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* GreenRooming: Introduced in the previous story, RobotBuddy K9 promptly breaks down for the duration of the episode, as the script for this one was written before K9 was added to the cast.

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* GreenRooming: Introduced in the previous story, RobotBuddy K9 promptly breaks down for the duration of the episode, story, as the script for this one was written before K9 was added to the cast.


* AbnormalAmmo: TruthInTelevision variant - Tyler loads his shotgun with rock salt (in real life used as a painful but non-lethal alternative) at the Doctor and his grandmother's urging, which successfully takes down the Fendahleen.
* AdultFear: There's a horrible monster but it's explicitly a metaphor for suicidal ideation.

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* AbnormalAmmo: TruthInTelevision variant - Tyler loads his shotgun with rock salt (in real life used as a painful but non-lethal alternative) at the Doctor and his grandmother's urging, which successfully takes down the Fendahleen.
* AdultFear: There's a horrible monster but it's explicitly a metaphor for suicidal ideation.
Fendahleen.



* EldritchAbomination: The Fendahl. Everyone who saw it died of fright, and that was only a crippled ghost of its true self 12 million years dead, which had been manipulating human lineages for millennia to ensure its release. In the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse, the Time Lords deliberately created a predator capable of feeding off the Fendahl - the Memeovore, or Devourer of Concept, a malign void which could reach across time and space to feed on the stuff of thought and hungered to [[OmnicidalManiac devour all eternity]], from the Big Bang to the end of time. Those who looked at it saw an endless procession of grotesque images, as their mind struggled to comprehend the incomprehensible. [[TooDumbToLive And then the Time Lords released it to use for warfare]].

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* EldritchAbomination: The Fendahl. Everyone who saw it died of fright, and that was only a crippled ghost of its true self 12 million years dead, which had been manipulating human lineages for millennia to ensure its release. In the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse, the Time Lords deliberately created a predator capable of feeding off the Fendahl - the Memeovore, or Devourer of Concept, a malign void which could reach across time and space to feed on the stuff of thought and hungered to [[OmnicidalManiac devour all eternity]], from the Big Bang to the end of time. Those who looked at it saw an endless procession of grotesque images, as their mind struggled to comprehend the incomprehensible. [[TooDumbToLive And then the Time Lords released it to use for warfare]].

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* ShoutOut: Creator/ChrisBoucher took inspiration from the work of archaeologist Louis Leakey, who had been excavating human remains for many years until his death in 1972. Boucher named Colby's dog Leakey as a tribute to him, although he later realised that people would miss the reference and assume the name came because "he pissed all over everything!" (Creator/TerranceDicks' subsequent novelisation of the serial in fact gives both reasons for the name.)


* WrittenInAbsence: The script was written before it was known that K9 would be a main character. Rather than re-write the story to accommodate him, Creator/ChrisBoucher added a scene where he breaks down.


* AGodAmI: Stael thinks he can use the Fendahl to become all-powerful. It doesn't quite work.


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* EvilIsNotAToy: Stael thinks he can use the Fendahl to become all-powerful. It doesn't quite work.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The Doctor blowing up the Fendahleen and throwing the Fendahl into a supernova.


-->'''Leela:''' "Oh, he's very difficult sometimes, but he has great knowledge and... gentleness."

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-->'''Leela:''' "Oh, Oh, he's very difficult sometimes, but he has great knowledge and... gentleness."



* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: During a discussion , Fendelman presses Thea for her thoughts on the skull's implications.
-->'''Thea:''' "I'm a technician, not a human paleontologist."

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* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: During a discussion , discussion, Fendelman presses Thea for her thoughts on the skull's implications.
-->'''Thea:''' "I'm I'm a technician, not a human paleontologist."


* TheChosenOne: Thea, in a very twisted way.



* TheChosenOne: Thea, in a very twisted way.


* BreakingTheFourthWall: Realizing the Fendahl is extending its reach beyond the cellar, and left by himself for a moment, the Doctor addresses the camera, saying time's running out.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Realizing After Adam Colby leaves to help Mrs. Tyler with the Fendahl is extending its reach beyond salt as ordered by the cellar, and left by himself for a moment, Doctor, the Doctor addresses turns to stare directly into the camera, saying time's camera and as if addressing the audience says "Time's running out.out".


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* SilentAntagonist: The god-like entity of the Fendahl does not speak because Creator/ChrisBoucher decided that one could not write dialogue for God.


* {{Ultraterrestrials}}: The Fendahl. It's skull crashed on Earth long before humans existed and psychically guided human evolution for thousands of years so that it could have a suitable host.

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* {{Ultraterrestrials}}: The Fendahl. It's Its skull crashed on Earth long before humans existed and psychically guided human evolution for thousands of years so that it could have a suitable host.


* {{Filler}}: [[TropesAreNotBad Put to chilling effect.]]

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* {{Filler}}: [[TropesAreNotBad [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Put to chilling effect.]]


The one where the Doctor chucks away a bone.

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The one where the Doctor chucks away a bone.
with salt.


** SoundOnlyDeath / ExecutiveMeddling: The original script called for an on-camera suicide.

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** SoundOnlyDeath / ExecutiveMeddling: The original script called for an on-camera suicide.


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* SpeaksFluentAnimal: The Doctor bids a herd of cows good morning and asks them if they know where the {{Macguffin}} is. If his claims in later stories that he can understand any animal are true, they don't have anything useful to tell him.


* BreakingTheFourthWall: Realizing the Fendahl is extending its reach beyond the cellar, and left by himself for a moment, he addresses the camera, saying time's running out.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Realizing the Fendahl is extending its reach beyond the cellar, and left by himself for a moment, he the Doctor addresses the camera, saying time's running out.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: The script concerns the Doctor fighting a manifestation of the death wish itself, with the characters inside the siege struggling with [[AdultFear despair and suicidal ideation]] as a result of its effects, and the Doctor defeats it by blasting it in the face with a shotgun. There's a definite attempt to avoid showing the audience anything too grisly but it somehow makes it [[NothingIsScarier even worse]].

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