Oi! Spaceman: Adventures in Media Criticism

In this episode, Daniel and Shana are once again joined by Jack Graham in a discussion of the now-five-months-old Christmas Special, "The Return of Doctor Mysterio." If it helps any, they don't discuss the actual story much, and instead mostly laud Superman III. Also, Daniel forgot to include the end credits on this one, and was too lazy to re-edit them back in, so you'll just have to figure out for yourself where to find future episodes of this podcast. 

Direct download: OiSp_Ep095_American_Slices_The_Return_of_Doctor_Mysterio.mp3
Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 5:25pm EST

They've taken some time off due to what we might call current events related depression, but Daniel and Shana are back chatting Doctor Who again, and have decided to ease back into the waters by talking about the incredibly noncontroversial "Rose" and "End of the World." Thankfully, they brought back Jack Graham who basically never has any complicated feelings about anything to help them come back with a minimum of fuss. 

Main Topic: Rose and The End of the World. With special guest Jack Graham. Freedom fries. Current events and warm blankets. Connections. Not the TV Movie. Jack's callow youth. Cringey former self. Creature effects. Children's TV. Eccleston. Themes that will continue. Perfect Rafallo. 90210 in Space. Two names off limits. Comfy Who. Overinvested. Squaring the circle. Soap Opera Who. The world is turning. Small busy-ness. The cosmic and the mundane. Clive the Sam Seely. Who has heard of the Doctor? Occult Doctor. Hooray for the Bronze Medalists. The here and now. Jackie. Music. Narrative. Earthy McEarth Earth. Direction. Jack and tentacles. The bad guy in "An Unearthly Child." Half measures. Not real fans. Every planet has a southern middle class. Working class. Chav as hate speech. Mickey the idiot. Eccleston's TARDIS. The London Eye. Anti-plastic. Moving on to The End of the World. Raffalo. Rose and authority. Spiderbots. Literally people of color. Jabe, Rose, and Raffalo. Don't remember Back in the Red. "Is this a kissing show?" Political engagement. Witty banter Doctor. Playful Nine. Nine versus Eleven. A moment of Moffat hate. "Hints" of Brazil. Trans as a joke. The vain idle rich? Cassandra and metaphoric drift. RTD and middle-aged women. Anticapitalism in skiffy works. Jiggery-pokery. Gatiss is not RTD. Sun-shield nail-biting. Not normal. Out of fucks. Better than "Hide." Britney Who. False memories. RTD and religion. The Planetary National Trust. The Eccleston dance. Jabe the mongrel. Continuity. Prosthetics budget. Forgotten. Comparisons to Ribos. Serialized television. Never Skip Nine. Sliding Into Moffat-Hate. Wrapping Up.

Direct download: OiSp_Ep094_Never_Skip_Nine_Rose_and_The_End_of_the_World.mp3
Category:Ninth Doctor -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

Save Your Ass or Get Some Ass? (Red Dwarf: Stasis Leak)

We're kinda-sorta back from hiatus, back in the sense that we've finally produced a new episode, and kinda-sorta not yet because this was recorded way back in November. 

Anyway, Daniel and Shana are joined all the way from Australia by Dom Kelly, a fan of the podcast whom they discovered when he started posting really insightful comments on the posts in the Oi! Spaceman Facebook group. One thing led to another, and here he is chatting about Stasis Leak, an episode that probably doesn't quite live up to the standard of the rest of the series. It's a fun conversation, though, and it was a blast to get to chat Dwarf with Dom. He'll back back. 

Main Topic: Stasis Leak. With special guest Dom Kelly. That's your joke? Felicity Kendall. Licorice and lint. Lister's dick. Not a lot of leftist Dwarf fandom. Dom's history with Red Dwarf. Ignoring Daniel. Australia facts! Filler. Daniel's love for Kochanski. Pre-disaster Dwarf. Banana. Black and White. Not fulfilling character promise. Facial hair. The Cat's romantic life. Ending on a joke. Failures of logic. Petersen and Lister. What constitutes living? Honest Rimmer. Rimmer/Lister cameraderie. Roguish heart of gold. Just say No to Freaky Fungus. Ouroborous problem. Lift service infomercial. The racial politics of the Jupiter Mining Corporation. Searching for Rimmer. Why only three weeks? Rimmer knows things? Rimmer's brilliant plans. Trusting of hallucinations. Over-rehearsed. Pervert-stache. Lister's class consciousness. Run For Your Wife. No beer. Off-book. Lister and class consciousness. One step away. Kochanski. Writing for women. Not a justification. Dick jokes and man-ass. Juvenile. Lemmings and helicopter wallpaper. Lister's childhood. Perpetual adolescence. "All my life I wanted to be a colonialist." A room full of dudes. "Old people don't have naked bums." Low-end artificial intelligence. Skutters as house elves.

Find Dom's writing at whom8.blogspot.com.

Direct download: SFF_Ep010_Save_Your_Ass_or_Get_Some_Ass.mp3
Category:Searching For Fuchal -- posted at: 10:25am EST

What is a Moral Person on Arrakis? (Dune)

In this episode of Consider the Ray Gun, Daniel is joined once again by James from Pex Lives to discuss Frank Herbert's Dune. They spend a lot of time on the experience of reading the book, as well as some of the structural issues, and go fairly deep on the way the politics of the world work. Also, the question of what, exactly a moral person in this universe would look like, which has obvious implications for the world in which we all live. 

Main Topic: Frank Herbert's Dune. Ambitious. Being Gene Mayes. Overall. Great not good. Not always. Warm blanket. Competence. Glossary. Ecology and philology. "Jihad." Islamophobia. Space white people. Oil and heroin. Time horizon. Democracy. Sympathetic. Callow Paul. Sequels and sex witches. Damn dirty Fremen. Twentieth-century Leto. Sympathetic Jessica. Gender essentialism. No misogyny. Alia. The mind and the world. Self-knowledge. Symbol versus referent. Moisture for the dead. Gay fat people are terrifying. Imperial politics. The Fremen as the win button. The psychology of personal combat. Physicality. The author by text. Barren versus hot. The ruling classes versus ordinary people. Is Herbert endorsing this? Critical of Muad'Dib? Call us HBO. Ruling classes murdering each other. Military tactics. MilSF. Structure. Skimmable. Alien. Extraneous George Washington. Rescuing the book from Herbert. Founding Fathers and moral equivalence. The Weirding Ways. The most moral man. What do we love? Wrapping Up. 

Direct download: CtRG_Ep003_What_is_a_Moral_Person_on_Arrakis.mp3
Category:Consider the Ray Gun -- posted at: 6:23am EST

Discussing Trumpism

Daniel, Jack Graham, and Kit Power discuss the 2016 American presidential election, and what Donald Trump means for the world.

Main Topic: The 2016 Election. Wrists. Fine. Clever. Remembrance. Catastrophe. Climate. Break. Pattern. Discovery. Savage. Memory. Map. Literally. Traits. Electorate. Popular. Godwin. Levity. Nazis. Rules. Material. Brownshirts. Movement. TV. Klan. Irrelevant. Disagree. Wolf. Shoulders. Scared. Shorthand. Toggle. Tipping. Ascension. Unusual. Superficial. Stability. Wind. Atwater. Dogwhistle. Able. Brexit. Chocolate. Establishment. "Intellectual." Mail. Ageist. Vulnerable. Shit. Neoliberalism. Leash. Numbers. Emails. Movement. Clooney. Black. Comprimised. System. Intentions. Bernie. Change. Jew. Lives. Marxist. Privilege. Education. Polls. Lawsuits. Ivanka. Animistic. Statistics. Silver. Yuge. Coverage. Table. Fox. Michigan. Factors. Suppression. Arrival. Notice. Incarceration. Slow-motion. 13th. America. Phenomenon. Hope. Sunshine. Safety-pin. Decency. Parent. Gesture. Virtue-signal. Social. Symbolism. Engage. Sandbox. Daleks. Feminism. Margin-of-error. Anonymous. Passports. Realpolitik. Godfather. Sympathy. Ratings. Conversations. Pence. Standard. Capital. Policy. Seriously. FTN. Deniability. Gas. Liminal. Psychology. Analysis. Seriously. Milo. Tone. Trolls. Positionality. We. Decency. Notice. Banned. Women. Photoshop. Attention. Helping. Apprentice. Entertaining. Thompson. L&O. Eastwood. Benghazi. Equivalence. Brush. Jackson. Hoover. Wall. First. BLM. Arc. Headline. Thatcher. Populist. Incoherence. Moving. Pollyanna. Coalition. 2008. Mess. Job-creators. Dick-Guillotines. Wrap-up. 

Direct download: Bonus_6_Confronting_Trumpism.mp3
Category:Politics -- posted at: 12:17pm EST

Constructing the Self (RD: Thanks For the Memory)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by Big Finish's Elliot Chapman in chatting Thanks For the Memory. This is another fairly dark episode of Red Dwarf, with plenty of meat on the bone regarding personal histories, (the lack of) consent in altering Rimmer's mind, how we construct our selves through our memories, and the way that sandwiches can be simultaneously very wrong and very right. Also, sad but friendly parties on desolate planetoids. 

Main Topic: Thanks For the Memory. With special guest Elliot Chapman. Fluffing my ego. Hugh Grant. Pretext. Elitist Elliot. British history of comedy. Low-budget entertainment. Discovery. BBC Hitchhiker's. Well-known edgy poet. Series Two versus Series One. Sad. Red Dwarf progenitors. Antagonistic. Death-day. Guitar. A sad party. Forced together. Rimmer the go-go dancer. Social lubricant. Cold, dark, and empty. The Ribos Operation of Red Dwarf. Bowel surgery or babies? Not laughing. Not the engine. Constructed Memory. Metatext. Drunken haze. Consciousness and strange loops. "Many." Changing Rimmer. Allonormativity. "Bomb-ass sex." Rimmer and love. Class in science fiction. Small-c conservative. Small-n representation. Romero reference. Confabulation. Consent in the eighties. Acting in Red Dwarf. The comic timing of Danny John-Jules. Alien speeches. Memory versus experience. Personality or experience? Wrapping Up.

Go pick up the latest Big Finish story featuring Elliot Chapman, The Genesis Chamber, and follow Elliot on Twitter. 

Direct download: SFF_Ep009_Constructing_the_Self_RD-_Thanks_For_the_Memory.mp3
Category:Searching For Fuchal -- posted at: 2:55pm EST

Serious Strawberries (Bubble Buddies and Serious Steven)

Shana and Jane are back chatting Steven Universe yet again, this time with a slew of strawberry references as they discuss the two Steven Universe episodes "Bubble Buddies" and "Serious Steven." Connie is introduced, and Ingmar Bergman, the Beatles, and Red Dwarf all get extraneous mentions. 

Main Topic: Bubble Buddies and Serious Steven. Funky Flow. Connie. Wistfully so. Romantic gestures. Pearl and the Beaver. Garnet's positionality. Steven's bubble. Adolescent boy things. Mansplainy Steven. Plans and worms. Hubris. Rollercoaster. Foreshadowing. Mythology and depth. Flashbacks. Rose. Knot. Responsibility. Page-flipping. Moving on the Serious Steven. Strawberries. An extended aside on Bergman. Another extended aside on the Beatles. Butterflies. Adulting. Teacup ride. Temple metaphor. Murals. Organic worldbuilding. Giant strawberries. Buffy reference. Reminder. Serious is unemotional. Bigger on the inside. Earthy gems. Gravity puns. Tie-dye ukelele? Steven Pan. Faces of the pyramid. Prefiguring mythos. Extraneous Red Dwarf reference. Garnet and emotion. Garnet and Steven. Writing on the wall. Steven Universe is spreading. Next time: Tiger Millionaire and Steven's Lion. 

Direct download: GW_Ep004_Serious_Strawberries_Bubble_Buddies_and_Serious_Steven.mp3
Category:Giant Woman -- posted at: 5:00am EST

Strawberries and Male Gaze

In this revamped pilot episode of Big Damn Shiny Heroes, Shana is joined by regular Oi! Spaceman guest Jessica from The Web of Queer in discussing the first episode of Firefly, "Serenity." Lots of discussion of gender norms, "Captain Tightpants," male gaze, and Kaylee are found within. Enjoy!

Main Topic: Serenity. Recasting the Pilot. More affable. Browncoats. Histories. Dragon*Con. Into the episode. Daniel versus Shana. Battle scene opening. PTSD Mal. Masculinity. Male gaze. Interrupted male gaze. Kitchen table. Jayne and the gynecology joke. Asshole actors and asshole characters. Brotherly love. Subject versus object. Interiority through direction. Nostalgia. Snappy Whedon. Performance. Ambassador versus whore. Zoe's rape joke. The Reavers are Chaotic Evil. Simon's disconnect from reality. The use of Chinese. Appropriation. Twitter would tear it apart. Family for the audience. Fanlore and approaching the show. Strawberries. "What the tattoed guy says." Unpopular opinions. Whedon's optimism. Singing the theme song. Character jigsaws. Preacher and whore dynamic. Whores and moral compasses. Grating will-they-won't-they. Sex work and social class. Wrapping Up. 

Find Jessica at The Web of Queer or on Twitter

Direct download: BDSH_Ep001_Strawberries_and_Male_Gaze_Serenity.mp3
Category:Big Damn Shiny Heroes -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

Child Abuse and Authoritarianism (RD: Better Than Life)

In this darker-even-than-usual episode, Daniel and Shana discuss the depths of Rimmer's on-screen personality as it's revealed in the Series Two episode "Better Than Life." There's a significant amount of conversation centering around child abuse, and mention of the book Addicted to Hate, which details the physical and emotional abuses heaped on The Westboro Baptist Church's Fred Phelps onto his small children. Skip this one if such conversation will be too much for you. 

Main Topic: Better Than Life. Not the book. Arnie, not Ace. Tripartite structure. "Rimmer's Abusive Past." Meanness. Skutter-blame. John Wayne and lambs. Look-and-feel. Hats. Lister and food. The Cat and utensils. "Before we knew he was a fascist." Transitioning to heavy shit. Cameron Crowe can learn some lessons. Abuse, torture, parenting, and authoritarianism. Malnourishment jokes. Withheld affection. "Aristotlian." Right-hand drive. Spores. "Trashy." Amatonormativity and the relationship escalator. Jam, ants, and brothers. Aspiring to be the top of the patriarchy. "I got my stomach pumped and I'm hungry!" Not anti-cunnilingus. Female speaking roles. Groovy Channel 27. MTV. Rimmer's news choices. Trying too hard. Happy wife. Grief. Rimmer ruins everything. Casablanca. Celebrity dictators. Krissie isn't in this. Playing admiral. Gordon and chess. Wrapping Up. 

Addicted to Hate can be found in full and for free, here


Willing Slaves and Dickish Protagonists (The Tripods)

In this episode of Consider the Ray Gun, Daniel is joined by Godbomb author and serious Robocop fan Kit Power in discussing a YA trilogy that meant a lot to Kit as a young man: The Tripods Trilogy. It's basically a romp through a faux-medieval Europe in which a century prior human beings were conquered by a race of invading aliens who use mind-control caps installed at puberty to create docility among the population. They have a wide-ranging conversation about the characters in the series, the way it's structured, what young adult fiction is meant to do, and the way slavery and imperialist ambition is portrayed in the series. They're also pretty sure John Christopher is a pretty right-wing asshole. 

Get the books here

Check out Kit Power's Patreon, where you can find links to all his other stuff. 


Zombie Marxist Things and Body Horror (Frybo and Cat Fingers)

In this episode, Shana and Jane are back chatting about all things Steven Universe. Namely, Shana chats a bit about the new Golden Book version of The Answer, and they move on to chatting the wages of capitalism in Frybo and the nature of body horror in Cat Fingers. Also: what does it mean when Steven touches himself?

Main Topic: Frybo and Cat Fingers. Taking charge. The Answer book. Metatext. Shana and Rebecca. "Girly." Interiority. More than a collector's item. Fry costumes and naked Steven. Relationships. Body horror. Crystal shards. Hidden backstory. "Something Jack would say." Exploited labor. Critique of capitalism. Marxist Zombie Thing. "Let's go be kids." Spaghetti Westerns. Pants. "Butt and gem." Musical cues. Pearl-centric. Birds? Hitchcock? Lost dead lovers. Scooby Doo kind of thing. Tentacles and capitalism. On to Cat Fingers. Use of magic. Shape-shifting. "Biorhythms yo." 80s Amethyst. Uncomfortable with the body. Personal confessions. Making it purr. Transformation. Leaving. Miyazaki reference. Monsters and sons. Fraught with tragedy. Puns? Internal and external pain. Awareness. Family dynamics. Mayormobile. Pearl smacking her ass. Attention. Friends of Steven. Cliffhanger. Steven touches himself. A particular sort of mind. Gender. Virginity metaphors. Sound. Pussyfooting. Very foreshadowing. "I guess we're watching 'Say Uncle'." Cosplay. Discipline. 


Class Anxieties and Dating Fascists (Kryten)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by Jb Anderton of the Who37 podcast in discussing the first episode of Red Dwarf Series II: Kryten. What it means to be an artificial life form, oppressed domestic servants, and why one shouldn't date a fascist are among the topic of conversation. Also, a random Spinoza reference if that's your thing. 

Main Topic: Kryten. With special guest JB Anderton of Who37. Coughing. Not the boys from the Dwarf. Correction. JB and Red Dwarf. Goofy ways to pass the time. Fits and starts. Why Kryten? Production value. Kryten the character. Soap opera. "Androids with BDSM clothes." David Ross. Design. Kryten's fanasies. Moldy coffee cup. "You threw the stick." Random Spinoza reference. Not on the pull. Clothes. "I serve, therefore I am." Rimmer the fascist. Marlon Fuckin' Brando. Esperanto. Part Odd-Couple-part-Buddhist. Non-human Kryten. "Does it matter?" Not slaves like dogs. Not ableist. Empathy. Cat interlude. Dating. So much pornography. Computer-laid. Setup and payoff. A Hitchhiker's reference. Socially constructed emotions. Why not to date a fascist. Structure. Hol Rock. Curtains. Rimmer's feminine side. The Cat and the spoon. Pouches. Rimmer's sense of smell. Remastering. Effects. Art college. Prince.

JB on Oi! Spaceman discussing Mindwarp.
Daniel on Who37 talking about City on the Edge of Forever.

Direct download: SFF_Ep007_Class_Anxieties_and_Dating_Fascists_Kryten.mp3
Category:Searching For Fuchal -- posted at: 4:44pm EST

Ghosts of Victorianism (Doctor Who: Ghost Light)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined once again by Jack Graham, this time to discuss the very last Classic Who story ever filmed: Ghost Light. As expected, they have a hard time staying on-topic, and even have extended digressions on Steven Moffat and steampunk. It's a fun conversation about all things related to Victorian science, Victorian imperialism, the ghosts of the past, and problematic representations. Enjoy!

Main Topic: Ghost Light. The Bible. No one was asking for Daniel's input. Everything changes. Why? Peak cute. Jack catnip. Odd at thirteen. "Very British problems." Island people. Nimrod and Lot's wife. Rewatching. Logic. Dreamlike. Ace is really fucking queer. Wrestling, yes please. Two major problems. Snuffbox logic. "And now Jack feels pretentious." Radioactivity and intersubjectivity. The Doctor/Ace relationship. Professor/student. Relationships. Breakthrough? Delivering freeness. 2016 is not 1989. Context matters. Complaining to Andrew Cartmel. "You said it was cyberpunk, right?" Sublimated kink. Pop culture. Riffing on tropes. Ace versus Peri. Tooth and Claw. "We all know Daniel's a sadist." Ace/Gwendoline. Moffat-hate. Female friendship. "And all the chicks say fuck no." Victorian adventurer. Doctor as an ally to imperialism. Anti-patriarchy. "White guy bad." Civilization. Period ideology. Neither a lady nor a gentleman. Reductionism. Neanderthal. Annotations. Great Chain of Being. Paving the war for Empire. Nimrod's religion. Heaven Sent. Lot's wife. Self-reference (in a good way). Ace's journey. "Wicked." Hartnell and McCoy. Explicit. Bonnie the Zygon. Steampunk. Social Darwinism. Metaphor. Medium and Meaning. Emergence. Control. Steven Jay Gould. Ace and the dress. Social Darwinism a perversion of Darwin. Control's journey. Not didactic. Ghost of Victorianism. Religion and heirarchy. Low-hanging fruit. Co-opted by douchebros. Gothic. Control's pidgin English. Starbucks. Female diversity. Eternals in Enlightenment. The last Doctor Who. Shana's not sorry. Wrapping up. 

Find Jack Graham at Eruditorum Press, or on Twitter.

Direct download: OiSp_Ep093_The_Ghosts_of_Victorianism_Ghost_Light.mp3
Category:Seventh Doctor -- posted at: 1:19pm EST

Gooey Relationships (Laser Light Cannon, Cheeseburger Backpack, and Together Breakfast)

In this episode Shana and Jane are back and chat all about relationships, geodes, messiness, and breakfast food. 

Main Topic: Laser Light Cannon, Cheeseburger Backpack, and Together Breakfast. Doesn't make sense. "Mindful Education." Anxiety. Spirituality and meditation. "We'll probably cry." Laser Light Cannon. Dadliness. Amethyst the big sister. "Throw me at it!" Passive-aggressive Pearl. Leftovers. Rigid. Weak humans. Hot dogs. Flashlight. Compassion. Emotional labor. Apocalypse. The Tick. Imperfections. Buddhist packrats. Esoterica. Moving on to Cheeseburger Backpack. Goofy. Parenting. Mr. Queasy. Holograms. "Crystal Femmes." Hug. Fixed. Teleportation. Characterization through challenges. Moon goddess. Ascension. Together Breakfast. Disgusting. Map. "Is this a dream?" Time travel. Rose. Ruthie agrees. Out of control. Police. Not a mother. Steven's junk. Organic monster. Monstrous Steven. "Might call that four later." Relationships. Gooey-ness. Smoke Monster. Wild Strawberries? Fish and pizza. Suspicions. Beach City Con. Wrapping Up. 

Find all future episodes at oispaceman.com or eruditorumpress.com.

Direct download: GW_Ep002_Gooey_Relationships.mp3
Category:Giant Woman -- posted at: 1:51pm EST

Fascism and Free Love (Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land)

Welcome to the first episode of Consider the Ray Gun. That's right, another day, another podcast thread. In a development that has been a long time coming, Daniel has decided to take a break from watching movies and television and is actually going to force himself to read books. This will be a catch-as-catch can kind of podcast, with a rotating series of guests, but in this one he's joined by friend of the show James Murphy of Pex Lives and City of the Dead, and together they chat about Robert Heinlein's controversial 1961 classic Stranger in a Strange Land

Main Topic: Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land. Personal. Starship Troopers. Juveniles. Counterculture. "Grokked a wrongness." Clever enough. Heinlein's sexism. Introduction to Jill. Changing books. "What a shithead I used to be." A man named Stinky. Racism between editions. James's experience of reading. Changes in tone. Hugh Hefner. Mike the carney. Learning how to laugh. Stock characters. Cantankerous. Stag party. Manifestations of homophobia. Shipping male-male love. Amorphous secretaries. Fair Witness. Inventing Nancy Reagan. Astrology. Defining hippie culture. Tame. Playboy centerfolds 1961. Heinlein and Hubbard. Fosterites and Scientology. Suing the podcast. Southern California. The changing author. Futurism. Birchers. Leftist but anti-Communist. Libraries. Valentine Micheal Smith and the military. Referencing Star Trek. Heinlein and the UN. "I love nuclear war." Incest. Awakening of sexuality. Redheads, pregnant women, and female tears. The great triumph of the book. Death of the author. Dickhead Mike. Understanding Mike the religious leader. Why the Larkin decision? Legalism and imperialism. Changeling Ben Caxton. Jill's lessons. Naked Heinlein. Recognizing oneself. Pushing Free Love. James references Kevin Smith. The politics of open relationships. One-way polemics. Chatting about religion. Faith versus heirarchy. "Cult." The sexual politics of the Ninth Circle. Sapir-whorf. The intimacy of water-brotherhood. Boundaries. Sameness. The failure of the hippies. Mike the martyr. Violence. Wrapping up. 

Check out all our future episodes at oispaceman.com, and check out James's podcasts at pexlives.libsyn.com


Steven's Origin Story and Beach City Utopia (SU: Gem Glow and the Unaired Pilot)

Oh, look here, it turns out that instead of bowing to audience desires and actually continuing the Firefly content, Oi! Spaceman has started a new podcast thread. Oops. For those of you who are fans of animation and children's television and queerness but not particularly big fans of Daniel, this one is a real treat, as Jane (who many of you will remember from our The Time Monster episode, and a recent Moffat-oriented bonus) is joining Shana to discuss the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe, and episode or two at a time. In this one they discuss "Gem Glow" and the unaired pilot episode, and basically set out a lens through which they'll view the entire series. 

Main Topic: Gem Glow and the Unaired Pilot. A Joke. Introductions. Alchemy. Sugar. Music. Dead Mom. "Cookie Cat." Unwilling square. Adorable Steven. Emotive Steven. Non-binary. Lars and Sadie. Character design. Introduction of the Gems. Emotional Garnet. Visuals. Foreshadowing. Centipeetles. Racial caricatures? Relationships. "Gems of color." Stole and then paid for. Steven's problematic fave. Origin story. Cookie Cat as a metaphor for Steven. Density. Nose-picking Amethyst. "Next podcast!" Comparison to Avatar. Personalities through powers. Petals falling. Rich. Moving on to the unaired pilot. Tone. Design. Representations. Childish Amethyst. Unaired Sadie and Lars. "Crystal Femmes." Dark and Edgy. Utopian Beach City. Queer. Geared towards children. Not moralistic. Three-dollar bill. Containment versus defeat. Balance. Songs. Cookie Cat and Lion. Depth. "Steveny." Crazy theory. Why take care of Steven? Credits. Looking forward to Connie. Revolution. Jim Henson. A donut store near you.  

Check out all our future episodes at oispaceman.com


Charles Rimmer Kane (Me2)

After a couple of weeks off from podcasting together, Daniel and Shana return to discuss the final episode of Red Dwarf Series One: Me2. Which should really have a superscript but does anyone care in this medium? Maybe it should be transliterated as "Me-Squared" on social media? Grammar pedants speak out on this monumentally important issue. 

Anyway, Daniel and Shana discuss Gazpacho soup as a sort of Rosebud for understanding Rimmer's life, and question whether it was really as big a deal as Rimmer seems to think it is. Also, classism in food choices, Rimmer vs. Todhunter, unpaid electric bills, and possibly the greatest performance Danny John-Jules has given us yet. 

Main Topic: Me2. Mugs Murphy. Naming convention. "Oh, Rimmer!" Control. April Fool's. Mission. Futurama plots. Critics. Never JFK or Ductwork or Prison. Invasion. Continuity. Specific. Stuck. Breakup. Legacy. Devices. Bubbles. A step back from literalism. Bashing the Skutter. Dickish. Cunt error. Performance. Feline. Charles Rimmer Kane. Hot Gazpacho. Taj Mahal. "How Rimmer of him." Competitive swimmer. Meditative. Socially awkward. Obvious. IT Crowd jokes. Pranks. Todhunter. Terrible. Post-scarcity. Not masturbation. Seven jerks. Status. The Meaning of Life. Execution. Tropes. Alternate. Morality. Dude, existence. Star Trek crap. Military versus ocean. Eastern. Wrapping Up. Balance. Straight. Writing. Pleather. 

Check out all our future episodes at oispaceman.com.

Direct download: SFF_Ep006_Charles_Rimmer_Kane_Me2.mp3
Category:Searching For Fuchal -- posted at: 6:39am EST

More Than Just Salty Parabolas (Ghostbusters 2016)

Shana's still out for this episode, but Daniel is joined by recurring guest Jessica from The Web of Queer to give their hot take on the misandrist masterpiece Ghostbusters (2016). Lots of queer identity politics to mull over here, but for the most part this is a fun movie that made for a fun podcast episode, although possibly not as much fun as listening to sax. 

Main Topic: Ghostbusters (2016). With special guest Jessica from Web of Queer. No Shana. Filler. Ruining childhoods. Jessica and 1984. Zeitgeist. Exploded. General thoughts. No buttons. Teenage boy. Why people come to Oi! Spaceman. The MRA villain. Not an MRA stereotype. Improv. Embedded. Power Rangers. Trading card. Boob armor. Gross internet. Racefail. West Side Story. Screwed up. First trailer. "Remember we have a nuke." Technobabble. Loving Kate Mackinnon. "I get it now." Force of nature. Salty parabolas. The Bill Murray. "Pansexual." Text versus subtext. Female friendship. Economics. Fanservice. Credits. Extras. Classified ghosts. Spoilers. Symbolic feminism. Four seconds. Body image. Listening to sax. Puppy. Reverse trope. Jessica does not agree. MRAs should or should not feel bad. Little girls. Kate as Scully. Looking forward. Heteronormativity trap. Any random Web of Queer. Clara feels. Square metalheads. Too explicit. Enjoying women. Wrapping up. Completely in the moment.

Kate McKinnon as Scully
Consider the Tea Cosy on queerness in Ghostbusters


Fun with Dan and Jane (A Casual Chat About Steven Moffat)

Shana was out of town this week, so Daniel took the opportunity to pull out some bonus casual conversation he recorded back when Jane co-hosted on this podcast for The Time Monster. Despite beginning the conversation proclaiming his dislike of discussing the Moffat era, they ended up chatting about just that for most of the nearly two-hour running time of this podcast. Also you'll hear some of the Oi! Spaceman origin story and some very goofy jokes. Enjoy.

Main Topic: A Casual Conversation About Steven Moffat. Krotons. Sleamball. Condescending Wendy. Alcohol. Titties. Punch-Drunk. "Okay, Steven Moffat." Aesthetics. 1992. "Blink" and humanity. Matt Smith hate. Listen is brilliant. Relationships. Asylum. Trauma. Pointed to. Chibnall and the writer's room. Puzzles. Series 6. Not Richard Hurndall. "Jack discovered us basically." Caitlin and Clara. "Control freak." Costuming. Jo. Progressivism. Wonder Woman. Essentialism. Problematic Davies. Moffat the feminist. Donna. Subverting tropes. Matt Smith. Forgetting. Serialized. Bidmead and J-NT. The Leisure Hive. Nodding along. Class issues. Series 10. Performance. Karen Gillan. The only reasonable opinion. Why not The War Machines? Tegan's fabulous. Obsessive. Hitler the hot mess. Revisitation. Minotaur. Misogynistic Capaldi. Round.

TMBDOS on Punch-Drunk Love.
Shana on sex work and ableism.
Our "Fish Fingers and Custard Bullshit."
The Stephen Thompson Conversation.
Oi! Spaceman on Chasing Amy.
Happy Slaves.

You can find Jane at Jane Says and you can find all future episodes of Oi! Spaceman either at Eruditorum Press or at oispaceman.com.


Does The Brig Have a Point? (Doctor Who and the Silurians)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel chat about the Third Doctor's second story: Doctor Who and the Silurians. Genocide (maybe), laggy pacing, and fucking adorable married couple antics reign supreme. 

Main Topic: Doctor Who and the Silurians. Nazi Godzillas. Titles. Hate having guests. Daniel was right. Pacing. Black and white. Pigtails. So married. Liz. Fulcrum. A37 and Z13. Squishy-squishy. "White Man Sit Down and Think." IT Crowd reference. Greatness. Lesbian innovation. "More like Twelve Monkeys." Noir Who. Peter Myles. Compression. White guys with clipboards. "Not my kink!" No sonic. Coup. The Upside of Dragging Ass. The Chick and the Doctor. Is the Doctor Right? Twilight. Alternate Hulke. Does the Brig have a point? Litter. Not genocide. Interpretation. Ambiguity. Palestinians. Allegory. Complication. Shades of gray. Bessie. One day, even here.... Excuse. Paperwork. Pet dinosaur. Missing. The one peacemaker. Nuance. Mind power in the bedroom. Jabberwocky. Boring biowarfare. Stupid faux-science. Continental drift. A more relevant statement. The Tenth Planet. Shut up. Mistaken title. Daniel was right. What this era looks like. "Is this why we have guests?" 

Daniel and Shana discuss Spearhead From Space: "Thunderballs and the Dirty Old Box." 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep092_Does_The_Brig_Have_a_Point_Doctor_Who_and_the_Silurians.mp3
Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 10:02pm EST

Right After "Learn Portuguese" (Confidence and Paranoia)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by James Murphy of the Pex Lives and City of the Dead podcasts. They certainly are not currently sharing posting duties on a media criticism website owned and operated by a Blakean Marxist occultist. Certainly not. 

Main Topic: Confidence and Paranoia. With special guest James Murphy of Pex Lives. Cute. Groovetown. Kind of a shit. James and Red Dwarf. Fetishizing VHS. Fort. That old thing. Child James and The Cat. Isolated. Hit record. Raised by Craig Charles. Depth. Racial politics. Grim. Mobius Strip of Writing. Critical distance. Pyschology. Not a space bum. Insecurities. Colors. Distaste. Stabim and Portugese. Integration. Motivation. Dialectic. Class. Lister's Found Future. (Dog noise.) Not the cool kids. Sociopathy. Sarcasm. Cheap seats. It's the eighties. Pig-headed. Representation. Jim Crow. The Inevitable Bit About Rape. Yvonne. MGTOW. Rimmer and the Internet. Caring Rimmer. Rape and comedy. Keegan. Craig Ferguson. American doofuses. Ruby Rhod. Chipper and fever. Humanity. Addiction. Insightful Rimmer. Creepy or romantic? Exploding heads. Reagan. Extreme romantic love. Distance. Kochanski. Gendered insults. 'Cause duh. Pegging. Tomboy versus Cheeses. The Cat likes Lister. Impulse. Dreams. Longevity. (Puppy growls.) Rimmer's ally. Kochanski's box. Appendage. Remake. Christie. Not into e-readers. Losers. 

 


Esoterica, Power, and Dick Jokes (DW: The Time Monster)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by Jane Campbell of Eruditorum Press to chat about The Time Monster. Much merriment and queerness ensues. 

Main Topic: The Time Monster. With special guest Jane Campbell. Awful. Gay wine glass. Love for late-stage capitalism. Beauty and monstrosity. Heathers. Dealbreaker. Justifiying The Time Monster. Structure. Never twenty-five when you can take ninety. Grad students. Balls. Misandry doesn't exist. The power that matters. Academia. Ruth and Stewart. Trickster Stewart. Cis male defense. Infantalized. Parallels. Capaldi reference. Couldn't do it to Ruth. The Daemons. Benton. Gender roles. Beside the point. Rebirth. Baby Brigadier? Benton and alternative masculinity. Naively aggressive. Absolutely nothing. Ruth the Doctor. Delgado. Missy and Delgado. Bond babes. Time Ramming with the Doctor and Master. Dick jokes. Superpenis! Time Lord physiology. Meta timewasters. Third Doctor Binro. The Daisiest Daisy. Buddhism. Esoterica. Mythology. Jo the bird. "Venerable." Lord Master. Conversation. Shippy. Paganism. Issues with the bird. Compassionate. Inconsistent. Myths of Atlantis. Moral. Power. Destroying a myth. Twenty minutes less. Precipice of annhialiation. Chronovore. "That's Jane for you." Queering. Costumes. Polyamorous Galleia? Overdramatic. Hippy? Roids.

Jane's two pieces on Beauty and Monstrosity at Eruditorum Press.

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep091_Esoterica_Power_and_Dick_Jokes_The_Time_Monster.mp3
Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 7:23am EST

Humanistic Existentialism (Red Dwarf: Waiting For God)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel finally get around to chatting about everyone's favorite topic: religion. And what kind of man might really deserve to be worshipped as a god. 

Main Topic: Waiting For God. Delays. Column. Polycule. Religion. Beckett. Toaster. Garbage. Priest. Troughton. Feline. Typical. Spot. Production. Colors. Characters. Files. Eleven. Surreal. Existential. Aliens. Imperialist. Fucking. Contrast. Indigenous. Odor. Interpretation. Pictograms. Sniff. Illustrations. Curry. Apostate. Shiny. Underwritten. Budget. Unexamined? Underappreciated. Archetype. Ability. Enjoyable. Meta. Tonto. Underestimated. Continuity. Suicide. Parents. Empathy. Cult. Faith. Trash. Hat. Last. Weak. Green. Manufactured. Nature. Wrong. Hamfisted. Anthropology. Switched. Rastabilly. Worthwhile. Fuchal. Limitations. Jokes. Scrumptuous. Spoon. Shirt. Infected. Punctuation. Comma. Chicken. Acting. Quarantine. Doubt. Funny. McCoy. Next time: Confidence and Paranoia.

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Direct download: SFF_Ep004_Humanistic_Existentialism_Waiting_For_God.mp3
Category:Searching For Fuchal -- posted at: 7:12pm EST

His Name is Django (Django Unchained)

In this bonus episode, Shana and Daniel discuss a film they've been rewatching a lot lately, Django Unchained, and the horrifying legacy of slavery. Also folk heroes in fiction, "the father of gynecology," positionality, and the deep satisfaction of seeing slavers brutally murdered. Warning: this episode contains unusually aggressive language and themes, even for Oi! Spaceman. 

Main Topic: Django Unchained. Nominally a Doctor Who podcast. Identifiers. "I believe in racism." Positionality. The legacy of slavery is still with us. Not black. Holocaust. Werner von Braun. Gypsies versus Romanis. Dripping racism. Knoxville. Linguistics. Rocks and windows. Racially-motivated violence. Badass black heroes. Should this film even exist? Fun-and-games slavery. Tarantino's positionality. Use of the N-word. Spielberg. Maus. Basterds versus Unchained. Space Nazis. Tarantino and revolution. Will Smith. Christoph Waltz. His name is King. The immigrant experience. Clever to a fault. Diction. White guilt. His name is Django. Franco Nero. Appropriation. Not advocating white genocide. Chapelle's show. Two kinds of violence. Casual. Every day. Living to his skin. Beer as a reward. The Brittle Brothers. Django's agency. Joseph Campbell bullshit. The Broomhilda myth. Metatext. Cotton. Candie. Moguy the slave. "Why don't they kill us?" Quiet heroism. Jerry-rig. Tortured. Patriarch. Steven. Black Complicity. Fool. Too clever. Burn it with fire or live to fight another day? Informed consent. Candie's motivation. Walton Goggins. Faces. "Little Troublemaker." Heroes. Structure. Wrapping Up.

From NPR: Remembering Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsy

The American Slave Coast

Chappelle's Show: The Time Haters

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Direct download: OiSp_Bonus003_His_Name_is_Django_Django_Unchained.mp3
Category:Bonus (Not Doctor Who) -- posted at: 11:04pm EST

Adorably Eviscerating Edwardian Social Mores (DW: Horror of Fang Rock)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by author extraordinaire Kit Gonzo in discussing the first story of the Graham Williams era, Horror of Fang Rock. At least in theory. Conversation ranges all over, but mostly focuses on the incredibly complicated role that Leela plays in Doctor Who. Racism, sexism, colonialism, classism, spoonerisms, and more. 


Main Topic: Horror of Fang Rock. With special guest Kit Gonzo. Being not-funny. Richard Dawkins or a Rutan? Writing. Commercialism. Academic writing. Browbeating Shana. Getting back on-topic. Fang Rock as a script. Haiku and cliffhangers. Pertwee's dignity. Upstairs, downstairs. Not overexplained. Dialogue and business. Lovely Louise. Leela versus Jo. Actresses imposing feminist interpretations. Costumes. Kit's background with Leela. Leela versus River. Knives versus guns. Leela's agency. Threatening evisceration. Leela stands against Edwardian values. Modern versus classic Doctors vis a vis violence. Co-showrunner Peter Capaldi. "Slay me." Dickhead Four. Ableist shit. Picking up the ball. Leela the noble savage. How are we going to approach Talons of Weng-Chiang. Racism and sexism. "It's still objectification, it's just not *actually* male gaze!" The White Guardian. Contextualized. Better to believe in science. Astrology. Foghorn. Oil versus electricity. Spoonerisms. AAVE. Shana impresses Daniel. Whitesnake. Paddy Russell. Sociopathic characters. Colonel. Indian "savages" and colonialism. The revolutionary Victorian inventor. Problematic Thanksgiving. Forgiving your grandparents. Nobody should listen to that. "Trumpface." A more depressing podcast. Modern Fang Rock. The Rutan should murder everybody. Edwardian oxygen. Daniel's favorite episode ever. Racial encoding. Servants. Working-class superstition. Shana has to leave. Longest episode to date. Rational actors. Internal divisions and external threat. Weird electricity. Sandifer. Jack and James. War of the Worlds. Blind spots and positionality. H.G. Wells. Cliche-ridden. Ludditism. Unreliable electricity. Unassailable businessmen. Go poke Phil Sandifer. Wealth. Talking about Jesus. Alien Doctor. Superman and the Doctor. Demanding perfection. The American Slave Coast. Fuckhole Founding Fathers. Wrapping up. 

 

Kit's book Godbomb! at Amazon.
Kory Shrum's Dying For a Living at Amazon.

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Class, Gender, and the Ziggurat (Red Dwarf: Balance of Power)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are (shockingly, I know) joined by their podcast boyfriend Jack Graham to discuss the third episode of Series One: Balance of Power. Capitalism, class, gender, The Fappening, and Craig Charles's acting chops are all at least mentioned. 

Main Topic: Balance of Power. With special guest Jack Graham. A capitalist joke. Avoiding culture. Shana rises above. Shana's boobs. Teenagerhood. Jack's early Dwarf. Power. "I've been fished to death!" Craig Charles, Actor. Okaaaayyy... Challenging each other. Rimmer the goof-off. Re-ordering episodes. Lister the socialite. Loser's club. Post-apocalyptic. Ghosts. Exactly what a cat would do. Thematically dense. Recurring themes. Roko's Basilisk. Quasars. Horrible Rimmer. Kinship to Rimmer. Metaphorical hologram. Slut-shaming. Potential Rimmer friendship. Turning Rimmer on. Thinking it through. Being brought back. Stuff. Economics and artificial scarcity. Marxism not capitalism. Slave skutters. Fantasies of power and achievement. Class structure. Officer Kochanski. Misogyny or general disrespect? Private military. East India Company. The Inevitable Bit About Thatcher. Truckers in space. Class issues and the Cat. Teasing. Story versus ideas. "Middlebrow." A shallow reading of Jane Austen. Sartre. Government health warnings. Passing the chef's exam. "Sometimes you make those bullshit dreams work!" Ziggurat. Death video. Unemployed Lister. "Oh JPS!" Geeky Lister? No Exit. The end of heirarchy. Kochanski the muse. Purses. Waking Kochanski. Alternate directions for the show. Holograms in society. Creepy. "The Fappening." Easy to be a girl. What girls want. Clare Grogan's role in the show. Problems and opportunities. Dudebros getting drunk. Clever Lister. Density. Dumbest joke ever. Getting in touch with his feminine side. Wrapping up. The Double Rimmer. 

Roko's Baslisk on Rationalwiki

Shabcast 20

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Candy-Colored Totalitarianism, Gender, and Margaret Thatcher (The Happiness Patrol)

In this (slightly-delayed) episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by a first-time guest, Josh from The Web of Queer. It's a wide-ranging conversation that doesn't even begin to cover the story completely, but touches on issues of depression and music, enforced frivolity, the horror of the Thatcher years, and the nature of top-down authoritarian rule. Also: the aesthetics of the Kandyman and some discussion of set design. And whether or not Shana ships Ace with Susie Q. The answer may shock you, but probably not.

Main Topic: The Happiness Patrol. "Way to make a super-sexist joke, husband." With special guest Josh from Web of Queer. Not nonagenerian. Introducing Josh. Simple Happiness Patrol. Horrible Margaret Thatcher. Not wholly Thatcherite. "That we know of." Surveillance state. "But dude that hair defies physics!" Queering the discussion. Section 28. Promoting homosexuality. Robert Palmer's Happiness Patrol. Makeup. Standard in the 80s. Helen A's force of personality. Flipping everything. Slippery Slope. Ace gets privilege. The Friends of Earl Sigma. Solidarity. Castes. The Jews alone. Enforced normativity and self-denial. Fifi. Cutest little killer ever! Humanized dictators. Trevor Sigma. Waiting rooms. Ace sideyes. Each wig is different. Susie Q. Daniel references Atwood. Following the characters. "The pointy nosed bitch, and chick with the hard lines on her jaw, and the chick who has mostly blush..." Gender coding of costumes. Big picture opinions of The Happiness Patrol. The Kandyman can.... The poisoning of Earl. Gluing and ungluing. The Fondant Surprise has no fondant. Why this episode was a month late. Stage production. Disneytown. Accurate 1984. Daniel is wrong about the snipers. Wrapping up. "Left leaning people in the BBC?" Josh wasn't prepared for the political conversation. State-run television. "I should be protesting shit!" Music. Depression. 

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Classic Doctors and Companions (Classic Doctor Who)

In this episode Daniel and Shana return to Doctor Who and... chat. What was supposed to be a fairly concise look at the experience of looking at all the Classic companions turned into a long and meandering conversation about pretty much everything Who. Shana even says nice things about Steven Moffat! Each Classic Doctor and companion is at least mentioned, although some not for very long....

Main Topic: Classic Doctor and Companion Overview. Ninety. Daniel sucks. Big softie. Looking ahead. Dirty sneaky pirate things. Region coded DVD problems. Positive response. Comprehensive review. Joe. Really cool women. Scrutiny. Learning. History. Unique. Six in the Trial. Shana says something nice about Moffat. Jaws 5000. Test of time. Fallen out of love with Ten. Nine. Powerful and vulnerable. Pearl Mackie. "Let's see how Moffat fucks it up." Capaldi on a family show. Tennant the fanboy. Writer's room. Cautious optimism. Platinum Hartnell. "One day, I shall come back." Grandpa General. Disney reference. Troughton haircut. Cosmic hobo? Cosmic hippie. If Shana were to travel with a Doctor. Meeting Fraser Hines. Only a few companions. Sex symbol Pertwee. Austin Powers. Pumpkinhead from Space. "That's my Doctor." Tom's swag. Big Finish? Understated Davison. Matt Smith. Paired with Tegan. Sixie. McCoy's skill set. Chessmaster Seven. Tennantishness to Shana's fandom. Not going to talk about Matt Smith. Barbara is an inspiration. Manly man Ian. Zapp Brannigan! Oh, Susan. Vicki with her pigtails! "You're gonna have to show me pictures of Steven." No functional memory of Daleks' Master Plan. Or Dodo. Ben and Polly. A bit Aryan Nation. Polly and fashion. Adorable Jamie. Elliot Chapman. "The Piper!" Victoria in the kitchen. Period. Daniel's biggest crush is Zoe. Cosplay. Love letter to Liz Shaw. Our greatest podcast title to date. Shipping the Brig and Liz. Problematic Brig. Shana doesn't care about Yates or Benton. Cute Jo Grant. Fun uncle. Sarah Jane Motherfucking Smith. Fuck him in his stupid fucking face. Racist makeup. K-9 sucks. Romanas in a line. Heartbreaking Adric. Misused Nyssa. Tegan and Nyssa. Tegan and Eleven. Five answers to Tegan. Tegan the anti-Saward. Gay Turlough. Kamelion waste of time. Don't need to hear Shana's Peri rant again. Ace and them dimples and that leather outfit. Coming soon.... Next week: The Happiness Patrol.

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep088_Classic_Doctors_and_Companions.mp3
Category:Multiple Doctors -- posted at: 8:35pm EST

Your Death, and How to Cope With It (Red Dwarf: Future Echoes)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel contemplate the existential horror of death, gender performativity of hairstyle, and eating robot goldfish in their discussion of Red Dwarf Series 1, Episode 2: Future Echoes. 

Main Topic: Future Echoes. Twice as many men. Explaining jokes. Downhill. Physical humor. General twattishness. Helen Shapiro. Fake references. Wobbly Chris Charles. Existential Seinfeld. Death and fear of death. Shaving cream. Lister and the mirror. Brown trousers time. Chaplin. Physicality. British slang. Suicidal father. Masculinity. Literary grotesque. Lister's father. Impeccable. Technical acting. Loneliness before death. All heart. Looking forward to Me2. "Gimboid." Schrodinger's Rimmer. Explaining Dwarf to virgins. Tripping the Rift. Maybe Futurama? Lennon, McCartney, and predestination. Lister's Found Future. Loose continuity. Aeon Flux. "Bits of you explode." Implications. Four thousand years. Priorities. Willie Loman in space. Old Lister. Rhymes with Little Miss Moffat. Low art and high art. Artificial intelligences. Wonky worldbuilding. Skutter design. Visual podcasting. "This and the other ten racks." Justifying the premise. Litmus testing his dates. Pope. Next time: Balance of Power with Jack Graham.

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Tripping the Rift has a fucking website
Full text of Alexander Pope's The Dunciad
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Forever White Knights (Firefly: Serenity)

It's finally happened. Shana has convinced Daniel to start podcasting Joss Whedon. They start with what is probably his most interesting series, Firefly, and will be doing all the episodes of the series plus the theatrical film over the next few months.

In this episode then, they discuss the two-part pilot "Serenity," introduce all the major characters, and discuss the use of gender within the show. Daniel picks a few bones with worldbuilding, and sets out the general complaint that the series' Western setting (along with the military background of two of its main characters) implies a connection to the American Confederacy that the show never really deals with authentically. It's going to be a very controversial ride.

Main Topic: Serenity. Hirsute and handsome. Shana versus Daniel. Whedonite. Introductions. Pandering. History with Buffy. History with Firefly. Lexx and Cleopatra 2525. Fan cultures. "Walt Whitman is 'feel my manliness?'" Characters. Sitcom writing. "Han Solo The Series." Two introductions. Needing a male counterpart. Zoe should shoot Mal in the face. First and last. Comic book structure. "Like a Civil War kinda?" Pacing. Adorable Alan Tudyk. "Star Wars Meets Country Buffy." Chinglish. Earthy, dirty, sweet, feminine Kaylee. The fragile masculinity of Captain Tightpants. The de-virginator. Heinlein. A failure of worldbuilding. Book defined by his sexuality and moral compass. What is worldbuilding? Badger. Strawberries. The Tams. Kitchen. Ooh, subplot! Kaylee/Inara. Sex and the City? Prayer. Mal an alternative model of masculinity? Ritualistic bathing. The Patriarch says it's okay. Kaylee gets shot. Peckinpah. Out of chaos River is born. The innocent savage. A more interesting story. Attractive Simon. Conflating intelligence with morality. Shana rolls her eyes. Zoe/Wash and Amy/Rory. Reavers! Brotastic. Pornstache. Economics. Alliance as an imperial power. Confederate iconography. Jayne. 

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Direct download: BDSH_Ep001_Forever_White_Knights_Serenity.mp3
Category:Big Damn Shiny Heroes -- posted at: 8:04pm EST

Lister's Lost Future (Red Dwarf: The End)

Away we go. In this first episode of the long-awaited (by Daniel at least) new podcast "Red Dwarf: Searching For Fuchal" Shana and Daniel discuss the pilot episode of the classic sci-fi comedy series: "The End." Racial and gender politics, existential dread, and what it might mean to "interfere with a woman" are all discussed.

Main Topic: Red Dwarf Series 1, Episode 1: "The End." A bad Doctor Who reference. Don't sully with Moffat. Introducing the podcast. "You're making me read?" How Shana found Red Dwarf. Attracted to Lister. Actors' names. Cat evolution. Minstelry. Gender imbalance. Existential Everyman, but funny. Daniel's introduction through Infinity. Disappointing. Sassy CP. Lister's dream. Kochanski/Lister. Potential future. Form versus content. Prestige is a made-up social thing. Trapped in a social milieu. Rosencrantz and Guilderstern. Worldbuilding. Working class audience and characters. The 80s sucked. Alcoholism. Officers and enlisted men. Rising in social class. Existential dread. Todhunter the hero. Rimmer's culpability. Density. Structure. Credits. Paint. Has to be science fiction. Pipe cleaners. A bro thing. Unappreciative Lister. "Interfere with a woman sexually." Frankenstein is out of fucks. Shana imitates the Cat. "Everyone is dead Dave." Black box theater. The Rimmer salute. Wrapping up.  

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Direct download: RDSFF_Ep001_Listers_Lost_Future_The_End.mp3
Category:Searching For Fuchal -- posted at: 10:49pm EST

The Dream of 90s Era Gender/Sexual Politics is Alive (Chasing Amy)

In this bonus episode, Shana and Daniel discuss Kevin Smith's 1997 film "Chasing Amy" through the lens of its sexual and gender politics. Shana is a cis queer woman, passionate about her identity, and while this film formed a huge portion of both Daniel and Shana's adolescence/young adulthood, it has *serious* problems if approached from a 2016 perspective. They also discuss Lela, a young lesbian woman who was featured in "Chasing Amy Politics" on the first "Evening With Kevin Smith" DVD. This is a heartwrenching look at a film, not for the faint of heart.

Main Topic: Chasing Amy. What if: Bisexuality didn't exist! A very brief introduction. Daniel's sadistic desire. General thoughts on Kevin Smith and Chasing Amy. "The only thing I can think is bi erasure." Smoking weed as his profession. Smith as a visual stylist. Daniel's first viewing of Chasing Amy. "You can say 'cumshot' in a movie?" El Paso to Franklin. You can never go home again. Joey Lauren Adams as queer crush. Typecast. Daniel's relationships with lesbians. Radical Kevin Smith. Rom-com dream disease. Kevin Smith makes films for Daniel. Shana loves Banky. Banky/Holden. Battle scars. The Archie Bunker theory. Two sides of Kevin Smith. 1997 vs. 2016. Hooper the voice of reality. Our podcast is the "White Hatin' Coon" of the Doctor Who podcasting world. Dating yourself three times. Fragility. Love for Hooper X. Arguing about the ending. Amy and Velvet. Studio interference. Alyssa's story? Cruel. "Fuck you back off you creepy stalker!" The anti-Annie Hall ending. Alyssa Jones, assault survivor. The fucking hockey game. The most common rape story. Alternate endings. Hooper and Bob. Her sexuality all about him. The One Penis Policy. "It was never about you." Rawness. All the angles. Heartbreaking. Facade. Asking for consent. Kevin Smith blind spots. Gwen Turner. Appropriation time. Lesbianism. Enough. Banky accepts Alyssa. No one considered polyamory. Twenty-six in 1997. Appropriating gay culture. A young lady named Lela. A PhD thesis. Kevin Smith and the marginalized. Knowledge has ruined this movie. The power of the internet. Two boxes. Balls and boobs. Homophobic permormativity. "Banky is a problem you can fix." Abusive Holden. Possibly doing Bound in a future episode? The Dream of the 90s is incomplete. Wrapping Up.

Chasing Amy on TMBDOS.
Lela confronts Kevin Smith on Chasing Amy's sexual politics.

"Falling Out of the Closet: Kevin Smith, Queerness, and Independent Film." 

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Ace... and Her Dimples (Dragonfire)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel announce a new direction for the podcast (to be starting in about a month) and discuss the Seventh Doctor story "Dragonfire." Was there ever any doubt that Shana was going to fall in love with Ace?

Main Topic: Dragonfire. Glitz as Han Solo. A fuck-you to Robert Holmes. Drinking today. Daniel the dominant male patriarchal figure. Shana the flirt. A podcast announcement. "If you don't like it, let us know." Shana cackles. Jack Graham and Hamilton. Steven Universe. From McGann to David Lister. Moving on to Dragonfire. The least important element. Mel and Glitz? Mel and Ace. "Grandfather seems to be enjoying himself!" Stupid rich lady. Cyberpunk. Daniel's bad Magenta pun. Ace a genderswapped Dave Lister. Working-class Ace. Seven treats women as people. It factor. Sylvester McCoy can juggle. Whither Dibber? Ace... and her dimples! "Do you remember Dodo at all?" Dragonfire or Caves of Androzani? Creating fuck fantasies. "You are attracted to the Slitheen." The worst Ace episode? Psychoanalyzing Mel. "This is what we call 'my type'." Ace's sexual past. "I think this is completely appropriate." "It was a bad idea! You should have left it alone!" Kane, Space Nazi. Magenta Planet. The Professor. "There is no Turlough, only fan-Turlough." Ace vs. Tegan. A very happy Tegan. "Okay, whatever." The dragon. Wrapping up. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep087_Ace_and_Her_Dimples_Dragonfire.mp3
Category:Seventh Doctor -- posted at: 12:13pm EST

Thankfully He Saved All the Rich White People (Terror of the Vervoids/The Ultimate Foe)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined once again by Elliot Chapman to discuss the end of the Sixth Doctor era in Terror of the Vervoids and the Ultimate Foe. History should be your guide here; they don't much discuss the details of the actual storyline, in favor of general conversation about acting and many examples of Shana's Mel impersonation. 

Main Topic: Terror of the Vervoids/The Ultimate Foe. With special guest Elliot Chapman. Not as bad as she'd thought. Castrovulva. Brian Blessed. Casting Mindwarp. Feeling bad for Peri. Bonnie Langford's "It Factor?" Shana's Mel impression. Mel as tonic. Lynda Bellingham. Performativity in the courtroom. Platonic Six. The Ultimate Time Lord. Pushing the Trial idea further. The show shouldn't go on. Dissecting the Trial season. Budgeting Who. Not the fundamental issue. Daniel forgets a title. Noticing economics. Dramatic failure. Target novelizations. Turn the lights down! "A penis and a clit." "Pollinate me!" Explaining accents. Working-class Vervoids. Hybrids. Honor Blackman, 80s stereotype. "We didn't talk about that at all last week." The end of Bobby H-Dawg. An aside about Tim Burton. Pregnable Matrix. Better than The Deadly Assassin. The obligatory Kafka reference. The speech. Should've stayed home. Dichotomy. The Valeyard rejects the counterculture. The ultimate Bart Simpson. Thankfully he saved all the rich white people. Defending the Sixth Doctor. Eye performance. The costume. Agreeable Colin Baker. Capaldi versus Smith. Genderswapped Six. Yay Elliot has work! Next week: Dragonfire.

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Fan Sexism Then and Now (Mindwarp)

In this episode Shana and Daniel are joined by JB Anderton of the Who37 podcast to discuss "Mindwarp." In theory, that's what they do. In practice the conversation becomes much more wide-ranging, covering issues of sexism in media, the treatment of Peri by the show and Nicola Bryant by the production team, convention misbehavior, and even Donald Trump's candidacy. It's a long but fruitful conversation.

Main Topic: Mindwarp. With special guest JB Anderton of the Who37 podcast. Masturbation. Patreon? C2E2. Artists and geek cons. Convention politics. Shameless plug. Chicago TARDIS and cosplay. Panels at C2E2. Hugging Alan Tudyk. Tweeting at Noel Clarke. The Rose/Mickey/Martha threesome. Welcoming fandom. Alex Kingston and Elliot Serrano. "Fuck you, you're a misogynistic asshole!" Moving on to Mindwarp. JB's history with Mindwarp. "30 years later not so much...." Brian Blessed, the big scary teddy bear. Christopher Ryan. Mad scientist. Execution. The Trial as device. Jiminy Cricket. Companions in danger. Behind the scenes. The Valeyard is the Master? Removal of Peri's femininity. The Doctor's sympathy for Peri. Turncoat Doctor. Peri and Clara. Lord Kiv, CEO. Rewriting "Mindwarp." Susan and Peri impressions. Metanerrative. A Peri/Yrcanos sitcom. Rewriting Peri. Ambiguity. Nicola Byrant and Colin Baker. "You had to be there." Dehumanization. Peri and Polly. Peri's backstory. Fanon. Actress pay. Representation issues. Tegan and Peri. Growling at Gatiss. Avoiding gendered language. Failing the counterculture. Giving up on fandom. "Fuck the feels." Belittling not saccharine. Problematic Who. A random aside about Donald Trump. The Fearmonger. The bright light is coming. Looking forward to The Happiness Patrol. A giant feminist rant. Next week: Terror of the Vervoids/The Ultimate Foe.

JB's girlfriend Darlene's art page
Alex Kingston sexually harassed at Chicago TARDIS 2015.
Hell You Talmbout.

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep085_Fan_Sexism_Then_and_Now_Mindwarp.mp3
Category:Sixth Doctor -- posted at: 6:35pm EST

The Zack Morris Effect (The Mysterious Planet)

In this episode, Shana is finally exposed to the many-colored coat as Daniel forces her to endure The Mysterious Planet. For some reason she insisted on watching The Twin Dilemma first, so both stories are covered here. 

Main Topic: The Mysterious Planet. Loud animals. The Twin Dilemma. Cosplay. Way more than kind of a dick. Unreliable. Sexist flamboyant gay man. Peri as the lead character. Baker's performance. "Whether you like it or not!" Double the Adric. Clara as a verb. The most 80s set. Mental health in Doctor Who. Delicious peanuts in a pile of shit. Elton Johnnie Doctor. Chemistry. Caves of Androzani or Twin Dilemma? Back to The Mysterious Planet. Not Shana's era. Nuanced. Distracted by makeup. Aesthetics. Showing its age. Boring production background. The Trial of Doctor Who. The Inquisitor. The Doctor narrates his own story. The Zack Morris Effect. Meta. Shana breaks out in ragtime. Peri. Technical changes. Projecting onto Colin Baker. Glitz and Dibber. Philanthropy. Intermission from a cat. "Better fucking look better than The War Machines!" Robert Holmes' Greatest Hits. Arcs. Valeyard. "Never mind I don't like this story anymore." Fangirl Shana. Next week: Mindwarp. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep084_The_Zack_Morris_Effect_The_Mysterious_Planet_CORRECTED.mp3
Category:Sixth Doctor -- posted at: 2:40pm EST

Jack and Daniel Confront Their Male Privilege (The Caves of Androzani)

In what is sure to be the single most controversial episode of Oi! Spaceman to date, Shana doesn't much care for The Caves of Androzani. Basically for predictable gender politics reasons, but it's broader than that. They are joined by their podcast boyfriend Jack Graham once again to discuss the story, Holmes's legacy, Withnail and I, and other off-topic things. 

Main Topic: The Caves of Androzani. Mamet. Gender politics. "Super gay and Jack." Podcast boyfriends. One thing about Castrovalva. Frontios and the tractators. Nostalgia. A query to Shana. The greatest? Fourth Doctor as performed by Davison. "You had to be there." Snarky and caustic. Sympathy for Matt Smith. Jek and Davros and Vaughn and Chen. Costuming. Out-Sawarding Saward. Suffocating. "Killing the Fifth Doctor." Fibro fog. Best ever? Androzani and Ribos. Cocktail party Jek. Empathy. Shakespeare. Rapey Jek and damseled Peri. "She does not have big tits!" One-note Peri. Adorable bunny. Opposite ends. Holmes and the marginalization of women. Timmin and Diana Goddard. "Adric." "I can hear Shana's eyes rolling from here." American. The politics of Caves. Thatcher's eighties looks like utopia. Cynicism. Holmes' navel. Chain reaction. Androzani lacks a Binro. Expecting better of the eighties. Withnail and I. The sound of a man getting old. Hugo-nominated Jack. Shabogan Graffiti Conglomerate. Next week: The Mysterious Planet.

Shana on Shabcast 17 talking about Labyrinth and the Dark Crystal.

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Turlough and His Short Shorts (Planet of Fire)

Shana and Daniel take a break from the series of guests and actually chat just between themselves about the Fifth Doctor's penultimate adventure, Planet of Fire. Turlough and Kamelion leave, the Master shows up in miniaturized form, and Peri shows off her acting chops. Also, a response to an email from a regular listener who has a problem with Oi! Spaceman's implicit racism. 

Main Topic: Planet of Fire. Johnny Cash. No guest! Shana and Jack. The Oi! Spaceman way. Plugging stuff. River Song's lipstick. Racist Oi! Spaceman. Definitely not cowardly. "I check the email and you don't." MLK and me. Turlough and his short shorts. Not too Tina Belcher. "Just queer." Didn't care about the plot. A big happy polyam fam. Turlough's privilege. Subtext. Turlough and River. Shana doesn't engage with fan culture. Very 1985. Hired for her tits. Rock-climbing Peri. Annoyed Shana. Cerebro. Dialed-down Ainley. General Master thoughts. The metaphor of the monster. Kamelion murdered. Missing Tegan. Numismatic versus pneumatic. Religion. Pacing. Next week: Caves of Androzani.

Shabcast 16 on the Matrix Trilogy.
The Androzani Critic Presents.
Never Cruel or Cowardly.
Daniel on Pex Lives.

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Category:Fifth Doctor -- posted at: 12:33pm EST

Myths and Legends and Memories and Relationships and Loops (The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang)

In this episode Shana and Daniel are joined by Mikayla from The Web of Queer to discuss The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang. It becomes a bit of a discussion of the Matt Smith era in general, and there's even a bonus rant about the Zygon two-parter at the end. 

Main Topic: The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang. With special guest Mikayla of The Web of Queer. Anniversary. Not the Web Planet. Mikayla at Gally 2016. The Asexuality of the Doctor? Asexual and Nonsexual. Quieted voices. Thanking Mikayla. Loops? Why this two-parter? Highs and Lows. Not going to fight the whole time. More of this River. Not a love triangle. Kissing Rory now. Hey, heteronormativity! River as femme fatale? Is River even canonically queer? Immature and superficial Sexy Italians. Rebooting the Universe and Relationships. Rory and the Box. Not okay with Rory's death. Rory has "the girl role." Nice guy Rory. Amelia's agency. Loopy Pandorica. Myths and legends and fairy tales. Erasure. Consistency? The Reversal of the Pandorica. Consequences. Mikayla and Moffat. Are we too rough on the Moffat years? It got so much worse. The Zygon rant. US gun culture. Sandifer and oversignification. Wrapping Up. Next week: Planet of Fire.

Mikayla on Two Minute Time Lord

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Of Davros and Kitchen Sinks

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by Lee Russell of the They Must Be Destroyed on Sight podcast to discuss Resurrection of the Daleks. This was Lee's first exposure to the Fifth Doctor era, so lots of general Davison stuff is discussed in lieu of trying to specifically analyze this mess of a Doctor Who story. Although Shana ships Tegan and Laird pretty hard. 

Main Topic: Resurrection of the Daleks. With special guest Lee Russell of They Must Be Destroyed on Sight. Not the premier Davison episode. Davison not ready. Bland. "The Tegan era." Tegan and Laird. Turlough on the Dalek ship. Everybody dies. Davros. Rasta Androids. "A Dalek With Sour Cream." Kinda shallow. Too ambitious? "I'm sure Moffat would say that." Office-appropriate punk. "Let's go have some sex and then try to save things." Metal detector. Lytton. Kind of a Nazi vibe, but not in a racist way. Should the Doctor kill Davros? Rehashing Genesis. Better-handled in the New Series. Darker Doctor. Davison's interiority. Clip show. Smith and Davison. Diversity. The Daleks and their human helpers. Stein the Stutterer. Biological essentialism. The Nazi race in metal form. Rewriting. Davros without the Daleks. They've got legs. Turlough. Dalek Bukkake. Tegan and Janet. Next week: The Eleventh Hour/The Big Bang. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep080_Of_Davros_and_Kitchen_Sinks_Resurrection_of_the_Daleks.mp3
Category:Fifth Doctor -- posted at: 12:08pm EST

Middle Class Establishment Values (Series 9 Recap)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by Jessica from The Web of Queer to do a general recap of Doctor Who Series 9. They meander a bit, but basically circle around issues of representation, queerness, and gender, specifically as they relate to Ashildur, the Zygons, and of course the "Schrodinger's Queer," Clara. Also briefly discussed is the announcement that Chris Chibnall will be the next showrunner of Doctor Who.

(CORRECTION: Minor technical problems on first upload, corrected 2016-02-18.)

Main Topic: Series 9 Recap. With Jessica from The Web of Queer. Laryngitis. Chibnall. Broadchurch. No more streaming. We are but poor podcasters. Tumblr gifs. Moving on to Series 9. Ashildir and her through-line. Enlightenment and immortality. Constructed memory. The Clara/Doctor relationship. The fourth wall. Liking Twelve? Series 9 versus Series 8. Sleep No More. Heaven Sent. Moffat two-parters. The Zygon Speech. Identifying with the Other. Political Who. In Hiding. On the side of the oppressors. "Don't Make the Iowans Uncomfortable." "Leave that to the progressives." Digging into Clara. Queerness a joke. River and Clara. Jack and Clara. Should we take Who seriously as a social justice show? Doctor Who versus Steven Universe. Mainstream TV. "White privileged douchebag." Musical Doctor Who? Looking forward to Series 10. Eye candy. How to introduce a trans character. Queerness as ideology. Trickle-down. Wrapping Up. Next week: Resurrection of the Daleks. 

Daniel on Pex Lives.
Daniel on Who37.
Daniel on the Shabcast.

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In this slightly delayed episode, Shana and Daniel discuss The King's Demons and The Five Doctors and basically just giggle. King John as a cartoon lion and a proposed Susan Foreman: PI spinoff are both mentioned.

Main Topic: The Five Doctors and The King's Demons. In the US first. Magna Carta. A ton of face makeup. Tegan's costume. Turlough's missing backstory. Kamelion. Constipated stare fight. Tegan is cold. King John. Robot of Sherwood. A rollicking good time. Sexist First Doctor? Christmas. Grandfather! Kitchen sink syndrome. Nostalgia vignettes. Emo hair and fucking Queen Elizabeth. Sarah Jane and Pertwee. Fascinating coats. Shada? Classic Who fan-girl. Susan Foreman: PI. Who didn't come back? The price of being an artist. Not truly iconic. Flavia. No reason for trivia. Borusa: the Twat-Lord. Wrapping Up. 

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Hipsters of the Universe (Enlightenment)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel discuss the final part of the Black Guardian Trilogy: Enlightenment. Believe it or not but gender politics and sexual orientation actually come up once or twice. Also awesome Tegan, the campy Captain Wrack, class structure, and the boredom of the Eternals. 

Main Topic: Enlightenment. Shortest ever. No longer about Doctor Who. Disney geek. Argumentative. Teacher voice. Bowie. The art and artist. Moving on to Enlightenment. Men wearing leggings. Bird hats. Maybe Jim Henson saw Enlightenment. Costuming. Tegan's butt and Wrack's Rack? Repressed gay Turlough. X-men. The Black Guardian as a metaphor for repressed homosexuality. Choosing Turlough. Turlough and Ashildir. Turlough and River. The Eternals. Shana remembers The Mind Robber. Bored Eternals. Hellenistic. Tegan's costume change. "The gobby Australian." Non-hetero Five. Querulous Five. Shana's Four and Ten. Davison was wrong. Stinkers. Hard to root for the Doctor. Wanted it to be longer. Super-creepy Ken Doll. Shana facepalms. What Enlightenment means to an Eternal. Richard Jackson. The Doctor the ephemeral. Captain Wrack. Shana doesn't want to do The Gunfighters. Linda Barron is good for the jews. "The cliche I love." Mindwipe versus mind control. The hipsters of the universe. Upstairs, downstairs. Eternal Doctor? The Black Guardian Trilogy as a trilogy. Turlough to date. "I didn't say her boobs jiggled." The Overcrowded Tardis. Direction. Wrapping Up. Next week: The King's Demons and The Five Doctors. 

Play with Shana on Tsum Tsum by searching for inkyosa. 

Daniel appeared on Shabcast 15 and "The Nattering."

Phil Sandifer on Terminus

Shana mentions poet Richard Jackson. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep077_Hipsters_of_the_Universe_Enlightenment.mp3
Category:Fifth Doctor -- posted at: 1:31pm EST

Slavery, Theology, and Cosmology (Terminus)

In this episode Shana and Daniel are joined by Nicole from the Terminus podcast. She's a big fan of the Moffat era (and hates RTD with a burning passion) so obviously that becomes a topic of conversation. They then move on to discussing the redheaded stepchild of the Black Guardian Trilogy, Terminus, with some discussion of Nyssa's characterization, the portrayal of slavery, and a bit of Norse mythology to boot. 

Main Topic: Terminus. With special guest Nicole from the Terminus Podcast. Daniel's terrible joke. Turlough is so gay. All the good ones are taken. "Reach out and touch someone." The dreaded Moffat discussion. No consequences. Having it both ways. Clara's death. On-screen emotion. Being told how to feel. Soap opera versus sitcoms. Companions in New Who. Feminized Amy? The cannot be whole without a man trope. The RTD/Moffat debate. Moving on to Terminus. "Fairly entertaining." "Fairly interesting ideas." Campy. The half-watching experience. Digging into Nyssa. Smart companions. Why did Nyssa take her clothes off? Agency. More than just goodbye. Tegan/Nyssa. A comparison to Steven Universe. Gaslighting Turlough. Proto-Draco Malfoy. The Black Guardian as gay metaphor. Camp Valentine. The Ineffectual Assassin. Turlough can't stand having the feels. Steve Gallagher's themes. Hydromel. The Walter White of Terminus. Rule from afar. Terry Gilliam. Mindful Vanirs. Norse mythology. Cosmology. Garm Unchained. Kink and Terminus. Steve Gallagher was a kinkster. Colin Baker's wife. There are pirates? Next week: Enlightenment.

The Tumblr post Nicole mentions on Moffat's deaths and man-pain. 

Nicole also mentions the documentary The Celluloid Closet and points us to this conversation on subjectivity of interpretation. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep076_Slavery_Theology_and_Cosmology_Terminus.mp3
Category:Fifth Doctor -- posted at: 2:56pm EST

Fascism, Feminism, and Timey-Wimey Turlough (Mawdryn Undead)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by Phil Sandifer of Eruditorum Press in discussing Mawdryn Undead. First they discuss Phil's new book Guided By the Beauty of Their Weapons and the horrible politics of Vox Day, and then a bit on their obvious disagreements on Moffat and feminism. Also: gay Turlough, the Brig as a character, and a brief puppy interlude. 

Main Topic: Mawdryn Undead. With special guest Phil Sandifer of Eruditorum Press. The worst joke ever on Oi! Spaceman. Militias in Oregon. Phil's new book and anger at Vox Day. The Hugos. Moffat and Vox. Shana invents an adjective. PhDs are meaningless. Phil on Moffat and feminism. "When you're talking about feminism always listen to the woman in the room." Fan culture in 2010. Queering characters. Moffat's back catalogue. Representation matters. Uncomfortable. Superficial. Production. Explicitly political science fiction. Pulp adventure and the valorization of colonialism. Moby Dick. What is the political? Don't pay attention to Vox Day. The alt right. Moving on to Mawdryn Undead. Gay Turlough. Couply Tegan and Nyssa. Production and writing. The invention of timey-wimey. Classic SF time travel tropes. A weak Part Four. Mawdryn and the Mutants. Mortal Doctor. The Brig as a character. Courtney versus Redgrave. Ian then Harry then Brig. The UNIT dating controversy. Mawdryn's place in the canon. The aesthetics of 1980s television. Turlough's first boyfriend. Tegan. Unearthly Children. Character development in the 80s. Puppy interlude. Next week: Terminus.

Buy Guided By the Voices of Their Weapons at Amazon. 

Vox Day interviewed on Pex Lives. 

Phil Sandifer's book on Wonder Woman

Phil's entry on Enlightenment and Gay Turlough

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Category:Fifth Doctor -- posted at: 4:38pm EST

Genocide and Polyamory (The Husbands of River Song)

This week Shana and Daniel discuss "The Husbands of River Song" and have bad flashbacks to the Matt Smith years. Cuddly genocidal monsters and our first canonical polyamorous character in Doctor Who are discussed. Also some general discussion on River Song as written and performed, Daniel's coarse comments on the sexual prowess of several Doctors, and looking forward to 2016. Also: a very brief discussion of why they didn't cover Earthshock last week. 

Main Topic: The Husbands of River Song. Flames. Earthshock. No shittier than what we've already done. Character dynamics. Moving on to The Husbands of River Song. Going to talk about sex. The Narrative of River Song. A return to the Eleventh Doctor era. "River's kinda dumb." Speculations on writing process. A female Captain Jack. The sexual prowess of the Doctor. Eleventh Doctor as creepy boyfriend Doctor. Boyish charm. Leftover Strax dialogue. Kilgraving. Getting nutritional value. Leching on Alex Kingston (sorry!). Address to criticism. Mixing of tones. Cartoony score. Metatextual. Polyamory or genocide? "Any other Doctor would burn this place to the ground." Hydroflax and the Tivolians. Scratch and the Shoal of the Winter Harmony. Four billion followers. Two responses to bullies. Krod Mandoon. A very limited amount of Hitler-talk. The polyamory of River Song. Stephen Fry and River Song? Not a show for adults. Not going to talk about Girl in the Fireplace. Marginalization of our PoC character. Low expectations. Looking back and looking forward. Wrapping up. Next week: Mawdryn Undead. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep074_Genocide_and_Polyamory_The_Husbands_of_River_Song.mp3
Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 10:14pm EST

Coercive Relationships and Feminist Heroes (Jessica Jones Season One)

In this episode Shana and Daniel take a break from Doctor Who (partly because doing an hour on Earthshock made for an incredibly boring coversation) and instead do a bonus episode discussing the first season of the Netflix show Marvel's Jessica Jones. The show, and this this episode, contains significant material about abusive/coercive relationships, mind control, significant violence, and rape, so those triggered or upset by discussions of these topics should stay far away. 

Main Topic: Marvel's Jessica Jones, Season One. Shana leads. Why not Doctor Who? Tennant as a villain. Daniel's relationship with television. "Why do we even care about Moffat's Who right now?" Brian Michael Bendis. Comic book Jessica. Comic-to-television transition. Doctor Who is a writer's medium. Melissa Rosenberg. The MCU. Daniel doesn't know anything about postmodernism. A lowercase-v villain. Big-picture themes. Problematic racism. Jessica's powers versus Luke's. We love Rosario. Trish and her mother. Malcolm and intersectionality. Support groups. "That's not funny." Will Simpson and toxic masculinity. Will from the comics. Reuben and Robyn. The scale of masculinity. Military service as a moral intention. Kilgrave's masculinity? Three other female characters? Portrayals of a sexist world versus sexist portrayals of the world. Death of a thousand cuts. Albert Thompson. The horror of Kilgrave's powers. Kilgrave's powers and privilege. Mind control as plot device. Kilgrave as a metaphor for controlling relationships. A small number of seconds. Doesn't dance around rape. Mind control as mental illness. Luke as controlled by Kilgrave. Kilgrave's fandom. Prestige dramas and the white male antihero. Kilgrave uses Trish as an object. Enforced gender roles and kink. The language of coercive situations. Feminism in mass-market entertainment. Wrapping Up. Next week: The Husbands of River Song.

Links

Rape, Consent, and Race in Marvel's Jessica Jones. 

Jessica Jones and Control

Watching Jessica Jones as a Trauma Survivor. 

We Don't Need Another Hero: How Jessica Jones Saved My Life

In Marvel's Jessica Jones, Women Get Stuff Done While Men Just Talk About Women. 

Netflix's Jessica Jones is a Complex Portrait of a Woman Come Undone

Marvel Show Jessica Jones Names a Most Evil Villain: Abuse.

Anita Sarkeesian: Some Thoughts on Jessica Jones. 

Folding Ideas on Toxic Masculinity in Fight Club

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Moral Clarity Amid Situational Complexity (Planet of the Ood)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by Jack Graham to discuss the Tenth Doctor story "Planet of the Ood." This one doesn't get political *at all* they assure you. Slavery vs wage slavery, the value of simpleminded politics, how to be a good ally to oppressed peoples, and capitalism are all addressed. Also, a brief discussion of what Jack thought of Series 9 and praise for Catherine Tate.

Main Topic: Planet of the Ood. The spectre haunting this podcast. Halves of a single corporate entity. Might get a bit political. If you don't like Planet of the Ood.... A clear discontinuity. "What have Daniel and Shana gotten wrong." Not the Shabogans. Thoughts on Series 9. Written by women. A future episode on "Listen." Moving on to the Ood. Robot Jack and emotion. Small-r romance and political idealism. Not just an it. Asking the right questions. Directness. Human resources. "Who Made Your Clothes?" Justifications of slavery. Just five million. Lawrence Miles' douchebaggery. A reading from Phil Sandifer. Privilege and dodging the question. Allyship. Too grateful. Ood vs Tivolians. House elves. Metaphorical anchoring. Multiple meanings of "possession." Authorial intent. The Song of Captivity and Freedom. Cutting out freedom. Circles. "Binro Was Right." Five stages of remove. Isn't Catherine Tate amazing? Donna working stuff out. Dismayed Jack. Daniel gets something wrong. Not sentimentality. Characters. Halpen is more than an evil capitalist. "The Age of Trump." Fear of slave uprisings. "Better off being slaves." Flattering Donald Trump. "Getting it wrong." Enforced empathy. Jack references Marx. Ood Sigma. Empathy injections. Jessica Jones. Everybody thinks they're a good person. "Mein Favorite Shoes." Confrontational. Color. An overly-tidy ending. Keith Temple. The Lovecraftian Inflection. "Fuck you Jack." Totemic Ood. Craig Ferguson. Not neurologically possible. Next week: Earthshock.

The Zygon Invocation
Phil Sandifer on Planet of the Ood
Jack Graham: 12
Concerning Tivolians
Koba the Ape
Naked Pictures of Famous People

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Sisyphean Grief Without Existentialism (Sleep No More through Hell Bent)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel do a whirlwind discussion of the last four episodes of Series 9, focusing on the death and resurrection of Clara (spoiler alert!) and Moffat's treatment of grief. Also the return of Ashildr, authoritarianism and collateral damage, and deterministic systems. 

Main Topic: Sleep No More, Face the Raven, Heaven Sent, and Hell Bent. Sheep Go to Heaven. Completely irrelevant. Gatiss and whimsy. Bethany Black. Not puzzleboxy. Nancy Kress. Found footage. "That's not how subduction zones work." Face the Raven. The Doctor and young black men. Harry Potter. Non-queer Me. Sexual dimorphism. The weight of Clara's death. A response to Journey's End. Moffat proving his feminist bonafides. Leaving the show. Refugees and the Men in Black. Restructuring. The wall of diamond. Leaving Heaven Sent exactly as he came in. The Perfect Companion. A brief digression on fan response to Clara's tits. Authoritarian Me. "Jenna Oswald." The longest time between beginning and end of an episode ever. Overkill. Groundhog Day. Doctor/Me equivalence. Sisyphus without existentialism. "Story on rails." Secret Honor. Philip Glass. Grief porn and torture porn. Poker chips. Doctor Who as a Western. Fanboy Daniel. Dropping social meaning for the personal. Clara versus Amy. Clara versus Charlie. The Hybrid and MacGuffin. Me as a representation of human history. Shana hasn't seen Brain of Morbius. Gender among Time Lords. The Doctor shoots a guy in the face. Clara vs. Tasha Yar. Overstuffed but undercooked. Jenna Coleman's legacy. Looking forward to the Christmas special. Next week: Planet of the Ood. 

Links

Sheep Go To Heaven

Web of Queer: No More Mind

Beggars in Spain.

Phil Sandifer and Elliot Chapman chat "Heaven Sent." 

 

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The One In Which We Don't Really Talk About Castrovalva (Castrovalva)

Daniel and Shana are joined by working actor and the current Ben Jackson for Big Finish Elliot Chapman in what was supposed to be a thorough discussion of Castrovalva. As it happened, very little actual analysis of Peter Davison's first story actually occurred. Instead, the trio discuss Elliot's work for Big Finish, including working with Anneke Wills and Frazer Hines, as well as some of his techniques in capturing the authentic Ben without resorting to caricature. They then move on to discuss the Fifth Doctor era in general, especially the soapier elements and some of the pacing issues in Bidmead's script. Finally, they have a brief conversation about the actual story, largely revolving around the ideas of creations overcoming their creators and the role of the tapestry as TV screen. 

Main Topic: Castrovalva. With special guest Elliot Chapman. Phallic symbols. Promiscuous Elliot. Other podcasts. Ben Jackson. Shana's podcast boyfriend. The buck stops with the script. Replacing Michael Craze. Frazer and Anneke. Watching New Who with Frazer and Anneke. Jamie/Davros/Quark fan fiction. Moving into Castrovalva. Post-regeneration fog. Flawed genius. "Who cares about intention anyway?" Transition. JNT undercutting Tegan. Janet Fielding learns how to act on the job. Costumes and aesthetics. No emotions. Could have been padded in interesting ways. Earliest Who. The Sam Seeleys. Soap opera Who. A Tartovsky reference. White male oppressor. Pacing. Dealing with the format. Three acts. "Castravulva." Feminized Five. Miscast in the most wonderful way. "Get his balls back." Davison versus Baker. The fucking cricket outfit. Thatcher's jingoism. Miscast brilliantly. Posh-boy thing. Block transfer computation. The Mind Robber. Klein bottles. Moving Shardovan. The Dog Agrees! Influential Bidmead. Didn't talk about Adric's cock. Wrapping Up. Next week: The last four episodes of Series 9. 

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In The Beginning There Was the Number (Logopolis)

In this episode Shana and Daniel wave goodbye to Tom Baker (for now) in their discussion of Logopolis. First, though, Daniel rambles on by himself for a few minutes about why you're not getting a discussion of Sleep No More and Face the Raven today. There's some computer science, some mispronouncing of words, some chat about Hitler and even a little bit of conversation about the episode in question. Shana might even prefer Ainley to Delgado! 

Main Topic: Logopolis. Sexual fetish out the gate. Out of order recording. "Jack Graham and Hitler." Americans don't get parlaimentary systems. Last stories. "Who's that White Dude?" Bratty Four. Billions of people killed. Dad's going through his goth phase. Resourceful Adric. Bidmead. Pacing. Preistly numerology. Visuals. All have wedge-heads. Authortarian monitor. Neal Stephenson. Moustache-twirling. Terror of the Autons. Jokers and Batmans. Regeneration. Interiority of the Master. Deserts. Daniel can't pronounce "Logopolitans." Cultural appropriation of radio telescope designs. "A little niche even for Doctor Who fans." Change three words. New podcast spinoff. Not a metaphor. Tom Baker's last season. Wrapping Up. Next week: Castrovalva.

Adolf Hitler was not democratically elected

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep070_In_The_Beginning_There_Was_the_Number_Logopolis.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 5:56pm EST

Systemic Evil (The Keeper of Traken)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel take a look at Tom Baker's penultimate story: The Keeper of Traken. First they discuss a bit of the real-world politics surrounding the Paris terrorist attacks from the weekend, in particular the not-particularly-surprising revelation that Gareth Roberts is a right-wing douchebag. After moving on to the titular episode, they discuss Nyssa, Adric, the burnt-up Master, and the limits of political authority. 

Main Topic: Keeper of Traken. Irish racist. Terrorist violence. Only white people eating baguettes and wearing berets. Gareth Roberts and Twitter. Killing tens of thousands of people with drones. Representation. Us and them. Daniel is too effeminate. Nyssa and the Return of the Master. Costuming and sets. Ainley. Kassia. Traditional femininity. Nyssa's costume. Other costumes. New blood. Adric as companion. "Math things." "What a haughty stuck up bitch!" The Master and the Melkur. The Keeper. The Paparazzi? Whither evil? Yin and Yang. Systemic corruption. Shana Godwins the podcast. Daniel's biases. Keeper vs. Guardian. No jokes about sixty-nine. Immigration. Next week: Series 9 Episode 9-10.

Daniel's Twitter conversation with Gareth Roberts. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep069_Systemic_Evil_The_Keeper_of_Traken.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 10:48pm EST

Defending the Status Quo (The Zygon Invasion/Inversion)

In this episode Shana and Daniel discuss the two-part Zygon story "The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion," and discuss false equivalencies regarding oppressed peoples. Also a brief discussion of "Kill the Moon." That's about it really.

Main Topic: The Zygon Invasion/Inversion. Body Image. Truth or Consequences. Kill the Moon. Abortion. Daniel's idea for an abortion short story. Feminism in a box. Metaphor in SF to talk about political ideas. The Oppressed Must Break the Cycle. Questioning Assumptions. Amazing Grace. "Doctor Who is finally doing what the Oi! Spaceman crew wants it to do." Men in Black. Revolutions by the young. General Lady. Hitchley. Humanize is a racist term in this context. Shana hasn't seen Alien Nation. Shana is surrounded by notes. Not like there are obsessive fans. Never get to hear the perspective of the splinter group. Five Rounds Rapid. Die in the fire or live in chains. Praise for Jenna Coleman. Innocent bystanders. Emo Doctor is back. Wilf knows. Osgood and Me. Doctor goes Jesus. A resolution of Ten and Eleven. The voice of the militants. Doctor Who has to reset to normalcy. All the speaking roles are female. Bad decisions. Incompetent Kate. Feminized soldiers. The Two Boxes. Truth or Consequences. The Fundamental Failure. The Symbol Osgood. Capaldi's clip show speech. The Siege. Writing for Capaldi. Go check out the Terminus Podcast. Wrapping Up. Next week: The Keeper of Trakken. 

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Heinlein, Shakespeare, Math, and Sex (Warrior's Gate)

In this episode, Daniel and Shana finish up the E-Space Trilogy with a discussion of Warrior's Gate. And of course a story with the enslavement of an alien race has no particular political significance, right? Also: a discussion of non-determinism and Eastern philosophies, and a bit about the BDSM implications of Romana's torture scene.

Main Topic: Warrior's Gate. Anthropomorphic lions. Correction. Nothing political. Understanding E-space. Shana likes Daniel's notes. Revisiting Tom Baker. Great Romana moments. Shana doesn't like Lalla Ward. Tamm's eyebrows. How Romana leaves. Fucking the Tharil or Andred. Moving on to Adric. The representation of the teenager. K-9 the slave. "You have to talk louder than that." Daniel mentions Jurassic Bark. TV Logic. Farnham's Freehold. The Tharils. A Marxist reading. Diminishing the evils of slavery. The Sam Seeley. Masculinity. Much Ado About Nothing. Math or Sex? Non-deterministic action. The I Ching. Dick and the Tharils. Eastern mysticism. Tharils and Traflamadorians. How did they solve the plot? Abstract. Direction. Kubrick. Sex. Erotic horror. Shana tells an anecdote about Buddhism and Tennessee. The 80s. The origins of Oi! Spaceman. Next week: The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion.

 

Jon Stewart on Crossfire in 2004.

Heinlein's Farnham's Freehold.

 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep067_Heinlein_Shakespeare_Math_and_Sex_Warriors_Gate.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

Defeating Toxic Masculinity (The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel barely even bother to talk about plot and story, so fascinated were they by the gender issues in the most recent two-part story of Series 9: The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived. Is Ashildur genderqueer? Is Clara queer? Are the Mire 'roid-ragers? Is Leando an abusive boyfriend? Also alternative masculinity as portrayed by the Doctor and by the perhaps-appropriately-named Sam Swift the Quick. It's probably more fun than it sounds. 

Main Topic: The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived. Daniel shouldn't ruin Queen. Shana took notes. If you thought you were political before.... Did you like these? Silly tone with a core of darkness. Ash/Me. One story or two? A J.D. Salinger reference. "Arthouse films from before 1994." A Phil Sandifer reference. Shana might get bitchy about pronouns. A reading from Jack Graham. Maisie Williams. Defining some terms. The danger of being publicly queer. Moving into the episodes. The safety of the closet. Sexualized by the Doctor and Clara. The only thing Steven Moffat had to say about this. The Mire. Testosterone. Psuedoscience. "Trust me, it's unbearable." Taking over a village with a yo-yo and big bad masculinity. Web Developers. "There's gonna be a Big Finish in twenty years...." Babies. White Knight Doctor. Making Ashildr immortal. Never read any feminist literature. Orlando. Severance. Knightmare. Misnaming people. Sam Swift the Quick. We are all in drag. Performativity. Heart turned to rust. Dying children. Savior complex. Too like Missy? Hadn't invented cunnilingus. Sam Swift's masculinity. Dirty Dad Jokes. Self-hating Doctor. Abusive relationships. Brawndo? Me's turn to being a "good person." Longer-form stories in Series 9. Tenth Doctor stories. Moffat feels less involved. Fanfic. Next week: Warrior's Gate.


Jack Graham's post "A Surfeit of Lampreys," which discusses The Girl Who Died. 

Superfruit with Maisie Williams.

Hank Green: Human Sexuality is Complicated! 

Dan Olson's Folding Ideas video on Fight Club and Toxic Masculinity. 

Resources on nonbinary gender presentation, trans* issues, etc.
http://nonbinary.org/
http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/07/top-10-questions-genderqueer/

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Missing 1977 and Reading Twitter

In this episode of Oi! Spaceman, Daniel and Shana get silly, discussing being uncomfortably political, read some Twitter messages on the air, and eventually even chat a bit about the second part of the E-space trilogy: State of Decay. Sparkly vampires, eldritch horrors, and Leela's possible place in this story are all discussed. 

 

Main Topic: State of Decay. Retirement age. Not Wings of Desire. Someone will get that joke. Shana will never listen to any podcasts. An email from JB Anderton. Sexy Romana. Romana and Astra. City of Death score. Political Doctor Who. Tweeting at JB. Uncle Terry. The Witch Lords. Originally Leela. Not gender-fuckery. Adric is a weird character. A little milquetoast. Vampires with metallic bands across their eyes. Interesting. Witch Lords and Time Lords. Daniel says "like" a lot. Kalmar vs Ivo. Logic vs. Pathos. Callbacks to Face of Evil. After the Roman Empire. Eldritch Horror Vampires and race essentialism. Adric the opportunistic little shit. Leela versus three immortal vampires. Costumes and makeup. Reading tweets on-air. Staring daggers. Not that militant. Next week: The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived. 

Direct download: OiSp_Ep065_Missing_1977_and_Reading_Twitter_State_of_Decay.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

Bootstraps, Memes, and Subjugation (Under the Lake/Before the Flood)

In this episode, Daniel and Shana are highly amused (and at least somewhat impressed by) the second two-part story of Series 9, "Under the Lake/Before the Flood." A base-under-siege with a nifty Golden Age SF time travel twist, this story inspires discussion of subjugated peoples controlled by mental conditioning, the way that that metaphor might reflect modern-day patriarchal structures, and the use of time travel paradoxes in Moffat Who. Also: email about military adventurism in the Western world, discussion of the space opera elements of Blake's 7, and a rough definition of the word miniarchist. All that and a rubber monster, too. 

Main Topic: Under the Lake/Before the Flood. Shana's Intro. Daniel didn't hate this. Where have these characters been? Semaphore. Sophie Stone. New producer. Our deaf listeners? An email from Henry, our miniarchist friend. Quote, unquote. Literally. "Don't ding a poet!" Blake's 7. The Underwater Menace DVD and the possibility of streaming. A letter from Tom and military metaphor. "Lean back and think of England." Toby Whithouse. Shana does her Susan Foreman impersonation for Jack Graham. Petroleum. I'm from UNIT. Pacing. O'Donnel versus Osgood. The Cold War. Prentiss and BDSM. The Tivolians and the Ood. Not Robin Williams. Daniel is an idiot. The love stories. Feels like a Classic Who four-parter. Still not a bossy control freak. Dynamic female characters. The bootstrap paradox. Breaking the fourth wall. Rock star anarchist Rod Serling. Our blind listeners. Doctor Who as a time travel story. Robert Osborne. Structure. Fixed points and Time Lords. Flood myths. Bigger pictures. "Can we call him Aladdin?" Consistent universes. Alien races in Classic Who. Trek vs. Who. "They can't say the Doctor's been racist for 2000 years." Future history. Creature design. The Fisher King versus the Graf Vynda-K. Screwdriver vs. Sunglasses. Next week: State of Decay. 

Full Battle Rattle, a documentary mentioned in the show. 
Shana and Daniel discuss The Mind Robber and the God Complex.

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In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by Holly B. of the City of the Dead podcast to discuss the Third Doctor story "Carnival of Monsters," and end up wandering over most of the Pertwee era in the process. The miniscope as metaphor for Doctor Who *and* male gaze, the appearance of Ian Marter before Harry Sullivan, and the awesomeness of Shirna are all discussed. Also: a brief discussion of the Capaldi era so far.

 

Main Topic: Carnival of Monsters. With special guest host Holly B. of City of the Dead. Nothing New Series. Rebooting the show. Small things in small rooms. The New Pertwee Era. Metebelis III. Chickens. Adorable Katy. Reading Pertwee wrong. Self-awareness. Shirna and Vorg. Shirna is awesome. The Miniscope as television. Dishrags and Daleks. Holmes the vegetarian. Jo and the male gaze. "Nothing difficult, nothing political." Stage play. Parodies of the Third Doctor. Anti-immigration gray dudes. The obligatory Quentin Tarantino reference. Daniel was a bit bored by the politics. President Zarb. An extended conversation about bootleg copies of The Web Planet. Colonialism and racism. Ian Marter. Direction in the repeated sequences. Third Doctor/Jo vs. Twelfth Doctor/Clara. Jo as keeper of the sonic screwdriver. Comparing the Twelfth to other Doctors. Discussing Capaldi. Wrapping Up. Next Week: Series 9 episodes 3 and 4. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep063_Round_and_Round_We_Go_Carnival_of_Monsters.mp3
Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 5:18pm EST

Einstein and Mengele (The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar)

In this episode, which was recorded late and was edited minimally -- forgive the animal noises and the verbal tics please -- Daniel and Shana discuss the first two-parter of Series 9: The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar. It's a fairly rambling conversation but Shana and Daniel actually disagree to some degree about the overall merits of the episode, but agree on Michelle Gomez's performance, myriad pacing and structural issues, and the anarchist rock star Doctor. Is Davros the Dark Lord of Skaro? Is the Doctor dying? Is Clara queerbaited and fridged? All that and Shana does a Dalek impression besides. 

Main Topic: The Magician's Apprentice/The Witch's Familiar. Star Wars. Hogwarts. Dalek impersonation. Mostly Wednesday. Titles. Positives. Clever symbolism. Performances. Genesis. Who's the best Master? Michelle Gomez and Moffat's writing. Parallels. Mysteries. Giffable. Q. Pacing. One big story. Rule of cool. Rock-star Doctor. #planeshavestopped. Queer-baiting. Unit incompetence. Daniel mansplaination. Taking orders from the villain. A comparison to Daleks' Master Plan. A reading from Jack Graham. Cliches. Einstein and Mengele. The Xanatos Gambit. Mixed Metaphors. Rockstar anarchist. Missy's mythmaking. Magic sunglasses. Shana finally understands Matt Smith fans. Tank Girl. Leather dyke Clara. House M.D. Asshole lines. Shana likes characterization. Daniel feels more negative than Shana. Dog noises. Daniel wants space opera. Colony Sarff and the DWP. Pigfucking Doctor Who. Global politics. Dalek casings and political ideologies. Fridging Clara. Racist Doctor. The confession dial. Next week: Carnival of Monsters.

Jack Graham's essay on "The Magician's Apprentice." 

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Ineffectual Oligarchy (Full Circle)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by James Murphy of the Pex Lives podcast to discuss the introduction of Adric (and, for this show, 80s Who) in Full Circle. Since James is a bit of a Moffat defender, they also put him on the spot and force him to defend the horrible sexism, racism, and general horribleness of the last few years of Doctor Who. (He survives, barely). It's an overall very fun and discursive conversation that barely even mentions oligarchy at all. 

Main Topic: Full Circle. Introducing guest host James from the Pex Lives podcast. James likes Steven Moffat, with massive reservations. Racism? What are we missing in the Matt Smith era? Agreeable James. Perspective shift. Writing for Tumblr. Looking forward to Series 9. Capaldi as the final author of the scripts. How do we keep watching a show we don't like? Moffat's next project. Moving on into Full Circle. Adric has a little brother complex. Adric is petulant and worried. Adric and Zoe. Behind the scenes with Lalla Ward. The focus on Tom Baker. Haggard Baker. 80s aesthetics and JN-T. A band of Viet Cong substitutes. Marshmen is fun to say. Marshmen costumes. Unquestioned belief in evolution. Full Circle as straight science fiction. Science as counterculture. Self-centered religion. After the end. James is not a sophisticated political thinker. Systemic political oppression. Solid entertainment. June Hudson and Tom Baker's new costume. A bathrobed musketeer. Daniel interrupts James. Adric the elite who can't steal riverfruit. James will have a legal pad. Next week: The Magician's Apprentice and The Witch's Familiar.

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep061_Ineffectual_Oligarchy_Full_Circle.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 12:37pm EST

Split Personalities (City of Death)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by JB Anderton of the Who37 podcast in discussing the Douglas Adams classic: City of Death. First though, lots of discussion of Steven Moffat and the general failures of the last couple of years of Doctor Who. They then discuss some personal history among the three of them, the relationship between Romana II and the Fourth Doctor, and debate the ethics of sexual consent with a maggot spaghetti man. All that and comparisons between Clara Oswald's being split in time with the Scaroth. 

 

Main Topic: City of Death. Introducing guest host JB Anderton of the Who37 podcast. Who has the more racist family? Onanistic podcasting. JB's history with Who. Splintered superfans. Moffaty plot holes. What Classic Who does for Shana. Meeting J.B. Whiny Sarah Jane. Chicago TARDIS panels. Why City of Death? Bye bye Duggan! Wandering around Paris and Dudley Simpson. "First draftiness." Production history. "Might could." Romana II. Duggan the parody. Julian Glover. The physical relationship between the Count and Countess. Consent. "Because we're all dirty perverts." The Doctor as asexual? The Fourth Doctor/Romana II relationship. Kerensky. Overpopulation. Authenticity. Packer. Authenticity. Art thievery. "The most important punch in history." Moral messages in fiction. Bill and Ted logic. Next Week: Full Circle. 

Our Chicago TARDIS 2014 episode including the JB Anderton segment.

JB's response to our Chicago TARDIS 2014 episode criticizing him. 

 Daniel has podcasted Revenge of the Nerds.

 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep060_Split_Personalities_City_of_Death.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 7:16pm EST

Female Objectification and Cold War Allegory (The Armageddon Factor)

In this episode Daniel and Shana are finishing up the Key to Time with The Armageddon Factor. It's the end of Mary Tamm, the beginning of Lalla Ward, and K-9 gets taken over by an alien menace. Also there's some fairly obvious Cold War stuff going on, a supercomputer that can't be stopped, and some discussion of distant godlike beings. 

Main Topic: The Armageddon Factor. Finishing up the Key to Time. The Bristol Boys. The very last six-parter. Not The Odyssey. (Not) ranking the episodes. Baker/Martin and Holmes switching. Predictable plot. Astra the damsel. Black Guardian is the White Guardian. Good and evil. Fake Buddhism. Drax. Comic relief. Drax the plot device. Is the Marshall mind-controlled? Metatextuality. The Mentalis. The objectification of Astra. Evil K-9. The end of Mary Tamm in Doctor Who. Missed opportunities. The Fourth Doctor/Romana relationship. Ambivalence. Next week: City of Death. 

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False Equivalence and Antifeminist Holmes (The Power of Kroll)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel spend quite a bit of time responding to some listener email, defend their general lack of respect for the Moffat era, discuss the Bechdel test as it relates to Robert Holmes, and find a few minutes somewhere to discuss The Power of Kroll

Show Notes:

Main Topic: The Power of Kroll. Giant Vagina Cthulhu. Letter from Lee on UNIT and sexual attraction to Daniel. The Knowing Viewer. Letter from WhoBranigan, our very first super-fan. Schpansky. Does there exist a specificically libertarian Doctor Who podcast? Thrift store finds. A more negative email from David. Going against fan consensus. Rejecting false equivalence. No consequences. Statements from creators. Moffat and J.J. World-class expert. Toxic masculinity and the Ninth Doctor. The Ninth Doctor's ultimatum. Nine into Ten. The Ten/Martha relationship. RTD mothers as "screeching harpies." Postmodernist Moffat. Moving on to The Power of Kroll. A massive fart joke. Swampies. Kroll the Cthulhu Vagina. Don't fuck over Bobby H-Dawg. Power of Kroll as a joke. Mensch. A Third Doctor story? Political subtext. Special effects. Robert Holmes and the Bechdel Test. Holmes and Moffat. Vintage Moffat. Shana speculates on the Key to Time. Next Week: The Armageddon Factor. 

Links:

Find a discussion of the Bechdel test in all eras of Doctor Who at The Incoherent here. (That link also links to the previous entries detailing the author's rules for the project.) Claudia Boleyn's video "Families in Doctor Who" is also referenced in the podcast.

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Game of Clones (The Androids of Tara)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel continue with their look at the Key to Time season with a discussion of The Androids of Tara. Along the way, a discussion of doubles in fiction is discussed, as well as a connection to Gone With the Wind. Also: a response to a listener email about capitalism.

 

Main Topic: The Androids of Tara. Vaudeville. Doubles and comedy. Romana's clothing as a clue to tone. Another letter from Henry: capitalism. Moving on to The Androids of Tara. A Gone With the Wind connection? The Prisoner of Zenda. Proposing a tumblr. "Rainbow Pope." Princess Strella. Vaudeville Robot Doubles. The Fourth Doctor gives zero shits. Grendel the Master. Romana has agency. A missed opportunity. Mixed-level technology. Comparison to Series 8. Lamia. A pointless death. Scarf-swordfighting. Wrapping Up. 

 

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Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 2:15pm EST

The Companion's Journey (Turn Left)

In this episode, Daniel and Shana are joined by Jessica from The Web of Queer in discussing the Donna-centric episode Turn Left. Other than the general aura of Donna squeefulness, the trio discuss Donna as the ordinary person who has the seeds of the extraordinary within, the political nature of the companion during the RTD/Gardner era, and the return of Rose Tyler. Also: the metaphysics of the beetle bubble universe.

 

Main Topic: Turn Left. With special guest Jessica from The Web of Queer. Huge Donna fangirl. "Donna Donna Donna squee." Political discussions on Web of Queer. An email from Henry. Classic Versus New Who. Separating the artist from the art. Capaldi and Lis Sladen. Adam Baldwin is an awful person. McCoy and Davison not liking a female Doctor. The tide of cultural opinion. Moving on to "Turn Left." Donna and her mother. Wilf crying. Political emotion. Radicalization of the companion. Turn Left as an RTD thesis statement. Rose/Martha/Donna as an extension of the same character traits. Daniel likes it when people agree with him. Donna as a flawed character. Rose and Donna. Empathy. She stands up and fights. Donna as suicide bomber? The metaphysics of the beetle bubble universe. Tourists. Quantum Leap Doctor Who. Rose in Series Four. Go listen to the Web of Queer. Wrapping Up. Next week: The Androids of Tara. 

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Category:Tenth Doctor -- posted at: 1:01pm EST

An Abusive Polyamorous Triad (Series 8)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel discuss the relationship dynamics of the now-on-Netflix-streaming Series 8 of Doctor Who, viewing the Danny/Clara/Doctor conflict as a deeply dysfunctional polyamorous triad. The topics discussed, including emotional abuse, toxic masculinity, and systemic misogyny, may be triggering or otherwise uncomfortable for some listeners. Also discussed: Clara as a "bossy control freak," some general impressions of Series 8 on a technical level, and a close reading of a pivotal scene from "The Caretaker."

Main Topic: The Danny/Clara/Doctor Relationship in Series 8. The Moffat-Hate Hour. Polyamory. Poly in Golden Age SF writers. Our personal histories with poly. Don't talk to Freud. Sexual identification words. Lies Higher Education Has Told Me. Appreciating the Sam Seeleys. The Doctor is Poly. Ninth Doctor, Rose, and Captain Jack. Basic respect. General discussion of Series 8. "At the end of a silly show for entertainment I shouldn't want to punch the television." Praise for production design and for performance. Still Capaldi. Doctor Clara. Listen. "Abort the Moon." Twelve Angry Men. Production versus script. Pregnant Amy. "Bossy Control Freak." Clara Who. Daniel makes a calculus joke. Doctor/Clara/Danny: An Abusive Polyamorous Triad. A close reading from "The Caretaker." Military as patriarchy. Naive Clara. Gaslighting the audience. First World Problems. Superficial interiority. Inglourious Basterds and the Tenth Doctor. Cheeto emotions. Romance in fiction. How do we re-write the Danny/Doctor/Clara relationship? Chaotic Good Doctor. The dumbest bit in Flatline. The last line of Time Heist. Shana has green hair. We don't want to be having this conversation. Killing the boy. Comparing Moffat Who to other TV shows. Steven Universe. Rick and Morty. The Worst Parts of Three and Four. CGI by Havoc. Wrapping Up. 

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Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 12:52pm EST

Vampire Rocks and Secret Lesbians (The Stones of Blood)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel discuss a recent bit of nerd culture misogyny/blindness, then move on to the third part of the Key to Time: The Stones of Blood. Discussions revolve around the relationship between Romana and the Fourth Doctor, spreading into Romana's acceptance by the other women in the story, and whether or not the Cessair of Diplos received a punishment that fit the crime. Also: what's the deal with Romana's shoes? 

Main Topic: The Stones of Blood. Vincent Price. A moment of numerology. Steven Schpansky and J.B. Anderton. "Kerfluffle." Comfort the powerful and afflict the powerless. Shana officially forgives JB. Didn't learn much from Doctor Who. Wyatt Cenac. Consent and cosplay. Fun to engage in critical thinking. Secret Lesbians and Vampire Rocks. Who is the Fourth Doctor Becoming? Overtly sexualized high-heeled Romana. Four respected Professor Rumford. Inner Time. Stuffy. Rumford as a Doctor surrogate. Vivien Fay: Bad Guy. Honesty and pettiness. #myqueerwife. #imahorribleciswhiteman. June Hudson. Whoa cleavage. The Megara. Red Dwarf. Uncomfortable Four. Not in the boy's club. Justified man-hate. Tarantino's wet dream for Romana. The two-sided coin of Romana's clothing. The real Doctor Who eyebrows. Female villains in Who. "They are never not funny." Augury. Interiority. Emasculated Four. Deserving eternal imprisonment. The crimes of the Cessair of Diplos. Justice. "Professor Lesbian." The 100th story. Next week: The Series 8 recap. 

 

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J.B. Anderton's Who37 podcast and "Radio Free Sorrow." 

On Being the Only One in the Room. 

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Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 2:46am EST

Postmodern Who (The Pirate Planet)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel explore the first credit on Doctor Who of the late, great Douglas Adams. Does his signature style work well within the Whoniverse? Furthermore, is the Fourth Doctor just turning into kind of a dick? Also: why do people hate Romana I so much? A theory is proposed. 

Main Topic: The Pirate Planet. Shana gets the plot. Robot parrot. Talk like a pirate. Neil Gaiman. Bruce Purchase. Moons of Madness! Adams and Moffat. Jelly babies. Named female characters. The awesomeness of the Nurse. Postmodernism and visual indicators. It doesn't look opulent. Formula. Not pasta. Text versus performance. Not following the plot. Contradicting forces. Tom Baker chews scenery. Pacing pacing pacing. Moving on to the positive. Romana the grad student. "People think she's a bitch." Openly misogynist criticism. He fakes it 'til he makes it. Not talking about the pirates as capitalist metaphor. A Pirate Ruling Class? Whither the Mentiads? Shana references Curse of the Black Spot. The 1978 Christmas Tape. Mary Tamm's outfit. "If you want to dress like a pirate at Studio 54." Beating a dead horse. The Fourth Doctor is a dick. Shana's leading the next episode. Wrapping Up. Next Week: The Stones of Blood. 

The Tom Baker/Mary Tamm Vodka Commercial

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Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 10:52am EST

One Day, Even Here.... (The Ribos Operation)

In this episode, Daniel and Shana discuss one of the finest Doctor Who stories ever: The Ribos Operation. But first they re-introduce themselves for new listeners, indulge in a bit of fanwankery around some Series 9 pre-release, discuss geek culture for a bit, and respond to Jack Graham's comments about their previous episode discussing The Invasion of Time. Also: Binro as moral authority. 

Main Topic: The Ribos Operation. Fred and Whedon. Daniel's favorite. Reintroductions. Fanwankery. The Series 9 trailer, ComicCon, and geek culture. Addressing Jack's criticisms of our Invasion of Time Discussion. Finally getting into the Ribos Operation. K-9 Mark II. Furiosa and Fool. Harry and Four. Honest faces. Eyebrows. Daniel momentarily forgets Zoe. Shana relates to Romana. "What's his name and Unstoffe." Scringestone. Reclining Baker is Happy Baker. Praise for Bobby H-Dawg. Mamet. The Graff. Homphillic. A con-man with a heart of gold. Labyrinth. One day, even here.... Nazis in Argentina. Anarchic spirit. Colonel Sanders. The White Guardian and the Time Lords. Daniel confuses Argentina with Brazil. Crazy fan theory. Cassandra. Next week: The Pirate Planet. 

A link to our Episode 0, where we introduced ourselves originally.

"The Ballad of Russell and Julie." 

From IFC, "It's Time to Retire the Loveable Misogynist Movie Hero." 

 

Jack Graham: Binro Was Right.

 

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Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 2:05pm EST

Science Versus Oligarchy (The Ice Warriors)

Can you discuss a story called "The Ice Warriors" and barely talk about the Ice Warriors? When there's a fascinating underlying sociopolitical context you can. Also: Jamie likes short skirts and yet another Arnold Rimmer reference.

Main Topic: The Ice Warriors. An abbreviated introduction. Jack didn't like our discussion last week. Bad fan Daniel. A shoutout to Pex Lives. The Ice Warriors not so generic. The Abdominable Snowmen is unlistenable. Season 5. Political Troughton. Brian Hayles. Well-rounded characters in The Ice Warriors. Competent Arnold Rimmer. "Miss Garrett." Unspecified far future. "Snowball Earth." The Day After Tomorrow. The politics of global ecology. Ecological thrillers. Comparison to "In the Forest of the Night." Twelve weeks of ice. "Fake Buddhism and Robot Yeti." Claustrophobic. Production. Malthusian Caves of Steel. Oligarchy. Africa. Daniel the Ice Warrior. Design, direction, and purpose. Klingons. Shana falls into a pit of Moffat-Hate. A battle of ideologies. Compuerization. The ruling class. Skepticism. Penley and responsibility. Smartass Troughton. Raising, not answering, questions. Consequences. Artistic expression of science. Radically individualistic science. Being right is enough. Victoria. Wrapping Up. Next week: The Ribos Operation. 

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Category:Second Doctor -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

Tom Baker Gives Zero Shits (The Invasion of Time)

This time Daniel and Shana discuss Louise Jameson's last story The Invasion of Time, and speculate as to how little Tom Baker actually cared about the show at this point. Also, our first female Time Lord, neutered Sontarans, Milton Johns being creepy, and much discussion of writing structure. 

 

Main Topic: The Invasion of Time. "Tom Baker throws his weight around, and Leela's nipples are almost exposed." Rockin' it in the Middle Ages. Goading the Sontarans. Doctor Who stories with the word "Time." There are years of this. Hopscotching down the hallway. Williams and Read. Simpleton Leela. Bathing Suit Leela. Not the best Leela stories. Leela's costume. Meeting the Shabogans. Marrying Arnold Rimmer. Rodan: the Romana tryout. Rodan and Leela. The Sontaran battle fleet. The ruling classes and the Shabogans. "Everything hurts out here." Flase dichotomy. High and low. "Why must we talk about the plot?" Elucidating the plot. A pretty good structure. Milton Johns is good at playing skeevy. Charismatic actors. A four-parter and a two-parter. A Giant Skull Potato. Toothless Sontarans. The TARDIS Interior. Justification for Leela's tits. Leela/Andred. Borusa. Hoping our fans have watched Red Dwarf. Tom Baker Jesus. Next Week: The Ice Warriors.  

 

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Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 9:04am EST

Human Dog Food (Spare Parts)

In this episode, Daniel and Shana are joined by the writer of the Shabogan Graffiti blog and host of the Shabcast, Jack Graham, to talk about the Big Finish audio Spare Parts. If you know Jack's work at all, you won't be surprised that this one gets lefty, political, and ranty pretty quickly. Alas, poor Yvonne. 

Show Notes: 

Main Topic: Spare Parts, with special guest Jack Graham. An inaccurate summary? Shana's introduction to the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa. "Beige." The Young Davison versus the Old Davison. Everymanish Davison. Headcanon. Why Jack picked "Spare Parts." Mark Platt's worldbuilding through dialogue. The Cybermen as a concept versus the on-screen reality. A story about the Sam Sealeys. The Doctor haunts the perimeter. Shana needs to ask culturally British questions. Yvonne. Human beings rendered as material. Cultural confusions. Self-described versus self-confessed. Space Communists. Jack goes off. "Qlippothic." Cybermen versus Borg. Dog food. The capitalist-totalitarian state. Big Finish creates rich narrative texts. The original design of the Cybermen. Ill-used Cybermen. Capitalist/Communist/Fascist. "Like a road accident." The limnality between human and robot. Crying Cybermen. Bandages. The mixed blessings of vidfire. Shana doesn't do titles. Willing suspension of disbelief. Thrown out of orbit. Looking forward to cyberconversion. Natural and real. Institutionalized genocide. Uniforms. A reference to Nixon? Jack doesn't play games. Sexy words. Double bind. The problem with Attack of the Cybermen. Jon Stewart and J.J. Abrams. Ranty Shana. A Bit of Fry and Laurie. The Doctor does not really exist. The Doctor as the origin of the Cybermen. Comparison to The Face of Evil. Kudos to Sarah Sutton. Missing codec and the aural blowjob. Political emotion. Real-life politics. Wrapping up. 

Find Jack's blog Shabogan Graffiti here and the podcast he hosts (The Shabcast) here. His essay on Phil Sandifer's blog "Steven Moffat: A Voice for the Prosecution" can be found here, and a post called "Missing Codec," referenced in the podcast, can be found here

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Category:Fifth Doctor -- posted at: 11:35am EST

Time Lord's Burden (The Invisible Enemy)

This week, Daniel and Shana discuss colonialism, slavery, and the "White Man's Burden" in the context of "The Invisible Enemy." The ethics of a robot dog, the role of the white savior in Doctor Who, and whether it's best to view Leela's treatment through a sexist or a racist lens is all considered. It's not all serious, though, because Louise Jameson looks adorable in Tom Baker's hat. 

Main Topic: The Invisible Enemy. Shana gets the plot. Space. More with Finnoula. Interrupting Shana. The Return of Sexism. Starting with fun stuff. K-9. K-9 fandom. The computer geek in A Girl's Best Friend. Scrappy Doo. A brief discussion of "A Girl's Best Friend." Sarah Jane's backstory. Self-indulgent RTD. Existential crisis. Bad science. Ethical quandries. A hospital not an arsenal. "Leela has a point." Trigger warning. Savage Leela: all cunning and instinct. Leela and Sarah Jane as feminist avatars. The Bristol Boys. Diminished Leela. Some behind-the-scenes details. Tom Baker was a dick. Losing ground on progressivism. Ruling dogs through fear or love. K-9, Leela, and the White Man's Burden. Leela mistreated by the production team. Clara, Amy, and Leela. A product of its time. Two other female characters. Eye makeup. Leela flies the Tardis. "Sexism, sexism, sexism." Looking forward to Series 9. The Human Condition. Next week: The Invasion of Time. 

The Verity Podcast interview with Louise Jameson (from 2013) is here.

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Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

In this episode, Daniel and Shana confront the air-quote Savage in their discussion of Leela of the Sevateem in her very first story, The Face of Evil. Lots of sexism, racism, classicism, and various other -isms (implicit and explicit) to unpack here, so you might as well have a listen. 

Main Topic: The Face of Evil. Pennant Roberts. Apologies to Fionnuala about Dodo. A personal hello. "Doctor Qui." Leela's costume. Cosplayers. A Dandy Pandy Aside. Jelly Babies and cannibalism. "Civilizing" Leela. If Zoe were around this story would be two episodes long. Question reality. Cargo cults. Red Dwarf. The Tribe of the Sevateem and the Tribe of Gum. National Geographic and Boobies. Leela as a Noble Savage? Capable. Questioning political authority. Both the Doctor and Leela as expatriates. Janis thorns. Sevateem/Tesh marks the Doctor's own psyche? The Doctor's Fuck-up. Tropiness. Existentialism. Fear of Technology. Blackface. Louise Jameson's legs. Shiny imagined futures. The whiteness of Mad Max Fury Road. Production. "Mount Tom Baker." Shana should blog. Leila Khaled. Femininity and violence. Praise for Louise Jameson. Bad laser effects. Next week: The Invisible Enemy. 

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In this episode, Daniel and Shana take a break from hiatus to discuss the one, the only, The Deadly Assassin. Max Mad: Fury Road and the riots in Baltimore were very much on their mind during the recording, so this is a bit more politics-heavy than some other episodes, which fits the themes of The Deadly Assassin just fine. 

Main Topic: The Deadly Assassin. Zeitgeist. Dogs. Genesis. Fibro-fog. Center. Catch-Up. Masque. Sarah. Web. Travers. Furiosa. Companions. Formula. Masque. Doubt. Exit. Selection. Hinchcliffe. He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. Politics. Assassin. Issues. Movies. Baker. Exposition. Costumes. Spandrel. Worldbuilding. Panopticon. Vocabulary. Runcible. Monologue. Egotistical. Make-Up. Technicality. Freshmen. Kyriarchy. Skeletor. Women. Thatcher. Twelve. Shabogan. Matrix. Whitehouse. Tipper. Zappa. Popularity. Miller. Freeze-frame. History. Heroes. Biog. Thatcher. Acting. Quote. Hatred. Themes. Feminist. 

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Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 10:00am EST

"Robot" Live Commentary

In this episode, Daniel and Shana attempt to do a live commentary for Tom Baker's very first story "Robot." They previously discussed this story briefly in their very first regular episode, but thought it deserved a second look. They work off of the Region 1 DVD and hit "play all" at 4:25 in the podcast so you can watch along if you're so inclined. 

Note: The puppy was chewing on a toy towards the beginning of this podcast and so there's a bit of noise towards the beginning. It's not too bad and goes away as soon as the conversation starts, but it's worth noting.

Listen to Episode 1 of Oi! Spaceman, where Daniel and Shana discuss "Robot," "The Ark in Space," and "The Sontaran Strategem." Discussion of "Robot" starts about eleven minutes in. 

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Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 10:00am EST

The Fascist Boy Genius Turned Hero (The Sontaran Strategem/The Poison Sky)

Daniel and Shana take a break from Classic Who to discuss the Tenth Doctor story "The Sontaran Strategem/The Poison Sky," in particular the way that it plays on Third Doctor tropes and the relationship the Doctor has with his two companions, Martha and Donna. In Part Two they discuss "The Stones of Venice" from Big Finish, which has a surprisingly literary bent. 

Main Topic: The Sontaran Strategem/The Poison Sky. Bonus: Big Finish "The Stones of Venice." Daniel forgets an episode title. Shana sings like on Bob's Burgers. Some love for Helen Raynor and the writing of women, by women. Divisive RTD/Gardner. A sexist Shana moment. Martha's totally over the Doctor. Donna's relationship with the Doctor's other companions. Shana *loves* Ten. A sexiness that has nothing to do with the way he looks. Why we say "RTD/Gardner". "The hot guy in the jeep." Shana doesn't do titles at all. A Tom Baker moment. Third Doctor tropes in "Sontaran Strategem/Poison Sky." RTD/G-era nostalgia. Criticism of Russell T. Davies. Overstuffed. A little too fanboy/self-congratulatory. What is the American Doctor Who? Contemporary companions. Sontar-ha! These Sontarans versus Strax. These Sontarans versus Linx. Luke Rattigan. Fascist boy geniuses. A staggering work of heartbreaking genius. Ten's empathy. Small men potato warrior complex. Probic vent erotica. Strax. Colonel Mace as the Brig replacement. Kate Stewart reforming UNIT. The obvious metaphor. RTD/G era and contemporary social issues. Next week: a live commentary on "Robot." Moving on to the Stones of Venice. A really quite dodgy cult. Literary allusions. Reading from Wikipedia. Never read the reviews. Amphibious uprising. Fairy tales. Gay geeks yay! Poor What's-His-Name. At least it's better than Vampires of Venice. Audio production. Charlie's secrets. Formenting revolution. 

The Sontaran Strategem/The Poison Sky: 0:00 to 49:15

The Stones of Venice: 49:15 to 1:09:53

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The One Where Shana Says "Sontar-Ha" About a Billion Times (The Time Warrior)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel discuss Sarah Jane's first adventure ever, "The Time Warrior," and discuss her relationship with Pertwee versus the one she had with Tom Baker. Also: the introduction of the Sontarans, the invention of the word "Gallifrey," and feminism galore. Bonus content at the end of the episode includes Daniel and Shana discussing the Big Finish Eighth Doctor audio "The Sword of Orion."

Show Notes: 

Main Topic: The Time Warrior and The Sword of Orion. Exciting weaponry. Last week should have been Douglas Adams. Daniel always messes up the title of this one. Gallifrey. Daniel is an anorak. The Introduction of Sarah Jane. Characters with differing levels of knowledge. Almost called him Strax. Jingo. The Sontarans and Ancient Aliens. Strax and Irongron. Originally supposed to be Bob Hoskins. Daniel gets characters confused. Rubeish. Mr. Magoo. The thin line between scientist and superhero. Not quite Shakespeare. Sarah Jane: Guerilla. Lis Sladen, universally loved by a lot of people. More techno and less babble. Bobby H-Dawg. "Women's Lib." Third Doctor in a different setting. A possibility of Hal being a companion. Probic vent or neck vagina? An eXistenZ reference. Sontaran makeup. The weird tongue thing. Sontarans as Americans? "Write a story about a castle." The premature death of Kevin Lindsay. Wrapping up on The Time Warrior. The Sword of Orion summary. The Vortisaur. Playing with the fourth wall. The too-perfect companion. Advantages of audio. Female characters! Telegraphed. Politics. Transhumanism in Who and "Captain Android." Creepy Cybermen. Sound design. A bit of an abrupt ending. Shana gets silly. Sontar-ha! Coda: Behind-the-scenes of audio editing.

0:00-38:15: The Time Warrior

38:15-1:06:28: The Sword of Orion 

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A Silly Story Deserves a Silly Podcast Episode (The Three Doctors)

In this appropiately menadering and off-topic podcast episode, Daniel and Shana discuss the tenth anniversary story The Three Doctors. Much merriment was had by all, both onscreen and off. Plus: Omega and hagiography. 

(Note: Around the thirty-minute mark there is a brief mention of Thomas Jefferson and his relationship with Sally Hemings that may be triggering for some listeners. It's brief but those easily triggered by such topics should be aware it's coming. Thanks.)

Main Topic: The Three Doctors. The Bristol Boys. Answering machine adorableness from married couples. The first of the N Doctors Stories. Jo Grant is very Twiggy. Katy Manning is blind. Jo's longevity. The Brig satires himself. Omega was nearly Ohm. Benton is the Rory of the classic series. Jo just hanging out. The humor of The Three Doctors. A satirical sign? Austin Powers. All of the anniversary stories are silly. The Second Doctor plays the comic relief role. Emo Tenth Doctor and Jazz Hand Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 3. A cheerleader movie reference. William Hartnell. What if the First Doctor met the Eleventh Doctor? Shana does her Susan impersonation. Hartnell's last performance. A scientist and a Sam Seely character. Cooking tips with Oi! Spaceman. Reminding the audience of what a "Sam Seely character" is. Scooby Doo. Time Lords from Tron! A section of Daniel's notes. Why the Doctor left the Time Lords. Paradise Lost in a silly story. Omega. The sympathetic villain. Thomas Jefferson raped his slaves. Comparing Omega to the Mind Robber. The Bubble Wrap Crap Octopi? The Amber Crab Blob? Family entertainment. The deeper ideas of "The Three Doctors." Deferring to the wisdom of my fifteen-year-old-self. Time Lord Mind Meld. Official versus unofficial anniversary stories. Daniel complains. Wrapping up. 

Peter Capaldi and Katy Manning recreate a photo from the Pertwee years.

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Stupid Sexy Warmongers (The Sea Devils)

In this episode of Oi! Spaceman, Daniel and Shana are joined by Lee Russell of Hougly Reviews and the They Must Be Destroyed on Sight! podcast (often co-hosted by Daniel, so go check it out). They discuss the Third Doctor romp "The Sea Devils," with mentions of some terrible creature effects, campy overacting from Roger Delgado, and what Mac Hulke's socialism meant for his work on Doctor Who. 

Main Topic: The Sea Devils. Introducing Lee. Shana's initial thoughts on The Sea Devils: fashion victims. With a political subtext. "You don't have to pay attention to that shit!" The Sea Devils in context with the Pertwee Era. Pertwee driving around in boats and Jo Grant getting shit done. A very typical but atypical Pertwee. Can't compare Jo to Liz. Not quite a father/daughter relationship. Moving on to the Master. Eleven-dimensional chess. A useful idiot. The Three/Master dynamic. Turtle drag queens and wisdom. The Master watches the Clangers. Repeated plots in the Silurian stories. Dudes in rubber masks talking politics. "Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow." Parlaimentary Private Secretary Walker. Is Walker a stand-in for Barry Letts? Stupid Sexy Military. Sandwiches and swordfights. Dickish Jon Pertwee. Would Liz Shaw put up with it? Lee and Daniel talk about the beer can. Did Jo kill a guard? The death of Roger Delgado. Malcolm Clarke's score. The Sea-Doo chase. Screwdriver usage. Wrapping up. Next week: The Three Doctors. 

 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep041_Stupid_Sexy_Warmongers.mp3
Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Attack of the Demon Poo Baby (Terror of the Autons)

In this installment, Shana and Daniel confront Jo Grant in her first adventure, Terror of the Autons, which has some really horrendous CSO in service of a demonic doll. Also: Mike Yates makes eyes at Jo, The Doctor sort of gets along with the Brig and UNIT, and innovative uses for Bunsen burners are found. Not least, Daniel and Shana coin the term: "Daffodil Bukkake." Oh, and some loser with a funky beard makes his first appearance.

Main Topic: Terror of the Autons. Daffod-evils. Demon poo baby. More with working titles. A random Family Feud reference. "The Great Robert Holmes." Just someone to hand you your test tubes. Yates as a Ken doll. The introduction of the Classic Master. Bloodless efficiency. "Fifty Shades of Purple." Bowler-hat Time Lord. Shana's introduction to the Delgado Master. Deconstructing the Master's plan in Autons. Death By Daffodil Bukkake. Moffat's favorite thing. The role of plastic in society. Talking about Demon Poo Baby. The Master's obsession with the Doctor. Shana wants to cosplay Demon Poo Baby. The infamous cocoa scene. The Adventures of HAVOC. The Autons are only in two stories. Re-pilot. "The Master is Always Up to Something Stupid, The Doctor Gets to Be Badass, Unit Does its Action Thing, and Jo Grant Wears a Short Skirt." Petwee's Lisp. Character dynamics. Daniel says "y'know" a bunch. Jo's relationship to the Doctor. The uniqueness of the Pertwee Era. The Doctor/Brig relationship. Comparison to Series 8 and Danny Pink. The Doctor and War. Chaotic Good and Lawful Good. Bureaucracy. The Tissue Compression Eliminator. Adventures in Lab Safety. Lived-in-um-ness. "Doctor Rogers." Rocker Mullet Jo Grant. Airheady Jo Grant. Wrapping Up. Next week: The Sea Devils. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep040_Attack_of_the_Demon_Poo_Baby_Terror_of_the_Autons.mp3
Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn (Inferno)

Finally Shana and Daniel get around to what is probably the single most-requested Classic Who episode they've gotten to-date: Season 7's Inferno. Drilling, parallel universes, and green zombie werewolves make for an entertaining episode, both for the series itself and the podcast. 

Main Topic: Inferno. Not such a bad intro. Slightly more loopy. What if it was called "The Mo-hole Project?" The one with the big drill and the green zombie monster thingies. Drill technobabble. Parallel Universes. Shana's general thoughts on Inferno. What does Shana think fandom thinks of Inferno? Steven Shapansky. All Action by HAVOC. "If this is your jam, that's great." Inferno Trivia. Camfield heart attack. Alternate titles. Venusian aikido. Pertwee and driving. Pertwee isn't Shana's type. Free will not an illusion. "So he just kind of sings sometimes?" Alternate universe Liz. Shana ships Brig/Liz. This Brig versus the Brigade Leader. Honoring Nicholas Courtney's performance. Shana doesn't recognize Benton. Stahlman. Sir Keith. Petra Williams. Greg Sutton. Derek Ware and his history with Who. The injured stuntman. Plumbing the metaphor. Shana gets critical and mean. All wearing eyepatches. "Thank you Moffat for making your episode dumb." Charming in velvet. Rough-and-tumble Pertwee. Wrapping up. Next week: Terror of the Autons. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep039_Some_Men_Just_Want_to_Watch_the_World_Burn_Inferno.mp3
Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Troughton and Jamie and Vaughn and Packer and Zoe and Isobel (The Invasion)

This week, Shana and Daniel discuss one of Daniel's all-time favorite stories, one that prefigures the entire Pertwee era, The Invasion. Lots of couples in this one, including a Smithers-Burns relationship between Packer and Vaughn and some real girl power between Isobel and Zoe. Also: the Cybermen.

Main Topic: The Invasion. A discussion of "Sinister Allies." Adorable married couple bullshit. The great Kevin Stoney as Tobias Vaughn. Coffee and paczkis. Sassy "under-Brigs." What if this was a lost episode? Packer... Waylon Smithers and James Bond and Lex Luthor. Shana "icks" the Great Intelligence. Fascist but sympathetic Vaughn. Human monsters. Picking on the Weeping Angels. Packer... Shana doesn't want to talk about Jamie yet. "Land of the butt shot."  Isobel and creeping feminism. "Give her her thirty seconds, you fuckhole," says the Brig (effectively). What happens when you have two female characters in an episode. Representation of teenagers in media. Zoe's pretty clothes. Damseling Zoe and Isobel. Don Harper's music. Riffing on Groucho Marx for some bizarre reason. Electronic Morricone or "really good Scooby Doo." Interrupted by a small dog bark. Ripping off "The Invasion" in New Who. The Name of the Brig. A Robot Chicken Sketch. The birth of UNIT. Shana randomly starts singing an Ashley Simpson song. Troughton's Doctor plays the bumbling fool but is not actually a bumbling fool. Zoe gets cross with a supercomputer. Zoe destroys the cyber fleet. Zoe and Clara. Fraser being Fraser. Shana is annoyed at Daniel. Getting used to the pacing. Long-term companions. Projecting a relationship on Troughton/Jamie. A "Packer" supercut. Cyber-Packer. Wrapping up. 

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Time Paradox and Class Structure (Chimes of Midnight)

Shana and Daniel are joined by Dr. Paul Booth of Depaul University in their discussion of "Chimes of Midnight," an Eighth Doctor audio adventure from Big Finish. Lots of general discussion of Big Finish ensues, along with a discussion of why the Doctor can be such a revolutionary figure on other worlds but must let simmering issues like class oppression alone.

Main Topic: Chimes of Midnight. Introducing Paul Booth. "Pretend it's midnight and you're stoned, and it will make perfect sense." Daniel's claim to fame: Robert Shearman at least briefly followed him on Twitter. Shana's experience in listening to Chimes. The use of audio as a medium. Paul recommends "Ish." Repetition. Sideways in time. Time travel in Chimes. Downton Abbey as a window to the past. Comparison to Nightmare on Eden. Really. Meta-meandering. Chimes as drawing-room drama. 1920s in fiction. Doctor Who has commentary on genre. Big Finish as Classic Who Updated. The modernized companion. Spilling some love for Charlie and McGann. "The book is better than the movie" syndrome. The fan culture around Big Finish. What is the Doctor's responsibility towards oppressive cultures? The Doctor as a figure who inspires individuals to change the world for themselves. Fannish love for Chimes. Nick Briggs as the next showrunner? We lost Shana. Wrapping up. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep037_Time_Paradox_and_Class_Structure_Chimes_of_Midnight.mp3
Category:Eighth Doctor -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Miniskirts, Spy Parodies, and Sociopolitical Commentary (The Enemy of the World)

After an unintentional hiatus, Shana and Daniel are back and continuing to discuss Patrick Troughton stories with this: The Enemy of the World, basically just looking through the lens of the massive and amazing cast of characters in the thing. Also: budding feminism and buried sexism, The Amazing Ass of Astrid, and how we decide as societies who has authority and who doesn't. 

Main Topic: The Enemy of the World. Volcanoes in Doctor Who. "The Incredibles" in ten years old. Troughton's dual role. Shana does not give a shit about technical specifications of black-and-white Who episodes. Helicopters. Skin-tight latex jumpsuits. Retro-futurism. Who does Bond. A prisoner in a corridor. Passing the Bechdel test. Salamander. Troughton as Tony Montana. Sandcastles and dictators. Jamie and Victoria. "For the Dads" characters. Daniel says something very non-PC about the way Victoria fills out her costume. Astrid and the Ass of Astrid. Salamander and Kent. Daniel spoils Orwell. Benek. Audio gifs? Badass Fariah. The richest black character in all of Doctor Who. The Amazing Reg Lye. Shana's Sam Seely obsession. The ordinary characters sell the worldbuilding. Federin the Jew? Jiri Pravda! The underground scientists. How meta is this episode? Wrapping up.  

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Hard Science Fiction and Soft Feminism (The Moonbase)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel discuss "The Moonbase," the value of a more hard-SF approach to Doctor Who, and the feminist implications of getting coffee. Also, organic solvents as the tools of revolution! First, though, a discussion of "Clara Who" in New Who Series 8.

Main Topic: The Moonbase. "The whole killer virus and Jamie and there's a gravitron...." A new microphone. "War-Doctoring" as a verb. Laughing at "international cast." Talking about "Clara Who," misogyny, and the difference between opinion and criticism. Shana is the first person in Doctor Who podcast history to call The Dominators "really good." Troughton as the lovable goofball. Comparing Troughton and Smith. Kit Peddler. Benoit. Historical context. The look of "The Moonbase." Not talking about the Daleks. Jamie and the Piper. "A little hiking-booty." What did Ben do in this episode? Love for the base commander. The birth of base under siege. "The Moonbase" as revenge story? Shana loves Polly. Sixties sexism in Polly's writing. An extended conversation of acetone and "nail varnish." Comparing Polly and Clara. Fashion and Polly. The token black guy. Sociopolitical Who. The moment where The Doctor becomes "The Doctor." Troughton's haircut. Daniel's favorite bit of the animation. Next week: "The Enemy of the World." 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep035_Hard_Science_Fiction_and_Soft_Feminism_The_Moonbase.mp3
Category:Second Doctor -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Fab First Doctor in the Swingin' Sixties

In this episode, Shana and Daniel discuss "The War Machines," one of the last First Doctor adventures, and one that would have huge effects on the series for years to come. Does this story encourage technophobia? How does Doctor Who's popularity young people influence the way Hartnell interacts with Ben and Polly, and the Sixties subculture? How much of a raw deal did Dodo get? This episode is most certainly required. 

Main Topic: The War Machines. Daniel invokes Christ. Would the War Machines ever take over for the Daleks? The running motif of cardboard boxes. Creature design. Hartnell's last great performance. Talkin' about Dodo. The GPO Tower. Blue Peter. Shana thinks Polly is super cute. A commercial moment. Can this episode by more 1966? Promiscuous Polly. Hartnell in the Inferno club. Talkin' about Ben. Technophobia. Educational Who. The young listen to the Doctor. Posh Polly. The later careers of lesser-known Doctor Who companions. Science fiction's general failure to predict the computer revolution. Television a much more effective propaganda tool than the GPO. If you ever need a device to crush cardboard boxes.... Shana has a meta moment. Shooting in London. Shana is excited to possibly get to watch The Web Planet. "Doctor Who is Required." How does WOTAN know about the Doctor? A fan theory. The Doctor stands against the War Machine. The Doctor's response to his companions. Excited to move on to Patrick Troughton. Next Week: The Moonbase. Wrapping Up. Coda: Shana sees The Web Planet costumes in another take. 

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Category:First Doctor -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Missing Episodes and Moral Culpability (Mission to the Unknown/The Daleks' Master Plan)

An epic Doctor Who episode deserves an epic celebration of it. Yes, a celebration. Shana and Daniel have a long and lively conversation about the (arguably) longest single story in Doctor Who history: The Daleks' Master Plan, with Mission to the Unknown as prequel. Along the way, we see some excellent (and not-so-excellent) costume design, the gaining of (and loss of) some important companions, some very silly science, a pair of amazing performances from Kevin Stoney as Mavic Chen and of course William Hartnell as the Doctor, the welcome return of the Meddling Monk, and of course Daleks with fucking flamethrowers for arms. Our main topic of discussion: the culpability of the Doctor in the risks taken by his companions, a topic that the current era of the show tries (and fails) to address as well as it's done here. 

 

Main Topic: Mission to the Unknown/The Daleks' Master Plan. 

Segment One: To 34:35. General Thoughts. Getting Used to Reconstructions/Animations. Why Don't People Like Master Plan? The Monk Returns. A Batman/Joker dynamic. Recurring characters as plot devices. Describing "The Feast of Steven" and "Volcano." Doctor Who Christmas episodes. We Hope No Who Nerds Listen To This Podcast. The Daleks as Nazi/communist metaphors. Mission to the Unknown as Verity's last episode. A major period of transition. Proto-Brig! The Relationship between Bret Vyon and Sara Kingdom. Shana has completely forgotten Steven. "Steven sits on the floor in a daze." Looking at Mission to the Unknown: The Varga Plants. The hypothetical Terry Nation Dalek show. Fluffy Hartnell. 

Intermission: Mavic Chen plays politics with some Daleks.

Segment Two: 34:35 to 53:10 Mavic Chen, the racism and the genius. Terry Nation doesn't know what a galaxy is. Officious Daleks. "Dalek Supreme and the Football Hooligans." The Doctor pits different enemies against one another. The Daleks as more than "tank aliens." What does Shana think of Katarina? Taking death seriously. Did Katarina sacrifice herself intentionally? Steven as moral center and audience avatar. 

Intermission: Katrina's death, from the excellent audio version.

Segment Three: 53:10 to end. The Death of Bret Vyon, and Steven's great moment. The police state of Daleks' Master Plan. "Doctor Who is a kid's show." Daleks with fucking flamethrowers. Diluting the serious. Very attractive young Jon Pertwee. The legacy of Sara Kingdom. Before Terry Nation became a hack. Shana voluntarily watches a reconstruction. Hartnell's voice. Just, Hartnell's voice. A plug for the audiobook. What do we think of the Monk? A litany of man-thigh. The ancient Egyptians as pawns in this story. "My Doctor is a hero, not a clown." Ending the epic. Recounting episodes eleven and twelve. The mechanics of the Time Destructor. The Death of Sara Kingdom. "So much scarier than the Angels." What does war get us? Death. Jessica's gonna laugh. Hartnell allows each companion to be the best version of themselves. The moral culpability of the Doctor. The ethics of war. The agency of a follower. Doctor Who inspires amazing conversations. Big Ideas. A return to this kind of Dalek. Wrapping up. 

Ending: The final words of the episode, as Steven and the Doctor reflect on the loss of their friends.

 

Amazon link to the audio play version of Mission to the Unknown/The Daleks' Master Plan. Highly recommended!

Animation of Mission to the Unknown Part One. Part Two.

Further Reading (I.E. stuff Daniel found useful in understanding this story and talking about it):

Wood and Miles's About Time, Volume One. An excellent resource for the first three seasons of Classic Who.

Phil Sandifer writes a love letter to Verity Lambert and discusses some of the history behind Mission to the Unknown. And writes the best general-consumption "way to watch "The Daleks' Master Plan" Daniel has yet seen. 

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Coming to You Live From Raxacoricofallapatorius (Aliens of London/World War Three)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by the wonderful, intelligent, and lovely Jessica from The Web of Queer! The three talk all about the Ninth Doctor story Aliens of London/World War Three, including the tragedy of farting aliens (who are also incredlbly body-positive), the loveliness of Harriet Jones, and the wonder of the Tyler family dynamic. All this and a proposal for a Doctor Who tribute band besides. 

 

Main Topic: Aliens of London/World War Three. Introducing Jessica from The Web of Queer. Podcest. A multi-part-question for Jessica. Shana likes the Slitheen. Jessica isn't opposed to them. The Slitheen are a family, not a race. Feeling bad for Jackie. The socioeconomics of the Tyler family. Triplicating the flammability. Good face in Doctor Who. Not bluffing. Worldbuilding. Shipping Nine/Rose. "Gay" as a perjorative. We cut Russell T. Davis a bit too much slack. Daniel is a bastard for asking for examples. Captain Jack wants to fuck everything. An extended riff on Torchwood. Toff. The Ninth Doctor's Empathy. Pointless UNIT. Harriet Jones: MP Flydale North. Talkin' about Mickey. The Ninth Doctor speaks from the perspective of Classic Series fans. The Bad Wolf arc. Marathoning not marinating. Integrating the arc into the episode. Mickey refuses to go onto the TARDIS. A puppy moment. No body-shaming among the Slitheen. Spielberg Who. Proposing a Doctor Who Cover Band. Wrapping up. 

 

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The Web of Queer discusses bisexuality and bi erasure in their Episode 14, as mentioned in this episode.

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A Turducken of Moffat (Last Christmas)

In which Shana and Daniel discuss the 2014 Christmas special, "Last Christmas," which probably should have just been called "Moff-ception." Or "The One With Crabs That Have Mouths in Their Butts." Among the topics discussed: the infantilization of Clara, the kinds of people that look like scientists, and the process of grieving. What a fun Christmas episode this was. 

 

 

Main Topic: Last Christmas. Shana took a bunch of notes. General Impressions about the Christmas special. Nick Frost/Simon Pegg/Edgar Wright. Praise for (most of) the technical side. "The Moffat Hate Hour." Moffat as the self-underminer. Dan Starkey. Moffat-era Who as a fairy tale. Twelve vs. One. Shana has Sara Kingdom on the brain. Clara being saved by men. Why does Santa get the Doctor role? Last Christmas and female characters. Patrick Troughton's son gets to eat a turkey leg. The Ur-Moffat villain. Shana will vomit if it's the Great Intelligence. Dream logic in Moffat scripts. A hypothetical David Tennant "Last Christmas." "You Don't Seem Much Like a Scientist." The TARDIS of the Magi. Why bring up serious loss if you're not going to deal with the fallout? What if the Doctor had been Clara's Santa Claus in this episode? Internal inconsistency with the headcrabs. Shana cries about the way Moffat handles grief and loss. Clara and survivor's guilt. A Latin-speaker's pun. Shana talks about writing workshops. Infantalized Clara. Daniel makes another Pixar reference. No mention of the Christian roots of Christmas. "Am I supposed to feel bad about their real lives?" The very gendered roles of the scientists after they wake up. Daniel makes a Red Dwarf reference. Suicidal Clara. Discussing the multiple endings. The anatomy of the dream-crab. Getting philosophical about Moffat fans. Wrapping up. 

 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep031_A_Turducken_of_Moffat.mp3
Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

Cartoony Slavery and Sexual Assault (The Romans)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel continue their examination of the companions of Classic Who as they discuss The Romans. How adorable is Vicki? How badass is Barbara? How blockheaded is Ian? And what does the tone of this story, in which broad farce is set alongside slavery and sexual assault, say about the way entertainment was viewed in the 1960s? All that and Sassy Hartnell too. 

Main Topic: The Romans. A slow start. Introductions. Who is Vicki? Reading a Facebook comment. Production values in Classic Who. The Beatles on Who. Shana's David Tennant ringtone. WHO37 on Sarah Jane. Out of print in Region 1. All Ian and Barbara are doing is fucking. Vicki is all the things Shana likes about Clara. And then the plot happens. Nero as Hedonism-bot. Slavery and rapeyness. Farce and rape. Pepe le Pew. Mel Brooks. Praise for Dennis Spooner. Slavery as a plot device. Where *not* to start with the recons. Badass Barbara and Blockhead Ian. We're never gonna win a Hugo. Barbara's empathy. Fisticuffs. "Sassy One." The Emperor's New Groove. "High Cartoon." Psychopathic Nero. Tone switching in 1960s TV. A Great Matt Smith Episode. Complex and layered. Previews of the Next Few Episodes. An Extended Wrap-Up. 

 

The Beatles clip saved by Doctor Who. 

JB Anderton's WHO37 podcast episode responding to us.

 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep030_Cartoony_Slavery_and_Sexual_Assault_The_Romans.mp3
Category:First Doctor -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

There's Nothing More Boring Than Hearing About Someone Else's Vacation (Our Experience at Chicago TARDIS 2014)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel bore you with a long conversation about their time at Chicago TARDIS 2014, including an hour-by-hour itinerary of what they did and didn't do. Riveting. To liven things up, they talk about getting to meet both Wendy Padbury and Frazer Hines randomly in the lobby, and share amusing anecdotes about some of the panels, including Noel Clarke's lunch with Sasha Grey and Camille Coduri's clear physical desire for Jon Pertwee. 

 

Main Topic: Chicago TARDIS 2014 Wrap-Up. (Note: On the podcast I call this episode 29, but it's kind of really 29-and-a-half.)

 

Friday:

10 AM: Chicago TARDIS Fire-Up

12 PM: Camille Coduri

1 PM: All Teeth and Curls: 40 Years of the Fourth Doctor

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2 PM: Cause and Effect: The Story of the BBC Visual Effects Department

3 PM: Noel Clarke

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4 PM: Boyfriends Get the Short End (Shana)

4 PM: The Age of the DVDs (Daniel)

Steve Manfred Twitter

Evening: Dominic Glynn in Concert

Dominic Glynn's Doctor Who Theme 

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Saturday:

10 AM: 'Bout Cosplay Not Being Consent (Shana)

10 AM: The Ongoing Theme (Daniel)

Verity Podcast

Erika Ensign Twitter

11 AM: It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod Doctor! (Daniel)

12 PM: Hines/Padbury/Watling

Frazer Hines Twitter

1 PM: ...History of a Mechanical Mutt

2 PM: The Perils, Perks, and Promise of Teaching Doctor Who (Shana)

Paul Booth Twitter

2 PM: Power to the Podcasters (Daniel)

Listen to this panel on WHO37.

3 PM: Dominic Glynn Interview

4 PM: Big Finish on the Run

5 PM: The Billie Piper Interview

Evening: Britrock Cyberkaraoke Party and Mysterious Theatre 337 "The Tomb of the Cybermen."

 

Sunday:

11 AM: Chronicling the Doctor

Paul Booth Twitter

Lynne Thomas Twitter

3 PM: The Terrific Troughton Trio

4 PM: The Year of Nine

5 PM: Closing Ceremonies

Pixel Who is here. The 10th Doctor poster we purchased is here.

Paul Booth's Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who is here.

About Time, Volume One is here.

 

Special Thanks to everyone who made this such a great experience. Can't wait for 2015!


Of Pandas and Poetry (The Time Meddler)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel discuss the great First Doctor serial The Time Meddler. And struggle to keep the puppy quiet. Along the way, discussions of misconceptions about the First Doctor, the creation of the pseudo-historical in Doctor Who, and the characterizations of Steven and Vicki abound. Also: a change in leadership as Verity Lambert leaves, looking ahead to some missing episodes, and casting a modern version of the Meddling Monk. 

Main Topic: The Time Meddler. Funny Hartnell. Deep Hartnell. Stereotypes about Hartnell. Three quotes from The Time Meddler. Shana doesn't listen to podcasts. The panda, the poetry. Not naming a certain showrunner. Jokes at the expense of other characters. The Time Meddler as a reintroduction to the series. Clever and cute Vicki. A space helmet for a cow. Puppy problems. A Very Modern Episode. The Introduction of the Pseudo-Historical. IDBI. An unintentional preview for a future podcast episode. Feminist Vicki. Skeptical Steven. Quippy Hartnell. The great Douglas Camfield. Introducing the Monk. An actress from The Tribe of Gum. Wanting to see the Monk in New Who. 90s High School Girl Wig. Puppy Problems II. Time Travel as a Device in Doctor Who. Plot contrivances. The Doctor Vs. The Meddler. Puppy Problems III. The Meddler as Loki. Wrapping up. 

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Category:First Doctor -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

Not a Foucauldian Reading of Doctor Who (A Conversation with Paul Booth)

We met academic Doctor Who writer Paul Booth at Chicago TARDIS 2014, and against his better judgement he agreed to sit down with us for an hour or so for a conversation about the intersection between Doctor Who fandom and the show's production team. What are some of the defining characteristics of Doctor Who fandom? What is (and should be) the relationship between the show and its fans? How can we reconcile liking something that we find problematic in many ways? All this and Paul gives us a somewhat controversial choice for his personal favorite Doctor Who episode. (Hint: It's a Pertwee.)

 

Main Topic: Paul Booth interview. What episode number is this? Introducing Paul at Chicago TARDIS. History begins. No spoilers for Greatest Show in the Galaxy. You can swear on this podcast. Fandom as an entity in Doctor Who. A history of science fiction fandom. Quotidian. Stereotypes of fandom. Billie Piper calls David Tennant for help in understanding science fiction. Has Doctor Who done something new to shake the "geek" crowd? "No consequences." The middle space between fanon and canon. Series 6B. "The Doctor Who Mafia." Sexist/Racist Moffat? Clara in Series 8: a feminist portrayal? Taking off the academic hat. "If I like it it's good writing." The ultimate empty threat. The popularity of 70s Who. The popularity of Who varies inversely with the level of challenge it presents. The avant-garde 60s Who credit sequence. "Doctor OHO." Red Herrings in Who. Precision in the definite article. Pansexual vs. Polyamorous. Quotidian TV. Paul doesn't have a Doctor. Misconceptions of Hartnell. Paul's Favorite Episode: "Day of the Doctor." One day we'll do a Weeping Angels Special. Shipping Wendy/Frazer in real life. Nyssa in Big Finish vs. on TV. Paul: Important that Night of the Doctor wasn't on TV. Wrapping up. 

 

The Likely Lads mention Doctor Who in 1964.

 

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The Quest for Fire (An Unearthly Child/100,000 BC)

In this episode (recorded on the day of the 51st anniversary) Daniel and Shana discuss the very first episode of Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child. Are the caveman sequences worth it? Is Barbara really as awesome as fandom thinks? (Yes.) Should the Doctor always be a hero? All this and much more.

Main Topic: An Unearthly Child. Meeting three new companions. The Susan Scream. Parks and Recreation reference. Explaining "received fan wisdom." Going to Chicago TARDIS. Talkin' about Susan Foreman. Doctor Who Hair Trivia. "I Don't Like This Century." Shana Impersonates Susan. Doing Barbara. Coal Hill Schoolteachers in Season One and Series Eight. Eyefuckery. The first episode of An Unearthly Child as the beginning of a horror movie. Practical Barbara. Empathy. Blockhead Ian. "Courtney Trouble." The First Doctor is an officious prick. Moral ambiguity. Shana gives her quote. Skeptical Ian. Never show this to an anthropologist. Expectations of the BBC. Production values. Lots of Man-Thigh. Hur's agency. "Savages." Kyriarchy. Class structure. Doctor Who as Degrassi. The M-word. Worldbuilding. Shipping Ian and Barbara. Homoerotic fight sequences. Verity Lambert: one of the coolest women in history. Love for "An Adventure in Space and Time." A long aside about the Beatles. Would you recommend An Unearthly Child to a new fan? Leaving Barbara to die. Fear Makes Companions of All of Us. Bashing a caveman with a rock. An unheroic Doctor. Next Week: The Romans. 

 

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Category:First Doctor -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Meandering, Manpain, and Moffat-Hate (Dark Water/Death in Heaven)

In this episode, Daniel and Shana discuss the two-part Series 8 finale, "Dark Water/Death in Heaven." Look forward to discussions of death (both real-life and fictitious), competence in Doctor Who, the spinning of wheels in an attempt to hoodwink the audience, and Danny's manpain being more important than the life of a child. 

Main Topic: Dark Water/Death in Heaven. Shana plays with her phone. Lying to Cybermen. Daniel forgets the title of "Revenge of the Cybermen." Previewing future podcast episodes. A social media moment. Going to Chicago TARDIS. On to Dark Water. Pirates! How do Moffat characters experience the death of other characters? Inconsistency vs. ambiguity. Good ol' J.K.! Silliness. Keys and lava. Shana gets very personal about the grief process. Deliciousness buried in crap. Series 8 as "Doctor Who does the Sopranos." Refactive index doesn't mean that. Gruesomeness and "The Three Words." Remembering stuff that happened all of two seasons ago. Ranty Shana. Crying Shana. Death in "Father's Day" versus death in Series 8. Line reading a scene from Moffat Who. The female master. Danny Pink as a war criminal. "The brown kid." The unsurprising surprises. The lack of forward momentum. A musical interlude. Things we liked in "Death in Heaven." Kate Stewart and Harriet Jones. Osgood! The staggering lack of competence in Series 8. The Doctor, the Brig, and handcuffs. Why wasn't someone shushing Peter Capaldi all series? Shana imagines the Doctor Who Writer's Room. Daniel has an extended riff on a completely unrelated matter. Puppy containment issues. The Doctor isn't really the main character. Intent vs. execution. Praise for Michelle Gomez. Praise for Moffat's writing of the Master. When's the last time you saw Clara being clever? A tangent on "The Shakespeare Code." Production design. President Doctor. The "Doctor and General" debate and the Doctor's dislike of soliders." The Cyber-Brig. Never trust a hug. An abrupt ending. 

 

Screenwriter Terry Rossio on "The Impressive Failure." 

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Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 3:36pm EST

Adventures in Close Reading (In the Forest of the Night)

In what is probably the most literary-discussion episode of our Doctor Who podcast ever, Shana and Daniel discuss "In the Forest of Night." Is Danny an irresponsible teacher? How should we treat mental illness in fiction? What is Clara's role in this story? Plus an extended discussion of poetry, all in this latest podcast episode. Also: Series 8 finale discussion. 

Main Topic: In the Forest of the Night. Not awake just yet. Millions. Annoying kids are a good thing? First female director of Doctor Who in four years. Moffat's checklist. Shana goes full-on writing instructor. Minor directorial complaints. Tigers and wolves. "Meh." The coke metaphor. Certified Poetry. Good/evil dichotomy. How many species exist on Earth that are "always and forever" in the Whoniverse? Heteronormativity rules. Wolves and tigers don't act like that. "I shined a flashlight at a tiger so I deserve Clara's pussy." Annoying children. Daniel makes a Harry Potter reference. Regionalism in Doctor Who. Maebh and mental illness. Dealing sensitively with mental illness in fiction. "Fear Her." Telegraphing hand movements. Mental illness in the American SciFi series "Alphas." Paring away the crap in "Forest." Danny the Scoutmaster is horrifyingly irresponsible. A deep read of the "forgetting wars and babies" line. Adam Sandler. A distinct lack of worldbuilding. Foreshadowing a future podcast episode. Shana has a very specific prediction about the two-part series 8 finale. "BDSM Mary Poppins." Familiar storylines. Peter Capaldi's interactions with the children. Wrapping up. 

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Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 3:42pm EST

This Podcast Does Not Support Orson Scott Card's Homophobia and General Wingnuttery (Flatline)

Another episode, another recording style. And another Doctor Who episode (Flatline) we both really liked. Score another point for Jamie Mathieson. Here we discuss what we want the Doctor to be, how the simple matter of the show being remarkably less sexist and problemmatic affects our enjoyment, and the ethics of dealing with alien species with whom one can have little hope of clear communication. Enjoy!

Main Topic: Flatline. Interfering audio. Jamie Mathieson for showrunner! Additional thoughts on Mummy of the Orient Express. Moving past the sexism. Scientist Capaldi. Turning a corner. What traits do the companions pick up from the Doctor? The companion as Doctor-surrogate. The puppy starts to play with a toy. The dog goes outside. A more competent Clara. The prongs of the Bechdel test. Clara lies. Daniel references Neil Labute. Shana is an easy sell on the 20s and trains in space. Visual elements of Flatline. Shana quotes from badass Capaldi. Choosing to play a role. Daniel references the Ender's Game series, but this podcast does not support Orson Scott Card. Daniel ruins the end of The Iron Giant. Riggsy's final moments. Class distinctions in Doctor Who. Speculating about Missy. What we want from special effects. Verity Fucking Lambert. Moral ambiguity. Jamie Mathieson come back! Shana loves Selena Gomez. Did the Pandorica come from Gallifrey? Not just angry eyebrows. Comparisons to Tom Baker. Shana says "dang." Looking forward to the final three. Wrapping up. 

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A Scientist Not a General (Mummy of the Orient Express)

We had some technical problems and life pressures, so this one is a bit shorter than usual. Let us know if you like the shorter format. In this episode, Shana and Daniel discuss Doctor Who Series 8, Episode 8: "Mummy on the Orient Express." 

Main Topic: Mummy on the Orient Express. An all-too brief synopsis. A slightly longer synopsis. Guest stars. A completely different Doctor. A completely different Clara. Felt like David Tennant. Not a general but a scientist. Not misogynistically weak. Jamie Mathieson. Paternalistic Twelve. Glitchy smiles. Caring Capaldi. Heroic Twelve. Not wanting to burst the bubble. Addiction to the Doctor. Holding out hope. Why is Clara traveling with the Doctor again? Comparison to McCoy. Lying. Agency, consent, and moral culpability. Shipping Maisie and Clara. Clara's magic hair and the TARDIS wig room. Praise for Jenna Coleman's acting. Cinematography. A rushed ending. Justification of the Doctor's decisions. Exploring darkness intelligently. Wrapping up. 

 

Foxes covers "Don't Stop Me Now." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-OTYT02W7E

 

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Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Moon Abortion and You Fail Physics and Biology Forever (Kill the Moon)

This one's going up much later than we wanted, but better late than never? Hopefully. This time, Shana and Daniel discuss "Kill the Moon," in particular some horrifying science content and the inherent sexism of certain elements of fandom. Also: the abortion of the moon.

 

Main Topic: "Kill the Moon." Bad Astronomy. Question: sexism on Doctor Who versus other similar shows? If you're on Tumblr.... We expect better from Doctor Who. "You cis-het white dude." The science of "Kill the Moon." Not ranting about numbers. Summarization. Laughing Shana. If Martha was in this episode. You Fail Biology Forever. You Fail Physics Forever. Gravity. Amniotic Fluid. Age of the moon. Prokaryotic spiders. 99 Biology Problems. Talkin' about eggs. Parody science? A promise of math. Clara tells off the Doctor. Shana paraphrases a long quote. Unique in Doctor Who history. Dudebro fan response to Kill the Moon. Dragon abortion. A boy's club on Doctor Who. Not the hero. "I think you look like giants." The Trolley Problem. Patting ourselves on the back. Forgetting Martha Jones. "Are you high right now?" Talking about plot arcs. As angry as Clara. As feminist as Sarah Jane. The Voice of Reason. Deb Stanish gets a shout-out. The ends do not justify the means. "Would the Doctor think I'm fat?" The Pixar comparison. "Not bad for a girl from Coal Hill School." President Courtney and Blinovitch. 

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