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We'll be back soon with our regularly scheduled look at companion showcase episodes -- Danny Pink is next! -- but first, we wanted to take an episode to remember a legend of film and television. Diana Rigg died last week at 82, so we revisit her absolute delight of a performance as Mrs. Gillyflower in "The Crimson Horror." Sure, the rest of the epi…
 
We're a simple podcast, folks: If Big Finish announces that Christopher Eccleston is coming back to record a bunch of new audios as the Ninth Doctor, we're dropping everything several hours later to record an emergency podcast. We talk about our general, off-the-charts levels of excitement, wonder a little bit about what the stories might be like, …
 
We finish our look at the companions of the Chibnall era with a look at a pair of episodes that show some unexpected sides to our friend Graham. The use of "our friend" there lets you know we're not hiding our biases that as Graham fans, but we see him tested in consecutive episodes to finish off series 11: "It Takes You Away" and "The Battle Of Ra…
 
We're going to level with you, friends: "Resolution" is the best Ryan episode. If you want to hear about what an episode that does right by Ryan looks like, go back and give that one a listen. But do check this out too, as we take a look at two series 11 episodes that feature Ryan prominently: "The Woman Who Fell To Earth" and "Rosa." For the first…
 
We're back for another live show, and we might even have a surprise visit from the podcast's best friend. Which is to say, we totally do! The Captain Jack of the podcast is on hand, in the form of the great Kate Kulzick. She pops by for a spell to help discuss how the different showrunners approach the lives of the companions, and why one thing the…
 
That's right, we're doing another live show! It's 1 p.m. Eastern this Saturday, May 9, and it will be at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/ddw-liveshow. We hope you'll come join us for it! After sharing those details, Alasdair does some more solo riffing about something that's been on their mind recently, which is performances by actors who played the Doc…
 
Announcement! We have a live show this Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern! We hope you'll come join us! As for what we have this week, yep, we *finally* got round to this episode. Only took us three and a half years! But first, we read a little excerpt from Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat interviewing each other in Doctor Who Magazine, and pay a little…
 
No two ways about it: This is one of our loosest, silliest episodes in a while. We start out with some vaguely structured discussion of some Doctor Who current events, but pretty soon we go into an extended discussion of David Tennant's work on DuckTales, and more specifically his work with the rest of the cast in singing the DuckTales theme song. …
 
We start by discussing the latest Doctor Who: Lockdown production, a moving epilogue to The Sarah Jane Adventures and tribute to Elisabeth Sladen, who died nine years ago today. Then we tackle a pair of emails from listeners. First up, do the Cybermen work as monsters without a mouthpiece, and why does it always seem to be the Master these days? Th…
 
We went live on Crowdcast for this one, with 30 of our listeners there live to chat and ask questions. We start by looking at the various little goodies that have come out as part of the Doctor Who: Lockdown! series, including the just-released video message with Arthur Darvill as Rory. We then take some questions from the audience, including which…
 
Yes, we're going to attempt a live episode this Saturday! It's at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time and will be hosted at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/debating-doctor-who-live -- checkout the link for some early signup information. We'll be discussing whatever we want, honestly, but our theoretical topic is all the little goodies showrunners past and present ha…
 
Last time, we never really got into a proper discussion of a pretty key aspect of "The Timeless Children": Namely, the whole timeless child thing. Well, this episode is nothing but a big discussion of just what that revelation means, what it says, and what it ought to say. We didn't expect to have as much to say about this as we ended up saying! Pl…
 
So, yeah... it's been a few weeks, huh? Better late than never, we hope, as Alasdair and Allison finally get round to discussing the most recent season finale. We didn't love this one, and we try to get into some detail about why... so much so that after an hour and 45 minutes of discussion we still hadn't really gotten into the, you know, Timeless…
 
You know, it's kinda funny: We liked this episode quite a bit overall, but also we had a lot to say about what didn't work. The middle bit, mostly. Also, the guest characters were pretty thin. And hey, what do you think is going on with Brendan? Or the Cybermen, for that matter? We honestly have no idea, and *that* is the main reason that, for all …
 
It's a big historical episode with Romantics galore and Cybermen aplenty... well, one Cyberman, but trust us, he's a lot. This episode was frequently all Allison could ever possibly want, and Alasdair generally liked it a lot too. Well, except one bit. There's a very low-key kinda rant coming about one key moment. So yes, there's some debating in t…
 
The final 20 or so minutes of today's episode are devoted to an introspective, still somehow Doctor Who-related commentary on gender identity from Alasdair, who recently updated their pronouns to publicly acknowledge that either "he" or "they" are correct. While this segment is also available on the full episode, if anyone wants to hear Alasdair's …
 
Just in time for this week’s episode, we check in with a look at last week’s episode. We generally liked this one a lot as a fun romp with some lovely performances, particularly from Goran Vsijnic as the titular guest star. That said, we spent a decent amount of time looking at how a very good episode like this could have made that last push into g…
 
Just as soon as we released our first episode in well it's been a while, the BBC had to go ahead and released another trailer. So, a week later and with a sneak peek at the first episode also now released, Allison and Alasdair to return to look at what more we can glean of what's to come in the now officially imminent series 12. But mostly we just …
 
You miss us? Allison and Alasdair are back after the podcast's latest lengthy hiatus, which, you gotta say, is at least a pretty faithful homage to Doctor Who itself. But we've missed all you lovely people, and we've missed talking about the show, and Allison in particular has missed this so much she literally squeals with delight in the opening se…
 
We're back, and it's to discuss what Alasdair declares the most expensive Doctor Who regeneration story ever filmed. (Stay with us...) Yes, Alasdair and Caroline are on hand to talk the massive conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first 22 films. We have thoughts about climactic battles, unexpected beginnings, and a lengthy breakdown of wh…
 
Sorry this one is a bit late. The last few days have been a (wonderful) whirlwind, but hopefully that's the last time I need to make such an excuse. Anyway, we work our way through an odd, underwhelming, but not awful finale. What parts work? (Hi, Graham!) What parts don't? (Ugh, it's you, Tim Shaw.) Why doesn't this work, and we can't just say "Ti…
 
We get in some proper debating in this episode, albeit in the most happy and agreeable of ways! Allison really enjoyed this episode, Alasdair had some reservations, and we end up meeting somewhere in the middle. Topics include: What sets apart Chris Chibnall's sci-fi world-building? How does the Doctor's gender inform the scene where she's called o…
 
We're back... and it's about time! (Again.) Yes, we've been on hiatus, but we couldn't let a whole new era, whole new season, and whole new Doctor pass us by, now could we? So Alasdair and Allison are here to discuss their thoughts on the 13th Doctor's first adventure. We talk about Jodie Whittaker's arrival in the role, what it's like to see such …
 
Classic Who neophyte Allison lobs every question she can think of at our resident expert on all things 1963 to 1989. How has the TARDIS changed over the years, both inside and out? What about the theme song and the logo, especially after the recent debut of the 13th Doctor's? Which are the best companions, and which are the least effective? Do you …
 
Friend of the show and Talking Who to You cohost J.G. McQuarrie joins Alasdair to discuss the long history of Doctor Who in print. We start with the Target novelizations, which served as the effective rerun and home video release for stories before VHS, DVD, and streaming were even imagined. We look at the 7th Doctor's continued adventures in the V…
 
The companion episode to our previous look at Torchwood, this one takes a long, generally fonder look at the other Russell T. Davies-era spinoff, The Sarah Jane Adventures. Alasdair is joined by new friend of the show Anthony Strand to discuss the enduring appeal of this show and look at a few highlights from the show's 27 stories. We look at the s…
 
Our next stop in our exploration of all things Brigadier and UNIT is a pair of alien invasion stories with good parts and... well, yeah, both have more than their fair share of bad parts. Allison very much continues to have Luke Rattigan thoughts. But "Terror Of The Autons" might be the more disappointing entry here, especially when something that …
 
The Brigadier Chronicles begin with a look at the 3rd Doctor's debut adventure. Alasdair sets the scene for what was essentially a reboot of the entire show, one that has hugely influenced subsequent relaunches for the show including "Rose", "The Eleventh Hour", and even the 1996 TV movie! But beyond that, it's just a fantastic story, with the Auto…
 
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