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.
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.
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.
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!)
When the world around you feels like a burning trashbag, there are many — many — of us who seek the temporary refuge of laughter. We rely on comedy and humor to brighten our days, distract our conscious minds, perhaps bond with others, and even release some valuable endorphins into our systems that help with the mental and physical healing processes. (It’s true!) Knowing this, the role of the comedian, the humorist, the satirist, is that much more important to our society. But is this a viable occupation in that society? How does one actually make the decision to bring laughter to others as a profession, and then seek out and test the medium in which to explore it? From the comedy stage, to the pages and sites of humor and satire magazines, to the writer’s rooms of television, film, and online studios, there are thousands among us who not only enjoy the good joke, but enjoy its creation. Joined by stand-up comedian and writer Riley Silverman, we look at what is means to make a career out of comedy, and how one can retain their sanity in the pursuit. (…Maybe.)