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** During Creator/StevenMoffat's run, the logo included a DW in the shape of the TARDIS. In some versions of the title sequence, the DW fully morphed into it.

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** During Creator/StevenMoffat's run, the Eleventh Doctor era, the logo included a DW in the shape of the TARDIS. In some versions of the title sequence, the DW fully morphed into it.


** And much earlier, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E4ColonyInSpace Colony in Space]]" had the Brigadier tell the Doctor he'd nearly arrested the Spanish ambassador, mistaking him for the Master. The actor who played the Master, Roger Delgado, had previously played Mendoza, the Spanish envoy to the court of Elizabeth I in ''Sir Francis Drake''.

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** And much earlier, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E4ColonyInSpace Colony in Space]]" had the Brigadier tell the Doctor he'd nearly arrested the Spanish ambassador, mistaking him for the Master. The actor who played the Master, Roger Delgado, had previously played Mendoza, the Spanish envoy to the court of Elizabeth I in ''Sir Francis Drake''.


** In Series 6 of the Rebooted show, it turns out that this has been done to Amy, so that the Silence can raise her child as a LaserGuidedTykebomb]]. That said, the fake Amy is controlled by the real one, who's unaware that it's happened, so it's not the same sort of thing as the Zygons.

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** In Series 6 of the Rebooted show, it turns out that this has been done to Amy, [[spoiler: so that the Silence can raise her child as a LaserGuidedTykebomb]]. That said, the fake Amy is controlled by the real one, who's unaware that it's happened, so it's not the same sort of thing as the Zygons.

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** Also, somewhat inverted in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones Smith and Jones]], where Martha calls the Doctor "mad" after he expels the radiation into his shoe, to which he responds by taking off his other shoe, leaving him "barefoot on the moon".


* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: Downplayed in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead Planet of the Dead]]".


* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: Downplayed in "[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead Planet of the Dead]".

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* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: Downplayed in "[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead Planet of the Dead]".Dead]]".


* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: Downplayed in [Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"].

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* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: Downplayed in [Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet "[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead Planet of the Dead"].Dead]".

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* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: Downplayed in [Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"].


** There was also one that took 40 years to pay off. In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks]]", Harry makes an offhand comment on the [[VictoryByEndurance war of attrition]] being fought on Skaro eventually leading to people fighting with bows and arrows. Guess what we see within the first 20 seconds of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice The Magician's Apprentice]]".

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** There was also one that took 40 years to pay off. In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks]]", Harry makes an offhand comment on the [[VictoryByEndurance war of attrition]] being fought on Skaro eventually leading to people fighting with bows and arrows. Guess what we see within the first 20 seconds of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice The Magician's Apprentice]]".Apprentice]]".
* BringMyBrownPants:
** Downplayed in "The Doctor's Wife": Shortly after crashing the TARDIS, the Doctor explains what happened to the hypnotized Ood, saying it was "redistributed". Amy asks "Meaning what?", he replies "You're breathing him.." to both Amy and Rory's slight disgust. Amy annoyingly, comments "Come on!". It was a ''very'' rickety ride...
** A variation involving robots in "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship":
-->'''Rory''' ''(after one robot shoots Brian)'': I will take you apart cog by cog and melt you down when all this is over! \\
'''Robot''': Oh, Iím so scared! Actually, I might be. A little bit of oil just came out.
** Averted in "Last Christmas". A woman has to enter a room holding several alien monsters, and says she has to pee first. The others are monitoring her life signs, however, and know she's just stalling.
** To the Thirteenth Doctor, in "It Takes You Away". Graham insults Ribbons saying he smells like wee. He responds "That's not ''my'' wee.." at which point the Doctor threatens him to shut up!
--> '''The Doctor'''': Let him go, 'cause you ''do not'' want those words to be your last ones!

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* ContrastingReplacementCharacter: When Doctors and Companions change. Some glaring examples:
** Whether deliberately or not, Doctors often seem to be opposite to their predecessors in some personality element.
*** Compared to the sometimes intimidating and morally dubious First Doctor, the Second Doctor was more laid back but also more strongly moralistic, with a conscious obligation to fight evil.
*** Compared to the anti-authority Second Doctor, the Third Doctor was much suaver and more comfortable interacting with authority figures on an equal level.
*** Compared to the sociable Third Doctor, the Fourth Doctor was much more self-sufficient and aloof.
*** Compared to the aloof and sometimes inconsiderate Fourth Doctor, the Fifth Doctor was more of a people-pleaser.
*** By contrast again, the Sixth Doctor was extremely abrasive.
*** Compared to the short-tempered Sixth Doctor, who would often lash out at whim when angered, the Seventh Doctor was an ice-cold ManipulativeBastard.
*** Compared to the ruthless Seventh Doctor, the Eight Doctor was almost too sensitive at times.
*** Compared to the gentle Eighth Doctor, the Ninth Doctor was extremely abrasive again.
*** Compared to the self-questioning Ninth Doctor, the Tenth Doctor was extremely convinced of his own righteousness, sometimes to a WellIntentionedExtremist degree.
*** Compared to the Tenth Doctor, who allowed his companions to become obsessed with him to a degree that was sometimes damaging to them, the Eleventh Doctor was very concerned about encouraging his companions not to get too co-dependent with him.
*** Compared to the "manic pixie dream Doctor" Eleventh Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor was initially very stern and unsympathetic, although he later mellowed.
*** Compared to the Twelfth Doctor, the Thirteenth Doctor is less intimidating and also less willing to interfere massively in the situations she finds, preferring to solve immediate problems and then leave people to solve the bigger issues.
** Companions:
*** Compared to the highly intelligent and poised Liz Shaw, Jo Grant is cute and ditzy.
*** Leela, a violent, uneducated JunglePrincess, is replaced by Romana, a Time Lord who is SkilledButNaive.
*** Mel, a stereotypical screamer, is replaced by Ace, one of the toughest female companions ever.

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** In Season 5 of the Classic series, the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen first]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E7TheWheelInSpace last]] stories of the season involves a conflict with the Cybermen.


* BeenThereShapedHistory: This would take a long time to list, but if it was important, either the Doctor or one of their companions may have caused it.

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: This would take a long time to list, but if it was important, either the Doctor or Doctor, one of their companions companions, or aliens may have caused it.


* ABoyAndHisX: A Boy And His TARDIS is the core premise of the show. The Doctor stole their TARDIS from a repair shop and ran off to see all of everything ever, and save most of it from something else. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]]" (Nu Who Series 6) tells us that it's just as much "A TARDIS and her Boy", as she claims she "wanted to see the stars", stole him by leaving her doors unlocked and that what made him "think I'd give you back"? The phrase "A boy and his box -- off to see the universe" is also uttered in the episode.


** A very early example: The end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E5TheMassacre The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve]]". Steven, after a very severe WhatTheHellHero moment, announces that [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he's leaving for good]]. In the TARDIS, the Doctor, now without companions, has a little {{Soliloquy}} in which he talks about his first three companions, all of whom had left. Then new companion Dodo shows up, along with Steven, who changes his mind, and the Doctor explains to Steven [[ReplacementGoldfish how much she looks like his granddaughter]].

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** A very early example: The end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E5TheMassacre The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve]]". Steven, after a very severe WhatTheHellHero moment, announces that [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he's leaving for good]]. In the TARDIS, the Doctor, now without companions, has a little {{Soliloquy}} ThinkingOutLoud in which he talks about his first three companions, all of whom had left. Then new companion Dodo shows up, along with Steven, who changes his mind, and the Doctor explains to Steven [[ReplacementGoldfish how much she looks like his granddaughter]].


** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]", [[spoiler:The Doctor is told that "the universe will sing you to your rest"]], which may reference a line from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', a production which Creator/DavidTennant had played the title role in.

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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]", [[spoiler:The The Doctor is told that "the universe will sing you to your rest"]], rest", which may reference a line from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', a production which Creator/DavidTennant had played the title role in.



*** Truly exemplified by a two parter episode in season 3. [[spoiler:The Cult of Skaro, consisting of four Daleks who are the only few granted the ability to think, develop and innovate outside of the otherwise widespread 'EXTERMINATE' ideals of their kin, are forced into utilising human DNA to create new Daleks, after attempts at creating new embryos from what little they had failed. Their leader, Dalek Sek, undergoes an initial experiment and is turned into a human dalek hybrid... And is quickly subjugated by his three followers for not being true Dalek. Any reasoning he tries to give to explain to the others why he thinks this is better for them? Rejected, because he's no longer true dalek. The other three might be able to think outside the box, but their natural, furious prejudice against all who aren't dalek overrides them.]]

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*** Truly exemplified by a two parter episode in season 3. [[spoiler:The The Cult of Skaro, consisting of four Daleks who are the only few granted the ability to think, develop and innovate outside of the otherwise widespread 'EXTERMINATE' ideals of their kin, are forced into utilising human DNA to create new Daleks, after attempts at creating new embryos from what little they had failed. Their leader, Dalek Sek, undergoes an initial experiment and is turned into a human dalek hybrid... And is quickly subjugated by his three followers for not being true Dalek. Any reasoning he tries to give to explain to the others why he thinks this is better for them? Rejected, because he's no longer true dalek. The other three might be able to think outside the box, but their natural, furious prejudice against all who aren't dalek Dalek overrides them.]]



** Although the Doctor states that it used to be easy to do before the Time War; since then, though, the universe(s) don't seem to like letting the travel occur (probably because the Time Lock effectively sealed the Time War in an alternate universe, the universe hates the Time War, and [[spoiler:if the Time Lords were ever brought back from their alternate universe, a new Time War would occur]].)

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** Although the Doctor states that it used to be easy to do before the Time War; since then, though, the universe(s) don't seem to like letting the travel occur (probably because the Time Lock effectively sealed the Time War in an alternate universe, the universe hates the Time War, and [[spoiler:if if the Time Lords were ever brought back from their alternate universe, a new Time War would occur]].occur.)



** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow The Beast Below]]", there's a secret at the heart of the kingdom, and Liz X is determined to uncover the truth. Part of the truth she uncovers is that [[spoiler:she's uncovered the truth many times before, but always agreed to undergo LaserGuidedAmnesia to allow it to remain secret. When the Doctor and Amy get involved in her latest investigation, Amy finds a way to TakeAThirdOption, and the loop is broken]].

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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow The Beast Below]]", there's a secret at the heart of the kingdom, and Liz X is determined to uncover the truth. Part of the truth she uncovers is that [[spoiler:she's she's uncovered the truth many times before, but always agreed to undergo LaserGuidedAmnesia to allow it to remain secret. When the Doctor and Amy get involved in her latest investigation, Amy finds a way to TakeAThirdOption, and the loop is broken]].broken.



** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks Asylum of the Daleks]]" one of the warning signs that [[spoiler: Amy Pond]] is losing her mind is that the Doctor tells her that he's already explained what's happening to her several times.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent Heaven Sent]]", the Doctor is teleported into a mysterious and sinister MobileMaze. As he explores, he finds evidence that he's not the first person to have been imprisoned there. Eventually he figures out the secret of the maze and realises that [[spoiler:all the previous occupants of the maze were also him, and that when each had got as far as he could toward escaping, he used his death to power the teleporter and create a fresh copy of himself from the teleporter's pattern buffer, who would then start exploring all over again. This is followed by a montage showing that in each loop the Doctor gets a bit closer to escaping, until finally he breaks free and the episode ends. We later find out he spent FOUR AND A HALF BILLION YEARS repeating the cycle until he could escape]].

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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks Asylum of the Daleks]]" one of the warning signs that [[spoiler: Amy Pond]] Pond is losing her mind is that the Doctor tells her that he's already explained what's happening to her several times.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent Heaven Sent]]", the Doctor is teleported into a mysterious and sinister MobileMaze. As he explores, he finds evidence that he's not the first person to have been imprisoned there. Eventually he figures out the secret of the maze and realises that [[spoiler:all all the previous occupants of the maze were also him, and that when each had got as far as he could toward escaping, he used his death to power the teleporter and create a fresh copy of himself from the teleporter's pattern buffer, who would then start exploring all over again. This is followed by a montage showing that in each loop the Doctor gets a bit closer to escaping, until finally he breaks free and the episode ends. We later find out he spent FOUR AND A HALF BILLION YEARS repeating the cycle until he could escape]].escape.



* AnyoneCanDie: Unless someone happens to be a historical figure (and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace even]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor then]]...), there is a good chance they will die before the end of the episode. The Doctor themself is not immune to death, [[TheNthDoctor of a sorts.]] Their companions are not immune to death... sorta. (It depends on your definition of "companion." Many a OneShotCharacter fits the role in their one episode, only to die before getting to take up the Doctor on their offer to come fly with them. Also, there's been a character who joined near the end of one story and died early in the next, back in the day. However, for a show with this much NightmareFuel, it's actually surprisingly safe to be a member of the main cast; the two exceptions are of course [[spoiler: Adric]], and now [[spoiler:Clara]]. However, [[spoiler:even the latter ends up being a DefiedTrope after the events of "Hell Bent": she still has to die, but she can choose the moment and time of her death herself, and she is effectively immortal until she does so]].)

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* AnyoneCanDie: Unless someone happens to be a historical figure (and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace even]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor then]]...), there is a good chance they will die before the end of the episode. The Doctor themself is not immune to death, [[TheNthDoctor of a sorts.]] Their companions are not immune to death... sorta. (It depends on your definition of "companion." Many a OneShotCharacter fits the role in their one episode, only to die before getting to take up the Doctor on their offer to come fly with them. Also, there's been a character who joined near the end of one story and died early in the next, back in the day. However, for a show with this much NightmareFuel, it's actually surprisingly safe to be a member of the main cast; the two exceptions are of course [[spoiler: Adric]], Adric, and now [[spoiler:Clara]]. Clara. However, [[spoiler:even even the latter ends up being a DefiedTrope after the events of "Hell Bent": she still has to die, but she can choose the moment and time of her death herself, and she is effectively immortal until she does so]].so.)



** Series 3 has various mentions of a Mr. Saxon, evidently a public office figure running for Prime Minister. Who is later revealed to be [[spoiler:the Master]].

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** Series 3 has various mentions of a Mr. Saxon, evidently a public office figure running for Prime Minister. Who is later revealed to be [[spoiler:the Master]].the Master.



*** The Series 4 specials have "Something is returning" and "He will knock four times" (the latter being tied to the Doctor's regeneration). In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]", we learn that the "something" is [[spoiler:Gallifrey]], and the knocking turns out to come from Wilf, who's trapped in a box that's about to be irradiated unless the Doctor gets in the adjoining box and takes the radiation flood himself.
** Series 5 has "cracks" which is spoken often but also emphasized visually. Near the end of most episodes, after the Doctor has left, the camera lingers on some part of the scenery where a mysterious crack similar to the one that appeared in the first episode of the series has appeared, later revealed to be a result of [[spoiler:the TARDIS exploding on June 26, 2010]]. The cracks play a more prominent role in some episodes than others.

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*** The Series 4 specials have "Something is returning" and "He will knock four times" (the latter being tied to the Doctor's regeneration). In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]", we learn that the "something" is [[spoiler:Gallifrey]], Gallifrey, and the knocking turns out to come from Wilf, who's trapped in a box that's about to be irradiated unless the Doctor gets in the adjoining box and takes the radiation flood himself.
** Series 5 has "cracks" which is spoken often but also emphasized visually. Near the end of most episodes, after the Doctor has left, the camera lingers on some part of the scenery where a mysterious crack similar to the one that appeared in the first episode of the series has appeared, later revealed to be a result of [[spoiler:the the TARDIS exploding on June 26, 2010]].2010. The cracks play a more prominent role in some episodes than others.



** Series 9 has the word "hybrid" come into play. In the literal sense, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E2TheWitchsFamiliar The Witch's Familiar]]" reveals an ancient Gallifreyan prophecy about a hybrid creature created from two warrior races, and stronger than both. So far, in series 9, [[spoiler: two hybrids have been revealed - the half-human, half-Mire Ashildr and the half-human, half-Zygon Osgood.]] In a more metaphorical theory, Missy posits that everyone is a hybrid; both simultaneously friend and foe. "Heaven Sent" reveals that the Hybrid is either [[spoiler:the Doctor or Ashildr/Me]], thanks to AmbiguousSyntax. In the end, the identity of the Hybrid is [[spoiler:[[TheUnreveal not clearly revealed]]; the Doctor admits he was making up his statement at the end of "Heaven Sent", and it's speculated that the Hybrid could be the Doctor, Clara, Ashildr, or any combination thereof, but it's never actually resolved which of them it is.]]

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** Series 9 has the word "hybrid" come into play. In the literal sense, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E2TheWitchsFamiliar The Witch's Familiar]]" reveals an ancient Gallifreyan prophecy about a hybrid creature created from two warrior races, and stronger than both. So far, in series 9, [[spoiler: two hybrids have been revealed - the half-human, half-Mire Ashildr and the half-human, half-Zygon Osgood.]] In a more metaphorical theory, Missy posits that everyone is a hybrid; both simultaneously friend and foe. "Heaven Sent" reveals that the Hybrid is either [[spoiler:the the Doctor or Ashildr/Me]], Ashildr/Me, thanks to AmbiguousSyntax. In the end, the identity of the Hybrid is [[spoiler:[[TheUnreveal [[TheUnreveal not clearly revealed]]; the Doctor admits he was making up his statement at the end of "Heaven Sent", and it's speculated that the Hybrid could but it was later revealed to be the Doctor, Clara, Ashildr, or any combination thereof, but it's never actually resolved which of them it is.]]Doctor and Clara.



** For season 10, it's "[[WhatYouAreInTheDark In darkness, we are revealed]]", often accompanied by "without hope, without witness, without reward". [[spoiler: This turns out to be from River Song's diary.]]

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** For season 10, it's "[[WhatYouAreInTheDark In darkness, we are revealed]]", often accompanied by "without hope, without witness, without reward". [[spoiler: This turns out to be from River Song's diary.]]



** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink Blink]]", the aged [[spoiler: police officer Billy]] said that he couldn't contact Sally earlier because the Doctor explained to him that it would've caused a rupture in time and space, it would destroy two thirds of the universe, and he was embarrassed to have her see how he'd lost his hair.

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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink Blink]]", the aged [[spoiler: police officer Billy]] Billy said that he couldn't contact Sally earlier because the Doctor explained to him that it would've caused a rupture in time and space, it would destroy two thirds of the universe, and he was embarrassed to have her see how he'd lost his hair.



** During "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead", the minds of people killed by the Vashta Nerada (or any other means within the library) are uploaded into a virtual world to live in while they cannot be saved in the real world. [[spoiler:At the end of ''Forest of the Dead'', 4,023 of them are returned to the real world. It becomes the afterlife for River Song after her death.]]
** Season 8 of the revived series revolves around [[spoiler:Missy, a female reincarnation of TheMaster, using a version of the Gallifreyan Matrix above that has been adapted to collect human minds and preserve them, albeit only as a first step to later putting those minds into the bodies of Cybermen.]]
* ArtificialZombie: In the Series 8's GrandFinale ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater Dark Water]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven Death in Heaven]]"), Missy [[spoiler: aka TheMaster]] revealed her true self and her plans by using the dead (the recent ones as well using a whole cemetery) by converting the corpses into Cybermen and so she can TakeOverTheWorld.

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** During "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead", the minds of people killed by the Vashta Nerada (or any other means within the library) are uploaded into a virtual world to live in while they cannot be saved in the real world. [[spoiler:At At the end of ''Forest of the Dead'', 4,023 of them are returned to the real world. It becomes the afterlife for River Song after her death.]]
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** Season 8 of the revived series revolves around [[spoiler:Missy, Missy, a female reincarnation of TheMaster, using a version of the Gallifreyan Matrix above that has been adapted to collect human minds and preserve them, albeit only as a first step to later putting those minds into the bodies of Cybermen.]]
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* ArtificialZombie: In the Series 8's GrandFinale ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater Dark Water]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven Death in Heaven]]"), Missy [[spoiler: Missy aka TheMaster]] TheMaster revealed her true self and her plans by using the dead (the recent ones as well using a whole cemetery) by converting the corpses into Cybermen and so she can TakeOverTheWorld.



** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E3PlanetOfTheOod Planet of the Ood]]" has Mr. Halpen constantly downing hair tonic which [[spoiler:turns out to be Ood-secretions that TURN HIM INTO AN OOD. Complete with the external forebrain, which can apparently break through the hard palate to come out his mouth]].
** According to the Doctor in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E8TheHungryEarth The Hungry Earth]]", the [[spoiler:Silurians]] are 'Homo Reptilians', the same genus as mammalian humans, instead of actual reptiles.

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E3PlanetOfTheOod Planet of the Ood]]" has Mr. Halpen constantly downing hair tonic which [[spoiler:turns turns out to be Ood-secretions that TURN HIM INTO AN OOD. Complete with the external forebrain, which can apparently break through the hard palate to come out his mouth]].
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** According to the Doctor in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E8TheHungryEarth The Hungry Earth]]", the [[spoiler:Silurians]] Silurians are 'Homo Reptilians', the same genus as mammalian humans, instead of actual reptiles.



** Near the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks Asylum of the Daleks]]", [[spoiler: Oswin casts a brief glance directly into the camera after she says, "and remember", which is seen as a direct message to the viewers since the actress (and possibly the character) would return later in the season.]]
** The Eleventh Doctor does this [[spoiler:during his [[FinalSpeech pre-regeneration speech]]]] in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor]]".

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** Near the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks Asylum of the Daleks]]", [[spoiler: Oswin casts a brief glance directly into the camera after she says, "and remember", which is seen as a direct message to the viewers since the actress (and possibly the character) would return later in the season.]]
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** The Eleventh Doctor does this [[spoiler:during during his [[FinalSpeech pre-regeneration speech]]]] speech]] in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor]]".



** Technically applies to the Sixth and Seventh Doctors. Creator/ColinBaker was invited back to film the opening scene of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani Time and the Rani]]" in which the Sixth Doctor "dies" but said no (instead, incoming Doctor Creator/SylvesterMcCoy donned a wig for the scene); years later, [=McCoy=] reprised the role of the Seventh Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie]] with the sole purpose of his Doctor being "killed off" and replaced by Creator/PaulMcGann's Eighth Doctor.

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** Technically applies to the Sixth and Seventh Doctors. Creator/ColinBaker was invited back to film the opening scene of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E1TimeAndTheRani Time and the Rani]]" in which the Sixth Doctor "dies" but said no (instead, incoming Doctor Creator/SylvesterMcCoy donned a wig for the scene); years later, [=McCoy=] reprised the role of the Seventh Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie the TV movie]] with the sole purpose of his Doctor being "killed off" and replaced by Creator/PaulMcGann's Eighth Doctor.



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Three spends several episodes talking about how much he's looking forward to visiting Metabelis III. When he actually manages to get there, in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E5TheGreenDeath The Green Death]]", the planet promptly tries to kill him. [[spoiler: And it actually ''does'' kill him when he returns there in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders Planet of the Spiders]]".]]
** The villains aren't immune to this either. One relatively recent example would be [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood The Family of Blood]]. [[spoiler: They wanted to live the way Time Lords and Ladies do, seemingly forever, so The Doctor imprisoned each of them in such a way that they would never die, or at the very least, it would take close to forever.]]

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Three spends several episodes talking about how much he's looking forward to visiting Metabelis III. When he actually manages to get there, in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E5TheGreenDeath The Green Death]]", the planet promptly tries to kill him. [[spoiler: And it actually ''does'' kill him when he returns there in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders Planet of the Spiders]]".]]
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** The villains aren't immune to this either. One relatively recent example would be [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood The Family of Blood]]. [[spoiler: They wanted to live the way Time Lords and Ladies do, seemingly forever, so The Doctor imprisoned each of them in such a way that they would never die, or at the very least, it would take close to forever.]]



* BelatedLoveEpiphany: Played with. When the Doctor first met River Song, she was just another archaeologist to him, but then he learned that she was from his future. [[spoiler: After she dies in the library]], he spends the next few seasons falling in love with someone he [[TimeyWimeyBall has already lost/is going to lose]].

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* BelatedLoveEpiphany: Played with. When the Doctor first met River Song, she was just another archaeologist to him, but then he learned that she was from his future. [[spoiler: After she dies in the library]], he spends the next few seasons falling in love with someone he [[TimeyWimeyBall has already lost/is going to lose]].lose.



** Kill [[spoiler: Clara Oswald]]. The Doctor will spend ''billions'' of years and threaten time itself in order to undo this.
** To date there have been two manifestations of "Time Lord Victorious", a term coined in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]] by the Doctor himself to describe the fact that he, as the (believed at the time) last Time Lord, technically has virtually unlimited power. He successfully saves somebody who should have died in a fixed point in time, although she decides to commit suicide anyway, through survivor's guilt. Although the name isn't used, it occurs again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]] when the Doctor [[spoiler: travels to the end of time where he is the only Time Lord left in existence, in a desperate bid to save Clara's life]]. That time, it does not end well for the Doctor. In both cases "Time Lord Victorious" emerges when the Doctor has been pushed (or has pushed himself) too far.

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** Kill [[spoiler: Clara Oswald]].Oswald. The Doctor will spend ''billions'' of years and threaten time itself in order to undo this.
** To date there have been two manifestations of "Time Lord Victorious", a term coined in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]] by the Doctor himself to describe the fact that he, as the (believed at the time) last Time Lord, technically has virtually unlimited power. He successfully saves somebody who should have died in a fixed point in time, although she decides to commit suicide anyway, through survivor's guilt. Although the name isn't used, it occurs again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]] when the Doctor [[spoiler: travels to the end of time where he is the only Time Lord left in existence, in a desperate bid to save Clara's life]].life. That time, it does not end well for the Doctor. In both cases "Time Lord Victorious" emerges when the Doctor has been pushed (or has pushed himself) too far.



** The Daleks have been, and always will be the ultimate enemy of the Doctor, they have been around since the very first series, have been directly or indirectly involved with the plot of almost every season, and have returned endlessly despite the Doctor's [[TheyKilledKenny continuous attempts to eradicate them]]. In the words of the Tenth Doctor "They survive, they always survive when I lose everything." However, they fit this role the best fit this role in the [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor Eleventh Doctor's finale]] where [[BigBadEnsemble all of the Doctor's enemies]] had gathered together to put an end to the Doctor, but [[spoiler: the Daleks came out on top and were determined to be the one to put an end to the dying Time Lord, and very nearly succeeded in doing so]].

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** The Daleks have been, and always will be the ultimate enemy of the Doctor, they have been around since the very first series, have been directly or indirectly involved with the plot of almost every season, and have returned endlessly despite the Doctor's [[TheyKilledKenny continuous attempts to eradicate them]]. In the words of the Tenth Doctor "They survive, they always survive when I lose everything." However, they fit this role the best fit this role in the [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor Eleventh Doctor's finale]] where [[BigBadEnsemble all of the Doctor's enemies]] had gathered together to put an end to the Doctor, but [[spoiler: the Daleks came out on top and were determined to be the one to put an end to the dying Time Lord, and very nearly succeeded in doing so]].so.



** In Season 8, The Cybermen and [[spoiler: the Master, in the female form of Missy, short for mistress]].

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** In Season 8, The Cybermen and [[spoiler: the Master, in the female form of Missy, short for mistress]].mistress.



** In the Seventh Doctor era Fenric may count as the Big Bad, having manipulated events in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24Dragonfire Dragonfire]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]" before appearing in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric]]".

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** In the Seventh Doctor era Fenric may count as the Big Bad, having manipulated events in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24Dragonfire "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire Dragonfire]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]" before appearing in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric The Curse of Fenric]]".



** "Heaven Sent" averts this, where [[spoiler: The Doctor's]] various deaths are rather bloody.

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** "Heaven Sent" averts this, where [[spoiler: The Doctor's]] Doctor's various deaths are rather bloody.



** [[TheNthDoctor Regeneration]] is actually used as this a couple of times - most apparently in the regeneration from the Fifth to the Sixth, where the Sixth Doctor is shown to react relatively realistically to the trauma of having [[CameBackWrong transformed into a completely different person with a much less stable brain that he doesn't feel belongs to him]], with this having long-term effects on his behaviour. The novelisation of the regeneration story goes into more detail about this and adds an anecdote about a Time Lord who regenerated into something so horrible all the Time Lords could do was put it out of its misery. The novelisation of the First Doctor's regeneration into the Second has several pages of Ben watching the Doctor's PainfulTransformation, with attention paid to bones shifting and reforming and skin moving. And then, in the new series, the Tenth Doctor seems to feel this way about regeneration and finds it completely disturbing, possibly even worse than death. Most recently the Twelfth Doctor in the series 10 finale is shown several times actively refusing to regenerate, finding the idea of becoming an entirely different person yet again to be horrifying, but what is trult horrifying is watching his regeneration trying to start over and over again, realizing how ridiculously painful fighting it back must be, let alone how much pain he must be in that his body is actively trying to regenerate to heal him of it. At the end of the episode when he [[spoiler: runs into the First Doctor shortly before HIS regeneration muttering to himself how ridiculous the whole idea is and how HE refuses to go along with it]], it becomes clear that to the Doctor, regeneration has ALWAYS been body horror.

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** [[TheNthDoctor Regeneration]] is actually used as this a couple of times - most apparently in the regeneration from the Fifth to the Sixth, where the Sixth Doctor is shown to react relatively realistically to the trauma of having [[CameBackWrong transformed into a completely different person with a much less stable brain that he doesn't feel belongs to him]], with this having long-term effects on his behaviour. The novelisation of the regeneration story goes into more detail about this and adds an anecdote about a Time Lord who regenerated into something so horrible all the Time Lords could do was put it out of its misery. The novelisation of the First Doctor's regeneration into the Second has several pages of Ben watching the Doctor's PainfulTransformation, with attention paid to bones shifting and reforming and skin moving. And then, in the new series, the Tenth Doctor seems to feel this way about regeneration and finds it completely disturbing, possibly even worse than death. Most recently the Twelfth Doctor in the series 10 finale is shown several times actively refusing to regenerate, finding the idea of becoming an entirely different person yet again to be horrifying, but what is trult horrifying is watching his regeneration trying to start over and over again, realizing how ridiculously painful fighting it back must be, let alone how much pain he must be in that his body is actively trying to regenerate to heal him of it. At the end of the episode when he [[spoiler: runs into the First Doctor shortly before HIS regeneration muttering to himself how ridiculous the whole idea is and how HE refuses to go along with it]], it, it becomes clear that to the Doctor, regeneration has ALWAYS been body horror.



** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E6RevelationOfTheDaleks Revelation of the Daleks]]", has one character [[spoiler:reduced to a living disembodied head with part of his brain exposed, inside a transparent Dalek and pleading for death, a wish eventually granted by ''his own daughter'']]. He has done absolutely nothing to deserve this.

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E6RevelationOfTheDaleks Revelation of the Daleks]]", has one character [[spoiler:reduced reduced to a living disembodied head with part of his brain exposed, inside a transparent Dalek and pleading for death, a wish eventually granted by ''his own daughter'']].daughter''. He has done absolutely nothing to deserve this.



** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E7TheIdiotsLantern The Idiot's Lantern]]", [[MonsterOfTheWeek The Wire]] ''pulls people's faces from their bodies''. You actually see people walking around with smooth skin where their face used to be. [[spoiler:''This happens to Rose''.]]

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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E7TheIdiotsLantern The Idiot's Lantern]]", [[MonsterOfTheWeek The Wire]] ''pulls people's faces from their bodies''. You actually see people walking around with smooth skin where their face used to be. [[spoiler:''This ''This happens to Rose''.]]



** In the fourth series episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E3PlanetOfTheOod Planet of the Ood]]", [[spoiler:the bad guy turns into an Ood. The sequence has him ''peeling off his skin'' shortly followed by him ''spewing up a piece of his own brain!'']] Talk about trauma. On top of that it was a KarmicTransformation.
** In the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth The Stolen Earth]]", [[spoiler:Davros]] reveals just how he created his new Dalek empire... by opening his jacket where we get a ''lovely'' shot of the inside of his chest and see ''his still beating heart.''

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** In the fourth series episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E3PlanetOfTheOod Planet of the Ood]]", [[spoiler:the the bad guy turns into an Ood. The sequence has him ''peeling off his skin'' shortly followed by him ''spewing up a piece of his own brain!'']] brain!'' Talk about trauma. On top of that it was a KarmicTransformation.
** In the episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth The Stolen Earth]]", [[spoiler:Davros]] Davros reveals just how he created his new Dalek empire... by opening his jacket where we get a ''lovely'' shot of the inside of his chest and see ''his still beating heart.''



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E12TheDoctorFalls "The Doctor Falls"]], the Twelfth Doctor's second-to-last episode, draws a parallel between him and his companion Bill Potts, who are both in situations where they each must deal with and accept an unwanted, fundamental change to their lives. She's [[spoiler: been converted into a Cyberman against her will]], he's on the cusp of regeneration. Neither wants to live if they can't stay who they are. At the end of this episode, the frustrated Doctor gets a RayOfHopeEnding setting up a ChristmasEpisode in which he accepts regeneration and the LossOfIdentity it comes with at last. Too bad that in the meantime Bill [[spoiler: gets her original form restored with awesome new powers to boot when a barely foreshadowed Deus Ex Machina steps in to make her Ascend To A Higher Plane of Existence]]. [[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTwiceUponATime "Twice Upon a Time"]] does end with the Doctor deciding that helping the universe is WorthLivingFor even if it means he has to lose his identity, but never addresses Bill's fate so the Aesop remains broken.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E12TheDoctorFalls "The Doctor Falls"]], the Twelfth Doctor's second-to-last episode, draws a parallel between him and his companion Bill Potts, who are both in situations where they each must deal with and accept an unwanted, fundamental change to their lives. She's [[spoiler: been converted into a Cyberman against her will]], will, he's on the cusp of regeneration. Neither wants to live if they can't stay who they are. At the end of this episode, the frustrated Doctor gets a RayOfHopeEnding setting up a ChristmasEpisode in which he accepts regeneration and the LossOfIdentity it comes with at last. Too bad that in the meantime Bill [[spoiler: gets her original form restored with awesome new powers to boot when a barely foreshadowed Deus Ex Machina steps in to make her Ascend To A Higher Plane of Existence]].Existence. [[Recap/DoctorWho2017CSTwiceUponATime "Twice Upon a Time"]] does end with the Doctor deciding that helping the universe is WorthLivingFor even if it means he has to lose his identity, but never addresses Bill's fate so the Aesop remains broken.



** In Series 6 of the Rebooted show, it turns out that this has been done to [[spoiler: Amy, so that the Silence can raise her child as a LaserGuidedTykebomb]]. That said, the [[spoiler:fake Amy]] is controlled by the real one, who's unaware that it's happened, so it's not the same sort of thing as the Zygons.

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** In Series 6 of the Rebooted show, it turns out that this has been done to [[spoiler: Amy, so that the Silence can raise her child as a LaserGuidedTykebomb]]. That said, the [[spoiler:fake Amy]] fake Amy is controlled by the real one, who's unaware that it's happened, so it's not the same sort of thing as the Zygons.



** In the two-parter, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]]" and "[[DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Big Bang]]", the Doctor is forced to restart the entire universe after cracks in reality and [[TimeyWimeyBall timey-wimey]] paradoxes have made it so that everything never was, using [[spoiler:the restoration beam from inside the Pandorica and the energy from the exploding [=TARDIS=].]]

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** In the two-parter, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]]" and "[[DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang The Big Bang]]", the Doctor is forced to restart the entire universe after cracks in reality and [[TimeyWimeyBall timey-wimey]] paradoxes have made it so that everything never was, using [[spoiler:the the restoration beam from inside the Pandorica and the energy from the exploding [=TARDIS=].]]



** Even some villains get on it. [[spoiler:The Master/Missy is a particularly notable example; Series 10 has her undergoing an apparently genuine HeelFaceTurn, though she seems to die in the finale, supposedly for good. Given the character's legendary JokerImmunity, however, fans are split on whether the HeelFaceTurn will survive her regeneration, but not on whether the character will return.]]

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** Even some villains get on it. [[spoiler:The The Master/Missy is a particularly notable example; Series 10 has her undergoing an apparently genuine HeelFaceTurn, though she seems to die in the finale, supposedly for good. Given the character's legendary JokerImmunity, however, fans are split on whether the HeelFaceTurn will survive her regeneration, but not on whether the character will return.]]



* ChekhovsTimeTravel: Most relevant with the Gallifreyan council: whenever they pop up, they want to use time travel for something. Most pertinent example: The Time War is sort of the big underlying event of the series, and in one episode the council force the Fourth Doctor to go back and destroy the Daleks before they started the War. [[spoiler:When he has the chance he chooses not to, and this is what makes the Daleks start it.]]

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* ChekhovsTimeTravel: Most relevant with the Gallifreyan council: whenever they pop up, they want to use time travel for something. Most pertinent example: The Time War is sort of the big underlying event of the series, and in one episode the council force the Fourth Doctor to go back and destroy the Daleks before they started the War. [[spoiler:When When he has the chance he chooses not to, and this is what makes the Daleks start it.]]



** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E2InvasionOfTheDinosaurs "Invasion of the Dinosaurs"]], a private is ordered to get tea for the Doctor. While the private is out getting the tea, [[spoiler:Mike Yates]] arrives and holds the Doctor, Sgt. Benton and the Brigadier at gunpoint. When the private, unaware of what's going on, returns with the tea, the hostage-taker gets distracted and Benton uses this opportunity to disarm him.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E2InvasionOfTheDinosaurs "Invasion of the Dinosaurs"]], a private is ordered to get tea for the Doctor. While the private is out getting the tea, [[spoiler:Mike Yates]] Mike Yates arrives and holds the Doctor, Sgt. Benton and the Brigadier at gunpoint. When the private, unaware of what's going on, returns with the tea, the hostage-taker gets distracted and Benton uses this opportunity to disarm him.



* CourtMartialed: In the serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoSE7TheWarGames The War Games]]", the Doctor and his companions land in what appears to be UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. They are tried by a [[KangarooCourt supposedly fair]] court-martial and found guilty of espionage.

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* CourtMartialed: In the serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoSE7TheWarGames "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]", the Doctor and his companions land in what appears to be UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. They are tried by a [[KangarooCourt supposedly fair]] court-martial and found guilty of espionage.



** The Master had been turned into one by the Doctor in "WebVideo/ScreamOfTheShalka".

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** The Master had been turned into one by the Doctor in "WebVideo/ScreamOfTheShalka"."WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka".

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