Episode 11 – Just This Once, Everybody Lives

Episodes discussed: Buffy 1×10 Nightmares and Doctor Who 1×10 The Doctor Dances

Nightmares

Written by David Greenwalt; Directed by Bruce Seth Green

Everyone’s worst nightmares come to terrifying life.  Discussion points include:

  • Showrunners, mythology and the influence of technology on TV
  • Nightmares, dreams, and fear
  • Facing your fears
  • Personalized nightmares
  • Who and what is the Ugly Man?
  • Meeting Mr. Summers
The Doctor Dances

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by James Hawes

When not avoiding contagious zombies or outwitting futuristic alien technology, the Doctor, Rose, and Jack flirt and “dance.” Discussion Points Include:

  • The Doctor’s paradoxical authority and insecurity
  • The subtext of “dancing”
  • The Doctor and Jack: Inverses of each other
  • Nanogenes, confused technology, and genetic cleansing
  • Nancy’s responsibility
  • “Everybody lives!”: Eucatastrophe and the happy ending

Next time: Doctor Who 1×11 Boom Town and Buffy 1×11 Out of Mind, Out of Sight.

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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.

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