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Two-minute Time Lord: A Doctor Who Podcast
5 minutes | May 15, 2022
2MTL 470: Something Old, Something New
Is RTD2 a nostalgia trip? Some thoughts on last week's announcement of Ncuti Gatwa, today's announcement of Catherine Tate and David Tennant, and the merits of old mistakes vs. new mistakes.
20 minutes | May 1, 2022
2MTL 469: TIME DILATION: The Streaming Future of Doctor Who
Jason Snell, co-host of Downstream on Relay FM and head of The Incomparable network of pop culture podcasts, joins me for a look at Doctor Who's future in a world where TV networks struggle to stay relevant and Netflix is losing a bunch of subscribers. The conversation is a "follow-out" from [...]
4 minutes | Apr 24, 2022
2MTL 468: "Legend of the Sea Devils" and Feeling Closer to "Fine"
When you're the sort of person for whom the meaning of "fine" turns from "good enough" to not so much, and maybe you start surrendering to pessimism, even after an honestly revolutionary conversation between Yaz and the Doctor.
4 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
2MTL 467: Parsing Age, Rose/Ten and Thasmin
The most tortured podcast episode title I've ever created, plus my Thasmin wishlist for "Legend of the Sea Devils."
6 minutes | Feb 15, 2022
2MTL 466: New Year's Hangover
Thoughts from the heart about a New Year's special that was a small story, coming at a time when I was struggling to come to terms with the last two years–and how I hope to look at Doctor Who anew following a return to Gallifrey One.
6 minutes | Dec 16, 2021
2MTL 465: Re: Flux ("The Vanquishers")
Sometimes the best TARDISes are crowded I'm not entirely sure who "The Vanquishers" applies to, TBH. Anyhoo, I took a little extra time to think about Chapter 6, and Flux as a whole, and why I ultimately think this effort to put eight pounds of plot into a six-pound bag succeeded despite itself.
5 minutes | Dec 4, 2021
2MTL 464: Steeling for the Finale ("Survivors of the Flux")
Tomorrow's the finale. Has the moment been prepared for? Chapter 5 left me a little worried.
4 minutes | Nov 28, 2021
2MTL 463: 2MTL 463: The Power of Blinking Without Blinking (“Village of the Angels”)
Recapture the essense of the Weeping Angels from "Blink"? Chibnall and Alderton understood the assignment.
5 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
2MTL 462: Atropositive ("Once, Upon Time")
Space opera? Narrative connections and context emerging? Yes, please: this is the episode that gave me faith in Chris Chibnall's arc. (This episode dedicated to the memory of NPR Books editor Petra Mayer.)
4 minutes | Nov 13, 2021
2MTL 461: Sontar…huh. ("War of the Sontarans")
In which the laudable advancement of the Doctor Who: Flux story and the "rehabilitation" of the Sontarans as villains bumps straight into how I feel about war movies.
4 minutes | Oct 31, 2021
2MTL 460: The Opposite of Episodic ("The Halloween Apocalypse")
Now this is a story all about how. My life got flipped turned upside down. Big, bold, and entirely un-self-contained, Doctor Who: Flux's first chapter may not have been the most welcoming to new viewers but is a very proper lead-off to the show's first modern miniseries.
12 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
2MTL 459: Nicole Hill on Russell T Davies's Return
Nicole Hill of @BlackTARDIS and @blkgirlscreate stops by for a conversation about their hopes and cautions for the new/old showrunner.
4 minutes | Sep 25, 2021
2MTL 458: Pregenerating a Showrunner
No one saw that coming. Russell T Davies's first era of Doctor Who is my favorite. What are some of the traps to avoid with his upcoming return as showrunner?
4 minutes | May 2, 2021
2MTL 457: About Noel Clarke
From the April 29, 2021, Guardian (UK): ‘Sexual predator’: actor Noel Clarke accused of groping, harassment and bullying by 20 women You can enjoy Mickey Smith the character in Doctor Who Series 1-4. But don’t defend Noel Clarke the actor. In an article for the UK Guardian on April 29, 2021, journalists Sirin Kale and Lucy Osborne painstakingly gathered and reported 20 allegations from women of being abused by actor, producer, and one-time Doctor Who recurring cast member Noel Clarke. The women stepped forward following the announcement that he would receive an award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema that month from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. In breaking their silence, Kale and Osborne write, the women “allege Clarke is a serial abuser of women, using his power in the industry to prey on and harass female colleagues, and sometimes bully those who fall out of favour.” Following the article’s publication, BAFTA suspended the award and Clarke’s membership. Any Doctor Who fans who want to venture an opinion about Noel Clarke should read this article first. I’ve linked it on social and it’s in the show notes. The article is damning. You have 20 women, either anonymously for their protection or on the record, sharing their stories of being groped, harassed, and humiliated. A reputable news organization simply does not go there without dotting every I and crossing every T, not when they’d be the likely target of a libel suit. I once shared a stage with Clarke, interviewing him at Long Island Who. I would never have picked up on him being predatory. But that’s how patriarchy works, hiding in plain sight. Since then, longstanding stories of other Doctor Who actors’ behavior on set have surfaced. Some of them, I didn’t want to believe. I’d read an account of an actress colleague giving one of them a pass for being a lad, or something like that, and maybe I’d tell myself that they all thought that it was in harmless fun, and when that actor returned in a guest role, I’d put the uncomfortable thought away. Easy for me to do, of course. Women, BIPoC people, queer people, they know better than me. They routinely do the work of distinguishing the art from the artist, and judging what to keep and what to throw away, because they don’t have the privilege of living in a world where the worst thing that happens to them when a popular actor is revealed as a predator is that their enjoyment of a TV show is reduced. My favorite pop culture properties, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, all have an expressly idealistic point of view. They’re humanistic, pro-freedom. They’re about being freaking kind. And in the last couple of years, there have been far too many examples, within these fandoms and even within these franchises, of people who supposedly identify with these ideals failing to walk the walk. I don’t always live up to those ideals myself, but I’m trying to do it today. You can enjoy Mickey Smith the character in Doctor Who Series 1-4. But don’t defend Noel Clarke the actor. And especially, don’t focus on how his actions affect Doctor Who the franchise, or Doctor Who the fandom. That’s centering your own feelings. There are 20 women—at least—who deserve greater consideration. And we have fandom cultures, and convention spaces, and writers’ rooms, and soundstages, where predatory behavior, patriarchy, racism, and anti-queer bias continue to reign. I’m going to try to put better focus on challenging those wrongs—and less on my own comfort.
4 minutes | Jan 2, 2021
2MTL 456: Long Time Passing
Ten months of silence–ten months of waiting and coping–for Yaz, Ryan, and Graham: When "Revolution of the Daleks" was made BEFORE the pandemic, who knew how relevant it would be DURING it?
4 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
2MTL 455: Throwback Review of "Fear Her"
"Always, scribble, scribble, scribble! Eh! Chloe Webber?" After a couple of months away to recharge the batteries, there's no more jarring compare-and-contrast to Doctor Who of 2020 than Doctor Who of 2006's "Fear Her."
5 minutes | Jun 24, 2020
2MTL 454: It's Always Time to Engage
Why is it difficult for so many fans to engage with Doctor Who's politics? Constance Gibbs: "For Black Doctor Who fans, the TARDIS is a legendary, loaded image"
3 minutes | May 25, 2020
2MTL 453: Within Our Confession Dials
There's been a lot of great Doctor Who content that speaks to the global pandemic thanks to creators recruited and organized by folks such as Chris Chibnall and Emily Cook. But 2015's "Heaven Sent" seems particularly relevant as well…
31 minutes | Apr 25, 2020
2MTL 452: WHO IS THE DOCTOR 2 Makes a House Call (Time Dilation)
Graeme Burk, co-author with Robert Smith? of WHO IS THE DOCTOR 2, stops by to talk about slow-cooker episode criticism in a time of lightning-fast hot takes (not that I'm familiar with that at all) and staying connected with Doctor Who in a stay-at-home world. (An earlier audio glitch has been fixed!)
4 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
2MTL 451: The Brain, Revisited
Suddenly, there's much, much more to the Doctor–and yet this new "retcon" to the Doctor's past winds up being staggeringly respectful to everything that's gone before on television. Let's talk about a challenge to The Master–and to Doctor Who fans themselves.
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