Recap / Doctor Who S24 E3 "Delta and the Bannermen"

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"You are not the Happy Hearts Holiday Club from Bolton, but instead are spacemen in fear of an attack from some other spacemen?"
Burton

The one with the green baby. No, not the one from Stone Ocean.

The TARDIS is the ten billionth customer at a hyperspace tollbooth, and the Doctor and Mel win a free vacation through time and space to Disneyland in AD 1959. Mel boards a Time Machine in the form of a bus (no, it's not a TARDIS). The Doctor follows in his Old Semi-Reliable.

In 1959, the US launches a satellite which promptly collides with the bus, which makes an emergency landing just outside a Welsh holiday camp called Shangri-La. One of the other passengers is Delta, Queen of the Chimerons. She and her egg are the last of their kind, as the evil Bannermen have taken over her world.

Meanwhile, two bickering CIA Agents (the Earthbound version) are notified that the satellite was last seen over their area. All these people will get mixed up in the affair when the Bannermen are alerted to Delta's whereabouts.

Tropes

  • Adam and Eve Plot
  • Adaptation Expansion: The novelisation adds an epilogue showing Billy, Delta and her daughter arriving on the brood planet, which is said to be covered in hexagonal chambers as far as the eye can see. Delta and her daughter stay on the brood planet and Billy takes the Bannermen to a galactic court before returning to the brood planet.
    • The Doctor and Mel mention visiting the planets Zoth and Themlon.
  • Aliens in Cardiff
  • Amoral Afrikaner: The evil Bounty Hunter Keillor has a South African accent (which wasn't the actor's natural one) for no apparent reason.
  • Anachronism Stew: The guitar the Doctor is seen hugging at the end of the story is a Squier Stratocaster by Fender, although the model is not one available at the time the story was set.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Bannermen wear all black, are genocidal, militaristic, and are spending vast resources to hunt down the survivors of an otherwise peaceful society.
  • Bee People: The Chimerons before the genocide. How the species will adapt to having a male "queen" is anyone's guess.
  • Biker Babe: Ray
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The Chimerons have Rapid Aging, as demonstrated by their Princess.
  • Brown Note: The Princess' weaponized singing
  • Bounty Hunter: One reports the Chimeron's whereabouts to the Bannermen.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Likely as a Shout-Out to rock group Echo & the Bunnymen
  • Cool Bike: The Vincent.
  • Continuity Nod: Mel comments that her and the Doctor's last holiday "wasn't exactly ice hot".
  • Eagleland: The two bumbling CIA field agents end up bickering with each other more than helping. As per BBC stock accents, one is a Southerner in a white suit and the other is a fat New Yorker dressed conspicuously in a Yankees Jacket and cap.
  • Fake Band: The Lorells.
  • The '50s
  • Flowers of Romance: Billy became attracted to Delta when she arrived at the camp. Later, he dedicated a song to her and turned up to her dorm with flowers.
  • Iconic Item: The long black umbrella with the red question mark handle that the Seventh Doctor carried throughout his era makes its first appearance in this story.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: A six inch long shiny silver one with audible beeping and a flashing blue light.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Gavrok
  • Kill the Cutie: The mass slaughter of the Naverinos just as they're about to escape.
  • Last Of Her Kind: Delta is the last survivor of her species.
  • Motorcycle Jousting: The Doctor gets in a motorcycle jousting match against one of the Bannermen.
  • Mutagenic Food: Delta's "royal jelly".
  • No Name Given: The Chimeron princess. Also, Keillor, the alien bounty hunter, is never referred to by name in the story's dialogue; his name is given only in the closing credits.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Mel invokes this in an effort to persuade the Bannermen that they successfully killed Delta when they destroyed the bus. They actually believe it for a little while... until the Doctor and Delta make a very visible entrance on a motorcycle.
  • The Noun and the Noun
  • Smoldering Shoes
  • Those Two Guys: The CIA agents.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Ray
  • Umpteenth Customer: The story begins with the TARDIS being the umpteenth vehicle to pass through a hyperspace tollbooth; not only is the toll waived, the Doctor and Mel are awarded free places in an alien tour group going to visit 1950s Earth.
  • Wrench Wench: Ray habitually goes about with her pockets full of spanners, Allen keys and other tools.

"I shall talk to my bees."

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