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Singin’ with the Brains – “Planet of the Ood” & “Time and the Rani”

But really, the only link here is just a couple o’ giant brains that would make a hungry zombie fall to their knees and give thanks to be alive… erm, or dead, we guess.  We start with the 10th Doctor and Donna arriving on the Ood home planet because some people thought, “Hey, maybe the Doctor should have more to say about the whole Ood slavery thing than a sternly worded Letter to the Editor in the Des Moines Daily Shopper.”  What follows is your bog standard hey-let’s-free-them-all-from-slavery-but-don’t-fall-in-the-giant-brain-because-it-will-absorb-you-(I-guess?)-for-some-reason-not-fully-understood romp featuring a guy from Blackadder and a guy from Chef.  It’s a plot so straight-forward that Probers get a glimpse into John’s formative years, which were marked primarily by the receipt of knock-off versions of movie soundtracks.  If only he had been able to run away from it all and live in lobotomized bliss on the Planet of the Ood.

We then rocket back to the always entertaining Season 24 and the debut of Sylvester McCoy – first, very briefly, as the 6th Doctor and then for a bit longer as the 7th Doctor.  Recovering from the ol’ conk-on-the-head induced regeneration, the Doctor must try to fight through the haze of post-regenerative amnesia amplified by the haze of Bonnie Langford and Kate O’Mara‘s hairspray, and Porter must fight through three episodes of the much-maligned Time and the Rani before even discovering the linking theme of these episodes – yes, it’s another giant brainAbsurd?  Sure.  But any more absurd than Kylie Minogue driving a forklift into a pit of fire?  See what the NNTMP crew has to say.

 

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Causation Nation – “The Fires of Pompeii” & “The Romans”

We also go back in Porter and John’s personal timelines to discover that they live way more awesome lives than YOU do – John took five years of Latin in Catholic school and they BOTH have been to Pompeii (separately).  So just imagine the two of them wandering around in the background of the set of Rome in flip-flops and “I’m with stupid” T-shirts as you watch the Doctor take Donna on her first trip into history.  There they meet a future Doctor and companion cleverly disguised as completely random characters (almost as if there was no connection at all…), and then they battle some CGI rock creatures who have a super awesome plan (that John and Porter totally understand, by the way) that is thwarted by flooding the city of Pompeii with liquid hot magma.  The first half of this podcast is so hot that you should be careful that you don’t burn your fingers in The Fires of Pompeii.

We then take a short hop back in Roman history but a giant leap back in Who history to the era of Nero and the First Doctor as he, Ian, and Barbara take New Susan (a.k.a., Vicki) on her first TARDIS trip into history too.  There, the Doctor light-heartedly loots a corpse and vaguely toys with the idea of assassinating the Emperor (who has also hilariously enslaved Barbara and is trying to rape her).  Ha!  Ian, meanwhile, scrambles to live every plot of every Roman history-based movie/television show that has ever been made.  Yes, it’s a laugh-a-minute in ancient Rome in the cunningly titled The Romans.

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Remember Nostaglia? – “Partners in Crime” & “Battlefield”

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Lapping Up Luxury – “Voyage of the Damned” & “Terror of the Vervoids”

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Season 3

Martha and Tom Baker Have HAD It – “The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords” & “Logopolis”

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

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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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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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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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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.