167 It Takes You Away

This is the one where the doctor and her companions find a horrible parent who emotionally abuses his blind kid. Then they fight flesh eating moths and frogs or some crap like that.

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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 167 covering season 11 episode 9: It Takes You Away

Super-short Recap 

This is the one where the doctor and her companions find a horrible parent who emotionally abuses his blind kid. Then they fight flesh-eating moths and frogs or some crap like that.

Production notes

  • Story #285
  • Originally aired December 2, 2018 to 6.42 million viewers
  • Written by: Ed Hime
  • Directed by: Jamie Childs
    • The Woman Who Fell to Earth, Demons of the Punjab, and next week’s The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos
    • Also did some Poldark and His Dark Materials


  • Hanne – Ellie Wallwork
    • First blind actor to play a blind character in Who
    • Played in Call the Midwife, which Graham referenced a in The Tsuranga Conundrum
  • Grace – Sharon D. Clarke
    • EastEnders in 1986 & 2011 as two different characters
    • Plays a counselor in the Elton John biopic, Rocketman
    • Most importantly, she’s a voice in World of Warcraft


  • Name of the episode spoken in dialogue?
    • Yup, several times
  • Creature of the week
    • Solitract
  • Sonic
    • She loves her sonic!
    • Such a shiny tubular!
  • Jibberty Jabberty
    • It’s a juddering dimensional portal in a mirror in a Norwegian bedroom.

Other stuff we noticed

  • It’s fine, it’s only 2018. I thought we’d landed in the middle of the Wooly Rebellion. In 193 years, there’s a total renegotiation of the human-sheep relationship. Utter bloodbath!
  • I’m not the one who smells of my own wee. That’s not my… wee.
  • Fake outs on fake outs!
    • We’re lead to believe there’s a monster, but no, it’s the Solitract.
    • We’re lead to believe the Solitract is evil, but no, it’s just lonely!

Who’s Who? 

  • Who is Ryan Sinclair?
    • It’s not hard for him to imagine Hanne’s dad leaving her there
    • Finally called Graham “grandad”! 
  • Who is Graham O’Brien?
    • He carries a cheese and pickle sandwich with him every time he leaves the TARDIS!
    • I wasn’t lured. It’s not like I gave my credit card details
    • He was looking for Grace his whole life
    • He has to choose between the love of his life, or the real world
  • Who is Yasmin “Yaz” Khan?
    • Her police training makes her good with kids
  • Who is the Doctor?
    • We’ve seen them eat grass and such to determine where they are, but have we ever seen them straight munching on soil?!
    • No, I want you to follow THIS nutter into the dark!
    • She had seven grandmothers, but Granny Five was her favorite. She said Granny Two was a secret spy for the Zygons
    • She’s seen more, lived more, loved more, and lost more.

Can we talk about how stupid this episode is?

  • Grace and Trine felt like themselves. They even remember dying!
  • The Solitract Plane
    • It was a consciousness, an energy, that ruined everything basic about our universe
    • Somehow, the unconscious universe exiled the Solitract into some separate plane of existence
    • Now a conscious universe that’s a frog

Classic Who Connections

  • Another “reverse the polarity” reference!!! That’s mostly to the Third Doctor

Overall impressions

  • Overall rating out of 10
    • Jared – 9.5 Conscious aspects of existence that prefer the form of a frog
    • Austin – 7.5 out Scooby Doo reveals
    • Corbin – 5 shiny tubulars
    • Tripp – 6.5 dumb frogs 
  • Creep Level – out of 500
    • Jared – 200
    • Austin – 275
    • Corbin – 75
    • Tripp – 100


  • 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
  • Who makes it out of this season?
    • Tripp – if Ryan and Yaz don’t get together, Yaz is gonna die
    • Corbin – everybody lives/stays!

The Game Plan 

Next week, we’re covering season 11 finale, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos


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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