At long last, Doctor Who escapes the Earth and Earth-adjacent settings… and goes straight to Hell! Probably? Yes, Heaven and Hell, God and the Devil – Doctor Who shows no fear in confronting the fundamental religious questions of our time – or no doubt it would have but it just didn’t get around to it because they are too busy dramatically rerouting power! Join Porter and John as they cling to The Impossible Planet desperate to avoid plummeting into The Satan Pit.
Then, there is more devilry afoot within driving distance of the BBC studios in the peaceful hamlet of Devil’s End as the Third Doctor and the plucky Jo Grant face a different manifestation of the Devil in the classic 1971 episode, The Daemons. Will Porter thrill to violent threats against statuary? Will John thrill to Porter thrilling? Will they both listen to Thriller? You’ll have to listen to the Podcast to find out if we shelled out for the rights to Thriller…
Look, let’s get this out of the way: it’s a monster in a thong with faces on his butt. Even David Tennant – who is contractually obligated to appear – keeps his distance on this one. But this gives us all time to meet Elton and the gang at LINDA, basically Doctor Who fans who lack the awesome power of the megaphone that is podcasting. Will Porter and John use the podcast to talk about the episode or will they get bored with it and start cooking potluck dinners and forming a band? Find out as they muse on Love and Monsters.
They call it the Creature and it lives in the Pit. As the Fourth Doctor remarks, they do have a way with words. As do Porter and John, who must use words as they podcast because all the elaborate visuals they prepare really do not land in this medium. But that’s fine here because the image of a giant green penis wandering around a cave is all anyone needs to get the gist of the notorious Season 17 story, The Creature from the Pit.
Should you fear Fear Her and it’s frightening fable of fraught families? Well, sure, if you have nothing else to do, why not? Which pretty much sums up this episode of NNTMP as Porter and John do what is necessary to get to the next episode of the podcast.
Cheers! The West Wing! Fawlty Towers! These are just some of the many other shows referenced in this episode as Porter and John attempt to explore the Land of Fiction and find there are probably a lot of other more interesting fictions than we saw in the somewhat oddball Second Doctor tale of The Mind Robber. Will Porter get chicken pox and be replaced by someone who looks sorta like Porter but isn’t actually him? And will John even notice given that, as we have established, podcasts are an entirely audio medium?