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* ShootTheDog: A non-lethal variant. [[spoiler:The Doctor is rather saddened that, by sending the Capital [=TARDIS=] into an eternal time loop so as to not give Gallifrey such a potent weapon, he's sending a newborn [=TARDIS=] on a never ending journey.]]

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* ShootTheDog: A non-lethal variant. [[spoiler:The Doctor is rather saddened that, by sending the Capital [=TARDIS=] into an eternal time loop so as to not give Gallifrey such a potent weapon, he's sending a newborn [=TARDIS=] on a never ending journey.]]]]
* TautologicalTemplar: [[spoiler:A faction of Time Lords have basically created a scenario where the Doctor would have the power to take a massive [=TARDIS=] across all of time and space to enforce his views on other worlds, but Leela protests as this would put the Doctor in a position of power in contrast to his traditional role fighting for the underdog; the Doctor acknowledges Leela's argument, but affirms that he already decided not to accept this 'offer' before Leela said a word]].


* HistoryRepeats: [[CaptainObvious Obviously.]] The conceit of a Time Lord going rogue and stealing a [=TARDIS=] [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoCCS8E5TheBeginning has happened before]].

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* HistoryRepeats: [[CaptainObvious Obviously.]] The conceit of a Time Lord going rogue and stealing a [=TARDIS=] [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoCCS8E5TheBeginning has happened before]].


* CitizenshipMarriage: Leela thinks this would be an excellent way to keep Tegan from getting deported from Gallifrey. The Doctor disagrees.



* CitizenshipMarriage: Leela thinks this would be an excellent way to keep Tegan from getting deported from Gallifrey. The Doctor disagrees.



* Portmanteau: The Doctor calls a military [=TARDIS=] a [=WARDIS=] - that's not its officially name, but apparently it stuck.

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* Portmanteau: {{Portmanteau}}: The Doctor calls a military [=TARDIS=] a [=WARDIS=] - that's not its officially name, but apparently it stuck.


* GreenCardMarriage: Leela thinks this would be an excellent way to keep Tegan from getting deported from Gallifrey. The Doctor disagrees.

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* GreenCardMarriage: CitizenshipMarriage: Leela thinks this would be an excellent way to keep Tegan from getting deported from Gallifrey. The Doctor disagrees.

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* GreenCardMarriage: Leela thinks this would be an excellent way to keep Tegan from getting deported from Gallifrey. The Doctor disagrees.


* CallBack: One to "Past Indiscretions" when Tegan tries to mitigate damage from Scandrius's aimless wanderings in time and space by using the Fast Return Switch again.

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* ApocalypseHow: Scandrius' TARDIS breaks on its third journey [[spoiler: and nearly causes life on Gallifrey to unhappen]].
* CallBack: One to "Past Indiscretions" when Tegan tries to mitigate damage from Scandrius's aimless wanderings in time and space by using the Fast Return Switch again. It backfires dramatically [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction when the switch breaks]].



* TooDumbToLive: Scandrius, whose idea of determining whether the location his [=TARDIS=] arrives at is safe or not is to actually walk outside without checking the scanner. As a result he nearly dies when he exits his [=TARDIS=], and falls into a toothpaste-like substance, and then exits into High Barnet.


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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: It is very apparent that Scandrius is trying to be like the Doctor - he stole a [=TARDIS=] that he claims "wanted to be stolen", takes a human companion to explore the universe's mysteries, and even tries to keep a 500 year diary - all because he believes the Doctor became a SellOut after becoming High President. Tegan is not impressed.
* TooDumbToLive: Scandrius, whose idea of determining whether the location his [=TARDIS=] arrives at is safe or not is to actually walk outside without checking the scanner. As a result he nearly dies when he exits his [=TARDIS=], [=TARDIS=] and falls into a toothpaste-like substance, and then exits requiring Tegan to help him back in. Fortunately, he doesn't actually exit into High Barnet.

Barnet. ''Un''fortunately, he is not only far less of an accomplished pilot than he thought he was, but his stolen [=TARDIS=] also breaks on its third trip. [[spoiler: Vorena was counting on this, though ultimately it didn't pay off]].



* BullyingTheDragon: Sugru is rather adamant that the Doctor, who is Gallifrey's ''High President'', and Leela, a warrior who has defended Gallifrey and the Doctor's friend, be handed over to him or the Arimcei will go to war with Gallifrey. At this point in time after their previous war, the Arimcei have only a single planet keeping them alive and the Time Lords have only gotten more powerful. The only reason Sugru lasted as long as he did was because the Doctor was too ''nice'' and kept trying to avoid conflict.



* CurbStompBattle: The war between the Arimcei and Gallifrey was very much one-sided. The Arimcei are ephemeral beings who can choose to take corporeal form, and are rather intimidating when they do, but the Time Lords are rather more powerful beings. The only reason the Arimcei weren't completely wiped out was because Gallifrey happened to also be developing their characteristic policy of non-intervention, and so called a cease-fire. [[BlatantLies The Arimcei like to say it was a draw]].

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* ContinuityNod: Tegan mentions [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E1Castrovalva the last time she piloted a TARDIS]] didn't end well. Fortunately, the instructions she has this adventure mean things go swimmingly.
* CurbStompBattle: The war between the Arimcei and Gallifrey was very much one-sided. The Arimcei are ephemeral beings who can choose to take corporeal form, and are rather intimidating when they do, but were no match for the Time Lords are for rather more powerful beings.obvious reasons. The only reason the Arimcei weren't completely wiped out was because Gallifrey happened to also be developing their characteristic policy of non-intervention, and so called a cease-fire. [[BlatantLies The Arimcei like to say it was a draw]].


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* DiplomaticImpunity: Tegan's diplomatic immunity saves her from any repercussions of her actions in this story, and gives Vorena a convenient excuse to assist her [[IWasNeverHere while denying that she or Gallifrey did anything]].


* {{Ambadassador}}: The alien ambassador has ''nine'' limbs and a flaming head. Tegan decides it's not a good idea to anger him.
** [[spoiler: Tegan becomes one at the end of the story by concocting a plot to make other aliens lose their religion by introducing them to their supposed "god", an alien who can only exist when he is treated as a deity. As a result, he and his race disappears.]]

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* ADayInTheLimelight: Tegan really shines here, having done her homework on the Arimcei before arriving at a diplomatic meeting, having the idea on how to defeat the Arimcei and, in general, saving the day. She's also the only one who didn't end up (unintentionally) offending Sugru.
* {{Ambadassador}}: The alien ambassador Arimcei ambassador, Sugru, has ''nine'' limbs and a flaming head. Tegan wisely decides it's not a good idea to anger him.
** [[spoiler: Tegan becomes one at the end of the story by concocting a the plot to make other aliens the Arimcei's only source of faith energy lose their religion said faith, by introducing them two of their leading warriors to their supposed "god", an alien who can only exist when he is treated as a deity."god". As a result, he and his race disappears.]]



* ButForMeItWasTuesday: The Doctor and Leela don't remember killing the Arinsei ambassador's evil brother, since they've lost count of the number of despots, tyrants, and other villains they've defeated.

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: The Doctor and Leela don't remember killing the Arinsei ambassador's evil brother, Sugru's brother until they get his name, Inec, since they've lost count of the number of despots, tyrants, and other villains they've defeated.defeated. It really didn't help that Inec looked nothing like his brother.



* CurbStompBattle: The war between the Arinsei and Gallifrey was very much one-sided. The Arinsei are ephemeral beings who can choose to take corporeal form, and are rather intimedating when they do, but the Time Lords have time machines on their side. The only reason the Arinsei weren't completely wiped out was because Gallifrey happened to also be developing their now characteristic policy of non-intervention, and so called a cease-fire.
* DuelToTheDeath: Leela attempts to do this with the alien ambassador to end their bad blood but he's unfamiliar with the concept, so he turns down the offer.
* GodNeedsPrayerBadly: The Arinsei as a whole require the faith of others to keep themselves alive, which is helped by the fact that their voice touches a part of the brain that makes one believe that God has actually spoken to them. They previously had quite a few planets to their name, praising them as gods. [[PokeTheDragon Then they tried to establish their religion on Gallifrey.]] Suffice to say, it did not go well.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tegan is mortified [[spoiler:after she accidentally causes the Arinsei to be wiped out by removing the last of their sources of faith energy, rather than simply weaken them as she intended]].
* PuffOfLogic: [[spoiler: The Arinsei ambassador is fueled by the belief of other aliens that he is a god, so Tegan defeats him by going back in time and causing his supposed creations to not only see him but actually talk with one another, removing their faith. He does himself no favors by trying to kill them and Tegan when they start discussing bringing an end to hostilities. Tegan is mortified when she realizes she accidentally ended the race rather than simply put them on the retreat]].

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* CurbStompBattle: The war between the Arinsei Arimcei and Gallifrey was very much one-sided. The Arinsei Arimcei are ephemeral beings who can choose to take corporeal form, and are rather intimedating intimidating when they do, but the Time Lords have time machines on their side. are rather more powerful beings. The only reason the Arinsei Arimcei weren't completely wiped out was because Gallifrey happened to also be developing their now characteristic policy of non-intervention, and so called a cease-fire.
cease-fire. [[BlatantLies The Arimcei like to say it was a draw]].
* DuelToTheDeath: Leela attempts to do this with the alien ambassador Sugru to end their bad blood blood, or kill him, but he's unfamiliar with the concept, so he turns down concept and sees no reason to risk himself instead of simply executing her and the offer.
Doctor. Lowri's attempts to goad him into it only offend him further.
* GodNeedsPrayerBadly: The Arinsei Arimcei as a whole require the faith of others to keep themselves alive, which is helped by the fact that their voice touches a part of the brain that makes one believe that God a god has actually spoken to them. They previously had quite a few planets to their name, praising them as gods. [[PokeTheDragon [[DoNotTauntCthulhu Then they tried to establish their religion on Gallifrey.]] Suffice to say, it did not go well.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tegan is mortified [[spoiler:after rather subdued [[spoiler:when she learns she accidentally causes caused the Arinsei Arimcei to be wiped out by removing the last of their sources of faith energy, rather than simply weaken them as she intended]].
* Portmanteau: The Doctor calls a military [=TARDIS=] a [=WARDIS=] - that's not its officially name, but apparently it stuck.
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PuffOfLogic: [[spoiler: The Arinsei ambassador is Arimcei are fueled by the belief of other aliens that he is a god, so they are gods. Tegan defeats him took advantage of this by going back in time time, bringing a pair of warriors from the only planet the Arimcei had left sustaining them and causing his supposed creations them to not only see him but actually talk with one another, removing their faith. He does himself no favors by trying start questioning the Arimcei's godhood. Sugru seals the deal when he tries to kill them and Tegan when they start discussing bringing an end to hostilities. Tegan is mortified when she realizes she accidentally ended the race rather than simply put prevent them on from ending the retreat]].
war, only for the [=WARDIS=]'s forcefields to prevent them from being unharmed and denounce the Arimcei as false gods. Since these warriors were from the past, the Arimcei vanish in the present, lacking any faith energies to sustain themselves]].


* AssInAmbassador: ''Immediately'' after being appointed as Gallifrey's Earth Ambassador, Tegan uses her new position to taunt another Time Lord who was about to mind-wipe her and send her to Earth.

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* AssInAmbassador: ''Immediately'' after being appointed as Gallifrey's Earth Ambassador, Tegan uses her new position to taunt another Time Lord who was about to mind-wipe her and send her to Earth. Then said, he was about to do so without actually informing the ''President'' about this, denying her any chance of actually staying.


** [[spoiler: Tegan becomes one at the end of the story by concocting a plot to make other aliens lose their religion by introducing them to their supposed "god", an alien who can only exist when he is treated as a deity. As a result, he disappears.]]

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** [[spoiler: Tegan becomes one at the end of the story by concocting a plot to make other aliens lose their religion by introducing them to their supposed "god", an alien who can only exist when he is treated as a deity. As a result, he and his race disappears.]]



* ButForMeItWasTuesday: The Doctor and Leela don't remember killing the alien ambassador's evil brother, since they've lost count of the number of despots, tyrants, and other villains they've defeated.

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: The Doctor and Leela don't remember killing the alien Arinsei ambassador's evil brother, since they've lost count of the number of despots, tyrants, and other villains they've defeated.



* CurbStompBattle: The war between the Arinsei and Gallifrey was very much one-sided. The Arinsei are ephemeral beings who can choose to take corporeal form, and are rather intimedating when they do, but the Time Lords have time machines on their side. The only reason the Arinsei weren't completely wiped out was because Gallifrey happened to also be developing their now characteristic policy of non-intervention, and so called a cease-fire.



* PuffOfLogic: [[spoiler: The alien ambassador is fueled by the belief of other aliens that he is a god, so Tegan defeats him by going back in time and pitting his supposed creations against him and removing their faith]].

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* GodNeedsPrayerBadly: The Arinsei as a whole require the faith of others to keep themselves alive, which is helped by the fact that their voice touches a part of the brain that makes one believe that God has actually spoken to them. They previously had quite a few planets to their name, praising them as gods. [[PokeTheDragon Then they tried to establish their religion on Gallifrey.]] Suffice to say, it did not go well.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tegan is mortified [[spoiler:after she accidentally causes the Arinsei to be wiped out by removing the last of their sources of faith energy, rather than simply weaken them as she intended]].
* PuffOfLogic: [[spoiler: The alien Arinsei ambassador is fueled by the belief of other aliens that he is a god, so Tegan defeats him by going back in time and pitting causing his supposed creations against to not only see him and but actually talk with one another, removing their faith]].
faith. He does himself no favors by trying to kill them and Tegan when they start discussing bringing an end to hostilities. Tegan is mortified when she realizes she accidentally ended the race rather than simply put them on the retreat]].



* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: [[spoiler: The Capital [=TARDIS=] ''grew legs'', stood up and began an assault on the Time Lords.]]

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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: [[spoiler: The Capital [=TARDIS=] ''grew legs'', stood up was designed as one, being described as capable of being a gigantic, time travelling robot to allow the Doctor to travel through time and began an assault on defeat any villain he saw fit without ever leaving the Time Lords.Capital building itself.]]



* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler: The Time Lord faction loyal to the Doctor builds him a Capital Building-[=TARDIS=] hybrid so he could lead the Time Lords to other planets in the Capital to fight injustices. The building gains sentience instead and goes on a rampage.]]

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* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler: The Time Lord faction loyal to the Doctor builds him a Capital Building-[=TARDIS=] hybrid so he could lead the Time Lords to other planets in the Capital to fight injustices. The building gains sentience instead and goes on They don't see the inherant paradox in putting the Doctor in a rampage.position of tyranical power to unseat others in positions of tyranical power.]]



--> '''The Doctor''': Imagine how bad it would have to be for the Time Lords to have to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E1TheMysteriousPlanet call me back again]].

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--> '''The Doctor''': Imagine how bad it would have to be for the Time Lords to have to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E1TheMysteriousPlanet call me back again]].again]].
* ShootTheDog: A non-lethal variant. [[spoiler:The Doctor is rather saddened that, by sending the Capital [=TARDIS=] into an eternal time loop so as to not give Gallifrey such a potent weapon, he's sending a newborn [=TARDIS=] on a never ending journey.]]


* GrandFinale: To the "Lord President Fifth Doctor" arc.

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* AdHominem: One Time Lord commentator stating that "I'm not speaking for other people, but everyone else who disagrees with me are idiots!"
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: [[spoiler: The Capital [=TARDIS=] ''grew legs'', stood up and began an assault on the Time Lords.]]
* EldritchLocation: The interior of the new Capital building shifting around is reminiscent of this.
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler: The Time Lord faction loyal to the Doctor builds him a Capital Building-[=TARDIS=] hybrid so he could lead the Time Lords to other planets in the Capital to fight injustices. The building gains sentience instead and goes on a rampage.]]
* GrandFinale: To the "Lord President Fifth Doctor" arc.arc.
* SequelHook:
--> '''The Doctor''': Imagine how bad it would have to be for the Time Lords to have to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E1TheMysteriousPlanet call me back again]].


The Doctor and Tegan reunites with Leela (who's also been on Gallifrey since The Sontarans' attempted takeover). While Tegan and Leela attempt to stop some Time Lords from wiping Tegan's memory of the Doctor (aside from their firstvisit) and leaving her on Earth, The Doctor settles into his role as Lord President by trying to abolish an irritating secret department of the Capital.

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The Doctor and Tegan reunites with Leela (who's also been on Gallifrey since The Sontarans' attempted takeover). While Tegan and Leela attempt to stop some Time Lords from wiping Tegan's memory of the Doctor (aside from their firstvisit) first adventure) and leaving her on Earth, The Doctor settles into his role as Lord President by trying to abolish an irritating secret department of the Capital.



A Time Lord gets fed up with Gallifreyan society, and decides to get his own companion (incidentally, Tegan), steals his own [=TARDIS=] and leaves to start his own adventures in time and space. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS01E01AnUnearthlyChild Sounds familiar?]]

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A Time Lord gets fed up with Gallifreyan society, and decides to get his own companion (incidentally, Tegan), steals his own [=TARDIS=] and leaves to start his own adventures in time and space. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS01E01AnUnearthlyChild [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild Sounds familiar?]]



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* SequelEpisode: To "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]", specifically at the end when the Time Lords appoint The Doctor as their next Lord President, so [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he leaves]].


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* CallBack: Tegan uses the [=WARDIS=]'s [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction Fast Return Switch]].


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A Time Lord gets fed up with Gallifreyan society, and decides to get his own companion (incidentally, Tegan), steals his own [=TARDIS=] and leaves to start his own adventures in time and space. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS01E01AnUnearthlyChild Sounds familiar?]]

* AccidentalKidnapping: Scandrius and Tegan are going out for drinks when he steals a [=TARDIS=] and takes her with him. When he gets lost using the [=TARDIS=] and she wants to get back to Gallifrey (even preferring this option over staying in [[TakeThat High Barnet]]), the situation slowly becomes this.
* CallBack: One to "Past Indiscretions" when Tegan tries to mitigate damage from Scandrius's aimless wanderings in time and space by using the Fast Return Switch again.
* HistoryRepeats: [[CaptainObvious Obviously.]] The conceit of a Time Lord going rogue and stealing a [=TARDIS=] [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoCCS8E5TheBeginning has happened before]].
* {{Irony}}: The Doctor, infamous for going renegade on the Time Lords, has to track down and capture another renegade whose plans to explore the universe goes awry. The irony isn't lost on any of the Time Lords.
* SugarBowl: What little we hear of Toothpaste World evoke this, complete with a distinctly minty air.
* TooDumbToLive: Scandrius, whose idea of determining whether the location his [=TARDIS=] arrives at is safe or not is to actually walk outside without checking the scanner. As a result he nearly dies when he exits his [=TARDIS=], and falls into a toothpaste-like substance, and then exits into High Barnet.



* AssInAmbassador: ''Immediately'' after being appointed Gallifrey's Earth Ambassador, Tegan uses her new position to taunt another Time Lord who was about to mind-wipe her and send her to Earth.
* ContinuityNod: The Time Lords attempt to wipe Tegan's mind of the Doctor (except their first adventure) similar to what they did to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames Zoe and Jamie]].
* ContinuitySnarl: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] when Tegan is quizzed on her knowledge of Time Lords. She recites that they only get a second heart after their first regeneration, hence why the First Doctor only identified as [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness possessing one heart]] by himself and Ian in early stories.
** One of The Doctor's first decrees as Lord President is to open the Time Lord Academy to non-Gallifreyans, bridging the Gallifreyan's xenophobic attitude in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]]'' to allowing Ace to [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoSpecialsUNITDominion become a Time Lord]] later in the Seventh Doctor's life.

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* AssInAmbassador: ''Immediately'' after being appointed as Gallifrey's Earth Ambassador, Tegan uses her new position to taunt another Time Lord who was about to mind-wipe her and send her to Earth.
* ContinuityNod: The Time Lords attempt to wipe Tegan's mind of the Doctor (except of their first adventure) similar to what they did adventure), which previously happened to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames Zoe and Jamie]].
* ContinuitySnarl: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] when Tegan is quizzed on her knowledge of Time Lords. She recites that they only get a second heart after their first regeneration, hence why the First Doctor is only identified as [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness possessing one heart]] by himself and Ian in early stories.
** One of The Doctor's first decrees as Lord President is to open the Time Lord Academy to non-Gallifreyans, bridging the Gallifreyan's xenophobic attitude in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]]'' to allowing the human companion Ace to [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoSpecialsUNITDominion become a Time Lord]] Lady]] later in the Seventh Doctor's life.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Said nearly verbatim when The Doctor discovers the only way to keep Tegan by his side was to appoint her the Gallifreyan ambassador to Earth, and immediately takes advantage of it to annoy him.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Said nearly verbatim when The Doctor discovers the only way to keep Tegan by his side was to appoint her as the Gallifreyan ambassador to Earth, and immediately takes advantage of it to annoy him.


* {{Ambadassador}}: The alien ambassador has ''nine'' limbs and a flaming head. Tegan decides it'snot a good idea to anger him.
** [[spoiler: Tegan becomes one at the end of the story by concocting a plot to make other aliens lose their religion by introducing them to their supposed "god", alien who can only exist when he is treated as a deity. As a result, he disappears.]]

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* {{Ambadassador}}: The alien ambassador has ''nine'' limbs and a flaming head. Tegan decides it'snot it's not a good idea to anger him.
** [[spoiler: Tegan becomes one at the end of the story by concocting a plot to make other aliens lose their religion by introducing them to their supposed "god", an alien who can only exist when he is treated as a deity. As a result, he disappears.]]

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