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Published on November 6th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

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PodKast with a Muted Doctor Who 40th Anniversary

Kasterborous Doctor Who podKast

In our continuing but loosely-defined run up to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary, we cast our minds back 10 years in this week’s podKast to the 40th anniversary. Yes, there was a 40th anniversary of our favourite show, but you’d be hard-pressed to recall anything particularly significant about it.

Christian Cawley, James McLean and Brian Terranova give it a go, however, mentioning Big Finish audio Zagreus, Scream of the Shalka and even 35th anniversary novel The Infinity Doctors by Lance Parkin.

Before we make it there, however, we mull over Peter Davison’s recent comments about companions, a topic that can also be found discussed at length on the current Kasterborous editorial.

Look out too for this week’s recommendations, including Summer Falls and Other Stories, as featured in the past two runs of Doctor Who.

Ready? Hit play!

Kasterborous PodKast Series 3 Episode 40 Shownotes

Listen to the PodKast

There are several ways to listen. In addition to the usual player above, we’re pleased to announce that you can also stream the podKast using Stitcher, an award-winning, free mobile app available for Android and iPhone/iPad. This pretty much means that you can listen to us anywhere without downloading – pretty neat, we think you’ll agree! (Note that it can take a few hours after a new podKast is published to “catch up”.)

What’s more, you can now listen and subscribe to the podKast via our Audioboo channel! Head to http://audioboo.fm/channel/doctorwhopodkast and click play to start listening. You can also comment and record your own boos in response to our discussions!

Meanwhile you can use the player below to listen through Audioboo:

You haven’t clicked play yet?! What are you waiting for? As well as our new Stitcher and Audioboo presence you can also use one of these amazingly convenient ways to download and enjoy this week’s podKast.

  1. Use the player in the top right of the Kasterborous home page, or visit the podKast menu link.
  2. Listen with the “pop out” player above, which also allows you to download the podKast to your computer.
  3. You can also take advantage of the RSS feed to subscribe to the podKast for your media player, and even find us on iTunes!

Incidentally, if you are listening on iTunes, please take the time to leave a rating and review and help us to bring in new listeners to the podKast!

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About the Author

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




4 Responses to PodKast with a Muted Doctor Who 40th Anniversary

  1. avatar TimeChaser says:

    It would be nice to watch Doctor Who on the big screen, as I’ve seen Star Trek and Star Wars that way, so round out my sci-fi cinema trifecta. But sadly the closest theater I know of that’s will be showing it is in Altanta, Georgia, which would mean hours and hours of driving, just to go see a movie. I have to wonder how they decided on the theater distribution here in America. I mean, Orlando is only an hour away from me, why can’t one theater there have got it?

    You guys do make a point, that peter was probably referring more to his own era. They definitely put a lot of constraints on the Doctor ans companions then that didn’t allow them the freedom to expand much on the characters, but you still don’t need sexual tension to create chemistry. While the Eleventh Doctor still flirts with people sometime, I enjoyed that Moffat scaled the romance elements back so that the Doctor still sees human stuff like that as scary and embarrassing (hence his trying to escape Amy’s advances early on and being flustered at the idea that his companion had sex aboard the TARDIS).

    I remember listening to Zagreus back in the day, and while it was fun at the time, I’m not so enamored of it anymore. And for me, it wasn’t really the idea of the previous Doctors playing other characters, it was more how it tried to make the Time Lords more villainous. I remember Colin’s vampire character saying that they were peaceful and fed on cattle blood, and the Time Lords were the aggressors in the vampire war, which is in complete conflict with how they are portrayed on screen in State of Decay. Its this kind of radical revisionist history I don’t like. Yes, sometimes its good to blur the lines and say some alien species is not necessarily evil, but to make vampires that sympathetic is something I think best left to others like Joss Whedon. It doesn’t fit in Doctor Who.

  2. avatar Gareth says:

    The main thing I remember about the 40th (apart from Shalka ) , was watching the Doctor Who weekend on Uk Gold , not so much the repeats but the mini documentaries in between the episodes which ranged from the interesting to the completely fatuous.

  3. avatar Boffin says:

    I remember enjoying the Webcast of Shada that year as well as part of my 40th celebrations. Was that not considered a 40th special as well?? Or was there a reason that was just viewed as a ‘normal’ Big Finish Web release?


    • I think it was, wasn’t it? It was such a long time ago, and we’ve covered Shada a lot recently which is why we kind of steered away from it.

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