Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

This time we feel like we’re fully on track when it comes to companions picking up companions. Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Tansy as we chat about the amazing Isobel Watkins and her relationship with Zoe (and the rest of the TARDIS crew) in “The Invasion”.

What do you think of Isobel? Is she subversive in her femininity? Is Zoe actually her companion? Or is she flighty and not as great as we think? Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

Bonus links:
Hammer House of Podcast
The Company of Friends – Mary’s
Story (Mary Shelley in Big Finish)
The Audio Guide to Babylon 5
Lazy Doctor Who
“Dimensions in Time”
Storm Warning (Big Finish)
Head Over Feels
“Fangirl Isn’t a Dirty Word” (Deb’s essay in Apex Magazine)
Doctor Who: The Writers’ Room Episode 54 (with Deb, talking about “The Invasion”)
“There’s Nothing ‘Only’ About Being a Journalist” (Tansy’s essay about Sarah Jane Smith)

Download or listen now (runtime 1:36:16) 

Comments on: "Ep 167 – The Invasion of the Companion’s Companion" (5)

  1. squibby said:

    I’m with Tansy, I really don’t understand the current trendy behaviour of hating The Planet of the Spiders.

    My guess is its a lack of understanding of the story and its allegory. Perhaps lack of viewer sophistication now that we’re used to being fed 45 minute capsule episodes with heavy underlining of the story meanings.

    Planet of the Spiders is an allegory about mental health, mental illness and the battle we all have to maintain balance in our lives.

    The earth location is a mental health facility with characters in various stages of managing their mental illnesses and Tommy (possibly the first sympathetically potrayed mentally disabled character in genre television).

    The people of Metabilis are the victims of a disaster who can’t escape the dark emotions (spiders are a lot easier to animate than black dogs) that are plaguing them.

    The Doctor confronts the spiders and inadvertantly helps the only person he can help, Tommy.

    Planet of the Spiders is in my top 40 Dr Who stories

  2. Wingson said:

    Thank you so much for both this particular episode and for the entire mini-arc on “companions’companions.” Other than a very few Tom Baker, Peter Davidson, and Colin Baker stories, I never really got into Classic Who much. I just started watching the Invasion after listening to your conversation, and it has been an incredible revelation for me. I have a much greater appreciation for the interactions between Zoe and Isobel, and Patrick Troughton is so much fun to watch. Despite the obvious age of the production and style of presentation, it was great to see how well the story holds up even to today. I appreciate your collective insights into both Classic and “New” Wno, and for deepening my understanding and love for both.

    Eagerly waiting for the Extra! on Tansy and the next review on one of my favorite episodes (and one that I think is a bit underrated) – Dinosaurs on a Spaceship!

    Thank you once again for your insights, your capacity to stay positive and inspiring in really dark times, and for sharing your love for all things Who!

  3. This whole episode was such a loveliest for me! The Invasion is my favourite story, and I loved the new perspective on it. Sorry to be so boring, but I was just SO HAPPY listening to this!

  4. Eric P Gjovaag said:

    Listening to this episode (thank goodness for a recent road trip to finally catch up), it struck me who Isabel is: Luna Lovegood! There are some similar traits between the two. Both seem pretty ditzy on the surface and aren’t taken terribly seriously by the other characters, but the more we see of them and the more they do, the more we see of their hidden, inner strengths and abilities, as well as their loyalty.

  5. Andrew said:

    I just wanted to support Tansy’s assertion that Tara from The Avengers is unfairly maligned and a reassessment is long overdue.

    Quite surprised by Eric’s linking of Isabel to Luna Lovegood (possibly my favourite Potter character). I can see where he’s coming from with those shared characteristics, which makes it an interesting comparison, but they seem to me to be so diametrically opposed on the introvert/extrovert scale that it doesn’t work for me. (Which is, of course, perfectly fine.)

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