James and Paul review Doctor Who Season 37, episode seven: Kerblam!
Poor Ryan heads into space only to find a massive warehouse very similar to the one he worked in on earth. Corporate satire with a twist: is it now easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism?
“Love is a form of hope, and like hope, love abides”.
James and Paul both think this one is a cracker: hear them eulogise over Demons of the Punjab, as the Doctor and the Scooby Gang head back to 1947 and the Partition of India, as we learn more about Yas’ family, and the bits of British history they don’t teach you at school.
Introducing an experimental new feature, in which James accidentally visits a filming location from a past Doctor Who episode, and he quizzes Paul on the episode in question. Which Who was here? Why was he here? Which episode was it? Was it a good episode? All this, and more, will be revealed in this week’s podcast…
Spiders! Brutalism! Sheffield! James and Paul review Arachnids in the UK, introduce a couple of ridiculous new features, and accidentally sing a 90s hit which is at best tangentially related to the episode.
Paul and James review Rosa in the beautiful surrounds of London’s Royal Festival Hall.
The TARDIS sends our nascent Scooby Gang back to 1955 Alabama, where we meet Rosa Parkes, Martin Luther King, a lot of sweaty-faced racists, and what can only be described as a member of the alt-right, but from the future.
Crashing spaceships, Moomin Beans and Art Malik in a tent for some reason: James and Paul weigh up the second Thirteenth Doctor adventure, The Ghost Monument, where we see Graham in some natty sunglasses, Yas not given an awful lot to do, and the joys of seeing a new TARDIS interior for the first time.
It’s approximately 40 hours since The Woman Who Fell To Earth aired on BBC1 and I’m waiting in a cafe in Soho waiting to record the first edition of our new podcast.
Recording podcasts is just like riding a bike – you crash repeatedly due to your dyspraxia, throw your metal steed off a cliff in frustration, and accidentally find a humming alien pod while trying to fish it out of a tree.
At least, that’s what we’re hoping.
Since we said farewell to our last podcast, Doctor Who has been regenerating under a new showrunner while we humans continue to age and develop irrational prejudices.
I can’t speak for my fellow podcaster, but I’ve tried very hard to not learn any titbits of information about the new show.
I want to go into it with an absolutely open mind and to be completely surprised and angered by any unexpected plot twists, or outrageous changes, like I don’t know, the Doctor now only communicates in rhyme or one of the doctor’s new companions is played by Jim Davidson.
Taking anti-research into new and aggressive territories, I haven’t even seen Chris Chibnall’s Broadchurch series, or any of Jodie Whittaker’s previous work, such as, ahem, Chris Chibnall’s Broadchurch series.
I have seen the Cyberwoman episode of Torchwood, though. Eeeeeesh.
Hello! We are Paul and James, and we have had the novel idea of doing a Doctor Who podcast. With the exciting new era of a female Doctor about to get underway, clearly what the universe needs now is two white middle class guys talking about Doctor Who on the internet. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.
We called it the Ace Doctor Who Podcast because, well… you understand. Don’t you?
This is not our first attempt at Doctor Who podcasting. Some of you will remember us from the world’s nichest podcast: the Cricket and Doctor Who podcast, which was 50% about Who and 50% about cricket.
Tiring of explaining to people that, no, you don’t have to like cricket and Doctor Who to listen*, we thought, heck, let’s pick one of our two loves and have an entire podcast dedicated to that instead.
And here it is.
We’ll try our damndest to update our podcasts on Mondays, or as soon after new episodes are aired as possible (Sunday nights: exciting! And it sort of makes sense). And we hope to have special guest stars, mysterious new features and hell, even the occasional video. I hear video is big nowadays? We might be a bit old to become YouTube sensations.
We look forward to your ears listening to our podcast.
* “No, it’s not about instances of cricket in Doctor Who and instances of Doctor Who in cricket, there aren’t many of either… well yes, there is the 5th Doctor I suppose… etc etc.