Episodes discussed: Buffy 3×12 Helpless and Doctor Who 4×4 The Sontaran Stratagem
Written by David Fury; Directed by James Contner
For her 18th birthday, the Watchers Council gives Buffy the worst present ever: The loss of her Slayer powers. Discussion points include:
- Buffy comes of age
- Disappointing father figures
- Buffy relies on her wit
- Freudian fairy-tales and “road horror”
- Giles gets fired!
- Cordy shows solidarity
The Sontaran Stratagem
Written by Helen Raynor; Directed by Douglas Mackinnon
Martha calls the Doctor back to Earth to assist UNIT in an investigation of a suspicious factory. Discussion points include:
- The 70’s strike back!
- Sontarans, Hitler Youth, clones, and evil GPS’s
- Doctors and soldiers
- Increasing attachments between the Doctor and Donna
- The critical Nobles
- Donna the Supertemp
Next time: Doctor Who 4×5 The Poison Sky and Buffy 3×13 The Zeppo.