Thu, 30 July 2015
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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Thu, 23 July 2015
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 EDT
Tue, 14 July 2015
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 EDT
Tue, 7 July 2015
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 EDT