Reinette is being stalked by clockwork androids from the spacecraft that are waiting for her to reach the age of 37, when they have a sinister plan for her. It goes without saying that with the Doctor present to prevent their plans from going like clockwork, the ticking androids can expect their time to be limited.
In the story, the Doctor returns after partying with Madame de Pompasour claiming to Rose that he might have invented the banana daiquiri a few hundred years before its time. It is then that he shares his top partying tip with Rose, “Always take a banana to a party, Rose, bananas are good.”
The Doctor seems to have a fondness for bananas and Whovians may recall his liking for banana milkshakes and banana splits in other storylines. On one occasion, Rose searched the Doctor’s coat to discover a banana – a “Good source of potassium.”
In the body, potassium is seen as contributing to good nerve and muscle function and also for keeping a healthy body fluids balance. Some people also recommend eating a banana after exercise in order to prevent muscle cramps.
Bananas are also naturally fat and cholesterol free and also a source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, Manganese and fibre. An average banana also contains around 110 calories.
Banana skins are also said to have positive uses, apart from the dangerous slapstick comedy aspect of watching someone skidding on one. The inside of the banana skins can be used to polish shoes (remember to wipe with a cloth or tissue afterwards) or to polish plant leaves.
Whilst it is not known if bananas grew on Gallifrey, the Doctor’s planet of origin, on planet Earth bananas are grown in tropical regions such as the Caribbean, Central America and West Africa. Another handy banana fact is that a bunch of bananas is called a hand and a single banana is called a finger.
Now that we are up to date on our banana facts and know what to bring to a party, the final words belong to the Doctor himself: “I like bananas. Bananas are good.” We can trust him on this, he is after all a Doctor.