Gallifrey! The Musical!

There’s only one place where you’ll see the most fantastic costumes, outlandish characters, unbelievable exploits, manic emotional upheaval, and tumultuous conflicts — Camden, New Jersey! No, wait. Broadway? Getting closer, in a non-geophysical location sense — GALLIFREY!

This week, joined by Andy Hicks of the Coal Hill A/V Club, we destroy some perfectly nice, quiet down time by wondering what Doctor Who would be like if characters suddenly broke into song. Much like episodes of “The Monkees”, “Galavant”, or the odd NBC live attempt, we grab memorable moments from some of our favorite episodes, and think of who would take that opportunity to step forward into the limelight and belt out a tune. Andy even rewards us with one of the A/V Club’s signature song parodies — and you may never listen to Jefferson Timeship…er…Starship the same way again.

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Recasting On a Budget

You may choose to point a finger in any number of directions to pin blame for the “Wilderness Years” when Doctor Who left the air. The 1996 tele-film was in many ways an attempt to bring the program to a new American audience, but for whatever reasons one may choose to apply, it was not the overwhelming success we may have hoped. Do producers in the United States have a particular and unique gift for wanting to boost program concepts from other global markets, but not get them quite right due to improper budget, inaccurate audience targeting, or perhaps poor casting choices? That last one gives us pause — and we could apologize to our silver-ghost-snake-form Master for it, but we doubt he’d listen before torturing us to the brink of death.

This week, we have a laugh at ourselves as American viewers, and wonder what we would do if trying to cast iconic Doctor Who roles with American actors who, for whatever reason, were not “the” commodity in demand at the moment. From the Ninth Doctor, to Sarah Jane Smith, to Strax, we poke a bit of good natured fun at our favorite program — and ourselves in the process — and learn that sometimes, what sounds like even the most ridiculous casting choice imaginable might actually be really, really entertaining to watch. (In a parallel universe, that is.)

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The Elevator Pitch of Doom

Elevator Pitch of Doom

All you wanted was a simple trip down to the ground floor, to grab a fresh cuppa from the fairly trustworthy cafe before dashing back up to your hotel room. Little did you know that when the doors closed, you’d find yourself next to none other than the head of programming for [insert really hip television network here]! Brain reeling, you see this as your big chance to lay out your ideas for that program that you’ve always wanted — but you only have until the lobby light illuminates to make your plea. How are they going to know how desperately you want to see that obscure but compelling character cross over into a new viewing experience? Think fast, O Ye Representative of All Fandom, think so very fast!

This week, we’re playing a little innocuous game dubbed ‘The Elevator Pitch of Doom’, in which we are given a smattering of supporting Doctor Who characters, and have to find ways to utilize them in new program genres and script applications, thus ensuring that the televised world never goes a moment without Whovian influences throughout. It’s for the greater good, after all. THE GREATER GOOD.

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Quotable Companions

Quotable Companions

When you have a program that has spanned the decades as few like Doctor Who have done, and have at times both intentionally and unintentionally replaced actors within the principal cast, you have a rather large set of characters to draw upon for any sort of trivia game you might devise. Take three so-called “fans” of the program, and pit them against each other in attempts to identify which character delivered a single line from a single episode across that five-decade-plus span, and you’ve got a recipe for a good old fashioned geek slap fight.

This week, the GPR trio tests one another on their ability (or complete lack thereof) to identify quotes from companions who have ventured with the Doctor. The winner of this fierce competition gets…well, nothing. Probably a delicious, gourmet, home-cooked pizza, because you know for a fact who ISN’T going to win…

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Doctor’s Orders

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“Run for it, Marty! The Mistress is…sitting in MY SPOT!”

We always listen closely when the Doctor shares one of his many pearls of wisdom with us. Perhaps it’s because of his gravitas, his gathered millennia of otherworldly experiences, or his commanding presence. Perhaps it’s the title — Doctor. It commands a degree of respect and attention. When the Doctor speaks, we’re often compelled to listen. So does that apply to other famed doctors we’ve come into contact with?

Joined by guest game-master Joshua Lou Friedman (of Long Island Who and Gallifrey One convention fame), we play a game of identifying Doctor’s quotes — but not just our beloved Gallifreyan Doctor. We’ve also included Doc Emmett Brown, and Dr. Sheldon Cooper in the mix. Let the games…begin!

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