Monthly Archives: December 2014

Episode 80 – Not the Father He Needs

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 6×3 The Curse of the Black Spot and Angel 1×11 Somnambulist

The Curse of the Black Spot

Written by Stephen Thompson; Directed by Jeremy Webb

The Doctor, Amy, and Rory are becalmed in the ocean among pirates and a seductive siren. Discussion points include:

  • In what does its badness consist?
  • Rory dies (again) and Amy gives up
  • Doctor Who does a pirate story
  • Amy cosplays and Rory is clumsy
  • The Siren Doctor and screwy biology
  • Pursuing death and absent fathers

Written by Tim Minear; Directed by Winrich Kolbe

A rash of serial killings seem to point towards Angel as the culprit. Discussion points include:

  • Actor promotions and cameos
  • Cordy and Angel’s budding buddy relationship
  • Sires and fathers
  • Staying the same and changing
  • Fitting the serial killer profile
  • Kate’s startling revelation

Next time: Buffy 4×12 A New Man and Doctor Who 6×4 The Doctor’s Wife.

Episode 79 – Get Your Stupid Face Outta Here

Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×11 Doomed and Doctor Who 6×2 Day of the Moon


Written by Marti Noxon, David Fury & Jane Espenson; Directed by James A. Contner

Buffy and her friends head back to high school as she and Riley struggle with learning the truth about each other. Discussion points include:

  • The necessary blocking episode
  • Heading back to high school
  • Riley: The sincere boy next door
  • Self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Spike’s revelation
  • Willow and Xander toughen up
Day of the Moon

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Toby Haynes

The Doctor and friends use the footage of the moon landing to outwit the malevolent Silence. Discussion points include:

  • Disappointed expectations
  • The ubiquitous Silence
  • The moon landing conspiracy
  • The mysterious little girl
  • Back to front
  • The Ponds growing and growing up

Next time: Doctor Who 6×3 The Curse of the Black Spot and Angel 1×11 Somnambulist.

Episode 78 – To Nullify His Noble Death

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 6×1 The Impossible Astronaut and Angel 1×10 Parting Gifts

The Impossible Astronaut

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Toby Haynes

Mysterious blue envelopes summon Amy, Rory, and River to America to witness a seminal moment in the Doctor’s life. Discussion points include:

  • Messing around with structure
  • A more prominent River
  • Rory ascends the epistemic regime
  • The death of the Doctor
  • Lies and trust
  • The (un)forgettable aliens
Parting Gifts

Written by David Fury & Jeannine Renshaw; Directed by James A. Contner

Cordy and Angel struggle to come to terms with the loss of Doyle and encounter a Rogue Demon Hunter. Discussion points include:

  • Doyle’s gift to Cordy
  • Gift or curse?
  • Cordy’s atonement
  • Barney explores Cordy’s psyche
  • Wesley Wyndham-Pryce: Rogue Demon Hunter
  • Do we have a soul triptych forming?

Next time: Buffy 1×11 Doomed and Doctor Who 6×2 Day of the Moon.

Episode 77 – Silence Is All Around

Episodes discussed: Buffy 4×10 Hush and Doctor Who 6×0 A Christmas Carol


Written and directed by Joss Whedon

“Can’t even shout, can’t even cry, the Gentlemen are coming by…” Discussion points include:

  • A writing and directorial challenge
  • Communicating without talking
  • The Gentlemen: Perfect fairy-tale monsters
  • Giles’ silent presentation
  • Wicca Group and Tara
  • Secondary characters and shifting relationships
A Christmas Carol

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Toby Haynes

To save a crashing spaceship full of passengers, the Doctor reenacts Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Discussion points include:

  • Moffat adapts Dickens and himself
  • The practicalities and ethics of rewriting time
  • Christmas traditions and fishy explanations
  • A bizarre social system
  • Creating your own story
  • Endings and beginnings

Next time: Angel 1×10 Parting Gifts and Doctor Who 6×1 The Impossible Astronaut.