Monthly Archives: June 2013

Episode 4 – All Your Bodies Are Belong to Us

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 1×3 The Unquiet Dead and Buffy 1×3 Witch

The Unquiet Dead

Written by Mark Gatiss; Directed by Euros Lyn

“The stiffs are getting lively” in Victorian Cardiff and it’s up to the Doctor, Rose and Charles Dickens to stop them. Discussion points include:

  • The (in)accuracy of the TARDIS
  • Dickensian fanboying
  • Gwyneth, ghosts, and grief
  • “Time is in flux” and other time travel rules of thumb
  • Does the Doctor lie?
Witch

Written by Dana Reston; Directed by Stephen Cragg

A shy cheerleader’s mother gives whole new meaning to the term “living vicariously.” Discussion points include:

  • Parental pressures and overbearing mothers
  • Potions Class: The overlap between magic and chemistry
  • Witchcraft and invocational magic
  • Buffy and the Slayerettes: The endless cycle of unrequited love
  • The dangerous cost of achieving teenage dreams

Next time: Buffy 1×4 Teacher’s Pet and Doctor Who 1×4 Aliens of London

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Episode 3 – All the Trees Are Luddites

Episodes discussed: Buffy 1×2 “The Harvest” and Doctor Who 1×2 “The End of the World”

“The Harvest” Show Notes

Written by Joss Whedon; Directed by John T. Kretchmer

Continuing the action of last week’s pilot episode, Buffy and her new “potential” friends try to prevent the Master’s attempt to initiate the apocalypse. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy, Willow and Xander as “Soul Tryptich”
  • Mythological info-dumps: The Master, the Vessel, the Old Ones, and the Hellmouth
  • Jesse: Fully vampire or partially human?
  • Moody, mysterious Angel
  • Levels of awareness in Sunnydale

Visit HogwartsProfessor.com for more information on John Granger’s “Soul Tryptich” theory and his other writings on Harry Potter and fantasy literature.

“The End of the World” Show Notes

Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Euros Lyn

For her first trip in the TARDIS, the Doctor, naturally, takes Rose to witness Earth’s final day. Discussion points include:

  • The Last of the Time Lords: The Doctor’s loneliness
  • The functionality of the TARDIS, the Psychic Paper, and the Sonic Screwdriver
  • Humanity vs. Alienness
  • Free will, fate and choice
  • Grotesque satire and humor

Next time: Buffy 1×3 “Witch” and Doctor Who 1×3 “The Unquiet Dead.”

We’re in iTunes

You can now officially find and subscribe to Kat and Curt’s TV Re-View podcast in iTunes. If you haven’t already subscribed, make sure to follow the link so that you can have fresh, new content deposited weekly into your computer’s hard drive whether you like it or not. Come and join us in the 21st century (but beware of Moloch the Corrupter).

Episode 2 – The Doctor and the Slayer

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 1×1 “Rose” and Buffy 1×1 “Welcome to the Hellmouth”
“Rose” Show Notes

Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Keith Boak

In this first episode of the revived Doctor Who, nineteen year old shopgirl Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) meets the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and gets a taste of his crazy life. Discussion points include:

  • The Doctor’s relative goofyness, officiousness, and insensitivity
  • The Autons as mundane monsters par excellance
  • Rose, Mickey, and role-reversals
  • “Mr. Exposition” Clive and the myth of the Doctor
“Welcome to the Hellmouth” Show Notes

Written by Joss Whedon; Directed by Charles Martin Smith

Following the events portrayed in Buffy the Vampire Slayer the movie, high schooler Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) moves with her mom to picturesque Sunnydale only to discover that she may have moved even closer to the destiny she wants to avoid. Discussion points include:

  • Vampire mythology a la Joss Whedon
  • High School = Hell and other magical metaphors
  • “Buffyspeak”
  • Subversions of the horror genre

Next time: Buffy 1×2 “The Harvest” and Doctor Who 1×2 “The End of the World.”

Episode 1 – Domestically-Scaled Menace

Welcome to our first episode! We are both very excited to start on this journey, and we hope you are as well.

In this first episode, we discuss a bit about the general idea behind our podcast, why juxtaposing Doctor Who and Buffy the Vampire Slayer makes sense, and Kat provides some background to Doctor Who, while Curt gives an introduction to Buffy.