One of our all-time faves.
Steven and Erika celebrate Thanksgiving in the traditional manner — by watching Doctor Who from the 1970s.
In this flash episode we discuss the head-scratching news from two of our favorite franchises, as the prodigal showrunners have returned! First it’s the news that Russell T Davies, who brought “Doctor Who” back in 2005, is reuniting with his producers from that era to produce and write the show. Then came the announcement that J. Michael Straczynski has been contracted with The CW to write a pilot for a rebooted “Babylon 5.” Can you go home again? Will they play the hits or strike out in new directions? Just a reminder, nobody is going to delete your favorite old episodes—not even the BBC.
Erika and Steven dive back into Lazy Doctor Whoing (Lazy Doctoring Who?) with a couple episodes of a notorious story. So far so good? mostly? ish?
Steven and Erika waste no time and dive right into the Doctor Who episode with the most T&A jokes of any so far. Which is a bit of a shame because there’s also a lot to like. Oh. Oh. Oh.
Erika and Steven celebrate the Saturday night of a long weekend by watching Doctor Who (and doing laundry).
Steven and Erika can’t stop after watching just one episode and zip through two eps of this thrilling (and depressingly still relevant) Doctor Who story.
Erika and Steven celebrate Erika’s birthday weekend with another episode of Doctor Who! They also start with a long tangent about two random movies. Chalk it up to birthday indulgence.
Steven and Erika fight through the pandemic fatigue and fog to get back to watching Doctor Who together.
Erika and Steven take a day-long road trip for their anniversary, and on the way home, they answer listener questions!
It’s New Year’s Day and there’s new “Doctor Who” on the telly. Jason is joined by an enormous pajama party of a panel as we break down a visit from Daleks, Chris Noth, John Barrowman, and the TARDIS Fam!
Steven and Erika finish off “The Sea Devils”. So much action!
Erika and Steven do lots of follow-up from their last episode! And talk about submarines! And blowhards from ministries!
Steven and Erika pick back up with “The Sea Devils”. Swords! Sneaking! Sandwiches! Boats!
Erika and Steven continue on with “The Sea Devils” — including one of the most iconic sword fights in Doctor Who history. Also, we’ve spotted our first sandwich.
Steven and Erika have a holiday weekend, so that means it’s Lazy Doctor Who time. Tonight, we’ve watched the first ep of a rare Pertwee story that Erika has seen multiple times!
Erika and Steven finish off a story that Erika deeply loves. They also talk about pronouns, the character arc for a character with a disability, Big Finish Peladon possibilities (that may already exist), how this story fits in the range of 3rd Doctor stories, how much Erika loves Doctor Who and why, what’s going on in Casa Castria, rewatching season 18 week-by-week, and how great Total Party Kill is for knitting a Doctor Who scarf.
Most of the tangents come at the end, so feel free to bail if you’re just here for the Who info.
Steven and Erika finally get back to “The Curse of Peladon”, but no worries — they remember everything that’s happening because it’s so exciting and fun!
Erika and Steven close out a Canada Day mini-marathon with the first episode of a story Erika remembers and loves. Well-written Jo is back! And has real chemistry with Peladon! We get an assortment of cool aliens! And court intrigue! What a lovely note to end on for this holiday. (Certainly that falling statue won’t harm the Doctor or anyone else…)
Steven and Erika complete the story that Steven claims is peak-hair for both the 3rd Doctor and Jo. Erika is just excited to see the end of a story and not know what’s going to happen. Happy Canada Day, all!
Erika and Steven continue the Canada Day celebration with more Doctor Who and lots of appreciation for the sets, costumes, makeup, casting, and Aubrey Woods.
Steven and Erika celebrate Canada Day as is their tradition: with Indian food and Doctor Who.
Erika and Steven finish off season 8 on Erika’s birthday! What a way to celebrate!
Steven and Erika watch a couple more episodes of rural, “magical”, Masterful Doctor Who.
Erika and Steven decide to make it an official Easter weekend mini-marathon by doing a third podcast episode and starting in on “The Dæmons”. It’s exciting because we’ve been there!
Steven and Erika celebrate their 200th episode by finishing off a story they both quite enjoy. Endings are hard, and there are some issues here, but overall, “Colony in Space” is still a very enjoyable story.
Erika and Steven celebrate the holiday weekend with two episodes of 1971 Doctor Who goodness. This story continues to please, and provides some excellent Master headcanon.
Steven and Erika continue the one-episode-per-episode pace, if only to savour this story, which Erika is enjoying mightily! There is also a lengthy tangent on the Doctor Who viewing preferences of one Frank Skinner. Because why not?
Erika and Steven continue through this many-layered story. A thickening plot! A robot! An unfortunately dated reference! A disappointingly not-terrible haircut! So much to dig into, and we’re just two episodes in!
Steven and Erika move along to a story Erika knows pretty much nothing about. It’s a “and now for something completely different” episode of Doctor Who. The TARDIS works (if a little strangely)! It’s not on Earth! Time Lords?!?!!
Erika and Steven finally get back to watching this Doctor Who serial from 1971. Sadly (for Erika, at least), they also have to listen to it.
This week we review the just-completed season of “Doctor Who.” It’s the second year for showrunner Chris Chibnall and star Jodie Whittaker, and this one felt like a real return to form after a tentative set of episodes in 2018. What do we make of the show’s canon-altering revelations? Which episodes were good and which ones were stinkers? How do you make the Cybermen interesting? How’s the fam holding up? Curl up in a haunted house—or just go sit on a lounge chair for three hours—and listen to this episode, followed by the Master’s TED Talk.
“Doctor Who” wraps up a pretty successful season this week. But did the finale stick the landing? Has series canon been rewritten forever? Does the Master have a design department? Time for one final breakdown before the Flashcast goes into cold storage until the next holiday special.
When this season’s available as a binge watch you’ll forget this gap ever even happened. We’re here to discuss the first half of the “Doctor Who” season finale, which is a little like reviewing the first half of a book or movie. What will happen next week? We have endless theories and no hard evidence! Are these red herrings we see before us? Why is the Lone Cyberman so effective as a villain? Ko Sharmus isn’t a planet, he’s a person! Bring on Barack Stemis.
This week Houman Sadri joins Jason to discuss angry gods, quick resolutions, animation, nightmare fuel, the realities of being a “Doctor Who” companion, and the importance of seeking help when you are struggling, all embedded inside a discussion of this week’s episode. Plus, we dive deep into conspiracy corner to talk further about the ramifications of “Prisoner of the Judoon” and how it hangs over every dramatic moment of this episode.
This week Jason and guest Antony Johnston form two points of a globe-spanning triangle! But rather than solving an international mystery, we’ll just discuss the latest episode of “Doctor Who,” which trades last week’s momentous canon-altering events for a fun adventure romp that works pretty well. Is that one guy hiding under a boat somewhere? Where did that text message come from? Two middle-aged men stick up for Graham! Yaz gets to use her police skills! Ryan is an impressive adventurer who works out! We cover it all… in plastic.
The Judoon return! And that’s what everyone will be talking about when they finish this episode. Or… maybe not. Jason needs to bring in both of our Lazy Doctor Who podcasters to help him spin conspiracy theories and try to come to grips with all the surprises in this episode. Doctor’s orders: Do not listen to this podcast before watching the episode!
Steven and Erika watch another single episode of this Jon Pertwee story from 1971. But let’s be real, this one is really all about the Master.
Jason is flitting about the universe, so Erika takes over the flashcast and brings in fellow Verity! cohost Liz to discuss historical figures from a country neither of them lives in. Also scavenger aliens, electricity, and beloved actors and their accents.
It’s a base, er, resort under siege! And who better to discuss it than Erika Ensign of Verity and Lazy Doctor Who? Erika finds a lot to like about this episode! Jason… is also present! Join us, won’t you?
Erika and Steven trip through more psychedelic Doctor Who shenanigans. And the terrible haircut pays off!
Lizbeth Myles joins Jason to discuss the second part of this season’s “Doctor Who” premiere. We discuss the delights of Sacha Dhawan’s performance, the Doctor’s acquisition of a historical girl gang, and an enormous amount of classic series references. Then we ponder the proper way to portray Gallifrey in “Doctor Who” and our confidence in this season’s apparent story arc.
Steven and Erika dive into a story Erika has never seen before, but she somehow knows about many of its characters—the good, the bad, the unfortunate, and the bad-haircutted.
One year later, Doctor Who is back, and it’s got a few surprises up its tuxedoed sleeve. We’re reintroduced to our returning characters! Jason does some California fact checking. And can we judge “Doctor Who” season premieres and holiday specials by the same standards as the rest of their seasons? James Thomson joins Jason to note a few references to James Bond movies! (Okay, it’s more than a few.)
Erika and Steven finish off a delightful story with many great moments. Perfect cap to a lovely Christmas day!
Steven and Erika are full of Christmas dinner and ready to settle in for some Doctor Who. Erika delights in the subtlety of the performances. Steven likes the ACTION.
Erika and Steven plow ahead and watch a couple more episodes because what’s more Christmas-festive than prison riots and dragon-based attempted murder?
Steven and Erika, after a break that’s long (even for them), return to celebrate Christmas with some forced mind-alteration in a prison! Tis the season!
Erika and Steven finish the first story of season eight. So much plastic. So much action.
Steven and Erika continue on into the Doctor-and-Jo era of Who. Why trolls? Why clowns? So many whys.
Special thanks to Listener Sam from Texas for the amazing spreadsheet!
Erika and Steven hurl themselves headlong into season 8 of Doctor Who. Will Erika be as annoyed at the lack of Liz Shaw as she expected to be? Listen and find out!
Steven and Erika finish off season seven. What a way to go out. Erika’s feelings upon completing Jon Pertwee’s first season are surprising, mostly to her.
Erika and Steven were gonna watch both episodes 5 and 6 before recording again, but Erika had a lot to say, so here’s another episode right away!
Steven and Erika celebrate their long weekend and Edmonton’s Heritage Festival by diving back into some 1970 Doctor Who with a couple episodes of “Inferno”.
Erika and Steven move on to episode 2 of the final story in season 7. Erika doesn’t want it to end. Like really doesn’t want it to end. Like really really doesn’t want it to end.
She may go on a bit…
Steven and Erika dive into the final story of season 7. Important take-aways include “Liz is awesome” and “never touch the goo”.
Erika and Steven finish off the second-last story of season 7. Title significance is achieved! Reegan is awesome! The Brig kicks ass! Erika is appalled that S7 is so close to over!
Steven and Erika care so much about Doctor Who that they neglect a game 7 NHL playoff game (until it goes into OT). Liz is awesome; her hat is not. The Doctor is awesome; his clipboard is not.
Erika and Steven slowly but surely roll through this story like an oversized truck carrying a space capsule.
Steven and Erika dive back into season 7 with one of Steven’s favourite Doctor Who stories ever. Will Erika like it too? Maybe not the gunfight scenes…
Erika and Steven make it to their goal — completing every Doctor Who episode through “Doctor Who and the Silurians” Episode 7 before the Verity! recording on March 17th. Mission accomplished!
Humanity survives; the Silurians don’t; the Doctor isn’t happy about it. But Erika is happy to be able to take a bit of a break from Lazy Doctor Who to work on some special Incomparable member bonuses. Fear not though! LDW will be back before too long, when the pace will likely be much more sedate.
Steven and Erika while away their Saturday afternoon with more colourful Doctor Who from 1970. Erika is delighted with one particular scene that displays some impressively modern gender politics and never ever wants Liz Shaw to leave the show. Ever.
Erika and Steven continue to be teased by glimpses of a mysterious cave dweller. What could it be? Before we find out, we discover that the Doctor has the worst license plate ever, but a great relationship with Liz Shaw (who has the greatest wardrobe ever).
Steven and Erika record an episode first thing in the morning because they can’t wait to see more colourful Doctor Who. Erika learns the 3rd Doctor is really quite delightful when he’s paired with Liz or the Brig or both.
Erika and Steven finish off the 3rd Doctor’s first story (and what Erika feels is the first real, official episode of the 3rd Doctor — he finally feels very 3rd Doctorey).
Steven and Erika continue to get to know the 3rd Doctor, though not as intimately as the crew apparently got to know him during the filming of that shower scene!
Erika and Steven join the glorious world of colour as they follow Doctor Who into the 1970s. EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT. EVERYTHING.
Steven and Erika make it to the end. The end of “The War Games”. The end of Patrick Troughton’s Doctor. The end of black and white. The end of 60s Doctor Who.
Moment of silence.
Followed by tears.
Erika and Steven close in on the end of an era. The Chiefs (Security and War) are dead, the fighting has stopped, and the Doctor is on the run again — but will he make it?
Steven and Erika reach a pivot point in the 2nd Doctor’s final story. The baddies start turning on each other, and the Doctor’s people get a name. Time Lord alert! And of course, there’s a good helping of enthusiasm about the sets, plus a fond farewell to Lady Jennifer.
Erika and Steven can’t watch just one! So they zip on through three episodes of “The War Games” and wish they had the energy for more. That said, it’s nice to take a break so they can gush and squee and exclaim with glee for many minutes about this story — whee!
Steven and Erika begin the end, so to speak. Because Erika has seen this story (and loves it so), it’s difficult to talk about it in a totally spoiler-free manner, so she doesn’t bother to try very hard.
Erika and Steven finish off their final reconstructed episodes of Doctor Who. What a milestone! Erika bucks received fan wisdom once again and quite enjoys this space story. Now, on to one of the greatest stories in Doctor Who history. Yes, they’re pretty excited about the next one and spend some time looking forward.
Steven and Erika can’t get enough of “The Space Pirates” so they watch two more episodes. Space machinations! Space plot twists! Space captures! Space pirates!
Erika and Steven watch the only moving-footage episode of “The Space Pirates”, and Erika has a lot to say about it: Robert Holmes has an egg agenda; Milo Clancy’s “old prospector” voice isn’t quite up to Incomparable podcast snuff; and she discovers her favourite Doctor Who spaceship (besides the TARDIS, of course).
Steven and Erika embark upon their final reconstructed story, despite Steven’s continuing bout of con crud. What will Erika think of this generally derided piece of Doctor Who history? Well, she really likes beginnings, so it’s a fairly decent start! But will that opinion hold? Who knows?
We’re just back from the annual Gallifrey One convention, and so with “Doctor Who” on our minds we thought we’d ask a panel of fans both new and old to select their favorite “Doctor Who” monsters of all time. But let’s keep in mind that if science fiction has taught us anything, it’s that we were the true monsters all along.
Erika and Steven complete their journey to the moon and back, and along the way enjoy a FOAM PARTY! Fewsham has layers. Managers aren’t always connected to reality. Good direction is everywhere in this story. We are closing in on the end of Patrick Troughton’s era! Oh my giddy aunt!
Steven and Erika continue to enjoy the exciting adventures of the Doctor and his companions as they take a rocket to the moon! Fewsham is insulted and pitied, Ms. Kelly and Mr. Phipps are admired, the direction is appreciated, and T-Mat dumbwaiters are invented. So much fun!
There’s no better guide to the worlds of Big Finish productions of Doctor Who and other great properties than a former skeptic about audio drama. We welcome Radio Free Skaro’s Warren Frey as we take a criminally overdue deep dive into Doctor Who for the ears instead of the eyes.
Erika and Steven finish off their day of Superbowl counter-programming with the first episode of a story they both like quite a bit. If it wasn’t for Erika’s pesky day job, they might press on, but alas; it is bedtime for her.
Steven and Erika finish off “The Krotons” and discuss what might happen to Gond society after the Doctor & Co. run off without saying goodbye. This story might not have the greatest fan reputation, but we enjoy it quite a bit!
Erika and Steven continue the birthday celebrations in high-brain fashion with some cake and a bit of crystal-slurry. Delicious!
Steven and Erika celebrate Steven’s birthday in style — by watching “The Krotons”! Now that’s a party!
Erika and Steven finish off one of the most epic stories we’ve come across yet. Packer and Vaughn and Cybermen and bombs and missiles and UNIT and action and a stroll across an empty-looking field. This story has it all!
Steven and Erika finally reach the titular invasion! It’s every bit as iconic as we remembered. Tobias Vaughn continues to be one of the greatest Doctor Who villains of all time. Erika re-thinks her love of Isobel (just a little bit).
Erika and Steven push ahead with more 1968 Doctor Who. What more need be said than “PACKER”?
Steven and Erika hurtle headlong into the UNIT era of Doctor Who! With the super-suave Brig on one side and super-suave Tobias Vaughn on the other, plus adorable Doctor+Jamie and capable Zoe+Isobel, that’s the makings of the start of one heckuva story.
We beg your indulgence, but this podcast is 100% about Alyssa, Chip, and Rachel geeking out about the upcoming Gallifrey One convention. If you don’t have a ticket, well, we regret that it’s sold out and encourage you to come back next week for our Big Finish episode. Coming to Gally? We’ll preview some of our panels, give advice for newcomers, and relax our broadcast standards for one very important F-bomb. Sorry, canon-obsessed fanboys: “It’s never f—-ing Susan!”
Shannon Dohar, friend of TWiTT, co-host of the Deeper Cuts album review podcast, and frequent Reality Bomb contributor, flexes her musical muscles and discusses with us Segun Akinola’s music from Episode 1 to the New Year’s Special. What makes him the right composer for today’s Doctor Who, and how hard was it to make the transition from 10 seasons of Murray Gold? Regenerations can be challenging—but this new soundscape is worthy of celebration….
Erika and Steven finish off this delightfully fictional story in one fell swoop. They also wander off on many tangents, but they’re pretty much all fictional so that qualifies as being kinda-sorta on-topic. Probably.
A bite-sized episode revisits academic fandom with a look at the dedicated programming track at this year’s Gallifrey One convention. Organizers Joy Piedmont and Paul Booth take us through what it means to look at Doctor Who through a scholarly lens.
The TV series may be over for now, but we can still see Team TARDIS in action! We’re three issues into Jody Houser’s and Rachael Stott’s Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor from Titan Comics. Chip and Alyssa dive in to this delightful and faithful adaptation while catching up with the news of the week and arguing over whether Chip can will a meme into existence. (Alyssa: “It would have to be a better meme.”)
Steven and Erika make their way through a forest of letters to bring you this podcast episode. And they eat more Pizza Pops.
Erika and Steven brave the awesome-trippy nothingness that is this extra episode of Doctor Who. Sometimes budgetary constraints lead to great things. Then they beg for a toaster oven. Yeah, just like this DW ep, this podcast ep takes a weird turn.
Steven introduces Erika to a Canadian delicacy: Pillsbury Pizza Pops. Maybe it’s their effect, but she came out of this story thinking it was “a hoot”! A comedic hoot.
Erika and Steven debate Quarks and comedy, then chat about Dulcian fashion, customs, and physiology. Plus, potential pizza pops! It’s quite a mixed bag here at LDW HQ tonight!
Yup, it was the Daleks all right. If we consider this the proper end of Series 11, then it absolutely ended with a bang. Jodie Whittaker’s first standoff with the pepper pots is properly epic, but Alyssa and Chip wrestle with some of the lingering issues with the season…
The Doctor Who Flashcast returns for one episode in 2019, and this is it! A strange creature is lurking beneath Sheffield. The Doctor and her fam are on the case. Chris Chibnall puts a fun new twist on a classic monster! A microwave is also an oven! We break down “Resolution”, this year’s New Year’s Day special.
Steven and Erika embark on season six of classic Doctor Who! How will Erika’s opinion stack up against the fairly abysmal opinion of received fan wisdom? So far “RFW” has it wrong. Again. (But that could very well change as we go along. This story seems to have plenty of room to slide swiftly downhill.)
The latest “Doctor Who” season—and the first featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor and Chris Chibnall as showrunner—is now in the books. In this episode we bring Doctor Who podcasters, experts, and fans to discuss what worked about the new season, what didn’t, and what our hopes are for the next series when the show returns in (gasp) 2020.
Erika and Steven finally finish off Zoe’s debut story, and Erika enjoys it more than received fan wisdom has led her to expect. There’s some neat stuff going on here.
That’s a wrap for 2018, This Week in Time Travel, and Series 11! Rachel Donner and Riley Silverman join us to sort out the brilliant and the tragic, the groundbreaking and the played-too-safe. Find out where we stand and what we’re looking forward to in Series 12, and tune in again when we return for the New Year’s special!
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…
The Series 11 finale is here! Annette Wierstra joins Jason to discuss the season as a whole and the final episode in particular. How does Graham’s story arc resolve? Does the plot matter? Is the villain particularly villainous? Can dimensionally transcendent beings be impressed by a TARDIS? It’s the last Doctor Who Flashcast of 2018, but the moment has been prepared for. See you on New Year’s Day!
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?
As the season nears its end, we discuss an episode featuring a blind girl, a cabin in the woods, a mysterious mirror, and a missing father. There are also, surprisingly, a creepy Farscape-style labyrinth, flesh moths, and a nigh-omnipotent talking frog whose name is disappointingly not Calgon.
“Doctor Who” ventures to Lancashire’s Pendle Hill this week for a story of King James, witch trials, and alien mud zombies. Jason’s guest is Lancashire’s own Antony Johnston (writer of Atomic Blonde, Wasteland, and The Fuse), who gives this episode a bit of a fact-check. But most of the time we’re just talking about how much we enjoyed Alan Cumming’s performance, the logistics of a three-companion TARDIS, and the merits of Chris Chibnall’s very different vision of the show.
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.
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.
We’re going to be honest: We really didn’t like this week’s “Doctor Who” episode, which looked like it was going to be a clever critique of Amazon and turned out to be an episode with a lot of ambition that collapsed into a confused heap. If you liked this episode, you might want to skip our podcast! But if you want to listen to two guys tear this episode apart, you’ve come to the right place.
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.
This week “Doctor Who” returns to difficult moments in 20th Century history, this time during the partition of India. There are (unnecessary?) aliens, but of course, the real monsters are the human beings. Jason welcomes Jean MacDonald to break down an emotional episode.
Steven and Erika knock out two more episodes of “The Wheel in Space”, one of which is actually moving! Zoe is great, Bill names a bug after himself, and Jarvis continues to be annoying.
Erika and Steven press on in hopes of an episode with more dialogue and more stuff happening. And they’re in luck because while episode two may lack the Doctor, at least there’s still a doctor. Also, ZOE! Hurrah!
Steven and Erika watch the BritBox-exclusive reconstruction of the first episode of this Doctor Who story from 1968. Some stuff happens. But not all that much. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
This week’s “Doctor Who” features an alien junkyard, a medical spaceship with gleaming white walls, a legendary general, an ode to antimatter, and an adorable alien menace. Jason discusses “The Tsurunga Conundrum” with Liz Myles of the Verity podcast!
Erika and Steven complete this lovely, happily-ended story and say a fond farewell to Victoria.
Steven and Erika zip through three episodes of this creeptacular Doctor Who story from 1968. Foam party!
Erika and Steven wish you a happy Halloween! They just watched one of the spookiest episodes in all of Doctor Who — much to Erika’s delighted surprise!
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.
I am an arachnid
I am in Graham’s attic
Don’t know what I want
Don’t know why I’m big
I want to web the passerby
‘Cos this episode’s arachnidy
Dude! There was a new episode of “Doctor Who” with lots of great character stuff, a surprisingly funny appearance by Chris Noth, and a whole lot of spiders. Also, I call people “dude” now.
Better late than never, we’re back to discuss a trip to the Jim Crow era with “Rosa.” Did this episode manage to thread the needle and do justice to a key moment in the Civil Rights movement? Will Costco—or is it Krasko—return, and would anyone care if he did? And how is Jodie Whittaker shaping up after three episodes? We break it all down.
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.
Steven and Erika are impatient when it comes to watching Doctor Who. We can’t watch today’s episode of series 11 yet? Well then we’ll watch an episode from 1968!
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?
Shannon Sudderth joins Jason to discuss the first planetary trip for the Doctor’s new crew, featuring shout-outs to past eras, a restatement of the Doctor’s philosophies about brains and bullets, the hint of a story arc, and a delightful reunion with a wheezing blue old friend with a new look.
Erika and Steven celebrate Thanksgiving by finishing off “The Web of Fear”, a Doctor Who story they definitely give thanks for—both because it’s really Quite Good, and because (most of) it EXISTS.
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!”
She’s here! It’s back! “Doctor Who” returns, with a new Doctor and a new showrunner. Jodie Whittaker takes up the TARDIS and sonic screwdriver with “The Woman Who Fell to Earth.” In truest Lazy Doctor Who style, we gather around our living room coffee table to break down the Sunday-morning airing of the newest “Doctor Who” episode. Is crane operator Carl bound for greatness? Are Ryan’s YouTube optimization skills weak? What’s the verdict on the new sonic and costume? And… is this season going to be like “Murder, She Wrote”? We break it all down, live from our living room, in our pajamas.
Steven and Erika power through a recon and a moving episode. They’re mostly entranced, with one notable exception on Erika’s part. Then they somehow end up in Newfoundland. You never know what you’ll get on Lazy Doctor Who…
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.
It wasn’t a new idea, but it took a long time for the powers that be to take it seriously. Alyssa traverses the twists and turns that brought the notion of a female Doctor to reality. Chip reflects on the best thing about being a Doctor Who fan, and the best TIME to be one. Plus the news, in the penultimate week before Jodie Whittaker takes the stage.
Comedian and writer Riley Silverman joins Alyssa to celebrate, consider and critique the controversial River Song. Also, the Doctor Who PR juggernaut marches on while still managing to say VERY LITTLE before the premiere date! Will Thursday’s DWM break that trend?
Chip demonstrates he’d be a rubbish time traveler because he can’t even manage simple time zones. Alyssa melts through the floor over Jodie Whittaker’s Marie Claire UK photoshoot. And there’s plenty of actual news to talk about, including that premiere date announcement video that doesn’t just break a glass ceiling, but also breaks new ground.
Erika and Steven continue to work their way through “The Web of Fear”. The Doctor is missing; Anne Travers continues to be awesome; a Welshman is stereotypical; and Steven nearly chokes on popcorn—or on a bad Canadian joke.
Steven and Erika forge ahead with more Doctor Who and learn they’re much peppier when they record earlier in the evening. Hope you’re ready for lots of laughter and at least one great big tangent.
ALYSSA: (talks to Chip about her suggestion for a series about Problematic Faves) CHIP: (dictates a response via Siri, which changes the text to ‘Problematic Babes’) ALYSSA: “Yup, there’s our episode title.”
We return from our unexpected hiatus in time travel bringing you Rachel Talalay, who joins Alyssa to celebrate the late Michael Pickwoad. Also, we launch a new segment about those episodes that we both enjoy and cringe at, simultaneously. Reality Bomb’s Joy Piedmont and Verity!’s Deb Stanish are here to help us define Problematic Faves.
Erika and Steven wish you a happy Labour Day! As is our wont, we bring you some classic Doctor Who goodness on this long weekend. What better way to celebrate than to finish off a story we both enjoy? While we do have a couple lingering questions about “The Enemy of the World”, we’re quite satisfied by the end.
Steven and Erika bring you greetings from Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California, where it’s time for some hotel-based Doctor Who viewing. Because we know how to party at a con.
Erika and Steven wish you all a happy Heritage Festival weekend and celebrate the occasion with an episode of “The Enemy of the World”. From Hungary to Mexico to Fiji to Australia, this one is all over the map!
Alyssa’s first book is out! We take time to talk about “The Black Archive #22: Hell Bent” and the themes Alyssa explored from the Series 9 finale. Plus: the SDCC afterglow, the LFCC record, and more publications and articles that tell us we may be on the verge of a Doctor Who Golden Age…
Steven and Erika get back to Doctor Who with a story they’ve both seen several times (including quite recently). This doesn’t faze them a bit, as they both still very much enjoy it.
Erika just wishes she had remembered to mention the groovy wallpaper in Astrid’s bungalow.
Alyssa and Chip retreat to the memory palace and enjoy the highlights of the new Doctor Who era’s and Jodie Whittaker’s debuts in San Diego.
News floodgates opened before Comic-Con! Entertainment Weekly got an exclusive, then the Radio Times got another one! Fans selected their favorite episodes for a BBC America marathon, prompting Chip to play his one note just a little louder. There are toys! And Daleks with tiny plungers! In this, one of the most economical and efficient This Week in Time Travel episodes ever. (So much so, you’ve got time to check out our friend Tom Dickinson’s new podcast, The Moment, as well. Two thumbs up.)
Over the last half a century, the most consistent thing about Doctor Who has been the least consistent thing: the character of the Doctor. Regeneration after regeneration, is the Doctor reinvented top to bottom, or is there still something that we can point to, at any time from 1963 to today, and say, “That’s who the Doctor is”? Rachel Donner returns for the news and a dive into the psyche of a Time Lord.
We thought we might take the weekend off of TWiTT, because SURELY there wouldn’t be news about Doctor Who before Comic-Con, right? Chip’s theory was found wanting: New composer! New comic! New…uh…leak! (Which we will NOT spoil for you.) Alyssa and Chip tackle all of the news while recovering from the Families Belong Together rally. (Has Doctor Who ever inspired you to action, either personal or political? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!)
Erika and Steven finish off Canada Day by finishing off “The Ice Warriors”. It had its ups and downs, but in the end they agree it’s a pretty good story.
Steven and Erika keep trucking along though the ice. To her delight, Erika finds the voices are much much better when there are moving creatures to pair them with. Steven talks about Pink Floyd — and even manages to make it relevant.
…ahem… TWO - THREE
Erika and Steven continue the Canada Day festivities with more Doctor Who. However, Erika isn’t feeling very festive, due to the vocal performances of some of the actors in this story. Why does it have to be a SIX-parter?
…or should we say “THE ICE WARRIORS ONE” to match the opening credits?
We should definitely say Happy Canada Day! As per tradition, Steven and Erika spend part of their national holiday watching this show (created by a Canadian!) and podcasting about it.
There’s an awful lot to say about this episode! From incidental music to Victoria headcanon to a surprising amount of talk about Mark Gatiss’ stories, but there’s still time to squeeze in the official Canada Day-Doctor Who theme song!
OK, we know that fan art is a visual medium. And podcasts are…not. But we’ve brought along some fan artists who’ve made a real impact. Nathan Skreslet and Ly Cao from Pixel Who are here to talk about the fan artist community in Doctor Who, what it’s like to reinterpret the show, and what it takes to make a business of it.
Erika and Steven finish off their first shelf of Doctor Who! Erika (amid coughing) develops some potential headcanon for Victoria’s character development. Summer colds are the worst.
Your two fried cohosts take a quick tour through the news of the week and bring you an in-depth conversation about what “canon” in Doctor Who really means with rabid fan and New Testament scholar Mark Goodacre, in an archive recording from Chip’s Two-minute Time Lord Podcast, episode 316.
Steven and Erika continue their trek through the mountains. Erika continues to discover Victoria’s cleverness. Steven repeats himself. (It was bound to happen eventually. Please forgive him.)
For every character, for every dramatic plotline, for every ship: there’s a fanvid. Kim and Sage of Head Over Feels return to This Week in Time Travel to talk about their expertly curated collections of fan-edited videos guaranteed to make you swoon or swear. Plus: Erika and Liz from Verity! stop by with a report from Twitch’s first week of streaming classic Doctor Who episodes, and Chip and Alyssa have strong feelings about Radio Free Skaro’s scoop that some missing episodes may be in the hands of private collectors.
Erika and Steven continue unraveling the mysteries in the monastery, which is important because Victoria doesn’t like mysteries. (You go, girl! Solve that sh*t!)
Steven and Erika get back to the mountains (and argue about which mountains are better) for some more sweet Yeti action. There’s also some yammering about missing episodes, Twitch, royals, a local art installation, and a bunch of vagueness about forthcoming podcast projects.
It’s a short, live-and-in-person walk through the news of the week including a new venue for classic Doctor Who, a new book series about Doctor Who book series, your chance to welcome Jodie Whittaker, and another fan convention setting the wrong example.
Some fans are content to consume stories. Others want to expand on them, or even transform them. Part two of our Fandom Perspectives series is about fanfiction, a creative outlet that may even have contributed to the return of Doctor Who. Paul Cornell joins us to talk about fanfic’s role in the wilderness years, and Shannon Sudderth and Alyssa compare notes on fanfic in the RTD years and today.
Erika and Steven are back at it and ready to celebrate the Victoria Day long weekend in style—1960s Doctor Who style, that is!
At its best, fandom culture is all about participation! We begin our Fandom Perspective series by looking at cosplay with friend and East Coast costumer Amanda-Rae Prescott.
It’s a snack-size edition of This Week in Time Travel looking at Free Comic Book Day, the new Time Team, and the eternal question: can the Eric Roberts Master drezzzz for the occasion in audio?
Our Doctor retrospective series concludes with, of course, the Twelfth Doctor. It’s a giant-size, Series 10-hair-size, celebration of everything he brought to the role courtesy of the Hugo-finalist Verity! podcast’s moderator, Deb Stanish!
Alyssa promised that she would make Chip watch his very first reconstruction of a missing classic Doctor Who episode, as chosen by a random #WhoAgainstGuns donor. Thanks to David H. Adler, it’s time for “The Macra Terror” in living color…well, not color, but in living motion…well, not motion.
Let’s go back to 2010 and welcome the worldwide goodwill ambassador from the BBC, the Eleventh Doctor, who ushered Doctor Who into even greater global popularity. Radio Free Skaro and Lazy Doctor Who’s Steven Schapansky joins us!
He launched the show to new heights and became one of the most beloved Doctors of all of time and space—but he had his share of detractors! Shannon Sudderth helps us discuss David Tennant’s Doctor.
Ninth Doctor, we hardly knew you! Rachel Donner rejoins the This Week in Time Travel team for a jam-packed episode celebrating Christopher Eccleston and his pivotal year in the role.
Steven and Erika say hello from a Calgary hotel as they plow through the entirety of this iconic story, but perhaps not for the reason you think.
Erika and Steven are back! And we’ve finished season 4 of Doctor Who. Since we’ve been gone so long and want to make up for it, we bring you our longest episode yet! (Ok, that’s not really why. We just have a LOT to say about this excellent and momentous story!)
The Eighth Doctor was truly the “Fans’ Doctor.” Not because fandom created him, but because thanks to novels and especially Big Finish, fans of Doctor Who got to know Paul McGann’s Doctor while the wider world missed out. Alyssa and Chip talk about his arc from the TV movie to “Night of the Doctor” while preparing for their live show at (Re)Generation Who with Rachel Talalay on Saturday, March 24!
Our fearless leader Jason Snell joins us to discuss the brightest and brashest of the Doctors: Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor. Plus, we have an update on #WhoAgainstGuns, some details and controversy over Series 11, and a look ahead to our live show at Regeneration Who!
Women’s voices rang powerfully and true at the end of the 29th Gallifrey One convention. Alyssa looks back on a profound #MeToo moment as Doctor Who actors, writers and other creators talked about their struggles within the entertainment industry. We take some time to honor their testimony while also celebrating the other highlights of a very successful con weekend. There was also a lot of news from the comics, visual effects, and Riverdale (???) fronts!
Graeme Burk rejoins us to rhapsodize about the beige-est of Doctors, the Fifth! Plus, loads of news and “news” as Chip and Alyssa prepare for convention season.
None more iconic: Tom Baker strode across Doctor Who as a giant for seven years, and we have comedian Riley Silverman here to celebrate him.
Steven convinces Erika to (try to) stay up for one more episode of Doctor Who. Perhaps not the wisest idea, as we had to stop and rewind twice to catch poor Erika up after drifting off. Birthdays, man. Whaddaya gonna do?
Erika and Steven celebrate Steven’s birthday in the most appropriate way possible—watching Doctor Who and then talking about it on a podcast. And there’s quite a lot to dig into in these two episodes.
Steven and Erika didn’t want to stop at just one Doctor Who episode tonight. So on we go (or back we go) to 1866!
It’s time to reverse the polarity and introduce the Brig to the concept of Women’s Liberation. Bring back the opera capes and the short short skirts! It’s time to talk about the Third Doctor.
Erika and Steven dive into another unfamiliar-to-Erika Doctor Who story, which delights her to no end. Mystery and clues and detecting and Daleks—what more could you ask for? NONE MORE, that’s what.
In the 54 years of “Doctor Who” there have been roughly 275 different stories. We collected seven “Doctor Who” fans and forced them to pick favorites in a draft format! The result is a great selection of 28 stories from both the classic and modern eras, unless you’re a fan of the single Doctor who did not have a single episode picked.
We’re joined by author, editor and zombie mathematician Robert Smith? as we discuss the Second Doctor’s place in the canon. Plus: Peter Capaldi’s surprise post-tenure appearance at an upcoming East Coast con, (Re)Generation Who 4!
Doctor Who: The Writers’ Room co-host Erik Stadnik was the perfect guest this week. Not only does he adore the First Doctor, making him a great pick to kick off our weekly survey of the Doctors, but he was also on hand to review the career of Fourth Doctor scripter David Fisher who passed away this month.
Steven and Erika finish off “The Faceless Ones” (and thus, Ben and Polly’s tenure on Doctor Who) in one fell swoop. It may not be the best goodbye, but at least they get one—and it’s after a delightful story, so all in all, could be worse.
Erika and Steven watch a couple more exciting-and-“new” episodes of Doctor Who. The second Doctor is very second Doctorey! Jamie and the Doctor start pairing off! Not enough Polly and Ben! And, most important of all, a truly, truly terrible hat.
New year, new Doctor, new themes for the year ahead for This Week in Time Travel! This week’s Doctor Who Magazine sets the tone with its official “Jodie Whittaker is The Doctor” cover. We squee about that, dissect the ratings of Twice Upon a Time, and go over our 2018 Masterplan as we head toward Whittaker’s fall debut.
Steven and Erika watch the closest thing Erika has found to truly new-to-her Who yet. With virtually no knowledge of what’s to come, this story takes on an extra layer of excitement!
Erika and Steven ring out 2017 ON THE PODCAST! What better way to spend the dying hours of a year than with a delightful Doctor Who story about giant, authoritarian crabs? We couldn’t think of one. So here we are.
Steven and Erika finish off 1967’s “The Moonbase” and chat a bit about Cyber-continuity. Erika also has headcanon regarding coffee trays in space.
Erika and Steven celebrate Boxing Day with some more of “The Moonbase”. THIS is where Polly’s awesomeness comes to the fore! And Erika remembers to say some stuff she forgot last time. Better late than never!
It’s almost the beginning of the Jodie Whittaker era, and the moment has been prepared for. Alyssa and Chip talk about how the Capaldi Finale also sets the stage for Whittaker and Chris Chibnall to relaunch Doctor Who. It’s a splendid final performance for Capaldi, but how did the rest of it hold together…?
Christmas means more Doctor Who! Time to say goodbye to Peter Capaldi, hello and goodbye to David Bradley’s First Doctor, to Pearl Mackie as Bill, and maybe some other familiar faces will show up. Plus, this episode marks the end of the Steven Moffat era! So much to talk about… so we do.
Steven and Erika roll right along into episode 2 because Erika doesn’t want to have to wait any longer to see real moving pictures—and moving sets! Not to mention a buncha sweet “science” and delicious technobabble!
Erika and Steven celebrate Christmas Eve by watching the first episode of the second Cybermen story—the animated version, anyway. Beware the Phantom Piper!
Steven and Erika finish off what is one of the weirdest stories in the history of Doctor Who. Erika isn’t quite sure what she just saw or if she liked it overall, but man oh man, what a ride!
When we started this podcast, some people worried we’d hit the recons in the 1st and 2nd Doctors’ eras, get demoralized, and give up. I think we have proved that’s not the case. NOTHING IN THE WORLD CAN STOP US NOW!
Everything ends, and it’s always sad. But everything begins again too, and that’s always happy. Chip, Alyssa and Rachel are joined by Joy Piedmont as our Christmas Masterplan draws to a close with “The Husbands of River Song” and “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.” Plus, in the news, Alyssa takes some time to reflect on a recent Radio Times interview with Steven Moffat about whether Doctor Who could have moved faster in bringing a woman to the role.
Warren Frey from Radio Free Skaro helps us resume our Christmas Masterplan as we look at Matt Smith’s swan song and Santa Claus vs. the Facehuggers.
The Third Doctor may have had several friends and companions, but there was only one Jo Grant. And neither Three nor Jo would have ever made it onto our television screens if it wasn’t for the talents of Doctor Who’s first director. Alyssa Franke talks to actress Katy Manning and director Waris Hussein.
Connecting with friends, seeing the cast and diving deep into geekery: that’s what a Doctor Who convention is all about! Chip, Alyssa and Rachel compare notes about their Long Island Who experiences, and then bound into the news of Jodie Whittaker’s costume and the first look at “Twice Upon a Time.”
Alyssa has (supposedly) abandoned Chip. Just like Matt Smith in “The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe” and “The Snowmen,” Chip brings in some special help to fulfill the Christmas Masterplan: Deb Stanish, moderator of Verity! Plus, Toby Hadoke remembers groundbreaking classic director Paddy Russell.
Don’t blink, don’t drink the water and — hey, who turned out the lights? We’re getting spooOOOoookky on this special Halloween edition of This Week in Time Travel, going over the episodes, monsters and tropes that chill and thrill us.
Erika and Steven watch MOVING PICTURES OF PATRICK TROUGHTON. That’s the most important thing right now, really.
Is four a crowd? Could Sunday night’s surprise announcement mean the return of a fully-fledged TARDIS team? Or is Chris Chibnall up to something more tricksy? Plus: the Christmas Masterplan marches on. It’s time to discuss The End of Time and A Christmas Carol with Reality Bomb’s Graeme Burk.
It’s Christmas on the doomed Titanic, and somewhere in Victorian times, Cybermen are trying to crush our Christmas Cheer. We look back on our companion-less Christmas specials “Voyage of the Damned” and “The Next Doctor,” plus take a sneak peek into the past, present and future of…Shada!
Steven and Erika watch the official BBC recon of “The Underwater Menace” Episode 1 together—and it’s the first time for us both! (Though Steven has seen another recon previously.) Togetherness at last!
Erika and Steven stay up late to finish off “The Highlanders”, the story that introduces us to future-companion Jamie McCrimmon…but doesn’t really do anything else with him.
Oh yeah, and we finally remember to acknowledge hitting 100 episodes!
The Christmas Masterplan is underway! Join Chip, Rachel, and our guest Kathleen Schowalter as we begin a trek through all the Christmas specials through Peter Capaldi’s last episode. Say hello to the Tenth Doctor for the first time (sort of) and Donna Noble (also sort of)!
Steven and Erika laugh it up over Episode Two of “The Highlanders”. Troughton is really coming into his own!
And we were too lazy to keep track and notice that this was our 100th episode, so the celebration is entirely here in the show notes. Happy 100th ep, everyone! Confetti! Party poppers! Silly hats! Especially silly hats.
Erika and Steven dig into the last proper historical for a very long time. No moving pictures, but this ep moves along just fine!
Thirty years ago, Sylvester McCoy rolled out of a curly-haired wig to become the last Classic Doctor! We take advantage of the anniversary to talk about his strongest stories and his place in the Doctor Who firmament. Plus a preview of Reality Bomb’s upcoming podcast of their live show in New York and we talk about our Christmas Masterplan!
We’re talking about the new Doctor Who Fluxx card game with Looney Labs co-founder Andrew Looney! Plus: your responses to last week’s “My Doctor Is…” question and a Dramatic Synopsis Reading!
Steven and Erika reach the end of the second Doctor’s first serial. And what a grisly end it is! People think Who is dark these days? Sheeeeesh.
These three words mean arguments and strife! What makes The Doctor, well, The Doctor? Are there portrayals or characteristics that are just plain “unDoctorish”? How little will you be surprised by who Alyssa and Chip pick as “their” Doctors? What essential adjectives do they use when completing the phrase, “My Doctor is _”? And, finally, how do you complete the phrase? Share it with us on Twitter (@drwhothisweek) or Facebook with the hashtag #MyDoctorIs!
Erika and Steven take a few moments to talk about their new project on the TeeVee feed: a Lazy Doctor Who spinoff podcast covering every episode of The Prisoner. You (at least some of you) asked for it, so here you go! Please enjoy In the Village.
And then we talk about creepy Daleks and creepy rebels and awesome Polly and the Doctor.
Director Rachel Talalay has directed every Peter Capaldi-era series finale, and is in post-production on his swan song, Christmas’s “Twice Upon a Time.” We’re thrilled to talk to her about her experiences behind the camera, her work with Steven Moffat and Capaldi, her outreach to female fans and the state of the film and TV industries for women. Please join us!
Steven and Erika reach what may be the best single Dalek episode ever—at least, according to Erika.
Erika and Steven are making Patrick Troughton’s first Doctor Who story last. It’s one episode at a time for us these days! Savor the goodness!
No matter how connected fans become online, there’s no substitute for gathering in person. We’re joined by con-runner Ken Deep of Long Island Who as we find out what it took to start a new Doctor Who convention. Chip and Alyssa also talk about the care and feeding of guests, cosplayers, panelists and other fans.
Steven and Erika continue watching the reconstruction of Patrick Troughton’s first Doctor Who story. And go on a brief (but sorta kinda related) tangent about Total Party Kill.
He never said “Pop! Pop! Pop!” but Sydney Newman did transform British drama while creating Doctor Who along the way. We check in with Graeme Burk who annotated and supplemented Newman’s memoir, Head of Drama. Also, we celebrate Victor Pemberton’s memory and squee over Jodie Whittaker interviews and David Tennant casting news.
Erika and Steven tread into bold new territory: the Patrick Troughton era of Doctor Who!
What do you expect when you’re expecting a new showrunner? The whole This Week team has gone back over the Doctor Who and Torchwood episodes written by Chris Chibnall—everything from gaseous aliens and cyberwomen to dinosaurs on spaceships and mysterious cubes. Are there any clues to the future of Doctor Who when he takes over?
Steven and Erika are joined by a couch interloper! Annette Wierstra provides a slightly new-Whoish perspective on this, the origin of the Cybermen. We also chat about the series 10 finale and the trailer for the 2017 Christmas special.
It’s a truly momentous episode. We have completed the William Hartnell era, and the timing is perfect to tie in with the current series. Just…wow.
Steven Warren Hill drops by to talk about his long-awaited opus about Doctor Who in America, Red, White and Who. Graeme Burk and Liz Myles take up the age-old question: were the candy-colored New Daleks in Series 5…rubbish? We say goodbye to Deborah Watling, and we look back at the Doctor Who panel at SDCC.
Erika and Steven finish off 1966’s “The Smugglers”, go on quite a tangent about the characterization of the Doctor over the years, celebrate the naming of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor, and finish up by teasing our next episode that will be a little different. We also use this very episode of the podcast itself (in the future! — our future, your present) to coerce help from next episode’s special guest. We hope.
It’s not every day history gets made with a casting announcement. Presenting the 13th Doctor: Jodie Whittaker.
Christel Dee is the host of Doctor Who: The Fan Show for the BBC, and we’ve got her! We talk with Christel about her journey from fan to pro, and then we take one last look at Series 10.
The latest season/series of “Doctor Who” is over, and there’s only one last Christmas special to go before Peter Capaldi leaves the role. In this episode, we take a look at the season as a whole, including analysis of the Doctor, Bill, Nardole, and Missy. We pick our favorite episodes and then throw our least-favorites on the bonfire, before turning our attention to idle speculation about where Capaldi’s final episode might take us.
The intensity did not let up from last week’s controversial episode! Alyssa and Chip are joined once more by Rachel as we explore the ending of The Two Masters’ stories, the Twelfth Doctor’s heroic arc, the First Doctor’s re-debut, and most especially the resolution of Bill’s story (and whether in fact she was given one). We had a lot to say…
We wrap up this season of Doctor Who with a discussion of the finale, notes about Steven Moffat’s bag of tricks, an appreciation of Pearl Mackie and Michelle Gomez, and speculations about where the Christmas Special will take us.
Chip, Alyssa, and Rachel are together in-person to discuss one of the most intense episodes to date! Can they handle the feels, or will they need to enter the conversion theater…?
Steven and Erika try to power through the last two eps of this Doctor Who story from 1966. Erika fights valiantly to stay awake and mostly succeeds. Blame the travel schedule more than the episode. It’s still fun Who!
So it’s come to this. The penultimate episode of the season. A pre-credits regeneration tease. An enormous spaceship where all is not what it seems. The adventures of Doctor Who, Exposition, and Comic Relief. A surprise inside a surprise. A return to good ol’ Body Horror Cybermen. And a shock ending magnified by its placement at the end of an era, when all bets are off.
She last wrote for Doctor Who with 1989’s “Survival.” Now Rona Munro returns to Doctor Who with “The Eaters of Light”; was it to our taste? Plus we talk to Lisa Bowerman, who starred in Munro’s previous outing, and indulge in a little Chris Chibnall Kremlinology.
Erika and Steven watch some more reconstructed Doctor Who and squee mightily over the fabness of Ben and Polly.
Chip couldn’t tell who had the higher-pitched voice: the returning-after-decades hexapod Alpha Centauri, or Alyssa after she realized that it was indeed an Alpha cameo! We found plenty more to talk about, though, in Mark Gatiss’s possible swan song from Doctor Who: why we frequently look at Doctor Who through political lenses, whether or not Nardole is a tin dog, and how much we appreciate our fandom community. Recorded live and in person during DC Pride 2017!
The Ice Warriors return, as does (somewhat controversial) writer Mark Gatiss, in “Empress of Mars.” This episode felt like classic series “Doctor Who”, and piled on the old-series references too. How did we feel it measured up to this season, and to Gatiss’s previous work? How convenient was it that the TARDIS and Nardole disappeared? And was it a nice respite before we dive into late-season drama?
Beware fake news! Chip and Alyssa peel back the propaganda and take a close look at “The Lie of the Land.” Plus: Alyssa reflects on Bill Potts at the beginning of Pride Month.
The Zombie Monks have taken earth! Now it’s time for Bill to save the world—with the occasional help of Nardole—so long as the Doctor doesn’t keep getting in the way. Plus, Missy is trying to be good—but is it the wrong kind of good? Rachel Donner joins Jason to talk about this week’s “Doctor Who”, plus “Wonder Woman” (no spoilers), and even a little bit of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
A 5,000-year-old pyramid drops into existence in a single day as a harbinger of apocalypse. We talk about this part-two-of-three and whether it addresses the questions about “consent” it raises. Also in this feature-length podcast: We talk to Sarah Dollard, writer of this season’s “Thin Ice,” and Reality Bomb’s Shannon Dohar and Graeme Burk explore the Received Fan Wisdom about the Second Doctor!
The end of the world is coming. But from where? Is it the obvious choice… or something entirely different? And what are the Doctor and Bill willing to do about it? That’s all part of the intriguing premise of “The Pyramid at the End of the World”, this week’s Doctor Who episode. Chip Sudderth of This Week in Time Travel joins Jason to break it down.
Extremis Veritas Expelliarmus! Particle physicists and priests alike are shocked into submission when they learn the truth of the world. Did Chip and Alyssa buy this departure from the “meat and potatoes” Doctor Who we had in the previous five episodes? Plus, Chip lies on the couch rather than behind the sofa as he and Alyssa talk about fandom disagreements and matters of taste in tight-knit fan communities.
After a longish break (to mourn Dodo?), Steven and Erika are back in the classic saddle and have finished off season 3 of Doctor Who.
A planet of executioners! A call from the Vatican! A surprise visit from Missy! Nardole’s bad-ass moment! Bill’s ruined date! There’s a whole lot to talk about in “Extremis”, Stephen Moffat’s latest (and last?) attempt to write a story that deviates from the “Doctor Who” norm. We liked it a lot, but that won’t stop us from nitpicking about how random number generators work…
Feeling short of breath? Chip and Alyssa squee over Rose and Ten coming to Big Finish and review Jamie Mathieson’s “Oxygen.” Then, Chip is joined by our friends Kyle and Erik from Doctor Who: The Writers’ Room to talk about the scripts of Series 10!
Space: The final frontier. These are the voyages of The Doctor and Bill, and maybe Nardole. Their mission: to seek out distress calls from strange space stations, and fight the end stage of capitalism before it kills everyone. Live from Seattle, Jason and Glenn discuss “Oxygen” by Jamie Mathieson from a big red couch.
Which is scarier: gothic horror or moving house? Chip, Alyssa and Rachel dig into “Knock Knock” and check in on the first third of Series 10.
A haunted house! A bunch of college students! Alien wood bugs! A parent’s love for a child! This episode had a whole lot of tropes, but to be honest, not much worked for us beyond Bill and The Doctor. If you’re looking to this podcast for a shot of positivity about “Doctor Who” every week, this week you will not be satisfied. On the other hand, if you’d like to hear us complain about “Knock Knock,” you’re in luck!
Tom Attah and Joy Piedmont join Alyssa as they deep-dive under the “Thin Ice.” Chip quizzes NPR’s Glen Weldon on Doctor Who’s place in American nerd culture, then puts on his Two-minute Time Lord hat to ponder why, with so many great shows, books and characters out there, he keeps coming back to the TARDIS.
This week’s “Doctor Who” features some fantastic dialogue and relationship building between Bill and the Doctor—all on the ice of the Thames during the last Frost Fair. Plus, a giant fish that may or may not be an alien! Commentary on historical racism and classism! And at the end of the episode we get wild and speculatish about what’s knocking on the door of The Vault.
Emojibots! Is Doctor Who riding a trend or is the trend already played out? Chip and Rachel review “Smile” and ponder how successful Doctor Who is at making topical references, from Beatles cameos to unfortunate dance moves. ALSO: Chip and Rachel discover the hard way that some news is not in fact news with the help of Radio Free Skaro’s Warren Frey.
🙂 The Doctor and Bill just pop out for a moment while the kettle is boiling to explore a future space colony with no people, lots of robots, emojis for communication, and a deadly secret. Did the episode’s scant plot (and abrupt solution) matter, given the strong dialogue and characterization? Grab a cuppa and join Jason and special guest James Thomson as we break the episode down into its constituent parts and use it as fertilizer in a beautiful garden.
What more is there to say than, “New Doctor Who! Bill! Mysterious vaults! Nardole?” Well, how about “Special Guest Petra Mayer” from National Public Radio? Let’s dive into the series premiere, shall we?
Doctor Who is back! And we’re here to break down the season premiere, in which we meet Bill Potts, the newest companion. How is her entry into the TARDIS different from other companions? What are the Doctor and Nardole up to? Why should we be afraid of puddles? We break it all down.
We’re getting more and more excited for Series 10 (Two Masters!) but we’re also looking back at two Twelfth Doctors. Chip prefers Series Eight’s; Alyssa prefers Series Nine’s. Who’s right? Also, meet pop culture bloggers and Whovians par excellence Kim Rogers and Sage Young of Head Over Feels!
This Week in Time Travel launches a week late (thanks to Alyssa losing her voice) with a double-sized debut to make up for it! Chip and Alyssa welcome regular panelists Rachel Donner and Tom Attah to prognosticate and pontificate about the upcoming new series of Doctor Who. Alyssa interviews the titanic artist of the Titan Comics Twelfth Doctor, Rachael Stott. Chip speaks to Paul Cornell, who is leaving writing other peoples’ characters behind including his beloved Doctor, but also has a powerful, personal novel on the shelves now in Chalk.
Erika and Steven say a sad farewell to Dodo, whose send-off is kinda appropriately pants. Poor Dodo. But hey, there’a new companion duo ready and willing to take her place, starting in the very next scene!
Steven and Erika jump right into the swingin’ 60s. Computers! Connecting! To each other! The Inferno night club! Sad sailors and sexy secretaries! This Doctor Who episode has it all.
Erika pushes through a migraine so she and Steven can finish off Steven (Taylor)’s final story. They are So Sad to see him go. They also marvel at the crucial turning point this story presents for the Doctor as a character. “The Savages” is a hidden gem! (We hope!)
Steven and Erika continue to mightily enjoy their anniversary weekend and Doctor Who from 1966. “The Savages” elicits some powerful observations, and we’re only halfway through!
Also, Erika is very sorry for burping during the podcast. :/
Erika and Steven celebrate their anniversary weekend in Calgary by watching reconstructed Doctor Who from 1966 in their hotel room. As is right and proper.
Steven and Erika finish “The Gunfighters” from 1966…4 days ago. This is the second podcast they’ve recorded about it. But it’s the only one that still exists.
Erika and Steven continue watching 1966’s “The Gunfighters”, and finally suss out what’s going on with Dodo. Oh yeah, and there’s whiskey involved.
Steven and Erika haven’t podcasted together since last year! But they’re back to classic Doctor Who with the musical, comic romp that is 1966’s “The Gunfighters”.
After a year’s absence, “Doctor Who” returns with a new Christmas special. This is a very Doctor Who take on superheroes, with fun and farce and baby monitors and brains with eyes along the way. Recorded on Christmas night as is our tradition, this is our snap-judgments take on this annual tradition.
Erika and Steven complete their frolic through the 2005 series of Doctor Who. It’s a strong finish for RTD’s “first album”. So that means the foreseeable future will be all classic-Who all the time. Probably.
Steven and Erika are flying high…literally! This LDW ep is an experiment from 30,000 feet. We hope you are all having a wonderful Doctor Who Day!
Erika and Steven wash their hands of the final episode of this Doctor Who serial from 1966. The boardgame thing is fun, but the “stupid ball” is back in play in a big way.
Steven and Erika do a rare mid-week episode, having watched a couple of Doctor Who eps from 1966. No more creepy clowns, but creepy dolls and infuriating nonsense! Oh, and more racism! SIGH…
Erika and Steven move right along to Doctor Who’s next story from 1966. It’s…less(?) racist than some others. Yay? It’s also full of fun and games…and creepy clowns. Yay?
Steven and Erika finish off the second half of this story (which is really two stories in one) from 1966. Steven is surprised at Erika’s reaction to the next story!
Erika and Steven had so much fun talking about “The Massacre”, they decide to toddle along to the first couple eps of the next Doctor Who story from 1966.
Between these stories, we’ve developed quite the headcanon revolving around Steven and Dodo. Is Steven Dodo’s great-grandfather? Is Dodo high as a kite on LSD? Listen and see if we can convince you!
It’s been a super-rough week in the real world, so Steven and Erika decide to escape into a little 1966 Doctor Who. Erika continues to enjoy this story quite a bit! (Though she does descend into fearful worry at one point. Steven gamely keeps her on track with the delights of the Doctor and Co.)
Steven and Erika are back at long last! The month-of-sports (October) is over, and that means there’s more time for Doctor Who. They jump back in with another episode from 2005. Series 1 is almost over!
Erika and Steven try to build some momentum by diving into the next Doctor Who story from 1966. They’re both surprised by Erika’s strong reaction! Talking in rooms! It’s the best!
Steven and Erika finally finish off this epic Doctor Who story, and are utterly depressed when it’s all over. Happily, the talk turns to animated stories, conventions, and juice boxes before the end, so it’s not all doom and gloom from 1966.
Erika and Steven enjoy another moving-pictures episode of this long serial from 1966. Not a lot happens, but we can see it happening! So that’s neat and stuff.
Steven and Erika celebrate New Year’s Eve, 1966 in style! With cricket and a volcano and ancient Egypt! Oh, and a dash of a Meddling Monk and a side of time-travelling Daleks. Never a dull moment in Doctor Who!
Erika and Steven wish a happy Christmas to all of you at home!
Steven and Erika watch a couple more Doctor Who episodes from 1965. Then Erika waxes poetic about a Labyrinth-Doctor Who connection that blew her mind. And there may even be some more Lazy Doctor Who coming this evening, as it’s the start of a holiday weekend!
This story is really great, you guys.
Erika and Steven continue making their way through this serial from 1965. This time, Erika has had wine. Which, it turns out, is not a recommended accompaniment to reconstructed Doctor Who.
Steven and Erika are back to watching classic Doctor Who from 1965. Erika is high as a kite on codeine, Steven is full of info about missing episodes, and they’re both excited to see moving pictures!
Erika and Steven time-travel to 2005 once again to talk about the genesis of Captain Jack and oh-so-much dancing. It’s Steven Moffat’s debut with Who!
Erika and Steven had Quite A Day. And what better way to celebrate A Day than to watch some reconstructed classic Doctor Who from 1965? We certainly can’t think of one?
Erika is Rather Overwhelmed.
Steven and Erika bid a fond farewell to Vicki, aka Cressida in this final (reconstructed) episode of Doctor Who’s “The Myth Makers” from 1965. They’re exhausted and full of food after attending Edmonton’s Heritage Festival, but they manage to muddle through a podcast recording anyway.
Steven and Erika interrupt your regularly unscheduled classic Doctor Who with another dash of series 1 new-Who. This time it’s Paul Cornell’s Father’s Day. So Many Feels!
We also plug one of our other efforts: Uncanny Magazine, which is running its Year Three Kickstarter!
Erika and Steven continue watching the reconstruction of Doctor Who’s “The Myth Makers” from 1965. Erika is disappointed to learn it’s only a 4-parter, and there’s only one episode left.
Is it time for Steven and Erika to go out and enjoy the Edmonton sunshine on a beautiful Saturday? Well, yes, by now it is, but 25 minutes ago, no! It was time to watch a reconstruction of a Doctor Who episode from 1965.
The much-vaunted, eagerly-awaited “The Myth Makers” is finally here! Will it live up to the hype? Maybe!
Ok, NOW our Canada Day mini-marathon concludes! Erika and Steven complete the last episode in the Verity Lambert era, the unique-in-many-ways “Mission to the Unknown”.
We watched an animated version of this “Dalek Cutaway” (no, it’s not really called that), which was really fab. Erika felt as much tension watching the animated characters as she has with many live actors. It cooked along and I could tell what was happening!
More observations and some serious reminiscences await in the podcast!
Our Canada Day mini-marathon concludes(?) as Steven and Erika complete Doctor Who’s 1965 serial, “Galaxy 4”. We’re back to a reconstruction, but it’s a good’un.
Our Canada Day mini-marathon continues as Erika and Steven press on with more Doctor Who from 1965. And one episode is actually made up of moving pictures!
Happy Canada Day everyone! Steven and Erika get back to 1965 Doctor Who with the first (mostly non-existent) episode of “Galaxy Four”. A Canada Day mini-marathon has apparently become a tradition. We’re good with that.
Erika and Steven jump forward once again to series 1 of “new” Who with “The Long Game”. This story that has a surprising number of parallels with “The Time Meddler”, which they just finished. And both realize they like it more than the remembered!
Steven and Erika complete 1965’s “The Time Meddler”, and thus, season 2 of Doctor Who! It’s time for more monkerey!
Erika and Steven move on to episode 2 of 1965’s “The Time Meddler”. And they do one of the most classic North American-Doctor Who-fan things they’ve ever done: a pledge break!
Steven and Erika do another on-location episode, this time from the very heart of The Incomparable Podcast Network—Jason Snell’s garage. It’s a perfect opportunity to create some content, in this case, episode 1 of 1965’s “The Time Meddler”.
Erika and Steven are popping back to 2005 for some new-Who again. From the comedy Daleks of “The Chase” to something entirely different here. Quite the media whiplash!
Erika and Steven are still in their Calgary hotel room and finished off 1965’s “The Chase”. Erika has feels. Many of them. Perhaps even all of them.
And if you’re wondering what that background noise is at the very end as we say goodbye it’s the ice maker in the fridge of the fancy hotel room.
Steven and Erika record another ep in a hotel room bed after attending Calgary Expo and then watching ep 4 of 1965’s “The Chase”. Erika has words for this episode. Strong, strong words.
Steven and Erika dip into new-Who once again, continuing series 1 from 2005. Farting aliens, anyone? Yeah. Didn’t think so.
Erika and Steven cap off their anniversary celebration with two episodes of 1965’s “The Chase”. This story elicits a split decision thus far.
Steven and Erika continue rolling along with their anniversary celebration. They start watching 1965’s “The Chase”. With wine!
And before they dig into that, they chat about the “Defending the Museum” extra on the DVD of “The Space Museum”. Rob Shearman is both very right and very wrong.
Erika and Steven continue their anniversary celebration by completing “The Space Museum” from 1965. The classic Doctor Who marathon will continue soon…with wine!
Steven and Erika celebrate their anniversary by getting back to classic Doctor Who, continuing “The Space Museum” from 1965.
Erika and Steven watch another new-Who ep from series 1 in 2005. This one feels a bit more like classic Who, which is rather comforting.
Steven and Erika take another brief hiatus from classic Doctor Who to continue with the second episode from 2005’s series 1. Erika is pretty sure this is only the second time she’s seen this story. Steven thinks she had issues.
Erika and Steven dive into the next Doctor Who serial from 1965. Erika declares it NONSENSE! Steven drops some technical knowledge. It’s a real party. Or a real podcast from a couch. You decide.
Steven and Erika finish off “The Crusade” from 1965. Erika has a strong reaction to this story! And sings the praises of her new accountant!
Erika and Steven continue on to the first episode of “The Crusade” from 1965. (Mostly because Steven wants to watch something that’s directed better than “The Web Planet”.)
Steven and Erika finish off the fifth serial of Doctor Who’s second season, “The Web Planet” from 1965. And Erika begs for a return to Vortis in series 10. No, really.
Erika and Steven close out their Superbowl Sunday Doctor Who marathon by continuing (but not quite finishing) “The Web Planet”. If only humans didn’t need sleep, there’d be more coming, but alas, sleep isn’t just for tortoises.
Steven and Erika haven’t had enough Doctor Who yet on this Superbowl Sunday. They move on from a historical to something altogether more out-there. You may find the reaction to it surprising.
Erika and Steven finish off 1965’s “The Romans”. Happily, Erika finds that the last ep is much less objectionable, which is good because she loves loving Doctor Who.
Steven and Erika continue their Superbowl Sunday 1965-Doctor Who viewing party. And Erika discovers “The Romans” isn’t as easy or pleasant to watch as she’d hoped.
Erika and Steven spend Superbowl Sunday watching Doctor Who from 1965. First up is “The Slave Traders”, episode 1 of “The Romans”, where the TARDIS crew decides to relax!
Two enemies wrapped in metal shells from “Doctor Who” face their ultimate foe—the judgment of John Siracusa.
Steven and Erika take their Doctor Who viewing into 1965 with Vicki’s first story. A two-parter means getting through a whole story in one night, which is always fun!
Erika and Steven continue (and complete!) Doctor Who’s second Dalek serial, from 1964.
Steven and Erika get back to classic Doctor Who right away and watch the second Dalek serial, from 1964.
See? We didn’t give up on classic Who! You can relax now.
Yes, really! Erika and Steven watch and discuss the first episode of “new-Who”, “Rose” from 2005.
Why on Earth would we jump ahead 41 years? Well, you’ll have to listen to find out! We like to keep you guessing here at LDW HQ.
But never fear, there’ll be more classic Doctor Who coming at you soon. Or not-soon, depending on how lazy we are. But we’re not giving up on the good old days!
Discussion of the 2014 “Doctor Who” Christmas special one year on, plus a bunch of other “Doctor Who”-related outtakes from Glenn’s shockingly prolific Head Canon.
Jump in your TARDIS, visit the Space Lions, and get prepared for a 24-year-long night! This week our panel takes on the recently-concluded ninth series of “Doctor Who.” How does this season measure up to the previous ones? Was the more character-focused conclusion a good change of pace? How did Missy, Ashildr, and Clara make things feel a bit different? And how well did the show handle the moment when Clara faced the raven? This episode is bigger on the inside.
Steven and Erika start season two of classic Doctor Who by watching an entire 3-episode story, “Planet of Giants” from 1964. And yes, Erika is a bit sleepy again.
If you’ve been following along with the serial codes as we’ve listed them on the website, you’ll note the letter I was skipped. That’s because “I” looks too much like the number 1 and could have been confusing. Production code neepery FTW!
Erika and Steven finish off their podcastey New Year’s Eve celebration by watching the final episode of the final story of Doctor Who’s first season (“The Reign of Terror” from 1964). This is the final of the three podcasts for this evening. One podcast ep for each DW ep!
They also ask each other some questions from Doctor Who Trivial Pursuit!
Steven and Erika continue to celebrate New Year’s Eve by watching the final story of Doctor Who’s first season, “The Reign of Terror” from 1964. This is the second of three podcasts for this evening. One podcast ep for each DW ep!
They also read some listener tweets!
Erika and Steven celebrate New Year’s Eve by watching the final story of Doctor Who’s first season, “The Reign of Terror” from 1964. This is the first of three podcasts for this evening. One podcast ep for each DW ep!
They also read some listener letters!
River Song returns, and this time gets to match wits with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. Was this one of the most fun episodes of “Doctor Who” in ages, or is that the egg nog talking? In our sixth straight Christmas Night flashcast, we review the 2015 “Doctor Who” Christmas Special.
Steven and Erika continue the final story of Doctor Who’s first season, “The Reign of Terror” from 1964. It’s another extra-lazy from-the-couch night!
Doctor Who’s clockwork repair droids (from the episodes “Girl in the Fireplace” and “Deep Breath”) come under scrutiny. Sure, they start out as robots, but do they become something else..?
Erika and Steven start the final story of Doctor Who’s first season, “The Reign of Terror” from 1964. Erika is exceedingly sleepy and a wee bit grumpy, so it’s only one episode tonight!
Steven and Erika are so excited to talk about “The Sensorites” from 1964, they decide to watch the last two episodes and record a second podcast in the same night!
If you didn’t get the ep with parts 1-4, check your podcatcher app and make sure it’s set to download more than just the one most recent episode from our feed. You never know, this could happen again!
Erika and Steven move on to the next Doctor Who serial from 1964, “The Sensorites”. It’s much more to Erika’s taste than “The Aztecs” was, and they both spend quite a bit of time exclaiming over all the bits they enjoy. There are many!
Steven and Erika finish off the sixth serial of Doctor Who, parts 3 and 4 of “The Aztecs” from 1964.
Erika and Steven are back home in Edmonton and back to watching Doctor Who. Picking up where they left off in London, it’s episode 2 of “The Aztecs” from 1964.
We’re back with the final Doctor Who Flashcast of the season! Everything we’ve been building to for the last 11 weeks has led to this. The Doctor has a bone to pick with the Time Lords. Who is the Hybrid? Familiar diners with familiar waitresses! We flail our arms and get super nerdy as we dissect the finale and the season as a whole with a special half-Scottish panel, if you count Space Glasgow. Now it’s the wilderness — 20 whole days until the Christmas special.
One night only! Peter Capaldi in the one-man show, “Doctor Who.” We break down part one of the season finale.
Jason is joined by Chip Sudderth of the Two-Minute Time Lord podcast to discuss the dramatic (some might say traumatic) events of the latest episode of “Doctor Who.” Ashildr, Riggsy, hidden aliens, London urban fantasy, and a surprising ending…
CHIP. CHIP. WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED.
You shouldn’t listen to this podcast. We found this conversation about this week’s “Doctor Who” episode, “Sleep No More,” and present it as it was recorded. Your expectations will be undermined. The plot twists might be shocking. And in the end, you’ll be wondering what happened to the opening theme song.
This week’s “Doctor Who” culminates a plot not just from last week, but from the 50th anniversary episode, “Day of the Doctor.” Still, the most important thing in it may be Peter Capaldi’s one-man show, which doubles as a mission statement for The Doctor. And while Clara isn’t in it much, Jenna Coleman does a great turn as her Zygon duplicate. Plus, more Osgood!
Steven and Erika are in LONDON! So of course, they watch some Doctor Who from 1964. This is an extra-lazy from-the-hotel-bed recording so Erika didn’t have to hold up her head while recording. Again. Hey, walking around London (and Cardiff) is tiring!
Last seen in the 50th anniversay special, the Zygons return to duplicate people and invade the earth! Osgood and UNIT return! More sonic sunglasses and electric guitar! Dramatic invasions of Fakeistan and New Mexico! Political parallels aplenty! We break down part one of this two-part episode.
Erika is very sleepy because Steven wanted to watch all of the final three episodes of “The Keys of Marinus”, from 1964. This is an extra-lazy from-the-couch recording so Erika didn’t have to hold up her head while recording. Now that’s lazy!
Steven and Erika are finally healthy enough to get back to podcasting about “The Keys of Marinus”, from 1964. They’re both still hoarse due to a bout of whooping cough, but they soldier on through talking about two episodes.
Eyes of Hades, cowardly lions, and a familiar but enigmatic character named… me? The second of this bifurcated two-parter finds the Doctor teaming up with the Viking girl he made immortal and raises some interesting questions about our favorite Time Lord and what the value of human life really is.
The blue box from “Doctor Who” might be sentient, might be alive, but is it a robot?
Enough TARDIS shenanigans! This episode is all about the Doctor and Clara saving a village of Vikings from an invading hoarde of… space vikings? Plus lots of interesting talk of immortality, identity, and responsibility, and references to Matt Smith and David Tennant. Join us for our breakdown of this episode, which features Maisie Williams from “Game of Thrones” as Ashildr.
The Doctor’s a ghost, but how did he get that way? Alien undertakers, deposed tyrants with insidious plans, time paradoxes, and Beethoven! Also, what did the Doctor know and when did he know it? Jason break it all down with the help of James Thomson, direct from Glasgow.
An underwater base, a flooded village, an abandoned spaceship, mysterious symbols, and an alien ghost? All in a day’s work for the Doctor and Clara. Join us as we break down “Under the Lake” and look ahead to next week’s “Before the Flood.” Also, did anyone notice that this is all just a big game of Pac-Man?
This week we follow Clara and Missy through the sewers of Skaro and take stock of the Doctor and Davros and their long, meaningful conversations—punctuated by joyrides in Davros’s cool chair.
We’re back with a new weekly look at this season of “Doctor Who” with a larger-than-usual panel. Join us as we travel to the farthest Ood-infested regions of space—but watch out for snakes! Look, it’s more trickery from Steven Moffat! Plus, why is Jason both a bad fan and a good fan? And we discuss the nature of two-parters and our expectations going into part two…this is going to be a trend this season, folks.
Erika and Steven finally get around to starting the next Doctor Who serial, “The Keys of Marinus”, from 1964. Steven has a terrible cough, and Erika is high on Tylenol 3 after some painful dental work. It’s rambly fun!
Steven and Erika decide to, in one fell swoop, finish off the reconstruction of Doctor Who’s fourth serial, “Marco Polo”, from 1964. How did Erika fare in consuming so much recon in one sitting? Listen and see!
Erika and Steven finally get back to watching the reconstruction of Doctor Who’s fourth serial, “Marco Polo”, from 1964. Warning: there’s more singing in this episode.
Steven and Erika celebrate Canada Day in style—by watching Erika’s (almost) first proper recon! It’s “The Roof of the World”, the first episode of Doctor Who’s fourth serial, “Marco Polo”, from 1964. They also explain a bit about why Doctor Who has missing episodes and what a “reconstruction” is. Learning is fun!
Erika and Steven continue Erika’s birthday weekend celebration by watching Doctor Who with Erika’s parents (who do not appear on the podcast, sadly). The story in question is the show’s third serial, “The Edge of Destruction”, from 1964.
Steven and Erika talk about the seventh (and final) episode of “The Daleks”, Doctor Who’s second serial, from 1964.
Steven and Erika record another podcast on the couch. They talk about the fifth and sixth episodes of “The Daleks”, Doctor Who’s second serial, from 1964.
Erika and Steven record a podcast on location! Well, if the couch counts as a “location”. They talk about the fourth episode of “The Daleks”, Doctor Who’s second serial, from 1964.
Erika and Steven discuss the third episode of “The Daleks”, Doctor Who’s second serial, from 1964.
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Steven and Erika record a podcast on location! They talk about the first two episodes of “The Daleks”, Doctor Who’s second serial, from 1964.
Erika and Steven discuss the final three episodes of the debut Doctor Who story, “An Unearthly Child”, from 1963.
Erika and Steven explain the premise of Lazy Doctor Who and why this is a podcast. Then they discuss the very first episode of Doctor Who, “An Unearthly Child”, from November 1963.
Geek critic and podcaster Al Kennedy joins Antony to bemoan the unjust maligning of the 1996 “Doctor Who” movie, explain how Paul McGann was a great Doctor, and why he always drezzzzzes for the occasion.
This month’s Counterclockwise topic is “Doctor Who”! And here to discuss four fresh “Doctor Who” topics in 42 minutes or less are “Doctor Who” podcast luminaries Steven Schapansky (Radio Free Skaro, The Memory Cheats) and Erika Ensign (Verity!, The Audio Guide to Babylon 5).
Merry Christmas! If you’ve been bad, someone will put a Dream Crab in your stocking. We break down Peter Capaldi and Nick Frost’s confrontation as The Doctor and Santa Claus. Also, what does this episode mean for Clara?
With this season of “Doctor Who” completed, it’s time to break down the start of Peter Capaldi’s tenure as our favorite Time Lord. Is he a good man or a cosmic hobo? Why are hugs untrustworthy? Why does Jason keep watching episodes in hotel rooms? These questions and many others are asked, and some of them are even answered.
Glenn says a lot of things. Also, Erika discovers the element Handwavium.
Well, here we are at the end of the “Doctor Who” season. In this finale we got a lot of technical and plot stuff that doesn’t survive a whole lot of logic, but the emotional and character beats are truthful and the season’s overarching themes (Doctor as commander of soldiers, “Am I a good man?”, Clara as Doctor-in-training, and the lies—oh, all the lies) are brought home strongly. How does it all fit together? Why should we never trust a hug? And what does Nick Frost have to do with it all? Let’s break it all down one final time before the fat man sings and we have to wait until Christmas to see Peter Capaldi’s eyebrows again.
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It’s here! Part one of the season finale! And “Dark Water” combined a very familiar format with some major surprises. What is the fate of Danny Pink? Who is Missy? What happens when Clara steals the Doctor’s keys and cuts off his thumbs? We’ve got it all covered.
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The forest is deep and dark and full of wolves. Join Jason and Glenn to talk about Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s first “Doctor Who” story. If there’s no Lorax, who will speak for the trees? We talk about the Doctor’s relationship to Earth, Clara’s strange decisions about how to protect her young charges, Jason rants about the continued appearances of Missy and how they don’t add up to a story arc, and in the end we give a big fat raspberry to the episode’s final scene. It was quite a roller coaster this week.
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It’s bigger on the inside, now more than ever! It’s time to talk about “Flatline,” an episode that starts out like it’s going to be funny and ends up being anything but. Will Clara’s lies catch up with her? What does the Doctor really think of Clara playing his role? Does he even want to play it himself? (The answer seems to be yes, if someone else will play the role of the monster.) Listen as Jason breaks it down with his very special guest, his wife Lauren!
Live from Montreal, Canada, Dan Moren and Jason Snell watch an episode of “Doctor Who” and then talk about it! Clara’s unique relationship with the Doctor combines with an interesting (if familiar) “Doctor Who” plot. We talk it all through.
What has the moon ever done to you? We discuss this week’s “Doctor Who” adventure, the insanely titled “Kill the Moon.” Is this original or more of a pastiche? The unexpected Courtney Woods story continues! Polka dots! And much more.
The Doctor takes a job at Coal Hill School in order to stop a clicky-clacky robot who wants to shoot people full of laser beams. But that’s really beside the point in an episode that’s all about dialogue, character, and the relationships that the Doctor, Clara, and Danny Pink have. We break down the latest episode of “Doctor Who,” “The Caretaker,” and also ponder Matt Smith lookalikes, the Doctor as an officer and a Time Lord, and Courtney Woods, Disruptive Influence.
Four people, no memories, and the biggest bank in the galaxy. What could go wrong? To break down Doctor Who’s latest episode, “Time Heist,” we’ve assembled a crack team of experts, each with their own special abilities. Also, we wonder about vents, praise the lighting technicians at the bank, and discuss whether looking into your own eyes is as bad as it’s made out to be.
Don’t blink! Don’t breathe! But do listen to this episode, where we break down Steven Moffat’s “Listen,” a standalone episode with some surprising connections to Doctor Who history. We identify a possible theme for this season’s episodes, separate from the story arc. Jason recalls previous Steven Moffat series. And Danny Pink and The Doctor both appreciate the importance of a toy soldier who doesn’t carry a gun.
The Doctor finally meets Robin Hood, and refuses to acknowledge his existence! What does this say about the Doctor’s view of himself and his own story? We talk about Mark Gatiss’s “Robot of Sherwood.” Yet another fantastic Capaldi performance with crackling dialogue. Jack Kirby robots! Spoon duels! Gallimaufry! Gold arrows! David Loehr and Dan Moren join Jason Snell to break it all down.
Warm up your shrink ray and join us as we journey inside a Dalek! Jason is joined by our very own Glasgow Correspondent, James Thomson, to analyze this week’s Dalek-themed episode. Soldiers named Pink and Blue! Is the Doctor a good man, or a good Dalek? And what did you expect to happen when you “fixed” a good Dalek, anyway?
We kick off our weekly look at this season of Doctor Who with a larger-than-usual panel for this larger-than-usual episode. Praise for Peter Capaldi! Condemnation for the clockwork droids plot and the extremely weird skin balloon! We also attempt to define the challenges in regeneration episodes in general, and compare and contrast with some of the most recent representatives.
“Doctor Who” will be returning shortly, with Peter Capaldi stepping into the role. So what if you’re “Doctor Who”-curious, but intimidated about where to jump in? Our panel of extraordinary “Doctor Who” fans has lots of recommendations for you. Then we survey the highs and lows of the show’s revival era, which featured Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant in the role of The Doctor.
“Doctor Who” said farewell to Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith on Christmas Day. In an Incomparable Christmas tradition, we convened almost immediately after the airing of the episode to discuss “The Time of the Doctor” in great detail in an unedited live flashcast. Cyberman-head companions! A turkey that takes 300 years to cook in the vortex! Lots of past plot boxes checked! A teary farewell and regeneration! Kidneys of a dubious color! We break it all down.
In this special unedited flashcast edition, we talk about the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, “The Day of the Doctor,” immediately after viewing it! It just about made our heads explode and we want to watch it again immediately. Join us for our post-episode breakdown of what we saw and what we liked.
50 years ago some very clever people invented “Doctor Who.” 50 years later we still love it. On the occasion of the show’s golden anniversary, here’s our unabashed lovefest for the BBC’s most clever invention. Four American fans discuss how we discovered the show, our favorite Doctors and stories, and the unique and welcoming culture of sci-fi fandom.
From aliens in the wi-fi to a brain leech under a hat, from some bad nannying to a trio of idiots with a really big space magnet, it’s been an odd half-season for our favorite Time Lord. Here’s our recap of the second half of series 7 of “Doctor Who.” Plus: The Spoiler Horn makes it safe for everyone who wanted to learn the Doctor’s real name.
A live “flash” episode recorded right after we watched the 2012 “Doctor Who” Christmas special, “The Snowmen.” We welcome (back?) Jenna-Louise Coleman and discuss whether this new start for the Doctor has rekindled our enthusiasm for the show.
From the “A Madman With a Box” podcast, Stephen Prescott welcomes Jason Snell to discuss the episode that brought “Doctor Who” back from the dead. Jason clearly lays out the case for why “Rose” may not have known what it was or what “Doctor Who” was going to be, but it was still exactly what the show needed for its glorious comeback episode.
November 15, 2012 • 45 minutes • Jason Snell
Robot sheriff, coming through! We break down the first half of “Doctor Who” season 7, and discover the truth about the Siracusa Threshold. Today we are all John Siracusa, except for Scott. He’s our Rory.
FLASH! A bonus (unedited) episode, in which we react quickly to the premiere episode of this season of Doctor Who, “Asylum of the Daleks.” Plus: The Incomparable won an award! For podcasting! We react quickly to the announcement of the Hugo Awards. And we do many, many Dalek impressions.
All hail the power of motherhood! We discuss this year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special, “The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe.” Plus, why Christmas episodes make us feel warm inside, and the amazing scanner-blocking powers of wool!
Why do secret agents wear make-up under their eyepatches? When do text messages not properly convey thanks for saving the universe? Are the Cybermen the worst villians ever? We wrap up the sixth season of “Doctor Who” with discussion of the last three episodes as well as the season as a whole.
Press the Green Anchor and jump into a parallel timestream: it’s time to talk “Doctor Who.” In this flash episode we deconstruct the two most recent episodes, “Night Terrors” and “The Girl Who Waited.” And here’s a hint: we liked one of them way more than the other.
Flash podcast! A largely unedited Skype conversation after this weekend’s “Doctor Who” midseason premiere, “Let’s Kill Hitler.”
Pour yourself a White Mickey and listen to our discussion of the first half of “Doctor Who’s” split season. We discuss “The Rebel Flesh,” “A Good Man Goes to War,” and the season as a whole. Or half? We also debate the merits of Lesbian Victorian Silurians and Auton Roman Centurions.
Neil Gaiman breathes life into the TARDIS in this week’s “Doctor Who” episode, “The Doctor’s Wife.” We discuss what we liked about this much-hyped episode, as well as detailing how Rory dies this week.
Flash discussion of Doctor Who’s “Curse of the Black Spot.” We try to give it CPR, but we do it wrong and the patient dies. Or, no, wait! It came back to life! Hooray! Unrelated: why Rory is like Kenny from “South Park.”
Flash! A discussion about the first two episodes of this season of “Doctor Who,” “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the Moon.” Who is in that spacesuit? Who is the little girl? Are the Silence just lazy? We speculate wildly.
If you do something every Christmas for six years, it’s time to call it a tradition. And so we have to add the “Doctor Who” Christmas special to our lists. We enjoyed this year’s episode, “A Christmas Carol,” so much, we recorded this flash podcast to talk about it. Happy holidays, everyone.
It’s British TV time. Steven Moffat’s “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who” are on the agenda. We mention his sitcom “Coupling” too. And Glenn cranks the pretension meter up to ten, only for Jason to crank it right back down to one.