Watchers in the Fourth Dimension: A Doctor Who Podcast
Episode 10: Middle School of the Daleks

Episode 10: Middle School of the Daleks

June 23, 2019

The Watchers discuss the first return of everyone’s favourite fascist pepper pots, as we also say goodbye to two familiar faces on either side of the camera. Over the course of the episode, Anthony enthuses about the location shooting, Julie gets excited over Ian’s whip, Don finds himself disappointed with the lack of sex pants, and Reilly draws comparisons between the Daleks and the Nazi sketch from That Mitchell and Webb Look.

For those who want to watch along with us, you can find this story in the US either on DVD from Amazon US, or streaming from Britbox. If you’re on the other side of the Pond (in Anthony’s native land), you can find it on DVD through Amazon UK. Disappointingly, no UK-based streaming services seem to carry Classic Who in 2019.

Other notable media mentioned in this episode:

  • Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of the War of the Worlds (US Link | UK Link)
  • That Mitchell and Webb Look DVDs (UK Link only – not available in the USA)

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Bonus Episode: Pride and Prejudice (Again) - Live at WHOlanta 2019

Bonus Episode: Pride and Prejudice (Again) - Live at WHOlanta 2019

June 16, 2019

In our second bonus episode featuring content recorded live at WHOlanta 2019, we bring you a recording of the “Quatermass and Other Early British Sci-Fi” panel that was hosted by Anthony and friend-of-the-podcast Louis Robinson. This entertaining, yet meandering conversation also found its way into TV production, and the inner workings of the BBC. There is plenty of audience participation, so you'll feel like you were actually in the audience!

Notable media mentioned in this episode:

  • The Quatermass Collection - DVD (US Link | UK Link)
  • Quatermass and the Pit – Blu-ray (UK Link only – can be shipped to USA)
  • The Pathfinders in Space Trilogy – DVD (US Link | UK Link)
  • The Andromeda Anthology – DVD (UK Link only – can be shipped to USA)
  • Out of this World: Little Lost Robot – DVD (UK Link only – can be shipped to USA)
  • Out of the Unknown – DVD (US Link | UK Link)
  • Dan Dare Omnibus – Graphic Novel (UK Link only – can be shipped to USA)
  • Journey Into Space: Operation Luna – Audio Drama (US Link | UK Link)

 

We will be back with another regular episode next week, covering The Dalek Invasion of Earth! In the meantime, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And if you’re enjoying this podcast, please leave us a review on your preferred podcasting app.

Episode 9: Death by Stiff Upper Lip

Episode 9: Death by Stiff Upper Lip

June 9, 2019

The Watchers move into Season Two, kicking off with the discussion of Planet of Giants. Unsurprisingly, once again the team enthuse over their love for Barbara. They also discuss the concepts of sartorial elegance in the story, rave over the sets and practical effects, and the entire cast reveal that they are cat people. Of course, they also talk about that most English way of dying - Death by Stiff Upper Lip.

For those who want to watch along with us, you can find this story in the US either on DVD from Amazon US, or streaming from Britbox. If you’re on the other side of the Pond (in Anthony’s native land), you can find it on DVD through Amazon UK. Disappointingly, no UK-based streaming services seem to carry Classic Who in 2019.

Other notable media mentioned in this episode:

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Bonus Episode: Sitting at the Feet of Doctor Who - Live at WHOlanta 2019

Bonus Episode: Sitting at the Feet of Doctor Who - Live at WHOlanta 2019

June 2, 2019

In this, our first ever special Bonus Episode, Anthony went out and about at Wholanta 2019 and talked to a number of the guests and attending professionals about their opinions on the Hartnell era, as well as some of the projects that they’ve been working on. Details on each participant are below:

Robin Burks

Robin has been the author of four books, so far – one standalone (Madame Vampire), and three volumes of the Alex Grosjean Adventures. Her work can be found at the links below:

 

Adam Spring

Adam is the host of the Remotely Interested podcast, which can be found at the link below:

 

R. Alan Siler

In addition to being one of the Con directors for Wholanta, Alan is also an author, having been the sole writer on two books, as well as the editor for the Children of Time anthology, which also features pieces by Robin Burks and host-of-this-podcast Anthony Williams. All of his projects can be found below:

 

Louis Robinson

Louis’ first career was as a film editor for the BBC, in which capacity he worked on the Jon Pertwee era story The Dæmons. From there, he went into production, and is most recognizable for having been the Producer on the British TV quiz show Telly Addicts. He has also been known for his voice on BBC Radio 4. Since retiring from his work with the BBC, Louis moved to Atlanta, and can be found these days performing his work as a singer-songwriter on the Atlanta Folk Music scene. Keep an eye out for him!

 

We will be back next week with a regular episode, and more bonus episodes with extra content from Wholanta are in the pipeline. Cover photo credit from this week's episode: Jeanine Munoz.

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Episode 8: Taller Than Tom Cruise, Nicer Than Hitler

Episode 8: Taller Than Tom Cruise, Nicer Than Hitler

May 26, 2019

The Watchers wrap up the very first Season of Doctor Who, discussing The Reign of Terror. Along time way, Julie enthuses over the music (unsurprisingly), Don gets annoyed by units of distance, Anthony gets pedantic about Napoleon's height, and Reilly continues to defend The Sensorites against occasional barbs from everyone else. Finally, hear our thoughts on the season as a whole, as we do our end-of-season round-up, featuring OPINIONS and the exciting science of MATHEMATICS!

For those who want to watch along with us, you can find this story in the US either on DVD from Amazon US, or streaming from Britbox. If you’re on the other side of the Pond (in Anthony’s native land), you can find it on DVD through Amazon UK. Disappointingly, no UK-based streaming services carry Classic Who at the time of publication.

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Episode 7: Makes No Sense-orites

Episode 7: Makes No Sense-orites

May 13, 2019

At last, we are back from a six-week hiatus, in which Don moved house, Reilly and Julie both got new jobs, and Anthony sat in the couch (trying to shake off the general malaise from watching The Sensorites). On our return, we collectively (except Reilly) give an exasperated sigh as we cover The Sensorites!

For those who want to watch along with us, you can find this story in the US either on DVD from Amazon US, or through Britbox. In the UK, the best way to watch is on DVD from Amazon UK, as no UK-based streaming services carry classic Doctor Who at this point in time.

Other notable media mentioned during the podcast:

 

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Episode 6: Sweet Azz-tec Chocolate

Episode 6: Sweet Azz-tec Chocolate

March 24, 2019

This episode, the Watchers discuss The Aztecs, in which the titular people are the first on the show to notice how amazing Barbara is, proclaiming her to be a Goddess as a result. Along the way, Julie wonders where the rest of the Aztecs are hiding, Reilly delights over Ian’s costumes, Don considers how the story could be more like Blazing Saddles, and Anthony treats everyone to his Richard III voice. The team wraps up by pondering whether or not history can be changed...

For those who want to watch along with us, you can find this story in the US either on the Special Edition DVD from Amazon US, or streaming from Britbox. If you’re on the other side of the Pond (in Anthony’s native land), you can find the Special Edition DVD through Amazon UK. Disappointingly, no UK-based streaming services seem to carry Classic Who in 2019.

Other items mentioned in the show:

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Episode 5: Super Marinus Bros.

Episode 5: Super Marinus Bros.

March 3, 2019

Do the TARDIS crew have what it takes to save the Planet Marinus?

They’ll have to think fast and move even faster to complete this quest! The Keys of Marinus are being hunted by the evil Voord tribe of fetishists. It’s up to the Doctor and friends to gather them before they fall into the clutches of Yartek, leader of the Voord, before time runs out. But it won’t be easy. To get to the keys, they’ll have to cross acid seas, survive screaming jungles, avoid bottomless pits, fight off ice soldiers, and a host of cunning traps that only a deranged hermit can devise. It’s another non-stop adventure from the SUPER MARINUS BROS.!

For those who want to watch along with us, you can find this story in the US either on DVD from Amazon US, or streaming from Britbox. If you’re on the other side of the Pond (in Anthony’s native land), you can find it on DVD through Amazon UK. Disappointingly, no UK-based streaming services seem to carry Classic Who in 2019.

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Episode 4: Mongolface and Monkey Feces

Episode 4: Mongolface and Monkey Feces

February 17, 2019

In this episode, the Watchers discuss Marco Polo, in which almost every character spends seven episodes blissfully ignoring who the villain actually is. Along the way, Julie brings the Bechdel test into play, Reilly throws shade on Marco Polo’s character, Don enthuses over “drunk” Ian, and Anthony admits his love for Barbara. The team wraps up the episode by discussing the missing episodes – how they came to be missing, the returns that have happened, and the rumors around the ongoing search.

For those who want to watch along with us, this one is missing, so you can’t actually watch it. However, the narrated soundtrack is available as a standalone release through Amazon US, and as part of The Lost TV Episodes: Collection One on Amazon UK. To avoid any potential problems around copyright infringement, we’re not linking directly to any of the reconstructions, but they’re relatively easy to find with a wonderful tool called Google.

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Episode 3: Susan Loves Scissoring

Episode 3: Susan Loves Scissoring

February 3, 2019

In this episode, the Watchers discuss The Edge of Destruction, the only Doctor Who story that directly contradicts your mother’s instructions not to run with scissors (with hilarious consequences). Along the way, Julie indulges her inner musician, Reilly ponders whether the show could’ve continued without Barbara, while Don and Anthony compare the Doctor to Carl Sagan and William Shatner, respectively. The team wraps up by discussing whether or not anyone would remember the show if it had ended with this serial.

For those who want to watch along with us, you can find this story in the US either on DVD from Amazon US, or streaming from Britbox. If you’re on the other side of the Pond (in Anthony’s native land), you can find it on DVD through Amazon UK. Disappointingly, at the time of publication, no UK-based streaming services carry Classic Who.

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