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.
Two Who fans, one Old Who, one New Who, discuss the historic announcement that Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th Doctor. We also discuss new showrunner, Chris Chibnall, and his long-term connection to the show as both fan and writer for television. And we address some of the backlash, what disappointed us, and how we chose to respond.
The Twelfth Doctor. Is he a "Good Man?" Is he the "Grumpy Cat Doctor?" Is he another Moffat "Plot Device?" Take a "Deep Breath" and join us for our discussion of lifelong Who fan, Peter Capaldi's introduction as the Doctor.
Wow. You know it's a good finale when you want to say something clever like, "The Master and Missy and Nardole, oh my!" but Moffat crafts such a complex and beautiful goodbye to some of Doctor Who's best characters that "clever" feels trite.
Wherein Stephen Moffat takes our favorite companion in a generation and ZuZu's Petals her. But first we talk about the beautiful Picts vs Romans story, "Eaters of Light." Bill finds the 9th Legion and the Doctor finds an alien menace. And then they travel with Nardole and Missy toward a distress signal (the Doctor's theme tune) which winds up with Bill making a sacrifice and/or the Doctor failing to save his friends. It's a cliffhanger and we need a serious therapy session about it.
A New Doctor, a new Show Runner. The Moffat and Matt Smith eras begin. A crack in the wall has a little girl very scared, so scared that a Mad Man in a box doesn't rattle her at all.
The Monks Trilogy wraps up on a moody, atmospheric note with "The Lie of the Land," and Mark Gatiss wraps up his time as contributor to the show (Say it ain't so!) with the retro-Ice Warriors/Zulu tribute, "Empress of Mars."
For the first time, many New Who fans experienced a Regeneration when the Ninth Doctor gave way to his Tenth incarnation, played by David Tennant. Rose returns home with a strange looking man who insists he is the Doctor, before he passes out. Now the Earth is under attack by an alien race, and the Doctor can't be roused. Prime Minister Harriet Jones and UNIT try to handle the menace on their own, and Rose even gives it a go, but the Doctor wakes up just in time to play the role of Earth's Champion, even as he tries to figure out who he is this go-round.
Can you imagine the Pope arriving and spoiling a first date? This is Bill's life with the Doctor in it. Or is it real life? Or is it Moffat messing with us? Again? We react to Extremis, Missy's return, Nardole saving the day, Nardole with permission to dole out punishment, a pyramid that shows up out of nowhere, bacteria running amok and Bill doing what needs done to save the Doctor. And that's just the first 2 of a 3 parter!
It's New Who!! Show Runner Russell T. Davies brings Doctor Who back to television with a vengeance -- exciting stories, new sets and big adventure. It all begins with Rose Tyler, shop girl from a housing estate who has the misfortune of being in the basement of Henrick's, on the night that an alien consciousness brings plastic mannequins to life. But there to save her life, and the lives of thousands of Londoners is the Doctor. This is the episode that introduced whole new generations to the wonder of Doctor Who.
Gun fights, explosions, high speed motorcycle chases! It's Doctor Who, American-Style. But it's also the TARDIS, a Regeneration, the Master and certain people were starving for Doctor Who way back in 1996. Ross takes us back to those barren days and we talk about what is really, really good about the Eighth Doctor and some of what is not so great about Doctor Who, the TV Movie.
It's HERE! Series 10, a new companion, a last hoorah for a Doctor and a Showrunner. These can be some of the most exciting series with heightened drama on-screen and off. We have restrained ourselves as much as we can, but we can wait no longer. We have got to talk about our reaction as fans to the first three episodes of Series 10. SPOILERS! We just react, and so we hold nothing back as we discuss "The Pilot," " Smile" and "Thin Ice." Enjoy!
Part 2 of our discussion of the things we saw and people we met at ReGeneration Who 3 Con in Baltimore. Highlights include Comics, Simon Fraser, George Mann, a Tribute to the War Doctor, Heather McHale on Kit Pedler, Feminist perspectives on Companions from the crew at Coal Hill Consulting and Alyssa Franke of Whovian Feminism and a wonderful discussion of Ace where that companion's loving community talked with her creator, Andrew Cartmel, about what she meant to them. It was a fantastic Con, one we recommend everyone try for themselves. These comments represent our experiences only and we only saw a fraction of what there is to see, experience and enjoy at ReGeneration Who. And wait till you see who will be at ReGenWho4!
The Doctor is back, facing his old nemesis, the Rani. This time, it's the Puck-ish, Sylvester McCoy as the seventh incarnation of the Doctor and we see the whole, "Pick a Costume" routine, but with great comic flair and timing. This is the beginning of the end of the Old Who years, but some of the best stories and writing are featured in these last couple of seasons. Is "Time and the Rani" one of those greats? Sit back, and listen as we break it down.
It's Six and Peri. And some creepy twins, weird looking monsters and the regeneration isn't going well. It's Doctor Who in the 80s! We were there. We survived it. But how well does this episode do over time? How does it age?
Two Nerds go to a Con . . . and love what they see and who they meet and the stories they hear. They love it so much, they want to share stories of their adventures there with you. And urge you to join them at ReGenerationWho Con 4 next year in Baltimore. But for now, enjoy their tales of meeting the Doctor, Steven Taylor, Mike Yates, and plenty of writers, artists and fellow Who fans. They even tell the Pasternoster Gang of their recent foray into American politics.
Finally, we see what all the fuss has been about! It's Ross' Doctor, Peter Davison. The new Doctor is young, but his regeneration is rough. He has new companions -- Adric, Nyssa (from Trakken) and Tegan (from Brisbane). It's the beginning of some rough years, lots of costumes instead of clothes, but some genius stories sprinkled in with some crowded control rooms. Listen while Ross explains why this Doctor resonated for him.
Books! We are exploring yet another new medium. This time it is a novel from the Missing Adventures of the Doctor published originally in 1996 by Virgin. The Doctor, Romana, and K-9 arrive in London in 1930 during a heat wave and a time vortex has been hijacked (along with a few bodies of local Englishmen) by an alien menace. It reads like an Agatha Christie novel. The characters are straight out of Noel Coward, and it's a jolly good romp. As usual, we take a few sidetracks that are relevant to us and we talk about next week's Doctor Who Convention, ReGeneration Con!