Episode 44 – I Don’t Wish, I Act

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 4×1 Partners in Crime and Buffy 3×9 The Wish.

Partners in Crime

Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by James Strong

Brief companion Donna Noble goes in search of the Doctor and uncovers a bizarre alien plot to breed via diet pills. Discussion Points Include:

  • A brief history of farce
  • Parallel investigators
  • The Adipose: Cute or creepy?
  • The reintroduction of Donna Noble
  • Dreaming and stargazing
  • “You’re not mating with me, sunshine!”
The Wish

Written by Marti Noxon; Directed by David Greenwalt

Cordelia wishes that Buffy never came to Sunnydale, spinning the Scoobies into a frightening alternate reality. Discussion points include:

  • Cathartic wish-fulfillment for both writers and characters
  • Anya the “scary, veiny good fairy”
  • Cordy and subverted expectations
  • Vamp!Willow & Xander
  • Non-Sunnydale Buffy
  • Giles to the rescue

Next time: Buffy 3×10 Amends and Doctor Who 4×2 The Fires of Pompeii

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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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