The Doctor-Companion Symbiosis: Live from (Re)Generation Who 4

When a relationship is forged that is truly greater as a whole than the sum of its parts, the bond can be nearly unbreakable. Not that this bond is not tested — time can be a cruel and unforgiving adversary. But with an (as of the recording) unknown set of relations between our incoming Thirteenth Doctor and no fewer than three “recurring characters”, it leads us to think long and hard about how the pair, or trio, or squad, of […]

The Companion Conundrum

“Thank you for being a friend / Traveled down the road and back again / Your heart is true / You’re a pal and a confidant.” The English language has over fifty viable synonyms for a friend, but in the realm of the Doctor Who fandom, the term “companion” is sacred. It is a title bestowed upon those who have been given a special place in the pantheon, a category of characters for whom books are written, songs are sung […]

The Companion Exit Strategy

Traveling with the Doctor changes lives. History has shown us the many natures of such a change: lives that open to a new awareness and sense of purpose in a larger universe; lives that are reminded of the value and comforts of home; lives that end abruptly, or even tragically. As viewers, we may identify with certain companions over the seasons, and when the time comes that they leave the program, we might react positively or negatively to the way […]

Noel Clarke: Interview from L.I. Who 3

Staying just safely within the bounds of professionalism and good taste, we spend a few minutes chatting and laughing with Noel Clarke, our beloved Mickey Smith, recorded live from the festivities at the third annual Long Island Doctor Who convention. https://media.blubrry.com/gallifreypublicradio/p/gallifreypublicradio.com/media.gallifreypublicradio.com/184clarke.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS

Quotable Companions

When you have a program that has spanned the decades as few like Doctor Who have done, and have at times both intentionally and unintentionally replaced actors within the principal cast, you have a rather large set of characters to draw upon for any sort of trivia game you might devise. Take three so-called “fans” of the program, and pit them against each other in attempts to identify which character delivered a single line from a single episode across that […]

Poll: The Next Companion for Series 10

We have months to go before Series 10 even begins production, and possibly longer before we have definitive news on who the new companion(s) will be. You know what that means: pot-shot guesses and wild fan speculation! Vote your conscience on the companion poll, and if you have some specifics on what you think will (or should) be done for the 12th Doctor’s company in the TARDIS console room, share it in the comments below. Let’s get hyped, and hypothesizing! [poll […]

Face The Raven

“You. Now, you listen to me. You’re going to be alone now, and you’re very bad at that. You’re going to be furious and you’re going to be sad, but listen to me. Don’t let this change you. No, listen. Whatever happens next, wherever she is sending you — I know what you’re capable of. You don’t be a warrior. Promise me. Be a Doctor. Heal yourself. You have to. You can’t let this turn you into a monster. So I’m not asking […]

The Return of…

The BBC has confirmed that both Missy and Kate Stewart will both be returning for Series 9, and this got us wondering; who else might we see return? More accurately stated, who is most likely to return in the season ahead? Then of course, being the rabid fanatics we are, we descend quickly into postulating who should-would-could-ought-to, and…well, you get the idea. This week, we start by putting concerted effort into predicting those characters who would make the most sense […]

Hypothetical Who

Have you ever wondered what sort of trouble Sarah Jane could get into if she were running around with River Song? Perhaps it warms your heart to consider a scene where the Brig sits down and has a pint with Captain Jack. Maybe you’ve caught yourself thinking about what would happen if the Fifth Doctor were the one to save Rose… This week, we carelessly cross time streams all over the place, and come up with our favorite mash-ups for Doctor Who characters. […]

A Chat with the Doctor(s)

Long Island Doctor Who arrived during the weekend of the Series 8 finale, and we were there to enjoy it with 1,300 other Whovians…and had the privilege to interview none other than Frazer Hines, Nicola Bryant, Terrance Dicks, Colin Baker, and Paul McGann.