Episode 37 – We Make Quite a Team

Episodes discussed: Buffy 3×2 Dead Man’s Party and Doctor Who 3×8 Human Nature.

Dead Man’s Party

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by James Whitmore, Jr.

Buffy and her friends confront each other when Buffy’s Welcome Home Party goes awry.  Discussion points include:

  • The fractured Scoobie Unit
  • Kat and Curt play Point/Counterpoint with the Scoobies
  • Buffy and Xander butt heads
  • Giles’ unconditional support
  • The necessity of communication
  • Why would Joyce let this party happen?
Human Nature

Written by Paul Cornell; Directed by Charlie Palmer

To hide from a ruthless family of aliens, the Doctor disguises himself as human and hides with Martha in 1913. Discussion Points Include:

  • Doctor Who adapts itself: Paul Cornell’s Human Nature novel
  • 1913: Edwardian England, public schools, and World War I
  • Institutionalized gender, race, and class discrimination
  • Maidservant Martha
  • Smith and Joan
  • The Doctor vs. John Smith

Download a free e-book version of the Human Nature novel from Goodreads.com.

Next time: Doctor Who 3×9 The Family of Blood and Buffy 3×3 Faith, Hope & Trick.


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.

2 thoughts on “Episode 37 – We Make Quite a Team

    1. Thanks for the link, dj! I hadn’t noticed that the free PDF was there before. Downloading for myself now, and I’ll add the link to the body of the post. Thanks for the tip and for listening!

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