Basically…Run

Whether you are in pursuit of the rapidly shrinking portal that will allow you to return safely to your own relative time and place, or avoiding the grasp of some malicious alien race hell bent on tearing you atom from atom, if there’s one thing Whovians from all eras understand, it’s running. Either towards or away from danger, the act of getting one’s humanoid butt in gear is as essential a skill as escapology (thanks, Jo, just in time!), hand-to-hand combat (easy there, Leela, that thing is sharp), or scathing retorts (honestly, Donna, that hurt). So if you could find a way to not only run for survival, but for the greater good, wouldn’t that be the ultimate goal? And for those wondering, no — we don’t mean replacing the Eye of Harmony with a giant hamster wheel. Although wouldn’t that be wicked?

This week, we are joined in studio by Dawn and Brian Biggs, founders of the non-profit organization, the Whovian Running Club. By coordinating and promoting multiple ‘virtual runs’ over the course of the year, each with a Doctor Who theme (such as the “No More 5K”), each race donates the proceeds to a charity that is not only linked in some way to the race theme, but is specifically selected to reap the greatest benefit for the funds received. From veteran’s health, to child adoption, to animal rescue, the WRC is responsible for millions in donations — and boasts an online community that is not only massive in number, but in comradery and heart.

Lace up those trainers, and stay limber, because there’s an awful lot of running to do.

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The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did

What Quill Did

“Sometimes, you want to know how the other half lives.” This may be the case when you’re daydreaming about life in a higher income bracket, but if you’re an indentured alien warrior going to otherworldly and other-reality extremes to free yourself of your oppressor, you might want to draw up a quick pro/con list before agreeing to get sucked into a funky glowing French press machine and being asked to battle mythological deities in order to merely reserve a spot for a rather dodgy surgical procedure. (“Don’t blink” takes on a whole new meaning.)

This week, Jay and Haley try to comprehend the alternate planes presented in the seventh Class episode, “The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did”. It’s the flip side to the goings-on while the students were in detention, and we try to figure out who got the short end of the stick on those outings. Oh, and Jay misses a critical detail of the episode’s final moments that changes darned-near everything for him. (That’ll teach him to check text messages while viewing…)

Bonus Segment: A wonderful few minutes talking with Ace herself, Sophie Aldred, live from L.I. Who 4!Sophie Aldred LIWho 4

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Classic Rewatch: The Silurians

Doctor Who and the Silurians

As an evolved, scientifically curious species, we Terrans are woefully ignorant on a relative interplanetary scale. Honestly, it’s a wonder our brutish, barbarian tendencies haven’t caused us to be eradicated by a greater galactic power a dozen times over by now. We find another sentient species dormant beneath our planet’s surface, and immediately fall into two camps: cringing subservience; or distrusting militant response. Leave it to a dashing (if oddly dressed) hyper-brilliant alien to point out the need for a little diplomacy…but is he paid any heed? (Guess that “scientific advisor” role isn’t the same as “scientific decision maker”.)

This week, our Third Doctor dons his best spelunking gear, and gives us our first look at what might have been our reptilian overlords in “The Silurians”. We discuss the emergence of this iconic villain, the unsettling relationship developments between Doctor and Brig, the continued bad-assery of Liz Shaw, and how a weird music score can drive us absolutely nuts. Oh, and Bessie. Always Bessie.

Bonus Segment: Ten minutes spent with Captain Yates of UNIT, the charming Richard Franklin, in our interview from L.I. Who 4!

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Detained

Class: Detained

It doesn’t matter what you did to get here, or didn’t do, or what the “real story” is. The fact is, you’re in detention, that fact isn’t going to change, so you might as well take your lumps, and get it over with. That is, unless a malevolent sentient chunk of glowing geode happens to knock your localized region out of time and space, in which case you had better get used to seeing the same faces around you for the next…what, two or three epochs? But the odds of that happening are beyond extraordinary, so keep your voices down, your hands to yourself, and the hour will be over before you know it. (Or was that really an hour, in relative time?)

This week, we’re eager to return to Class, for the sixth episode, “Detained”. Our misfit gang of five are in detention for reasons only Quill knows (and refuses to give), and being the Coal Hill School, it can’t just be a Breakfast Club-type romp against authority. No, we’ve got asteroids (sorry, meteors), uncomfortable truths, and more guilt than you can shake a ruler at. It’s quite a gamble for Patrick Ness to play the “bottle episode” card on only the sixth episode of a new series, but does it pay off?

Bonus Segment: We get wistful (and weird) for a while with the lovely Daphne Ashbrook, live from L.I. Who 4!

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The Return of Doctor Mysterio

The Return of Doctor Mysterio

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and with a year like we’ve had, the lyric could not be more apropos. We’ve been (figuratively) starved for new Doctor Who since this time last year, and so with reckless aplomb, and a massive suspension of disbelief, we point one fist to the skies, leap upward in defiance of gravitational pull, and…pick up where the last Christmas special left off.

This week, we find out once again how the Doctor is coping with grief during the holidays, in “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”. Moffat promised us a fun-filled tribute to his comic book fascination in the 1970s and 1980s, and certainly delivers on that note. How does the story hold up against previous holiday offerings? Does it have enough heart to balance the heroism? Does the humour make up for the unfamiliarity of these companions? Were we expecting something more, or different, from a showrunner who has left us wanting for a calendar year? Press on, intrepid listeners…if you dare!

Bonus Segment: Our annual birthday chat with none other than the Eighth Doctor himself, Paul McGann, live from L.I. Who 4!

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