Thursday, December 29, 2016

#096 Superficial

…in which the podcaster by the lake and the podcaster from downstate must be stuck in a time loop because we swear we’ve seen this all before. JB and X review the 2016 Christmas Special “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”. Also a bonus audio review of Bafflegab Production’s “Baker’s End: The King of Cats” starring Tom Baker and Katy Manning.

Right Click/Option Click to download.

Bafflegab Productions - Baker's End: The King of Cats

Friday, December 16, 2016

"Go Fish" review on the Babes Watch Buffy podcast

This week I was a guest on the Babes Watch Buffy podcast. I along with hosts Cate and Anna had a lot to say about the Buffy The Vampire Slayer season two episode "Go Fish".

You can hear our review on the podcast's Soundcloud page.

In other news, I'm not going to have any podcast episodes out before the holidays. X and I have a recording scheduled for 12/29, so look for our review of this year's Doctor Who Xmas Special before the end of the year. And in January, I will have the Buffy Babes guesting for a fan commentary on the New Series episode "School Reunion".

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

#095 Power Play

... in which our fearless podcaster prepares for the coming of the drones as the sound of drums echos throughout America and the world. In the meantime, JB reviews the newly-animated lost story "The Power of the Daleks", and a listener from the U.K. weighs in on the new spinoff series "Class".

Right Click/Option Click for download


Spoilers Are Cool - new Chicago Doctor Who podcast
Babes Watch Buffy - Chicago Buffy The Vampire Slayer podcast

Thursday, November 10, 2016

WHO 37 & Babes Watch Buffy Unite to Fight the Good Fight

Last night I had the pleasure and honor to participate in an "emergency" recording session on the Babes Watch Buffy podcast the day after the 2016 US Election. It was really cathartic to commiserate with local geeks over beer & homemade pizza and to express ourselves and to gather strength for the battle ahead.

You can hear the special episode on the podcast's Soundcloud page , or subscribe to their podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.

Also, please consider making a contribution to Upswing Advocates , an organization chaired by co-host Anna dedicated to LGBTQIA training & coaching.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

#094 Trockumentary

A special "behind the music" episode documenting the making of "Trock Opera”, including a brief history of Trock music.

Right Click/Option Click to download.


Chameleon Circuit
Time Crash
Legs Nose Robinson

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

#092 Cyberpalooza

… in which the podcaster by the lake and the podcaster from downstate celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Cybermen with a triple dose of Big Finish reviews. JB and X discuss the audio stories "Spare Parts", "The Harvest", and "Sword of Orion".

Right Click/Option Click to download.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

#091 We Built This City On The Edge Of Forever

… in which two fearless podcasters boldly go where millions have gone before. JB is joined by Daniel Harper, co-host of the Oi Spaceman podcast, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with a commentary on "City on the Edge of Forever".

Right Click/Option Click to download.

Vaka Rangi - An anthropologist's Star Trek blog
Harlan Ellison's "Doctor Who" speech from the World Science Fiction Convention 1978

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

#090 A Quickie During Cricket

… in which the podcaster by the lake and the podcaster from downstate revisit the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn with a brief review of the Big Finish audio "Thicker Than Water". Also the return of Fan Mail and some more bawdy Doctor Who chat.

Right Click/Option Click to download

SHOW LINK - Blogopolis - A Doctor Who Blog

Thursday, August 11, 2016

#089 There Goes A Tenner

… in which the podcaster by the lake and the podcaster from downstate get nostalgic over the best Doctor & Companion pairing of the "New Series". JB & X give a spoiler-filled and rather bawdy review of "The Tenth Doctor Adventures Vol. 1" from Big Finish Productions.

Right Click/Option Click for download

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

#088 Baker Baker

… in which the podcaster by the lake and the podcaster from downstate deal out a double dose of Doctor Who Big Finish reviews. This month JB and Xtofer take on "The Romance of Crime" starring Tom Baker and "Arrangements for War" starring Colin Baker. Contents include ambiguously bisexual artists, psychotic cockneys, politically incorrect aliens, errant lawnmowers, and DOG PEOPLE!

Right Click/Option Click for download.

Friday, June 3, 2016

#087 Upstairs Downstairs

... in which the downstairs neighbor of our fearless podcaster watched all available episodes of the first four Doctors, in order, and lived to tell the tale.  JB's special guest is Benjamin Dionysus from the Accidental Shakespeare Company.

Right Click/Option Click to download

Sunday, May 8, 2016

#086 Eight Is Enough

… in which our fearless podcaster goes back in time to 1996 when he attempted to explain to the readers of rec.arts.drwho how the events of The TV Movie fit into what was then established continuity. Also, St. Xtofer joins in to review the Paul McGann Big Finish audio adventure "The Stones of Venice". Closing Music: Everybody in the TARDIS (Type 40 Mix) by Matt Hawkins.

Right Click/Option Click to download

Saturday, April 23, 2016

#085 Diamonds and Pearl

…in which our fearless podcaster records his reaction to the new companion announcement and spends a few minutes mourning two true lords of time that we lost early this year.

Right Click/Option Click to download.

Monday, April 11, 2016

#084 Sing Along With Common People

…in which our fearless podcaster goes all fanboy this week when he gets a gold star from Sophie Aldred and an answer from Kevin Smith about his favorite moments from Doctor Who. JB is also joined by St. Xtofer to review the Big Finish audio "1963: Fanfare for the Common Men".

Right Click/Option Click to download

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Doing the Mindwarp with OiSpaceman

I am a returning guest on this week's episode of Oi!Spaceman: A Doctor Who Love Story. Daniel, Shana and I discuss the 1986 story "Mindwarp" (aka "The Trial of a Time Lord" episodes 5-8). Or at least we attempt to discuss that story.

In reality the story was a jumping-off point for a much broader discussion on sexism in media and in fandom and how, in many ways, very little has changed since the mid-1980's. I also share my experiences at the recent C2E2 convention.

The podcast episode is now up on their website.

Unless anything newsworthy happens in the coming days (like, say, a new companion announcement) I will be dropping the latest episode of WHO 37 by mid-April. Xtofer and I will be reviewing the Big Finish audio "1963: Fanfare for the Common Men" featuring Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton. We've kept most of the spoilers under wraps for this review, but if you'd like to follow along with the story, you can purchase the download from Big Finish here.

Monday, March 14, 2016

#083 Fear Is Not A Super Power

… in which the podcaster by the lake and the podcaster from downstate play their "trump" cards, a Seven and an Ace. In perhaps the most timely Doctor Who Big Finish review, JB and X take on the politically charged audio drama "The Fearmonger".

Right Click/Option Click to Download

Saturday, March 5, 2016

a few announcements

Firstly, the podcast now has an actual email address. Yeah, only took me three years to get that together, right? Anyway, you can now email me at

Secondly, After some thought, I've decided to switch to a once-a-month release schedule for the podcast for the duration of 2016. There are no new episodes of Doctor Who to review at the moment, and I have other projects and life stuff that really need my attention. Of course if any breaking news happens such as a new companion announcement, I'll chime in with a quickie podcast. I'll try to institute a release schedule, but I usually hate adhering to deadlines, so no promises. Just know that once a month there will be a new episode of WHO 37 for you to download or stream for your listening pleasure (or displeasure). I will sometimes alert my Facebook and Twitter followers a few days before I release a podcast, so if you haven't already, by all means follow me on those social media platforms.

Lastly, on the next episode of the podcast, St. Xtofer and I will be doing an extended Big Finish Doctor Who review of the story "The Fearmonger", and I don't plan on holding back on the spoilers. We're recording it next weekend, so if you've not heard it already, I recommend purchasing the download from Big Finish as it's only $2.99 (in the U.S). And if you have any thoughts you'd like to share about this audio adventure, you can email them at the aforementioned, brand-spanking-new email address,

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#082 Time Scoop

… in which fearless podcasters mashup stories, writers, Doctors and companions and attempt to review nonexistent versions of our favorite televised adventures. JB is joined by Daniel Harper from Oi!Spaceman: A Doctor Who Love Story and St. Xtofer from Dirty WHOers.

Right Click/Option Click for download

YouTube: Sylvester McCoy and Mary Tamm in "Three Kinds of Heat"

Sunday, February 14, 2016

#081 Three Years Later

… in which the podcaster by the lake and the podcaster from downstate begin year four of the podcast by beginning their monthly reviews of Doctor Who audios from Big Finish Productions. This month JB and St. Xtofer (from Dirty WHOers) review "The War Doctor Volume 1: Only The Monstrous"

Right Click/Option Click to download

Thursday, January 28, 2016

#080 The Cut of His Chib

… in which two fearless podcasters finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and hope it's not an oncoming train. JB is joined by Daniel Harper, co-host of the Oi! Spaceman: A Doctor Who Love Story podcast. Of course the topic of discussion and speculation is the news of Steven Moffat handing over the mantle of Doctor Who showrunner to Chris Chibnall.

Right Click/Option Click to download

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Alternate Series 9 Titles

For the most part, I found the story titles for Series 9 to be not very imaginative, inspiring, or even interesting. Out of only a handful of folks who responded to my request on the podcast for alternate story titles, Mark Harris was the only one who submitted for each story ... and then some! Below is his entry. Mark will receive some Doctor Who swag from me once he sends me his mailing address.

Enjoy - JB


I’m always a believer in taking titles from the script or the story.  Not to write a title and squeeze it in somewhere, but to just write and let memorable phrases emerge.  I have chosen four examples from the script for each story.  An "*" mark my favourites.  Also included is an ‘Old Skool’ alternative title.  This was never intended as a list of funny alternatives, so, er, they’re not funny.  Someone else can win the goodies.  I just don’t think Moffat and his crew are good at titles.

  The Magician’s Apprentice

First Seek His Friends *
The Only Way I Can
The Ultimate Good of the Universe
Old Skool: Evil of the Master

  The Witch’s Familiar

  Consider the Doctor
Make Your Own Stick
Compassion Then
Always Mercy *
Old Skool: Deception of the Daleks

  Under the Lake (this was quite difficult, as the script is lacking in memorable language)

Death’s Merciful Hand
A Proper Ghost
Night Mode *
Duty of Care 
Old Skool: The Phantom Time Lord

  Before the Flood  (ditto)

Bootstrap *
The Future Is Still Coming
Protecting Time
Beethoven’s Fifth
Old Skool:  The Court of the Fisher King

  The Girl Who Died

Tidal Waves
Willingly to Valhalla *
Fire in the Water
A Good Death
Old Skool:  Invasion of the Vikings 

    The Woman Who Lived

My Own Companion *
Like Smoke
Me Against the World
What Eternity Feels Like
(I did think about ‘Fish in the Night’ but that’s just too obscure.)
Old Skool:  The Eyes of Hades

  The Zygon Invasion

Titivating the Fronds (no, not really)
Poncing About (no, not really) Infiltrated
Truth or Consequences *
No British, No Dogs
The Living Embodiment
Old Skool: The Rise of the Zygons

  The Zygon Inversion

Inside Out
The Osgood Box
A Scale Model of War *
The Judge of Time
(and possibly Truth or Consequences again)
Old Skool: The Rout of the Zygons

  Sleep No More

The Arms of Morpheus
Sleep Dust
The Monsters Inside *
Dust to Dust 
Old Skool:  The Sand Men of Neptune

  But seriously, Sleep No More is a good title.  Though The Sand Men of Neptune is a seriously great 1950s-style pulp sci-fi title!  I’m hanging on to that one . . .

  Face the Raven

Counting Down
Trap Street *
Always Run
Quantum Shade 
Old Skool:  The Hidden Refugees  

  But Face the Raven is a good title, and matches well with Sleep No More . . . if that was important.  Which it wasn’t.

  Heaven Sent  (yes, I know there are five options)

Get Off Your Arse (not really)
Doctor Who and The Prisoner of Azbantium
  (No, not really. Still proud of this . . . even though others have thought of it.)
A Second Shadow *
Storm Room
I Confess
Prisoners in My Hell
First Second of Eternity
  Old Skool:  The Torment of the Doctor

  Hell Bent  (seven options!)

A Bit More Welly  (not really)
Where Memories Go
Gallifrey Is Mine
Unravel the Web of Time
Where He Always Runs
The Last Ember
The Company of Immortals * 
(Possibly just Company of Immortals, without the ‘the’.  I like The Last Ember, too.)
Tomorrow Is Promised to No One 
Old Skool:  The Return of the Time Lord

Thursday, January 14, 2016

#079 Fan Mail 3

…in which our fearless podcaster gets taken to task by a James Bond villain. Once again the listeners have their say on the latest season of Doctor Who. Also a quick review of "The Force Awakens" and "The Husbands of River Song".

Right Click/Option Click to download