Twice Upon a Time

In the Venn Diagram of Whovian anticipation, we stand at the tiniest of intersects. We desperately want Peter Capaldi to stay; we eagerly await Jodie Whittaker’s arrival. We adore where the stories have brought us of late; we are nearly shaking with anticipation for where Chibnall and his staff will take the tale.

And here, amid all the tumult and dissonance that threaten to drive us mad during what is supposed to be a holiday season, time stops — and all is quiet.

This week, we bid a most emotional farewell to our Twelfth Doctor, and shout in triumphant welcome to our Thirteenth. Steven Moffat gives us his final television story, and more characters returning than you could have imagined, in “Twice Upon a Time”. We unpack the themes, messages, subtle inclusions, and even a possible musical easter egg or two. There are a lot of feels flung about, but we lock it down as best we can, and even keep it together through a line analysis of Peter’s (read: Moffat’s) final monologue.

Be kind.

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The Husbands of River Song

GPR Post HeaderFrom the very first cries as the infant Melody Pond in “A Good Man Goes to War”, to her first dangerously uttered ‘Hello Sweetie’, to her farewell as a data-stored conscience in “The Name of the Doctor,” River Song has always been a character of magnitude, and a force to be reckoned with. All viewers’ differing personal opinions aside, none can deny that Alex Kingston brought the character to life in a way few if any others could have accomplished. With a new Doctor firmly planted on the scene, fans wasted no time in asking for a return of the TARDIS-conceived femme fatale. Steven Moffat heard their cries, and delivered, but not without a swift kick in the feels for his efforts. From the moment we see the gift box in the Doctor’s hands, it’s curtains for any composure.

This week, we discuss the madcap escapade that was a holiday-special-turned-emotional-surprise, and drain the last of our eggnog in an attempt to dull the pain upon realizing that in all likelihood, this will be the last time we see Professor Song in a new Doctor Who adventure. (We’re not crying. It’s just the wind.)

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Last Christmas

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Wake up, kids! It’s Christmas morning. An entire day to spend marathon-watching some Christmas films (along with a horror movie or two), stress a while about relationship dramas during the holiday season, and eat everything in the stocking…except the tangerine. Because nobody likes the tangerines. By mid-afternoon, we can slip quietly and blissfully into a chocolate-induced sugar coma. How bad could that possibly be?

The eagerly awaited 13th episode of Series 8 has finally arrived, and this week we talk about “Last Christmas” and Capaldi’s first holiday special. We find the Doctor and Clara abruptly reunited, a polar expedition fraught with alien (or “Alien”) horrors, and the jolly old elf, Santa Claus himself. Well, in a sense. Join us as we celebrate the Feast of Steven Moffat, take a joyous romp through the closing chapter of the series, and toast the last televised release from Doctor Who for many moons to come.

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The Ghost of Christmas Specials Past

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The soft glow of the holiday lights. The faint strains of a familiar carol heard from a neighbor’s home. The smell of nutmeg floating in the crisp air. The shiver down your spine as a needle-sharp claw comes to rest on your shoulder. Happy Christmas, Whovians!

With the holiday mere days away, and more importantly for our calendars, the Doctor Who Christmas special, we decided to take a look back at the previous yuletide offerings that have been placed under our trees…right next to that one last satsuma. From that perfect present you’ve been hoping for all year, to that grotesque lump of coal that someone thought was hilarious but only served to propel you back to the egg nog bowl with a flask, we cover them all and discuss what they could mean for the upcoming broadcast of Last Christmas.

(And if you’ll notice, there’s a spring of mistletoe just under the “Public Call” sign. Pucker up, sweetie!)

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