Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

It’s Lynne’s turn to select a classic and a modern Who story to be her perfect match, and she’s gone all Scots! Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Lynne as we chew over haggis, kilts, shape-shifters, werewolves, and lots and lots of mythology. That’s right, we’re talking about “The Terror of the Zygons” and “Tooth and Claw”!

Did you spot any other parallels between these stories? Let us know in the comments!


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Comments on: "Ep 169 – An Aggressively Scottish Match" (5)

  1. Thanks for another lovely episode! 🙂

    As a Scottish person from Edinburgh, it was very entertaining to hear you discuss my fair land. Like Liz, I find the accents in Terror of the Zygons to be entirely acceptable, but that’s largely because several of the cast are Scottish. Angus Lenny was possibly one of the most famous Scotsmen on telly for a time, when he played Shughie McFee in the popular 70s UK soap, Crossroads. Lillias Walker, playing the terrifying Sister Lamont, is also Scottish. That’s always the best solution to the Scottish accent problem – hire Scottish actors! There are a few of them about.

    I believe the same is true for Tooth and Claw – most of the people trying to be Scottish in that are in fact Scottish. The scary head monk certainly is.

    When you were discussing the American equivalent of Nessie, my first thought was Bigfoot, which would make quite a lovely Doctor Who monster. Although he has already been explained as an alien cyborg in The Six Million Dollar Man. I thought at first that you weren’t going to mention him (or her, or it), but then Lynne brought him to the table, so that made me happy. 🙂

  2. Ooh, I meant to add that the writer of Terror of the Zygons, Robert Banks Stewart, was also Scottish. That’s probably why he thought to set a Doctor Who story in Scotland in the first place, and why his take on Scottish stereotypes is such an affectionate one. 🙂

  3. James McCrory said:

    With reference to Angus Lennie who played Angus Mcrannald in Terror Of The Zygons he also has a major role in The Ice Warriors which is the next story up in the lazy doctor who line-up.

    The Omega Factor starring Louise Jamison was set in modern Edinburgh. There was a box set available….

  4. This has quickly become my favourite feature on the show — probably on any fancast, period.

  5. Saxon_Brenton said:

    One of the ironies of all the Americana crammed into Impossible Astronaut/Day Of The Moon (stetson hats, Lake Silencio scenery, President Nixon, Area 51, the Apollo moonlandings…) is that it distracts from the way that the Statue of Liberty gets turned into a ‘Dr Who Monster’ in Angels Take Manhattan in the same way that the Loch Ness monster was.

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