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* SchrodingersCat: Doctor Lilac's cat is actually called Schrodinger. True to the trope, he is simultaneously alive and dead.


* YouLookFamiliar: All the [[GirlOfTheWeek girls of the week]] are voiced by Creator/SophieAldred.

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It can be found online [[http://www.danfreeman.co.uk/ectoplasm/ here]].

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Theremin passes up an easy opportunity to call his employer an arsehole, something's very wrong.

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* LowerClassLout: The Pharaoh [[PunnyName Tutancommon.]]

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* SomethingWeForgot: Episode 2 ends with Doctor Lilac sure that they've forgotten something. [[spoiler:They never did get round to retrieving the Contessa's lost soul.]]


* ActorAllusion:
--> '''[[Creator/SophieAldred Mary Cockroft]]:''' "Oh, come on, that's impossible! [[Series/DoctorWho Time travel!]]"


* IntelligibleUnintelligible: Schrodinger. Also SherlockHolmes, when at the other end of a telephone.

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* IntelligibleUnintelligible: Schrodinger. Also SherlockHolmes, Franchise/SherlockHolmes, when at the other end of a telephone.



** Lord Zimbabwe's one-sided telephone conversations with SherlockHolmes.

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** Lord Zimbabwe's one-sided telephone conversations with SherlockHolmes.Franchise/SherlockHolmes.


** Ten seconds later, played straight with both a harp scale and a FlashBackBackBack.

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** Ten seconds later, played straight with both a harp scale and a FlashBackBackBack.FlashbackBackBack.


* YouLookFamiliar: All the [[GirlOfTheWeek girls of the week]] are voiced by SophieAldred.

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* YouLookFamiliar: All the [[GirlOfTheWeek girls of the week]] are voiced by SophieAldred.Creator/SophieAldred.
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--> '''[[SophieAldred Mary Cockroft]]:''' "Oh, come on, that's impossible! [[Series/DoctorWho Time travel!]]"

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--> '''[[SophieAldred '''[[Creator/SophieAldred Mary Cockroft]]:''' "Oh, come on, that's impossible! [[Series/DoctorWho Time travel!]]"

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* PsychoSidekick: Theremin.


* ShoutOut: To the opening of the 1964 film of ''TheFirstMenInTheMoon'': A FlashForward shows a 1960s American moon expedition discovering evidence that Lord Zimbabwe's expedition got there decades before. Though in this version, the note they find reads "[[SoundEffectBleep [static]]] off, signed Theremin."

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* ShoutOut: To the opening of the 1964 film of ''TheFirstMenInTheMoon'': ''Film/FirstMenInTheMoon'': A FlashForward shows a 1960s American moon expedition discovering evidence that Lord Zimbabwe's expedition got there decades before. Though in this version, the note they find reads "[[SoundEffectBleep [static]]] off, signed Theremin."


* BattleButler: Theremin.

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* BaitAndSwitch:
-->"Where I grew up, there were only two ways a man could go: he could become a priest, or a bandit. I enjoy the freedom to break the law, and to lie, and rob people - so I became a priest."
* BattleButler: Theremin.Theremin, though unlike most examples he'd just as readily kill his master as the enemy.



* [[spoiler: BolivianArmyEnding]]



* OnceAnEpisode: Lord Zimbabwe receives a telephone call from SherlockHolmes.

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* OnceAnEpisode: Lord Zimbabwe receives Schrodinger makes a telephone call from SherlockHolmes.crude innuendo to the GirlOfTheWeek, which Doctor Lilac doesn't understand.



** Also, the [[AgentScully extreme lengths]] he goes to to find a scientific explanation for any occult events he's involved in.

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** Also, the *** The [[AgentScully extreme lengths]] he goes to to find a scientific explanation for any occult events he's involved in.in.
*** His long-winded scientific explanations sending everybody listening to sleep.



** SherlockHolmes and Hercule Poirot's obsession with evil shape-changing pixies.

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** SherlockHolmes and Hercule Poirot's obsession with evil Evil shape-changing pixies.pixies.
** Lord Zimbabwe's one-sided telephone conversations with SherlockHolmes.


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* ShaggyDogStory: In at least half the episodes, the GirlOfTheWeek ends up no better off for having sought Lord Zimbabwe's assistance.
* ShoutOut: To the opening of the 1964 film of ''TheFirstMenInTheMoon'': A FlashForward shows a 1960s American moon expedition discovering evidence that Lord Zimbabwe's expedition got there decades before. Though in this version, the note they find reads "[[SoundEffectBleep [static]]] off, signed Theremin."
* SimilarSquad: In episode 4, the team's [[TransatlanticEquivalent transatlantic equivalents]] show up: General Alberquerque, his loyal butler Hammond, Doctor Cactus, and Pavlov the dog.


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* VisualInnuendo: The shape of Dr Lilac's spaceship, the ''Bismarck''.
* WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames: Mary-Lou Coyotecock and Cletus Q Washingmachine IV.


''Ectoplasm'' was a short-lived BBC radio sitcom written by and starring Dan Freedman and Nick Romero. It featured the adventures of Lord Zimbabwe, an occult investigator, his colleague Doctor Lilac, and his butler Theremin.

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-> ''Where do mysteries come from? Nobody knows. But they end here. This is England, and this magnificent pile is [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Bluebell End]]. It is the ancestral seat of the famous occult investigator Lord Zimbabwe. His is the realm of the unknown, the field of twilight and the tenebral. He is a walker in the ether, a lord of the [[TitleDrop ectoplasm]].''
-->'''Opening narration'''

''Ectoplasm'' was a short-lived BBC radio sitcom written by and starring Dan Freedman and Nick Romero. It featured the adventures of Lord Zimbabwe, an occult a paranormal investigator, his colleague Doctor Lilac, and his butler Theremin.

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