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** The Doctor's ability to reverse cyanide poisoning using various substances. Actually, some of the {{Technobabble}} he spouts is vaguely plausible.

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** The Doctor's ability to reverse cyanide poisoning using various substances. Actually, Whie some of the {{Technobabble}} he spouts is vaguely plausible.plausible, expelling the poison from his mouth as a gas rather stretches credibility.

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* CastingGag: Fenella Woolgar, who plays Agatha Christie, also appeared in two of the [[Series/{{Poirot}} TV adaptations]] of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot mysteries.


* WhatTheHellAreYou: Agatha's understandable reaction to the Doctor exhaling deadly poison as a cloud of black smoke.


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* WhoAreYou / WhatTheHellAreYou: Agatha's understandable reaction to the Doctor exhaling deadly poison as a cloud of black smoke.

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*** When the identity of the Unicorn is revealed, the Unicorn's accent slips from upper class back to working class, which also happens when the jewel thief is exposed in the Poirot short story "The Veiled Lady".


** Rusty and Gareth Roberts had a bit of fun with the script. Gareth would pop a reference in, send the draft to Rusty, and it'd come back with another one, and so forth. All told, there are about 18 titles of Creator/AgathaChristie novels directly referenced in dialogue. Such as...

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** Rusty and Gareth Roberts had a bit of fun with the script. Gareth would pop a reference in, send the draft to Rusty, and it'd come back with another one, and so forth. All told, there are about 18 19 titles of Creator/AgathaChristie novels directly referenced in dialogue. Such as...


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*** ''The Secret Adversary''

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* RewatchBonus: When the Doctor is first questioning the suspects, the Reverend is shown to be the only one who is 100% telling the truth, when in fact he's the only one who is completely lying.


* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Poor Reverend Golightly. The Firestone his birth mother wears is meant to [[ExpositionBeam transmit]] information to him when he breaks the genetic lock of his human form and turns into a Vespiform for the first time in his life, to help him understand what's happening; unfortunately she's reading an Agatha Christie novel when that happens, beaming murder-mysteries into his mind as the mental template instead and causing him to begin murdering people.



* CainAndAbel: Lady Eddison's bastard son with a Vespiform, Reverend Golightly, kills his human younger half-brother as the final victim of the episode. Unlike Professor Peach and Miss Chandrakala, Roger had no idea of his brother's existence and wasn't threatening his secret, making it unclear if the reverend killed him out of jealousy, homophobia, or if Roger saw him change.



* DyingAsYourself: Hinted at for the reverend.



* LongLostRelative: Reverend Golightly turns out to be Lady Eddison's secret first son. She had given him up to avoid the scandal of her not being married to his father when she became pregnant.



* TheVicar: [[spoiler: Turns out he is the murderer.]]

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* TheVicar: [[spoiler: Turns out he is the murderer.]]


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* VillainsDyingGrace: When he and Agatha are telepathically linked as he is drowning, Reverend Golightly ultimately spares Agatha's life as his final act by releasing her from the link before she can also die. Especially noteworthy as the Doctor was not even present to talk him into it.



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* WickedWasp: The MonsterOfTheWeek is a Vespiform: a giant, blasphemous wasp driven to commit murder.


* PassThePopcorn: Donna seems to be doing this during the drawing-room reveal, though we can't see what it is she's eating. Some glances based on the camera angles suggest green grapes.

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* PassThePopcorn: Donna seems to be doing this during the drawing-room reveal, though we can't see what it is she's eating. Some glances based on the camera angles suggest except with green grapes.


* TheRoaringTwenties: The episode is set in 1926

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* TheRoaringTwenties: The episode is set in 19261926.



* TheVicar: [[spoiler: Turns out he is the murderer]]

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* TheVicar: [[spoiler: Turns out he is the murderer]]murderer.]]


The one with Literature/AgathaChristie, [[Creator/DavidTennant David Tennant's]] [[TheCameo dad]] and a giant, blasphemous wasp. [[TabletopGame/{{Clue}} In the mansion]], with a BigDamnKiss.

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The one with Literature/AgathaChristie, Creator/AgathaChristie, [[Creator/DavidTennant David Tennant's]] [[TheCameo dad]] and a giant, blasphemous wasp. [[TabletopGame/{{Clue}} In the mansion]], with a BigDamnKiss.


* TheVicar: Turns out he is the murderer

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* TheVicar: [[spoiler: Turns out he is the murderer murderer]]


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%%* ClassyCatBurglar: The Unicorn, although she gets a lot less classy when she's exposed.
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%%* * ClassyCatBurglar: The Unicorn, although she gets a lot less classy when she's exposed.
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%%* DaydreamBeliever: Donna really wanted to meet Noddy...

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%%* * DaydreamBeliever: Donna really wanted to meet Noddy...



* TheRoaringTwenties: The episode is set in 1926



%%* TheVicar:

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%%* * TheVicar: Turns out he is the murderer


* ClicheStorm: Donna Noble notices that the plot is being played out like a murder mystery story. It turns out the villain absorbed the works of Creator/AgathaChristie, which he used as the templates to kill various guests. [[invoked]]

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* ClicheStorm: Donna Noble notices that the plot is being played out like a murder mystery story. It turns out the villain absorbed the works of Creator/AgathaChristie, which he used as the templates inspired him to kill various guests.the guests in the fashion of her books. [[invoked]]


* ClicheStorm: Donna Noble notices that the plot is being played out like a murder mystery story.[[invoked]]

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* ClicheStorm: Donna Noble notices that the plot is being played out like a murder mystery story. It turns out the villain absorbed the works of Creator/AgathaChristie, which he used as the templates to kill various guests. [[invoked]]

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