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The Queer Archive

The Queer Archive

By Skye and Brenna
A queer and feminist podcast where Skye (they/them) and Brenna (she/her) watch and discuss episodes of Doctor Who.
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Echelon Circuit: Legend of the Sea Devils
yaz said GAY PANIC, a dan we can "get on board" (🥁)  with, and practical effects over everything, forever!
May 01, 2022
E02 War of the Sontarans
the doctor does it for the marys of the world, the black archive goes off the RAILS (SHAKE. THE. TABLE.), and our flag means we hope the sea devils are fun. CW: discussion of ableism and ablest language. Read Amanda-Rae Prescott’s article again! Carmen Maria Machado’s article: An excerpt from Robert McRuer’s book:
March 30, 2022
E01 The Halloween Apocalypse
it’s a #gally1 wrap-up, y'all! ::airhorn:: we also repent for our joseph williamson slander, camp out for a bit on camp, and talk about karvanista, who is, in fact, a very good boy
March 03, 2022
Echelon Circuit: Eve of the Daleks
Nick briggs brought some sauce this episode, dan has been reading all our a03 fics and 🗣YASMIN KHAN IS A QUEER PAKISTANI MUSLIM WOMAN IN LOVE WITH THE DOCTOR
January 04, 2022
Echelon Circuit: The Vanquishers
JUST LET THEM KISS ALREADY, diane saves the whole damn universe, and anyone who says segun’s work is too atmospheric can see brenna after class.
December 11, 2021
Echelon Circuit: Survivors of the Flux
we declare tecteun an omnishambles, kate said fuck around and find out and skye will go down with this ship. if you want to match the dw production crew, get your thasmin merch here: 
December 02, 2021
Echelon Circuit: Village of the Angels
this week in the great british villain off, angels greatest hits! we are ready to roll out the “we 💜 maxine” ticker tape parade,  and bel + vinder continue to be our happy place
November 24, 2021
Echelon Circuit: Once Upon Time
RELEASE THE RUTH!DOCTOR CUT!! Tecteun can catch these hands, and we are all flag-bearing members of the Bel from Belfast fan club.
November 19, 2021
Echelon Circuit: War of the Sontarans
what in the sacred timeline is going on? we still love sinister team rocket and we don't hate danvanista? 😂 Doctor Who: The Real-Life History of Mary Seacole by THEE Amanda-Rae Prescott:
November 10, 2021
Echelon Circuit: The Halloween Apocalypse
We coulda had a whole season of precious, bickering Thasmin, protect Diane at all costs, and the category is…sugar skull royalty 👑
November 02, 2021
TARDIS Tea Time: Flux
we talk all about our recent Great British Bake Off obsession, debate the optics versus the material results of “progressive” DW, speculate about the new sugar skull aliens 👀✨ in this upcoming series and of course give an update from our lonely corner: unpopular opinions on RTD's return.
October 17, 2021
E10 The Timeless Children
we attempt to remember how to cast our pods, this episode has everything: foucault, homophobia, racism, helvetica neue and we talk about how the timeless children additions to canon make the doctor one of us, one of us, ONE OF US
March 01, 2021
E09 Ascension of the Cybermen
the wheels really fall off on this one, we talk about how this is like zygons but better, we attempt to sing the unsingable, and *can* yaz be lifted out of this episode???? unclear.
February 01, 2021
E08 The Haunting of Villa Diodati
we are BEGGING lord byron to shut up, we share DW staff rumors to try and manifest them into reality, and we stand in awe of both mary shelley's and maxine alderton's brilliance. c/w: we briefly talk about miscarriages in the black archive.
January 25, 2021
E07 Can You Hear Me?
where *doesn’t* it say that officer patel has a wife??, the number of hand puns in this episode is high.... it’s very high, and our math is bigger on the inside. 
January 11, 2021
Echelon Circuit: Revolution of the Daleks
we react to the series 13 festive special, revolution of the daleks !! we SAID go re-read nicole's article on color blind casting in doctor who. for good health. pass it along...
January 03, 2021
E06 Praxeus
we are concerned for this episode’s lack of basic fire safety, love the Doctor playing doctor 👩🏼‍⚕, and 🗣 IF THE DOCTOR IS A ROMANTIC, LET THEM HAVE A ROMANCE!
December 28, 2020
E05 Fugitive of the Judoon
vinay’s script is perfect, Ruth!Doctor deserves a better latte, and we would love to don our doc martens and geek out about capaldi with jo martin.
December 14, 2020
E04 Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror
the american dream doesn’t exist, we discuss how the writing has underserved both jodie and the show and 🗣LET THIRTEEN WEAR PERIOD COSTUMES. ...oh and edison can STILL get bent!
December 07, 2020
Echelon Circuit: Revolution of the Daleks Trailer
we react to the revolution of the daleks trailer!!
November 30, 2020
E03 Orphan 55
Kane is a Karen, this script needs to just pick ONE side story, and yaz 100% says f*ck, gums OUT evergreen tweet brought to you by Black TARDIS:
November 16, 2020
E02 Spyfall Pt. 2
sacha dhawan is always at an 11, 🗣 THE SOUNDTRACKS SHOULD HAVE MORE TRACKS 🗣, and we propose a moratorium on WW episodes.
November 09, 2020
E01 Spyfall Pt. 1
we are in awe of the doctors circa 2001 RAZR phone, we jam to segun’s swingin eighths, and 13 has the full range of BDE. 
October 26, 2020
we decry the total disregard for scant arrow supplies, tosin cole’s jaw clenches speak volumes, and always more women in welding helmets. 
October 19, 2020
E10 The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos
white lady dread adjacent hairstyles, we love backpack, and the communists (r)evolution from i am to WE ARE clever. as promised...communist cat meme for your entertainment:
October 13, 2020
E09 It Takes You Away
ribbons whomst?? we admire the foresight to pack a sarnie, and an infuriating waste of sharon d. clarke’s incredible talents. 
October 05, 2020
E08 Witchfinders
yaz is our precious slytherpuff, alan cumming carries the entire episode on his tony-award winning shoulders, and ryan brings it home with the graceful dismount. 
September 28, 2020
Bonus: Curse of Fenric
if you've been thinking "wow, i miss TQA and also would love to hear their nonsense, but about classic who," have we got the episode for you! this is a TQA special about the Seventh Doctor story, "the curse of fenric." our friends from reality bomb have graciously given us permission to share this bonus episode that we recorded for Who for Schools last year. 
September 22, 2020
Special Episode: The Sorting Fez
this week, we're sharing a recording of our live stream from the black girls create #kumbaakickback! we've been saying we're going to do it, and we finally did: we sorted all the nuwho doctors and companions into their Hogwarts houses. it's a mess -- enjoy. :) (ps:: if you'd rather watch the livestream/see the awesome slideshow katelyn prepared for the event, you can!
August 24, 2020
E07 Kerblam!
we love 13 in a fez, Judy is joo-dee , and one more time for the folk in the back: SYSTEMS ARENT NEUTRAL Color Coded: #TechIsNotNeutral
August 19, 2020
E06 Demons of the Punjab
some english major catnip. nationalism is the demon. and Nani is always right. Segun reads! SYFY Wire Interview: BBC Interview:
August 10, 2020
E05 The Tsuranga Conundrum
PTING BUTT, we ruminate on the mundane -isms of this episode, and a Steve Jobs approved space ship.
August 03, 2020
E04 Archanids in the UK
we BACK, we’re never not thinking about razmataz, and consent in the WILD in doctor who??
July 27, 2020
E03 Rosa
we sing a love song for organizers, Rosa is indeed a Hero, and we roundly denounce self-congratulatory white fragility and the deeply bad accents.
June 23, 2020
E02 The Ghost Monument
it's here. the OTP! we make a motion to change it permanently to “moominbeans,” and we stan a queen who has a tiny version of herself on her console, 
June 15, 2020
Partners in Crime
Donna Noble is forever a GIFT, Wilfred Mott is a bucket of adorable smiles and Black Lives Matter. To Donate and support people arrested for demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, & all victims of police violence: A fate worse than marriage by Carmen Maria Machado
May 31, 2020
E01 Woman Who Fell to Earth
It's here- 13's debut! Early signs of Chibnall's teeth obsession, The Doctor is an actual child, and Graham can fuck off. 
May 27, 2020
E13 Twice Upon a Time
one last spin around the Toyota TARDIS, we cry, cry again over losing capaldi, terrarium is the surveillance state, and finding new, weird ways to be kind.
May 18, 2020
E12 The Doctor Falls
the banal sexism of the angel in the TARDIS household, the Doctor thinks fucking not!!!, and we shoot ourselves in the back
May 11, 2020
E11 World Enough and Time
TARDIS Helpline Bling, Brenna does the math that they do for us in the next episode, Moffat STILL has a scaling problem, and how DARE you use the theater against the gays!!! Rebecca's really thoughtful and straight fire post: “I’m her best enemy”: Viewing the development of the Doctor/Master relationship as a disabled woman
May 04, 2020
E10 Eaters of Light
 the Nod transcends thousands of years of history, the vainglority of it all and we tell the Doctor to lay off the Harry Potter juice.
April 28, 2020
E09 Empress of Mars
Queen Iraxa’s infinity sarcophagus, we drag Dafoe from hell and back, also NO COOKIES FOR GATISS.
April 20, 2020
E08 Lie of the Land
a sloppy knock-off 1984, brenna says “wtf” 162738388 times, and a detailed plot summary of incredibles 2.
April 20, 2020
E07 The Pyramid at the End of the World
knock off colin firth, a baffling use of the word "consent", and we are all ready to play the big pyramid game. oh and its all white men's fault.
April 06, 2020
E06 Extremis
let Bill finish a date 2020™, the Doctor signs his email to himself with a kiss, and Moffat may have one (1) cookie. 
March 30, 2020
E05 Oxygen
we yell about burning capitalism in a cleansing fire, blasting ableism off the face of the planet, retiring those tired gender norms, and putting racism in a civic to fuck. off. Jamie Mathieson's writing on the creation of this episode:
March 23, 2020
E04 Knock Knock
we tell some knock knock jokes, we have some dranks, we peek into the gaping maw of existential dread and say “that’s gay”.
March 16, 2020
E03 Thin Ice
the doctor and bill look extremely, so precious in their period costumes, sarah dollard returns (long may she reign), and we persist in having more than three top three moments. Amanda's super kick ass TARDIS Talk presentation:
March 09, 2020
Echelon Circuit: Timeless Children
An emergency reaction episode to Series 12 episode 10, "Timeless Children"
March 02, 2020
E02 Smile
bill asks all the right questions, twelve had a thing (??) with an emperor made of algae, and we all restrain our childish impulses to blow things up.
March 02, 2020
E01 The Pilot
Bill got Lewks™for all seasons, MURRAY GOLD RELEASE THE SERIES 10 SOUNDTRACK CHALLENGE, and Heather has a white supremacy in her eye. Listen to Connie Gibbs’ fantastic episode on The Moment podcast:
February 24, 2020
Echelon Circuit: Ascension of the Cybermen
An emergency reaction episode to Series 12 episode 9, "Ascension of the Cybermen"
February 24, 2020
Doctor Mysterio
The Doctor brings snacks, as pros do, Grant just... looks(?) Canadian(??), and the Doctor is a soft boi to prep for his soft reboot. 
February 19, 2020
Echelon Circuit: The Haunting of Villa Diodati
An emergency reaction episode to Series 12 episode 8, "The Haunting of Villa Diodati"
February 19, 2020
E13 Husbands of River Song
River is Space Lady Indiana Jones, Murray Gold comes for us yet again, and they lived happily ever after.  TARBIS discusses all things River Song:
February 10, 2020
Echelon Circuit: Can You Hear Me?
An emergency reaction episode to Series 12 episode 7, "Can You Hear Me?" TW: mention of suicide and depression. 
February 10, 2020
E12 Hell Bent
This is the Gallifrey Way, Capapi's Slytherin is showing, and Clara flies off into the intergalactic sunset with her companion boo.  Fantastic article by the brilliant Nicole (aka Black TARDIS):
February 03, 2020
Echelon Circuit: Praxeus
An emergency reaction episode to Series 12 episode 5, "Praxeus."
February 03, 2020
E11 Heaven Sent
We jump into depression, Murray Gold's finest hour, and a 4,567,876,543 foot thick wall. Terminus Podcast -- Episode 32 -- The Spark Joy Series: The Room is Yours: Heaven Sent: Rachel Talalay's notes on Heaven Sent:
January 27, 2020
Echelon Circuit: Fugitive of the Judoon
An emergency reaction episode to Series 12 episode 5, "Fugitive of the Judoon."
January 27, 2020
Echelon Circuit: Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror
An emergency reaction episode to Series 12 episode 4, "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror."
January 21, 2020
E10 Face the Raven
The return of Rigsy, a more gay script than we remembered, and we made this sweater out of our tears. Face the Raven script: Blogtor Who interview with Sarah Dollard:
January 20, 2020
E09 Sleep No More
A late. capitalist. mess.   Kyle Reclaim’s Toss A Coin To Your Witcher Remix:
January 20, 2020
E08 The Zygon Inversion
A metaphor as flat as a pancake, Capapi knows best,  and we take this episodes “assimilation or bust” sign and burn it in a cleansing fire. Terminus Podcast -- Episode 15 – Pod People: The Zygon Invasion & The Zygon Inversion:
January 13, 2020
Echelon Circuit: Orphan 55
An emergency reaction episode to Series 12 episode 3, "Orphan 55."
January 13, 2020
E07 The Zygon Invasion
Evil ponytails, poncing about on a big plane, and we all become mini experts in French Post-structuralism. The DuVernay Test: The 5 Questions. Your answers decide how movies/shows rate on diversity & racial representation.
January 06, 2020
Echelon Circuit: Spyfall, Part Two
An emergency reaction episode to the Series 12 premiere, "Spyfall, Part Two."
January 06, 2020
Echelon Circuit: Spyfall, Part One
An emergency reaction episode to the Series 12 premiere, "Spyfall, Part One."
January 02, 2020
E06 The Woman Who Lived
Big kitty is wack, Lady Me is Team Capapi™, and we dream up an Immortals AU for Clara and Me (sam swift? whomst!?)
December 30, 2019
E05 The Girl Who Died
Gayer Than We're Used To™, Clara's hottest episode, and Ashildr's Viking fanfic. 
December 23, 2019
E04 Before the Flood
A Clockwork Squirrel, lukewarm trays of Swedish meatballs, and compulsory heteronormativity strikes again!
December 16, 2019
E03 Under the Lake
Sophie Stone kicks the most ass, Late-Capitalism claims its worthiest victim yet, and the Doctor's cards tell us that "It was my fault. I should have known you didn't live in Aberdeen!" Toby Whithouse interview: The Terminus podcast episode we mentioned talking about Clara's Icarus fate.
December 09, 2019
E02 The Witch's Familiar
Clara gets shoved into a hole AND a Dalek, the Doctor gives A Word™, and Davros breaks down the Doctor to their bare essentials. n/b: it looks like the OP deleted the "you wrote zuko's redemption arc, but you couldn't write your own, huh?" tweet in response to this apology, but trust us -- it was funny.
December 02, 2019
E01 The Magician's Apprentice
Missy continues to be iconic, another Capapi moment for the books, and he bladin! CodeSwitch episode on horror trope where Black guy gets killed off first:
November 25, 2019
Echelon Circuit Series 12 Trailer
An emergency ALL CAPS trailer reaction episode from the Queer Archive. 
November 23, 2019
E13 Last Christmas
It's our first Christmas episode!! Listen to us mock Moffat for making stale Inception jokes as we make even staler ones! Also, Clara is bafflingly good at maths and there is an unforgivable amount of Ghostbusters and Mariah Carey erasure.
November 18, 2019
E12 Death in Heaven
Michelle Gomez invents the Scottish accent, fake baby packing heat, and drunk Cybertoddlers face the harsh light of day. Foxing: Listen to TARBIS talk Angels Take Manhattan in their latest Blue Ballot Box episode:
November 11, 2019
E11 Dark Water
Mary Poppins: Queen of Evil, a sneak peek of the Sorting Fez™️, and Moffat wants somebody to step on his neck.  Read Amani's defense of Danny Pink:
November 04, 2019
E10 In the Forest of the Night
 A literal red hood, a mini Donna Noble, and some homophobic taxidermy.  
October 28, 2019
E09 Flatline
teeny tiny pocket TARDIS, Joivan Wade brings us joi, and a YEET! through time and space James Baldwin at the Cambridge Debates (1965) Saussure's first proper mindfuck for us all,  the image that strikes fear into the hearts of all of Brenna's students:
October 21, 2019
E08 Mummy on the Orient Express
a stellar soundtrack, space gays on space train, and (sadly) a lack of Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism™
October 14, 2019
E07 Kill the Moon
A shocking lack of vaporú, Team Kill the Moon decides democracy is for chumps, and we want to burn it all. 
October 07, 2019
E06 The Caretaker
The cutest evil robot you've ever seen, rules on dating my (space) daughter, and other nonsense.  Don't forget to go read Nicole's post about series 8 on Black TARDIS:
September 30, 2019
E05 Time Heist
Team Time Heist QTs rob a bank, Mozart nerds get vindication at last, and Karabraxos can step on our necks.  ETA: the link to the most enduring squabble for the British Museum, The Elgin Marbles: also, it may be hidden behind a paywall, but here is the current director's most recent statement on repatriating looted artifacts, which was prompted by Macron making moves to return stolen artifacts: tl;dr - "these are ours now and you can suck it."
September 23, 2019
E04 Listen
From bb Doctor to Doctor Capapi, this episode has it all. The SPOOKY™. The SPACE SUIT™. The SPEECH™ Evidence Peter Capaldi is a real one:
September 16, 2019
E03 Robots of Sherwood
What even happens in this episode? The Doctor has a spoon, the Sheriff has gold (question mark???) and the TARDIS has extensions. 
September 09, 2019
E02 Into the Dalek
Pobrecito Capaldi doing the best with what he has been given, intergalactic side eye and “great gowns, beautiful gowns.” 
September 09, 2019
E01 Deep Breath
In this episode, we discuss the debut of Peter Capaldi's turn as The Doctor. The one where The Doctor speaks Dinosaur, Strax works towards his aerial silks ambition, and we thank the good Time Lords for the respite from compulsory heteronormativity.
September 02, 2019
The Queer Archive: Trailer
Welcome to The Queer Archive: A Queer and Feminist Doctor Who Podcast. Here is a sneak peak of our first episodes and what to expect from this rewatch podcast. Hope you join us next week as we start with the 12th Doctor's first episode, Deep Breath. We would love to hear from you! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @queerarchivepod
August 24, 2019