The Doctor Who Movie (Drinking Game Commentary)

When you have the perfect storm of bad ideas: a large group of opinionated Whovians; a desire to watch the Eighth Doctor’s 1996 debut; a plethora of assorted drinks; a readily available set of drinking game rules; and it happening to be St. Patrick’s Day weekend…oh, you get the idea. Mistakes were made.

This week, joined by friends and GPR guests Julie, Tanu, and Raemani, we fill our glasses and provide a less-than-professional commentary to the 1996 Doctor Who “pilot” movie. The rules we tried — TRIED SO HARD — to abide by were as follows:

Suffice to say, the amount of alcohol consumed was countered ounce for ounce by equal volumes of snark. But all was not negative, far from it: Keir was so enthralled (typical), he forgot to cash in his “get out of drinking for 30 minutes” prize until the film only had 12 minutes left.

That’s love, people.

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Brave-ish Heart

Brave-ish Heart

Ah, young love. It has the power to inspire, to uplift the soul, to make one feel superhuman, to give one the courage to take on a physical incarnation of malicious darkness and pure evil that threatens to tear through the fabric of our universe and slaughter us all in an act of vengeance against wrongs we never knew existed. Or, you know, to write endless trite love songs. Ooh, baby, baby.

This week, we resolve the previous Class cliffhanger in the fifth episode of the season. April and Ram are in the “Underneath” to face the Shadow King directly, Charlie and Matteusz are grappling with genocide, Quill finds herself at odds with the newly discovered Governors, and there are enough confused parents to suit everyone. Thankfully, Tanya is here to sum it all up with succinct perfection.

Bonus Segment: We are honored to get to know Jeremy Radick, who portrayed (the unsung hero) Gareth in the 1996 Doctor Who movie, as we interview him at L.I. Who 4.

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The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo

The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo

No one has ever said that the successful balance of academics and athletics was easy. Even those who seem to accomplish this effortlessly are only demonstrating the perceived end result of discipline, training, and a fair helping of raw talent. But if you’ve decided to take on the added challenge of identifying and defeating a massive, body-skinning, flesh-consuming serpentine beast, well…you had better eat your Wheaties.

(And hey, it goes without reminding you, but — SPOILERS LAY WITHIN, students.)

In this GPR episode, we recap the sophomore episode of Class, “The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo”. Ram and Tanya are in the uncomfortable, blood-spattered limelight for this one, and we discover new depth to their characters, further insight into Ram’s relationship with his father, and rather unexpectedly, a side of Miss Quill we weren’t exactly prepared for. As the kids these days probably don’t say — “Zoinks”.

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There Are No Stupid Questions…

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If there’s one thing Steven Moffat knows how to do exceptionally well, it’s how to leave a viewer exasperated and asking, “But…but…what about (this)?” While Series 8 certainly had a fair number of fascinating revelations and answers, there are still plenty of questions left untended.

This week, we discuss some of the glaring omissions, some minor holes in our knowledge, and the minuscule things that shouldn’t bother us…but we can’t help but keep going over in our head. (For example, where is the explanation that was promised regarding the Doctor’s ring?) Do we come up with brilliant and faith-affirming answers for you? Heck, no! But we promise: our fumbled attempts at explanations and frustration over our lack of answers will be highly entertaining.

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The Name of the Doctor Commentary

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The Doctor has a secret that he will take to his grave. The secret is out, and we are joined by Jeannie from “Tyrion’s Landing” as we complete our commentary rewatch of Series 7B, and discuss “The Name of the Doctor”.

(Oh, and were you aware that they were doing this “Anniversary” thing tomorrow? It might be…you know…interesting.)

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