Sunday, February 11, 2018

Episode 69: Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead


Straight Outta Gallifrey is covering its first River Song episode, which happens to be her last story.  Don't ask.  Actually, do ask. Contact us at prydonian.post@gmail.com

Ruth and Darrin Sutherland and the RAD Adventures network join Siskoid and Ashford to discuss the two part story by Steven Moffat, Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead.  What are your thoughts about River Song?  Have you ever tried watching her episodes in chronological order?  Is there such a thing?  

Go to siskoid.blogspot.com to read his take on the episode back in 2008.  You won't be the first.  

 

 


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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Episode 68: The Doctor's Daughter


Yea!  We finally did a Donna Noble episode.  What brings us to this one?  You guessed it.  Jenny!  The Doctor's Daughter.  Ashford admits that he wasn't too keen on revisiting this episode, but after another viewing, he quite liked the story structure and heavy handed themes.  

Also, there are a lot of defining who and what the Doctor is in this one.  Darrin, Ruth, Siskoid, and Ashford talk about Jenny and what constitutes a Time Lord.  

We would love to know your thoughts.  Please e-mail us at prydonian.post@gmail.com  


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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Episode 67: The Daleks


The first show with the Daleks and the Doctor.  Well, let us say the first transmitted episodes of the Daleks and the Doctor.  With a time travel show, 1st can be quite...elusive.  Joe Dredd, Siskoid, and Ashford discuss this Terry Nation Drama.  Allen Wright of the BoOutlaw.com fame has a segment discussing the career of William Russell and more.  

What did you think about the world building in Nation's script?  Are you a fan of the Daleks?  Or have they worn thin on you?  They wear quite nicely on me, thank you very much!  

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Friday, January 19, 2018

A State of Temporal Grace 1: The Romans


The Romans is played as a farce, yet the the story lends itself to something that goes way beyond problematic.  The actions of Nero is flat out criminal, and the Doctor's ambivalence to Nero's antics are  damn near complicit.  Despite the hard to watch scenes, like Barbara trying to escape sexual assault from Nero, which is played for laughs, the scenes between Vicky and the Doctor are quite delightful.

Remember, Susan had just left during the Daleks' Invasion of Earth, so the Doctor really needed someone to humor him, and Vicky filled that role quite nicely.

 


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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Episode 66: An Unearthly Child


Siskoid, Joe Dredd, and Ashford discuss Straight Outta Gallifrey's first episode about the Doctor's granddaughter, Susan.  This first serial where we see Susan attending Coal Hill High School in 1963 London is quite fascinating.  Two concerned teachers, Barbara and Ian, investigate Susan, who is "ahead of her time" in some areas of study, and totally off in others, follow her home to a junkyard.  Quite stunned by the fact that she enters a police box, they are accosted by the Doctor.  And this is when our adventure begins.

Waris Hussein did a superlative job of directing this new challenge of television, inserting flashbacks and all.  The mysterious figure, known only as the Doctor, played by William Hartnell, really came across as a Mad Man. As a kid, I don't know how long it would have taken me to trust him.

What do you think about the Unearthly Child story?  Did the caveman stuff turn you away?   Contact us at prydonian.post@gmail.com.  @sogallifrey on Twitter.  


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Episode 65: Doctor Who The Movie


In 1996, Fox/Universal and the BBC, along with other affiliates and power hand shakers tried to bring Doctor Who out of the wilderness.  Siskoid, Joe Dredd, and Ashford discuss the flaws and highlights of this failure to launch, but it launch episode...movie.  But no matter what you may think of this movie, at least we got the lovely Paul McGann.  Isn't life grand?


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Friday, January 5, 2018

Episode 64: Survival


The final episode of series 26 broached many interesting ideas by Rona Munro, who later returns to Doctor Who in 2017's story, the Eaters of Light.  Both stories play around with ideas about bravery, divides among cultures, traditions, languages, species, etc.  Ace returns to her hometown, and it is not a hero's welcome.  

"If we live like animals, we die like animals!" the Doctor shouts.  The final act of the Cold War is the backdrop for the viewer's real life.  Imagine, many people think this is a weak story to go out on, but actually, the story question's toxic masculinity, challenges the viewer with the idea that sometimes it takes more strength not to fight, and what defines the progression of a people.  I don't know about you, but the Doctor stating: Somewhere there is injustice, somewhere there is Tyranny, and somewhere else, the tea is getting cold.  C'mon Ace, we have work to do.  Sorry for paraphrasing.  Too lazy to look up the quote.  But if that is not Doctor Who, then I will just be wrong about the matter.

 


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