Oi! Spaceman: Adventures in Media Criticism
The Angry Eyebrows of Peter Capaldi and Lecherous Lesbian Lizards

In which Shana and Daniel discuss Peter Capaldi's first full run as The Doctor: Deep Breath. Heteronormative treatment of a lesbian couple, a truly ridiculous cameo, and the mesmerizing performance of Peter Capaldi.

Main Topic: Deep Breath. Ca-pahl-di or Ca-PAL-di? Doctor Who porn. Capaldi's performance among the best things about Deep Breath. Vastra and Jenny have vastly different personalities than in previous episodes. Heteronormativity. Lis Sladen's ex-husband. The Moffaty awfulness goes on around Capaldi, not through him. Capaldi's regeneration crazies. Vastra and Jenny's relationship: "Look, Jenny's tits!" Men are Monkeys. Why are we continually watching the Vastra and Jenny show? Comparison of Strax from "A Good Man Goes to War" versus "Deep Breath." Victorian England as the "present day" of the current Who era. Finally moving on into the plot. The Doctor's last name is Doolittle? Empathizing with the dinosaur: beautiful. Daniel likes the bait-and-switch in the plot. Missed opportunities. Clara's response to regeneration. Scottish = Southern? Shana forgets Capaldi's number. Figuring out the basic plot mechanics of the "...of the Doctor" trilogy. Steampunk Who. The Interiority of the Doctor. The Reappearance of the Eleventh Doctor. Moffat appeasing the fangirls (badly). A defense of Matt Smith? The Angry Eyebrows of Peter Capaldi. Axing the Paternoster Gang. Missy in Paradise. Is Missy River? "Deep Breath" as the new "Don't Blink." Clara standing up to the clockwork droid. Shana starts yawning. Constant references to Clara's clothing being on or off. Daniel's greatest fear for Series 8. Explaining things that don't need to be explained. Shana has a puppy. Next episode: Into the Dalek.  

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Stupid Moffat Tricks

Winding up the discussion of the previous year of Doctor Who, Daniel and Shana discuss the 50th Anniversary special Day of the Doctor, the Christmas Special Time of the Doctor, and in addition the online special Night of the Doctor. Despite making an active intent to stay positive, much discussion of plot holes, silly family jokes, and the sexual activity of the Doctor ensue. 

Main Topic: The Night, Day, and Time of the Doctor. Excited about Series 8. The announcement that Jenna Coleman will be leaving the show. Trying to be more positive in this episode. Our favorites and least favorites from the main Series 7. Shana gets the numerous "...of the Doctors" confused. Daniel chooses not to make a bad pun. We are very positive on Night of the Doctor and Paul McGann. Loving the almost-companion and the worldbuilding of NotD. Narcissistic Eleven. The Sisters of Karn are a perfect example of a Classic Who reference. "Spooge-fest." Day of the Doctor is efficiently told. Harkening back to previous anniversary specials. Shana asks the perfect Daniel-puncturing question. Referencing The End of Time Part 2. The context of the end of the Time War. Shana doesn't understand the plot. Cleverness. The time travel stuff actually works here. Overstuffed with plot. Could have been a whole series. Speculating about why people like Moffat's writing. Fairy tale conflicts with slapstick. McGann's inner performance. The Eleventh Doctor is a big kid. Angry Eleven throws tantrums. Daniel doesn't think Matt Smith is the greatest actor. Shana doesn't want to be friends with Eleven. Daniel has superficial reasons to like John Hurt's Doctor. A parody of the Tenth Doctor. Jazz Fingers Ten. Zygon Ten and a shout-out to the moffat hate tag on tumblr. Why did Tennant come back for the anniversary? Talkin' about Zygons. Generic Moffat henchmen. The Tenth Doctor's relationships with women. The Doctor and the class struggle. Authoritarian Eleventh Doctor. Daniel summarizes Time of the Doctor. Turkeys and nudity. Inconsequential nudity. An interesting idea at the core of TotD. A comparison to Pertwee. When did Matt Smith decide to leave? Tasha Lem and the sexual behavior of the Doctor. Moffat needs a dominatrix. Sitcom sexuality. The collapsible plot. "It was all a dream." Clara's family. A thousand years defending Christmas. Worldbuilding fail. Consent fail. "The first face this face saw." We simply don't have an emotional connection to the Eleven/Amy relationship. An iniebriated commentary track for Time of the Doctor? Daniel ends with a quote from an interview with Matt Smith (with a bonus Christopher Eccleston quote). 

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The Dickishness of the Doctor

In which Shana and Daniel discuss the end of Series 7, with much misogynist writing, some shoddy stories, and some overall entertaining acting. Also comparisons between the Eleventh Doctor and Gregory House. And philosophizing. 

Main Topic: The last four episodes of Series 7: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, The Crimson Horror, Nightmare in Silver, and The Name of the Doctor. We Don't Do Social Media Very Well. Looking Ahead to Series 8. Shana calls Capaldi "The Thirteenth Doctor." A quote from Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS. The Eleventh Doctor Reboots the Universe. The Doctor is overbearing and creepy. "The Doctor Lies." The Doctor isn't Han Solo. The Dickishness of the Doctor. Comparing the Doctor and Gregory House. Shana mistakes "The Name of the Doctor" with "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS." Liking much of the set design in "Journey." Learning more about the TARDIS. Sensawunda. Everybody knows women can't drive the TARDIS. Great to have an entire supporting cast made up of people of color, but boy are they problemmatic stereotypes. Overall a fluffy and cute episode. No quote for The Crimson Horror. Shana's process for looking for quotes. Steampunk and this weird leech puppet thing. A nearly all-female cast. Praise for Diana Rigg and Rachel Stirling. There's not really a big "What If" idea at the core of most of Series 7. Shana didn't like the character design of Mister Sweet. You Fail Biology Forever. A Pilot for a Paternoster Gang series. The Doctor's Hard Cock. A Man Kisses a Lesbian. An entertaining forty-five minutes of television. A lot of time in Victorian England. Why can't Jenny and Vastra be full-time companions? Interrupted by our pets. "...squeezed into a skirt that's just a little bit too tight." Neil Gaiman's responsibility for Nightmare in Silver. Eleven is an asshole. Shana forgets which episode we're talking about. Warwick Davis. The Gaiman-ness of the episode. The cybermites are effectively gross. The borgification of the Cybermen. The haplessness of the punishment platoon. Mister Clever. The Seventh Seal is the fucking Seventh Seal. Matt Smith should have played the Master. Big Finish in twenty years. Name of the Doctor solves the Mystery Girl Arc. Shana sings about Red Herrings. #shanashutthefuckup. What if it hadn't been approached as a mystery? Daniel name-drops The Web Planet. We like River Song in this episode. The conference call and the presence of the Paternoster Gang are basically wasted time. Moffat is the writer of no consequences. Talking about John Hurt. It Should Have Been Paul McGann. Daniel likes a lot of the stuff on Trenzalore. Taking a few minutes to philosophisize about why we do this podcast. "It's for kids," is a ridiculous defense of the silliness of recent Who. Cotton Candy Who. "New Earth" and the Omelas. Trying (and failing) to rank these four episodes. Next episode: the 50th anniversary special and the most recent Christmas special. 

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Creepster Eleven and Pretty Girls Don't Drink Whiskey

In which Shana and Daniel discuss the first four episodes of Series 7B: The Bells of Saint John, the Rings of Akhaten, Cold War, and Hide. These are four quite good episodes, but the Mystery Girl arc, the increasing sexism, gender essentialism, and heteronormativity, and the overall schmaltziness of "love conquers all" in every episode continue to vex us. 

Main Topic: Series 7b, Part One. The Bells of Saint John, The Rings of Akhaten, Cold War, and Hide. Shana Summarizes the Plot of The Bells of Saint John. Briefly. Burger King. The Mystery of Clara arc. Introduced to Clara for the third time. A cat cries on Daniel's end. Jenna Coleman is very cute. A wonderful moment from the actress who plays Ms. Kislet. Super creepy Eleventh Doctor. Fairy tale Doctor. Seeing the world through Clara's story, but not from her perspective. Clara gets her computer knowledge with no cost. A drunk MST3K-style commentary for Bells of Saint John. Daniel has a jokey moment about creepy Eleventh Doctor. A brilliant quote about supernovae and uniqueness that captures whimsy in the right way. That quote is completely undercut. The music in Rings is amazing. Daniel becomes a pedant about the economics of the world. Matt Smith yelling at the sky. Confronting the cosmic Jack O'Lantern. We get verklempt thinking about The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. The "Star Trekkiness" of the sonic screwdriver. Inconsistency in the writing of the sonic screwdriver. Creepster at the grave. Nice creature design in Rings. Marital banter. Shana has an impressively long quote from Cold War. The Triumph of Intellect and Romance over Brute Force and Cynicism. The return of the Ice Warriors. The Cold War is the exact same story as "Dalek," but not as well done. The possibility of an alliance between the disloyal executive officer and the Ice Warrior. Lascivious Daniel likes Clara's big jacket, skirt, and headphones. Well-written Clara. What if Cold War had been a two-parter? Daniel does a meta-commentary on this very podcast episode. A shorter quote from "Hide." Shana has a forever crush on Dougray Scott. Half ghost story, half time travel story. The power of love story is fairly effective here. They keep giving numbers of minutes in the pocket universe that are not reflected on screen. Shana makes a comic book reference. Mispronouncing "Metebelis." A misplaced love story. A queerbaiting moment. Pretty girls don't drink whiskey apparently. Daniel asks Shana a question women and invasiveness in relationship conversations. The damseling of Clara. Gender Essentialism. No women behind the camera right now. A shout-out to the Verity! podcast. Examining the scale of the universe through science fiction. Next episode: the end of Series 7. 

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