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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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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Episode 9: The Phone Message


The Phone Message is a Seinfeld episode where we are introduced to the extremes this show will go as far as absurdity of the mundane.  Anything is on the table.  Jerry is taking shots at Docker pants, and George is willing to go to great lengths to start a relationship based on distrust and deceit.  

Erin and Ashford discuss the anxieties and pitfalls of dating, which are broached on this episode as well as others going forward.  Please e-mail us at feathersandfoes@gmail.com.  You can find other episodes of The Four Who Rule - A Seinfeld Podcast at www.seinfeldpodcast.libsyn.com Tweet us @4thatrule.

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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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