Episode 49: Cartoons for Big Kids

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We may be a single generation away from effective use of the term “Saturday Morning Cartoons”, as the accessibility of streaming services and on-demand entertainment brings any number of options to audiences at any time, on any day. But for adults viewing audiences right now, there are animated programs that occupy double-digit percentages of both broadcast and online programming libraries. Some of these are, without question, geared specifically to a mature audience. But many are created and written for younger audiences, while still drawing substantial numbers adult viewers. We’re geeks by definition, and to us, that means a deep-felt and detailed appreciation of things that we find entertaining, interesting, and engaging. So it should come as no surprise that many of us — a huge swath of us — are drawn to cartoons, regardless of the target demographic. Perhaps it’s the nostalgia, the opportunity to escape a demanding and stressful adult world to enjoy the simpler entertainment of our past. Perhaps it’s the original programs and series being created today, that capture that youthful energy, while still providing quality storytelling and content that either refuses to be maturity-labeled, or transcends those stiations to offer entertainment that is just as engaging and appealing to adults as it is to teens or even younger children. A good story, after all, is a good story… Joined by guests Chip (of This Week in Time Travel) and Lauren (voiceover artist and podcaster), we look at the topic of cartoons — specifically, enjoying them as an adult even if they are produced and targeted primarily to a younger audience.


The Woman Who Fell to Earth

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This week, we finally drop from our levitation points above the couch to hug each other with adrenaline-fueled delight at the first full adventure of the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends in “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”. Continue reading ?


Dear Doctor; Dear Viewer

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With only days to go before Doctor Who returns, we pause in the eye of the storm, and speak our hearts directly to two most important recipients: to Jodie Whittaker herself; and to the viewer who will be finding the program for the first time this season. Continue reading ?


Classic Rewatch: The Seeds of Doom

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Strapping on our weed-killer backpacks, and exercising absolutely ZERO patience for thug henchmen, we plunge into the undergrowth of “The Seeds of Doom”, the closing story of Season 13. Continue reading ?


And In This Corner…

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This week, we process the statements by Chibnall and the BBC Worldwide informing us that Series 11 will have an entirely new roster of villains and dangers to be faced, and that the time-tested ranks of Daleks, Cybermen, Missy and the like will not be seen for some time. Continue reading ?


Classic Rewatch: The Brain of Morbius

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Perhaps it was the lasting words of (not quite) philosopher Brian Johnson from the (not exactly) famed British think tank AC/DC, who quoted, “Who made who? / Who turned the screw?” The fact remains, there are moments where even the … Continue reading ?


Our 300th Episode Retrospective

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When you reach a major milestone, the moment can carry with it a range of reactions: satisfaction; pride; wistfulness; exhaustion.You can reflect on the effort and investment that it took to get there; you can take time to wonder about … Continue reading ?


Setting Course For Series 11

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When things are in a state of change, there can be unrest from any number of sources. Some will feel uneasy because of the lack of stability, the points of reference that were once relied upon. Some will worry due … Continue reading ?


Classic Rewatch: The Android Invasion

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This week, Jay is out of the studio (or IS he?) as the rest of us learn to trust no one in ‘The Android Invasion’. We’re 90% certain we’re watching Doctor Who and not Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but this is a Terry Nation script, so who can be certain? Continue reading ?


Whovian Starter Pack (2018 Edition)

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Being now just over five years since we last attempted to pull together such a ‘primer set’ of first stories, we have some incredible new content to consider when introducing new viewers to the program. Continue reading ?