When you have the perfect storm of bad ideas: a large group of opinionated Whovians; a desire to watch the Eighth Doctor’s 1996 debut; a plethora of assorted drinks; a readily available set of drinking game rules; and it happening to be St. Patrick’s Day weekend…oh, you get the idea. Mistakes were made.
This week, joined by friends and GPR guests Julie, Tanu, and Raemani, we fill our glasses and provide a less-than-professional commentary to the 1996 Doctor Who “pilot” movie. The rules we tried — TRIED SO HARD — to abide by were as follows:
Suffice to say, the amount of alcohol consumed was countered ounce for ounce by equal volumes of snark. But all was not negative, far from it: Keir was so enthralled (typical), he forgot to cash in his “get out of drinking for 30 minutes” prize until the film only had 12 minutes left.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and with a year like we’ve had, the lyric could not be more apropos. We’ve been (figuratively) starved for new Doctor Who since this time last year, and so with reckless aplomb, and a massive suspension of disbelief, we point one fist to the skies, leap upward in defiance of gravitational pull, and…pick up where the last Christmas special left off.
This week, we find out once again how the Doctor is coping with grief during the holidays, in “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”. Moffat promised us a fun-filled tribute to his comic book fascination in the 1970s and 1980s, and certainly delivers on that note. How does the story hold up against previous holiday offerings? Does it have enough heart to balance the heroism? Does the humour make up for the unfamiliarity of these companions? Were we expecting something more, or different, from a showrunner who has left us wanting for a calendar year? Press on, intrepid listeners…if you dare!
Bonus Segment: Our annual birthday chat with none other than the Eighth Doctor himself, Paul McGann, live from L.I. Who 4!
“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!)
If you’ve attended a Doctor Who themed convention in the United States over the past year, odds are very good that one of the camera crews seen milling about was shooting footage for an upcoming documentary titled, “Doctor Who Am I?”, a project from the creative minds of Vanessa Yuille and Matthew Jacobs, who co-produced and wrote the 1996 TV Doctor Who film. As a study of the American DW fandom and its fascinating embrace of a five decade-running British program, it will feature interviews and commentary from those fans, along with collectors, writers, television historians, convention showrunners, and the stars of the 1996 production, including Daphne Ashbrook, Yee Jee Tso, and the Eighth Doctor himself, Paul McGann.
We sat down with Mr. Jacobs and Ms. Yuille for a chat about the project, the creative spark that is bringing it about as we near the 20th anniversary of the Eighth Doctor’s first appearance, and the incredible source material that is the Doctor Who fan base in the United States. Supported in large part by an Indiegogo fundraising campaign, the film is moving from the filming stage to the time and resource-intensive post-production cycle, and Whovian fans around the world are encouraged to join in the support — by contribution if possible, but in any capacity, by simply spreading the word about this ambitious labor of love.
During the conversation, we were thrilled to get some insight into the film in progress, as well as details on Matthew Jacobs’ experiences writing and producing the ’96 film. We asked a few bold questions about challenges faced in the process, and not only got our answers, but were informed that a lot more candid discussion from the cast and crew will be included in the documentary to be released by May of 2016 — as if we needed more encouragement!
Join GPR in supporting and promoting the documentary project, and help “Doctor Who Am I?” reach its advanced fundraising goals, and become the feature we’re all certain it can be. (And American project backers, your donations are tax deductible!)
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…)
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?)