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* VisibleBoomMic: Around the 4:30 mark of "Crisis" a boom microphone can be seen entering the top of the frame for a few seconds. This happens again around the 14:14 mark.

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* MegaNeko: The TARDIS crew are menaced by a gigantic housecat. (In reality, the cat is normal sized but they have [[IncredibleShrinkingMan been shrunk]] so it is gigantic to them).

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* RealityEnsues: Even after hearing Farrow speak, Forester is unable to convincingly mimic his voice. This leads Bert the policeman to investigate.


** The novelization by Creator/TerranceDicks is a bit more detailed, explaining that it's connected to the amount of atmosphere suddenly displaced by the TARDIS' materialization, and how materializing incorrectly results in the "Space Pressure" effect.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The story is rooted in the recent release of the book ''Silent Spring'', which exposed the damage DDT was doing to bird populations. The story concerns an ecologically-devastating pesticide.

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The one where the Doctor plays environmentalist.


* {{Foreshadowing}}: Ian ponders what kind of planet would produce large insects. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet Later this season, he'll find out]].



** The novelization by Creator/TerrenceDicks is a bit more detailed, explaining that it's connected to the amount of atmosphere suddenly displaced by the TARDIS' materialization, and how materializing incorrectly results in the "Space Pressure" effect.

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** The novelization by Creator/TerrenceDicks Creator/TerranceDicks is a bit more detailed, explaining that it's connected to the amount of atmosphere suddenly displaced by the TARDIS' materialization, and how materializing incorrectly results in the "Space Pressure" effect.


** The novelization by Terrence Dicks is a bit more detailed, explaining that it's connected to the amount of atmosphere suddenly displaced by the TARDIS' materialization, and how materializing incorrectly results in the "Space Pressure" effect.

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** The novelization by Terrence Dicks Creator/TerrenceDicks is a bit more detailed, explaining that it's connected to the amount of atmosphere suddenly displaced by the TARDIS' materialization, and how materializing incorrectly results in the "Space Pressure" effect.


[[http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x1k0rh_matrixarchive_planet-of-giants Watch it here.]]


* PoorCommunicationKills: Barbara gets poisoned and gets progressively more ill as the serial goes on, but hides it because... why?
** CannotSpitItOut: A lot of people seem to think this is a plot hole, but it's really just traditional British culture, stiff upper lip and all that. Everybody's already trying to get back to the TARDIS, so she feels explaining the poisoning would hurt them unnecessarily.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: Barbara gets poisoned and gets progressively more ill as the serial goes on, but hides it because... why?
** CannotSpitItOut:
it. A lot of people seem to think this is a plot hole, but it's really just traditional British culture, stiff upper lip and all that. Everybody's already trying to get back to the TARDIS, so she feels explaining the poisoning would hurt them unnecessarily.

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* BehindTheBlack: Ian and Susan don't notice the "giant" dead ants which are merely a few feet away from them (relative to their size) until the ants are shown onscreen. Similarly, after they find the first ant egg they marvel at it, then look down and find a whole bunch more.


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* FailedASpotCheck: Barbara specifically tells Ian she got some of the sticky stuff on her hands, but later he doesn't know that she got poisoned.


Given a second series [[note]](though this story and the next were actually filmed as part of the first series)[[/note]], ''Series/DoctorWho'' kicks off with a sci-fi staple [[IncredibleShrinkingMan the heroes are shrunk to about an inch tall]].

All the usual fun and frolics with perfectly normal household objects becoming perilous deathtraps are there, but they also uncover a plot by a ruthless businessman Forester to launch a new insecticide, [=DN6=], despite it being harmful to other life. A civil servant investigates, but is murdered by the businessman (told you he was ruthless).

Barbara is made ill by the insecticide, but the others manage to foil the plan by tampering with his telephone, causing the local telephone exchange operator to be suspicious and send her policeman husband along to investigate. He isn't murdered, and brings Forester to justice.

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Given a second series [[note]](though season[[note]] (though this story and the next were actually filmed as part of the first series)[[/note]], season)[[/note]], ''Series/DoctorWho'' kicks off with a sci-fi staple [[IncredibleShrinkingMan the heroes are shrunk to about an inch tall]].

All the usual fun and frolics with perfectly normal household objects becoming perilous deathtraps are there, but they also uncover accidentally stumble upon a plot by a ruthless businessman Forester to launch a new insecticide, [=DN6=], despite it being harmful to other life. A civil servant named Farrow investigates, but upon refusing to back down is murdered by the businessman Forester (told you he was ruthless).

ruthless). Forester then summons the creator of the insecticide, Smithers, and blackmails him into helping cover up the crime.

Barbara is made ill by the insecticide, but the others manage to foil the Forester's plan by tampering with his telephone, causing the local telephone exchange operator to be suspicious and send her policeman husband along to investigate. He isn't murdered, and brings Forester to justice.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* DefinitelyJustACold: Barbara tries to write-off her poisioning sysmptoms as some sort of minor illness.
* GreenAesop
* HandWave: The reason behind the shrinkage of the Doctor and Co. is...Space Pressure.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive
CorruptCorporateExecutive: Farrow, though it's never stated what position, if any, he holds. He could just as easily be some sort of venture capitalist.
* DefinitelyJustACold: Barbara tries to write-off her poisioning sysmptoms poisoning symptoms as some sort of minor illness.
* GreenAesop
EyeScream: The Doctor manages to have an aerosol can of insecticide (labelled "Highly Flammable") explode right next to Forester, who reacts by holding his hands over his face and screaming in agony, heavily implying some metal hit him in the eye.
* GreenAesop: Spraying chemicals everywhere, even with good intentions, can have unintended consequences.
** Worth pointing out that this serial was made just two years after the publication of ''Literature/SilentSpring'', which kick-started the modern environmentalist movement and led to (among other things) the banning of DDT.
* HandWave: The reason behind the shrinkage of the Doctor and Co. is... Space Pressure.



* HeKnowsTooMuch
* IncredibleShrinkingMan

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* HeKnowsTooMuch
HeKnowsTooMuch: Happens to Farrow when he crosses Forester. Nearly happens to Smithers but for a can of insecticide blowing up.
* IncredibleShrinkingManIncredibleShrinkingMan: Obviously.



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Subverted: Forester thinks of Farell this way, but he's actually in the right.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Barbara gets poisoned and gets progressively more ill as the show goes on, but hides it because... why?
** CannotSpitItOut: A lot of people seem to think this is a plot hole, but it's really just traditional British culture. Everybody's already trying to get back to the TARDIS, so explaining the poisoning would just hurt them unnecessarily.

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Subverted: Subverted. Forester thinks of Farell Farrow this way, but he's Farrow is actually in the right.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Barbara gets poisoned and gets progressively more ill as the show serial goes on, but hides it because... why?
** CannotSpitItOut: A lot of people seem to think this is a plot hole, but it's really just traditional British culture. culture, stiff upper lip and all that. Everybody's already trying to get back to the TARDIS, so she feels explaining the poisoning would just hurt them unnecessarily.



* SmartBall: Susan with her observations about the nature of the insecticide. May simply be her failing to hold the IdiotBall for once, given her [[InformedAttribute Informed intelligence]] in the pilot and a few episodes.
* TheXOfY
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: When they finally realize that no, they're not at the World Fair.

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* SmartBall: Susan Susan, with her observations about the nature of the insecticide. May simply be her failing to hold the IdiotBall for once, given her [[InformedAttribute Informed intelligence]] in the pilot and a few of her later episodes.
* TheXOfY
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: When they finally realize that no, they're not at the World World's Fair.



* YankTheDogsChain: the uncontrollable [=TARDIS=] lands by chance back on Earth in Ian and Barbara's home period, but they're three inches tall and have no way of getting back to normal without taking off and getting lost again.

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* YankTheDogsChain: the uncontrollable [=TARDIS=] lands by chance back on Earth in Ian and Barbara's home period, period (early-60's London), but they're three inches an inch tall and have no way of getting back to normal without taking off and getting lost again.

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** The novelization by Terrence Dicks is a bit more detailed, explaining that it's connected to the amount of atmosphere suddenly displaced by the TARDIS' materialization, and how materializing incorrectly results in the "Space Pressure" effect.


The Irwin Allen series LandOfTheGiants bears a remarkable similarity.

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The Irwin Allen series LandOfTheGiants ''Series/LandOfTheGiants'' bears a remarkable similarity.


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* DefinitelyJustACold: Barbara tries to write-off her poisioning sysmptoms as some sort of minor illness.

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids Honey, I Shrunk The TARDIS Crew]]]]

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