Joined by our friends Ben Taylor and CW Cobalt before a live audience at Intervention, we go back to 1982 and discuss the upperclass English adventure story in “Black Orchid.” The Doctor arrives in the early 20th century countryside for some cricket, a spot of tea… AND MURDER. Several cases of mistaken identity leads to the typical wacky hijinks of a Davison episode. As the Doctor and pals try to unravel the mysteries in the strange house, we try to keep CW from thinking about the Charleston and avoid scathing burns from Future Ben’s wit.
While The Doctor is dropping off Martha after their “one” trip in the TARDIS a story on the news catches his eye and soon they’re off on another adventure. The brilliant Dr. Richard Lazarus has figured out how to reverse the aging process. Meanwhile the effects of Dr. Lazarus’ experiment have started to show as he becomes the Scorpion King of Death. The Doctor defeats the Scorpion King by playing his organ to defeat the CGI monster once and for all. In the end Martha and the Doctor leave again for more adventures despite ominous warnings from Harold Saxon to Martha’s mom.
This week we are joined by Tommy V. and Lauren as we discuss series 3, episode 4, “Daleks in Manhattan”.
The Doctor and Not-Rose land on November 1, 1930 (GREAT SCOTT!) to witness the construction of the Empire State building. They meet some friendly hobos and begin to uncover the mysterious disappearances in the otherwise perfect utopia known as Hooverville.
Meanwhile, four Daleks known as the Cult of Skaro have taken over the construction of the Empire State building with a Frankendalek genetic lab. Using their creepy pigmen slaves to kidnap more humans, the Daleks plan on harnessing gamma radiation from a solar flare to create a master race of Dalek-human hybrids.
As usual, the Doctor and his Companions risk life, limb and snout to thwart the evil plans. The Doctor’s compassion allows Dalek KHAAAAAAN to survive in the end, undoubtedly to return again soon.
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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.
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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.
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This weekend Jennie and Ben will be traveling north to experience the first ever (Re)Generation Who Convention, March 27th – 29th, and it will be a BLAST! (Re)Generation Who is an awesome 3 day Doctor Who Fan Convention in Hunt Valley, MD run by Onezumi Events. These are the same folks who run Intervention, our favorite not-Doctor Who specific show of the year.
The guest list this year is phenomenal, scheduled to appear are The Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, The Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy, The Fourth Doctor Tom Baker (Via Skype), Second Doctor Companion Deborah Watling, Patricia Quinn from “Dragonfire”, Fifth/Sixth Doctor Companion Nicola Bryant, Terry Molloy–Davros, Seventh Doctor Companion Sophie (Aldred) Henderson, and Colin Spaull–Mr. Crane; from “Rise of the Cybermen”. Not to mention rooms full of vendors and podcasters (like us).
Playing Doctor Podcast will be in Artist Alley Area #2 at table #77 so be sure to look for our banner and stop by to talk to Jennie and Ben. They will be recording a live Playing Doctor Podcast on Saturday night and participating in lively Doctor Who discussions all weekend.
Come out and meet a few Doctors, Companions, and even Jennie & Ben. You will be very sad if you don’t.
Playing Doctor Podcast would like to take a moment to send our condolences to the family of Mr. Leonard Nimoy. Although he was never directly associated with Doctor Who, Mr. Nimoy was an inspiration to generations of science fiction fans and we mourn the loss of such an icon of American television history.
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.