Recap: Doctor Who S24 E3 "Delta and the Bannermen"
"You are not the Happy Hearts Holiday Club from Bolton, but instead are spacemen in fear of an attack from some other spacemen?"
"Oh... Oh, no- Did-did you people paint a baby GREEN? No! No, we do not do this! We do not paint the baby GREEN! This is not even one of my What the Fuck is Wrong with You? videos, and I still have to say the words, 'We do not paint the baby green!' GAAUGHH!! ANDWEDONOTPUTTHEBABYINAMOTORCYCLE, EITHER!!"The TARDIS is the 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.
—Nash Bozard reacts to the moral implications of putting heavy makeup on a baby to portray a Chimeron newborn and not observing basic child passenger safety, Doctor Who Classic Reviews
- Adam and Eve Plot
- 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.
- 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.
- Fake Band: The Lorells.
- The Fifties
- 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
- Motorcycle Jousting
- Mutagenic Food: Delta's "royal jelly"
- No Name Given: The Chimeron princess.
- Noone Could Survive That: What the Bannermen do to the bus.
- The Noun and the Noun
- Smoldering Shoes
- Those Two Guys
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Ray
- Umpteenth Customer
- Wrench Wench: Ray habitually goes about with her pockets full of spanners, Allen keys and other tools.
"I shall talk to my bees."