"Can You Hear Me?"/"The Haunting of Villa Diodati"
It's been a busy month in the podcaster couple household, so it's double duty this episode with two episode reviews! The final two scary installments of Series 12, prior to the two-part finale, offer differing views of the Doctor, the companions, and the historical guest stars who help fight the monsters. From Eternals to a lone cyberman, there's a lot to unpack.
In their look into the TARDIS library, Jessica and Phillip examine a special Big Finish production featuring the Eighth Doctor and Charley - "Living Legend."
There's a lot going on in this episode of "Doctor Who" with a missing astronaut and mysterious illness. There's bird, blogs, and strange ex-cops in this globe-trotting adventure. But how well does it all come together? Jessica and Phillip talk about the Chibnall-era reliance on guest stars and multiple characters. They end the episode talking about what other TV shows remain in their queue.
What did you think of the episode? And what shows are you watching?
Not since the Series 12 opener "Spyfall" has an episode been so chock full of reveals. The return of a fan favorite had us sequel, and the introduction of a new character had us ... well, we're still not sure our reaction (but mostly "yay!" and "cool outfit" and "where can I get those glasses?"). What were your reactions to this episode?
In their look into the TARDIS library, Phillip reviews the 1996 Doctor Who The New Adventures novel "Damaged Goods" by Russell T Davies. What are your Doctor Who novel recommendations?
Tesla. Edison. Animated steampunk corpses. Scorpion Queens. All that plus the Doctor and TARDIS fam converge in this turn-of-the-20th-century episode of monsters and discovery. This series has been full of guest stars, and this episode continues that trend - with a few alum from "Doctor Who" and its spin-offs showing up. Did Tesla carry this episode? Was the toothy villain (that's not Tim Shaw...) scary? Join the discussion, and let us know how this episode landed for you.
In their look into the TARDIS library, the couple re-visit the musical(?) "Blackpool" and the newer "Dracula" series and their respective conclusions. How did you enjoy these two "Who" adjacent shows?
The Doctor and the TARDIS fam visit the "Doctor Who" version of a resort planet - except things go off-kilter when the episode ... I mean, spa is invaded by a plethora of guest stars, erm, monsters. Sue joins Jessica and Phillip to look at exactly what happened during the fast-paced action episode with mommy (and daddy) issues, and a certain message to present-day Earth at the end.
In their look into the TARDIS library, the couple examine the "Dracula" series, recently released from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
Series 12 is here, and it starts with a bang. Well, lots of bangs. New/old enemies revealed, new friends are discovered, and the Doctor is brought back to where it all began. For those fans who wondered if the episodic nature of Series 11 would continue - the answer is a resounding "no." The Doctor and her fam will feel the repercussions from this adventure for the foreseeable future. What did you think of this reintroduction and continuation of the Whittaker Era?
In their look into the TARDIS library, Phillip reviews "Doctor Who The Handbook: The First Doctor, The William Hartnell Years 1963-1966." This book explores the very beginnings of "Doctor Who" and the foundations laid that would last for over 50 years.
The Capaldi Era not only ends with a Christmas special - as far as we know, it ended the Christmas specials! Jessica and Phillip close out their year of monthly Doctor celebrations with a focus on the Christmas specials of the Twelfth Doctor era. From "Last Christmas" to "The Husbands of River Song," from "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" to "Twice Upon a Christmas." What were the common themes? How do each of them rank? How many would we watch again? Let us know your favorite.
In their look into the TARDIS library, the couple visit of Eighth Doctor Big Finish adventure: "Embrace the Darkness."
In Focus: "The Zygon Invasion"/"The Zygon Inversion"
One of the Twelfth Doctor's best speeches, if not the best, comes in the two-parter sequel to "The Day of the Doctor." Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman lead this continent-spanning story, featuring everyone's favorite UNIT fangirl Osgood and UNIT leader Kate Stewart. Is this the best of the Twelfth Doctor's era?
In their look into the TARDIS library, Phillip explores the first run of the Twelfth Doctor in Titan Comics, issues #1 thru 5.
An unusual episode for a talented actor - the Steven Moffat-written "Heaven Sent" sends the Twelfth Doctor to the ultimate escape room. But he is the only player. A Doctor in mourning for Clara, faced with a silent, deadly enemy, and a mystery to be solved with time - can this be called the best Twelfth Doctor episode?
In their look into the TARDIS library, the co-hosts look at two different Big Finish adventures, one with the War Doctor and the other with the Eighth Doctor and Charley.
Steven Moffat planned a few arcs, some that intertwined, for the Matt Smith era. Jessica and Phillip look at the arcs that fueled (or just mildly-flavored) the three series of the Eleventh Doctor. How effective was the crack in the wall? Did we all think the Doctor had really died? How gripping was the mystery of River Song's identity? And just who was The Impossible Girl?
In their look into the TARDIS library, the couple visit Matt Smith (and his plus one) in another role with the feature film "Pride+Prejudice+Zombies." How did Smith fare in the land of Austen and the living dead?