Wednesday, February 28, 2018

#124 Before The Blue Box

…in which our fearless podcasters go back to the beginning. It’s the debut of “Loose Cannons” where JB and St. Xtofer examine the novels, short stories and audios to piece together the off-screen continuity of the Doctor’s adventures. This month they look at several stories of the First Doctor & Susan set before “An Unearthly Child”. Stories include “Lungbarrow” by Marc Platt, “The Beginning” also by Marc Platt, “Quinnis” again by Marc Platt, “The Exiles” by Lance Parkin, “The Gift” by Robert Dick, “Frayed” by Tara Samms, and “Dr. First” by Adam Hargreaves.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

My Prog-Rock tribute to Murray Gold, who is leaving Doctor Who

It was confirmed this weekend at the Gallifrey One convention in Los Angeles that Murray Gold, the most prolific music composer for Doctor Who, has left the series. While I think he is a phenomenal composer who created many of the most memorable themes for the Doctor's various incarnations, his companions and his enemies, I do think that the producers sometimes relied on his music too much in order to bring out "the feels" for some of the more weaker scripts. And sometimes his music would just be TOO DAMN LOUD in the sound mix.

I do applaud the man for making so much music for the show, and I wish him the best for all his future endeavors. However, I am ready for a change in the music soundtrack. Doctor Who is all about change, and much as we all enjoyed Dudley Simpson's music in the 60's and 70's, the show took on new life when the producers switched to the Radiophonic Workshop in the '80s, and I hope the new composer (or hopefully composers to have more variety in the soundtrack) will also bring new life to the show.

Several years go I arranged and recorded a 12-minute progressive rock tribute to Murray Gold's themes from the first five seasons of New Who, appropriately titled "The New Who Revue", which you can listen to by...


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

#123 Five Years

... in which our fearless podcaster reflects on five years of hosting a Doctor Who podcast as he charts the course for year six. JB also explains how Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Trek: Discovery have raised the bar for his expectations of Series 11, and he gives a final farewell to his beloved PodCat.


RIP Jupiter Cat 1998-2018

Sunday, January 7, 2018

An American Podcast in London

My girlfriend and I have booked our vacation trip to London, England. We will be flying in the morning of 21 April and departing back to Chicago on 26 April.

This will be my first visit to London, and I am looking forward to walking the streets and visiting the locales from some of the most memorable moments in the history of Doctor Who. I will most certainly be visiting The Who Shop & TV Museum, and perhaps make the pilgrimage to the old BBC Television Studios where most of the classic series was filmed. I regret that we missed out of having a chance to visit the recently-closed Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, but we will have plenty of other activities planned during our stay.

If any of my British listeners of the podcast would like to meet-up, drop me a line at (or find me on Facebook or Twitter). I may organize a meet-up at The Who Store/Museum if enough are interested. And I will probably be recording a segment or two for a future podcast episode while I'm in town.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

#121 Peter Out

... in which our fearless podcasters give a heartfelt salute to Peter Capaldi, a warm welcome to Jodie Whittaker, and a final farewell to Steven Moffat. JB and Xtofer review "Twice Upon A Time".


Saturday, December 23, 2017

JB's appearance on the Progressive of Power Podcast

Last week I was a guest panelist or the She-Ra: Progressive of Power Christmas Special which was recorded live in front of an audience at the Cards Against Humanity Theater. The episode has now dropped just in time for the holidays, and you can download or stream the episode at the Progressive of Power webpage.

Speaking of holiday podcasts, I had planned to record a holiday special prior to my review of "Twice Upon A Time", the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas Special, however it was delayed and eventually postponed by both me and Xtofer getting sick and by an expensive Macbook repair. We plan to record our review on the 27th or 28th and will have it ready before the end of the year.

Happy Holidays.