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* MirrorCharacter: Explored. The Doctor knew at the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died]]" that an immortal Ashildr would not be much different from him: "barring accidents" she would be doomed to lose everyone she loves, hence his leaving her the second medkit so she could have an immortal companion if she so chose. In this episode, he realizes upon catching up with her that there is a tragic difference between them: She is trapped on TheSlowPath and doesn't have the means to explore all of time and space as he does. Having lost all meaning in her Earthly life, she's thus embarking upon an EvilPlan to erase this difference, but the Doctor has to stop it to save both innocents ''and'' her. In the denouement, he explains that he cannot make her his companion and grant her wish because they would only grow more and more detached and heartless; they both need to be around mortals rather than each other. She decides she'll protect people from him the way he protects Earth from alien forces as a result.



* NotSoDifferent: Explored. The Doctor knew at the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died]]" that an immortal Ashildr would not be much different from him: "barring accidents" she would be doomed to lose everyone she loves, hence his leaving her the second medkit so she could have an immortal companion if she so chose. In this episode, he realizes upon catching up with her that there is a tragic difference between them: She is trapped on TheSlowPath and doesn't have the means to explore all of time and space as he does. Having lost all meaning in her Earthly life, she's thus embarking upon an EvilPlan to erase this difference, but the Doctor has to stop it to save both innocents ''and'' her. In the denouement, he explains that he cannot make her his companion and grant her wish because they would only grow more and more detached and heartless; they both need to be around mortals rather than each other. She decides she'll protect people from him the way he protects Earth from alien forces as a result.


* ArtisticLicenseSpace: Leandro claims to be from Delta Leonis, which is a ''star'' -- it would make a lot more sense for him to declare which ''planet'' he is from. %%(Original text, which refers to the wrong star, follows; a similar point may still apply: A subtle example. Leandro claims to be from "Alpha Leonis". Given that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulus Regulus]], the star in question, is a ''blue'' star, there's no way a planet in its orbit could be the home of a sapient species. It's too hot and short-lived. This is a fairly common error in science fiction.)

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* ArtisticLicenseSpace: ArtisticLicenceSpace: Leandro claims to be from Delta Leonis, which is a ''star'' -- it would make a lot more sense for him to declare which ''planet'' he is from. %%(Original text, which refers to the wrong star, follows; a similar point may still apply: A subtle example. Leandro claims to be from "Alpha Leonis". Given that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulus Regulus]], the star in question, is a ''blue'' star, there's no way a planet in its orbit could be the home of a sapient species. It's too hot and short-lived. This is a fairly common error in science fiction.)


* ArtisticLicenceSpace: Leandro claims to be from Delta Leonis, which is a ''star'' -- it would make a lot more sense for him to declare which ''planet'' he is from. %%(Original text, which refers to the wrong star, follows; a similar point may still apply: A subtle example. Leandro claims to be from "Alpha Leonis". Given that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulus Regulus]], the star in question, is a ''blue'' star, there's no way a planet in its orbit could be the home of a sapient species. It's too hot and short-lived. This is a fairly common error in science fiction.)

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* ArtisticLicenceSpace: ArtisticLicenseSpace: Leandro claims to be from Delta Leonis, which is a ''star'' -- it would make a lot more sense for him to declare which ''planet'' he is from. %%(Original text, which refers to the wrong star, follows; a similar point may still apply: A subtle example. Leandro claims to be from "Alpha Leonis". Given that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulus Regulus]], the star in question, is a ''blue'' star, there's no way a planet in its orbit could be the home of a sapient species. It's too hot and short-lived. This is a fairly common error in science fiction.)


* ArtisticLicenceAstronomy: Leandro claims to be from Delta Leonis, which is a ''star'' -- it would make a lot more sense for him to declare which ''planet'' he is from. %%(Original text, which refers to the wrong star, follows; a similar point may still apply: A subtle example. Leandro claims to be from "Alpha Leonis". Given that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulus Regulus]], the star in question, is a ''blue'' star, there's no way a planet in its orbit could be the home of a sapient species. It's too hot and short-lived. This is a fairly common error in science fiction.)

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* ArtisticLicenceAstronomy: ArtisticLicenceSpace: Leandro claims to be from Delta Leonis, which is a ''star'' -- it would make a lot more sense for him to declare which ''planet'' he is from. %%(Original text, which refers to the wrong star, follows; a similar point may still apply: A subtle example. Leandro claims to be from "Alpha Leonis". Given that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulus Regulus]], the star in question, is a ''blue'' star, there's no way a planet in its orbit could be the home of a sapient species. It's too hot and short-lived. This is a fairly common error in science fiction.)


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Several of the jokes Sam Swift makes on the gallows, including the one about being "well hung" and "You know what they say about men with big noses".
** When mentioning Jack Harkness to Ashildr, and learning that she has not met him yet, The Doctor notes that she shouldn't worry, Jack will "get around to her". [[AnythingThatMoves Given Jack's reputation...]]

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Several of
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 jokes Sam Swift makes on future, please check the gallows, including trope page to make sure your example fits the one about being "well hung" and "You know what they say about men with big noses".
** When mentioning Jack Harkness to Ashildr, and learning that she has not met him yet, The Doctor notes that she shouldn't worry, Jack will "get around to her". [[AnythingThatMoves Given Jack's reputation...]]
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* LovableRogue: Sam Swift, for a highwayman, is a fairly amenable sort.



* LovableRogue: Sam Swift, for a highwayman, is a fairly amenable sort.



* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Ashildr is an aversion of this trope. She granted immortality by the Doctor, however, she still possesses a human brain that cannot retain her memories of her adventures spanning centuries. As a result, she refers to herself as "Me" (having long forgotten her true name) and keeps her history documented in journals. She also takes damage as a normal human, and the Doctor scolds her for getting involved with wars for this reason.

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* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Ashildr is an aversion of this trope. She was granted immortality by the Doctor, Doctor; however, she still possesses a human brain that cannot retain her memories of her adventures spanning centuries. As a result, she refers to herself as "Me" (having long forgotten her true name) and keeps her history documented in journals. She also takes damage as a normal human, and the Doctor scolds her for getting involved with wars for this reason.



* SirSwearsALot: Due to a mastering error, the English subtitles on the Blu-ray release of this episode have the Doctor unexpectedly transcribed as uttering "Oh shit!" during a scene (needless to say, the character doesn't actually say those words on screen!).

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* %%* SirSwearsALot: Due to a mastering error, the English subtitles on the Blu-ray release of this episode have the Doctor unexpectedly transcribed as uttering "Oh shit!" during a scene (needless to say, the character doesn't actually say those words on screen!).



* TooAwesomeToUse: The Doctor left Ashildr a second medkit, so she's had the power to make one single person into an immortal companion all along. Hundreds of years later she still hasn't found anyone good enough for something so awesome.



* TooAwesomeToUse: The Doctor left Ashildr a second medkit, so she's had the power to make one single person into an immortal companion all along. Hundreds of years later she still hasn't found anyone good enough for something so awesome.



-->'''Doctor:''' You...
-->'''Ashildr:''' Yes, it is [[DoubleMeaning me]].

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-->'''Doctor:''' You...
-->'''Ashildr:'''
You...\\
'''Ashildr:'''
Yes, it is [[DoubleMeaning me]].


* NoteToSelf: Ashildr keeps journals of her adventures knowing that, as an immortal without with finite memory, she will eventually forget them otherwise. She sometimes reads through her own memories as a form of entertainment and the Doctor finds a section of ripped pages in one journal, presumably of memories that she wanted to effectively forget.

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* NoteToSelf: Ashildr keeps journals of her adventures knowing that, as an immortal without with finite infinite memory, she will eventually forget them otherwise. She sometimes reads through her own memories as a form of entertainment and the Doctor finds a section of ripped pages in one journal, presumably of memories that she wanted to effectively forget.



* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Ashildr was granted immortality by the Doctor, however, she still possesses a human brain that cannot retain her memories of her adventures spanning centuries. As a result, she refers to herself as "Me" (having long forgotten her true name) and keeps her history documented in journals.

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* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Ashildr was is an aversion of this trope. She granted immortality by the Doctor, however, she still possesses a human brain that cannot retain her memories of her adventures spanning centuries. As a result, she refers to herself as "Me" (having long forgotten her true name) and keeps her history documented in journals. She also takes damage as a normal human, and the Doctor scolds her for getting involved with wars for this reason.



* ScheherezadeGambit: Sam Swift knows that the crowd will get angry if they hang him while he's still being funny, so he literally tells jokes like his life depends on it. The Doctor winds up getting in on the act when he arrives to stop the villainous plot; Leandro is forced to heckle the crowd into getting on with it several times.

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* ScheherezadeGambit: Sam Swift knows that the crowd will get angry if they hang him he is executed while he's still being funny, so he literally tells jokes like his life depends on it. The Doctor winds up getting in on the act when he arrives to stop the villainous plot; plot. Leandro is forced to heckle the crowd into getting on with it several times.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Sam Swift is never seen or mentioned again, despite having been saved with the second Mire medkit. The Doctor does say that since his lifeforce was being drained by the Eye of Hades before he was revived, the medkit probably wouldn't have been able to make him immortal.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Sam Swift is never seen or mentioned again, despite having been saved with the second Mire medkit. The Doctor does say says that since his lifeforce was being drained by the Eye of Hades before he was revived, the medkit probably wouldn't have been able to make him immortal.immortal. So Ashildr decides to forget him ''and'' the Mire medkit immediately.


** [[spoiler: Ashildr warns the Doctor that Clara will "blow away like smoke."]]
** [[spoiler: When Clara returns to the TARDIS, the Doctor jokes, "Who are you?"]]
** [[spoiler: And Clara is wearing a raven necklace.]]


* NoteToSelf: Ashildr keeps journals of her adventures knowing that, as an immortal without with finite memory, she will eventually forget them otherwise. She sometimes reads through her own memories as a form of entertainment and the Doctor finds a section of ripped pages in one journal, presumably of memories that she wanted to effectively forget.



* OpenSecret: Once again, neither Clara nor the Doctor appear concerned about the fact her students are aware of the Doctor's unique abilities, given he helped one student complete a history assignment by arranging for her to meet the real Winston Churchill.

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* OpenSecret: Once again, neither Clara nor the Doctor appear appears concerned about the fact her students are aware of the Doctor's unique abilities, given he helped one student complete a history assignment by arranging for her to meet the real Winston Churchill.

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* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Ashildr was granted immortality by the Doctor, however, she still possesses a human brain that cannot retain her memories of her adventures spanning centuries. As a result, she refers to herself as "Me" (having long forgotten her true name) and keeps her history documented in journals.

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* ThouShaltNotKill: The Doctor looks disturbed when Ashildr brags of fighting in the Battle of Agincourt.

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* YouExclamation: When the Knightmare does a DramaticUnmask to reveal herself as Ashildr.
-->'''Doctor:''' You...
-->'''Ashildr:''' Yes, it is [[DoubleMeaning me]].


* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The blurb of a Series 9 tie-in novel posted online several weeks before the episode's broadcast revealed the nature of [[Creator/MaisieWilliams Maisie Williams']] character and part of the plot of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died]]".


* ArtisticLicenceAstronomy: A subtle example. Leandro claims to be from "Alpha Leonis". Given that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulus Regulus]], the star in question, is a ''blue'' star, there's no way a planet in its orbit could be the home of a sapient species. It's too hot and short-lived. This is a fairly common error in science fiction.

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* ArtisticLicenceAstronomy: Leandro claims to be from Delta Leonis, which is a ''star'' -- it would make a lot more sense for him to declare which ''planet'' he is from. %%(Original text, which refers to the wrong star, follows; a similar point may still apply: A subtle example. Leandro claims to be from "Alpha Leonis". Given that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulus Regulus]], the star in question, is a ''blue'' star, there's no way a planet in its orbit could be the home of a sapient species. It's too hot and short-lived. This is a fairly common error in science fiction.)

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Catherine Tregenna revealed in ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' that the story takes place in Hounslow.

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