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With Moffat back writing for who and RTD as showrunner does it feel like 2005 all over again? Well, maybe? We discuss the latest Doctor Who episode, Boom, complete with the requisite fatherly love, casting surprises, LED scenery, returning vicars, twist speculation, and a dose of handwavium to resolve this tight, immersive bottle episode. Opening M…
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Doctor Who, aka Ncuti Gatwa, is off in space and time with Ruby, his new traveling companion. So what does Russell T Davies have in store for a new generation of Who fans, and what do two old Who fan podcasters make of all of it? Opening Music is "My Dog Fred" by Murray Gold. Closing music is "Scream & Shout" by will.i.am and featuring Britney Spea…
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Kicking off this pod, Ben recounts his visit to Gunnerysbury Museum to see "Set to Stun: Designing and Filming Sci-Fi in West London". Then we watch and discuss the two teaser trailers put out by the BBC in anticipation of Ncuti Gatwa's first season of Doctor Who with our usual spoiler-free rampant speculation, wild theories, spotting of the pre-ti…
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Ben is in England where he had the opportunity to visit the "Adventures in Time and Space - 60 Years of Doctor Who Art" exhibition at the Weston Museum in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. This impressive collection spans the show's history and features original art from novelisations, VHS covers, annuals, and other visual treasures, including works fro…
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Ben chats with Lena Barkin and Jess Jurkovic about the upcoming GallifreyOne convention this week in Los Angeles. Lena recently contributed to Adventures Across Space and Time: A Doctor Who Reader a chapter about fandom and Tumblr and will be presenting and signing autographs, plus celebrating Blake's 7. Jess wrapped up the second season of his Dud…
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We wrap our mini-series looking at production design in Doctor Who with our own top-five design picks from stories broadcast from 2011 through to 2020. Listen in to hear which stories design work overseen by Michael Pickwoad, Arwel Wyn Jones, or Dafydd Shurmer will make our cut and why we picked them. Opening music is "Up the Shard" and closing mus…
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We discuss The Church on Ruby Road, Ncuti Gatwa's first solo-starring story as the Doctor. It was great watching Doctor Who once again on Christmas Day and think it was a fun story with a strong cast. We also like the science-fantasy direction that RTD appears to be taking with this first series and think Disney's input has been so far positive. Be…
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We discuss The Giggle, the closing chapter of Doctor Who's 60th anniversary specials. High marks for Neil Patrick Harris as the Toymaker who nearly stole every scene he was in until the arrival of Ncuti Gatwa as the bi-generated Doctor. But, thumbs down on the Vlinx, and thought Mr. Smith, Mel Bush, or even BOSS would have been a better narrative c…
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We discuss Wild Blue Yonder, the middle story of the 60th anniversary specials of Doctor Who and share our thoughts on Russell T Davies latest adventure for the Doctor and Donna Noble. Ben relays Paul Scoones' suggestion that the ship's captain may have been a nod to the Equinans, from "The Wreckers!", a 1975 Who story in The TV Comic. David notes …
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We discuss The Star Beast, the 60th anniversary special of Doctor Who and share our thoughts on Russell T Davies' retelling and updating of this classic weekly comic serial from 1980. Opening and closing music is from this episode's incidental music composed by Murray Gold. We recorded this episode on 27 November 2023.…
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Our discussion of set design continues with a conversation about the designs overseen by Edward Thomas, who was Production Designer for most of Series 1 through Series 5 of Doctor Who. How television was made changed in significant ways since the McCoy Doctor and Ace left our screens. With the debut of 'new Who', an executive level position, the ar…
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We engage in a counterfactual discussion, speculating about what would have happened to Doctor Who if Russell T Davies had not been charged with bringing back the series to BBC1 in late 2003. We discuss what was happening with Who in 2003 — "The Scream of the Shalka" — and wonder what would have happened next. Would Who have returned to BBC1 later …
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We first chat about the 60th anniversary trailer and then continue on with our discussion of top sets and their designers with a look at 1980s Doctor Who. What share which stories make our respective top five lists and why, and then explore why we overlap in selections in this decade than in any prior era of the show. Opening music is from "The War…
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We wrap up our conversation about the Doctor Who Magazine readership story rankings with our assessment of how the Tennant, Smith, Capaldi, and Whittaker stories lined up. We comment on how fandom seems to be coalescing upon a consensus of what is the best (and worse) of the modern Doctors Who's stories. There are a few stories that we feel should …
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We talk about "Ncuti Gatwa on Doctor Who", the August/September 2023 RollingStone UK article. We try to tease out what sort of Doctor will Gatwa be and chat about what we hope his time in the TARDIS will be like. Opening and closing music is excerpts from the 1966 song of The Kinks, "Dedicated Follower of Fashion", written by Ray Davies. We recorde…
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The Metebelis Two's lazy summer look at Doctor Who sets and their designers continues into the 1970s with a top five discussion. What five sets will David choose, and will that throw Ben off his carefully balanced selections spread between designers and Doctors Who? Why are multi-level sets so great? Why is, like monsters, the color of sets green m…
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Ben and David continue their look at the Doctor Who monthly rankings by discussing the results of the 1980s Doctors, plus the Chris Eccleston stories. We theorize to why there is so little movement in the rankings over the years and lament the voting preferences of the DWM readership. The music for this episode is from The Mark of the Rani, compose…
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The designers of 1960s Doctor Who contended with small budgets and even smaller studios to create the places and alien worlds that Doctor Who and his travelling companions visited. What are our top set designs of the b&w era? Why do we think they're great? And, who designed them? Opening music is "Dalek City Corridor" created by Brian Hodgson of th…
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In this podcast, Ben shares his experience in Bristol at the Lawless Comic Con from earlier in the month, and then answers David's question about what his idea would be for a new Doctor Who exhibition. Ben gives a brief summation of his Who exhibition experiences and pitches a Magical Who Story Tour from London, across the south England, to Cardiff…
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Ben and David continue their look at the Doctor Who Monthly readership rankings with a chat about where the Troughton, Pertwee, and Tom Baker stories stacked up. We share our theories, such as the Web Planet Effect, to why the stories ranked in the order that they did and discuss on which stories do we think are underrated, overrated, and correctly…
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RTD has revived the Doctor Who hype machine and Ben and David have been lapping it up. They enthuse over the many costume reveals for Ncuti Gatwa's Doctor and other members of the cast. Ben, who has been in England this past month, liked the Doctor Who trailer that dropped before EuroVision this year on BBC and is picking up a palpable buzz about t…
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Ben presents to David a crash course in UK comics and all things related to The Star Beast, the 1980s comic serial that started Doctor Who Weekly #19, which was written by Pat Mills and John Wagner, and drawn by Dave Gibbons — all legends of UK comics. Toss in a dash of speculation of how RTD will bring Beep the Meep and the Wrarth Warriors to our …
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Discussion of a possible UNIT spin off and then broaden our discussion to what can make a Doctor Who spin off successful and brainstorm spin-off ideas to pitch to RTD — from live action Paul McGann Doctor Who to steam punk Who to animated further adventures starring the Hartnell, Troughton, or Pertwee Doctors Who. What made the Sarah Jane Adventure…
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Ben is joined by writer Lena Barkin and pianist Jess Jurkovic to chat about their experiences at the 2023 Gallifrey One convention. Opening music is "Summons to Gallifrey" composed by Paddy Kingsland and closing music is "Jelly Babies" composed by Dudley Simpson. We recorded this episode on 27 February 2023.…
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A bonus episode! Ben's report from the first day of Gallifrey One 33 in Los Angeles and how impressive Tim Dane Reid's presentation of his behind-the-scenes account of portraying many of the monsters in Doctor Who. Opening music is from The Claws of Axos and closing music is from Fuldans by Fulkultur. We recorded this episode on 17 Feb 2023.…
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A double feature in this podcast. First up, Ben gives his report from the Worlds of Wonder Doctor Who exhibit currently running at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Next David is joined by John (elvwood) and Peter (forpetessake), two quiz masters on the Games of Rassilon subforum on Gallifrey Base Doctor Who forum, where they discuss fo…
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We are joined in this podcast by writer Lena Barkin and pianist Jess Jurkovic to chat about the upcoming Gallifrey One 33 convention to be held in February in Los Angeles. Ben, Lena, and Jess will all be panelists. Lena will present "Want You or Want to Be You: Companion Relationships in New and Classic Who" as part of the Tardis Talks Academic Sym…
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The Abominable Snowmen Doctor Who animation is the centerpiece of this episode's discussion that ranges from the recent animation choices made by Gary Russell and Digitoonz to the original story by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln. Together they make a complex juxtaposition of early 2020s progressive sensibilities and late 1960s reactionism. What w…
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We are trapped in a time loop in an "elf" storage in Manchester this podcast and are back on New Years Day 2022 to discuss the holiday special, Eve of the Daleks. David likes how Chris Chibnall writes his Dalek specials, but wonders why Nick was written to be so creepy. The name "Nick" certainly must have been a production team joke. Ben wonders wh…
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'Tis the time of giving gifts and Sutekh Claus has a sleighful of presents for Doctor Who fans! Ben and David exchange twelve things they're thankful for in the world of Doctor Who and its fandom. Opening music is a mash-up of Bernard Archer's Marcus Scarman and Bing Crosby's White Christmas. Closing music is from Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody". We…
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Can the show Doctor Who work without Doctor Who? In this episode, David suggests that Doctor Who is not required and that the real only constant needed for the series is the TARDIS and a crew. Ben entertains this thesis and we discuss what such a show would be like and how it could work and its limitations. We ask if the show has evolved to such a …
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Jodie Whittaker's final episode tears the lid off the Doctor's companion's life after leaving the TARDIS. Ben and David discuss the former companions banding together to support one another and pitch ideas for an expanded Whoniverse series. We share our reactions to seeing former Doctors Who again and what we think of the return of David Tennant to…
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We talk about The Flux in one marathon podcast. What worked for us, what didn't capture our imagination, and what we would have done differently; including conversation about Sontarans, Weeping Angels, the teeth of Dan Lewis, understanding Scouse, Ben's dislike of dogs, Thasmin, and not letting Jo Martin have more screen time. Opening and closing m…
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After a month's hiatus due to travels and Ben's bout with COVID, we're back talking about Jodie Whittaker headlining the GaliffreyOne convention next year and a look at her finale trailer. What are Tegan and Ace up to? Is the Master using his CTE on the Doctor's friends? Is that the UNIT logo or an upside down Death Star? Much speculation about wha…
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In a wide-ranging discussion, Ben and David talk about the use of colo(u)r in Doctor Who and elsewhere in television and film. We also reflect on our own experiences watching black and white Doctor Who episodes on television and VHS. We also debate whether or not 1960s stories should be officially colourised. Opening music is "Technicolour Dreams" …
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To mark the sad passing of Bernard Cribbins, we journey back to 1966 to look at his first role associated with Doctor Who, which was PC Tom Campbell in Daleks' Invasion of Earth 2150 A.D. Ben reflects how Cribbins and Ray Brooks, who played David, were the voices of his childhood. Cribbins voiced all of the Wombles and Brooks narrated the Mr Benn a…
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The Metebelis Two are excited to welcome Brian Jacob and Jess Jurkovic back to the podcast for a discussion about the return of Russell T Davis as showrunner and Ncuti Gatwa as Doctor Who. We share our thoughts and concerns about RTD's second chance and wonder what 2023 will bring for our favorite Time Lord. (Also, to help support season two of the…
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It's the summer lull! So what better time to persuade their respective better halfs to sit down with them to watch the 1965 movie adaptation of the first Dalek adventure known by all as Dr. Who and the Daleks, starring Peter Cushing as the inventor, Dr. Who. Along with his granddaughters Susie Who, played by Roberta Tovey, and Barbara Who, played b…
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Father's Day! To mark our sixth anniversary of podcasting, we discuss fathers in Doctor Who. We talk about the fathers in the show who made the most memorable appearances for us. We ask what is the role of dads in Who throughout the show's history? Can Davros be considered as a father and was he a good dad? We briefly note that some fathers on scre…
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Eighteen months have passed since Revolution of the Daleks was first broadcast. Has Ben's opinion of it changed over time? Having just watch the story for the first time, David could relate with the Doctor when she felt "mostly angry" about the Timeless Children. We say hello again to Jack Robertson and say our goodbyes to Ryan and Graham. Mostly w…
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The floodgates of Doctor Who recording news were opened with the casting announcement of Jasmin Finney as Rose mk 2 and the return of David Tennant as the Doctor and Katherine Tate as Donna. We speculate about what changes RTD has in store for the viewers and lament the end of the Whittaker era and the overall lack of buzz during the Chibnall era. …
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Fresh off Beltane, we discuss stories with the occult in Doctor Who. After a brief background of the folk horror in British cinema, we dive into The Dæmons and other stories looking for common themes and tropes that are used in Who. Opening and closing music is of the Morris dancers from The Dæmons soundtrack. We recorded this episode on 8 May 2022…
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Returning monsters are a hallmark of Doctor Who from Sea Devils to Daleks, we look at the second act of popular monsters of the classic era. We talk about which monster return worked and how to villains and monsters intersect. And, speculate on some missed opportunies of monsters that had one-and-done outtings. Opening music is "We're Doing a Seque…
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Ben, having recently installed an art exhibit at Balmoral Castle, has been pondering the great impact that Scotland and the Scots have made on Doctor Who. David was surprised to learn that the Brigadier wasn't always Scottish and it was director Douglas Camfield that gave Col. Lethbridge his hyphenated surname Stewart. Jamie McCrimmon, Amy Pond, an…
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Yeti menacing the London underground — one of the most iconic images of Doctor Who in the 1960s; and we discuss The Web of Fear in this podcast. Ben recalls how the Target cover by Chris Achilleos for The Abominable Snowmen with its yeti with a hint of fang helped confuse him when he first saw the mark 2 version. David fell in love with this story …
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After recording 199 podcasts together, do Ben and David know each other well enough to correctly pick which stories are on one another's top ten list of Doctor Who stories? Let's hope so! Opening music is is "Strangers When We Meet" by The Smithereens and closing music is from "Space Time Music, part 1" composed by Wilfred Josephs. We recorded this…
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Ben is joined this episode by two very special guests, Lena Barkin and Jess Jurkovic, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of LobbyCon during the waning hours of 32nd Gallifrey One! Everyone is in a jovial mood and celebrating with friends the conclusion of another great Doctor Who convention. The video of Lena's pitch for the 60th anniversary sp…
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Ben reports in live from Day 2 of the 32nd Gallifrey One convention in the City of Weeping Angels. Ben talks about the Kaffeeklatsch with Matthew Sweet, the British broadcaster and journalist, Big Finish news, what and when to expect with The Abominable Snowmen animation, seeing Jo Martin, Mandeep Gill, and Sacha Dhawan in a crowded Hall A, and how…
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