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The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast

The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast
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The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast Statistics
Episodes:
113
Average Episode Duration:
0:1:11:19
Longest Episode Duration:
0:1:47:47
Total Duration of all Episodes:
5 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 0 seconds
Earliest Episode:
12 March 2020 (5:22pm GMT)
Latest Episode:
9 February 2017 (7:36pm GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
19 days, 15 hours, 39 minutes and 33 seconds

The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast Episodes

  • Episode 37: The Also People

    2 February 2014 (12:57am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 13 minutes and 26 seconds

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    This month we're happy to bring you our discussion of The Also People, a Virgin New Adventure by Ben Aaronovitch featuring the Seventh Doctor, Benny, Roz, and Chris. From the back cover:

    'Just how technologically advanced are they?' The Doctor frowned. 'Let me put it this way: they have a non-aggression pact with the Time Lords.'

    The Doctor has taken his companions to paradise, or at least the closest thing he can find. A sun enclosed by an artificial sphere where there is no want, poverty or violence.

    While Chris learns to surf, meets a girl and falls in love with a biplane, Roz suspects an alien plot and Bernice considers that a Dyson Sphere needs an archaeologist like a fish needs a five-speed gear box.

    Then the peace is shattered by a murder. As the suspects proliferate, Bernice realises that even an artificial world has its buried secrets and Roz discovers what she's always suspected - that every paradise has its snake.

    You probably know Ben Aaronovitch as the author of the televised stories "Remembrance of the Daleks" and "Battlefield", as well as the Virgin New Adventures Transit and So Vile a Sin. Grab a bottle of antisocial, sit back, and relax as we review The Also People.

    Feel free to email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast. You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 36: The Fall of Yquatine

    10 January 2014 (1:01am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 12 minutes and 31 seconds

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    Our apologies for the late release, but with both of us traveling for the holidays, time just got away from us!  This month we bring you our discussion of the BBC Eighth Doctor novel The Fall of Yquatine by Nick Walters, featuring the Eighth Doctor (duh!), Fitz, and Compassion.  From the back cover:

    Yquatine – cultural, political and economic centre of the Minerva System.  A planet with a month to live.

    Fitz knows.  He was there when Yquatine fell.  Now, trapped a month in the past, he doesn’t know if the Doctor survived.  He doesn’t know where Compassion has gone.  He doesn’t know who the invaders will be.

    But he does know the date and time when he will die with the millions of others.

    The Doctor teams up with Lou Lombardo – part-time dodgy temporal gadget salesman and full-time pie seller.  Compassion is lost in time and space.  And Fitz is living out his final days working in a seedy cocktail bar, where he meets Arielle, the President’s runaway girlfriend.  But is she really the best person to shack up with?

    As the Doctor tries to talk sense into the politicians and soldiers, and Compassion tries to avert the war, Fitz is about to discover that things can truly get worse.

    This is our first selection by Nick Walters, who has written two Eighth Doctor novels, Dominion and Reckless Engineering, the Virgin New Adventure Dry Pilgrimage, and the BBC Past Doctor novel Superior Beings.

    Please pour yourself a glass of Admiral’s Old Antisocial and listen in as we talk about Nick Walters’ The Fall of Yquatine.

    Catch us on Facebook, email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast.  You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 36: The Fall of Yquatine

    10 January 2014 (1:01am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 12 minutes and 31 seconds

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    Our apologies for the late release, but with both of us traveling for the holidays, time just got away from us! This month we bring you our discussion of the BBC Eighth Doctor novel The Fall of Yquatine by Nick Walters, featuring the Eighth Doctor (duh!), Fitz, and Compassion. From the back cover:

    Yquatine - cultural, political and economic centre of the Minerva System. A planet with a month to live.

    Fitz knows. He was there when Yquatine fell. Now, trapped a month in the past, he doesn't know if the Doctor survived. He doesn't know where Compassion has gone. He doesn't know who the invaders will be.

    But he does know the date and time when he will die with the millions of others.

    The Doctor teams up with Lou Lombardo - part-time dodgy temporal gadget salesman and full-time pie seller. Compassion is lost in time and space. And Fitz is living out his final days working in a seedy cocktail bar, where he meets Arielle, the President's runaway girlfriend. But is she really the best person to shack up with?

    As the Doctor tries to talk sense into the politicians and soldiers, and Compassion tries to avert the war, Fitz is about to discover that things can truly get worse.

    This is our first selection by Nick Walters, who has written two Eighth Doctor novels, Dominion and Reckless Engineering, the Virgin New Adventure Dry Pilgrimage, and the BBC Past Doctor novel Superior Beings.

    Please pour yourself a glass of Admiral's Old Antisocial and listen in as we talk about Nick Walters' The Fall of Yquatine.

    Catch us on Facebook, email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast. You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 35: Happy Endings

    7 December 2013 (10:43pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 58 minutes and 18 seconds

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    First of all, we profusely apologize for the delay in this month’s release, but what with family visiting at the holidays, influenza, and whatnot we really couldn’t hammer this one out by the end of November.  This is ironic, because it may be our shortest episode ever.

    This time around we discuss Paul Cornell’s Happy Endings, the celebratory 50th Virgin New Adventure perhaps also known as “The One in Which Benny Gets Married and Every Major Character from Every New Adventure is Invited to the Wedding”.

    From the back cover:

    ‘Doctor, this is my fiancé.  Please don’t kill him.’

    You are cordially invited to the wedding of Mr Jason Kane and Professor Bernice S. Summerfield, to be held in the village of Cheldon Bonniface in the year 2010.

    If everything works out, that is.  Between rows, fights and pre-emptive divorce proceedings, there may not be a wedding at all.  Especially if there really is someone who wants to prevent it happening.

    Everybody’s coming: from Ice Warriors to UNIT veterans, a flirtatious Ace to a suspicious Hamlet Macbeth – and a very confused trio of Isley Brothers.  The Doctor has to organize a buffet, Roz has a mystery to solve, and Chris has a girlfriend who used to be the Timewyrm.

    Paul Cornell, of course, is known for introducing Benny Summerfield in Love and War and has also written Human Nature, for which he penned the teleplay for the television series.

    Sit back, pour yourself a glass of champagne, and listen in as we review Happy Endings.

    Feel free to email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, follow the podcast on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast, Erik via @sjcaustenite, and Sean via @tardistavern.  Also, a very big THANK YOU to those of you who approached us at L.I. Who and DFW Whofest!



  • Episode 35: Happy Endings

    7 December 2013 (10:43pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 58 minutes and 18 seconds

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    First of all, we profusely apologize for the delay in this month's release, but what with family visiting at the holidays, influenza, and whatnot we really couldn't hammer this one out by the end of November. This is ironic, because it may be our shortest episode ever.

    This time around we discuss Paul Cornell's Happy Endings, the celebratory 50th Virgin New Adventure perhaps also known as "The One in Which Benny Gets Married and Every Major Character from Every New Adventure is Invited to the Wedding".

    From the back cover:

    'Doctor, this is my fiance. Please don't kill him.'

    You are cordially invited to the wedding of Mr Jason Kane and Professor Bernice S. Summerfield, to be held in the village of Cheldon Bonniface in the year 2010.

    If everything works out, that is. Between rows, fights and pre-emptive divorce proceedings, there may not be a wedding at all. Especially if there really is someone who wants to prevent it happening.

    Everybody's coming: from Ice Warriors to UNIT veterans, a flirtatious Ace to a suspicious Hamlet Macbeth - and a very confused trio of Isley Brothers. The Doctor has to organize a buffet, Roz has a mystery to solve, and Chris has a girlfriend who used to be the Timewyrm.

    Paul Cornell, of course, is known for introducing Benny Summerfield in Love and War and has also written Human Nature, for which he penned the teleplay for the television series.

    Sit back, pour yourself a glass of champagne, and listen in as we review Happy Endings.

    Feel free to email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, follow the podcast on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast, Erik via @sjcaustenite, and Sean via @tardistavern. Also, a very big THANK YOU to those of you who approached us at L.I. Who and DFW Whofest!



  • Episode 34: Scream of the Shalka

    1 November 2013 (2:35am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 15 minutes and 20 seconds

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    This month we take a detour from our usual schedule and, instead of reviewing a Virgin New Adventure (which would naturally come after a Virgin Missing Adventure), we elected to talk about Paul Cornell’s Scream of the Shalka, which was recently released on DVD and seemed like a timely novel to discuss.  From the back cover:

    When the Doctor lands his TARDIS in the Lancaster town of Lannet, in the present day, he finds that something is terribly wrong. The people are scared. They don't like going out onto the streets at night, they don't like making too much noise, and they certainly don't like strangers asking too many questions.

    What alien force has invaded the town? Why is it watching barmaid Alison Cheney? And what plans does it have for the future of the planet Earth?

    The Doctor is helped (and hindered) by his new military liaison Major Kennet and his Royal Green Jacket troops. His old enemy the Master also plays a small part. During the course of this adventure he encounters a brand new race of ferocious alien monsters, and strikes up a friendship with his latest companion, Alison.

    While starting with a small community under threat, this old-fashioned, very traditional but very up-to-date Doctor Who adventure takes in the entire world, from New Zealand to India, Siberia to the USA, and cosmic expanses beyond.

    Scream of the Shalka originally appeared as an animated six-part web series in 2003 featuring Richard E. Grant as the Ninth Doctor, and more stories may have been produced had the release of the new series not been announced soon thereafter.  In 2004, Paul Cornell published this novelization of the series, which included 50 pages of production notes on the web series.  Cornell also penned Timewyrm: Revelation, Love and War, No Future, Human Nature, and Happy Endings, all Virgin New Adventures.

    Please “Like” us on Facebook, email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast.  You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 34: Scream of the Shalka

    1 November 2013 (2:35am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 15 minutes and 20 seconds

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    This month we take a detour from our usual schedule and, instead of reviewing a Virgin New Adventure (which would naturally come after a Virgin Missing Adventure), we elected to talk about Paul Cornell's Scream of the Shalka, which was recently released on DVD and seemed like a timely novel to discuss. From the back cover:

    When the Doctor lands his TARDIS in the Lancaster town of Lannet, in the present day, he finds that something is terribly wrong. The people are scared. They don't like going out onto the streets at night, they don't like making too much noise, and they certainly don't like strangers asking too many questions.

    What alien force has invaded the town? Why is it watching barmaid Alison Cheney? And what plans does it have for the future of the planet Earth?

    The Doctor is helped (and hindered) by his new military liaison Major Kennet and his Royal Green Jacket troops. His old enemy the Master also plays a small part. During the course of this adventure he encounters a brand new race of ferocious alien monsters, and strikes up a friendship with his latest companion, Alison.

    While starting with a small community under threat, this old-fashioned, very traditional but very up-to-date Doctor Who adventure takes in the entire world, from New Zealand to India, Siberia to the USA, and cosmic expanses beyond.

    Scream of the Shalka originally appeared as an animated six-part web series in 2003 featuring Richard E. Grant as the Ninth Doctor, and more stories may have been produced had the release of the new series not been announced soon thereafter. In 2004, Paul Cornell published this novelization of the series, which included 50 pages of production notes on the web series. Cornell also penned Timewyrm: Revelation, Love and War, No Future, Human Nature, and Happy Endings, all Virgin New Adventures.

    Please "Like" us on Facebook, email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast. You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 33: Downtime

    2 October 2013 (12:35am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 29 minutes and 52 seconds

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    It's Virgin Missing Adventure time at The Doctor Who Book Club, but this month's adventure wasn't really missing in the first place and, well, it doesn't really prominently feature a Doctor, either. This month we bring you Downtime, based on the independently written screenplay by Marc Platt which was filmed in the early 1990's and released a year or so before the novelization was published. From the back cover:

    Across the room, in a high-backed leather chair Victoria saw the old man from the reading room. His face was curiously young for someone so long dead.

    In 1966 the Doctor defeated the Great Intelligence, but he knew it wasn't a final victory. And his companion Victoria, whose mind had once hosted the evil entity, might still fall prey to its power.

    Now it seems that his fears are justified. In a Tibetan monastery, the monks display unearthly powers - UNIT are investigating. A new university has opened in London with a secret agenda that may threaten the whole country. Victoria, abandoned in an age very different from her own, and haunted by visions of a father she refuses to believe is dead, is slipping into despair and madness. But are the visions which plague her really hallucinations? Or has the Great Intelligence once again made Earth its target for invasion?

    If you enjoy irony, it's worth noting that Platt intended Downtime to be the last installment in a trilogy (after "The Abominable Snowmen" and "The Web of Fear") and to resolve the conflict of the Great Intelligence. One wonders if he did a bit of air-punching this last Christmas day.

    Be sure to "like" us on Facebook, email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast. You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 33: Downtime

    1 October 2013 (11:35pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 29 minutes and 52 seconds

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    It’s Virgin Missing Adventure time at The Doctor Who Book Club, but this month’s adventure wasn’t really missing in the first place and, well, it doesn’t really prominently feature a Doctor, either.  This month we bring you Downtime, based on the independently written screenplay by Marc Platt which was filmed in the early 1990’s and released a year or so before the novelization was published.  From the back cover:

    Across the room, in a high-backed leather chair Victoria saw the old man from the reading room.  His face was curiously young for someone so long dead.

    In 1966 the Doctor defeated the Great Intelligence, but he knew it wasn’t a final victory.  And his companion Victoria, whose mind had once hosted the evil entity, might still fall prey to its power.

    Now it seems that his fears are justified.  In a Tibetan monastery, the monks display unearthly powers – UNIT are investigating.  A new university has opened in London with a secret agenda that may threaten the whole country.  Victoria, abandoned in an age very different from her own, and haunted by visions of a father she refuses to believe is dead, is slipping into despair and madness.  But are the visions which plague her really hallucinations?  Or has the Great Intelligence once again made Earth its target for invasion?

    If you enjoy irony, it’s worth noting that Platt intended Downtime to be the last installment in a trilogy (after “The Abominable Snowmen” and “The Web of Fear”) and to resolve the conflict of the Great Intelligence.  One wonders if he did a bit of air-punching this last Christmas day.

    Be sure to “like” us on Facebook, email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast.  You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 32: Fear of the Dark

    1 September 2013 (6:49pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 30 minutes and 10 seconds

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    Just one day late, we bring you August's episode, our recap and discussion of Trevor Baxendale's Fear of the Dark, featuring the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan, and a bunch of miners. From the back cover:

    On the very edge of the galaxy lies Akoshemon: a putrefied world of legendary evil.

    In the year 2382 archaeologists land on Akoshemon's only moon, searching for evidence of the planet's infamous past. But when the Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa are drawn into the lunar caverns they find more than a team of academics - and help uncover more than ancient history.

    Something is lying in wait, deep inside the labyrinth of caves: something that remembers the spiral of war, pestilence and deprivation that ruined Akoshemon. Something that rejoiced in every kind of horror and destruction.

    An age-old terror is about to be reborn. But what is the hideous secret of the Bloodhunter? And why does Nyssa feel that her thoughts are no longer her own? Forced to confront his own worse fears, even the Doctor will be pushed to breaking point - and beyond.

    Fear of the Doctor is one of eleven novels recently republished by the BBC, each one featuring a different Doctor for the 50th anniversary. Thus, we are happy to tell you that it is readily available (and affordable!).

    Catch us on Facebook, email us at dwpcpodcast@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter via @dwpcpodcast. You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 32: Fear of the Dark

    1 September 2013 (5:49pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 30 minutes and 10 seconds

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    Just one day late, we bring you August’s episode, our recap and discussion of Trevor Baxendale’s Fear of the Dark, featuring the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan, and a bunch of miners.  From the back cover:

    On the very edge of the galaxy lies Akoshemon: a putrefied world of legendary evil.

    In the year 2382 archaeologists land on Akoshemon’s only moon, searching for evidence of the planet’s infamous past.  But when the Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa are drawn into the lunar caverns they find more than a team of academics – and help uncover more than ancient history.

    Something is lying in wait, deep inside the labyrinth of caves: something that remembers the spiral of war, pestilence and deprivation that ruined Akoshemon.  Something that rejoiced in every kind of horror and destruction.

    An age-old terror is about to be reborn.  But what is the hideous secret of the Bloodhunter?  And why does Nyssa feel that her thoughts are no longer her own?  Forced to confront his own worse fears, even the Doctor will be pushed to breaking point – and beyond.

    Fear of the Doctor is one of eleven novels recently republished by the BBC, each one featuring a different Doctor for the 50th anniversary.  Thus, we are happy to tell you that it is readily available (and affordable!).

    Catch us on Facebook, email us at dwpcpodcast@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter via @dwpcpodcast.  You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 31: The Tomorrow Windows

    1 August 2013 (1:40am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 30 minutes and 13 seconds

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    What happens when you add 12 to this month's episode number? You get 42. Thus, we present our discussion of Jonathan Morris' The Tomorrow Windows, one author's take of Douglas Adams possible take of an Eighth Doctor adventure.

    Although Morris may be best known for his Big Finish work such as Bloodtide and Flip Flop, this is his third novel in the BBC range, preceded by Festival of Death and Anachrophobia. He is still actively turning out audio stories, and can be heard narrating the mini-documentary "Paris in Springtime" on the "City of Death" DVD release. Do we predict a call from Steven Moffat in the future?

    From the back cover:

    There's a new exhibition at Tate Modern - 'The Tomorrow Windows'.

    The concept is simple: look through a Tomorrow Window and you'll see into the future. You'll get 'The Gist of Things to Come'. According to the press pack, the Tomorrow Windows exhibition will bring about an end to war and suffering.

    Which is why someone decides to blow it up.

    Investigating this act of wanton vandalism, the Doctor, Fitz, and Trix visit an Astral Flower, the show-world of Utopia and Gadrahadradon - the most haunted planet in the galaxy. They face the sinister Ceccecs, the gratuitously violent Vorshagg, the miniscule Micron and the enigmatic Poozle. And they encounter the doomsday monks of Shardybarn, the warmongers of Valuensis, the politicians on Minuea and the killer cars of Estebol.

    They also spend about half an hour in Lewisham.

    Pour yourself a cup of Earl Grey and sit back and relax as we discuss The Tomorrow Windows.

    Don't forget to look for us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast. Also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 31: The Tomorrow Windows

    1 August 2013 (12:40am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 30 minutes and 13 seconds

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    What happens when you add 12 to this month’s episode number?  You get 42.  Thus, we present our discussion of Jonathan Morris’ The Tomorrow Windows, one author’s take of Douglas Adams possible take of an Eighth Doctor adventure.

    Although Morris may be best known for his Big Finish work such as Bloodtide and Flip Flop, this is his third novel in the BBC range, preceded by Festival of Death and Anachrophobia.  He is still actively turning out audio stories, and can be heard narrating the mini-documentary “Paris in Springtime” on the “City of Death” DVD release.  Do we predict a call from Steven Moffat in the future?

    From the back cover:

    There’s a new exhibition at Tate Modern – ‘The Tomorrow Windows’.

    The concept is simple: look through a Tomorrow Window and you’ll see into the future.  You’ll get ‘The Gist of Things to Come’.  According to the press pack, the Tomorrow Windows exhibition will bring about an end to war and suffering.

    Which is why someone decides to blow it up.

    Investigating this act of wanton vandalism, the Doctor, Fitz, and Trix visit an Astral Flower, the show-world of Utopia and Gadrahadradon – the most haunted planet in the galaxy.  They face the sinister Ceccecs, the gratuitously violent Vorshagg, the miniscule Micron and the enigmatic Poozle.  And they encounter the doomsday monks of Shardybarn, the warmongers of Valuensis, the politicians on Minuea and the killer cars of Estebol.

    They also spend about half an hour in Lewisham.

    Pour yourself a cup of Earl Grey and sit back and relax as we discuss The Tomorrow Windows.

    Don’t forget to look for us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast.  Also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 30: Lungbarrow

    30 June 2013 (6:49pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 27 minutes and 21 seconds

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    It took us 30 episodes, but we finally got around to it: this month we present our discussion of possibility the most iconic novel in the Virgin New Adventures, Lungbarrow by Marc Platt. You may fondly recall when we reviewed Platt's Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible back in Episode 10. Platt also wrote "Ghost Light" as well as a number of stories in the Big Finish range. Needless to say, despite the limited amount of stories he's contributed to the Doctor Who canon, his work is influential if not controversial. From the back cover of Lungbarrow:

    'Nonsense, child,' retorted the Doctor. 'Grandfather indeed! I've never seen you before in my life!'

    All is not well on Gallifrey. Chris Cwej is having someone else's nightmares. Ace is talking to herself. So is K-9. Leela has stumbled on a murderous family conspiracy. And the beleaguered Lord President, Romanadvoratrelundar, foresees one of the most tumultuous events in her plant's history.

    At the root of all is an ancient and terrible place, the House of Lungbarrow in the southern mountains of Gallifrey. Something momentous is happening there. But the House has inexplicably gone missing.

    673 years ago the Doctor left his family in that forgotten House. Abandoned, disgraced and resentful, they have waited. And now he's home at last.

    In this, the seventh Doctor's final New Adventure, he faces a threat that could uncover the greatest secret of them all.

    Pour yourself a nice tall glass of Gallifreyan ale and sit back and enjoy as we try to pick apart Marc Platt's Lungbarrow!

    Remember to look for us on Facebook, email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast. You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 30: Lungbarrow

    30 June 2013 (5:49pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 27 minutes and 21 seconds

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    It took us 30 episodes, but we finally got around to it: this month we present our discussion of possibility the most iconic novel in the Virgin New Adventures, Lungbarrow by Marc Platt.  You may fondly recall when we reviewed Platt’s Cat’s Cradle: Time’s Crucible back in Episode 10.  Platt also wrote “Ghost Light” as well as a number of stories in the Big Finish range.  Needless to say, despite the limited amount of stories he’s contributed to the Doctor Who canon, his work is influential if not controversial.  From the back cover of Lungbarrow:

    ‘Nonsense, child,’ retorted the Doctor.  ‘Grandfather indeed!  I’ve never seen you before in my life!’

    All is not well on Gallifrey.  Chris Cwej is having someone else’s nightmares.  Ace is talking to herself.  So is K-9.  Leela has stumbled on a murderous family conspiracy.  And the beleaguered Lord President, Romanadvoratrelundar, foresees one of the most tumultuous events in her plant’s history.

    At the root of all is an ancient and terrible place, the House of Lungbarrow in the southern mountains of Gallifrey.  Something momentous is happening there.  But the House has inexplicably gone missing.

    673 years ago the Doctor left his family in that forgotten House.  Abandoned, disgraced and resentful, they have waited.  And now he’s home at last.

    In this, the seventh Doctor’s final New Adventure, he faces a threat that could uncover the greatest secret of them all.

    Pour yourself a nice tall glass of Gallifreyan ale and sit back and enjoy as we try to pick apart Marc Platt’s Lungbarrow!

    Remember to look for us on Facebook, email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast.  You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 29: State of Change

    12 June 2013 (12:48am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 12 minutes and 19 seconds

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    We bring you May's episode in mid-June, as real life gave both of us a swift kick in the pants last month. Next up is State of Change by Christopher Bulis, a Virgin Missing Adventure featuring the Sixth Doctor and Peri. From the back cover:

    'In less than 25 years the Romans have invented electricity generation, airships, radio and who knows what else. Is that reasonable?'

    Ancient Egypt, 41BC. The Doctor and Peri watch as Cleopatra's pleasure barge glides up the Nile in preparation for her fateful meeting with Mark Anthony. And an alien presence observes the TARDIS, waits for it to dematerialize, then pounces.

    When the time ship lands, the Doctor and Peri find themselves in ancient Rome, in the tomb of Cleopatra. But something is very wrong. The tomb walls depict steam-driven galleys and other disturbing anachronisms. The Roman Empire is preparing for a devastating war - using weapons from the future capable of destroying the entire world.

    Bulis has written a number of Doctor Who novels, some for the Missing Adventures range, including The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Eye of the Giant, Twilight of the Gods, and A Device of Death. This marks his first book in the series.

    Don't forget that, at the time of this release, Mad Norwegian Press' Queers Dig Time Lords will be available for sale, with an article written on podcasting by none other than our own humble co-host Erik! Buy your copy today! (We already did.)

    Go ahead and send us feedback to dwbcpodcast@gmail.com and also be sure to "like" us on Facebook! Follow Erik on Twitter via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 29: State of Change

    11 June 2013 (11:48pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 12 minutes and 19 seconds

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    We bring you May’s episode in mid-June, as real life gave both of us a swift kick in the pants last month.  Next up is State of Change by Christopher Bulis, a Virgin Missing Adventure featuring the Sixth Doctor and Peri.  From the back cover:

    ‘In less than 25 years the Romans have invented electricity generation, airships, radio and who knows what else.  Is that reasonable?’

    Ancient Egypt, 41BC.  The Doctor and Peri watch as Cleopatra’s pleasure barge glides up the Nile in preparation for her fateful meeting with Mark Anthony.  And an alien presence observes the TARDIS, waits for it to dematerialize, then pounces.

    When the time ship lands, the Doctor and Peri find themselves in ancient Rome, in the tomb of Cleopatra.  But something is very wrong.  The tomb walls depict steam-driven galleys and other disturbing anachronisms.  The Roman Empire is preparing for a devastating war – using weapons from the future capable of destroying the entire world.

    Bulis has written a number of Doctor Who novels, some for the Missing Adventures range, including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Eye of the Giant, Twilight of the Gods, and A Device of Death.  This marks his first book in the series.

    Don’t forget that, at the time of this release, Mad Norwegian Press’ Queers Dig Time Lords will be available for sale, with an article written on podcasting by none other than our own humble co-host Erik!  Buy your copy today!  (We already did.)

    Go ahead and send us feedback to dwbcpodcast@gmail.com and also be sure to “like” us on Facebook!  Follow Erik on Twitter via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 28: Independence Day

    30 April 2013 (7:51pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 9 minutes and 24 seconds

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    It's July in April, because this month we bring you an honest and sometimes hilarious review of Independence Day by Peter Darvill-Evans (and we must insist that this book has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the film of the same name). From the back cover:

    'Danger is my middle name,' Ace said, 'or it would be if I had more than one. I can look after myself these days, you know.'

    Freedom. Liberty. Free will. Independence. Choice. Everyone wants to be free. But at what point does freedom become irresponsibility? What happens when one person's choice causes another's oppression?

    The Doctor's on a simple mission to return a communications device he borrowed years previously. Being a Time Lord, he can return it before anyone misses it.

    But events in the Mendeb system have moved more quickly than the Doctor estimated, and he lands in the ruins of a civilisation devastated by mysterious intruders.

    That sounds so prophetic and mysterious, doesn't it? If you've read the book, maybe you can shoot us an email explaining what the front cover is all about.

    Peter Darvill-Evans was an editor at W.H. Allen, Ltd., the company that published the Target novelizations of the televised stories, and he later became an editor for Virgin. Much of the content for the Virgin New Adventures crossed his desk, and he even wrote an entry in the series himself, entitled Deceit. Independence Day is his second Who book, and a year later he published another BBC Past Doctor Adventure, Asylum.

    Look for us on Facebook or send us email at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com. Also, follow Erik on Twitter via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern. Happy reading!



  • Episode 28: Independence Day

    30 April 2013 (6:51pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 9 minutes and 24 seconds

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    It’s July in April, because this month we bring you an honest and sometimes hilarious review of Independence Day by Peter Darvill-Evans (and we must insist that this book has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the film of the same name).  From the back cover:

    ‘Danger is my middle name,’ Ace said, ‘or it would be if I had more than one.  I can look after myself these days, you know.’

    Freedom.  Liberty.  Free will.  Independence.  Choice.  Everyone wants to be free.  But at what point does freedom become irresponsibility?  What happens when one person’s choice causes another’s oppression?

    The Doctor’s on a simple mission to return a communications device he borrowed years previously.  Being a Time Lord, he can return it before anyone misses it.

    But events in the Mendeb system have moved more quickly than the Doctor estimated, and he lands in the ruins of a civilisation devastated by mysterious intruders.

    That sounds so prophetic and mysterious, doesn’t it?  If you’ve read the book, maybe you can shoot us an email explaining what the front cover is all about.

    Peter Darvill-Evans was an editor at W.H. Allen, Ltd., the company that published the Target novelizations of the televised stories, and he later became an editor for Virgin.  Much of the content for the Virgin New Adventures crossed his desk, and he even wrote an entry in the series himself, entitled DeceitIndependence Day is his second Who book, and a year later he published another BBC Past Doctor Adventure, Asylum.

    Look for us on Facebook or send us email at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com.  Also, follow Erik on Twitter via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.  Happy reading!



  • Episode 27: The Scarlet Empress

    30 March 2013 (9:36pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 19 minutes and 23 seconds

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    This March it’s all about Paul Magrs (pronounced “mars”, by the way).  That means we’re serving up a whopping dose of gin and tonics with The Scarlet Empress, the novel that introduced the world to Iris Wildthyme.  From the back cover:

    Arriving on the almost impossibly ancient planet of Hyspero, a world where magic and danger walk hand in hand, the Doctor and Sam are caught up in a bizarre struggle for survival.

    Hyspero has been ruled for thousands of years by the Scarlet Empresses, creatures of dangerous powers – powers that a member of the Doctor’s own race is keen to possess herself: the eccentric time traveller and philanderer known only as Iris Wildthyme.

    As the real reason for Iris’s obsession becomes clear, the Doctor and Sam must embark on a perilous journey across deserts, mountains, forests and oceans.  Both friends and foes are found among spirts, djinns, alligator men and golden bears – but in a land where the magical is possible, is anything really as it seems?

    Feel free to email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com and follow us Twitter via @dwbcpodcast.  Also, follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 27: The Scarlet Empress

    30 March 2013 (9:36pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 19 minutes and 23 seconds

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    This March it's all about Paul Magrs (pronounced "mars", by the way). That means we're serving up a whopping dose of gin and tonics with The Scarlet Empress, the novel that introduced the world to Iris Wildthyme. From the back cover:

    Arriving on the almost impossibly ancient planet of Hyspero, a world where magic and danger walk hand in hand, the Doctor and Sam are caught up in a bizarre struggle for survival.

    Hyspero has been ruled for thousands of years by the Scarlet Empresses, creatures of dangerous powers - powers that a member of the Doctor's own race is keen to possess herself: the eccentric time traveller and philanderer known only as Iris Wildthyme.

    As the real reason for Iris's obsession becomes clear, the Doctor and Sam must embark on a perilous journey across deserts, mountains, forests and oceans. Both friends and foes are found among spirts, djinns, alligator men and golden bears - but in a land where the magical is possible, is anything really as it seems?

    Feel free to email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com and follow us Twitter via @dwbcpodcast. Also, follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 26: White Darkness

    1 March 2013 (2:25am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 39 minutes and 15 seconds

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    February means Valentine’s Day, Gallifrey One, and, of course, zombies.  Without further ado, we’re proud as peaches to present our release for this month, White Darkness by David A. McIntee.  From the back cover:

    ‘We believe that death should always be a part of life.’

    The Doctor’s last three visits to the scattered human colonies of the third millennium have not been entirely successful.  And now that Ace has rejoined him and Bernice, life on board the TARDIS is getting pretty stressful.  The Doctor yearns for a simpler time and place: Earth, the tropics, the early twentieth century.

    The TARDIS lands in Haiti in the early years of the First World War.  And the Doctor, Bernice and Ace land in a murderous plot involving voodoo, violent death, Zombies and German spies.  And perhaps something else – something far, far worse.

    In what has now become an annual tradition, this episode was recorded “live” at Gallifrey in Los Angeles with a special guest: longtime listener and co-host of The Doctor Who Podcast, Michele.

    White Darkness is the first Doctor Who novel by David A. McIntee, who went on to write ten other novels, all in the different ranges of the series, including The Dark Path, which we reviewed back in Episode 8.  He also authored some Big Finish stories as well a few stories in the range of Star Trek novels.

    And finally, thank you to Siobhan Gallichan of The DWO Whocast and The Flashing Blade podcast for providing this month’s reading.

    You can email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast.  Also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 26: White Darkness

    1 March 2013 (2:25am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 39 minutes and 15 seconds

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    February means Valentine's Day, Gallifrey One, and, of course, zombies. Without further ado, we're proud as peaches to present our release for this month, White Darkness by David A. McIntee. From the back cover:

    'We believe that death should always be a part of life.'

    The Doctor's last three visits to the scattered human colonies of the third millennium have not been entirely successful. And now that Ace has rejoined him and Bernice, life on board the TARDIS is getting pretty stressful. The Doctor yearns for a simpler time and place: Earth, the tropics, the early twentieth century.

    The TARDIS lands in Haiti in the early years of the First World War. And the Doctor, Bernice and Ace land in a murderous plot involving voodoo, violent death, Zombies and German spies. And perhaps something else - something far, far worse.

    In what has now become an annual tradition, this episode was recorded "live" at Gallifrey in Los Angeles with a special guest: longtime listener and co-host of The Doctor Who Podcast, Michele.

    White Darkness is the first Doctor Who novel by David A. McIntee, who went on to write ten other novels, all in the different ranges of the series, including The Dark Path, which we reviewed back in Episode 8. He also authored some Big Finish stories as well a few stories in the range of Star Trek novels.

    And finally, thank you to Siobhan Gallichan of The DWO Whocast and The Flashing Blade podcast for providing this month's reading.

    You can email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast. Also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 25: The Ghosts of N-Space

    2 February 2013 (3:06pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 22 minutes and 30 seconds

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    It is, or it was (sorry, people, we’re two days late) January, and that means it’s time for another Virgin Missing Adventure.  This time around we discuss The Ghosts of N-Space by Barry Letts.  Yes, that’s the same Barry Letts who was the television program’s show runner during much of the Pertwee era.

    True to form, Letts penned this little tale featuring his favorite cast of characters: the Third Doctor, Sarah Jane, and the Brigadier.  The novel is based on a radio play broadcast in 1995, a sequel to another play called The Paradise of Death.  The story is nestled between the television stories “Death to the Daleks” and “The Monster of Peladon”, a time during the series when the Doctor was permitted to travel freely in his TARDIS, although he remains earthbound in The Ghosts of N-Space.  From the back cover:

    ‘When the barrier gives way the planet will be flooded by all the evil in N-Space.  And, at the moment, I have no idea how to stop it.’

    Sarah Jane Smith, on holiday with her chum Jeremy and a bad case of writer’s block, is amazed to find the Brigadier in the same part of Italy.  He is there to help a distant relative whose tiny island home has been threatened by American mobster Max Vilmio.

    When the ghosts that haunt the island’s crumbling castle are joined by less benign spectres, the Brigadier summons the Doctor – who discovers that the whole of mankind is threatened by the plans of the ruthless Vilmio and his mysterious, hooded henchman.

    This book was Letts’ first foray into writing a novel for Virgin, but it was not his last contribution to the wide range of Doctor Who original novels; in 2005 he published Island of Death, a BBC Past Doctors Adventure featuring, of course, the Third Doctor and Company.

    Grab a nice Italian glass of red vino and sit back and relax as we review The Ghosts of N-Space!



  • Episode 25: The Ghosts of N-Space

    2 February 2013 (3:06pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 22 minutes and 30 seconds

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    It is, or it was (sorry, people, we're two days late) January, and that means it's time for another Virgin Missing Adventure. This time around we discuss The Ghosts of N-Space by Barry Letts. Yes, that's the same Barry Letts who was the television program's show runner during much of the Pertwee era.

    True to form, Letts penned this little tale featuring his favorite cast of characters: the Third Doctor, Sarah Jane, and the Brigadier. The novel is based on a radio play broadcast in 1995, a sequel to another play called The Paradise of Death. The story is nestled between the television stories "Death to the Daleks" and "The Monster of Peladon", a time during the series when the Doctor was permitted to travel freely in his TARDIS, although he remains earthbound in The Ghosts of N-Space. From the back cover:

    'When the barrier gives way the planet will be flooded by all the evil in N-Space. And, at the moment, I have no idea how to stop it.'

    Sarah Jane Smith, on holiday with her chum Jeremy and a bad case of writer's block, is amazed to find the Brigadier in the same part of Italy. He is there to help a distant relative whose tiny island home has been threatened by American mobster Max Vilmio.

    When the ghosts that haunt the island's crumbling castle are joined by less benign spectres, the Brigadier summons the Doctor - who discovers that the whole of mankind is threatened by the plans of the ruthless Vilmio and his mysterious, hooded henchman.

    This book was Letts' first foray into writing a novel for Virgin, but it was not his last contribution to the wide range of Doctor Who original novels; in 2005 he published Island of Death, a BBC Past Doctors Adventure featuring, of course, the Third Doctor and Company.

    Grab a nice Italian glass of red vino and sit back and relax as we review The Ghosts of N-Space!



  • Episode 24: The Time Travellers

    6 January 2013 (2:38am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 17 minutes and 36 seconds

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    For those of you that we’re sitting on the edges of your seat at the end of last month, waiting for December’s episode, we apologize that we’re a little behind.  Occasionally real life does get in the way, and busy holiday plans on both our parts forced us to release the December episode a few days into January.

    This month we present a discussion of The Time Travellers by Simon Guerrier, a BBC Past Doctors adventure featuring the First Doctor, Susan, Barbara, and Ian.  From the back cover:

    ‘Have you ever thought what it’s like to be wanderers in the fourth dimension, to be exiles?’

    24 June, 2006.  The TARDIS has landed in London.  Ian and Barbara are almost back home.  But this isn’t the city they knew.  This London is a ruin, torn apart by war.  A war that the British are losing.

    With his friends mistaken for vagrants and sentenced to death, the Doctor is press-ganged into helping perfect a weapon that might just turn the tables in the war.  The British Army has discovered time travel.  And the consequences are already devastating.

    What has happened to the world that Ian and Barbara once knew?  Hoe much of the experiment do the Doctor and Susan really understand?

    And, despite all the Doctor has said to the contrary, is it actually possible to change history?

    The Time Travellers was Simon Guerrier’s first novel, and most recently he has written the New Series Adventures The Slitheen Excursion and the acclaimed The Pirate Loop, both featuring the Tenth Doctor.  Aside from his work with the Doctor Who series, who also wrote novels for the shows Primevil and Being Human.

    Questions?  Email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com.  Also catch us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast.  You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 24: The Time Travellers

    6 January 2013 (2:38am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 17 minutes and 36 seconds

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    For those of you that we're sitting on the edges of your seat at the end of last month, waiting for December's episode, we apologize that we're a little behind. Occasionally real life does get in the way, and busy holiday plans on both our parts forced us to release the December episode a few days into January.

    This month we present a discussion of The Time Travellers by Simon Guerrier, a BBC Past Doctors adventure featuring the First Doctor, Susan, Barbara, and Ian. From the back cover:

    'Have you ever thought what it's like to be wanderers in the fourth dimension, to be exiles?'

    24 June, 2006. The TARDIS has landed in London. Ian and Barbara are almost back home. But this isn't the city they knew. This London is a ruin, torn apart by war. A war that the British are losing.

    With his friends mistaken for vagrants and sentenced to death, the Doctor is press-ganged into helping perfect a weapon that might just turn the tables in the war. The British Army has discovered time travel. And the consequences are already devastating.

    What has happened to the world that Ian and Barbara once knew? Hoe much of the experiment do the Doctor and Susan really understand?

    And, despite all the Doctor has said to the contrary, is it actually possible to change history?

    The Time Travellers was Simon Guerrier's first novel, and most recently he has written the New Series Adventures The Slitheen Excursion and the acclaimed The Pirate Loop, both featuring the Tenth Doctor. Aside from his work with the Doctor Who series, who also wrote novels for the shows Primevil and Being Human.

    Questions? Email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com. Also catch us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast. You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 23: City of the Dead

    30 November 2012 (2:49pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 20 minutes and 48 seconds

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    The penultimate month of 2012 (because we love any chance to use the word “penultimate”) brings us City of the Dead by Lloyd Rose, an Eighth Doctor BBC Books novel.  This was Rose’s first novel, before which she wrote for Homicide: Life on the Street.  After the success of City of the Dead, she was asked to return for the Eighth Doctor series with Camera Obscura and for the Algebra of Ice, featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace, and the Brigadier.

    From the back cover:

    ‘Nothing can get into the TARDIS,’ the Doctor whispered.  Then he realized that Nothing had.

    New Orleans, the early 21st century.  A dealer in morbid artefacts has been murdered.  A charm carved from human bone is missing.  An old plantation, miles from any water, has been destroyed by a tidal wave.

    Anji goes dancing.  Fitz goes grave-robbing.  The Doctor attracts the interest of a homicide detective and the enmity of a would-be magician.  He wants to find out the secret of the redneck thief and his blind wife.  He’d like to help the crippled curator of a museum of magic.  He’s trying to refuse politely the request of a crazy young artist that he pose naked with the man’s wife.

    Most of all, he needs to figure out what all of them have to do with the Void that is hunting him down.

    Before it catches him.

    Voodoo, hoodoo, and mystery abound in this month’s selection, which is bound to go down a lot easier than last month’s.  Be sure to grab a (cheap) copy and sit back and relax as we discuss The City of the Dead.

    Please don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast.  Also, feel free to follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 23: City of the Dead

    30 November 2012 (2:49pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 20 minutes and 48 seconds

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    The penultimate month of 2012 (because we love any chance to use the word "penultimate") brings us City of the Dead by Lloyd Rose, an Eighth Doctor BBC Books novel. This was Rose's first novel, before which she wrote for Homicide: Life on the Street. After the success of City of the Dead, she was asked to return for the Eighth Doctor series with Camera Obscura and for the Algebra of Ice, featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace, and the Brigadier.

    From the back cover:

    'Nothing can get into the TARDIS,' the Doctor whispered. Then he realized that Nothing had.

    New Orleans, the early 21st century. A dealer in morbid artefacts has been murdered. A charm carved from human bone is missing. An old plantation, miles from any water, has been destroyed by a tidal wave.

    Anji goes dancing. Fitz goes grave-robbing. The Doctor attracts the interest of a homicide detective and the enmity of a would-be magician. He wants to find out the secret of the redneck thief and his blind wife. He'd like to help the crippled curator of a museum of magic. He's trying to refuse politely the request of a crazy young artist that he pose naked with the man's wife.

    Most of all, he needs to figure out what all of them have to do with the Void that is hunting him down.

    Before it catches him.

    Voodoo, hoodoo, and mystery abound in this month's selection, which is bound to go down a lot easier than last month's. Be sure to grab a (cheap) copy and sit back and relax as we discuss The City of the Dead.

    Please don't forget to check us out on Facebook, email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast. Also, feel free to follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 22: The Pit

    30 October 2012 (1:51pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 23 minutes and 46 seconds

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    To celebrate Halloween, 2012, we discuss the mind-blowing and arguably frightening Virgin New Adventure, The Pit by Neil Penswick.  From the back cover:

    For two weeks now it has been the same message again and again, and it’s getting stranger; death and destruction, the end of all things, ARMAGEDDON.

    In an attempt to lift the Doctor out of his irritable and erratic mood, Bernice suggests he investigates the mystery of the Seven Planets – an entire planetary system that disappeared without trace several decades before Bernice was born.

    One of the Seven Planets is a nameless giant, quarantined against all intruders.  But when the TARDIS materializes, it becomes clear that the planet has other visitors: a hit-squad of killer androids; a trespassing scientist and his wife; and two shape-changing criminals with their team of slaves.

    As riot and anarchy spread on the system’s colonized worlds, the Doctor is flung into another universe while Bernice closes in on the horror that is about to be unleashed – a horror that comes from a terrible secret in the Time Lords’ past.

    If you’re wondering who Neil Penswick is, then you’re not alone; this novel was his single contribution to Doctor Who canon.  It was only after a little hunting that we were able to track down an interview with him (see the link on our blog page).  To the best of our knowledge, he’s currently working in an office, so when it all comes down to it he has one up on me, as I’ve never even tried to publish a novel.

    Email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, join us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast.  You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 22: The Pit

    30 October 2012 (1:51pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 23 minutes and 46 seconds

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    To celebrate Halloween, 2012, we discuss the mind-blowing and arguably frightening Virgin New Adventure, The Pit by Neil Penswick. From the back cover:

    For two weeks now it has been the same message again and again, and it's getting stranger; death and destruction, the end of all things, ARMAGEDDON.

    In an attempt to lift the Doctor out of his irritable and erratic mood, Bernice suggests he investigates the mystery of the Seven Planets - an entire planetary system that disappeared without trace several decades before Bernice was born.

    One of the Seven Planets is a nameless giant, quarantined against all intruders. But when the TARDIS materializes, it becomes clear that the planet has other visitors: a hit-squad of killer androids; a trespassing scientist and his wife; and two shape-changing criminals with their team of slaves.

    As riot and anarchy spread on the system's colonized worlds, the Doctor is flung into another universe while Bernice closes in on the horror that is about to be unleashed - a horror that comes from a terrible secret in the Time Lords' past.

    If you're wondering who Neil Penswick is, then you're not alone; this novel was his single contribution to Doctor Who canon. It was only after a little hunting that we were able to track down an interview with him (see the link on our blog page). To the best of our knowledge, he's currently working in an office, so when it all comes down to it he has one up on me, as I've never even tried to publish a novel.

    Email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, join us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast. You can also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 21: The Well-Mannered War

    29 September 2012 (9:25pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 27 minutes and 15 seconds

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    This month we bring you our discussion of the Virgin Missing Adventure The Well-Mannered War by Gareth Roberts, author of two other Missing Adventures, The Romance of Crime and The English Way of Death, as well as the screenwriter for the television episodes "The Shakespeare Code", "The Unicorn and the Wasp", "The Lodger", and "Closing Time". From the back cover:

    'Destroy them! Destroy them all - now!"

    Barclow - an Earth-type planet on the fringes of space at an inestimably distant point in the future. Two factions have laid claim to it: humans from the nearby colony world of Metralubit, and a small group of Chelonian troopers. But in nearly two hundred years of conflict not one shot has been fired in anger, there are regular socials in the trenches, and the military commanders are the best of friends.

    The Doctor, Romana, and K-9, arriving in the midst of these bizarre hostilities, find there's real trouble to come. A crucial election on Metralubit is looming, and K-9 is forced to begin a new career as a politician. Meanwhile, Romana meets an old friend and the Doctor discovers that a sinister hidden force may be attempting to alter the war's friendly nature.

    What are the plans of Galatea, leader of the beautiful but robotic Femdroids? Who is killing soldiers on both sides of the battle lines? And will K-9's oratory save the day?

    Just what is going on?

    The "old friend" mentioned above happens to be Menlove Stokes, who previously appeared in Roberts' The Romance of Crime. The Well-Mannered War is notable because it is the last of the Virgin Missing Adventures, published in 1997 as the BBC was preparing to publish its own series of novels featuring past Doctors and an entirely new series with the Eighth Doctor to replace Virgin's New Adventures.

    Pour yourself a tankard of Chelonian grog and sit back and relax as we discuss The Well-Mannered War!

    Check us out on Facebook, follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast, and email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com. Plus, be sure to follow Erik on Twitter via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 21: The Well-Mannered War

    29 September 2012 (8:25pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 27 minutes and 15 seconds

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    This month we bring you our discussion of the Virgin Missing Adventure The Well-Mannered War by Gareth Roberts, author of two other Missing Adventures, The Romance of Crime  and The English Way of Death, as well as the screenwriter for the television episodes “The Shakespeare Code”, “The Unicorn and the Wasp”, “The Lodger”, and “Closing Time”.  From the back cover:

    ‘Destroy them!  Destroy them all – now!”

    Barclow – an Earth-type planet on the fringes of space at an inestimably distant point in the future.  Two factions have laid claim to it: humans from the nearby colony world of Metralubit, and a small group of Chelonian troopers.  But in nearly two hundred years of conflict not one shot has been fired in anger, there are regular socials in the trenches, and the military commanders are the best of friends.

    The Doctor, Romana, and K-9, arriving in the midst of these bizarre hostilities, find there’s real trouble to come.  A crucial election on Metralubit is looming, and K-9 is forced to begin a new career as a politician.  Meanwhile, Romana meets an old friend and the Doctor discovers that a sinister hidden force may be attempting to alter the war’s friendly nature.

    What are the plans of Galatea, leader of the beautiful but robotic Femdroids?  Who is killing soldiers on both sides of the battle lines?  And will K-9’s oratory save the day?

    Just what is going on?

    The “old friend” mentioned above happens to be Menlove Stokes, who previously appeared in Roberts’ The Romance of CrimeThe Well-Mannered War is notable because it is the last of the Virgin Missing Adventures, published in 1997 as the BBC was preparing to publish its own series of novels featuring past Doctors and an entirely new series with the Eighth Doctor to replace Virgin’s New Adventures.

    Pour yourself a tankard of Chelonian grog and sit back and relax as we discuss The Well-Mannered War!

    Check us out on Facebook, follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast, and email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com.  Plus, be sure to follow Erik on Twitter via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 20: World Game

    31 August 2012 (12:43pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 5 minutes and 29 seconds

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    If you're looking for the tasty-goodness of a BBC Past Adventure, then you needn't wait much longer, as our next selection is World Game, a Second Doctor adventure by Terrance Dicks. From the back cover:

    The Doctor has been captured and put on trial by his own people -- accused of their greatest crime: interfering with the affairs of other peoples and planets. He is sentenced to exile on Earth. That much is history. But now the truth can be told -- the Doctor did not go straight into exile. First the Time Lords have a task for him.

    From the trenches of the Great War to the terrors of the French Revolution, the Doctor finds himself on a mission he does not want with a companion he does not like, his life threatened at every turn. Will the Doctor survive to serve his sentence? Or will this adventure prove to be his Waterloo?

    Regardless of what you think of Terrance Dicks' talent as a writer, you have to admit that this one sounds pretty compelling. World Game is slotted nicely between "The War Games" and "Spearhead from Space", a moment in Doctor Who history some fans refer to as "Season 6B", a period created from the fallout over debates about exactly when "The Two Doctors" took place. (Jamie never travels alone with the Doctor, yet they do in "The Two Doctors"...so when in the name of canon did that story take place?)

    Catch us on Facebook, email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast, follow Erik via @sjcaustenite, and follow Sean via @tardistavern. Happy reading!



  • Episode 20: World Game

    31 August 2012 (11:43am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 5 minutes and 29 seconds

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    If you’re looking for the tasty-goodness of a BBC Past Adventure, then you needn't wait much longer, as our next selection is World Game, a Second Doctor adventure by Terrance Dicks.  From the back cover:

    The Doctor has been captured and put on trial by his own people -- accused of their greatest crime: interfering with the affairs of other peoples and planets.  He is sentenced to exile on Earth.  That much is history.  But now the truth can be told -- the Doctor did not go straight into exile.  First the Time Lords have a task for him.

    From the trenches of the Great War to the terrors of the French Revolution, the Doctor finds himself on a mission he does not want with a companion he does not like, his life threatened at every turn.  Will the Doctor survive to serve his sentence?  Or will this adventure prove to be his Waterloo?

    Regardless of what you think of Terrance Dicks' talent as a writer, you have to admit that this one sounds pretty compelling.  World Game is slotted nicely between "The War Games" and "Spearhead from Space", a moment in Doctor Who history some fans refer to as "Season 6B", a period created from the fallout over debates about exactly when "The Two Doctors" took place.  (Jamie never travels alone with the Doctor, yet they do in "The Two Doctors"...so when in the name of canon did that story take place?)

    Catch us on Facebook, email us at dwbcpodcast@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast, follow Erik via @sjcaustenite, and follow Sean via @tardistavern.  Happy reading!



  • Episode 19: War of the Daleks

    29 July 2012 (8:28pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 18 minutes and 2 seconds

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    This month we bring you another John Peel selection, War of the Daleks, one of the earlier BBC Eighth Doctor selections. From the back cover:

    [Warning: The back cover pretty much reveals the first half of the plot. We're including it here just because we don't want to break precedent. However, we recommend that if you wish to remain spoiler-free, jump past the italicized text below.]

    The Doctor is repairing the TARDIS systems once again when it is swept up by a garbage ship roving through space, the Quetzel.

    When another ship approaches and takes the Quetzel by force, the Doctor discovers that he and Sam are not the only unwitting travellers on board -- there is a strangely familiar survival pod in the hold. Delani, the captain of the second ship, orders the pod to be opened. The Doctor is powerless to intervene as Davros is awakened once again.

    But this is no out-and-out rescue of Davros. Delani and his crew are Thals, the sworn enemies of the Daleks. They intend to use Davros as a means to wipe out the Daleks, finally ridding the universe of the most aggressive, deadly race ever to exist. But the Doctor is still worried. For there is a signal beacon inside the pod, and even now a Dalek ship is closing in...

    You may remember when we reviewed John Peel's second Dalek novel, Legacy of the Daleks, back in Episode 7. If your memory doesn't cheat, you probably know that we don't have very high expectations of this month's entry, but it's important in that it's (1) the first original Dalek novel to be published since the television series was canceled in 1989 and (2) assuming you believe the novels are canon, it's a gigantic game-changer for the history of the Daleks (listen to our upcoming podcast for more details). Legacy of the Daleks followed it, and the BBC never again published a Dalek story for either the Eighth Doctor or Past Adventures ranges. (Some Dalek stories have been published in the New Series Adventures, such as Prisoner of the Daleks and I am a Dalek.)

    Please don't forget to "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast. Follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern. Also, feel free to drop us a line at dwpcpodcast@gmail.com!



  • Episode 19: War of the Daleks

    29 July 2012 (7:28pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 18 minutes and 2 seconds

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    This month we bring you another John Peel selection, War of the Daleks, one of the earlier BBC Eighth Doctor selections.  From the back cover:

    [Warning:  The back cover pretty much reveals the first half of the plot.  We're including it here just because we don't want to break precedent.  However, we recommend that if you wish to remain spoiler-free, jump past the italicized text below.]

    The Doctor is repairing the TARDIS systems once again when it is swept up by a garbage ship roving through space, the Quetzel.

    When another ship approaches and takes the Quetzel by force, the Doctor discovers that he and Sam are not the only unwitting travellers on board -- there is a strangely familiar survival pod in the hold.  Delani, the captain of the second ship, orders the pod to be opened.  The Doctor is powerless to intervene as Davros is awakened once again.

    But this is no out-and-out rescue of Davros.  Delani and his crew are Thals, the sworn enemies of the Daleks.  They intend to use Davros as a means to wipe out the Daleks, finally ridding the universe of the most aggressive, deadly race ever to exist.  But the Doctor is still worried.  For there is a signal beacon inside the pod, and even now a Dalek ship is closing in...

    You may remember when we reviewed John Peel's second Dalek novel, Legacy of the Daleks, back in Episode 7.  If your memory doesn't cheat, you probably know that we don't have very high expectations of this month's entry, but it's important in that it's (1) the first original Dalek novel to be published since the television series was canceled in 1989 and (2) assuming you believe the novels are canon, it's a gigantic game-changer for the history of the Daleks (listen to our upcoming podcast for more details).  Legacy of the Daleks followed it, and the BBC never again published a Dalek story for either the Eighth Doctor or Past Adventures ranges.  (Some Dalek stories have been published in the New Series Adventures, such as Prisoner of the Daleks and I am a Dalek.)

    Please don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast.  Follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.  Also, feel free to drop us a line at dwpcpodcast@gmail.com!



  • Episode 18: The Dying Days

    30 June 2012 (5:21pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 35 minutes and 13 seconds

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    This month we bring you yet another selection from Lance Parkin, this time a Virgin New Adventure: The Dying Days. From the back cover:

    6 May 1997

    The Dying Days of the Twentieth Century

    On the Mare Sirenum, British astronauts are walking on the surface of Mars for the first time in over twenty years. The National Space Museum in London is the venue for a spectacular event where the great and the good celebrate a unique British achievement.

    In Ardisham, Kent, the most dangerous man in Britain has escaped from custody while being transported by helicopter. In Whitehall, the new Home Secretary is convinced that there is a plot brewing to overthrow the government. In west London, MI5 agents shut down a publishing company that got too close to the top secret organisation known as UNIT. And, on a state visit to Washington, the Prime Minister prepares to make a crucial speech, totally unaware that dark forces are working against him.

    As the eighth Doctor and Professor Bernice Summerfield discover, all these events are connected. However, soon all will be overshadowed.

    This time, the Doctor is already too late.

    The novel is unique in that it is the final Virgin New Adventure before they lost their license to publish Doctor Who books. It's doubly unique in that it is the only New Adventure featuring the Eighth Doctor, so it's a respite from the machinations and manipulations of Doctor Seven.

    This is the third novel we've read by Lance Parkin (The Infinity Doctors and, of course more recently, Cold Fusion), and we both agree that he's an ambitious writer. We're looking forward to see what he can do with a story that is, on its face, not dissimilar to a Torchwood episode.

    Don't forget to catch us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast. Also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 18: The Dying Days

    30 June 2012 (4:21pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 35 minutes and 13 seconds

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    This month we bring you yet another selection from Lance Parkin, this time a Virgin New Adventure: The Dying Days.  From the back cover:

    6 May 1997

    The Dying Days of the Twentieth Century

    On the Mare Sirenum, British astronauts are walking on the surface of Mars for the first time in over twenty years.  The National Space Museum in London is the venue for a spectacular event where the great and the good celebrate a unique British achievement.

    In Ardisham, Kent, the most dangerous man in Britain has escaped from custody while being transported by helicopter.  In Whitehall, the new Home Secretary is convinced that there is a plot brewing to overthrow the government.  In west London, MI5 agents shut down a publishing company that got too close to the top secret organisation known as UNIT.  And, on a state visit to Washington, the Prime Minister prepares to make a crucial speech, totally unaware that dark forces are working against him.

    As the eighth Doctor and Professor Bernice Summerfield discover, all these events are connected.  However, soon all will be overshadowed.

    This time, the Doctor is already too late.

    The novel is unique in that it is the final Virgin New Adventure before they lost their license to publish Doctor Who books.  It's doubly unique in that it is the only New Adventure featuring the Eighth Doctor, so it's a respite from the machinations and manipulations of Doctor Seven.

    This is the third novel we've read by Lance Parkin (The Infinity Doctors and, of course more recently, Cold Fusion), and we both agree that he's an ambitious writer.  We're looking forward to see what he can do with a story that is, on its face, not dissimilar to a Torchwood episode.

    Don’t forget to catch us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast.  Also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.

     



  • Episode 17: Cold Fusion

    1 June 2012 (11:39pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 44 minutes and 51 seconds

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    May brings us snowstorms, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, the Fifth Doctor, and the Seventh Doctor in Lance Parkin's Cold Fusion, one of the later installments in Virgin's Missing Adventures series. From the back cover:

    'The entire universe is at stake and I'm locked in here with another incarnation of myself, and not even one of the good ones.'

    More than one TARDIS lands on a barren ice world. The fifth Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan find a once ordered society on the verge of collapse, as rebels wage a dirty war with Scientifica, the ruling elite. All that stands between order and anarchy is the massed presence of an Adjudicator peacekeeping force.

    But is peace the only reason for the Adjudicator garrison? What exactly has been discovered deep beneath the planet's surface? Who are the mysterious Ferutu? And why is telling a ghost story a criminal offense?

    The fifth Doctor sides with the cause of justice and fairness as always. But, as a threat to the universe unfolds, he finds himself in conflict with his past...and his future.

    For continuity buffs, this story takes place between the television stories "Castrovalva" and "Four to Doomsday" and between the New Adventures Return of the Living Dad and The Death of Art. The back cover text seems to skirt around the fact that the Seventh Doctor and his friends are present in this story, but anything that is blatantly obvious by glancing at the front cover shouldn't be considered a spoiler.

    We previously reviewed a Lance Parkin's The Infinity Doctors back in Episode 8. It can't be argued that Parkin is an ambitious author, and hopefully Cold Fusion will not disappoint. So sit back and enjoy!

    Please join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast. Also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Episode 17: Cold Fusion

    1 June 2012 (10:39pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 44 minutes and 51 seconds

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    May brings us snowstorms, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, the Fifth Doctor, and the Seventh Doctor in Lance Parkin's Cold Fusion, one of the later installments in Virgin's Missing Adventures series.  From the back cover:

    'The entire universe is at stake and I'm locked in here with another incarnation of myself, and not even one of the good ones.'

    More than one TARDIS lands on a barren ice world.  The fifth Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan find a once ordered society on the verge of collapse, as rebels wage a dirty war with Scientifica, the ruling elite.  All that stands between order and anarchy is the massed presence of an Adjudicator peacekeeping force.

    But is peace the only reason for the Adjudicator garrison?  What exactly has been discovered deep beneath the planet's surface?  Who are the mysterious Ferutu?  And why is telling a ghost story a criminal offense?

    The fifth Doctor sides with the cause of justice and fairness as always.  But, as a threat to the universe unfolds, he finds himself in conflict with his past...and his future.

    For continuity buffs, this story takes place between the television stories "Castrovalva" and "Four to Doomsday" and between the New Adventures Return of the Living Dad and The Death of Art.  The back cover text seems to skirt around the fact that the Seventh Doctor and his friends are present in this story, but anything that is blatantly obvious by glancing at the front cover shouldn't be considered a spoiler.

    We previously reviewed a Lance Parkin's The Infinity Doctors back in Episode 8.  It can't be argued that Parkin is an ambitious author, and hopefully Cold Fusion will not disappoint.  So sit back and enjoy!

    Please join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast.  Also follow Erik via @sjcaustenite and Sean via @tardistavern.



  • Special Episode: An Interview with "Who is the Doctor" Authors Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?

    6 May 2012 (8:58pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 1 minutes and 51 seconds

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    We interrupt our regular reviews of Doctor Who novels with an interview with Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?, authors of the recently released Who is the Doctor, an in-depth (and, wow, we mean really in-depth) assessment of the new series, from "Rose" all the way through to "The Wedding of River Song."

    In eight months, Graeme and Robert studied each and every story, taking notes on practically every aspect of the program, from those great punch-in-the-air moments to the awkward bits that don't make much sense or, quite frankly, are just plain bad. It all culminated in 421 pages of literary goodness that will inspire and delight.

    Please enjoy our interview with these fine gentlemen as we discuss Who is the Doctor. Also, remember to follow the podcast on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast, Erik via @sjcaustenite, Sean via @tardistavern, and Graeme Burk via @graemeburk.



  • Special Episode: An Interview with "Who is the Doctor" Authors Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?

    6 May 2012 (7:58pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 1 minutes and 51 seconds

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    We interrupt our regular reviews of Doctor Who novels with an interview with Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?, authors of the recently released Who is the Doctor, an in-depth (and, wow, we mean really in-depth) assessment of the new series, from “Rose” all the way through to “The Wedding of River Song.”

    In eight months, Graeme and Robert studied each and every story, taking notes on practically every aspect of the program, from those great punch-in-the-air moments to the awkward bits that don’t make much sense or, quite frankly, are just plain bad.  It all culminated in 421 pages of literary goodness that will inspire and delight.

    Please enjoy our interview with these fine gentlemen as we discuss Who is the Doctor.  Also, remember to follow the podcast on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast, Erik via @sjcaustenite, Sean via @tardistavern, and Graeme Burk via @graemeburk.



  • Episode 16: Business Unusual

    1 May 2012 (12:56am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds

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    This month it's Business Unusual by Gary Russell. From the back cover:

    A security force with no official identity... a managing director with no name... a sinister creature on guard patrol resembling some kind of hellhound... SeneNet is no ordinary multinational company...

    The Doctor arrives in Brighton, 1989, traveling alone. He soon discovers his old friend, the Brigadier, has gone missing investigating SeneNet, whose new interactive games console is soon to be released at an absurdly reasonable price. He was last seen at their headquarters -- based in the picturesque Ashdown Forest...

    Investigating further, the Doctor becomes more and more entangled in a deadly web of intrigue. Together with Mel, a plucky computer programmer from Pease Pottage, the Doctor must overcome the conspiracy of silence, rescue the Brigadier and save the world once again -- something that would be a lot easier if he just know where to start...

    This novel is of note for a couple of reasons. First, as you can likely tell from the back cover, it is the first appearance of Mel Bush, whose first meeting with the Doctor was (cleverly) overlooked in the television series.

    Second, this is a sequel to the Virgin Missing Adventure The Scales of Injustice, also by Gary Russell. We talked about Scales way back in Episode 5, so you might like to take a gander at that before you listen to our review of Business Unusual.

    Third, this novel, like its prequel, features the return of one of Doctor Who's recurring monsters. We won't tell you which, but if you go back and read the back cover very, very carefully you'll likely figure it out.

    So quick! Grab Business Unusual and watch this spot for its release within a week or so. My crystal ball tells me this might be another polarizing episode, but I've been proven wrong in the past.



  • Episode 16: Business Unusual

    30 April 2012 (11:56pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds

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    This month it’s Business Unusual by Gary Russell.  From the back cover:

     A security force with no official identity... a managing director with no name... a sinister creature on guard patrol resembling some kind of hellhound... SeneNet is no ordinary multinational company...

     The Doctor arrives in Brighton, 1989, traveling alone. He soon discovers his old friend, the Brigadier, has gone missing investigating SeneNet, whose new interactive games console is soon to be released at an absurdly reasonable price. He was last seen at their headquarters — based in the picturesque Ashdown Forest...

     Investigating further, the Doctor becomes more and more entangled in a deadly web of intrigue. Together with Mel, a plucky computer programmer from Pease Pottage, the Doctor must overcome the conspiracy of silence, rescue the Brigadier and save the world once again — something that would be a lot easier if he just know where to start...

    This novel is of note for a couple of reasons.  First, as you can likely tell from the back cover, it is the first appearance of Mel Bush, whose first meeting with the Doctor was (cleverly) overlooked in the television series.

    Second, this is a sequel to the Virgin Missing Adventure The Scales of Injustice, also by Gary Russell.  We talked about Scales way back in Episode 5, so you might like to take a gander at that before you listen to our review of Business Unusual.

    Third, this novel, like its prequel, features the return of one of Doctor Who's recurring monsters.  We won't tell you which, but if you go back and read the back cover very, very carefully you'll likely figure it out.

    So quick!  Grab Business Unusual and watch this spot for its release within a week or so.  My crystal ball tells me this might be another polarizing episode, but I've been proven wrong in the past.



  • Episode 15: The Crooked World

    31 March 2012 (8:21pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 29 minutes and 53 seconds

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    As March closes, we are pleased -- and perhaps a bit giddy -- to present our review of The Crooked World by Steve Lyons (author of Conundrum, which we talked about back in Episode 6). Before we begin to tell you exactly why we both want to have a common law marriage with Mr. Lyons, perhaps you should first read the back cover:

    The people of the Crooked World lead an idyllic existence.

    Take Streaky Bacon, for example. This jovial farmer wants nothing more from life than a huge blunderbuss, with which he can blast away at his crop-stealing nemesis. And then there's Angel Falls, a racing driver with a string of victories to her name. Sure, her trusted guardian might occasionally put on a mask and menace her for her prize money, but that's just life, right? And for Jasper the cat, nothing could be more pleasant than a nice, long nap in his kitchen -- so long as that darn mouse doesn't jam his tail into the plug socket again.

    But somebody is about to shatter all those lives. Somebody is about to change everything -- and it's possible that no one on the Crooked World will ever be happy again.

    The Doctor's TARDIS is about to arrive. And when it does... That's all folks!

    Please follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast, follow Erik via @sjcaustenite, Sean via @tardistavern. Also join us on Facebook!




  • Episode 15: The Crooked World

    31 March 2012 (7:21pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 29 minutes and 53 seconds

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    As March closes, we are pleased -- and perhaps a bit giddy -- to present our review of The Crooked World by Steve Lyons (author of Conundrum, which we talked about back in Episode 6).  Before we begin to tell you exactly why we both want to have a common law marriage with Mr. Lyons, perhaps you should first read the back cover:

    The people of the Crooked World lead an idyllic existence.

    Take Streaky Bacon, for example. This jovial farmer wants nothing more from life than a huge blunderbuss, with which he can blast away at his crop-stealing nemesis.  And then there's Angel Falls, a racing driver with a string of victories to her name. Sure, her trusted guardian might occasionally put on a mask and menace her for her prize money, but that's just life, right? And for Jasper the cat, nothing could be more pleasant than a nice, long nap in his kitchen — so long as that darn mouse doesn't jam his tail into the plug socket again.

    But somebody is about to shatter all those lives. Somebody is about to change everything — and it's possible that no one on the Crooked World will ever be happy again.

    The Doctor's TARDIS is about to arrive. And when it does... That's all folks!

    Please follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast, follow Erik via @sjcaustenite, Sean via @tardistavern.  Also join us on Facebook!




  • Episode 14: Love and War

    1 March 2012 (3:03am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 8 minutes and 40 seconds

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    February's episode is a very special one: we recorded during Gallifrey 23 with our good friend and listener Erika (known as @HollyGoDarkly on Twitter and the reader for our review of Alien Bodies).  The three of us crowded around a single microphone in a lonely hotel room whilst the party started gearing up in the lobby downstairs.  The topic: Love and War, the Virgin New Adventure by Paul Cornell.  And, yes...there is a bit of a dip in the audio quality in this episode, but it was well worth the result in quality.  From the back cover:

    On a planet called Heaven, all hell is breaking loose.

    Heaven is a paradise for both humans and Draconians -- a place of rest in more ways than one.  The Doctor comes here on a trivial mission -- to find a book, or so he says -- and Ace, wandering alone in the city, becomes involved with a charismatic Traveller called Jan.

    But the Doctor is strenuously opposed to the romance.  What is he trying to prevent?  Is he planning some more deadly game connected with the mysterious objects causing the military forces of Heaven such concern?

    Archaeologist Bernice Summerfield thinks so.  Her destiny is inextricably linked with that of the Doctor, but even she may not be able to save Ace from the Time Lord's plans.

    This time, has the Doctor gone too far?

    Please follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast, follow Erik via @sjcaustenite, Sean via @tardistavern, and Erika via @HollyGoDarkly.  Also join us on Facebook!



  • Episode 14: Love and War

    1 March 2012 (3:03am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 8 minutes and 40 seconds

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    February's episode is a very special one: we recorded during Gallifrey 23 with our good friend and listener Erika (known as @HollyGoDarkly on Twitter and the reader for our review of Alien Bodies). The three of us crowded around a single microphone in a lonely hotel room whilst the party started gearing up in the lobby downstairs. The topic: Love and War, the Virgin New Adventure by Paul Cornell. And, yes...there is a bit of a dip in the audio quality in this episode, but it was well worth the result in quality. From the back cover:

    On a planet called Heaven, all hell is breaking loose.

    Heaven is a paradise for both humans and Draconians -- a place of rest in more ways than one. The Doctor comes here on a trivial mission -- to find a book, or so he says -- and Ace, wandering alone in the city, becomes involved with a charismatic Traveller called Jan.

    But the Doctor is strenuously opposed to the romance. What is he trying to prevent? Is he planning some more deadly game connected with the mysterious objects causing the military forces of Heaven such concern?

    Archaeologist Bernice Summerfield thinks so. Her destiny is inextricably linked with that of the Doctor, but even she may not be able to save Ace from the Time Lord's plans.

    This time, has the Doctor gone too far?

    Please follow us on Twitter via @dwbcpodcast, follow Erik via @sjcaustenite, Sean via @tardistavern, and Erika via @HollyGoDarkly. Also join us on Facebook!



  • Episode 13: A Device of Death

    28 January 2012 (10:16pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 26 minutes and 49 seconds

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    January's review is A Device of Death by Christopher Bulis.  From the back cover:
    'As a member of an inferior race, you either work to serve the cause of Averon, or die.'
    Sarah is marooned on a slave world where the only escape is death.  Harry is caught in the middle of an interplanetary invasion, and has to combine medicine with a desperate mission.  And the Doctor lands on a world so secret it does not even have a name.
    Why have the TARDIS crew been scattered across the stars?  What terrible accident could have wiped the Doctor's memory?  And what could interest the Time Lords in this war-torn sector of space?
    At the heart of a star-spanning conspiracy lies an ancient quest: people have been making weapons since the dawn of time -- but perhaps someone has finally discovered the ultimate device of death. A Device of Death is slotted nicely in between the television stories "Genesis of the Daleks" and "Revenge of the Cybermen," so presumably something goes haywire with the time ring provided to the Doctor and his friends.  (Fun fact: this is Erik's favorite period of the show, so he is particularly looking forward to this one.) This episode will be the first in which we have a "repeat author"; we previously read Christopher Bulis' The Sorcerer's Apprentice for our first episode back in January of 2011, so in a way we've come full circle (yes, we've been doing this for a year, and we can hardly believe it ourselves).  Although The Sorcerer's Apprentice is perhaps Bulis' best-known work, he also penned four other Virgin Missing Adventures, one for BBC's Eighth Doctor range, and five for BBC's past Doctors range. Thank you to those of you that have dedicated a year to listening to us, and we are looking forward to providing you with many more reviews in the year(s) to come.  In the meantime, grab a cup of tea, sit back in your easy chair, and immerse yourself in A Device of Death.


 
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