We continue our Countdown to Christmas in a familiar animated Colorado hamlet, joining a group of friendly adorable schoolchildren on their way to school.  This, of course, is just set dressing for our discussion of the next holiday special on our list (they're in no particular order), "A Christmas Carol".  Will Dumbledore find redemption in this science fiction twist on the Dickens classic?  Will true love be found at the end?  Will fish fly?  If you don't know the answers to these questions, you probably haven't seen the epiosde...so go watch it before you listen to these drunken fools yammer on about it!

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Having escaped the frozen wasteland, our heroes find themselves taking refuge in a very familiar (and very haunted) hotel.  As Lloyd the Guest Bartender pours the drinks, the topic of Christmas comes up once again, and we continue the third installment of our scintillating discussions of the holiday episodes with the Tenth Doctor's official first story, "The Christmas Invasion".

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Our journey through a wintry wonderland continues with our second installment in our countdown of our selected Christmas specials, "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe".  (Let me take this time to say that I fully endorse the use of the Oxford comma and judge the BBC for not using it.)

To return a favor from three years ago, the Doctor inserts himself into the lives of a family of three, enticing them to an abandoned mansion with plans of bringing them to a magical alien world on Christmas morning.  And then, of course, everything goes tits up, the magical wonderland is not what it seems, and in true Moffat style, dead people come back to life and everyone lives happily every after.  (Oops, spoilers!)

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:56am CST

Episode 122: Countdown to Christmas, Part 1

Tired of listening to podcasts about Series Eight, Steven Moffat, and Peter Capaldi?  Then wait no more, because we exist to go against the grain of the Doctor Who podcasting community.  It's just a few more weeks until Christmas, so we're going to do things Casey Kasem style until then and dedicate some time to analyzing those episodes which tend to get the short shrift because of their odd placement in the show's schedule, existing in the limbo between two separate seasons and airing at a time when we have other things on our minds.  That's right, we're turning our sights to the Christmas episodes.

We'll begin this journey in 2008, back when RTD was the showrunner, David Tennant was the Doctor, and most people on this side of the pond thought David Morrissey was probably the full name of that weird English pop star.  This episode we'll be talking about "The Next Doctor".

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First off, in the most masturbatory way possible, we would like to wish ourselves HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  It was five years ago from the release of this episode that we published our very first one, and our livers are begging us to stop.

But now for more serious business.  This time we’re joined by our friend Chris Spencer whom we had the pleasure of meeting at DFW Whofest last year (that was a year ago, wow!) to discuss most of the second half of Series Eight, from “Kill the Moon” to “In the Forest of the Night”.  (Yes, we know this is being released the day after “Dark Water” aired, but what do we look like, a real professional podcast that actually does things in a timely manner?)  Also, by the way, we’ve died and gone to hell.

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Never fear, dear listeners, we are alive and well and have been enjoying Series Eight along with all the rest of you.  However, we’re either just too busy half the time and lazy the other half of the time to record our impressions and bring them to you on a weekly basis, like some of those other podcasts (we won’t mention names, but there’s a ton of them).

We are pleased to bring you, recorded in the back seat of a car driven by a cat, our discussion of Series Eight thus for (sans “Deep Breath” and “Into the Dalek”, which were covered previously).  Enjoy!

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We’ve pretty much run the gamut of the McCoy era, so it’s about time we got to “Remembrance of the Daleks”, with our friend Phil Birkett of the Braving Babylon 5 podcast.

This episode is so long, we actually had to trim our discussion about “Robot of Sherwood”, but we get plenty of discussion about “Remembrance” and “Into the Dalek” and even squeeze in a couple short interviews of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman as conducted by our roving reporter, Andre Tessier.

Hold onto your butts, this is a big one.

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Our heroes took a break from their bizarre journey through time and space to spend some quiet, safe time in Austin, Texas, where they were invited to attend a “live” viewing of “Deep Breath” via the local Doctor Who meetup group.

It is therefore with great pleasure that we present our short discussion of “Deep Breath” in front of a “live studio audience”.  (Apologies for the slightly sucky audio quality; we were unable to control some of the dynamics in this enormous room.)

Special thanks to Bill Scheel and Marvin of the DFW 8787 chapter of Pflugerville, Texas for permitting us to do this!

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Celebrations at the Tavern!

Today is Sean's Liver forty(mumble mumble)something birthday.  I'm totally shocked that it has made it this far.  So I raise a glass of Three Olives Bubble Gum vodka to my dear friend's liver and salute its endurance and ability to take so much punishment!  Please feel free to send Sean's Liver Happy Birthday wishes to the Facebook account or email it with congratulations to tardistavern@gamil.com.






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Every now and then one must turn one’s sights away from the brilliant (as in “Pyramids of Mars”) and the ridiculous (I’m looking at you, “Mindwarp”) and focus on something that’s just plain fun.  With that, we sit down in a dark, wet alley with our good friend Josh Zimon of The Memory Cheats and A Mostly Harmless Cutaway to discuss “The Chase”, featuring the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki.

Whilst grappling with feral cats and diving in dumpsters, will we conclude that “The Chase” is an underrated gem…or does it deserve to go down in history as one of the most craptastic pieces of television ever produced?  Listen and find out!

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Having killed yet another guest host, the gentlemen escape to the streets of New York City, where they are rescued by a willing (and oddly familiar) cab driver.

Since Episode 115 was about “The Enemy of the World”, it seemed fitting to start a pattern, so we set our sights on “The End of the World”, featuring the Ninth Doctor and Rose.  Was it as good as a giant moisturizer?  Or did it leave us feeling dried out and flappy?  Listen in and find out!

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With the blood of yet another guest host on their hands, our brave hosts seek refuge at an all too familiar restaurant and exchange witter banter about nothing.  After that's done, they focus their attention on the Second Doctor romp "The Enemy of the World", in which Patrick Troughton dons black face and a questionable accent.  Order a big salad, be the master of your domain, and listen in as they talk about whether this is a brilliant gem of a story or one better left undiscovered.


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We awaken from our short visit in purgatory in the nursing embrace of Andre Tessier of L.I. Who.  Sean and Steve are off the island and in the safety of civilization, but will they survive the emergency room and the D.T’s without a drop of alcohol in sight?

To keep our minds at ease, we discuss the epic Sixth Doctor and Peri story “Mindwarp”, as you do.  Is it Syltastic?  Or a disgrace to 1980’s “Doctor Who”?  Grab some marsh minnows to munch on and listen in.

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In this very special episode, we are joined by a special guest, nobody, from no podcast whatsoever as we escape to the world between our own and the one beyond.  Are we dead?  Or is this merely a fiction?

Speaking of things that seem like one thing but are totally not, we talk about “The Vampires in Venice”, and get lost in a lot of bunny trails along the way?  Will we cast this story into the depths as food for our spawn?  Or embrace the dark side?

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After leaving behind the alien spacecraft (and another dead podcaster), our heroes find themselves dining at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.  The Dish of the Day is none other than JB Anderton of the Who 37 podcast, and he turns out to be rather tasty.

The time is ripe to talk about the Fifth Doctor once again, so we turn our sights to Peter Davison’s first filmed portrayal of the Doctor, “Four to Doomsday”.  Will we be persuaded to see enlightenment in this story?  Or is just a smear of green picked with pieces of Adric’s yellow tunic.  Relax, pass the sodium chloride, and listen in!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm CST

Having killed off no less than three podcasters on their quest, Sean and Steve jump from the flying pan into the fire as they are rescued by an Unidentified Flying Object.  Once aboard, they meet first-time guest Warren of Radio Free Skaro.  What better way to pass the time than to excise our opinions regarding nerdery in general and discuss the infamous story “The Happiness Patrol”.  It’s bilerific!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:27pm CST

When we last saw them, our heroes had been rescued by a tribe of Amazon women and then found refuge amongst the packages being delivered to the States.  Will their new form of transport deliver them to safety?  Or is this rescue plan nothing more than a Trojan horse?

We are joined by our perennial guest Josh Zimon of A Mostly Harmless Cutaway, The Memory Cheats, and Prognosis Negative to turn the clock back to 1971, when a certain Third Doctor was exiled to our planet and fought invading aliens with the help of UNIT.  This time around we talk “The Daemons”.  Is it worthy of its reputation?  Will this be the one that finally transforms Steve into a Pertwee fan?  Listen and find out!

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Having bid farewell to the late Chris Burgess, our heroes discover that Erika and Kat, both from Verity!, have taken up lives as jungle Amazons!  (Stories of their four co-hosts being cannibalized may have been exaggerated.)

As we push aside the corpse of the late Radio Free Skaro co-host, we settle down with our two favorite Amazonians to discuss Robert Holmes’ “The Sun Makers”.  And, we assure you, this has nothing to do with the fact that April 15 is just behind us.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:33pm CST

When we left our heroes in Episode 107, they were being stalked in the woods (or is it a jungle?) by an unknown and definitely large beast.  Their fears have been allayed, however, as the beast turns out to be none other than Chris Burgess of Radio Free Skaro.

Without further ado or pondering why so many Doctor Who podcasters coincidentally are on this island, the three of them travel back in time to the Hartnell era for a deep insightful discussion of “The Ark”, featuring the First Doctor, Steven, and Dodo.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm CST

Having escaped the hungry clutches of the cannibalistic John Branigan and his cohorts, our heroes catch their breath in the forest…however, is something large and dangerous hunting them?  Have they (almost literally) jumped from the frying pan into the fire?

We take what precious time we have left to discuss “The Awakening”, that precocious story featuring the Fifth Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough.  Also, much to the frustration of one cohost, we take a listen to the short story “Special Features”from Big Finish’s The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories.

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It’s time once again to focus on something a little more current, and by “current” we mean something that has been released on DVD in the past 30 days (albeit televised in 1967).  We turn our gravity telescopes to bear on “The Moonbase” the Second Doctor adventure featuring Ben, Polly, and (sort of) Jamie.  It’s also notable in that it’s the second story, after “The Tenth Planet”, with the Cybermen.

Joining us for this ride 238,855 (that’s a fun fact, Google it!) is our friend John Branigan, formerly of The Cyber Testicle Podcast, although he’s now being syndicated on A Mostly Harmless Cutaway.  We can’t tell you how much fun it is while we get drunk in the morning with a chap six time zones away.

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Just when you thought your buoyant hosts were going to go the way of the Titanic, they make it to the shore of a deserted island to find an empty beach, a floatable portable bar, and…Doctor Phil Serna of the Adventures in Time, Space, and Music podcast!

What better time to relax, catch our breath, and talk about something important.  You know, like “The Deadly Assassin”!  So grab a pint of Gallifreyan ale and join the fun as we debate how many regenerations a Time Lord really has!

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Cashing in on our recent good luck in winning a free cruise to South Africa from a Nigerian sweepstakes, Episode 104 is set on shipboard.  Amidst sipping cocktails, laying by the pool, and playing shuffleboard, we set our sights on Christmas: specifically, what is regarded as one of the worst Christmas episodes ever in Doctor Who, “Voyage of the Damned”.

Will we be in the majority, panning this episode as a smear of crap in what was otherwise a decent year for the show?  Or will we take pleasure in all of the Christmas carnage that Russell T. Davies serves up?  Pour yourself a pina colada, listen, and find out!

Oh yeah, and we also manage to offend pretty much every minority group.  But if you’re not over that after 103 episodes, then that’s your problem.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:10pm CST

We hired a team of actuaries to research and tell us which of the Doctor’s incarnations’ episodes do we review the least often.  The unanimous response was the Ninth Doctor.  After Sean talked Steve off a windowsill after suggested “Aliens in London/World War III”, we settled on the one that started it all.

Thus, without further ado, we present our thoughts on 1980’s sitcoms with dead actors, followed by an in-depth discussion of “Rose”.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:39pm CST

As you may have guessed already (because you listeners are so, so smart), in this episode we chat about what Doctor Who has brought us in 2013, the year of its 50th birthday.

The second half of Series Seven is discussed, as well as just a little bit about “The Day of the Doctor” (see Episode 100 for more on that), An Adventure in Space and Time and, of course, “The Time of the Doctor”.  By the end there we’re pretty well into our cups and we forgot to address “The Web of Fear” and “The Enemy of the World”, but there was time for one little bit of feedback.  Enjoy, mates, and looking forward to 2014!

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