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* GrowingTheBeard: Creator/TomBaker's first story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", is a well-constructed and charming little story that shows thematic attention to detail. But, because it's a BreatherEpisode to ease us into the new Doctor, it's based in the [[ArcFatigue same old UNIT plot template that even the Pertwee era had got long sick of]], and the tone is frothy and lighthearted. ''Then'' came this; children bolted behind the sofa, watching a different show with a genuinely chilling 'GothicHorror' atmosphere and a CreepyGood, [[ByronicHero brooding]] Doctor who loved humanity but did not identify with it. Most fans will say that, although "Robot" is the first Tom Baker episode, "The Ark in Space" is where the Tom Baker ''era'' starts.

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* GrowingTheBeard: Creator/TomBaker's first story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", is a well-constructed and charming little story that shows thematic attention to detail. But, because it's a BreatherEpisode to ease us into the new Doctor, it's based in the [[ArcFatigue same old UNIT plot template that even the Pertwee era had got long sick of]], and the tone is frothy and lighthearted. ''Then'' came this; children bolted behind the sofa, watching a different show with a genuinely chilling 'GothicHorror' atmosphere and a CreepyGood, [[ByronicHero brooding]] Doctor who loved humanity but did not identify with it. Most fans will say that, although "Robot" is the first Tom Baker episode, story, "The Ark in Space" is where the Tom Baker ''era'' starts.

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* AccidentalAesop: The Doctor manipulates Sarah Jane out of a situation in which she's panicking and screaming by giving her a very hurtful and rather sexist TheReasonYouSuckSpeech until she pulls herself together out of pure rage. It's an awesome moment and one of both Sarah Jane's and the Doctor's best, but does give the impression that bullying your best friend and crushing her self-esteem is a good idea to do to someone in a panic.


* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The Doctor manipulates Sarah Jane out of a situation in which she's panicking and screaming by giving her a very hurtful and rather sexist TheReasonYouSuckSpeech until she pulls herself together out of pure rage. It's an awesome moment and one of both Sarah Jane's and the Doctor's best, but does give the impression that bullying your best friend and crushing her self-esteem is a good idea to do to someone in a panic.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The story has continual references to the Bible: an Ark led by a man referred to as "Noah", the Doctor talking about how the HumanPopsicle passengers are 'the entire human race awaiting the trumpet blast' and obliquely referencing Doomsday prophet Nostradamus, lots of white outfits and coffins, the Doctor subtly namechecking the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in his PatrickStewartSpeech, and a dash of MessianicArchetype symbolism in that the Doctor is bringing chosen people back to life. It may mean something, or may also just be a story about parasitic space wasps.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The story has continual references to the Bible: an Ark led by a man referred to as "Noah", the Doctor talking about how the HumanPopsicle passengers are 'the entire human race awaiting the trumpet blast' and obliquely referencing Doomsday prophet Nostradamus, lots of white outfits and coffins, the Doctor subtly namechecking the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in his PatrickStewartSpeech, and a dash of MessianicArchetype symbolism in that the Doctor is bringing chosen people back to life. It may mean something, or may also just be a story about parasitic space wasps.wasps.
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* GrowingTheBeard: Creator/TomBaker's first story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", is a well-constructed and charming little story that shows thematic attention to detail. But, because it's a BreatherEpisode to ease us into the new Doctor, it's based in the [[ArcFatigue same old UNIT plot template that even the Pertwee era had got long sick of]], and the tone is frothy and lighthearted. ''Then'' came this; children bolted behind the sofa, watching a different and much better show with a genuinely chilling 'GothicHorror' atmosphere and a CreepyGood, [[ByronicHero brooding]] Doctor who loved humanity but did not identify with it. Most fans will say that, although "Robot" is the first Tom Baker episode, "The Ark in Space" is where the Tom Baker ''era'' starts.

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* GrowingTheBeard: Creator/TomBaker's first story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", is a well-constructed and charming little story that shows thematic attention to detail. But, because it's a BreatherEpisode to ease us into the new Doctor, it's based in the [[ArcFatigue same old UNIT plot template that even the Pertwee era had got long sick of]], and the tone is frothy and lighthearted. ''Then'' came this; children bolted behind the sofa, watching a different and much better show with a genuinely chilling 'GothicHorror' atmosphere and a CreepyGood, [[ByronicHero brooding]] Doctor who loved humanity but did not identify with it. Most fans will say that, although "Robot" is the first Tom Baker episode, "The Ark in Space" is where the Tom Baker ''era'' starts.


* HilariousInHindsight: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam Over 43 years later]], the Doctor would become involved in a conspiracy with a shipping factory where the menace turns out to quite literally be ''killer bubble wrap''.

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* HilariousInHindsight: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam Over 43 years More than four decades later]], the Doctor would become involved in a conspiracy with a shipping factory where the menace turns out to quite literally be ''killer bubble wrap''.



* SpecialEffectsFailure: Everything, but especially the green bubble wrap. At the time bubble wrap was too new an invention to be instantly recognizable, so they didn't really make an effort to disguise it.

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* SpecialEffectsFailure: Everything, but especially the green bubble wrap. At the time time, bubble wrap was too new an invention to be instantly recognizable, so they didn't really make an effort to disguise it.


* GrowingTheBeard: Creator/TomBaker's first story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", is a well-constructed and charming little story that shows greater thematic attention to detail. But, because it's a BreatherEpisode to ease us into the new Doctor, it's based in the [[ArcFatigue same old UNIT plot template that even the Pertwee era had got long sick of]], and the tone is frothy and lighthearted. ''Then'' came this; children bolted behind the sofa, watching a different and much better show with a genuinely chilling 'GothicHorror' atmosphere and a CreepyGood, [[ByronicHero brooding]] Doctor who loved humanity but did not identify with it. Most fans will say that, although "Robot" is the first Tom Baker episode, "The Ark in Space" is where the Tom Baker ''era'' starts.

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* GrowingTheBeard: Creator/TomBaker's first story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", is a well-constructed and charming little story that shows greater thematic attention to detail. But, because it's a BreatherEpisode to ease us into the new Doctor, it's based in the [[ArcFatigue same old UNIT plot template that even the Pertwee era had got long sick of]], and the tone is frothy and lighthearted. ''Then'' came this; children bolted behind the sofa, watching a different and much better show with a genuinely chilling 'GothicHorror' atmosphere and a CreepyGood, [[ByronicHero brooding]] Doctor who loved humanity but did not identify with it. Most fans will say that, although "Robot" is the first Tom Baker episode, "The Ark in Space" is where the Tom Baker ''era'' starts.


* GrowingTheBeard: Creator/TomBaker's first story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", is a well-constructed and charming little story that shows greater thematic attention to detail than the Pertwee era ever did. But, because it's a BreatherEpisode to ease us into the new Doctor, it's based in the [[ArcFatigue same old UNIT plot template that even the Pertwee era had got long sick of]], and the tone is frothy and lighthearted. ''Then'' came this; children bolted behind the sofa, watching a different and much better show with a genuinely chilling 'GothicHorror' atmosphere and a CreepyGood, [[ByronicHero brooding]] Doctor who loved humanity but did not identify with it. Most fans will say that, although "Robot" is the first Tom Baker episode, "The Ark in Space" is where the Tom Baker ''era'' starts.

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* GrowingTheBeard: Creator/TomBaker's first story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", is a well-constructed and charming little story that shows greater thematic attention to detail than the Pertwee era ever did.detail. But, because it's a BreatherEpisode to ease us into the new Doctor, it's based in the [[ArcFatigue same old UNIT plot template that even the Pertwee era had got long sick of]], and the tone is frothy and lighthearted. ''Then'' came this; children bolted behind the sofa, watching a different and much better show with a genuinely chilling 'GothicHorror' atmosphere and a CreepyGood, [[ByronicHero brooding]] Doctor who loved humanity but did not identify with it. Most fans will say that, although "Robot" is the first Tom Baker episode, "The Ark in Space" is where the Tom Baker ''era'' starts.


* HilariousInHindsight: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam Over 43 years later]], the Doctor would become involved in a conspiracy where the menace turns out to quite literally be ''killer bubble wrap''.

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* HilariousInHindsight: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam Over 43 years later]], the Doctor would become involved in a conspiracy with a shipping factory where the menace turns out to quite literally be ''killer bubble wrap''.


* HilariousInHindsight: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam Over 43 years later]], the Doctor would become involved in a conspiracy with the factory "Kerblam!" where the menace turns out to quite literally be ''killer bubble wrap''.

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* HilariousInHindsight: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam Over 43 years later]], the Doctor would become involved in a conspiracy with the factory "Kerblam!" where the menace turns out to quite literally be ''killer bubble wrap''.


* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The Wirrn larva taking over people. At the time, it was this bizarre quasiorganic substance nobody had seen before, and it very much looked like it really was growing over them. Even today, when we recognise bubble wrap painted green more readily than the 1975 audience, it still works because the actors sell it so well. (This is why Phil El Sandifer calls actors managing to convince us that the most absurd ''Doctor Who'' monsters are real and visceral and dangerous "believing in your bubblewrap".)

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* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The Wirrn larva taking over people. At the time, it was this bizarre quasiorganic substance nobody had seen before, and it very much looked like it really was growing over them. Even today, when we recognise bubble wrap painted green more readily than the 1975 audience, it still works because the actors sell it so well. (This is why Phil El Sandifer calls actors managing to convince us that the most absurd ''Doctor Who'' monsters are real and visceral and dangerous "believing in your bubblewrap".)

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* HilariousInHindsight: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E7Kerblam Over 43 years later]], the Doctor would become involved in a conspiracy with the factory "Kerblam!" where the menace turns out to quite literally be ''killer bubble wrap''.


* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The Wirrn larva taking over people. At the time, it was this bizarre quasiorganic substance nobody had seen before, and it very much looked like it really was growing over them. Even today, when we recognise bubble wrap painted green more readily than the 1975 audience, it still works because the actors sell it so well. (This is why Phil El Sandifer calls actors managing to convince us that the most absurd ''Doctor Who'' monsters are real and visceral and dangerous "believing in your bubblewrap".)

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* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The Wirrn larva taking over people. At the time, it was this bizarre quasiorganic substance nobody had seen before, and it very much looked like it really was growing over them. Even today, when we recognise bubble wrap painted green more readily than the 1975 audience, it still works because the actors sell it so well. (This is why Phil El Sandifer calls actors managing to convince us that the most absurd ''Doctor Who'' monsters are real and visceral and dangerous "believing in your bubblewrap".)


* GrowingTheBeard: This regarded as where the Creator/TomBaker era hit its stride and really established what Creator/RobertHolmes and Creator/PhillipHinchcliffe wanted to do with the series.

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* GrowingTheBeard: This regarded as Creator/TomBaker's first story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", is a well-constructed and charming little story that shows greater thematic attention to detail than the Pertwee era ever did. But, because it's a BreatherEpisode to ease us into the new Doctor, it's based in the [[ArcFatigue same old UNIT plot template that even the Pertwee era had got long sick of]], and the tone is frothy and lighthearted. ''Then'' came this; children bolted behind the sofa, watching a different and much better show with a genuinely chilling 'GothicHorror' atmosphere and a CreepyGood, [[ByronicHero brooding]] Doctor who loved humanity but did not identify with it. Most fans will say that, although "Robot" is the first Tom Baker episode, "The Ark in Space" is where the Creator/TomBaker era hit its stride and really established what Creator/RobertHolmes and Creator/PhillipHinchcliffe wanted to do with the series.Tom Baker ''era'' starts.

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* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The Wirrn larva taking over people. At the time, it was this bizarre quasiorganic substance nobody had seen before, and it very much looked like it really was growing over them. Even today, when we recognise bubble wrap painted green more readily than the 1975 audience, it still works because the actors sell it so well. (This is why Phil El Sandifer calls actors managing to convince us that the most absurd ''Doctor Who'' monsters are real and visceral and dangerous "believing in your bubblewrap".)


** There's a pretty uncomfortable part where the Doctor explains his plan to see the dead Wirrn's memories [[EyeRemember through connecting psychically to a part of its eye]]. He relates it to something that "Gypsies" used to believe. Compare and contrast to a scene referencing this in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror The Crimson Horror]]", where the Eleventh Doctor points out that the belief is rubbish without linking it to a specific racial epithet.

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** There's a pretty uncomfortable part where the Doctor explains his plan to see the dead Wirrn's memories [[EyeRemember through connecting psychically to a part of its eye]]. He relates it to something that "Gypsies" used to believe. Compare and contrast to a scene referencing this in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror The Crimson Horror]]", where the Eleventh Doctor points out that the belief is rubbish without linking it to a specific racial epithet.epithet.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The story has continual references to the Bible: an Ark led by a man referred to as "Noah", the Doctor talking about how the HumanPopsicle passengers are 'the entire human race awaiting the trumpet blast' and obliquely referencing Doomsday prophet Nostradamus, lots of white outfits and coffins, the Doctor subtly namechecking the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in his PatrickStewartSpeech, and a dash of MessianicArchetype symbolism in that the Doctor is bringing chosen people back to life. It may mean something, or may also just be a story about parasitic space wasps.

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