Our good friend Dennis Black-N-Asian returns to talk about the series 3 episode, Gridlock. the Doctor and his rebound companion, Martha, take a trip to New Earth. As a reflection of his relationship with her as compared to Rose, he ends up going to grim, post-apocalyptic version of NNY’s history instead of the idyllic apple grass scented futuristic paradise. Much like modern day Earth, they get stuck in a traffic jam and that’s where their adventures begin.
Recently at (Re)Generation Who we had scheduled to record a podcast during our panel. While setting up for our recording we had the pleasure of meeting Nev Fountain who was finishing his panel and chatting with Proper Ben (Taylor) and FotS Craig Cobalt. We ended up having the opportunity to spend our panel time having a chat with Nev about his work with the Big Finish Audio Dramas, a lifetime of being a Doctor Who fan, and being a writer.
Many of our listeners will recognize Nev as the author of the Mervyn Stone Mysteries, his work on the audio dramas and also as writer for the popular British comedy series Dead Ringers. We were honored to have the chance to speak with Nev and look forward to the release of his upcoming novel “Painkiller” due out in early 2016.
Nev Fountain’s Twitter: @Nevfountain
Ben Taylor: 3 Drinks, 2 Guys, 1 Topic
At Regeneration Who last month we were joined by friends Ben Taylor and Chris Otto. This time we did a miniature version of our bracket challenge, to pick the Worst Doctor Who villain ever… welll… then it evolved slightly into “Which villain do we never want to see again?”
For the purposes of condensing the selection into something reasonable, we decided to stick to recurring villains and leave out the one-hit wonder failures like the Abzorbaloff.
Here’s the first round picks. You can click through to see the full bracket if you’re really impatient or want to follow along.
Some spoilers included if you’re not caught up through the Matt Smith years, but we figure most of our fans have moved on by now…
Jennie and Ben returned from (Re)Generation Who after three days of the best Doctor Who Convention EVER. After taking a few days to recover they sat down to recount their exciting weekend in Hunt Valley, MD. As you’ll hear in this episode, words escape them. There was just too much happening all weekend to fit into one show.
Playing Doctor Podcast would like to take a moment to thank the creators of (Re)Generation Who, Oni and Harknell and the wonderful staff they gathered together to make such a terrific show. The entire weekend was filled with meeting old friends, making new friends and tears of joy.
The guest list was phenomenal and we enjoyed meeting Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Tom Baker (via Skype), Nicola Bryant, Sophie (Aldred) Henderson, Andrew Cartmel, Terry Molloy, Deborah Watling, Patricia Quinn, Colin Spaull, Nev Fountain, and so many more that we feel bad for leaving anyone out. We were busy working our table and doing panels so we didn’t get to go to all of the unbelievable programming. We especially wanted to see Bree Geek’s Weeping Angel Robot but it was standing room only in that panel.
We met a few other podcasters doing live shows and want to send a shout out to our Trek brethren at Trek Off Podcast. We recorded a few minutes with them by way of introduction and look forward to dropping by their show some time in the future.
We let Future Ben (he says Proper Ben) out of Jennie’s basement to record with us. Ben Taylor is a big part of our con family and he keeps us in line. Whether he’s spreading the word about Playing Doctor Podcast or manning our table when Sleepy American Ben won’t wake up on time, we can always count on Proper Ben to do right by us.
This year we introduced a new merchandise design by Jennie. You may have heard about the TARDIS Access badge or seen one if you were at the convention. We greatly underestimated the popularity of these badges and sold out on Friday. We will be contacting the folks who signed up for one soon and everyone else can catch up with us at Tidewater Comicon or Intervention to pick one up. Again, Future Ben was a big promoter of the TARDIS Access Badge and I think his wearing it around the con helped us to sell out.
Be sure to keep an eye on this page, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter to find out all about our upcoming appearances. We love meeting listeners and making new friends.
In this episode of Playing Doctor Podcast we travel to the Kempsville Area Library in Virginia Beach. We were pleased to be invited to participate in the Library’s Doctor Who night “Calling All Whovians” and we look forward to participating again in the future (or maybe even the past, because TARDIS). The night’s discussion was “Doctor Who: Fifty Years to Overnight Success”. We examined how that even though Doctor Who has been on the air and popular in Britain since 1963 and enjoyed niche success in the US during the 1970s and 80s, it wasn’t until 2010 and the arrival of Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor that Doctor Who exploded in popularity in the United States. While this isn’t a SPOILER episode we do discuss several topics across all five decades of Doctor Who so there may be a few minor spoilers.
Special thanks go out to Librarian Denise Walker and Crystal Parker for inviting us to the show. We really enjoyed ourselves and were honored to be asked to participate in the evening’s events.
If you’re in the area be sure to check out some of the other fun events at the Kempsville Area Library.
This week Jennie & Ben are joined by long time listener Kirby Bartlett-Sloan from The 20mb Doctor Who Podcast to discuss “The Shakespeare Code”, Episode 2 of Series 3.
After several months of having to wait until our episodes were posted before we could get Kirby’s Corrections™ for what we had said on the show we decided it would be quicker to get Kirby on the show so he could correct as we go! This episode was recorded before we started the summer convention season so Kirby has had plenty of time to get his notes together in preparation for this episodes corrections.
Tonight we travel back to jolly old England and meet Billy Shakespeare. He’s your average Elizabethan man-about-town who happens to be a pretty decent playwright, but that may be the only decent thing about this tomcat. Things are amiss at the old (new) Globe Theatre when the Witches of Eastwick (or Eastenders?) show up with brooms at hand. You’re a wizard now, Harry but this quidditch match is for keeps. Doomfinger and Bloodtide are after the Golden Snitch and despite their awkward innuendo laced names they just may win and release the Carrionites into our world.
Now the Doctor, the NotRose, and Billy Shakespeare are going to party like it’s 1599 because These Witches be Trippin
Spoiler Episode! Jennie and Ben are joined by Friend of the Show Ben Taylor to discuss the seventh episode of series 7, “Kill the Moon”. There may be some Clara hatred popping up but it’s all about choice in this episode. See if we choose life, space or rum in this episode of Playing Doctor SPOILERS!
In this new Playing Doctor Spoilers! Episode Jennie and Ben take a look at “Time Heist” and “The Caretaker”. Short episode but not much to say. We take calls from Peter NotCapaldi and FotS* Lauren and get their take on the episodes. Ben curses a lot in this episode because he’s binge watching The Thick of It.
*FotS=Friend of the Show, ’nuff said.
This week we are once again live at Intervention in Bethesda and are joined by fan favorite Ben Taylor to discuss episode one of the third season “Smith and Jones.”
We get our introduction to Martha Jones and her chaotic family. Many fans will remember Martha lovingly as “Not Rose” even though one of the Ben’s in the room thinks she’s second only to Martha as Tennent’s best Companion. We end up in hospital with a troop of space rhinos searching for a blood thirsty alien grandma.
New Ben complains (justifiably) about breaking the No Romance on My TARDIS rule and Regular Ben drinks a few gin and tonics to get through the day. For the record this is the first episode of Playing Doctor recorded wholly in a bar but it probably won’t be the last.
After a magical kiss from the Doctor Martha may start to swoon in front of the Judoon Platoon upoon the Moon and need a tampoon.
Robin Hood is afraid of the monsters under his bed in this spoiler filled episode of Playing Doctor Spoilers. Regular Ben has returned from his recent expedition searching for the lost world of Gallifrey (hint: it wasn’t in Tibet) just in time to discuss the magic that is Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.