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The Boys kicked off Season 2 in a different way from its first season, unveiling only its first three explosive episodes on Amazon Prime Video, rather than once again dropping all eight episodes at once. Thus, fans have had a bit more time to go back and rewatch the installments to look for cool details and weird references that showrunner Eric Kripke and his creative team are good about adding into the mix. As it turns out, one of those Boys eps gave a shout out to Billy Butcher's homeland with a fun Doctor Who reference.

From Stormfront's riotous introduction to Stan Edgar's confrontation with Homelander to The Deep's gill singalong, The Boys gave fans a lot of big moments to dwell on in those first three episodes. Arguably the biggest sequence was quite literally Bill smashing the team's boat into a big ol' whale. But before that gloriously bloody moment went down, viewers may or may not have noticed the T-shirt Tomer that Capon's Frenchie is wearing is actually referencing Doctor Who's thirteenth Doctor, as played by Jodie Whittaker. Check out the eagle-eyed fan's past below:

As strange as that sentence may sound with all those words thrown together in that order, it's still an absolutely correct assessment. Frenchie was definitely rocking a feline-friendly Doctor Who shirt during the gang's boat trip, and one has to wonder if that's a very vague bit of foreshadowing that The Boys is going to introduce time travel at some point in the future. I don't recall there being any supes with that power in Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic series, so probably not, but Eric Kripke has been quite liberal with adapting the source material, so it could feasibly happen. (For instance, both the Blindspot and Gecko characters seen in the first three episodes were created specifically for the TV show.)

Anyone wondering where to pick up such a shirt can probably find some luck at Titan Merchandise, where they sell merch that sends up all 13 Doctor Who leads as regenerative cats. This seems like a great time to pun the current star's name as Jodie Whitta-purr, and I definitely feel better about myself for having done it. (We might as well also mention Peter Cat-paldi, Christo-fur Eccleston, Paw-l McGann, Tom-cat Baker, and Patrick Troughtongue.) It's too bad the shirt likely got ruined by all those whale guts, though.

Considering viewers barely ever see anyone from the Boys just hanging out and relaxing – they usually keep the TV tied to the news cycle – it's amusing to think about Frenchie having enough free time to settle in for a Doctor Who marathon. It's doubtful that he'd invite Karl Urban's Butcher to watch with him, but I bet Hughie is into that particular sci-fi staple. Maybe Jack Quaid will don shirt with David Tennant's Tenth Doctor as a dog, since those shirts also exist.

The first three episodes of The Boys Season 2 are available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video, with new episodes releasing once a week until all eight are out there. In the meantime, be sure and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for exclusive coverage, and check out our Fall TV 2020 premiere schedule to see what new and returning shows will be popping up in the near future.

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