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YMMV / Doctor Who S3 E5 "The Massacre"

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  • Genius Bonus: Since it's Steven's Day in the Limelight and the Doctor is missing for most of the story, the story foregoes the usual Hollywood History settings to focus on a historical event that was and is fairly obscure to British audiences (the Massacre of Saint Bartholomew's Day). Viewers are presumably supposed to identify with Steven's lack of any idea what's going on and the retelling of the historical events is given much more attention than usual. If you're familiar with the history, you end up identifying with the Doctor instead and the whole sympathy of the plot changes.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Abbot of Amboise is the Doctor's doppleganger. Peter Capaldi was cast as the Doctor just after playing another 17th century French clergyman, Cardinal Richelieu, in The Musketeers.