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* TheXOfYTheXOfY: Not only the story, but all six episode titles (give or take a "The")!


* BattleDiscretionShot: The Doctor convinces the leader of the [[PressGanged press gang he's in]] that they're digging up gold coins. While the man scrabbles on the floor, back turned to the Doctor, the Doctor slowly takes a shovel from another of the gang members and readies it. We cut to the face of the man whose shovel the Doctor took as he looks on in confusion, before suddenly wincing in sympathetic agony. This was probably done because having the Doctor kill someone with a spade on screen would not be possible to [[PlayedForLaughs Play For Laughs]] - he's allowed to kill people on screen at dramatic moments, though.

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* BattleDiscretionShot: The Doctor convinces the leader of the [[PressGanged press gang he's in]] that they're digging up gold coins. While the man scrabbles on the floor, back turned to the Doctor, the Doctor slowly takes a shovel from another of the gang members and readies it. We cut to the face of the man whose shovel the Doctor took as he looks on in confusion, before suddenly wincing in sympathetic agony. This was probably done because having the Doctor kill someone with a spade on screen would not be possible to [[PlayedForLaughs Play For Laughs]] - he's allowed to kill people on screen at dramatic moments, though. (It's implied that the man survived, [[YouHaveFailedMe at least for the moment]], since he is heard snoring as the Doctor leaves.)


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* BigBad: Maximilien Robespierre, as the leader of the Revolution which causes all the Doctor and company's problems (at least until the end).


* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: None of the guest cast have accents. Most egregiously is the jailer, who is clearly from Oop'North

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: None of the guest cast have accents. Most egregiously is the jailer, who is clearly from Oop'NorthOopNorth


The DVD release reconstructed the episodes with off-air recordings of the original soundtracks and new animated visuals.

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The DVD release reconstructed the two missing episodes with off-air recordings of the original soundtracks and new animated visuals.


* ChangedMyJumper: The Doctor goes out of his way to obtain a député's (member of parliament) outfit as part of a bluff, attempting to trade his own clothes for one. He insists his clothes are more than high enough quality to swap, but the clothes merchant is incredibly confused by the style of them, calling them worthless and admitting he assumed they were cheap fancy dress. He does eventually get a fabulous outfit complete with a feathery hat and spends the rest of the episode wearing it and ordering people about a comment by Susan implies that this may be because he has a ForeignCultureFetish for the French Revolution.

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* ChangedMyJumper: The Doctor goes out of his way to obtain a député's (member of parliament) outfit as part of a bluff, attempting to trade his own clothes for one. He insists his clothes are more than high enough quality to swap, but the clothes merchant is incredibly confused by the style of them, calling them worthless and admitting he assumed they were cheap fancy dress. He does eventually get a fabulous outfit complete with a feathery hat and spends the rest of the episode story wearing it and ordering people about a comment by Susan implies that this may be because he has a ForeignCultureFetish for the French Revolution.



* {{Rotoscoping}}: Used in some scenes of the animated episodes 4 and 5 on the DVD release.

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* {{Rotoscoping}}: Used in some scenes of the animated episodes Episodes 4 and 5 on the DVD release.



* StockEpisodeTitles: 10 uses. Justified, in that this episode is about, well, [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution the Reign of Terror]].

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* StockEpisodeTitles: 10 uses. Justified, in that this episode story is about, well, [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution the Reign of Terror]].


While Barbara and Susan are rescued en route the the guillotine, (after Barbara refuses to do [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar you-know-what]] with the jailor in exchange for their safety), Ian is trapped in a cell with a dying member of LaResistance. He promises to honour the man's last wish to relay a message, and spends a few more hours locked up with a corpse before successfully stealing a key and escaping.

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While Barbara and Susan are rescued en route the the guillotine, (after Barbara refuses to do [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar you-know-what]] you-know-what with the jailor in exchange for their safety), Ian is trapped in a cell with a dying member of LaResistance. He promises to honour the man's last wish to relay a message, and spends a few more hours locked up with a corpse before successfully stealing a key and escaping.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: After the companions have been captured, one guard basically offers Barbara freedom in exchange for sex. For his troubles, he gets a slap to the face.

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: After GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to overwhelming and persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you are reading this in the companions have been captured, one guard basically offers Barbara freedom in exchange for sex. For his troubles, he gets a slap to future, please check the face.trope page to make sure your example fits the current definition.


* ReverseMole: Stirling.


* GodzillaThreshold: When Jules Renan learned that there was a good chance of UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte rising to power, the prospect so terrified him that ''he even considered the present madness under Robespierre preferable''!



** M. Colbert

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** M. Léon Colbert

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* BattleDiscretionShot: The Doctor convinces the leader of the [[PressGanged press gang he's in]] that they're digging up gold coins. While the man scrabbles on the floor, back turned to the Doctor, the Doctor slowly takes a shovel from another of the gang members and readies it. We cut to the face of the man whose shovel the Doctor took as he looks on in confusion, before suddenly wincing in sympathetic agony. This was probably done because having the Doctor kill someone with a spade on screen would not be possible to [[PlayedForLaughs Play For Laughs]] - he's allowed to kill people on screen at dramatic moments, though.


* FailedASpotCheck: The physician does not notice Susan's BizarreAlienBiology. YMMV, but considering that he sells she and Barbara out, maybe he wasn't giving her his full attention?...

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* FailedASpotCheck: The physician does not notice Susan's BizarreAlienBiology. YMMV, but considering that he sells she her and Barbara out, maybe he wasn't giving her his full attention?...

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The one where the Doctor gets a silly outfit.

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* IdiotBall:
** Barbara, a history teacher with a wide and extensive knowledge of even obscure points of the subject, completely forgets that medical treatment in the French Revolution was not as good as it is in 1960s Britain. A chunk of her plotline involves her trying to get Susan to a doctor, and she is shocked when the doctor just wants to put leeches on her.
** Susan, who previously was shown to be easily scared but able to endure fear when she was forced to (see "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild An Unearthly Child]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks The Daleks]]" and "The Sensorites") refuses to attempt to escape from a prison cell where she has been told she will be guillotined tomorrow, because there are rats in the cell that she is scared of. Even if that was a sensible priority for fear (even {{Phobia}}s in the real world do not override known threats to life), this means she remains in the cell ''with'' the rats...

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* ContinuityNod:
** The Doctor admits that the TARDIS has suffered only two minor faults, namely [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild the failure of the chameleon circuit]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction the jamming of the fast return switch]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild During her incarceration, Barbara is reminded of her imprisonment in the Cave of Skulls in 100,000 BC]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs Barbara claims to have learnt her lesson about meddling in history in Mexico in the 15th century]].


* ChangedMyJumper: The Doctor goes out of his way to obtain a député's (member of parliament) outfit as part of a bluff, attempting to trade his own clothes for one. He insists his clothes are more than high enough quality to swap, but the clothes merchant is incredibly confused by the style of them, calling them worthless and admitting he assumed they were cheap fancy dress. He does eventually get a fabulous gendarme outfit complete with a feathery hat and spends the rest of the episode wearing it and ordering people about a comment by Susan implies that this may be because he has a ForeignCultureFetish for the French Revolution.

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* ChangedMyJumper: The Doctor goes out of his way to obtain a député's (member of parliament) outfit as part of a bluff, attempting to trade his own clothes for one. He insists his clothes are more than high enough quality to swap, but the clothes merchant is incredibly confused by the style of them, calling them worthless and admitting he assumed they were cheap fancy dress. He does eventually get a fabulous gendarme outfit complete with a feathery hat and spends the rest of the episode wearing it and ordering people about a comment by Susan implies that this may be because he has a ForeignCultureFetish for the French Revolution.


* ChangedMyJumper: The Doctor goes out of his way to obtain a policeman's outfit as part of a bluff, attempting to trade his own clothes for one. He insists his clothes are more than high enough quality to swap, but the clothes merchant is incredibly confused by the style of them, calling them worthless and admitting he assumed they were cheap fancy dress. He does eventually get a fabulous gendarme outfit complete with a feathery hat and spends the rest of the episode wearing it and ordering people about a comment by Susan implies that this may be because he has a ForeignCultureFetish for the French Revolution.

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* ChangedMyJumper: The Doctor goes out of his way to obtain a policeman's député's (member of parliament) outfit as part of a bluff, attempting to trade his own clothes for one. He insists his clothes are more than high enough quality to swap, but the clothes merchant is incredibly confused by the style of them, calling them worthless and admitting he assumed they were cheap fancy dress. He does eventually get a fabulous gendarme outfit complete with a feathery hat and spends the rest of the episode wearing it and ordering people about a comment by Susan implies that this may be because he has a ForeignCultureFetish for the French Revolution.

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