Episode 20 – The Ultimate Upgrade

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 2×5 Rise of the Cybermen and Buffy 2×7 Lie to Me

Rise of the Cybermen

Written by Tom MacRae; Directed by Graeme Harper

When the TARDIS suddenly explodes the Doctor and his companions are flung into a parallel Earth where “everything’s the same but a little bit different.”  Discussion points include:

  • The mechanics of the Time Vortex and the Void
  • Mickey “it’s never gonna be me” Smith
  • Ricky: The bizarro Mickey
  • Pete and alternative realities
  • The Tyler family unit
  • Classic Who villains: The Cybermen
Lie to Me

Written and directed by Joss Whedon

Buffy and her friends encounter a group of teens who idealize vampires and Buffy’s old school crush transfers to Sunnydale High.  Discussion Points Include:

  • Ford’s fear of death and quest for immortality
  • “The Lonely Ones”: Romanticizing vampires
  • The dastardly villain Ford
  • Vampires: Sexy monsters?
  • Are vampires really soulless?: Examining Angelus, Drusilla and Spike
  • Truth and lies

Next time: Buffy 2×8 The Dark Age and Doctor Who 2×6 The Age of Steel


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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