129 Classic Who Rewind: The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

This is the one where the Doctor helps the Doctor, the Doctor, the Doctor, and the Doctor break onto the set of Doctor Who! Oh and steal their own costumes from a Doctor Who museum.

Live from Master Closet Studios, you’re listening to the only podcast on the internet whose hosts had to fight three other guys to host it: 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 129 covering the 2013 Special The Five(ish) Doctors.

This is the one where the Doctor helps the Doctor, the Doctor, the Doctor, and the Doctor break onto the set of Doctor Who! Oh and steal their own costumes from a Doctor Who museum.

Production notes

  • Story #3?
  • Originally aired November 23, 2013 
  • Written by: Peter Davison
  • Directed by: Peter Davison


  • every-stinkin-body!


  • Name of the episode spoken in dialogue?
    • Surprisingly, no
  • Creature of the week
    • The Wikia names Steven Moffat as the Main Enemy!
  • Jiggery Pokery
    • TARDIS 
      • Lots of smack talk about Eleven’s TARDIS control room
  • The Question/Doctor Who?
    • Baker referred to himself as the Sixth Doctor Who

Other stuff we noticed 

  • I almost cried when Davison’s kids said “You know, it could just be Matt Smith and David Tennant.” 
    • There were EIGHT living Doctors at the time, and we only got 2 and a new made-up one!
  • The Fifth Doctor’s daughter was eating her ice cream with a celery stick
  • Radio show – who was your favorite Doctor? Peter Cushing. Controversial pick.
    • He did the 1960’s movies Dr. Who and the Daleks and Dalek’s Invasion Earth 2150AD.
  • McGann couldn’t make it to the protest because of “filming commitments.” He was doing The Night of the Doctor
  • I love Steven Moffat’s regeneration scene!
  • Seven recreated the sugar decision scene from the episode we just watched!
    • Good catch, Tripp!
  • They were hearing the music changes!
  • Costumes
    • Davison’s t shirt was his costume
    • McCoy was wearing a hat and carrying an umbrella
    • Baker’s
  • I desperately wish the scene of them as the shrouded statues was real! But alas, it was a different take that used production crew members.

Who’s Who?

  • Do you think they were playing themselves, or their Doctors?

Classic Who Connections

  • Olivia Coleman has been in just about everything since 2000. She co-stared in Broadchurch with David Tennant
    • Olivia Coleman was also in Eleventh Hour!
  • Georgia Moffett (Peter Davison’s daughter and also played Jenny in The Doctor’s Daughter) is seen eating ice cream with a large celery stalk
  • On the radio, the announcer talks about his Doctor being Peter Cushing. Peter Cushing played the Doctor in two Doctor Who movies in the 1960s that both involved the Daleks. Doctor Who and the Daleks and Daleks Invasion Earth -2050 AD) Terry Nation sold the movie rights for the characters of Doctor Who and the Daleks and that’s how they came to be made, but the debate has long dragged on by fans as to whether they are canon or not. In the movies the Doctor is not an alien but an old professor who created a time machine/spaceship called Tardis (no acronym). Steven Moffat apparently made them canon in a novelization of The Day of the Doctor where he reveals that the First Doctor allowed Cushing to star in movies about Doctor Who. They could not procure the rights to include this in the actual episode.
    • Doctor Who and the Daleks is on BritBox. Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. is available to rent.
  • In the voicemail Davison leaves for Moffat he talks about using his celery antidote, presumably pitching an idea for the 50th special and talking about the celery stalk on his lapel.
  • Moffat’s voicemail (or answerphone) voice sounds like a Classic Who cybermen voice saying Doctor’s deleted
  • When Moffat is dreaming, and the heads are swirling around him that is similar to what they did with a few Classic Who regenerations
  • The last face that comes up says “It’s me isn’t it?” I believe that is Matthew Waterhouse who played Adric because he says “Now I’ll never know if I was right!” as the dream sequence ends in an explosion which is what Adric said when he crashed into Earth.
  • When the boy with the sonic screwdriver in the Doctor Who Experience sees the old Doctor Who costumes he says “That’s not right” which is exactly what Susan Foreman said in an Unearthly Child while reading about the French Revolution.
  • Davison talks about how the TARDIS console “doesn’t wobble at all.” The older sets were not as solid apparently.
  • The Classic Doctor protests were in front of the BBC Television Centre, which is where many Classic Who episodes were filmed. That facility is not decommissioned and the show is filmed mainly in Cardiff.

Overall impressions

  • Overall rating out of 10 – 
    • Jared – 
    • Austin – 9.9 straight John Barrowmans
    • Corbin – 9.5 Radagast the browns
    • Tripp –  9.5 celery flavored ice cream

Can we talk about Tom Baker?

  • What is his deal with appearing in Doctor Who reunions?

The Game Plan

  • Coming up next, we have two back to back two-parters! 
  • Next we cover Series 9 episodes 1 & 2, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar.


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.

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