Mon, 14 December 2015
In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by Jack Graham to discuss the Tenth Doctor story "Planet of the Ood." This one doesn't get political *at all* they assure you. Slavery vs wage slavery, the value of simpleminded politics, how to be a good ally to oppressed peoples, and capitalism are all addressed. Also, a brief discussion of what Jack thought of Series 9 and praise for Catherine Tate.
Main Topic: Planet of the Ood. The spectre haunting this podcast. Halves of a single corporate entity. Might get a bit political. If you don't like Planet of the Ood.... A clear discontinuity. "What have Daniel and Shana gotten wrong." Not the Shabogans. Thoughts on Series 9. Written by women. A future episode on "Listen." Moving on to the Ood. Robot Jack and emotion. Small-r romance and political idealism. Not just an it. Asking the right questions. Directness. Human resources. "Who Made Your Clothes?" Justifications of slavery. Just five million. Lawrence Miles' douchebaggery. A reading from Phil Sandifer. Privilege and dodging the question. Allyship. Too grateful. Ood vs Tivolians. House elves. Metaphorical anchoring. Multiple meanings of "possession." Authorial intent. The Song of Captivity and Freedom. Cutting out freedom. Circles. "Binro Was Right." Five stages of remove. Isn't Catherine Tate amazing? Donna working stuff out. Dismayed Jack. Daniel gets something wrong. Not sentimentality. Characters. Halpen is more than an evil capitalist. "The Age of Trump." Fear of slave uprisings. "Better off being slaves." Flattering Donald Trump. "Getting it wrong." Enforced empathy. Jack references Marx. Ood Sigma. Empathy injections. Jessica Jones. Everybody thinks they're a good person. "Mein Favorite Shoes." Confrontational. Color. An overly-tidy ending. Keith Temple. The Lovecraftian Inflection. "Fuck you Jack." Totemic Ood. Craig Ferguson. Not neurologically possible. Next week: Earthshock.
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Category:Tenth Doctor -- posted at: 3:50pm EST
Wed, 19 August 2015
In this episode, Daniel and Shana are joined by Jessica from The Web of Queer in discussing the Donna-centric episode Turn Left. Other than the general aura of Donna squeefulness, the trio discuss Donna as the ordinary person who has the seeds of the extraordinary within, the political nature of the companion during the RTD/Gardner era, and the return of Rose Tyler. Also: the metaphysics of the beetle bubble universe.
Main Topic: Turn Left. With special guest Jessica from The Web of Queer. Huge Donna fangirl. "Donna Donna Donna squee." Political discussions on Web of Queer. An email from Henry. Classic Versus New Who. Separating the artist from the art. Capaldi and Lis Sladen. Adam Baldwin is an awful person. McCoy and Davison not liking a female Doctor. The tide of cultural opinion. Moving on to "Turn Left." Donna and her mother. Wilf crying. Political emotion. Radicalization of the companion. Turn Left as an RTD thesis statement. Rose/Martha/Donna as an extension of the same character traits. Daniel likes it when people agree with him. Donna as a flawed character. Rose and Donna. Empathy. She stands up and fights. Donna as suicide bomber? The metaphysics of the beetle bubble universe. Tourists. Quantum Leap Doctor Who. Rose in Series Four. Go listen to the Web of Queer. Wrapping Up. Next week: The Androids of Tara.
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Wed, 22 April 2015
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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Category:Tenth Doctor -- posted at: 2:35pm EST
Mon, 5 May 2014
In which Shana and Daniel discuss one of the most maligned episodes in Doctor Who History: Fear Her. Spoiler Alert: they love this episode. Listen to find out why.
Main Topic: Fear Her. Shana doesn't hate Fear Her, and doesn't read up on fan consensus the way Daniel does. Shana thinks Fear Her has a very direct line to a child audience. Shana does a brief summary of Fear Her. Rose is the really clever one. "In the name of the Shadow Proclamation!" Daniel summarizes some of the things people claim not to like about this episode. The shippiness of Ten and Rose. Shana and Daniel only have the second-best Doctor Who Love Story. Fear Her's troubled production history vis a vis script. Ultimately a life-affirming episode. The Tenth Doctor gets Rose involved and is very proud of her. The Doctor helps Rose gain sympathy for herself. All of the major non-regulars in this episode are POC. Complex, real characters. A plea for a UK-based listener to speak to the racial issues in their society versus the US. Matthew Graham writing a police procedural version of Doctor Who. Comparisons between Law & Order and Fear Her. How can the Doctor defeat an enemy that is, on some level, an innocent? The aftermath of physical and emotional abuse. The Doctor solves problems through communcation and empathy. Shana actually did research for this episode. "Pothole guy." Silly stuff in Fear Her. Anything that we hate in Fear Her? A bit heavy-handed on the leaving of Rose arc. Loving the Isolus in idea, design, and execution. Triumphing over adversity through empathy. The failure of psychoactive snow versus the children's drawings. Well-read Shana brings up Roald Dahl. Ending with a quote from the Tenth Doctor. Next time: Pyramids of Mars.
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Category:Tenth Doctor -- posted at: 12:00pm EST