Another Celebrity Historical! This time -- Shaolin Monks, Queen Victoria and a Werewolf! It's a romp in the Highlands, and the stuff Whovian dreams are made of. The Doctor name drops a former companion, the very companion snogged by the actor to whom the Doctor drops the name! And if that makes sense (or even if it doesn't) this is the podcast for you!
Charles Dickens in Cardiff for Christmas. It's the first historical of the New Era and penned by Mark Gatiss to boot. Simon Callow brings his expertise (and his acting chops) to playing Dickens, and the Doctor and Rose are on hand for hijinx with ghosts. What more can a Who fan ask?
Eighth Doctor fans rejoice! We are back to Big Finish's wonderful range of 8th Doctor stories with our discussion of "Sword of Orion." And Charley Pollard! And OldWho gushes about Nicholas Briggs.
"Welcome, Campers, Welcome!" The Doctor and Mel are off to a Welsh holiday camp in the 1950s. Motorbikes, Rock and Roll and green babies! Sylvester McCoy is enigmatic and getting darker, and there are open auditions for companion.
Satire of Thatcher's Britain or creepily prescient political docu-drama? We talk Reality TV, torture as entertainment and where the lines blur. It's Sixxie's Doctor Who and it's weird and wonderful.
A very British outpost meets telepathic natives and Tegan gets possessed. Also . . . giant, pink snake. Adric gets our Companion File treatment.
Sarah Jane, Harry and the Doctor vs. the Potato People! Those wacky Sontarans -- always up for a duel to the death, even when on a scientific expedition. Also, Ross waxes poetic over first love, Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), in this week's Companion File.
A mission to Mars in peril. The Doctor, the Brig and Liz are on the scene to find the missing astronauts, defeat the bad guys, and face down a couple of "G's" in the process. We also discuss GMW fave, Liz Shaw in this week's Companion File.
It's the end of an era, it's the beginning of an era. And the most wonderful time to be a Doctor Who fan. We react to the Twelfth Doctor's run-in with his former self, an officer with ties to a future, former self, his beloved companions (or ARE they?), and his farewell. And say hello to Thirteen.
Jamie's first full adventure as a companion. Fish people in synchronized swimming routines. So we talk Troughton, Whittaker, and the pressure of being "the first to Regenerate. Also, Companion File: Jamie McCrimmon.
The Episode you've been waiting for! In advance of Twice Upon a Time, we wanted to go over Tenth Planet with a fine tooth comb. It's a better story than we remembered (possibly helped by the animation by Planet 55), and that only adds to the anticipation of a new Regeneration this Christmas.
In which the Doctor goes on a "Fantastic Voyage", he and his companion get covered in sick (again), and he discovers what it means to be a good Dalek. Companion File on Clara Oswald.
It's Eleven and Amy Pond, a future Queen of England and a space Cetacean. AKA, another day at the office for Steven Moffatt. And we talk 13's costume reveal as well as a Companion File for Amy Pond.
Rose and the newly regenerated Doctor follow a psychic text to a hospital in New (x15) York and meet up with an old friend and an old nemesis. And we introduce first Doctor Companion, Katarina in our Companion Files.
The Doctor offers Rose her first ride in the TARDIS, to the End of the World! It's the first alien world of the new series, filled with blue stewards, tree people, and the Last Remaining Human, the Lady Cassandra O'Brien. Companion Files on Rose Tyler and First Doctor Companion, Steven Taylor.
The Eighth Doctor meets Charley in the Big Finish launch of their 8th Doctor Adventures within the Main Range, and it's a thing of beauty. An historical and a giant alien airship, big enough for the largest dirigible flown to that point to fit inside. Paul McGann and India Fisher team up and spark from the beginning. Also, Companion Files for First Doctor Companion Vicki and this episode's Charlotte Pollard.
Continuity, Mythology, what is "Canon" in the Whoniverse? We talk Timeline vs Chronology and lots of books and audios and where they all fit in.
Slow-moving hoovers and urban slang girl "kangs" -- Yup! It's Doctor Who in the 80s. We review the inspiration and intent and talk where we think they went off the rails. Also, Companion Files for Barbara and Mel
We ran long last week, so we are putting out a bonus episode with Companion Files for Ian Chesterton and Peri Brown. From First to . . . well, you have to listen to our take to see what we think.
Faced with the prospect of discussing a tortured Cybermen story, we turned this into a Cybermen travelogue. "Attack" takes place just before Tenth Planet, and just after Tomb of the Cybermen. To make that make sense, we talk our way through ALL Cybermen stories. And find out what makes sense and what doesn't.
The Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan land aboard a ship bound for Earth, but it carries representatives of ancient Earth cultures. And a megalomaniac with a soft spot for Adric. And Cato from the Pink Panther movies. We talk about this Silver Age of Doctor Who stories and enter 2 more Companion Files: Tegan and Nyssa.
The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane are joined in the TARDIS by UNIT's Medical Officer, Surg. Lieut. Harry Sullivan. Despite impressive credentials in science, Sullivan accidentally changes the ship's course and they land on a seemingly abandoned space station. It's classic 70s sci-fi -- Earth is uninhabitable. Samples of all organic life were sent into stasis in space until the Earth is safe for human life. But something got into the wiring . . . The Ark, and the Earth, need the Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry to save it.
We talk British SciFi history, Prof Quatermass and Zen Buddhism. And the second Jon Pertwee story. Not necessarily in that order.
A Missing Serial. Which means we find a way to talk for an hour about 13 seconds of film. KIDDING! Thanks to all the nerds of the 1960s who hardwired reel-to-reel recorders to their televisions to capture sound, we have a complete audio track. Telesnaps -- on set photographs -- have been cobbled together with that nerd-sourced material to make an archive of what the creators intended. And thus, we are introduced to young Jamie McCrimmon, soon to join the TARDIS crew. Also featured in this episode -- Vic gets to discuss the Protestant Reformation, Scottish History and Civil Rights movements, all in one podcast. (Life may never be so good again.) So flin' oan a kilt and come alang wi' us oan a journey to The Highlanders.
We return to covering stories of the First Doctor, this time, its the introduction of the iconic villains of Doctor Who, The Daleks. We discuss the strength of character creation within the TARDIS crew and without, covering the happy accidents that led to the identifiable profile, the menacing presence, despite wielding household implements as weapons, and the warped soul portrayed by the unique voice distortion. And we look at the literary, historical and social influences that are the underpinnings of one of the most malevolent fictional characters in television history.