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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Morton Dill laughing at a Dalek and somehow always turning his back while the TARDIS materialises and dematerialises, followed by Daleks storming the Mary Celeste, followed by a slapstick moment where a Dalek falls into the sea for no reason.
  • Bizarro Episode: A story where each episode takes the characters to a new location at a time where this was not the norm. There is a cameo from The Beatles. An obnoxious Eaglelander tourist spends half an episode laughing at a Dalek, and the actor playing him comes back playing a companion (!!) later in the story. They have a Journey to the Center of the Mind which turns out to be a horror theme park, in which the Comic Trio Daleks fight Dracula (and lose). The Daleks make an Evil Knockoff of the Doctor said to be indistinguishable and treated as such by the characters, and he looks nothing like him. A Dalek falls off a boat for no reason. Giant killer mushrooms are involved. Robots with flamethrowers try to put Barbara in a robot zoo. It's the sort of thing that could only get made in 1965 - love it or hate it, they will never make a story like this again.
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  • Ho Yay: This bit:
    Ian: You've done it again! You've beaten them!
    First Doctor: My dear boy, I could kiss you!
  • Memetic Mutation: The 2018 Twitch stream of Classic Who led to many memes of this story based on the previews for Hartnell's era. The biggest meme was Ian's enthusiastic exclamation of "London 1965!" Even the official Doctor Who Youtube channel embraced the meme and changed the video of Ian and Barbara's departure to be called "London 1965!", turning it into an Ascended Meme.
  • Narm: The encounter between the real and robot Doctor and Ian's unwitting fight with the real version should be a tense, dramatic moment. Instead, the audience is left with the not especially hard task of deciding whether the "Doctor" who looks like a bad Doctor Who cosplayer and speaks with a Hong Kong Dub of William Hartnell's voice just might be the fake.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Believe it or not, the Daleks were indicated (though not shown on-screen) to be able to fly up flights of stairs as early as this, their third adventure. Specifically, a Dalek is shown atop the wheel housing of the Marie Celeste, despite the Dalek time machine landing on the ship's deck.
    • This episode also established that it's possible for time travellers to communicate with their home base while in transit, because the Daleks contact Skaro to report on their progress. This was years before the Doctor and the Time Lords would communicate with one another that way, and decades before Nine adapted Rose's cell phone to let her call her Mum from anywhere in time and space.
  • Padding: The first episode opens with a sequence of the characters using a machine to view various historical events. As a result, we are treated to a shot of someone who looks nothing like Abraham Lincoln reading out about seven or eight times more of the Gettysburg Address than necessary, a mildly funny sketch about Shakespeare dealing with Queen Elizabeth I's Executive Meddling, and a weird sequence where they all dance to The Beatles singing "Ticket to Ride", apparently under the assumption that It Will Never Catch On. The plot only starts about eighteen minutes in when Barbara accidentally leaves the machine on and picks up a transmission from the Daleks.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • Subverted. In Episode Four, just when Ian encounters Frankenstein, one can see a lone, inactive Dalek prop in a small gap at the base of the staircase.
    • There's a sequence of a long line of Daleks all exiting the door of their time machine. Unfortunately, only having a few Daleks means that we just see the same three Daleks going round and round in a circle to create the illusion of there being more. It's easy to see why they thought it wouldn't be obvious, since the Daleks don't look different to each other, but it somehow is.
    • When the Dalek falls off the ship, its head dome comes straight off when it hits the water... and floats. Especially annoying since it's supposed to be a fun slapsticky fall that doesn't injure the Dalek, and because of the terrifying and excellent Dalek water scenes in "The Dalek Invasion of Earth".
    • The Mechanoids have a really cool Robo Speak effect on their voices, but it's so hard to understand what they're saying as a result that the storyline dealing with them is almost incomprehensible. Mocked in a DVD Easter Egg where various Talking Heads laugh about how unthreatening they are: One person says that as a child he'd imagined them to be saying such deep and fascinating things, since he couldn't understand them, and then found out what they said was just boring Technobabble.
    • The vampire bat in the castle is very obviously on a wire, but it could be a deliberate or accidental Stylistic Suck since it is actually a prop within the story.
  • Uncanny Valley: The robot Dracula.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The first ever shots of the TARDIS travelling through the vortex. It's suitably dreamlike and gorgeous and all done with practical, 1960s effects, and the kaleidoscope look of the Vortex was actually brought back for the title sequence of Season 7B. And then there's the Daleks fighting the Mechanoids. With the Mechanoids' flamethrowers.


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