Doctor Who: The Writers' Room

The end is the beginning is the end! When we started our journey through the first 26 years of Doctor Who via the writers and the stories they wrote, we tried to start big, by tackling the stories written by '80s script editor Eric Saward, and in doing so, we bit off more than we could chew.

So, to wind down The Writers Room mark 1, we're going back and doing Saward in two goes rather than just one. This month, it's "The Visitation," "Earthshock," and "Attack of the Cybermen." Do we think the same things we thought back in 2013? How would we know?

Direct download: Episode_66_-_Saward_Revisitation_1.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

Whoa. We did it, everyone. With this month's episode, we conclude our quest to discuss the first 26 years of Doctor Who via the writers and the stories they wrote. We're finishing the initial run with a bang, by talking about David Whitaker's two Dalek stories--"The Power of the Daleks" and "The Evil of the Daleks." Both are hailed as lost classics, and for good reason. Erik and Kyle break down all things obedience and extermination.

Direct download: Episode_65_-_Whitaker_3.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Whoa. We did it, everyone. With this month's episode, we conclude our quest to discuss the first 26 years of Doctor Who via the writers and the stories they wrote. We're finishing the initial run with a bang, by talking about David Whitaker's two Dalek stories--"The Power of the Daleks" and "The Evil of the Daleks." Both are hailed as lost classics, and for good reason. Erik and Kyle break down all things obedience and extermination.

Direct download: Episode_65_-_Whitaker_3.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

This month, Erik and Kyle continue their discussion of the Doctor Who writing of David Whittaker with a story that was almost totally missing up until five years ago, and now it's fully back and available to watch in all its glory, "The Enemy of the World," one of the most atypical stories of the entire 1960s, and certainly of the Second Doctor's era. Erik had never listened to or watched this story until now; was it worth the wait?

Direct download: Episode_64_-_The_Enemy_of_the_World.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

It's nearly the end, but the moment has been prepared for. Except we're not talking about "Logopolis" in the least. It's our very final writer to cover from Doctor Who's classic series, David Whitaker, and incredibly important figure in the series' history and one that gave us many intriguing concepts.

In this first of three episodes, Kyle and Erik are talking about the three stories Whitaker wrote for the William Hartnell Doctor: "Edge of Destruction", "The Rescue", and "The Crusade." 

Direct download: Episode_63_-_Whitaker_1.mp3
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Can it be?! Kyle and Erik are talking about episodes of Doctor Who from after 2005?! Yes indeed! For nearly 6 years, the fellas have talked about episodes of the 1963-1989 seasons, but this month is different. Anna Lynch, the raffle winner from the #WhoAgainstGuns initiative, has chosen three new/modern Who episodes: "Partners in Crime," "The Doctor's Wife," and "Listen" and K & E get into things like fan wank, nostalgia, and companion story arcs.

Next month...it's the beginning of the end.

Direct download: Episode_62_-_New_Who.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Build high for happiness will prevail!

This month, the fellas close out the Seventh Doctor's era with three stories all about dystopian futures and seemingly nice but secretly upsetting societies. Sort of like Britain in the '80s, really.

We've got the two stories written by Stephen Wyatt ("Paradise Towers" and "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy") and the one story by Graeme Curry ("The Happiness Patrol"), all of which have a lot of ideas and themes and metaphors and allegories, but do they have stuff like plot and character and a story? We'll find out!

And next month...something very different.

Direct download: Episode_61_-_Stephen_Wyatt_and_Graeme_Curry.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

This month, 60 episodes in to their monthly journey into the writing and writers of Classic Doctor Who, Kyle and Erik are joined by and honest to good writer of Classic Doctor Who! Andrew Smith bravely sits with us to talk about his 1980 script, "Full Circle," the beginning of the E-Space trilogy and the story that introduced Adric. In addition, Andrew talks about how he was brought on board, and all the lovely Big Finish stories he's writing currently. (Dude writes a LOT.)

Also, Kyle, Erik, and Andrew have all been proud to take part in the #WhoAgainstGuns initiative which is raising money to help prevent gun violence. If you donate at least $10 before March 31, you'll get a truly fabulous 13-part, 40+ participant commentary to "The War Games." For information, click this link

Direct download: Episode_60_-_Andrew_Smith.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 1:54am EDT

Hi friends!

Erik and Kyle are pleased to join other Doctor Who podcasts, writers, and artists in the #WhoAgainstGuns movement to spread the message of peace and the call for ending gun violence in the U.S. and the rest of the world. We're happy to lend our voices to a special team-up commentary on a fan-favorite classic Doctor Who story, which can only be heard by donating $10.

 More information can be found here!

How to take part

Here’s what you have to do: make a donation of $10 or more to:

These organizations are U.S.-Based and focused on changing American laws and policy. They welcome international donations; however, if you live outside of the U.S. and want to make an equivalent donation to an organization in your own country here are some suggestions. (You may have others):

Once you’ve made your donation, send a copy of your receipt to gallifreystands@realitybombpodcast.com and you’ll get information on where to download your special commentary podcast later in March.

Direct download: WHO_AGAINST_GUNS_podcast_promo.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

This month, Kyle and Erik talk about the work of script editor Anthony Read, who wrote one story under the pseudonym David Agnew (that one being season 15's "The Invasion of Time") and one under his own name (that being season 17's "The Horns of Nimon"). We find the merits (or demerits) in both of these stories, and talk about mazes both TARDIS and mythical & Greek. 

Direct download: Episode_59_-_Anthony_Read.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

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