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 EST

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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Direct download: OiSp_Ep069_Systemic_Evil_The_Keeper_of_Traken.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 10:48pm EST

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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Direct download: OiSp_Ep067_Heinlein_Shakespeare_Math_and_Sex_Warriors_Gate.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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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Direct download: OiSp_Ep057_Game_of_Clones_The_Androids_of_Tara.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 2:15pm EST