Oi! Spaceman: Adventures in Media Criticism

In which Daniel and Shana discuss William Hartnell's last episode, The Tenth Planet. Also covered: two listener emails, dealing with the Autons as Body Snatchers and the unlikeability of the Moffat-era protagonists. Along the way, we imagine the First Doctor giving fashion advice, reflect on the bellicosity of Americans in world media, and fall in love with Polly. Email us at oispacemanpodcast@gmail.com

Main Topic: The Tenth Planet. The history of regeneration. Lee's email about Spearhead from Space and the Pertwee Era. Scary Autons. Awesome Liz Shaw. Jo Grant was a joke, but not. We'd love to read some hate mail. Falling asleep while watching the Tenth Planet. Watching while fully engaged finding it much better. First appearance of Ben and Polly. Shana loves Polly. Pin-ups on a bunk. Badly summarizing The Tenth Planet. The far-off year of 1986. "Disguised" cybermen. William Hartnell as a Tim Gunn of the Cybermen? The Tenth Planet Cybermen have personalities. Shana imitates the voices of the Tenth Planet cybermen. Subplots and themes in The Tenth Planet. Kit Peddler and mechanical organ replacement. Science fiction and classic ethical dilemmas. Americans as bellicose villains in non-American productions. The cybermen have exactly one really good story. The cybermen as emotionless. Trying different ways of writing Hartnell out of Doctor Who. Shana has a Hartnell moment. "Fear makes companions of us all." Shana mistakes two of the "Blank of the Doctor" episodes. The Tenth Planet as a chess game. Doctor Who as anthology series. Reading an email from wtelf. The lack of personal connection with Moffat characters. Best Moffat-Hate friends. A plea for a Moffat fan to explain to us what they get out of it. Unsure about wtelf's age. A quote from the Tenth Planet. Loving it when the villains are actually RIGHT. Shana always picks the Tenth Doctor. Next Episode: Fear Her. Doctor Who: Saturday Morning Cartoon Style. 

 

Lee's Youtube channel.

Wtelf on tumblr.

 

Daniel on Tumblr. Daniel on Twitter.

Shana on TumblrShana on Twitter.

 

Direct download: OiSp_008_A_Tim_Gunn_For_the_Cybermen.mp3
Category:First Doctor -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

Episode 7: Fish Fingers and Custard Bullshit

In which Shana and Daniel get their Moffate Hate on and do a full hour talking about Matt Smith's first episode, The Eleventh Hour, and the Steven Moffat Era of Doctor Who in general. Sexism, feminism, puzzle-box storytelling, lack of respect for others... all are discussed herein. Lovers of Steven Moffat be forewarned.

Main Topic: The Eleventh Hour. Shana's annoyed at Doctor Who Legacy. But she's having a good time looking at cool Doctor Who cosplay online. Daniel's been showing Shana dirty Ten/Rose fanarts. Daniel's been hanging out in the Moffat Hate tag on tumblr. What if Caroline John had played the first female Doctor, with Jon Pertwee as her goofy assistant? Comparing the context of the Eleventh Hour with Spearhead From Space. Talking about our history of watching Doctor Who in general, and The Eleventh Hour in particular. Being distracted by problemmatic elements in Moffat era Who. Daniel was really excited to enter the Matt Smith era when first watching it. Daniel and Shana really test the patience of the listeners. Daniel really likes about twenty-five minutes in the middle of this episode. Fish fingers and custard bullshit. Shana is passionate about bacon. The fundamental change from RTD/Gardner to Moffat. Obsessive geekiness about fiddly details in Moffat's Doctor Who. (Reference: How Steven Moffat ruined Doctor Who.) Puzzle-boxy Who. Getting into Shana's notes about The Eleventh Hour. How small moments that feel wrong can totally ruin your experience of an episode. The Eleventh Doctor is a bully. Rory: "Hello, weird!" Daniel's epic rant about sexual immaturity in the Moffat era. Silly porn jokes in The Eleventh Hour. The travesty of Amy as a kissogram. We can rely on Moffat to always make the wrong choice. Moffat shoots himself in the foot in interviews. Talking about the "Queen should be a man" comment. Shana doesn't like the Doctor being able to write the computer virus and Fermat's last theorem. Daniel really likes the central conflict in The Eleventh Hour. Why couldn't Matt Smith have been a MacGuyver Doctor? Murray Gold's score being awesome but a bit misused here. Inconsistency in The Eleventh Doctor's character. Metatextual elements of the dates in The Eleventh Hour? Wrapping up with a quote that shows what Matt Smith does really well. Can't wait for the hate mail. 

Links:

How Steven Moffat Ruined Doctor Who: Part one and two.

Direct download: OiSp_007_Fish_Fingers_and_Custard_Bullshit.mp3
Category:Eleventh Doctor -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Episode 6: Thunderballs and the Dirty Old Box

In this episode, Shana and Daniel talk about the first episode of Jon Pertwee's tenure: Spearhead From Space. Or, as Shana refers to it, Thunderballs and the Dirty Old Box. We talk about Pertwee as the Doctor, the awesomeness of Liz Shaw, and the beauty of old grifters in Doctor Who.

Main Topic: Spearhead From Space. Doctor Who title structure. Shana's experience at Horrorhound in Cincinnati. Daniel doesn't listen when Shana talks. Editorial note: referring to the "RTD Era" more accurately as the "RTD/Gardner Era." A change in format. This podcast at least as academic as Shana's grad classes in creative writing, which in no way precludes use of the term "Thunderballs." What does Shana think of Pertwee's first episode? The history of the show going into season 7. Color Doctor Who as a kind of a shock after the B&W years. Campy Who as a distinct pleasure. The mental real estate occupied by Jon Pertwee. Finally talking about the plot of Spearhead from Space. Who is Sam Seely? Thunderballs! The awesomeness of Liz Shaw. The awesomeness of the Brig. The awesomeness of the Brig and Liz Shaw. The awesomeness of the Third Doctor and Liz Shaw (and the Brig). The joys of the small moments in Classic Who. Shana forgets the plastics factory. Daniel corrects a small detail because, you know, pedantry. Shana compares Spearhead from Space to "Law & Order." Shana giggled like a 14 year old boy. Robert Holmes! Daniel namedrops Doctor Who: The Writer's Room. Shana forgot to mention the plastics factory stuff, but when reminded of it loves it. Derek Martinus just died. Daniel is a bummer. Shana laughs at balls. Daniel explains the ridiculous Nestene plot. Shana talks about Liz Shaw's fashion. Caroline John's age. Shana calls out Daniel's Zoe obsession. Shana really likes sleep. The Doctor and Liz Shaw occupy equal narrative space. Connections between Spearhead/Terror of the Autons and the beginning of the new series. Plastics as a new technology used as an object of ordinary fear. Spearhead and the Pertwee era in general as being very different from the rest of Doctor Who. Daniel edits out the pauses in Shana's side of the conversation. Spearhead as an entry point into the Classic Series. Doctor Who is a sort of continually-rebooted show. What if Matt Smith's Doctor had been a scientific advisor to Torchwood? Pertwee Who as issue-based Who. Why did they go back to using videotape after Spearhead from Space? It feels like a movie. Don't watch all of Pertwee in order. Naked Pertwee! Daniel namedrops "Wizards of Waverly Place." More Sam Seely! A belated but heartfelt RIP to Kate O'Mara. Shana does some social media shoutouts. Not enough time for Shana's fancast. Shana ends with a great Brig/Liz Shaw exchange. Next week: The Eleventh Hour. 

 Why we should refer to the RTD Era as the RTD/Gardner Era

Direct download: OiSp_006_Thunderballs_and_the_Dirty_Old_Box.mp3
Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 11:38pm EDT

We missed a week there. Sorry! Having some difficulties with podcast scheduling and editing. 

In any case, this week Shana and Daniel talk about two mindfuck episodes, The Mind Robber from the Second Doctor's run, and the God Complex from Series 6 of the new series. Also: Is Shana Daniel's spunky female companion? Tune in to find out.

Show Notes

Main Topic: The Mind Robber and The God Complex. Mind-fuckery. Is Shana Daniel's "spunky female companion?" Shana jumps into the gutter very early in the episode. The length of episodes in The Mind Robber. Daniel summarizes the story of The Mind Robber. The famous shot of Zoe's ass. "Sex pests." General kinds of enemies it's possible to send after the Doctor. Shana's feelings about Jame and Zoe. Sexualization of Zoe and her age. Zoe as the "new and improved Susan." Jamie's absence for a couple of episodes. The Doctor picking the wrong face (and being assisted in the correction by Zoe) as a revealing character moment. Back to Harry Sullivan and "old girl." Frazier Hines adding "Jamie-isms." Talkin' about the Karkus. Fetishy Rapunzel. We're on Tumblr too much. Admiring the Gulliver's Travels influence in the Mind Robber. Raiding the costume closet at the BBC. Daniel name-drops June Hudson like a boss. Summarizing the God Complex in a few sentences. The rich history of minotaurs in fiction. "The God Complex" makes Daniel's head hurt, and not in a good way. Not a Moffat-friendly podcast. Lazy writing. Daniel likes to surprise Shana with things on this podcast. Not wanting to revisit Moffat-era episodes. Rita as a great side character. Talking about Toby Whithouse, Being Human, and shallow characterization. Liking lots of stuff in The God Complex, but not much happens and there's a lot of padding. Pacing problems. Alien species as comic relief and make no sense otherwise. Shana thinks the God Complex is Not Scary. Personal fears as idiosyncratic choices. "The God Complex" as a sort of bottle episode. Perhaps the episode should have been a two-parter? Shoutout to the TARDIS Tavern. Talking about the ending. Rory could have solved the plot in ten seconds. The dying minotaur. Lots of sighing. Things we liked about The God Complex. Matt Smith's costume. A bit of confusing direction. Wrapping up. 

 

Direct download: OiSp005_Mind_Screwery.mp3
Category:Multiple Doctors -- posted at: 10:28pm EDT

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