It's late at night. Bob has just arrived at his home. As he hangs his coat up, he sees an odd shadow in the distance. He comes closer. It's human-shaped, possibly wielding a knife. He's a bit scared now, but he isn't going to show it, and he also believes (or hopes
) that there's a more plausible explanation. So he calls out to the shadow, "Alice! I know that's you. Joke's over. It's not really funny anyway." Unfortunately for Bob, however he words this Stock Phrase
, it all but guarantees
that no, it's not Alice, or any other pranker, and yes, he should be panicking for his life.
- The first episode of the New Doctor Who has Rose react this way when the mannequins in her department store come lurching toward her.