But Enough About Us…

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There are moments when we like to take pause, and hand the proverbial microphone to our listeners, allowing them to steer the conversation, share their opinions, and tell us all the many, many ways that we are flatly wrong.

This time around, we opened Pandora’s Box in the attempt to find what everyone outside the GPR studios thought of Doctor Who Series 8 in our online poll (still open, by the way!), and the response was staggering. In fact, we received so much great feedback that we effectively handed over the reigns, and reflected on all the fascinating points you raised regarding the recent series. Hit the lights and feed the cats on the way out — we’ll see you next week.

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Last Christmas

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Wake up, kids! It’s Christmas morning. An entire day to spend marathon-watching some Christmas films (along with a horror movie or two), stress a while about relationship dramas during the holiday season, and eat everything in the stocking…except the tangerine. Because nobody likes the tangerines. By mid-afternoon, we can slip quietly and blissfully into a chocolate-induced sugar coma. How bad could that possibly be?

The eagerly awaited 13th episode of Series 8 has finally arrived, and this week we talk about “Last Christmas” and Capaldi’s first holiday special. We find the Doctor and Clara abruptly reunited, a polar expedition fraught with alien (or “Alien”) horrors, and the jolly old elf, Santa Claus himself. Well, in a sense. Join us as we celebrate the Feast of Steven Moffat, take a joyous romp through the closing chapter of the series, and toast the last televised release from Doctor Who for many moons to come.

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There Are No Stupid Questions…

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If there’s one thing Steven Moffat knows how to do exceptionally well, it’s how to leave a viewer exasperated and asking, “But…but…what about (this)?” While Series 8 certainly had a fair number of fascinating revelations and answers, there are still plenty of questions left untended.

This week, we discuss some of the glaring omissions, some minor holes in our knowledge, and the minuscule things that shouldn’t bother us…but we can’t help but keep going over in our head. (For example, where is the explanation that was promised regarding the Doctor’s ring?) Do we come up with brilliant and faith-affirming answers for you? Heck, no! But we promise: our fumbled attempts at explanations and frustration over our lack of answers will be highly entertaining.

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New Doctor, Seeking Patience

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The question of how Peter Capaldi would live up to his predecessors was on the lips and minds of every Whovian leading up to Series 8. It was mere moments into “Deep Breath” that the question shifted to, “Now what?” By the time the viewing audience skidded to a halt at the close of “Death in Heaven”, the query might well have been, “Where does he go from here?”

This week we take a look at the personal character arc that our newest Doctor has traversed, and how his distinct persona fits into the overall legacy of the show. We discuss his strengths and shortcomings, what transitions he had undergone (both positive and negatively), and what the journey thus far means for the near and far future of our beloved “100% Rebel Time Lord”.

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A Masterful Villain

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It makes perfect literary sense. How do you create a villain who is legitimately threatening, an engaging and interesting match for the protagonist’s strengths, but is not over-powerful? Simple solution: You take the hero, and make them evil. If someone is so near to your intellectual and capable equal in nearly all counts, the “chess match” is all the more balanced, and victory that much harder to attain. So it makes sense that Doctor Who showrunners would nurture such a perfect foil, and bring them out every now and again to incite a war of wits. Now, if only there were a way to disguise them, to change their face to keep surprising the hero…

From the moment Roger Delgado stepped into frame and began manipulating the human race in Terror of the Autons, it was apparent that we had a villain cut from the same cloth as our hero. As situations quickly arose that saw the Doctor appearing one step behind, confounded by intellect, technology and physical capabilities matching his own, viewers became invested in a counterpart who was a clear danger throughout time. This week, we look at the Master’s first appearance and compare it to the modernizations of the character recently portrayed by John Simm and Michelle Gomez.

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