Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

This Extra! is very theme-appropriate! Join Deb, Katrina, and Tansy as they talk about makes a Doctor Who story a “comfort story” and what still brings us joy in Doctor Who after all these years.

What makes a comfort story for you? Drop us a tweet or let us know in the comments!

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Extra-special thanks to this week’s editor, Steven Schapansky of Castria!
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Comments on: "Extra! – Comfort & Joy" (4)

  1. Not to nitpick, but… is this the wrong audio file? I do believe it’s a repeat of your announcement of your theme for 2021. 😐

    • Ack! That’s totally not a nitpick! Fixed it now. I thought maybe it was some WordPress weirdness that had been plaguing us, but nope! I just copied the previous Extra! post and forgot to change the file name. Bad Erika!

      Thank you for pointing it out!

  2. While listening to the episode, I thought about the past year-and-a-bit and the role of “Doctor Who” in keeping me sane. See, my wife (who I met through “Who” fandom) and I have been dealing with this situation even longer than most of the world: Right as 2020 started, in January, she had to be rushed to the hospital with all kinds of ailments uncovered in a blood test. It turns out she had heart and kidney failure, and it’s taking a real toll on both of us. Fortunately, I’d already started teaching online, so I could take care of her, and both our families came out to help, too. THEN the pandemic hit, and our families couldn’t come out to help us, and my income plummeted. Fortunately, between our savings, government food assistance, and what our families could send us, we got through the summer, and then I got a nice new job with better hours, an income, and full benefits. The best part, though, was that it was still online! She’s still weak and dealing with lots of issues, but she’s definitely getting better, and her kidneys are now in complete remission. But one of the best parts of the new job is that I’ve been able to catch up on a lot of the “Doctor Who” blu-rays, as well as “Torchwood” and “The Sara Jane Adventures”. (“Class” is on the things-to-get list.) Normally I get the oldest stuff first, but I decided to try to get The Collection sets as quick as I can, so now there I’m only two sets behind. But it has been a joy to have a little nugget of “Doctor Who” to look forward to watching at lunch each day, and a marathon of longer stories and extras to watch on weekends while I catch up on housework. So just having the show available to me, with all these extras, has been a real comfort. Not only am I rewatching a lot of the classic seasons, I’m also reliving the Matt Smith era (Peter Capaldi is now the only Doctor not represented in my collection, which may be changing soon-ish), and now that I have Sylvester’s final season I’m looking forward to finally listening to the commentary tracks for them I purchased last year.

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