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Classic Season 4 NuWho Series 3 Podcast Season 3

DalekFest 2021 – “Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks” & “The Evil of the Daleks”

No Not the Mind Probe: A Doctor Who Podcast
No Not the Mind Probe: A Doctor Who Podcast
DalekFest 2021 - "Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks" & "The Evil of the Daleks"
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You know what aliens who have conquered space and time travel and at one point ruled vast swathes of the Universe probably would not say upon discovering humanity, which is struggling to hold back an anti-vaccine movement in the middle of a global pandemic?  “Hey!  We should be more like them!”  But, we’ll roll with it as the Cult of Skaro finds itself in 1930s Manhattan and immediately gets into the world of New York real estate (which, let’s be honest, could use some good exterminators – ZING!) and Frankensteining some humans/pigmen.  Will John swoon over the handsome Ryan Carnes and Andrew Garfield?  Will Porter swoon over a mutant face octupus in a pinstriped suit?  Find out as we join Daleks in Manhattan and witness the Evolution of the Daleks.

Of course, it’s not clear why these Daleks are still wandering around gettin’ all human when we find out that the Second Doctor engineered their “final end” way back in 1967!  In addition to forgetting that they already had been wiped out, those Manhattan Daleks must have also forgotten that they had already been mucking about with the human factor too.  But, as the old saying goes, NNTMP never forgets, and so Porter and John enter the murky world of off-air audio recordings supplemented with blurry black-and-white photos as they try to get to the root of The Evil of the Daleks.  Oh, and they also decide whether humanity in general is good or evil.  In the last 10 minutes.

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Classic Season 4 NuWho Series 3 Podcast Season 3

Macra May Kill You – “Gridlock” & “The Macra Terror”

No Not the Mind Probe: A Doctor Who Podcast
No Not the Mind Probe: A Doctor Who Podcast
Macra May Kill You - "Gridlock" & "The Macra Terror"
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Oh no!  NNTMP has got Crabs!  And, as if things couldn’t get any more dystopian, we’ve also got traffic!  And… AND… cats driving.  AND… AND… AND cats driving while wearing HATS!  So, yeah, there are, apparently, dark days ahead for humanity, but fear not Probers, because John and Porter have slapped on their “Dogged Persistence” patches and stared unflinchingly into the Face of Boe as they grapple with some bumper-to-bumper Gridlock.

We then follow on to a 2nd Doctor, Ben, Polly, and Jamie classic via the fairly obvious link, which of course is… the dystopian future.  NO!  It’s not MacraTHERE ARE NO SUCH THINGS AS MACRA (story title excepted – there are such things as terrors related to said non-existent Macra)! If this discussion between John and Porter seems a bit more animated to you, then in all probability it’s because they are taking on some missing episodes now returned to us through the exciting innovation of cartoons matched to the original soundtracks.  So join them for a heapin’ helpin’ of Surf ‘n’ Mind Control Gas as they confront The Something-Something Terror!

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Classic Season 22 NuWho Series 3 Podcast Season 3

Author, Author! – “Shakespeare Code” & “Timelash”

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No Not the Mind Probe: A Doctor Who Podcast
Author, Author! - “Shakespeare Code” & “Timelash”
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Ol’ Billy Shakespeare (friend of the show, big Prober) steps onto the Doctor Who stage and uses his gift of words (with a dash of support from J.K. Rowling) to help Martha and the Doctor battle the wicked Carrionites.  Will Porter fall in love with this slice of Elizabethicana (see, it’s not just Shakespeare who has a way with words)?  Will John try to pretend that he is as deeply conversant with all of Shakespeare’s works as he is with Doctor Who canon?  Find out when you crack The Shakespeare Code.

We then rocket back to the classic era – and WAY down the ol’ Who popularity totem pole – to what Doctor Who Magazine once tried (unsuccessfully) to suggest could become the Rocky Horror Picture Show of Doctor Who.  Will Porter and John join in the frolicking and throw things at the screen or shout lines along with the characters… or should they save their breaths for the 6th Doctor… erm… classic Timelash – because most people watch it… with a scream.

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Classic Season 16 NuWho Series 3 Podcast Season 3

Duel Process – “Smith and Jones” & “Stones of Blood”

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No Not the Mind Probe: A Doctor Who Podcast
Duel Process - “Smith and Jones” & “Stones of Blood”
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As all Americans know, the Third Amendment protects them from the illegal displacement of hospitals to the Moon, but sadly for our new companion, Martha Jones, the King George-loving Brits have no such protection and their hospitals are regularly zapped off world.  Yet another strike against the Socialist NHS while Americans are protected from such indignities thanks to the afore-mentioned amendment and the fact that none of them can afford to go inside hospitals.  Porter and John welcome a new companion, a new monster in the form of the rhino-faced Judoon, and debate the merits of bloodsucking vs face-eating as they take in the Series 3 premiere, Smith and Jones.

The pursuit of justice then takes our intrepid podcasters back to the Fourth Doctor era and (of course) rural England.  Joining the Doctor are Romana I and Porter-favorite K-9 now mid-season arc as they race across the universe in search of the six segments of the Key to Time.  Once again, blood drinking is on the cards but this time instead of an unconvincing old lady with a straw we have the unconvincing polystyrene rocks known as the Ogri.  But don’t worry, if you aren’t getting into the story in the first two episodes, it takes a real tonal hard left halfway through (actually, more of a tonal three-point turn) and becomes an episode of Boston Legal if James Spader were actually just a flashing light.  Will Porter add Professor Amelia Rumford to his growing list of companions who should have been?  Will John manage to casually work into the conversation that he’s a lawyer?  Find out as they shoulder the crushing weight of The Stones of Blood!

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Classic Season 7 NuWho Specials Podcast Season 3

London Underground – “Runaway Bride” & “Doctor Who and the Silurians”

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No Not the Mind Probe: A Doctor Who Podcast
London Underground - “Runaway Bride” & “Doctor Who and the Silurians”
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Yes, we meet Donna Noble, and what a great companion she would have been, yes?  But, here we are, fated to meet her but once.  (*Snicker*  Shhh.  Shhhh.  Don’t tell Porter!  What a sap!)  Anyway, she’s a bride and she’s run away (as in, been kidnapped by alien time particles), hence we meet The Runaway Bride!  Will Porter thrill to one of the best realized Police Box car chases in television history?  Will John discard his rose-colored nostalgia goggles and rank a new series episode as one of the best?  Would we ask these questions if the answer was no?

Meanwhile, if you are keeping track, the center of the Earth is a nest of alien baby spiders, then there is a layer of superhot green slime that turns you into a werewolf, and then there are the Silurians (except they should be the Eocenes).  Yes, we meet the Silurians for the first time for the second time and also the Doctor is in it and thus we have the aptly named Doctor Who and the Silurians.  Will Porter’s crush on the great Liz Shaw be further inflamed?  Will John really spend more time than is necessary flagging the odd inclusion of “Doctor Who” in the story title?  And will they both take the listener on a magical journey through the technological witchcraft that is… EXCEL!

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Classic Season 19 NuWho Series 2 Podcast Season 2

Plot Twist and Shout – “Army of Ghosts”/“Doomsday” & “Earthshock”

No Not the Mind Probe: A Doctor Who Podcast
No Not the Mind Probe: A Doctor Who Podcast
Plot Twist and Shout - “Army of Ghosts”/“Doomsday” & “Earthshock”
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Daleks, and Cybermen, and Torchwoodoh my!  Also, Jackie, Mickey, Pete, Jake, the Time War, and a quick shout-out to Harriet Jones.  Oh, and Rose leaves too.  Russell T. Davies tosses the last two seasons of Who in a Vitamix and laughs maniacally as he blasts a plot smoothie right down the rapacious ear and eye maws of Porter and John as they take in the Season 2 two-episode finale of Army of Ghosts and Doomsday.

Then journey back – waaaay back – to a simpler time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and and companions just blew up like decent folk instead of being all diva about it.  But don’t worry, the Cybermen still prove utterly ineffectual.  Will Porter and John follow the ins-and-outs of the Cybermen’s convoluted scheme to create an Earthshock?  Will anyone even explain what an Earthshock is or will they just all Earthcalm down and Earthrelax?

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Classic Season 6 NuWho Series 2 Podcast Season 2

Art Immolates Life – “Fear Her” & “Mind Robber”

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No Not the Mind Probe: A Doctor Who Podcast
Art Immolates Life - “Fear Her” & “Mind Robber”
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Should you fear Fear Her and it’s frightening fable of fraught families?  Well, sure, if you have nothing else to do, why not?  Which pretty much sums up this episode of NNTMP as Porter and John do what is necessary to get to the next episode of the podcast.

CheersThe West WingFawlty Towers!  These are just some of the many other shows referenced in this episode as Porter and John attempt to explore the Land of Fiction and find there are probably a lot of other more interesting fictions than we saw in the somewhat oddball Second Doctor tale of The Mind Robber.  Will Porter get chicken pox and be replaced by someone who looks sorta like Porter but isn’t actually him?  And will John even notice given that, as we have established, podcasts are an entirely audio medium?

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Classic Season 17 NuWho Series 2 Podcast Season 2

Monster in the Mirror – “Love & Monsters” & “Creature from the Pit”

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No Not the Mind Probe: A Doctor Who Podcast
Monster in the Mirror - “Love & Monsters” & “Creature from the Pit”
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Look, let’s get this out of the way: it’s a monster in a thong with faces on his butt.  Even David Tennant – who is contractually obligated to appear – keeps his distance on this one.  But this gives us all time to meet Elton and the gang at LINDA, basically Doctor Who fans who lack the awesome power of the megaphone that is podcasting.  Will Porter and John use the podcast to talk about the episode or will they get bored with it and start cooking potluck dinners and forming a band?  Find out as they muse on Love and Monsters.

They call it the Creature and it lives in the Pit.  As the Fourth Doctor remarks, they do have a way with words.  As do Porter and John, who must use words as they podcast because all the elaborate visuals they prepare really do not land in this medium.  But that’s fine here because the image of a giant green penis wandering around a cave is all anyone needs to get the gist of the notorious Season 17 story, The Creature from the Pit.

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Classic Season 8 NuWho Series 2 Podcast Season 2

Devil With a Who Dress – “The Impossible Planet”/”The Satan Pit” & “The Dæmons”

No Not the Mind Probe: A Doctor Who Podcast
No Not the Mind Probe: A Doctor Who Podcast
Devil With a Who Dress - “The Impossible Planet”/”The Satan Pit” & “The Dæmons”
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At long last, Doctor Who escapes the Earth and Earth-adjacent settings… and goes straight to Hell!  Probably?  Yes, Heaven and Hell, God and the Devil – Doctor Who shows no fear in confronting the fundamental religious questions of our time – or no doubt it would have but it just didn’t get around to it because they are too busy dramatically rerouting power!  Join Porter and John as they cling to The Impossible Planet desperate to avoid plummeting into The Satan Pit.

Then, there is more devilry afoot within driving distance of the BBC studios in the peaceful hamlet of Devil’s End as the Third Doctor and the plucky Jo Grant face a different manifestation of the Devil in the classic 1971 episode, The Daemons.  Will Porter thrill to violent threats against statuary?  Will John thrill to Porter thrilling?  Will they both listen to Thriller?  You’ll have to listen to the Podcast to find out if we shelled out for the rights to Thriller

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Classic Season 24 NuWho Series 2 Podcast Season 2

Doctor Daddy-O – “Idiot’s Lantern” & “Delta & the Bannermen”

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No Not the Mind Probe: A Doctor Who Podcast
Doctor Daddy-O - “Idiot’s Lantern” & “Delta & the Bannermen”
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Calling all hepcats and fans of Netflix’s The Crown!  We journey back to the 1950s and the Queen’s new job orientation to experience the heady thrills and heart-wrenching drama that swirls around the world of television installation and repair.  Yes, five decades before HBO’s The Wire captured our hearts, it was an alien capturing peoples’ faces by sucking them through the TV screen.  If you want to find out how your favorite Podcasters (to clarify, it’s us) reacted to the latest exploits of the Doctor and Rose, then let The Idiot’s Lantern light your way.

We then slick back our hair and doo-wop over to classic Who’s Seventh Doctor tour-de-force, Delta and the Bannermen (or just “Delta” to fans).  Yes, Porter is finally introduced to the Citizen Kane of the classic series.  A story that should – nay! – demands to be taken seriously as it holds up a mirror to our society and dares the viewer to grapple with existential nihilism as- OK, never mind, it’s a lot of aging Broadway and television stars riding around on motorcycles and wielding honey as a weapon.  And it’s great!  So ring in the New Year (a couple days later) and raise a toast with your favorite Podcast team (again, us) – here’s to the future!