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YMMV / Gallifrey

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  • Angst? What Angst?: Romana spent twenty years in a Dalek prison cell. For the vast majority of the series, this is never mentioned again outside of Romana being perhaps a little harsher than she once was; though when the end of Season Five rolls around...
    • Narvin's stolen lives in Series Two. Even allowing for the core cast's vitriolic relationships, his revelation in Annihilation is very easily taken and put aside.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Narvin, who begins as an unsympathetic bureaucrat and ends as one of the only consistently good characters in the series. His general snarkiness helps quite a bit too.
  • Ho Yay: Narvin misses Brax. They even manage to NOT argue for a split second when Narvin comments on Brax's trick with the impulse laser.
    • Many, many fans see this with Leela and Romana, particularly when they go on their honeymoon visit a relaxation planet together in Series Two and end up temporarily swapping bodies.
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  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Romana, surprisingly. She's been canonically paired with the Doctor, some variant on Romana/Brax is quite popular and a one-sided Pygmalion Plot actually becomes canon, Romana/Leela was one of the first ships to surface in the fandom, and Romana/Narvin has a growing contingent of supporters. Somehow, 'The Ice Maiden' has ended up as the fandom bicycle.
  • Magnificent Bastard: In his first appearance Mephistopheles Arkadian, a simple human con-man and arms dealer, manages to outwit all the Temporal Powers and walk away whistling. However, he later tries for a repeat performance and is outfoxed by Braxiatelnote 
  • Nightmare Fuel: The horrifically mutilated Time Lord in Spirit and Pandora.
  • Pandering to the Base: How the series got started.
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  • Ship Mates: Brax feels this way about himself/Romana and Leela/Narvin. In Brax's daydream at the start of Reborn, Leela and Narvin conveniently pair off before he proposes to Romana.
  • Stoic Woobie: Almost everyone qualifies.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Narvin, and to a lesser extent Darkel, who are lampooned for saying that Romana is an ineffectual leader whose presidency will lead to disaster. It does, with the planet in ruins and overrun by zombies.
    • Though to be fair to Romana, the same people who insist that her decisions will ruin Gallifrey also tend to be the ones who, in their efforts to subvert her plans, end up causing everything to go wrong in the first place.


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