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* TheNthDoctor[=/=]RealLifeWritesThePlot: Frazer Hines took ill, and Hamish Wilson filled in. Since they don't look alike, Jamie lost his face and the Doctor reconstructed it wrong. It doesn't feel at all out of place in this particular story.

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* TheNthDoctor[=/=]RealLifeWritesThePlot: Frazer Hines Creator/FrazerHines took ill, and Hamish Wilson filled in. Since they don't look alike, Jamie lost his face and the Doctor reconstructed it wrong. It doesn't feel at all out of place in this particular story.

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* ExtradimensionalEmergencyExit: The events of the episode are kicked off by the TARDIS being stuck in the path of an erupting volcano and unable to dematerialise due to a fault in the fluid link. Out of desperation the Doctor activates the emergency unit which sends them flying "out of the time-space dimension, out of reality" and into a Blank White Void. Unfortunately, coming back proves more difficult than expected - given that said void leads into the Land of Fiction.


* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Parodied; the Doctor manages to disarm the Karkus by pointing out that his weapon of choice, the "Anti-Molecular Ray Disintegrator" would never work or exist in real-life. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop the Karkus from trying to beat the crap out of the Doctor and Zoe.

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: ArtisticLicencePhysics: Parodied; the Doctor manages to disarm the Karkus by pointing out that his weapon of choice, the "Anti-Molecular Ray Disintegrator" would never work or exist in real-life. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop the Karkus from trying to beat the crap out of the Doctor and Zoe.



This is the only serial to use episodes of 20 minutes rather than the usual 25; it was made at the end of the fifth season's production block, and the show had been in production for 46 consecutive weeks, and the scripts were edited down out of sympathy for an exhausted Patrick Troughton. (Episode 5 has the distinction of being the shortest ''Doctor Who'' episode ever, running to exactly 18 minutes.)

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This is the only serial to use episodes of 20 minutes rather than the usual 25; it was made at the end of the fifth season's production block, and the show had been in production for 46 consecutive weeks, and the scripts were edited down out of sympathy for an exhausted Patrick Troughton. (Episode 5 has the distinction of being the shortest ''Doctor Who'' episode ever, running to exactly 18 minutes.)
) The first episode is also notable as having been hastily added when the previous serial was reduced from 6 episodes to 5 at the last minute; it has no credited writer, as it was devised on-set by the director, prop department and actors.


* WritersCannotDoMath: After hearing that a man wrote 5,000 words a week for 25 years, Zoe exclaims "but that's over half a million words." Technically, it is though, by 6 million. [[ZigZaggedTrope Although,]] to be fair, Zoe ''did'' say "'''[[ExactWords over]]''' half a million".

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* WritersCannotDoMath: WritersCannotDoMaths: After hearing that a man wrote 5,000 words a week for 25 years, Zoe exclaims "but that's over half a million words." Technically, it is though, by 6 million. [[ZigZaggedTrope Although,]] to be fair, Zoe ''did'' say "'''[[ExactWords over]]''' half a million".


--> '''Doctor:''' Oh, no! I got it all wrong!

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* OhCrap: The Doctor has one when he realises that he has rebuilt Jamie's face incorrectly:
--> '''Doctor:''' Oh, no! I got Oh no, I've done it all wrong!


This is the only serial to use episodes of 20 minutes rather than the usual 25. (Episode 5 has the distinction of being the shortest ''Doctor Who'' episode ever, running to exactly 18 minutes.)

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This is the only serial to use episodes of 20 minutes rather than the usual 25.25; it was made at the end of the fifth season's production block, and the show had been in production for 46 consecutive weeks, and the scripts were edited down out of sympathy for an exhausted Patrick Troughton. (Episode 5 has the distinction of being the shortest ''Doctor Who'' episode ever, running to exactly 18 minutes.)


* TheNthDoctor[=/=]RealLifeWritesThePlot: Fraser Hines took ill, and Hamish Wilson filled in. Since they don't look alike, Jamie lost his face and the Doctor reconstructed it wrong. It doesn't feel at all out of place in this particular story.

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* TheNthDoctor[=/=]RealLifeWritesThePlot: Fraser Frazer Hines took ill, and Hamish Wilson filled in. Since they don't look alike, Jamie lost his face and the Doctor reconstructed it wrong. It doesn't feel at all out of place in this particular story.

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** The stage directions for the first episode of the following story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion The Invasion]]", specify that when the TARDIS reforms everybody is in the exact same position as they were right before it was destroyed -- the implication apparently being that everything from that point on was indeed a dream. As that episode is missing, it is not known how strong the suggestion was onscreen.

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* AcidTripDimension: The Doctor pulls the emergency escape switch and gets the TARDIS stuck in a dimension that doesn't really exist. There is a black void and a white void, a black TARDIS and a white TARDIS, evil white-dressed versions of Jamie and Zoe, weird random screaming sounds and the TARDIS exploding. This is apparently what happens when you try to make a BottleEpisode in the middle of the psychedelic era.

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* MoodWhiplash: The first episode is quite dark, with the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe increasingly distressed by their desperate situation, until the story ends with the TARDIS exploding and the heroes in the middle of space. In the next four episodes, the plot turns into a comedy involving a fantasy realm with characters from literature, fairy tales and comics books.


* CoolVsAwesome : How else describe Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac vs [[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers D'artagnan]], with suitably epic music? And then Cyrano becomes UsefulNotes/BlackBeard and D'artagnan, [[Myth/KingArthur Lancelot]]!

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* CoolVsAwesome : How else to describe Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac vs [[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers D'artagnan]], with suitably epic music? And then Cyrano becomes UsefulNotes/BlackBeard and D'artagnan, [[Myth/KingArthur Lancelot]]!


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** This was because Patrick Troughton had, [[{{Troll}} maybe accidentally or maybe not]], stuck his fingers up her nose.


* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Parodied; the Doctor manages to disarm the Karkus by pointing out that his weapon of choice, the "Anti-Molecular Ray Disintegrator" would never work or exist in real-life. Unfortunately that doesn't stop the Karkus from trying to beat the crap out of the Doctor and Zoe.

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Parodied; the Doctor manages to disarm the Karkus by pointing out that his weapon of choice, the "Anti-Molecular Ray Disintegrator" would never work or exist in real-life. Unfortunately Unfortunately, that doesn't stop the Karkus from trying to beat the crap out of the Doctor and Zoe.



* CoolVsAwesome : How else describe Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac vs [[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers D'artagnan]], with suisuitably epic music? And then Cyrano becomes UsefulNotes/BlackBeard and D'artagnan, [[Myth/KingArthur Lancelot]]!

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* CoolVsAwesome : How else describe Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac vs [[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers D'artagnan]], with suisuitably suitably epic music? And then Cyrano becomes UsefulNotes/BlackBeard and D'artagnan, [[Myth/KingArthur Lancelot]]!

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* SurrealHorror: The first episode, especially, has a number of disturbing, inexplicable (even for ''this'' serial) events, some of which are punctuated by Zoe's terrified screams. It's all rather unsettling.


This is the only serial to use episodes of 20 minutes rather than the usual 25.

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This is the only serial to use episodes of 20 minutes rather than the usual 25.
25. (Episode 5 has the distinction of being the shortest ''Doctor Who'' episode ever, running to exactly 18 minutes.)

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