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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 Simon Exton & Si Hart about their choice of The Web Planet (1/6)
Talks to Simon Exton & Si Hart about their choice of The Web Planet (1/6)
Joe, Simon & Si; somehow being slowly dragged down. Brilliant sets, bold poetic concepts, the best set of regulars, a chilling atmosphere…why do people not like this again?
38:23
November 30, 2022
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01:36
November 27, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Android Invasion (4/4)
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Android Invasion (4/4)
Joe & Mark; and the epic fail face palm of gunge. Colonel Faraday? Evil Doctor? Plot inconsistencies. Mark gives impressive reasons why he loves this, and Joe explains why it is so special to him.
31:10
November 26, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Android Invasion (3/4)
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Android Invasion (3/4)
Joe & Mark; and the curse of Kerry Nation! We’re still impressed at this point, despite a crushing cliffhanger and too much studio work. Mark reveals the ultimate Terry Nation ‘get out of a cell’ trick.
34:12
November 24, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Android Invasion (2/4)
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Android Invasion (2/4)
Joe & Mark; and the tragic tale of what went wrong with the Kraals. We still love this; action, suspense, location work, memorable cliffhangers. And an appearance by the entire cast of rainbow!
29:17
November 22, 2022
Double Takes with Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Android Invasion (1/4)
Double Takes with Mark Rawlins about his choice of The Android Invasion (1/4)
Joe & Mark; regaling with delightful tales of Didcot! Mark LOVES this story, and Joe has been seduced by his enthusiasm for it. Is this one of the best ever episode ones?
31:34
November 20, 2022
Talks to Dave Rennie about his choice of The Almost People (2/2)
Talks to Dave Rennie about his choice of The Almost People (2/2)
Joe & Dave; breaking the show as they clash over the idea of the Doctor murdering. Amy tortured and tricked? Rory duped? Is the Doctor pro-Ganger or not? Has the show lost its mind in this ambitious arc?
01:09:31
November 19, 2022
Clashes swords with Dave Rennie over his choice of The Rebel Flesh (1/2)
Clashes swords with Dave Rennie over his choice of The Rebel Flesh (1/2)
Joe & Dave; and buckets full of, um, flesh. Is this a vastly underrated horror story with atmosphere and chills? Or is it a ghastly, ugly, hollow bore-fest that does perverse things with the regulars? Only one way to find out…FIGHT!
52:52
November 16, 2022
Talks to Peter Griffiths about his choice of Vengeance of Varos (2/2)
Talks to Peter Griffiths about his choice of Vengeance of Varos (2/2)
Joe & Peter; needing more than Perrrier. We address the complaints; the gratuitous violence, acid bath humour, a murderous climax and lots of corridor wandering…and we revel and laugh our way through the lot!
54:43
November 15, 2022
Talks to Peter Griffiths about his choice of Vengeance on Varos (1/2)
Talks to Peter Griffiths about his choice of Vengeance on Varos (1/2)
Joe & Peter; we’ll hear you scream until we’re deaf with pleasure. A popular season, a well directed story, featuring a strong cast, a biting commentary on Doctor Who, atmosphere and a commanding Doctor? Can we be talking about the Colin Baker era?
01:01:25
November 13, 2022
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of The Macra Terror (4/4)
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of The Macra Terror (4/4)
Joe & Si; Ra! Ra! Ra! Discussion about piecing together Doctor Who like a puzzle. How gay and cheerful is Jamie? And how do you bring down giant gas guzzling crabs?
42:41
November 11, 2022
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of The Macra Terror (3/4)
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of The Macra Terror (3/4)
Joe & Si; happy to work, happy to play! Is this the point where the story becomes a little more conventional? What the hell is the Danger Gang? And what is the backstory of the Macra infiltrating the colony?
26:32
November 08, 2022
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of The Macra Terror (2/4)
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of The Macra Terror (2/4)
Joe & Si; pondering extraneous TARDIS facilities that we never hear about again. Is Si a champion tosser? An initiative test? Missing episodes = the ultimate, unsolvable puzzle.
32:12
November 06, 2022
Talks to the munificent Si Hart about his choice of The Macra Terror (1/4)
Talks to the munificent Si Hart about his choice of The Macra Terror (1/4)
Joe & Si; well this is gay! Huge love for the first episode, the subversive nature of Troughton’s Doctor emerging, the insidious, jolly atmosphere and discussion of the animation. Nothing succeeds like success!
37:19
November 04, 2022
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of Day of the Daleks (4/4)
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of Day of the Daleks (4/4)
Joe & Gary; and the ultimate 🐹question. More talk of watching this as a kid, especially in relation to the brilliant final set piece. How did we do in actually talking about Day of the Daleks?
33:51
November 03, 2022
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of Day of the Daleks (3/4)
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of Day of the Daleks (3/4)
Joe & Gary; in a war torn Dalek future. Who was the last survivor of the Titanic? What was Terrance and what was Louis? Is this the first deeply unpleasant Dystopia? Is this the first unpleasant depiction of the future?
29:20
November 01, 2022
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of Day of the Daleks (2/4)
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of Day of the Daleks (2/4)
Joe & Gary; the Tomorrow People podcast! Much focus on Paul Bernard and his strengths and weaknesses as a director. How many kids out of a class of 25 were watching Doctor Who in the 70s?
25:20
October 30, 2022
Talks to Jeff Goddard (plus 🐹 fam) about his choice of The Power of the Doctor
Talks to Jeff Goddard (plus 🐹 fam) about his choice of The Power of the Doctor
Joe, Jeff & the Hammies; celebrating Doctor Who’s part in 100 years of the BBC and Jodie Whittaker’s incredible Doctor. Come with us as we count those references, laugh, cry and delight in this.
02:28:27
October 27, 2022
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of Day of the Daleks (1/4)
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of Day of the Daleks (1/4)
Joe & Gary; a good humoured commentary - perhaps a touch sardonic but not cynical. Discussion of the Targets, for Terrance, Barry, being a child in the 70s watching Doctor and why this story is hideously undervalued.
35:25
October 27, 2022
Talks to the fabulous Jim Allenby about his choice of Utopia
Talks to the fabulous Jim Allenby about his choice of Utopia
Joe & Jim; perfectly content drinking their own lactic fluid. It’s Derek Jacobi as the Master! That would be enough. But this is a fierce script, packed with great characters, banter, twists, energy and horror. It’s one of Joe’s all time favourites.
01:15:55
October 22, 2022
Talks to Luke Molloy & Mark Rawlins about their choice of The Talons of Weng-Chiang (6/6)
Talks to Luke Molloy & Mark Rawlins about their choice of The Talons of Weng-Chiang (6/6)
Joe, Luke & Mark; and the plot condensed in three sentences. Holmesian gobbledegook, character beats, atmosphere, scares and our personal reasons we love this story. Mostly it’s Mr Sin!
31:39
October 20, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins & Luke Molloy about his choice of The Talons of Weng-Chiang
Talks to Mark Rawlins & Luke Molloy about his choice of The Talons of Weng-Chiang
Joe, Mark & Luke; and River Song? Can Mark pronounce anything? Is Big Finish a vulture pecking over the corpse of Talons? Has the plot run out of juice just as the character work goes through the roof?
34:23
October 18, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins & Luke Molloy about their choice of The Talons of Weng Chiang (4/6)
Talks to Mark Rawlins & Luke Molloy about their choice of The Talons of Weng Chiang (4/6)
Joe, Mark & Luke; it won’t be a stylish marriage! Luke’s favourite episode thanks to the magic tricks, show tunes and suspense in the theatre. How many Doctor Who tunes can we fit into one episode?
35:36
October 16, 2022
Talks to Luke Molloy & Mark Rawlins about their choice of The Talons of Weng-Chiang (3/6)
Talks to Luke Molloy & Mark Rawlins about their choice of The Talons of Weng-Chiang (3/6)
Joe, Luke & Mark; getting by with a little questions from their friends. Is Jameson the best actor to appear in Doctor Who? A hooker?! Massive love for a giant fluffy rat gnawing on Leela. The Maitland Children spin off!
38:10
October 14, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins and Luke Molloy about their choice of The Talons of Weng-Chiang (2/6)
Talks to Mark Rawlins and Luke Molloy about their choice of The Talons of Weng-Chiang (2/6)
Joe, Mark & Luke; straight to the point boys! Patsy the Mudlark - the Complete History! Much love for Leela; the conception of her character and how it is executed here. Two double acts; the Doctor & Jago and Leela & Litefoot and both are gold.
29:27
October 12, 2022
Talks to Luke Molloy & Mark Rawlins about their choice of The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1/6)
Talks to Luke Molloy & Mark Rawlins about their choice of The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1/6)
Joe, Luke & Mark; a podcast threesome experience! You cannot talk about Talons without dealing with the racism and we get straight to the point so we can deal with its many, many virtues. Make an ‘orse sick, that would!
43:11
October 11, 2022
Talks to Nathan Bottomley about his choice of The Parting of the Ways (2/2)
Talks to Nathan Bottomley about his choice of The Parting of the Ways (2/2)
Joe & Nathan; off to Barcelona! He killed Lynda with a Y, and Jack, and the entire game station crew, and Joseph Patterson. And the Doctor! Badass Daleks, religion, redemption and very human moments. This is just gold.
01:02:20
October 08, 2022
Talks to Nathan Bottomley about his choice of Bad Wolf (1/2)
Talks to Nathan Bottomley about his choice of Bad Wolf (1/2)
Joe & Nathan; WHERE were they hiding that? How do you pastiche reality TV whilst adoring it and using it for sick jokes and drama? RTD knows. How do you bring back the Daleks in the most spectacularly memorable way? He knows that too.
51:09
October 06, 2022
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of A Town Called Mercy
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of A Town Called Mercy
Joe & Si; and the curious case of Moffat love on 🐹 Saddle up cowboy! We’ve got lush location work, confident regulars, a fascinating moral dilemma, action, a great score and some fine character study. This is the worst season, you say?
01:08:22
October 04, 2022
Talks to Jack Coyer about his choice of The Unquiet Dead
Talks to Jack Coyer about his choice of The Unquiet Dead
Joe & Jack; don’t look at us like it’s our fault! Animated cadavers, gaseous lifeforms, immigration rumblings, a morality play, a fresh Doctor and companion, a Christmas ghost story and a verbally dexterous writer. Series one is where it’s all at!
01:12:23
October 02, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of Battlefield (4/4)
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of Battlefield (4/4)
Joe & Mark; THERE WILL BE NO BATTLEFIELD! Why is Joe sniffing? Why is the Destroyer so cool? Should the Brig have died? And what about that charming coda? More on Bambera and how much we would have loved to have seen her back.
32:31
September 30, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of Battlefield (3/4)
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of Battlefield (3/4)
Joe & Mark; hairy chests and drippy mouths. Our love for Battlefield explodes into action! Where is Shou Young’s mother? Why is Morgaine so layered? And poor Sylv is wondering when it’s safe to walk across the set.
27:57
September 28, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of Battlefield (2/4)
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of Battlefield (2/4)
Joe & Mark; and the tragic tale of the Fantom signing. Which Battlefield spurned Mark? Who’s not joining the action? Why do we love Jean Marsh? And will Joe survive his childhood memory of the cliffhanger?
27:10
September 26, 2022
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of Battlefield (1/4)
Talks to Mark Rawlins about his choice of Battlefield (1/4)
Joe & Mark; drinking Arthur’s Ale (anything but that beer!). Mark ADORES this, and Joe has done a 180 with it. The Brig, Bambera, Shou Young, Lavel, Morgaine, Mordred, Elizabeth & Patrick…too many great characters to go on an adventure with.
37:33
September 25, 2022
Talks to Lucy McCaul about her choice of The Underwater Menace (4/4)
Talks to Lucy McCaul about her choice of The Underwater Menace (4/4)
Joe & Lucy; and a dramatic U-turn into tragedy! Zaroff, his plan at its apotheosis, is ready to pull the massive phallic lever and destroy the world. And we couldn’t be more delighted for him.
33:15
September 23, 2022
Talks to Lucy McCaul about her choice of The Underwater Menace (3/4)
Talks to Lucy McCaul about her choice of The Underwater Menace (3/4)
Joe & Lucy; rebelling under the ocean! Joe needs help unpicking Zaroff’s fatal plan and Lucy is on hand to provide the logic! It’s pure farce this week, plankton is in short supply and nothing in the world is going to stop Zaroff now!
28:32
September 21, 2022
Talks to the delightful Lucy McCaul about her choice of The Underwater Menace (2/4)
Talks to the delightful Lucy McCaul about her choice of The Underwater Menace (2/4)
Joe & Lucy; & La Gette of Death! Zaroff! Moving pictures! Zaroff! The Temple! Zaroff! Silly hats! Zaroff! Sir Charles Grover! Zaroff! Insane plans! Zaroff!
36:05
September 19, 2022
Talks to Lucy McCaul about her choice of The Underwater Menace (1/4)
Talks to Lucy McCaul about her choice of The Underwater Menace (1/4)
Joe & Lucy; figuring out where they are in the Mediterranean! Dare you come beneath the waves and face the mighty Professor Zaroff, Fish People and blowy kazoos? We promise to celebrate, and laugh, and examine.
32:59
September 16, 2022
Talks to Mark Dodyk about his choice of Planet of the Ood
Talks to Mark Dodyk about his choice of Planet of the Ood
Joe & Mark; peeling scalps & being sucked into brains. Morally complex, impeccably acted, full of action, fascinating characters and confronting dialogue. This is one of the lesser episodes of series four?
01:12:21
September 14, 2022
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (12/12)
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (12/12)
Joe & Jason; and the Climax of Doom! Are we married at the end of this commentary? Is this an ‘evil’ climax? How is there no Achilles Heel? Junking this story - what a senseless waste!
40:52
September 12, 2022
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (11/12)
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (11/12)
Joe & Jason; and the dangers ramping up! What is yon fella’s mother in law responsible for? Was this bloated spider of a story responsible for tearing a new creative team apart? Is this the single most disquieting episode to date?
27:44
September 10, 2022
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (10/12)
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (10/12)
Joe & Jason; and the adventure of moving pictures! Featuring the Monk and his companions, Steven and Sara. Jason details two stunning directorial moments and we talk Dalekmania ratings (bollocks!).
26:45
September 08, 2022
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (9/12)
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (9/12)
Joe & Jason; & Doctor Who’s rudest line! Did Terry Nation dislike finishing his stories? Is Douglas Camfield a hero to attempt this endeavour? Is Egypt necessary or successful? And how fabulous does Hartnell look in that hat?
30:54
September 05, 2022
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (8/10)
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (8/10)
Joe & Jason; trapped on the planet Tigus! Why is the Monk a Monk? How would you make this a six parter? Why was Hartnell grumpy this week? How does Doctor Who switch tones with such confidence?
28:08
September 03, 2022
Talks to Toby Hadoke about his choice of Forest of the Dead (2/2)
Talks to Toby Hadoke about his choice of Forest of the Dead (2/2)
Joe & Toby; podcasts uniting to spread the love. What an extraordinary man Toby Hadoke is; insightful, generous, witty and self affecting. He has so many wonderful things to say about this story. Press play and smile.
01:16:22
August 31, 2022
Talks to the magnificent Toby Hadoke about his choice of The Silence in the Library (1/2)
Talks to the magnificent Toby Hadoke about his choice of The Silence in the Library (1/2)
Joe & Toby; hey who turned out the lights? What don’t we cover in this conversation? Peak Doctor Who; a brilliant writer and showrunner, a top cast and director, laughs and scares, and so many great ideas. Sublime.
01:04:58
August 29, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Ambassadors of Death (7/7)
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Ambassadors of Death (7/7)
Joe & Frazer; it was our moral duty! Featuring Willow! How do we sum this one up? Carrington, his terrifying plans come to fruition, and he’s forgiven by the Doctor who is trying to protect the monsters. Extraordinary.
48:04
August 27, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Ambassadors of Death (6/7)
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Ambassadors of Death (6/7)
Joe & Frazer; playing in pipes! Is Jon Pertwee a glowing asshole? Who is the best Cyril Shapps? Do Benton and Yates hinder the Brig? Is this episode padding? Are we heading to a thrilling climax?
31:31
August 24, 2022
Talks to the brilliant Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Ambassadors of Death (5/7)
Talks to the brilliant Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Ambassadors of Death (5/7)
Joe & Frazer; character assassination! We bring Benton into light and try and explore the suggestion he might be a murderer. The big question on our lips…WHO KILLED LENNOX? No stone is left unturned.
35:46
August 22, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Ambassadors of Death (4/7)
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Ambassadors of Death (4/7)
Joe & Frazer; Si has been kidnapped! Is the Brigadier at his most fuckable? Would kids have the patients to watch this? Is this Doctor Who characterisation at its best?
31:11
August 20, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Ambassadors of Death (3/7)
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Ambassadors of Death (3/7)
Joe & Frazer; and the ten minute Pertwee era discussion before the episode! Why does Joe like stroppy Doctors? Why is the Doctor exiled on Earth? And can Frazer mention the Brig’s bum again?
36:60
August 17, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Ambassadors of Death (2/7)
Talks to Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Ambassadors of Death (2/7)
Joe & Frazer; fashion experts (apparently). Frazer drops early why Ambassadors is the best story ever. A massive celebration of Liz Shaw, and of female companions in general. We’re agog at the production value of this story.
32:31
August 16, 2022
Talks to the magnificent Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Ambassadors of Death (1/7)
Talks to the magnificent Frazer Gregory about his choice of The Ambassadors of Death (1/7)
Joe & Frazer; schwing! Guest starring Frazer’s puppy! Exemplary acting, writing, direction, music, characterisation - why does nobody rate this? Frazer and I are about to set the record straight - or at least give it a smoother re-entry.
32:54
August 13, 2022
Talks to the delightful Luke Molloy about his choice of The Rings of Akhaten
Talks to the delightful Luke Molloy about his choice of The Rings of Akhaten
Joe & Luke; all singing, all reputation saving! Perhaps the greatest work yet done in 🐹 - detailing all the reasons this episode is a brilliant. Luke & Joe took to social media on airing, we’re appalled, and now settle the score.
01:26:04
August 12, 2022
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of The Aztecs (4/4)
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of The Aztecs (4/4)
Joe & Si have lost the plot! Geriatric porn? Necrophilia? Calamity Jane? The Mexico People from Peru? William Russell’s sex life? And that’s just the first five minutes! Our professionalism is on fire here, as we learn not to meddle in history, but save a life.
33:15
August 09, 2022
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of The Aztecs (3/4)
Talks to Si Hart about his choice of The Aztecs (3/4)
Joe & Si; testing the theory of how wrong two people can be about Doctor Who! We discuss the first hint of pro trans rights in the show, the first (delightful) romance, the first hints of Joe’s personal life (yeah right) & how to make jabolite look like stone.
31:52
August 08, 2022
Talks to Simon Hart about his choice of The Aztecs (2/4)
Talks to Simon Hart about his choice of The Aztecs (2/4)
Joe & Si; 90% laughter, 10% intensity. Should Doctor Who educate or entertain? Do Joe & Si know their geography? How many stories has Si been keeping? How much should the show explain itself?
33:42
August 03, 2022
Talks to his wonderful co-host Si Hart about his choice of The Aztecs (1/4)
Talks to his wonderful co-host Si Hart about his choice of The Aztecs (1/4)
Joe & Si; happy that Cameca isn’t taking dating tips from Amy Pond. At this point we’re in control of this commentary; loving the detail of the sets, script, and performance. An impeccable historical.
29:08
July 31, 2022
Talks to the fabulous David Rennie about his choice of The Lazarus Experiment
Talks to the fabulous David Rennie about his choice of The Lazarus Experiment
Joe & Dave; and Dave’s controversial favourite Tennant episode. We’re both keen on this neglected gem; loving the Pertwee vibe, catty Francine, the grotesque CGI and the surprising moments of poetry. Martha absolutely rocks.
57:56
July 30, 2022
Talks to Robert Valentine about his choice of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (4/4)
Talks to Robert Valentine about his choice of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (4/4)
Joe & Rob; entertaining you…or dying. How well does the era tackle mythology? Why is McCoy so comfortable here? What are Rob’s (minor) criticisms? And will Joe remember the film is called Requiem for a Dream (no).
32:34
July 27, 2022
Talks to Robert Valentine about his choice of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (3/4)
Talks to Robert Valentine about his choice of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (3/4)
Joe & Rob; the growling, the snarling…the reaction to the moon! The Chief Clown comes into focus; one of the most fascinating henchmen in the shows history. And the Doctor’s unusual behaviour towards Ace is examined too.
40:40
July 25, 2022
Talks to Robert Valentine about his choice of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (2/4)
Talks to Robert Valentine about his choice of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (2/4)
Joe & Rob; we’re in the ring next. How much does the Doctor know, and does he have this plotted out? Who is Whizzkid? Are off screen deaths more effective? And is this more effective because of its production nightmare?
32:21
July 24, 2022
Talks to Robert Valentine about his choice of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1/4)
Talks to Robert Valentine about his choice of The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1/4)
Joe & Rob; metatextually speaking. A stab at surrealism, horror, drama, comedy and mad, memorable imagery. So much to discuss here. Rob joins the ham fam and immediately arrested me with his smart reading on this story.
32:12
July 20, 2022
Talks to Steven B & Nathan Bottomley about their choice of The Haunting of Villa Diodati
Talks to Steven B & Nathan Bottomley about their choice of The Haunting of Villa Diodati
Joe, and Steven, and Nathan; and the fruition of a gothic classic! We love this; but Steven and Nathan have issues with the era (which we discuss) and Joe tells them why they are wrong. But we find much to admire with this atmospheric horror tale…
01:07:34
July 18, 2022
Talks to Si Hart & Frazer Gregory about their choice of Genesis of the Daleks (6/6)
Talks to Si Hart & Frazer Gregory about their choice of Genesis of the Daleks (6/6)
Joe, and Si, and Frazer; will they complete their mission for the Time Lords? How do we bring this epic commentary to a climax? Can we reach a consensus on this brilliant story? Can we do one more hammy opening?
43:34
July 16, 2022
Talks to Simon Hart & Frazer Gregory about their choice of Genesis of the Daleks (5/6)
Talks to Simon Hart & Frazer Gregory about their choice of Genesis of the Daleks (5/6)
Joe, and Si, and Frazer; and the ultimate idea in the universe. Would Si release it? Did Terry Nation write the dialogue in this story? Is Frazer obsessed with the Davros and Nyder relationship? And will we finish this story without being attacked by gungy mutants?
36:03
July 14, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory and Simon Hart about their choice of Genesis of the Daleks (4/6)
Talks to Frazer Gregory and Simon Hart about their choice of Genesis of the Daleks (4/6)
Joe, and Frazer, and Si; and delusions of grandeur! Do we believe Sarah and Harry are dead? Do we believe Nyder will defect? Do we believe that the Doctor will spill the secrets of the future?
41:39
July 13, 2022
Talks to Simon Hart & Frazer Gregory about their choice of Genesis of the Daleks (3/6)
Talks to Simon Hart & Frazer Gregory about their choice of Genesis of the Daleks (3/6)
Joe, and Si, and Frazer; and Si’s favourite piece of Dudley Simpson music! Frazer explains why the Daleks are the Phantom Menace, Joe can’t be arsed to talk about the titles, and we give a lot of consideration to Davros and why he is such an iconic character.
29:50
July 09, 2022
Talks to Frazer Gregory & Si Hart about their choice of Genesis of the Daleks (2/4)
Talks to Frazer Gregory & Si Hart about their choice of Genesis of the Daleks (2/4)
Joe, and Frazer, and Si; dodging bullets and bodies! Director David Maloney comes under the microscope and we have lots of complimentary things to say about his contributions to Doctor Who. Should Davros have been a one shot villain?
36:02
July 07, 2022
Talks to his best buds Simon Hart & Frazer Gregory about Genesis of the Daleks (1/6)
Talks to his best buds Simon Hart & Frazer Gregory about Genesis of the Daleks (1/6)
Joe, and Si, and Frazer; caught in a 60 minute cassette! Here we are, in total agreement that this is a classic Doctor Who. How many superlatives can we point at this story? And how many funny intro can we devise?
32:32
July 05, 2022
Talks to Mark McManus about his choice Death to the Daleks (4/4)
Talks to Mark McManus about his choice Death to the Daleks (4/4)
Joe & Mark; and question time! How much did Jon Pertwee exaggerate stories? What is the difference between Dicks and Holmes? What last minute treats does Death to the Daleks have up its sleeve? And Mark admires Joe’s perineum restraint.
36:49
July 02, 2022
Talks to Mark McManus about his choice of Death to the Daleks (3/4)
Talks to Mark McManus about his choice of Death to the Daleks (3/4)
Joe & Mark; doing some very simple stratagem tests! The plot is falling off a cliff but there’s still much to admire. Especially that moment where Sarah Jane and the Doctor appear to say goodbye.
30:40
July 01, 2022
Talks to Mark McManus about his choice of Death to the Daleks (2/4)
Talks to Mark McManus about his choice of Death to the Daleks (2/4)
Joe & Mark; dissecting their (very different) styles of podcasting! More great atmosphere, bizarre music, loud Daleks, machine guns, sacrifices, hoover attachments and great costumes. We’re high on the positives of this story.
32:57
June 27, 2022
Talks to Mark McManus about his choice of Death to the Daleks (1/4)
Talks to Mark McManus about his choice of Death to the Daleks (1/4)
Joe & Mark; in nostalgic heaven! We have absolute affection for this four part adventure, with a chilling first episode that is dripping in atmosphere. The third Doctor and Sarah is given some consideration too.
33:35
June 25, 2022
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of Four to Doomsday (4/4)
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of Four to Doomsday (4/4)
Joe & Steven; monopolising (or monoptoconising) the pool! Time to bring this classic to close; but does the plot make ANY sense? Can we make sense of this trash? Can Steven insult anyone else? And can they survive this comedy as friends?
37:13
June 24, 2022
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of Four to Doomsday (3/4)
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of Four to Doomsday (3/4)
Joe & Steve; slightly hysterical as their tussle over Four to Doomsday reaches its penultimate episode. We might have different opinions but we are loving pulling this story apart. Get out of the pool!
33:48
June 21, 2022
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of Four to Doomsday (2/4)
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of Four to Doomsday (2/4)
Joe & Steven; remember @stealexanderuk! No stone is left unturned as we lock horns over this classic; Tegan’s tantrums, unexpected trainers, macho Adric, weak direction, marvellous Monoptocons…
29:15
June 19, 2022
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of Four to Doomsday (1/4)
Talks to Steven Alexander about his choice of Four to Doomsday (1/4)
Joe & Steve; having an absolute riot in the flesh time! No stone goes unturned as Steve fights for this story’s rights; the sets, the direction, the regulars, the big frogs, the stupid title, Kato…this is only the beginning!
31:40
June 16, 2022
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of The Sensorites (6/6)
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of The Sensorites (6/6)
Joe & Gary; and the tables have turned! Joe interviewed! A discussion that has spanned the multi media universe of Doctor Who comes to a close with a very touching tribute to a much maligned producer. And The Sensorites is defended in the wrap too.
33:22
June 15, 2022
Talks to Gary Russell (kind of) about The Sensorites (5/6)
Talks to Gary Russell (kind of) about The Sensorites (5/6)
Joe & Gary; and cows on the moon! This commentary has become a full blown interview! We turn our mind to the comic strips, more Big Finish and the importance of a good voice in drama.
28:06
June 13, 2022
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of The Sensorites (4/6)
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of The Sensorites (4/6)
Joe & Gary; and at least 3.5 minutes of discussion on The Sensorites! Instead we talk about the pros and cons if bringing old monsters back, Gary’s time with Big Finish and how the Doctor never got to forget one of his best friends.
31:14
June 09, 2022
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of The Sensorites (3/6)
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of The Sensorites (3/6)
Joe & Gary; screwing it up and laughing their heads off. A treatise on fandom and the impact our opinion can have, on how the quality of the picture can affect your opinion of the story & a commentary without actually watching the story.
25:42
June 03, 2022
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of The Sensorites (2/6)
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of The Sensorites (2/6)
Joe & Gary; discussing the nature of soap operas through the years and how that relates to The Sensorites! There’s no soap left unturned! It’s the rarest of things, an episode of a commentary podcast where we barely discuss the episode unfolding.
28:52
June 01, 2022
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of The Sensorites (1/6)
Talks to Gary Russell about his choice of The Sensorites (1/6)
Joe & Gary; in love with sixties Doctor Who. At this point we have lots of lovely things to say about The Sensorites; from the performances to the immediacy to the stunning cliffhanger.
34:55
May 30, 2022
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (6&7)
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (6&7)
Joe & Jason; Christmas special double bill! Can Doctor Who spend an entire 25 minutes knocking up a fake bit of gubbins to fool the Daleks and then follow it up of a Christmas pantomime? Oh yes they can!
01:11:44
May 28, 2022
Talks to Jason Thompson about his choice of The Daleks’ Masterplan (5/12)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 🩸
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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
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)
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
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)
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
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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..,
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)
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)
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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
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
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)