Category Archives: Doctor Who

Episode 142 – I Never Wanted to Feel Like This

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who Series 9 Recap and Angel 2×19 “Belonging”

Doctor Who Series 9 Recap

We wrap up our journey through Doctor Who (for the time being, anyway) by discussing the themes and character development of Series 9. Discussion points include:

  • Mini-arcs and serialized storytelling
  • Choosing to forget
  • Ashildr’s development
  • Boldness and disappointments with Clara’s story
  • Bringing back the hanged man
  • Wrapping up Who
Belonging

Written by Shawn Ryan; Directed by Turi Meyer

The team struggles with their individual places in the world. Discussion points includes:

  • Lorne
  • Artistic ambiguities
  • Landok’s Pylean values
  • Cordy’s objectification
  • Recognizing Wesley’s authority
  • Gunn’s choice

Next time: Buffy 5×20 Spiral and the Introduction to BSG.

Episode 141 – Not One Living Thing Is Worth You

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×19 Tough Love and Doctor Who 9×13 The Husbands of River Song

Tough Love

Written by Rebecca Rand Kirshner; Directed by David Grossman

Buffy tries to be a strict parent to Dawn while a fight between Tara and Willow makes them vulnerable to Glory. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy leaves school and tries to keep Dawn in school
  • Buffy’s tunnel vision
  • Spike and Dawn’s kindred spirits
  • Willow and Tara’s First Big Fight ™
  • Changes and insecurities
  • Willow’s scary dark magic
The Husbands of River Song

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

The Doctor gets a glimpse at the other side of River’s life. Discussion points includes:

  • Marriages of convenience
  • Security and doubt
  • Unfettered psychopathy
  • Mature love
  • A full marriage

Next time: Doctor Who Series 9 Recap and Angel 2×19 Belonging.

Episode 140 – And Besides, I’m Leaving

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 9×12 Hell Bent and Angel 2×18 Dead End

Hell Bent

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Rachel Talalay

Back on Gallifrey, the Doctor confronts the Time Lords over Clara’s death. Discussion points include:

  • Opening vs. ending frames
  • Whose POV?
  • The Doctor as dougboy
  • Hybrids and red herrings
  • A necessary break-up
  • Clara and Me
Dead End

Written by David Greenwalt; Directed by James A. Contner

When given a new prosthetic hand with magical qualities, Lindsey starts to question his place at Wolfram and Hart. Discussion points includes:

  • Cordy’s visions keep getting worse
  • Wesley the leader
  • Lindsey’s artistry and contrarianism
  • Idle hands
  • Lilah’s protection
  • Lindsey follows his path

Next time: Buffy 5×19 Tough Love and Doctor Who 9×13 The Husbands of River Song.

Episode 139 – Some Minutes are Better Than Others

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×18 Intervention and Doctor Who 9×11 Heaven Sent

Intervention

Written by Jane Espenson; Directed by Michael Gershman

While Buffy goes on a spiritual quest, Spike finds another way to satisfy his longings for Buffy. Discussion points include:

  • Buffy’s hardness
  • “Death is your gift”
  • The slavishly mechanical Buffybot
  • Dawn’s theft and Willow’s advancement
  • Spike lives his fantasy
  • Glory gets closer to the Key
Heaven Sent

Written by Steven Moffat; Directed by Rachel Talalay

The Doctor works through his grief for Clara while trapped in an empty castle. Discussion points includes:

  • The ultimate puzzle box
  • The Veil and the confession dial
  • Repetition, hope, and despair
  • Purgatory and “burning through the grief”
  • The coming of the Hybrid
  • “How many seconds in eternity”

Next time: Doctor Who 9×12 Hell Bent and Angel 2×18 Dead End. 

Episode 138 – Why Can’t I Be Like You?

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 9×10 Face the Raven and Angel 2×17 Disharmony

Face the Raven

Written by Sarah Dollard; Directed by Justin Molotnikov

The Doctor and Clara help their old friend Rigsy investigate some missing memories. Discussion points include:

  • Fearing the reaper
  • Clara’s non-regeneration
  • Rigsy’s local knowledge
  • Mayor Me’s sanctuary
  • Clara’s reckless abandon
  • Fridging and Poe
Disharmony

Written by David Fury; Directed by Frederick King Keller

Cordy looks after her old friend Harmony when she comes to LA for a visit. Discussion points includes:

  • Cordy’s strained relationship with Angel
  • Speaking of friends who’ve gone to the dark side…
  • Cordy accepts Harmony
  • Self-actualization
  • Another betrayal
  • Reconciliation with clothes

Next time: Buffy 5×18 Intervention and Doctor Who 9×11 Heaven Sent.

Episode 137 – I Fell Apart

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×17 Forever and Doctor Who 9×11 Sleep No More

Forever

Written and Directed by Marti Noxon

Buffy struggles to be the parent to Dawn, while Dawn just wishes she could bring her mother back. Discussion points include:

  • Getting back to a routine
  • Pressure to be a parent
  • The subtextual Angel scene
  • Does Willow encourage Dawn?
  • Spike’s genuine grief
  • Buffy and Dawn let it out
Sleep No More

Written by Mark Gatiss; Directed by Justin Molotnikov

The Doctor and Clara arrive on a spaceship full of sleep-deprivation machines. Discussion points includes:

  • An interesting idea…
  • The found footage concept
  • Meta moments
  • Why are the Sandmen evolving, again?
  • Surface action only
  • A non-ending

Next time: Doctor Who 9×10 Face the Raven and Angel 2×17 Disharmony.

Episode 136 – All That Matters Is What We Do

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 9×10 The Zygon Inversion & Angel 2×16 Epiphany

The Zygon Inversion

Written by Peter Harness & Steven Moffat; Directed by Daniel Nettheim

In the second part, the Doctor confronts Bonnie about the moral consequences of her rebellion. Discussion points include:

  • An actionless episode
  • Inverted expectations
  • Bonnie’s humanity
  • Osgood’s refusal
  • Thinking like the Doctor
  • The Doctor’s guilt and anger
Epiphany

Written by Tim Minear; Directed by Thomas J. Wright

Angel has a change of heart and decides to go back to his friends, who are in need of some rescuing. Discussion points includes:

  • Parallels between “Surprise” and “Epiphany”
  • Darla’s epiphany
  • Kate’s lucky rescue
  • Applying Angel to the real world
  • The Host’s neutrality
  • Cordy’s hurt feelings

Link: A Russian Woman Speaks Out for LGBT Rights Using a Line from a Joss Whedon show

Next time: Buffy 5×17 Forever and Doctor Who 9×11 Sleep No More.

Episode 135 – Where’d She Go?

Episodes discussed: Buffy 5×16 The Body and Doctor Who 9×7 The Zygon Invasion

The Body

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

Buffy, Dawn, and their friends react to a shocking loss. Discussion points include:

  • Joss writes and directs a powerful episode
  • The bored “mundanity” of death
  • Buffy’s helplessness
  • Dawn’s negative space
  • The Scoobies bring humor and pathos
  • Facing The Body
The Zygon Invasion

Written by Peter Harness; Directed by Daniel Nettheim

The Zygons in hiding around planet Earth are threatened with exposure by an extremist faction. Discussion points includes:

  • Peter Harness’ political interests
  • The Zygon-Human link
  • Operation Double
  • Fear of the other
  • Why stay on Earth?
  • Jenna Coleman’s dark side

Next timeDoctor Who 9×10 The Zygon Inversion & Angel 2×16 Epiphany.

Episode 134 – It’s Me Against the World

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 9×6 The Woman Who Lived and Angel 2×15 Reprise

The Woman Who Lived

Written by Catherine Tregenna; Directed by Ed Bazalgette

The Doctor runs into Ashildr, now Lady Me, Restoration England. Discussion points include:

  • Catherine Tregenna’s jaded immortals
  • What you choose to forget
  • Multiple lives and identities
  • What’s in a name?
  • Saving or trapping Lady Me
  • “We need the mayflies”
Reprise

Written by Tim Minear; Directed by James Whitmore, Jr.

Kate undergoes an investigation at work while Wolfram & Hart gears up for its dreaded 75 year review. Discussion points includes:

  • The 75 year review
  • Conflicted Lindsey and desperate Lilah
  • Angel’s murky destiny
  • The elevator to Hell
  • Kate gives up
  • Angel plays with fire

Next timeBuffy 5×16 The Body and Doctor Who 9×7 The Zygon Invasion.

Episode 132 – The Rules of Life and Death

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 9×4 Before the Flood and Angel 2×14 The Thin Dead Line

Before the Flood

Written by Toby Whithouse; Directed by Daniel O’Hara

Clara tries to evade the ghosts while the Doctor confronts the Fisher King in the past. Discussion points include:

  • The Doctor explains the Bootstrap Paradox
  • The Fisher King who rules the Wasteland
  • Clara’s marginalization
  • “Die with whoever comes next”
  • Better than no future at all?
  • Loving while you have the chance
The Thin Dead Line

Written by Shawn Ryan & Jim Kouf; Directed by Scott McGinnis

When the LAPD come into violent confrontation with the local street kids, Angel Investigations gets caught in the crossfire. Discussion points includes:

  • Police brutality: then and now
  • The cure is worse than the disease
  • Anne’s back!
  • Wesley get shot! OMG!
  • Sunnydale Cordy makes a return
  • The tension thaws between Kate and Angel

Next timeBuffy 5×15 I Was Made to Love You and Doctor Who 9×5 The Girl Who Died.