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Doctor Who: The Alhambra Podcast

The Doctor Who Alhambra Podcast: discussing, debating Doctor Who, science fiction and fantasy series. We react to Doctor Who and Big Finish productions, on-line forums. Also, we'll occasional focus on audio of classic Doctor Who stories, ignoring the special effects, to find out if the story is as strong or as weak as fans believe it to be.

Apr 7, 2015

Episode 19 of the Doctor Who: Alhambra podcast begins with a quick discussion of what we've been watching or listening to since the last podcast.  

During the news segment we discuss DWM #285 celebration issue of Ten years of Doctor Who back on TV. Share thoughts of what we like and what we don't like, and Liam argues that perhaps Big Finish's Doctor Who releases were better than some of the TV stuff. Brett argues that it all went down hill when RTD left as it became more of a who's the companion compared to the Doctor's story, also perhaps Matt Smith's departure could have messed with Moffat's overall plan. From there we continue the saga discussion known as The State of Big Finish, as we again vent our frustrations with lack of discounts for the big supporters of many of their ranges, yet do crazy discount price reductions that give random guy a +50% discount on a large portion of their ranges.  Liam informs me about an American radio show featuring zombies, where which Brett randomly complains about the zombie genre.  We smoothly transition to Survivors Series 2 box set trailer release, to the 8th Doctor Doom Coalition release, as well as the great news of Big Finish retaining their Doctor Who license till the year 2020. 

As we turn our attention to the releases for the month of March, we discuss the last of the E-Space trilogy for the 5th Doctor main range, probably one of the best releases for this trilogy.  We discuss some of the releases you might need to listen to, #136 Cobwebs, #174 Prisoners of Fate also written by Jonathan Morris, who also penned #197 The Entrophy Plague (if you haven't purchased or listened to all of the main range releases once Big Finish reunited the crowded Tardis, these would be the ones you'd need to listen to in order to understand the timeline of Nyssa).  Then we get to discuss the 4th Doctor Adventures, and this release, 4.03 Requiem for the Rocket Men by John Dorney, is one of the first releases in which Liam and Brett have a difference of opinion regarding this range (the first one being 3.02 White Ghosts).  We finish off the podcast with Liam giving his thoughts on Blake's 7 Ghost Ship (February) and Devil's Advocate (March), and Vienna Series 2.

We finish the podcast reviewing the classic Doctor Who episode "The Two Doctors" as we see this show without seeing it.  Liam watches it in his normal way, and Brett watches it without the visual as we try to figure out if the story holds up, acting, plot, overall viewing pleasure without visuals.  We have some dynomite discussions as I share my frustrations with not being able to visually see it, as Liam asks questions regarding what is something actually like.  Although I haven't finished watching it visually or audioly, the Two Doctors is an amazing story, very strong and enjoyable.  Give it a watch without watching it and see if what it's like if you were unable to see this story.


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