Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Episode 66: An Unearthly Child

Siskoid, Joe Dredd, and Ashford discuss Straight Outta Gallifrey's first episode about the Doctor's granddaughter, Susan.  This first serial where we see Susan attending Coal Hill High School in 1963 London is quite fascinating.  Two concerned teachers, Barbara and Ian, investigate Susan, who is "ahead of her time" in some areas of study, and totally off in others, follow her home to a junkyard.  Quite stunned by the fact that she enters a police box, they are accosted by the Doctor.  And this is when our adventure begins.

Waris Hussein did a superlative job of directing this new challenge of television, inserting flashbacks and all.  The mysterious figure, known only as the Doctor, played by William Hartnell, really came across as a Mad Man. As a kid, I don't know how long it would have taken me to trust him.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Episode 65: Doctor Who The Movie

In 1996, Fox/Universal and the BBC, along with other affiliates and power hand shakers tried to bring Doctor Who out of the wilderness.  Siskoid, Joe Dredd, and Ashford discuss the flaws and highlights of this failure to launch, but it launch  But no matter what you may think of this movie, at least we got the lovely Paul McGann.  Isn't life grand?

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Episode 64: Survival

The final episode of series 26 broached many interesting ideas by Rona Munro, who later returns to Doctor Who in 2017's story, the Eaters of Light.  Both stories play around with ideas about bravery, divides among cultures, traditions, languages, species, etc.  Ace returns to her hometown, and it is not a hero's welcome.  

"If we live like animals, we die like animals!" the Doctor shouts.  The final act of the Cold War is the backdrop for the viewer's real life.  Imagine, many people think this is a weak story to go out on, but actually, the story question's toxic masculinity, challenges the viewer with the idea that sometimes it takes more strength not to fight, and what defines the progression of a people.  I don't know about you, but the Doctor stating: Somewhere there is injustice, somewhere there is Tyranny, and somewhere else, the tea is getting cold.  C'mon Ace, we have work to do.  Sorry for paraphrasing.  Too lazy to look up the quote.  But if that is not Doctor Who, then I will just be wrong about the matter.


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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Twice Upon of Time: Episode 63

Twice Upon of Time is more than just a swan song, but this is a true testament of the Moffat era.  Timey Wimeyness, Poignant Moments, the universe in peril, but with limited extras are all here.  Siskoid of the Siskoid Blog of Geekery, and Darrin and Ruth of the RAD Adventures Network are here to talk about this Christmas special, which is actually the finale of a 3 part story.  





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Friday, December 22, 2017

Episode 2: Remembrance of the Daleks

Remembrance of the Daleks is an excuse to cover Ace.  Ace!  Actually, we are covering this serial, for there is Time Lord Lore in here that is getting augmented, reformed, and celebrated for the Silver anniversary season.  Yes, the Doctor and Ace land in London, November 23, 1963.  And this return to old is not met with rose colored lenses.  Oh no.  A closer look at racial purity, biases, and bigotry are explored as well, making this opening to the season hit with such a bang.  And I am not just talking about the baptized bat that Ace takes to the Daleks.  Gordon Bennett!!!  

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Episode 61: Time and The Rani

The Rani returns in Time and The Rani.  A regeneration story that ushers in Sylvester McCoy as the 7th incarnation as the Doctor.  Siskoid and Ashford discuss this story, flaws and all.  We both agree that this one deserves a second look.  Anyone that "hate" on this story should revisit the serial.  I mean, c'mon.  Kate O'Mara alone is worth the watch.  The Rani, an amoral, scientist Time Lady, brings her A-Game in every performance.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Bonus Episode: The Curse of the Fatal Death

Siskoid and Ashford discuss The Curse of the Fatal Death to recognize the 2nd Anniversary of Straight Outta Gallifrey.   

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