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A Hamster With a Blunt Penknife - a Doctor Who Commentary podcast

A Hamster With a Blunt Penknife - a Doctor Who Commentary podcast

By Joe Ford
Join Joe Ford as he waltzes all around the world (via whatever means the internet allows) and undertakes Doctor Who commentaries with a wide range of wonderful contributors. Fans, podcasters, online reviewers, writers, actors...the USP of this podcast is it's variety of guests and the fact that they all bring their own unique perspective to the podcast. The guest chooses the story, be it one they love, hate or are completely indifferent, and amongst the gossip is trivia, critique and personal experience.
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Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (5/12)
Joe & Jason; facing the trippiest transported through space special effects of all time! We’re confused by some episode titles, and also what the hell happened to Karlton, but we love Jean Marsh and her almost companion status (or actual companion status)
31:08
May 21, 2022
Talks to Si Hart & Frazer Gregory about The Two Doctors (3/3)
Joe & Si & a very rude Frazer; finally cutting out all this politeness bollocks and disagreeing with each other! It’s a tricky episode; blood, cyanide and stabbings - Joe loves it, Si and Frazer are less sure. Let the carnage begin!
49:28
May 20, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory & Si Hart about Twitter’s choice of The Two Doctors (2/3)
Joe & Si and Frazer; discussing just how far Doctor Who can go. Three guys; one troublesome story, lots of opinions. However we find more up like than not; from the sets to the location to the biting humour and the terrific acting.
48:56
May 16, 2022
Talks to Pete Lambert about his choice of The Stones of Blood 🩸 (4/4)
Joe & Pete; questioning whether a story can take a lurch into slapstick. There’s still much to love; witticisms, campness, a clever use of the Key and more Amelia. Cosy teatime Who at its finest.
37:37
May 15, 2022
Talks to Si Hart & Frazer Gregory about Twitter’s choice of The Two Doctors (1/3)
Joe & Si & Frazer; together for the first time on their - one year anniversary. Two Doctors, Peri & Jamie, Sontarans, Jackie Pearce, Dastari’s glasses, and a foreign location! Loads to talk about!
50:45
May 13, 2022
Talks to Pete Lambert about his choice of The Stones of Blood 🩸(3/4)
Joe & Pete; discussing how Doctor who marries comedy and drama so well at times. The Doctor has a new assistant for this episode, and we simply can’t get enough of Professor Amelia Rumpford.
36:31
May 13, 2022
Talks to Pete Lambert about his choice of The Stones of Blood 🩸 (2/4)
Joe & Pete; Untoppable (at least one of us is…) Cosy cottages, Good Life characters sacrificed to living stones, brandished truncheons, Shirley Bassey, K.9’s guts…this one has it all!
35:32
May 11, 2022
Talks to Pete Lambert about his choice of The Stones of Blood 🩸
Joe & Pete; whoring away on other podcasts. It’s rural England, spooky happenings and sausage sandwiches…Pete is in heaven. Add in four fabulous women and we couldn’t be more enchanted.
32:44
May 09, 2022
Talks to the increasingly cheeky Daniel Knight about his choice of Frontier in Space (6/6)
Joe & Daniel; not in bed together! Is this a disappointing climax to the story or do the Daleks sweep in save the day? We celebrate Roger Delgado as our favourite Master; funny, threatening and so classy.
41:41
May 06, 2022
Talks to Daniel Knight about his choice of Frontier in Space (5/6)
Joe & Daniel are heading to Draconia! Given that they are such a well defined species, we are shocked that you never see the Draconians again. A transitionary episode, but with lots of scope to talk about its scope!
34:13
May 04, 2022
Talks to Daniel Knight about his choice of Frontier in Space (4/6)
Joe & Daniel; improvising for half an hour whilst the plot grinds to a halt. We adore the dialogue and the interplay in this one, and it gives us a chance to admire the charisma of this cast and talk about why we love this silly show so much.
39:28
May 01, 2022
Talks to Daniel Knight about his choice of Frontier in Space (3/6)
Joe & Daniel; accused of a list of crimes by the Sirius Commissioner! Katy Manning (and Jo Grant) love, more future fashion admiration, feminism, new prisons, Governer Lobos and sippy cups on the moon!
32:17
April 30, 2022
Talks to the tea drinking, cake munching Daniel Knight about his choice of Frontier in Space (2/6)
Joe & Daniel; discussing Doctor Who and space opera. More fabulous prisons and outfits, a trip to the BFI (possibly MFI), impressive design and lighting, subtle political sexual chemistry…and our last minute realisation that this story spotlights Gruntleigh the Ogron!
34:44
April 27, 2022
Talks to Daniel Knight about his choice of Frontier in Space (1/6)
Joe & Daniel; starting their tour of the prison cells of the universe. Or are they starting the Moonbase 3 podcast? The design and direction gets so love, and we love how chilled Pertwee is.
33:43
April 25, 2022
Talks to the 🐹 fam about Survivors of the Flux
Joe; getting by with a little help (and questions) from my friends! I’m not teasing you! Lots of plot threads and characters…and delivering on a scene to scene basis. This is great fun…but is it any good?
01:02:33
April 22, 2022
Talks to Mark Dodyk about his choice of The Caves of Androzani (4/4)
Joe & Mark; making an argument that this is the single best episode of Doctor Who. Battered, bloody, dirty and exhausted…will the Doctor get out of this one alive? We’re completely bewitched by this nasty thriller.
40:30
April 20, 2022
Talks to Mark Dodyk about his choice of The Caves of Androzani (3/4)
Joe & Mark; with no third episode syndrome. Is this the rudest episode of 🐹? Joe is distracted by bearded bullies, Mark is obsessed with handcuffs, Joe’s partner is tied up in shot, characters are penetrating narrows, and Colin Baker is doing obscene things to Peter Davison. Also, a fabulous cliffhanger.
27:18
April 18, 2022
Talks to Mark Dodyk about his choice of The Caves of Androzani (2/4)
Joe & Mark; casting Morgus’ mother! The tightest Doctor Who script? The best of Robert Holmes? More troubling treatment of women? The best villain the show ever saw?
31:44
April 16, 2022
Talks to Mark Dodyk about his choice of The Caves of Androzani (1/4)
Joe & Mark; in danger the second they leave the TARDIS. We have so much to say about this one, and not all of it is positive. However we both accept this is one of the best ever Doctor Who stories. Go figure…
34:35
April 14, 2022
Talks to partner in crime Mark Rawlins about his choice of Auton 2: Sentinel
Joe & Mark; facing a giant CGI vagina on top of a church! Verona Chard is out, but Natasha Alexander is in! Mark’s love for 90s spin offs knows more bounds and Joe is impressed with the filmic direction. Pre-Big Finish Briggs at his height!
01:12:33
April 10, 2022
Talks to the magnificent Jack Coyer about his choice of The Brink of Disaster (2/2)
Joe & Jack; and the Dawn of a new solar system! Much TARDIS talk, including all the innovations over years abc celebrating William Hartnell owning the show at last. Jack’s theories about the Ship are sublime.
39:46
April 09, 2022
Talks to Jack Coyer about his choice of The Edge of Destruction
Joe & Jack; ducking scissors, avoiding spiked drinks! How can you have this much fun talking about such a derided story? Everybody is acting out of character, but apparently in very different scripts!
36:46
April 05, 2022
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of The End of the World
Joe & Steven; happy 17th to the destruction of the Earth! Here’s a chance to see what Doctor Who can do to a ridiculously high standard. Laughs, tears, developments, aliens, twists, romance and feels. Doctor Who is being written by a genius.
01:05:16
April 02, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of Remembrance of the Daleks (4/4)
Joe & Frazer; coming up with a huge list of reasons why this is one of the best Doctor Who stories ever. We talk episode fours, McCoy’s range, explosions, codas, ranting villains, and boiling down racism for children.
39:38
April 02, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of Remembrance of the Daleks (3/4)
Joe & Frazer; full of praise for the 7th Doctor. What scene does Frazer thing Chris Chibnall would be crucified for? Is this the ultimate Keff Jive session? Massive props for the effects they are pulling off on this budget.
35:44
March 30, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of Remembrance of the Daleks (2/4)
Joe & Frazer; and it’s Joe’s turn for a Tale of Youth (TM Simon Hart). Explosions, super weapons, bringing down racism, Peter Halliday, Keff McCulloch, a brilliant cliffhanger…this one has it all. And we’re here to celebrate that.
32:46
March 28, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of Remembrance of the Daleks (1/4)
Joe & Frazer; celebrating their anniversary! A story that offers up everything; a great setting, a marvellous cast of characters, production value, continuity, great monsters, shock moments, period details and a beautifully confident plot. How Frazer and I can agree ❤️
45:59
March 26, 2022
Talks to Si Hart about their love of Invasion of the Bane
Step up, laugh and quote with Joe & Si as they step into the glorious world of The Sarah Jane Adventures. So many beautiful men, glorious colours, smart kids and a heroine for the ages. We’re just delirious about this show.
01:23:00
March 23, 2022
Talks to Mark Dodyk about his choice of Mummy on the Orient Express
Joe & Mark; in the train carriage, with the mummy rags. Mark struggled with this season, but this was his salvation. Much talk of the new, crabby Doctor, his fascinating relationship with Clara and the sheer verve and style of what is on display. The best Capaldi episode?
01:04:30
March 21, 2022
Talks to the fabulous Lucy McCall about her choice of School Reunion
Joe & Lucy; and a hell of a tribute to Lis Sladen. So much to enjoy here; Anthony Head’s villain, creepy monsters, a memorable setting, emotional and great gags, and a fannish David Tennant getting his teeth into the role. A perfect bridge between classic and Nu Who.
01:06:55
March 18, 2022
Talks to Steven B from New to Who about his choice of Tooth and Claw
Joe & Steven; falling in love with the Doctor and Rose and series 2! Why is this the modern day Horror of Fang Rock? What about the direction? And why is this Steven’s favourite season of NuWho? A joy to watch, and discuss.
01:03:25
March 16, 2022
Talks to Si Hart & Frazer Gregory about Frazer’s choice of Victory of the Daleks
Joe & Si & Frazer; and the most contentious commentary yet. Si thinks this starts well but ends terribly. Frazer thinks this is better than it’s reputation. Now thinks this a load of old irresponsible tripe. Bring on the fireworks…and the laughs!
01:11:54
March 12, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory & Simon Hart about Frazer’s choice of Robot of Sherwood
Joe & Frazer & Si and half of the hamfam; all singing, all dancing, all critiquing! It’s early Capaldi in the firing line and we’re entranced by pretty pictures, heroics legends, wit and warmth. Is it Hollywood history? The best ever Hamster intro ❤️
01:07:33
March 10, 2022
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (4/12)
Joe & Jason; remembering one of the daughters of the Gods. We cover the death of companions in some depth. Is it responsible? Dramatic? Impactful? Should it happen at all? Has this been bettered?
26:33
March 09, 2022
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (3/12)
Joe & Jason; waiting for the hair raising climax to this episode. We talk the length of this story, the nature of padding in Doctor Who and why and how this story presents Doctor Who’s core concepts better than any other story. Grumpy William Hartnell ahoy!
32:08
March 08, 2022
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (2/12)
Joe & Jason; in fear of the conquest of the universe! We’re heading to Kembel to the great space conference of universal powers! And even more shocking…moving pictures! This is the best surviving episode and we count ourselves very lucky to be able to see it.
27:45
March 04, 2022
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (1/12)
Joe & Jason; beginning the nightmare. Much discussion of the wonderful William Hartnell and the MVP of this story; director Douglas Camfield. This really shouldn’t work and it works exceptionally well.
27:24
March 02, 2022
Talks to Jason Thompson about his insane ambition to talk about Mission to the Unknown
Joe & Jason; steeped Dalekmania! There’s no Doctor but that doesn’t mean there is no suspense, action, excitement and drama. We’re embarking on a 13 part commentary in three blocks and we couldn’t be more excited!
43:43
February 28, 2022
Talks to Si Hart & Frazer Gregory about their choice of Mawdryn Undead (4/4
Joe & Frazer & Si; counting how many ways they can praise this story! Is the ending too convenient or optimistic? What is the Tegan moment we all adore? And David Collins & Valentine Dyall get their plaudits.
34:28
February 25, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory & Si Hart about their choice of Mawdryn Undead (3/4)
Joe, Frazer & Si; wandering corridors trying not to meet thenselves. Conceptually, this might be the most interesting episode but we have some complaints at this point. Design and score and direction still gets much praise, though.
29:41
February 22, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory & Si Hart about their choice of Mawdryn Undead
Joe, Frazer & Si; in possibly the best episode of this story. Things are getting timey wimey, and we’re impressed with how simple and sophisticated the storytelling is. What do you do when the Doctor isn’t the Doctor.
28:08
February 20, 2022
Talks to Si Hart & Frazer Gregory about their choice of Mawdryn Undead (1/4)
Joe & Si & Frazer; loving life together! So much to talk about in this one…new murderous companions, the Brigadier is back, terrific design, insane music and a love for era from two of us (the other is a right moaner).
28:46
February 18, 2022
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of The Pilot
Joe & Si; we love Pearl Mackie. A fine introduction to Doctor Who, to the possibilities of the show, to a warmer 12th Doctor, and to a fun and likeable dynamic. Also, we love Pearl Mackie.
01:12:20
February 13, 2022
Is Petrified (geddit?) by The Village of the Angels
Joe solo; being given the willies and then some! Is this the best of the Flux season? Jodie’s finest? The most memorable cliffhanger? The creepiest imagery? The answer could potentially be yes…
01:00:05
February 11, 2022
Talks to the very charming Mike Honor about his choice of Eve of the Daleks
Joe & Mike; and a massive Flux love in prelude! Superlatives abound as we sing the praises of this delightful episode. Is this Jodie Whittaker’s finest performance? Will Yaz get a happy ending?
01:24:54
February 10, 2022
Talks to (the very patient) Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Mind Robber (5/5)
Joe & Mark; playing consequences, swapping hair stories & conjuring up six reasons why this is the best story of the era. Also, Mark finally does it. He out filths Joe and stuns him into silence. A miracle.
29:29
February 08, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Mind Robber (4/5)
Joe & Mark; ranking season six! The Doctor is figuring out the rules, and we’re delighting in the quirky imagery, funny lines and great acting. We talk Doc Oho Reviews, and how this story keeps giving.
25:20
February 06, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Mind Robber (3/5)
Joe & Mark; out of control! Why is Rupunzel the ultimate companion? Who is the Master? Why is Mark so horny watching Jamie climbing rocks? Why is Joe quoting Pride and Prejudice? And is Bleak House a modern day drama?
22:49
February 05, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Mind Robber (2/5)
Joe & Mark; suffering from the pox! A deep dive into surrealism and humour, with some clever set pieces and mad creativity. You might think after the incredible first episode that we would be less impressed, but we are in awe of how this story improvises.
24:09
February 03, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Mind Robber (1/5)
Joe & Mark; coming to the conclusion that this is the best Doctor Who episode of all time. This is weird with a beard, and scary, and funny. All hell is breaking loose in the TARDIS and we are completely there for it.
33:52
February 01, 2022
Talks to Jeff Goddard about his choice of The Curse of Peladon (4/4)
Joe & Jeff; lost in conversation and barely aware that The Curse of Peladon exists! Is this story slow? Jeff explains what that isn’t a problem, and why that links into one of his favourite seasons of Doctor Who. You won’t believe where we are going next…
30:44
January 10, 2022
Talks to Jeff Goddard about his choice of The Curse of Peladon (3/4)
Joe & Jeff; trying to decide whether this is science fiction or a historical. A medieval tale with crazy aliens! We talk villainous performances and how they can be poles apart. Jeff is a sensitive man, and Joe drops something very personal in a wonderfully intimate conversation.
27:22
January 09, 2022
Talks to Jeff Goddard about his choice of The Curse of Peladon (2/4)
Joe & Jeff; trying to determine which decade had the best directors. Jeff sees Doctor Who in striking imagery and he is served a buffet in this story. Also discussion of his fantastic artwork, which you need to check out.
30:23
January 08, 2022
Talks to the beautiful Jeff Goddard about his choice of The Curse of Peladon (1/4)
Joe & Jeff; together and doing what they love…celebrating great Doctor Who! Special editions, atmospheric storm lashed Doctor Who in outer space again, Pertwee era adoration, Lennie Mayne endorsement and what makes a good cliffhanger.
41:02
January 07, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Five Doctors
Joe & Mark; stuck in a queue at Longleat. What is Flavia’s dirty secret? Who is the ultimate Doctor? Which companions shine? Which version is better? And can this mucky pair make it through without being filthy and celebratory? Great Balls of Fire!
01:35:04
January 06, 2022
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of Nightmare of Eden (4/4)
Joe & Si; putting the worlds to tights about later Tom Baker, shitting over somebody’s good time and why Doctor Who is a massive comfort in moments of stress. One thing is for certain - the flora and the fauna are in ze creeestelll. And so are the villains of the piece.
40:22
January 04, 2022
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of Nightmare of Eden (3/4)
Joe & Si; juggling different tones. Hamster has been away for a few weeks, but we’re back and cheekier than ever! We’re loving the wit, the smart dialogue, the twists and turns. We’re less sure about the violence towards women.
32:55
December 31, 2021
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of Nightmare of Eden (2/4)
Joe & Si; dancing to Dudley leaping down stairs music! Nightmare of Eden comes in for some flack from fandom circles, but we are here it celebrate its massive successes and remind everybody just who this should be appealing to.
35:28
December 23, 2021
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of Nightmare of Eden (1/4)
Joe & Si; claiming superior knowledge! There’s one name who is on our lips in the first episode of this commentary: Bob Baker. After his recent death, we celebrate his entire run of Doctor Who stories and the terrific imagination, flair for dialogue and quirky characterisation he had.
40:59
December 20, 2021
Talks to Luke Molloy about his choice of Love & Monsters
Joe & Luke; drunk, then sober! Take two of this commentary where we discuss Luke’s fabulous sequel to this adventure, silly monsters, Doctor Who fandom, sex jokes, Rose & Jackie and why this is a brilliant piece of work.
01:06:25
December 19, 2021
Talks to the glorious Daniel Knight about his choice of New Earth
Joe & Daniel; having a chavtastic time! Celebrating the work of Russell T Davies, giving his work a potentially spiritual bent, loving the production values and the darkness in amongst all the outrageous comedy. A misrepresented gem?
01:01:36
December 16, 2021
Talks to Pete Lambert about his choice of State of Decay (4/4)
Joe & Pete; what goes up, must come down! How much does Tom Baker adlib? How much is Lalla's disdain for Matthew evident? Can you handle Joe singing Button Moon? And what three things will Pete choose to recommend State of Decay? 
33:26
December 14, 2021
Talks to Pete Lambert about his choice of State of Decay (3/4)
Joe & Pete; come! Why is Worzel Gummidge so terrifying? Why is Chris Noth's super villain such a gem? The Great Love It/Like It challenge. Where did the second Doctor's receipt from Las Cadenaz end up? And will we ever talk about State of Decay? 
28:28
December 13, 2021
Talks to Pete Lambert about his choice of State of Decay (2/4)
Joe & Pete; exploring large phallic objects! Cybermen in the woods, soul selling, Terrance Dicks reverence, which Doctor Who directors are gay, great lines, and of course the usual Orphan 55 mentions. Pete and I are about to get locked in a cell and anything could happen. 
30:39
December 12, 2021
Talks to Pete Lambert about his choice of State of Decay (1/4)
Joe & Pete; in love as Tom and Lalla! A wedding invite, a love of season 18, people being sucked dry, actors who can't walk across a set convincingly, a fusion of three eras, and a lovely gothic atmosphere that we can get lost in. Come get Wasted with us. 
29:12
December 11, 2021
Talks to Toby Hadoke about his choice of Doomsday (2/2)
Joe & Toby; on the verge of saying I love you. The zenith of New Who? The point where the show was genuine watercooler conversation? The funniest bitch fight in the series? Dynamism, action, emotion, spectacle, heartbreak. Russell T. Davies grips the nation. 
01:07:36
December 10, 2021
Talks to the brilliant Toby Hadoke about his choice of Army of Ghosts (1/2)
Joe & Toby; nostalgic for the golden age of the show. Massive love for Russell T. Davies from two podcasts that adore this era, it’s fantastic characters, it’s ability to make us feel, to shock us and to delight us. The end is nigh for Ten/Rose, Torchwood is unveiled and two greats finally meet.
01:02:21
December 06, 2021
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of the Doctor Who spin off, Auton
Joe & Mark; filming a Doctor Who spin off. A small location, great characters, a script that understands what Doctor Who wants, tight direction, and a firm understanding of how to make drama on a budget. Plus, Janice! The one and only Verona Chard!
01:06:24
December 05, 2021
Talks to Jason Miller about his choice of Logopolis (4/4)
Joe & Jason; swapping TCE tips. What could possibly make the Master say ‘horrible!’ Disco running music, epic showdowns, entropy cutting through the universe and a prepared for departure. Sarah Sutton features in one of the best scenes ever.
29:31
December 04, 2021
Talks to Jason Miller about his choice of Logopolis (3/4)
Joe & Jason; forced by the powers that be to be civil! We discuss the legend that is Anthony Ainley and his many memorable performances. John Frazer gets some consideration too, and Jason regales is with stories from his autobiography.
32:31
December 03, 2021
Talks to Jason Miller about his choice of Logopolis (2/4)
Joe & Jason; duelling with swords whilst agreeing with each other. Is Matthew Waterhouse unfairly maligned? Does Janet Fielding give the worst single performance of a Doctor Who companion in this? Joe gets mardy about fans and Dodo, and Jason celebrates Jackie Lane.
30:52
December 02, 2021
Talks to sparring partner Jason Miller about his choice of Logopolis (1/4)
Joe & Jason; with 17 year scores to settle! We’re talking contributors and this time around we focus on director Peter Grimwade; focussed, antagonistic, creative, manic and stylish. Jason is back, and Joe is deliriously happy.
31:50
December 01, 2021
Talks to David Maskell about his choice of Paradise Towers (4/4)
Joe & David; coming to terms with the 🐹 formula. All the factions of Paradise Towers are coming together, and it’s time to bring down Richard Briers taking the piss. Doctor Who has rarely been this camp, or as structurally satisfying as this.
31:21
November 30, 2021
Talks to fabulous impressionist David Maskell about his choice of Paradise Towers (3/4)
Joe & David; putting an end to everything in Paradise Towers! The ultimate quoting session! The deaths of Tabby & Tilda, the possession of the Chief Caretaker, Maddy’s silence and the pool robot provoke much laughter. We shouldn’t love this, but we do.
26:18
November 29, 2021
Untangles Once, Upon Time..,
Joe; learning about the end of the universe. Time is fucked, we’re diving into memories, the regulars are having great fun with multiple roles and Chris Chibnall indulges a ‘sideways’ adventure. It’s all a bit weird, and impressive.
53:04
November 27, 2021
Talks to David Maskell about his choice of Paradise Towers (2/4)
Joe & David; and the fear factor score game. Are the mucky fingers of Andrew Cartmel all over this script? Is it too silly or too scary? Or a weird fusion of both? David offers a touching treatise on why Doctor Who is a massive comfort in tough times.
30:49
November 26, 2021
Talks to David Maskell about his choice of Paradise Towers (1/4)
Joe & David; they don’t want us to be Kangs! David has an obscene love for this story, and Joe is trying to beat some sense into him. We’ve come to quote and admire the marvellous script and laugh at the arch performances. Be warned, this is some camp fabulousness.
32:52
November 25, 2021
Talks to 🐹 Elder Statesman Si Hart about his choice of Gridlock
Joe & Si; In the same room! What makes us more excited…David Tennant’s hair, the VFX, marvellous Martha, Travis Oliver, Boe, the Macra, the titles, the emotion in the script, the hilarious guest characters…this is just magical.
57:51
November 24, 2021
Waxes Lyrical Solo about War of the Sontaran
Joe - in love with Flux! Let me count the ways I love this; the production value, the simple but vivid storytelling, Jodie Whittaker being magnificent, very scary and very funny Sontarans, Dan’s parents, Swarm and Azure…
01:03:51
November 23, 2021
Talks to Steven from New to Who about his choice of The Invasion (8/8)
Joe & Steven; the rulers of a dead world! A worthy, action packed finale…or does this all fall apart in the end? And how will Steven and I possibly choose just three things that we adore about this story?
29:44
November 23, 2021
Talks to Steven from New to Who about his choice of The Invasion (7/8)
Joe & Steven; helicopter fetishists! Which two Doctor Who directors would get married and produce the ultimate story? Vaughn is losing his shit, and we love it. And Troughton gets to play the desperate hero in the way only he can.
27:18
November 22, 2021
Talks to Steven from New to Who about his choice of The Invasion (6/8)
Joe & Steven; loving the incidental score (except one bizarre jingle). The scariest ever Cyberman scenes in the his episode? The most iconic? Or is this simply the best episode of Doctor Who yet?
29:51
November 21, 2021
Talks to Steven from New to Who about his choice of The Invasion (5/8)
Joe & Steven; you…you….men! We talk maverick Derrick Sherwin, and what season seven might have looked like if he had stuck around. Would there have been more comedy? Birthing the Cybermen? Doctor Who all on film?
26:39
November 20, 2021
Talks to Steven from New to Who about his choice of The Invasion (4/8)
Joe & Steven; reaching the end of The Invasion (Part One). What are the two Target novels that we both have nostalgic affection for? Much discussion of the Cybermen, what works and what doesn’t with this iconic foe. And why Steven wouldn’t work as a Cyberman.
29:13
November 19, 2021
Talks to Steven from New to Who about his choice of The Invasion (3/8)
Joe & Steven; Packer gets some attention, and the best Doctor Who henchmen. Is he miscast, or a perfect fusion of comedy and sadism? How many ways can you say the name ‘Packer?’ His relationship with Vaughn is one of the many highlights of this story.
26:26
November 17, 2021
Talks to Steven from New to Who about his choice of The Invasion (2/8)
Joe & Steven; enjoying existing 60s episodes! Steven explains the word mercurial, and why it applies to Patrick Troughton’s Doctor. Are we missing a trick with Zoe and Isobel as the Doctor’s companions? Where is UNIT located in the 70s?
32:29
November 16, 2021
Talks to Steven from New to Who about his choice of The Invasion (1/8)
Joe & Steven; secret agents in SpyFi! We talk about missing episodes, animation, how to create suspense and atmosphere, the incredible score, the diverse genres of season six, and Steven’s favourite of the year.
29:60
November 12, 2021
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of The Green Death (6/6)
Joe & Steven; ‘Connect!’ Super bitch Aunt Sally, self congratulatory RTD and Manning, our hearts are broken, Britbox’s Bing Bong thingy, flaming maggots, ‘here kitty kitty’, a devastating ten minute coda and of course a massive explosion.
37:55
November 11, 2021
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of The Green Death (5/6)
Joe & Steven and the synopsis of Death! A love of spinning tape technology, but questioning whether the evil here should have been fantastical, rather than simply human. More Pertwee, Manning and UNIT love. This is peak Doctor Who.
29:31
November 10, 2021
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of The Green Death (4/6)
Joe & Steven; Brian Blessed love! We talk about the best TV show ever made…and fail to mention Doctor Who! Finally - a positive Jon Pertwee experience! Prepare yourself for Steve’s Brigadier theory
35:58
November 09, 2021
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of The Green Death (3/6)
Joe & Steven; menaced by the fire by a maggot! We talk domestic scenes in Doctor Who, Gruntleigh the Ogron, the inevitability’s of having a recurring cast, ‘the one with the Giant Maggots’ myth and whether Barry Letts was far more interested in the sexes than we thought.
36:20
November 06, 2021
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of The Green Death (2/6)
Joe & Steven; armed with Blueprint fit Survival! We discuss the work of Michael E Briant, whether Doctor Who can handle going regional without being offensive, how being emotionless affects an actors ability to act and Steven’s brilliant take on political environmentalism and how the planet is doomed.
33:11
November 05, 2021
The Exquisite Steven Alexander about his choice of The Green Death (1/6)
Joe & Steven; bright green and dead! What are the resonances between this and Planet of the Spiders? Is Robert Sloman the forgotten Doctor Who writer? And why is this the definitive first episode of Doctor Who? Does this one have it all?
30:40
November 04, 2021
Talks to himself about The Halloween Apocalypse
Joe solo! Chills, excitement, ambition, wealth of characters and a huge dollop of fun - Doctor Who is back and it’s better than ever. Let’s talk about it.
53:38
November 03, 2021
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Chase: The Planet of Decision (6/6)
Joe & Mark; Blue Peter presenters! We’ve saved the best for last! Mechanoids! Steven! Mechanoids! Hi-fi the Panda! Mechanoids! Firefights! Mechanoids! Heartbreaking goodbyes! The Chase ends on an incredible high.
33:38
November 02, 2021
Talks to robot duplicate Joe & Mark about The Chase: The Death of Doctor Who (5/6)
Faux Joe & Mark; sex therapy in action! Joe goes on a huge journey of self discovery here, from filth bag to Monk in 25 minutes. We’re on Mechnanus, the Daleks are in hot pursuit and all bets are off.
28:50
November 01, 2021
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Chase: Journey Into Terror
Joe & Mark; going bumpity bumpity in the night. Frankenstein, Dracula, bats, the Grey Lady, spooks, companions left behind, duplicate Doctors…it’s all happening this week!
29:28
October 31, 2021
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Chase: Flight Through Eternity (3/6)
Joe & Mark; playing Dalek time ships & sailors! We admire TARDIS design, Mark reveals his favourite line, we hang out with a really daft cowboy in New York and discover the truth behind the Marie Celeste!
30:46
October 29, 2021
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Chase: The Death of Time (2/6)
Joe & Mark; taken to the Mire Beast. An adventure on the planet Aridius, with its amphibian people, deadly enemies and the time travellers facing deadly danger at each turn. Meet Mark, the Aridian travel agent who cannot you up with a package deal for a trip under the three suns.
27:29
October 28, 2021
Talks to co-host (at this rate) Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Chase: The Executioners
Joe & Mark; also available on YouTube - https://youtu.be/ney8R3Pq-UY Time and Space TV! Shakespeare! No Beatles! Alien worlds! The ring in the field! This episode has it all…
36:43
October 27, 2021
Talks to one of a kind Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Eleventh Hour
Frazer & Joe; Geronimo! All about the praise train as the Moffat era kicks off with an astonishing debut full of laughs, scares, character, astonishing guest performances, spanking new regulars and a brand new Doctor Who telly show!
01:30:12
October 24, 2021
Talks to Brendan Jones about his choice of Warriors’ Gate (4/4)
Joe & Brendan; they’ll be superb! Can we flirt madly at the beginning and the ending of the episode? How many smart lines, visuals, funny flourishes, character moments and twists can we marvel at in episode four? More fabulous behind the scenes trivia on this story from my esteemed guest.
32:31
October 23, 2021
Talks to Brendan Jones about his choice of Warriors’ Gate (3/4)
Joe & Brendan; the secret of the gateway is…? What is the Barry balance and what did Mr Letts bring to this story and the season as a whole? More chances to talk about the incredible visual storytelling, a toxic production and another unbelievably good cliffhanger.
30:13
October 22, 2021
Talks to Brendan Jones about his choice of Warriors’ Gate
Joe & Brendan; close the door…after I’ve gone through! Why is Brendan Jones so superb and where can you find him? Does a troubled production make a troubled final product? Did Lalla want to go? Were the changes this year positive ones? Why is this cliffhanger so unique and exceptional?
37:29
October 21, 2021
Talks to Brendan Jones about his choice of Warriors’ Gate (1/4)
Joe & Brendan; doing nothing. A phenomenal story to talk about; behind the scenes dramas, companions leaving, unusual concepts, artistic direction, a dense narrative, and lots of chances to flirt like crazy. We’re heading into the Dreamtime…
29:58
October 20, 2021
Talks to Harrison & David about their choice of The End of Time Part Two (2/2)
Joe, David, Harrison, Rose, Martha, Donna, Sarah, Verity, Jackie & Nerys. Joe is in love with this; melodrama, emotion and terrific acting opportunities. Harrison is less convinced; plot contrivances and hubristic Doctors. And David preferred episode one but still loves anything that Bernard Cribbins does.
01:18:27
October 19, 2021
Talks to David & Harrison about someone’s (???) choice of The End of Time Part One (1/2)
Joe & David & Harrison and the End of Time Itself! How much of this is padding? Does David remember or understand any of the plot? Is this the contrived half of the story? Or is this all sublime melodrama with a classically absurd Master cliffhanger?
01:05:19
October 18, 2021
Talks to Steven (from New to Who) about his choice of Castrovalva (4/4)
Joe & Steven; caught in a space time trap! Who loves CHB more than CHB? Can Doctor Who work around an abstract concept? Will the Doctor face more than shifting architecture? Is this hard science? Plenty of glorious poetry, magic and melodrama.
29:14
October 17, 2021
Talks to Steven (from New to Who) about his choice of Castrovalva (3/4)
Joe & Steven; the Occlusion closes in! What about the chapter titles? Time to talk Peter Davison and his thoughtful interiority. How would you rewrite this for a modern audience? More awesome new passages as we continue to celebrate the transcendent tome.
28:12
October 16, 2021
Talks to Steven (from New to Who) about his choice of Castrovalva (2/4)
Joe & Steven; still no way in! What does top ten mean to Steven? Frock or gun explained. Two female leads are taking control of Doctor Who for one week and we’re enamoured. Russian Roulette with the TARDIS? Aussie pilot? Hunted? Sedate, beautiful locations? Oh yes!
26:33
October 15, 2021
Talks to the gorgeous Steven (from New to Who) about his choice of Castrovalva (1/4)
Joe & Steven; reading & watching! Come with us as we head into the head of Christopher Hamilton Bidmead and explore the world of Castrovalva in prose. Featuring our favourite passages and a love for the TV serial too. ‘He’s changing’ said Adric, ‘the Doctor’s regenerating!’
30:18
October 14, 2021
Talks to the radiant Mark Rawlins about his choice of Shakedown, Return of the Sontarans
Joe & Mark; hiring out the Belfast. The careers of Sophie Aldred & Carole Ann, Michael Wisher’s last job, featuring the Dentist, comedy Sontarans, Cally from Blakes’ 7, a surprisingly robust production and a fabulous musical score. Join in the fun!
01:13:22
October 12, 2021
Talks to the wonderful John Bensalhia about his choice of The Web of Fear (6/6)
Joe & John; things are coming to a crispy, frazzled head! Who is the agent of the Great Intelligence? Is there an optimum length of a Doctor Who story? Also, the first recorded dialogue between Tryst of Eden and Spandrell of Gallifrey.
30:39
October 10, 2021
Talks to John Bensalhia about his choice of The Web of Fear (5/6)
Joe & John; something funny is coming over us. What is the fine line between chilling possessed acting and pure pantomime? How do you do a Who whodunnit? Did they disguise who the villain of the piece is effectively?
29:24
October 09, 2021
Talks to John Bensalhia about his choice of The Web of Fear (4/6)
Joe & John; brutality overdrive! Is this the best single episode of classic Doctor Who? We’re astonished by the relentless action and atmosphere and discuss what is appropriate to put children in front of. Will they ever sleep again?
29:23
October 08, 2021
Talks to John Bensalhia about his choice of The Web of Fear (3/6)
Joe & John; meeting the Brig for the first time! We discuss the nature of missing episode reconstructions and how on Earth we’re in relationships for loving them. When is Nick Courtney given real acting opportunities? What is The Great Omnirumour? What is the Ultimate Scream?
30:16
October 07, 2021
Talks to John Bensahlia about his choice of The Web of Fear (2/6)
Joe & John; Milo Clancy impressions! We’re still agog that we can watch this, and discuss just how terrifying it is. Gas masks + darkened corners + cobwebs = 👀 It’s the 🐹 agonised scream impression competition. Can you guess them all?
27:44
October 06, 2021
Talks to John Bensalhia about his choice of The Web of Fear (1/6)
Joe & John; heading into dark tunnels! What is the most shocking oversight of 🐹? We talk the return of the stories and what we did when the news hit. The best directed story in Doctor Who’s run? New series or old series Great Intelligence?
35:01
October 05, 2021
Talks to ☀️ Si Hart about his choice of The Curse of Fenric Special Edition
Joe & Si; let the chains of Fenric shatter! Arc plots, filthy weather, stunning characters, scary monsters, all location, action, a frenetic score, unforgettable (in every sense of the word) performances…does this one have it all?
01:59:30
October 03, 2021
Talks to David Maskell about his choice of The Sun Makers (4/4)
Why would Kim Woodburn be a great villain in this? is Tom Baker an icon, a hero or a monster? Does David make a better host of 🐹? A discussion of actors loving/hating each other and whether that extends on screen.
35:18
October 02, 2021
Talks to David Maskell about his choice of The Sun Makers (3/4)
Joe & David; playing top trumps! What is the fear factor of Rachel Jensen, the Tollmaster, Morgaine, The Chief Clown, and Mrs Remmington? Back at The Sunmakers, we’re astonished at how funny and how adult this is. Voyerism, morally ambiguous rebels, and sick executions.
38:48
October 01, 2021
Talks to David Maskell about his choice of The Sun Makers (2/4)
Joe & David; deep diving into social commentary plus musical numbers. Is Joe mad to compare this to Pixar movies? Why is John Leeson the most adorable man alive? The best ever Leela scenes? Why does David love the Collector?
34:47
September 30, 2021
Talks to the glorious David Maskell about his choice of The Sun Makers (1/4)
Joe & David; running from the taxman! Why should you go to conventions? Why is this story underrated? Clever, bitingly satirical, witty and surprisingly dark…but has the money run out? Kim Woodbury, Tilda and many Gatherer Hade impressions feature.
36:56
September 29, 2021
Talks to David Rennie about his choice of The Creature from the Pit (4/4)
Joe & David; discussing the spoilers statue of limitation. Is Joe exhausted or cock jokes? Why is this an unusual episode four? How universal are Doctor Who stories and what can you read into them? Can the story survive the dispatch of Adastra?
29:06
September 28, 2021
Talks to David Rennie about his choice of The Creature from the Pit (3/4)
Joe & David; scared we might be written out at the end of episode three. What is Chekhov’s eggshell? Who are the camp Divas of Doctor Who? Is Karela Adastra’s mother? Are Tom Baker’s scenes with the Creature some of his Doctor’s best characterisation? All this and more dick jokes. Of course.
25:58
September 26, 2021
Talks to David Rennie about his choice of Creature from the Pit (2/4)
Is every story in this season compared to City of Death? What are the Creatures elephantine qualities? What works/doesn’t work about the Creatures realisation. We imagine the Creature versus Kroll! Myra Francis continues to make us hard.
31:07
September 25, 2021
Talks to David Rennie about his choice of Creature from the Pit (1/4)
Joe & David; gimp masks galore! Joe is over excited by David’s accent, and we’re both stunned at the marvellous production value. Adastra is FABULOUS, the script is witty, we’re confidently directed by Christopher Barry and and the wolfweeds are teabagging.
28:33
September 24, 2021
Talks to Daniel Knight about his choice of Destiny of the Daleks (4/4)
Joe & Daniel; bemused at how one the less considered stories of the era has one of the best last episodes. Action! Power pack depletion interpretative mime! Exploding Daleks! Big ideas! Stick around guys, you may want to watch this afterwards.
35:09
September 23, 2021
Talks to Daniel Knight about his choice of Destiny of the Daleks (3/4)
Joe & Daniel; talking about the 🐹 community. Is this the weakest Davros? Is this tense and exciting or flat and uninteresting? How do we find the logical impasse? We’re still awed by Grieve’s direction but less so by the extras’ death performances.
34:13
September 22, 2021
Talks to Daniel Knight about his choice of Destiny of the Daleks (2/4)
Joe & Daniel; Terry Nation debate! Was he any good? What were his best stories? Was Destiny a good way to go out? What is the best way to act alongside Daleks? How long is a Rel? Daniel has the answer. Appallingly, Nibbles expresses his dislike of the Williams era.
34:29
September 21, 2021
Talks to Daniel Knight about his choice of Destiny of the Daleks (1/4)
Joe & Daniel; comedically changing bodies! Season seventeen has begun and we’re astonished that it looks this good. Atmosphere and laughs, and Terry Nation cliches abound. ‘Oh look, rocks!’
29:49
September 20, 2021
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Keeper of Traken (4/4)
Joe & Mark; who thinks up the best Doctor Who themed party? Do we suffer the part three lag here? Is 3-3-7 an appropriately dramatic climax? Does the audience know who the Master is? We’re pissed, and enjoying ourselves immensely.
43:01
September 19, 2021
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Keeper of Traken (3/4)
Joe & Mark; it’s only beginning! Kassia is peak evil and sashays around Traken as if she owns the place and we’re absolutely in love with her. Trigger happy Nyssa? Who has the worse old woman in peril story?
29:31
September 18, 2021
Talks to Mark Rawlins and his choice of The Keeper of Traken (2/4)
Joe & Mark; and the invention of the new sex app on Traken, Melkr! Swipe left for ‘good’ and right for ‘evil.’ How will your hosts stay sober as the crudeness and Traken references abound! What the hell is the currency on Traken? Who are the space Famous Five?
30:39
September 17, 2021
Gets drunk with Mark Rawlins and his choice of The Keeper of Traken (1/4)
Joe & Mark; & Traken themed cock(tails). The Traken drinking game starts here! Take a sip every time Traken, Melkur or Keeper are mentioned…or every time Joe makes a rude joke! Try and stay sober 😆😆😆
37:38
September 16, 2021
Talks to Pete Lambert about his choice of The Mark of the Rani (2/2)
Pete & Joe; they wouldn’t be told! A genuine love for this story, nostalgic and rose-tinted but with a serious discussion of the beautiful production, fun dialogue and interaction. People hate this season, we don’t. Find out why.
01:04:44
September 15, 2021
Talks to the deliriously fun Pete Lambert about his choice of The Mark of the Rani (1/2)
Pete & Joe; having trouble in t'pit. Joe figured nobody would be beating down his door to complete this commentary but as ever Pete Lambert provides surprises and treats galore. Who is going to teach us awesome vocabulary? Are they the arch rivals of Chris Chibnall? The best Tome Lord interactions? The best production values of the 80s? You might come to hear us mock this...and we might just surprise you. 
01:00:33
September 14, 2021
Argues with Frazer Gregory about The Timeless Children as Si Hart diplomats!
Joe & Frazer & Si; nothing will ever be the same again! Is this interesting, continuity shattering genius or a load of rubbishy exposition? Stick around for last 20 minutes while we take a deep dive into discussing Doctor Who fandom.
01:43:53
September 11, 2021
Talks to Si Hart & Frazer Gregory about their choice of Ascension of the Cybermen (1/2)
Joe & Si & Frazer; ‘THEY KNOW!’ Huge love for a muscular Doctor Who episode that’s ‘kicking the can.’ Terrific music, suspense, action, performances and Cybermen. We adore Ashad, Jodie and even the shitty CyberDrones!
57:41
September 10, 2021
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of Power of the Daleks (6/6)
Joe & Jason; we are your servants! Is this the most satisfying episode six? What is the number one on Skaro? Is Dalek dialogue contradictory? Why is the Doctor so callous? Does Bragan have the best downfall of any villain?
30:39
September 09, 2021
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Power of the Daleks (5/6)
Joe & Jason; conquer and destroy! We take a walk through ALL of the Doctor’s debuts…but we agree that Power is the best. Mr Chinn and Marcus Scarman face off! Stunning Dalek animation impresses. What is the best Dalek line?
29:19
September 08, 2021
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Power of the Daleks (4/6)
Joe & Jason; What is Jason’s revolutionary way of watching Doctor Who? Christopher Barry is celebrated, and five minutes about the Tripods. The Daleks are at their devious best and it features one of the best ever cliffhangers.
30:20
September 07, 2021
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Power of the Daleks (3/4)
Joe & Jason; we are your servants! What are the worst Doctor Who stories in terms of scientific accuracy? Who is the unsung hero of the show? Who is holiday this week? Who is exploiting the Daleks for what?
28:48
September 06, 2021
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Power of the Daleks (2/6)
Joe & Jason; espionage on Vulcan! What was Jason’s first exposure to this story? Why is this Joe’s number one ‘I wish they would find this’? Who actually wrote this? Why is Janley such a great character? A cliffhanger of complete suspense!
33:05
September 04, 2021
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Power of the Daleks (1/6)
Joe & Jason; the single most important Doctor Who story in the shows history. Taking liberties with animation? Is it a miracle that this exists in the first place. Is making the new Doctor so mysterious a deliberate creative choice? ‘It’s that damn bank clerk!’
30:07
September 03, 2021
Talks to Greg Miller about his choice of Spearhead from Space (4/4)
Joe & Greg; strangled by tentacles! What is the right amount of dramatic shorthand? Can you turn Ghandi into a killer? Can you rely on actors to stay still? Snapping assholes??? The Doctor emerges…
30:07
September 02, 2021
Talks to Greg Miller about his choice of Spearhead from Space (3/4)
Joe & Greg; avoiding episode three altogether! More fabulous Meg and Sam scenes! Murder and mayhem, absurd monsters that are chilling, a Doctor on the hunt, dry wit, marvellous direction and an unforgettable cliffhanger. Is this the scariest Doctor Who story?
25:42
September 01, 2021
Talks to Greg Miller about his choice of Spearhead from Space (2/4)
Joe & Greg; lost inside episode two episode one! Is this story really about Meg Seeley and her struggle with gooey faced facsimile? Is the Brigadier the lead now? We marvel at how charming Jon Pertwee is when he finally gets some extended dialogue. Creepy dolls abound.
28:36
August 31, 2021
Talks to his royal guests Greg Miller about his choice of Spearhead from Space (1/4)
Joe & Greg; comically playing with wheelchairs! It’s all change for Doctor Who, and 9 year old Greg is very happy with the new format. A mute Doctor, chilling villain, flashy direction and some real scares. ‘Unhand me madam!’
30:44
August 30, 2021
Talks to the disarming Mark McManus about his choice of Deep Breath
Joe & Mark; podcasters join forces! Mark loves this and he’s so charming in his exploration of why that by the end of commentary you probably will too. I loved recording this; Capaldi, Coleman and Moffat love abounds.
01:29:26
August 29, 2021
Tries to distract superstar Mark Rawlins from taking about his choice of Hide
Joe & Mark; in person and enjoying each other’s company immensely. Will Mark ever get to talk about Hide? Not if Joe has anything to do about it. Much diversions, deviations, naughty observations and irreverence ahead. Occasionally a defence of Hide!
53:34
August 27, 2021
Talks to Matt Michael about his choice of Time and the Rani (4/4)
Joe & Matt; how could we top episodes 1-3 for pleasure? A thrilling climax, high stakes, endlessly quotable lines, a Tetrap army and bangle action! Would this make a satisfying Colin climax? Matt and I seal our relationship.
30:39
August 26, 2021
Talks to Matt Michael about his choice of Time and the Rani (3/4)
Joe & Matt; increasing the stimulation. We cast the first six Ranis! The prequel story of the Ood brain revealed! The tragic tale of Shomi the cat! And Sylvester McCoy doing something obscene! All this and more! Ann? Fagetta!
27:41
August 25, 2021
Talks to Matt Michael about his choice of Time and the Rani (2/4)
Joe & Matt; more tongue action. More talk about how glorious Sylvester McCoy is in S24, more laughing with this wonderfully funny script, more admiration for the production value. This is blissfully enjoyable.
29:59
August 24, 2021
Talks to the outrageous flirt Matt Michael about his choice of Time and the Rani (1/4)
Joe & Matt; obscene sexual content! Accessible, camp, fun, quirky and deliriously funny; we come not to bury Time and the Rani but to praise it! What would a Pip’n’Jane script edited season look like? One of the best ever cliffhangers?
43:51
August 23, 2021
Talks to Nathan Bottomley about his choice of The Ribos Operation (4/4)
Joe & Nathan; all but one doomed to die… Why have Doctor Who stars stopped coming to Australia? Why is Joe wrong about continuity? And what dark moment does Nathan break the sound system with his laughter? We couldn’t be more in love…and with the story too 😆
30:03
August 22, 2021
Talks to Nathan Bottomley about his choice of The Ribos Operation (3/4)
Joe & Nathan; exchanging outrageous tales whilst banged up. Which Tom is best Tom? Will Nathan hit peak laughter in this blackly funny episode? Are villains more interesting than monsters? Binro the heretic; the best supporting character? The Seeker; the maddest ever performance?
30:20
August 21, 2021
Talks to Nathan Bottomley about his choice of The Ribos Operation (2/4)
Joe & Nathan; searching for a Scringe Stone mine! A huge discussion on the nature of television, then and now, and how performances and direction have changed. This is a heist plot and we’re in suspense waiting for it to go horribly wrong for the heroes of the show, Garron and Unstoffe.
27:11
August 20, 2021
Talks to his 🐹 husband Nathan Bottomley about his choice of The Ribos Operation (1/4)
Joe & Nathan; almost willing to be impressed! Is Doctor Who taking on a mission from God? Contempt for colonialism, a ridiculous premise undermined by a genius, terrific production design, a fabulously funny villain, and a Doctor Who story that ISN’T the end of the universe.
30:57
August 19, 2021
Talks to Frazer Gregory & Si Hart about Twitter’s choice of The Armageddon Factor (6/6)
Joe & Frazer & Si; refusing to anticlimax! What’s the best way to binge The Armageddon Factor? Imagine only 25 minutes of Doctor Who a week? How do you wrap up a 26 episode season on Doctor Who? We’re together, we’re finishing off, and we’re satisfied.
36:46
August 18, 2021
Talks to Simon Hart & Frazer Gregory about Twitter's choice of The Armageddon Factor (5/6)
Joe & Si & Frazer; plus guest stars the Black Guardian, Merak and Shapp! Why does Frazer tell Joe to 'stop it' this week? Does the Graham Williams era score better at imaginative conclusions? What was Si's part in The Two Romanas? Who doesn't Lalla Ward like? Why is Frazer horny this week? How thin is the novelisation? Huge Drax love. 'Peter Sigma!' 
27:14
August 17, 2021
Talks to Frazer Gregory & Simon Hart about Twitter’s choice of The Armageddon Factor (4/6)
Joe & Frazer & Si; jackdaw meandering! How does Si give Joe a boner this week? The perfect Big Finish story? Frazer’s take on ambition versus the ability to realise it. A masterclass in villainy cliffhanger acting! Joe sets a challenge, and immediately fails.
28:53
August 16, 2021
Talks to Si Hart & Frazer Gregory about Twitter’s choice of The Armageddon Factor (3/6)
Joe & Si & Frazer; discussing when Doctor Who has scared the shit out of them. Clever scripting, mummy tits, titles mentioned in stories, flirty subtitles between computers, and a story that continues to surprise as with its developments.
37:53
August 15, 2021
Talks to Frazer Gregory & Si Hart about Twitter’s choice of The Armageddon Factor (2/6)
Joe & Frazer & Si; both agreeing and disagreeing. Cold War allusions, effective budget saving devices, Tom Baker versus Graham Williams, a protracted K.9 suspense sequence, and cliffhangers that don’t hang.
37:39
August 14, 2021
Talks to his boys Si Hart & Frazer Gregory about Twitter’s choice of The Armageddon Factor (1/6)
Joe & Si & Frazer; young men who are dying for it! The worst of the duffers or unfairly maligned? John Woodvine love abounds, plus we’re positive about the shadowy direction, the design, the lighting and the music. Basically - this is much better than you have been led to believe!
28:27
August 13, 2021
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of Death in Heaven (2/2)
Joe & Steven; surrounded by the dead! Missy is sick and silly, the Doctor is distant and contradictory, Clara is hyper confident and falls apart, Danny is emotionless and butch. Nobody is saying what they feel. No wonder we’re so frustrated.
01:10:30
August 12, 2021
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of Dark Water (1/2)
Joe & Steven; going to hell. Is this the darkest Doctor Who? How far is too far? Is this a riveting conceptual horror or a paceless bore? Danny Pink; charisma bypass? Joe won’t make the compromises this story asks, and Steven is delighted about the new female Time Lady.
52:15
August 11, 2021
Talks to the awesome Colin Neal about his choice of Flatline
Joe & Colin; we think this is perfection. Technically, emotionally, conceptually, creatively perfect. This was enough to salvage Doctor Who for Joe, and to score a 10/10 from Colin. We examine the era, and the story, and the season. Huge Jenna Coleman love.
56:34
August 10, 2021
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Tsuranga Conundrum
Joe & Jason; courting contention! Exposition, cute monsters, talking about adventures more exciting than what we’re watching, great sets, a verbose Doctor, close ups, pretty people, and a pregnant man. Where else but Doctor Who?
59:42
August 09, 2021
Talks to David Maskell about his choice of Knock Knock
Joe & David; flat-sharing in hell! Why did Pearl Mackie only have one year? David is in love with David Suchet, the atmosphere, the twists and the horror. Joe is less convinced, but his guest offers a compelling argument.
53:13
August 08, 2021
Talks to Leon Turner about his choice of The Seeds of Doom (6/6)
Joe & Leon; violent pleasuring! Can this magnificent story end satisfactorily? 2 or 5 planes? Delicious monster model work! A lecture on making television? The story of Fred the guard and his final day on Earth.
25:10
August 07, 2021
Talks to Leon Turner about his choice of The Seeds of Doom (5/6)
Joe & Leon; sex therapy! Negroni’s have been downed and Leon can still summarise this excellent story! Doctor Who; black and white or colour? What separates a Doctor Who fan from a not we? Sarah Jane - badass!
30:33
August 06, 2021
Talks to Leon Turner about his choice of The Seeds of Doom (4/6)
We talk podcast titles, in jokes and artwork. The best possession horror in Doctor Who? The best greened out bald spot? Anxious, distressed music? Joe’s impression of the most camp, menacing villain. Our love for this diminishes not a joy.
30:39
August 05, 2021
Talks to Leon Turner about his choice of The Seeds of Doom (3/6)
Joe & Leon; hard for Operation Nuthouse! Action! Amelia! Amazing cliffhanger! Mad eccentric old women, machine guns spitting fire, Sarah Jane on mortal peril…we couldn’t be more in love. We could play all day in this green cathedral!
29:05
August 04, 2021
Talks to Leon Turner about his choice of The Seeds of Doom (2/6)
Joe & Leon; slightly sozzled. Scorby & Keeler come under the microscope, so does the Doctor and his relationship with guns & violence. We celebrate the fabulous Who Back When Vindex! And the weirdest equipment to ever feature in Doctor Who.
26:25
August 03, 2021
Talks to Leon Turner about his choice of The Seeds of Doom (1/6)
Joe & Leon; not drink yet… Who Back When superstar features and Joe is fangasming! What does Leon have a hardon for? Fake beard alert! How much like The Avengers are the Doctor and Sarah? How much is Chase a Bond villain?
30:17
August 02, 2021
Talks to the irresistible Lucy McCall about her choice of The Visitation (4/4)
Joe & Lucy; introvert or extrovert? Was Tegan in love with the Doctor? Can you give their relationship a romantic reading? Peter Moffat’s direction defended! Saving the best for last? Lucy is nostalgic but we’re both enjoying our time watching this.
28:58
August 01, 2021
Talks to Lucy McCall about her choice of The Visitation (3/4)
Joe & Lucy; furniture talk! What connects this and Resolution? Is three companions too many? Is Davison John Wayne? Are we marking time in episode three? Joe realises something odd about the Terileptil design that he’s never noticed before!
26:08
July 31, 2021
Talks to Lucy McCall about her choice of The Visitation (2/4)
Why is Peter Davison naughty? What do we think of 80s synth music? What are the shortcomings and strengths of the Tereleptil costumes? What links this to The Claws of Axos? An ambitious plan on the part of our monsters of the week?
30:39
July 30, 2021
Talks to Lucy McCall about her choice of The Visitation (1/4)
Joe & Lucy; confessing their loves for leafy forests and creepy history! Why is Tegan so pissed off? Lucy has the answer! Why is the opening so suspenseful? Lucy has the answer! Why did Lucy fancy Adric when she was younger? Lucy does not have a the answer!
30:08
July 29, 2021
Talks to Fiona Tomney about her choice of Terror of the Zygons (4/4)
Joe & Fiona; what have we been up to in 2020? Fiona is not impressed with quarry action, Joe is confused by the ambition of four Zygons taking over the world and we both love the Skarasen popping his head out of the Thames. This isn’t perfect, but it’s still bloody good.
30:39
July 28, 2021
Talks to Fiona Tomney about her choice of Terror of the Zygons (3/4)
Joe & Fiona; afraid of the evil eye! Revealed - the most disappointing cliffhanger of all time! John Woodnut twinkles, Sister Lamont scares the crap out of us, and we can’t get enough of Sarah and Harry!
28:14
July 27, 2021
Talks to Fiona Tomney about her choice of Terror of the Zygons (2/4)
Joe & Fiona; trying to choose between classic and NuWho! We debunk Sarah being in love with the Doctor, and discuss what makes a great companion. Huge Zygon love, we’re petrified of fake Harry and the hypnotising Doctor and we gasp at the horror of the deadly Skarasen!
33:56
July 26, 2021
Talks to Fiona Tomney about her choice of Terror of the Zygons (1/4)
Joe & Fiona; in reminiscent mood! Spooks and scares all the way as the monster is slowly revealed, many convention anecdotes and a gorgeous tale of the time Fiona was married to Nicholas Courtney. We’re convinced Sussex is Scotland because it all looks so cold!
29:31
July 25, 2021
Talks to outrageous flirt Matt Michael about his choice of The Time Warrior (4/4)
Joe & Matt; looking at that great spider! Barry Letts as a director comes under the microscope, we adore Ruebish, discuss Holmes’ skilful talent with exposition and memorable, quotable dialogue, and collective hardons for a story this irreverent and relaxed.
36:52
July 24, 2021
Talks to Matt Michael about his choice of The Time Warrior (3/4)
Joe & Matt; heading down a very dark path. Castle design, Boba Fett replaced, comparisons to Lucasfilm productions, Matt’s huge concerns for Baby Yoda, why Pertwee has more presence than his predecessors, and more 3/Sarah love.
27:11
July 22, 2021
Talks to Matt Michael about his choice of The Time Warrior (2/4)
Joe & Matt; one of us is impressed about the others tongue action! A long talk about the Sontarans; their importance, design and rank their appearances. Is Linx a pastiche of the third Doctor? A monster or a character? Is this a prototype Tom Baker story? The rudest question ever asked on this podcast featured.
26:55
July 21, 2021
Talks to Matt Michael about his choice of The Time Warrrior (1/4)
Joe & Matt; queueing up to shag Jon Pertwee. We applaud the creative team of Barry Letts & Terrance Dicks, the stunning introduction of Sarah Jane Smith and the effortlessly funny and smart introduction of the Sontarans. Pertwee at his height!
29:25
July 20, 2021
Talks to Jeff Goddard about his choice of The Ghost Monument
Joe & Jeff; winner takes all! Fabulous new titles, a spanking new TARDIS interior, deft and subtle character work, a quest story, gobsmacking visuals, and getting to know our heroes. There’s lots of new things going on here and it’s a fresh approach to the show.
01:06:17
July 19, 2021
Talks to the phenomenal Jeff Goddard about his choice of The Rescue (Double bill!)
Joe & Jeff; in love with black and white Doctor Who ❤️ We adore everything about this story; William Hartnell, Ian and Barbara, the introduction of Vicki, the direction and most importantly the wonderful family feel. Much discussion of fandom family, artistic avenues and why Doctor Who means so much to us.
01:04:30
July 18, 2021
Talks to the fabulous Brendan Jones about his choice of Time- Flight (4/4)
Joe & Brendan; happy landings! Why is this the best episode ever according to us, and the worst according to Rob Shearman? Tegan & Nyssa smackdown; who is better? Brendan’s wonderful trivia continues to dazzle.
30:39
July 17, 2021
Talks to Brendan Jones about his choice of Time-Flight (3/4)
Joe & Brendan; scandalous (unrevealed) sex secrets and scandalous Target tales. An appalling tale about new spin off show ‘Nurse Who.’ We discuss conceptual SF, a good use of Nyssa, embarrassed performances and lots of word peril. Crispins Boys appreciation!
30:39
July 16, 2021
Talks to Brendan Jones about his choice of Time-Flight (2/4)
Joe & Brendan; checking out a new Indonesian restaurant. Is Kalid spectacularly racist? Is the Iron Curtain comment a stab at realism or a terrible joke? Brendan gives a fascinating history and development of this script, which explains some plot inconsistencies. We discuss whether Ainley is pure ham or merely obeying orders?
30:39
July 14, 2021
Talks to Brendan Jones about his choice of Time-Flight (1/4)
Joe & Brendan; in a hurry to get over the death of a maths nerd. What is a space plane? What was Brendan’s dad doing at 4am? What is the middle ground between Time-Flight and series 9? How tenacious is JNT? When was this story originally going to be placed? Are the Plasmatons crapola (TM Janet Fielding)?
30:39
July 13, 2021
Talks to Frazer Gregory and Simon Hart about Twitter’s choice of The Invasion of Time (6/6)
Joe, Frazer and Si; not in agreement on TARDIS design. How many technical difficulties can we have in one episode? Do we agree on Leela’s exit? What is the perfect six parter? Can Joe return any sanity to the discussion?
36:25
July 12, 2021
Talks to Si Hart & Frazer Gregory about Twitter’s choice of The Invasion of Time (5/6)
Joe, Si and Frazer; stalked by a (really hideous) Sontaran. It’s time for a showdown between Joe and Frazer about comedy in Doctor Who. Who will invade Gallifrey next? A Target reading by Si ❤️ Frazer loves a bit of K.9 in reverse.
28:05
July 11, 2021
Talks to Frazer Gregory & Si Hart about Twitter’s choice of The Invasion of Time (4/6)
Joe, Frazer & Si; illicit VHS dealing! We’re not expecting any great surprises this week - it looks like Doctor Who is about to chalk up another four part adventure. Si shares the ultimate story that will swell your heart. Bring tissues.
27:24
July 10, 2021
Talks to Si Hart and Frazer Gregory about Twitter’s choice of The Invasion of Time (3/6)
Joe, Si and Frazer; we are being invaded! In which we determine who has the hottest accent, suspension of belief, humour, more (anti) Rodan love, refreshing location work, stunning design, and the best way to love The Invasion of Time. We go into a brown study on Vardan inadequacies.
27:36
July 09, 2021
Talks to Frazer Gregory & Si Hart about their choice of The Invasion of Time (2/6)
Joe & Frazer & Si; shocking news of Si’s VHS dealer! Will Joe put on the right episode? What is the best Dudley Simpson score? Can we rank the Borusa’s? Huge love for Milton John’s, Gallifryean decor and mad, bad Tom Baker.
30:46
July 08, 2021
Talks to his boys Si Hart & Frazer Gregory about their choice of The Invasion of Time (1/6)
Joe & Si & Frazer; inexplicably evil! It’s Si’s birthday and so we are celebrating a story he loves! Why is the Doctor behaving so strangely? Who has Frazer come dressed as? And why is this one of the best episode ones?
30:26
July 07, 2021
Talks to Ross Aitken about his choice of Fugitive of the Judoon
Joe & Ross; no words for how stupid they are - or at least that’s what the Ruth Doctor thinks! A dazzling pre-commentary conversation and then discussion of what we both agree is a perfect Doctor Who episode. The left hand is doing tricks, the right hand is doing tricks…but the real trick is right behind you. Phenomenal.
01:25:16
July 06, 2021
Talks to Toby Hadoke about his choice of Frontios (4/4) - plus 25 minute interview!
Joe & Toby; on Kolkakron with the Gravis. We spend some time talking about interviewing Doctor Who stars, why we enjoy all Doctor Who (good and bad), CHB’s obsession with the TARDIS and why this story is unfairly ignored.
51:13
July 05, 2021
Talks to Toby Hadoke about his choice of Frontios (3/4)
Joe & Toby; decapitated in the excavation machine! We talk about characters who are referred to off screen, the most egregious exposition in Doctor Who, the lack of humour in the discussion of the show, and how by celebrating not liking something doesn’t mean you’re winning.
35:57
July 04, 2021
Talks to the incandescent Toby Hadoke about his choice of Frontios (2/4)
Joe & Toby; one of us came to this episode late! Who’s Round comes under the microscope. What’s the best kind of Doctor Who performance? What is the cheapest resource in a TV production? What’s the best acting trick for pulling focus?
42:27
July 03, 2021
Talks to Toby Hadoke about his choice of Frontios (1/4)
Joe & Toby; eaten by the earth! Part interview, part commentary. What could be a more exciting title than Escargot? Who is giving the best performance? Why does Toby prefer to enjoy Doctor Who in retrospect?
35:34
July 02, 2021
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of The Daleks (7/7)
Joe & Steven; leaping into The Rescue. Will Joe put on the right episode? Does this have a hope of ending satisfactorily? Is this story erroneously called The Daleks? Will Doctor Who and and our heroes win this time?
31:31
July 01, 2021
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of The Daleks (6/7)
Joe & Steve; leaping a ravine for 25 minutes! Learn about barren Darren, the deadliest of continents on Skaro! Learn also, in a startling revelation how Steven was paid for child labour in London in one of the cities most iconic buildings for geeks. The episode might be filler but our commentary isn’t.
29:32
June 30, 2021
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of The Daleks (5/7)
Joe & Steven; orgasmic screams on anti radiation drugs. This is it. The reveal of the forbidden letter of the Dalek language, the great insult, and a revelation that shakes Joe to his core. Also, news in about the planet Selturis and their ruler Redlin the Just.
29:40
June 29, 2021
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of The Daleks (4/7)
Joe & Steve; banging on invisible walls. Which Dalek has the shittest day ever? What is a Bringdigulum? Which Thal has the best chest hair? What do you use to lure your enemies in in a radioactive pandemic? Steven’s golden age SF research reaches peak interest.
30:38
June 28, 2021
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of The Daleks (3/7)
Joe & Steven; high on drugs. What connects the Thals and Neighbours? Is there anything as terrifying as a Dalek voice? What is the worst book of all time? What are Terry Nation’s strengths? Steven researches!
27:58
June 27, 2021
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of the The Daleks (2/7)
Joe & Steve; our legs, our legs...we can’t move our legs! This week we’re obsessed with Doctor Who’s new monsters; all sticks and bumps and shrieking voices! We’ve never seen anything on TV like this before. We’re entranced.
30:39
June 26, 2021
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of The Daleks (1/7)
Joe & Steve; in love with black and white. An Arial shot of Skaro? Who is the fifth member of the TARDIS crew? What is Doctor Who’s first spectacular effects shot? Why is there a bicycle in the TARDIS? It was the silly old Doctor all along!
30:30
June 25, 2021
Talks to Jason Miller about his choice of Warriors of the Deep (4/4)
Joe & Jason; there should have been another way. The rousing conclusion of this contentious commentary. The Doctor is a murderer; is Jason right and it is dramatically justified or is Joe right and it is the most appalling lapse of judgement? ‘Excellent Sauvix!’
36:08
June 24, 2021
Talks to Jason Miller about his (brave) choice of Warriors of the Deep (3/4)
Joe & Jason; you’ll get no help out of me, Silurian! Jason is back and fighting; with excerpts from Jonny Byrne and the Target novel. Joe is unimpressed by the stagnant action scenes. So much is going on and we both agree that there is only one person to blame: Margaret Thatcher!
30:07
June 23, 2021
Talks to Jason Miller about his choice of Warriors of the Deep (2/4)
Joe & Jason face the Myrka! Jason is riding high on his defence (sorry, celebration) of part one and Joe’s argument (despite being backed by the entire production crew) is waning. And then we are faced with a wobbly mattress and snotty Dobbin and the tables start to turn...
29:57
June 22, 2021
Battles with Jason Miller about his glorious choice of Warriors of the Deep (1/4)
Joe & Jason; opposing power blocs! Is Warriors of the Deep a spectacular failure or a triumph against the odds? Is the floodlit lighting deliberate? Do the Sea Devils look like enormous peni? Is Pennant Robert’s direction lacking or genius? Let battle commence!
32:53
June 21, 2021
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Three Doctors (4/4)
What would the Doctors say interviewing their companions? We rewrite season ten to spectacular effect. Mark manages to say at least three positive things about the story. Is Doctor Who (not MCU) the only show to bring out such an epic, mythic pantomime?
32:07
June 19, 2021
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Three Doctors (3/4)
Joe & Mark (and the special appearance of the pussy of Rassilon). What is the Barry Letts balance? What is Omega Eleganza? What is the Timeless Cat? Who is Mark Raw? Where is Liz Shaw? Have You Been Ollised? What happened to Orville?
26:26
June 18, 2021
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Three Doctors (2/4)
Joe & Mark; holy Moses, what’s that? Benton and his irresponsible gum wrapper, a discussion of Doctor Who erotic fiction, the Brigadier’s incredulous TARDIS reaction, Mark’s severe lack of scientific knowledge, Omega’s creme brûlée palace and the ultimate Doctor Who/Charlie & the Chocolate Factory musical mashups!
28:10
June 17, 2021
Talks to Bad Influence (on each other) Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Three Doctors (1/4)
Joe & Mark; fire at will! Is the third Doctor a prick? Are birthday jellies a less than credible threat? Does the title sequence look vaginal? Can the B7 teleport theme be sung? Mark’s love affair with Barry Letts is celebrated. The Time Lords are watching us podcast.
30:39
June 16, 2021
Talks to the super smart John Dorney about his choice of Carnival of Monsters (4/4)
Joe & John; they could be crawling with germs! Doctor Who = panto/Pixar? Dirty jokes in Doctor Who? How do you ensure promise and delivery? Is this the perfect ‘introduce a kid to Doctor Who’ story? How do you structure in a huge plot twist as how much do you labour the explanation?
30:35
June 15, 2021
Talks to John Dorney about his pick of Carnival of Monsters (3/4)
Joe & John; nothing serious, nothing political. We discuss ambition, experimental effects work, horror movies, ambiguous plot explanations, Robert Holmes’ Dhal-sequel humour & political leanings influencing work. Occasionally discuss we discuss the story.
26:05
June 14, 2021
Talks to John Dorney about his choice of Carnival of Monsters (2/4)
Joe & John; more intelligent than whelks! How much should a writer use their expectations against them? What’s the difference between a twist and a surprise? What is the best & worst kind of cliffhanger? How much do you need to suspend your disbelief? More writerly smarts abound. Enjoy.
25:20
June 13, 2021
Talks to John Dorney about his choice of Carnival of Monsters (1/4)
Joe & John; 99 skidoo! Occasionally we talk about Carnival, but we also cover the works of Robert Holmes, Big Finish stories, recasting, Oscar winners, character actors, why Doctor Who has to be funny, and who scores best in that respect. A fascinating man, and an engaging conversation.
37:49
June 12, 2021
Talks to Pete Lambert about his favourite episode - Orphan 55!
Pete & Joe & BENNI! This is it folks. The best Doctor Who episode of all time. Despicable Dregs, dysfunctional families, fabulous Furries, annoying OAPs, a brilliant Doctor, plots for each companion, a moral message, tragedy, horror, drama, comedy, and very rude jokes! ‘That doesn’t sound like my Benni...’
01:10:38
June 11, 2021
Talks to the gorgeous Pete Lambert about his choice of K.9 & Company
Joe & Pete; swingers in Morton Harwood! Sinister covens, countless phone calls, everyone dunnit, honking wards, plummeting plant sales, terrifying tractors and hateful Hecate! ‘Oh Doctor, you didn’t forget...’.
56:56
June 10, 2021
Talks to the charming Lucy McCaul about her choice of The Claws of Axos (4/4)
Joe & Lucy; following Doctor Who’s safety advice following a nuclear power station exploding. Exploding jeeps, spaghetti horrors, an unreliable Doctor, hunks aplenty, peak Jo Grant hysteria snd a temporal arc. Oh Lucy, it seems we are some sort of galactic yo-yos!
28:53
June 08, 2021
Talks to Lucy McCaul about her choice of The Claws of Axos (3/4)
Joe & Lucy; which is it to be Brigadier? The right Doctor for the right time? Favourite Brig moments, intrusive music, the truth about Kent landscape, a sardonic, frustrated Master, a knackered TARDIS and a new scientific advisor. ‘Stick tape on the windows, that sort of thing.’
30:03
June 07, 2021
Talks to Lucy McCaul about her pick of The Claws of Axos (2/4)
Joe & Lucy; ❤️s Adric, Mike Yates, Turlough and the Master. Lamenting human greed, dramatic expediency, realistic direction vs insane writing, nuclear Armageddon incoming, and hideous duvet creatures! Axos! Axonite! It’s all the same thing!
27:34
June 06, 2021
Talks to Lucy McCaul about her choice of The Claws of Axos (1/4)
Joe & Lucy; destruct, destruct, destruct! Overdone Chinns, rubber chicken spaceships, a prickly Doctor, sexy soldiers, insane spaceship interiors, digestible tramps and woolly Axon Man. We don’t need mind altering drugs watching this!
30:39
June 05, 2021
Talks to Colin Neal about his choice of The Ultimate Foe (2/2)
Joe & Colin; releasing ourselves from the misguided maxims that you nurture can we be free! Ronald McDonald at rave, the Doctor hamming it up, Pip’n’Jane lexicographical education, Sidney Carton heroics (?), and a megabyte modem!
39:06
June 04, 2021
Talks to Colin Neal about his choice of The Ultimate Foe (1/2)
Joe & Colin; with evidence that may halt this Trial immediately. If you hate the Trial, look elsewhere! We’re hugely enamoured with the twists, the atmosphere, the guests actors, the magnificent Colin Baker and an arc before they were done throwing out incredible surprises. Now we’re getting at the dirt!
30:30
June 03, 2021
Talks to Mark McManus about his choice of The Happiness Patrol (3/3)
Joe & Mark; where people know how to enjoy themselves! We talk extensively about coming out as Doctor Who fans. We’re troubled by the scene in the Forum, but are blissfully in love with the final confrontation. We both want a proper Kandy Man sequel. Happiness will Prevail!
29:34
May 31, 2021
Talks to Mark McManus about The Happiness Patrol (2/3)
Joe & Mark; we can’t do anything without our list now, can we? An obscene amount of love for the Kandyman, an intoxicating mixture of light and dark, why Helen A is more competent than Boris Johnson & gorgeous, fruity, very quotable dialogue.
29:07
May 30, 2021
Talks to Mark McManus about his choice of The Happiness Patrol (1/3)
Joe & Mark; have a nice death! Mark is a podcast host so we share mutual questions. A tooled up hen party, theme tune tales, the joy of humanoid villains, Ace and her female companions, a love of Sylvester McCoy and a fabulous way to die.
30:39
May 29, 2021
Talks to the magnificent Nathan Bottomley about his choice of Delta and the Bannermen (3/3)
Joe & Nathan; where love has never been known for its rationality. Real 50s tunes, Joe gets horny, the Doctor has a gorgeous entourage, there’s a spectacularly silly and funny climax and a touching, thoughtful and uplifting coda. Here’s to the future!
38:05
May 28, 2021
Talks to Nathan Bottomley about his choice of Delta and the Bannermen (2/3)
Joe & Nathan; not the Happy Hearts Holiday Club from Bolton. Delta, the template for NuWho? We discuss the series’ greatest romances. We’re bewitched by Keff, the sunshine, the airiness and the action. Love is the answer.
26:23
May 27, 2021
Talks to Nathan Bottomley about his choice of Delta and the Bannermen (1/3)
Joe & Nathan; being kind, lending dresses. A tremendously fun, frolicking, irreverent adventure in one of Nathan’s favourite periods of the show. Dodd, dresses, waltzing, musical numbers, unrequited love and a sweet, sweet Doctor. It’s a love story.
29:53
May 26, 2021
Talks to David Maskell about his choice of Silver Nemesis (3/3)
Joe & David; we are beautiful, are we not? We identify the location of the title sequence. Huge love, admiration, talk tales and trivia about the glamorous superstar Dolores Grey! We surely do, honey, we surely do!
29:42
May 25, 2021
Talks to David Maskell about his choice of Silver Nemesis (2/3)
Joe & David; they were invisible! Dreadful impressions of incredible acting, character options ideas, Top Trump card tales, disco Cybermen, convention tales, ‘what are you, social workers?’, a Lady Peinforte porno?, and we discuss the best way of watching Silver Nemesis.
28:17
May 24, 2021
Talks to David Maskell about his choice of Silver Nemesis (1/3)
Joe & David; riding the back of time in Silver Nemesis; the Musical. Hot Nazis, trajectory’s decaying, the Doctor/companion dream team, destiny beckons!, an autograph seance, a fez, guilty pleasures, name dropping, awkward transitions, and a discussion about companions screaming.
30:35
May 23, 2021
Talks to the marvellous Mr Jeff about his choice of Resolution
Joe & Mr Jeff; awkward after a kiss at New Years. A fabulous fresh take on the Daleks, epic visuals, a Doctor to love, a blisteringly good score, Chekhov’s microwave, masterful character work and an ending the offers great hope for the future. What’s not to love?
01:13:17
May 22, 2021
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of Invasion of the Dinosaurs (6/6)
Joe & Si; and the red hot Dino action with music from The Chase! Or should that be Je t’aime? Conspirators finally brought to justice and a moral message. What is the real secret of UNIT dating? Si delivers the ultimate punishment to people who STILL don’t like this story.
30:38
May 21, 2021
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of Invasion of the Dinosaurs (5/6)
Joe & Si; Going Underground! Ep5 padding or is it the best character work of the story? Tight denim, a special John Levene commentary, the tea mans comeuppance, Martin Jarvis’ reading, traitors unveiled and soldiers smoking fags! Joe sings, but you can skip that bit.
29:25
May 20, 2021
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of Invasion of the Dinosaurs (4/6)
Joe & Si; hunting conspirators! Mop versus Pterodactyl, left wing fascists, over the top space cars, Allo’ Allo’ quotes, we’re going Underground, serious wall wobbling, and more raaaw-ring 🦖 Jeremy Corbyn features, and Si swears 😳
27:11
May 19, 2021
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of Invasion of the Dinosaurs (3/6)
Joe & Si; they left Earth three moths ago! Where we learn what both Si and Joe were doing age 18. Why is Butler so flirty? Big Man 🦖 takes a doze. Does this episode contain the single greatest performance, and the most shocking, left field cliffhanger?
27:21
May 18, 2021
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of Invasion of the Dinosaurs (2/6)
Joe & Si; diorama delight! Reverse slow mo with CSO! Pertwee in close up! The renaissance of the Brigadier! Pink for your actual Pterodactyl! Sally Stegosaurus! And just who on Earth is involved in this conspiracy?
26:15
May 17, 2021
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of Invasion (1/6)
Joe & Si, on the run from UNIT! We deconstruct how fan myths are created, do incredible dinosaur impressions, consider just who might be involved in this conspiracy. Huge love for a stunning first episode, especially the Big Man 🦖
30:39
May 16, 2021
Talks to Pete Lambert about his choice of The Daemons (5/5)
Joe & Pete; they’ve got nothing to lose loss so you better watch out. This is the one; the biggie, the world changer, the big twist. Pete reveals just why the Doctor has been a huge bastard in this story. What do you think?
31:22
May 14, 2021
Talks to Pete Lambert about his choice of The Daemons (4/5)
Joe & Pete face psychotic Morris Dancers! When did Pete’s balls drop? Why does this episode look so much better than the others? And has anyone else been tricked into thinking this is the end of the story? A truly chilling cliffhanger.
29:33
May 13, 2021
Talks to Pete Lambert about his choice of The Daemons (3/5)
Joe & Pete; terrified by gargoyles in body stockings. Is this the horniest story? With horns. How do you effectively tackle episode three exposition? More suspense about Pete’s ultimate Daemons theory (due in episode five). And how many aliens have thrown their hands in on humanity’s progression?
26:58
May 12, 2021
Talks to Pete Lambert about his choice of The Daemons (2/5)
Joe & Pete; UNIT specialists. Is it like the Carry On films, Night of the Demon, Talons of Weng-Chiang or is it just fantastic folk horror? Who’s the most handsome member of UNIT and why is it Jon Pertwee? Miss Hawthorne is our heroine. ‘My helicopter???!’
26:46
May 11, 2021
Talks to Pete Lambert about his choice of The Daemons (1/5)
Join Joe & Pete as they discover what happened to Canon Smallwood, in mysterious circumstances. Folk horror, wind machines, blinking drinking games, quality cliffhanger, Benton watching Doctor Who, living statues and pure love for the heyday of Doctor Who.
29:50
May 10, 2021
Talks to the delectable Matt Michael about his pick of The TV Movie
Join Joe & Matt as they always dress for the occasion. An inexplicable info dump of an opening act, a charming middle act and an hectic and baffling last act...so why do we love it so much? Much comment on the Chang Lee/Master chemistry.
01:45:19
May 08, 2021
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Space Museum (4/4)
Join Joe & Frazer as they bring down the Moroks (off screen, with a huge budget). What do The Phantom Menace, The Dominators and The Space Museum have in common. We’re not keen on the casual explanation for the timeywimeyness but we just adore all the regulars.
25:59
May 06, 2021
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Space Museum (3/4)
Join Joe & Frazer as they have the carry the story because The Doctor is on holiday. We’re baffled by Ida Barr’s appearance on the DVD, admire Ivor Salter’s theatrical performance, Ian’s aggression and Vicki’s somnambulistic revolution.
26:43
May 05, 2021
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Space Museum
Join Joe & Frazer, almost men and dangerous! Prepare to have your mind blown as the truth behind the Moroks is finally revealed. If you want to know where they came from, and who sent them out into the universe, you may be surprised. Subversive and revelatory.
24:58
May 04, 2021
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Space Museum
Join Joe & Frazer as they jump a time track and don’t arrive until the cliffhanger. 25 minutes of trying to figure out the plot, mystery, suspense, thoughtful acting, sex comedy lines, overflowing literature about the subject matter and a giddy and delightful Hartnell.
30:25
May 03, 2021
Talks to Mike Honour about his choice of The Woman Who Fell to Earth
Join Joe & Mike as they realise they re special, they are important. A huge Jodie Whittaker celebration; her character, her performance, her companions and her era. This episode looks amazing, it achieves a lot and naturalism is back in Doctor Who. Refreshing positivity.
01:21:24
May 01, 2021
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Mysterious Planet (4/4)
Join Joe & Jason as they don’t open their mouths about the Matr-BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP. A brilliant sixth Doctor; impassioned and compassionate, the accidental threatening of the universe, an emotional robot and a foolish choice of prosecution evidence.
29:55
April 29, 2021
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Mysterious Planet (3/4)
Join Joe & Jason as they go...forward (to Marks & Spencer!). Intimate stories of how Doctor Who can soften the blow of real world tragedy, why isn’t anyone called Bob in the future, part three exposition and real science as Jason brings his astronomical knowledge to bear to question the shaky science.
30:26
April 28, 2021
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Mysterious Planet (2/4)
Join Joe & Jason as they conceal themselves in a muddy crevice with a trick up their sleeves. We rewrite Trial for a modern audience, a reading from the Target, sympathetic comedy duos, convention anecdotes, and a celebration of the spectacular Colin Baker.
29:49
April 27, 2021
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Mysterious Planet (1/4)
Join Joe & Jason as they discover a remarkable Marble Arch co-incidence on Ravalox. Opinions on JNTs stunt casting, the Trial structure, the re-imagined sixth Doctor, beautiful model work and how Holmes not at his finest is still a fine thing indeed.
30:39
April 26, 2021
Talks to the sensational Mark Rawlins about his choice of Smith & Jones
Join Joe & Mark on an adventure on the bloody moon! How to introduce a likeable, relatable companion in 45 minutes, drippy dildos, almost Sontarans, Anne Reid love, Mel Bush & the Daisies of Death, hairy toes, and why Martha’s family is much underrated.
57:49
April 24, 2021
Talks to Steven Schapansky about his choice of The Androids of Tara (4/4)
Join Joe & Steven as they experience Doctor Who does The Princess Bride. Night shoots, expert sword fighters, podcast worthy dialogue and a cutting parting riposte! A beguiling low key romance we can’t resist.
28:48
April 22, 2021
Talks to Steven Schapansky about his choice of The Androids of Tara (3/4)
Join Joe & Steven as they realise the Count’s just offered us the throne! We discuss the two sides of Tom Baker, drink fuelled memorable television, Patricia Quinn anecdotes, the truth of podcast royalty and I wonder if I am interviewing WOTAN.
28:24
April 21, 2021
Talks to Steven Schapanksy about his choice of The Androids of Tara
Join Joe & Steven as they enjoy the romantic entanglements of a gorgeous summer on Tara. Much joy about the Key to Time, K.9, Doctor Who frivolity, Taran cosplay, convention stories, ratings, toxic fandom, Star Trek holodecks and Cyril Shaps neuroses.
30:08
April 20, 2021
Talks to the gorgeous Steven Schapansky about his choice of The Androids of Tara (1/4)
Join Joe & Steven as they discover what everybody is wearing on Tara this year! Much talk of fandoms, glorious podcasts, location work, Mary Tamm, irreverence, styles of shooting Doctor Who, and how Steven found this silly, wonderful show. I’m bewitched by a man whose podcasting I’ve enjoyed myself for ages.
30:34
April 19, 2021