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Monday, December 31, 2018

The Huntress Podcast Promo

New Huntress Podcast coming to you in 2019!  Laurel, Sarah, and Ashford are your hosts.  Join us as we take it back to 1989!  This promo is a sample of what you will hear in the Helena Bertinelli journey. 

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Episode 99: Death In Heaven

Siskoid and Ashford discuss the Series 8 finale Death in Heaven by Steven Moffat.  Director Rachel Talalay's, who gave Ashford trauma for a full week back in 2014, direction heightens Moffat's brilliant script, sending the viewer on a journey through the Matrix, Cyber Brig, MISSY, and a poignant good-bye filled with hugs and lies, which really left Ashford and Siskoid quite emotional with plenty to say.  Please listen to episode 99 of Straight Outta Gallifrey.  E-mail us at

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Episode 2 Revisited: The War Games

Happy Christmas.  The War is over if you want it.  Straight Outta Gallifrey is revisiting The War Games by Malcolm Hulke and Terrance Dicks.  Joe Dredd and Ashford discuss the epic ten part story with an assist from Robin Hood enthusiast, Allen over at

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Episode 99: Murder and Mystery

Mark, Laurel, and Ashford discuss issue 66, where we flashback to Black Canary's family heritage.  That's right!  The original Black Canary is the feature in this book.  We go back to the early days of modern Gotham, where we see Larry Lance, the original Dinah, a young James Gordon...and the Origins of the Laurel in Dinah Laurel Lance. 

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Episode 98: Dark Water

Siskoid and Ashford discuss the penultimate episode Dark Water by Steven Moffatt.  Cyberman, Missy, Rachel Talalay, and Peter Capaldi being the president of the Earth!  Right on!!
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Episode 34: The Boyfriend 1

April and Ashford discuss part 1 of 2, The Boyfriend, featuring the Mets' Legend, Keith Hernandez.  The star baseball player asked out half of the 4 Who Rule.  Contact us @4ThatRule and

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Episode 98: Power and Permanance

Episode 98 brings issue #65, where Black Canary is in dangerous company, Oracle is held captive, and Gail Simone has solidified the Huntress's detective game beyond belief.  The Birds are stronger together, but not yet.  Listen to Laurel, Mark and Ashford discuss Power and Permanence on the Wright On Network. 

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

State of Temporal Grace Episode 12: The Zygon Inversion/The Zygon Invasion

Diane, Jordan, and Ashford discuss The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion, discussing big speeches, reality being a bit much in your escapism, and Manic Pixie Dream Young Republicans.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Episode 33: The Fix Up

April and Ashford discuss the Seinfeld matching making romp, the Fix-Up, which features the Four Who Rule dealing with defective birth control, matching making, and George stating that hope is killing him. 

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Episode 25: Joker's Tie-In

Cassandra Cain is caught in a Joker's Tie-In story, where the Joker has created chaos, releasing criminals from prison while injecting them with Joker "stuff".  Batgirl takes on one of the escape inmates, the Shadow Thief.  Will she be able to withstand his intangibility and Thanagarian Tech?  With the help of the Spoiler and The Orace, you betcha!  


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Friday, November 23, 2018

Episode 97: Mercy and Murder

Ashford, Mark, and our wonderful moderator Laurel discuss issue 64 of Birds of Prey, where the Black Canary has to team up with Lady Shiva and Cheshire.  I know, right?  Gail Simone writes a great script where the Canary has to combat on one front, and then we have Barbara Gordon being detained by some men who claim to be officers of the law, accusing her of committing treason.  Wow! 

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Episode 97: In the Forest of the Night

Ashford and Siskoid discuss In the Forest of the Night, the episode before the Rachel Talalay two parter that gave Ashford nightmares.  But in this episode, Clara and Danny take the kids on an overnight field trip, and the next day, the "Team" wake up to...a forest in the city!
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Sunday, November 18, 2018

State of Temporal Grace 11: Vincent and the Doctor

Jordan, Diane, and Ashford discuss the Big 3, Vincent and the Amy.  Write to us about this wonderful, poignant episode from series 5.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Episode 96: Flatline

Ashford and Siskoid discuss Flatline by Jamie Mathieson, where the TARDIS shrinks, Clara is the Doctor, Missy's plans are coming to play, and Art wins the day!  E-mail us at
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Episode 96: Student and Sensei

Ashford and Mark discuss Birds of Prey number 63 with Laurel giving an excellent synopsis as usual.  This is an interesting one where we see the team up between Black Canary and Lady Shiva and discovering that Oracle has a secret group of cyber Chat Room friends.  Is this more than the Birds can handle?  And where is The Huntress? E-mail us at

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Episode 95: The Caretaker

Ashford and Siskoid discuss this farce of an episode, the Caretaker, written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat.  Missy is in this episode, and she doesn't look happy.  Clara and Danny advance their relationship, and The Doctor really displays his prejudice against soldiers.  Give us a holler at

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Wright On Network Presents: Rosa, a Doctor Who episode

Jada brings her Black Girl Magic, Hillary blesses the mic with her North England charm, and Ashford makes every attempt to stay coherent.  The trio discuss the Doctor Who episode Rosa, by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall.  Please e-mail us at or reach us on Twitter @sogallifrey

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Doctor Who: Rosa

Ashford and Diane combined forces on this Wright On Network presents special about the Doctor Who episode Rosa by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall.  Join us in the conversation on Twitter at @sogallifrey or e-mail us at

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Episode 32: The Suicide

April and Ashford discuss the episode, The Suicide.  Yep, it is a comedy episode, but the problematic topic is not only broached, but made light of.  George is full on George, and Elaine is given little, but does so much.  Tune in and give us feed back at

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Episode 94: Listen

Steven Moffat gave us a gem in the fourth episode of series 8 of Doctor Who.  We didn't expect this one.  Think I'm being a little overboard?  Perhaps.  But in Listen, we visit the Doctor as a child, Clara accidentally visits Gallifrey, and this is the Seinfeld version of Doctor Who in pace, dialogue, and being a show about NOTHING.  You may think this episode was about nothing, as far as a creature goes, but I definitely believe this episode means everything to me.  Peter Capaldi became my Doctor 1B in this one.
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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Episode 93: Into the Dalek

Into the Dalek, written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat, is a fantastic Voyage into one of the darkest places in the Universe.  Clara is trying to make it in her day to day, while the Doctor scoops her up to help him on a mission he can not resist.  Ashford and Siskoid discuss this Dalek tale for the ages.  Rusty!!!!

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Episode 92: Deep Breath

Ashford and Siskoid discuss the 1st episode with Peter Capaldi playing the Doctor!  Yes, we are talking Deep Breath by Steven Moffat.  The Universe Loves Peter Capaldi.  Oh yeah... Michelle Gomez!

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Episode 60: The Hunt for Black Canary

Laurel, Mark, and Ashford discuss the story after of Like Minds, The Hunt for Canary.  Remember Black Canary got a little banged up in the previous story arc?  Well, the scars remain, for she is out of commission, field agent wise.  Dinah is doing a stellar job behind the desk as the Huntress fills in for her. 

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Episode 91: The Time of the Doctor

Siskoid and Ashford discuss the Time of the Doctor, Matt Smith's farewell episode.  What are you thoughts?  Ashford enjoyed it quite a bit.  He also thinks that the Papal Mainframe should have been a season's worth. 

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Episode 9: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

Everybody lives! Blitzkrieg Bop!  Sorry.  Just a little excited about the 9th episode of A State of Temporal Grace.  Ashford, Jordan, and Diane discuss The Empty Child and the Doctor Dances.  A two part story that Ashford admits to being glad he viewed the saga in the day time during the first viewing.  Moffat episode in the Russell T. Davies era.  A girl hides the fact that she has a son, orphan kids surviving the streets, the introduction of Captain Jack, and the question on everyone's mind.  Does the

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Episode 92: Of Like Minds Finale

The finale of the fan favorite four part story Of Like Minds is the topic for episode 92 of Feathers and Foes.  Will Huntress and Black Canary make it out alive?  Will Oracle be able to keep her secrets intact?  If so, will Black Canary and Oracle be able to trust each other going forward through this run of Birds of Prey?  Listen to Laurel, Mark, and Ashford as they discuss the conclusion of writer Gail Simone's first story arc!

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Episode 90: Last Day (Webisode)

Siskoid and Ashford discuss the webisode leading to the 50th Anniversary special, and unfortunately, the beginning of Gallifrey's demise.  Go and watch this webisode.  Free on the internet.  Ethically free.  Less than four minutes.  Thank you for listening to our podcast, but what are your thoughts about Gallifrey and Gallifrey driven episodes?  e-mail us at

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Episode 31: The Pez Dispenser

April and Ashford joined together on this podcast to discuss The Pez Dispenser.  Elaine gets the giggles, George tries to get hand, Kramer gets and idea, and Jerry gets a Pez Dispenser out of the idea.  Sorry for saying "get" so many times.
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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Episode 89: Dalek Invasion of Earth

Straight Outta Gallifrey made sure to go back, or forward, or sideways...I lose track sometimes, to revisit the Susan Foreman stories.  Is she a Time Lady?  Ashford is unsure.  Siskoid is convinced that she is.  No matter.  Covering these stories featuring the lovely Carole Ann Ford has been such a delight. 
Listen as Ashford, Siskoid, and Joe Dredd discuss the Dalek Invasion of Earth!

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

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Episode 91: Of Like Minds 3

The Oracle is not at her wits end, but she is arriving at the threshold.  Savant, a failed vigilante and mentally imbalance dude, still has the Black Canary hostage.  Making a hail Mary play, Barbara calls in the HUNTRESS to help the Black Canary out of her predicament.
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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Episode 24: Spoiled

It is quite difficult not to write in all caps: Team Up, but I so want to do this.  Ashford and Diane discuss issue 20 of Batgirl, where Spoiler helps the Dark Crusader in a not memorable crime story, but the scenes between Spoiler and The Batgirl are pricesless.  Guest writer Chuck Dixon joins us for this episode.  

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Episode 30: The Subway

April and Ashford discuss the Seinfeld episode entitled The Subway, which takes you back to 1990's New York...pre the Rudy Guiliani  takeover.  This is the first episode where we really see the gang with four separate story lines.   E-Mail us at
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Episode 88: The Name of the Doctor

Siskoid and Ashford discussed The Name of the Doctor by Steven Moffat.  The Great Intelligence, Splintered Clara, Trenzalore, and the "spirit" of River Song are all in this episode.  Oh, and the Paternoster Gang are on deck as well.  This series finale is all over the a good way!!
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

State of Temporal Grace Episode 8: Night of the Doctor

Jordan, Diane, and Ashford are back for a State of Temporal Grace, discussing the Paul McGann story, Night of the Doctor by Steven Moffat. Join us in the discussion at

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Episode 90: Of Like Minds 2

Here. We. Go.  Birds of Prey #57 is finally here.  Yes, the first issue with the Huntress in Birds of Prey proper.  Sure, Huntress appeared in the Man Hunt four part story before Volume 1 of Birds of Prey, but this is the real entry!
Black Canary is in serious trouble, beaten and tied up by the brilliant, but sadistic Savant.  Oracle has a cast of characters she can choose from to save Dinah, but who is the right hero to save Black Canary?
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Monday, August 6, 2018

Episode 23: Nobody Dies Tonight

Haunted by her past, Cassandra Cain tries to bust a dude out of a gas chamber from a federal prison, for she believes people can change and redeem themselves.  Even if that is true, Cass learns a hard truth that forgiveness and redemption doesn't mean forgetting.  Write to us at

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Episode 29: The Red Dot

Ashford and Delvin discuss the Red Dot by Larry David.  Yep, this came in just in time for the holiday season.  Gifts are being exchanged, folks are drinking and being merry, and George is starting to become the pitiful, despicable character we know him to be later in the show's run.  We rated this one about a 3.6 Superman Shields out of 5.  Write to us at for comments, you What Is The Deal?, or concerns. 

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Episode 87: Angels Take Manhattan

Siskoid of the Fire and Water Podcast and Ashford discuss Angels Take Manhattan.  Angels, River Song, and a farewell to Amy and Rory are all part of the discussion.  Write to us at to give us your take on this Timey Wimey, tear jerking story. 

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Episode 89: Of Like Minds 1

Gail Simone is finally here with Of Like Minds, the first story arc of her run.  Ashford, Mark, and Laurel discuss issue 56.  With the Birds of Prey movie being a reality, this is a good time to start listening to the podcast.  Write to us at  What do you rate issue 56? 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Night and the Doctor

The Night and The Doctor are a collection of mini-episodes where we actually see the courtship between River Song and the Doctor.  Moreover, we also get a closer look of Amy questioning her existence to an extent. 
Siskoid and Ashford discuss these mini-episodes for Straight Outta Gallifrey.  Leave your comments for us to discuss further.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Huntress 2: Uneasy Lies the Head

Writer: Joey Cavalieri  
Pencils: Joe Staton 
Editor: Andrew Helfer
Inker: Bruce D. Patterson
Inker: Dick Giordano 
Letterer: Albert T. De Guzman 
Colorist: Nansi Hoolahan
Editor: Andrew Helfer 
Cover Date: May 1989
Release Date: March 14, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00

In The Huntress #1, Joe Cavaleiri gave us a crash course of what we needed to know about this new Huntress, Helena Bertinelli, oppose to the pre-crisis one, Helena Wayne.  Actually, from my vantage point, because I read issue one after the fact, to put it mildly, the debut issue comes off as a crash course, but actually, I have to say, for someone who was reading the book in real time, issue one is rather action packed.  

In issue two which is entitled, "Uneasy Lies the Head...", a reference to Shakespeare's King Henry IV part two, we get a cast of characters who are well rounded based on actions and dialogue.  The landscape written by Cavalieri not only feels real and immediate, but with the multiple players that he plays with in this issue, as a reader, I didn't mind Huntress not being on every page at all.  
Let us go back to the late 80's early 90's, where the crack epidemic ripped a hole through many major cities in the United States.  I grew up in a big city where I witnessed how crack affected the community and the effects of the drug on the community.  Again, this book goes straight for the jugular.  As you can see this neighborhood has the banner: Drug Dealers Get Out.  Joey Cavalieri had his pen on the pulse with the subject matter.  And the drug "crack" is actually mentioned in this story.  Creators always have to be careful when covering something so real like this, especially if the creative team doesn't really have a background or a close connection to it.  Many people in the United States did not use crack; however, there are many who knew a relative, co-worker, or friend whose life was affected by the drug and the lifestyle that come with it.  Many of you who are old enough to remember (and many who are not, but ride with me) when mainstream America tried to accept Hip-Hop culture, the art form would usually be displayed in the most cringe worthy way imaginable.  But in this book, the mob, the drugs, and everything in between and the outskirts of do not feel offensive or problematic at all.  I could be wrong.

Thus far in this Huntress book, the focus is placed on those who are profiting and supplying the drug to the streets, instead of criticizing those who succumb victim to the vice.  In the image above, we see the Huntress being the folk hero, running out a street punk from the block in front of a mother and a daughter, who not only feel empowered by seeing that there is someone who cares about the every day person, but maybe even more so by the fact that the vigilante who intervened in the day to day struggle was a woman, capable, strong, and fearless.  

With the Bertinelli family wiped out of existence as far as the mafia game is concerned, you have other tribes who want to fill the void.  One group that wants to incorporate the Wal-Mart model, by being the warehouse, the delivery service, and the seller, are the Colombian gang, who are not named, so I have to refer the them as the Colombian gang right now, thinking they can fill the void of the King of New York.  When the Huntress busts in on their little set up, she really gives them a scare.  She wants answers, but the only thing she can get out of these not ready for prime time crooks is their only plan - take out Tony the Gut, an Italian gang leader who assumed next in command after the Bertinelli gang were exterminated.    

I didn't mentioned anything about Helena's costume in the first blog post.  To be honest, I'm not over the moon about it, but I must say, whenever you get a close up of Helena in any incarnation of the character or costume, she has this "draw you in" intimidating factor, which I adore.  In this close up of Huntress, she looks great, but the costume as a whole is not very tactical and practical as my friend Mark would say.  

The cast of characters in this one are somewhat familiar but necessary for our protagonist.  Sal, the red head curly guy who was Helena's bodyguard turned trainer, plays the role of her confidant - almost like an Alfred if you will.  And I hope that you do.  Then there are two cops, O'Shea and Fiorello, who are written with some good dialogue, considering the space they had to operate.  Fiorello comes off as older, cynical, and seeming to have an ulterior motive against Huntress.  O'Shea appears younger, optimistic, hinting at a future partnership with Huntress, a Commissioner Gordon insider type thing.  Both cops are written as if they are from the "old neighborhood", who became police officers on the streets they ran as a children. 

The baddies, like the Colombian suppliers, Tony the Gut's crew, and an interesting character introduced in this book, Mandragora who is described as being old school.  Mandragora, or the demon, is an interesting character operating outside the realm of our Huntress Universe.  Based on what we see from issue 2, it is as if he appears out of no where, not really present during the Bertinelli run.  Tony the Gut, who thought he had it made in the shade, is intimidated by Mandragora and his shadowed, masked, gun holding friend in the background.  Mandragora, who quotes Shakespeare at will, explains that the mob in America isn't holding up the edicts of what the mob was originally set up for, which is to safeguard the people against outside influences, protection, greedy politicians, overbearing taxmen, and giving refuge to people who can't find work because of their nationality.  Could Madragor be of the supernatural?  We shall see.  

The story concludes with a boom-pow action scene with most of our major players.  Our two cops, O'Shea and Fiorello are there to stop criminal activity, potential or otherwise, Fat Tony and company are present to celebrate their assumed ascension after the death of the Bertinelli family, and members of the Colombian mob are in attendance as well.  Crossfire, mayhem, and Fat Tony sneaking out ensues.  After the smoke is clear, officer Fiorello was shot by a Colombian gang member who didn't realize he was a cop.  Huntress takes the lot of them out, not fatally, of course.  Fiorello, not thinking Huntress is a vigilante for the side of the Angels, instructs O'Shea to shoot Huntress point blank.  

After a long stare down between O'Shea and the Huntress, knowing in his heart of hearts, O'Shea declines from shooting a person who he deems as not being a threat.  I can see a partnership forging here.