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* TookALevelInDumbass: While UNIT used sensible tactics, like grenades and rockets, on the ImmuneToBullets Cybermen [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion when we last saw them]], they now keep shooting the equally bullet-immune Autons without result.

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* TookALevelInDumbass: While UNIT used sensible tactics, like grenades and rockets, on the ImmuneToBullets Cybermen [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion when we last saw them]], they now keep shooting the equally bullet-immune Autons without result. Justified, since most of their regular troops were reassigned or out of contact and the ones on hand are regular army men who were not intending to face living shop dummies.


* {{Retool}}: A black-and-white series based on travelling throughout time and space becomes a colour series set entirely on 1970s ([[RunningGag or was it the eighties...]]) Earth with a largely new regular cast. This season also marked the end of the show running most of the year round with a break of two months around the summer, with the show now running for half of the year instead; this decision was chiefly informed by Patrick Troughton's exhaustion with the production schedule under the old format.

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* {{Retool}}: A black-and-white series based on travelling throughout time and space becomes a colour series set entirely on 1970s ([[RunningGag or was it the eighties...]]) Earth with a largely new regular cast. This season also marked the end of the show running most of the year round with a break of two months around the summer, with the show now running for half of the year instead; this decision was chiefly informed by Patrick Troughton's Creator/PatrickTroughton's exhaustion with the production schedule under the old format.


* {{Retool}}: A black-and-white series based on travelling throughout time and space becomes a colour series set entirely on 1970s ([[RunningGag or was it the eighties...]]) Earth with a largely new regular cast.

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* {{Retool}}: A black-and-white series based on travelling throughout time and space becomes a colour series set entirely on 1970s ([[RunningGag or was it the eighties...]]) Earth with a largely new regular cast. This season also marked the end of the show running most of the year round with a break of two months around the summer, with the show now running for half of the year instead; this decision was chiefly informed by Patrick Troughton's exhaustion with the production schedule under the old format.


The TARDIS materialises (in colour, no less!) and a tall, white-haired man dressed in Creator/PatrickTroughton’s costume steps out and collapses.

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The TARDIS materialises (in colour, no less!) and a tall, white-haired man dressed in Creator/PatrickTroughton’s a Creator/PatrickTroughton costume steps out and collapses.


The TARDIS materialises (in colour, no less!) and a tall, white-haired man dressed like Creator/PatrickTroughton steps out and collapses.

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The TARDIS materialises (in colour, no less!) and a tall, white-haired man dressed like Creator/PatrickTroughton in Creator/PatrickTroughton’s costume steps out and collapses.


* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: In the scene where Liz describes how the alien plastic differs from anything known on Earth, everything she mentions is actually a real characteristic of Earthly plastics -- but by the time she's finished, she's effectively said that it lacks every characteristic necessary to defining a substance as being a plastic.

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* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: ArtisticLicenceChemistry: In the scene where Liz describes how the alien plastic differs from anything known on Earth, everything she mentions is actually a real characteristic of Earthly plastics -- but by the time she's finished, she's effectively said that it lacks every characteristic necessary to defining a substance as being a plastic.



* ReReleaseSoundtrack: This serial featured a Music/FleetwoodMac track that was edited out of the 1988 VHS and 2001 DVD releases. The license was subsequently renegotiated, allowing the track to appear on the 2011 DVD release.

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* ReReleaseSoundtrack: This serial featured a Music/FleetwoodMac track that was edited out of the 1988 VHS and 2001 DVD releases. The license licence was subsequently renegotiated, allowing the track to appear on the 2011 DVD release.


* {{Fingore}}: A meta-example: Derek Smee, who played Ransome, gashed his left index finger pretty badly while climbing over the barbed wire while on location shooting the "infiltration into the plastics factory" scene. He insisted on the doctors administering first aid and placing a flesh-coloured bandage over the finger so he could return to finish the day's shoot. Afterwards, he was immediately rushed to a hospital for surgery. Scenes shot subsequently show him with a bandage on the finger and favoring it while climbing stairs.

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* {{Fingore}}: A meta-example: Derek Smee, who played Ransome, gashed his left index finger pretty badly while climbing over the barbed wire while on location shooting the "infiltration into the plastics factory" scene. He insisted on the doctors administering first aid and placing a flesh-coloured bandage over the finger so he could return to finish the day's shoot. Afterwards, he was immediately rushed to a hospital for surgery. Scenes shot subsequently show him with a bandage on the finger and favoring favouring it while climbing stairs.



* WhamEpisode: The series is now in colour, the entire starring cast is reset (with the sole exception being TheBrigadier, who has been promoted to main cast after previously being a OnceASeason recurring character), the Doctor is suddenly on a much more violent adventure, it's revealed that the Doctor has two hearts, and [[SocietyIsToBlame the space race suddenly has a much more chilling consequence.]] It also satisfies the "game changing" aspect of the trope by changing the format of the series, with the Doctor now exclusively Earth-based and working for UNIT, rather than traveling on his own.

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* WhamEpisode: The series is now in colour, the entire starring cast is reset (with the sole exception being TheBrigadier, who has been promoted to main cast after previously being a OnceASeason recurring character), the Doctor is suddenly on a much more violent adventure, it's revealed that the Doctor has two hearts, and [[SocietyIsToBlame the space race suddenly has a much more chilling consequence.]] It also satisfies the "game changing" aspect of the trope by changing the format of the series, with the Doctor now exclusively Earth-based and working for UNIT, rather than traveling travelling on his own.


is... whatever the hell people feel like it being. Blame Creator/JohnNathanTurner. Or Creator/RobertHolmes. Or maybe even [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion Derrick Sherwin]]. Anyway...

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The year is... whatever the hell people feel like it being. Blame Creator/JohnNathanTurner. Or Creator/RobertHolmes. Or maybe even [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion Derrick Sherwin]]. Anyway...


The year is 1969. Or 1970. Or 1973. Or 1976. Or 1980. Blame Creator/JohnNathanTurner. Or Creator/RobertHolmes. Or maybe even [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion Derrick Sherwin]]. Anyway...

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The year is 1969. Or 1970. Or 1973. Or 1976. Or 1980.is... whatever the hell people feel like it being. Blame Creator/JohnNathanTurner. Or Creator/RobertHolmes. Or maybe even [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion Derrick Sherwin]]. Anyway...


"Spearhead from Space" is another of the most important ''Doctor Who'' episodes ever made. It was the first episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'' to be broadcast in colour.[[note]]although colour TV sets were the minority at the time, so the vast majority viewers would still be watching the show in monochrome for some time[[/note]] It proved that [[TheNthDoctor recasting the Doctor]] into a different sort of person was a trick you could do more than once, meaning the series could run indefinitely. And it was the beginning of a long stretch that takes place almost exclusively on Earth. Due to a decision on the part of the previous production team to reformat the series,[[note]]It is a fan myth that budgetary restraints had anything to do with it[[/note]] the setting would be "contemporary Earth" for the foreseeable future, with the Doctor exiled to Earth by the Time Lords. With the Third Doctor being confined to life with UNIT, the show's atmosphere changed completely and started drawing much inspiration from that ''other'' famous Creator/SydneyNewman show: ''Series/TheAvengers1960s''.

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"Spearhead from Space" is another one of the most important ''Doctor Who'' episodes serials ever made. It was the first episode serial of ''Series/DoctorWho'' to be broadcast in colour.[[note]]although colour TV sets were the minority at the time, so the vast majority viewers would still be watching the show in monochrome for some time[[/note]] It proved that [[TheNthDoctor recasting the Doctor]] into a different sort of person was a trick you could do more than once, meaning the series could run indefinitely. And it was the beginning of a long stretch that takes place almost exclusively on Earth. Due to a decision on the part of the previous production team to reformat the series,[[note]]It is a fan myth that budgetary restraints had anything to do with it[[/note]] the setting would be "contemporary Earth" for the foreseeable future, with the Doctor exiled to Earth by the Time Lords. With the Third Doctor being confined to life with UNIT, the show's atmosphere changed completely and started drawing much inspiration from that ''other'' famous Creator/SydneyNewman show: ''Series/TheAvengers1960s''.



* ArtShift: The only episode of Doctor Who shot entirely on film. This also makes it the first Classic Who episode released on Blu-ray.

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* ArtShift: The only episode serial of Doctor Who shot entirely on film. This also makes it the first Classic Who episode serial released on Blu-ray.


"Spearhead from Space" was the first episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'' to be broadcast in colour,[[note]]although colour TV sets were the minority at the time, so the vast majority viewers would still be watching the show in monochrome for some time[[/note]] as well as the beginning of a long story arc that takes place almost exclusively on Earth. Due to a decision on the part of the previous production team to reformat the series,[[note]]It is a fan myth that budgetary restraints had anything to do with it[[/note]] the setting would be "contemporary Earth" for the forseeable future, with the Doctor exiled to Earth by the Time Lords. With the Third Doctor being confined to life with UNIT, the show's atmosphere changed completely and started drawing much inspiration from that ''other'' famous Creator/SydneyNewman show: ''Series/TheAvengers1960s''.

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"Spearhead from Space" is another of the most important ''Doctor Who'' episodes ever made. It was the first episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'' to be broadcast in colour,[[note]]although colour.[[note]]although colour TV sets were the minority at the time, so the vast majority viewers would still be watching the show in monochrome for some time[[/note]] as well as It proved that [[TheNthDoctor recasting the Doctor]] into a different sort of person was a trick you could do more than once, meaning the series could run indefinitely. And it was the beginning of a long story arc stretch that takes place almost exclusively on Earth. Due to a decision on the part of the previous production team to reformat the series,[[note]]It is a fan myth that budgetary restraints had anything to do with it[[/note]] the setting would be "contemporary Earth" for the forseeable foreseeable future, with the Doctor exiled to Earth by the Time Lords. With the Third Doctor being confined to life with UNIT, the show's atmosphere changed completely and started drawing much inspiration from that ''other'' famous Creator/SydneyNewman show: ''Series/TheAvengers1960s''.



The year is... whatever the hell people feel like it being. Blame Creator/JohnNathanTurner. A series of meteorites crashes onto Earth in a suspiciously uniform manner and without leaving an impact crater, which the British military decides to ignore (despite the suspicions of one very unnerved air traffic controller). One meteorite ends up being discovered by a hunter up in the country, who takes home the purple rock that to modern viewers sounds uncannily like someone's cell phone going off.

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The year is... whatever the hell people feel like it being.is 1969. Or 1970. Or 1973. Or 1976. Or 1980. Blame Creator/JohnNathanTurner. Or Creator/RobertHolmes. Or maybe even [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion Derrick Sherwin]]. Anyway...

A series of meteorites crashes onto Earth in a suspiciously uniform manner and without leaving an impact crater, which the British military decides to ignore (despite the suspicions of one very unnerved air traffic controller). One meteorite ends up being discovered by a hunter up in the country, who takes home the purple rock that to modern viewers sounds uncannily like someone's cell phone going off.


* ArtShift: The only serial of Doctor Who shot entirely on film. This also makes it the only Classic Who serial released on Blu-ray.

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* ArtShift: The only serial episode of Doctor Who shot entirely on film. This also makes it the only first Classic Who serial episode released on Blu-ray.


* {{Fanservice}}: The Doctor's ShowerScene. Tempered somewhat by the tattoo on Jon's arm and fandom's attempts to explain it away. (It's generally accepted that the tattoo is a Time Lord-administered "criminal mark" that remains in place until the Doctor's exile is lifted.)

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* {{Fanservice}}: The Doctor's ShowerScene. Tempered somewhat by the tattoo on Jon's Jon Pertwee's arm and fandom's attempts to explain it away. (It's generally accepted that the tattoo is a Time Lord-administered "criminal mark" that remains in place until the Doctor's exile is lifted.)


"Spearhead from Space" was the first episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'' to be broadcast in colour,[[note]]although colour TV sets were the minority at the time, so many viewers would still be watching the show in monochrome for some time[[/note]] as well as the beginning of a long story arc that takes place almost exclusively on Earth. Due to a decision on the part of the previous production team to reformat the series,[[note]]It is a fan myth that budgetary restraints had anything to do with it[[/note]] the setting would be "contemporary Earth" for the forseeable future, with the Doctor exiled to Earth by the Time Lords. With the Third Doctor being confined to life with UNIT, the show's atmosphere changed completely and started drawing much inspiration from that ''other'' famous Creator/SydneyNewman show: ''Series/TheAvengers1960s''.

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"Spearhead from Space" was the first episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'' to be broadcast in colour,[[note]]although colour TV sets were the minority at the time, so many the vast majority viewers would still be watching the show in monochrome for some time[[/note]] as well as the beginning of a long story arc that takes place almost exclusively on Earth. Due to a decision on the part of the previous production team to reformat the series,[[note]]It is a fan myth that budgetary restraints had anything to do with it[[/note]] the setting would be "contemporary Earth" for the forseeable future, with the Doctor exiled to Earth by the Time Lords. With the Third Doctor being confined to life with UNIT, the show's atmosphere changed completely and started drawing much inspiration from that ''other'' famous Creator/SydneyNewman show: ''Series/TheAvengers1960s''.


* ArtShift: The only episode of Doctor Who shot entirely on film. This also makes it the only Classic Who serial released on Blu-ray.

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* ArtShift: The only episode serial of Doctor Who shot entirely on film. This also makes it the only Classic Who serial released on Blu-ray.

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