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