Classic Rewatch: Planet of the Spiders

Planet of the Spiders

Everyone has their phobias, be they great or small. For some, they focus on mortal dangers, like heights, open waters, small spaces. For others, they are rooted in the misunderstood or the alien, such as snakes, French mimes, or spiders. So what is the Doctor’s fear? What is that one flaw in their character that could be exploited so adeptly by a powerful adversary, that even they are found without rebuttal, without a plan, without a solution? It’s rats, isn’t it? Gotta be rats. I mean, seriously. RATS.

This week, we bid the fondest farewell to Jon Pertwee as our Third Doctor, as we chant into being a six-episode chase through “Planet of the Spiders”. Haley and Jay enjoy this story for the first time, as Keir picks their brains like so many sentient eight-legs to gather their thoughts on Yates’ redemption, Pertwee’s denouement, the need or lack thereof for the humans of Metebelis III, and the Brigadier’s floofy haircut. Honestly, you expect a serious, thought-provoking conversation about the regeneration of one of the most revered iterations of the Doctor…from us?

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Classic Rewatch: The Time Warrior

The Time Warrior

You can mark exact timestamps in your life that could be described as “where I was when” moments. The birth of children, superlatives like first kisses or last goodbyes, the instant when meeting a personal hero. These are carved within our memories like sculptures that adorn our mind palaces, capable of transporting us instantaneously back to wherever and whenever we were on first experience.

For a few of us at Gallifrey Public Radio, one of those “statues of memory” is the remarkable likeness of Elisabeth Sladen, grinning with eagerness and spark, adorned in a roughspun woolen tunic.

With barely contained enthusiasm, we charge the proverbial castle walls in our rewatch of the opener for Doctor Who‘s Season 11, “The Time Warrior”, joined by Deb Stanish of the Verity! Podcast. We discuss the merits of the story, the pros and cons of “Monty Python” elements of humour, the early representations of Sontarans, updates to effects (and title sequences), and of course, the arrival of our patron saint, Sarah Jane Smith. Bringing wide-eyed energy, love for adventure, quick wit, an inquiring intellect, and feminist strength to the role from her first scenes, we all agree that the pedestal upon which this companion stands is both tall and revered — even if we may connect her in our minds more often with another (slightly more eccentric) Doctor.

EXTRA: What is there to do with a first-time guest, than play a little “Five Rounds Rapid”? Deb’s a great sport with our fast-paced line of questioning.

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