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Frail Whale (Baiting “The Beast Below”)

Frail Whale (Baiting “The Beast Below”)

Why did it take Doctor Who so long to do the “star whale” concept? If the show was waiting for a particularly strong script, it probably should have sailed right on by The Beast Below, which doesn’t exactly bestow the idea with a lot of dignity: it could be the only time Doctor Who has introduced a creature by showing it barfing. Even though the show is mostly using this cosmic cetacean as a metaphor for an ancient semi-god who just wants to be nice to children and help out when they’re crying, you can’t help but feel like the odds are against the Beast. If this story succeeds, it’ll be a major fluke.

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Story Essentials:

  • Series 5, Episode 2

  • Story number: 207, per the The Pull To Open Codex

  • Production Code: 5.2

  • Writer: Steven Moffat

  • Showrunner: Moffat

  • Aired 10 April 2010

Pull To Open: The Beast Below

  • Season 3

  • Episode 36

Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor

Feedback loop and interlude music: Martin West/Thinking Fish

Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada

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