYourself himself]]''. Some of the characters most popularly shipped with him include Rose, River, Clara, Fitz, Charley, Martha, Jack, the Master, and the TARDIS.



** The characteristic TARDIS dematerialisation sound [[spoiler: created, according to River Song, by the Doctor leaving the brakes on. ([[IMeantToDoThat He claims it's deliberate]]).]] Of course, this raises the question as to why Romana and the Master had it happen to them, but River could have just been messing with the Doctor.

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** The characteristic TARDIS dematerialisation sound [[spoiler: created, according to River Song, by the Doctor leaving the brakes on. ([[IMeantToDoThat He claims it's deliberate]]).deliberate]] because he likes the sound).]] Of course, this raises the question as to why Romana and the Master had it happen to them, but River could have just been messing with the Doctor.
22nd Mar '17 8:51:02 AM skidoo23
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** "The Doctor is in love with..." In many fandom circles you don't get to complete that sentence without being screamed at that the Doctor can never fall in love with anybody and should never because he's an asexual time lord, etc. Until the TV show does it at which point the screaming is directed at Russell T Davies/Steven Moffat (delete as appropriate).

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** "The Doctor is in love with..." In many fandom circles you don't get to complete that sentence without being screamed at that the Doctor can never fall in love with anybody and should never because he's an asexual time lord, etc. Until the TV show does it at which point the screaming is directed at Russell T Davies/Steven Moffat (delete as appropriate). And then for those who ''don't'' oppose the idea you usually get cut off once you mention a name to complete that sentence as there is absolutely no consensus regarding who the Doctor's "one true love" is, with ShipToShipCombat a common part of fandom.


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* FanPreferredCouple: Many, many, many examples, particularly in the modern era where romance was introduced into the show. Pretty much every Doctor-companion pairing becomes this for somebody. The series itself has directly defined several pairing (Doctor/Rose, Doctor/River (who actually becomes one of his many wives), Doctor/Clara and others), but due to the show's adherence to TheILoveYouStigma this has left every pairing - yes, even the one the Doctor ''marries'' - as open for some level of debate.
20th Mar '17 11:07:40 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* InformedWrongness: Prime Minister Harriet Jones [[note]] [[RunningGag Yes, we know who she is.]][[/note]] ordering the destruction of a retreating Sycorax warship in "The Christmas Invasion". Yes, killing a retreating enemy isn't exactly honorable, but it is understandable. Jones' argument in her defense--that [[HoldingOutForAHero the people of Earth can't always rely on the Doctor to protect them]]--actually makes some sense, but it's instead used for a straightforward HumansAreTheRealMonsters message.
** Later, in "[[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.

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* InformedWrongness: Prime Minister Harriet Jones [[note]] [[RunningGag Yes, we know who she is.]][[/note]] ordering the destruction of a retreating Sycorax warship in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion The Christmas Invasion".Invasion]]". Yes, killing a retreating enemy isn't exactly honorable, but it is understandable. Jones' argument in her defense--that [[HoldingOutForAHero the people of Earth can't always rely on the Doctor to protect them]]--actually makes some sense, but it's instead used for a straightforward HumansAreTheRealMonsters message.
** Later, in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth The Stolen Earth]]", it proved that she was right to try and arm Earth in case the doctor Doctor isn't there, and actually set up a program that seeks out help in an emergency.



** 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.]]

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** Creator/RussellTDavis Creator/RussellTDavies 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.]]



** The preview for "Hell Bent" implied the Doctor would regenerate. [[spoiler: The story's set on Gallifrey, where pretty much everyone can regenerate]], but yep, it's totally the Doctor regenerating!

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** The preview for "Hell Bent" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]" implied the Doctor would regenerate. [[spoiler: The story's set on Gallifrey, where pretty much everyone can regenerate]], but yep, it's totally the Doctor regenerating!



** "Capaldi Intensifies!" is often used to describe Creator/PeterCapaldi's [[DeterminedExpression three]]-[[WhamShot second]] [[ProductionForeshadowing appearance]] in "Day of the Doctor".

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** "Capaldi Intensifies!" is often used to describe Creator/PeterCapaldi's [[DeterminedExpression three]]-[[WhamShot second]] [[ProductionForeshadowing appearance]] in "Day "[[RecapDoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor Day of the Doctor".Doctor]]".



*** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]" has the Twelfth Doctor messing with a fixed point in time by [[spoiler: spiriting his beloved Clara from the moment of her death in "Face the Raven", which keeps her functionally alive but threatens the stability of the universe and defies her wishes; he intends to keep her safe from his enemies by [[MindRape mind wiping]] her memories of him]]. This is more sympathetic in that it stems from '''extreme''' anguish in the wake of [[spoiler: a cruel betrayal by his own people, a loved one's senseless death, and his imprisonment in the confession dial]], which induced a SanitySlippage. When [[spoiler: Clara tinkers with the mind wiping device and ''he'' ends up unable to remember her]], he admits to himself and others that he was selfish and deserves this. From there, things are put back on course.

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*** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]" has the Twelfth Doctor messing with a fixed point in time by [[spoiler: spiriting his beloved Clara from the moment of her death in "Face "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven Face the Raven", Raven]]", which keeps her functionally alive but threatens the stability of the universe and defies her wishes; he intends to keep her safe from his enemies by [[MindRape mind wiping]] her memories of him]]. This is more sympathetic in that it stems from '''extreme''' anguish in the wake of [[spoiler: a cruel betrayal by his own people, a loved one's senseless death, and his imprisonment in the confession dial]], which induced a SanitySlippage. When [[spoiler: Clara tinkers with the mind wiping device and ''he'' ends up unable to remember her]], he admits to himself and others that he was selfish and deserves this. From there, things are put back on course.



** Clara comes close to uttering the trope name when talking about how much she missed the TARDIS sound in "Last Christmas".

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** Clara comes close to uttering the trope name when talking about how much she missed the TARDIS sound in "Last Christmas"."[[Recap/DoctorWho2014CSLastChristmas Last Christmas]]".



** Verity Lambert, the show's very first producer. For starters, she is the one who ensured that some aliens called the Daleks made it to air. In fact, the story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature Human Nature]]", which sees the Doctor become a human with no memories of his Time Lord self, claims that his parents were named "Sydney and Verity".

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** Verity Lambert, Creator/VerityLambert, the show's very first producer. For starters, she is the one who ensured that some aliens called the Daleks made it to air. In fact, the story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature Human Nature]]", which sees the Doctor become a human with no memories of his Time Lord self, claims that his parents were named "Sydney and Verity".
8th Mar '17 12:57:57 PM TimeLordVictorious
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** The reveal that the Series 10 finale would feature the original Mondasian Cybermen from 1966 wasn't too polarizing, but there were a few vocal fans who weren't exactly satisfied with the revelation. However, it was later revealed that they weren't the only Cybermen reappearing, and that multiple version would be brought back alongside the Mondasian Cybermen.
6th Mar '17 2:08:18 AM LondonKdS
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** 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 "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E3DeathToTheDaleks Death to the Daleks]]", where she appeared to waste several of them just to "try out" different looks.

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** 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 "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E3DeathToTheDaleks Death to "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks Destiny of the Daleks]]", where she appeared to waste several of them just to "try out" different looks.
27th Feb '17 9:44:05 PM BronyoftheOctaves
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** '''ANY''' wank against Moffat has slowly become this, especially over the years when ''any'' [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks change]] the show endures, fans will simply blame [[ScapegoatCreator Moffat for it]], whether he is involved with it or not.
23rd Feb '17 1:58:36 AM MrThorfan64
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* "Let's kill Hitler" has the TARDIS travelling back to Nazi Germany, the reveal that River Song was in her previous incarnation a childhood friend of Amy and Rory, and the Teselecta, a shapeshifting robot that travels through history punishing criminals who were never punished. However even though some of these ideas could have carried an episode on its own them being in the same episode means they don't get enough focus.

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* ** "Let's kill Hitler" has the TARDIS travelling back to Nazi Germany, the reveal that River Song was in her previous incarnation a childhood friend of Amy and Rory, and the Teselecta, a shapeshifting robot that travels through history punishing criminals who were never punished. However even though some of these ideas could have carried an episode on its their own them being in the same episode means they don't get enough focus.



** 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. "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor]]", showing his regeneration and acknowledging his audio adventures as canon, has also helped.

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** Similarly Creator/PaulMcGann. While many proclaimed him the worst Doctor for the TV Movie, a lot of people over time have decided he actually [[TookTheBadScriptSeriously gave a great performance performance]] and was hardly at fault for the poorly-received script, and his many appearances in Big Finish have won him a lot of fans. "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor The Night of the Doctor]]", showing his regeneration and acknowledging his audio adventures as canon, has also helped.
21st Feb '17 12:55:45 PM skidoo23
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** In the revival series, the writers were more open in implying romance between the Doctor and his female companions. While "Shipping" usually refers to wished-for, rather than canonical relationships, the decision to institute TheILoveYouStigma and depict romance in a more subtle fashion has led to shipping debates related to the Doctor and companions such as Clara Oswald.
17th Feb '17 4:30:45 PM MrThorfan64
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* "Let's kill Hitler" has the TARDIS travelling back to Nazi Germany, the reveal that River Song was in her previous incarnation a childhood friend of Amy and Rory, and the Teselecta, a shapeshifting robot that travels through history punishing criminals who were never punished. However even though some of these ideas could have carried an episode on its own them being in the same episode means they don't get enough focus.
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