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.”

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About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.

3 thoughts on “Episode 2 – The Doctor and the Slayer

  1. Hi guys,
    Just listened to this episode of the podcast – great stuff! Really enjoyed it!

    Coming at this Kat-like (ie a Doctor Who fan who hasn’t seen any Buffy) I am finding this an interesting exercise since I am re-watching Season 1 with a fresh perspective. And Curt’s experienced perspective on Buffy is proving informative already. I am looking forward following along on this journey.

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