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PodCulture 382: TARDIS Interruptus – Vol. 35

Back for the second half of the Twin Podcast Dilemma, it’s TARDIS Interruptus!

In the first half of the close, Brad reads a comment on our Feedback question from one of our favorite listeners, Billy. He gives us his thoughts on the Sixth Doctor, including Vengeance on Varos and Attack of The Daleks. Richard responds about differences between audio and televised stories. Christina sympathizes with the actors and would like to see them in other things. The gang discusses checks and balances of tv production. Richard and Adam begin a conversation about film versus video and quality of product.

In a Whovian Geek and Tell, Brad tells about the Doctor Who pinball machine around Christina’s hometown. He manages to find backing art on Ebay. He shares the two mini kits, including a light up TARDIS and a rolling Dalek. Christina is putting out the word looking for help with an Oswin costume for Dragon Con.

In the second part of the epic close, Nick chides new Who fans who don’t take interest in the classic series. Richard makes his strong feelings known about the topic. Nick lets the listeners know that there is a “best of” homework list on the Facebook site. Richard apologizes and understands that fans are fans regardless. Christina poses the question about which other companion would be best for Colin Baker’s Doctor. Nick votes for Teegan, and the rest of the gang agrees on Donna.

In final thoughts, Richard asks the audience to give Colin a chance, keeping an open mind. The Doctor known least to Adam, he finds the discussions helpful and warms up to Colin. Nick recognizes it’s not Colin’s fault that it is a lesser favorite era. Christina is glad she finally watched the Sixth Doctor stories and likes the harshness of his character. She is excited that he’s coming to Fandomfest in Louisville in July. Brad will watch more Colin, if for no other reason than two qualities of Peri. Nick explains The Peri Scale. Christina mentions the Doctor Who episode of Pointless.

Music this week comes from The Ken Spivey Band with Companion’s Lament and Time For A New Companion (Tardis My Home).

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PodCulture 381: TARDIS Interruptus – Vol. 34

Welcome back to PodCulture: TARDIS Interruptus!

In honor of June the crew begins their show on the scathing Sixth Doctor, playing by brilliant Colin Baker. (Who will be at FandomFest 2013 right here in Louisville KY)

Nick starts discussion with how Colin comes to find himself in The TARDIS, changes in episode structure and Richard shares region specific airings.

The story they watched this week was Mark Of The Rani, so Nick and Richard give a brief synopsis. A renegade Timelord, the group enjoys the banter between The Rani and The Master. Richard mentions the possibility that the set design and color could have hurt the production at the time. Nick speaks about the more violet underlying themes in the Colin Baker years. They discuss Michael Grade and the 18 month hiatus.

Christina introduces Geek Cuisine this week. She shares Dalek cookies from Traci and Yo Central. Brilliantly soft and adorably designed, there will be much fighting over The Doctor’s tasty nemeses!

Richard talks about the possible causes for the hiatus between the 6th Doctor’s series. There is much finger pointing between writers, actors, producers and show-runners, but nothing is definitive. He and Nick mention aspects of causes, outcomes and theories. Adam reads a quote about the misguided attempt at garnering support with the song, “The Doctor In Distress”. Nick takes a second give John-Nathan Turner the benefit of the doubt and leads in to mention of the Doctor Who Slipback audio episodes.

When they come back from the break, the topic turns to Peri, The Doctor’s personality, and how the two either fit or play against each other. Christina likes him, warts and all. They compare audio portrayals to the screen characterizations. Nick gives a quick review of each story. He doesn’t love the baggage-laden mentions of the a-list nemeses of the Daleks and Cybermen. He and Richard speak to their least favorite elements of Timelash. They mention the unusual Revelation Of The Daleks story. Nick outlines the Trial Of The Timelord group of episodes, which says goodbye to Peri and hello to Mel, and the various implications of the format. They mention the stories that got scrapped for the year that didn’t happen.

Music this week is the song, “The Doctor In Distress” by Who Cares.

Extra special thanks to Audible.com! As a PodCulture: TARDIS Interruptus listener, you can click the link on our site and get a 30 day free trial to explore the over 100,000 audiobook titles and choose one to download for free. With apps for every phone, computer and tablet, you can take your library with you everywhere. So click, download and tell us what you’ve chosen!

PodCulture 376: TARDIS Interruptus – Vol. 33

After an introduction by The Doctor himself Peter Davison, the PodCulture: TARDIS Interruptus team continue their series of Doctor Who Anniversary specials with a discussion of the Fifth Doctor’s time in the TARDIS.

Nick has assigned us the homework of The Caves of Androzani, which was recently re-released with new extras. He and Richard give us the rundown of the advent of Peter Davison’s tenure, and how he came to inhabit the TARDIS. He explains the overlap in companions, this time being Tegan and Adric. The pair discuss the device of having multiple companions and plot entanglements with props. The gang muses on what makes Peter Davison special as a Doctor. Christina’s theory is his screen versus theatrical method of acting.

Back from the break, Nick gives us a synopsis of Caves of Androzani. The Doctor sacrifices himself for the life of Perri, and they take a moment to list of regeneration causes thus far. The professors speak to the solid Davison stories, having very few complaints. Each takes a moment to talk about the 180 turnaround between Five and Six and how they treat companions. The 5th Doctor had his share of varied sets and monsters and the guys mention some of their favorites. Christina really enjoyed Black Orchid because of the use of the earthbound time travel story about human monsters. Going from the good to the bad, they touch on the villains that Davison’s Doctor has faced.

Brad and Christina sit down with Peter Davison and talk to him about Doctor Who’s enduring quality, the fact that it has become a family business, and even answers a question or two about Law and Order UK.

Musical guests for this episode are: The Ken Spivey Band with “Time for a New Companion (Tardis My Home)” and Devo Spice with “Companion Application”

PodCulture 373: TARDIS Interruptus – Vol. 32

Thanks to the TARDIS, Nick picks up right where he left off, discussing The Key To Time series of Tom Baker’s Doctor. He explains about the overall arc of the series, the character of Romana as his companion, and his disappointment in Douglas Adams. Taking a moment to talk about the effervescent Mary Tamm, Nick mentions what makes her special. It leads him to compare Mary Tamm to Lala Ward, lending sympathy to Lala’s less luminous portrayal and the tragic rotating regenerations. Shada was supposed to close out the year, but Richard and Nick explain why it wasn’t to be. The next year begins with changes both minor and matrimonial, all of which spark more evolution of the 4Th Doctor’s run. He bids goodbye to K-9 and Romana, and Nissa is introduced, but has yet to earn her TARDIS key. Nick takes time to comment on Adric playing opposite the 4th Doctor. Geoffrey Beavers (Mr. Caroline John) is back as the Master before regenerating into Anthony Ainley’s incarnation. Tom Baker went through the usual phases of trying to get outside the shadow of the scarf after leaving the show, but has come to love giving back to the fans.

Back from a break, Brad reads some responses to the Facebook Question about favorite moments or thoughts about the 4th Doctor era. Billy talks about The Ark In Space and the dynamic of Harry, Sarah and The Doctor. Matt replies with the fact that Tom was his first Doctor and Jelly Babies are part of his best memories. Christina shares the joy her mom experienced with her first Jelly Babies. Brad shows of some of the new decals from Decal Mike, including some awesome Whovian swag.

Wrapping up, Richard loves Tom, despite the rocky last couple of years. Christina is forever enchanted by the 4th Doctor, and Nick is dressed up in all his Bakerness. Brad might not see the resemblance between Tom and his dad, but finds him fabulous. Nick gives shout outs to his friends on the Who North America forums.

Music this week comes from the brilliant Chameleon Circuit, “Type 40”.

Extra special thanks to Audible.com! As a PodCulture: TARDIS Interruptus listener, you can click the link on our site and get a 30 day free trial to explore the over 100,000 audiobook titles and choose one to download for free. With apps for every phone, computer and tablet, you can take your library with you everywhere. So click, download and tell us what you’ve chosen!