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.






Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 10:25am CDT

Episode 33: Things Taste Better Poured from a Box: A Look at the Series 5 Boxed Set

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at The TARDIS Tavern!  With the celebration of the domination of the Native American people before us, we review the features and stories contained in the Series 5 Blu-Ray boxed set released earlier this month.  What are our favorites stories?  Is in-vision commentary necessary?  Is it possible that Steve is in love with Arthur Darvill?

Of course, we read a spot of feedback (and some respectful criticism as well).  And take note, dear listeners, the Tavern will be open intermittingly through Christmas as we deal with our professional lives.  You may look forward to an episode in the meantime, perhaps, but keep in mind we have no intention of shutting our doors permanently.

The artwork of Matt Smith used as a thumbnail was painted by Brad Collins.  Take a look at his portraits of other Doctors at http://www.etsy.com/shop/bradcollins.

Please send us some fun audio feedback!  And, of course, join us on our Facebook page and follow Sean's ramblings on Twitter via @tardistavern.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Direct download: TARDIS_Tavern_Episode_33.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 3:39pm CDT

Episode 32: Pot Luck in the Drunk Tank

Something's amiss at the Tavern lately.  The gentlemen have gone missing.  Have they gone sober?  Did they go on vacation?  Never!  Unfortunately, on the way to the Tavern to record this one, Sean and Steve found themselves absconded by the local authorities, who were not impressed with Steve's decision to urinate on a dumpster or Sean's impression of Carol Channing.

As they say across the pond, things were a bit at sixes and sevens without their usual stomping grounds to record in, so the gentlemen were forced to tape a session more or less off the cuff.  With little time to prepare, they each picked a story to watch and review, but there was no time for the other to watch the same story.  This is a clumsy and roundabout way of saying we review two stories this episode, and each story will be a surprise to one of us.  And we're in the drunk tank.  Good times.

Next episode we take a look at the new Season (er, Series) Five box set!  We are practically weeing with anticipation over here!

We want feedback, so send it to us as tardistavern@gmail.com.  Also, join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter via @tardistavern.  It's good to be back from our one-week hiatus.

Direct download: TARDIS_Tavern_Episode_32.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 12:55pm CDT

Are you in terrible need of some brain bleach after listening to Episode 30?  Do you like zombies?  Have a disease that needs an instant cure?  We travel north of the Mason Dixon line this time and pay a visit to our friends Wendell and Wes from The Omega Podcast.  It's a cacophony of accents, and this time there's someone to clean up the peanut shells.

We cast our gaze on the Tenth Doctor story "New Earth," with its cat nurses and zombies.  [Editor's Note: Those aren't real zombies.  Real zombies eat human flesh and walk really slow.  Just sayin'.]  We get a little off track because, hey, it's four podcasters talking Doctor Who that have never met before, but it's all in good fun.  It was the last time anybody told me I was beautiful.

If you would like to hear more of The Omega Podcast, please check them out here: http://theomegapodcast.org/

Special thanks to all those who provided feedback as well as to Adam from The 20 Megabyte Doctor Who Podcast in advance for being a good sport.  Please send us some feedback (audio or video, but we like audio) to tardistavern@gmail.com, join us on Facebook, or follow Sean's drunken tweets at @tardistavern.

Direct download: TARDIS_Tavern_Episode_31.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 8:06pm CDT

Episode 30: So it's Come to This: THE DALEK PORN!!!

Back in 2005, an enterprising film crew put together an unbelievably low budget flick featuring naked lesbians and Daleks called Abducted by Daleks.  Quite understandly, the BBC put a stop to what they must have perceived as a smear on the reputation of Daleks across the universe and promptly set their lawyers (or solicitors?) on the filmmakers.  Rumors say that only about a thousand copies exist, although horny fan boys everywhere have probably produced enough pirate copies as there are sperm in a spoonful of semen.

Although we here at The TARDIS Tavern spoke of the Dalek "porn" as if it were the Holy Grail, we were delighted when we were contacted by a jaunty fellow from Liverpool named Tom Riley who gladly permitted us to, um..."borrow" his copy.  We are proud to celebrate our 30th episode with a synopsis and review of this little gem.  Enjoy!

As an aside, it is important to note that the term "Dalek porn" is rather a loose term.  This is not a hardcore sex flick; there's no penetration, no male nudity, and just a bunch of T&A.  Thus, for those of you who are a little soft around the edges, you need not fear to tread here, as our conversation doesn't get into explicit details since there really aren't any.  (Come to think of, if you're a little soft around the edges, what are you doing listening to this in the first place?)

Special thanks to Draculasaurus and Adam from the 20 Megabyte Doctor Who Podcast for their audio feedback.  We encourage you to send us some at tardistavern@gmail.com.  Also, join or Facebook group (we're trying to get more members than The Omega Podcast) and follow Sean's drunken tweets on Twitter via @tardistavern.

Direct download: TARDIS_Tavern_Episode_30.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 11:00pm CDT

Episode 29: Flames On the Side of My Face a/k/a Planet of Fire

We are honored and pleased to have Katrina from the popular Bridging the Rift podcast joining us as we talk about "Planet of Fire," hot on the heels of its DVD release.

This was an interesting one, particularly since what you can't hear is over an hour of footage on the cutting room floor in which we discuss such inanity as Star Trek, Star Wars, and The Human Centipede.  (Oh wait, maybe that last one was just in my head.)

On a side note, special thanks to Katrina for not only being on our show, but saving the day after Sean's Audacity application froze up midway through the session without his knowledge.

As for next week, we have a very special treat for you.  We will be making Doctor Who podcasting history by reviewing something that most fans have never had the pleasure of getting their hands on.  Want to take a guess what it is?  Discuss below...

We have grown particularly fond of audio feedback, but regular emails are swell too.  Send them to tardistavern@gmail.com.  If you're into reading people's drunken ramblings, join Sean on Twitter via @tardistavern and also please sign up and say hello on our Facebook page.

Direct download: TARDIS_Tavern_Episode_29.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 1:33pm CDT

Episode 28: What Happened Last Night? a/k/a The Mind Robber

Honoring the wishes of that wonderful fellow from Chicago, Lloyd, who won our contest a couple weeks ago, we focus on one of the only six Second Doctor stories that exists in its entirety: "The Mind Robber."

Much can be said about this episode, but because (1) you may as well listen to it as long as you're reading this and (2) I'm just too damn hungry to type anything clever, we'll let you discover the delights of the magical land of make-believe all on your own.

This one's for you, Lloyd

Oh, I almost forgot...no feedback!  We know it's the off-season, but someone out there must love us!  Please pretty please, send feeback to tardistavern@gmail.com.  Also look for our group on Facebook (thanks to those who recently joined!) and follow us on Twitter at @tardistavern.

Direct download: TARDIS_Tavern_Episode_28.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

Episode 27: The Masque of Men-Draggin-On

We open our doors with welcome arms to Eric and Josh from the "Mostly Harmless Cutaway" podcast as we review -- between sloshes and swirls -- that old Tom Baker favorite, "The Masque of Mandragora."

Did "Doctor Who" have a "gay agenda" even back then?  Can Mandragora energy pilot the TARDIS without anyone knowing?  Can you ever have enough wigs?  And how does the Doctor walk away with nothing but a handful of sausage?  We touch on all these subjects (or at least stumble around them) as we put this compelling historical story under the microscope.

Tune in next time for our look at "The Mind Robber," the story chosen by last episode's contest winner.

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Direct download: TARDIS_Tavern_Episode_27.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 7:46am CDT

Episode 26: All About Doctor 11 and The Ring of Steel

Concluding our "Eleven Doctors" series, we chose not to beat a dead horse and review a story which has already been beaten to death by every other podcast.  Nevertheless, the rules state we must present you with a podcast about an Eleventh Doctor story, thus we bring you "The Ring of Steel."

"The Ring of What?" you say?  Well, once there were these things made out of paper, and the paper was usually sandwiched together with bits of carboard.  On the papers were words, and when read in sequence these words tell a story.  In fact, I'm told that many of the things we see on television or the movies originated as the these strange paper-word-story things.  It just so happens that there are quite a number of these stories -- they're call books, by the way -- that have been published over the years by the BBC and one or two other companies that are actually Doctor Who stories.  That's right, brand new original stories...like watching a version of the show but it's all on paper and you can recreate the details in your imagination.

However, we at The TARDIS Tavern do not have time for reading...who can concentrate long enough when you drink yourself to sleep every night anyway.  But it just so happens that many of these stories have been released as audio books, the most recent being The Ring of Steel by Stephen Cole (and read by Arthur Darvill, who plays Rory).  And that, my dears, is what we will be talking about today.

Oh, and we have some very good feedback as well, the best of which we're saving for last.  Plus we announce the winner of our "Abominable Snowmen" contest.  For Episode 27 we're having some more guest bartenders, so keep a vigilant ear out.

Feebback and erotic stories may be sent to tardistavern@gmail.com.  Follow Sean on Twitter on @tardistavern and Steve @stevetardistvrn.  Plus, join our Facebook page...or else.

Direct download: TARDIS_Tavern_Episode_26.mp3
Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

A Very Special Day at the Tavern...

Today, Thursday, 19th is Sean’s Birthday.  Sean is thirty<cough> <cough> <cough> something years young today.  Everyone here at the TARDIS Tavern (just me actually) wish Sean a very happy and safe celebration.  His liver would also like to congratulate Sean as it didn’t think it would make it through another year. 



Category:Doctor Who -- posted at: 7:09am CDT





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