Steven Moffat

Episode 249: Step Up Your Sarcasm Game

The fourth sequel to the Step Up series.

I was really hoping that this would be episode 250 but none of the numbering worked out for it to be so. I guess episode 250 is just awkwardly going to be the second episode of this season, which would probably bother some people but I’m pretty unconcerned. I’m bummer, to be sure, but nothing more than that. It’s Deep Breath, written by Steven Moffat and aired on August 23, 2014.


Show-notes:


1:49 http://www.shannonsullivan.com/doctorwho/ has tons of production info about classic and modern Doctor Who.
3:04 Video comparison of Billy Henshaw’s original title sequence and the one they used for the 12th Doctor (also created by Billy Henshaw).
4:57 I’m talking about the Thirteenth Doctor’s intro.
10:14 I’m putting an end to this once and for all. It’s 30 St Mary Axe a.k.a. the Swiss Re building, a.k.a. The Gherkin.
12:11 Check out our Blake’s 7 podcast, Zenith.
22:02 Wow, apparently people knew about cancer like 3000 years ago. And according to the same wikipedia article, the name “cancer” comes from how tumors kind of looked like crabs to the ancient Greeks.
28:14 I looked up widower on Urban Dictionary for you, but it wasn’t really funny or interesting at all. So here’s the definition for pineapple.
44:23 It was @NotTodayThanks3 on Twitter. Also you all should check out Space Fall: A Blake’s 7 podcast for their insightful discussion of the show.

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The Doctor Who title music was originally composed by Ron Grainer. The version used in this episode was arranged by Murray Gold.

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Episode 248: Doctor Chibnall

Doctor Who has an illness and Doctor Chibnall is here to solve it.

And so the clock has run out. Like just totally. It’s not 11, it’s not 12, it’s just dead. Hands fell off. and nobody knows how to make clocks anymore since we all use digital clocks so I haven’t really been able to get it fixed. Bit of a bummer, you know that saying that a broken clock is right twice a day? Well turns out that only applies if your clock actually has hands. It’s The Time of the Doctor, written by Steven Moffat and aired on December 25, 2013.


Show-notes:


8:40 Still in production.
11:20 The Five(ish) Doctors is a short docu-mockumentary that follows Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, and Colin Baker trying to be part of the 50th anniversary episodes.
20:27 Here’s the video I was referring to, “How Chibnall Killed Doctor Who.” I haven’t watched it though. I just keep seeing it on youtube and it probably has such good SEO cause of the clickbait title.
1:05:00 Complete Menagerie and Reality Bomb are two other Doctor Who Podcasts.
1:13:14 The episode is called Nightmare at 20,000 feet.
1:13:39 Goosebumps is a horror book series for kids. And yes, the movies have Jack Black in them.


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Episode 247: It’ll Never Get That Bad Again

We’re out of it now.

This week Kiyan and Dylan finally put the first 50 years of the podcast to rest. I mean the first 50 years of Doctor Who. Same thing in the end, really, when you think about it. The podcast has existed as long as the show has, didn’t you know that? I thought it was common knowledge but I suppose there is a possibility that it wasn’t. Well now you know. It’s The Day of the Doctor, written by Steven Moffat and aired on November 23, 2013.


Show-notes:


5:45 The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. Knock yourself out.
7:37 The Night of the Doctor and The Last Day.
18:00 Pretty much every source out there ranks these differently. Some don’t include non-elected leaders and some don’t count Donald Trump as a politician. Here’s just one list. The one I was looking at obviously forgot to include Narendra Modi. Also the queen of Jordan’s name is Rania Al-Abdullah.
24:39 Check out our Blake’s 7 podcast, Zenith.
29:19 Based on these medieval manuscripts, it looks like last millennia’s royal weddings were attended more by nobles than by normal people.
37:21 Genesis of the Remembrance.
38:29 Harry Sullivan did leave in Terror of the Zygons.


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Episode 231: The Roast of Steven Moffat

Look out Steven, we’re coming for you.

You’ll never believe what happened to us while we were recording this episode. Dylan received a phone call from someone desperately trying to stop us recording. Turns out, our podcast recording last week was a fixed point in time, and the attempt to stop us recording caused the entirety of the space time continuum to fall apart. We put it back together, so you wouldn’t have noticed anything except now it seems the sky is a weird shade of blue. We’re sorry about that, it seems we weren’t quite able to get it back to it’s original yellow. It’s The Wedding of River Song, written by Steven Moffat and aired on October 1, 2011.


Show-notes:


5:40 Parts of the Millennium Bridge is made out of aluminum
6:40 It was this thing.
8:57 The Rats in the Walls is a story by H.P. Lovecraft. Also I did bad job describing it here, so just read it.
35:15 Tobias Vaughn


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Episode 229: If We Stop the Podcast, We Die

At least we only have to do this for the rest of our lives.

Look. I run this podcast. I edit it. I maintain the website. Basically what I’m saying is that it’s my podcast. No one else’s. Am I doing this God Complex thing right? I actually don’t think I am now that I think about it. Close enough. I’ll have to look at Steven Moffat for more examples I guess. It’s The God Complex, written by Toby Whithouse and aired on September 17, 2011.


Show-notes:


1:27 Tension and release is a pretty big tenet of comedy in general and has a history of theory behind it. This article puts at least some if it in perspective.

2:15 Can’t believe there are already 13th Doctor books.

25:42 Check out our Blake’s 7 podcast Zenith.


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The Doctor Who title music was originally composed by Ron Grainer. The version used in this episode was arranged by Murray Gold.

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Episode 226: Fast and Furious: Leadworth Drift

Very fast and furious when you really think about it.

This week we try to stop one of the biggest tyrants in history and then promptly decide to dick around and not even do that. I mean, if you have the chance to change the entire course of human history, why would you? It’s Let’s Kill Hitler, written by Steven Moffat and aired on August 27, 2011.


Show-notes:


17:07 The Nuremberg trials started in 1945.
17:38 Meet Dave is movie about a bunch of people inside Eddie Murphy. I’ve never watched it, but I’m sure it’s even better than it sounds.
19:30They don’t look that similar to the Mister Handy line of robots from Fallout.
29:06 Check out Zenith, our Blake’s 7 podcast.


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The Doctor Who title music was originally composed by Ron Grainer. The version used in this episode was arranged by Murray Gold.

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Episode 210: Long Live the King

Can you believe we finally got a Lion King/Doctor Who crossover?

This week we do a total reboot of the podcast. Complete restart. Everything is going straight back to the beginning, we’re starting it all over. We’ve scrapped the format. We’ve started again. As the show is too! It’s The Eleventh Hour, written by Steven Moffat and aired on April 3, 2010.


Show-notes:


10:18 What I Did In My Christmas Holidays By Sally Sparrow is a story by Stephen Moffat and the story Blink was based on. The BBC has the whole story up on this page.
11:36 Rose was the first episode filmed of the first series. After Rose they went right to Aliens of London.
13:15 All of what Framestore has done is basically up on their website, so check that out if you want to see more of what they worked on.
13:33 Early Man is about cavemen and stuff and is from Aardman Haven’t watched Early Man, or even most of their animations, but Wrong Trousers is probably still the best.
29:49 Most of the ones I saw had mini telescoping ones on the side, like this one from Amazon.
36:30 Spiral Scratch is a Sixth Doctor book by Gary Russel. I wouldn’t really recommend it.
36:38 Jellied eels are a traditional London dish. Can’t believe I can’t get them anywhere in Southern California. Anyway, they look disgusting.
40:01 Wikipedia: “A kissogram, also called kissagram (short for kissing telegram), is a message delivered along with a kiss, usually arranged as a fun surprise for a person for a special occasion.” This probably isn’t a widely-used, cause that paragraph also mentions Doctor Who.
48:19 It’s not a real company.
50:15 Matt Smith said Patrick Troughton was his favorite Doctor at Doctor Who Convention 2012.


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Episode 202: Books Suck

Unlike books, however, River is actually useful.

Every once in a while we deserve to take a digression, I think. A nice little trip down the yellow brick road so to speak. Of course, it just so happens that this digression is all of the episode, but you know, whatever! It’s Silence in the Library & Forest of the Dead, written by Steven Moffat and aired on May 31 and June 7, 2008.


Show-notes:

12:36 David Bowie had liver cancer.
32:51 St. Elsewhere is a medical tv series.
48:04 Lingthusiasm is a linguistics podcast.
49:35 The Night is Short, Walk on Girl is a Japanese animated movie.
1:00:44 The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe is a 2016 novella by Kij Johnson.
1:04:49 We have a Blake’s 7 podcast called Zenith. It’s alright I guess.


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