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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

Homepage: http://www.impossiblepodcasts.com/

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Impossible Podcasts Statistics
Episodes:
176
Average Episode Duration:
0:0:05:35
Longest Episode Duration:
0:1:43:06
Total Duration of all Episodes:
0 days, 16 hours, 23 minutes and 57 seconds
Earliest Episode:
15 April 2021 (6:55pm 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 - 5.12 'The Pandorica Opens' commentary

    20 July 2012 (6:00pm GMT)
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    Join Sarah Burrow and P.G. Bell 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!

    Length: 55 minutes

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  • Five Comics You Should Read

    19 July 2012 (10:30am GMT)
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    It’s all fun and games until someone calls the Homicide Crabs

    As the nation goes Dark Knight crazy once again, regular columnist Olivia Cottrell offers up some tantalising alternatives for those of you looking for more than just men in tights…

    So, you like comic books, do you? Or maybe you've seen the big Marvel movies, or the Nolan Batman, and you want to get into the genre proper but don't know where to start. Well, here are my top five comic books of all time: each one perfectly acceptable as a series on its own, but each, I hope, a great example of what the medium can offer in superheroes and beyond. There's dinosaurs, cowboys, explosions and crime, serious comics and comics that will make you laugh your head off. They also probably say far more about me and my tastes than I intended.

    Well, never mind. Onwards!
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  • Five Comics You Should Read

    18 July 2012 (8:30pm GMT)
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    It's all fun and games until some calls the Homicide Crabs As the nation goes Dark Knight crazy once again, regular columnist Olivia Cottrell offers up some tantalising alternatives for those of you looking for more than just men in tights...

    So, you like comic books, do you? Or maybe youave seen the big Marvel movies, or the Nolan Batman, and you want to get into the genre proper but donat know where to start. Well, here are my top five comic books of all time: each one perfectly acceptable as a series on its own, but each, I hope, a great example of what the medium can offer in superheroes and beyond. Thereas dinosaurs, cowboys, explosions and crime, serious comics and comics that will make you laugh your head off. They also probably say far more about me and my tastes than I intended.

    Well, never mind. Onwards!
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  • Doctor Who Commentary - 5.11 'The Lodger'

    16 July 2012 (5:32pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 11 seconds

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    A little later than usual, Caleb and Sarah continue our run of Series 5 commentaries.

    Comedy masterpiece or a joke too far? We take a long hard look at Gareth Roberts’ light-hearted fish-out-of-water tale and ask some serious questions. Did this story forever change the tone of Matt Smith’s portrayal of the Doctor? Could the show ever work with a permanent male companion? And would James Corden be the one for the role? Let us know what you think, in the comments below or via Facebook and Twitter!



  • Doctor Who - 5.11 'The Lodger' commentary

    16 July 2012 (3:32am GMT)
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    A little later than usual, Caleb Woodbridge and Sarah Burrow we continue our run of Series 5 commentaries.

    Comedy masterpiece or a joke too far? We take a long hard look at Gareth Roberts' light-hearted fish-out-of-water tale and ask some serious questions. Did this story forever change the tone of Matt Smith's portrayal of the Doctor? Could the show ever work with a permanent male companion? And would James Corden be the one for the role? Let us know what you think, in the comments below or via Facebook and Twitter!

    Length: 49 minutes

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  • Doctor Who Commentary - 5.10 'Vincent and the Doctor'

    8 July 2012 (5:37pm GMT)
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    Tony Curran as Vincent Van Goch holding a self portrait painting

    Caleb and Sarah discuss Scottish accents, art and death, rom-coms and more in our fan commentary on series 5 Doctor Who episode, ‘Vincent and the Doctor’!

    The Doctor and Amy meet famous painter Vincent van Gogh in this episode penned by none other than Richard Curtis. But is Saturday teatime sci-fi the right slot for exploring themes of depression and suicide? Or is this episode proof that Doctor Who can be broader and deeper on the small screen than weekly alien invasions and unlikely raising of the stakes to imperil all of reality itself? Let us know what you think, in the comments or via Twitter and Facebook!



  • Doctor Who - 5.10 'Vincent and the Doctor' Commentary

    8 July 2012 (3:37am GMT)
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    Tony Curran as Vincent Van Goch holding a self portrait painting
    Caleb Woodbridge and Sarah Burrow discuss Scottish accents, art and death, rom-coms and more in our fan commentary on series 5 Doctor Who episode, 'Vincent and the Doctor'!

    The Doctor and Amy meet famous painter Vincent van Goch in this episode penned by none other than Richard Curtis. But is Saturday teatime sci-fi the right slot for exploring themes of depression and suicide? Or is this episode proof that Doctor Who can be broader and deeper on the small screen than weekly alien invasions and unlikely raising of the stakes to imperil all of reality itself? Let us know what you think, in the comments or via Twitter and Facebook!

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    Length: 55 minutes


  • Random Encounter #5 - Tropes Vs Me

    5 July 2012 (11:02am GMT)
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    Is there a sexual sickness at the heart of geek culture? Olivia squares up against the latest controversy, and the gloves are coming off…

    Recently I've been trying to write something on this Tropes vs Women in video games debate that's being raging on the Internet. For those not in the know, Anita Sarkeesian, who runs a popular YouTube series called Tropes Versus Women, recently asked for funding to produce a series that looked specifically at video games. While Sarkeesian received the funding she needed (and then some), she also provoked a backlash of the most poisonous kind. Every aspect of her online presence – her YouTube channel, Facebook profile, Twitter account and her own website, to name but a few – was flooded with misogynistic comments, threats of death, sexual assault and violence. There were event attempts to have her YouTube channel shut down by flagging her videos as 'terrorism'.


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  • Random Encounter #5 - Tropes Vs Me

    4 July 2012 (9:02pm GMT)
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    Is there a sexual sickness at the heart of geek culture? Olivia Cottrell squares up against the latest controversy, and the gloves are coming off...

    Recently I've been trying to write something on this Tropes vs Women in video games debate that's being raging on the Internet. For those not in the know, Anita Sarkeesian, who runs a popular YouTube series called Tropes Versus Women, recently asked for funding to produce a series that looked specifically at video games. While Sarkeesian received the funding she needed (and then some), she also provoked a backlash of the most poisonous kind. Every aspect of her online presence - her YouTube channel, Facebook profile, Twitter account and her own website, to name but a few - was flooded with misogynistic comments, threats of death, sexual assault and violence. There were event attempts to have her YouTube channel shut down by flagging her videos as 'terrorism'.

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  • Points of Who #7 - Caroline John, Series 7 and more!

    29 June 2012 (6:00pm GMT)
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    Caroline John, 1940 - 2012 Welcome to our monthly round-up of Doctor Who news, views and rumours.

    We reflect on the sad death of Caroline John and examine her role as Dr Liz Shaw, one of the most distinctive companions of the Classic Series. Was she dropped for being too strong a character, or did the show's new Earth-bound format simply work against her?

    We also look ahead to the debut of Series 7 and the return of the Daleks. Listen to our theories about what lies in store!

    Plus, we make a couple of very exciting announcements about the future of the podcast, including your chance to take part!

    Length: 25 mins

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  • Doctor Who - 5.9 'Cold Blood'

    22 June 2012 (6:00pm GMT)
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    Your intrepid hosts, Sarah Burrow and P.G. Bell conclude their commentary on the return of the Silurians. Frankly, it could have done with a few dinosaurs...

    As the humans and Silurians teeter on the brink of war, we discuss the thorny issue of gender politics in crisis situations, wonder why the new Silurians act more like Cybermen than reptiles, and ask why on earth Chris Chibnall decided to have a secondary character start narrating the action half way through the story.

    And, of course, there's that ending...

    Length: 54 minutes

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  • Visual Memory #5 - Discworld

    20 June 2012 (6:00pm GMT)
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    In this month's column, Christopher Bell revisits another comedy classic...

    I'll start with a quick question: What do Doctor Who, Monty Python's Flying Circus and Gavin & Stacy have in common (apart from the fact that they're all well-known British TV shows)? The answer is that some of their stars (Jon Pertwee, Eric Idle and Rob Brydon) lent their voices to this point-and-click adventure based upon Terry Pratchett's best-selling series of comic fantasy novels.

    The game's story is loosely based on two of the most popular books, Guards! Guards! and Moving Pictures, requiring players to fill the billowing robes of Unseen University's most inept wizard (or should that be wizzard?), Rincewind, voiced by Eric Idle. A shady sect of hooded villains has managed to summon a dragon into the streets of Ankh-Morpork, and it's running amok. The fate of the city now rests upon Rincewind's shaky shoulders (because no-one else wanted to fry), forcing him to rely on his wits and sarcasm. Oh, and a piece of luggage with feet.

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  • Doctor Who - 5.8 'The Hungry Earth'

    15 June 2012 (6:00pm GMT)
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    There's something amiss in the Welsh valleys (isn't there always?) but fear not - your commentators Sarah Burrow and P.G. Bell are here to talk you through it.

    As Moffatt redesigns his second classic monster of the series, we ask whether the new-look Silurians are really such a failure. There's also a brief discussion of POV Monstervision, the logistics of running the world's biggest deep-core drilling operation from a couple of laptops in a shed, and whether Chris Chibnall could have crammed any more Pertwee references into this story if he'd tried. All it's missing is the Whomobile!

    Now there's an idea for the 50th anniversary...

    Length: 51 minutes

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  • Doctor Who - 5.6 'The Vampires of Venice'

    8 June 2012 (9:44pm GMT)
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    Caleb Woodbridge, P G Bell and Sarah Burrow face the Vampires of Venice in our latest Doctor Who commentary!


    We discuss vital questions such as, what is the Doctor thinking with his matchmaking techniques? How much does this story fall prey to "time tourism" syndrome? Are alien fish creatures an acceptable substitute for real vampires? All this and much more!

    Length: 55 minutes

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  • Doctor Who - 5.7 'Amy's Choice'

    8 June 2012 (5:48pm GMT)
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    Join Swithun Dobson, Sarah Burrow and Caleb Woodbridge as Doctor Who goes all wibbly-wobbly, dreamy-weamy.

    As the TARDIS crew are forced to choose between two competing realities, we ask why the show doesn't do more of these "format breaker" episodes. Plus, we assess the emotional see-saw that is Amy's love life, the dark side of the Doctor and re-examine the start of a phenomenon - Rory kicking the bucket.

    Join us, for all this and more!

    Length: 54 minutes

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  • Random Encounter #4 - Why Video Game Movies Are a Stupid Idea

    6 June 2012 (6:00pm GMT)
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    Cap'n Tightpants IS Nathan Drake. Almost. Video game movies have a terrible track record but, as the games get more cinematic, the movies should get better, right? Olivia Cottrell doesn't think so...

    As a fan of video games, I'm often asked if I've seen any of their big screen adaptations - the Tekken or Street Fighter movies, for example, or the truly, truly awful Doom movie (I did watch it but, for my own protection, my brain has blanked most of the memories out). People also tend to assume I'm excited by the prospect of a Mass Effect movie, or disappointed that the film based on the Uncharted franchise floundered and died.

    The truth is, I'm glad when these movies never see the light of day. Not just because the adaptations seem to be universally bad, but because they play to the assumption that film is a higher form of entertainment. True, films are more mainstream than video games (but not, I'd argue, for much longer, thanks to Facebook-based casual gaming and the rise of the Wii as a family console) but there's no reason why a film should perceived to be a more valuable or significant cultural property than a video game.

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  • Torchwood Miracle Day - Ep 8 'End of the Road' - Discussion

    4 June 2012 (7:39am GMT)
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    It's here! Our (one man) discussion of the latest episode of Miracle Day.

    After the twists and revelations of last week's episode, can Torchwood maintain the standard? Will the presence of so many other sci-fi franchise actors help or hinder them? And just what has Oswald Danes been up to these past few weeks? Our reviews editor P.G. Bell takes a one man romp (maybe more of a saunter) through the latest happenings.  James Willetts will be back later in the week with his written review.

    Length: 10 minutes

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  • Torchwood Miracle Day - Ep 9 'The Gathering' - Discussion

    4 June 2012 (7:37am GMT)
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    Batten down the hatches, lock up your daughters and wrap that precious Torchwood fandom of yours in cotton wool and bubble wrap - Swithun is back!

    As the Torchwood team make their penultimate moves in the game against the Three Families, we discuss the overall sweep of the series so far, wonder at the true nature of the Blessing and take a wild guess at how things might be resolved next week. This is your last (but one) chance to join us, so click below and give us a listen!

    This week's contributors: P.G. Bell and Swithun Dobson

    Length: 28 minutes

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    We're thinking of taking our arc plot disucssion further and would love to have your input. Let us know your favourite and most hated arc-heavy shows. Lost, BSG, X-Files... we want your opinions on the lot. Make yourself heard and we'll do our best to include your thoughts in a future podcast!


  • Doctor Who 6.9 - 'Night Terrors' - Discussion

    4 June 2012 (7:37am GMT)
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    We don't have our usual commentary for you this week, but worry not - we've got a terrificly spirited and in-depth discussion for you instead.

    Location, location, location... how much influence does it have on Doctor Who, and how does Steven Moffat use it differently to Russell T. Davies? Plus, as Mark Gatiss returns to the show he helped relaunch, we examine his back catalogue and wonder whether we can forgive him for last year's Dalek fiasco. Finally, we veer into a fairly serious debate about arc plots v. standalone episodes. Has Doctor Who got the balance right? (We'll give you three guesses about Swithun's stance on this one...)

    All this, and a brand new podcaster! Join us in welcoming Sarah Burrow to our scary cupboard of fandom.


    This week's contributors: Anna Bell, P.G. Bell, Sarah Burrow, Swithun Dobson

    Length: 38 minutes

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    Article: Click here for Swithun's article, 'Doctor Who's Story Arc of Infinity (and Beyond?)'

    We're thinking of taking our arc plot disucssion further and would love to have your input. Let us know your favourite and most hated arc-heavy shows. Lost, BSG, X-Files... we want your opinions on the lot. Make yourself heard and we'll do our best to include your thoughts in a future podcast!


  • Doctor Who - 'Let's Kill Hitler' - Commentary

    4 June 2012 (7:37am GMT)
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    It's here! Our first commentary of the new (half) series.

    And what an episode it was - shock regenerations, miniature people, shape shifting robots, killer squid things, young Amelia and, of course, Adolf Hitler. Plenty to like, plenty to disagree about, so click below to find out what we all thought.

    This edition's commentators: Swithun, Peter, Gwen and Anna.

    Length: 58 minutes

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    Was this episode worth the wait? And were you playing Moffat Bingo with the rest of us? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and on our Facebook page!


  • Harry Potter - From Page to Screen and Beyond

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    We've been promising you this for ages, and here it is at last - an in-depth discussion of the boy wizard.

    Our resident expert Sarah Burrow is joined by special guest Suzie Nockles (last heard in our Hunger Games episode) to assess the sprawling universe that is the Harry Potter phenomenon.

    Just what made J.K. Rowling's books so successful and did their big screen adaptations actually improve on them?  Could the Pottermore website have yet more surprises in store for fans? Hogwarts may have conquered Florida's theme parks but will it fare as well in Japan? And was Dumbledore gay just because J.K. Rowling says he was?

    All this and more, in the latest Impossible Podcast!

    Length: 54 minutes

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  • Colin Baker Q&A - SFX Weekender 2012

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    "I have been asked if I want to do a 2013 multi-Doctor special..."

    The sixth Doctor speaks! One of the stars at this year's SFX Weekender convention, Colin took the opportunity to hold forth on his four decades in show business and spill the beans on his greatest televisual triumph... Come Dine With Me.

    He also gives a frank assessment of Doctor Who past and present as well as sharing some really excellent advice for budding actors everywhere. It was a presidential performance and one not to be missed!

    Length: 51 minutes

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  • Points of Who #5 - Harry Potter Set Tour

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    Join Caleb Woodbridge, Sarah Burrow and P.G. Bell as they deliver our monthly round-up of news, rumours and feedback.

    It's been another busy month. With Doctor Who filming on both sides of the Atlantic, we discuss the on-set pics and wonder how long we can avoid the major spoiler that leaked out this week. (Don't worry - we give nothing away).

    JK Rowling, creator of Harry Potter, announced the title of her new adult crime novel - The Casual Vacancy. We wonder what it all means and take a detour into Pottermore, the official home of the Harry Potter e-books.

    And while we're on the subject of the boy wizard, Sarah got to preview The Making of Harry Potter set tour in London recently, and gives us her expert verdict. You'll find a few pics of her adventures after the jump below, or visit our Facebook page to see the whole album.

    All this and more in the latest Points of Who!

    Length: 29 minutes

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  • Game of Thrones - From Page to Screen

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    Join Caleb Woodbridge, Sarah Burrow and - making his debut on the podcast - Kieran Mathers as they tackle George RR Martin's epic fantasy sequence.

    After an in-depth discussion of the books, including their use of history and magic, the team turns a ciritcal eye on the smash hit HBO series. Where did it succeed? Where did it fail? And how should Season 2 (and Season 3) move forward? All this, plus the burning question: do too many lesbian prostitutes spoil the broth?

    PLEASE NOTE: The first 30 minutes of the podcast are spoiler free, but there are significant spoilers for the rest of the running time. You have been warned!

    Length: 50 minutes

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  • Eve Myles Q&A - SFX Weekender 2012

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    "I didn't stab anybody in the throat..."

    Eve Myles is a local girl at heart. She may have swapped Cardiff for Los Angeles, but she was thrilled to be back in Wales for an in-depth Q&A at February's SFX Weekender convention.

    In a pretty candid interview, she reveales the story behind her pivotal role in The Unquiet Dead, how she unwittingly set a new trend in Hollywood and what she really thinks of Torchwood's future. All this, plus the revenge of Little Barrowman.

    Length: 47 minutes

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    Ianto speaks! If you liked this, check out our Gareth David-Lloyd interview.


  • Fantasy Doctor Who Film Draft

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    We're four years old today! And to celebrate, we're challenging David Yates to his own game and coming up with our very own Doctor Who movie.

    High concept ideas. Multi million dollar budgets. A cast of thousands. These are just some of the things we'll never be trusted with and, on the strength of this podcast, that's probably a wise move. But we let our imaginations run riot and cook up not one, but six competing movie pitches.

    Who are our Doctors of choice? Which monsters will they be facing? And who will write and direct the madness? Join us to find out!

    Length: 1 hour, 18 minutes

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     Once you've heard the podcast, head to our Facebook page or the comments section below to vote for whose film you'd choose to see. Find IMDB links on our choices page - contains spoilers for the podcast!


  • Points of Who 4: Jenna-Louise Coleman, Doctor Who Convention, Top of the Pods

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    Your Impossible Podcast team in Eddie's Diner Welcome back to Points of Who, our monthly roundup of news, views and general waffle.

    And what a month it's been! The Doctor's new companion for Series 7 was confirmed, in the form of the lovely Jenna-Louise Coleman. We discuss her casting and float a tantalising (if unlikely) theory about the sort of character Steven Moffat might have in mind for her.

    Then there was the official BBC Doctor Who convention right here in Cardiff and we've got a report from the front lines. Sort of. We did at least meet with the fine folk of the Who's He, Ubuntu UK and Doctor Who podcasts, and recorded some of the results.

    And, for your continued listening pleasure, we give you a quick roundup of some of our favourite geek-friendly podcasts. (See the links below to visit their sites).

    All this, plus your feedback and a look ahead to some of our forthcoming podcasts. So what are you waiting for? Click below and give us a listen!

    Length: 34 minutes

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    Links to other podcasts...
    • The Who's He? Podcast
    • The Oncoming Storm
    • Kermode & Mayo's Film Review
    • The Incomparable Podcast


  • 'The Hunger Games' - Review and Discussion

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    Sarah Burrow and special guests Suzie Nockles, Charlotte Marchant-Jones and Alex Gatherer discuss the new film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' book The Hunger Games!
    Join us as we compare the book and the film, and give you our thoughts on the casting choices and how the film was shot. We also discuss our favourite characters and how they've translated to the big screen. And interestingly we see what differences arise when you put two Team Peeta and two Team Gale supporters together in front of a microphone!
    The first three minutes contain a quick spoiler free review while the rest of the podcast contains spoilers for the film and first book (with very minimal spoilers for the two other books in the series).
    Length: 56 minutes
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    What did you think of the film? Are you happy with what they did with the book and the characters? Has seeing the film made you want the read the book? And are you Team Peeta or Team Gale or are you more TeamWhatAreAllTheseTeamsAbout? Head over to Facebook or Twitter and let us know what you think.


  • Sylvester McCoy Q&A - SFX Weekender 2012

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    "They went and cast a 12 year old as the Doctor..."

    It's time for some words of wisdom from the Seventh Doctor himself, Sylvester McCoy - recorded live at last February's SFX Weekender. Sylvester was on typically lively form, swapping the safety of the stage for a roving microphone and getting up close and personal with his public.

    And what a show he gave us. Not content with revealing a few secrets of his time in the TARDIS, he explained the origins of his stage name (be warned: it involves a rather naughty joke), why he used to set fire to his own head for money and what he really thinks of Matt Smith's performance as the Doctor. Even more excitingly, he revealed how he won the role of Rrrrrrrrradagast the Brrrrrrrown in Peter Jackson's forthcoming Hobbit movies. This one's not to be missed!

    Length: 53 minutes

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    What was Sylvester's greatest Doctor Who moment? Head to our Facebook page and have your say!


  • Mass Effect 3 Preview Discussion

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    Caleb Woodbridge, Olivia Cottrell, and special guest Aled Morgan from Blogga the Hut discuss the imminent release of Mass Effect 3! With the Reapers invading Earth and only Commander Shepard standing between them and the destruction of the galaxy, can BioWare's final installment of the science fiction epic deliver?

    From favourite characters through to ethical dilemmas, we look ahead to one of my most hotly anticipated games of the year!

    The first 15 minutes are spoiler-free, with the rest of the episode containing spoilers for Mass Effect 1 and 2.

    Length: 53 min
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  • "Rayguns and Rocket Ships" - Can Books Save Space Opera?

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    When you think of sci-fi, the chances are you're thinking of Space Opera. But as television turns its back on tales of "shooty-death-kill in space", will the sub-genre continue to thrive on the printed page?

    A stunning line-up of top sci-fi authors assembled at the recent SFX Weekender to confront this very question. Paul McAuley, Peter F. Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds, Dan Abnett, Jaine Fenn, Mike Cobley and Aaron Dembski-Bowden reviewed the current state of literary science fiction and raised some tantalising questions of their own. Have the harsh realities of modern life killed our dreams of exploration? Does it still count as Space Opera if the story's set on Earth? And just what the frack is Space Opera anyway? All this and more, in the latest Impossible Podcast!

    Length: 55 minutes

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  • Merlin - Discussion

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    It's time to ride to Camelot in our second podcast of the day...

    Caleb Woodbridge, Sarah Burrow and Olivia Cottrell discuss the fourth series of the BBC's other big telefantasy success - Merlin. Does it pay to play fast and loose with Arthurian myth? What direction could the show take next? These and other searching questions are answered in our latest podcast. Click below and listen!

    Length: 30 minutes

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    NB: This podcast was recorded via Skype so the audio quality does vary in places.


  • Trials & Triumphs - A Review of the SFX Weekender 3 Event

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    The dust has settled, the hangovers faded and the cosplay has been packed away for another year. But was this year's SFX Weekender - one of Britain's biggest sci-fi and fantasy conventions - worth the trip?

    It's safe to say that not everything went according to plan, but did the stellar guest list make up for the freezing temperatures and interminable queues? P.G. Bell shares the high and low points with Caleb Woodbridge and Sarah Burrow. PLUS! a report on the inaugural cosplay competition and interviews with a few of the participants. Click on the jump below to find photos of some of the people we spoke to, but head on over to our Facebook page to see a complete gallery of the weekend's events!

    Length: 45 minutes

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    P.S. The excellent 'Transdimensional Mix' of the Doctor Who theme music comes courtesy of HardWire.


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  • Brian Blessed Q&A - SFX Weekender 2012

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    "The greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure..."

    The loudest man in sci-fi (or any other genre, for that matter) was guest of honour at last week's SFX Weekender in North Wales. P.G. Bell was there to record the action and we're very pleased to bring you Brian's complete Q&A session, conducted on Saturday 4th February, in front of a capacity crowd.

    Brian explained his passion for science fiction, outlined his plans to bump off old friend Patrick Stewart and revealed why he calls Her Majesty the Queen "Knuckles".

    Most importantly, he publicly announced two very important projects for the first time - one in the realm of science fiction, the other based firmly in science fact. Seriously, this is pretty big.

    He also uses some rather salty language at times, so be prepared!

    Length: 44 minutes

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    If that's not enough for you, stay tuned for our full review of the SFX Weekender experience, including a gallery of this year's cosplay event and interviews with the participants. PLUS! Full Q&As with Sylvester McCoy, Eve Myles and Colin Baker! Coming soon to Impossible Podcasts!


  • Points of Who 3: Doctor Who, Sherlock, The Hunger Games

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    In the third episode of Points of Who, we take a wide-ranging discussion of the latest news about Doctor Who and the wider worlds of science fiction and fantasy:

    Caleb and Swithun discuss:
    • (from 1 min) The recovery of missing episodes of Doctor Who from Galaxy 4 and The Underwater Menace: celebration or disappointment?
    • (from 19 min) How should the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who be marked by the BBC, by fans, and by us as a podcast?
    Sarah and Caleb discuss:
    • (from 29 min) The Sherlock finale, The Reichenbach Fall, including just how did Sherlock survive that fall?
    • (from 39 min) The Hunger Games trailer - how will the film compare to the book?
    Length: 51 min
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  • Doctor Who - 5.1 'The Eleventh Hour' - Commentary

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    Remember all those commentaries we never got round to in Series 5? Well, here they come!

    The team take advantage of Doctor Who's extended leave of absence to fill in some of the gaps in their back catalogue, starting with Matt Smith's debut adventure. Click below to find out what Caleb Woodbridge, Swithun Dobson, Sarah Burrow and P.G. Bell make of the newly regenerated series. Does the shadow of Russel T. Davies still loom large? How does Amy keep up her mortgage repayments on a kiss-o-gram's salary? And when will the show ever get round to a Groundhog Day episode?

    Length: 1 hour, 18 minutes

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  • Book Review - 'The Whisper Jar' - Carole Lanham

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    Some secrets are kept in jars - others, in books.

    It's book review time again, so join P.G. Bell and Olivia Cottrell as they tackle a collection of short fantasy tales from acclaimed author Carole Lanham. In The Whisper Jar, you will encounter a Blood Digger who bonds two children irrevocably together; a young woman who learns of her destiny through the random selection of a Bible verse; and a boy whose life begins to reflect the stories he reads...

    Length:  13 minutes

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    Click here to buy the book via Amazon

    Carole Lanham's website

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  • Sherlock - Discussion

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    There's more to Moffat than Doctor Who but is Sherlock really the series that "puts the 'sexy' in sexist?"

    As the second series of Moffat's award winning adaptation draws to a close, Caleb Woodbridge, Sarah Burrow, Olivia Cottrell and James Willets put their heads together to examine the latest run of episodes. They also share their thoughts on the sexism furore and Moffat's response, how the series fares against other adaptations (Robert Downey Jr, take a bow) and the show's unique visual style.

    This was our first attempt at recording an all-Skype discussion, so the sound quality does vary in places, but shouldn't be too distracting.

    Length: 50 minutes

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  • Doctor Who - 7.0 'The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe' - Christmas special spoiler-free preview

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    Previewing the Doctor Who Christmas special is like opening presents early: a guilty yet irresistible pleasure. But is Steven Moffat's Narnia-inspired The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe a cracker or a turkey?

    The story begins with a bang, literally, with a madcap escape for the Doctor. In the course of his adventure, he encounters Madge Arwell, played by Claire Skinner, in a role that isn't a million miles off her part of the Mum in Outnumbered. Mr Smith voice artist Alexander Armstrong appears in the flesh as her husband Reg, while the casting directors of Doctor Who show their talent once more at finding good child actors for the parts of Cyril and Lily. Throw in Bill Bailey and co as the comedy support act, and Matt Smith doing his patent blend of age-old wisdom and child-like enthusiasm, and you're all set for the now-traditional "Christmassiest Christmas ever!"
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  • Doctor Who - 3.0 'The Runaway Bride' - Commentary

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    Our Christmas countdown continues as Sarah Burrow, Swithun Dobson, James Willetts and P.G. Bell revisit Catherine Tate's fan-baiting debut as companion-to-be, Donna Noble. "For better or for worse..."

    There's no denying that comedian Catherine Tate is the heart and soul of the 2006 Christmas special. But did we love her or hate her? Join us as we pick sides and discuss other noteworthy aspects of the show's second festive outing, including: cliffhangers, cleavage, Gallifrey, and why Torchwood would need Segways.

    Length: 1 hour 12 minutes

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    And there's still more to come! Visit again next week when we'll be discussing 'Voyage of the Damned'. Was it really a disaster in every sense? Until then, head down into the comments section and let us know what you thought of this latest podcast.


  • Doctor Who - 2.0 'The Christmas Invasion' - Commentary

    4 June 2012 (12:43am GMT)
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    Tis the season to be jolly! In the first of a series of festive treats, Swithun Dobson, P.G. Bell, Sarah Burrow and - specially flown in from the North Pole - James Willetts revisit the very first Doctor Who Christmas Special, 'The Christmas Invasion'.

    Remember when the show was still trying to prove itself? When David Tennant was the new kid on the block? When we had yet to visit an alien world? It all seems so long ago now, so how does this yuletide special hold up to scrutiny? Join us as we discuss killer Christmas trees, why the Doctor doesn't like Christmas and try to think of some other Christmas-themed entertainment that's actually Christmassy. (Here's a clue... Die Hard).

    Length: 1 hour 10 minutes

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    How did you like this blast from Christmas past? We want to hear from you! Head down into the comments to share your thoughts, and be sure to come back next week for our next Christmas Special commentary - 'The Runaway Bride'.


  • Points of Who #6 - Doctor Who Newsflash

    4 June 2012 (12:39am GMT)
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    Caleb Woodbridge and P.G. Bell bring you our monthly roundup of news, views and chatter.

    It's a short and sweet one this month - just enough time to congratulate Steven Moffat on his new BAFTA, wave goodbye to the Ponds and hello to Jenna-Louise Coleman, and ponder the demise of the SFX Weekender convention. Plus, a look ahead to next month's podcasts, which are chock full of Doctor Who goodness!

    Length: 13 minutes

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  • Visual Memory #4 - The Secret of Monkey Island

    16 May 2012 (6:00pm GMT)
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    Welcome, ye scurvy landlubbers, to a rum-fuelled edition of Visual Memory! The grog isn't strictly necessary, but it's rather fitting for the game Christopher Bell has loaded into the cannons this month. Prepare to set sail for The Secret of Monkey Island!

    This classic point-and-click adventure was created by a triumvirate of designers and writers, Ron Gilbert, Dave Grossman and Tim Schaffer, as an alternative to heavy-handed adventure games where one slip meant instant death or inability to complete the game. This was meant to be a more forgiving (there's only one place you can die, and that's by drowning), and thus more enjoyable experience.

    Players take on the mantle of Guybrush Threepwood, a young scallywag out to prove himself as a mighty pirate on Melee Island. To do this he needs to complete three tasks to impress a trio of pirate lords. Along the way, he will meet the love of his life (the governess of Melee Island, Elaine Marley), as well as battling the ghost of LeChuck, an infamous pirate out to marry Elaine by any means necessary.

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  • Doctor Who - 5.4 'The Time of Angels'

    11 May 2012 (9:15pm GMT)
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    The Weeping Angel, coming out of a television screen Caleb Woodbridge and Sarah Burrow go back to commentate on The Time of Angels, the story which reintroduced River Song and the Weeping Angels for the Steven Moffat era. With the Angels returning for Amy and Rory's departure from the show in the autumn, does it hold any clues to the future?

    You can read what our very own James Willetts thought of the episode at the time in his Time of Angels review. And in wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey fashion, we recorded our commentary on Flesh and Stone, the second half of the story, back in 2010 when it first aired.

    Length: 51 minutes
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  • Random Encounter #3 - Don't Stop Believing

    2 May 2012 (6:00pm GMT)
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    Can video games be good for the soul? In her ongoing examination of the state of gaming, Olivia Cottrell wonders if we couldn't all do with a bit more soul...

    Video games and religion are not what you might call natural bedfellows. Even as games have grown up in the last few years and started to explore questions of race, sexuality and the more basic issues of morality (good vs evil, the needs of the many or the needs of the few and so on) religion has been a topic that most games try to avoid. As a gamer with a vested interest in religion (being a Christian), I find it frustrating that so many titles still shy away from a frank look at this fundamental aspect of the human condition. And that, when they do attempt it, they often fall very short of the mark.



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  • Visual Memory #3 - Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors

    18 April 2012 (5:30pm GMT)
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    Its cult following may be more famous than the game that spawned it but, as evidence of a Darkstalkers reboot continues to mount, Christopher Bell looks back to 1994 and the birth of Capcom's original monster mash.

    As franchises go, Darkstalkers is one of the few to have flourished beyond its video game origins. It's been turned into a popular manga comic, a couple of animated series (avoid the Saturday morning American TV version at all costs!) and a 15th anniversary coffee-table tribute book, packed with gorgeous artwork. Its most popular characters, meanwhile, have gone on to star in a host of other high-profile titles including the Marvel vs Capcom series and a Magic: The Gathering-style card game. Most noticeably, they've become a mainstay of the cosplay circuit, with (mostly female) characters drawing eyes and camera lenses at conventions across the globe.

    Not bad for a series that hasn't seen a new release since 1998.



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  • Random Encounter #2 - Tell Me a Story

    29 March 2012 (12:28am GMT)
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    Welcome back to Random Encounter, the monthly digest of gaming's hot topics. This month, Olivia Cottrell wants to know where all the good scripts have gone.

    Last week, I had a very strange moment. I was sitting in my living room, controller in hand, and I cried. Not big, dramatic sobs, just a sudden overflow of emotion that left me scrabbling around for a tissue. This was not prompted by anything melodramatic. All the game had done was build a character up through interactions and dialogue, then scripted something for them to say that touched me in a way that only a few things ever have. This had never happened to me in a video game before - but perhaps I should have seen it coming.
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  • Visual Memory #2 - God Hand

    20 March 2012 (6:12am GMT)
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    Welcome to the latest Visual Memory, the monthly column exploring classic video games on extinct systems. This month, Christopher Bell thinks it's time to re-assess a stone cold turkey...

    In a market saturated by cookie-cutter first person shooters and awful movie tie-ins, it's great to see a games company try something different. And while God Hand is remembered as the game that killed Clover Studios (the people behind the rather beautiful Okami), it did at least turn heads. Poisonous chihuahuas, a demonic Elvis, the ability to spank your female opponents... I couldn't make any of this up if I tried!

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  • Doctor Who - 5.02 'The Beast Below' - Commentary

    16 March 2012 (2:36am GMT)
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    The Doctor meets Liz Ten Caleb Woodbridge, Swithun Dobson, Sarah Burrow and P. G. Bell return to The Beast Below, the second episode of the Smith/Moffat era!

    Join us as we discuss Star Wars references, political allegory, sparkly space whales, Paragon versus Renegade actions, and whether the Doctor is pro- or anti-monarchy! But watching the episode again, will the team choose to Protest or Forget?

    Length: 58 minutes
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    What did you think of The Beast Below? Should the Doctor have brought down the British monarchy? Did you care about the plight of the space whale? And just what had happened to the Welsh on Starship Britain?!


  • Random Encounter #1 - Girls, Guns 'n' Games

    29 February 2012 (6:00pm GMT)
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    Welcome to the very first edition of Random Encounter. Running as a counterpoint to our retro games column Visual Memory, this new monthly feature tackles the issues facing gamers in the here-and-now. Podcaster, reviewer and hardcore gamer Olivia Cottrell kicks things off with a matter very close to her heart...

    All the Mass Effect news lately - especially the trailer featuring the female version of Commander Shepard - has gotten me thinking about the first game in the series. Mass Effect introduced me to gaming as a hobby (some might say an obsession), but why did I latch on to that particular game when I had played others before it and have enjoyed others since? What made Bioware's space opera so special? Which buttons did it press that others didn't?

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