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The Doctor Who Big Blue Box Podcast

The Doctor Who Big Blue Box Podcast
The Big Blue Box Podcast is a show dedicated to bringing you news and opinions on all things Doctor Who. Each episode has a news round up, opinion segments on everything from classic Who through to audio plays and commentaries.

Homepage: http://www.bigblueboxpodcast.co.uk

RSS Feed: http://www.bigblueboxpodcast.co.uk/feed/podcast

The Doctor Who Big Blue Box Podcast Statistics
Average Episode Duration:
Longest Episode Duration:
Total Duration of all Episodes:
14 days, 10 hours, 18 minutes and 28 seconds
Earliest Episode:
22 January 2019 (2:37am GMT)
Latest Episode:
18 January 2019 (7:00am GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
7 days, 12 hours, 51 minutes and 40 seconds

The Doctor Who Big Blue Box Podcast Episodes

  • Big Blue Box Podcast - Episode 21

    12 December 2014 (7:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 58 minutes and 4 seconds

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    Blue Box Podcast - Episode 21

    Episode 21 is here and we've got some very cool news stories to go through plus our retro-review for a classic story set in a light house with a certain green jelly-like alien.


    The News

    The broadcast time for Last Christmas has been confirmed and will go out at 6:15pm on Christmas Day in the UK which is great time slot for post-Christmas dinner relaxing. Our friends in the US and Canada will get it at 9:30pm while Australia will have to wait until Boxing Day.

    Next year, starting February 2015, we're going to be treated to a new series of novels based on Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart's character. Being released each quarter the series will start with The Forgotten Son, followed by Horror of Det-Sen then The Schizoid Earth and lastly Mutually Assured Domination. Colonel Alistair is a great character and important throughout Who history so looking forward to checking these out.

    According to the Daily Mirror (one of the UK's more ridiculous tabloids) Doctor Who has been an absolute flop with series due to the later start times with them claiming it's had the worst viewing figures since the show's return in 2005. Yes, while the ratings have been slightly down year-on-year there's been a massive increase in iPlayer and on-demand viewing which accounts for a significant chuck. A story best left to the cynics we think.

    BBC Worldwide have announced a new BBC Theme Park, costing PS2Bn, will open in Kent in 2020. It will feature experiences from the BBC's top shows including Doctor Who. This is a big story but not many details are available as yet so make sure you're subscribed to keep up with news on this.

    Jenna Coleman has decided she wants to stay on as so the Christmas Special will no longer be her last episode but instead she'll be with us through the first half of series 9. Is this a good or a bad thing? Is there more stories left to tell for Clara?

    Finally, the classic story The Underwater Menace is getting a release on DVD, landing in February 2015. A long winded story this one but we could finally get our hands on it soon.

    "Horror of Fang Rock" Retrospective Review

    It's Classic Who review time and this week we venture to the dark, cold and creepy light house where the Doctor and Leela investigate a mysterious green light and the sudden death of the light house's inhabitants. A story often overlooked but absolutely underrated this is one you'll definitely want to check out.

    Thanks for stepping into the Tardis for episode 21. Some great comments through on the interwebs, please keep them coming in and don't forget to hit the subscribe button in iTunes or your fav podcast player. Until next time - Allons-y!

  • Big Blue Box Podcast - Episode 20

    28 November 2014 (7:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 9 minutes and 23 seconds

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    Blue Box Podcast - Episode 20

    The Tardis lands for episode 20 where we say Happy 51st Birthday to our beloved Doctor and we retro-review an underrated series 4 good'n.


    The News

    Happy Birthday Doctor Who! Yes, the rebellious Time Lord has been on our screens for 51 years as of Sunday 23rd November. What started with a grumpy old man in a junkers yard concealing his time machine disguised as an old police box has now turned into one of TV's most popular shows in the UK and around the world. Not looking too shabby for 51 at all.

    The upcoming Christmas special has been given the title of Last Christmas along with an official synopsis: "The Doctor and Clara face their Last Christmas. Trapped on an Arctic base, under attack from terrifying creatures, who are you going to call? Santa Claus!" Does this lead to more sinister and darker times for a Doctor Who Christmas Special or does it show nothing more than the usual mediocre romp?

    "The Unicorn and the Wasp" Retrospective Review

    Adam picked this one out as an often overlooked and underrated episode from the Tennant era. With some great chemistry between Tennant and Tate this fun stand alone story, which often divides opinion, gave us plenty to talk about.

    Thanks for stepping into the Tardis for episode 20. Thank you for your tweets and Facebook messages, we really appreciate those so please keep them coming. Until next time - Allons-y!

  • Big Blue Box Podcast - Episode 19

    21 November 2014 (7:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 59 minutes and 35 seconds

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    Blue Box Podcast - Episode 19

    Hey Who fans! Welcome to episode 19 where we get back into our retrospective reviews and to kick things off we look at The Five Doctors. First, the news...


    The News

    So it turns out that Peter Capaldi could have had a shot at Who before his recent appointment as the 12th Doctor. HE was invited to audition for the 8th Doctor but turned it down - "I loved it so much that I didn't want to have the disappointment of going for something that I would never get." If Capaldi did get the part we wouldn't have had the brilliant Paul McGann and we wouldn't have the wise old grumpy 12th Doctor we have now. Funny how things work out in the end.

    More Capaldi news - our very own Adam got pretty close to Capaldi while at an event last weekend. Apparently he's signed on for series 9 (although no official word from the BBC) which is great news although it's still unsure whether Jenna Coleman will be onboard. Other cool nuggets of info indicate that he'd love to have the roundels back in the Tardis (which would look awesome) and he'd also like his one Sonic Screwdriver. All good things that we hope Mr Capaldi will get.

    Another award dished out for a Who actor, this time to the amazing Bernard Cribbins. He's been awarded the J M Barrie Award for a lifetime of unforgettable work for children on stage, film, television and record. Always nice to see actors involved with Who getting recognition for their work. Good on you old boy!

    "The Five Doctors" Retrospective Review (or as I said it this week - retro-re-spective!)

    We're back on the classic stuff from this week seeing as there's no new Who on TV until Christmas. This one was a good story to get into as it's an easy watch and is one of those stories that you can stick on, relax and enjoy without having to think too hard. We loved the performances of most of the Doctors but what score did we award it? We think you'll agree with our rating.

    As we move forward we're going to retro-review a classic story but what would like us to review? It can be anything from An Unearthly Child right through to Day of the Doctor. Get in contact to let us know and pick the most popular request.

    Thanks for stepping into the Tardis for episode 19. Keep your tweets and Facebook messages coming and remember to let us know what story you want us to review. Until next time - Allons-y!

  • Big Blue Box Podcast - Episode 18

    14 November 2014 (7:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes and 35 seconds

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    Blue Box Podcast - Episode 18

    Hey Who fans! Some feel good news items this week followed by our review of the Series 8 finale second parter: Death in Heaven.


    The News

    More Doctor Who Experience news this week but more positive than recent. The Studio Set Tours which were due to finish at the end of November have now been extended to December 14th which is great news if you wanted to check it out but couldn't make it this month. You can book tickets as usual on the DWE site.

    The BBC have opened up a couple of auctions on eBay to raise money for this years Children in Need. The first is a set visit to one of the episodes next year for series 9 where you'll be treated like a VIP and get to meet the whole cast and crew etc. The bid is already at over PS5000 but it looks absolutely worth it and all the money goes to the Children in Need charity. Take a look at the auction here. The second auction is to spend the day with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as they rehearse for the Symphonic Spectacular, again another great day up for grabs, check it out here.

    Finally, tomorrow night's Children in Need program is to have a slot to feature Doctor Who which is something the show has done every year since 2005. They're usually great little shorts and often feature a star guest or similar so look out for it during the program.

    "Death in Heaven" Review

    The Series finale crept round deceivingly early, where has series 8 gone already?!? Last week's Dark Water was overall very good but does the conclusion offer the same? Find out as we discuss the plot, the good, the bad and the, well, not so good.

    Thanks for stepping into the Tardis for episode 18. As the current series has now ended we're going to revive the retrospective reviews from the classic years so look out for those starting next week. Until next time - Allons-y!

  • Big Blue Box Podcast - Episode 17

    7 November 2014 (6:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes and 6 seconds

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    Blue Box Podcast - Episode 17

    Hey Who fans! Only a couple of news bits to cover this week before we dive into our review of Dark Water.


    The News

    That fine fellow Mr Peter Davison has been announced as the host of next year's Symphonic Spectacular when it hits the UK. This is great news as he went down a storm when he popped out at the BBC Proms last year. We're looking forward to this even more now.

    The BBC received several complaints about the subject matter in Dark Water and it's potential effect on some viewers, particularly the "three words". You'll hear our thoughts on this subject and how it may impact the show.

    "Dark Water" Review

    The first part to the series 8 finale went down very well and despite a few little gripes we scored it 8/10. Agree with us or not? Fire us your thoughts.

    Thanks for stepping into the Tardis for episode 17. We look forward to chatting all things Who next time. Until then - (and we finally got there!) Allons-y!

  • Big Blue Box Podcast - Episode 16

    31 October 2014 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 47 minutes and 50 seconds

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    Blue Box Podcast - Episode 16

    Hey Who fans! The news gets us in both good and bad moods but then our review of In the Forest of the Night gets us even grumpier. It's not all bad though, let's do this!


    The News

    After we hyped up the re-opening of the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff last week BBC Worldwide go and cancel a load of Tardis set tours and put everyone on a downer, meh. The set tour is closed from 3rd - 23rd November and if you've already booked and it falls within those dates contact Crowd Source (or whoever you booked it through) and request a new date or a refund. Thank you to those who tweeted us their experiences so far and we hope you all get something sorted.

    Silva Screen Records are releasing a 2-disc CD soundtrack of The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor to celebrate the show's 51st anniversary (yes, it's now 51 years, didn't the 50th celebrations go quickly?). Keep an eye on the Doctor Who Music site for pre-order details.

    Doctor Who bags another award! This time the show has picked up a Welsh BAFTA (British Academy Cymru Award) for it's special effects. Excellent news and always a good thing when the show gets awarded for it's amazing talent behind the scenes.

    "In the Forest of the Night" Review

    This one brings us a bit deeper down I'm afraid, we really weren't fans of this episode and in our opinion this throws up the series' first true clunker. What could have been a very good episode based on an interesting story the entire episode was let down by poor writing, poor performances throughout and other poor elements such as visual effects and props. We wanted to like it, we really did but it just doesn't work.

    Thanks for stepping into the Tardis for episode 16. We look forward to chatting all things Who next time. Until then - Allons-y!

  • Big Blue Box Podcast - Episode 15

    24 October 2014 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes and 41 seconds

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    Blue Box Podcast - Episode 15

    Hey Who fans! The first official show as a duo as Adam Charlton from The Geeks Handbag jumps on board as new co-host. We go through plenty of news plus a review of Flatline.


    The News

    The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff is now open with a new interactive feature starring current Doctor Peter Capaldi, which replaces the Matt Smith section. Tickets are now on sale as usual so get yourself over to Cardiff and check it out.

    Sad news again this week as Lynda Bellingham who played The Inquisitor in Colin Baker story Trial of a Timelord as well as audio plays from Big Finish unfortunately lost her battle with cancer. We wish Lynda's family our sympathies at this time.

    BBC Online have released a new online game for kids called The Doctor and the Dalek. It's a free game but comes with an interesting twist in that it teaches kids to code as you progress through the game.

    Adam was out on force at the London Film and Comic Con and caught up with interesting character John Levene, we have a great little clip in the podcast.

    "Flatline" Review

    We really enjoyed this episode and kept us interested and creeped out at the same time. Some awesome performances from Jenna and Peter once again prove that Doctor Who is indeed one of the best shows on TV. What are your thoughts on this one? Let us know below...

    Thanks for stepping into the Tardis for episode 15. Adam and Garry look forward to chatting all things Who next time. Until then - Allons-y!

  • Big Blue Box Podcast - Episode 14

    3 October 2014 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 35 minutes and 51 seconds

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    Blue Box Podcast - Episode 14

    Hey Who fans and welcome. Along with the news round up I give you my review of The Caretaker and if it floated my Tardis, I mean, boat.


    The News

    Sadly, actress Maggie Stables has passed away. Having appeared in twenty Big Finish audio plays, most notably as companion Evelyn to the Sixth Doctor, it's a big shame for fans of hers. I hadn't heard her work until I found out about her passing but after listening to some samples she really did give great performances.

    Now the BBC have vacated their main head office (which I think, for the record, is a huge mistake and confusing decision) there's lots of equipment and TV stuff lying around which is going to be auctioned off. Peter Pattinson Auctioneers will hold various online auctions from Tues 4th November to Friday 7th November. One of the items is a huge 3.5m wide by 2.5m high canvas backdrop of Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor used in promotions. If you've got the room for it, it's a great piece to own. Details for the auction can be found here (scroll down to BBC Memorabilia).

    Titan Comics will be showing off the new 12th Doctor comic run at New York Comic Con on the 10th and 11th of October. You'll also be able to pick up NYCC exclusive covers for the already launched 10th and 11th Doctor comics too. Wow, lots of variants for this one!

    "The Caretaker" Review

    Another one of those Who episodes that's full of fun and humour that's sure to please the kids this time. The Caretaker wasn't the strongest episode this series but certainly wasn't terrible. Afterwards we're still left asking "who is Missy and what is the Neversphere?"

    What are your thoughts on this one? Let me know on the site, Twitter or Facebook.

    Thanks for stepping into the Tardis for episode 14 and look forward to chatting all things Who next time. Until then - Allons-y!

  • Big Blue Box Podcast - Episode 13

    26 September 2014 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 49 minutes and 34 seconds

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    Blue Box Podcast - Episode 13

    Welcome back inside the Tardis as I get you up to speed with what's happening in the world of Who, a review of Time Heist and then my thoughts on Series 8 so far.


    The News

    Two new Who box sets have arrived. First up here in the UK is The Complete David Tennant Years DVD box set which features all of his episodes including all three series' plus the four specials. Second to be released in the US on Nov 4th is The Complete Matt Smith Years blu ray box set which features all of Matt Smith's episodes including the Christmas specials and other episodes. If you're into either Doctor and don't own any of the episodes as yet this could be the purchase for you.

    Casting confirmed for the Christmas Special. Along with Michael Troughton, Natalie Gumede, Faye Marsay and Nathan McMullen the great Nick Frost has also been confirmed. Known mainly for his movies along side Simon Pegg his acting is top notch so looking forward to what he will bring to this years Crimbo episode.

    McCoy's Ghostlight is getting the vinyl treatment and is available to pre-order now through SilvaScreen Records. As this soundtrack was mastered while everything was still analogue this will sound amazing on vinyl so highly recommended for your vinyl collection. Landing 13th October 2014.

    "Time Heist" Review

    Time Heist split opinions pretty much evenly with lots of equally happy and disappointed fans. I give you my thoughts on this episode but does it hit the right beats for me? Thank you also for tweeting me during the recording with your reviews on this.

    Kai McNamee sent me this on Facebook after I finished recording but does sum the episode up quite well:

    "I thought "Time Heist" was a bit of a let down, especially after the dynamic 'Next Time' trailer. I felt the story wasn't really interesting enough to grab my attention, with no help from the ineffective supporting cast members. It's unfortunate, but I genuinely didn't care about these characters, and they just weren't engaging enough for me to care about their 'deaths'. Plus, I thought it was fairly predictable: I knew Ms Delphox would be responsible for the heist in some form, and I knew that the assisting characters weren't killed off."

    Let me know your thoughts on Time Heist.

    Series 8 So Far

    Has Peter Capaldi impressed enough so far? Is Clara fitting the bill and is Series 8 living up to the hype? I give you a quick run-down on how I feel Series 8 is going and I'd be interested to hear your thoughts too.

    Thanks for stepping into the Tardis for episode 13 and look forward to chatting all things Who next time. Until then - Allons-y!

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