182 Village of the Angels

This is the one where an angel takes over the TARDIS and could take it anywhere in the universe but instead goes to England within 50 years of the present. And the Doctor becomes an angel.

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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 HASN’T seen it before, and two sons who haven’t. 

Welcome to Episode 182 covering Series 13 episode 4 entitled Doctor Who: Flux, Chapter 4 – Village of the Angels

Super-short Recap

This is the one where an angel takes over the TARDIS and could take it anywhere in the universe but instead goes to England within 50 years of the present. And the Doctor becomes an angel.

Production notes

  • Story #297d
  • Originally aired November 21, 2021 to 3.45 million viewers
    • Once, Upon Time was 3.76 and became 4.67 in the consolidated ratings
  • Written by: Chibs and Maxine Alderton
  • Directed by: Jamie Magnus Stone

Cast 

  • Bel – Thaddea Graham
    • Bea, in The Irregulars – Set in Victorian London, the series follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes.
  • Claire – Annabel Scholey
    • Ginny Weasley in Harry Potter
    • She also screen tested with Matt Smith for a companion role

Checklist 

  • Name of the episode spoken in dialogue?
    • nope
  • Creature of the week
    • Weeping Angels
    • I’m afraid I still don’t understand how they work. They zap you into the past and feed off the quantum energy of the life you would’ve led. But, you DO live it, just in the past.
    • They look more unique this time
    • Even drawings can be angels now, and catch on fire
    • Some of them work for the Division as an Extraction Squad
    • No one survives it twice – that’s new, right?
    • Trying to make them sneeze cuz you can’t sneeze with your eyes open
  • TARDIS 
    • Two things that should never be put together, well three if you count me
    • There’s an element of danger, in fact the only element.
  • Sonic 
    • Why was the sonic hot?
    • Suped up the flashlight
  • Psychic paper
    • Institute of Psychic Investigation. Seems so, interesting.

Other stuff we noticed

  • There is no time. Not anymore. The end begins now again. There will be no escape, not this time, not for her, not for them, not for you.
  • Count the headstones, then you’ll know I’m right. Why did he have to count them to notice the GIANT ANGEL STATUE!?

Who’s Who?

  • What is the Flux? Like seriously. What the heck?
    •  Puzano – quarter of a sun, third of a moon, half a planet
      • How does this thing work?!
  • Who is Professor Eustacius Jericho?
    • Under siege and doesn’t even stop to be scared. Just curious to learn more
    • You are observed, and this is my power over you.
      • For now. We are patient. We have Time.
    • They can just be in the walls now?!
  • What is the Division?
    • Uses every species, every world, every moment.
  • Who is Claire?
    • She’s stuck in 1967 – November 21!
    • Why was it coming across as a lie when she said it was 1967?
    • Is she actually psychic?
  • Who is Bel?
    • My universe. Look what you’ve been through.
      • “My” cuz it’s not OURS
    • She knew about Passenger forms
  • Who is Vinder?
    • He is catching up to Bel
  • Who is the Doctor?
    • The Angel says she was in Division and ran
    • The Angel claims to have all knowledge of Division, including the memories that were taken from her
    • Sonic speed

Can we talk about that freaking message?

Classic Who Connection

  • Another example of the Doctor’s bigger on the inside pockets
  • When establishing a telepathic connection with Clair, the Doctor verbally said “contact”. This is what the Third Doctor would do and say
  • Finally we have the “Reverse the Neutron Flow” quote that was made famous by the Third Doctor, but we also have the meta level of using the electroencephalogram. The Third Doctor studied the human mind and did the same experiments that professor Jericho was doing.

Overall impressions

  • Overall rating out of 10
    • Jared –  9 Electroencephalograms
    • Austin – 8 oblivious priests
    • Corbin – 7 honey badgers
    • Tripp – 8 dumb sub plots 
  • Creep Level – out of 500
    • Jared – 200
    • Austin – 300
    • Corbin – 
    • Tripp – 20

Theories

  • Jared – Swarm was a Time Lord or comes from the attempt to give Time Lords regenerations (connected to the Timeless Child storyline).
  • Tripp – Swarm made the flux as the ultimate challenge to the doctor. The doctor and swarm are from the same dimension, but not same race. Dan is somehow important to the division. 
    • Tigimi is dan. Tigimi has to be sent back in time so dan can grow up in the right time and an angel will send him back in time. Dan is adopted by division and becomes the doctor’s companion in order to guide her into this trap.
  • Austin – The Flux is the Nexus that takes you to the Timeless Child’s universe/dimension
    • Something’s up with Dan. I think he is a Timelord
    • There is a connection between Williamson and Dan, they might be the same person
    • The Timeless Child was used to create the Angels just like the Time Lords
    • Tigmi is the Timeless Child
  • Corbin – Tigmi is Swarm or Swarm AND Azure

The Game Plan 

  • Next week is, or course, Doctor Who: Flux, Chapter 5 – Survivors of the Flux
  • After Series 13, we want to do a Best Of series. We’re going to cover our favorite story from each NuWho Doctor, as well as 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.

Closing

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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