Oxygen

Doctor Who: Oxygen

When you’ve run from all the bogey-men, the ghosts and ghouls, the shadows within the shadows, the killer robots, and the bug-eyed aliens bent on your demise, it’s a reasonable assumption that the next threat to terrify and terrorize us is…rampant galactic capitalism. CURSE YOU, EMPTY SUITS. *fist shake*

This week, we rub furiously at our eyes after a viewing of “Oxygen”, the fifth episode of Series 10. Discussions are had over the respiratory systems of Time Lords, Moffat’s new-found ability to kill at will, Bill going blue, and what Nardole’s organic-to-bionic ratio really is.

Bonus Segment:

“Say Something Nice” — we have to find at least three positive things to say about a randomly chosen episode that comes from the bottom 10% of major Whovian ranking polls. Pollyanna-ism, away!

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The Girl Who Died

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Everyone enjoys a good laugh (Scrooges and Grinches aside). Sometimes, the most impactful or memorable comedy is one that resonates in the heart as well as the smile worn on one’s face. These are the bittersweet moments that are remembered with a complex blend of emotions that link different corners of our brains, and appreciate the good for its contrast against the bad.

This week, we discuss the comedic romp that was ‘The Girl Who Died’. We gain a fuller appreciation for squeamish farmers, find an alien race who love battle like Sontarans but also enjoy making deific appearances in the clouds like Monty Python, and consider the implications of the increasingly cryptic “hybrid” theory. Be wary, Whovian travellers — here there be dragons.

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Comparing Timepieces: Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

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So, what’s your ideal job? No, not that one. You know, the one you could have if nothing were impossible. Of course…Timelord, naturally. Is it any wonder that a comedic romp through the dangers, pitfalls and ripple-effect repercussions of time travel would be written about a group of science fiction geeks, in a film for science fiction geeks, and penned by a science fiction geek (who just also happens to be a current writer for Doctor Who)? It’s as if this were all some sort of predestined, inalterable course of events…

This week, we celebrate our 150th episode, not with champagne and caviar, but with pints of bitter and stale crisps as we close our temporal appreciation arc with the 2009 comedy Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel. Written by Whovian alumnus Jamie Mathieson (Flatline, Mummy on the Orient Express, and the upcoming The Girl Who Died), we remark on the clever balance of comedy and scientific theory, remark on the fact that 2/3 of our GPR cast had never seen the film before (much to the remaining third’s astonishment), and gain a sense of certainty that Series 9, Episode 5 is going to be nothing short of spectacular.

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