PodCulture 257: TARDIS Interruptus – Vol.8: Goodnight Sarah-Jane

The PodCulture crew is joined by Nick and Richard once again and they take another TARDIS Interruptus journey thru time and space as they pay tribute to the late actress Elisabeth Sladen fondly remembered as The Doctor’s companion Sarah-Jane Smith. They discuss her first journey in the TARDIS “The Time Warrior”, her exit from the classic series “The Hand of Fear”, and her return in the new series “School Reunion”. Favorite moments and memories are shared as well as tributes from those who worked with Lis in the production of Doctor Who.

Brian from the British Invaders podcast brings us a brief history of the character Sarah-Jane Smith, and John from the Critical Myth podcast along with Treeva from Alabama call in to the voicemail line and share their feelings and memories as well.

Special musical guests for this episode are: New Magnet with their song “What’s the Story Sarah Jane?” and Talis Kimberley with “Goodnight, Sarah-Jane”

PodCulture 248: TARDIS Interruptus – Vol. 5

Hello, sweeties! The geeks have the phone box!

Brad, Adam and Christina welcome a TARDIS full of companions this week! We welcome back Justin, and introduce Nick and Richard! We would like to pay our respects to Nicholas Courtney and dedicate this episode to one of his favorite classic episodes, Inferno with the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee. Nick gives us a synopsis of how U.N.I.T. came to be, and the origin of the character of Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. He discusses ownership of characters and the Peter Cushing movies, and gives us an overview of the Inferno story. He adds anecdotes about the continuity and familial relationship between cast and crew of the era.

When we return, we’ve watched the seven part story and come back to discuss the brilliance of Nicholas Courtney. Having played a duel role in the story, he got to flex his acting muscles and the whole gang appreciates his prowess. Richard also discuss him in Terror of the Zygons with Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor and Mawdryn Undead among others. The group discusses the possibilities and their wishes for his passing’s mention in the show. Nick discusses the mention of obscure companions, like Polly, in the recent mention of The Doctor’s companions past. Tributes to previously lost members of the Doctor Who family are mentioned and Christina hopes they put an appropriate one on the next set of DVDs. Justin wants Nick and Richard to teach Who University, and Christina and Adam will gladly attend. Nick talks about multiple releases of DVDs that now include new extra features, including multiple commentary tracks. Justin and Brad talk about Who episodes on Netflix and the up-side of cutting the cable. Nick mentions the many bonus features on the 2 Entertain DVDs, including the U.N.I.T recruitment video on the Spearhead From Space DVDs. Justin asks what Nick and Richard’s hopes for homages to classic Doctor in the new series. Both agree that the new series does justice to things such as the Macra, and Richard would like to see new episodes produced in the old style. Richard points out the magic wand of the Sonic Screwdriver and notes the quick dialogue in the new series, wishing for more conversation. Nick misses the adventure relationship on the show and enjoyed that facet of the Doctor’s relationship with Donna. Although he appreciates Steven Moffat and Russel T. Davies, he wishes Terrance Dicks would write for the show. They discuss rights to various monsters and overuse versus changing a particular villain. Nick shares the origin of the Dalek stories and how they played out for each Doctor, as well as the Master’s role in the 1971 Doctor. They debate on the lack of use of the Tardis to travel beyond earth in the past few years. Justin mentions the Graham Norton interruption in his past season, and Nick throws in a theory of the Cybermen in different universes and finds the Tenth Planet versions the scariest. Brad and Christina tell the tale of the most frightening “Are You My Mummy” moment. We go from Autons to Cybermats to Cybershades. What scares you? Justin shares that he’s going to arm his young nephew with a Sonic Screwdriver! Nick shares his favorite spot for Who swag, Whona.com! Justin and Brad talk about the Doctor Who iPod game.

In a mini-impromptu Geek Cuisine, Brad shares his Mike’s Hard Strawberry Lemonade and another bag of Jelly Babies! Christina opted for a proper English Who watching and had tea with her Jelly Babies.

In conclusion, we’d like to thank Nick, Richard and Justin for joining us for our honoring Nicholas Courtney in a way only geeks can!

PodCulture 235: Goodbye Pop

Howdy folks! This isn’t a normal episode of PodCulture, but one I wanted to share. On Friday December 3rd my father passed after a long and difficult struggle with cancer. This episode is is his memorial service. I had always wanted to have Dad here on the show at some point, but alas it never happened. This way Dad can at last be a part of the show thru the words and feeling expressed by his friends and family.

Thanks for listening gang, and we will be back to the usual geekery soon!


PodCulture Presents: Stargate Louisville Salutes Don S. Davis

Brad and Christina take a week off from PodCulture, and dust off the Stargate Louisville podcast and join friends and fans in remembering a dear part of the sci-fi community, actor Don S. Davis.

Whether you knew him as Scully’s dad on The X-Files, Major Garland Briggs on Twin Peaks or as General George S. Hammond on Stargate: SG1, fans were treated with a brilliant and heartfelt performance in everything Don did.

We had the distinct privilege of meeting Don at Dragon*Con two ago, and the genuine kindness of his man became a favorite memory of the trip. He was so happy to sit and chat with us, sign autographs and answer questions. A brilliant storyteller, consummate actor, and immeasurable footprint has been swept from us. May he be just on the other side of The Event Horizon, just waiting with smiles and jokes to share.

Please join us as we share clips from past convention panels, and some of our memories. We would also like to thank the listeners who have shared their stories with us (and you) as well.

Should you wish to, please make a donation to the American Heart Association in Don’s memory.