Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

We needed something with very little prep for this week’s episode. Join Erika, Lizbeth, and Tansy as we look back at “The Night of the Doctor”, the webisode that shocked and delighted us all!

Have you rewatched this mini-ep recently? If so, what did you think, and how did that compare with how you felt about it in the first place? Drop us a tweet or let us know in the comments!

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Comments on: "Episode 235 – In the Heat of The Night of the Doctor" (8)

  1. Ari B. said:

    My “Night of the Doctor” story is kind of fun. I managed to watch it unspoiled for McGann first thing in the morning East Coast time. He came on the screen. I screamed with joy, I cussed, I punched the air.

    Then I looked around and saw that everyone else on the train platform was staring at me…

  2. Download link is wrong–still connects to 234.

    • Ack! I don’t know why that reverts so often after I change it! It should be fixed now!

      • Thanks! I listen a lot, working in the pottery studio, where the wifi is spotty to nonexistent, so it’s good to be able to load up my tablet with podcasts to listen to while I wax, dip and paint.

  3. Trevor said:

    Love Doctor Who! Love Night of the Doctor! Love your podcast!

    Rather amused that when you asked for final thoughts, I glanced up and there were seven minutes left. 🙂

  4. Saxon_Brenton said:

    My somewhat ruthless solution to the 8th Doctor’s list of companions is: You get to namecheck one companion as a representative for each type of media (TV/video/film, text, comic book, audio play) plus one wildcard. (And if you want to go completely insane you take one representative from each publisher of each type of media, plus one wildcard). Still going to cause endless fan arguments about who makes the cut, but it at least handwaves at all the past continuity.

  5. Thanks as always for the episode!

    I’m pretty sure I was unspoiled. At the time the Eighth Doctor was my FAVOURITE (from the audios, def not the movie WHOOO AMMM IIIII), so I was VERY excited. It was a wonderful vignette. However I think I’d recently listened to “To The Death” which in his wild rage at the Daleks felt to me to be character development leading up to this Doctor prepared to commit genocide, so it felt like it was rolling it back, & much as I’ve been enjoying the Time War boxsets, I can’t quite shake a slight irritation at how (could be just my bias) it sometimes seems a bit situationally forced how Eight’s refusal to fight is written. But I guess that could also be that it’s bloody hard & brave for scriptwriters to tackle showing the Doctor navigating complex moral choices, sometimes on a knife-edge, in a way that is satisfying and hits home for a wide range of viewers.

    Can we have more of the Sisterhood of Karn on tv? Just not enough of them & their mythos since they first appeared. I want to hear so much more about the political dynamics between them & the Gallifreyans, I’d LOVE it if we saw them again in light of Series 12 but not holding my breath. Does anyone feel if it’d been primarily women in the creative roles that we would have had a little bit more of them, the granddaughter(!!) Susan & even the Rani on tv over the decades? (But also, like, Thirteen would have been Three.)

    Been listening to the Gallifrey Time War boxsets a lot recently too as well as the ones with Eight (they’re all great!), & the Night of the Doctor definitely is a taster of that. The theme of “who can tell the difference any more?” is explored really effectively, particularly in the Gallifrey boxsets when Rassilon appears on the scene. (Can we have him, still exiled, showing up in S13??) I do think that line was trying to speak to the classic question in war of “do the ends justify the means?” which is less relevant to two-party populism, but with the “first past the post” system in the US combined with all the other social factors leading to voter disaffection, I can see how many voters are helplessly seeing it as a Hobson’s Choice, when in fact it’s literally the difference between life & death for millions. That line would hit unpleasantly hard.

  6. Thanks as always for the episode!! ♥️

    I’m pretty sure I was unspoiled. At the time the Eighth Doctor was my FAVOURITE (from the audios, def not the movie WHOOO AMMM IIIII), so I was VERY excited. It was a wonderful vignette. However I think I’d recently listened to “To The Death” which in his wild rage at the Daleks felt to me to be character development leading up to this Doctor prepared to commit genocide, so it felt like it was rolling it back, & much as I’ve been enjoying the Time War boxsets, I can’t quite shake a slight irritation at how (could be just my bias) it sometimes seems a bit situationally forced how Eight’s refusal to fight is written. But I guess that could also be that it’s bloody hard & brave for scriptwriters to tackle showing the Doctor navigating complex moral choices, sometimes on a knife-edge, in a way that is satisfying and hits home for a wide range of viewers.

    Can we have more of the Sisterhood of Karn on tv? Just not enough of them & their mythos since they first appeared. I want to hear so much more about the political dynamics between them & the Gallifreyans, I’d LOVE it if we saw them again in light of Series 12 but not holding my breath. Does anyone feel if it’d been primarily women in the creative roles that we would have had a little bit more of them, the granddaughter(!!) Susan & even the Rani on tv over the decades? (But also, like, Thirteen would have been Three.)

    Been listening to the Gallifrey Time War boxsets a lot recently too as well as the ones with Eight (they’re all great!), & the Night of the Doctor definitely is a taster of that. The theme of “who can tell the difference any more?” is explored really effectively, particularly in the Gallifrey boxsets when Rassilon appears on the scene. (Can we have him, still exiled, showing up in S13??) I do think that line was trying to speak to the classic question in war of “do the ends justify the means?” which is less relevant to two-party populism, but with the “first past the post” system in the US combined with all the other social factors leading to voter disaffection, I can see how many voters are helplessly seeing it as a Hobson’s Choice, when in fact it’s literally the difference between life & death for millions. That line would hit unpleasantly hard.

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