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Recap: Doctor Who S3 E3 "The Myth Makers"
Cassandra: Then woe to the house of Priam. Woe to the Trojans!
Paris: I'm afraid you're a bit late to say 'whoa' to the horse. I've just given instructions to have it brought into the city.

The TARDIS and occupants arrive on the plains outside the city of Troy in the middle of a fight between Hector and Achilles. Hector is distracted by the Doctor, believing him to be Zeus, and Achilles kills him. The Doctor attempts to leave, but is prevented from doing so by the arrival of Odysseus, who scoffs at the idea of the Doctor being Zeus. He takes him back to camp, and Steven follows to try and rescue him. Meanwhile, the Trojans find the TARDIS and take it inside their city.

With the TARDIS gone, the Doctor is forced to admit he is in fact a mortal. Agammemnon orders him killed, but Odysseus forces the Doctor and Steven to tell him the truth about who they really are. He accepts their story and gives them two days to come up with a way to capture Troy and end the decade-long war. Meanwhile Vicki have been captured by the Trojans, who are convinced that she has supernatural powers and give her two days to banish the Greeks.

After trying to avoid it, the Doctor gives up and gives Odysseus the idea for the wooden horse. The Greeks invade Troy, and during the final battle Steven is wounded and assisted to the TARDIS by Katarina, a handmaiden of Cassandra. Vicki stays behind with Troilus while the Doctor, Steven and Katarina leave in the TARDIS.

Much like The Gunfighters, The Myth Makers is largely a comedy until the Mood Whiplash of the final episode.

Tropes

  • Ancient Greece
  • Appeal To Audacity: With no other options, and facing death, the Doctor and Steven tell Odysseus the truth of who they are and how they came to be on the plains outside of Troy. Odysseus decides that the story strains his credulity beyond anything he's ever heard, and therefore it's probably true or they would never have dared to tell it.
  • Broken Pedestal
  • Cassandra Truth: The trope namer herself is a character! And of course, nobody believes her when she says that the large wooden horse will be the death of Troy.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Ivor Salter as Odysseus
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: When Steven expresses unhappiness about waiting to have his throat cut, Odysseus informs him that he had something more lingering in mind...
  • Cukoloris: The BBC used the Trojan horse's shadow, along with model shots of the horse, to avoid the cost of building a full-size version.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Thanks to her dreams, Cassandra correctly predicts that the Greeks will leave a "gift" on the plains outside of Troy, out of which will come soldiers who will kill everyone in Troy. At first, once Paris has brought it into the city, she's sure the TARDIS is the gift, and insists that it should be burned. Upon seeing the Trojan Horse, she knows exactly what it is and the danger it represents. But no one believes her.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: 'Upon my soul, you're making me as nervous as a Baccante at her first orgy'. if you thought Steven Moffat was bad...
  • Missing Episode: All four episodes are missing from the archives. There are a few brief off-screen 8mm clips made by a fan pointing his camera at the screen. These include Steven and Vicki in the TARDIS, the Doctor and Steven arguing after being captured by the Greeks and Vicki exiting the TARDIS in Troy, among others. The clips can be found on the Lost in Time DVD set.
  • Mood Whiplash: The story turns very dark in the final episode, when Odysseus stops laughing and looks forward to slaughtering Trojans and plundering the city, followed by Troilus killing Achilles. Once Trojans start dying, things get very grim. Steven is badly wounded and Vicki is left behind for an uncertain future, even if it is her choice to stay.
  • The Plan: The horse
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Vicki and Steven assume the Doctor will be in the Trojan Horse because he will want to make sure he can get to the TARDIS. The Doctor is in the Horse, but because Odysseus forced him along when he tried to avoid it.
  • Troilus and Cressida: King Priam insists that Vicki take the name Cressida. Naturally, she falls in love with his son Troilus, and escapes from Troy with him rather than leaving in the TARDIS.
  • Trojan Horse: The Doctor actually comes up with the idea, having earlier said it was just a story made up for Rule of Cool.
  • The Trojan War
  • Unwanted False Faith: Happens to the Doctor several times. Achilles is convinced that he is Zeus after the Doctor appears from inside the TARDIS in the middle of his fight with Hector. At the end of the story when the TARDIS departs with Katarina on board, she is convinced that the Doctor is a god and she is on a journey into the afterlife. The Doctor has to keep reminding her that he isn't a god at all. This carries over into the next story.

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