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* ActorAllusion: The psychic paper identifies the Doctor as a government official, but, Dr Chang asks, why is there all this swearing? Oh, he has a lot of internalised anger. Almost certainly a nod to Peter Capaldi's famous role as spin doctor [[Series/TheThickOfIt Malcolm Tucker]]. On top of that, Seb is played by Chris Addison, ''The Thick of It'''s Oliver "Ollie" Reeder (though The Doctor and Seb never share a scene).
** Just like the first Master we ever saw, the actor playing him/her has an obviously Spanish last name.

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* RuleOfDrama: Given that the Doctor specifically stated in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums The Sound of Drums]]" that he would recognize the Master regardless of appearance, identifying it as a Time Lord trait, his failing to quickly recognize Missy for who or even what she was creates a SeriesContinuityError.


-->'''Clara''': I don't deserve anything. Nobody deserves anything. [[TranquilFury But I am owed better.]] I am ''owed''.

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-->'''Clara''': I don't deserve anything. Nobody deserves ''deserves'' anything. [[TranquilFury But I am owed better.]] I am ''owed''.

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* RageBreakingPoint: Variation: Danny's painfully ordinary death had ''quite literally'' made Clara mad (as in angry) with grief:
-->'''Clara's Gran''': [Danny] deserved better. And so did you.
-->'''Clara''': I don't deserve anything. Nobody deserves anything. [[TranquilFury But I am owed better.]] I am ''owed''.
-->'''Clara's Gran''': ...[[TemptingFate who owes you?]]
-->'''The Doctor''': [[AndHereHeComesNow (over Clara's phone) Clara! Clara?]]


This week, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords we're probably going to Heaven! Please don't hang your head and cry. But wonder why...]]

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This week, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords we're probably going to Heaven! Please don't hang your head and cry. But wonder why...]]
]][[note]]Yes, this was intentional, you'll see...[[/note]]


* TemptingFate: Clara says to Danny, "I love you, and you're the last person who's ever going to hear that." [[AnchoredShip She keeps her promise after he dies.]]

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* TemptingFate: Clara says to Danny, "I love you, and you're the last person who's ever going to hear that." [[AnchoredShip [[TheILoveYouStigma She keeps her promise after he dies.]]


* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Averted. While it's not rape, but Missy's extended, ForcefulKiss of the Doctor (and subsequently holding his hand over her bosom) could still very much be classified as sexual assault. The actors play it off as appropriately disturbing and, while acting as a droid, Missy even says that her "intimacy settings" were set too high.

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Averted. While it's not rape, but Missy's extended, ForcefulKiss of the Doctor (and subsequently holding his hand over her bosom) could still very much be classified as sexual assault. The actors play it off as appropriately disturbing and, while acting as a droid, Missy even says that her "intimacy settings" were set too high.


* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Not rape, but Missy's extended, ForcefulKiss of the Doctor (and subsequently holding his hand over her bosom) could still very much be classified as sexual assault. The actors play it off as appropriately disturbing and, while acting as a droid, Missy even says that her "intimacy settings" were set too high.

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Not Averted. While it's not rape, but Missy's extended, ForcefulKiss of the Doctor (and subsequently holding his hand over her bosom) could still very much be classified as sexual assault. The actors play it off as appropriately disturbing and, while acting as a droid, Missy even says that her "intimacy settings" were set too high.

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** Granted, considering it's the Master we're talking about, it's entirely possible Missy is deliberately invoking this trope just to troll the Doctor.


[[caption-width-right:350:[[labelnote:Click here to see the RadioTimes magazine poster for this episode:]] http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dark_water_poster_3005.jpg Death is like a pool of black water. You can't see past the inky surface. [[SchrodingersCat Perhaps there are things lurking beyond it...]] things you ''shouldn't'' see. [[/labelnote]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[labelnote:Click here to see the RadioTimes magazine poster for this episode:]] http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dark_water_poster_3005.jpg Death is like a pool of black water. You can't see past the inky surface. [[SchrodingersCat [[UsefulNotes/SchrodingersCat Perhaps there are things lurking beyond it...]] things you ''shouldn't'' see. [[/labelnote]]]]

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Truthfully, Missy ''isn't'' out to destroy the world this time - she's just there to make an army for the Doctor. For her, that's a real change - she apparently has a standard even she won't cross.

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* ArtificialAfterlife: The episode reveals that all the scenes where Missy was seemingly interviewing the dead in Heaven, they were actually caught in one of these, and only as the first step towards her eventual plan to turn them into a Cyberman army.


** The dead can feel everything that happens to their body, hence the most frequent communication from the afterlife being "Don't Cremate Me", and Danny hearing the screams of a man who (according to Seb) left his body to science. Even though the whole thing turns out to be a scam to encourage the dead to relinquish their emotions, that's a pretty disturbing idea.
** Accidentally killing a child then meeting them in the afterlife.


[[OhCrap Then Danny stops talking.]] Then a woman picks up the phone, audibly shaken. There was a car, and Danny had never heard of SPLINK, and it came so quickly...

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[[OhCrap Then Danny stops talking.]] Then a woman picks up the phone, audibly shaken. There was a car, and Danny had never heard of SPLINK, and it came so quickly...

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The one where Danny Pink [[TooDumbToLive didn't]] [[LookBothWays Splink.]]

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