Series Seven of Doctor Who has come and gone, and Whovians worldwide must now make due until the golden Who-bilee in November. To cope with our now empty Saturday Evening slot Derek, Eric, and Beverly have invited Luke Harrison of The Minute Doctor Who Podcast and returning special guest Kate Kulzick of the Televerse to review last weekend’s finale “The Name of the Doctor” as well to share some of our thoughts on the series that was.
After his first and much beloved 2011 episode, “The Doctor’s Wife”, writer Neil Gaiman’s return to Doctor Whohas been much anticipated. Inspired by challenge from Steven Moffat himself to make the Cybermen “scary again”, his latest opus titled “Nightmare in Silver” faced nearly impossible expectations amongst Whovians. So, did “Silver” shine? This week the gang is joined by Special guest the Examiner’s house Whovian, Heather Maloney of the Geekport Podcast as we talk about the season’s penultimate adventure, as well and our hopes and fears for next week’s finale.
This week on the podcast, we’re back to more balanced split of television, between comedy, genre, and drama. First we break down the week in comedy, focusing on Bob’s Burgers and Veep, then genre, focusing on Orphan Black and Doctor Who, then reality, and finally drama, particularly Mad Men and The Americans. Then we spotlight the season finale of The Good Wife, “What’s in the Box?”, before welcoming SoS contributor Kate Rennebohm to the DVD Shelf to take a look at the black sheep of the Joss Whedon TV family, Dollhouse.
Good morning, good evening and good day, whenever YOU are n in Time/Space this is the official Doctor Who Podcast for Sound on Sight Dot Org, Welcome. Writer Neil Cross’s first outing two weeks ago “The Rings of Akhaten” has proven to be a truly divisive episode amongst Whovians, so the question on everyone’s mind was what the newly minted Who scribe had in store for us as he took us all on a Haunted House ride. Join Derek Gladu, Eric Mendoza, Beverly Brown and special guests Chris and Paul from The Pharos Project as we review “Hide”.
It’s been a great week for Cold War enthusiasts, and the latest episode of Doctor Who, plugs into the zeitgeist to tell a good old fashioned submarine under siege story featuring the return of The Ice Warriors. So was this week’s outing all wet? Tune in dear listeners and find out if Derek Gladu, Beverly Brown and special guest Neil Perryman of the Adventures with the Wife in Space warmed up to ‘The Cold War’.
This week, on Doctor Who: The Doctor and Clara miss Vegas, the TARDIS abandons ship, and a familiar face reappears
“Cold War” sees the return of Classic Who villains (and occasional allies) the Ice Warriors in a less memorable, though less flawed, episode than last week’s adventure on Akhaten. The setup is very familiar- a scientist has unearthed something in the ice he perhaps shouldn’t have and it’s loose in a contained location, hunting down a crew one by one. It’s not the most creative basis for an episode of Doctor Who, but the show can and has done a lot with even less in the past. With such a pared down story, there’s plenty of time to develop characters and successful episodes in this vein are often carried by at least one particularly strong performance. Unfortunately, though there are some nice moments, the hour winds up being mostly forgettable, with little to nitpick but little to write home about as well.
Last week, Doctor Who came back from its midseason hiatus with a fun, but frustrating, episode introducing the audience to the third incarnation of season 7.5 Companion, Clara “Oswin” Oswald. By the end of the episode, Clara was not yet a Companion, officially, but that is quickly resolved this week, with Clara joining the Doctor for an adventure to see “something awesome”, the one-in-1000-years Festival of Offerings on the rings of Akhaten. While this episode is a clear step up from the midseason premiere, there are still plenty of problems making this, disappointingly, one hell of a fridge episode. Alfred Hitchcock coined the term, referring to those internal inconsistencies or plot holes that may not be glaring when first watching a film, but occur to viewers later, when they go to the fridge for a late-night snack. “The Rings of Akhaten” is full of these.
Spring is in the air, and our favorite Timelord is back with the arrival of second half of Series Seven of Doctor Who! We’ll be talking about the midseason opener, nitpicking TARDIS designs, kvetching about new theme music, as well as doing a little prognosticating on where we think this is all going. So join Derek Gladu, Eric Mendoza, and Beverly Brown as we ring in The Doctor’s return with the “Bells of St. John”.
This week, on Doctor Who: The Doctor meets Clara Mark 3 (Mark 2? It’s very timey-wimey), Wi-Fi is evil, and the Doctor invents the quadricycle
Steven Moffat has proved himself to be an excellent writer able to craft incredibly entertaining television that expertly balances humor and horror, switching deftly between the two to memorable effect. He’s given us some of Doctor Who’s most creatively terrifying villains and interesting heroes and pushed the series to explore its options in the fourth dimension more than any showrunner previous. A lifelong fan of the series, he has a reverence for the Universe of the show that welcomes fans of the classic series but the confidence to break with tradition when necessary to keep the series ever evolving and fresh. However the midseason premiere, as entertaining as it is, seems to indicate that perhaps the ever-inventive Moffat is running out of ideas.