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By Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor

To many, Doctor Who looks like an ordinary TV show. But just like the show's famous time machine, the TARDIS, if you enter, you'll quickly find it's much bigger on the inside. Longtime Whovians and journalists Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor invite you to explore the Whoniverse alongside them, one picked-at-random episode at a time.
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Mile-High Flub (Piloting “Time-Flight,” with guest Christopher Burgess)

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Small World (Reducing “Planet of Giants”)
Small World (Reducing “Planet of Giants”)
What is so fascinating about the micro world that almost every sci-fi franchise has been inspired to include an episode where the characters shrink to the size of insects? The Doctor’s first foray into diminished circumstances came pretty early: William Hartnell’s second-season opener, Planet of Giants, sees the original TARDIS crew taking on giant bugs, deadly water faucets, and a ruthless killer indifferent to a looming environmental catastrophe. Seen through a magnifying glass, Doctor Who feels like an entirely different show. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s hard to see that “less is more” in this case. Maybe we just need to squint. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 2, Serial 1 Story number: 9, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: J Writer: Louis Marks Producer: Verity Lambert Aired 31 October – 14 November 1964 Pull To Open: Planet of Giants Season 3 Episode 38 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Feedback loop and interlude music: Martin West/Thinking Fish Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:14:18
December 03, 2022
Why Did “The Power of the Doctor” Regenerate the Doctor’s Clothes? (A Pull To Open Short Trip)
Why Did “The Power of the Doctor” Regenerate the Doctor’s Clothes? (A Pull To Open Short Trip)
Jodie Whittaker’s regeneration wasn’t just unusual for — spoiler alert — marking the first “repeat” Doctor when she morphed into David Tennant at the end of “The Power of the Doctor.” It was also one of the only regenerations to also regenerate the Doctor’s clothes. The in-show reason for this will likely be revealed in next year’s 60th anniversary special, but incoming showrunner Russell T. Davies discussed in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine why he was “absolutely certain” the clothes would regenerate. Was it the right call? Pete and Chris take a break from their random journey to debate why this was a good call or bad call, and what precedent it sets for the series. Plus: Mille Gibson is Ruby Sunday! The comic strip tie-in! The 2023 schedule! And more! Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Pull To Open Short Trip: Why Did “The Power of the Doctor” Regenerate the Doctor’s Clothes? Season 3 Episode 37 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
44:45
November 26, 2022
Frail Whale (Baiting “The Beast Below”)
Frail Whale (Baiting “The Beast Below”)
Why did it take Doctor Who so long to do the “star whale” concept? If the show was waiting for a particularly strong script, it probably should have sailed right on by The Beast Below, which doesn’t exactly bestow the idea with a lot of dignity: it could be the only time Doctor Who has introduced a creature by showing it barfing. Even though the show is mostly using this cosmic cetacean as a metaphor for an ancient semi-god who just wants to be nice to children and help out when they’re crying, you can’t help but feel like the odds are against the Beast. If this story succeeds, it’ll be a major fluke. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials: Series 5, Episode 2 Story number: 207, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 5.2 Writer: Steven Moffat Showrunner: Moffat Aired 10 April 2010 Pull To Open: The Beast Below Season 3 Episode 36 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Feedback loop and interlude music: Martin West/Thinking Fish Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:35:51
November 19, 2022
Is "The Power of the Doctor" the Best Regeneration Episode? (A Pull To Open Short Trip)
Is "The Power of the Doctor" the Best Regeneration Episode? (A Pull To Open Short Trip)
Regeneration. It's been a pivotal part of Doctor Who for almost 60 years, but let's face it: Some regenerations have been better than others. When a new Doctor takes over, it's always dramatic, but there are several more boxes to tick to make the episode a classic. The story should be epic in impact if not in stakes, the incumbent Doctor should have apt and memorable final lines, and the regeneration itself should tickle both the eyes and the mind. So where does The Power of the Doctor — the series' most recent addition to the Doctor's (infinite?) regeneration cycle — rank? We take a quick break from our random journey to find out. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Pull To Open Short Trip: Is The Power of the Doctor the Best Regeneration Episode? Season 3 Episode 35 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
43:24
November 12, 2022
Death Becomes Him (Exalting "Dalek")
Death Becomes Him (Exalting "Dalek")
The simple, straightforward title of Dalek belies so much: This story doesn’t just re-introduce the Daleks for a new generation of Doctor Who viewers — it makes them interesting, upgraded, and scary in ways they always deserved to be but never quite achieved in the classic series. Stellar performances from the cast — including an arguably best-of-his-run showstopper from Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor overcome by his hatred for these machine-creatures — certainly hep to make Dalek both an unexpected epic as well as the beginning of an incredible run in the back half of Series 1 of NuWho. I think maybe we liked it? Here’s what it feels like to experience Dalek, almost two decades after it fell through time… Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Series 1, Episode 6 Story number: 164, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 1.6 Writer: Robert Shearman Showrunner: Russell T Davies Aired 30 April 2005 Pull To Open: Dalek Season 3 Episode 34 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Feedback loop and interlude music: Martin West/Thinking Fish Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
02:13:07
November 05, 2022
Abyss of the Spider Woman (Chasing “The Runaway Bride”)
Abyss of the Spider Woman (Chasing “The Runaway Bride”)
When companions go, sometimes it’s sad (brave heart, Tegan), sometimes it’s bittersweet (London, 1965!), and sometimes it’s a nonevent (Dodo who?). But the heartbreaking departure of Rose in Doomsday is on another level altogether, and it simply requires repercussions. Those shockwaves are front and center in The Runaway Bride, yet somehow the story ends up being one of the most fun in the entire series. That’s thanks in no small part to the brilliant comedic banter between David Tennant and Catherine Tate — a pairing that works so well that the duo will return as series leads full time in 2023. Seeing the genesis of that relationship makes a rewatch of Bride feel like Christmas morning all over again, and you also get some great stocking stuffers: a visually breathtaking giant spider lady and some never-before-seen TARDIS maneuvering. Set coordinates for December 25, 2006, and pass the eggnog. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials: 2006 Christmas Special Story number: 181, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 3.X Writer: Russell T Davies Showrunner: Russell T Davies Aired 25 December 2006 Pull To Open: The Runaway Bride Season 3 Episode 33 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Feedback loop and interlude music: Martin West/Thinking Fish Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:52:20
October 29, 2022
Mile-High Flub (Piloting “Time-Flight,” with guest Christopher Burgess)
Mile-High Flub (Piloting “Time-Flight,” with guest Christopher Burgess)
When you hear “a Doctor Who story set in the Jurassic period,” the picture you conjure in your head probably looks quite a bit different from Time-Flight. That’s not necessarily a strike against it: The finale of Season 19 is notorious for being light on budget, so it’s probably a blessing that they didn’t even try to show a single allosaurus stomping around the barren plains of prehistoric London. Instead we get the Xeraphin, a telepathic race of morally conflicted humanoids that are almost interesting — at least until the Master uses them as the winner-take-all prize in his technobabble rap battle with the Doctor. Plus: A time-travel mystery! Cringey disguises! Not one, but TWO Concordes! That more than makes up for some absent dinosaurs, doesn’t it? Doesn’t it? Special guest Christopher Burgess (@dubbayoo) from Radio Free Skaro joins! Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 19, Serial 7 Story number: 122, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 6C Writer: Peter Grimwade Producer: John Nathan-Turner Aired 22 – 30 March 1982 Pull To Open: Time-Flight Season 3 Episode 32 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Feedback loop and interlude music: Martin West/Thinking Fish Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
02:11:55
October 22, 2022
Bad Weed (Drenching “Fury From the Deep”)
Bad Weed (Drenching “Fury From the Deep”)
Is there any Doctor Who format as reliable as the base under siege? You can see why: All you need is one set, an excuse to keep the TARDIS out of reach, and one illogically obstinate person in charge, and you’re about 90% there. The key ingredient, of course, is a convincing and creepy monster, and though mutant seaweed might not be your first choice to fill that role, it’s what Fury From the Deep has to work with. Nonetheless, even in animation, “the weed” produces more scares than any hostile plantlife has a right to, so we don’t blame Victoria for giving her lungs a workout in this one. Just please don’t blame us for wanting to break the tension by snickering at all the references to “weed.” Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials: Season 5, Serial 6 Story number: 41, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: RR Writer: Victor Pemberton Producer: Peter Bryant Aired 16 March - 20 April 1968 Pull To Open: Fury From the Deep Season 3 Episode 31 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Feedback Loop music: Freestylah by Alexander Nakarada Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:52:39
October 08, 2022
That Witch You Seek (Exposing “The Witchfinders”)
That Witch You Seek (Exposing “The Witchfinders”)
Jodie Whittaker’s first season as the Doctor took the show in a new direction, but The Witchfinders is almost a return to a very old format: the pure historical. True, this outing to the witch-obsessed England of the 17th century doesn’t quite qualify — what with alien mud creatures reanimating left and right in the final act — but the most interesting thing about this story is certainly the dramatization of the horrific witch trials of the era. An excellent guest cast helps, made all the more entertaining when Alan Cumming arrives playing King James I. Could someone chop down that Morax tree over there? It’s blocking our view of all this fabulous history. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials: Series 11, Episode 8 Story number: 286, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 1DW 11.08 Writers: Joy Wilkinson Showrunner: Chris Chibnall Aired 25 November 2018 Pull To Open: The Witchfinders Season 3 Episode 30 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Feedback Loop music: Freestylah by Alexander Nakarada Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:43:36
October 01, 2022
Past Sins (Witnessing “Rosa”)
Past Sins (Witnessing “Rosa”)
Often Doctor Who travels to the past to showcase historical events, but it rarely shows what life in those eras was like for the less privileged. Rosa is a jarring exception to the rule, with its lens pointed directly at the racist past of the American South. While there is an antagonist from the future present, the real evil force here is state-sanctioned segregation. And the hero who must confront it isn’t the title character we tune in to see from week to week, but Rosa Parks, the black woman who changed history by refusing to give up her seat on a bus. The drama that results is undeniable, but does that make it a classic? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Series 11, Episode 3 Story number: 281, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 1DW 11.03 Writers: Malorie Blackman, Chris Chibnall Showrunner: Chris Chibnall Aired 21 October 2018 Pull To Open: Rosa Season 3 Episode 29 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Feedback Loop music: Freestylah by Alexander Nakarada Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:58:26
September 24, 2022
Gold Turkey (Transmuting “Revenge of the Cybermen”)
Gold Turkey (Transmuting “Revenge of the Cybermen”)
If you lack emotions, can you seek revenge? It’s the burden of Doctor Who fans to ponder questions like this, since Revenge of the Cybermen attributes emotion to the show’s notoriously unfeeling monsters right there in the title. More likely, we suspect some future historian did their best to characterize the Cybermen’s incursion on Nerva Beacon in the 29th century with some fanciful language to give the whole episode some gravitas. Heaven knows the story could use it — unless you’re talking about the single biggest plot hole in Doctor Who history, one so massive it threatens to overshadow Tom Baker’s performance, the unique musical score and everything else good about this story. Absent a beacon to highlight them, the galaxy turns to a lonely podcast broadcasting into the depths of space… Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 12, Serial 5 Story number: 78, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 4D Writers: Gerry Davis (and Robert Holmes) Producer: Philip Hinchcliffe Aired 19 April - 10 May 1975 Pull To Open: Revenge of the Cybermen Season 3 Episode 28 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Feedback Loop music: Freestylah by Alexander Nakarada Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
02:07:01
September 17, 2022
Pair o’ Docs (Devouring “The Two Doctors”)
Pair o’ Docs (Devouring “The Two Doctors”)
When more than one Doctor is present, you know something’s gone disastrously wrong. While that usually applies to something within the show, in the case of The Two Doctors, you might be talking about the show itself. In some ways, it’s not the story’s fault — the production was famously plagued with problems behind the scenes — but a misfired location shoot can’t explain away the script’s icky obsession with carnivorism or those utterly extraneous Sontarans. At least we can all agree that we’d watch Patrick Troughton do anything, including wolf down an insanely huge meal in a top hat… just as long as he didn’t do it wearing bright red eyebrows. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 22, Serial 4 Story number: 140, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 6W Writers: Robert Holmes Producer: John Nathan-Turner Aired 16 February - 2 March 1985 Pull To Open: The Two Doctors Season 3 Episode 27 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Feedback Loop music: Freestylah by Alexander Nakarada Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:37:51
September 03, 2022
The Once and Future Doctor (Mythologizing “Battlefield”)
The Once and Future Doctor (Mythologizing “Battlefield”)
Summer is peak season for action romps, we’re told, so that must be why the Randomzier plopped us in the middle of Battlefield, the opening story of Classic Doctor Who’s final year, and one that seems to continuously feature guns shooting, swords clashing, and all manner of things blowing up. I mean, you’d expect nothing less from the last official appearance of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, but is it all just smokescreen to keep us from realizing the story — ostensibly about transdimensional Arthurian knights fighting over a magic sword at the bottom of a lake — is complete nonsense? Probably, though did we mention lots of stuff blows up? Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 26, Serial 1 Story number: 155, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 7N Writers: Ben Aaronovitch Producer: John Nathan-Turner Aired 6 September - 27 September 1989 Pull To Open: Battlefield Season 3 Episode 26 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Interlude music: Freestylah by Alexander Nakarada Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:43:36
August 27, 2022
Invading Earth for Dummies (Waxing "Spearhead From Space")
Invading Earth for Dummies (Waxing "Spearhead From Space")
Rebooting Doctor Who is a feature of the show, not a bug, but it was still uncertain territory when Jon Pertwee took over in 1970. Sure, Patrick Troughton had taken over from William Hartnell a few years before, but it was very much the same show, following the adventures of a mysterious traveler and his human companions throughout all of time and space. Spearhead From Space boldly tosses out that formula, centers the show on contemporary Earth, and recasts the Doctor as a flamboyant action hero. OK, yes, those choices were made more out of budget necessity than bold storytelling, but the welcome return of the Brigadier reminds us this is still the same show, and it doesn’t hurt that store-window mannequins make for a hella creepy monster. Doctor Who is renewed again, for the first time. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 7, Serial 1 Story number: 50, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: AAA Writers: Robert Holmes Producer: Derrick Sherwin Aired 3 January - 24 January 1970 Pull To Open: Spearhead From Space Season 3 Episode 25 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Interlude music: Freestylah by Alexander Nakarada Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:39:02
August 20, 2022
All Creatures Great and Small (Magnifying “Carnival of Monsters”)
All Creatures Great and Small (Magnifying “Carnival of Monsters”)
Doctor Who can be dramatic, captivating, and even epic, but some of the most memorable episodes are just plain fun! Carnival of Monsters definitely qualifies as one of the fun ones, made all the more interesting with an intriguing first-episode mystery and some subversive messaging in Robert Holmes’s almost-too-clever script. Come for the fearsome drashigs, stay for the brilliant political satire on Inter Minor. And, as ever, don’t blink, lest you miss the surprising backstory about the Doctor’s past as a Gallifreyan activist. Grab your popcorn — this one’s definitely a crowd-pleaser. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 10, Serial 2 Story number: 65, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: PPP Writers: Robert Holmes Producer: Barry Letts Aired  27 January – 17 February 1973 Pull To Open: Carnival of Monsters Season 3 Episode 24 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:44:23
July 23, 2022
A Logical End (Mastering “Logopolis”)
A Logical End (Mastering “Logopolis”)
If a regeneration story means the end of an era in Doctor Who, Logopolis is an extinction-level event. It bears the extra weight of being the final story in the epic run of Tom Baker, who, to many, was the definitive actor to play the Doctor. Christopher H. Bidmead’s script doesn’t shy away from this impossible task, with the premise, the villain, and the stakes all appropriately elevated. You’d be forgiven for thinking this might not have been the best time to stuff the TARDIS full of new companions, but somehow Logopolis still holds up (yes, even the flood-the-TARDIS business). Somewhere, Anthony Ainley is deservedly having the last laugh. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 18, Serial 7 Story number: 115, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 5V Writers: Christopher H. Bidmead Producer: John Nathan-Turner Aired 28 February – 21 March 1981 Pull To Open: Logopolis Season 3 Episode 23 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:46:11
July 16, 2022
Industrial Devolution (Blemishing “The Mark of the Rani”)
Industrial Devolution (Blemishing “The Mark of the Rani”)
Time Lords come and Time Lords go, but what about Time Ladies? The Rani is a peculiar case among Gallifrey’s ruling class: an amoral cosmic elitist who just wants to be left alone and occasionally perform horrible experiments on various folks — and isn’t the slightest bit interested in the Doctor. That’s a refreshing change, made even more memorable by holding it right up against the status-quo opposite: the Master himself. Before Missy, before Time Lord gender-flops, and before the Master stopped needlessly messing around with Earth history, The Mark of the Rani is one of the more creative experiments around Time Lord villainy in Classic Who. Just don’t tell the High Council… and stay out of Red Fern Dell. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 22, Serial 3 Story number: 139, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 6X Writers: Pip and Jane Baker Producer: John Nathan-Turner Aired 2 February - 9 February 1985 Pull To Open: The Mark of the Rani Season 3 Episode 22 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:42:21
July 09, 2022
SHORT TRIP: The Real Captain Jack
SHORT TRIP: The Real Captain Jack
Longtime Pull To Open listeners have heard his name again and again, but exactly who is this mysterious “Jack?” It’s time for a surprise reveal: Pete’s son Jack takes a little time off from being a kid to visit the podcast and share his thoughts on Doctor Who, including what he thinks of the classic series after growing up on NuWho, how the show is sometimes too scary, and of course who his favorite Doctor is. We might be biased, but the future of fandom is in good hands. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Pull To Open Short Trip: The Real Captain Jack Season 3 Episode 21
20:51
July 02, 2022
No Place Like Rome (Indulging “The Romans”)
No Place Like Rome (Indulging “The Romans”)
Some say Doctor Who’s The Romans is just a romp, a bit of silliness, and not that consequential. Don’t you believe it. It’s arguably the story where the Doctor has the most sweeping and destructive effect on history as we know it. We might all be living in the “bad” timeline right now — one where Rome burned and Nero’s expensive reconstruction hastened the weakening of the empire. Consider the outcome if a certain Time Lord’s spectacles didn’t incinerate the emperor’s plans: a stronger Rome, one that might have withstood the test of time and led to even greater progress for all mankind. We’ll never know, though, and all because the Doctor felt like making a house call to an emperor. Now who’s the time meddler, hmm? Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Story Essentials Season 2, Serial 4 Story number: 12, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: M Writer: Dennis Spooner Producer: Verity Lambert Aired 16 January - 6 February 1965 Pull To Open: The Romans Season 3 Episode 20
01:22:18
June 04, 2022
Axos & Allies (Sharpening “The Claws of Axos,” with guest Nathan Bottomley)
Axos & Allies (Sharpening “The Claws of Axos,” with guest Nathan Bottomley)
Invading the Earth used to be so simple: Either land or crash your spaceship in Britain, wait for the local Time Lord to show up, then coerce them into helping you by threatening the people they care about. But it gets a little complicated when two Time Lords show up, which was oddly the norm back in the UNIT days, what with the Master constantly trying to both one-up the Doctor and do some invading/conquering/destroying of his own. It’s enough to confuse even the most determined alien menace, but you’re probably particularly vulnerable if you’re a gestalt entity with a penchant for psychological attacks that resemble a bad acid trip. We’re looking at you, Axons. The Claws of Axos might be deeply embedded in the Earth’s crust, but we get the feeling its heart just isn’t in this. Special guest Nathan Bottomley (@nathanbottomley) from Flight Through Entirety podcast and creator of therandomiser.net joins! Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Story Essentials Season 8, Serial 3 Story number: 56, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: GGG Writers: Bob Baker and Dave Martin Producer: Barry Letts Aired 13 March – 3 April 1971 Pull To Open: The Claws of Axos Season 3 Episode 19
01:36:60
May 28, 2022
SPECIAL EPISODE: Who Is Ncuti Gatwa?
SPECIAL EPISODE: Who Is Ncuti Gatwa?
It’s official: Ncuti Gatwa is the Doctor. Sometime soon, Jodie Whittaker will bid farewell to the role and a handsome actor of Netflix’s Sex Education fame will take over — or so we think. All we know now is Gatwa will play the Doctor in Russell T. Davies’ renewed run as showrunner, but is he the 14th incarnation (which is incorrect numbering anyway) or something else? What is the deal with David Tennant returning — in a different coat — with Catherine Tate in tow, even though Donna had her memory wiped? And what about the new “Rose,” played by newcomer Yasmin Finney? We’ve got theories, and it’s never too early to think about the future. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Outro music: Freestylah by Alexander Nakarada Pull To Open: Who Is Ncuti Gatwa? Season 3 Episode 18
30:19
May 21, 2022
Tractator Pull (Bombarding “Frontios”)
Tractator Pull (Bombarding “Frontios”)
When Doctor Who takes us to the far future, it’s often with a dystopian view. That’s certainly the case with Frontios, which isn’t content to simply plunge a scrappy group of refugees from a doomed Earth into a harrowing fight for survival. It also adds to the mix the twin horrors of giant insects bent on recreating the ugliest parts of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and some of the worst spiked hair the universe has ever seen. (One of those things was powerful enough to destroy the TARDIS, but the jury's still out on which.) Let’s not leave any stone unturned as we excavate the true meaning of this one, if only to make sure we don’t lose our hat rack. Plus: A new theory on TARDIS translation, an update on whether Chris has seen Legend of the Sea Devils, and — oh yeah! — there's a new Doctor. Welcome to the family, Ncuti Gatwa! We talk about it all. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 21, Serial 3 Story number: 132, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code 6N Writer:  Christopher H. Bidmead Producer: Nathan-Turner Aired 26 January - 3 February 1984 Pull To Open: Frontios Season 3 Episode 17 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:43:05
May 14, 2022
Spark Attack (Recharging “The Power of the Daleks”)
Spark Attack (Recharging “The Power of the Daleks”)
Quick, what’s the best way to mount an insurrection in your remote Earth colony? Right, exactly — befriend the mechanical creatures you’ve just revived from hibernation within a long-dormant capsule that crashed centuries ago and enlist them to be your muscle. Really, if you’re a marooned Dalek attack force, it’s good work if you can get it, especially if the annoying humans who think they’re in charge are hopelessly factionalized like they usually are. Feels like there’s some kind of lesson to be learned in The Power of the Daleks, but we’re in a bit of a regeneration stupor, so we might have missed it while we were reading everyone’s name tag. Let’s grab some coiled jumper cables, attach them to our commentary machine, and throw the switch… Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Story Essentials Season 4, Serial 3 Story number: 29, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code EE Writer: David Whitaker (with Dennis Spooner) Producer: Innes Lloyd Aired 5 November - 10 December 1966 Pull To Open: The Power of the Daleks Season 3 Episode 16
01:33:57
May 07, 2022
One Moor Time (Illuminating “The Eaters of Light”)
One Moor Time (Illuminating “The Eaters of Light”)
Ever been to Scotland? Doctor Who sure has, and if you’re ever looking for the ultimate proof of that look no further than The Eaters of Light, an episode that seems designed entirely to showcase bad weather, Pict history, and very cross people. Of course, it doesn’t get much more cross than the 12th Doctor, but just how effective will a pair of epic eyebrows be against a squad of Roman centurions, a pack of star-eating transdimensional creatures, and Nardole’s constant scolding? More than you’d think, obviously, though it’s hard to tell with all the incomprehensible yelling. Did we mention we’re in Scotland? Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Story Essentials Series 10, Episode 10 Story number: 276, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code 1DW 10.10 Writer: Rona Munro Producer: Moffat Aired 17 June 2017 Pull To Open: The Eaters of Light Season 3 Episode 15 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:32:28
April 30, 2022
Dead Center (Skirting “Terminus”)
Dead Center (Skirting “Terminus”)
Doctor Who explains the Big Bang! That’s an ambitious idea, and not one you’d expect to be shoehorned into an episode about space lepers journeying to a vast space station that promises not just a cure for their disease but also the opportunity to play with the biggest dog you’ve ever seen. Still, Terminus goes for it, soldiering on through plot holes the size of a supercluster to explain how all of creation came into existence, plus how Tegan and Turlough can somehow command tons of screen time yet do absolutely nothing. Other conundrums include: Why does Nyssa want to stay here? And where can I write to Terminus HR about their "murder people on sight" policy? Hang onto your skirts, Lazars, this is going to be a bumpy one. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 20, Serial 4 Story number: 126, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code 6G Writer: Stephen Gallagher Producer: Nathan-Turner Aired 15-23 February 1983 Pull To Open: Terminus Season 3 Episode 14 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:31:27
April 23, 2022
SPECIAL EPISODE: Into the Codex
SPECIAL EPISODE: Into the Codex
We’re worried. In the two-and-a-bit years since we started Pull To Open, we’ve done commentaries on 42(!) individual Doctor Who stories. That constitutes only 14% of the entire onscreen canon, but we appear to have exhausted a much greater portion of the series’ most revered episodes: The Girl in the Fireplace, Inferno, The Day of the Doctor, and even Genesis of the Daleks. In this special podcast, Chris and Pete look back at PTO’ run so far, cracking open the official Pull To Open Codex to determine: Are there enough (Viscount) banger episodes left for the Randomizer to keep our doors… open? At least without some cosmic rationing? Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Pull To Open: Into the Codex Season 3 Episode 13
17:08
April 16, 2022
Peak Villainy (Siring "Genesis of the Daleks")
Peak Villainy (Siring "Genesis of the Daleks")
In the entire run of Doctor Who, there has never been a villain quite like Davros. Half-Dalek, half-somewhat crispy person, the character of Davros set a new bar for the "evil genius" archetype in his debut story, Genesis of the Daleks. His many speeches in that story produced some of the show's best scenes, creating so much great drama that no one minds that the story completely retcons huge swaths of Dalek history. There's so much reverence for Genesis, it's hard to watch it with a critical eye... but that's never stopped us before! While this classic among classics undeniably holds up, is there still room for improvement somewhere within the on-point war allegories and fascist allusions? We mean, besides those giant clams. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Story Essentials Season 12, Serial 4 Story number: 77, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code 4E Writer: Terry Nation Producer: Hinchcliffe Aired 8 March - 12 April 1975 Pull To Open: Genesis of the Daleks Season 3 Episode 12
01:57:22
April 09, 2022
Telos Another One (Converting "Attack of the Cybermen")
Telos Another One (Converting "Attack of the Cybermen")
When you're looking to literally change history to save your race, it's smart to stay focused. This really isn't the time for convoluted plans, extraneous plot threads that go nowhere, and long conversations with captured prisoners. But the Cybermen can't help themselves, it seems, and neither can Attack of the Cybermen, which seems utterly confused about which previous story it's a sequel to. It's almost inevitable that things get messy pretty quickly in Colin Baker's second adventure, but the script still manages to keep the pace up, the body count high, and the fan service at maximum. Could at least some parts of Attack be… excellent? Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 22, Serial 1 Story number: 137, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code 6T Writer: Paula Moore, alias for Paula Woolsey (Eric Saward, story elements by Ian Levine) Producer: Nathan-Turner Aired 5 - 12 January 1985 Pull To Open: Attack of the Cybermen Season 3 Episode 11 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
02:16:40
April 02, 2022
Wasting Time (Embalming “State of Decay”)
Wasting Time (Embalming “State of Decay”)
If you’re a powerful vampire running from the Time Lords, it’s easy to see why you’d pick E-space for your hideout. It’s small, it's full of delicious humanoids, it's hidden behind a CVE — not to mention bat-populated planets are seemingly a dime a dozen in this green-hued pocket universe. It's really just bad luck that the Doctor wandered in, but all the better for us since we get to see a traditional vampire horror story done through the lens of Doctor Who. The result is State of Decay, and it delivers on blending gothic fantasy with Who's quasi-scientific reality. Can we also toss in a potentially duplicitous new companion, a healthy amount of K-9 action, and a spectacular final reveal of the monster? Enh, two out of three ain’t bad. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts!  Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Story Essentials Season 18, Serial 4 Story number: 112, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code 5P Writer: Terrance Dicks Producer: Nathan-Turner Aired 22 November – 13 December 1980 Pull To Open: State of Decay Season 3 Episode 10 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:39:03
March 26, 2022
Zings and Arrows (Lionizing "Robot of Sherwood")
Zings and Arrows (Lionizing "Robot of Sherwood")
Hard to believe, but it took Doctor Who more than 50 years to get around to doing a TV adventure centered on Robin Hood. And like a speeding arrow splitting the shaft of another, Robot of Sherwood cracks your usual story assumptions: Instead of presenting an alien explanation for a mythical historical figure, the myth is offered up as historical fact. That raises a couple of notable eyebrows, leading the Doctor to take on a persona that's more cantankerous antihero than otherworldly savior, and his bickering with Robin creates some of the biggest laughs of the series. It's all fun and games, of course, until a robot reveals its cross-shaped eye. Please leave a review! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Story Essentials Series 8, Episode 3 Story number: 247, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code 1DW 8.03 Writer: Mark Gatiss Showrunner: Moffat Aired 6 September 2014 Pull To Open: Robot of Sherwood Season 3 Episode 9 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:30:19
March 12, 2022
Grin Reaper (Enlivening "Smile")
Grin Reaper (Enlivening "Smile")
When you first start traveling with the Doctor, you've got to get your basics down, and a key item to tick off the list is traveling to the far future. Bill Potts got her future-events cred via a visit to the troubled human colony depicted in Smile, one of the most gorgeous episodes of the Capaldi era. Besides a wide-eyed new companion, the story features one of Doctor Who's most reliable antagonists: servant robots that have for some reason gone homicidal. Throw in a massive colony ship and some end-of-the-world vibes and we might really have something — just as long as the social commentary on emoji is really thoughtful and not just something tossed in because it's trendy 🙂 Please leave a review! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Story Essentials Series 10 Story number: 269, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code 1DW 10.02 Writer: Frank Cottrell-Boyce Showrunner: Moffat Aired 22 April 2017 Pull To Open: Smile Season 3 Episode 8 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:34:11
March 05, 2022
Time Killer (Targeting "The Deadly Assassin")
Time Killer (Targeting "The Deadly Assassin")
Some Doctor Who episodes are good. Some are great. Some are pretty forgettable. And some are epics — not just riveting in their characterization and storytelling, but also in the way that they established or rewrote the fundamentals of the show. The Deadly Assassin is such an epic, completely up-ending everything we knew about the Time Lords at the time. The sheer amount of Gallifreyan lore on display is what the episode is mostly remembered for, but there's also that whole "plot to kill the Lord President" thing, not to mention the return of the Master, who's arguably in his most evil (and gross) incarnation. But could our memories have been corrupted by the passage of time? Let's hook up to the Matrix and find out. Please leave a review! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Story Essentials Season 14 Story number: 87, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code 4P Writer: Robert Holmes Producer: Hinchcliffe Aired 30 October – 20 November 1976 Pull To Open: The Deadly Assassin Season 3 Episode 7
01:37:13
February 26, 2022
Courting Disaster (Unearthing "The Mysterious Planet")
Courting Disaster (Unearthing "The Mysterious Planet")
When Doctor Who returned after a forced hiatus in the mid '80s, the show had big plans for its return: The entire season would be a single arc that would see the Time Lords subject the Doctor to an epic trial for his meddling. The Trial of a Time Lord was an ambitious and compelling idea, and years before its time considering how serialized modern franchises have become. Trial's first story has a lot going for it — an interesting mystery, a rebooted Sixth Doctor, and the delight of Tony Selby as Sabalom Glitz — plus it sets the table for a looming showdown between the Doctor and the big baddie for the season, the Valeyard. Could The Mysterious Planet be a forgotten gem? Let's reopen this case. Please leave a review! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 23 Story number: 143, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code 7A Writer: Robert Holmes Showrunner: Nathan-Turner Aired 6 - 27 September 1986 Pull To Open: The Trial of a Time Lord - The Mysterious Planet Season 3 Episode 6 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:42:50
February 19, 2022
The French Connection (Serenading "The Girl in the Fireplace")
The French Connection (Serenading "The Girl in the Fireplace")
We know the Doctor has a family, but does he date? That's a bit inconclusive. Putting aside the numerous individuals he's invited into his, uh… box to explore the universe, some of the strongest evidence that the Doctor might have those feelings about someone is The Girl in the Fireplace. It's a mystery, it's a horror story, and it's a history lesson, but most of all this episode is a romance. It's rightfully remembered as a classic, but is it because it dared to touch on the question of the Doctor's sexuality, or is it the expertly crafted timey-wimey plot? Be sure that clock on the mantle is working — this one might take a while. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Series 2 Story number: 174, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production 1DW 2.04 Writer: Steven Moffat Showrunner: Davies Aired 6 May 2006 Pull To Open: The Girl in the Fireplace Season 3 Episode 5 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:37:13
February 05, 2022
Game of Shadows (Cataloging "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead")
Game of Shadows (Cataloging "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead")
When is a shadow not a shadow? When it's in a Doctor Who story determined to reimagine a feature of ordinary life as a homicidal creature, of course. The team of Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat created their fair share of everyday monsters, and the Vashta Nerada are one of the most memorable: Sentient shadows that consume the flesh of the living. That alone makes the one-two punch of Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead memorable, and when you add in the first appearance of River Song, you have all the ingredients of a NuWho classic. Does it hold up now that we know River's entire journey? And are those shadows as scary as we remember? Let's check into the Library once again... Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Series 4, Episodes 8 and 9 Story number: 198, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production 1DW 4.09/4.10 Writer: Steven Moffat Showrunner: Russell T Davies Aired 31 May - 7 June 2008 Pull To Open: Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead Season 3 Episode 4 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:30:47
January 29, 2022
Safe Arbor (Cultivating "In the Forest of the Night")
Safe Arbor (Cultivating "In the Forest of the Night")
What do trees, the end of human civilization, and the psychological trauma of losing a family member all have in common? They're all ostensibly what In the Forest of the Night is about — one of the more epic-in-scale episodes of Peter Capaldi's first series as the Doctor. It's not well remembered, a pretty clear case study of a story's reach exceeding its grasp. But it does grasp something, and with some compelling ideas and the series regulars giving it their all, it may be time to re-examine its place in Who canon. Let's venture back into the forest, and maybe this time we'll close our eyes if we encounter any CGI wolves. Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Story Essentials Series 8 Story number: 254, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production 1DW 08.10 Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce Showrunner: Moffat Aired 25 October 2014 Pull To Open: In the Forest of the Night Season 3 Episode 3 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:33:07
January 22, 2022
Trouble in Store (Reopening "Closing Time")
Trouble in Store (Reopening "Closing Time")
If there was ever a companion who wasn't a companion, it's Craig. He might not have ever traveled in the TARDIS, but he still somehow made his way into the Doctor's hearts — thanks in large part to the against-type performance of James Corden. Seeing him played against Matt Smith's Doctor at his most bonkers is one of the huge treats of Closing Time, the other being the return of a classic monster, the Cybermen... though that one doesn't go over nearly so well. Is the double act enough to hold this one together, or does it ultimately collapse into a pile of spare parts? Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Series 6, Episode 12 Story number: 226, according to the The Pull To Open Codex Production 1DW 06.12 Writer: Gareth Roberts Showrunner: Steven Moffat Aired 24 September 2011 Pull To Open: Closing Time Season 3 Episode 2 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:22:51
January 15, 2022
Kingdom of the Insidious Skull (Exorcising "Image of the Fendahl")
Kingdom of the Insidious Skull (Exorcising "Image of the Fendahl")
An ancient evil. Misguided scientists. If you're thinking, "Oh, we simply have to get these guys together," you might be a Doctor Who writer from the '70s. But if you're going to go ahead and mix this pair of volatile ingredients, it's probably best to throw in at least one wisecracking supporting character, a few paper-mâché monsters, and some ambitious ideas about the true nature of human evolution. Put it all into a delightfully sinister horror-movie backdrop on the English countryside, and you've got Image of the Fendahl, the last stab of Tom Baker's "scary" era. It's well-remembered, but can it still frighten? Or make sense? Pour some extra salt on your pretzels, and set coordinates for the Fifth Planet… Please leave a review! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Story Essentials Season 15 Story number: 93, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production code 4X Writer: Chris Boucher Showrunner: Williams Aired 29 October - 19 November 1977 Pull To Open: Image of the Fendahl Season 3 Episode 1
01:18:06
January 08, 2022
Copy That (Echoing "Midnight")
Copy That (Echoing "Midnight")
When either the Doctor or his companion takes a break for an episode, you know you're in for something unusual. That's what you get with Midnight, an outing of Doctor Who that feels more like an Agatha Christie tale than the one with Agatha Christie. But beyond the mystery, what makes the episode so unexpected is the Doctor's usual toolbox of cleverness and a little bit of sonic doesn't help him one bit. It's a compelling premise, but does it work as anything other than a thought exercise? Let's just put this one on repeat… Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Series 4, Episode 10 Story number: 199, according to The Pull To Open Codex Production code 1DW 04.10 Writer: Russell T. Davies Showrunner: Russell T. Davies Aired 14 June 2008 Pull To Open: Midnight Season 2 Episode 26 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:08:43
December 25, 2021
This Is Maggot Country (Sanitizing "The Green Death")
This Is Maggot Country (Sanitizing "The Green Death")
If you were looking for a single Doctor Who serial that encapsulates virtually all of the sci-fi tropes of the '70s — giant bugs, an evil sentient computer, mind-altering crystals — it'd be hard to find one that filled the bingo card as well as The Green Death. Of course, these are the tropes before they were tropes, and you can't help but admire how the story leans into them all with satisfying confidence, even when it's grossing us out with slimy maggots. But is it a worthy send-off for Jo Grant? Better check with the BOSS… Essentials Season 10 Story number: 69 (68 according to The Pull To Open Codex) Production code TTT Writer: Robert Sloman Showrunner: Letts Aired 19 May - 23 June 1973 (6 episodes) Pull To Open: The Green Death Season 2 Episode 25
01:43:57
December 11, 2021
Creep of Faith (Divining "The God Complex")
Creep of Faith (Divining "The God Complex")
Doctor Who has a reputation for frightening its audience, but is it just as good if it creeps the hell out of them instead? That might be the most apt take on The God Complex: It's Doctor Who, but something about it is a little off, and we're not sure if we like it. An '80s hotel that seems strangely smaller on the inside, a guest cast curated to deadly perfection, and a monster that seems familiar, yet… not. The time has come for us to check into this very odd Matt Smith episode. We're sure we'll have no trouble leaving. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Series 6, Episode 11 Story number: 225, according to The Pull To Open Codex Production code 1DW 06.11 Writer: Toby Whithouse Showrunner: Steven Moffat Aired 17 September 2011 Pull To Open: The God Complex Season 2 Episode 24 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:26:40
November 28, 2021
Hybrid Theory (Disentangling "Hell Bent")
Hybrid Theory (Disentangling "Hell Bent")
When a show like Doctor Who starts talking about a hybrid, you can bet it's not talking about the latest Prius. Peter Capaldi's second season cooked up a perplexing mystery around this vaguely defined being with a bifurcated background, which came to a head in the series finale, "Hell Bent." The episode pays off a lot of plotlines — the return of Gallifrey and Clara's journey, primarily — but it also throws in a bunch of extras for… fun, I guess? In any case, it's nice to see Ashildr, Ohlia and the General of the War Council of Gallifrey again, not to mention the classic TARDIS console room. But about that hybrid, uh, we have questions…. Please leave a review! Also: Follow us on TikTok! @pulltoopen ...and Instagram: @pulltoopen63 ...and Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Story Essentials: Hell Bent Series 9, Episode 12 Story number: 265, according to The Pull to Open Codex Production code 9.12 Writer: Steven Moffat Showrunner: Moffat Aired 5 December 2015 Pull To Open: Hell Bent Season 2 Episode 23 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:23:47
November 13, 2021
All Thirteen (Honoring "The Day of the Doctor")
All Thirteen (Honoring "The Day of the Doctor")
Is "The Day of the Doctor" a great Doctor Who episode or the greatest Doctor Who episode? It sounds like a tongue-in-cheek question, but in the case of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special, we're as serious as UNIT nuclear protocols in the event of a Zygon invasion. Luckily, Pete and Chris have some help to find the answer: Alisa Stern, creator of Doctor Puppet, joins the podcast as we build toward a final verdict on the timeline-altering world-record-setting special. The Whoniverse may have changed since those time-locked events of 2013, but we're revisiting them not a Moment too soon. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials: 50th Anniversary Special Story number: 243, according to The Pull to Open Codex Production code 7.2/001 Writer: Steven Moffat Showrunner: Moffat Aired 23 November 2013 Pull To Open: The Day of the Doctor Season 2 Episode 22 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:57:52
October 30, 2021
Must Flee TV (Binging "The Idiot's Lantern")
Must Flee TV (Binging "The Idiot's Lantern")
A TV show that turns television itself into a monster? That's got potential. But if you're waiting for "The Idiot's Lantern" to deliver on that potential, you should probably just switch the damn thing off already. Or... dial back your expectations! This may not be the ultraclever send-up of TV culture you wanted, but as a period piece set against the backdrop of Queen Elizabeth's coronation, it convinces you to have some fun cruising on mopeds and pursuing faceless people through 1953 London. Is that enough to mark it as an overlooked gem, or is this outing pure filler? Adjust your rabbit ears, make sure you're sitting comfortably, and we'll begin. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Series 2, Episode 7 Story number: 176, according to The Pull to Open Codex Production code 2.7 Writer: Mark Gatiss Showrunner: Russell T Davies Aired 27 May 2006 Pull To Open Season 2 Episode 21 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:13:60
October 16, 2021
A Little Bird Killed Me (Facing "Face the Raven")
A Little Bird Killed Me (Facing "Face the Raven")
Companions come and companions go, but very few companions die. At least, death tends not to be the preferred exit from traveling with the Doctor, but it does happen, and Face the Raven is maybe the most dramatic companion death on record. It's perhaps a fitting end (but not really) to the arc of Clara Oswald, who was always more than your typical wayward-girl-who-stumbled-on-board-the-TARDIS. But does the story support the emotional weight of such an impactful moment? And what does "remember 82" mean? Let's get this bird on our brains — just as soon as we get of our chests our first reactions to the news that Russell T. Davies is returning to Doctor Who. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Series 9, Episode 10 Story number: 263, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 9.10 Writer: Sarah Dollard Showrunner: Steven Moffat Aired 21 November 2015 Pull To Open: Face the Raven Season 2 Episode 20 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:13:50
October 04, 2021
The China Sin (Inspecting "The Talons of Weng-Chiang")
The China Sin (Inspecting "The Talons of Weng-Chiang")
Doctor Who is sometimes notable for the wrong reasons, and sometimes it's legendary for the right ones. But what about when it's both, and in the same story? That's the case for The Talons of Weng-Chiang, which is rightly praised as a true classic Doctor Who story in every sense of the word, the culmination of producer Philip Hinchcliffe's ambitious era and the peak of Tom Baker's run of gothic horror stories. It's also an example of casually racist attitudes — not just of the Victorian era where the story's set, but also of 1977, when the story was made. Given Talons' many facets, what's a 21st century Whovian to make of it? Don your headphones and grab your deerstalker — the game's afoot in this pod. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials: Season 14, Serial 6  Story number: 90, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 4S  Writer: Robert Holmes  Producer: Philip Hinchcliffe  Aired 26 February – 2 April 1977   Pull To Open: The Talons of Weng-Chiang  Season 2  Episode 19 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:13:39
September 19, 2021
On Air (Inhaling "Oxygen")
On Air (Inhaling "Oxygen")
If you're going to make an anticapitalist statement through a Doctor Who story, you've got your work cut out for you in making it distinct enough from all the previous stories that made the same statement. Good thing, then, that Oxygen subverts the show's entire sci-fi canvas by showing us a grittily realistic outer-space scenario where the title molecule is in short supply. Add elements of zombie horror and a compelling mystery, and you almost have a Who classic in the making. Just don't get too blinded by your clever premise. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Series 10, Episode 5 Story number: 272, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 10.05 Writer: Jamie Mathieson Showrunner: Steven Moffat Aired 13 May 2017 Pull To Open: Oxygen Season 2 Episode 18 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:07:49
September 05, 2021
The Planet of Theatricality (Savoring "The Androids of Tara")
The Planet of Theatricality (Savoring "The Androids of Tara")
Even Time Lords need time off. After you've saved all of reality for the 117th time, it's refreshing to kick back and simply make sure the politics of a remote colony don't go off the rails, especially if you can do it with robots. But if a baddie should rise to resist you, at least make sure he's delightfully entertaining, with oodles of scenery to chew on. If you think about it, you couldn't order up a better holiday for the Doctor, Romana and K-9 in The Androids of Tara, but is this mid-Key to Time romp through the countryside a little too "lite" to be memorable? We'll decide after we've filled our goblets one more time. Follow us on TikTok! @pulltoopen ...and Instagram: @pulltoopen63 ...and Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:11:26
August 21, 2021
Antimatters of the Heart (Excavating "Planet of Evil")
Antimatters of the Heart (Excavating "Planet of Evil")
Got antimatter? If you don't, swing by Zeta Minor on the outskirts of the known universe, and Professor Sorenson can hook you up. Never mind the invisible monster that will stalk you until you return any and all of the (oddly stable) particles that you remove from the planet — that's just the cost of doing business. It's not how this stuff is supposed to work, but if the Doctor and Sarah are going with it, why can't you? Let's book a one-way trip to the misnamed Planet of Evil to see if there's anything redeeming about this literal edge case of the universe. That is, beyond the outstandingly creepy jungle set. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials: Season 13, Serial 2 Story number: 80, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 4H Writer: Louis Marks Producer: Philip Hinchcliffe Aired 27 September – 18 October 1975 Pull To Open: Planet of Evil Season 2 Episode 16 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:26:41
August 10, 2021
The High Brain Revolution (Crystalizing "The Krotons")
The High Brain Revolution (Crystalizing "The Krotons")
When you hear the words, "a Doctor Who monster created to succeed the Daleks," you know the chances of a train wreck are high. Sometimes you get something so bad it's good (hello, Mechanoids!), and sometimes you get The Krotons. The Krotons don't always attempt to influence primitive civilizations, but when they do, they're obsessed with finding high brains — which makes them a lot like today's Big Tech CEOs, just made of crystal and with a propensity to "disperse" those who don't meet the bar. They might be hard to take seriously, but at least Patrick Troughton is here to reassure us that it's OK to laugh. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials: Season 6, Serial 4 Story number: 46, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: WW Writer: Robert Holmes Producer: Peter Bryant Aired 28 December 1968 – 18 January 1969 Pull To Open: The Krotons Season 2 Episode 15 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:21:40
July 30, 2021
SPECIAL EPISODE: What Cyberman Are You Wearing? (Celebrating 1,000 TikTok Followers)
SPECIAL EPISODE: What Cyberman Are You Wearing? (Celebrating 1,000 TikTok Followers)
The Cybermen have more looks than a rack full of fashion magazines, but... why? As of the 12th Doctor era, the show finally recognized that the Cybermen look different, and not just to the viewers. But it took a long time to get there, and what do the different "types" really mean? Pete and Chris explore the Cybermen's ever-changing appearance in this special mini episode, inspired by our amazing TikTok followers — which now number more than 1,000. Thank you all for listening, watching, engaging, and just plain nerding out with us. It is... excellent. Follow us on TikTok! @pulltoopen ...and Instagram: @pulltoopen63 ...and Twitter: @pulltoopen63
18:18
July 25, 2021
The Strange Future World of 1986 (Defrosting "The Tenth Planet")
The Strange Future World of 1986 (Defrosting "The Tenth Planet")
The Tenth Planet is a big deal in the Doctor Who universe — remembered for the first appearance of the Cybermen and William Hartnell's Doctor regenerating into Patrick Troughton. What it's not remembered for is its depiction of 1986, a world where space exploration is managed internationally, American generals are walking stereotypes, and the South Pole is considered a good place to store a world-destroying bomb. It's still a promising plot, but perhaps it could do with… an upgrade? Chris and Pete are here with some spare parts to help. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials: Season 4, Serial 2 Story number: 28, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: DD Writers: Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis Producer: Innes Lloyd Aired 8 October - 29 October 1966 Pull To Open: The Tenth Planet Season 2 Episode 13 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:17:02
July 11, 2021
A Master Class in Plastics (Repackaging "Terror of the Autons")
A Master Class in Plastics (Repackaging "Terror of the Autons")
Be sure to follow us on TikTok at @pulltoopen, and listen to this week's podcast to find out the prize for being our 1,000th follower! We all know there's a great future in plastics, but what about the past? The Randomizer brings us back to 1970s(-ish) Britain, where the Doctor is still in exile and those pesky store-window dummies are coming to life again. But retreading the same monster as last season's premiere isn't why we remember Terror of the Autons — it's the introduction of the Master that makes the story such a landmark. Roger Delgado nails the character's casual, murderous evil from minute one, which almost makes you forgive his inability to fully think through his diabolical plans. (Who knew summoning a plastic-controlling giant octopus from space might be a bad idea?) While Terror is notable for its many firsts, including the debuts of Katy Manning as Jo Grant and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates, does the story measure up to its ambition? Toss your troll doll by the fire, straighten your plastic daffodils, and come listen to find out. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 8, Serial 1  Story number: 54, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: EEE Writers: Robert Holmes Producer: Barry Letts Aired 2 January - 23 January 1971 Pull To Open: Terror of the Autons Season 2 Episode 12 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:31:38
June 27, 2021
The Ex Factor (Attending "School Reunion")
The Ex Factor (Attending "School Reunion")
To many, Sarah Jane Smith is the best Doctor Who companion of all time — smart, feisty, kind, and loyal to the Doctor, almost to a fault. Kind of weird, then, that the guy kicked her out of the TARDIS and left her on Earth years ago, never visiting her again. At least that's what School Reunion says happened (presumably erasing The Five Doctors with some kind of memory wipe). We'll go with it because it finally lets the series zero in on the Doctor's relationships with his closest companions, inevitably leading to a lot of feels: longing, regret, happiness, jealousy — this episode would make the Cybermen's heads explode. If you want to learn what makes Doctor Who tick, class is in session... Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Series 2, Episode 3 Story number: 173, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 1DW 02.03 Writer: Toby Whithouse Showrunner: Russell T. Davies Aired 29 April 2006 Pull To Open: School Reunion Season 2 Episode 11 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:00:55
June 12, 2021
Sense and Sensorites (Exhausting "The Sensorites")
Sense and Sensorites (Exhausting "The Sensorites")
The very first season of Doctor Who is a landmark for many reasons — the introduction of the mysterious Doctor and his granddaughter, the original story to feature the Daleks, and historical adventures involving the Aztecs and the French Revolution. The Sensorites, not so much. Still, there must be a reason the Randomizer sent Pete and Chris here — could this story about a race of telepathic weirdos with dad bods actually be a hidden gem? With some of the first references to Gallifrey's orange sky and silver trees and Ian's odd choice of turtleneck, The Sensorites can't be ignored, and might it actually have some points to make about class and violence? Put the TARDIS lock on ice, we might be here a while... Leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 1, Serial 7 Story number: 7, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: G Writer: Peter R. Newman Producer: Verity Lambert Aired 20 June - 1 August 1964 Pull To Open: The Sensorites Season 2 Episode 10 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada Audio clip from Big Finish adventure Human Resources, Part 2.
01:28:46
May 30, 2021
A Quiet Little Genocide (Liberating "The Rescue")
A Quiet Little Genocide (Liberating "The Rescue")
A crashed ship. An innocent girl. And an insectoid alien with its own hidden agenda. Naps. Yep, The Rescue packs a lot into two short episodes, not the least of which is the first "new" companion of the classic series. When William Hartnell's Doctor invites Vicki to join the TARDIS as the ostensible replacement for Susan, it's hard not to draw a parallel with where the Randomizer last took the podcast, since Mawdryn Undead had similar vibes with Turlough succeeding Adric. In this case, though, there's genuine evil afoot as well as some literally eye-popping costumes. Somebody save Pete and Chris before they find too much to talk about. (Too late!) Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 2, Serial 3 Story number: 11, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: L Writers: David Whitaker Producer: Verity Lambert Aired 2 – 9 January 1965 Pull To Open: The Rescue Season 2 Episode 9 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:17:16
May 10, 2021
2 Brigadiers 2 Furious (Exhuming "Mawdryn Undead")
2 Brigadiers 2 Furious (Exhuming "Mawdryn Undead")
It has the Brigadier, a mysterious new companion, and a lot to say about regeneration — if Mawdryn Undead is anything, it's first-class fan service that's meant to appeal to longtime fans of Doctor Who. Strange, then, it's episode that long ago sparked one of our host's decades-long journey through time and space, ultimately leading to the podcast you're listening to now. Maybe that's why the randomizer took Pete and Chris here: to look at our own origins, a metaphorical "meeting of ourselves" that shorts out the time differential, leading to a massive burst of creativity and growth. Or maybe it just really likes Turlough. In any case, it's time to set our transmat capsules for 1983 and hope we don't undershoot by six years! Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 20, Serial 3 Story number: 125, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 6F Writer: Peter Grimwade Producer: John Nathan-Turner Aired 1 – 9 February 1983 Pull To Open: Mawdryn Undead Season 2 Episode 8 Background music: Freestylah by Alexander Nakarada Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:33:40
April 26, 2021
Pyramids, Lies, and Audiotape (Visiting "The Pyramid at the End of the World" and "The Lie of the Land")
Pyramids, Lies, and Audiotape (Visiting "The Pyramid at the End of the World" and "The Lie of the Land")
Another pyramid? Another fascist Earth? How could the same podcast happen to the same guys twice? Turns out it's not Osiran mummies or jackbooted thugs from someplace "sideways in time" — it's the Monks, and their plot to rule Earth naturally involves applying some corpse makeup just after they've parked their pyramid-shaped spaceship in a Central Asian country so remote it defies geography. But you could see how Chris and Pete could make that mistake, seeing as the Capaldi two-parter, The Pyramid at the End of the World and The Lie of the Land, revisits some well-trodden territory (and the presence of Walkmans had us wondering if it was an '80s episode). But is this reinvention or repetition? And does the answer even mean anything when history is malleable? Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Series 10, Episodes 7 and 8 Story number: 274, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 1DW 10.07 and 10.08 Writers: Peter Harness, Toby Whithouse and Steven Moffat Showrunner: Moffat Aired: 27 May - 3 June 2017 Pull To Open: The Pyramid at the End of the World | The Lie of the Land Season 2 Episode 7 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:47:60
April 14, 2021
That Fascist '70s Show (Deconstructing "Inferno")
That Fascist '70s Show (Deconstructing "Inferno")
Any science-fiction show that runs long enough will inevitably have its "parallel Earth" episode. Doctor Who hit that milestone in 1970 with Inferno, an action thriller that sees the Doctor "slip sideways in time" to an Earth with a taste for fascism and clean-shaven blokes. The series' last seven-part story is fondly remembered, but does it still hold up? And more important: Is it better than Pyramids of Mars? Ignoring all safety protocols, Chris and Pete accelerate the drilling into this episode to find out. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 7, Serial 4 Story number: 53, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: DDD Writers: Don Houghton Producer: Barry Letts Aired  9 May 1970 – 20 June 1970 Pull To Open: Inferno Season 2 Episode 6 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:36:48
April 02, 2021
Are You My Mummies? (Disturbing "Pyramids of Mars")
Are You My Mummies? (Disturbing "Pyramids of Mars")
Doctor Who doesn't reference ancient Egypt often. But when it does, the result is Pyramids of Mars, cited as classic by many for its chilling villain and additions to the show's lore (like the Doctor's age and the coordinates of Gallifrey). With brutish robots disguised as mummies, a powerful evil mastermind, and Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen at the top of their game, there's much to like. But does the story really stand on its own merits, or does it over-rely on its creepy Egyptian motif, something that probably resonated more with a 1970s audience primed by "Chariots of the Gods?" Chris and Pete take a peek into alternative time to take a position on whether Pyramids deserves a spot in the Top 10 Doctor Who Stories of All Time and Space. The stage is Set… (See what we did there?) Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 13, Serial 3 Story number: 81, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 4G Writers: Stephen Harris (pen name for Robert Holmes and Lewis Greifer) Producer: Philip Hinchcliffe Aired 25 October – 15 November 1975 Pull To Open: Pyramids of Mars Season 2 Episode 5 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:19:26
March 22, 2021
Don't Listen to This Podcast (Reviving "Sleep No More")
Don't Listen to This Podcast (Reviving "Sleep No More")
You've been warned. We're still trying to make sense of the discussion that ensued when Chris and Pete revisited Sleep No More, the only episode in Doctor Who history that tosses out the opening credits and relies entirely on "found footage" to tell the story. We searched for rational explanations for how eye boogers could turn into carnivorous monsters or sleep dust could shoot in 4K, but instead found parallels to early '90s sci-fi literature and some of the best (and only) Peter Capaldi turn-to-camera moments ever filmed. Perhaps this is all just the twisted fantasy of a madman, determined to make you listen closely for a Plasmatons reference hidden in the transmission. Is Who's most unusual story still watchable despite all this weirdness? The only way to know is to listen... Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Series 9, Episode 9 Story number: 262, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code: 1DW 09.09 Writer: Mark Gatiss Showrunner: Steven Moffat Aired 14 November 2015 Pull To Open: Sleep No More Season 2 Episode 4 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:08:17
March 02, 2021
The Best Master Reveal of All Time (Eulogizing "Dark Water" and "Death in Heaven")
The Best Master Reveal of All Time (Eulogizing "Dark Water" and "Death in Heaven")
We didn't want to go dark, but the TARDIS Randomizer forced our hand, bringing us to the two-part finale of Peter Capaldi's first season, Dark Water and Death in Heaven. With the return of the Cybermen and UNIT, the story already sets a high bar for itself, but the ambition keeps ticking up as the episode offers up the show's in-universe explanation for the afterlife(!) as well as the absolute best Master reveal ever. It's all quite epic, but is this really too much for family viewing? Join Pete and Chris in the box as we obsess over those three chilling words... Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Series 8, episodes 11 and 12 Story number: 255, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code 1DW 08.11 and 08.12 Writer: Steven Moffat Producer: Moffat Aired 1 November - 8 November 2014 Pull To Open: Dark Water | Death in Heaven Season 2 Episode 3 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:54:08
February 15, 2021
A Little More Magna, a Little Less Carta (Abdicating "The King's Demons")
A Little More Magna, a Little Less Carta (Abdicating "The King's Demons")
After "Planet of Fire," the show bounces back to Kamelion's first and only other appearance in Doctor Who, "The King's Demons." What is it about this shapchanging robot from Xeriphas that's inspired the TARDIS Randomizer to make us take stock of Kamelion's onscreen life, but in reverse order? Regardless, Chris and Pete pull out their history books (as well as their Ahistory books) to decode drunk British history and epic hits from the Crusades, not to mention Anthony Ainley's beard. Also: Because you demanded it — we provide the definitive review of the Fifth Doctor's celery in the 13th century. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 20, Serial 6 Story number: 128, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code 6J Writer: Terence Dudley Producer: John Nathan-Turner Aired 15 March – 16 March 1983 Pull To Open: The King's Demons Season 2 Episode 2 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Outro music: Chronos by Alexander Nakarada
01:43:10
January 31, 2021
Rising From the Sexy Flames (Igniting "Planet of Fire")
Rising From the Sexy Flames (Igniting "Planet of Fire")
Like a glorious bird on fire (there should really be a word for that), Pull To Open rises from the ashes of 2020 and swoops into 2021 with a new episode and a new mission: to revisit any and all episodes of Doctor Who — in random order. In our first podcast on this journey, the TARDIS Randomizer takes us to "Planet of Fire," the penultimate story of the Peter Davison era. With companions arriving, leaving, and just plain imploding, the adventure is more notable than most, particularly if you like your Master portions small and your eye candy constant. There's a good chance Logar frowns on all of this, but whatever the fire god's judgment, it's good to be back. Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 YouTube: youtube.com/pulltoopen Story Essentials Season 21, Serial 5 Story number: 134, per the The Pull To Open Codex Production Code 6Q Writer:  Peter Grimwade Producer: John Nathan-Turner Aired 23 February - 2 March 1984 Pull To Open: Planet of Fire Season 2 Episode 1 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:48:01
January 16, 2021
The Future Goes Viral (Quarantining "The Invisible Enemy")
The Future Goes Viral (Quarantining "The Invisible Enemy")
What does Doctor Who have to say about disease? In the classic series, it was with a outbreak from space that overwhelms a base on Titan, infecting even the Doctor himself. In an time where coronavirus has made facemasks and social distancing the new normal, "The Invisible Enemy" might have new relevance. Or maybe it's just a brilliantly fun sci-fi yarn about an intelligent fast-spreading space bug, notabe for putting the hero literally face-to-face with the virus inside him as well as the first appearance of a very special robot dog. In the words of the Nucleus itself, "contact has been made," but we probably should have worn rubber gloves. Please leave a review! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Pull To Open: The Invisible Enemy Season 1 Episode 5
01:14:33
April 26, 2020
Infinity Doctors (Absorbing "The Haunting of Villa Diodati," "Ascension of the Cybermen" and "The Timeless Children")
Infinity Doctors (Absorbing "The Haunting of Villa Diodati," "Ascension of the Cybermen" and "The Timeless Children")
Everything about Doctor Who has been changed, but was the three-part Season 12 finale truly epic? We got to experience ghosts, Cybermen, almost-Cybermen, and massively ambitious retcons, and they all added up to... something, anyway. Chris and Pete navigate the misguided character arcs of "The Haunting of Villa Diodati" and the painfully predictable plot of "Ascension of the Cybermen" to arrive at the mysterious door of "The Timeless Children." Now that the show has pulled, opened, and walked through that door, what's the view on the other side? Is everything old new again, or are Doctor Who's best days behind it? Please leave a review! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Pull To Open: The Timeless Child Arc Season 1 Episode 4 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
01:09:20
March 29, 2020
Judoon Honeymoon (Interrogating "Fugitive of the Judoon")
Judoon Honeymoon (Interrogating "Fugitive of the Judoon")
Chris Chibnall's Doctor Who gets even more ambitious, and it... works? Fugitive of the Judoon marks a big turning point for the show and Jodie Whittaker's Doctor — plus we get to see (a noticeably older) Captain Jack again. Is this it? Has the 13th Doctor finally hit her stride? Or is it just more big promises with next to no hope of a satisfying payoff? Beware the lone Cyberman commentary that smashes into this episode at the last minute, but not a moment too... fast. Please leave a review! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Pull To Open: Fugitive of the Judoon Season 1 Episode 3 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor
45:54
February 21, 2020
Spyfalling Down (Infiltrating "Spyfall" Parts 1 and 2)
Spyfalling Down (Infiltrating "Spyfall" Parts 1 and 2)
Doctor Who is back! And so is an old enemy, which happens to smash a certain big reset button. Chris and Pete take apart Spyfall, the two-parter that opens Series 12 of new Who, but is it truly as epic as showrunner Chris Chibnall clearly thinks it is? And what does "epic" even mean when universe-threatening stakes are the norm? Will the ambitious seeds Spyfall has planted grow into something great, or is this all just wasted effort?And what did the episode get exactly right? We should talk about it — and we do! Please leave a review! Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Pull To Open: Spyfall Parts 1 and 2 Season 1 Episode 2 Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor Episode art by Alexander Andrews, Unsplash
45:52
January 26, 2020
Who Doesn't Love Christmas? (Celebrating All the Christmas Specials)
Who Doesn't Love Christmas? (Celebrating All the Christmas Specials)
In the debut episode of the Doctor Who podcast Pull to Open, hosts Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor come home for Christmas. That is, the Doctor Who Christmas specials — all 13 of them. Which were delightful holiday presents, and which were Christmas turkeys? And is it a good thing the show ditched Christmas for New Year's? Grab some eggnog and gingerbread (assuming fish fingers and custard aren't available), cue up your BritBox or Amazon Prime app, and get ready to explore the Whos of Christmas past. Follow us on: TikTok! @pulltoopen Instagram: @pulltoopen63 Twitter: @pulltoopen63 Pull To Open: All the Christmas Specials Season 1 Episode 1
01:23:49
December 30, 2019