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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Fan Expo Dallas 2015

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This week, Keir and Jay take a backseat and make Haley do all of the heavy lifting as we listen to some of the great panels by Sylvester McCoy, Billie Piper, and Karen Gillan from Fan Expo Dallas. (It’s about time Haley pulled her weight, seriously. Sheesh.)

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The Nutty Professor

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Magician, mentor, madman. When Sylvester McCoy took the control panel of the TARDIS from Colin Baker during the break between Series 23 and 24, he had quite the challenge in front of him. Thanks to a complex repertoire of dramatic skills ranging from classical to slapstick, a primary script writer who had a clear direction of the story he wished to tell, and a viewer-satisfying Companion arc, our Seventh Doctor rose to that challenge, and this week we delve into three episodes that testify to that accomplishment: Dragonfire, The Curse of Fenric, and Survival.

(We’re also thrilled to be joined in the studio again by our newest GPR regular contributor, Haley Malle, whom we promptly throw into the deep end of Classic Who with no preparation, and see how she floats. Geronimo!)

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