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* NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel: This is the first episode where the Thirteenth Doctor's new gender works against her, and like "Rosa" earlier in the season, this trope is treated seriously. Since the 1600s was a time where women were considered second-class citizens, her opinions are automatically ignored and patronized. Also, the Doctor doing her usual routine of waving the sonic screwdriver around in front of the zombies combined with her gender makes it easy for the paranoid witch-hunters to accuse her of being a witch. The only reason why she survives the ducking stool is because of skills she learned from Houdini.

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* NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel: This is the first episode where the Thirteenth Doctor's new gender works against her, and like "Rosa" [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E3Rosa "Rosa"]] earlier in the season, this trope is treated seriously. Since the 1600s was a time where women were considered second-class citizens, her opinions are automatically ignored and patronized. Also, the Doctor doing her usual routine of waving the sonic screwdriver around in front of the zombies combined with her gender makes it easy for the paranoid witch-hunters to accuse her of being a witch. The only reason why she survives the ducking stool is because of skills she learned from Houdini.



* TheParanoiac: King James, in his own words, doesn't trust anyone. He attributes it to the number of assassination plots and betrayals he's been through since he was an infant.
** Unintentional, but the Doctors' NotSoDifferent speech about everyone wanting certainty, security and to believe people are either heroic or evil is not really true; people are far more varied than that, but ''all'' of the things she listed are traits of paranoia, as is believing that deep down everyone wants these things, suggesting the Doctor [[note]]and possibly the writer[[/note]] has a paranoid streak herself.

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* TheParanoiac: TheParanoiac:
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King James, in his own words, doesn't trust anyone. He attributes it to the number of assassination plots and betrayals he's been through since he was an infant.
** Unintentional, but the Doctors' Doctor's NotSoDifferent speech about everyone wanting certainty, security and to believe people are either heroic or evil is not really true; people are far more varied than that, but ''all'' of the things she listed are traits of paranoia, as is believing that deep down everyone wants these things, suggesting the Doctor [[note]]and possibly the writer[[/note]] has a paranoid streak herself.


* WitchHunt: Becka is leading one of these against the people of Bilehurst Cragg at the start of the episode.

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* WitchHunt: Becka is leading one of these a self-described "crusade against Satan" against the people of Bilehurst Cragg at the start of the episode.
episode. 36 people drowned by the first scene.

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* BodyHorror: All the people who become vessels for Morax don't come back looking so pretty. And then when we meet the Queen, it gets downright horrifying.


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* VoiceOfTheLegion: As Becka is taken over by the Morax Queen, her voice turns dark and echoes with several reverberating and piercing sound effects. It makes for a very scary effect that causes the Queen of the Morax to have a spine-chilling emergence.


** Graham mentions early on that he once took a "witch tour", but that he's never heard of Bilehurst Cragg.

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** Graham mentions early on that he once took a "witch tour", tour" of the area in the modern day, but that he's never heard of Bilehurst Cragg.Cragg. At the end of the episode, King James decides to {{Unperson}} the town so nobody will ever know about the Morax.



* NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel: This is the first episode where the Thirteenth Doctor's new gender works against her. Since the 1600s was a time where women were considered second-class citizens, her opinions are automatically ignored and patronized. Also, the Doctor doing her usual routine of waving the sonic screwdriver around in front of the zombies combined with her gender makes it easy for the paranoid witch-hunters to accuse her of being a witch. The only reason why she survives the ducking stool is because of skills she learned from Houdini.

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* NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel: This is the first episode where the Thirteenth Doctor's new gender works against her.her, and like "Rosa" earlier in the season, this trope is treated seriously. Since the 1600s was a time where women were considered second-class citizens, her opinions are automatically ignored and patronized. Also, the Doctor doing her usual routine of waving the sonic screwdriver around in front of the zombies combined with her gender makes it easy for the paranoid witch-hunters to accuse her of being a witch. The only reason why she survives the ducking stool is because of skills she learned from Houdini.


* NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel: This is the first episode where the Thirteenth Doctor's new gender works against her. Since the 1600s was a time where women were considered second-class citizens, her opinions are automatically ignored and patronized. Also, the Doctor doing her usual routine of waving the sonic screwdriver around in front of the zombies combined with her gender makes it easy for the paranoid witch-hunters to accuse her of being a witch. The only reason why she survives the ducking stool is because of skills she learned from Houdini.



** Unintentional, but the Doctors' NotSoDifferent speech about everyone wanting certainty, security and to believe people are either heroic or evil is not really true; people are far more varied than that, but ''all'' of the things she listed are traits of paranoia, as is believing that deep down everyone wants these things, suggesting the Doctor [/note]and possibly the writer[/note] has a paranoid streak herself.

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** Unintentional, but the Doctors' NotSoDifferent speech about everyone wanting certainty, security and to believe people are either heroic or evil is not really true; people are far more varied than that, but ''all'' of the things she listed are traits of paranoia, as is believing that deep down everyone wants these things, suggesting the Doctor [/note]and [[note]]and possibly the writer[/note] writer[[/note]] has a paranoid streak herself.


** Actually, this troper took his accent to be upper-class Scottish, given that King James was Scottish, not English, royalty...

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* ShovelStrike: Yaz attacks a mud tendril with a shovel.

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* CallBack: This isn't the first time a HistoricalDomainCharacter has attempted to flirt with a black companion by [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode using terms that are questionable today]].


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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The child saying "We do this every Sunday" and the Doctor's response "Oh, happy Sunday!" can be read as a new-timeslot version of previous Doctors' fondness for Saturdays.

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** Actually, this troper took his accent to be upper-class Scottish, given that King James was Scottish, not English, royalty...


** Unintentional, but the Doctors' NotSoDifferent speech about everyone wanting certainty, security and to believe people are either heroic or evil is not really true; people are far more varied than that, but ''all'' of the things she listed are traits of paranoia, as is believing that deep down everyone wants these things, suggesting the Doctor [[/note]]and possibly the writer[[/note]] has a paranoid streak herself.

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** Unintentional, but the Doctors' NotSoDifferent speech about everyone wanting certainty, security and to believe people are either heroic or evil is not really true; people are far more varied than that, but ''all'' of the things she listed are traits of paranoia, as is believing that deep down everyone wants these things, suggesting the Doctor [[/note]]and [/note]and possibly the writer[[/note]] writer[/note] has a paranoid streak herself.

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** Unintentional, but the Doctors' NotSoDifferent speech about everyone wanting certainty, security and to believe people are either heroic or evil is not really true; people are far more varied than that, but ''all'' of the things she listed are traits of paranoia, as is believing that deep down everyone wants these things, suggesting the Doctor [[/note]]and possibly the writer[[/note]] has a paranoid streak herself.


** Becka believes that King James wrote Exodus 22:18[[note]]in actuality, it was a translation from older source texts and not by the King himself[[/note]] to justify the killing of people who are suspected as witches. The Doctor turns this around on her by bringing up that the Bible ''also'' says "Love thy neighbour", which Becka [[{{Understatement}} seems to have neglected]].

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** Becka believes that King James wrote Exodus 22:18[[note]]in actuality, it was a translation from older source texts and not by the King himself[[/note]] to justify the killing of people who are suspected as witches. The Doctor turns this around on her by bringing up that the Bible ''also'' says "Love thy neighbour", neighbour" (Leviticus 19:18), which Becka [[{{Understatement}} seems to have neglected]].


* AsTheGoodBookSays: Becka believes that King James wrote Exodus 22:18[[note]]in actuality, it was a translation from older source texts and not by the King himself[[/note]] to justify the killing of people who are suspected as witches. The Doctor turns this around on her by bringing up that the Bible ''also'' says "Love thy neighbour", which Becka [[{{Understatement}} seems to have neglected]].

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* AsTheGoodBookSays: AsTheGoodBookSays:
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Becka believes that King James wrote Exodus 22:18[[note]]in actuality, it was a translation from older source texts and not by the King himself[[/note]] to justify the killing of people who are suspected as witches. The Doctor turns this around on her by bringing up that the Bible ''also'' says "Love thy neighbour", which Becka [[{{Understatement}} seems to have neglected]].



--->'''Graham''': [[Film/PulpFiction "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger."]]\\
'''King James''': Ezekiel.\\
'''Graham''': [[Creator/QuentinTarantino Tarantino.]]

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--->'''Graham''': --->'''Graham:''' [[Film/PulpFiction "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger."]]\\
'''King James''': James:''' Ezekiel.\\
'''Graham''': '''Graham:''' [[Creator/QuentinTarantino Tarantino.]]


-->'''Graham''': [[Film/PulpFiction "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger."]]\\

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-->'''Graham''': --->'''Graham''': [[Film/PulpFiction "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger."]]\\

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** Played with at the end in a final exchange between King James and Graham:
-->'''Graham''': [[Film/PulpFiction "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger."]]\\
'''King James''': Ezekiel.\\
'''Graham''': [[Creator/QuentinTarantino Tarantino.]]

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