Oi! Spaceman: Adventures in Media Criticism (Twelfth Doctor)

In this episode, Daniel and Shana are once again joined by Jack Graham in a discussion of the now-five-months-old Christmas Special, "The Return of Doctor Mysterio." If it helps any, they don't discuss the actual story much, and instead mostly laud Superman III. Also, Daniel forgot to include the end credits on this one, and was too lazy to re-edit them back in, so you'll just have to figure out for yourself where to find future episodes of this podcast. 

Direct download: OiSp_Ep095_American_Slices_The_Return_of_Doctor_Mysterio.mp3
Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

Middle Class Establishment Values (Series 9 Recap)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by Jessica from The Web of Queer to do a general recap of Doctor Who Series 9. They meander a bit, but basically circle around issues of representation, queerness, and gender, specifically as they relate to Ashildur, the Zygons, and of course the "Schrodinger's Queer," Clara. Also briefly discussed is the announcement that Chris Chibnall will be the next showrunner of Doctor Who.

(CORRECTION: Minor technical problems on first upload, corrected 2016-02-18.)

Main Topic: Series 9 Recap. With Jessica from The Web of Queer. Laryngitis. Chibnall. Broadchurch. No more streaming. We are but poor podcasters. Tumblr gifs. Moving on to Series 9. Ashildir and her through-line. Enlightenment and immortality. Constructed memory. The Clara/Doctor relationship. The fourth wall. Liking Twelve? Series 9 versus Series 8. Sleep No More. Heaven Sent. Moffat two-parters. The Zygon Speech. Identifying with the Other. Political Who. In Hiding. On the side of the oppressors. "Don't Make the Iowans Uncomfortable." "Leave that to the progressives." Digging into Clara. Queerness a joke. River and Clara. Jack and Clara. Should we take Who seriously as a social justice show? Doctor Who versus Steven Universe. Mainstream TV. "White privileged douchebag." Musical Doctor Who? Looking forward to Series 10. Eye candy. How to introduce a trans character. Queerness as ideology. Trickle-down. Wrapping Up. Next week: Resurrection of the Daleks. 

Daniel on Pex Lives.
Daniel on Who37.
Daniel on the Shabcast.

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Genocide and Polyamory (The Husbands of River Song)

This week Shana and Daniel discuss "The Husbands of River Song" and have bad flashbacks to the Matt Smith years. Cuddly genocidal monsters and our first canonical polyamorous character in Doctor Who are discussed. Also some general discussion on River Song as written and performed, Daniel's coarse comments on the sexual prowess of several Doctors, and looking forward to 2016. Also: a very brief discussion of why they didn't cover Earthshock last week. 

Main Topic: The Husbands of River Song. Flames. Earthshock. No shittier than what we've already done. Character dynamics. Moving on to The Husbands of River Song. Going to talk about sex. The Narrative of River Song. A return to the Eleventh Doctor era. "River's kinda dumb." Speculations on writing process. A female Captain Jack. The sexual prowess of the Doctor. Eleventh Doctor as creepy boyfriend Doctor. Boyish charm. Leftover Strax dialogue. Kilgraving. Getting nutritional value. Leching on Alex Kingston (sorry!). Address to criticism. Mixing of tones. Cartoony score. Metatextual. Polyamory or genocide? "Any other Doctor would burn this place to the ground." Hydroflax and the Tivolians. Scratch and the Shoal of the Winter Harmony. Four billion followers. Two responses to bullies. Krod Mandoon. A very limited amount of Hitler-talk. The polyamory of River Song. Stephen Fry and River Song? Not a show for adults. Not going to talk about Girl in the Fireplace. Marginalization of our PoC character. Low expectations. Looking back and looking forward. Wrapping up. Next week: Mawdryn Undead. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep074_Genocide_and_Polyamory_The_Husbands_of_River_Song.mp3
Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 10:14pm EDT

Sisyphean Grief Without Existentialism (Sleep No More through Hell Bent)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel do a whirlwind discussion of the last four episodes of Series 9, focusing on the death and resurrection of Clara (spoiler alert!) and Moffat's treatment of grief. Also the return of Ashildr, authoritarianism and collateral damage, and deterministic systems. 

Main Topic: Sleep No More, Face the Raven, Heaven Sent, and Hell Bent. Sheep Go to Heaven. Completely irrelevant. Gatiss and whimsy. Bethany Black. Not puzzleboxy. Nancy Kress. Found footage. "That's not how subduction zones work." Face the Raven. The Doctor and young black men. Harry Potter. Non-queer Me. Sexual dimorphism. The weight of Clara's death. A response to Journey's End. Moffat proving his feminist bonafides. Leaving the show. Refugees and the Men in Black. Restructuring. The wall of diamond. Leaving Heaven Sent exactly as he came in. The Perfect Companion. A brief digression on fan response to Clara's tits. Authoritarian Me. "Jenna Oswald." The longest time between beginning and end of an episode ever. Overkill. Groundhog Day. Doctor/Me equivalence. Sisyphus without existentialism. "Story on rails." Secret Honor. Philip Glass. Grief porn and torture porn. Poker chips. Doctor Who as a Western. Fanboy Daniel. Dropping social meaning for the personal. Clara versus Amy. Clara versus Charlie. The Hybrid and MacGuffin. Me as a representation of human history. Shana hasn't seen Brain of Morbius. Gender among Time Lords. The Doctor shoots a guy in the face. Clara vs. Tasha Yar. Overstuffed but undercooked. Jenna Coleman's legacy. Looking forward to the Christmas special. Next week: Planet of the Ood. 

Links

Sheep Go To Heaven

Web of Queer: No More Mind

Beggars in Spain.

Phil Sandifer and Elliot Chapman chat "Heaven Sent." 

 

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Defending the Status Quo (The Zygon Invasion/Inversion)

In this episode Shana and Daniel discuss the two-part Zygon story "The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion," and discuss false equivalencies regarding oppressed peoples. Also a brief discussion of "Kill the Moon." That's about it really.

Main Topic: The Zygon Invasion/Inversion. Body Image. Truth or Consequences. Kill the Moon. Abortion. Daniel's idea for an abortion short story. Feminism in a box. Metaphor in SF to talk about political ideas. The Oppressed Must Break the Cycle. Questioning Assumptions. Amazing Grace. "Doctor Who is finally doing what the Oi! Spaceman crew wants it to do." Men in Black. Revolutions by the young. General Lady. Hitchley. Humanize is a racist term in this context. Shana hasn't seen Alien Nation. Shana is surrounded by notes. Not like there are obsessive fans. Never get to hear the perspective of the splinter group. Five Rounds Rapid. Die in the fire or live in chains. Praise for Jenna Coleman. Innocent bystanders. Emo Doctor is back. Wilf knows. Osgood and Me. Doctor goes Jesus. A resolution of Ten and Eleven. The voice of the militants. Doctor Who has to reset to normalcy. All the speaking roles are female. Bad decisions. Incompetent Kate. Feminized soldiers. The Two Boxes. Truth or Consequences. The Fundamental Failure. The Symbol Osgood. Capaldi's clip show speech. The Siege. Writing for Capaldi. Go check out the Terminus Podcast. Wrapping Up. Next week: The Keeper of Trakken. 

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Defeating Toxic Masculinity (The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel barely even bother to talk about plot and story, so fascinated were they by the gender issues in the most recent two-part story of Series 9: The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived. Is Ashildur genderqueer? Is Clara queer? Are the Mire 'roid-ragers? Is Leando an abusive boyfriend? Also alternative masculinity as portrayed by the Doctor and by the perhaps-appropriately-named Sam Swift the Quick. It's probably more fun than it sounds. 

Main Topic: The Girl Who Died/The Woman Who Lived. Daniel shouldn't ruin Queen. Shana took notes. If you thought you were political before.... Did you like these? Silly tone with a core of darkness. Ash/Me. One story or two? A J.D. Salinger reference. "Arthouse films from before 1994." A Phil Sandifer reference. Shana might get bitchy about pronouns. A reading from Jack Graham. Maisie Williams. Defining some terms. The danger of being publicly queer. Moving into the episodes. The safety of the closet. Sexualized by the Doctor and Clara. The only thing Steven Moffat had to say about this. The Mire. Testosterone. Psuedoscience. "Trust me, it's unbearable." Taking over a village with a yo-yo and big bad masculinity. Web Developers. "There's gonna be a Big Finish in twenty years...." Babies. White Knight Doctor. Making Ashildr immortal. Never read any feminist literature. Orlando. Severance. Knightmare. Misnaming people. Sam Swift the Quick. We are all in drag. Performativity. Heart turned to rust. Dying children. Savior complex. Too like Missy? Hadn't invented cunnilingus. Sam Swift's masculinity. Dirty Dad Jokes. Self-hating Doctor. Abusive relationships. Brawndo? Me's turn to being a "good person." Longer-form stories in Series 9. Tenth Doctor stories. Moffat feels less involved. Fanfic. Next week: Warrior's Gate.


Jack Graham's post "A Surfeit of Lampreys," which discusses The Girl Who Died. 

Superfruit with Maisie Williams.

Hank Green: Human Sexuality is Complicated! 

Dan Olson's Folding Ideas video on Fight Club and Toxic Masculinity. 

Resources on nonbinary gender presentation, trans* issues, etc.
http://nonbinary.org/
http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/07/top-10-questions-genderqueer/

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Bootstraps, Memes, and Subjugation (Under the Lake/Before the Flood)

In this episode, Daniel and Shana are highly amused (and at least somewhat impressed by) the second two-part story of Series 9, "Under the Lake/Before the Flood." A base-under-siege with a nifty Golden Age SF time travel twist, this story inspires discussion of subjugated peoples controlled by mental conditioning, the way that that metaphor might reflect modern-day patriarchal structures, and the use of time travel paradoxes in Moffat Who. Also: email about military adventurism in the Western world, discussion of the space opera elements of Blake's 7, and a rough definition of the word miniarchist. All that and a rubber monster, too. 

Main Topic: Under the Lake/Before the Flood. Shana's Intro. Daniel didn't hate this. Where have these characters been? Semaphore. Sophie Stone. New producer. Our deaf listeners? An email from Henry, our miniarchist friend. Quote, unquote. Literally. "Don't ding a poet!" Blake's 7. The Underwater Menace DVD and the possibility of streaming. A letter from Tom and military metaphor. "Lean back and think of England." Toby Whithouse. Shana does her Susan Foreman impersonation for Jack Graham. Petroleum. I'm from UNIT. Pacing. O'Donnel versus Osgood. The Cold War. Prentiss and BDSM. The Tivolians and the Ood. Not Robin Williams. Daniel is an idiot. The love stories. Feels like a Classic Who four-parter. Still not a bossy control freak. Dynamic female characters. The bootstrap paradox. Breaking the fourth wall. Rock star anarchist Rod Serling. Our blind listeners. Doctor Who as a time travel story. Robert Osborne. Structure. Fixed points and Time Lords. Flood myths. Bigger pictures. "Can we call him Aladdin?" Consistent universes. Alien races in Classic Who. Trek vs. Who. "They can't say the Doctor's been racist for 2000 years." Future history. Creature design. The Fisher King versus the Graf Vynda-K. Screwdriver vs. Sunglasses. Next week: State of Decay. 

Full Battle Rattle, a documentary mentioned in the show. 
Shana and Daniel discuss The Mind Robber and the God Complex.

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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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An Abusive Polyamorous Triad (Series 8)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel discuss the relationship dynamics of the now-on-Netflix-streaming Series 8 of Doctor Who, viewing the Danny/Clara/Doctor conflict as a deeply dysfunctional polyamorous triad. The topics discussed, including emotional abuse, toxic masculinity, and systemic misogyny, may be triggering or otherwise uncomfortable for some listeners. Also discussed: Clara as a "bossy control freak," some general impressions of Series 8 on a technical level, and a close reading of a pivotal scene from "The Caretaker."

Main Topic: The Danny/Clara/Doctor Relationship in Series 8. The Moffat-Hate Hour. Polyamory. Poly in Golden Age SF writers. Our personal histories with poly. Don't talk to Freud. Sexual identification words. Lies Higher Education Has Told Me. Appreciating the Sam Seeleys. The Doctor is Poly. Ninth Doctor, Rose, and Captain Jack. Basic respect. General discussion of Series 8. "At the end of a silly show for entertainment I shouldn't want to punch the television." Praise for production design and for performance. Still Capaldi. Doctor Clara. Listen. "Abort the Moon." Twelve Angry Men. Production versus script. Pregnant Amy. "Bossy Control Freak." Clara Who. Daniel makes a calculus joke. Doctor/Clara/Danny: An Abusive Polyamorous Triad. A close reading from "The Caretaker." Military as patriarchy. Naive Clara. Gaslighting the audience. First World Problems. Superficial interiority. Inglourious Basterds and the Tenth Doctor. Cheeto emotions. Romance in fiction. How do we re-write the Danny/Doctor/Clara relationship? Chaotic Good Doctor. The dumbest bit in Flatline. The last line of Time Heist. Shana has green hair. We don't want to be having this conversation. Killing the boy. Comparing Moffat Who to other TV shows. Steven Universe. Rick and Morty. The Worst Parts of Three and Four. CGI by Havoc. Wrapping Up. 

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Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

A Turducken of Moffat (Last Christmas)

In which Shana and Daniel discuss the 2014 Christmas special, "Last Christmas," which probably should have just been called "Moff-ception." Or "The One With Crabs That Have Mouths in Their Butts." Among the topics discussed: the infantilization of Clara, the kinds of people that look like scientists, and the process of grieving. What a fun Christmas episode this was. 

 

 

Main Topic: Last Christmas. Shana took a bunch of notes. General Impressions about the Christmas special. Nick Frost/Simon Pegg/Edgar Wright. Praise for (most of) the technical side. "The Moffat Hate Hour." Moffat as the self-underminer. Dan Starkey. Moffat-era Who as a fairy tale. Twelve vs. One. Shana has Sara Kingdom on the brain. Clara being saved by men. Why does Santa get the Doctor role? Last Christmas and female characters. Patrick Troughton's son gets to eat a turkey leg. The Ur-Moffat villain. Shana will vomit if it's the Great Intelligence. Dream logic in Moffat scripts. A hypothetical David Tennant "Last Christmas." "You Don't Seem Much Like a Scientist." The TARDIS of the Magi. Why bring up serious loss if you're not going to deal with the fallout? What if the Doctor had been Clara's Santa Claus in this episode? Internal inconsistency with the headcrabs. Shana cries about the way Moffat handles grief and loss. Clara and survivor's guilt. A Latin-speaker's pun. Shana talks about writing workshops. Infantalized Clara. Daniel makes another Pixar reference. No mention of the Christian roots of Christmas. "Am I supposed to feel bad about their real lives?" The very gendered roles of the scientists after they wake up. Daniel makes a Red Dwarf reference. Suicidal Clara. Discussing the multiple endings. The anatomy of the dream-crab. Getting philosophical about Moffat fans. Wrapping up. 

 

Spherical cows

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Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

Meandering, Manpain, and Moffat-Hate (Dark Water/Death in Heaven)

In this episode, Daniel and Shana discuss the two-part Series 8 finale, "Dark Water/Death in Heaven." Look forward to discussions of death (both real-life and fictitious), competence in Doctor Who, the spinning of wheels in an attempt to hoodwink the audience, and Danny's manpain being more important than the life of a child. 

Main Topic: Dark Water/Death in Heaven. Shana plays with her phone. Lying to Cybermen. Daniel forgets the title of "Revenge of the Cybermen." Previewing future podcast episodes. A social media moment. Going to Chicago TARDIS. On to Dark Water. Pirates! How do Moffat characters experience the death of other characters? Inconsistency vs. ambiguity. Good ol' J.K.! Silliness. Keys and lava. Shana gets very personal about the grief process. Deliciousness buried in crap. Series 8 as "Doctor Who does the Sopranos." Refactive index doesn't mean that. Gruesomeness and "The Three Words." Remembering stuff that happened all of two seasons ago. Ranty Shana. Crying Shana. Death in "Father's Day" versus death in Series 8. Line reading a scene from Moffat Who. The female master. Danny Pink as a war criminal. "The brown kid." The unsurprising surprises. The lack of forward momentum. A musical interlude. Things we liked in "Death in Heaven." Kate Stewart and Harriet Jones. Osgood! The staggering lack of competence in Series 8. The Doctor, the Brig, and handcuffs. Why wasn't someone shushing Peter Capaldi all series? Shana imagines the Doctor Who Writer's Room. Daniel has an extended riff on a completely unrelated matter. Puppy containment issues. The Doctor isn't really the main character. Intent vs. execution. Praise for Michelle Gomez. Praise for Moffat's writing of the Master. When's the last time you saw Clara being clever? A tangent on "The Shakespeare Code." Production design. President Doctor. The "Doctor and General" debate and the Doctor's dislike of soliders." The Cyber-Brig. Never trust a hug. An abrupt ending. 

 

Screenwriter Terry Rossio on "The Impressive Failure." 

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Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

Adventures in Close Reading (In the Forest of the Night)

In what is probably the most literary-discussion episode of our Doctor Who podcast ever, Shana and Daniel discuss "In the Forest of Night." Is Danny an irresponsible teacher? How should we treat mental illness in fiction? What is Clara's role in this story? Plus an extended discussion of poetry, all in this latest podcast episode. Also: Series 8 finale discussion. 

Main Topic: In the Forest of the Night. Not awake just yet. Millions. Annoying kids are a good thing? First female director of Doctor Who in four years. Moffat's checklist. Shana goes full-on writing instructor. Minor directorial complaints. Tigers and wolves. "Meh." The coke metaphor. Certified Poetry. Good/evil dichotomy. How many species exist on Earth that are "always and forever" in the Whoniverse? Heteronormativity rules. Wolves and tigers don't act like that. "I shined a flashlight at a tiger so I deserve Clara's pussy." Annoying children. Daniel makes a Harry Potter reference. Regionalism in Doctor Who. Maebh and mental illness. Dealing sensitively with mental illness in fiction. "Fear Her." Telegraphing hand movements. Mental illness in the American SciFi series "Alphas." Paring away the crap in "Forest." Danny the Scoutmaster is horrifyingly irresponsible. A deep read of the "forgetting wars and babies" line. Adam Sandler. A distinct lack of worldbuilding. Foreshadowing a future podcast episode. Shana has a very specific prediction about the two-part series 8 finale. "BDSM Mary Poppins." Familiar storylines. Peter Capaldi's interactions with the children. Wrapping up. 

You can read "The Tyger," the William Blake poem from which this episode gets its title, here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/172943

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Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 3:42pm EDT

This Podcast Does Not Support Orson Scott Card's Homophobia and General Wingnuttery (Flatline)

Another episode, another recording style. And another Doctor Who episode (Flatline) we both really liked. Score another point for Jamie Mathieson. Here we discuss what we want the Doctor to be, how the simple matter of the show being remarkably less sexist and problemmatic affects our enjoyment, and the ethics of dealing with alien species with whom one can have little hope of clear communication. Enjoy!

Main Topic: Flatline. Interfering audio. Jamie Mathieson for showrunner! Additional thoughts on Mummy of the Orient Express. Moving past the sexism. Scientist Capaldi. Turning a corner. What traits do the companions pick up from the Doctor? The companion as Doctor-surrogate. The puppy starts to play with a toy. The dog goes outside. A more competent Clara. The prongs of the Bechdel test. Clara lies. Daniel references Neil Labute. Shana is an easy sell on the 20s and trains in space. Visual elements of Flatline. Shana quotes from badass Capaldi. Choosing to play a role. Daniel references the Ender's Game series, but this podcast does not support Orson Scott Card. Daniel ruins the end of The Iron Giant. Riggsy's final moments. Class distinctions in Doctor Who. Speculating about Missy. What we want from special effects. Verity Fucking Lambert. Moral ambiguity. Jamie Mathieson come back! Shana loves Selena Gomez. Did the Pandorica come from Gallifrey? Not just angry eyebrows. Comparisons to Tom Baker. Shana says "dang." Looking forward to the final three. Wrapping up. 

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A Scientist Not a General (Mummy of the Orient Express)

We had some technical problems and life pressures, so this one is a bit shorter than usual. Let us know if you like the shorter format. In this episode, Shana and Daniel discuss Doctor Who Series 8, Episode 8: "Mummy on the Orient Express." 

Main Topic: Mummy on the Orient Express. An all-too brief synopsis. A slightly longer synopsis. Guest stars. A completely different Doctor. A completely different Clara. Felt like David Tennant. Not a general but a scientist. Not misogynistically weak. Jamie Mathieson. Paternalistic Twelve. Glitchy smiles. Caring Capaldi. Heroic Twelve. Not wanting to burst the bubble. Addiction to the Doctor. Holding out hope. Why is Clara traveling with the Doctor again? Comparison to McCoy. Lying. Agency, consent, and moral culpability. Shipping Maisie and Clara. Clara's magic hair and the TARDIS wig room. Praise for Jenna Coleman's acting. Cinematography. A rushed ending. Justification of the Doctor's decisions. Exploring darkness intelligently. Wrapping up. 

 

Foxes covers "Don't Stop Me Now." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-OTYT02W7E

 

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Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Moon Abortion and You Fail Physics and Biology Forever (Kill the Moon)

This one's going up much later than we wanted, but better late than never? Hopefully. This time, Shana and Daniel discuss "Kill the Moon," in particular some horrifying science content and the inherent sexism of certain elements of fandom. Also: the abortion of the moon.

 

Main Topic: "Kill the Moon." Bad Astronomy. Question: sexism on Doctor Who versus other similar shows? If you're on Tumblr.... We expect better from Doctor Who. "You cis-het white dude." The science of "Kill the Moon." Not ranting about numbers. Summarization. Laughing Shana. If Martha was in this episode. You Fail Biology Forever. You Fail Physics Forever. Gravity. Amniotic Fluid. Age of the moon. Prokaryotic spiders. 99 Biology Problems. Talkin' about eggs. Parody science? A promise of math. Clara tells off the Doctor. Shana paraphrases a long quote. Unique in Doctor Who history. Dudebro fan response to Kill the Moon. Dragon abortion. A boy's club on Doctor Who. Not the hero. "I think you look like giants." The Trolley Problem. Patting ourselves on the back. Forgetting Martha Jones. "Are you high right now?" Talking about plot arcs. As angry as Clara. As feminist as Sarah Jane. The Voice of Reason. Deb Stanish gets a shout-out. The ends do not justify the means. "Would the Doctor think I'm fat?" The Pixar comparison. "Not bad for a girl from Coal Hill School." President Courtney and Blinovitch. 

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I Did Gymnastics So I Deserve Clara's Pussy (The Caretaker)

A bit of a long episode mostly about the intricacies of interpersonal dynamics in Series 8 of Doctor Who (so far). Some really disturbing stuff is lurking under the surface here, and frankly this episode might be tough to listen to for people who may be triggered by bad relationships. That said, there's a lot of fun stuff in this episode, and probably the only Doctor Who podcast ever to reference both Nabokov and queer porn icon Courtney Trouble. 

Main Topic: "The Caretaker." Feeling right in the moment. Yay nerds! Creep factor number one. A behind the scenes look. "Didn't we already do this?" Undercover. Gareth Roberts. Otherness. The trouble with having trouble fitting in. Soldiers and PE Teachers. Moffat canon won't sink in. The Eleventh Doctor was not a geek. "Nabokovian." Father figures in Doctor Who. Sexism. Danny is a patriarchal view of masculinity. The (lack of) agency of Clara. Communication and consent in relationships. "Danny Penis." The Overbearing Doctor. The non-Dalek Dalek. Gymnastics. The Doctor endagers children. Emotionally damaged characters and Clara as an addict. Consequences. Daniel's excited to see the Moon in Doctor Who again. Talking about Courtney. And her parents. Daniel's trying to be optimistic. Racial stereotypes? More people of color should listen to us (and write in). Headcanon. PE Teachers in society. Time Lords and Marxism. Some notes on Jenna Coleman. General thoughts on Series 8. 

 

The TARDIS Wiki entry for this episode: http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/The_Caretaker_(TV_story)

An interesting review of "The Caretaker" referenced by us: http://tomandlorenzo.com/2014/09/doctor-who-the-caretaker/

 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep_021_I_Did_Gymnastics_So_I_Deserve_to_Get_Claras_Pussy.mp3
Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

Pregnable Fortresses and Authoritarianism (Time Heist)

In which Shana leads the discussion on the latest episode in Doctor Who Series 8, "Time Heist." Discussion of heist movie tropes, the ethics of large institutions, and puppy growling are to be found within. (Also Shana leads discussion for the first time, and it's awesome.)

Show Notes

Main Topic: "Time Heist." An auspicious start. Beards. Titles. Poetry. Puppy. Beer. Plot. The history of the exterior phone. Co-writers. Worms. Puppy growls. X-men. Hosting duties. Heist movies. Clara's outfit. Puppy barks. Titles before scripts. Boredom. Corridors. The Architect. Potential. Logic. Beer. Female villains. The Teller. Laziness. Verity! Hide. Family. Planet of the Ood. Anti-authoritarianism. Plot. Geography. Cleverness. Physics. Endings. Capaldi. Paper. Systemic corruption. Enjoyment. More on the Ood. Moffat. Dick. Paycheck. Leading. School. Sickness. Wrapping up. 

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Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 11:46am EDT

Moffat Does the Ontological Principle (Listen)

Was the Matt Smith era just one big mistake? Series 8 has been quite good, and finally we get a very Moffaty episode that Daniel and Shana both quite like. Still lots of problems, though, and a thorough discussion of time travel tropes can be found within.

 

Main Topic: "Listen." An illustrious introduction. Beyonce's "Listen." Shana actually does work for the podcast. The story and nuance of "Listen" make Shana overlook some of the Moffat tropeyness. How many Claras? Clara's agency and skepticism. Upending the "rule monster." Crazy theories. Picking on Clara's looks. Cockblocking. Good teachers. Moffat companions as drivers of plot. Doing timey-wimey well. The Ontological Paradox. Toy soldiers. Orson or Awesome? Daddy Doctor checks out the prospects. Dad jokes. Clara has a Donna moment. Daniel recommends the Web of Queer. The wrongness of the Doctor. The Doctor investigates. Fear is not the mind-killer. Fear Her. Clara and Danny's date. Talkin' about socioeconomics. Clara's Wardrobe. Cinematography. Daniel plays an audio clip from An Unearthly Child. Fear makes companions of us all. The War Doctor in the barn. Meaningless Moffat retcons. The worth of this episode will depend on what comes later. The puppy wants to be on the podcast. Unwritten by Moffat. Wrapping up. 

 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep019_Moffat_Does_the_Ontological_Paradox.mp3
Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Errol Flynn's Big Dick and Metafictional Narrative (Robot of Sherwood)

In which Daniel and Shana discuss "Robot of Sherwood," in particular the metafictional nature of mythic heroes meeting discussing mythic heroes, and the place of moral ambiguity in fiction. Also, dick jokes. 

Show Notes:

Main Topic: Robot of Sherwood. Shana is not snuggling with a kitty. Saving the bitching for the end. A comment from Lee. The Moffat Hate tag. The job of a television showrunner. One-liners in Moffat Who. Responding to responses to Daniel's live-Tumblring of Robot of Sherwood. Daniel appreciates a good dick joke. Jack Harkness does not make dick jokes. Fairy tale Clara. Metafiction, Robin Hood, and Doctor Who. Disney Who. The Doctor and Robin Hood as mythic heroes. Stories as text in Moffat Who. Shana gives us a quote between Robin and the Doctor. Purple writing. Continuity in Doctor Who and other long-running franchises. The historicity of Robin Hood. The Doctor rejects mythic heroic figures. Daniel way over-analyzes "no bantering." Shana launches "rant mode" with another quote. The Keys in the Sewer. Clara is the MVP of this episode. Heteronormative dick comparisons are not fun for Daniel. Contrasting Robin Hood and the Doctor in mode of action. A leftover Matt Smith script? Nods to the Classic Series. Jesus in a celebrity historical and religion in Moffat Who. Shana updates on the cat. Wrapping up. Next episode: "Listen." 

 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep018_Errol_Flynns_Big_Dick_and_Metafictional_Narrative.mp3
Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Fangirling Over Capaldi and Low Expectations

In this episode, Shana and Daniel actually find a Moffat-era episode they quite like, although that seems to be partly through fulfillment of low expectations. Danny Pink is introduced through crying, Clara gets called a boy, and Peter Capaldi puts a shiver down Shana's spine. Also, some silliness about a Dalek. 

Show Notes:

Main Topic: Into the Dalek. If you were cast as the Doctor what characteristics would you want your Doctor to have? "Into the Dalek" actually gives us hope for Series 8. Low standards. Daniel uses the word "sperminate." The story arc of Journey Blue. Blue and pink. Is there such a thing as a "good dalek?" On the nose writing and reused elements from previous episodes. Gendered expectations and Danny Pink. Crying over a meet cute. Referring to Clara as a boy. Pink still a cypher. Journey Blue a much more compelling character. Capaldi's movements are purposeful and his Doctor exudes stillness. Shana and Daniel are both fangirling for Capaldi. The Twelfth Doctor cuts through the bullshit. Daniel talks incoherently about House M.D. Shana wants to read a quote and Daniel steps over his own feet. "Am I a good man?" is the theme of Series 8 most likely. The one single good idea the Moffat era has produced thus far: the Mythic Doctor. Ripping off Star Trek. "Resistance is futile." Things ripped off from earlier episodes. Low expectations about the science content in modern Who. Attracted to the Scottish growl. "Into the Dalek" is one of the best episodes of the Moffat run. Daniel will punch Moffat in the face. Non-sexualized, non-objectified female characters. Defending Clara. Daniel name-drops the Verity podcast. So many silent villains in Moffat Who but here we have an individual speaking part. Sassy villains. Daniel forgets an episode title. Wrapping up with a brief discussion of Missy and the series-long arc. Spoiling the end of The Iron Giant. Next episode: "Robot of Sherwood."

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep017_Fangirling_Over_Capaldi_and_Having_Low_Expectations.mp3
Category:Twelfth Doctor -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The Angry Eyebrows of Peter Capaldi and Lecherous Lesbian Lizards

In which Shana and Daniel discuss Peter Capaldi's first full run as The Doctor: Deep Breath. Heteronormative treatment of a lesbian couple, a truly ridiculous cameo, and the mesmerizing performance of Peter Capaldi.

Main Topic: Deep Breath. Ca-pahl-di or Ca-PAL-di? Doctor Who porn. Capaldi's performance among the best things about Deep Breath. Vastra and Jenny have vastly different personalities than in previous episodes. Heteronormativity. Lis Sladen's ex-husband. The Moffaty awfulness goes on around Capaldi, not through him. Capaldi's regeneration crazies. Vastra and Jenny's relationship: "Look, Jenny's tits!" Men are Monkeys. Why are we continually watching the Vastra and Jenny show? Comparison of Strax from "A Good Man Goes to War" versus "Deep Breath." Victorian England as the "present day" of the current Who era. Finally moving on into the plot. The Doctor's last name is Doolittle? Empathizing with the dinosaur: beautiful. Daniel likes the bait-and-switch in the plot. Missed opportunities. Clara's response to regeneration. Scottish = Southern? Shana forgets Capaldi's number. Figuring out the basic plot mechanics of the "...of the Doctor" trilogy. Steampunk Who. The Interiority of the Doctor. The Reappearance of the Eleventh Doctor. Moffat appeasing the fangirls (badly). A defense of Matt Smith? The Angry Eyebrows of Peter Capaldi. Axing the Paternoster Gang. Missy in Paradise. Is Missy River? "Deep Breath" as the new "Don't Blink." Clara standing up to the clockwork droid. Shana starts yawning. Constant references to Clara's clothing being on or off. Daniel's greatest fear for Series 8. Explaining things that don't need to be explained. Shana has a puppy. Next episode: Into the Dalek.  

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