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Recap / Children Of Time S 1 E 7 Child Of Time

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  • Academic Athlete: Beth describes herself as smart in her opening narration, and a couple of paragraphs later, the narrative calls her and the bully she's fighting with "athletes". She does turn out to be good at sports and equally good in the classroom, impressing Watson and human!Doctor. Badass Bookworm in the making.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Unlike the original two-parter, this episode looks at the Power Trio through the eyes of a fifteen-year-old girl.
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  • Adult Fear: So... two kids are murdered by possession, just as in the original... and then you have those same two kids with guns on a high school campus. (Note that "Human Nature"/"Family of Blood" had nothing to do with American school issues, and that this story was based on the original two-parter.)
  • All Up to You: It all boils down to one teenage girl with a soul in a fob watch.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different
  • Ascended Fangirl: Beth, oh so much—and it's very important later on.
  • Badass Boast: "I've seen the Doctor. I've seen you with him, you and Dr. Watson. The three of you... You're like... fire... and ice... and everything terrible and wonderful about light and darkness. And the Doctor... He's ancient — I've seen that. Burning at the centre of time. Able to see the turn of the universe."
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  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Messrs. Vernet, Walker, and Smith are just three teachers from the UK, nothing to worry about...
  • Break the Cutie: You thought that removing the romance from the story would make it less heartrending? You would be wrong. Oh, so wrong...
  • Canon Immigrant: Beth.
  • Cassandra Truth: Beth and John Smith trying to explain things to the police. It... doesn't go over well.
  • Changed My Jumper: Played with. Holmes and Watson are undercover, and Holmes is the consummate professional at undercover work. They're just two British gents who happen to be high school teachers... except that Beth doesn't buy Holmes's unchanged accent.
  • Cool Teacher: So... John H. Watson, M.D. is an English teacher, and Sherlock Holmes is a fencing instructor. Oh yes.
  • Creepy Child: Daughter of Mine, who possesses the body of Beth's best friend.
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  • Dreaming the Truth: And it gives Watson a moment of alarm.
  • Exty Years from Now: The TARDIS lands in Midwestern America, 2093.
  • First Love: If you don't quickly cotton on to the fact that Holmes is this for Beth, you're not paying attention. (To be fair, it's not certain he is, either.)
  • First-Name Basis: Beth convinces Holmes to do this with her.
  • Gang of Bullies: Rob and his friends are implied to be Beth's continual adversaries.
  • Hidden Depths: Although part of the story from Beth's POV is uncovering the Hidden Depths in her new teachers, the story from Holmes's POV is partly about seeing the Hidden Depths in Beth.
    • Fifteen-year-old stuns a police officer and takes control of the car. Oh yeah.
  • High School: Just your average American high school, right?
  • Hot for Teacher: See First Love, above.
  • How We Got Here
  • I Just Want to Be Normal
  • Infant Immortality: Averted.
  • Jumped at the Call/The Call Put Me on Hold: Beth is all set for adventure (it's in her blood), and the Doctor tells her "not yet". She'll have to wait two more years in her own timeline, which is a couple of months for the Doctor and Holmes and over a year for Watson.
  • Karmic Death: Son of Mine is the one member of the family who shoots someone onscreen. Watson ends up having to shoot him to keep him from taking the watch from Beth.
  • Kid Hero: Need we really say?
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Of a sort, and consensual:
    Beth: I'm the only one who can't see her. The Doctor pushed at little places in my mind so that I would never see the girl in the mirror, the girl who was once my best friend.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Beth and Holmes.
  • Love at First Sight: Beth towards "Mr. Vernet". It's implied that her subconscious recognized him as Sherlock Holmes, which subverts this trope with Love Before First Sight, and Children of Time!Holmes's voice and appearance is based on Jeremy Brett, anyway.
  • Mid-Season Twist: This isn't the first time we've had a heroine in the season, but it is the first time that an episode happens largely from said heroine's POV. That being said, this episode is the one that's the game-changer, because it introduces Beth who, two episodes later, becomes one of the main characters.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Watson, oh so very much, as settled within the first ten paragraphs of the story.
  • Sealed Good in a Can
  • Secret Keeper: Beth for the Doctor, in a sort of Frodo Baggins way.
  • Teens Are Monsters
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Beth and Chloe, mildly.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The Doctor for the school.
  • You Are Not Ready: The reason the Doctor tells Beth "not yet", calling her "too young".
  • You Have to Believe Me!: Beth when trying to convince Sherlock to trust her.


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