A Wise Person Once Said…


There once was a campaign in the United States for an investment broker, where the tagline read, “When <company> talks, everyone listens.” You may not have an iota of interest in the stock market, of course, but when the Doctor steps forward, takes a strengthening breath, and begins an oration, the viewing audience joins the supporting cast in rapt attention to what is about to be said. It may even be argued that within the past 3 series, the opportunities for and occurrences of these monologues are steadily increasing — much to our fascination.

This week, Keir and Haley tour a series of the Doctor’s most impactful speeches, from short but sweet consolations to a distraught listener, to the arms-wide, sermon-on-the-mount powerhouses that hold armies at bay, and give would-be gods reason to take heed. We discuss the apparent rise in the breadth and content of these speeches, and the adept way that Doctor Who writers have historically written to the strengths of each actor portraying the titular role.

Some referenced moments for your research:

  • First Doctor to Susan, in “Dalek Invasion of Earth”
  • Second Doctor to Victoria, in “Tomb of the Cybermen”
  • Third Doctor to Jo Grant, in “The Time Monster” (thanks to Ian for the suggestion!)
  • Fourth Doctor to Sarah Jane, in “Genesis of the Daleks”
  • Sixth Doctor to the Valeyard and Inquisitor, in “Trial of a Timelord”
  • Ninth Doctor to Rose, in “Parting of the Ways”
  • Tenth Doctor soliloquy, in “The Waters of Mars”
  • Eleventh Doctor to the assembled armada, in “The Pandorica Opens”
  • Twelfth Doctor to Bonnie, in “The Zygon Inversion”

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Hey, It’s (That Doctor Who Actor)!

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The television shines with that welcome glow, you begin to watch a new program or film for the evening, and all of a sudden, an unexpected familiar face pulls you completely out of the storyline as you realize that you’re looking at one of your beloved Doctor Who characters, but seen completely out of character. (Does that make sense?)

This week, we discuss instances where Doctor Who alum appear out-of-the-blue in shows or films we weren’t prepared for, forcing us to try and reconcile the conflicting thoughts caused when seeing this strange new person, against the Doctor, Companion or other Whovian we truly know them to be.

(Editor’s note: Jay was extremely tired, and misspoke. Honestly, he does know the difference between Kenneth Branagh and Kiefer Sutherland. The spelling and pronunciation of their names, for example…)

Listener Contributions:

  • Deb Stanish, Verity Podcast (via Twitter): “Well, Barrowman in Shark Attack 3: Megalodon is a classic. 😉 But my fave is Eccleston in Revengers Tragedy.(Editor’s other note: we originally quoted this as Shark Attack 2. Clearly, we are highly remiss in not knowing that it was the cinematic genius that is Shark Attack 3 that Deb meant to refer. How dare we?)
  • Esther (via email): “Okay, my two movies for your podcast is Paul McGann in The Importance of Being Earnest (had to watch it for school) and Billie Piper in Mansfield Park.
  • Mike Solko, Time Scoop Podcast (via Twitter): “Tennant is fun in The Decoy Bride. Not sure if Eccleston in Cracker qualifies. Definitely aforementioned Revengers Tragedy.”

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Giving the Whole Nine

In late 2004, the British television-viewing public was informed that the near-lost science fiction program(me), Doctor Who, would be returning to the airwaves. The next year, with a new orchestration of the theme song, special effects by the prestigious workshop The Mill, and a Manchester actor with fifteen years of film and television credit to his name, the TARDIS doors opened once again, and our newest companion was told to simply, “Run!”

This week, we look at the single-season tenure of Christopher Eccleston, our Ninth Doctor. With thirteen episodes to present, introduce, and revive a viewing audience to the series, he infused our titular character with unique blends of humor and regret, pathos and vigor. Joined by a special guest in the GPR studio, our episode selections focus on Eccleston’s ability to capture our attention and appreciation, while giving us elements of the DW universe both well-known and completely before unseen, all to ponder anew.

Referenced Episodes:

  • Dalek
  • The Empty Child
  • The Doctor Dances

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