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Impossible Podcasts

Impossible Podcasts
Description:
Lively discussion of the fiction of the fantastic on television, in books and in films, including Doctor Who fan commentaries

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Impossible Podcasts Statistics
Episodes:
176
Average Episode Duration:
05:35
Longest Episode Duration:
1:43:06
Total Duration of all Episodes:
16 hours, 23 minutes and 57 seconds
Earliest Episode:
26 April 2017 (11:24pm GMT)
Latest Episode:
19 May 2013 (12:03am GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
3 days, 22 hours, 22 minutes and 41 seconds

Impossible Podcasts Episodes

  • Doctor Who Review - Season 7.13, 'The Name of the Doctor'

    19 May 2013 (12:03am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    The Doctor and ClaraIt’s here – our last (ever?) Doctor Who review. James Willets hammers the final nail into the coffin of Series 7b. Can it make up for the past six weeks of disappointment?

    I think we're going to face a problem here, because there are essentially two things to consider with ‘The Name Of The Doctor’. The first is the episode itself; the plot driven bit that sought to wrap up the loose ends of the last few episodes, in particular the status of Clara as The Impossible Girl scattered through time. The second is the ending of the episode; not the culmination of the plot itself, although we'll discuss that too, but the very final surprise, a moment which is going to overshadow the rest of the episode somewhat.

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  • Doctor Who Review - Season 7.13, 'The Name of the Doctor'

    18 May 2013 (11:03pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    The Doctor and ClaraIt’s here – our last (ever?) Doctor Who review. James Willets hammers the final nail into the coffin of Series 7b. Can it make up for the past six weeks of disappointment?

    I think we're going to face a problem here, because there are essentially two things to consider with ‘The Name Of The Doctor’. The first is the episode itself; the plot driven bit that sought to wrap up the loose ends of the last few episodes, in particular the status of Clara as The Impossible Girl scattered through time. The second is the ending of the episode; not the culmination of the plot itself, although we'll discuss that too, but the very final surprise, a moment which is going to overshadow the rest of the episode somewhat.

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  • Doctor Who Review - Series 7.13, 'Nightmare in Silver'

    18 May 2013 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    The Doctor vs Mr CleverIn our last review before the Series 7 finale, James Willets revisits ‘Nightmare in Silver’.

    Don’t forget to download our new Moffat Bingo cards before tomorrow’s episode!

    Neil Gaiman is rightly lauded as a titan of genre writing, the guy behind enduring classics like Sandman, Neverwhere, Stardust and Coraline. He's written extensively for young adults and comics, and won numerous awards for his fiction.

    It's hard to overstate the impact Sandman had on me. It was one of the titles that first got me into comics – the gateway drug that drew me into the wider four colour world, back when I had a sneering disdain for the garish funny books from the big two. Without them I wouldn't have discovered the world of non-cape comics; no V for Vendetta, no Transmetropolitan, no Y: The Last Man or Ex Machina or Walking Dead.

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  • Doctor Who Review - Series 7.13, 'Nightmare in Silver'

    18 May 2013 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    The Doctor vs Mr CleverIn our last review before the Series 7 finale, James Willets revisits ‘Nightmare in Silver’.

    Don’t forget to download our new Moffat Bingo cards before tomorrow’s episode!

    Neil Gaiman is rightly lauded as a titan of genre writing, the guy behind enduring classics like Sandman, Neverwhere, Stardust and Coraline. He's written extensively for young adults and comics, and won numerous awards for his fiction.

    It's hard to overstate the impact Sandman had on me. It was one of the titles that first got me into comics – the gateway drug that drew me into the wider four colour world, back when I had a sneering disdain for the garish funny books from the big two. Without them I wouldn't have discovered the world of non-cape comics; no V for Vendetta, no Transmetropolitan, no Y: The Last Man or Ex Machina or Walking Dead.

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  • Doctor Who Review - Episode 7.12, 'The Crimson Horror'

    17 May 2013 (9:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    The Doctor was not cut out to be a Jehova's WitnessJust two days left until ‘The Name of the Doctor’ and James Willets continues his rundown of Series 7b. Was he tickled pink by ‘The Crimson Horror’?

    There’s still time to get your hands on the brand new Moffat Bingo cards.

    ‘The Crimson Horror’ marks the return of Victoriana, the Paternoster gang, and that gnawing sense that Mark Gatiss may be the most hit-and-miss Doctor Who writer since Chris Chibnall. You may remember that I really loved ‘Cold War’. I thought it was fan-pleasing without being introvertedly self-referential, action packed without being over the top, and in a setting that felt historically real enough that the cracks in the likelihood of eccentric Soviet professors knowing much about English electro-pop bands didn't really matter too much.

    This certainly isn't to suggest that ‘Crimson Horror’ approaches the levels of ‘Fear Her’ or the inaccurately named World War Two shocker, ‘Victory of the Daleks’, in being a bad episode. Quite the opposite in fact; I found it hugely enjoyable, even on a second viewing. It's simply uneven in a way that many of his episodes seem to be.

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  • Doctor Who Review - Episode 7.11, 'The Crimson Horror'

    17 May 2013 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    The Doctor was not cut out to be a Jehova's WitnessJust two days left until ‘The Name of the Doctor’ and James Willets continues his rundown of Series 7b. Was he tickled pink by ‘The Crimson Horror’?

    There’s still time to get your hands on the brand new Moffat Bingo cards.

    ‘The Crimson Horror’ marks the return of Victoriana, the Paternoster gang, and that gnawing sense that Mark Gatiss may be the most hit-and-miss Doctor Who writer since Chris Chibnall. You may remember that I really loved ‘Cold War’. I thought it was fan-pleasing without being introvertedly self-referential, action packed without being over the top, and in a setting that felt historically real enough that the cracks in the likelihood of eccentric Soviet professors knowing much about English electro-pop bands didn't really matter too much.

    This certainly isn't to suggest that ‘Crimson Horror’ approaches the levels of ‘Fear Her’ or the inaccurately named World War Two shocker, ‘Victory of the Daleks’, in being a bad episode. Quite the opposite in fact; I found it hugely enjoyable, even on a second viewing. It's simply uneven in a way that many of his episodes seem to be.

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  • Doctor Who Review - 7.11, 'Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS'

    16 May 2013 (10:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    'What's a nice pirate like you, doing in a police box like this?'As we count down to the Series 7 finale this weekend, James Willets continues his reviews of the last half-season.

    Don’t forget to download our new Moffat Bingo cards before Saturday!

    At what point does a TV series reach a critical mass of recycled plotlines and a bloated parody of itself, reflecting enough of the bits that you used to long for to make you hope that it'll be good, but never quite managing to regurgitate enough substance to satisfy? Because I think Doctor Who has reached that point.

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  • Doctor Who Review - 7.11, 'Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS'

    16 May 2013 (9:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    'What's a nice pirate like you, doing in a police box like this?'As we count down to the Series 7 finale this weekend, James Willets continues his reviews of the last half-season.

    Don’t forget to download our new Moffat Bingo cards before Saturday!

    At what point does a TV series reach a critical mass of recycled plotlines and a bloated parody of itself, reflecting enough of the bits that you used to long for to make you hope that it'll be good, but never quite managing to regurgitate enough substance to satisfy? Because I think Doctor Who has reached that point.

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  • Doctor Who Review - 7.10, 'Hide'

    15 May 2013 (5:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    The Doctor can run but he can't 'Hide'James Willets continues his run-down of Series 7b, but ‘Hide’ isn’t chilling him for the right reasons.

    Have you downloaded our brand new Moffat Bingo cards yet? Grab them before the series finale this Saturday!

    ‘Hide’ is one of those weird episodes that happen every series or so, when the team in charge of Doctor Who get bored of the usual sequence of historical-alien-future adventure serial, and decide that what the show needs is a good old retreat into other genres; primarily horror. And as with all of those episodes before it, the classic horror setting and tropes are abandoned two thirds of the way through to explain that it's all just another sci-fi baffler, and that's not a Werewolf, or a vampire, or a ghost, or a great pumpkin; it's an alien pitched up on Earth.

    These episodes usually aren’t all that great - ‘Vampires in Venice’ stands out for its campy attempts to create an accurate flavour of medieval Venetian life, if medieval Venetian life had included the threat of consumption by horny cosmic piranha girls. Add to that the 'witches' from ‘The Shakespeare Code’, the 'Werewolf' from ‘Tooth and Claw’ and the Evil Living Scarecrows from the ‘Family of Blood’ two-partner, and you start to build up a picture of Doctor Who struggling to do the monster mash in an enjoyable or sensible manner.

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  • Doctor Who Review - 7.10, 'Hide'

    15 May 2013 (4:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    The Doctor can run but he can't 'Hide'James Willets continues his run-down of Series 7b, but ‘Hide’ isn’t chilling him for the right reasons.

    Have you downloaded our brand new Moffat Bingo cards yet? Grab them before the series finale this Saturday!

    ‘Hide’ is one of those weird episodes that happen every series or so, when the team in charge of Doctor Who get bored of the usual sequence of historical-alien-future adventure serial, and decide that what the show needs is a good old retreat into other genres; primarily horror. And as with all of those episodes before it, the classic horror setting and tropes are abandoned two thirds of the way through to explain that it's all just another sci-fi baffler, and that's not a Werewolf, or a vampire, or a ghost, or a great pumpkin; it's an alien pitched up on Earth.

    These episodes usually aren’t all that great - ‘Vampires in Venice’ stands out for its campy attempts to create an accurate flavour of medieval Venetian life, if medieval Venetian life had included the threat of consumption by horny cosmic piranha girls. Add to that the 'witches' from ‘The Shakespeare Code’, the 'Werewolf' from ‘Tooth and Claw’ and the Evil Living Scarecrows from the ‘Family of Blood’ two-partner, and you start to build up a picture of Doctor Who struggling to do the monster mash in an enjoyable or sensible manner.

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  • Doctor Who - Moffat Bingo 2.0

    15 May 2013 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    Our Ming-Mong-in-ChiefIt’s here! All new Moffat Bingo, ready for the Series 7 finale and the 50th Anniversary special!

    The original Moffat Bingo is still one of our most consistently popular posts, spreading far and wide via Twitter and Pinterest. But the departure of the Ponds last year means it’s no longer fit for purpose so, after a bit of faffing, here’s the newly revised edition, just in time for ‘The Name of the Doctor’!

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  • Doctor Who - Moffat Bingo 2.0

    15 May 2013 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    Our Ming-Mong-in-ChiefIt’s here! All new Moffat Bingo, ready for the Series 7 finale and the 50th Anniversary special!

    The original Moffat Bingo is still one of our most consistently popular posts, spreading far and wide via Twitter and Pinterest. But the departure of the Ponds last year means it’s no longer fit for purpose so, after a bit of faffing, here’s the newly revised edition, just in time for ‘The Name of the Doctor’!

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  • Doctor Who Review - 7.09, 'Cold War'

    13 May 2013 (1:02pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    The Ice Warriors return in 'Cold War'We’re catching up on our Doctor Who reviews this week, ahead of the Series 7 finale. Today, James Willets dives deep into ‘Cold War’…

    ‘Cold War’ is the first episode so far this season, and probably the first Mark Gatiss episode ever, that I can overwhelmingly say I loved. I think it's hard not to like an episode that doesn't overcomplicate the horror movie concept at its heart and is content to be story about a monster in the dark.

    There are a couple of neat twists that stop this from being a totally generic episode, although there is plenty here that we have seen before.

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  • Doctor Who Review - 7.09, 'Cold War'

    13 May 2013 (12:02pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    The Ice Warriors return in 'Cold War'We’re catching up on our Doctor Who reviews this week, ahead of the Series 7 finale. Today, James Willets dives deep into ‘Cold War’…

    ‘Cold War’ is the first episode so far this season, and probably the first Mark Gatiss episode ever, that I can overwhelmingly say I loved. I think it's hard not to like an episode that doesn't overcomplicate the horror movie concept at its heart and is content to be story about a monster in the dark.

    There are a couple of neat twists that stop this from being a totally generic episode, although there is plenty here that we have seen before.

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  • Doctor Who Review - 7.08, The Rings of Akhaten

    8 May 2013 (8:51am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    Angry Sun God vs The Doctor

    A little later than scheduled, our reviewer James Willets is here to pick over the bones of one of New Who’s most divisive episodes in ages.

    There was a point about halfway through ‘Rings’ when I thought (realised?) that this was going to be one of my favourite episodes for a long time. After journeying to an intergalactic version of Camden Lock and rescuing this week's plot-relevant moppet, we got a sequence so wonderfully constructed and unusual, it made me realise how rarely we get to see something different in Doctor Who.

    This was the first episode in years that felt truly alien. For all its sci-fi trappings, Doctor Who can often feel like a trip though other programmes the BBC does - lashings of period drama, becostumed thespians and CGI Macguffinery and very little in the way of actual world building.

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  • Doctor Who Review - 7.08, The Rings of Akhaten

    8 May 2013 (7:51am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    Angry Sun God vs The Doctor

    A little later than scheduled, our reviewer James Willets is here to pick over the bones of one of New Who’s most divisive episodes in ages.

    There was a point about halfway through ‘Rings’ when I thought (realised?) that this was going to be one of my favourite episodes for a long time. After journeying to an intergalactic version of Camden Lock and rescuing this week's plot-relevant moppet, we got a sequence so wonderfully constructed and unusual, it made me realise how rarely we get to see something different in Doctor Who.

    This was the first episode in years that felt truly alien. For all its sci-fi trappings, Doctor Who can often feel like a trip though other programmes the BBC does - lashings of period drama, becostumed thespians and CGI Macguffinery and very little in the way of actual world building.

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  • Doctor Who Commentary - 7.07 'The Bells of Saint John'

    7 April 2013 (2:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 1 minute and 46 seconds

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    The Bells of Saint JohnHappy birthday to us!!! It’s been five long years since our very first Doctor Who commentary and, to mark the occasion, here’s our latest – ‘The Bells of Saint John’.

    Caleb and P.G. find plenty to talk about as Clara finally joins the Doctor full-time. Has her (re-)introduction been too long coming? How does she compare to her previous incarnations? And what clues to her identity have we found so far? All this, plus the question of souls; the spectre of Russell T Davies; the brilliant Celia Imrie and Jumping the Shard. (Geddit?)

    We also open with a very important announcement about the future of the podcast that you really don’t want to miss, and finish with a look ahead to the 50th Anniversary. So let’s get cracking!



  • Doctor Who Commentary - 'An Unearthly Child' - The First Doctor

    10 February 2013 (10:39am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 43 minutes and 6 seconds

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    The First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan enter the TARDISWe start counting down to Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary in November by looking back over the history of Doctor Who, from 1963 down to the present! In this episode, Caleb and Swithun go right back to the very beginning, to discuss An Unearthly Child, (or if you prefer, 100,000BC or The Tribe of Gum, Hartnell overall story titles being what they are…)

    William Hartnell was the original Doctor – but is he the original and best? We consider how the Doctor evolved from mysterious and unreliable mad scientist into the unconventional action hero he is today. Plus, how has the role of the companions changed since the original TARDIS crew of Ian, Barbara and Susan, as played by William Russell, Jacqueline Hill and Carole Anne Ford.

    Join us as we celebrate the classic opening episode where it all began, plus reconsider those neglected cavemen episodes that follow… or should we skip to the Daleks already?

    How do you feel An Unearthly Child holds up after all these years? Are you a fan of the First Doctor, and what are your favourite stories from his era? If you’re a recent Doctor Who fan who came to it since it’s 2005 return, what is it like to go back and uncover Doctor Who’s past? Let us know your thoughts below!



  • Doctor Who Commentary - 7.06 'The Snowmen' Christmas Special

    6 January 2013 (8:57pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 19 minutes and 34 seconds

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    The Doctor and Clara in the TARDISAfter something of an extended break, Caleb and Sarah are back with our verdict on The Snowmen, the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas special! With a new title sequence, new TARDIS and above all new companion, the feisty Clara, ably played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, there’s plenty for us to talk about… not to mention abominable snowmen, Victorian values, lesbian interspecies marriage, the place of Sherlock Holmes in the Whoniverse, and Matt Smith sporting a specially fine hat!

    Stay tuned for our anniversary-year coverage of Doctor Who, as we celebrate each of the eleven Doctors from the last 50 years, one per month, and count down to the big day on 23rd November 2013!



  • Doctor Who Review - 7.5 'The Angels Take Manhattan'

    30 September 2012 (4:21pm GMT)
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    To follow our ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’ commentary, James brings you his review of the episode. Don’t forget to let us know what you thought too. Come along Pond!

    So, goodbye Ponds. Over the course of the last two and a half seasons you've been exceptional. You and Matt Smith have consistently been the best things about nearly every episode of Doctor Who for the last few years, and I will sorely miss you.
    From Amelia Pond waiting in her garden, to the introduction of Amy proper, waiting for her Doctor to return for her entire life, making the choice of Rory over the Doctor, then Rory and the Doctor - at the heart of Karen Gillan’s portrayal of Amy Pond has been true character growth. It's easy to feel like Amy really has grown up with the Doctor over the last few years, and she's turned into a kick-ass woman and half of one of the best relationships in sci-fi (up there with Han and Leia, Adama and Roslin or Zoe and Wash).
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  • Doctor Who Review - 7.5 'The Angels Take Manhattan'

    30 September 2012 (3:21pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    To follow our ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’ commentary, James brings you his review of the episode. Don’t forget to let us know what you thought too. Come along Pond!

    So, goodbye Ponds. Over the course of the last two and a half seasons you've been exceptional. You and Matt Smith have consistently been the best things about nearly every episode of Doctor Who for the last few years, and I will sorely miss you.
    From Amelia Pond waiting in her garden, to the introduction of Amy proper, waiting for her Doctor to return for her entire life, making the choice of Rory over the Doctor, then Rory and the Doctor - at the heart of Karen Gillan’s portrayal of Amy Pond has been true character growth. It's easy to feel like Amy really has grown up with the Doctor over the last few years, and she's turned into a kick-ass woman and half of one of the best relationships in sci-fi (up there with Han and Leia, Adama and Roslin or Zoe and Wash).
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  • Doctor Who Commentary - 7.05 'The Angels Take Manhattan'

    29 September 2012 (8:55pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes and 51 seconds

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    Amy and Rory jumping to escape the Weeping AngelsTime runs out for Amy and Rory Pond, as The Angels Take Manhattan! Caleb, Sarah and Suzie try not to blink as we discuss Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill’s exit from Doctor Who, as well as the return of the Weeping Angels and River Song. With Amy and Rory being the longest serving companions since the series returned in 2005, is this a fitting end to their story?

    Steven Moffat said “If the Ponds’ departure doesn’t make you openly weep, I haven’t done my job.” Did he succeed for you? Let us know what you thought!



  • Doctor Who Spoiler-Free Speculation - 7.5 'The Angels Take Manhattan'

    27 September 2012 (4:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 24 minutes and 12 seconds

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    The Weeping Angels are back! No episode preview this week so Caleb and Sarah discuss what they think The Angels Take Manhattan may mean for The Doctor and the departure of Amy and Rory. They also discuss some of your comments on The Power Of Three - don't forget to download our commentary and read James' review too!

    Come along Pond!

    Are you looking forward to The Angels Take Manhattan? Let us know your expectations in the comments, or via Twitter, Facebook or email, and come back on Sunday for our commentary!



  • Doctor Who Review - 7.4 'The Power of Three'

    25 September 2012 (9:01pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    The Doctor, Amy and Rory sitting waiting for the Cubes to do somethingThe Power of Three is, for the most part, an absolute cracker of an episode, of the kind that we haven't had in quite a while. Whilst it may not have ended up being a Blink or a Midnight – an episode that will be talked about for years to come – it certainly marked a great improvement on the hum drum tone so far. It also felt much more like a classic Doctor Who episode than any other this series, and certainly more than many from the quiet relaunch under Moffat.

    When I say Classic-Doctor Who I admittedly refer to it purely as something that, like Professional Wrestling or Star Trek, I find more interesting as a programming concept than an actual show. I'm still to watch much of the pre-relaunch Doctor Who – I've seen one full story and snippets of others and if I'm honest it's not something that I feel any need to go back to. (more…)



  • Doctor Who Commentary - 7.4 'The Power of Three'

    22 September 2012 (6:15pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 56 minutes and 25 seconds

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    Caleb, Sarah and Nat are back on earth for the year of the slow invasion…that’s new! The Doctor moves in with the Ponds as small black cubes appear all over the world. We discuss UNIT: The Next Generation, musical deadly cubes and the return of Brian!

    Did the Ponds make the right decision? Were the Shakri a genuine threat? And was this episode better than Dinosaurs on a Spaceship?

    Cube anyone?

    Don't forget to keep an eye on the website for James' review of The Power of Three, coming soon!

    And once you've heard what we have to say, let us know what you think in the comments, or by email, Twitter or Facebook.

     



  • Doctor Who Spoiler-Free Preview - 7.4 'The Power Of Three'

    19 September 2012 (4:01pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 15 minutes and 18 seconds

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    Caleb, Sarah and Nat preview The Power Of Three by Chris Chibnall. They also discuss some of your comments on A Town Called Mercy – don't forget to download our commentary and read James' review too!

    This week The Doctor moves in with the Ponds during the year of the slow invasion! The human race wakes up to find the world littered with small black cubes – where did they come from and more importantly are they dangerous?

    Cube anyone?

    Are you looking forward to The Power Of Three? Let us know your expectations in the comments, or via Twitter, Facebook or email, and come back on Saturday for our commentary!



  • Doctor Who Review - 7.3 'A Town Called Mercy'

    16 September 2012 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    To follow our ‘A Town Called Mercy’ commentary, James brings you his review of the episode. Don’t forget to let us know what you thought too.

    With three episodes of the series shown I'm pretty comfortable calling this. This will not be a season to remember.

     

    ‘A Town Called Mercy’ is the Back to the Future 3 of the series. Back to the Future was all nostalgic cool, goofy and fun that had something for everyone, like Dinosaurs. Back to the Future Part 2 took a darker tack, like Daleks. Back to the Future 3 was really, really Westerny. Like Mercy.

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  • Doctor Who Commentary - 7.3 'A Town Called Mercy'

    15 September 2012 (6:20pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 59 minutes and 35 seconds

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    Caleb, Sarah and new contributor Nat Slow don their stetsons and ignore the keep out sign as they explore ‘A Town Called Mercy’. Daleks, dinosaurs and now a cyborg gunslinger. As Doctor Who meets a western we discuss guns, tic-tac spaceships, moral complexities and The Doctor’s mercy.

    Did The Doctor make the right decision with Kahler Jex? Would The Doctor have used the gun? Where did The Doctor learn to speak horse? And who gave Amy a gun!

    Keep out?

    Don’t forget to keep an eye on the website for James’ review of A Town Called Mercy, coming soon!

    And once you've heard what we have to say, let us know what you think in the comments, or by email, Twitter or Facebook.



  • Doctor Who Spoiler-Free Preview - 7.3 'A Town Called Mercy'

    12 September 2012 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 19 minutes and 5 seconds

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    Caleb and Sarah preview A Town Called Mercy by Toby Whithouse with brand new contributor Nat Lowe. They also discuss some of your comments on Dinosaurs on a Spaceship - don't forget to download our commentary and read James’ review too!

    This week The Doctor gets a gun, a Stetson and a cyborg! The Doctor ignores the keep out sign on a visit to A Town Called Mercy – will you too?

    If you want a few more hints, read on...

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  • Doctor Who Review - 7.2 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship'

    9 September 2012 (1:50pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    To follow our commentary on last night’s Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, James is back with his review. Were the dinosaurs up to scratch and was David Bradley’s character a depart from tradition for a Doctor Who villian? Beware spoilers!

     

    Dinosaurs on a Spaceship is pretty much hardwired to be something I enjoy. It's got Dinosaurs, comedy and enough sci-fi in-jokes to choke a T-Rex. And unlike last weeks episode it actually has a plot, with a clear start, middle and end.

    So on one level, this is the best episode of the series, a welcome return to form after the Daleks did their best to kill off Doctor Who as a programme (if not The Doctor himself). On the other hand, it has some of the worst CGI of new Who, some horrifically written jokes and adds very little beyond its key concept of Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.

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  • Doctor Who Commentary - 7.2 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship'

    8 September 2012 (6:20pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 57 minutes and 17 seconds

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    Queen Nefertiti, Amy and Ravell looking at a screenCaleb, Sarah and Emma sink their critical teeth into Dinosaurs on a Spaceship in true velociraptor fashion! But will the friendly triceratops of entertainment survive the attacks of the bounty hunter of dodgy gender politics?

    Tortured metaphors aside, we discuss the importance of characterisation, the almost-return of the Silurians, and the alarming possibility of Chris Chibnall as Doctor Who showrunner. Listen now to what we had to say!

    And once you’ve listened to our opinions, let us know what you think in the comments, or by email, Twitter or Facebook.



  • The Cape and The Cowl, Issue 1 - new comics podcast!

    7 September 2012 (9:45pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes and 22 seconds

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    Welcome to The Cape and the Cowl! In the new Comic Book Podcast, James and Olivia round-up how Superman kissing Wonder Woman damages female characters, discuss Rob Liefeld vs. Scott Snyder, review Kelly Sue DeConnick’s new Captain Marvel series, rundown the comics you should pick up this week, and try to remember what happened in Civil War.

    Let us know what you think – are you an avid comics reader, and if so, what titles are you into? Or are you new to the world of comics, but interested in finding out more? James and Olivia will be back soon with another Cape and Cowl, so get in touch with your feedback, comments and questions!



  • Doctor Who Spoiler-Free Preview - 7.02 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship'

    5 September 2012 (5:06pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 7 minutes and 53 seconds

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    Doctor Who - Dinosaurs on a SpaceshipCaleb and Sarah preview Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, episode 2 of the new series of Doctor Who, written by Chris Chibnall. With a great guest cast including Arthur Weasley, Argus Filch, Inspector Lestrade and Mitchell & Webb (also known as Mark Williams, David Bradley, Rupert Graves and, er, Mitchell & Webb), the Doctor assembles a motley gang to investigate dinosaurs… on a spaceship!

    But is the entertainment factor of said prehistoric creatures be undermined by flaws in the characterisation? We give our first impressions, and a drop a few hints and teasers about what’s ahead.

    If you want a few more hints, read on… (more…)



  • Doctor Who Commentary - 7.01 'Asylum of the Daleks'

    2 September 2012 (8:52pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 4 minutes and 2 seconds

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    So Doctor Who is back on our televisions at last! Caleb Woodbridge and Sarah Burrow bring you their thoughts on episode one of series 7 along with brand new guest contributor Emma Sandrey

    Are the Daleks still an effective villain? What happened to all the different Daleks we were promised? Just how did Amy and Rory get to the point of divorce? We discuss this and more in this weeks commentary and of course we consider the impact of Jenna-Louise Coleman’s early appearance – and that twist!

    Souffle anyone?



  • Doctor Who Review - 7.1 'Asylum of the Daleks'

    2 September 2012 (8:32am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    Giant Dalek statue on SkaroJames gives us his review of ‘Asylum of the Daleks‘ as a first reaction ahead of our podcast commentary, coming later today online now! Does this story restore the Daleks as effective villains, or do they just rely on nostalgia value for their survival? SPOILERS ahoy!

    It's amazing that this episode wasn't spoiled well ahead of broadcast, and it's undoubtably better for it. There's at least two twists in there that I don't think anyone coming in blind will expect, so I'm going to save talking about those until the end so as to avoid spoiling it for you.

    Let's get right down to it. The Daleks are no longer a good Doctor Who villain. They survive more on nostalgia value than anything else, and there's not really been a New Who episode that showcases them as potentially lethal threats since Dalek. The closest thing we've had to an episode in which the Daleks constitute a real threat since then is The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End, episodes which hardly stands as a high point for villainous masterplans.

    (more…)



  • Doctor Who Review - 7.1 'Asylum of the Daleks'

    2 September 2012 (8:32am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds


    Giant Dalek status on SkaroJames gives us his review of ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ as a first reaction ahead of our podcast commentary, coming later today! Does this story restore the Daleks as effective villains, or do they just rely on nostalgia value for their survival? SPOILERS ahoy!

    It's amazing that this episode wasn't spoiled well ahead of broadcast, and it's undoubtably better for it. There's at least two twists in there that I don't think anyone coming in blind will expect, so I'm going to save talking about those until the end so as to avoid spoiling it for you.

    Let's get right down to it. The Daleks are no longer a good Doctor Who villain. They survive more on nostalgia value than anything else, and there's not really been a New Who episode that showcases them as potentially lethal threats since Dalek. The closest thing we've had to an episode in which the Daleks constitute a real threat since then is The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End, episodes which hardly stands as a high point for villainous masterplans.

    (more…)



  • Opinion: Why the Doctor is not the core of Doctor Who

    27 August 2012 (2:47pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    William HartnellWith Doctor Who returning to our screens shortly and the question “Doctor Who?” hanging over current storylines, Swithun Dobson considers Time Lords, TARDISes, and Time Travel to ask: what is the essence of the show?

    Contrary to popular conceptions, at its core it's not even about the Doctor. If we travel back to 1963 we do of course meet the TARDIS and the Doctor but we soon realise that they are the frame in which the story is hanged. Ostensibly most of the first two seasons revolve around the TARDIS team trying to get Ian and Barbara home to 1960s London after being kidnapped by the Doctor for rumbling his affairs, so why take a roundabout route visiting Kublai Khan, Robespierre and the Sensorites?

    Interestingly, from the modern Who perspective, none of the early serials focus on the character of the Doctor. The earliest story is The Tenth Planet but that just establishes that he can rejuvenate; the whole mythos of regeneration comes a lot later. Even The Deadly Assassin which establishes the 12 regeneration limit really focuses on the Master trying to cheat death.
    (more…)



  • Opinion: Why the Doctor is not the core of Doctor Who

    27 August 2012 (2:47pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    William HartnellWith Doctor Who returning to our screens shortly and the question “Doctor Who?” hanging over current storylines, Swithun Dobson considers Time Lords, TARDISes, and Time Travel to ask: what is the essence of the show?

    Contrary to popular conceptions, at its core it's not even about the Doctor. If we travel back to 1963 we do of course meet the TARDIS and the Doctor but we soon realise that they are the frame in which the story is hanged. Ostensibly most of the first two seasons revolve around the TARDIS team trying to get Ian and Barbara home to 1960s London after being kidnapped by the Doctor for rumbling his affairs, so why take a roundabout route visiting Kublai Khan, Robespierre and the Sensorites?

    Interestingly, from the modern Who perspective, none of the early serials focus on the character of the Doctor. The earliest story is The Tenth Planet but that just establishes that he can rejuvenate; the whole mythos of regeneration comes a lot later. Even The Deadly Assassin which establishes the 12 regeneration limit really focuses on the Master trying to cheat death.
    (more…)



  • Welcome to the new site!

    25 August 2012 (8:54am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    Impossible PodcastsWelcome to the brand new Impossible Podcasts website!

    We hope you like the changes – they’re designed to be pleasing on the eye and easy to navigate. We’ve got a glut of exciting new content coming up over the next few days, from new articles through to our Asylum of the Daleks preview. Stay tuned, and let us know what you think!

    Remember, we’d love for you to get involved with the show, so if you’d like to write for us or Skype in on a discussion, get in touch!

    There are loads of behind the scenes benefits to the new site. But here are some of the changes we’ve made that will directly impact you, our faithful audience… (more…)



  • Interview: Philip Reeve - author of Mortal Engines, Larklight, Goblins and more!

    25 August 2012 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes and 43 seconds

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    Goblins - Philip Reeve - Cover Larklight - Philip Reeve - Cover Here lies Arthur - Philip Reeve - Cover Mortal Engines - Philip Reeve - Cover Philip Reeve - a thoroughly nice chap

    Philip Reeve – the nicest man in sci-fi

    To celebrate our makeover, we’re very pleased to bring you an interview with multiple award winning author, Philip Reeve. Philip is the author of some of the finest YA sci-fi and fantasy literature on the market, including the magnificent Mortal Engines quartet, the Larklight trilogy, Here Lies Arthur and his new comic fantasy, Goblins.We’re big fans of Philip’s work, so it was a real treat to speak to him in-depth about the books and films that insprire his stories, his writing process, and why the current trend for dystopian fiction might be leading us down the wrong path. He also had a lot to say about the subject of Steampunk and why Doctor Who needs a bit of a rethink!

    Links
    • Buy Philip Reeve’s books on Amazon.
    • Visit Philip Reeve’s Blog.
    • Visit Sarah McIntyre’s website.


  • A slight delay

    17 August 2012 (7:04pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    Hello faithful listeners! The team has all been working really hard ahead of the launch of the new, improved Impossible Podcasts site. We're sorry to announce that we won't be launching today as originally planned, but now have a revised launch date of Saturday 25th August.

    Two main reasons: one, we incorrectly guessed that Doctor Who would be back on 25th August. Since Doctor Who isn't back on our screens until later, we decided to push back the launch to be closer to the launch of the new series.

    Two, we've still got more work on the redesigned website to do. Certain tasks have been more time-consuming or complicated than anticipated, and the busy world of Real Life has also intruded somewhat. We want to make sure the new site is finished and launches without a hitch.

    We're very excited about what we've got in store for Impossible Podcasts - our shiny new site, Philip Reeve interview, Doctor Who series 7 coverage, new column from Simon Kurt Unsworth and much more in the pipeline. When we're back, we'll be back with a bang, so come back soon!


  • Public Service Announcement

    11 August 2012 (7:27am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    Hello everyone. We won't be publishing a podcast this weekend as we're all busy behind the scenes, putting the finishing touches to our new website, which launches next Saturday! So check back then, when we'll be publishing an in-depth interview with acclaimed sci-fi and fantasy author, Philip Reeve.

    See you then!




  • Points of Who #8 - We're Regenerating!

    4 August 2012 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 23 minutes and 33 seconds

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    A sneak peek at what’s to come…

    In a special edition of our monthly news-and-views roundup (recorded before the sad death of Mary Tamm), we look forward to some of the exciting changes in store for Impossible Podcasts.

    New website! New content! Whether you come to us for our Doctor Who commentaries, our discussions on sci-fi and fantasy TV, films and books, our interviews or our video game columns, we think you’ll love our new look. Fresher and easier to navigate, the new site will launch on Saturday 18th August Saturday 25th August, with a raft of new content.

    In this week’s podcast, we outline the major changes and interview acclaimed horror writer Simon Kurt Unsworth about his new regular column for us, exploring the ups-and-downs of writing for a living. Plus, we tell you, faithful listener, about the many new ways you can get involved with the podcast, so download it now if you’d like to be a part of it!



  • Points of Who #8 - We're Regenerating!

    3 August 2012 (6:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

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    A sneak peak at what's to come... In a special edition of our monthly news-and-views roundup (recorded before the sad death of Mary Tamm), we look forward to some of the exciting changes in store for Impossible Podcasts.

    New website! New content! Whether you come to us for our Doctor Who commentaries, our discussions on sci-fi and fantasy TV, films and books, our interviews or our video game columns, we think you'll love our new look. Fresher and easier to navigate, the new site will launch on Saturday 18th August, with a raft of new content.

    In this week's podcast, we outline the major changes and interview acclaimed horror writer Simon Kurt Unsworth about his new regular column for us, exploring the ups-and-downs of writing for a living. Plus, we tell you, faithful listener, about the many new ways you can get involved with the podcast, so download it now if you'd like to be a part of it!

    Length: 23 minutes

    Download: Click Here (Right click and "Save Link/Target As...")


  • Doctor Who Commentary - 5.13 'The Big Bang'

    30 July 2012 (4:33pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 58 minutes and 40 seconds

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    It’s the end, but the moment has been prepared for. Sarah Burrow and P.G. Bell draw our Series 5 commentaries to a close.

    Where can a show turn when it’s just wiped out the whole of existence? Why, the National Museum of Wales, of course! We discuss whether the show over-uses its most regular locations and wonder when the polar bears joined the alliance against the Doctor. Plus, does the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey runaround still hold up, or is it just lots of exposition interrupted by bouts of repetitive action? And can we have Matt Smith dancing in every episode, please?

    All this and more, in the latest Impossible Podcast! Download us now!

    That’s it for our Series 5 commentaries, but we’ll be commentating on Series 7 week by week, as it happens, so stay tuned!



  • Doctor Who - 5.13 'The Big Bang' commentary

    30 July 2012 (2:33am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

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    It's the end, but the moment has been prepared for. Sarah Burrow and P.G. Bell draw our Series 5 commentaries to a close.

    Where can a show turn when it's just wiped out the whole of existence? Why, the National Museum of Wales, of course! We discuss whether the show over-uses its most regular locations and wonder when the polar bears joined the alliance against the Doctor. Plus, does the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey runaround still hold up, or is it just lots of exposition interrupted by bouts of repetitive action? And can we have Matt Smith dancing in every episode, please?

    All this and more, in the latest Impossible Podcast! Download us now!

    Length: 59 minutes

    Download: Click Here (Right click and "Save Link/Target As...")

    That's it for our Series 5 commentaries, but we'll be commentating on Series 7 week by week, as it happens, so stay tuned!


  • Visual Memory #6 - 'The Black Mirror'

    26 July 2012 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    Creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky… Our resident games expert Christopher Bell salvages another classic title from the scrap heap.

    After the comic fantasy of Monkey Island and Discworld, it's time to look at the darker side of point-and-click adventures. The Black Mirror involves murder, a family curse and creepy English (and Welsh) manor houses. Those of you of a fragile disposition, turn back now…

    The Black Mirror was developed in 2003 by Czech developer Future Games, under the title Posel Smrti (Death’s Messenger). You play a nobleman by the name of Samuel Gordon, who returns to his ancestral home of Black Mirror Manor, in the ominous-sounding Willow Creek, near Norfolk, after an absence of 12 years. Samuel’s grandfather, William, has been found dead, impaled on an iron fence. Most people believe that he went mad and threw himself from the manor’s tower, but Samuel suspects a more sinister cause. Then the visions, nightmares and unexplained headaches begin. Samuel’s sanity will be stretched to its limits over the game’s six chapters…

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  • Visual Memory #6 - 'The Black Mirror'

    25 July 2012 (6:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    Creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky... Our resident games expert Christopher Bell salvages another classic title from the scrap heap.

    After the comic fantasy of Monkey Island and Discworld, itas time to look at the darker side of point-and-click adventures. The Black Mirror involves murder, a family curse and creepy English (and Welsh) manor houses. Those of you of a fragile disposition, turn back now...

    The Black Mirror was developed in 2003 by Czech developer Future Games, under the title Posel Smrti (Death's Messenger). You play a nobleman by the name of Samuel Gordon, who returns to his ancestral home of Black Mirror Manor, in the ominous-sounding Willow Creek, near Norfolk, after an absence of 12 years.A Samuel's grandfather, William, has been found dead, impaled on an iron fence.A Most people believe that he went mad and threw himself from the manor's tower, but Samuel suspects a more sinister cause. Then the visions, nightmares and unexplained headaches begin. Samuel's sanity will be stretched to its limits over the game's six chapters...
    Read more A>>


  • Doctor Who Commentary - 5.12 'The Pandorica Opens'

    21 July 2012 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 55 minutes and 9 seconds

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    Join Sarah and Peter as they plough headlong into the first part of Doctor Who’s Series 5 finale!

    It’s been a long journey since ‘The Eleventh Hour‘ and, as Moffat moves his pieces into position for the final confrontation, we chart his progress through the series so far. Did he deliver on his early promises? Has he beaten Russell T Davies at his own game? And, more importantly, has the production team found a way to lessen the embarrassment of those awful new-look Daleks? All this plus: zombie Cybermen, rubbish Romans, horror movie homages and the speech to end all speeches. Oh, and Rory’s back! Yay!



 
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