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Episode 188: Being Angry Isn’t That Fun

Forget being angry, I’m all about being sad now.

Gridlock is unfairly maligned. I’m putting that opinion here in writing, so you can never argue that I’ve said it, even if the audio for this episode gets garbled and never released. Or corrupted by the forces that be (looking at you Russell T.) It’s Gridlock, written by Russell T. Davies and aired on April 14, 2007.


Show-notes:


17:51 Couldn’t have been Christmas Invasion since Janis Joplin died in 1970.
18:22 STEED
21:02 I guess Old Rugged Cross is a southern song because this and all other versions of it that I could find sound pretty southern.
21:06 Stand by m- I mean Abide with Me.
27:06 Last of the Gadarene is a Third Doctor book by Mark Gatiss. If you’re watched or read anything else by Mark Gatiss, then you already know the story of this book. We’re onto you Mark.
37:18 Check out our Blake’s 7 podcast Zenith.

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Episode 184: Cockblocked by the Universe

Universe turns out to be kind of a jerk this week.

Well, nothing even worth watching for anymore. Rose is “dead”, the Doctor is about to become a mopey teenage boy, and Russell T. has clearly run out of ideas already. It’s Army of Ghosts and Doomsday, written by Russell T. Davies and aired on July 1st and 8th, 2006.


Show-notes:


16:07 Dress?
58:00 Our other podcasts Triple Play (movie trilogies) and Zenith (Blake’s 7).


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Episode 182: Play the Benny Hill Theme Over This

Couldn’t make the episode any worse.

Things are about to get pretty rocky on the show. Trust Your Doctor and Doctor Who. Both of them. Look it’s just bad, it’s that point in the year where we have to wonder if it’s really worth continuing the show anymore. Because Doctor Who is a bit ropey right now. It’s Love and Monsters, written by Russell T. Davies and aired on June 17, 2006.


Show-notes:


6:47 For Christmas 2017 we read The Hopes and Fears of all the Years by Paul Cornell. Check out that episode here.
12:15 Shirley Henderson. I guess she’s one of those actors who uses one voice across all roles.
21:21 Yeah, ELO has been around for like 20 years total. Started in 1970 and is still going, with a long hiatus somewhere in there.
41:02 We just started a new Blake’s 7 podcast where we watch Blake’s 7 for the first time and discuss it. Check out Zenith here.


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Episode 176: Boiling Water is Hot

Hot is a relative term though, maybe it’s actually cold.

I’m going to need you to call a doctor as soon as possible. I don’t care which one, it’s just, I’ve been bitten  by this werewolf, and I really don’t know what to do. I’m starting to feel a bit woozy, so if you could hurry up. I’ll be in the hospital here, watching Tooth and Claw, written by Russell T. Davies. As I’m told it originally aired on April 22, 2006.


Show-notes:


18:52 But did she really say “We are not amused?” Radio Times has the answers we’re all looking for. Or not.
23:12 Like we mentioned, it’s the Kohinoor, which is the largest of the Crown Jewels.
26:06 Yeah, believe it or not, dogs actually can get hairballs.
28:53 You don’t get a a picture of it, but this article talks about how the Death Star’s lasers wouldn’t work if it were real.
32:05 This is actually disputed for some reason, but the Australian government says January 1, 1901, so I guess I’ll go with that.
33:55 12 nautical miles.

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Episode 174: No More Petes, Just Howard

Everybody loves Howard, the new show from the BBC.

As it turns out, the best day to invade Earth is Christmas Day, 2006, when it just so happened the Doctor was totally out of commission. If the Sycorax had just showed up like 4 hours earlier they probably would have totally succeeded. It’s The Christmas Invasion, written by Russell T. Davies, and aired on December 25, 2005.


Show-notes:


10:06 Might as well link this again.
11:25 They’re actually called Roboforms and the Doctor says they behave like pilot fish.
12:40 Yeah, dogs can get hairballs. So wolves probably can too.
14:51 Apparently some people take shark cartilage as a supplement.
19:02 Whiplash from Iron Man 2. He’s not original to the movie obviously. He was created for comics.
22:42 I honestly don’t know if I believe this site or not, but according to it about 34% of people have A+ blood. That means A+ is the second most common blood type after O+. No idea about the royal family, but I did find out they’re Rh negative, which means they don’t have the Rh factor, whatever that is.
26:48 Yeah I am just making that up.
40:23 Controls emotions.
40:55 Immortal jellyfish, aka turritopsis dohrnii. This thing is creepy.
47:34 In regards to sexism in politics, the first episode of Revisionist History does a good job of summing it up. Here’s a Huffington Post article about it.
49:12 Song for 10. I think this is the version heard in this episode.
52:58 Thanks Radio Times.


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The Ninth Doctor Retrospective

So its come to this. Reading the Doctor Who Annual.

Can you believe it? We’re just three doctors from catching up to the show. Well, it’ll be three again by this time next year, thanks to Jodie Whittaker. It feels like we’re on a never-ending treadmill of trying to catch up. It’s the Ninth Doctor Retrospective this week, where we also talk about the 2006 Doctor Who Annual, which was published in September 2005.


Show-notes:


2:27 Books. What are they?
3:46 You won’t even believe the truth about this.
12:38 How Watson Learned the Trick.
17:13 The Boscombe Valley Mystery.
17:35 The Six Napoleons and Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.
33:33 What Queen song?
1:04:22 Junie B. Jones. Kind of sad to see that this series ended a couple years ago.

TYD Blue: #272d70


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Episode 173: Setting the Bar So Low You Could Trip Over It

Even I could get over that bar.

Looks like we killed the 9th Doctor. Us. Directly. We called in the Daleks, told them that time was a bit weak around Satellite 5 and all that. We didn’t really expect them to show up to be honest, so imagine our surprise when we watched the Doctor die this week. Sorry about that, guess we shouldn’t be calling intergalactic criminals and genocidal maniacs. It’s Bad Wolf & The Parting of the Ways, written by Russell T. Davies and aired on the 11th and 18th of June, 2005.


Show-notes:


4:06 It was series 7.
5:24 As far as I can tell the house for Big Brother UK has changed its appearance frequently. Here’s a teaser for series 4 of Big Brother UK which aired a while before this episode. From what you can barely make out, it looks kind of similar.
5:34 Yeah, Weakest Link looks exactly the same though.
8:16 The Weakest Link and What Not To Wear were BBC shows, but Big Brother wasn’t.
9:34 What Not To Wear, the British version I guess. I found out what it was called by googling “British fashion tv show with two hosts.”

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Episode 172: The Sensation of Wet Socks

How many socks have I lost to the rain?

We’ve engineered the perfect crisis. We’ll just blow this nuclear reactor here, followed by that one there, then launch a space station, then blow it up, then sink half of the eastern seaboard… I’m starting to think this whole making evil plans thing wasn’t as easy as I had originally assumed. It’s Boom Town, written by Russell T. Davies and aired on the 4th of June, 2005.


Show-notes:


6:27 The Wales Millennium Centre. Getting really sick of this “Millennium” huge shiny structure conspiracy.
6:44 The Foreigner. Oops, wrong one.

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Episode 169: These Walls Aren’t Gold

Anybody got some gold I can use?

Back to the Future this week, we’re on a satellite that broadcasts all of the news. Might be a bad idea to give a single satellite an effective monopoly over the news that everybody consumes, but what do I know? It’s The Long Game, written by Russell T. Davies and aired on May 7, 2005.


Show-notes:


18:00.
20:45 Here’s what else Simon Pegg has been in if anyone cares.
26:44 The Reavers.
49:06 Walter Johnson’s chattel principle in his book (paper?) Soul by Soul. He didn’t come up with the term “chattel principle,” he just took it from some slave narrative from the 1800s I think, but he used it to define what he’s talking about in his book. Also I’m pretty sure Walter Johnson is a historian.
49:49 Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl was the first (or at least one of the very first) slave narratives written by a woman.


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