Gallifrey! The Musical!

There’s only one place where you’ll see the most fantastic costumes, outlandish characters, unbelievable exploits, manic emotional upheaval, and tumultuous conflicts — Camden, New Jersey! No, wait. Broadway? Getting closer, in a non-geophysical location sense — GALLIFREY! This week, joined by Andy Hicks of the Coal Hill A/V Club, we destroy some perfectly nice, quiet down time by wondering what Doctor Who would be like if characters suddenly broke into song. Much like episodes of “The Monkees”, “Galavant”, or the […]

Classic Rewatch: The Silurians

As an evolved, scientifically curious species, we Terrans are woefully ignorant on a relative interplanetary scale. Honestly, it’s a wonder our brutish, barbarian tendencies haven’t caused us to be eradicated by a greater galactic power a dozen times over by now. We find another sentient species dormant beneath our planet’s surface, and immediately fall into two camps: cringing subservience; or distrusting militant response. Leave it to a dashing (if oddly dressed) hyper-brilliant alien to point out the need for a […]

Classic Rewatch: The Time Meddler

What’s the first thing you would do if given access to a time machine? If your first answer isn’t “exploit temporal dynamics to make myself rich beyond reason” then you’re doing it wrong. Other acceptable answers are “muck about in the past to see what outcomes you can create in the future” or “steer world events to my liking because, why the hell not?” This week we explore the classic story “The Time Meddler” and ask ourselves if we’d be […]

Clara Oswald: In Memoriam

Back at the close of Series 8, we recorded an episode where we looked at the road traveled thus far with the Impossible Girl, and the changes we were starting to observe with the character. Due in no small part to Jenna Coleman’s ever-expanding performance, writers and directors who explicitly sought to challenge and inspire growth, and highly praised chemistry with (new) lead actor, Peter Capaldi, we came to know and Clara much better, found ourselves endeared to her, and […]

The Zygon Invasion

All the world’s a stage, and clearly the Zygons are the talent. Masquerading as the majority of the British population, the Zygons have been peacefully living among us. But now, that peace is coming to an end. Can the Doctor save the day? Can U.N.I.T. get their stuff together? Can Jenna Coleman look any more awesome than she does with an evil smirk and a freaking surface to air missile launcher? This week, we talk about The Zygon Invasion and […]

The Witch’s Familiar

Just when we thought we had a fuller understanding of our tumultuous 12th Doctor, and had joined him in coming to terms with his identity as a “good man”, a voice rises from the depths to haunt us with questions of ethics, compassion and mercy. Over the course of a emotionally painful conversation, seemingly timeless grievances are put aside for that brief moment — and eyes open, we consider the possibility that, in fact, enemies could be friends we have yet to know. […]

A Genuine TARDIS-Shaped Podcast

We’ve all seen some truly brilliant marketing tie-ins for television programming, like a gesture-based Harry Potter wand remote control, or a Walking Dead edition of Zombie Dice. But sometimes the connection is a little less conspicuous. (What the hell does Spider-Man have to do with the United States Postal Service, anyway?) With the tremendous upswing in the popularity of Doctor Who, it seems everyone wants a turn at milking the cash cow. But when is that line crossed? This week, we […]

The People v. Steven Moffat

To draw a quote from the great Benjamin Franklin and throw it into an entirely unfamiliar context, it is the first responsibility of every [fan] to question [the showrunner]. We as Whovians, however, may have taken this axiom to a whole new level. There’s no way to be a fan of Doctor Who with access to the Internet, and not hear (at best) the lamentations of how Stephen Moffat is ruining the show in often completely contradictory ways, or (at worst) the cries for his curly head […]

It All Adds Up to Twelve

Each actor to take up the mantle of the Doctor has certainly added his own flare to the character. Be it the humor of Tom Baker, the bravado of Colin Baker, or the emotional hair of David Tennant, each infused the titular role with his own unique personality. But what happens when the actor has watched each Doctor (or in one case, shared the screen with him), and is asked to craft his own persona? This week, we scrutinize the appearance and behavior of Capaldi’s […]

A Masterful Villain

It makes perfect literary sense. How do you create a villain who is legitimately threatening, an engaging and interesting match for the protagonist’s strengths, but is not over-powerful? Simple solution: You take the hero, and make them evil. If someone is so near to your intellectual and capable equal in nearly all counts, the “chess match” is all the more balanced, and victory that much harder to attain. So it makes sense that Doctor Who showrunners would nurture such a perfect foil, and […]