Episode 108 – Fear Makes People Do Stupid Things

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 7×12 Nightmare in Silver and Angel 2×2 Are You Now or Have You Ever Been

Nightmare in Silver

Written by Neil Gaiman; Directed by Stephen Woolfenden

The Doctor and Clara take the kids for a day of fun and terror at Webley’s World of Wonders. Discussion points include:

  • The deadly yet whimsical tone
  • Making the Cybermen scary again
  • Bringing the kids along
  • “The poor blighter who had to press the button”
  • The Doctor’s ignoble victory
  • Clara is the boss

Kat’s Note: I would like to apologize for the frankly ridiculous factual error: Warwick Davis was not in Time Bandits. I don’t know why I thought that. But it’s still a great movie. Go see it.

Are You Now or Have You Ever Been

Written by Tim Minear; Directed by David Semel

Angel remembers his life in the 1950’s when he lived in a Hollywood hotel full of paranoid guests. Discussion points include:

  • Backstory and non-linear structure
  • Angel’s solitary life
  • Prejudice and paranoia
  • The haunted hotel
  • Angel makes and breaks a connection
  • Mounting hysteria and missed redemption

Next time: Buffy 5×3 The Replacement and Doctor Who 7×13 The Name of the Doctor.


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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