Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

New Doctor Who is over for many months so it’s time to turn our thoughts to our 2020 theme, which we crowd-sourced! Join Deb, Erika, Lizbeth, and Lynne as we discuss how “Hindsight is 2020”. Huge thanks to Lisa C. Robbins for not only giving us this great idea, but for being our scribe and documenting the other great ideas from our Gallifrey One meet-up!

Do you have some fab ideas for what we can cover during our year of hindsight? Let us know in the comments!


Extra-special thanks to this week’s guest editor, Steven Schapansky of Castria!
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Comments on: "Extra! – Hindsight Is 2020" (9)

  1. krisvm said:

    What I think might be interesting for revisiting is some of the 1989 Doctor Who Magazine list of “25 years of Turkeys” (issue 144), being an early list of worst stories:
    10. The Chase
    9. The Invisible Enemy
    8. The Gunfighters
    7. Invasion of the Dinosaurs
    6. Time and the Rani
    5. Underworld
    4. Horns of the Nimon
    3. The Space Museum
    2. The Underwater Menace
    1. The Twin Dilemma

    Also, whilst it is a long one, it might be interesting to consider Trial of A Timelord and contrast with opinions of the Doctor Who appreciation society (and Chris Chibnall) expressed on TV at the time.

    • Paula said:

      I would suggest an episode on the Sixth Doctor. When it was originally broadcast when I was a teenager, I hated the Sixth Doctor and the characterisation. Since then, I’ve discovered Big Finish and really enjoy listening to the Sixth Doctor stories. Having rewatched the episodes with the Sixth Doctor, my opinions have changed a lot and I enjoyed the episodes a lot.

  2. I love the hindsight is 2020 theme. Here are some potential stories to either revisit or reevaluate against received fan wisdom that you haven’t covered recently. All big finish stories listed are among those free on Spotify.

    First doctor: The Space Museum
    Second doctor: The Macra Terror
    Third doctor: Invasion of the Dinosaurs, The Monster of Peladon
    Fourth doctor: Pyramids of Mars, The Brain of Morbius, The Talons of Weng-Chiang
    Fifth Doctor: The Caves of Androzani, Spare Parts
    Sixth doctor: The Marian Conspiracy, Doctor Who and the Pirates
    Seventh Doctor: The Curse of Fenric (non special edition), The Fearmonger, Colditz
    Eighth doctor: Minuet in Hell, The Chimes of Midnight, Zagreus
    Ninth doctor: Dalek (compared and contrasted to jubilee from big finish)
    Tenth doctor: Fear Her, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
    Eleventh Doctor: The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone, The Rings of Akhaten
    Twelfth Doctor: Listen, The Caretaker, Dark Water/Death in Heaven
    Thirteenth Doctor: kerblam!, it takes you away

    p.s. Even though it’s unlikely to happen, I’m praying for a commentary on The Time Monster. It would be so much fun to listen to.

  3. Neowhovian said:

    If you’re taking applications for guests, I’d like to put my name in! LOL

  4. Just like Jo. a couple of NewWho companions I’d love to be reevaluated are Mickey and Martha. Mickey was treated as a joke when he was just a normal 19-20 y.o. guy, and there is nothing wrong with that. Too many people looked at Martha as a lovesick girl when she was smart, courageous, and amazing! In particular, Human Nature and Family of Blood, putting up with being treated like she was . . . She had more respect in the Torchwood stories she’s in. Marrying her off to Mickey just felt like giving them a chewed up bone, as if that was all they needed. (Yes, this is something that’s been eating at me for a few years, lol!)

  5. Your podcast is one of the things that’s really helping me get through the current crisis, so thank you! (and isn’t it weird that everyday life has become rather like a Terry Nation storyline?).

    A guide to Who that you could riff off is Mark Campbell’s unofficial guide. It has pithy reviews, with scores out of ten, is thoughtful and opinionated and, importantly, is sometimes hugely WRONG! 🙂

    Later editions of it cover both classic Who and the first few years of New Who.

  6. James Cox said:

    I am looking forward to yet another Veritably wonderful year.

    I have one suggestion, not related specifically to the theme, but rather to the times that we are in: that once or twice you do a facebook live (or similar) version of the podcast. Another one that I listened to did this last week, and it was rather wonderful. That extra layer of engagement meant a lot in the beginning of this time of isolation.

    Just a thought.

  7. TARDIS_stowaway said:

    It’s super cool to see this theme being realized after having been in the room where it happened at Gally! One episode idea I have that fits with both the theme and the times we’re living in is Comfort Viewing. What episodes do y’all rewatch when you’re stressed or sad? To what extent do these overlap with your favorite episodes? What makes an episode good comfort viewing? Do your comfort viewing episodes tend to remain the same over the years and for all circumstances, or do they change with time and/or situation? If you feel like branching off a bit, what other shows/movies/books are comfort viewing/reading for you?

  8. SpiritofCamelot said:

    Great theme idea; really looking forward to it. I’d especially like to say that I’m interesting in the Big Finish ideas. I’ve listened to a couple on my own, but they are hit or miss, especially if I’m not really familiar with a particular Doctor because I’ve only seen one of their episodes. So some discussions on good BF ones to jump in on would be great.

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