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In the first of his continuing attempts to bring Tegan back home, the Doctor gets the date and time exactly right... but is four light-days off, location-wise (so, somewhere in the Oort cloud). Oops. Instead, the Doctor and his companions land on a huge spaceship crewed by the delusional Monarch and his lackeys, the Ministers of Persuasion and Enlightenment. These three Urbankans, or frog-like aliens, travel in the company of four groups of humans: [[AncientGreece Ancient Greeks]], [[ImperialChina Chinese]], [[{{Mayincatec}} Mayan]] and UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines.

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In the first of his continuing attempts to bring Tegan back home, the Doctor gets the date and time exactly right... but is four light-days off, location-wise (so, somewhere in the Oort cloud). Oops. Instead, the Doctor and his companions land on a huge spaceship crewed by the delusional Monarch and his lackeys, the Ministers of Persuasion and Enlightenment. These three Urbankans, or frog-like aliens, travel in the company of four groups of humans: [[AncientGreece [[UsefulNotes/AncientGreece Ancient Greeks]], [[ImperialChina Chinese]], [[{{Mayincatec}} Mayan]] and UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines.

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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Monarch's ship is explicitly mentioned as not being able to travel faster than the speed of light and as having left Urbanka 1,250 years ago, placing Urbanka no more than 1,250 lightyears away. It's also mentioned as being in galaxy RA 1489[[note]]not a real galaxy[[/note]]. The nearest galaxy to the Milkyway is '''25,000''' lightyears away.


Creator/PeterDavison's first filmed story as the Doctor (the episodes are often filmed out of order).

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Creator/PeterDavison's first filmed story as the Doctor (the episodes are often filmed out of order). \n[[note]]The explanation given by producer John Nathan-Turner, which is often repeated by fans, is that they wanted to give Davison a chance to acclimatize to the role before filming his debut story. The truth, however, is that this was the only script which was ready to film at the start of production.[[/note]]

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* KillAndReplace: Almost happens to Nyssa, who is placed in a machine to scan her to create a robot duplicate before disposing of the organic original, but she's rescued in time.


* [[EternalEnglish Eternal Indigenous Australian]] / SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Good thing Tegan fluently speaks a 40,000-year-old dialect of a random [[UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines Indigenous Australian]] language! (There are thousands of such languages, most of which wouldn't have existed by Tegan's time -- and meanwhile, linguists in the rest of the world are having a tough enough time reconstructing Proto-Indo-European, which is a mere 10,000 years old.) Then again, the doctor did specifically ask Tegan about knowing the DIALECT. not the language, the dialect.
** And more importantly - [[FridgeLogic why didn't the translation circuits on the TARDIS translate the speech for the Doctor?]] Unless

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* [[EternalEnglish Eternal Indigenous Australian]] / SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Good thing Tegan fluently speaks a 40,000-year-old dialect of a random [[UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines Indigenous Australian]] language! (There are thousands of such languages, most of which wouldn't have existed by Tegan's time -- and meanwhile, linguists in the rest of the world are having a tough enough time reconstructing Proto-Indo-European, which is a mere 10,000 years old.) Then )Then again, the doctor did specifically ask Tegan about phrase the question as dialect than her knowing the DIALECT. not the language, the dialect.
language itself.
** And more importantly - [[FridgeLogic why didn't the translation circuits on the TARDIS translate the speech for the Doctor?]] Unless


* [[EternalEnglish Eternal Indigenous Australian]] / SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Good thing Tegan fluently speaks a 40,000-year-old dialect of a random [[UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines Indigenous Australian]] language! (There are thousands of such languages, most of which wouldn't have existed by Tegan's time -- and meanwhile, linguists in the rest of the world are having a tough enough time reconstructing Proto-Indo-European, which is a mere 10,000 years old.)
** And more importantly - [[FridgeLogic why didn't the translation circuits on the TARDIS translate the speech for the Doctor?]]

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* [[EternalEnglish Eternal Indigenous Australian]] / SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Good thing Tegan fluently speaks a 40,000-year-old dialect of a random [[UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines Indigenous Australian]] language! (There are thousands of such languages, most of which wouldn't have existed by Tegan's time -- and meanwhile, linguists in the rest of the world are having a tough enough time reconstructing Proto-Indo-European, which is a mere 10,000 years old.)
) Then again, the doctor did specifically ask Tegan about knowing the DIALECT. not the language, the dialect.
** And more importantly - [[FridgeLogic why didn't the translation circuits on the TARDIS translate the speech for the Doctor?]] Unless



* TranslationConvention: An ancient Australian Aboriginal language isn't translated, allowing Tegan to expand her character by being the only one able to understand and speak it. This is regardless of the fact that there are dozens of loosely related and unrelated Aboriginal languages, and the one they were speaking was unlikely to still exist by the time Tegan was even born.

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* TranslationConvention: An ancient Australian Aboriginal language isn't translated, allowing Tegan to expand her character by being the only one able to understand and speak it. This is regardless of the fact that there are dozens of loosely related and unrelated Aboriginal languages, and the one they were speaking was unlikely to still exist by the time Tegan was even born. Then again, as mention above, it was less the language the doctor was surprise but the dialect.


* BadassInANiceSuit: Persuasion

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* BadassInANiceSuit: PersuasionPersuasion. Also has a wry sense of humor: On finding Nyssa using the Sonic Screwdriver together with pencil graphite to create a short circuit, confiscates the Sonic Screwdriver but adds:
--> '''Persuasion:''' You may keep the pencil.



-->"This compound is not me. (takes out chip) ''This'' is me."

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-->"This -->'''Bigon''': This compound is not me. (takes out chip) ''This'' is me."



>'''Bigon''': The only organic life on this ship is in the floral chamber.

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>'''Bigon''': -->'''Bigon''': The only organic life on this ship is in the floral chamber.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The Maya civilization being twice as old, or more, as it actually was.

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* HighCollarOfDoom: The BigBad Monarch sports one, as can be seen in the page image.


-->"This is not me. (takes out chip) ''This'' is me."

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-->"This compound is not me. (takes out chip) ''This'' is me."


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* WhamLine: When the Doctor wonders how organic life survived for 35000 years on a spaceship.
>'''Bigon''': The only organic life on this ship is in the floral chamber.


* ContinuityNod: The Fourth Doctor previously displayed an ability to survive exposure to a vacuum in space in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E4NightmareOfEden Nightmare of Eden]]". The Eleventh Doctor would again demonstrate this ability in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe]]".

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* ContinuityNod: The Fourth Doctor previously displayed an ability to survive exposure to a vacuum in space in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E4NightmareOfEden Nightmare of Eden]]". The Eleventh Doctor would again demonstrate this ability in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe]]". Wardrobe]]"...and then the Twelfth would decidedly ''[[DependingOnTheWriter not]]'' demonstrate it in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E5Oxygen Oxygen]]", just to muddy the waters.



** This is true of the other regulars as well, who all have noticeably less sympathetic characterisation - Adric is misogynistic, and elitist to the point that he '''approves''' of Monarch for a while; Nyssa is smug and so bland that when she's supposed to be drugged or hypnotised it's impossible to tell; and Tegan is bumbling and weepy. Creator/JohnNathanTurner said that this was the story in which the characters were written closest to what the season bible said, which makes it seem even odder.

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** This is true of the other regulars as well, who all have noticeably less sympathetic characterisation - Adric is misogynistic, and elitist to the point that he '''approves''' of Monarch for a while; Nyssa is smug and so bland that it's impossible to tell when she's supposed to be drugged or hypnotised it's impossible to tell; hypnotised; and Tegan is bumbling and weepy. Creator/JohnNathanTurner said that this was the story in which the characters were written closest to what the season bible said, which makes it seem even odder.



** And more importantly - why didn't the translation circuits on the TARDIS translate the speech for the Doctor?

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** And more importantly - [[FridgeLogic why didn't the translation circuits on the TARDIS translate the speech for the Doctor?Doctor?]]


** BrickJoke: In a expanded universe novel, it was explained that the cricket ball in question was a vacuum-resistant propulsion-powered cricket ball.


-->-- '''The Doctor''' pwns Adric

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-->-- '''The Doctor''' pwns Adric
owns Adric

The one where Adric becomes an idiot.

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* TranslationConvention: An ancient Australian Aboriginal language isn't translated, allowing Tegan to expand her character by being the only one able to understand and speak it. This is regardless of the fact that there are dozens of loosely related and unrelated Aboriginal languages, and the one they were speaking was unlikely to still exist by the time Tegan was even born.


* ContinuityNod: The Fourth Doctor previously displayed an ability to survive exposure to a vacuum in space in "Nightmare of Eden". The Eleventh Doctor would again demonstrate this ability in "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe".

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* ContinuityNod: The Fourth Doctor previously displayed an ability to survive exposure to a vacuum in space in "Nightmare "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E4NightmareOfEden Nightmare of Eden". Eden]]". The Eleventh Doctor would again demonstrate this ability in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe".Wardrobe]]".



* KneelBeforeZod

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* KneelBeforeZodKneelBeforeZod: The Doctor is forced to his knees, solely for the purpose of getting his head chopped off.


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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Nyssa faints at the end because Creator/SarahSutton's contract was being negotiated. It's also why she's largely absent from the next story.

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