165 Kerblam!

This is the one where the Doctor and her companions get a package from space amazon and don’t pop the bubble wrap. And they blow up the whole facility and that one dude.

Live from Master Closet Studios, you’re listening to the only podcast on the internet wrapped in explosive bubble wrap! 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 165 covering season 11 episode 7: Kerblam!

Super-short Recap 

This is the one where the Doctor and her companions get a package from space amazon and don’t pop the bubble wrap. And they blow up the whole facility and that one dude. 

Production notes

  • Story #283
  • Originally aired November 18, 2018 to 7.46 million viewers
  • Written by: Pete McTighe
    • This and next season’s Praxeus
  • Directed by: Jennifer Perrot


  • Kira Arlo – Claudia Jessie 
    • Eloise Bridgerton on Bridgerton
  • Daniel Cooper – Lee Mack
    • Comedian best known (by me at least) for Would I Lie to You?


  • Name of the episode spoken in dialogue?
    • Uh… yeah
    • The wikia noted that this, along with The Woman Who Fell to Earth, and Demons of the Punjab was another double-meaning: the company name and the sound of the bubble wrap exploding!
  • Creature of the week – 
    • Kerblam Man
    • or is it Charlie?
    • She’s still having a hard time with the new control systems
  • Psychic paper
    • Relatives of the First Lady. I did she put that? We asked her not to!
  • Jibberty Jabberty
    • The Kerblam! Man! You’re just saying sounds now
  • Name Dropping
    • She knew a bloke named Roger Wilco
    • Speaking of wasps, did I ever tell you about me and Agatha Christie?

Other stuff we noticed

  • Eleven ordered a new fez after River shot his!
    • For us, it was exactly one year ago that we last saw the fez in Day of the Doctor (July 19, 2020)
    • How long do you think it was in real time?
  • That’s robophobic!
  • I’m such a butterfingers. I love butter!
  • Why is there a laser-gun disintegration protocol?!
  • Kerblam! Is trying to kill it’s own customers? That’s the worst business plan I’ve ever heard of.
  • They want us to be happy with 10%, what about the other 90%?!
    • It’s not 10% of people that get jobs. It’s that 10% of jobs have to be people!
  • Activating bubble wrap!
  • They’re strictly freelance

Who’s Who? 

  • Who is Ryan Sinclair?
    • People’s Republic of South Yorkshire
    • He’s back in his environment, working in a warehouse
    • His coordination problem makes life really interesting
  • Who is Graham O’Brien?
    • Graham was killin it this episode
    • It’s my super power. I’m able to pick up on the subtlest social cues. NOAW! It’s OAWBVIOUS!
  • Who is Yasmin “Yaz” Khan?
  • Who is the Doctor?
    • Some of her best friends are robots
      • K-9 and Handles!
    • She blames her two hearts on the healthcare plan of the First Lady
    • She’ll add a warning for insubordination to her collection!
    • Too bombastic? It felt right.
    • Laters! Nope, never doing that again, sticking with 
    • Don’t like bullies, don’t like conspiracies, don’t like people getting hurt.
      • Tripp said she seems to like all of those things, sort of… 
    • I love a bit of retro!
    • What’s she talking about? I don’t know, you get used to it. She usually explains it in the end.
    • Does she know what she’s doing? Sometimes, definitely!

Corbin has feelings about automation?

  • The writer of this episode (and probably chris chibnall since he’s the one inserting all the politics) doesn’t understand how automating jobs works.
  • When only some jobs are automated it’s a problem. That’s the problem we face today.
    • You can’t make people work for free, so you pay them. Thus we still need money. Thus everybody needs jobs in order to make money.
  • When ALL jobs are automated it’s not a problem.
    • If no one works, no one needs money. We get rid of the economy and everything is free.
  • This is clearly a world where all jobs could be automated.
  • By making this 10% law, it makes it so that only some people can have jobs. Only some people having jobs is worse than no one having jobs.

Classic Who Connections

  • The Seventh Doctor had an advertising drone delivered to the TARDIS in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (it was advertising for the Psychic Circus). 
  • Here are some of the Doctor’s robot friends: K9, Kamelion
  • We had more Venusian Karate (aikido)
  • The first fez was seen on the Second Doctor

Overall impressions

  • Overall rating out of 10
    • Jared – 7.5 Pits of people sludge (and ankle bracelets)
    • Austin – 7.5 Judy’s
    • Corbin – 5.5 fezezezezes
    • Tripp – 6.5 3 fingers robits 
  • Creep Level – out of 500
    • Jared – 150
    • Austin – 150
    • Corbin – 150
    • Tripp – 250 (puddle people)


  • Will they or won’t they?
    • Corbin – if ever it will be next season
    • Tripp – yes they will, but it’s gonna take till the end of the season
    • Jared – I agree with Tripp

The Game Plan 

  • Next week, we’re covering season 11 episode 8, The Witchfinders


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 Thing One: Tripp Reason. Our Production Editor is the Other One: Corbin Reason. Special thanks to tardis.fandom.com for the trivia, and to Jared for the Classic Who Connection. Shout outs to Victor and Jared for their Patreon support.

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