What to Know and What You Missed

[This story contains spoilers from the first two episodes of Disney+’s Doctor Who, “Space Babies” and “The Devil’s Chord.”]

The primary two episodes of the BBC’s hit science-fiction sequence Physician Who simply dropped on Disney+, and already Whovians world wide are in a twist.

Starring Ncuti Gatwa (Barbie, Intercourse Training) because the Fifteenth Physician and Millie Gibson as his touring companion Ruby, the pair of episodes had been written by returning showrunner Russell T Davies and span thousands and thousands of years. Not solely that, there’s The Beatles, too!

Right here’s all the pieces you must know in regards to the new season’s debut, what you could have missed and solutions to the a few of the many questions you may need.


What’s a “bogey” and simply how did that area station transfer on the finish of “Area Infants”?

U.S. viewers might have been barely confused by means of “bogey” within the season opener (a time period extra generally used for plane). As was revealed within the denouement, the primary episode villain, the monster-like creature generally known as “The Bogeyman,” is made from nasal mucus, nostril gold and even schnoz wax. That’s proper, the monster is constructed of boogers; inflicting many LOLs from the Time Lord (Gatwa).

And the area station — simply how does that get energy to maneuver? To place it bluntly, and please excuse the language, it strikes as a result of a huge fart. It was fueled by an enormous construct up of methane from all these area infants’ diapers. (Sustainability, we prefer it.)

What’s the Physician’s identify?

The Physician, fairly rightly, is requested what his identify is by his new good friend and, in traditional Who model, he doesn’t give it up simply. He states his identify is “tough” and goes on to say he was adopted by “kinda posh” individuals who named themselves titles like The Bishop, The Rani and The Conquistador (we additionally hear the names The Pedant and The Sagi-shi afterward). 

The Rani shall be acquainted to Whovians, as she was a renegade Time Lord who first appeared in Physician Who within the Eighties and was performed by the late actress Kate O’Mara (identified within the U.S. for her position as Alexis Colby in ’80s cleaning soap Dynasty). Might this be signaling a return for the character?

Nods to the previous

Followers will observe that Time Lords (his folks) get a point out, as does his adopted dwelling planet, Gallifrey — each have been a staple of the present for the reason that Seventies. And, for individuals who might have forgotten, the Physician kindly reminds viewers that his folks died in a genocide, as seen within the climactic occasions of the 2021 season, Flux. He tells Ruby that he’s the “final of the Time Lords” — which is definitely one thing the Physician has stated earlier than, and was incorrect. Is the Physician incorrect once more

Within the second episode, extra of the Physician’s historical past is explored when he lands in 1963 London and tells Ruby that, at this level, he’s residing in Totter’s Lane in Shoreditch together with his granddaughter. He’s referring to the First Physician, as performed by William Hartnell, who was within the present’s debut episode, “An Unearthly Baby,” additionally broadcast in 1963.

Different staples of the sequence additionally return: the Physician has two hearts; the Time Lord compares the outward look of the TARDIS (the Physician’s time machine) as “like a chameleon,” a reference to the “chameleon circuit,” which permits the ship to outwardly rework — although hardly ever does, in fact; and there’s the gifting of a TARDIS key, a ceremony of passage all companions should undergo.

Seen that earlier than?

In episode two “The Satan’s Chord”, Ruby says that, as a result of she’s from 2024, she is aware of the world didn’t finish in 1963. So the Physician takes her ahead in time to point out what London in her timeline will seem like, now that the Maestro (the chief antagonist in episode two, performed by Jinkx Monsoon) has interfered — and it’s fairly an apocalyptic sight. This evokes an iconic scene from the 1975 serial, “Pyramids of Mars,” the place the Fourth Physician (Tom Baker) took his companion Sarah Jane Smith again to her personal time in 1980 from 1911 to reveal what would occur to her world in the event that they didn’t intervene with machinations of a really nasty alien, Sutekh.

A newer story that will get recalled is 2005’s “The Finish of the World”. Additionally written by showrunner Davies, it noticed the Ninth Physician (Christopher Eccleston) use his Sonic Screwdriver to allow companion Rose (Billie Piper) to name her mother on her cellphone, regardless of being 1000’s and 1000’s of years in her personal future. The Fifteenth Physician now kindly performs the identical trick for Ruby, permitting her to name her mom again in 2024 whereas being tens of 1000’s of years forward (we don’t know what cell community they’re on). We additionally study, as we did in “The Finish of the World,” that the TARDIS has a “notion filter,” which interprets all languages for individuals who journey in her (which may be very helpful for the viewers, too).

Infants, once more!

After all of the baby-eating antics of the earlier installment with the 2023 Christmas Day particular “The Church on Ruby Street,” the brand new season is now stuffed with much more infants. And the Physician, unsurprisingly, observes the cosmic coincidence.

It’s additionally price noting that, similar to these infants, each the Physician and Ruby had been deserted. Is that this one thing else that may repay?

The “butterfly impact” in full impact

Chaos concept — sure, we’re getting in deep right here — means that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings might, theoretically, trigger a hurricane some weeks later. Properly, Physician Who is eager to level to the interconnectedness of all issues, particularly via area and time, and we must always have anticipated it as quickly as these phrases had been uttered: “Who steps on butterflies?” Whereas visiting dinosaurs some 150 million years in the past, a butterfly is stepped on inflicting the human race to evolve into insectoid creatures, as is witnessed by Ruby’s instantaneous transformation. Fortunately, the Physician is available to revert his companion’s misstep and brings the butterfly again to life, thus restoring his companion to her authentic human kind.

However, is that this additionally recalling the Fourteenth Physician’s unintentional interference with Isaac Newton in 2023 particular “Wild Blue Yonder,” inflicting the phrase “gravity” to be modified to “mavity” for the human race? So far as we all know, this error hasn’t been reversed…

Hi there, Wyoming!

After materializing in prehistoric occasions, the Physician reveals the precise spot they’ve landed upon will ultimately be the town Inexperienced River in Wyoming in a few years to return. The state has been talked about beforehand in Physician Who; within the 2016 Christmas particular, “The Return of Physician Mysterio.” Set in New York, it starred Canadian actor Justin Chatwin (Showtime’s Shameless, Steven Spielberg’s Battle of the Worlds).

Can the Physician go to Star Trek?

New companion Ruby mentions a matter of transport utilized in one other fashionable, long-running sci-fi tv sequence, Star Trek. “We gotta go to them someday!” comes the Physician’s response. Star Trek has been boldly alluded to and mentioned quite a few occasions, so it’s not clear if the Physician desires to go to them whereas filming the present, or if the world of Captain Kirk & Co. is now a actuality within the Whoniverse. That might be some crossover.

“Not monsters, simply creatures you haven’t met but!”

Did the Physician encourage the quote, “There aren’t any strangers right here; solely mates you haven’t but met,” from Irish poet W.B. Yeats? Fairly probably, he does get round.

Acquainted Face

Susan Twist, who has already appeared within the 2023 Physician Who specials, turns up as a former member of the area station staff, Gina Scalzi. Twist additionally pops up as a tea girl in “The Satan’s Chord” discussing the deserves of actress Margaret Lockwood within the 1945 Leslie Arliss-directed, The Depraved Woman. We’ll hold a watch out for her in future episodes.

What does the TARDIS DNA scan reveal about Ruby?

The Physician have to be barely suspicious of his new companion and her heritage, as he topics her to a DNA scan in his ship. What does it reveal? Properly, not a lot. Presently it states she is a 19-year-old homo sapien.

“Allons-y!” redux

David Tennant’s Tenth Physician (and Fourteenth) was eager on the French expression, “Allons-y!” In accordance with him, it was a phrase of nice energy and knowledge, and comfort to the soul in occasions of want. Nevertheless, the brand new Physician has gone for the same phrase, this time it’s in Turkish. He might be heard declaring joyously, “Haydi ama!”

When talking to The Hollywood Reporter in a latest chat, Fifteenth Physician actor Gatwa stated there was initially a line of dialogue that referenced this: “I used to say, ‘Allons-y!’ If I can’t say that, I’m going to say, ‘Haydi ama!’” However, this was eliminated.

What’s “the Satan’s chord” and is it actual?

Don’t be scared, however it’s. Its official title, the tritone, was a chord or interval of notes that was dubbed Diabolus in musica (satan in music) as a result of its evil sounding concord. Though it’s said within the episode, by music trainer Timothy Drake, that it was banned by the church, there’s no proof to counsel that it really was forbidden.

Regardless of its satanic nature, the sound might be heard within the opening theme tune to Fox’s The Simpsons. Jimi Hendrix additionally memorably used it within the opening bars of his traditional observe, “Purple Haze.” Talking of musical legends…

Have The Beatles been in Physician Who earlier than?

Sure. Their first look got here within the second season of the sequence’ first run within the ’60s. Within the 1964 story “The Chase,” the First Physician (William Hartnell) makes use of his “Time-Area Visualiser” (principally an intergalactic streaming service the place he can see all of time and area) to observe the Fab 4 on the legendary BBC chart music present, Prime of the Pops (they’re taking part in smash hit “Ticket To Trip”). Since then, the mop-top chart-toppers have been talked about on quite a few events, and have even had extra of their hits performed on the present.

In “The Satan’s Chord,” the Physician takes Ruby, as requested, to Feb. 11, 1963 to observe The Beatles file their very first album. Nevertheless, this isn’t the Liverpudlian lads that we all know and love. As a substitute we see them recording a music that includes the lyric, “I’ve obtained a canine, he’s known as Fred.” They certainly wrote a music of this nature, although followers of comedic nation singer Ray Stevens will observe he recorded a ditty known as “Fred,” which was all a few canine known as Fred in 1984.

These anticipating a number of Beatles music titles crammed into the script shall be left dissatisfied, nevertheless (author Davies advised THR such a scene did exist, however was reduce for time). Although bat-eared viewers will spot that Ruby does say, “You Can’t Do That” (the title of a observe from their A Laborious Day’s Evening album). Nevertheless, as Davies additionally advised THR, this was unintentional.

Throughout the episode, this model of Paul McCartney talks about imagining music, very similar to the true Macca famously dreamed the melody to the hit “Yesterday.”

Wait, was the Physician Who theme tune taking part in on the TARDIS juke field?!

Because the opening credit shut, they reduce to the TARDIS and discover that the juke field seems to be taking part in the long-lasting theme tune of the sequence. When requested by THR if this was certainly the case, author Davies stated, “I’m simply not going to reply the query. I put issues like that in figuring out that individuals will focus on that for the following 60 years.” It’s an instance of non-diegetic music changing into diegetic — one thing that additionally occurs later in the identical episode (and is commented on by the Physician).

To confuse issues, the theme tune is definitely begun by the Maestro taking part in the opening notes on a piano; not in contrast to Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Physician taking part in guitar main into the theme tune in 2015’s “Earlier than The Flood.”


Throughout the musical finale in “The Satan’s Chord,” there are a variety of cameos viewers might have missed. Most notably, particularly for these watching within the U.Ok., Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas and Johannes Radebe function within the spectacular music and dance finale. (For these unaware, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars is the American model of BBC’s Strictly.) Ballas is likely one of the present’s judges and Radebe is likely one of the skilled dancers. Coincidentally, new companion Ruby mentions the present earlier within the episode.

Different cameos embody: Physician Who composer Murray Gold who, curiously, in line with the credit is taking part in “Himself,” which suggests he’s wanting superb for his age (Gold additionally appeared within the 2007 Christmas Day particular “Voyage of the Damned”); June Hudson, who was a dressing up designer for Physician Who within the Seventies; and, whereas not an precise cameo, English Sixties pop starlet Cilla Black is portrayed within the studio adjoining to The Beatles singing a equally dangerous music (Black had quite a few hit singles within the ’60s, however turned to tv presenting for the remainder of her profession).

All in regards to the Maestro

The Physician is nearly instantly afraid of this new foe, describing him as a “God” and a part of the Pantheon (an enormous energy past the universe). This could possibly be a reference to the Pantheon of Discord, which Tenth Physician Tennant talked about in his look in spinoff present The Sarah Jane Adventures when he met a malevolent creature known as The Trickster. The Time Lord was conscious of their legends, since he was a younger boy and claimed they solely existed to wreak havoc. The MO appears to suit Maestro and, certainly, the Toymaker (final seen within the 2023 particular, “The Giggle” and performed by Neil Patrick Harris) who we study is their father.

Talking of whom, Maestro repeats a line that the Toymaker stated: “My legions are coming!” Are these legions the Pantheon?

And, is Mrs. Flood a part of these enemies? Flood, performed by Anita Dobson in “The Church on Ruby Street,” turned to the digicam and winked after revealing she knew what the TARDIS was. Maestro additionally winks straight down the lens — possibly that is only a cool factor the Pantheon do?

And the younger boy receiving piano classes is Henry Arbinger, son of the Maestro, and is believed to have been destroyed within the episodes opening moments. Nevertheless, throughout the dance quantity, Henry seems at a door. Is that this the twist on the finish?

“The one who waits is nearly right here!”

This line is spoken by Maestro and through “The Giggle” we found that the Toymaker didn’t dare face them. Are they a part of the Pantheon, or is that this one other foe for the Physician to fret about? Maestro additionally mentions “The Oldest One” has nice powers. Might they be the identical? The Oldest One in all probability has achieved a little bit of ready of their time.

Will it snow in each episode?

Unsurprisingly, the aforementioned 2023 Christmas Day episode featured a number of snow. However each episodes since have included snowy scenes. In “Area Infants,” it snows within the area station and the Physician thinks this can be a warning to not take Ruby again the church when she was discovered. Unbeknownst to the duo, it additionally snows within the TARDIS. And, within the follow-up episode, it snows once more when viewers hear “Carol of the Bells.” Properly, snow far, snow good.

“Area Infants” and “The Satan’s Chord” are at the moment accessible to stream on Disney+ (excluding U.Ok. and Eire). New episodes debut weekly.