Oi! Spaceman: Adventures in Media Criticism (Fourth Doctor)
Adorably Eviscerating Edwardian Social Mores (DW: Horror of Fang Rock)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by author extraordinaire Kit Gonzo in discussing the first story of the Graham Williams era, Horror of Fang Rock. At least in theory. Conversation ranges all over, but mostly focuses on the incredibly complicated role that Leela plays in Doctor Who. Racism, sexism, colonialism, classism, spoonerisms, and more. 


Main Topic: Horror of Fang Rock. With special guest Kit Gonzo. Being not-funny. Richard Dawkins or a Rutan? Writing. Commercialism. Academic writing. Browbeating Shana. Getting back on-topic. Fang Rock as a script. Haiku and cliffhangers. Pertwee's dignity. Upstairs, downstairs. Not overexplained. Dialogue and business. Lovely Louise. Leela versus Jo. Actresses imposing feminist interpretations. Costumes. Kit's background with Leela. Leela versus River. Knives versus guns. Leela's agency. Threatening evisceration. Leela stands against Edwardian values. Modern versus classic Doctors vis a vis violence. Co-showrunner Peter Capaldi. "Slay me." Dickhead Four. Ableist shit. Picking up the ball. Leela the noble savage. How are we going to approach Talons of Weng-Chiang. Racism and sexism. "It's still objectification, it's just not *actually* male gaze!" The White Guardian. Contextualized. Better to believe in science. Astrology. Foghorn. Oil versus electricity. Spoonerisms. AAVE. Shana impresses Daniel. Whitesnake. Paddy Russell. Sociopathic characters. Colonel. Indian "savages" and colonialism. The revolutionary Victorian inventor. Problematic Thanksgiving. Forgiving your grandparents. Nobody should listen to that. "Trumpface." A more depressing podcast. Modern Fang Rock. The Rutan should murder everybody. Edwardian oxygen. Daniel's favorite episode ever. Racial encoding. Servants. Working-class superstition. Shana has to leave. Longest episode to date. Rational actors. Internal divisions and external threat. Weird electricity. Sandifer. Jack and James. War of the Worlds. Blind spots and positionality. H.G. Wells. Cliche-ridden. Ludditism. Unreliable electricity. Unassailable businessmen. Go poke Phil Sandifer. Wealth. Talking about Jesus. Alien Doctor. Superman and the Doctor. Demanding perfection. The American Slave Coast. Fuckhole Founding Fathers. Wrapping up. 

 

Kit's book Godbomb! at Amazon.
Kory Shrum's Dying For a Living at Amazon.

Find all future episodes of all the podcasts of the Oi! Spaceman family at oispaceman.com. Daniel and Shana are also now writing a weekly column about sex and gender at Eruditorum Press. The first essay, considering Four/Leela as a D/s couple, is entitled "Good Girl, Smash the Patriarchy." 


In The Beginning There Was the Number (Logopolis)

In this episode Shana and Daniel wave goodbye to Tom Baker (for now) in their discussion of Logopolis. First, though, Daniel rambles on by himself for a few minutes about why you're not getting a discussion of Sleep No More and Face the Raven today. There's some computer science, some mispronouncing of words, some chat about Hitler and even a little bit of conversation about the episode in question. Shana might even prefer Ainley to Delgado! 

Main Topic: Logopolis. Sexual fetish out the gate. Out of order recording. "Jack Graham and Hitler." Americans don't get parlaimentary systems. Last stories. "Who's that White Dude?" Bratty Four. Billions of people killed. Dad's going through his goth phase. Resourceful Adric. Bidmead. Pacing. Preistly numerology. Visuals. All have wedge-heads. Authortarian monitor. Neal Stephenson. Moustache-twirling. Terror of the Autons. Jokers and Batmans. Regeneration. Interiority of the Master. Deserts. Daniel can't pronounce "Logopolitans." Cultural appropriation of radio telescope designs. "A little niche even for Doctor Who fans." Change three words. New podcast spinoff. Not a metaphor. Tom Baker's last season. Wrapping Up. Next week: Castrovalva.

Adolf Hitler was not democratically elected

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep070_In_The_Beginning_There_Was_the_Number_Logopolis.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 5:56pm EDT

Systemic Evil (The Keeper of Traken)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel take a look at Tom Baker's penultimate story: The Keeper of Traken. First they discuss a bit of the real-world politics surrounding the Paris terrorist attacks from the weekend, in particular the not-particularly-surprising revelation that Gareth Roberts is a right-wing douchebag. After moving on to the titular episode, they discuss Nyssa, Adric, the burnt-up Master, and the limits of political authority. 

Main Topic: Keeper of Traken. Irish racist. Terrorist violence. Only white people eating baguettes and wearing berets. Gareth Roberts and Twitter. Killing tens of thousands of people with drones. Representation. Us and them. Daniel is too effeminate. Nyssa and the Return of the Master. Costuming and sets. Ainley. Kassia. Traditional femininity. Nyssa's costume. Other costumes. New blood. Adric as companion. "Math things." "What a haughty stuck up bitch!" The Master and the Melkur. The Keeper. The Paparazzi? Whither evil? Yin and Yang. Systemic corruption. Shana Godwins the podcast. Daniel's biases. Keeper vs. Guardian. No jokes about sixty-nine. Immigration. Next week: Series 9 Episode 9-10.

Daniel's Twitter conversation with Gareth Roberts. 

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Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

Heinlein, Shakespeare, Math, and Sex (Warrior's Gate)

In this episode, Daniel and Shana finish up the E-Space Trilogy with a discussion of Warrior's Gate. And of course a story with the enslavement of an alien race has no particular political significance, right? Also: a discussion of non-determinism and Eastern philosophies, and a bit about the BDSM implications of Romana's torture scene.

Main Topic: Warrior's Gate. Anthropomorphic lions. Correction. Nothing political. Understanding E-space. Shana likes Daniel's notes. Revisiting Tom Baker. Great Romana moments. Shana doesn't like Lalla Ward. Tamm's eyebrows. How Romana leaves. Fucking the Tharil or Andred. Moving on to Adric. The representation of the teenager. K-9 the slave. "You have to talk louder than that." Daniel mentions Jurassic Bark. TV Logic. Farnham's Freehold. The Tharils. A Marxist reading. Diminishing the evils of slavery. The Sam Seeley. Masculinity. Much Ado About Nothing. Math or Sex? Non-deterministic action. The I Ching. Dick and the Tharils. Eastern mysticism. Tharils and Traflamadorians. How did they solve the plot? Abstract. Direction. Kubrick. Sex. Erotic horror. Shana tells an anecdote about Buddhism and Tennessee. The 80s. The origins of Oi! Spaceman. Next week: The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion.

 

Jon Stewart on Crossfire in 2004.

Heinlein's Farnham's Freehold.

 

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Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

Missing 1977 and Reading Twitter

In this episode of Oi! Spaceman, Daniel and Shana get silly, discussing being uncomfortably political, read some Twitter messages on the air, and eventually even chat a bit about the second part of the E-space trilogy: State of Decay. Sparkly vampires, eldritch horrors, and Leela's possible place in this story are all discussed. 

 

Main Topic: State of Decay. Retirement age. Not Wings of Desire. Someone will get that joke. Shana will never listen to any podcasts. An email from JB Anderton. Sexy Romana. Romana and Astra. City of Death score. Political Doctor Who. Tweeting at JB. Uncle Terry. The Witch Lords. Originally Leela. Not gender-fuckery. Adric is a weird character. A little milquetoast. Vampires with metallic bands across their eyes. Interesting. Witch Lords and Time Lords. Daniel says "like" a lot. Kalmar vs Ivo. Logic vs. Pathos. Callbacks to Face of Evil. After the Roman Empire. Eldritch Horror Vampires and race essentialism. Adric the opportunistic little shit. Leela versus three immortal vampires. Costumes and makeup. Reading tweets on-air. Staring daggers. Not that militant. Next week: The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived. 

Direct download: OiSp_Ep065_Missing_1977_and_Reading_Twitter_State_of_Decay.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 3:28pm EDT

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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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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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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Game of Clones (The Androids of Tara)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel continue with their look at the Key to Time season with a discussion of The Androids of Tara. Along the way, a discussion of doubles in fiction is discussed, as well as a connection to Gone With the Wind. Also: a response to a listener email about capitalism.

 

Main Topic: The Androids of Tara. Vaudeville. Doubles and comedy. Romana's clothing as a clue to tone. Another letter from Henry: capitalism. Moving on to The Androids of Tara. A Gone With the Wind connection? The Prisoner of Zenda. Proposing a tumblr. "Rainbow Pope." Princess Strella. Vaudeville Robot Doubles. The Fourth Doctor gives zero shits. Grendel the Master. Romana has agency. A missed opportunity. Mixed-level technology. Comparison to Series 8. Lamia. A pointless death. Scarf-swordfighting. Wrapping Up. 

 

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Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 2:15pm EDT

Vampire Rocks and Secret Lesbians (The Stones of Blood)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel discuss a recent bit of nerd culture misogyny/blindness, then move on to the third part of the Key to Time: The Stones of Blood. Discussions revolve around the relationship between Romana and the Fourth Doctor, spreading into Romana's acceptance by the other women in the story, and whether or not the Cessair of Diplos received a punishment that fit the crime. Also: what's the deal with Romana's shoes? 

Main Topic: The Stones of Blood. Vincent Price. A moment of numerology. Steven Schpansky and J.B. Anderton. "Kerfluffle." Comfort the powerful and afflict the powerless. Shana officially forgives JB. Didn't learn much from Doctor Who. Wyatt Cenac. Consent and cosplay. Fun to engage in critical thinking. Secret Lesbians and Vampire Rocks. Who is the Fourth Doctor Becoming? Overtly sexualized high-heeled Romana. Four respected Professor Rumford. Inner Time. Stuffy. Rumford as a Doctor surrogate. Vivien Fay: Bad Guy. Honesty and pettiness. #myqueerwife. #imahorribleciswhiteman. June Hudson. Whoa cleavage. The Megara. Red Dwarf. Uncomfortable Four. Not in the boy's club. Justified man-hate. Tarantino's wet dream for Romana. The two-sided coin of Romana's clothing. The real Doctor Who eyebrows. Female villains in Who. "They are never not funny." Augury. Interiority. Emasculated Four. Deserving eternal imprisonment. The crimes of the Cessair of Diplos. Justice. "Professor Lesbian." The 100th story. Next week: The Series 8 recap. 

 

Links

J.B. Anderton's Who37 podcast and "Radio Free Sorrow." 

On Being the Only One in the Room. 

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Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 2:46am EDT

Postmodern Who (The Pirate Planet)

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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Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 10:52am EDT

One Day, Even Here.... (The Ribos Operation)

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

Tom Baker Gives Zero Shits (The Invasion of Time)

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

Time Lord's Burden (The Invisible Enemy)

This week, Daniel and Shana discuss colonialism, slavery, and the "White Man's Burden" in the context of "The Invisible Enemy." The ethics of a robot dog, the role of the white savior in Doctor Who, and whether it's best to view Leela's treatment through a sexist or a racist lens is all considered. It's not all serious, though, because Louise Jameson looks adorable in Tom Baker's hat. 

Main Topic: The Invisible Enemy. Shana gets the plot. Space. More with Finnoula. Interrupting Shana. The Return of Sexism. Starting with fun stuff. K-9. K-9 fandom. The computer geek in A Girl's Best Friend. Scrappy Doo. A brief discussion of "A Girl's Best Friend." Sarah Jane's backstory. Self-indulgent RTD. Existential crisis. Bad science. Ethical quandries. A hospital not an arsenal. "Leela has a point." Trigger warning. Savage Leela: all cunning and instinct. Leela and Sarah Jane as feminist avatars. The Bristol Boys. Diminished Leela. Some behind-the-scenes details. Tom Baker was a dick. Losing ground on progressivism. Ruling dogs through fear or love. K-9, Leela, and the White Man's Burden. Leela mistreated by the production team. Clara, Amy, and Leela. A product of its time. Two other female characters. Eye makeup. Leela flies the Tardis. "Sexism, sexism, sexism." Looking forward to Series 9. The Human Condition. Next week: The Invasion of Time. 

The Verity Podcast interview with Louise Jameson (from 2013) is here.

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Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

In this episode, Daniel and Shana confront the air-quote Savage in their discussion of Leela of the Sevateem in her very first story, The Face of Evil. Lots of sexism, racism, classicism, and various other -isms (implicit and explicit) to unpack here, so you might as well have a listen. 

Main Topic: The Face of Evil. Pennant Roberts. Apologies to Fionnuala about Dodo. A personal hello. "Doctor Qui." Leela's costume. Cosplayers. A Dandy Pandy Aside. Jelly Babies and cannibalism. "Civilizing" Leela. If Zoe were around this story would be two episodes long. Question reality. Cargo cults. Red Dwarf. The Tribe of the Sevateem and the Tribe of Gum. National Geographic and Boobies. Leela as a Noble Savage? Capable. Questioning political authority. Both the Doctor and Leela as expatriates. Janis thorns. Sevateem/Tesh marks the Doctor's own psyche? The Doctor's Fuck-up. Tropiness. Existentialism. Fear of Technology. Blackface. Louise Jameson's legs. Shiny imagined futures. The whiteness of Mad Max Fury Road. Production. "Mount Tom Baker." Shana should blog. Leila Khaled. Femininity and violence. Praise for Louise Jameson. Bad laser effects. Next week: The Invisible Enemy. 

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In this episode, Daniel and Shana take a break from hiatus to discuss the one, the only, The Deadly Assassin. Max Mad: Fury Road and the riots in Baltimore were very much on their mind during the recording, so this is a bit more politics-heavy than some other episodes, which fits the themes of The Deadly Assassin just fine. 

Main Topic: The Deadly Assassin. Zeitgeist. Dogs. Genesis. Fibro-fog. Center. Catch-Up. Masque. Sarah. Web. Travers. Furiosa. Companions. Formula. Masque. Doubt. Exit. Selection. Hinchcliffe. He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. Politics. Assassin. Issues. Movies. Baker. Exposition. Costumes. Spandrel. Worldbuilding. Panopticon. Vocabulary. Runcible. Monologue. Egotistical. Make-Up. Technicality. Freshmen. Kyriarchy. Skeletor. Women. Thatcher. Twelve. Shabogan. Matrix. Whitehouse. Tipper. Zappa. Popularity. Miller. Freeze-frame. History. Heroes. Biog. Thatcher. Acting. Quote. Hatred. Themes. Feminist. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep046_Print_the_Legend_The_Deadly_Assassin.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

"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

Queerness and Bye Bye Donkeyface!

Shana was a bit tired at the beginning of this one, but once we started talking about sexy Tom Baker and Lis Sladen she perked right up. Where we've been the last couple of months, a new direction for the podcast, imperialist racism, and The Pyramids of Mars.

Main Topic: Pyramids of Mars. A long absence. Turning 30. Queerness. Interrupted by one of our cats. Queerness and Doctor Who. Leaked Series 8 scripts. Moffaty goodness (if you're into that sort of thing). Doctor Who costumes. The Donkey Head of Doom. Shana's attraction to the Fourth Doctor. Shana summarizes Pyramids of Mars. Shana is a bad fan. Daniel doesn't like mummy movies as done by Doctor Who. The "Sam Seely character." The Scarman Brothers. Sarah Jane and sexism. The chemistry between Lis Sladen and Tom Baker. "I walk in eternity." Is Sutekh imprisoned on Mars or in Egypt? Discussing the fate of Sutekh. The late great Robert Holmes. Sutekh as a great villain. Laurence Scarman and the radio telescope. A trivia question for Shana. Sarah Jane shoots a rifle! Pyramids of Mars and the pop culture of 1975. "Chariots of the Gods" and racism. "Vaguely swarthy" as a racial characteristic. Indiana Jones meets Doctor Who. Shana answers her trivia question. Sarah Jane and the Unit Dating Controversy. Ending with a quote from Sarah Jane Smith. 

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Direct download: OiSpEp010_Queerness_and_Bye_Bye_Donkeyface.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Recorded all of two hours after Episode One, we were perhaps a bit too sleepy to really grapple with "Revenge of the Cybermen" and "Genesis of the Daleks," but no doubt we'll come back to these themes again and again. Lots of random douchiness from Harry Sullivan for those amused by such. 

Show Notes: 

Main topic: Genesis of the Daleks and Revenge of the Cybermen. Daniel plays a joke on Shana, because he's a dork. Recording a couple of hours after recording Episode 1. Talkin' about Harry Sullivan. Forgetting about Harry Sullivan. "Old Girl" and the snippiness of Harry Sullivan. The male "action hero" as a companion in Doctor Who. Daniel uses the word "fisticuffs" unironically. Perhaps even Ian Marter realized how useless Harry Sullivan was? Shana barely remembers Revenge of the Cybermen. The plottiness of RotC. Reconnecting wires and red veiny face things as plague effects. Bad science to motivate reasonable storytelling. Daniel is bored by sequences involving court politics. (At least) borderline racist makeup. Repeated tropes from the Pertwee era. The "runaround" as a Doctor Who trope. Shana's first yawn. The Doctor becomes a suicide bomber. What would Shana do to revise the RotC script? Daniel references Doctor Who: The Memory Cheats. Shana gives intro essay writing instructions. This podcast is no longer PG-13. Moving on to Genesis of the Daleks: the greatest episode ever? This episode as the epitome of Space Nazis in Who. Shana yawns a second time. What about Harry getting his foot stuck in a giant clam? The genius of Michael Wisher as Davros. Daniel uses an extremely mixed metaphor. Shana wants a Time Ring for herself. Daniel talks about how wonderful the Daleks are for about six hours and completely loses Shana's attention. Shana yawns a third time. How the various Doctors respond to alien menaces. Possibly sympathizing with Davros? Science used for evil again. The creepiness of Nyder. Davros's largely unexplained deformities. All the stuff we didn't even get around to talking about. Shana yawns a fourth time. How responsible was Terry Nation for Genesis of the Daleks? The captivating speechifying of Tom Baker, and the ethics of genocide. The Tom Baker era's relative lack of recurring villains. Shana yawns a fifth time. Then a sixth. (It's very late at this point.) Overuse of recurring villains, particularly the Master in the David Tennant run. A bit on the use of the Daleks in the twenty-first century. Talking about Genesis vs. Robot. Sarah Jane's camo outfit. Wrapping up. Ending with the final lines of "Genesis of the Daleks" as our quote.


In this first official episode of Oi! Spaceman: A Doctor Who Love Story, Shana and Daniel discuss Tom Baker's first three stories: Robot, The Ark in Space, and The Sontaran Experiment. Also discussed: Doctor Who: Legacy, Colin Baker's dickishness, the feminism of Sarah Jane, and much, much more.
Show notes:
Main topic: Robot, the Ark in Space, and The Sontaran Experiment. Doctor Who: Legacy. A bit on Colin Baker. Extra-legally-obtained episodes? Another little bit on William Hartnell's antepenultimate episode The Smugglers. Shana's physical attraction to the iconic Tom Baker. Everyone's love for Sarah Jane Smith. The Third Doctor Era and Benny Hill. First mention of Harry Sullivan and "old girl." Sarah Jane's investigative reporting instincts in "Robot." The Third Doctor as the prototypical "Scientist Doctor" versus the Scientific Reform Society. "Burninating." Doctor Who and Isaac Asimov? Sarah Jane as the everywoman. Previewing future episodes on Jo Grant and the Third Doctor. The Ark in Space: one of Daniel's all-time favorites -- Shana is skeptical. Daniel can't remember who wrote the Ark in Space and gets it totally wrong. The charm of re-using corridors. The joy of bubble-wrap monsters and lo-fidelity TV screens. Shana has no memory of the Wirn, but loves the character bits. Doctor Who as an anthology series. Standoff between the Wirn and the Doctor. The Doctor tweaking Sarah Jane's feminism: what do we think? Every episode with the word "Time" is bad, except for one, and Daniel can't remember it until he googles it: BAD FAN! Sontar-HA! Did the Sontaran Experiment exist on a far-future Earth or another planet? We're both Bad Fans. The Sontarans torture people off-screen, and Sarah Jane's outfit is adorable. Second mention of Harry Sullivan and "old girl." The Sontarans as Space Nazis. Questioning humanity through the lens of fictional alien species. Military red tape. Sontaran makeup issues. Harry Sullivan's incompetence. Third mention of "old girl." Tom Baker's injuries and comparing the action scenes of the Third and Fourth Doctors. Sarah Jane's empathy. Anti-climactic endings in Doctor Who. Shana prefers Robot to The Ark in Space. Laughing at the B-movieness of Robot. Podcasting at the speed of Google! Ending on the classic quote from The Ark in Space.
Links: Tom Baker talks about his 50th Anniversary Experience.
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Direct download: OiSp_001_Loving_the_Fourth_Doctor_and_Sarah_Jane.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

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