It's time to spotlight the Matt Smith era of "Doctor Who" - for this first installment, Jessica and Phillip compare Smith's first and last outings as the Eleventh Doctor. "The Eleventh Hour" and "The Time of the Doctor," both written by then-showrunner Steven Moffat, introduce and send off his incarnation of the wacky, but powerful, Time Lord. How did the character change? How was he constant? What paid off and what didn't?
In their look into the TARDIS library, the couple are joined by Constance Gibbs, co-host of the "Who Watch: Time and Relative Blackness in Space" podcast, who interviewed Christopher Eccleston at the 2019 New York Comic Con. She talks about the talk, from how she got the gig, prepping for the interview, and making news with her questions. (NYCC interview link)
As they close their month-long celebration of the Tennant era of "Doctor Who," Jessica and Phillip take turns ranking their favorite companions, stories, and specials. Are they a Rose, Martha, or Donna? Which episode was the best to close a series? How do the specials line up with the more episodic series? Join us and let us know your favorite from the time of the Tenth Doctor.
For their look into the TARDIS library, the couple re-visit the Whovian special episode of "The Weakest Link," starring several actors from series two. Who ends up winning?
New Doctor Who fan, Charlynn Schmiedt, joins the show again to share her reactions to watching the series for the first time. This time she has completed series 2, the Tenth Doctor's first full season, and she has questions! Why did Rose leave? Why don't people love "Love & Monsters"? When will Rose return? Char is ready to bring on series 3, as well as try out some of the spinoff series.
In their look into the TARDIS library, the couple examine "Blackpool," the 2004 series starring the Davids - Morrissey and Tennant. How crazy is a pop song lip synch crime drama?
The Doctor's love life has always been somewhat controversial - does the Doctor actually want romance? Should there be romance with the Doctor? Fans will continue to debate. But the Tenth Doctor certainly had his share of love interests - whether it was reciprocated or not. Do you have a favorite Tenth Doctor romance? Or should there be no snogging in Doctor Who?
In their look into the TARDIS library, Jessica and Phillip discusses the Doctor Who Confidential episodes covering the Tenth Doctor'
The Richard E. Grant Ninth Doctor entered the world of the animation with "Scream of the Shalka." The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) continued that tradition with two animated stories - "The Infinite Quest" and "Dreamland." These two entries in the "Doctor Who" franchise look quite different from each other, but still provide an interesting look into an alternate approach in making new Doctor stories. Jessica and Phillip watch these two episodes for the first time in celebration of David Tennant month.
In their look into the TARDIS library, the couple review Russell T. Davies' series "Casanova," starring a pre-Doctor Who David Tennant. This is the show that seems to have led to the casting of Tennant as the Doctor - and there are quite a few familiar things about it for Whovians.
The Eccleston Era of Doctor Who gave us many things - but not a Christmas special. Jessica and Phillip write on the spot what a Ninth Doctor Christmas special would look like, featuring Rose, Captain Jack, and some new special friends on an Arthurian adventure. The trio land in Avalon, but Rose finds herself spending the Winter Solstice with Morgan le Fey whilst the Doctor and Jack enter Camelot.
Both Arthur and Morgan find themselves chasing a mysterious treasure that has been foretold - whoever gets there first may have the power to change the world! Will Doctor as Merlin tip the balance of power in King Authur's direction? Or will Rose lead Morgan's acolytes into finding the treasure first? With Captain Jack working his way around the Knights of the Round Table, the treasure may turn out to be something that unites the two factions ... as only a Christmas present can.
Let us know what you think of this unique Doctor Who story. Lastly, in their look into the TARDIS library, the couple review the War Doctor's first appearance in Big Finish.
Jessica and Phillip each pick an episode of the Christopher Eccleston era for special discussion - "The Empty Child" and "Boom Town," respectively. Why are these two episodes considered stand out by the co-hosts? What do they show about the Ninth Doctor's character and his companions? And how does Eccleston shine in these roles?
In their look into the TARDIS library, the couple examine the 1998 movie "Elizabeth," co-starring Christopher Eccleston as the antagonistic Duke of Norfolk.
Richard E. Grant's Ninth Doctor and "Scream of the Shalka"
We all know the Ninth Doctor first appeared in 2005, with Christopher Eccleston bringing back "Doctor Who" in his leather jacket, waving around his sonic screwdriver. But he was not the first Ninth Doctor. An enterprising group of Whovians inside BBC were desperate to find a way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Doctor Who" in 2003. With no news of anything happening, they decided to bring back the program in the form of an animated webcast, with a new Doctor, new companions, and a ... robot Master?
Phillip and Jessica look at the BBCi production of "Scream of the Shalka," with Richard E. Grant as the Ninth Doctor. Some other once and future "Who" stars make their first appearance in this six-episode story, including a certain Scottish Whovian who would eventually star in the TV series. Would you be interested in more stories featuring Grant's Doctor? Or is this series of webisodes better left as alternate "Who" history?
In their look into the TARDIS library, the couple dive into Richard E. Grant's filmography with a feature on "A Royal Scandal," a 1996 docudrama about the Prince of Wales' disastrous marriage to Caroline of Brunswick. What is your favorite Grant role?
Each incarnation of the Doctor is unique - but the McGann era of "Doctor Who" is something of its own temporal paradox. The Eighth Doctor appears solely on television with the Doctor Who TV Movie (and, of course, his death and regeneration in "Night of the Doctor"). Yet his story lasts the longest in books, audio adventures, and comics.
Richard Carrier joins Jessica and Phillip to talk about the era of when "Doctor Who" was off of television, what the Eighth Doctor means to him, and how new fans can tackle the "non-TV" adventures of the Doctor. Watch Richard's latest video on the Wilderness Years here.
In their look into the TARDIS library, Jessica and Phillip look at the Tenth Doctor's final adventure in "The End of Time." How does David Tennant (and showrunner Russell T Davies) close this chapter of Who?
The characters of Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax were first introduced in the Eleventh Doctor episode "A Good Man Goes to War," but that was just the beginning for this memorable trio. Jessica and Phillip talk about their favorite Victorian era gang, from what makes each character special to how they performed in their first Big Finish box set "Heritage 1." What's your favorite Paternoster moment?
In their look into the TARDIS library, the couple review the Eighth Doctor Big Finish episode "The Chimes of Midnight." What more did they learn about the paradox of Charley?