Episode 144: The Tawdry Quirk Shop

As the rest of fandom recovers from the self-proclaimed "devastating" conclusion of Series Nine, our heroes turn the dial on the Wayback Machine just a couple years back to when bow ties were cool.  Thus begins our review of "Amy's Choice", featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy, and Rory.

Also, there might be Muppets.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:21pm CST

Episode 143: Vengeance with Vodka

Our heroes find themselves in a strange, swampy, and stinky forest, and to pass the time they talk about "Vengeance on Varos", the titillating adventure featuring the Sixth Doctor and Peri.

Is this story a foreboding prediction of the television that would come?  Or did it leave us thirsty for more (and perhaps a nice glass of Perrier?).  Listen and find out!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:41pm CST

Episode 142: High for Happiness

Happy 6th birthday to The TARDIS Tavern!  To celebrate, our heroes enjoy the pizza and hospitality of the local Chuck E Cheese...specifically, the ball pit.  As they ponder the possibilities of acquiring any number of childhood germs, they discuss "Paradise Towers" the much-maligned story featuring the Seventh Doctor and Mel.

Is this another story appropriate for the trash heap?  Or can Steve and Sean find some redeeming qualities in it?  Listen in and find out!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:02pm CST

Episode 141: Salvation and Damnation

The time has come once again to circle back to something new in the world of Doctor Who, so we decided to go for something extremely divisive and controversial.

No, we won't be talking about "Daleks in Manhattan" (at least not yet), but rather the Second Series episode "Love and Monsters", featuring (sort of) the Tenth Doctor and Rose, a guy named Elton, and an alien that represents every troll that has ever made any Doctor Who fan group unfun.

Is "Love and Monsters" a droll piece of crap that should have been flushed down Russell T. Davis' loo?  Or is it a great symbolic romp with so much beneath that cheesy surface?  Take a listen and find out what we think!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:12pm CST

Episode 140: Radiation Gloves

51 years before Clara climbed inside of a Dalek, Ian Chesterton did the same thing.  The Daleks of yesteryear didn't fly, travel in time or space, and relied on static electricity to get around.  This time around we settle on an all-too-familiar planet and discuss "The Daleks", the story that started Britain's obsession with the exterminating pepper pots.  Does "The Daleks" stand the test of time, or is it as clunky as William Hartnell's line bloopers?

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:26pm CST

Episode 139: The Game Master

Our heroes have escaped the clutches of the Gods of Ragnarok only to be led astry into the domain of the Game Master, an evil and omnipotent being who delights in torturing his victims with trivia questions.

In actuality, we spared ourselves the task of actually doing homework and put all the burden on Josh Zimon, host of the podcasts Doctor Who: The High Council and The Memory Cheats.  Will our heroes know enough about Doctor Who to escape unscathed?  Or will their ignorance lead to their demise?

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm CST

Episode 138: The Tragic Death of Pigbin Josh

After a brief sabbatical, we're back!  The vortex manipulator drops our heroes off at a very, very familiar circus where they wile away their boredom with a discussion of "The Claws of Axos".

Also, there's listener feedback read by Steve in a funny voice followed by peals of laughter.  Really, we needed that month's rest!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:41pm CST

Episode 137: The One with the Farting Aliens

So it's come to this.  We have a small handful of stories left in the Ninth Doctor's era to cover, and eventually we would have to talk about the maligned episodes "Aliens of London" and "World War Three".  Does it deserve the eye-rolling that occurs every time this story is brought up in polite company?  Or are all those fart fumes just a smoke screen for what is actually a solid alien invasion story?  Listen in and see.

In other events, the gentlemen find themselves trapped a few years in the earth's past thanks to the vortex manipulator...where will it take them next?  Also...A CONTEST!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:48pm CST

Episode 136: Remember Your Varicose Veins

Because the Fourth Doctor is awesome.  Because we can't get enough of seeing Leela.  Because stories involves witches and rubbery monsters in English mansions seem to call to us.  It's our take on "Image of the Fendahl", in which the Doctor must fight an unspeakable horror from his home world.  Or something like that.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:45pm CST

Episode 135: When Sydney Met Verity

The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who brought us a literal trifecta for the fans on the big as well as the small screens.  There was, obviously, "The Day of The Doctor", Peter Davison's The Fiveish Doctors, and the BBC docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time.

For those of you that haven't been listening to this podcast for the last year and a half, we both think An Adventure in Space and Time is pretty much required viewing for anyone with a pulse, let alone anyone who has the slightest bit of interest in Doctor Who.  So please listen in as we talk about William Hartnell, Verity Lambert, Sydney Newman, and the genesis of the show we've dedicated so much time to.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

Episode 134: Who am I?

We're back!  Having required new livers as part of the recovery process from DFW Whofest (thank you, David and Marty), we're back to our regularly scheduled programming: giving you elongated reviews and inane discussion about Doctor Who episodes.

We've thrown the proverbial dart and this time it's landed on "Face of Evil", the Fourth Doctor story that marked Leela's debut.  Are you Team Sevateem or Team Tesh?  Find out which we are in our latest contribution to the world of Doctor Who podcastery.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:24am CST

Episode 133: An Evening in Irving with Terry Molloy

It's all about last weekend's Whofest 2 in Irving, Texas (that's in the Dallas area for those of you that may not know), and panels, discussions, and things that we saw.

Overall, a good time was had by all, but the highlight was our interview with Terry Molloy on Friday night, in which we discussed his role as Davros, Big Finish, and My Pretty Pony, among other things.  Take a listen and see how we did with our first official live interview!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:51pm CST

Episode 132: Tequila Repose

With just a week until Whofest 2, we thought we would sink our teeth into a story featuring the convention's guests, which makes "Revelation of the Daleks" a must-watch for this episode.

Also, Steve reads feedback and almost loses his voice and kills Sean from laughter in the process.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:22pm CST

We're still here!  After some unplanned technical issues and a misunderstanding regarding calendering (hi, Sean!), we bring you the very latest in drunken Whovian goodness: a discussion abouut the Fifth Doctor story "Black Orchid".  We're joined by Amanda Cole, who is also fluent in cosplay and convetions, as we pour some tea (read: booze) and discuss cricket...and murder!

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:31pm CST

A double scotch.  Kittens.  Sarah Jane Smith in a swimsuit.  These are things we all love, and at least one of them is in "Death to Daleks", featuring the Third Doctor (whose body double is apparently Ludwig von Beethoven), Sarah Jane, and the most impotent Daleks ever.

We also take some time to talk about recovery after Galifrey One, the upcoming Whofest 2 in Dallas, and manage to plug our email address, which actually exists.

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Category: -- posted at: 2:53pm CST

With things settling back to normal around the Tavern (and we've redecorated - do you like it?), we decide to invite one of our perrenial favorite guest bartenders, Chris Burgess of Radio Free Skaro fame.

We asked Chris what his least five favorite episodes were and, after narrowing them down to the one that would involve the least amount of time in preparation, we watched and discussed "The Doctor's Daughter", featuring the Tenth Doctor, Donna, and Martha.  Steve's Doctor Who Trivial Pursuit makes a comeback as well, proving once again that the writers of the questions strove to simultaneously insult our intelligence and make us feel like we know nothing.

Oh, a little sidenote...this was recorded immediately after the Superbowl, so all of us were already quite loaded before we hit the "Record" button.  That being said, The TARDIS Tavern accepts no responsibility or liability for anything said by any of its guest bartenders.

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Category: -- posted at: 3:06pm CST

Safely deposited back in the tavern after almost a year of traveling abroad, Steve and Sean put their feet up and watch the classic episode "Destiny of the Daleks", also known as "The One Where Romana Regenerates Five Times".

That anonmoly aside, does the remaining 95% of the story stand the test of time?  Is the return of Davros as thrilling as his first appearance?  Were the contractors who built the fiberglass walls on Skaro drunk?  And is it really such as surprise that the Movellans are androids?  (Whoops, spoilers!)  Listen in as we drunkenly discuss "Destiny of the Daleks" followed by a brief preview of Gallifrey One coming up in just a couple weeks.

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Category: -- posted at: 4:28pm CST

Back to our regularly scheduled programing, we turn the clock back to the Troughton era, when the Second Doctor fought tirelessly alongside everyone's favorite companions of those years, Jamie and Zoe, and they faced a recognized foe, the Ice Warrior.  Yes, it's a discussion of "The Seeds of Death", often confused with another story from years later "The Seeds of Doom", a fact of the tragedy of the random Doctor Who name generator.

With us on this journey to the moon by rocket is our good friend David Hooie.  We talk a little bit about David's early years with the show and about his podcast, Hoo on Who, before he deposits us via his own TARDIS into a location yet to be disclosed.  Stay tuned....

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:08am CST

With Christmas right behind us, it's time to wrap up (or unwrap?) our countdown to the holidays with our review of "Last Christmas"!

Put up your feet, pour yourself some mulled wine, and listen in as we talk about Dream Crabs, Santa Claus, and self-references to other films.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:27pm CST



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