Episode 58 – You Were Never Alone

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 4×14 The Next Doctor, Buffy Season 3 Recap, and the Angel Introduction

The Next Doctor

Written by Russell T. Davies; Directed by Andy Goddard

While enjoying a Victorian Christmas, the Doctor meets what appears to be a future incarnation of himself.  Discussion points include:

  • The regeneration tease
  • Victoriana and Steampunk
  • The pseudo-Doctor Jackson Lake
  • Memory, loss, and running
  • The Wizard of Oz and the generic companion
  • The Doctor is thanked and accepts Christmas dinner
Buffy Season 3 Recap

We take a look back at our favorite episodes and the broader themes of Season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Discussion points include:

  • Popular and critical acclaim for Season 3
  • Kat and Curt’s favorite episodes
  • Season-long mythological arcs and quality
  • The Scoobies grow up and graduate into adulthood
  • Couples and teamwork
  • The Mayor and the minions
Angel Introduction

We give a brief introduction to the Buffy spin-off series Angel. Discussion points include:

  • Characters crossing over
  • Procedurals and Film Noir
  • (Adult) monsters/metaphors of the week
  • Showrunners Whedon & Greenwalt
  • Alternation

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Next time: Buffy 4×1 The Freshman and Doctor Who 4×15 Planet of the Dead.

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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.

5 thoughts on “Episode 58 – You Were Never Alone

  1. Completely agree with Curtis that season three isn’t the pinnacle of Buffy. There is no doubt that it is an excellent season, and very consistency (and I really do love it), but seasons six and seven are definitely it for me. I feel that four and five take a bit of a dive in terms of quality and cohesiveness, but oddly I think they also contain some of the very best single episodes.

    1. I’ll be very interested to see how they all hold together – I’ve heard people profess such different things regarding seasons 3-7. Thanks again for listening, and for the comments.

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