Classic Rewatch: Revenge of the Cybermen

Revenge of the Cybermen

There seems to be a running trend in social media right now of voicing unpopular opinions as conversation starters. While we have no issues with this practice — it does, after all, spur some interesting discussions — it has an undertone at times that implies that what is about to be shared will be upsetting, inflammatory, or the seed of debate-turned-argument. We’re positive people, and try to find some quality and enjoyment in most of what we consume, so we tend not to drift into this sort of thing. That said: we had to put a little more work than usual in highlighting the great things about the Season 12 closing story.

We were ultimately able to, damned if we will be daunted, but just the same. It was work. Sort of like trying to do your job with a rather uncomfortable, distressing pack on your back, that if you attempt to remove it…oh, you get the idea.

This time around, we put Sarah Jane and Harry through some shoulder-gripping struggle, as they deal with a foe they were assured was eradicated in “Revenge of the Cybermen”. The cybernetic soldiers are back with a new look, new voice, and new agenda. Haley learns that the council of Voga don’t know anything about bad poetry, Keir does a little digging to find out why a certain famous seal keeps appearing, and Jay wonders how long it takes to wash gold dust off sweaty hands.

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An Interview with The Sevateem

 

Once upon a time, an aspiring musician from the Land of One Thousand Lakes had an idea to create an epic work of song and lyric, in honor of a story that was dear to his heart. Because the Fates don’t always bring opportunity and inspiration to the dining table at the same time, the idea waited. It was patient. It would find its moment. It was a good idea.

Nearly fifteen years passed. Lives changed, new adventures came and went. Some familiar faces departed, new faces arrived. The idea resurfaced. The moment was right. The vast landscape lay open before him. The musician began to compose.

This week, we sit for a session with Christian Erickson of The Sevateem, the Twin Cities-based electro-pop group. They have just released their rock opera “The Caves”, inspired by a love of the Fifth Doctor’s final story, “The Caves of Androzani”. Erickson takes us through the motivation and composition of the concept album, as well as the careful attention paid to honoring the 1984 Doctor Who televised story without attempting to directly retell it as if it were a melodic novelization. He also explains the decision to have all proceeds from the album sale and streaming revenue go to benefit Doctors Without Borders. We also talk through the tone, the choice of multiple vocalists, and a rather interesting bit of creative license taken on the conclusion of a regeneration story.

Hear and purchase the album on Bandcamp: thesevateem.bandcamp.com

The official website: thesevateem.com

On Twitter: @thesevateem

EXTRA: The long-awaited (by us) “The <Blank> of Rassilon” game!

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Classic Rewatch: Genesis of the Daleks

genesis of the daleks

Typically, we’d use this moment to compose a little anecdote about the world around us, a little commentary on social behavior and interaction, and then tie it in somehow to a recurring theme or plot line from the classic Doctor Who story we’re currently revisiting.

Doing so, in this case, would rob us of the time we’d rather be enjoying one of Tom Baker’s most iconic performances, and a remarkably solid script from Terry Nation. (We know you had it in you, old chap.)

This week, we sit back and absorb all there is to one of the most frequently referenced, critically scrutinized, and impactful stories to emerge from the Classic Who library: season 12’s “Genesis of the Daleks”. Haley has to suspend her “all 6-episode stories should really be 4” theory, Keir wonders how great Bettan would have been as a companion, and they both still can’t fathom what Fantom Events is going to cut out of the story for the upcoming cinematic release. (Oh, and we learn that Harry Sullivan really can’t stand shellfish.)

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Tiny Rebel Games Discusses Doctor Who: Infinity

We may still be quite some time away from the nebulous time of “Autumn” and this new series of Doctor Who that keeps getting dangled in front of us like the proverbial carrot, but the team at Tiny Rebel Games is taking on the noble work of keeping us covered with new content. What’s more, they’re giving us just the right distraction to keep us from fully realizing how mind-dumbing our jobs are, how long the train commute is, and how long we’re spending waiting for the oven to preheat.

In their latest undertaking, the development team at Tiny Rebel Games has promised us the release of “Doctor Who: Infinity” early this summer.  As we did a few years back, we got the chance to call and chat with them about the game, find out what distinguishes it from their previous title, “Doctor Who: Legacy”, and try and determine if we should really be all that excited for it.

(Spoilers? You really should…and that’s before Michelle Gomez, Katy Manning, George Mann, Ingrid Oliver, and a host of other renown Whovian stars enter the picture.)

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Classic Rewatch: The Sontaran Experiment

The Sontaran Experiment

Sometimes, when you’ve got a tale to tell, you don’t need to embellish it with a lot of extraneous characters and tangential moments. The beginning, middle, and end just fall into place, straightforward and true. (And you don’t even have to mention that in the crafting of the story, people were getting seriously injured, and it was probably best that you didn’t drag things for any longer, else something really nasty might come about.)

This week, Taylor Nelson from The PODcastica joins us for a surprisingly brief rewatch of Season 12’s two-part story, ‘The Sontaran Experiment’. Neither he nor Jay had viewed it before, and were rather thrown to find that it was the first two-episode story of Doctor Who ever aired. Nonetheless, we all agreed it was a tight, perfectly enjoyable extension to the “Ark In Space” predecessor…perhaps…the Ark Arc? (We’ll show ourselves out.) The TARDIS is missed, Harry is a bit of a clod (again), Sarah Jane stands strong against Styre, and Tom Baker is endearing and amiable, despite an on-set injury that would/should have really impeded his performance. Let’s face it…he’s just that good.

EXTRA: A little “Five Rounds, Rapid” with Taylor!

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