It’s all demon puppets and whale vomit this week! Join us as we discuss Amy’s first adventure with the Doctor: The Beast Below!
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 66 covering series 5 episode 2, The Beast Below.
This is the one where Amy and the Doctor meet Queen Elizabeth X on the back of a space whale! Space Britain has become a police state and everyone is cool with it, except the Doctor and Amy.
Story # 204
Originally aired April 10, 2010 to 8.42 million viewers
The 4th Doctor said “Are you listening to me?” a lot, almost a catchphrase
Someone said it referred to the Fifth Doctor but gave no backing for that
It might just be a reference to the fact that no one listens to The Doctor
The Beast Below
Solar Flares – The premise is that the Earth is abandoned in the 29th Century because solar flares made it inhabitable. They used this premise in the Classic Who serials The Ark in Space and The Sontaran Experiment (which is a continuation from The Ark in Space) -In those stories the escape plan is the same, escape on a giant spaceship. In that case, The Forth Doctor deduced that they were on a spaceship by feeling the vibrations on the ground.
The Monarchs – Liz 10 talks about all the times that The Doctor has met the monarchs throughout history. He was a drinking buddy with Henry VII and met Elizabeth II over tea and scones and in Silver Nemesis.
Companion Ages – We see Amy amused by being identified as 1,306 years old. Back with the First Doctor, in the series called The Rescue Barbara is not amused as being identified at 550 years old, and Chesterton thinks it’s hilarious.
Time Lords were First – I think we already covered that The Doctor mentions that Time Lords came before humans in Genesis of the Daleks and The Trial of a Time Lord
Overall rating out of 10 –
Austin – 8 glasses of floor water
Corbin – 8 whale tongues
Tripp – 9 devil smilers
Jared – 7.5 star whales
Creep Level – out of 500
Austin – 300
Corbin – 215
Tripp – 345
Jared – 220
Corbin thinks The Crack will appear in every episode and that either the Master or the Daleks are responsible for it.
Tripp thinks the Star Whale is significant and we’ll see it again.
The Game Plan
Our next Timey Wimey episode is coming up next month. We’ll be covering the radio drama version of Robert Heinlein’s By His Bootstraps.
Join us next time as we discuss Series 5, Episode 3: Victory of the Daleks.
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.