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* ScreamingWarrior: On first seeing Bill, Kar screams and charges at her with a sword. Bill flees only to fall down a hole [[ShaggySearchTechnique and find the Roman soldier she's been looking for]].

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* ScreamingWarrior: On first seeing Bill, Kar screams and charges at her with a sword. Bill flees only to fall down a hole [[ShaggySearchTechnique [[LuckBasedSearchTechnique and find the Roman soldier she's been looking for]].

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** The Romans soldiers depicted in the episode have some very bizarre equipment - their prop breastplates are made out of soft floppy leather, and are made to look like leather, but have a strange segmented pattern on them, which resembles the iconic Lorica Segmentata, which was always made of metal. They have wide blocky pauldrons, similar to the Lorica Segmentata, but have sleeves made of (butted) mail, like Lorica Hamata. Most of the soldiers also wear puttees and enclosed shoes - something not done until much later in Roman history. They also all wear crests on their helmets, something only done on parade. One soldier is even wearing a pair of archer's bracers, despite not having a bow.
** The Pictish characters fare no better, dressed in raggedy clumps of fur and leather and equipped with spiky clubs and primitive looking daggers. Historical Picts, as far as we know, wore long, flowing robes with hooded mantles, and would've primarily fought with spears and small square bucklers.
** One Roman soldier in particular is wearing what clearly used to be a pair of modern wellington boots which have been cut up to resemble Roman ''caligae''.
** A Roman soldier identifies being attracted to both men and women as being "normal", and is nonplussed about a comrade of his being exclusively attracted to men. Though not quite as dogmatic about it as other cultures in history, Romans were generally still a bit prudish when it came to male homosexuality. A man who professed an exclusive preference for other men would, among other things, be ineligble for political office and be considered an outlaw.
*** These same soldiers are readily accepting of Bill's lesbianism, and seem confused that she thought they would object. Romans generally found lesbianism (as they understood it) ''very'' objectionable, and stereotyped lesbians as hedonistic rapists.





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** When the Doctor finds a Roman corpse and notes that the signs of death are consistent with total deprivation of sunlight, Nardole quips "Death by Scotland!"
** Possible ActorAllusion re the withering look Twelve gives Nardole before replying with a terse, "No." Peter Capaldi is Scottish (Rona Munro is as well).



* GrimUpNorth: When the Doctor finds a Roman corpse and notes that the signs of death are consistent with total deprivation of sunlight, Nardole quips "Death by Scotland!"
** Possible ActorAllusion re the withering look Twelve gives Nardole before replying with a terse, "No." Peter Capaldi is Scottish (Rona Munro is as well).

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* BreatherEpisode: Aside from the closing scenes with Missy in the TARDIS, which set up the ''extremely'' dark SeasonFinale's plot, this story mainly serves to show how far Bill has come from "The Pilot", as she successfully handles much of the action on her own.

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* EvilVersusEvil: The Romans want to conquer and kill or enslave the Picts; the creature will kill anyone in its path.


-->'''The Doctor:''' Let me explain. ''[tosses bag of popcorn into the fire, then runs while the Picts are starting at the noise]''

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-->'''The Doctor:''' Let me explain. ''[tosses bag ''[bag of popcorn he'd tossed into the fire, then runs fire begins popping loudly, the Doctor and Nardole run while the Picts are starting at the noise]''


** "Villains" that aren't actually evil: Bill and the Doctor both point out that both sides of this war are scared and just defending their homelands, and they end up joining forces to defeat the greater threat. The Pictish Beasts themselves are merely hungry; it's just that their food source is something this dimension needs to exist, much less survive.

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** "Villains" that aren't actually evil: Bill and the Doctor both point out that both sides of this war are scared and just defending their homelands, trying to survive, and they end up joining forces to defeat the greater threat. The Pictish Beasts themselves are merely hungry; it's just that their food source is something this dimension needs to exist, much less survive.


* EnergyAbsorption: The monster feeds on all forms of light. It can even suck the light from living things, desiccating them.

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* EnergyAbsorption: The monster feeds on all forms of light. It can even suck the light from living things, desiccating them.things; since human bones require Vitamin D, made in the body using sunlight, its attacks leave bodies with no bones in them. (Hence there not being a "big pile of bones" left when it slaughters most of the Ninth Legion.)



* {{Fainting}}: Bill's reaction to discovering she's got black slime on her.

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* {{Fainting}}: Bill's reaction to discovering she's got Bill passes out after the monster's attack leaves black slime on her.her neck.


Escaping and investigating a nearby cairn, the Doctor comes to realize that this creature feeds upon sunlight and anything that contains it -- including humans. It comes from another dimension via a portal hidden in a cairn; it lies beyond a gate that opens for a few moments with every sunrise. Kar is the latest Keeper of the Gate, in fact, tasked to keep the creature from emerging by fighting it back -- but she was desperate to stop the Roman invaders and sicced it upon them. Alas, having not fed for a long time, its hunger is ravenous. If it cannot be forced back to from whence it came, it ''and'' its kin will ravage this dimension until not a star is left in the universe. The Doctor has a plan, but it will require both the surviving Romans and Pictish to join forces... and something more besides, something he's not willing to tell Bill...

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Escaping and investigating a nearby cairn, the Doctor comes to realize that this creature feeds upon sunlight and anything that contains it -- including humans. It comes from Within the cairn, it lies in another dimension via a portal hidden in a cairn; it lies beyond behind a gate that opens for a few moments with every sunrise. Kar is actually the latest Keeper of the Gate, in fact, tasked to keep the creature from emerging by fighting it back -- but she was so desperate to stop the Roman invaders and that she sicced it upon them. Alas, having not fed for a long time, its hunger is ravenous. If it cannot be forced back to from whence it came, it ''and'' ''and its kin kin'' will ravage this dimension until not a star is left in the universe. The Doctor has a plan, but it will require both the surviving Romans and Pictish to join forces... and something more besides, something he's not willing to tell Bill...

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** Possible ActorAllusion re the withering look Twelve gives Nardole before replying with a terse, "No." Peter Capaldi is Scottish (Rona Munro is as well).


* TheForeverWar: The ultimate fate of the Picts and Romans is to fight the beasts beyond the gate for as long as they live.

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* TheForeverWar: ForeverWar: The ultimate fate of the Picts and Romans is to fight the beasts beyond the gate for as long as they live.


* ScreamingWarrior: On first seeing Bill, Kar screams and charges at her with a sword. Bill flees only to fall down a hole [[ShaggySearchTechnique and find the Roman soldier she's been looking for]].



* ScreamingWarrior: On first seeing Bill, Kar screams and charges at her with a sword. Bill flees only to fall down a hole [[ShaggySearchTechnique and find the Roman soldier she's been looking for]].


* CleverCrows: The crows here can speak, to Nardole's surprise -- and they're calling the Doctor's name! The Doctor explains that crows have always been able to talk but got grouchy over millennia and that's why they don't sound like anything anymore... or so he thinks. It turns out that the crows learn and say ''Kar'' to remember her HeroicSacrifice forever more. Had the Doctor gone through with ''his'' intended HeroicSacrifice, they would still say his name. (This is paralleled by the Doctor's TARDIS appearing in the drawing on the standing stone at the beginning, but it being replaced by her and the Roman legionaries at the end.)



* CleverCrows: The crows here can speak, to Nardole's surprise -- and they're calling the Doctor's name! The Doctor explains that crows have always been able to talk but got grouchy over millennia and that's why they don't sound like anything anymore... or so he thinks. It turns out that the crows learn and say ''Kar'' to remember her HeroicSacrifice forever more. Had the Doctor gone through with ''his'' intended HeroicSacrifice, they would still say his name. (This is paralleled by the Doctor's TARDIS appearing in the drawing on the standing stone at the beginning, but it being replaced by her and the Roman legionaries at the end.)


* TranslatorMicrobes: Bill [[GenreSavvy figures out]] this is in effect when she asks Simon how he speaks English and he responds by accusing her of speaking Latin, finally realizing this is why she's been able to understand everyone on her space adventures. It also allows the Picts and Romans to understand one another when they meet in the Doctor's presence.

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* TranslatorMicrobes: Bill [[GenreSavvy figures out]] out this is in effect when she asks Simon how he speaks English and he responds by accusing her of speaking Latin, finally realizing this is why she's been able to understand everyone on her space adventures. It also allows the Picts and Romans to understand one another when they meet in the Doctor's presence.



->''"Now you have a choice. You can all keep on slaughtering each other till there’s no one left standing, or you can '''''grow the hell up!'''''"''

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\n->''"Now you have a choice. You can all keep on slaughtering each other till there’s no one left standing, or you can '''''grow the hell up!'''''"'''''GROW THE HELL UP!'''"''


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* MeaningfulEcho: "Time to grow up. Time to fight your/my fight."

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