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My name is Austin and I’m the Whovian, and these are my sons Tripp and Corbin 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 63 covering the 2009 Christmas & 2010 New Year’s Specials: End of Time Parts 1 & 2.

Super-short Recap

This is the one where we say goodbye to the Tenth Doctor.

I don’t want to go.

The end.

Production notes

  • Story # 202
  • Originally aired December 25, 2009 and January 1, 2010 to 12.04 and 12.27 million viewers!
  • Written by: Russell T. Davies
  • Directed by: Euros Lyn
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  • Rumors that Chibnall and Whitaker are leaving is apparently “nonsense.”

Misc Trivia

  • Final Doctor Who appearance of Elizabeth Sladen. She continued with Sarah Jane Adventures
  • This was RTD’s 10th consecutive writing credit, the longest run in series history.
  • First appearance of the Time Lords since 1986, barring their appearance in flashback in The Sound of Drums.
  • RTD claims that Ten’s death/regeneration had been planned out since Tennant was hired and that if he hadn’t been cast it would’ve been done differently.
    • One difference is that originally Ten was gonna die for a stranger. I think Wilf works way better.
  • The story detail of the Master sacrificing himself to save the Doctor but causing his regeneration was originally going to happen during the Third Doctor’s time. However, Roger Delgado passed away before this could happen.
  • Martha Jones married Mickey Smith, making her both Smith and Jones.
  • Working titles Impossibility Gate and Last Days of Earth


  • Rassilon was played by Timothy Dalton. Among other things, he was James Bond!
  • Verity Newman – Jessica Hynes
    • Hynes played Joan Redfern, the love interest of John Smith in Human Nature
    • Here, she play Redfern’s great granddaughter Verity Newman who wrote a book about that adventure.
    • Verity Newman comes from Verity Lambert and Sydney Newman, the original creators of Doctor Who.


  • Creature of the week
    • The Master
    • The Vinvocci
      • Cactus
      • Related to Bannakafalatta’s species
    • Ood
  • Allons-y! Count
    • Episode count: 1
      • “a phrase of great power, and wisdom, and consolation to the soul in times of need”
    • Running count: 13
  • Time War
    • The War is time-locked
    • White Point Star
  • Jiggery Pokery
    • Sonic –
      • Deactivating the shimmer
      • Puts the TARDIS one second out sync
    • TARDIS – 
      • Locks with a car noise
    • Random
  • Existential horror
    • Losing your stream of consciousness and becoming someone else.
    • CGP GREY VIDEO on the teleporter problem

Who’s Who? 

  • Who is The Doctor?
    • Sainted Physician
      • This is what the worshippers called him
    • Regeneration feels like dying. Everything I am dies and some new man goes sauntering away and I’m dead.
    • He knows he needs a companion.
    • Says he’s 906
    • This song is ending, but the story never ends
  • Who is Wilf
    • Stands at the heart of coincidence

Other stuff we noticed

  • There was a total Cantina scene featuring an adipose, Graske, Hath, Raxacoricofallapatorian, Sycorax, and an Uvodni (who are from both Classic Who and future episodes)
  • The ongoing conversation about why the Doctor doesn’t go back and save the Time Lords (or any number of other things)
    • The Doctor says that he can’t travel back onto his own timeline.
    • This seems to be somewhat consistent throughout the series, though even this rule is sometimes ignored.
    • This has been said (or something like it) in other episodes.
  • The first episode was very cheesy
    • The Secret Books of Saxon
    • Potions of Life
      • And the reverse
    • Super jump
    • Lightning hands
    • Super hungry eating people down to their bones Master
    • The narrator/Time Lord

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Classic Who Connection 

Overall impressions

  • Overall rating out of 10 – 
    • Austin – 9 I don’t want to gos
    • Corbin – 9.7 Vinvocci
    • Tripp – 10  amazing Tennant teeth
    • Jared – 9.5 turkey-devouring Masters
  • Creep Level – out of 500
    • Austin – 250
    • Corbin – 215
    • Tripp – 230
    • Jared – 200

Listener Input  

  • Gatorboy emailed in with a few points he noticed.
    • Stained glass window with the TARDIS also featured someone holding a blue book that he thinks looks like River’s diary. If he’s right, that’s a deep cut.
    • He pointed out the tour bus was Sparrow Lane bus tours and that one of the members of the Silver Cloak was named Sally.
    • The woman who appears to Wilf and is standing behind Rassilon with her face covered is said by RTD to be the Doctor’s mother. THIS NEVER HAS COME UP AGAIN!
    • In the alien bar near the end of the episode, the song that you hear playing is the same song Talullah sings in Daleks in Manhattan.  My Angel put the Devil in me
    • When you see the bones of the food truck lady, they’re still standing there stuck together.

The Game Plan 

  • Tennant recap
  • Eleventh Hour

Next Time…

Join us next time for our recap episode on David Tennant’s time as the Doctor.


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 for the trivia, Jared for the Classic Who Connection

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