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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Classic Rewatch: The Silurians

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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!

Richard Franklin at LI Who 4

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Classic Rewatch: The Time Meddler

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What’s the first thing you would do if given access to a time machine? If your first answer isn’t “exploit temporal dynamics to make myself rich beyond reason” then you’re doing it wrong. Other acceptable answers are “muck about in the past to see what outcomes you can create in the future” or “steer world events to my liking because, why the hell not?”

This week we explore the classic story “The Time Meddler” and ask ourselves if we’d be more like the Doctor (not likely) or the Monk (very probably). We discuss the introduction of new companions and a very different Doctor from the early days in season one.

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Clara Oswald: In Memoriam

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Back at the close of Series 8, we recorded an episode where we looked at the road traveled thus far with the Impossible Girl, and the changes we were starting to observe with the character. Due in no small part to Jenna Coleman’s ever-expanding performance, writers and directors who explicitly sought to challenge and inspire growth, and highly praised chemistry with (new) lead actor, Peter Capaldi, we came to know and Clara much better, found ourselves endeared to her, and eager to see where she would continue to grow.

Once news emerged that Ms. Coleman would be exiting somewhere in the span of Series 9, Keir wrote a short article reflecting on the way Clara Oswald had worked her way into our personal pantheon of great companions — much to our own surprise. Jenna’s work was nothing short of exemplary, and we knew her exit would be more painful than we may have originally predicted.

Now that the “Era of Clara” has drawn to a close, we look fondly back on the most unlikely companion we ever thought we’d miss — and the many ways that she evolved from Impossible Girl to Improbable Favorite over her tenure.

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The Zygon Invasion

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All the world’s a stage, and clearly the Zygons are the talent. Masquerading as the majority of the British population, the Zygons have been peacefully living among us. But now, that peace is coming to an end. Can the Doctor save the day? Can U.N.I.T. get their stuff together? Can Jenna Coleman look any more awesome than she does with an evil smirk and a freaking surface to air missile launcher?

This week, we talk about The Zygon Invasion and try to unravel the labyrinthian plot Peter Harness has put before us.

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