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The Cloister Room

The Cloister Room
Description:
A Podcast about Doctor Who and Other Things, featuring Tom Dickinson and Louis Mitas.

Homepage: http://thecloisterroom.libsyn.com

RSS Feed: http://thecloisterroom.com/rss

The Cloister Room Statistics
Episodes:
207
Average Episode Duration:
46:44
Longest Episode Duration:
1:29:34
Total Duration of all Episodes:
6 days, 17 hours, 14 minutes and 1 second
Earliest Episode:
9 October 2018 (5:07am GMT)
Latest Episode:
1 January 2016 (4:00pm GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
11 days, 7 hours, 50 minutes and 18 seconds

The Cloister Room Episodes

  • The Cloister Room 094 - Well, One Of Us Is Going To Have To Change

    23 June 2014 (3:52am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 52 minutes and 50 seconds

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    The whims of the randomizer bring Tom and Louis to one of 2013's recently rediscovered gems: The Enemy of the World. Louis has some less than entirely kind words about Fedorin, while Tom praises Salamander's efficient use of space.



  • The Cloister Room 093 - Recorder in Color

    9 June 2014 (3:42am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 39 minutes and 34 seconds

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    Random chance brings Tom and Louis to Doctor Who's tenth anniversary extravaganza, The Three Doctors. The origins of the Doctor's contempt for Twitter are explained, and we manage to hold things together through the force of our own will.



  • The Cloister Room 092 - Wake Up, Sheeple, Or Whatever

    19 May 2014 (2:53am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 44 minutes and 55 seconds

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    Tom and Louis randomly arrive in the Big Finish neighborhood of the Doctor Who universe, to discuss the 2003 audio release "Davros." Louis raises questions about Davros's economic plan, and Tom peels back the layers of the Kaled scientist.

     



  • The Cloister Room 091 - The Axon Clause

    12 May 2014 (3:32am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 41 minutes and 59 seconds

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    Random chance brings Tom and Louis to the seventies classic The Claws of Axos. Louis pitches the Pigbin Josh trilogy, and Tom brings us on tangents about Doctor Who story numbering conventions and acetaminophen poisoning.



  • The Cloister Room 090 - Please Hold, Your Screams Are Important To Us

    28 April 2014 (2:50am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 36 minutes and 27 seconds

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    A most random selection leads Tom and Louis to the planet Spiridon, where invisible creatures abound. Louis points out the Daleks’ apparent newfound cartographic advantage, and Tom proposes a new enemy for the Thals to face.



  • The Cloister Room 089 - How Rude of Me To Just Call Him Skull

    21 April 2014 (12:37am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 33 minutes and 6 seconds

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    The random selector brings Tom and Louis to season 15 of Doctor Who, to discuss rustic racism and glow skulls. Louis remarks on the Doctor's moral values, and Tom unpacks the implication of K-9's character arc in the serial.

     



  • The Cloister Room 088 - I Think He Was Based on a Lizard-Woman

    7 April 2014 (12:08am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 43 minutes and 39 seconds

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    At long last, Tom and Louis convene to discuss the finale of Sherlock's third series. Louis points out how Sherlock literally kills two metaphorical birds with one metaphorical stone, and Tom brings up question relating to Sherlock Holmes's ties to the Doctor Who universe.



  • The Cloister Room 087 - You Would Do Well To Heed Me

    31 March 2014 (1:37am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 29 minutes and 45 seconds

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    In a stunning feat of temporal ineptitude, the episode that should have been episode 85 is episode 87, and vice versa. Anyway. Tom and Louis are brought in their random wanderings to a Fourth Doctor classic, the Masque of Mandragora. Opinion is divided. But who will side with reason, and who will side with primitive superstition? Only one way to find out...

     



  • The Cloister Room 086 - Hacking Detected

    10 March 2014 (1:06am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 38 minutes and 44 seconds

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    Tom and Louis resume their discussion of Sherlock's third series, and ponder the matrimonial mayhem of The Sign of Three. Louis ponders the telegrams, and Tom admires the computer skills on display in the episode's opening.



  • The Cloister Room 085 - The Shangri-La of Swimming Pools

    17 February 2014 (11:45pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 31 minutes and 56 seconds

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    Tom and Louis are randomly whisked away to the Seventh Doctor's era, picking up from their previous foray into Time and the Rani. Tom takes note of the punctuational music, and Louis wonders about Mel's appetite for cookies.

     



  • The Cloister Room 084 - Two-ish Years Minus Some Days

    2 February 2014 (5:39pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 39 minutes and 45 seconds

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    Seeing as this podcast is allegedly about "Doctor Who and other things", don't you think it's time we discussed some other thing? We do. So we discussed the first episode of BBC's third series of Sherlock.



  • The Cloister Room 083 - Wrath of the Quakers

    22 January 2014 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 40 minutes and 48 seconds

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    Discussing Doctor Who: Wrath of the Iceni

    The time winds of random selection take Tom and Louis over to the Big Finish corner of the Doctor Who universe, where they discuss the Fourth Doctor adventure The Wrath of the Iceni. It all devolves into an extended defense of the pure historical.

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  • The Cloister Room 082 - A Really Long and Tedious End User License Agreement

    8 January 2014 (3:07am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 53 minutes and 51 seconds

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    Eleven's Hour is over now, the clock is striking Twelve's. At the risk of spoiling this episode, you might not want to listen to it if you're the kind of person who prefers constant sunshine and positivity.



  • The Cloister Room 081 - Trojan Fanfic OTP

    30 December 2013 (3:02am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 38 minutes and 5 seconds

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    Louis and Tom discuss one of Doctor Who's lost gems of the Hartnell era, The Myth Makers, a pure historical set during the Trojan War. Louis takes note of the story's paradoxical leanings, while Tom struggles to remember that one class he took on Homeric literature.



  • The Cloister Room 080 - Who Knows?

    16 December 2013 (1:08am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 44 minutes and 56 seconds

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    Louis and Tom explore Doctor Who's origins as they discuss An Adventure in Space and Time, and unravel the dozens of cameos in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.



  • The Cloister Room 079 - Insert John Hurt

    2 December 2013 (3:12pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 22 minutes and 12 seconds

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    The long-awaited Doctor Who anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, has arrived, and Tom and Louis have convened to discuss it.



  • The Cloister Room 078 - Will It Hurt?

    23 November 2013 (2:25pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 8 minutes and 11 seconds

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    Tom and Louis are too excited to randomize right now! Doctor Who's anniversary special is still a little under six hours away (as of this writing), but you can spend a little over one of those hours listening to Tom and Louis discuss Big Finish's anniversary special, The Light at the End, as well as Steven Moffat's little anniversary surprise for the fans, The Night of the Doctor starring Paul McGann!



  • The Cloister Room 077 - That's Never Platinum!

    18 November 2013 (4:24am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 45 minutes and 57 seconds

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    The whims of random selection bring Tom and Louis to a firey planet; a planet of fire. Tom digs deep into the linguistic nuances of one Perpugilliam Brown, while Louis marvels at the existence of Kamelion, a companion he's never heard of!



  • The Cloister Room 076 - This Beautiful Symphony of Martha

    8 November 2013 (12:10am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 40 minutes and 3 seconds

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    Tom and Louis are randomly brought to Doctor Who's fourth modern series for a discussion of the triumphant return of the Sontarans. Louis questions the warrior race's military supremacy, and Tom raises questions as to Martha's suitability for this story.



  • The Cloister Room 075 - That's True

    31 October 2013 (12:37am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 41 minutes and 15 seconds

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    A random selection brings Tom and Louis to The Ark, and then to The Ark again. That's just kind of how this works. Tom once again talks about how much he hates Dodo, and Louis points out how like a First Doctor story this First Doctor story is.



  • The Cloister Room 074 - He Likes It Venusian

    21 October 2013 (12:31am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 27 minutes and 29 seconds

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    The random selector brings Tom and Louis to the planet Peladon, for their first time and the Doctor's as well. The importance of the Ice Lords is discussed, and the merits of the delegate from Alpha Centauri are debated.



  • The Cloister Room 073 - This Is Something That Needs To Be Reconciled

    14 October 2013 (8:38pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 45 minutes and 42 seconds

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    As the world rejoices at the return of 9 lost Doctor Who episodes, Tom and Louis do not mention it at all, since this was recorded before that happened. Still, there's plenty of joy to be had as our podcasters are brought by random fate to the most thoroughly lost episode of Doctor Who ever to be half-finished: Shada! Tom engages in some blow-by-blow comparisons of Shada's many versions, while Louis has a bone to pick with K-9.



  • The Cloister Room 072 - You're My Favorite, Nyssa

    8 October 2013 (1:09am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 36 minutes and 44 seconds

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    Tom and Louis are randomly flown to a time long ago, for a discussion of Time-Flight, where Tegan is truly in her element. Louis draws connections to another, much more recent guy the Doctor had to thwart, and Tom comes up with a theory to narratively justify the Master's politically incorrect disguise.



  • The Cloister Room 071 - I Guess I Have To Call It Unobtanium

    1 October 2013 (1:28am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 35 minutes and 29 seconds

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    A random breeze carries Tom and Louis to a Colony in Space, where visitors may colonize or mine to their hearts' content. Louis questions the logic of the Master's plan, and Tom repeats vehicular details learned from the DVD release. Endless fun.



  • The Cloister Room 070 - All Bets Must Be Upheld

    23 September 2013 (1:50am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 43 minutes and 55 seconds

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    This week, Tom and Louis randomly arrive on a street in victorian London, where a mysterious man claiming to be the Doctor is doing battle with some Cybermen and a villainess with unclear motivations. Tom objects to the production team's silly regeneration games, and Louis keeps pointing out, quite rightly, that it's Christmas.



  • The Cloister Room 069 - Magic Artist Powers

    16 September 2013 (3:04am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 43 minutes and 41 seconds

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    This week, Tom and Louis are randomly brought to Provence for an encounter with one of history's most famous painters. Louis wonders about the Doctor's finances, and Tom suggests that Van Gogh may be working with Improv Everywhere. Also, tangents about Bill Nigh-hee, lichens, and Abraham Lincoln. 



  • The Cloister Room 068 - Face It, Tegan, He's Drowned!

    8 September 2013 (11:08pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 39 minutes and 14 seconds

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    This week, Tom and Louis's random wanderings bring them to a base under sea. Louis calls Turlough's suitability into question, while Tom admires Ingrid Pitt's dance moves. Should there have been another way?



  • The Cloister Room 067 - The Mutually Interlocked Angel Situation

    3 September 2013 (1:16am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 19 minutes and 42 seconds

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    This week Tom and Louis are randomly brought to Wester Drumlins for an encounter with the Weeping Angels. This one's an all-time classic, so you probably shouldn't expect us to have much to complain about. Louis remembers when he first saw the episode, and laments a bygone era when Moffat's writing was precious. Tom manages to find two (2) things to complain about. Also: a mulligan and a Mulligan.



  • The Cloister Room 066 - Darren Is In My Personal Canon

    26 August 2013 (8:52pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 1 minute and 0 seconds

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    This week's random selection brings Tom and Louis to a fan favorite: The Evil of the Daleks. Louis discovers the wonderful world of reconstructions, and Tom gets very excited about static and mirrors. Also, a minor tangent about crossover fanfiction!



  • The Cloister Room 065 - Now I Am Total Power.mp3

    18 August 2013 (11:46pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 45 minutes and 4 seconds

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    Tom and Louis, in their random wand'rings through time and space, were brought to the end of the Pertwee era for a discussion of Planet of the Spiders. Among the topics of discussion are world religions and terrible Two Legs acting--plus, a rather prescient remark from Tom (keep in mind that this was actually recorded prior to the announcement of Peter Capaldi's casting as the Doctor!).



  • The Cloister Room 064 - Dick Clark's New Doctor's Rockin' Eve

    11 August 2013 (8:39pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 44 minutes and 14 seconds

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    This week, on this very podcast, you can hear a couple of white guys talk about how excited they are about the new white guy who's playing the Doctor. The bizarre manner of the casting announcement is discussed, and Tom and Louis ostensibly discuss the first episode of The Thick of It, but actually don't.



  • The Cloister Room 063 - A Bird On The Head Is Worth Two In The Hand

    5 August 2013 (2:29am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 35 minutes and 26 seconds

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    This week Tom and Louis's random story generator brings them to the show's twentieth season for a rendezvous with a Brig or two. Tom sings the praises of Paddy Kingsland's  iconic driving theme, and Louis wonders what the deal is with all these Turloughs and Guardians and what have yous. And there is no discussion about Peter Capaldi, because this was recorded two weeks ago.



  • The Cloister Room 062 - Death, The Ultimate Experiment!

    29 July 2013 (1:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 39 minutes and 56 seconds

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    Tom and Louis are randomly assigned the unenviable task of watching and discussing Time and The Rani, a story about which they make no attempts to hide their distaste. Tom laments Doctor Who's first major use of CG, and Louis explores the strangeness of strange matter. It's not a fun story, but hopefully it makes for a fun podcast?



  • The Cloister Room 061 - Moons Of Madness!

    22 July 2013 (12:55am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 30 minutes and 4 seconds

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    Guided by the whims of a =RAND() function in an excel worksheet, Tom and Louis embark on a journey to the planet Calufrax to discuss the Douglas Adams classic, The Pirate Planet. Louis noticea a connection that brought out memories of Tom's earliest fandom, and David Bradley and other Davids are discussed.



  • The Cloister Room 060 -Bad Daleks

    14 July 2013 (11:37pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 37 minutes and 54 seconds

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    Having finished their journey through Season 18 (and a little bit of Season 19), Tom and Louis randomize their viewing and wind up at the tail end of the Hartnell era, discussing the War Machines. Out of their element, Louis repeatedly mispronounced WOTAN and Tom gets Dodo's debut story wrong. Still, there is much to be discussed, from supply chaining to fourth wall breaking to Dodo's alleged death at the hands of history's greatest monster: syphilis. 



  • The Cloister Room 059 - Your Regeneration And You

    8 July 2013 (2:34am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 33 minutes and 21 seconds

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    Tom and Louis have finished Season 18, but there are loose ends which remain to be tied up, so they venture into Season 19 to discuss Castrovalva. Louis admires Nyssa's intensity, and Tom judges Master against Master.



  • The Cloister Room 058 - Airplane-Focused

    1 July 2013 (12:25am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 34 minutes and 45 seconds

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    It's been a long road, but Tom and Louis finally bring their discussion of Season Eighteen to a close with Logopolis, Tom Baker's final outing as the Doctor. Louis notes the TARDIS's interesting noises, and Tom wonders at the alien marvel of regeneration. All that and MORE!



  • The Cloister Room 057 - Nostalgia For Old Hatred

    24 June 2013 (12:20am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes and 56 seconds

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    Tom and Louis met to discuss the overall quality of Doctor Who's seventh series, but were derailed briefly by a plague of missing episode rumors (skip to 18:44 if you don't want to hear about those). Tom waxed vitriolic about The Power of Three, while Louis appraised the season's worthiness as a farewell to Matt Smith. All this and tangents!



  • The Cloister Room 056 - Pretty Sweet Culture

    16 June 2013 (8:26pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 46 minutes and 40 seconds

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    With Tom and Louis continuing their discussion of Season 18, you'd think that this week's episode might be another short one. But you'd be wrong! Because not only do we spend a good amount of time discussing The Keeper of Traken, but starting at about 21:30, we discuss the announcement of Matt Smith's departure.



  • The Cloister Room 055 - The Lion Kings

    10 June 2013 (12:45am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 11 minutes and 8 seconds

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    Another short episode this week, as Tom and Louis continue their discussion of Doctor Who's eighteenth season with Warrior's Gate.



  • The Cloister Room 054 - Evil Vampire People

    3 June 2013 (1:58am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 14 minutes and 49 seconds

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    Tom and Louis returned to Season 18 to discuss State of Decay. The episode is short, so the episode description shall follow suit.



  • The Cloister Room 053 - He Is The Railyard

    26 May 2013 (4:27pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 42 minutes and 57 seconds

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    With another season over and done, Tom and Louis met to discuss the events in The Name of the Doctor, and their potential ramifications. As Tom trotted out a list of six theories, Louis fretted about the absence of the Eighth Doctor. And as usual, the 50th anniversary is discussed.



  • The Cloister Room 052 - Gollum Style

    18 May 2013 (4:32pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes and 35 seconds

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    After the penultimate episode of series seven, Nightmare in Silver, Louis guided Tom through a therapeutic reconstruction of the plot, and the two of them share predictions about what will happen in The Name of the Doctor.



  • The Cloister Room 051 - Doctor Who Eye Thing

    11 May 2013 (1:03pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 38 minutes and 56 seconds

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    Another new episode of Doctor Who has aired, and Tom and Louis greet it with much enthusiasm (although one of them has considerably more enthusiasm than the other). Tom shares a new theory about Clara’s mystery, and Louis identifies a connection to Fringe. Plus, we talk about the 50th Anniversary special. Again.



  • The Cloister Room 050 - Stuck On A Stone / I've Seen Your Name

    5 May 2013 (3:43pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 59 minutes and 15 seconds

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    Well, here we are, at an arbitrary numerical milestone. Fifty episodes. Did you ever think we’d make it this far? It only took us three years. But here we are at last. And to celebrate, Tom and Louis sat down for an extra-jam-packed episode, discussing NOT ONLY Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, but also The Five Doctors! Wow! Incidentally, if you don’t care at all about our discussion of The Five Doctors, you can just skip ahead to 32 minutes in.



  • The Cloister Room 049 - Hot Pockets

    1 May 2013 (2:02am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 47 minutes and 6 seconds

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    Tom and Louis gather once again to discuss the most recent episode of Doctor Who. Well, the most recent from their perspective, not yours. Wibbly wobbly. Okay, listen. This episode is about “Hide.” Yes, “Journey to the Center of the TARDIS” has already aired, but we’re doing “Hide,” so sit down and deal with it. Also, this is our forty-ninth episode... it looks like an arbitrary milestone is soon to be upon us!



  • The Cloister Room 048 - The HADS Is, Not The HADS Are

    20 April 2013 (2:37pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 35 minutes and 49 seconds

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    For the third consecutive week, that mysterious traveler in time and space known only as the Doctor has returned to our screens, and this time he’s brought us to the North Pole for an encounter with one of his oldest and deadliest foes. Meanwhile, Tom has been monitoring the Twitterverse for some kind of fan consensus on the current season of Doctor Who, and Louis laments the lack of discipline in the Soviet Navy. And while all this is going on, the classic Doctors all enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the Shire.



  • The Cloister Room 047 - Magic Songs Are Her Bit

    13 April 2013 (4:04pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 48 minutes and 34 seconds

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    Another week, another new episode of Doctor Who. This time around, The Rings of Akhaten brings Tom to a moment of personal crisis, while Louis finds himself moved to reminisce about Worlds of Warcraft gone by. The two intrepid podcasters face their most daunting challenge ever: a pronunciation conundrum. Plus: we puzzle over Zygon plots and aging Doctors.



  • The Cloister Room 046 - For The Win!

    6 April 2013 (3:17pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 50 minutes and 7 seconds

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    A new series of Doctor Who is upon us, so—oh, wait, it’s not a new season, it’s just... more of the previous season? I guess? So, Tom and Louis discuss the first—d’oh, I mean sixth, or maybe seventh, I dunno—episode of the current series and discuss their thoughts on the series’ current direction, while speculating pointlessly about what will happen next. Plus, the 50th anniversary casting bombshell is discussed, Louis wonders about River’s history with the Tenth Doctor, and Tom misremembers the ending of The Web of Fear. Where else can you get such scintillating discussion about Doctor Who? Possibly somewhere, I guess, if you look around, but there is no need to look around because a new episode of THE CLOISTER ROOM is right before your eyes! And ears.



  • The Cloister Room 045 - Cloud Storage

    25 February 2013 (12:57am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 43 minutes and 53 seconds

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    Tom and Louis return from what can only be described as an extended retirement to deliver their long (long, long) overdue review of Doctor Who’s 2012 Christmas extravaganza, “The Snowmen.” Along the way they discuss K-9, Sherlock, and other bizarre tangents.



 
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