191 – The Master Plan – The Keeper of Traken

This is the one where the Doctor meets an all powerful chair god. And the master!

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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 191 covering season 18 serial number 6, The Keeper of Traken.

Super-short Recap 

This is the one where the Doctor meets an all-powerful chair god. And the master!

Production notes

  • Story # 114
  • Originally aired January 31 – February 21, 1981 to 7.6, 8.1, 5.2, & 6.1 million viewers
  • Written by: Johnny Byrne
  • Directed by: John Black


  • The Master – Geoffrey Beavers 


  • Name of the episode spoken in dialogue?
    • YUP!
  • Creature of the week
    • The Keeper of Traken
  • Jiggery Pokery
    • TARDIS
      • Were police boxes just really filthy or something?
      • How is it bigger on the inside? Because it’s dimensionally transcendant. What does that mean? It means it’s bigger on the inside.
    • Sonic
      • It didn’t work!
    • Misc

Other stuff we noticed

  • She stepped up the ions in the ion bonder.
    • Chekhov’s ion bonder
  • Why so many guns?

Who’s Who?

  • Who is Adric?
    • He’s from E-space, this is his first story in N-space
  • Who is Nyssa?
    • We kinda thought, based on Logopolis, that Adric and Nyssa knew each other for a LONG time
  • Who is the Master?
    • So, at what point was it obvious that it was the Master running the Melkur? Was it obvious as soon as you saw his weird hand, or not until episode 3 when he turned around?
    • His TARDIS has the roundels, but they’re all black
  • Who is the Fourth Doctor?
    • A lot of the time you don’t make sense (Adric)
    • He was very chill when the Keeper just materialized in the TARDIS!
    • Unlike you, my time of dissolution is near at hand. 
      • The Doctor dies in the next story…
    • What can’t be cured must be endured. That’s the silliest thing you’ve ever said!
      • Don’t listen to me, I never do

Can we talk about the trope of the all-knowing, unhelpful, old man

  • We thought the Keeper died before he could vouch for the Doctor, only to have him summoned later and STILL not vouch for him!

Overall impressions

  • Overall rating out of 10 – 
    • Jared – 6 Gold and blue star math medals
    • Austin – 7 Achilles accusations
    • Corbin – 6 ion bonders
    • Tripp –  4 chair gods

The Game Plan

  • Next week it’s Groundhog Day!
  • After that is the Best of Ten, so next week we’ll announce which story we’re doing.


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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