Stephen Moffat

Episode 240: Russell “Rose Tyler” Davies

How many Rose Tyler jokes can we make before this gets old?

If you believe the fan theory that Doctor Who is just based on someone going back in time and reconstructing what the episodes should look like based on our podcast then by that theory our podcast represents not only how Doctor Who is, but how it could have been, how it should have been, and how it wasn’t. We literally represent every possible timeline of Doctor Who, right here in this podcast. Hey if it Stephen Moffat can do it so can I. It’s The Rings of Akhaten, written by Neil Cross and aired on April 7, 2013.


Show-notes:


0:56 I’m guessing this is other Russel Davies.
1:49 Dwayne The Rock Johnson (a.k.a. the Fourteenth Doctor) usually eats like a week’s worth of food on Sundays.
2:19 The other shows Neil Cross writes/wrote for.
11:37 One’s near a church, the other’s not. That’s it.
18:50 This is the billionth time I’ve linked to this chart and I have become exceedingly efficient at it.
20:44 it was the Dogon people from Mali, actually in West Africa.
33:48 The Hath.
57:07 Unicron is a planet-sized Transformer.
57:40 I actually miss Blake’s 7 and the podcast we made about it, Zenith.


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Episode 238: More Deadly than Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins? Now there’s a name I have not heard in a long time.

Ding dong, turns out Christmas is here again, in February! Hasn’t Christmas just passed? Like, two months ago, or not even. A month a week, on this podcast anyway. That’s kind of weird, I’d say this is the shortest period between two Christmas Specials, but during the 12th Doctor’s Era we get two in a row, which naturally has to be the shortest possible period. It’s The Snowmen, written by Stephen Moffat and aired on December 25, 2012.


Show-notes:


20:13 The Artful Dodger sounds like kind of a sketch guy.
32:23 Apparently Russell T. Davies is actually a pseudonym and as far as I can tell the “T” doesn’t stand for anything. His real name is is Stephen Russell Davies. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says he added the T to avoid confusion with another Russell Davies.
32:32 The children’s show I was talking about here was Century Falls, which came out i 1993. I think I was mixing up the characters with another Russel T. show, Bob & Rose, which has a character named Rose Cooper. I’ve never watched either of these shows, so I could be wrong about this.
33:41 Full text of How Watson Learned the Trick and The Hound of the Baskervilles.
52:27 The hardest Sherlock Holmes story to solve in my opinion is The Boscombe Valley Mystery. The other stories we mentioned here were The Six Napoleons and The Blue Carbuncle.
57:35 Miss Marple is one of the most famous female fictional detective.


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Episode 237: Walmart Wilf

On the prowl for dangerous criminals it’s Leadworth’s latest superhero…. Walmart Wilf!

I typically don’t shop at Walmart. I’m honestly just too lazy to drive that far, like it’s definitely not the closest department store to me. I haven’t done the math, but I’m pretty sure the extra cost of gas spent in driving to Walmart would outpace the money I’d save spending it there instead of anywhere closer. Now I’m wondering, are there any Walmarts in New York? Let alone Manhattan? It’s The Angels Take Manhattan, written by Stephen Moffat and aired on September 29, 2012.


Show-notes:


2:34 Frederick Law Olmstead was some guy who designed Central Park. I’m sure he wasn’t that important.
10:38 The Angel’s Kiss was a prequel to Melody Malone: Private Detective in Old New York Town that was actually published as a book and audio book. The Hardy Boys is a series of detective stories for kids.
11:59 Project Gutenberg is a great site for getting public domain stories. Standard Ebooks is the site that standardizes them “for the true book lover.”
13:12 The Golden Compass a.k.a. Northern Lights is another book for kids. I watched the movie version of this when it came out like 10+ years ago and all I remember was that there was a pretty badass polar bear.
14:27 Philip Marlowe is yet another fictional detective. Philip Marlowe vs. The Hardy Boys when?
17:06 The storyboarded version of Brian learning about the events of this episode is online here.
17:15 Tom Baker finally published Doctor Who Meets Scratchman as a novel. There’s a even a video of Baker himself lovingly providing a sneak preview of the book (which is already out but yeah).
32:12 Triple Play is a podcast where we discuss movie trilogies and stuff.
39:15 We even discussed the amazing Troll trilogy (Troll, Troll 2, and Contamination .7)
40:03 Here’s all the Sting/Police songs we mention (also Oingo Boingo is a thing): Every Breath You Take, Don’t Stand So Close to Me
43:31 The wiki doesn’t list anyone else as playing Rory, so it was probably Arthur Darvill.
1:13:59 This is the millionth time I’ve linked to this River Song timeline and I have become exceedingly efficient at it.


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Episode 225: Stephen Moffat Hospital for Abduction

Everybody should know how to get to the hospital for abduction.

This week Kiyan and Dylan make it to the mid season finale, finally! The next half of the season is going to run much slower than this half,  mainly because it’s all one parters, so it’ll take us until Christmas to get through it. But hey, until then we get to enjoy this story, A Good Man Goes to War, written by Stephen Moffat and aired on June 4, 2011.


Show-notes:


1:45 Check out Zenith, our podcast where we watch and discuss Blake’s 7.
2:06 The Roast of Pip and Jane Baker
3:38 Battlestar Galactica and Life on Mars are two shows we don’t have podcasts about.
23:44 People probably fell in to the Thames during the 1814 frost fair. Here’s a better look at a print depicting some fools falling through cracks in the ice.
24:43 This is like the third time I have linked to this River Song timeline thing by Will Brooks and I have become exceedingly efficient at it.
26:00 Born of Man and Woman by Richard Matheson. Ignore the “commentary” on the site and just read the story.


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Episode 219: Rory Danger Pond

Only on Doctor Who would you find someone with the middle name Danger.

This week things go sideways. Like, really sideways. But also it goes upside down and in reverse and crooked. And all those non forward directions that Stephen Moffat loves so much. It’s The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang, written by Stephen Moffat and aired on June 19 and 26, 2010.


Show-notes:


1:16 The Mill did the effects for this.
13:57 Here’s the paper about the neural network.
27:46 The Borg are a Star Trek villain. Borg is actually a misspelling of “Bored,” cause they’re the most bored race in the universe.
41:28 Aunt Lavinia was Sarah Jane’s biological aunt.
1:07:47 Triple Play is our movie trilogy podcast. We’ve been doing it since 2015 and its age is the same as the number of listeners it has.


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Episode 213: Dart in the Dartboard of History

Really want to know how to play darts, honestly.

The angels are back. River Song is back. Stephen Moffat is already doing the “Greatest Hits of Stephen Moffat” and it’s first season and like fourth story. Good start. It’s The Time of Angels & Flesh and Stone, written by Stephen Moffat and aired on April 24, and May 1, 2010.


Show-notes:


2:50 We bring up most of the Alien movies here. Is Alien one of those franchises that should just be let go and left to rest in peace? Maybe.
10:18 Black box? More like wack box, cause these things aren’t box-y enough at all. Also known as a flight recorder I guess.
19:43 Jesus.
35:04 Look at the Special Weapons Dalek. Just look at it. And people were mad about the New Paradigm?


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Episode 211: Sonic Fidget Spinner

That’s 2018 for you.

We’re already deep in the Stephen Moffat era and frankly we’re done with this nonsense. Bring on Chibnall honestly, space whales, seriously? I’m done. It’s The Beast Below, written by Stephen Moffat and aired on April 10, 2010.


Show-notes:


1:39 London has royal parks, which used to be royal hunting grounds, and garden squares, which used to be private residences.
9:05 Check out the sonic screwdriver count on our site. Might not be up to date though.
46:51 It’s Freewill by Rush.


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Episode 178: Banana Supremacy

Ninety-nine bushels of bananas on the wall…

I have a girl in my fireplace so I don’t know what’s wrong with that really. Although actually now that I think about it my fireplace is gas burning, so maybe I’ve just been hallucinating her this entire time… It’s The Girl in the Fireplace, written by Stephen Moffat and aired on May 6, 2006.


Show-notes:


7:06 I think it was Ghost in the Machine.
13:19 Wow. There you go I guess.
30:56 Not all of them, just most of them.
48:50 The Turk.
49:30 Which you can get here. This actually sounds kind of good.


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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 171: Show Me Your Moves

This is how we do it….

It’s time for the biggest war known to mankind in the 20th century maybe. The most devastating maybe if you lived in London. Yes I’m talking about World War Z. Er. II. World War II. It’s The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances, written by Stephen Moffat and aired on the 21st and 28th of May, 2005.


Show-notes:


2:17 In media res.
11:17 I wonder how I didn’t know this existed until now.
12:36 John Barrowman has been in stuff like Torchwood and the United States Congress.
25:39 Check out our other podcast Triple Play. Our most recent episode covers Alien: Resurrection.
26:21 .
33:22 Corn on the cob.
52:57 It’s actually Captain Falcon.
53:52 Gan ftw.


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