Doctor Who: The Writers' Room (doctor who)

As our podcast begins to wind down (still have like a year, people, calm down a bit), we're forced to look at things that don't really have much correlation other than placement. As such, Erik and Kyle are spending this month talking about the beginning of the JNT and Christopher H. Bidmead era with our good friend David Fisher's "The Leisure Hive," and one-timers Andrew McCullough and John Flanagan's "Meglos." Hooo boy, thems sure are stories that exist.

Direct download: Episode_48_-_The_80s_Begin.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 8:43pm EDT

Episode 47 - David Fisher (in the '70s)

Hello and happy February, friends and listening public! This month, Erik and Kyle are in the same room (that's how you know it's Gallifrey One time) to discuss the three stories written in the '70s by David Fisher, who joined in season 16. His two Key to Time stories--"The Stones of Blood" and "The Androids of Tara"--are pretty roundly beloved, but his season 17 story, "The Creature from the Pit," is derided almost categorically. Is this fair? Is he to blame or laud for these stories? We get down on it!

Direct download: Episode_47_-_David_Fisher.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Episode 46 - Terry Nation, No Daleks

We haven't talked about this writer in a while, but it's almost hard to talk about Doctor Who without him -- Terry Nation, the inventor and most prolific writer of the Daleks. We've done all of those, of course, but he also wrote two stories with no Daleks in them whatsoever: from season 1, "The Keys of Marinus," and from season 13, "The Android Invasion." Nation fell into certain traps and narrative tricks when he wrote Daleks; did the same happen without the trundling war machines? Kyle and Erik find out!

Direct download: Episode_46_-_Terry_Nation_No_Daleks.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Episode 45 - The Dalek Movies

Happy end of the year, friends! As we draw the putrid cesspool that was 2016 to a close, Erik and Kyle thought they'd give you a fun(?) treat by talking about the two Dalek movies made in the mid-60s by Amicus Productions and starring the incomparable Peter Cushing. Interesting it will be to see how the same stories from the TV show are changed/truncated for the purposes of being very swiftly made, less-than-90-minute family movies. Enjoy!

Direct download: Episode_45_-_The_Dalek_Movies.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 12:18am EDT

Episode 44 - Bob Baker & Dave Martin Part 3

We did it! Even as the country from which we hail goes to hell in a handbasket, we've managed to watch the final stories written by the Bristol Boys, aka Bob Baker and Dave Martin. Those three are "Underworld," "The Armageddon Factor," and the Bob Baker solo effort, "Nightmare of Eden." These writers have been a baffler thus far; how will we rate these three stories?

Direct download: Bristol_3.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 11:02pm EDT

Episode 43 - The Bristol Boys part 2

Oh....good. Erik and Kyle are back for the second part of their look at the so-called Bristol Boys, Bob Baker & Dave Martin. This time out, without the deft script editing hand of Terrance Dicks, we're left with off-the-wall stories "The Sontaran Experiment," "The Hand of Fear," and "The Invisible Enemy." Oh... oh gosh.

Direct download: Episode_43_-_The_Bristol_Boys_Part_2.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 8:39pm EDT

Episode 42 - Bob Baker & Dave Martin Pt 1

Another series of episodes all surrounding the same writers! We love those! This month begins Kyle and Erik's foray into the many scripts by Bob Baker and Dave Martin, affectionately referred to as "The Bristol Boys." This time it's the three they did during the Pertwee years -- "The Claws of Axos," "The Mutants," and "The Three Doctors." You won't believe which the fellas think is the best. Or maybe you will; you've probably been listening long enough to guess.

Direct download: Episode_42_-_The_Bristol_Boys_Pt_1.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Episode 41 - Pip & Jane Baker

In the annals of Doctor Who, few writers' names are met with as much derision as those of Pip & Jane Baker, the husband and wife writing team who gave us three full serials plus an episode as needed during seasons 22, 23, and 24. Are these stories bad because of the writing? Are these stories bad at all? It's something Kyle and Erik will discuss, because if there's one these those boys love, it's evaluating hated writers to see if it's fair. (spoiler answer: maybe!)

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

Episode 40 - Troughton One-Offs

Hello, one and all! Kyle and Erik are back to discuss more and more Doctor Who!! This month, we're doing some bits and bobs from the Patrick Troughton years, focusing on three stories by three different writers who only wrote one story for the show. First up is Elwyn Jones (with Gerry Davis) who wrote "The Highlanders," the story that introduced Jamie McCrimmond. Next is everybody's favorite oddity, "The Underwater Menace" written by Geoffrey Orme. And finally, "Fury from the Deep" which said goodbye to Victoria Waterfield, written by Victor Pemberton. Enjoy!

Direct download: Episode_40_-_Troughton_One-Offs.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 1:14pm EDT

SPECIAL - Interview with Third Doctor comics writer Paul Cornell

Hello friends! We're a little late on the podcast front this month, so to tide you over, Kyle has interviewed friend of the show and writer extraordinaire Paul Cornell about his upcoming Third Doctor miniseries for Titan Comics. It's a great chat for anybody who loves the '70s Doctor Who era as much as Kyle does, but also should probably reevaluate some of the choices... because sexism. Enjoy! And we'll be back soon!

Direct download: DWTWR_-_Paul_Cornell_Titan_Comics_Interview.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 8:24pm EDT