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 […]

Our Series 8 Recap

For three months, we have journeyed with Peter Capaldi on his first series as the Doctor, and it has been every bit of the wild ride we had hoped for. Together, we battled clockwork droids, Daleks, and Cybermen. Side by side, we faced down new villainous threats like the Skovox, Blitzer and the hastily (poorly?) named “Boneless”. With his guidance, we found the hidden truths behind misunderstood monsters like the Teller and the Mummy. Spurred on by his relentless pursuit of adventure […]

Duels with Davros

From promising young scientist, to father of genocidal pepper pots, Davros has had more opportunities than most to test the Doctor’s resolve. He’s always willing to conduct deep philosophical discussion with the Time Lord on topics of authority, power and morality, and give the Doctor (and the rest of us) something to ponder regarding the limits of evil. With the newest trailers from the BBC, it’s all but blatantly stated that we will be seeing the return of the malevolent little whack-a-mole. We […]

Episode 28: Extermination Dissertation

We’re in the home stretch of our “Know Thine Enemy” villains arc, as we take a look at the most popular and iconic baddy of them all: the Daleks. We also get a history (future history?) lesson from Keir about the Last Great Time War. An added note: we’ve mentioned on a number of occasions that we’d love to hear from you about past, previous or future DW topics. This is, after all, YOUR podcast! For those who are among […]