The English Country Garden
Doctor(s) The Pompous Doctor
Companion(s) Martin the Pug
Villain(s) Humphrey the Killer Plant
Wave The Pug in the Machine
Wave/Episode No. 1.3
Duration 4m 40s
Originally Released 21st October 2013
Previous Story Patience of the Daleks
Next Story The Pug Masterplan

The English Country Garden is the third episode of The Pompous Doctor's first wave The Pug in the Machine.

It's Oxford in the 1940s, and the TARDIS landing on a flowerbed sets off an extraordinary chain of events.


The Doctor and Martin land on someone's flowerbed in Oxford. It belongs to Humphrey the Killer Plant (who is in human form at this stage), who is showing his friend Codsworth around. Angered by this and The Doctor's annoying personality, Humphrey morphs into his original form - an aforementioned killer plant. It is revealed that Humphrey moved to Earth to find some peace and quiet, but even on Earth transdimensional time machines have to go landing on flower beds!

Codsworth - who appears to be knowledgeable of his friend's little secret - tries to calm Humphrey down, but ends up getting eaten instead. Just as The Doctor and Martin are about to leave, Martin urinates on another of Humphrey's flowerbeds. In retaliation, Humphrey swallows Martin whole.

The Doctor convinces Humphrey to return Codsworth and Martin by offering to take him to Planet Perfectio Gardos, where he promises Humphrey will find peace and tranquility. When this is done, the gang celebrate with "a few lashings of ginger beer".


The DoctorEdit

The Doctor offers both Humphey and Codsworth an "Argolis nettle warmer" for landing the TARDIS on their flower bed. The nettle warmer has the ability to heal broken flowers.

Martin the PugEdit

Martin reveals the ability to urinate wherever and whenever he pleases, regardless of how dangerous the situation is. He also survives being swallowed whole by a giant killer plant. Though not that affected, it's safe to say that Martin doesn't overly enjoy the experience.

The CybermenEdit

Present on Perfectio Gardos are two Cybermen from a "previous adventure". We learn later that these are from The Sorry Doctor's adventure Nightmare in Matte Grey, in which David bets The Doctor he couldn't make a friendly Cyberman. When The Doctor won the bet, David challenged him again "double or nothing". This story provides the evidence that David ended up twenty credits out-of-pocket.



The Doctor - Billy Treacy

Humphrey - Christopher Thomson

Codsworth - Billy Treacy

Cybermen - Benji Clifford


Written by - Daniel Sherratt

Music - Daniel Sherratt

Theme Tune - Billy Treacy

Sound Design - Billy Treacy

Cover Art - Billy Treacy