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Dr. Perpugilliam Brown, a world famous celebrity talk show host (with a doctorate in botany), is confronted by the Sixth Doctor while having coffee with her best friend Beretta (short for Carberetta -- the woman had white trash parents) in her favourite ''AreYouBeingServed''-themed coffee place. The Doctor is shocked to hear that Peri doesn't recognise him. He can't tell her about what's ''supposed'' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp to have happened to her]], but he sets about sorting the whole thing out. Peri, for her part, just doesn't believe that he's the same guy as that dishy blond floppy-haired Creator/PGWodehouse style Doctor she [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetOfFire once had a brief adventure with]].

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Dr. Perpugilliam Brown, a world famous celebrity talk show host (with a doctorate in botany), is confronted by the Sixth Doctor while having coffee with her best friend Beretta (short for Carberetta -- the woman had white trash parents) in her favourite ''AreYouBeingServed''-themed ''Series/AreYouBeingServed''-themed coffee place. The Doctor is shocked to hear that Peri doesn't recognise him. He can't tell her about what's ''supposed'' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp to have happened to her]], but he sets about sorting the whole thing out. Peri, for her part, just doesn't believe that he's the same guy as that dishy blond floppy-haired Creator/PGWodehouse style Doctor she [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetOfFire once had a brief adventure with]].


* BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler: The Celestian Intervention Agency]]. At least they're owing up to what happened, rather than their usual obfuscation.

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* BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler: The Celestian Celestial Intervention Agency]]. At least they're owing up to what happened, rather than their usual obfuscation.


With the giant fish running off after a brief struggle with the Doctor, Peri's future self, a secret agent for the ''Series/TheXFiles'', takes her to an ''AreYouBeingServed''-themed coffee place (complete with a giant grinning John Inman on the wall and some ''very bad'' puns on the level of "Grace And Flavor"). Older Peri is keen on telling her younger self all about her adventures as a hardboiled alien slayer. But young Peri is much more interested in the things that ''really'' matter to her: did she end up marrying her nice blond high school sweetheart? Did they have the three kids she always wanted? (And what's up with that obvious nose job?) Older Peri says that she did, and the kids all have dream jobs and dream lives. After making sure that her older self really does have the same memories she has, Peri is rudely interrupted by a ''different'' giant space fish, and the whole gang (including older Peri's hapless personal assistant, Beretta) have to flee.

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With the giant fish running off after a brief struggle with the Doctor, Peri's future self, a secret agent for the ''Series/TheXFiles'', takes her to an ''AreYouBeingServed''-themed ''Series/AreYouBeingServed''-themed coffee place (complete with a giant grinning John Inman on the wall and some ''very bad'' puns on the level of "Grace And Flavor"). Older Peri is keen on telling her younger self all about her adventures as a hardboiled alien slayer. But young Peri is much more interested in the things that ''really'' matter to her: did she end up marrying her nice blond high school sweetheart? Did they have the three kids she always wanted? (And what's up with that obvious nose job?) Older Peri says that she did, and the kids all have dream jobs and dream lives. After making sure that her older self really does have the same memories she has, Peri is rudely interrupted by a ''different'' giant space fish, and the whole gang (including older Peri's hapless personal assistant, Beretta) have to flee.



Dr. Perpugilliam Brown, a world famous celebrity talk show host (with a doctorate in botany), is confronted by the Sixth Doctor while having coffee with her best friend Beretta (short for Carberetta -- the woman had white trash parents) in her favourite ''AreYouBeingServed''-themed coffee place. The Doctor is shocked to hear that Peri doesn't recognise him. He can't tell her about what's ''supposed'' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp to have happened to her]], but he sets about sorting the whole thing out. Peri, for her part, just doesn't believe that he's the same guy as that dishy blond floppy-haired PGWodehouse style Doctor she [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetOfFire once had a brief adventure with]].

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Dr. Perpugilliam Brown, a world famous celebrity talk show host (with a doctorate in botany), is confronted by the Sixth Doctor while having coffee with her best friend Beretta (short for Carberetta -- the woman had white trash parents) in her favourite ''AreYouBeingServed''-themed coffee place. The Doctor is shocked to hear that Peri doesn't recognise him. He can't tell her about what's ''supposed'' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp to have happened to her]], but he sets about sorting the whole thing out. Peri, for her part, just doesn't believe that he's the same guy as that dishy blond floppy-haired PGWodehouse Creator/PGWodehouse style Doctor she [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetOfFire once had a brief adventure with]].


** Older Peri laments that younger Peri will have to find out on her own that cute, floppy-haired blond men can very quickly turn into violent jerks. She's talking about [[spoiler: her first husband]], not realising that she perfectly described [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E7TheTwinDilemma Six strangling her]].

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** Older Peri laments that younger Peri will have to find out on her own that cute, floppy-haired blond men can very quickly turn into violent jerks. She's talking about [[spoiler: her first husband]], not realising that she perfectly described [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E7TheTwinDilemma the post-regeneration crazed Six strangling her]].


The Sixth Doctor explains that he's having some memory troubles concerning this day, and he can't quite put his finger on it, but the apparent Peri paradox had to do with the death of a space fish named Zarl. Since the whole thing ended at the docks, the two vworp over there, where they immediately spot Zarl, startle him by yelling his name, and cause him to ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero fall over and die]]''.

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The Sixth Doctor explains that he's having some memory troubles concerning this day, and he can't quite put his finger on it, but the apparent Peri paradox had to do with the death of a space fish named Zarl. Since the whole thing ended at the docks, the two vworp over there, where they immediately spot Zarl, startle him by yelling Zarl working on setting up his EvilPlan. The duo yells out his name, and cause which startles him, causing him to ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero fall over and die]]''.


** IHatePastMe: For older Peri, who thinks her younger self is hopelessly naive (and ''terribly'' dressed). [[spoiler: Six gets this full stop when he can't persuade Five to shoot him already!]]

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** IHatePastMe: IHatePastMe:
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For older Peri, who thinks her younger self is hopelessly naive (and ''terribly'' dressed). [[spoiler: Six dressed).
*** [[spoiler:Six
gets this full stop when he can't persuade Five to shoot him already!]]

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* ICannotSelfTerminate: Older Peri explains that Zarl wants to die on Earth so he can be reincarnated as a human, but cannot kill himself because of a limiter chip in his brain - hence his attempts to goad the Doctor into killing him. [[spoiler: In actuality, this is completely made up so the Fifth Doctor will defeat the fake Zarl and preserve the Web of Time.]]

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* ContinuitySnarl: The past of the older Peri causes a massive snarl with the events of [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho086TheReaping The Reaping]] - in that story, Peri had to deal with the fallout of her traveling with the Doctor and not returning to Howard, causing her mother to divorce him. [[spoiler: The older Peri is one that was placed back on Earth by the Celestial Intervention Agency, given memories of only her first adventure with the Doctor and allowed to live her normal life. Unless they managed to put her on the wrong landmass, or months after her first adventure, there's no reason for the second Peri to have been missing long enough for her mother and step-father to have divorced over her disappearance.]] The closest the story comes to acknowledging this is that both Peris mention their mother's wedding anniversary.


* BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler: The Celestian Intervention Agency]].

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* BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler: The Celestian Intervention Agency]]. At least they're owing up to what happened, rather than their usual obfuscation.



* MostDefinitelyNotAVillain: [[spoiler: The Sixth Doctor as]] Zarl. He's perfectly good at putting his SesquipedalianLoquaciousness to use making threats, just not that grand at following through. Such as reflexively asking if Peri's alright [[spoiler: after "evilly" knocking her down]].

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** The Celestial Intervention agent is equal parts amusing and heartwrenching, considering the news he's bringing...
* MostDefinitelyNotAVillain: [[spoiler: The Sixth Doctor as]] Zarl. He's perfectly good at putting his SesquipedalianLoquaciousness to use making threats, just not that grand at following through. Such as reflexively asking if Peri's alright [[spoiler: after "evilly" knocking her down]]. If nothing else, he makes Five want to ''help'' him, if not clean up the mess!



** IHatePastMe: For older Peri, who thinks her younger self is hopelessly naive (and ''terribly'' dressed).

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** IHatePastMe: For older Peri, who thinks her younger self is hopelessly naive (and ''terribly'' dressed). [[spoiler: Six gets this full stop when he can't persuade Five to shoot him already!]]



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Aside from considering Peri's initial fate too cruel, the reason the Timelords responsible for her assassination changed her fate were wanting to avoid one of these from the Doctor.



* TrickedOutTime: The Sixth Doctor ''thinks'' he's doing this. The end result, though, is mostly just a lot of mucking about.

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* TrickedOutTime: The Sixth Doctor ''thinks'' he's doing this. The end result, though, is mostly just a lot of mucking about. about.
* TheWoobie: Poor, poor Doctor Brown. In a single afternoon, she loses her car, is constantly reminded of her miserable ex-husband and lack of children by her younger self, lies (and regrets doing so) to her best friend and show producer Beretta, gains the mistrust of Five and her earlier self, learns that she ''died'' in the past and that there are four more Peris in the universe, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and has several fine clothes soiled in the mud]], all in the name of protecting the web of time. The only good thing she gets out of the adventure is knowing that somewhere, ''some'' version of her did have the kids she wanted.

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* FailedASpotCheck: The younger Peri manages to ascertain that her older self was lying about their supposed kids from the older Peri's wallet, via the lack of photos yet still having credit cards in her name. She also misses some blatant evidence that her older self isn't a secret agent at all, such as the TV studio parking pass ''in the very same wallet''.


* NeverShallTheSelvesMeet: The moment Five sees both Peris together, he makes a dive for cover under a table. When an ensuing explosion doesn't occur, he's rather confused at how this trope doesn't seem to apply. Six learns later on, and isn't pleased one bit by it.

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* NeverShallTheSelvesMeet: NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: The moment Five sees both Peris together, he makes a dive for cover under a table. When an ensuing explosion doesn't occur, he's rather confused at how this trope doesn't seem to apply. Six learns later on, and isn't pleased one bit by it.

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* QuickNip: The older Peri does this at her coffee shop, to the quick objections of the staff until they recognise her. Strangely, Peri seems to does this purely for attention - what she pours into her coffee isn't alcohol, but ''cola'', claiming to "like the flavor" and that she was between diets.


While Beretta tries to cope with that information, the Doctor captures Zarl with timelocked handcuffs, tells Peri the combination and simply phones the Piscon police. Young Peri stays with Zarl, and is surprised to hear the fish speak very gently of the woman he lost. But older Peri, remembering the lock combination from when she was young Peri, frees Zarl, who escapes in the confusion. The whole thing culminates in a fight at the docks, where older Peri shoots both Zarl and Beretta (who by now believes she's a Piscon ''queen'') in cold blood. Young Peri is horrified, especially when she realises that all that talk about her kids was just a lie. She vows that she'll never become this woman. The Doctor tries to explain how people can change over time, but stops just short of revealing the idea of regeneration to her, deciding that it hopefully won't ever be necessary for her to know. They vworp off in the TARDIS, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani towards Androzani Minor]].

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While Beretta tries to cope with that information, the Doctor captures Zarl with timelocked handcuffs, tells Peri the combination and simply phones the Piscon police. Young Peri stays with Zarl, and is surprised to hear the fish speak very gently of the woman he lost. But older Peri, remembering the lock combination from when she was young Peri, frees Zarl, who escapes in the confusion. The whole thing culminates in a fight at the docks, where older Peri shoots both Zarl and Beretta (who by now believes she's a Piscon ''queen'') in cold blood. Young Peri is horrified, especially when she realises that all that talk about her kids was just a lie. She vows that she'll never become this woman. The Doctor tries to explain how people can change over time, but stops just short of revealing the idea of regeneration to her, deciding that it hopefully won't ever be necessary for her to know. They vworp off in the TARDIS, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani towards Androzani Minor]].Minor]], Peri ignoring the shouts of her older self...



However, the dead space fish in her trunk attracts unwanted attention from the Piscon police, and since Six ''really'' doesn't want to be jailed by Piscon cops, he and older Peri invent a new story about reincarnation and a lost love. Beretta is roped in to play along. Five still doesn't see all that as a reason to commit murder, though, and after he's handcuffed, Six simply tells Peri the lock combination and swans off down the fire escape. After the confrontation at the docks -- and finding herself forced to murder Beretta -- older Peri quietly breaks down, realising that she'll never be able to tell younger Peri what her life is really like. Her dashing blond high school boyfriend, the one she was so keen on, ended up abusing her, destroying her ability to have children and shattering her nose. But she'll never be able to reveal it to her younger self, and now younger Peri will have to find out on her own that cute, floppy-haired blond men can [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E7TheTwinDilemma very quickly turn into violent jerks]].

She and Six get rather rudely interrupted by a Time Lord in L.A. beach gear, representing the Celestian Intervention Agency. Said Time Lord finally explains how older Peri can be here: after Peri was killed during the Sixth Doctor's trial, the Time Lords took mercy on her, crafted a new timeline and granted another version of her life as [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe King Yrcanos' bride]]. Realising that such a thing could actually be ''worse'' than death, they then crafted a few more timelines just for the hell of it, including this one... with her memories of the Doctor removed apart from their first adventure, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames just like they did with Jamie and Zoe]].

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However, the dead space fish in her trunk attracts unwanted attention from the Piscon police, and since Six ''really'' doesn't want to be jailed by Piscon cops, he and older Peri invent a new story about reincarnation and a lost love. Beretta is roped in to play along. Five still doesn't see all that as a reason to commit murder, though, and after he's handcuffed, Six simply tells Peri the lock combination and swans off down the fire escape. After the confrontation at the docks -- and finding herself forced to murder Beretta being angrily confronted by her younger self about the lies of their children -- older Peri quietly breaks down, realising that she'll never be able to tell younger Peri what her life is really like. Her dashing blond high school boyfriend, the one she was so keen on, ended up abusing her, destroying her ability to have children and shattering her nose. But she'll never be able to reveal it to her younger self, and now younger Peri will have to find out on her own that cute, floppy-haired blond men can [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E7TheTwinDilemma very quickly turn into violent jerks]]. She screams to Peri to keep running, to never look back, as the TARDIS dematerializes, but to no avail.

She Returning to Six's TARDIS to collect Beretta, who had been transfered along with "Zarl" when "killed", she and Six have a small cooldown-talk. They get rather rudely interrupted by a Time Lord in L.A. beach gear, representing the Celestian Intervention Agency. Said Time Lord finally explains how older Peri can be here: after Peri was killed during the Sixth Doctor's trial, the Time Lords took mercy on her, crafted a new timeline and granted another version of her life as [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe King Yrcanos' bride]]. Realising that such a thing could actually be ''worse'' than death, they then crafted a few more timelines just for the hell of it, including this one... with her memories of the Doctor removed apart from their first adventure, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames just like they did with Jamie and Zoe]].


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* NeverShallTheSelvesMeet: The moment Five sees both Peris together, he makes a dive for cover under a table. When an ensuing explosion doesn't occur, he's rather confused at how this trope doesn't seem to apply. Six learns later on, and isn't pleased one bit by it.



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* YouWillBeBeethoven: Variant. When the villain [[spoiler: dies unexpectedly early]] into his wicked plot, the Sixth Doctor sees no alternative but to [[spoiler: pose as the villain]] so that the whole shebang goes off the way he remembers it happening.

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* YouWillBeBeethoven: Variant. When the villain [[spoiler: dies unexpectedly early]] into his wicked plot, the Sixth Doctor sees no alternative but to [[spoiler: pose as the villain]] so that the whole shebang goes off the way he remembers it happening.happening.
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** The Piscons are related to the Pescatons, fierce but intelligent, bipedal sharks from the planet Pesca who only previously featured in the first full length audio adventure for the franchise, "Doctor Who and the Pescatons" from 1976, starring TomBaker as the Fourth Doctor.

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** The Piscons are related to the Pescatons, fierce but intelligent, bipedal sharks from the planet Pesca who only previously featured in the first full length audio adventure for the franchise, "Doctor Who and the Pescatons" from 1976, starring TomBaker Creator/TomBaker as the Fourth Doctor.

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