Episode 12 – Useful Members of Society

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 1×11 Boom Town Buffy 1×11 Out of Mind, Out of Sight

Boom Town

Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Joe Ahearne

The TARDIS crew, joined by Mickey, stop to refuel in present day Cardiff only to bump into an old enemy.  Discussion points include:

  • The obligatory anti-Slitheen rant
  • The Doctor’s brand of justice
  • Aliens becoming “fond of their little human [lives]”
  • Mickey and Rose’s co-dependent relationship
  • The TARDIS is alive!
  • Bad Wolf Watch
Out of Mind, Out of Sight

Written by Ashley Gable & Thomas A. Swyden; Directed by Reza Badiyi

An invisible wallflower seeks revenge on the mean and popular kids who ignored her. Discussion Points Include:

  • High school feelings of insignificance and invisibility
  • Perception shapes reality
  • Marcie: Self-imposed victim and wannabe “mean girl”
  • Pseudo-scientific magic
  • “All my thoughts contradict each other”: Complicated Cordelia
  • Angelic mythology

Next time: Buffy 1×12 Prophecy Girl and Doctor Who 1×12 Bad Wolf.


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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