Noobs & the Whovian

Noobs & the Whovian

113 The Time of the Doctor

July 27, 2020

This is the one where the Eleventh Doctor defends a town called Mercy, er, Christmas, gives more dramatic speeches than should be allowed by law, becomes an old man, then a young man again, then an old man again… again.


Live from Master Closet Studios, you’re listening to the only podcast on the internet that takes over 900 hundred years to record: It’s the Noobs and the Whovian! 

My name is Austin and I’m the Whovian, and these are my sons Corbin and Tripp and we’re the noobs!

This is the podcast that introduces a whole new generation to Doctor Who by watching an episode each week and discussing it from the perspective of a dad who’s seen it before, and two sons who haven’t. 

Welcome to Episode 113 covering the christmas special : The Time of The Doctor

Production notes

* Story # 241* Originally aired December 25, 2013 to 8.3 million overnight UK viewers 11.14 million Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (The number includes those who recorded it and watched it within seven days) 2.47 million on BBC America and 1.9 million on BBC iPlayer; the week after transmission.* Written by: Steven Moffat* Directed by: Jamie Payne

Misc Trivia 

* This was also the 800th episode of the series!* This is the longest adventure (in universe) up this point, taking place over 900 years* It’s also the first Christmas special to feature the same main cast as the previous Christmas special


* Dave Oswald – James Buller* I only mention this because he was previously played by Michael Dixon in The Rings of Akhaten. 

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* Name of the episode spoken in dialogue?* Oddly, no* Creatures of the week* Judoon, Silurians, Terileptils, and the Raxacoricofallapatorians (referred to as Slitheen) are all in orbit but we don’t see them.* Sontarans – briefly* That wasn’t Strax, but it WAS Dan Starkey!* Cybermen* Wooden Cyberman!* Daleks* They remember the Doctor again, having downloaded info about him from Tasha Lem* We got Silent Daleks puppets!* Silents – they are confessional priests. You not only forget THEM, you also forget anything you’ve told them* Bow ties are cool* That was the most dramatic taking off of a bowtie ever! You could hear it hit the floor!* Amy’s reading glasses* Old Man Doctor wore them!* Hats* No hat, no hair!* Matt Smith buzzed his hair for a movie he was doing, so they made up the whole hide-the-key-in-the-wig thing as a gag.* Hilariously, Karen Gillan had just shaved HER head for Guardians of the Galaxy. So when you see her at then end, they’re both wearing wigs!* Geronimo* The Wikia says he said it with the kids, but I missed it* Running count – 16* Stuff the Doctor loves* One last bowl of fish fingers and custard* He does NOT love wine* Jiggery Pokery* Sonic* It doesn’t do turkey! Nothing does turkey!* It still doesn’t work on wood, but apparently Cybermen don’t know that!* TARDIS * Is that it? Are you doing a clever thing?* Psychic paper* Random * He fixed a little girl’s toy, fixed the wheels and the anti-gravs. May have gone a bit far.* He made a barn bigger on the inside for a farmer!* Needless sacrificial death* Surprisingly, no.* Clara deaths* Running count – 3* The Question/Doctor Who?* The Crack’s back!* We finally learn that the Crack is what the Doctor...