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Old 13-09-2014, 00:38
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What is the single most defining shocking moment in the history of the show?

The death of Adric remains a firm contender, but is there another stronger moment which has actually stunned audiences leaving them shocked?
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Old 13-09-2014, 00:48
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The show coming back to mainstream TV in 2005 was the most shocking moment for me, as I never thought it would actually happen, letalone that it would become so big again, arguably bigger than it had ever been before!
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Old 13-09-2014, 00:57
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I'd wager a bet that 10's regeneration at the end of The Stolen Earth was a bit of a shock to the nation as it had us all questioning if they could slip a replacement under the radar.

That and the fact that the little stunt worked, pulling in 13 million the following week, still the highest non-Christmas ratings for a Who episode unless I'm sorely mistaken.
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Old 13-09-2014, 01:09
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Amy being a flesh creature and not the real Amy.
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Old 13-09-2014, 01:50
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The first episode where the doctor goes full-frontal nude.
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Old 13-09-2014, 02:22
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I'd wager a bet that 10's regeneration at the end of The Stolen Earth was a bit of a shock to the nation as it had us all questioning if they could slip a replacement under the radar.

That and the fact that the little stunt worked, pulling in 13 million the following week, still the highest non-Christmas ratings for a Who episode unless I'm sorely mistaken.
This is the right answer. Masterstroke
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Old 13-09-2014, 07:26
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Bald Peri being all evil.

It's true they retconned it a few episodes later (much to Nichola Bryant's annoyance), but for a few brief, shining weeks, it was the best companion departure ever.
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Old 13-09-2014, 07:38
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The first episode where the doctor goes full-frontal nude.
I'd have preferred that to happen in the last series to be honest!! Still, there's that episode where Adric allegedly has a boner in Castrovalva
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Old 13-09-2014, 09:59
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For me its when a companion dies. Adric and Peri's death were (in those pre-spoiler days) complete shocks. I have to say, too, that both deaths were pretty brutal and awful to watch.

Peri's was just monstrous, and Adric's death was utterly tragic.

I thought 10's fake-regeneration at the end of The Stolen Earth was superb, though, and completely unexpected. Particularly because it was one of a number of cliff hangers.

I don't think anything else in 'new' Who has really caught me by surprise. I think its partly because the show has had so many leaks since it came back - and even with the best of intentions, it is sometimes hard to avoid knowing what was going to happen. And sometimes it was just easy to guess - I guessed River was Melody Pond, as I think did most viewers.
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Old 13-09-2014, 10:03
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This for me :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMQ7X3wauRQ&sns=em

Most shocking , in a good way, was Amy lying dead in Rorys arms in The Big Bang and the Doctor appearing with mop and Fez..for a moment my brain threatened to melt..thoroughly audacious madness.
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Old 13-09-2014, 10:16
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I'd wager a bet that 10's regeneration at the end of The Stolen Earth was a bit of a shock to the nation as it had us all questioning if they could slip a replacement under the radar.

That and the fact that the little stunt worked, pulling in 13 million the following week, still the highest non-Christmas ratings for a Who episode unless I'm sorely mistaken.
City of death got 16.1 m
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Old 13-09-2014, 10:20
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The show becoming the success it did in 2005. Unexpected by me
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Old 13-09-2014, 10:32
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City of death got 16.1 m
My apologies, I meant New Who
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Old 13-09-2014, 10:41
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My apologies, I meant New Who
New who? Its all 1 show
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Old 13-09-2014, 11:30
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Tom bakers doctor drowning in the deadly assassin. That was the final straw for Mary Whitehouse.
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Old 13-09-2014, 11:46
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The dying TARDIS in Turn Left.
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Old 13-09-2014, 14:18
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when I realised that they had run out of ideas ,and started scraping the barrel with a fantastic voyage rip off,and robin hood men in tights
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Old 13-09-2014, 14:58
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While there's only a few scraps of footage of it left, Katarina's death in The Dalek Masterplan. She gets taken hostage at the end of the third episode, a pretty standard-issue cliffhanger. The following episode has the Doctor trying to negotiate a way out of the hostage situation for about a minute... and then Katarina hits the airlock activator button. BANG, instant death by explosive decompression. Not only was it shocking in the sense of being the first companion death, but it was also the most sudden.
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Old 13-09-2014, 15:25
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How about 11 effectively choosing to kill solomon in dinosaurs on a spacehship, that was pretty shocking for me as it kind of went against everything the doctor usually stands for.

Also ten grabbing a gun in the doctors daughter and pointing it at general cobb's head, as for a second it looked like he might actually do it, especially with the high angry emotion so well portrayed by Tennant.
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Old 13-09-2014, 17:24
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The show becoming the success it did in 2005. Unexpected by me
Yeah, the success the show has become since the return is the biggest shock for me - particularly abroad. I've got the US TV Guide on my FB news feed and when James Cordon was recently announced as the new host of The Late, Late Show there were basically two types of comments one was asking who and others were mentioning Oh, it's Craig or Stormagedon's Dad!
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Old 13-09-2014, 17:33
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From watching the show as a kid...I'll have to go with Adric's death. Easily.

Now I'm a gnarled 40-something, can't say I'm easily shocked! Also, because of ye olde worldwideweb I do tend to get spoilered a bit. Thinking of C21 Who, even though I suspected what was coming, Jacobi's 'reveal' in 'Utopia' was something else, but Donna's 'brainwipe' was probably the closest. So silly, but because I loved the character, it actually surprised and annoyed me at the time.

(Got over it! Good writing. Shame about End of Time, really.)
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Old 13-09-2014, 17:53
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Peris death is mine as thst was a huge shock
Then when it was resurrects by RTD I was shocked at how bloody awful it was
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Old 13-09-2014, 18:38
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I'll go with Peri's death which was absolutely horrific- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e20Wn7Z7uAI
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Old 13-09-2014, 20:01
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Tegan being Kinda-rised.

Shat me up for weeks as a kid
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Old 13-09-2014, 20:57
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Yeah, the success the show has become since the return is the biggest shock for me - particularly abroad. I've got the US TV Guide on my FB news feed and when James Cordon was recently announced as the new host of The Late, Late Show there were basically two types of comments one was asking who and others were mentioning Oh, it's Craig or Stormagedon's Dad!
Fair to say that Twelve won't be meeting Craig now...
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