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* MessianicArchetype: By and large, the White Guardian is pretty much God in all but name. This being a script from Creator/RobertHolmes, one of the most blatantly anti-authoritarian ''Who'' writers, his EstablishingCharacterMoment to bully the Doctor into doing an errand for him with threats.

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* MessianicArchetype: By and large, the White Guardian is pretty much God in all but name. This being a script from Creator/RobertHolmes, one of the most blatantly anti-authoritarian ''Who'' writers, his EstablishingCharacterMoment is to bully the Doctor into doing an errand for him with threats.


* LightIsNotGood: The White Guardian claims to be Good, to balance the Black Guardian's Evil, but we don't know.

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* LightIsNotGood: The White Guardian claims to be Good, to balance the Black Guardian's Evil, but we don't know. Literally the first thing he does is bully the Doctor into doing something he doesn't want to do, though.



* MessianicArchetype: By and large, the White Guardian is pretty much God in all but name.

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* MessianicArchetype: By and large, the White Guardian is pretty much God in all but name. This being a script from Creator/RobertHolmes, one of the most blatantly anti-authoritarian ''Who'' writers, his EstablishingCharacterMoment to bully the Doctor into doing an errand for him with threats.


* DidYouJustScamCthulhu


* ManInWhite: The White Guardian.


* ContrivedCoincidence: The guard on duty on the vault when Vynda-K finds the jethrik just happens to know the provenance of the stone. Justified because the guard in question is actually Unstoffe, who planted the jethrik and made up the story of its provenance on the spot to further the con.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: The guard on duty on the vault when Vynda-K finds the jethrik just happens to know the provenance of the stone. Justified because the guard in question is actually Unstoffe, who planted the jethrik and made up the story of its provenance on the spot to further the con. Later on, Garron berates him for pushing his luck.



* GrenadeTag: The Doctor brutally murders the Graff by strapping a bomb to him.

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* GrenadeTag: The Doctor brutally murders the Graff by strapping a bomb to him. To be fair, the Graff was trying to do the same to him.



* LetsMockTheMonsters: The Doctor refuses to be overawed when he meets the White Guardian, one of the most powerful and potentially dangerous beings in the universe.

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* LetsMockTheMonsters: The [[AvertedTrope Averted]] when the Doctor refuses to be overawed when he meets the White Guardian, one possibly the first time we've ever seen him unfailingly respectful to a figure of authority, being wary even of raising his voice too loud and even calling him "sir". While he tries to look for a way out of the most powerful and potentially dangerous beings in mission to recover the universe.segments, once the Guardian obliquely threatens that "Nothing at all" will happen to him if he refuses ([[ExactWords "Ever."]]) he just glumly accepts the charge.



* ManInARubberSuit: The Shrivenzale. It's actually operated by two people in the manner of a pantomime horse.

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* ManInARubberSuit: The Shrivenzale. It's actually operated by two people in the manner of a pantomime horse. By the standards of classic ''Who'', the costume is actually rather good.


* AffectionatePickpocket: Graff and Garron both try this on the Doctor - the first to plant a bomb, the second to swap out the jethril with a stone. Both times the Doctor returns the favor.

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* AffectionatePickpocket: Graff and Garron both try this on the Doctor - the first to plant a bomb, the second to swap out the jethril jethrik with a stone. Both times the Doctor returns the favor.


* AttackAnimal: The Shrivenzale, which guards the vault holding Ribos' wealth (and briefly the jethrik).

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* AttackAnimal: The Shrivenzale, which guards AffectionatePickpocket: Graff and Garron both try this on the vault holding Ribos' wealth (and briefly Doctor - the jethrik).first to plant a bomb, the second to swap out the jethril with a stone. Both times the Doctor returns the favor.


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* AlienNonInterferenceClause: When the Graff asks Garron why the mining consortium he claims to represent is selling Ribos instead of trying to exploit its mineral wealth, Garron says that any profitable exploitation would require bringing in equipment that is illegal to ship to a Class 3 world, and Ribos isn't likely to become a Class 2 civilization for centuries. It later gets pointed out that the Graff and Garron being on a Class 3 world like Ribos ''at all'' without the proper clearances is also a crime.
* AttackAnimal: The Shrivenzale, which guards the vault holding Ribos' wealth (and briefly the jethrik).


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* BookDumb: The Doctor apparently only barely passed his examinations - on the second try. This in comparison to Romana, who graduated with a triple first.


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* ContrivedCoincidence: The guard on duty on the vault when Vynda-K finds the jethrik just happens to know the provenance of the stone. Justified because the guard in question is actually Unstoffe, who planted the jethrik and made up the story of its provenance on the spot to further the con.


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* HeroicSacrifice: Since the Seeker's prophecy says that only one member of the Graff's party will survive, the Graff decides that his sole remaining man shall make one so that he can escape and plants a bomb on him. Said guard (the Doctor in disguise) discretely gives the bomb back.

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* StickyBomb: In one of his more coldblooded actions, the Doctor sticks a magnetic grenade to the Graff's back and lets him get blown up.

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* ConsolationPrize: At the end of the story, Garron and Unstoffe's con has failed: the gold is buried in the catacombs and the Doctor's swiped their jethrik. But the Graff's ship, stuffed with loot, is theirs for the taking.

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* InsaneAdmiral: The Graf Vynda-K is the perfect example.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: Garron and Unstoffe, another example of the Creator/RobertHolmes double act.


* IncrediblyObviousBug: Averted -- but the Graff finds it anyway.

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* IncrediblyObviousBug: Averted -- but Averted. A discrete listening device about the Graff finds it anyway.size of a thumbnail is hidden on the inside of an architectural folly, out of sight for anyone not thoroughly searching the room or who is phenomenally lucky. It still gets found.



This is another one from the man who was probably Doctor Who's greatest writer, Creator/RobertHolmes, and as such it's well-regarded. Watch it [[http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/xz2jv_tardismedia_the-ribos-operation/ here]]


* LetsMockTheMonsters: The script originally called called for the Doctor to be in awe of The White Guardian, and in the novelisation (based off the script) he almost grovels. However, Creator/TomBaker insisted on playing it mockingly while trying not to laugh at how serious it all was, both [[RebelliousSpirit much more in-character]] and pretty badass into the bargain.

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* LetsMockTheMonsters: The script originally called called for the Doctor refuses to be in awe of The overawed when he meets the White Guardian, one of the most powerful and potentially dangerous beings in the novelisation (based off the script) he almost grovels. However, Creator/TomBaker insisted on playing it mockingly while trying not to laugh at how serious it all was, both [[RebelliousSpirit much more in-character]] and pretty badass into the bargain.universe.

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