The Writer’s Room (Live from Regeneration Who 3)

The Writer's Room (Live from Regeneration Who 3)

The only thing better than a great conversation about the intricacies of Doctor Who production with interesting and engaged fans like ourselves, is doing so on a panel at a convention chock-full of even more interesting and engaged fans. Could you top that? Sure. Have a discussion about writing for the show, with one of the most knowledgeable and entertaining writers from the program itself. Trifecta complete!

This week, we tap into our convention panel audio archive to offer a segment from the most recent RegenerationWho in Baltimore, Maryland. Joined by GPR guest alum Ian and Don, we welcome Doctor Who writer Robert Shearman (of “Dalek”) to the panel, to discuss the (at time of recording) unconfirmed rumour of Chibnall introducing an American-style writer’s room to Doctor Who production.


Classic Rewatch: Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Invasion of the Dinosaurs

If you were handed the keys to a spacious house, complete with every amenity, and seated on a sprawling property, but every room had a distinct and inescapable unpleasant odor, could you still enjoy the place enough to call it home? If you won a high-performance luxury car, but the trunk (boot) kept popping opening randomly and the radio wouldn’t stop playing “Memories” from Cats at full volume, could you make it your daily commuting vehicle?

It’s difficult to gain the fullest appreciation from something that has so many wonderful characteristics, but simultaneously exhibits egregious flaws. We want to celebrate the positives, and somehow pretend the negatives are at least dismissible, at most misinterpreted. Sure, some aficionados will click their tongues at a crazy straw in the bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but does that really make it any less exceptional of a vintage?

This week, television editor and fellow Gonna Geek Network podcaster Wil joins us to revel in the story and cringe at the effects of ‘Invasion of the Dinosaurs’. Malcolm Hulke’s script and Paddy Russell’s direction provide the canvas for exceptional cast performances, but the shortcomings of the effects have become infamous legend since 1974. We are consummate optimists, however — so we boldly tackle the pterodactyls, take aim at the T. Rex, and celebrate the many things that make this six-part Pertwee and Sladen something truly memorable, in a good way.

EXTRA: A little “Five Rounds Rapid” Q & A with our new guest!




The Music of Doctor Who

When we reflect upon some of the clearest memories we have of events in our lives, we may be able to pick up on more than just the things we witnessed visually at those moments. We might recall the temperature and feel of the air when we rode our first roller coaster. We might remember the smell of a grandparent’s kitchen. We could taste the first decadent dessert we enjoyed at a graduation dinner. How often do you recall what was playing through the carnival loudspeakers, or on the kitchen radio, or from the restaurant sound system at the time? Was there any accompanying music to be remembered at all? It’s not often that we have a readily provided soundtrack to these indelible memories, but yet when we remember our favorite scenes from Doctor Who, it’s far more likely that in addition to the images displayed and the dialogue spoken, we can recall the nature of the music that scored them. It is, as we like to say, the “unseen character” in some of the most memorable sequences.

This week, long-time GPR companion Julie joins us in studio to discuss the composers and compositions that have added so much to the emotional impact of Doctor Who since its inception. From the first laborious efforts of Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire in composing the official theme, to the substantial contributions of Dudley Simpson in the classic era and (naturally) Murray Gold in the post-2005 era, we remark upon the characteristics of what makes certain scores so important to scenes we hold most dear. We also theorize a bit about Murray Gold’s as-of-yet-unknown successor, and what an agonizing challenge it will be to fill those shoes.

EXTRA: Another round of “Desert Island Doctors”…the entertainment edition!



Classic Rewatch: The Time Warrior

The Time Warrior

You can mark exact timestamps in your life that could be described as “where I was when” moments. The birth of children, superlatives like first kisses or last goodbyes, the instant when meeting a personal hero. These are carved within our memories like sculptures that adorn our mind palaces, capable of transporting us instantaneously back to wherever and whenever we were on first experience.

For a few of us at Gallifrey Public Radio, one of those “statues of memory” is the remarkable likeness of Elisabeth Sladen, grinning with eagerness and spark, adorned in a roughspun woolen tunic.

With barely contained enthusiasm, we charge the proverbial castle walls in our rewatch of the opener for Doctor Who‘s Season 11, “The Time Warrior”, joined by Deb Stanish of the Verity! Podcast. We discuss the merits of the story, the pros and cons of “Monty Python” elements of humour, the early representations of Sontarans, updates to effects (and title sequences), and of course, the arrival of our patron saint, Sarah Jane Smith. Bringing wide-eyed energy, love for adventure, quick wit, an inquiring intellect, and feminist strength to the role from her first scenes, we all agree that the pedestal upon which this companion stands is both tall and revered — even if we may connect her in our minds more often with another (slightly more eccentric) Doctor.

EXTRA: What is there to do with a first-time guest, than play a little “Five Rounds Rapid”? Deb’s a great sport with our fast-paced line of questioning.



Then Is the New Now

Look, the Round Things!

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult…I looked back on childish things and waxed nostalgic on just how awesome it all was. Seriously. Those were the days, you know? Rubber monsters! Machines that went “bing”! The round things!

We spend some time this episode looking at all the elements of “classic” Doctor Who that have been incorporated in some way into the modern (post-2005) series, be it a revisitation, an overt reference, or an extremely clever Easter Egg. We discuss characters, locations, technology, and even dialogue and designs that honor the ‘time that was’, lovingly enjoyed in the ‘time that is’.

EXTRA: We test the waters (pun intended, naturally) of a new game idea for ‘Desert Island Doctors’. Who would be your ‘survivalist’ Doctor?