174 Praxeus

This is the one where the doctor and her companions find weird birds that eat people, and two girls roaming becomes one girl roaming. And that dude didn’t die at the end.

Live from Master Closet Studios, you’re listening to the only podcast on the internet that is made out of microplastics! 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 174 covering series 12 episode 6: Praxeus

Super-short Recap

This is the one where the doctor and her companions find weird birds that eat people, and two girls roaming becomes one girl roaming. And that dude didn’t die at the end.

Production notes

  • Story #292
  • Originally aired February 2, 2020 to 5.22 million viewers
  • Written by: Pete McTighe and Chibs
  • Directed by: Jamie Magnus Stone


  • Jamila (one of the Two Girls Roaming) – Gabriela Toloi
    • First Brazilian actress to appear in Who


  • Name of the episode spoken in dialogue?
    • Yeah, bunches
  • Creature of the week
    • Praxeus
    • Looked so much like humans they tricked the doctor
    • Is it an optical illusion?
  • Random Jiggery Pokery
    • Are they using comm dots or something?
  • Adventures in closed captioning!
    • There’s a talking cat in Ontario.
      • She did NOT say “cat”. It sounded like “kang”

Other stuff we noticed

  • Corbin’s glad the antidote DIDN’T immediately clear everything up

Who’s Who?

  • Who is Ryan Sinclair?
    • THAT’S why you smell of dead bird. I thought you’d changed your shower gel.
    • Ryan Sinclair, picks up a random bird in Peru and might have just saved the world. Well I am here for you guys.
  • Who is Graham O’Brien?
    • His cancer treatments paid off in an understanding of drip IV prep
    • He was glad Ryan asked what a pathogen is cuz he didn’t want to look stupid
    • That wasn’t really an idea, it was just a random phrase
  • Who is Yasmin “Yaz” Khan?
    • She wanted to go back for that alien tech
      • What?! Why did you just mention it? 
    • She just jumped at the opportunity to teleport somewhere again
      • Corbin has a theory about Yaz’s future
    • She was REALLY bummed that she hadn’t found an alien planet on her own
  • Who is the Doctor?
    • I’m the backup
    • I DID say it’d hurt. No you didn’t’. I MEANT to.

Can we talk about the social justice parade?

Classic Who Connections

  • The Doctor mentions the Autons.

Overall impressions

  • Overall rating out of 10
    • Jared – 6 
    • Austin – 5 non-consentual cures
    • Corbin – 6 weird rock plastic body growth things
    • Tripp – 7 PlaStIc BaD
  • Creep Level – out of 500
    • Jared – 100
    • Austin – 100
    • Corbin – 10
    • Tripp – 30

Listener Input

  • Jason had some interesting things to say about our griping about the Doctor’s hypocrisy in regards to guns

The Game Plan 

  • We have a Series 13 premiere date! Series 13 will be called Flux and is one, six-episode long story premiering October 31st, 2021!
    • As it happens, if we had been diligent, we would’ve ended ON October 31. However, we fell a week behind (sorry, guys), so we will be doubling up at some point in the next couple weeks.
  • Next week, we’re covering series 12 episode 7, Can You Hear Me?
  • After Series 13, we want to do a Best Of series. We’re going to cover our favorite story from each NuWho Doctor, and then our favorite Festive special! And by “our” I mean “all of us”. Go to noobsandthewhovian.com/bestof to take the survey and help us pick the very best of NuWho.