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Doctor Who: The Metebelis 2

Doctor Who: The Metebelis 2
Description:
The Metebelis 2 is a transatlantic conversation about "Doctor Who" with Ben the Brit and David the American. Follow along as two old friends talk about their lifelong fandom of Doctor Who dating back to the 1970s and 1980s into the 21st century.

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Doctor Who: The Metebelis 2 Statistics
Episodes:
134
Average Episode Duration:
0:0:50:00
Longest Episode Duration:
0:1:47:17
Total Duration of all Episodes:
4 days, 15 hours, 39 minutes and 27 seconds
Earliest Episode:
19 June 2016 (7:32pm GMT)
Latest Episode:
1 December 2019 (2:00am GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
9 days, 9 hours, 32 minutes and 26 seconds

Doctor Who: The Metebelis 2 Episodes

  • #134 - Moor Fougous Please

    1 December 2019 (2:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 53 minutes and 32 seconds

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    The Brigadier reunites with the Doctor in this week's journey into Big Finish's back catalogue with The Spectre of Lanyon Moor. This is a story mines a rich vein of classic 1970s Who to tell a new, but familiar story perfect for tea time. Was how this story written the secret to the sixth Doctor's character's rehabilitation? Are round-trip holidays to Athens that short? And, why is British electricity better? Answers to these questions in more in this weeks' podcast. Music this episode is from Alistair Lock's score from The Spectre of Lanyon Moor.



  • #133 - The Vardan Agenda

    25 November 2019 (12:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds

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    The series 12 trailer dropped this past weekend, so what better time for the Metebelis Two to give their quick take on what they thought. Maddeningly though, no broadcast date was given so we speculate about possible rumoured air dates; which, in turn, leads to discussing some of the other trolling rumours swirling around series 12, and ultimately, the fate and future of Doctor Who at the BBC. Opening music is from Segun Akinola's series 11 soundtrack. Closing music is from Alistair Lock's score from the Spectre of Lanyon Moor.



  • #132 - Some Kind of Wonderful

    18 November 2019 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 37 minutes and 31 seconds

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    This week we chat about the magical meeting that took place during this year's Children in Need special, when Anastasia, a young Who fan, met her amazing Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. Then we discuss the announcement of series 12 writers and directors and speculate on what Chibnall has planned for our favourite show in 2020? Opening and closing music is from Segun Akinola's series 12 soundtrack; including excerpts from "Sonic Screwdriver" and "Me and My Mates".



  • #131 - Wonderfully Silly Aliens

    10 November 2019 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 46 minutes and 0 seconds

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    We review Invaders from Mars, the Big Finish Main Line release from 2002 featuring Paul McGann as Doctor Who. Ben and David laugh along with this fun story written and directed by Mark Gatiss and set at Halloween 1938. Gatiss creates a joyful pastiche from 1930s radio drama, gangster films, and a hearty dose of 1950s popular sci-fi done with the sketch-comedy stylings of The League of Gentlemen. Ben enjoyed listening to this with fresh ears nearly 18 years after its release and David wondered if the time fallout from Charley would have confused listeners as much as it did for him. Opening and closing music is by Alistair Lock's sound design for the story.



  • #130 - Cosmically Horrible

    4 November 2019 (9:15am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 52 minutes and 25 seconds

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    The Metebelis Two talk briefly about the two "missing" Troughton stories that will be released as animations next year. David wonders if Deborah Watling's likeness be successfully realized? Was that Emil Keller or Rev. Magister in the Faceless teaser trailer? Then in our main feature, Ben serves as our guide to 13 spooky and horrible Doctor Who stories to watch. What does Ben choose and what did he pass over? Discussion about when is the proper time to watch spooky stories? Halloween like in the America or Christmas like in Britain? And is the encroachment of Halloween in the UK lessening Guy Fawkes night? This episodes music is from Carey Blyton's score for "Death to the Daleks".



  • #129 - Unintentionally Scary

    27 October 2019 (10:45am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 51 minutes and 31 seconds

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    We continue on with our discussion of spooky Doctor Who and try to answer whether horror truly works in the confines of the show. Does more realistic effects detract or enhance the storytelling of spooky stories? Is Ben a horror snob and what makes David a fan of theatre? Opening music is "Mysteries" composed by Don Harper from "The Invasion" and closing music is "Keeler's Transformation Begins" composed by Geoffrey Burgon from "The Seeds of Doom".



  • #128 - Remission

    21 October 2019 (7:25am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 8 seconds

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    The Metebelis Two remember Stephen Moore and his role of Marvin the Paranoid Android from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Followed by speculation on what the next 1960s Who animation will be, which then leads to a conversation of the University of Lancaster's recent restaging of Mission to the Unknown. Should more missing Who be restaged? Who would the two cast as the Doctor? Opening music is "Marvin" sung by Stephen Moore and interstitial stings and closing music is by Trevor Duncan and was from the soundtrack of Mission to the Unknown.



  • #127 - Eccles Con

    14 October 2019 (6:25am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 47 minutes and 58 seconds

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    Christopher Eccleston is embracing Doctor Who fandom in a big way with appearances at Rose City and New York Comic Cons. Ben is exited that Eccleston is the headliner at next year's Gallifrey One. Ben references two stores in The Guardian. 20 questions with Eccleston and Sylvester McCoy modeling scarves. The two anticipate the screening of the Univesity of Lancaster's recreation of Mission to the Unknown and David pitches an idea for "Who in the Park" loosely based off of "Trek in the Park". Ben suggests "Who in the Quarry" may be more of a fit. Then the two close with thoughts on spooky versus scary Doctor Who stories and suggest it will be the theme of the podcast this month. Opening music is "The Doctor's Theme" and closing music is "Clockwork TARDIS", both composed by Murray Gold for Series 1.



  • #126 - The Professional

    8 September 2019 (8:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 50 minutes and 3 seconds

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    This week we pay our respects to Terrance Dicks, the script editor and writer, who made such an enormous impact on Doctor Who and, in turn, our lives. From Target novelisations, to script editing, to original stories, Terrance Dicks was the quintessential professional who lent credibility to every Who-related project he was associated with. Also please donate to Save the Children, in memory of Terrance. Opening this episode is Dicks describing the Doctor's character from the 1993 documentary "Thirty Years in the TARDIS". Closing music is "Eye of Orion" composed by Peter Howell for "The Five Doctors" and followed by former producer Barry Letts asking Dicks how he'd would like to be remembered from "Terrance Dicks: Fact & Fiction" and a brief riff from Dudley Simpson from "Carnival of Monsters".



  • #125 - Crimes Against Whomanity

    2 September 2019 (11:11am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 10 minutes and 8 seconds

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    The Metebelis Two discuss the Pertwee stories that fell in the lower half of the last Doctor Who Magazine (#474) reader's poll and why these stories may deserve reappraisal. With nine stories in all to cover, Ben and David question whether fan wisdom is right on these "lesser"Pertwee outings. Along the way, Ben admires the great man's wardrobe and David must choose between Season 10 and Season 11's Dalek stories. Plus why Bill Filer should return to Doctor Who. All this and more, much more! Opening music is the "Dalek March" from Cary Blyton's score for Death to the Daleks. Closing music is "II" from Tristram Cary's score for The Mutants.



  • #124 - Ogrons are Hilarious

    18 August 2019 (8:45pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 58 minutes and 4 seconds

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    The concluding episode of the Metebelis Two's three-part celebration of the Jon Pertwee centenary focusing on seasons 9 through 11. Ben explains how first reading Target novilisations made the actual viewing of the stories a bit anticlimatic. BBC productions values of the early 1970s could not compete with the vivid memories of an 8-year-old's imagination, Ingrid Pitt's costume in The Time Monster aside. Then the two do a deep dive into how Omega's guards are pronounced. Is it with a /g/ sound like with gar or a /j/ sound like with jar; on-the-fly research was done and sources were cited. A brief sidebar about the new action figures for Big Finish / Character Option, including Harry Sullivan. Were Ogrons the classic series Judoon? Why was the Master having a bit of laugh in Roger Delgado's final story? Did Mac Hulke not like Pertwee's usual outfits? These questions and more! Opening music is from Dudley Simpson's score for the Frontier in Space and closing music is from his score for Planet of the Spiders.



  • #123 - In the Company of Regulars

    10 August 2019 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 53 minutes and 41 seconds

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    This is the second episode of our three-part Jon Pertwee centenary celebration. We begin by discussing Pertwee's career post-Who and wonder about Worzel Gummidge. What was the appeal for Jon and the audience? We briefly touch upon his recording career and his tenure as a quiz show host. (Ben, fiercely loyal to Pertwee as Doctor Who, boycotted it all!) Then we begin a retrospective of seasons 7 and 8 and talk about how having a regular company or family of actors on the who probably helped out actors like Pertwee and Nick Courtney. We wrap up singing Roger Delgado's praises and how much his untimely death altered the course of Who forever. Opening music is "Dover Caste" composed by Dudley Simpson. Closing music is "I am the Doctor" with Jon Pertwee.



  • #122 - The Lord of Time

    3 August 2019 (8:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 19 seconds

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    In this, the first of our three-part Jon Pertwee centenary celebration, we talk about the man who played the Third Doctor and his legacy. Ben notes that Pertwee's Doctor is the first Time Lord and contrasts Pertwee's aristocratic portrayal of the Doctor to the more working-class character of the Doctor that Patrick Troughton gave. David comments on how there is a Pertwee revival now happening in fandom over the past few years. Opening music is "The Axons Approach" composed by Dudley Simpson and performed by Brian Hodgson. Closing music is "Silurians" composed by Carey Blyton. The clip at the end is of Pertwee being interviewed on Pebble Mill by Gloria Hunniford.



  • #121 - Jungle Daleks of Jungolus

    27 July 2019 (7:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 38 minutes and 16 seconds

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    The Metebelis Two Ace retrospective continues this week with a discussion about The Genocide Machine, which was the second Big Finish release to feature Ace. The story is very reminiscent of a Terry Nation story with all that entails. So, a jungle planet with Daleks and rather one-dimensional supporting characters. With the Daleks return for the first time since Remembrance was this story able to deliver? The opening sound is a gentle rain fall. Closing music is the Eurythmics' song "Here Comes the Rain Again" from 1983.



  • #120 - Twenty Years Ahead of Its Time

    17 July 2019 (10:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 47 minutes and 43 seconds

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    We continue our journey with Ace and Doctor Who after the programme ended on BBC One with The Fearmonger. Written by Jonathan Blum and released by Big Finish in 2000, this story is quite relevant to the political climate of today with its anti-immigrant politics and increasingly mainstream fascism. Upon its release, Ben recalls that it seemed a bit farfetched, but giving it a fresh listen to now 19 years later it really stands out as a significant story. David likes how this is a finely crafted mystery and Blum's love for and knowledge of this era is well on display. Both praise how well Ace and the Doctor work together as a team throughout this story. Beautify written, this is a must-listen-to story. Opening music is "First Shooting" from Alistair Lock's score for The Fearmonger. Closing music is the 1978 song "Power in the Darkness" by the English punk band Tom Robinson Band, which stylized fist on its cover was the inspiration for Clayton Hickman's CD cover design.



  • #119 - Vacuum Packed Fungus

    29 June 2019 (12:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 56 minutes and 16 seconds

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    With Doctor Who in seemingly perpetual hiatus at the BBC, how were fans supposed to get their next fix? Well, the Virgin New Adventures, of course! Ben and David leap back in time to the fag end of Thatcher's Britain and talk about Love and War, Paul Cornell's 1992 novel featuring Ace and introducing Bernice Summerfield. What captured Ben's fancy so long ago that he bought the book? And, why did David never read a NA novel until this past week? Travellers, fungus, hair, and more in this podcast episode. Opening music is from the end of Surivial, "...and Somewhere Else, The Tea's Getting Cold," composted by Dominic Glynn. Closing music is "One Man Rock And Roll Band," writtne and sung by Roy Harper, recorded at the BBC in the late 1970s and which he played at the last Stonehenge Free Festival in 1984.



  • #118 - Dudley Simpson for Piano

    11 June 2019 (9:40am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 59 minutes and 15 seconds

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    This week The Metebelis Two remember the Doctor Who contributions of Paul Darrow and Stephen Thorne, both men, who recently have passed into the Matrix. Then discussion about the auction of colour set and behind-the-scenes photographs of The Power of the Daleks taken by its designer, Derek Dodd; the just announced animation of The Faceless Ones; the Jon Pertwee centenary; and Judoon returning to the show for series 12. Then a feature interview with Jess Jurkovic of the fabulous The Dudley Simpson is Doctor Who Project. Jess has transcribed the Who compositions of Simpson for solo piano and he talks with David about Simpson's music and the art of arrangement. Opening and closing music this week was composed by Simpson and arranged by Jurkovic.



  • #117 - The Magic of Suburbia

    1 June 2019 (9:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 11 seconds

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    There's nothing wrong with Perivale. Ben theorizes that Rona Munro is channeling the myth of Herne the Hunter as inspiration for the Cheetah people revealing the magic that is hidden in suburban London. Not so much the Cockney urchin that Ace likes to pretend she is, the trip back to Perivale reveals that she perhaps is a spoiled middle class kid whose making a big deal about not much of anything. David notes this story feels much more London than anything London in the modern Who era. Proving that setting is more than just a few set dressings of buses and phone boxes. All-in-all, Survival is a praiseworthy Doctor Who story and sadly the last of the classic era. Opening music is from the score of Survival by Dominic Glynn. Glynn also composed the closing music, "...and Somewhere Else, The Tea's Getting Cold." At the very end, to help celebrate the old western feel to Glynn's score, we ultimately close with the Cellar Set's 2007 interpretation of the theme in "Spaghetti Who."



  • #116 - Like a Blue Rotten Lion

    25 May 2019 (12:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 57 minutes and 23 seconds

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    We podcast again time lord! We've reached the penultimate story in the classic series as we continue on with our Ace retrospective. The Two discover how the Ultima machine could be carried aboard a Russian rubber boat, but get confused about Fenric's bottle and find the Ancient One a tad too cuddly while Ace's awkward attempts of seduction is a bit more scary. Green goo, vikings, vampires, and English weather! What more could you want in a Doctor Who story? Opening and closing music was composed by Mark Ayres for The Curse of Fenric.



  • #115 - Infotextual

    11 May 2019 (9:40am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 51 minutes and 1 second

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    What do the Metebelis Two make of the last classic Who story ever to be recorded? Is Ghost Light the complex, bewildering puzzle that received fan wisdom would have it, or is it just a rewrite and an episode short of brilliance? The Two speculate on why Nimrod, the Neanderthal butler, could have been a great companion for the Doctor and how dramatising some flashbacks for Ace could strengthen the story's narrative. While David questions how scientifically accurate Marc Platt's explanation of evolution is, Ben suggests the story is more about the misinterpretation of evolutionary theory, or as he calls it the 'fun' type of evolution, than real science. Plus he is quick and ready with plenty of interesting infotext factoids. Toward the end, the Two suggest a visit to Hans Geiger around 1908 would make for a nifty historical episode. Music this episode was composed by Mark Ayres for Ghost Light.



  • #114 - Aaronovitch's Scabbard

    5 May 2019 (10:40am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 55 seconds

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    There will be no podcast today! Heh, hardly! This week the Metebelis Two review Battlefield, the season opener in the last season of classic Who. Once again Ben Aaronovitch does as pastiche of the Pertwee era inspired by Camelot 3000. He introduces as mysterious scabbard that, unlike Chekhov's gun, never returns after the first part. This is the story where the Brig was supposed to die. Instead, director Michael Kerrigan nearly kills Sophie Aldred (and the production crew) instead! Somehow everyone manages to survive, including the Brig, who by doing so undoes much of the point of having Nick Courtney return to the role. Unless, of course, that was to flit about in a helicopter. So instead we discuss speaking Czechoslovakian to how scenes with padded out with extended sequences of maniacal laughter and quoting Tennyson. Excalibur! Opening and closing music is by Keff McCulloch from his score to Battlefield with a little help from Dead or Alive.



  • #113 - The Gods of Whim-Wham or Flibble-Flobble

    24 April 2019 (8:45am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 56 minutes and 23 seconds

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    The Metebelis Two find themselves on the planet Segonax to visit the Psychic Circus. A wide ranging discussion this week on interstellar junk mail, clowns in hearsts, lucking out with a big tent, Lovejoy, werefoxes, fandom, the Doctor's character, and more! Opening and closing music is by Mark Ayers from his score for The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.



  • #112 - Macrobes and the Land of Confusion

    8 April 2019 (4:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 45 minutes and 31 seconds

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    It's a Metebelis Twofer this week! First up, Ben and David review the new animation of The Macra Terror and discuss what it means now that Macra exist. The Two the release suitable for ming-mongs of all tastes. The second half is a podcast that was going to be the ol' Metebelis look at The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, which would have been part of our Ace retrospective, but David derailed Ben from the get-go and instead they spent their time talking about Brexit and the future of Doctor Who. So, instead of putting out the podcast with not much Doctor Who talk on it, we're adding it as a bonus. Listen to it or give it a skip -- totally up to you! Opening and closing/intermission music is by Brian Hodgson from the Macra soundtrack. Brexit music is from the 1986 single from Genesis, "Land of Confusion."



  • #111 - Jazzman vs Cybermen

    3 April 2019 (8:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 45 minutes and 16 seconds

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    In this episode, Ben and David try to sort out the mess that is Silver Nemesis. In what seemingly has become a Metebelis Two tradition, the two try to pitch story alternatives to improve upon this 25th anniversary story. This is story is a grab bag of a bit of everything from straight-blowing Jazz to black magic to the boys of Brazil to mysterious chess games to Cybermen to aging starlets, but what it is not is coherent. Ace is great though! Opening music is the tail end of "No Greater Love" and closing music is the beginning of "Just You, Just Me" from Courtney Pine's excellent 1989 LP "The Vision's Tale."



  • #110 - Based on a Pub Lunchtime Conversation

    26 March 2019 (9:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 57 minutes and 38 seconds

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    Ben and David talk about Scratchman! It has been over forty years since Tom Baker and Ian Marter had lunch in the pub and came up with the idea for a Doctor Who movie in which our hero would battle the Devil. Does the novel based on these boozy mid-1970s ideas that Tom wrote with James Goss hold up? How does it compare to what has been previously published about the script? Listen in as David discusses listening to Tom read his story and compare notes with Ben who read it himself off the printed page. Opening music is from Simon Power's sound design for the Scratchman audio book. Closing music is from the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil."



  • #109 - Student Theatre

    17 March 2019 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds

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    Ben and David are glad to visit Terra Alpha to see the Candyman. Will happiness prevail? Ben is reminded of the many student plays he saw during the 1980s with minimalist sets, elaborate costumes, and hints of Kafka mixed with a rather subtly riff on Thatcher in this 1988 story. David, for his part, can barely remember watching this in 1990 and finds in this rewatch the story is better than the little he could recall and could potentially is due for a remake. Opening and closing music is from Dominic Glynn's score for The Happiness Patrol.



  • #108 - Loaded with Fanwank

    12 March 2019 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 11 minutes and 34 seconds

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    In this flashback podcast, the Metebelis Two discuss Ace's second story, Remembrance of the Daleks. From a strong B-movie opening to crane lowering Dalek shuttle crafts into the courtyard of Coal Hill School to the wobbly Dalek battle in the streets of London, Ben and David share their thoughts on this classic McCoy story from 1988 set in London, 1963. Spoiler though, Ben is firmly in the Renegade Dalek camp and shares is disgust with the trashy white and gold Imperial Daleks. David shares his thought about the Cartmel Master Plan and how this story works within the history of the show in this 25th anniversary season.



  • Metebelis 2 #107 - GallifreyDone

    19 February 2019 (9:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 54 minutes and 59 seconds

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    A tired Ben and David recount and reflect on their first GallifreyOne experience. Recorded Sunday night in a room at the convention hotel a few hours after the closing ceremony. Opening music is "Kerblam" and closing music is "Made a New Friend", both composed by Segun Akinola for Series 11 of Doctor Who.



  • Metebelis 2 #106 - Have Pod - Will Travel

    13 February 2019 (9:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 25 minutes and 29 seconds

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    This week the Metebelis Two are a bit distracted by our upcoming trip to Los Angeles for Gallifrey One 30, so Ben and David discuss the convention, the panels they're on, and what they hope to see. Plus, they talk about their exclusive, collectable blue "Metebelis Two" ribbons. Opening music from "Escape and Recapture" by Geoffrey Burgon from the "Seeds of Doom" soundtrack. Closing music is "This Time Tomorrow" a song released in 1970 by the Kinks.



  • Metebelis 2 #105 - More Glitz

    4 February 2019 (10:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 57 minutes and 17 seconds

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    So Dragonfire: Ace's debut story with more Glitz action then you thought possible. Ben and David share their thoughts about Ian Brigg's first Doctor Who story and explain what worked for them and what didn't. Poor Mel. We hardly knew you. Is Doctor Who: The Unfolding Text the best book to give a new writer for the show? And why would an ice vampire open a frozen food store on a moon he was exiled upon? Why are the crystals in the ice world set better than those in the series 11 console room? And does Syl's ice acting work if everyone else in the cast has traction boots on? All-in-all a rather inauspicious start to one of the programme's most popular companions... Ace! Opening music from T'Pau's 1987 single, "China In Your Hand". Closing music is from Dominic Glynn's score for Dragonfire.



  • Metebelis 2 #104 - The Arena of the Unwell

    27 January 2019 (8:05pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 51 minutes and 7 seconds

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    If you can remember the 1980s, you weren't really there... and this week Ben and David try to prove they really were part of the 1980s. Ben and David try to recall memories of Doctor Who through the JN-T era when they were busy with their young adult lives and not so interested in their favourite show. Is there a connection between tele-fantasy and sci-fi? Is playing Dungeons & Dragons a prerequisite for being in 1980s Doctor Who fandom? Was BBC Controller Michael Grade's decision to cancel, then put the show on hiatus a good thing? Did he fire the right man? And, do the Two even remember the hiatus happening or the casting of McCoy and Aldred as the last Doctor-companion duo of the programme's original run? Opening is from The Trial of the Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet score and closing music is from Dragonfire score, both composed by Dominic Glynn.



  • Metebelis 2 #103 - Watching Through Rough Patches

    20 January 2019 (9:21pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 51 minutes and 37 seconds

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    A bit introspective this week as Ben and David talk about watching Doctor Who during times when the show is not much to their liking. Prompted by Ben finally purchasing the DVD for Time and the Rani and a listener asking why do we still watch if Series 11 wasn't much to our liking? Ben takes a paternalistic view of Who and David reflects on what first got him hooked on Who during Tom Baker's run on PBS, such as cliffhangers and the location filming. What looked exotic and otherworldly for David growing up in the Midwest United States was the comforting and familiar for Ben growing up in Britain. We talk about the new Scratchman book and how it might be a bit of a car crash, if articles in DWM are any indication, but then we are the target demographic for such a book and its nice that something other than senior housing is being prepared for men of a certain age. Plus discussion on what's to come in upcoming weeks on M2P. Opening and closing music is by Keff McCulloch from his score for Time and the Rani.



  • Metebelis 2 #102 - The Da Vinci Kaled

    13 January 2019 (8:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 56 minutes and 27 seconds

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    Ben and David conclude that Resolution was the true finale to series 11. Great to watch on News Year Day, but the wheels begin to fall off the bus upon subsequent viewings. Great one-off design on a Dalek. Dalek-controlled Lin also gets high marks from the lads. Discussion on moving from a crowded TARDIS to the overflowing TARDIS. Is Chibnall writing the Doctor as a 'scold'? More horror about the console room set and the moving crystals, but praise for the funny looking Victorian sewers. David explains that he's been "trainspotting" Sheffield architecture. And why have random troops at the expense of Brexiting UNIT? What are the magical powers of Chekhov's microwave? Plus the Metebelis Two's usual what-ifs and could'ves story notes on how to expand the story and fill the plot holes. Opening is from Resolution soundtrack. Closing music is "Sonic Screwdriver" by Segun Akinola from series 11.



  • Metebelis 2 #101 - Sandminer Robots Can't Fly

    25 December 2018 (2:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 59 minutes and 22 seconds

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    A special Christmas episode from the Metebelis Two: a Christmas Smackdown! Yes, that's right, Ben and David have to defend and explain some questionable choices in past Doctor Who Christmas specials. Much fun and merriment. Closing music is from Kylie Minogue, "Christmas Isn't Christmas Till You Get Here".



  • Metebelis 2 #100 - Send That Blue Peter Rubbish to Kingdom Come

    22 December 2018 (10:10am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 53 minutes and 32 seconds

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    Well it's the 100th episode for the Metebelis Two and Ben and David are not in a celebratory mood. The lads are pretty disappointed by the series 11 finale and wonder what happens next? Opening music is "Barnacle Bill" composed by Ashworth Hope, which was the original theme to Blue Peter. Closing music is "Thirteen" by Segun Akinola.



  • Metebelis 2 #99 - Fryktelig Far

    16 December 2018 (10:40am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 54 minutes and 30 seconds

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    This week, Ben and David discuss "It Takes You Away" and try to reconcile Hanne's abusive home with story of the Solitract universe. What was the point of the antizone? Could this have been better told with out Norway? Is the show afraid of having a sexual woman Doctor? And is it a good idea to take 2019 off from producing new stories? The lads seem to struggle with the episode and the state of show nearing the end of 2018. All this plus Ben shares news that he finally has completed his classic Who DVD collection and throws the podcast open to doing requests, much to David's surprise. Opening music is from Hanne's favorite band, Arctic Monkeys' hit "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High" and closing music is a deep cut from the Blue Oyster Cult, "Take Me Away" for hopefully obvious reasons.



  • Metebelis 2 #98 - Doctor Who and the Scourge of Witchcraft

    9 December 2018 (1:16pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 0 seconds

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    Alan Cumming was brilliant as King James and the Metebelis Two want, nay demand his return in in a Gunpowder plot drama to open series 12 and then a 3-part epic finale about the commissioning of the King James' English translation of the Bible. Beyond that, it was great seeing the Doctor have to address now being a woman, Ben kvetches about historical inaccurtaces, and David wonders if they could not afford to hire horses, should they have used coconuts instead? Opening music is from Segun Akinola's score from The Witchfinders as arranged by Paul Crispino, Jr. Closing music is Alan Cumming singing a Sondheim parody song, "No One Is Alive When I'm Around."



  • Metebelis 2 #97 - Kerblamazon!

    1 December 2018 (12:30pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 44 minutes and 29 seconds

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    So what did the Metebelis Two think about a story about the biggest retailer in the galaxy? David asks does everyone pop bubble wrap? Ben wonders if the Doctor really believes that systems don't kill, people do. Discussion about if Chibnall's 'no new monsters promise' is hurting the storytelling and did McTighe's message get lost somewhere between script and production? Opening is excepts from The Big Bank and Kerblam! Closing music is from HyunA's 2011 hit, "Bubble Pop!"



  • Metebelis 2 #96 - Prem Must Die

    18 November 2018 (1:30pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 47 minutes and 49 seconds

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    Conversation about witnessing history and how setting stories in a recent historical period shapes the narrative.Ben and David discuss witnessing history and the thematic elements of Vinay Patel's story. This was billed as Yaz story, but the Metebelis two think this was Graham's best showing of the season to date. David especially liked Bradley Walsh's reading of "all we can strive to be is: good men". Ben explains that what we're asked as an audience to think about has changed quite a bit from the Moffat years. Opening and closing music this week is from Segun Akinola's score for "The Demons of Punjab".



  • Metebelis 2 #95 - Rama Lama Pting Ptong

    11 November 2018 (10:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 44 minutes and 14 seconds

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    Ben and Tsuranga, er David, meet the Pting. David thought the "Conundrum" episode was an improvement over last week, but Ben found it a bit dull. Was the Pting really Beep the Meep from DWM comics, Nibbler from Futuram, Stich without Lilo, or maybe just Gremlin? Maybe it should have been called the Chb'nall? Maybe this was Star Trek or some other generic sci-fi show. Character moments seemed to be bit of a miss this week too. The two wonder if Chibnall really did have much of a plan for series 11? Opening music is from the 1957 hit by the Edsels, "Rama Lama Ding Dong". Closing comedy is from the "Silly Vicar" Monty Python sketch and closing music is "Polepole" by Segun Akinola from "Expedition Volcano".



  • Metebelis 2 #94 - Park Hill

    4 November 2018 (1:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 48 minutes and 47 seconds

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    From the get-go, the Metebelis two veer off on tangents in their discussion of Series 11, episode 4: The Spiders of Sheffield. Ben and David think that the great character moments needed a bit more of plot to support them. And, were the spiders good or evil in this story? They speculate on the story's loose ends: such as Kevin and Frankie, the wee beastie in Anna's flat, and Robertson? Is Chibnall pulling his punches? The lads do their very best grumpy old men impressions throughout this podcast, so don't say you weren't warned. Opening music is from Segun Akinola's score and the closing is the last bit of the episode.



  • Metebelis 2 #93 - Yes Ma'am

    28 October 2018 (11:55am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 44 minutes and 45 seconds

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    The Metebelis Two discuss the first trip back in time for the Doctor Who in series 11. How would Chibnall and Blackman introduce Rosa Parks to the Doctor and her friends? Ben and David discuss 1955 Montgomery, Alabama and how the time team keeps history on track and delight in Ryan's fanboy reaction to civil rights heroes. Also speculation of suitcases, racists of the future, the return of Artron energy, and next week's return to Sheffield. Opening and closing music is from Segun Akinola's score.



  • Metebelis 2 #92 - Prophetic Death Scarves of Doom

    21 October 2018 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 44 minutes and 1 second

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    So the time team is on a death planet called Desolation populated with flesh-eating microbes, sniper-bots, and prophetic death scarves, but not much death... at least compared to last week. With Series 11 now underway, what do Ben and David make of the latest Dungeons & Dragons module from Chibnall? Also the lads weigh in on the new credits, the appearance of mysterious blue ghost monument, and wonder what is in store for the Doctor next week. Opening music is an isolated except of Segun Akinola's Doctor Who theme and the closing music is from "The Ghost Monument" soundtrack score.



  • Metebelis 2 #91 - Sheffield Steel

    13 October 2018 (11:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 1 second

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    Ben and David share their thoughts on Jodie Whittaker's debut story as Doctor Who and comment on her take as our favourite Time Lord and Lady. Then the Two discuss the Doctor's new friends, Sheffield landmarks, the new Chibnall era and wonder why kababs have salad. Opening music is from Segun Akinola's score for The Woman Who Fell to Earth (the bit where the Doctor first appears) and closing music is Akinola's take on the Who theme.



  • Metebelis 2 #90 - Make Sheffield Great Again

    6 October 2018 (5:13am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 10 minutes and 23 seconds

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    Sneaking in right before the Series 11 debut, Ben and David have their preview for the new series featuring Jodie Whittaker and Sheffield. The lads talk about the new writers based on the little they know about their past works and then examine the two series 11 trailers... frame-by-frame. Lots of wild speculation and idle predictions about what the new series will have in store for Doctor Who fandom. Opening music is a 1960s Radio Sheffield theme by David Cain of the BCC Radiophonic Workshop. Closing music is an excerpt from Matt Berry's just released Acid Jazz rendition of our favourite theme.



  • Metebelis 2 #89 - No True Beauty Without Decay

    29 September 2018 (12:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 47 minutes and 17 seconds

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    In the countdown to Series 11, Ben and David discuss the Doctor's companions and how seeing them as friends, as new showrunner Chris Chibnall calls them works with earlier companions. This is a bonus double podcast this week. First half is a nice discussion on friendship. The second half is a reverse chronological look at the past companions and categorizing them as friend, companion, assistant, pupil, or ward. In our own timey-wimey way, the second half was recorded before the first half. Opening music "K9 on a Mission" and closing music "Lost in the TARDIS" is by Paddy Kingsland. Intermission music is an excerpt from "Friends" by Flight of the Conchords and along the way we have an except from an Action Room parody skit, "Dr. What". Jam packed this week with Metebelis Two goodness. Enjoy.



  • Metebelis 2 #88 - Pinball Time Expander

    21 September 2018 (11:30pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 41 minutes and 1 second

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    The Metebelis Two are on location at Ben's Minnesota home where they are joined by Amanda for an exclusive look at a real Doctor Who pinball machine. Also visiting the lads this week is Eliot, who's there to chat about recentish Doctor Who related news and play some pinball. During the news, the lads pay tribute to the great Jacqueline Pearce. Plus a brief interview snippet with her talking about Steven Pacey, the actor who played Tarrant in Blake's 7. Opening music is excerpted from the 12 inch remix of "Pinball Cha Cha" by Yello and closing music is the 1954 hit "Pin Ball Boogie" sung by Red Foley.



  • Metebelis 2 #87 - Sibilant Sea Deviltry

    31 August 2018 (9:09am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 52 minutes and 40 seconds

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    After a brief weather report, Ben and David concluded their survey of Silurians and Sea Devils from the original series featuring Sea Devil fashion, Silurian beaks, and praise for Ingrid Pitt. Ben shares with a skeptical David his unified Atlantis theory and how it could "improve" Warriors of the Deep. Not to be outdone, David wonders if the Silurians are doomed to always the same story? Opening and closing music is from "The Sea Devils" soundtrack by Malcolm Clarke, plus a bit from Deep Purple in Oslo 1987.



  • Metebelis 2 #86 - The Lizards That They Are

    26 August 2018 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 56 minutes and 28 seconds

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    Podcasting this week from the smoky skies of the US Pacific Northwest, in this episode Ben and David chat about modern Silurians and their impact on them as original series fans. They love Jordu Schell's original Silurian redesign, but sadly for them it wasn't used. Then Ben tells David about RTD's "A Very British Scandal". They share a chuckle at Jovanka Airlines, and look forward to series 19 coming out on Blu Ray this November. Opening and closing music is "The Silurians" by Murray Gold.



  • Metebelis 2 #85 - SV66

    5 August 2018 (10:23pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 55 minutes and 29 seconds

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    The lads take a break from their summer holiday and busy work schedules to briefly chat about the lost opportunity of a Doctor Who / The Good Life cross-over some time in the mid 1970s and then David learns about the latest acquisition in Ben's Who collection. Opening music is the theme to "The Good Life" by Burt Rhodes. Closing music is from the soundtrack to "Robots of Death" composed by Dudley Simpson.



 
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