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'''''The Curse of Fatal Death''''' is a 1999 ''Series/DoctorWho'' AffectionateParody, produced by Creator/TheBBC for [[UsefulNotes/ComicRelief Red Nose Day]] between [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie the 1996 TV movie]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose 2005 revival]]. Also written by Creator/StevenMoffat, who took over the revived series in 2010.

The Ninth Doctor (Creator/RowanAtkinson) contacts the Master (Jonathan Pryce), wanting to meet him on the planet Terserus. The Doctor reveals that he's planning to retire and is engaged to his companion Emma (Julia Sawalha), after which things get... kinda weird. And then the Daleks get involved, aligned with the Master but with their own goals as well. When the Doctor and Emma are captured, he's killed several times and rapidly cycles through being Creator/RichardEGrant, Jim Broadbent, Creator/HughGrant, and finally Creator/JoannaLumley... who decides she'd actually rather shag the Master than fight him.

Originally broadcast in four short parts, the BBC released a two-part version on VHS which, aside from the Comic Relief mentions, resembles any other ''Doctor Who'' release from around that point.

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!!''The Curse of Fatal Death'' provides examples of the following tropes, which we'll explain later:

* ACupAngst: The Master tries to inspire this in Emma, asserting that his [[GagBoobs "Dalek bumps"]] are "quite firm".
-->'''Emma:''' What are you trying to say?!\\
'''The Master:''' (''mockingly'') Oh. ''Nothing.''
* {{Adorkable}}: The Ninth and Twelfth Doctors, definitely. The Eleventh seems to parody the concept, though.
* AffablyEvil: The Master is surprisingly polite and understanding throughout the story, perhaps to set up [[DatingCatwoman the ending twist]].
* AffectionateParody
* AirVentPassageway: The Ninth Doctor describes his companion as being "more exciting than an escape up a ventilation shaft".
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: The Thirteenth Doctor.
* BBCQuarry: One of the reasons the Doctor is planning retirement from saving the known universe on a weekly basis? He's tired of endlessly running around those rock quarries.
* BestialityIsDepraved: The Master. Poor, poor guy.
* BigHeroicRun: In a parody of the classic series habit of running through corridors, the Ninth Doctor and his companion spend a good long while running through the same exact corridor over and over.
-->'''Emma:''' [[LampshadeHanging These corridors all look the same!]]
* BiTheWay: The Thirteenth Doctor. Possibly the Master as well, though that may be SingleTargetSexuality.
* BizarreAlienSenses: Only the Daleks would join the Master on his quest for revenge, since the Daleks have no noses.
* BondVillainStupidity: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d.
* CannotTalkToWomen: The Eleventh Doctor. Humorously, the Master's [[GagBoobs ethereal beam locators]] get the same response out of him.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Obviously, but the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse indicates that the Tersurons existed and really did [[ToiletHumor communicate that way]], and also that the Ninth Doctor has three possible versions, making this and ''Scream of the Shalka'' into AlternateContinuities of the revived series. [[spoiler:And then came "The Name of the Doctor", "The Night of the Doctor", and "The Day of the Doctor", which showed us that the canon Ninth incarnation wasn't actually the Doctor's canonical ninth body.]]
* CastingGag: All the actors who played the Doctor in this parody had at some point been considered for the actual role. Yes, including Creator/JoannaLumley.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Of a sort. Twelve's seemingly final death inspires the Master and the Daleks to renounce their evil ways.
* DeathIsCheap: Whenever [[TheNthDoctor Time Lords]] are around, it is.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** The title (being that any death is, by definition, fatal), in a parody of similarly redundant classic title [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin "The Deadly Assassin"]].
** Early on, the Master claims that he shall have the "deadly vengeance of deadly revenge!"
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Many instances to Creator/StevenMoffat's future writing on the revived series.
** Twelve tells the Master and his companion to keep an eye on the universe, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour I've put a lot of work into it.]]"
** Both this Ten and the canonical Ten have a habit of licking things. Both can also be described as "Cute, Sexy, and lick-the-mirror handsome."
** The Doctor [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose falling in love with]] and then [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong marrying]] his companion.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]] confirms that regeneration gender-bending is possible.
** The new series even had [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon farting aliens]], but Moffat didn't write those.
** When it appears as though the Doctor's death won't lead into regeneration, his companion says that the Doctor was [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "Never cruel and never cowardly"]], foreshadowing how the meaning of "the Doctor" is described in the 50th-Anniversary stories: "Never cruel or cowardly."
* EvilLaugh: The Master, of course. Jonathan Pryce goes all out with this.
* FartsOnFire: The tragic fate of the Tersurons.
-->'''9th Doctor:''' They discovered fire.
* FridgeLogic: InUniverse. Why do Dalek ships have chairs? And why don't they just exterminate the Doctor when they have the chance?
-->'''9th Doctor:''' I'll explain later.
* GambitPileup: PlayedForLaughs. The Doctor and the Master engage in a battle of temporal one-upmanship by travelling increasingly further back in time to bribe the same architect first.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''10th Doctor:''' [[BlatantLies How could I forget the only time-traveling companion I ever had]]?\\
'''Emma:''' You've had lots of companions.\\
'''10th Doctor:''' The only time traveling companion I ever ''[[DoubleEntendre had.]]''\\
'''Emma:''' Oh, right!
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Master's attempts to trap the Doctor backfire horribly on him, though not [[TimeyWimeyBall always]] through his own fault. His deal with the Daleks, however, is [[OmnicidalManiac as ill-conceived as it sounds]].
* InsistentTerminology: They're not breasts, they're Dalek bumps.
* IsThisThingStillOn: The Master has ''serious'' trouble with this early on. When the Doctor calls him out on it, he quickly claims IMeantToDoThat.
* LargeHam: The Tenth Doctor and Jonathan Pryce's Master, resulting in HamToHamCombat.
* LiteralMetaphor: [[GenderBender "You're just not the man I fell in love with."]]
* MrFanservice: InUniverse example with the [[Creator/RichardEGrant Tenth]] and [[Creator/HughGrant Twelfth Doctors]].
-->'''Emma:''' [[EatingTheEyeCandy Result!]]
* MsFanservice: [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave The]] [[Creator/JoannaLumley Thirteenth]] [[GenderBender Doctor.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: TheMaster. Ultimately, [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]:
-->'''13th Doctor:''' Tell me, why ''do'' they call you "The Master"?\\
'''The Master:''' [[HappilyEverAfter I'll explain later.]]
* MythologyGag:
** The sound and visual effects used for [[TheNthDoctor regeneration]] most closely resemble those used for the First Doctor's regeneration into the Second.
** When the Twelfth Doctor dies and suddenly regenerates, Roger Limb's incidental music for the Fifth Doctor's regeneration in "The Caves of Androzani" plays. Later on, as Thirteen and the Master walk away, the regeneration music from "Logopolis" is played.
* NoodleIncident: How the Eighth Doctor regenerated into Creator/RowanAtkinson's Ninth, and the circumstances where he met Emma.
* TheNthDoctor: [[TooDumbToLive Five of them]], in fact. And the Seventeenth Master.
* OffTheShelfFX:
** The Daleks in the special are made and played by FanFilm producers, specifically those of ''Devious'' (most notable for its final scenes with '''Jon Pertwee''' as the Third Doctor). You can clearly see the actors inside them in some shots.
** The TARDIS console room and console are also from said fan film.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Only now, after [[TimeAbyss thousands of years]], does the Doctor notice the Sonic Screwdriver [[ADateWithRosiePalms comes with three settings]].
* {{Retirony}}: The story is set off when the Doctor wants to tell the Master that he's retiring to marry his companion.
* RunningGag: The story has one, but [[SelfDemonstratingArticle we'll explain later]].
* SingleTargetSexuality: HoYay [[FoeRomanceSubtext Foe Yay]] becomes [[DatingCatwoman straight Foe Yay]] when the Doctor's thirteenth incarnation turns out to be Creator/JoannaLumley.
* RuleOfThree: The Master falls into the sewers of Terserus thrice, each time taking 312 years to climb back out and growing ancient and repugnantly filthy in the process.
* SissyVillain:
-->'''10th Doctor:''' I remember you, don't I?\\
'''The Master:''' And you still fear me, Doctor.\\
'''10th Doctor:''' You're the camp one.\\
'''The Master:''' I am ''not'' camp.\\
'''10th Doctor:''' Oh yeah? [[GagBoobs Nice tits.]]
* SlipIntoSomethingMoreComfortable: Mocked with the Tenth Doctor saying it just after his regeneration.
* StarfishLanguage: The Tersurons communicated via carefully-modulated flatulence. The Master and the Doctor [[ToiletHumor are both fluent]].
* SweaterGirl: Julia Sawalha's sixties companion look has this.
* TimeyWimeyBall: The Master and the Doctor have a duel using this as their weapon, each attempting to bribe the architect of the ancient castle they're currently in.
* ToiletHumor:
** The Tersurons, long-dead natives of the planet the action takes place on, communicated through farts. They became extinct when they [[FartsOnFire discovered fire]].
** The castle is built atop an extensive sewer system. When the Master [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow is tricked into]] [[TrapDoor dropping himself down into it]], it takes him 312 years of wandering with nothing but [[{{Squick}} Dung Slugs for food]] ([[BestialityIsDepraved and companionship on long, lonely nights]]) to escape. [[UpToEleven He then falls down again.]] [[SerialEscalation Twice.]]
* TooDumbToLive: The [[Creator/RowanAtkinson Ninth]], [[Creator/RichardEGrant Tenth]], and [[Creator/JimBroadbent Eleventh]] Doctors all die in quick succession "all because I forgot to unplug first."
* WeMeetAgain: A Dalek to the Ninth Doctor.
* WomanInWhite: The Thirteenth Doctor wonders if she and her fiancée will both wear white on their wedding day.

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