Oi! Spaceman: Adventures in Media Criticism
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 EDT

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 EDT

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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Our theme song is "Doctor Who Theme on Minimoog" by James Bragg. Find his Youtube channel at youtube.com/hyperdust7 and his band page at phoenix-flare.com

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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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