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261: Good Old Pertwee Gunplay (The Magician’s Apprentice & The Witch’s Familiar)

Everything is a throwback, nothing is original.

What better time to completely revamp the format for the podcast than a moment in the show when absolutely nothing changed in the show? It makes total and complete sense to me, I’m actually not being facetious right now at all. Less things that the audience has to adjust to, you know? It’s The Magician’s Apprentice & The Witch’s Familiar, written by Steven Moffat and aired on September 19 and 26, 2015.


Show-notes:


4:51 Sonic screwdriver count. And death count. And character kill count. Due for an update like everything on our site.
6:10 The Morphos were from Keys of Marinus.
7:12 Footage of Getting Over It. Weird that the guy who made this is named Bennet like one of the characters in this episode. Also Frog Fractions should still be playable on this page if you have flash player I think.
31:10 Shannon Sullivan is pretty much the best site to find Doctor Who production info.
1:06:07 Apparently the First Doctor used his signet ring in The Reign of Terror to get some clothes.
1:19:37 The Third Doctor was season 7-11.


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194: Some Semblance of a Budget (Utopia, The Sound of Drums, Last of the Time Lords)

And to think we’ve come far since the days of styrofoam avalanches … but not that far.

This is the longest episode we’ve put out in a long time. It’s over an hour and a half long, and somehow it’s actually sort of interesting for the entire episode, which is really saying something. Remember our War Games episode? Good times. It’s Utopia, The Sound of Drums, and Last of the Time Lords, written by Russell T. Davies and aired on June 16, 23 and 30th, 2007.


Show-notes:


11:58 Stop Crying Your Heart Out is really one of Oasis’ worst songs.
27:26 Yeah, Derek Jacobi has a pretty extensive career.
29:03 As does John Simm.
50:35 Rose gets a TARDIS key in Aliens of London.
1:03:13 Here’s the scene from Watchmen. And here’s the equally-bad one from Ironman.
1:06:01 Tom Ellis is Lucifer. Lucifer is Tom Ellis.
1:09:48 Rolanda Hooch is played by Zoe Wanamaker, who plays Cassandra in series 1 and 2.
1:13:26 Plo Koon. He’s Plo Koon.
1:18:26 The mirror universe from Star Trek sounds pretty “cool” I guess.

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Audio 17: Brutally Boring (Master)

Can you feel the change in the podcast? We’re going back to TV.

This week Kiyan and Dylan are approaching the end of the Dark Years diversion. They’ve listened to their final audio for now, they’ve read their final book (you’ll have to wait until next week) and so it draws almost neatly to a close. Almost. But not quite. Master was written Joseph Lidster and released in October of 2003. Master can be purchased for $3 (or your local equivalent) on Big Finish’s website. It’s also on Spotify.


Show-notes:


5:59 It was McKinley.
12:29 “Son of a bitch.”
17:53 It was Mrs. Norris. Thank god Harry Potter is over. It’s over, right? Right?
21:51 I didn’t look too hard obviously, but there really wasn’t anything definitive about green being considered the color of death significantly at a certain place/time. So yeah.
22:02 Monster House is a movie.
52:11 I won’t let my dreams be dreams I guess.
Also discussed in this episode: Goodnight Saigon by Billy Joel.


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163: Explosions and Motorcycles (the tv movie)

Hey look, kaboom and vroom rhyme.

This week we start a new era, and then immediately end it. It’s a single episode long, albeit a much longer than usual episode. It’s a bit weird, you may not have heard of it. It’s called The TV Movie, written by Matthew Jacobs and aired in May of 1996.


Show-notes:


22:55 He should have worn it cause he’s not a crook.
39:53 They mentioned it again in Invasion of Time.
48:06 I don’t know if it’s a reference but the guy was Kevin Briggs.

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150: Trapped in the Intro Sequence (The Ultimate Foe)

Oh no. It appears I’ve become trapped in Doctor Who.

We finally made it to the end of The Trial of a Time Lord. For us, only 4 weeks of TV. For anyone back in 1986, it was a solid 14 weeks. 14! I’m so sorry. It’s the Ultimate Foe, where Part 1 was written by Robert Holmes and Part 2 by Pip and Jane Baker. It was aired in November and December of 1986.


Show-notes:


2:30 And The Two Doctors.
10:18 For Doom the Bell Tolls.
35:20 Which would be The Wrong Doctors. Maybe we’ll listen to that someday. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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143: Pretty Badly Choreographed (The Mark of the Rani)

I question whether the choreographers even knew how to read a choreograph.

So, the universe is populated by more rogue time lords than we thought. Seriously, every week it feels like they add another one. This time it’s The Mark of the Rani, written by Pip and Jane Baker and aired in February of 1985.


Show-notes:


5:33 Yup.
5:49 Another 30 seconds on google only brought up Doctor Who stuff, so I guess it’s a totally original name. This blog gives an explanation of the name (using this as a source) but who knows how true it is? Either way, I really like “Parabola Rainbow Moondancer Galadriel.” That should have been her name.
12:54 The wiki lists a lot more, including Susan and Drax. How could we have forgotten Drax?
16:16 This one. I almost forgot how not good at all Family Guy is.
22:33 No!! NOOO!!!!
32:53 Yeah, it’s a gyroscope.

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The Fifth Doctor Retrospective

In hindsight maybe not doing this with Krynoid was why this episode was all over the place.

Remember how the Fourth Doctor Retrospective was fun? This is… sort of fun? We take a look back at good old Peter Davison, and try to discuss his brief but fun era of Doctor Who.


Show-notes:


1:09 Which you can do here. Just saying. Not gonna force you to listen to it or anything. Mainly because I can’t. But you should listen to it.
9:25 Well maybe it needed to die.
28:54 Make it happen BBC.
32:53 Y’know. The cliffhanger-y one. The one where he’s gonna crash the ship. Hold on, I’m trying to find it. Hmm… where is it… Oh, here it is. Sorry about that. Yeah, I really liked this one. Even though it’s a quote unquote cool one.
37:31 The Life of Pie argument goes states that it’s more fun to eat pie than to do anything else in the world, so it urges people to stop what they’re doing at any time (and every time) to eat pie.
39:00 Yeah, it’s like a couple hundred thousand if you trust science as well. But I wouldn’t trust science if I were you cause last time I did I woke up in Anchorage wearing only socks and a sombrero.

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132: Until We’re At Satan (The King’s Demons)

Only 66 more to go…

Who thought that a serial with the Master of all characters could be so horribly boring? THE MASTER! And it didn’t help that Terence Dudley has been consistently declining in quality since his first outing. It’s The King’s Demons, written by Terence Dudley and aired in March of 1983.


Show-notes:


0:28 We’re talking about the cool Iron Maiden, not the torture device.
5:40 Thank god I didn’t grow up in the 80s.
9:38 WOW.
11:51 Here’s more about beds in the middle ages. I say we all go back to straw. It probably builds character.
13:27 Apparently it was “rare” to do so. But I say more people should start doing it in real life. It probably builds character.
20:15 And who you never see again.

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126: Throw a Spleen into a Circuit Board (Time-Flight)

What the hell is a spleen anyway?

One season closer to the end of classic who. Only 7 more to go! Can you believe that we finished 19 seasons? It actually feels pretty weird. Maybe we can take a time trip back to season 1 and start again… It’s Time-Flight, written by Peter Grimwade and aired in March of 1982.

We’d like to actually, honestly, dedicate this episode to Anton Yelchin.


Show-notes:


5:31 This thing. Everywhere in all of space and time open to you and you want to go here.
8:12 Unless he’s an air traffic controller. Or a TV remote controller. Or a remote controlled car.
10:26 Yeah. There was Scorby from Seeds of Doom. He was kind of a jerk. Go jump in a lake Scorby. Oh wait…
10:52 Well I wouldn’t go that far.
12:58 Roger roger.
18:15 Bioelectronics is a real thing now, but it wasn’t when this episode came out.
18:53 Vestigial organs. The term “vestigial” comes from a corruption of the word “vegetable,” because if you replaced one of these organs with an eggplant or a cabbage you’d never know the difference.
46:17 We said they wouldn’t get a new companion and then 1 second later we were like “yeah, I don’t know.”
47:53 The Wright Flyer was a plane invented by the Wright Brothers after numerous failures with their previous plane, the Wrong Flyer. You don’t want to know about that one.
48:18 Watch and be amazed.
52:52 *cough* …*COUGH COUGH*… *HACK HHHAACCCKGAHAH KAHJSHGJDJDJDJ*… Sorry, just something in my throat.

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119: It’s More of a Mauve (Logopolis)

Mauve is defined as a pale purple. Which means purple is still correct.

This week we come to the end of an era. Yes truly, Tom Baker has finally regenerated and Peter Davison has taken on the mantle of the Doctor. It’s Christopher Hamilton Bidmead’s Logopolis, aired in February and March of 1981.


Show-notes:


1:15 They did bring back the “Doctor Who” credit in the reboot. And then, this time at David Tennant’s request, they changed it back to “The Doctor” again.
4:51 Apparently Tegan comes from the Welsh word for “fair.” Can’t say I’ve ever heard it. And this Tegan was like the third result on Google when I googled it, so how common could it be?
18:38 It’s actually “Logopolitans.” Just to set the record straight.
24:57 Palpatine. Something tells me he wants Anakin to do “it.” But what could “it” possibly be? Surely not killing Christopher Lee…
28:48 My guess is that they’re going to brush it off with a single passing line next story!
33:18 It’s actually from Meglos.


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