Oi! Spaceman: Adventures in Media Criticism
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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In this slightly delayed episode, Shana and Daniel discuss The King's Demons and The Five Doctors and basically just giggle. King John as a cartoon lion and a proposed Susan Foreman: PI spinoff are both mentioned.

Main Topic: The Five Doctors and The King's Demons. In the US first. Magna Carta. A ton of face makeup. Tegan's costume. Turlough's missing backstory. Kamelion. Constipated stare fight. Tegan is cold. King John. Robot of Sherwood. A rollicking good time. Sexist First Doctor? Christmas. Grandfather! Kitchen sink syndrome. Nostalgia vignettes. Emo hair and fucking Queen Elizabeth. Sarah Jane and Pertwee. Fascinating coats. Shada? Classic Who fan-girl. Susan Foreman: PI. Who didn't come back? The price of being an artist. Not truly iconic. Flavia. No reason for trivia. Borusa: the Twat-Lord. Wrapping Up. 

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Hipsters of the Universe (Enlightenment)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel discuss the final part of the Black Guardian Trilogy: Enlightenment. Believe it or not but gender politics and sexual orientation actually come up once or twice. Also awesome Tegan, the campy Captain Wrack, class structure, and the boredom of the Eternals. 

Main Topic: Enlightenment. Shortest ever. No longer about Doctor Who. Disney geek. Argumentative. Teacher voice. Bowie. The art and artist. Moving on to Enlightenment. Men wearing leggings. Bird hats. Maybe Jim Henson saw Enlightenment. Costuming. Tegan's butt and Wrack's Rack? Repressed gay Turlough. X-men. The Black Guardian as a metaphor for repressed homosexuality. Choosing Turlough. Turlough and Ashildir. Turlough and River. The Eternals. Shana remembers The Mind Robber. Bored Eternals. Hellenistic. Tegan's costume change. "The gobby Australian." Non-hetero Five. Querulous Five. Shana's Four and Ten. Davison was wrong. Stinkers. Hard to root for the Doctor. Wanted it to be longer. Super-creepy Ken Doll. Shana facepalms. What Enlightenment means to an Eternal. Richard Jackson. The Doctor the ephemeral. Captain Wrack. Shana doesn't want to do The Gunfighters. Linda Barron is good for the jews. "The cliche I love." Mindwipe versus mind control. The hipsters of the universe. Upstairs, downstairs. Eternal Doctor? The Black Guardian Trilogy as a trilogy. Turlough to date. "I didn't say her boobs jiggled." The Overcrowded Tardis. Direction. Wrapping Up. Next week: The King's Demons and The Five Doctors. 

Play with Shana on Tsum Tsum by searching for inkyosa. 

Daniel appeared on Shabcast 15 and "The Nattering."

Phil Sandifer on Terminus

Shana mentions poet Richard Jackson. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep077_Hipsters_of_the_Universe_Enlightenment.mp3
Category:Fifth Doctor -- posted at: 1:31pm EST

Slavery, Theology, and Cosmology (Terminus)

In this episode Shana and Daniel are joined by Nicole from the Terminus podcast. She's a big fan of the Moffat era (and hates RTD with a burning passion) so obviously that becomes a topic of conversation. They then move on to discussing the redheaded stepchild of the Black Guardian Trilogy, Terminus, with some discussion of Nyssa's characterization, the portrayal of slavery, and a bit of Norse mythology to boot. 

Main Topic: Terminus. With special guest Nicole from the Terminus Podcast. Daniel's terrible joke. Turlough is so gay. All the good ones are taken. "Reach out and touch someone." The dreaded Moffat discussion. No consequences. Having it both ways. Clara's death. On-screen emotion. Being told how to feel. Soap opera versus sitcoms. Companions in New Who. Feminized Amy? The cannot be whole without a man trope. The RTD/Moffat debate. Moving on to Terminus. "Fairly entertaining." "Fairly interesting ideas." Campy. The half-watching experience. Digging into Nyssa. Smart companions. Why did Nyssa take her clothes off? Agency. More than just goodbye. Tegan/Nyssa. A comparison to Steven Universe. Gaslighting Turlough. Proto-Draco Malfoy. The Black Guardian as gay metaphor. Camp Valentine. The Ineffectual Assassin. Turlough can't stand having the feels. Steve Gallagher's themes. Hydromel. The Walter White of Terminus. Rule from afar. Terry Gilliam. Mindful Vanirs. Norse mythology. Cosmology. Garm Unchained. Kink and Terminus. Steve Gallagher was a kinkster. Colin Baker's wife. There are pirates? Next week: Enlightenment.

The Tumblr post Nicole mentions on Moffat's deaths and man-pain. 

Nicole also mentions the documentary The Celluloid Closet and points us to this conversation on subjectivity of interpretation. 

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep076_Slavery_Theology_and_Cosmology_Terminus.mp3
Category:Fifth Doctor -- posted at: 2:56pm EST

Fascism, Feminism, and Timey-Wimey Turlough (Mawdryn Undead)

In this episode, Shana and Daniel are joined by Phil Sandifer of Eruditorum Press in discussing Mawdryn Undead. First they discuss Phil's new book Guided By the Beauty of Their Weapons and the horrible politics of Vox Day, and then a bit on their obvious disagreements on Moffat and feminism. Also: gay Turlough, the Brig as a character, and a brief puppy interlude. 

Main Topic: Mawdryn Undead. With special guest Phil Sandifer of Eruditorum Press. The worst joke ever on Oi! Spaceman. Militias in Oregon. Phil's new book and anger at Vox Day. The Hugos. Moffat and Vox. Shana invents an adjective. PhDs are meaningless. Phil on Moffat and feminism. "When you're talking about feminism always listen to the woman in the room." Fan culture in 2010. Queering characters. Moffat's back catalogue. Representation matters. Uncomfortable. Superficial. Production. Explicitly political science fiction. Pulp adventure and the valorization of colonialism. Moby Dick. What is the political? Don't pay attention to Vox Day. The alt right. Moving on to Mawdryn Undead. Gay Turlough. Couply Tegan and Nyssa. Production and writing. The invention of timey-wimey. Classic SF time travel tropes. A weak Part Four. Mawdryn and the Mutants. Mortal Doctor. The Brig as a character. Courtney versus Redgrave. Ian then Harry then Brig. The UNIT dating controversy. Mawdryn's place in the canon. The aesthetics of 1980s television. Turlough's first boyfriend. Tegan. Unearthly Children. Character development in the 80s. Puppy interlude. Next week: Terminus.

Buy Guided By the Voices of Their Weapons at Amazon. 

Vox Day interviewed on Pex Lives. 

Phil Sandifer's book on Wonder Woman

Phil's entry on Enlightenment and Gay Turlough

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Direct download: OiSp_Ep075_Fascism_Feminism_and_Timey-Wimey_With_Turlough.mp3
Category:Fifth Doctor -- posted at: 4:38pm EST

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 EST

Coercive Relationships and Feminist Heroes (Jessica Jones Season One)

In this episode Shana and Daniel take a break from Doctor Who (partly because doing an hour on Earthshock made for an incredibly boring coversation) and instead do a bonus episode discussing the first season of the Netflix show Marvel's Jessica Jones. The show, and this this episode, contains significant material about abusive/coercive relationships, mind control, significant violence, and rape, so those triggered or upset by discussions of these topics should stay far away. 

Main Topic: Marvel's Jessica Jones, Season One. Shana leads. Why not Doctor Who? Tennant as a villain. Daniel's relationship with television. "Why do we even care about Moffat's Who right now?" Brian Michael Bendis. Comic book Jessica. Comic-to-television transition. Doctor Who is a writer's medium. Melissa Rosenberg. The MCU. Daniel doesn't know anything about postmodernism. A lowercase-v villain. Big-picture themes. Problematic racism. Jessica's powers versus Luke's. We love Rosario. Trish and her mother. Malcolm and intersectionality. Support groups. "That's not funny." Will Simpson and toxic masculinity. Will from the comics. Reuben and Robyn. The scale of masculinity. Military service as a moral intention. Kilgrave's masculinity? Three other female characters? Portrayals of a sexist world versus sexist portrayals of the world. Death of a thousand cuts. Albert Thompson. The horror of Kilgrave's powers. Kilgrave's powers and privilege. Mind control as plot device. Kilgrave as a metaphor for controlling relationships. A small number of seconds. Doesn't dance around rape. Mind control as mental illness. Luke as controlled by Kilgrave. Kilgrave's fandom. Prestige dramas and the white male antihero. Kilgrave uses Trish as an object. Enforced gender roles and kink. The language of coercive situations. Feminism in mass-market entertainment. Wrapping Up. Next week: The Husbands of River Song.

Links

Rape, Consent, and Race in Marvel's Jessica Jones. 

Jessica Jones and Control

Watching Jessica Jones as a Trauma Survivor. 

We Don't Need Another Hero: How Jessica Jones Saved My Life

In Marvel's Jessica Jones, Women Get Stuff Done While Men Just Talk About Women. 

Netflix's Jessica Jones is a Complex Portrait of a Woman Come Undone

Marvel Show Jessica Jones Names a Most Evil Villain: Abuse.

Anita Sarkeesian: Some Thoughts on Jessica Jones. 

Folding Ideas on Toxic Masculinity in Fight Club

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Moral Clarity Amid Situational Complexity (Planet of the Ood)

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.

The Zygon Invocation
Phil Sandifer on Planet of the Ood
Jack Graham: 12
Concerning Tivolians
Koba the Ape
Naked Pictures of Famous People

Jack's Shabogan Graffiti blog can be found at Eruditorum Press and his Twitter is here.

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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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The One In Which We Don't Really Talk About Castrovalva (Castrovalva)

Daniel and Shana are joined by working actor and the current Ben Jackson for Big Finish Elliot Chapman in what was supposed to be a thorough discussion of Castrovalva. As it happened, very little actual analysis of Peter Davison's first story actually occurred. Instead, the trio discuss Elliot's work for Big Finish, including working with Anneke Wills and Frazer Hines, as well as some of his techniques in capturing the authentic Ben without resorting to caricature. They then move on to discuss the Fifth Doctor era in general, especially the soapier elements and some of the pacing issues in Bidmead's script. Finally, they have a brief conversation about the actual story, largely revolving around the ideas of creations overcoming their creators and the role of the tapestry as TV screen. 

Main Topic: Castrovalva. With special guest Elliot Chapman. Phallic symbols. Promiscuous Elliot. Other podcasts. Ben Jackson. Shana's podcast boyfriend. The buck stops with the script. Replacing Michael Craze. Frazer and Anneke. Watching New Who with Frazer and Anneke. Jamie/Davros/Quark fan fiction. Moving into Castrovalva. Post-regeneration fog. Flawed genius. "Who cares about intention anyway?" Transition. JNT undercutting Tegan. Janet Fielding learns how to act on the job. Costumes and aesthetics. No emotions. Could have been padded in interesting ways. Earliest Who. The Sam Seeleys. Soap opera Who. A Tartovsky reference. White male oppressor. Pacing. Dealing with the format. Three acts. "Castravulva." Feminized Five. Miscast in the most wonderful way. "Get his balls back." Davison versus Baker. The fucking cricket outfit. Thatcher's jingoism. Miscast brilliantly. Posh-boy thing. Block transfer computation. The Mind Robber. Klein bottles. Moving Shardovan. The Dog Agrees! Influential Bidmead. Didn't talk about Adric's cock. Wrapping Up. Next week: The last four episodes of Series 9. 

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Elliot is an old-fashioned man and doesn't have a website of his own, but you can find all of his Big Finish work here and follow him on Twitter at @E11iotChapman.