Jessica and Phillip continue their "classic Who" watch with Series 13, starring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen as the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith. This completes their second season with the Fourth Doctor - they talk about the differences between Pertwee and Baker, how Sarah Jane holds up as the "sole" companion of the series, and what the best stories were. They look at "Terror of the Zygons," "Planet of Evil," "Pyramids of Mars," "The Android Invasion," "The Brain of Morbius," and the globe-trotting "The Seeds of Doom." Which story is your favorite?
In their look into the TARDIS library, the couple speculates on what the new Series 13 will bring with the final journey of the Thirteenth Doctor and the departure of showrunner Chris Chibnall at the end of the run. What are you looking forward to in the remaining time of the Whittaker Era?
Richard Carrier - "The Chase," The Who Shop, Time Fracture & More!
We often talk about Clever Dick Films, the data (and humor) packed Doctor Who YouTube channel that analyzes the different eras of the program. It's past time to spend time with the face behind the channel - Richard Carrier. Richard recently went from behind the camera to in front of it with his recent appearance on "The Chase." He talks about his experience as a contestant with Who alum host Bradley Walsh, his visit to the London-based "The Who Shop," and his visit to the immersive experience "Doctor Who: Time Fracture." His adventures keep us in the spirit of time & space as we await the next series of new Who!
Our favorite Whovian actors have a wide filmography - so we look into one of our favorites, River Song herself, in a 1996 mini-series, "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders." Alex Kingston plays the titular role, based on the Daniel Defoe novel, as she seeks to be a "gentlewoman" in a society that pushes back against women. The four episodes span a wide assortment of romances and adventures (and children!) that leave their mark on Alex's performance. In our look into the TARDIS library, the couple examine the Academy Award-winning short film written and directed by the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, "Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life."
Television in 2020 was quite different, due to the pandemic. But there was one show that fully embraced the reality and ... made a comedy out of it. "Staged," starring the Tenth Doctor himself, David Tennant, and Michael Sheen, made the most of COVID restriction by embarking on six hilarious episodes in its first series. We talk about the characters/actors and how it worked.
In our look into the TARDIS library, we looked at a child of "Who", Sean Pertwee, and his appearance in the American show "Elementary."
When our new Whovian Char visits, that means it's time to review a whole series! Char just finished her introduction to the Matt Smith era with Series 5 - so she joins us to talk about her first impressions of the 11th Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and that darn crack in the wall. She also talks the Christmas special - and what she expects to see in Series 6.
Where does 11 now rank in her list of Doctors? What did she think of his introduction? How is the Moffatt era? We try not to spoil her about what's to come!
The audio adventures of Professor River Song continue with some temporal shenanigans and a devil of a villian. We look at the Series 4 entry of this Big Finish box set that finds River traveling with some new companions to save a "time-less" planet, face a time-bending race of baddies, and meeting up with a rather familiar face along the way ... maybe one of the old favorites?
In their look into the TARDIS library, they review the 2012 National Theatre production of "Antigone," featuring Christopher Eccleston and Jodie Whittaker in the leads roles of Creon and Antigone. How do these two Doctors fare in the world of ancient Greek theatre?
When showrunner Russell T. Davies announced he would be stepping down from the revived show, fans were further rocked when David Tennant later stated he would be leaving the TARDIS too. So what was left to do?
A series of specials that would take the Doctor to his next regeneration and end the Tennant Era. First-time "Who"-er Charlynn Schmiedt joins to share how she learned to say goodbye to 10. The trio also look at Clever Dick Films newest YouTube video exploring the Tennant era (link here).
Those Whovian actors pop up in other series all the time, but maybe the greatest collection can be found in the rare U.S. to U.K.-made television show, "Law & Order: UK." From American producer Dick Wolf, stories ripped from its American counterpart are acted out on the streets of London by "Doctor Who" companions "Law" actor Bradley Walsh and "Order" actress Freema Agyeman. We discuss series 1 and 2 (inexplicable labeled "season one" on the U.S. DVD) of this procedural show, its other Who connections, and how this American show works as a British legal drama.
First Time Who Watcher Charlynn Schmiedt once again joins to talk about her new experiences watching "old" Who. This time it's series four - which can be defined in a few ways; we discuss the episodes from "Partners in Crime" to "The Next Doctor" special. There's new(ish) companion Donna Noble, the re-appearances of Rose Tyler and Martha Jones, and an epic reunion of all companions and Dalek enemies at the end. What did Char think of the Tenth Doctor's final full series? Is she ready to say goodbye? And what did she think of Donna's exit from traveling on the TARDIS? Let us know your favorite episode from this series of Who.
Jessica and Phillip are joined by fellow Whovians Sue and Char to say goodbye to companions Ryan and Graham for the 2021 "Doctor Who" New Year's Special. The Daleks return, in a bit of a sequel to 2020's special, along with a previous Who villain and a fan favorite.
Did Captain Jack steal the show? Did the companion exit make sense? Where does this leave us for the next series? Let us know your thoughts and wishes for Who in 2021!