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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: The Doctor repeats the phrase "red, yellow, green", because the word ''green'' is difficult for Creator/TomBaker to say in the accent he gives the Doctor. It comes out as a strained "red, yellow, ''gnuiin''" that gets funnier every time he does it.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Creator/PhilipHinchcliffe and Creator/RobertHolmes immediately make their mark on the show with a story involving {{body horror}}, posession and much more ruthless Doctor than before.

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* ShoutOutToShakespeare: The Doctor paraphrases ''Theatre/HenryIV'' - "Discretion being the greater part of valour".


* BodyHorror: Noah's transformation.

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* BodyHorror: Noah's transformation.It's not the gigantic bugs; those look silly. It's what seems to be a man in a sleeping bag covered in green goo, and before that, the person ''turning'' into said bag of slop by melting bodyparts is worse than the alien creature it turns into. The story also has one of the show’s most famous cliffhangers, with Noah slowly removing his hand from his pocket to reveal he's being taken over by... green bubblewrap?



* ExplainExplainOhCrap: The Doctor recovers from being shot by Noah's stun gun:
-->Ah, Sarah, you're back. Splendid. Where's Noah? Shot me, did he? Cut off in mid sentence. I might have been saying something important. I was saying something important!



* MoreExpendableThanYou: Rogin to the Doctor.

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* MoreExpendableThanYou: Rogin to knocks the Doctor out and puts him a safe distance away from the ship, which will kill anyone underneath it once they release the locking mechanisms necessary to send the Wirrn out away from the Ark.
--->'''Rogin:''' You don't want trouble with the Space Technicians Union,
Doctor.\\
'''The Doctor:''' What?\\
'''Rogin:''' ''[punches the Doctor out]'' That's my job!



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The Wirrn are enough to unnerve even the Fourth Doctor.
-->When I say I'm afraid, Sarah, I'm not making jokes.



* PatrickStewartSpeech: See the page quote.


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* PatrickStewartSpeech: "Homo sapiens. What an inventive, invincible species. It’s only a few million years since they crawled up out of the mud and learned to walk. Puny, defenceless bipeds. They’ve survived flood, famine and plague. They’ve survived cosmic wars and holocausts. And now, here they are, out among the stars, waiting to begin a new life. Ready to outsit eternity. They’re indomitable."


* LightningGun: The automatic defense system has one.

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* LightningGun: The automatic defense defence system has one.


-->"It may be irrational of me, but humans are quite my favorite species."

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-->"It may be irrational of me, but humans are quite my favorite favourite species."

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* HatDamage: The Doctor and Harry are pinned down by an automated security system. Testing the system, the Doctor [[OutfitDecoy extends his fedora on an extending pole]], only for it to be zapped by a laser beam and returned to him smouldering.


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* OutfitDecoy: The Doctor extends his fedora on an extending pole to test the limits of the automated security system. It comes back to him [[HatDamage smouldering]].


Both Creator/RussellTDavies and Creator/StevenMoffat have cited this as their favourite episode from the original run of ''Doctor Who''.

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Both Creator/RussellTDavies and Creator/StevenMoffat have cited this as their favourite episode story from the original run of ''Doctor Who''.



* ButtMonkey: Harry Sullivan. Almost everything the Doctor says to him in this episode, even when he's complimenting him on figuring something out for himself, amounts to "See, Harry? You're not a ''total'' idiot, are you?"

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* ButtMonkey: Harry Sullivan. Almost everything the Doctor says to him in this episode, serial, even when he's complimenting him on figuring something out for himself, amounts to "See, Harry? You're not a ''total'' idiot, are you?"



* PeopleInRubberSuits: The larva was actually made out of green bubble wrap - but considering that bubble wrap had only just been invented (to the point where it wasn't even called 'bubble wrap' yet), the overall effect worked, if only for about five years after the episode's premiere. Supposedly the bubbles went 'pop-pop-pop' as the extras inched their way across stage reducing cast and crew to hysterics and the sound department to tears. Most of the scenes with the larva are recorded silently with incidental music over the top - if there's dialogue in the scene, a layer of smooth plastic is placed underneath the larva to reduce the likelihood of the bubbles bursting.

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* PeopleInRubberSuits: The larva was actually made out of green bubble wrap - but considering that bubble wrap had only just been invented (to the point where it wasn't even called 'bubble wrap' yet), the overall effect worked, if only for about five years after the episode's serial's premiere. Supposedly the bubbles went 'pop-pop-pop' as the extras inched their way across stage reducing cast and crew to hysterics and the sound department to tears. Most of the scenes with the larva are recorded silently with incidental music over the top - if there's dialogue in the scene, a layer of smooth plastic is placed underneath the larva to reduce the likelihood of the bubbles bursting.


* CharacterClickMoment: The famous "humans are indominable" speech is widely regarded as the moment where Creator/TomBaker officially became the Doctor.

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* CharacterClickMoment: CharacterisationClickMoment: The famous "humans are indominable" speech is widely regarded as the moment where Creator/TomBaker officially became the Doctor.

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* CharacterClickMoment: The famous "humans are indominable" speech is widely regarded as the moment where Creator/TomBaker officially became the Doctor.


Both Creator/RussellTDavies and Creator/StevenMoffat have cited this as their favourite serial from the original run of ''Doctor Who''.

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Both Creator/RussellTDavies and Creator/StevenMoffat have cited this as their favourite serial episode from the original run of ''Doctor Who''.


--->'''Doctor''': I'm afraid he's been digested.
--->'''Sarah''': Don't make jokes like that.
--->'''Doctor''': When I say I'm afraid, Sarah, I'm not making jokes.

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--->'''Doctor''': -->'''Doctor:''' I'm afraid he's been digested.
--->'''Sarah''':
digested.\\
'''Sarah:'''
Don't make jokes like that.
--->'''Doctor''':
that.\\
'''Doctor:'''
When I say I'm afraid, Sarah, I'm not making jokes.



--->"It may be irrational of me, but humans are quite my favorite species."

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--->"It -->"It may be irrational of me, but humans are quite my favorite species."



--->'''Rogin:''' You don't want trouble with the Space Technician's Union, Doctor! ''[Thump]'' That's my job!

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--->'''Rogin:''' -->'''Rogin:''' You don't want trouble with the Space Technician's Union, Doctor! ''[Thump]'' That's my job!



--->'''Doctor''': Oh, stop whining, girl. You're useless.
--->'''Sarah''': Oh, Doctor..!
--->'''Doctor''': "Oh, Doctor", is that all you can say for yourself? Stupid, foolish girl. We should never have relied on you. I knew you'd let us down. That's the trouble with girls like you. You think you're tough, but when you're really up against it, you've no guts at all. Hundreds of lives at stake and you lie there, blubbing.

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--->'''Doctor''': -->'''Doctor:''' Oh, stop whining, girl. You're useless.
--->'''Sarah''':
useless.\\
'''Sarah:'''
Oh, Doctor..!
--->'''Doctor''':
!\\
'''Doctor:'''
"Oh, Doctor", is that all you can say for yourself? Stupid, foolish girl. We should never have relied on you. I knew you'd let us down. That's the trouble with girls like you. You think you're tough, but when you're really up against it, you've no guts at all. Hundreds of lives at stake and you lie there, blubbing.


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* UnPaused: Noah shoots the Doctor with a stun pistol while he's trying to explain why he was messing with the Ark's power system (an attempt to deal with the Wirrn), cutting him off in mid-sentence. When the Doctor recovers from the stun, a few scenes later, he immediately continues the sentence from where he left off.

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* FalloutShelterFail: Humans who didn't travel into space or accept cryogenic suspension aboard the Ark, opted to enter shelters, hoping to simply weather the solar flares. In contrast to the efforts of the former two, the shelters failed so badly that for millennia the earth was considered uninhabited.


* ButtMonkey: Harry Sullivan. Almost everything the Doctor says to him in this episode, even when he's complimenting him on figuring something out for himself, amounts to "See, Harry? You're not a ''total'' fucking idiot, are you?"

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* ButtMonkey: Harry Sullivan. Almost everything the Doctor says to him in this episode, even when he's complimenting him on figuring something out for himself, amounts to "See, Harry? You're not a ''total'' fucking idiot, are you?"

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* PupatingPeril: Having already demonstrated a breeding process replete with BodyHorror and bubble wrap, it's revealed that the Wirrn larvae resulting from this conversion process will eventually pupate into even more dangerous adults. Worse still, this also marks the point when they cease to require oxygen - leaving the Doctor and the others in serious danger when the Wirrn switch off life support.

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