Episode 52: One Time At Drama Camp

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“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” The bard may have been making a rather sweeping analogy about the pattern of one’s journey through life, but for those who find themselves enamored with stagecraft, either from the audience or in the company itself, the famous quote from “As You Like It” rings a little more true. Whether you come from the performance side, the live audience, the pre-recorded side, any view of the stage you choose, those of us who proudly consider ourselves “theater geeks” have a very unique community to thrive in. Drama? Sure. Suspense? Whenever needed. Fascination? Unquestionably. But how can we possibly explain these deep-rooted emotional connections with the uninitiated, or even worse, uninterested? Should we just wall ourselves off (mind that fourth wall, of course) and keep it to ourselves, or are there means to extend beyond? This session, we’re looking at the topic of theater geeks, that infatuation with live (or broadcast) stage entertainment. Joining us for the discussion are two unabashed fans of stage productions, Joy Piedmont (of the Reality Bomb podcast) and Robyn Jordan (of Black Girls Create and the #WizardTeam podcast)! * IMPORTANT NOTE: * As you’ll hear in this episode, this marks Alyssa’s last conversation with IDO for the near future, as she is taking on a highly time-intensive (and wholly incredible) new career pursuit. We wish her the absolute best in everything she invests her time and energy in, and look forward to having her back in the studio down the road, with so many stories to tell!


Time Lord Down Time

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Facing at least a calendar year without new televised Doctor Who, we look to the many other ways we and all Whovians can “get our Gallifreyan fix” in most entertaining ways.


Classic Rewatch: Masque of Mandragora

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Gazing into Season 14 like so many 15th century telescopes, we step back to a Baker and Sladen historical piece with a talented, if singularly gendered, supporting cast.


Resolution

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This week, we enjoy a boisterous, loud, daresay explosive hour-long adventure as our first and last piece of new televised Doctor Who content of the year. An all-too-familiar opponent makes a new appearance from a rather old point of origin, which leads to one of the Thirteenth Doctor’s best verbal exchanges of the season.


Series 11 in Review

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After rewatching and processing the ten installments of Series 11, we look at the season in total, and the impression it leaves on us in retrospect. We assess the series as a storytelling set, identify our highs and lows, and comment on the performances of cast, crew, production teams, and showrunner.


The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos

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“I know that voice…” This week, Series 11 — and the year 2018 — closes with a bit of an off-planet chess match in “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos”.


Ep. 51: The 2018 Geek Glad Game

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If we were to take some of the best things our respective fandoms have given us this year to date, wrap them lovingly in fancy paper, add a few ribbons and bows for detail, possibly place them under a tree or on a candle-lit table, chase away the cat who inevitably will attempt to eat said ribbon, and invite friends to accept them as gifts to be opened and enjoyed as we first did, you’d have the spirit of what we’re looking to do today. You may hear a lot of items we’ve shared in our “good news” segments from previous episodes this year, or even things that have come up in our main topic conversations with previous guests. Knowing us as you do by now, you may also be able to predict a number of things we have on our lists, and that’s okay! That just means we’re excited about them and thankful for them, and hope you feel the same. You may, however, hear of some things you’d missed in the flurry of activity and social media blur, and that’s even better. Our biggest hope is that you find something new to enjoy, and maybe even a new fandom to add to your roster. Joining us for the “game” this year is staff editor for and contributing writer to Den of Geek, Kayti Burt! (The full roster of mentioned ‘glad’ items is coming shortly, but listen for them first!)


It Takes You Away

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After checking that all the mirrors in the studio do in fact have us looking back in them, we settle in for a discussion of the penultimate episode of Season 11. Continue reading ?


The Witchfinders

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This week, we get another invaluable history lesson from Team TARDIS in the eighth installment of Series 11, “The Witchfinders”. Continue reading ?


Kerblam!

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Just in time to properly worry about Cyber Monday, Series 11 gives us “Kerblam!” a statement about the worries over technological advancement and automation, as well as the dangers of (all too human) fanatical extremism. Continue reading ?