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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 90 covering series 6 episode 13: The Wedding of River Song.
This is the one where the Doctor, Amy, Rory, & River go to a wedding! For River… and the Doctor… and time is broken.
Remember that one?
Story # 224
Originally aired October 1, 2011 to 7.67 million viewers
Written by: Steven Moffat
Directed by: Jeremy Webb – also did The Curse of the Black Spot
We mentioned last time that this is the first NuWho finale to not be a two-parter. In fact, this is the first Doctor Who finale EVER to be a stand-alone episode, because of the serial nature of Classic Who.
It’s also the first NuWho finale that doesn’t center on a Classic Who villain. We SEE a Dalek, but it’s not the main villain.
It’s also ALSO the first NuWho finale where the final scene isn’t in the TARDIS.
We again have an actor portraying the Doctor AND a different character in the same episode. Smith did this previously in The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People.
There’s so many rumors about us. Idle gossip. Archaeology. Same thing!
Who is Amy?
Pond, Amelia Pond
The Crack gets another mention – the exposure to the crack is what allowed her to notice the problem with time.
River Song didn’t get it all from you, Madame Kovarian.
I killed someone. In an aborted timeline in a reality that never was.
But I remember it, so it happened, so I did it.
She’s the Doctor’s mother-in-law
Who is Rory?
He keeps the eye-drive on
Rory Williams, the man who dies and dies again
We got married and had a baby and that’s her…. ok
Who is River?
What happened to time, Doctor? A woman…
What’s she like? Attractive I assume. Hell in high heels
Take a child, raise her into a psychopath, introduce her to the Doctor, who else was I going to fall in love with?
We discover at the very end that River pretended to not know who the astronaut was. So there’s no continuity problem here.
Who is The Doctor?
He was slowly reading a magazine early on, to which Corbin asked “Why isn’t he speed-reading that?” You’d have to imagine that if he’s not speed reading it’s because he wants to take his time and enjoy it. It was Knitting for Girls!
He hates rats
There’s always more, it’s always going on. For me it never stops! Liz I is still waiting for me in a glade, I could help Rose Tyler with her homework, go to all Jack’s stag parties in one night.
Time catches up with us all, Doctor
Well it’s never laid a glove on me!
My friends have always been the best of me.
I did run, it only brought me here
He’s so socially awkward!
She said you were a Mr. Hottie Nurse and she’s interested in going out with you for texting and scones.
You’ve touched so many lives, saved so many people. Did you ever think that when your time came you would have to do anything more than ask? You think the universe is better off without you, but the universe disagrees.
Time said I had to die, so I dressed for the occasion. A Doctor in a Doctor suit!
Can we talk about how time works with the companions?
The Doctor called up Lethbridge-Stewart but he had died.
As he said himself, he has a TIME MACHINE! He should be able to go back to when he was alive, even the very second after he last saw him.
It seems like there’s some kind of weird continuity of time between the Doctor and his companions… sometimes.
Classic Who Connection
The first mention of a fixed point in time was back with the First Doctor in the serial The Aztecs. Barbara wanted to alter their history and the Doctor would not let her.
The concept that the Doctor’s true name or even identity is a dark secret goes back to the serial The Silver Nemesis and is even talked about by Ian Chesterton in An Unearthly Child
This episode was a tribute to Nicholas Courtney who played Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart and there were a few Easter eggs about him throughout the episode that were last-minute additions
They mentioned his passing
There were scenes where everybody was wearing an eyepatch referencing the serial Inferno that takes place in an alternate universe and the alternate reality Lethbridge-Stewart had an eyepatch. At one point during filming Courtney turned around and everyone on set was wearing an eyepatch (he often shared this story at conventions)
Amy says “We’ll be in Cairo soon” which is where Courtney was born
Courtney passed away peacefully in his sleep, which was a prophecy made about Lethbridge-Stewart by the Seventh Doctor the serial Battlefield
Overall rating out of 10 –
Jared – 9.5 Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewarts
Austin – 9.5 upside down Dorium heads
Corbin – 9.5 Doctor Whos
Tripp – 10 dead not dead doctors
Creep Level – out of 500
Jared – 250, (mostly for the pit of skulls)
Austin – 225
Corbin – 250
Tripp – 265
What will happen with Eleven dying?
Corbin thinks this will be the end of series 6 and they will avert Eleven’s death.
Corbin’s whole theory
The River, who is the impossible astronaut and the little girl, kills the Doctor in the season finale and that is why she is in Stormcage. Also, she is the Doctor’s wife.
Plus my theory that the eyepatches held images of the silence was correct too.
The streaming on this is a little squirrely. It’s not on Prime, but it’s part of the Starz add-on. You can do this by going to Amazon and adding it on.
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, Jared for the Classic Who Connection. Shout outs to Victor and Jared for their Patreon support.