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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!
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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!
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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!
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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)!
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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.
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Erika and Steven dig into the last proper historical for a very long time. No moving pictures, but this ep moves along just fine!
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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Steven and Erika reach what may be the best single Dalek episode ever—at least, according to Erika.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Erika and Steven tread into bold new territory: the Patrick Troughton era of Doctor Who!
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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It’s not every day history gets made with a casting announcement. Presenting the 13th Doctor: Jodie Whittaker.
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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.
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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.
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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…?
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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.
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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.
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Erika and Steven watch some more reconstructed Doctor Who and squee mightily over the fabness of Ben and Polly.
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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?
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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…
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!)
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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. :/
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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…
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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?
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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!
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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!
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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.)
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Erika and Steven wish a happy Christmas to all of you at home!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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Steven and Erika complete 1965’s “The Time Meddler”, and thus, season 2 of Doctor Who! It’s time for more monkerey!
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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!
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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”.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Steven and Erika dip into new-Who once again, continuing series 1 from 2005. Farting aliens, anyone? Yeah. Didn’t think so.
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Erika and Steven cap off their anniversary celebration with two episodes of 1965’s “The Chase”. This story elicits a split decision thus far.
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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.
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Erika and Steven continue their anniversary celebration by completing “The Space Museum” from 1965. The classic Doctor Who marathon will continue soon…with wine!
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Steven and Erika celebrate their anniversary by getting back to classic Doctor Who, continuing “The Space Museum” from 1965.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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”.)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Two enemies wrapped in metal shells from “Doctor Who” face their ultimate foe—the judgment of John Siracusa.
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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!
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Erika and Steven continue (and complete!) Doctor Who’s second Dalek serial, from 1964.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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..?
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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!
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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!
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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!
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Steven and Erika finish off the sixth serial of Doctor Who, parts 3 and 4 of “The Aztecs” from 1964.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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Steven and Erika talk about the seventh (and final) episode of “The Daleks”, Doctor Who’s second serial, from 1964.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Erika and Steven discuss the final three episodes of the debut Doctor Who story, “An Unearthly Child”, from 1963.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.