Like the ebb and flow of the tides, a new Doctor is regularly carried to our television shores. With him comes a number of changes: a new personality, new stories, even new companions, but perhaps most importantly, a new
title sequence outfit. This week we take a break from not making podcasts to examine Peter Capaldi’s wardrobe choices, and some of those other things I mentioned, probably.
If it’s your birthday, then you’re in luck, as our WhoTube from user ilovemymaiden will sing Happy Birthday to you “Doctor Who Style!” - http://youtu.be/qHU_bE9A8vo
At the Arrow of Time, we may have given Steven Moffat a bit of grief from time to time about his tenure as showrunner. Oh, who are we kidding… If there was a drinking game where you took a drink every time we said “Steven Moffat is a hack,” we’d be responsible for many a hangover! In light of recent events, we think that we may have been unfair to Moffat. Spoilers: we have concluded that a number of his recent episodes are in fact quite good, so this week we pay credit where it is due.
Also in the episode, we said we’d link to this Nerdcubed episode where Moffat says some things about future episodes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeCM7LiThEs
And we have a doozie of a WhoTube episode called “Doctor Who: Every Story 1963-2013,” a 50th Anniversary update from BabelColour: http://youtu.be/rxmXrOPYirI
For this Half we take a break from mourning the 11th and go back to a happier time. One episode back, exactly. Matt sits down once again with Kate and Kelley to reminisce about what the theatrical experience of the 50th was like. Everything from the on screen trivia to the intense fans who answered the call (but didn’t answer the call of routine bathing). So grab your mail order sonic screwdriver, pull up those TARDIS leggings from Hot Topic, and glue that egg beater on to your homemade Dalek costume, ’cause we’re about to take you to the epicenter of the multiplex.
In case you didn’t get a chance to catch it in theaters, here is a clip of the fun theater etiquette with Strax followed by the “put your glasses on” speech that the Doctor gives, that way you won’t be in the dark, or you will be, I don’t know how it works for movies…
You know that dream where you go to church, but make the beginner’s mistake of not wearing clothes? Well hold on to your trousers, because it just became The Most Awkward Doctor Who Plot Device, Ever! In the ostensible Christmas special “The Time of the Doctor,” Steven Moffat borrows heavily from everything he’s ever written and some things he hasn’t, and then throws in a dash of implied/not-so-implied nudity just to angry up the fans. Christmas is in jeopardy (the town, not the holiday), all of his enemies have returned, and the Doc’s running around starkers! This really is a weird thing to be focusing on around Christmas (the holiday, not the town).
Our fully dressed WhoTube this week has Kelsey Kronenberg bringing us “doctor who last christmas” - http://youtu.be/BGmyRAPNvt8
The Doctor Who 50th special had a couple of Doctors in it, which, you know, cool. It’s still a bit disappointing that the other nine (not counting the one we didn’t know about) were left high and proverbially dry. Enter Big Finish and their audio drama “The Light at the End.” Every other surviving Doctor, minus Eccleston, plus some very good voice doubles, gets together to tell a story without all those pesky visuals getting in the way. No matter how gray or round they might now be, it’s easy to imagine each Doctor in their prime. Well, maybe not so much Colin Baker, he sounds a bit jowly.
This week we’re knee deep in WhoTubes!
“Doctor Who: The Light At The End (Fan Titles)” by Ori Shadow: http://youtu.be/S1aFy8VISk0
“Doctor Who – Light at the End Titles Sequence” by BPFWhovian: http://youtu.be/HoKAXpojJQM
We invite you to go halfsies with us as we go scene by scene and try to make some sense out of the thirty second trailer for “The Time of the Doctor.” As usual there are a few tangents — we mention things like Fringe and Harry Potter – but then again they might prove to not be so tagenty after all. I mean look at that picture, the Doctor is wearing a robe and there are magical sparks everywhere! We’ve held our record now for being eighty percent wrong, but will we break it this year? Tune in and find out!
For your seasonal listening pleasure we used “Merry Xmas Everyone” by Slade.
In case you haven’t seen it here is the trailer we reviewed:
And here is the newer one that we didn’t:
Get ready for some fun, it’s Doctor number — oh, who am I kidding. An Adventure in Space and Time is an emotional roller coaster: fun for a bit, then a harrowing tunnel of sadness before it’s over and demands you exit to the right. Sure, we learned about the creation of our beloved show, meeting the fantastic people who made it happen. We were even forced to raise William Hartnell’s Standardized Doctoring Assessment from “needs improvement” to “exceeds expectations.” But did Mark Gatiss need to completely devastate us along the way?
For a less heart-wrenching but nonetheless quality tribute to the First Doctor, WhoTube it up with this video from Kensta93: http://youtu.be/BJsG3ErR5dQ