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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.]]


** Between Willa's grandmother's unusual last words to her about always being their for her in the four classic elements, and the mud first manifesting when Willa repeats it at her grave, it's implied her death is in some way linked to the bizarre events. Turns out the words are just a prayer, and the attack was random.

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** Between Willa's grandmother's unusual last words to her about always being their there for her in the four classic elements, and the mud first manifesting when Willa repeats it at her grave, it's implied her death is in some way linked to the bizarre events. Turns out the words are just a prayer, and the attack was random.


** Between Willa's grandmother's unusual last words to her about always being their for her in four elements, and the mud first manifesting when Willa repeats it at her grave, it's implied her death is in some way linked to the bizarre events. Turns out the words are just a prayer, and the attack was random.

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** Between Willa's grandmother's unusual last words to her about always being their for her in the four classic elements, and the mud first manifesting when Willa repeats it at her grave, it's implied her death is in some way linked to the bizarre events. Turns out the words are just a prayer, and the attack was random.


* AsTheGoodBookSays: Becka believes that King James wrote Exodus 22:18[[note]]he actually translated it from Latin, which, in turn, had been translated from the Hebrew language[[/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: Becka believes that King James wrote Exodus 22:18[[note]]he actually translated 22:18[[note]]in actuality, it was a translation from Latin, which, in turn, had been translated from older source texts and not by the Hebrew language[[/note]] 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]].


** The episode starts with a mysterious masked man watching the events from afar. It being implied he's someway related to what's happening in Bilehurst Cragg. Turns out he's King James, who's arrived in to help in response to the massive witch hunt.
** Between Willa's grandmother's unusual last words to her about always being their for her in four elements, and the mud first manifesting when Willa repeats it at her grave, it's implied her death is in someway linked to the bizarre events. Turns out the words were just a prayer, and the attack was random.

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** The episode starts with a mysterious masked man watching the events from afar. It afar, it being implied he's someway somehow related to what's happening in Bilehurst Cragg. Turns out he's King James, who's arrived in to help in response to the massive witch hunt.
** Between Willa's grandmother's unusual last words to her about always being their for her in four elements, and the mud first manifesting when Willa repeats it at her grave, it's implied her death is in someway some way linked to the bizarre events. Turns out the words were are just a prayer, and the attack was random.


* AsTheGoodBookSays: Becka believes that King James wrote Exodus 22:18[[note]]he actually translated it from Latin, which, in turn, had been translated from the Hebrew language[[/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 neighbor", which Becka [[{{Understatement}} seems to have neglected]].

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* AsTheGoodBookSays: Becka believes that King James wrote Exodus 22:18[[note]]he actually translated it from Latin, which, in turn, had been translated from the Hebrew language[[/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 neighbor", neighbour", which Becka [[{{Understatement}} seems to have neglected]].



** The episode starts with a mysterious masked man watching the events from afar. It being implied he's someway related to what's happening in Bilehurst Cragg. Turns out he's King James, whose arrived in to help in response to massive Witch Hunt.
** Between Willa's grandmother's unusual last words to her about always being their for her in four elements, and the mud first manifesting when Willa repeats it at her grave, its implied her death is in someway linked to the bizarre events. Turns out the words were just a prayer, and the attack was random.

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** The episode starts with a mysterious masked man watching the events from afar. It being implied he's someway related to what's happening in Bilehurst Cragg. Turns out he's King James, whose who's arrived in to help in response to the massive Witch Hunt.
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** Between Willa's grandmother's unusual last words to her about always being their for her in four elements, and the mud first manifesting when Willa repeats it at her grave, its it's implied her death is in someway linked to the bizarre events. Turns out the words were just a prayer, and the attack was random.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: King James at one point refers to Ryan as a "Nubian Prince" intending it as a term of endearment.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: King James at one point refers to Ryan as a "Nubian Prince" Prince", intending it as a term of endearment.



** Becka saying that if the accused witch floated she was guilty, but if she drowned she was innocent, sounds like another example of the modern mistake of treating the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_by_ordeal#Cold_water ordeal by water]] as an automatic death sentence; in reality, the accused was not required to drown, merely to sink, and they were typically tied to the ends of long ropes so they could be pulled up again if they did (granted, there was still a significant risk of death by drowning or hypothermia, but it was perfectly possible to survive the trial and be declared innocent). However, Becka insisting on drowning or executing the accused makes perfect sense when we find out she was simply trying to silence people who knew too much.

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** Becka saying that if the accused witch floated she was guilty, but if she drowned she was innocent, sounds like another example of the modern mistake of treating the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_by_ordeal#Cold_water ordeal by water]] as an automatic death sentence; in reality, the accused was not required to drown, merely to sink, and they were typically tied to the ends of long ropes so they could be pulled up again if they did (granted, there was still a significant risk of death by drowning or hypothermia, but it was perfectly possible to survive the trial and be declared innocent). However, Becka insisting on drowning or executing the accused makes perfect sense when we find out she was she's simply trying to silence people who knew too much.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After being in the background for most of the episode Becka's soldiers completely disappear for the last third of the episode, right when they might be useful.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After being in the background for most of the episode episode, Becka's soldiers completely disappear for the last third of the episode, right when they might be useful.


** The episode repeats the common mistake of confusing dunking with trial by drowning. The former was a common punishment of the time entirely separate of the Witch Hunts, while the later involved seeing if a person would float or sink when thrown into the water.

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** The episode repeats the common mistake of confusing dunking with trial by drowning. The former was a common punishment of the time entirely separate of the Witch Hunts, while the later involved seeing if a person would float or sink when thrown into the water. It likewise wasn't the automatic death sentence the episode portrays it as, though see {{Foreshadowing}}.



* BaitAndSwitch:
** The episode starts with a mysterious masked man watching the events from afar. It being implied he's someway related to what's happening in Bilehurst Cragg. Turns out he's King James, whose arrived in to help in response to massive Witch Hunt.
** Between Willa's grandmother's unusual last words to her about always being their for her in four elements, and the mud first manifesting when Willa repeats it at her grave, its implied her death is in someway linked to the bizarre events. Turns out the words were just a prayer, and the attack was random.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: King James at one point refers to Ryan as a "Nubian Prince" intending it as a term of endearment.



* 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.

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* 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.through since he was an infant.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: King James, while responsible for stoking paranoia and causing a lot of people's deaths (not to mention being a misogynist) does genuinely believe he's doing good, describing himself as a patron of art and learning, he's simply stuck trying to understand events beyond his comprehension with the limited information available of the time.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: King James, while responsible for stoking paranoia and causing a lot of people's deaths (not to mention being a misogynist) does genuinely believe he's doing good, describing himself as a patron of art and learning, he's simply stuck trying to understand events beyond his comprehension with the limited information available of the time. He even tries to part with the Doctor on friendly terms, although she's not interested.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After being in the background for most of the episode Becka's soldiers completely disappear for the last third of the episode, right when they might be useful.


* AsTheGoodBookSays: Becka believes that King James wrote Exodus 22:18[[note]]he actually translated it from Latin, which, in turn, had been translated from the Hebrew language[[/note]] to justify the killing of people who are suspected as witches.

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* AsTheGoodBookSays: Becka believes that King James wrote Exodus 22:18[[note]]he actually translated it from Latin, which, in turn, had been translated from the Hebrew language[[/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 neighbor", which Becka [[{{Understatement}} seems to have neglected]].

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