Classic Rewatch: Carnival of Monsters

Yes, we’ve been doing this podcast for well over five years. Yes, we’re all pretty positive, upbeat people who not only share enjoyment of the Doctor Who legacy, but enjoy each other’s company, as well. But no, we don’t always agree. In fact, in instances like this, we differ wildly. It’s okay, though. We’ll keep Jay around because he’s a genuinely good-hearted, intelligent, humorous guy. (Even if he would have no idea what a PRECIOUS GIFT of a classic story this was if it charged up behind him and dope-slapped him across the back of the melon. But we kid, we kid!)

Our Classic Rewatch progress brings us to the mad “Incredible Journey Meets Groundhog Day” conditions of “Carnival of Monsters”. We discuss the many, many sci-fi tropes that Robert Holmes wields in this Season 10 adventure, the ongoing awesomeness of Jo Grant, the first glimpse of not-Harry-Sullivan, the effectiveness/detriment of an intentionally underdeveloped political backstory, and the costumes. Oh, the COSTUMES. Knock back a quick chota peg to brace your nerves, and let’s begin!

EXTRA: Our interview with our most beloved, incomparable, and endlessly energized Jo Grant herself, Katy Manning, joining us once again from the festivities at L.I. Who 5!

Sorry again that the baby decided to nibble on you, Katy. We still love you!

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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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Noel Clarke: Interview from L.I. Who 3

Noel Clarke at LI Who 3

Staying just safely within the bounds of professionalism and good taste, we spend a few minutes chatting and laughing with Noel Clarke, our beloved Mickey Smith, recorded live from the festivities at the third annual Long Island Doctor Who convention.

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Derrick Sherwin: Interview from L.I.Who 3

Derrick Sherwin

There are a litany of reasons why Doctor Who script editor and producer Derrick Sherwin was greeted at the Long Island Doctor Who convention last November as the event’s Guest of Honor. He was responsible for the addition of U.N.I.T. to the program during the Patrick Troughton era, as well as the introduction of the sonic screwdriver. He was pivotal in the selection of Troughton’s successor, the action-ready and audience-charming Jon Pertwee. And he was adept at balancing the need for an entertaining story (for the entire family) as well as a sound and compelling science fiction tale that resonated with the audience of the time.

We were indeed honored ourselves to be able to sit with Mr. Sherwin at LI Who 3, and speak with him for a few moments about his exceptional CV within the program in the 1960s.

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Paul McGann: Interview from L.I. Who 3

Paul McGann at LI Who 3

“He smelled of honey, he always let his tea cool far too long before he drank it, and he let me win at Scrabble…I think.” — Charlie Pollard, on the Eighth Doctor

Recorded live from the third Long Island Doctor Who (or L.I. Who 3) convention in November of 2015, we sit down once again with the Eighth Doctor himself, Paul McGann, and discuss the convention circuit, his latest projects with Big Finish, and celebrating his birthday with fans in New York.

(Also in this supplemental cast: our reaction to the announcement of the newest Doctor Who companion, Pearl “Bill” Mackie!)

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