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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Camilla is a pretty obvious LesbianVampire and molests Romana. She also describes Adric (who's around fourteen to sixteen years old) as a "handsome child" in a tone reminiscent of an older woman out to "make a man" of an innocent young boy.
** When Camilla says to Romana, "There are compensations," the look on her face clearly says, "like jumping your bones."

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Camilla is a pretty obvious LesbianVampire GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to overwhelming and molests Romana. She also describes Adric (who's around fourteen to sixteen years old) as a "handsome child" in a tone reminiscent of an older woman out to "make a man" of an innocent young boy.
** When Camilla says to Romana, "There
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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The Great One being ImpaledWithExtremePredjudice by the Doctor, causing the Three Who Rule to wither away and die.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The Great One being ImpaledWithExtremePredjudice ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice by the Doctor, causing the Three Who Rule to wither away and die.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The Great One being ImpaledWithExtremePredjudice by the Doctor, causing the Three Who Rule to wither away and die.


Creator/TerranceDicks had originally proposed this story several years earlier, for the slot that ended up going to "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock Horror of Fang Rock]]"; it was turned down at the time because the BBC was about to air a big-budget adaptation of ''{{Dracula}}'', and they didn't want anybody to think ''Series/DoctorWho'' was taking the mickey.

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Creator/TerranceDicks had originally proposed this story several years earlier, for the slot that ended up going to "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock Horror of Fang Rock]]"; it was turned down at the time because the BBC was about to air a big-budget adaptation of ''{{Dracula}}'', ''Film/CountDracula1977'', and they didn't want anybody to think ''Series/DoctorWho'' was taking the mickey.


That's not the interesting bit, though: the interesting bit is that the [[RuleOfThree Three Who Rule]] are {{vampire}}s. And they're working to revive their master, a Giant Vampire who fought (and nearly defeated) the Time Lords themselves aeons ago.

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That's not the interesting bit, though: the interesting bit is that the [[RuleOfThree Three Who Rule]] are {{vampire}}s.[[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]]. And they're working to revive their master, a Giant Vampire who fought (and nearly defeated) the Time Lords themselves aeons ago.

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* ImmortalRuler: The Three Who Rule are the captain and his Executive Officers from a ship that crash landed on the planet long ago. The peasants have gone through many generations but the Three are still the same people, because they're vampires.


* AristocratsAreEvil

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* AristocratsAreEvilAristocratsAreEvil: The Three Who Rule.



* LaResistance

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* LaResistanceLaResistance: Against the Three's Rule.



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* TitleDropTitleDrop: "Yes, I've never seen such a state of decay."



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The topic of "The Wasting" comes up several times during the first episode as something the peasants dread and will not discuss. It seems significant, but once episode one ends, it's never mentioned again. This is apparently a hangover from a much early draft of the script.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The topic of "The Wasting" comes up several times during the first episode as something the peasants dread and will not discuss. It seems significant, but once episode one ends, it's never mentioned again. This is apparently a hangover from a much early earlier draft of the script.


* {{Uberwald}}: The unnamed planet is essentially Überwald as a PlanetOfHats.

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* {{Uberwald}}: The unnamed planet is essentially Überwald as a PlanetOfHats.PlanetOfHats, though justified since there's only one settlement on it.


* FeudalFuture / MedievalStasis: Enforced by the Three Who Rule

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* FeudalFuture / MedievalStasis: Enforced by the Three Who RuleRule.


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* GorgeousPeriodDress: The vampires wear rather dark versions of this, and later stick Adric and Romana in some, too.


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* ShapedLikeItself: One peasant says "The Wasting is... The Wasting." (Unfortunately, that's about all we ever learn about it.)
* ShoutOut: The "Making Of" featurette on the DVD is titled "Film/TheVampireLovers." In the interviews, various crewmembers point out that the style of the story is a lot closer to Film/HammerHorror than it is to ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''.


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* SuperStrength: Zargo demonstrates this when he lifts a grown man off the ground with one arm.

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* BloodsuckingBats: Aukon commands a swarm of them.

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* ResistanceIsFutile: Marta says this is the villagers' lot in life, ruled by the Three.

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* ShoutOutToShakespeare: The Doctor quotes ''Theatre/HenryV'' to inspire the rebels:
-->Lack of weapons. No experience. Odds almost insurmountable. But! He who outlives this day and comes safe home shall stand a-tiptoe when this day is named and rouse him at the name of E-space!

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** When Camilla says to Romana, "There are compensations," the look on her face clearly says, "like jumping your bones."

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* CharacterCheck: After several serials of the Doctor's characterisation being unusually dark, grumpy and {{Chessmaster}}ly, this story returns him to the witty and capricious mode he'd been in for the previous three seasons -- but the story itself is written with all the characteristic tropes of his ''first'' three seasons, being a GothicHorror {{Pastiche}} about weakened ancient godlike beings attempting to regain power.

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The one where the Doctor stabs someone with a rocket.

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