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

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

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

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

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

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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It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad Scientist – “The Lazarus Experiment” & “Planet of Evil”

“Madness… madness…” says Major Clipton at the conclusion of The Bridge on the River Kwai – was he talking about the antics of Colonel Nicholson or this Podcast?  We may never know, but what we do know is that this puppy is chock full of nutty professors, starting with NNTMP favorite, Mark Gatiss (still gay).  Gatiss makes his first television appearance in Who as the star attraction at a surprisingly low-key event announcing the discovery of revolutionary de-aging technology that will allow humanity to live forever.  Join Porter and John as they peer review the results of The Lazarus Experiment.

We then rocket back to the classic series and to the edge of the universe with the 4th Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith as they explore the mysterious, Planet of Evil.  Porter and John will explore the science of anti-matter, the origins of the mad scientist trope, the wonders of Roger Murray-Leach’s jungle set design, and the irresistible dramatic pull of space mining in a free-wheeling discussion that – of course – covers many other television shows as well.

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A Fetching Quest – “42” & “The Keys of Marinus”

Sometimes in life – as in podcasting – you gotta just keep doing a whole series of things in sequence and you reach your goal.  It’s these sorts of life hacks that bring fans back to NNTMP week after week, and – by the transitive property of podcasting – to Doctor Who!  Yes, the relationship between Martha and the Doctor really heats up this week, although sadly not in the romantic-y way that Martha is hoping for but more in a ship-into-a-sun plunge-y way as they find themselves trapped on the seemingly doomed SS Pentallian.  There’s space mining, power reroutin’, bar trivia, and Martha trapped in vehicles with auxiliary characters as Porter and John discuss Doctor Who’s own take on 24 only 18 better at 42.

We then rocket back to 1964 and Doctor Who’s first season for another quest that moves at a… slightly slower pace.  We join the First Doctor, Barbara, Ian, and Susan as they are good-naturedly extorted to embark on a quest through the jungle-y/icy/brains-in-jar-y planet of Marinus.  Porter and John join them on their series of light-hearted jolly japes (with only the occasional attempted rape and/or spousal abuse) as they attempt to recover the scattered Keys of Marinuswhich do… something important (according to a guy who was in Citizen Kane, so we believe him).

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Whole Lotta Swappin’ Goin’ On – “Human Nature/The Family of Blood” & “Mawdryn Undead”

You know how when you sometimes want to change species?  Like we all do.  Well, Doctor Who takes a hard line on that one and says definitively… maybe not?  The scarecrows are a’marchin’, the schoolkids are a’shootin’, and everyone is a’stickin’ it to World War I as the Doctor becomes human and Martha once again gets screwed over.  Will Porter be overcome with emotion at this beautiful testament to the beauty of a lifetime of true love?  Will John smugly work into the discussion that he already knows what happens because anyone who’s a real fan read this story when it was a New Adventure back in 1995?  You’ll find out as our Podcasters breakdown the fundamentals of Human Nature and flee from the Family of Blood.

Right, so who wants to become human when you can become a Time Lord?!  Note, however, that becoming a Time Lord may (may, mind you) cause your brain to start poking out of your skull.  But who has time to contemplate consequences when this classic 5th Doctor story is firing plot points at you like little kids machine-gunning a scarecrow – Nyssa and Tegan, Turlough‘s first story, Brigadier 1983, Brigadier 1977, the subsequent UNIT dating CHAOS, the Black Guardian, and just generally the wild excitement that is the 20th anniversary season.  But such is the firehose of plot when you open the spigot that is the catchily entitled… Mawdryn Undead.

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Statue of Limitations – “Blink” & “Silver Nemesis”

Because let’s face it – if Porter doesn’t like this one, then what are we all doing here?  If you can’t get behind a multiple Oscar-nominee facing living statues that force people to live their lives to death and can only be defeated with the help of a DVD Easter Egg, then this show is probably not for you.  So gather around your Podcast-playing medium with bated breath as our intrepid team stares down the debut of the Weeping Angels and dare each other not to Blink.

If time traveling living statues are your “thing,” then boy are you in for a treat as NNTMP rockets back to 1988 and the 25th anniversary of Who.  Flush with the tremendous achievement of reaching 25 years, the BBC pulls out all the stops (and here, apparently, “stops” means “money“) and delivers a whole lotta plot that vaguely suggests a momentous anniversary because some things are silver.  Will Porter and John be able to keep track of Gallifreyan super weapons, Cybermen, Nazis, crazy 17th Century women, crazy Tony Award winning women, the Cartmel Masterplan, and the latest Theme Section theme?  Find out as they confront the tightly plotted (erm…) Silver Nemesis.

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Hey La Hey La, The Master’s Back – “Utopia” & “The Keeper of Traken”