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Aug 16th 2013 at 7:48:39 AM •••

  • Season 19 of Doctor Who was written with the idea of giving each companion a story where they could do more than ask the Doctor questions and get captured. As it turned out Nyssa got to play an Identical Stranger, Tegan got to taste Demonic Possession and Adric got to... die.
    • The new series gives us the Donna-centric episode "Turn Left". The Doctor only appears very briefly in the beginning and the end, except for the bit in the middle where he appears as a sheet-covered corpse.
      • Word of God has stated that this was done for the reason of filming two episodes at once, specifically Midnight where Donna only appears at the very beginning and end.

The companion has been argued to be the protagonist. Certainly Donna is on equal footing with Tennant, with Catherine Tate being the only one to share top billing with Tennant in seven of series 4's 13 episodes. The Doctor and Donna are not an ensemble, in other words.

  • "Love And Monsters" and "Blink" (in new series 2 and 3 respectively) both focus on previously unseen characters. The Doctor appears very briefly in each of them, as well being a DVD Easter Egg in the latter.

Too minor, no matter how beloved Sally is. Seems to be Lower-Deck Episode.

Mar 24th 2013 at 6:32:50 AM •••

Since it has its own subtrope, the Music section should be zapped from here with the examples transferred. I'll do it when I have time (but I won't mind if anyone beats me to it).

Sep 19th 2011 at 12:55:03 AM •••

Why is Good Troi Episode an alternate title rather than its own trope? An episode where The Scrappy is a good character is a pretty commom thing.

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Oct 25th 2011 at 9:21:16 PM •••

I just found the discussion on it. Apparently the terms were not used much out side of star trek and was too much a ymmv, which is true, however most people agree on certain quality issues for various plots within trek and a few other ensemables. The problem is it's subjective based on ensembles. I am thinking about digging out a new version of this by a new name and making it a trivia. I think the problem here is those of us who like subjective are being out voted.

Jan 12th 2012 at 9:53:05 PM •••

I agree that Good Troi Episode should be its own trope. A Day In The Limelight is an episode focusing on a minor character. Good Troi Episode is a good episode featuring a usually-boring major character.

Mar 28th 2012 at 3:44:25 PM •••

I second this. I actually came to this page looking for the good Troi trope. It's a sister trope to Limelight, not a part of it.

Mar 31st 2013 at 8:06:14 PM •••

Good Troi Episode has nothing to do with A Day in the Limelight. Troi was a main character.

Apr 8th 2013 at 9:32:22 PM •••

I'm also puzzled why these two were combined, they are two radically different tropes.

Jul 30th 2013 at 1:44:31 PM •••

Radically different to the point that Troi isn't even listed as an example on this new trope.

It's another case of renaming a trope for the sake of renaming it.

Aug 3rd 2014 at 3:39:17 PM •••

Image suggestion, from what is basically This Trope: The Movie.

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Aug 4th 2014 at 9:25:11 AM •••

Somehow, I like that. Put it under consideration in Image Picking.

Apr 6th 2017 at 11:27:58 AM •••

So, did anything come of this? Since the discussion started in 2011 I obviously haven't tried to look up "Good Troi Episode" in a long time, but I share the issue that they made a new trope by renaming another, different trope - and I believe the concept of a "good episode or sub-plot focusing on a normally unpopular character" is a valid concept.

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