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Novelized under the title ''Doctor Who and the Zarbi''. It was the second novelisation to be released, right after ''Doctor Who In An Exciting Adventure With The Daleks''.

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Novelized under the title ''Doctor Who and the Zarbi''. It was the second novelisation to be released, right after ''Doctor Who In An Exciting Adventure With The Daleks''. \n It was also tremendously popular when it aired, with episodes 1 and 4 getting more than 13 million viewers, among the highest the series has ever gotten, only surpassed by some episodes of the Creator/TomBaker era and the modern Christmas specials. Episode 1, with 13.5m people watching, was the single most-watched episode of 1960s Who.


* AbsenteeActor: Barbara is absent from the third episode in order to give Jacqueline Hill a holiday. She was not credited on the episode. She requested that the credits be amended for overseas sales, but this did not happen.

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* AbsenteeActor: Barbara is absent from the third episode in order to give Jacqueline Hill Creator/JacquelineHill a holiday. She was not credited on the episode. She requested that the credits be amended for overseas sales, but this did not happen.

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* ClipItsWings: The ant-like Zarbi from the planet Vortis (who have been made militant by the evil Animus) remove the wings of captured Menoptra (a race of humanoid butterflies) as a matter of course. At the end of the story, the Animus has been defeated (with the help of the Doctor and his companions) and the inhabitants of Vortis are learning to work together again, but the mutilated Menoptra will never regain the power of flight.


* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Meta example. The BBC retains the late-Sixties Spanish dub of episode 6, wherein the Animus, whose voice is supposed to be soothing and hypnotic, sounds like a man talking into a staticky walkie-talkie.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Meta example. The BBC retains the late-Sixties Spanish dub of episode Episode 6, wherein the Animus, whose voice is supposed to be soothing and hypnotic, sounds like a man talking into a staticky walkie-talkie.



* MindControlDevice: The Zarbi have a gold collar that they put around people's necks to control them, since the Animus can use gold to exert mental control over someone. Barbara is forced to leave the TARDIS in a trance-like state in episode one because she's wearing the gold bracelet that Nero gave her.

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* MindControlDevice: The Zarbi have a gold collar that they put around people's necks to control them, since the Animus can use gold to exert mental control over someone. Barbara is forced to leave the TARDIS in a trance-like state in episode one Episode One because she's wearing the gold bracelet that Nero gave her.

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* AntAssault: The Animus arrives on the planet Vortis and takes of the native Zarbi--who resemble giant ants--and use them to attack the other native species the Menoptra.


Novelized under the title ''Doctor Who and the Zarbi''.

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Novelized under the title ''Doctor Who and the Zarbi''.
Zarbi''. It was the second novelisation to be released, right after ''Doctor Who In An Exciting Adventure With The Daleks''.


[[caption-width-right:350:Not Included: [[MostAnnoyingSound The need to puncture your eardrums.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Not Included: [[MostAnnoyingSound The need to puncture your eardrums.]]]]]]



* LightIsGood[=/=]LightIsNotGood: The Menoptra believe in gods of light, and convince the Optera that light is not bad. But when they see the light of the Animus, they have to remind themselves this creature is ''not'' good simply because it is light.

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* LightIsGood[=/=]LightIsNotGood: LightIsGood: The Menoptra believe in gods of light, and convince the Optera that light is not bad. But when they see the light of the Animus, they have to remind themselves this creature is ''not'' good simply because it is light.

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* NonMammalMammaries: {{Averted}}; some of the Menoptra are female, but you'd never know it but for their voices.


* {{Foreshadowing}}: Ian comments on ants eating through a house and being threatened by the ant-like Zarbi. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade the next story]], he is almost eaten by an ant colony.



* LightIsGood / LightIsNotGood: The Menoptra believe in gods of light, and convince the Optera that light is not bad. But when they see the light of the Animus, they have to remind themselves this creature is ''not'' good simply because it is light.

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* LightIsGood / LightIsNotGood: LightIsGood[=/=]LightIsNotGood: The Menoptra believe in gods of light, and convince the Optera that light is not bad. But when they see the light of the Animus, they have to remind themselves this creature is ''not'' good simply because it is light.


* MeaningfulName: In the French slang ''verlan'', which reverses syllables, Zarbi means "bizarre".

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
** Animus is a word meaning both a spirit, and a hatred or hostility.
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In the French slang ''verlan'', which reverses syllables, Zarbi means "bizarre".

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* BeneathTheEarth: Ian meets pale, flightless descendants of the Menoptrans, who'd survived underground for generations since the Zarbi took over the surface of Vortis.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Meta example. The BBC retains the late-Sixties Spanish dub of episode 6, wherein the Animus, whose voice is supposed to be soothing and hypnotic, sounds like a man talking into a staticky walkie-talkie.


* AllThereInTheManual: No date is given on-screen for the story, although the novelisation sets it in 20,000 AD. To a degree it doesn't matter, as this is one of the show's few stories which unambiguously has no human involvement at all, besides the Doctor's companions.


* EldritchAbomination: The Animus qualifies both in terms of its powers and in terms of its appearance. In the [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], it's actually named as one of Creator/HPLovecraft's Old Ones, Lloigor...

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* EldritchAbomination: The Animus qualifies both in terms of its powers and in terms of its appearance. In the [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], it's actually named as one of Creator/HPLovecraft's Old Ones, Lloigor...


* PeopleInRubberSuits: ''Really'' obvious for this one.

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* PeopleInRubberSuits: ''Really'' obvious for this one.The Zarbi: giant ants with two very, very humanoid legs.

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