Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

Back in March, we were proud to participate in the Who Against Guns movement. We helped other Doctor Who podcasters raise over $20,000 to support gun control. In the course of that effort, several donors won rewards from the participating podcasts. Our winner, Dr. Thomas Rodebaugh, asked us to talk about one of his favorite DW stories, “Warriors’ Gate”. Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we dig into this incredibly juicy story.

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Bonus link:
Tom’s book on “The Face of Evil” is coming from The Black Archives in January 2019

Download or listen now (runtime 1:24:59) 

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Comments on: "Ep 170 – Warriors’ Gate Against Guns" (5)

  1. You guys are just the best. I love this podcast so much. I hope you keep going for many days to come!
    (I became excited about Doctor Who with Capaldi – I just adore his sense of humor, and I loved how his episodes weren’t always about running from aliens… they seem a bit more psychological / intellectual? I don’t know, I just love his seasons! But anyway… so I had to get Prime so I could watch the reboot consecutively from 9th Doctor.)

  2. Steve Manfred said:

    Point of clarification:
    In this episode they say that “ChromaKey” was the greenscreen process but with the color yellow being used to key in the different backgrounds. The name “ChromaKey” wasn’t particular to any specific color. It was an early commercial TV industry name for the whole process that caught on and became almost universal. The BBC, being non-commercial, had to pick another name for it and called it Colour Separation Overlay (CSO). These days people just say “greenscreen” even though the color need not be green.
    It is true that Doctor Who often used yellow for their background key color in the early going, as then-producer Barry Letts thought it worked best. He didn’t seem bothered by the horrible yellow halos it left around people in the foreground (called “fringing”). They’d switched to using blue most of the time by the time Tom Baker became the Doctor, although on “Warriors’ Gate” they’re actually using green throughout because the TARDIS needed to be seen in the white nothing, and it’s blue, and so a bluescreen process would’ve erased the TARDIS as well as the background bluescreen.
    Green is most usually used these days, I’m told (by an effects man at a convention panel I went to last year), because it encodes better on digital video. In analog days, blue had been the most popular color to use, particularly on film. Have a close look at original Star Wars model effects and you can usually see a dim blue halo around the spaceships.

  3. Brian Chapman said:

    What were the theories that you had concerning Dodo’s departure?

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