Episode 129 – Big Bad Looking Over Her Shoulder

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×13 Blood Ties and Doctor Who 9×1 The Magician’s Apprentice

Blood Ties

Written by Steven S. DeKnight; Directed by Michael Gershman

Dawn enlists Spike in helping her discover her true nature. Discussion points include:

  • Teenage paranoia
  • Coming clean
  • Spike tags along
  • The YA aesthetic
  • Glory = Ben, maybe?
  • Willow’s powerful spell
The Magician’s Apprentice

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Hettie Macdonald

With the Doctor missing, Clara is forced to team up with Missy to find him. Discussion points includes:

  • Would you kill baby Davros?
  • The Doctor’s best friend
  • “Cheap and nasty time travel”
  • Meditation and silliness
  • Davros’ powerlessness
  • Opening with a bang

Watch the prequel “The Doctor’s Meditation.”

Next time: Doctor Who 9×2 The Witch’s Familiar and Angel 2×13 Happy Anniversary.


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.

3 thoughts on “Episode 129 – Big Bad Looking Over Her Shoulder

  1. This is a really random place to put this, but anyway. You may or may not know that, before she was an actress, Billie Piper was the world’s cheesiest one-hit (or three-hit) wonder here in the UK when she was 15-16. It was completely terrible, and I say this with affection, because I think she’s awesome.

    Anyway – I remembered this yesterday and looked up her first ‘hit’ on YouTube (‘Because We Want To’) and I recommend that you look it up ASAP, because it has hilarious Doctor Who tie-ins. There’s a flying saucer and a rubbish bin turning into a person – I kid you not!

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