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Which Doctor Who Monsters Were Hidden Among Rose’s Toys and Childhood Drawings?


The Star Beast didn’t just hide The Meep among Rose’s gonks…

The Meep in The Star Beast in Doctor Who
Photo: BBC

WARNING: contains SPOILERS for Doctor Who episode “The Star Beast” and several modern Doctor Who episodes

The internet is still whirring after that explosive first episode of the three Doctor Who 60th anniversary specials, with the return of David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor and his beloved ex-companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate). 

There was certainly a lot to take in: “The Star Beast” saw an alien spaceship crash-landing in London, the arrival of the adorably fluffy Meep and sinister, bug-eyed Wrarth Warriors, the return of UNIT (the international intelligence taskforce that investigates alien activity), and the very real threat that if Donna remembers who The Doctor is, she’ll die.

We also met Donna’s family, including her husband Shaun (The Bill, Hollyoaks) and daughter Rose (Yasmine Finney, Heartstopper), whom we eventually learn has genetically absorbed some of the metacrisis that threatened Donna’s life, subconsciously giving her some of The Doctor and Donna’s memories. These memories present themselves in Rose’s art, with some of The Doctor’s old alien villains appearing as her cute monster stuffed toy – or for those of us of a certain generation, gonk – creations. 

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