This is the one where the Doctor becomes a janitor, and Mr. Pink finds out who Clara really is while saving the world after dooming it first.
Live from Master Closet Studios, you’re listening to the only podcast on the internet that has an invisibility watch: 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 121 covering the Series 8 episode 6: The Caretaker
Story # 247
Originally aired September 27 2014 to 6.82 million
Written by: Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat
Directed by: Paul Murphy
Skovox Blitzer – Jimmy Vee!
Moxx of Balhoun, the Graske, and Bannakaffalatta (never forget!)
Name of the episode spoken in dialogue?
The Doctor ALMOST said it: I’m the new caretaker
It was said throughout the episode though
Can I just say I like “caretaker” much better than janitor and we should make a switch to this in America. </rant>
Creature of the week
Stuff the Doctor loves
It has a setting (#41) that can blast out helicon energy
Apparently Clara can snap the doors closed now?
Other stuff we noticed
I don’t think Adrian looked even remotely like Matt Smith
Who is Danny Pink?
He’s NOT a PE teacher
He’s also not a new teacher anymore. This episode apparently takes place at least a year after Into the Dalek because in that episode he was introduced as a brand new teacher. In this one, Courtney Woods parents refer to how he referred to her last year.
I imagine that the opening montage of vignettes is taking us through that year.
NERD ALERT! When he put on the invisibility watch, he was non-plussed that it wasn’t even a ring
How stupid do you think I am? I’m willing to put a number on it.
He did just save the whole world. Good start.
Who is Clara?
Her adventures with the Doctor are starting to interfere with her real life
Apparently she just like, KNOWS how to use the sonic now?
What were the others like, the ones before me? Did they let you get away with this
Who is the Doctor?
He lived among otters once
Never lose your temper in the middle of a door sign
Humans have an incredibly short lifespan. Frankly, you should all be a permanent state of panic. Tick tock, tick tock
Shut him up, shut him down. Up or down, I don’t care.
Danny knows men like him, he’s served under men like him. They push you and make you better than you ever thought you could be.
Classic Who Connection
The Second Doctor did meet fish people in The Underwater Menace
Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart also became a maths teacher after he retired from the military
The Seventh Doctor was asked if he was applying for the position of caretaker at Coal Hill School when he was there to investigate Dalek activity in Remembrance of the Daleks
When he entered the junkyard the Doctor said, “Home sweet home” which is of course were the First Doctor was living in An Unearthly Child
Artron energy is ambient radiation from the time vortex that the Seventh Doctor described as a mental energy. Many times the Doctor has mentioned that there is a lot of artron energy around Coal Hill School. The first time was in An Unearthly Child
In The Power of the Daleks the Second Doctor said to shut the Daleks “Up or down. I don’t care” much like he said about Danny in this episode
Overall rating out of 10 –
Jared – 7 Evil Rosey the Robots
Austin – 6.5 Jimmy Vee’s
Corbin – 8 floating chairs
Tripp – 7 spider legged humans
Creep Level – out of 500
Jared – 100
Austin – 75
Corbin – 50
Tripp – 70
Thoughts on Missy and Heaven?
New name! Afterlife, Promised Land. I prefer “Nethersphere.”
Corbin & Tripp – The Half-faced man didn’t actually die but was put into a new body of some kind. That’s not Heaven, though it could be the Promised Land.
Tripp – Missy is NOT a robot, perhaps a creator.
Corbin – Missy is the bad guy. Missy is the lady in the shop. It’s not Heaven, it’s hell. Robots.
The Game Plan
Next week we continue with Series 8, Episode 7: Kill the Moon
Noobs and the Whovian is a production of Master Closet Studios, where it’s always smaller on the inside. Your Senior Producer is Austin Reason. Our Audio Engineer is Tripp Reason. Corbin Reason is our Production Editor. Special thanks to tardis.wikia.com for the trivia, and to Jared for the Classic Who Connection. Shout outs to Victor, Jared, and James for their Patreon support.