Monthly Archives: November 2013

Episode 26 – Never Say Never-Ever

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 2×11 Fear Her Buffy 2×13 Surprise

Fear Her

Written by Matthew Graham; Directed by Euros Lyn

On the way to watch the 2012 London Olympics, the Doctor and Rose investigate the sinister goings-on in a suburban London neighborhood.  Discussion points include:

  • Why are the fathers in Doctor Who so lousy?
  • Nightmares, imagination, and pod people
  • The Doctor and Rose’s differing views on child-rearing
  • “I was a dad once”: The Doctor’s lost family
  • Lonely aliens: The Doctor and the Isolus
  • Innocence and experience
Surprise

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by Michael Lange

Spike and Drusilla work to revive an indestructible demon while Buffy celebrates her 17th birthday. Discussion Points Include:

  • The indestructible Judge
  • The villains who “reek of humanity”
  • Gypsy Jenny and sadistic Angelus
  • Weighted and ominous statements
  • Oz’s initiation
  • Cordy’s hesitation

Next time: Buffy 2×14 Innocence and Doctor Who 2×12 Army of Ghosts

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Episode 25 – We Forget Because We Must

Episodes discussed:  Buffy 2×12 Bad Eggs Doctor Who 2×10 Love & Monsters

Bad Eggs

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by David Greenwalt

Buffy and her friends contemplate parenthood, sex and procreation while babysitting a bunch of eggs for health class.  Discussion points include:

  • The legacy of parasite aliens in horror stories
  • Are the bezoars really monsters?
  • Motherhood, sex and procreation
  • The Gorches: Red herring vampires
  • Checking in with Buffy and Joyce’s relationship
  • Physical Xander and conflicted Cordelia
Love & Monsters

Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Dan Zeff

Ordinary guy Elton Pope becomes obsessed with finding the origin of the mysterious Doctor who appeared in his house when he was a child. Discussion Points Include:

  • Starring Marc Warren as Elton Pope
  • The popular and critical reception of the episode
  • “Doctor Lite” and the beneficial limitations of Doctor Who
  • Non-linear storytelling, meta-narrative, and breaking the fourth wall
  • LINDA: The Doctor’s fan club
  • Elton’s oblique angle on the Doctor

Next time: Doctor Who 2×11 Fear Her Buffy 2×13 Surprise

Episode 24 – Doesn’t Fit My Rules

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 2×9 The Satan Pit Buffy 2×11 Ted

The Satan Pit

Written by Matt Jones; Directed by James Strong

Rose continues the fight against the possessed Ood while the Doctor encounters the Beast in the pit.  Discussion points include:

  • The questionable servility of the Ood
  • Questions without answers
  • The Beast and Tolkien’s refracted light theory
  • The truly agnostic Doctor
  • “The urge to fall”: Exploration and temptation
  • Rose and the Doctor’s belief in each other
Ted

Written by David Greenwalt and Joss Whedon; Directed by Bruce Seth Green

Joyce brings home her new boyfriend Ted, who bothers Buffy on multiple levels. Discussion Points Include:

  • Ted: The Stepford boyfriend
  • The victim-blaming of Buffy
  • Buffy’s “homicide”
  • Ted’s condescension and motivations
  • Joyce’s blame and ignorance
  • Couples and supporting characters

Next time: Buffy 2×12 Bad Eggs Doctor Who 2×10 Love & Monsters

Episode 23 – I Mock You With My Monkey Pants

Episodes discussed: Buffy 2×10 What’s My Line? (Part 2) and Doctor Who 2×8 The Impossible Planet

What’s My Line? (Part 2)

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by David Semel

Buffy and Kendra team up to stop Spike from killing Angel and restoring Drusilla to health.  Discussion points include:

  • How can there be two Slayers?
  • Unconventional Buffy and by-the-book Kendra
  • “What’s wrong with my case?”: What makes Buffy special?
  • Soulful vampires
  • Angel, Spike and Dru: One big, incestuous family
  • Budding romance
The Impossible Planet

Written by Matt Jones; Directed by James Strong

The Doctor and Rose encounter a group of scientists on a planet poised precariously over a black hole. Discussion Points Include:

  • The (possible?) planet and pseudo-science
  • Mythology, “The Bitter Pill,” and Lovecraft
  • The Cabin Scenario
  • The satanic Beast and the odd Ood
  • The human impulse to explore
  • Rose and the Doctor talk domesticity

Next time: Doctor Who 2×9 The Satan Pit Buffy 2×11 Ted