Oi! Spaceman: Adventures in Media Criticism
"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. 

Direct download: OiSp_Ep045_Robot_Live_Commentary.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

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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