Longtime Doctor Who podcaster Chip Sudderth (Two-minute Time Lord) and essayist-podcaster Alyssa Franke (WhovianFeminism on Tumblr and Twitter) join forces for Doctor Who-related interviews, reviews and all the news that marked This Week in Time Travel.

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The Battle of Awkwardly Long Name

Bang, whimper, or something in between? Did you guess right about, “I know that voice”? (You probably did.) Which characters got to tie off a satisfying arc, and which characters have yet to launch one? Alyssa and Chip tackle the good and the meh about “The Battle of Rask—”…hang on, “The Battle of Barsoom—”…wait, that’s not right…

Chip Sudderth and Alyssa Franke


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78

Mirror, Mirror

One froggy universe, two grieving husbands, one mystery woodland menace, a kajillion moths, and one question from Alyssa: who’s allowed to be selfish in grief?

Chip Sudderth and Alyssa Franke


77

Ugly Roots

Zombies? Check. Sci-fi prison? Check. Historical figure? Check. Prestige casting? Check. Commentary on the human condition, drawing analogies to our current crisis of confidence in ourselves and our tendency to blame and persecute the other in response? Check. Houdini reference? Check. “The Witchfinders” tried to cover all the bases. Let’s see if it succeeded.

Chip Sudderth and Alyssa Franke


76

On the Bubble

Happy Thanksgiving! Alyssa and Chip had some extra time to consider “Kerblam!”—whether it didn’t have enough of a point of view or too many, whether the first 40 minutes made up for the last few, and whether it might have gone over better in the U.S. if Amazon hadn’t been especially juggernauty in the last few weeks.

Chip Sudderth and Alyssa Franke


75

Demons and Strife

Thanks to travel schedules and Alyssa’s exhaustion after helping to Save Democracy As We Know It, we had a few extra days to consider “Demons of the Punjab”: whether it got the balance of SF and family drama right, how it treated history compared to “Rosa,” and how (and whether) our grandparents’ stories get told.

Chip Sudderth and Alyssa Franke


74

Stitch and Time

The Doctor's curiosity gets the best of her, and she finds herself and her friends in a disaster movie against, well, basically, Stitch without Lilo. Rachel Donner joins me for a quick trip on a Red Cross spaceship while Alyssa's on assignment. Join us for a discussion on the merits of, well, plotting, where the Doctor's newly developed empathy comes from, and more casting and directorial celebrations. Stick around for the end, if you like, for a plea for Americans to go to the polls Tuesday and a SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST: Big Machine recording artists Delta Rae and their women's empowerment anthem, "Hands Dirty." (Provided by permission of the band.)

Chip Sudderth and Rachel Donner


73

“Back in the Box; There’s Loads to See”

It’s eight-legs vs. two-legs again, but unlike 1974’s Planet of the Spiders these arachno-invaders are simply the very confused coincidental by-product of a business empire led by someone who’s TOTALLY NOT TRUMP. NO SIR. Alyssa and Chip discuss whether (1) the plot holds up, (2) Yaz plays on Alyssa’s team, (3) Grace’s appearance opens wounds for Graham AND viewers, and (4) we know now just who the Doctor is.

Chip Sudderth and Alyssa Franke


72

Montgomery 1955

This was the episode that we held our breath for. Could British writers do justice to the woman who inspired the Montgomery bus boycotts, and fairly reflect the movement for civil rights? Spoiler alert: we think the answer is a resounding yes. We delve into why this historical story reminiscent of early ’60s Doctor Who spoke so clearly to us, and was very much the kind of Doctor Who story we all needed on Oct. 21, 2018.

Chip Sudderth and Alyssa Franke


71

A Monument to Custard Cremes

In addition to the world’s fastest news buffet, we journey to the Planet of Desolation in search of the Doctor’s ride. Has Jodie Whittaker fully inhabited the role? Are Yaz, Graham and Ryan gelling as a TARDIS team? Can you do a sight gag in a podcast?

Chip Sudderth and Alyssa Franke


70

Falling With Style

The Thirteenth Doctor is finally here, and (absent one rather concerning story beat) her timely debut was exactly what Alyssa and Chip were hungry for. “This new nose is SO reliable.” “Danger of death. Do not climb.” “Every day’s a learning day!”

Chip Sudderth and Alyssa Franke


69

New Beginnings

It’s the eve of new Doctor Who and we couldn’t be more ready. Titan Comics is celebrating with a virtual giveaway of $300 worth of comics, including Paul Cornell’s last (he means it this time) work on Doctor Who. We talk to Paul, go over the news of the week, and compare notes on what it’s like to leave and return to Doctor Who fandom.

Chip Sudderth and Alyssa Franke with Rachel Donner, Paul Cornell and Shannon Sudderth


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