A Whovian Thanksgiving

November in the United States means a few things to those of us enthralled with all things Doctor Who: conventions like L.I. Who and Chicago TARDIS, anticipation of the upcoming Christmas episode, and the Thanksgiving holiday that often leads to us gushing about the program to relatives who may or may not have any clue what we’re saying. At the intersection of this Venn diagram, however, are the ways in which we, as loyal and devoted admirers and advocates of the many Gallifreyan-goings-on, are thankful to the program itself, for all it has given us as viewers, and done for us as fans. Pass the cranberry sauce, and give your uncle a gentle elbow if he brings up anything inappropriate (like comments about Turlough’s bathing trunks).

This week, we take time to thank the Doctor Who franchise for the many gifts it has given us as fans over 54 years. From the stories, to the characters, to the conventions, to you as podcast listeners, we have so many reasons to appreciate this program and its fandom. It’s only fitting that we spend a while celebrating this rather family-like conglomeration of people, and the odd little science fiction program that brought us all together.

EXTRA: Our interview with the always entertaining Seventh Doctor himself, Sylvester McCoy, from the floor of the fifth Long Island Doctor Who Convention.

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Photo credit: Chris Kocher

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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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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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