I'll Explain Later is a podcast all about Doctor Who. Every month, hosts Jim Hall, Matt Nida and John West pick three Doctor Who adventures - two from the classic series, one from the new - that have a loose and quite often arbitrary connection. The stories will be put under the microscope, with a view to finding a fresh and irreverent take on them and perhaps challenging some received wisdom along the way.
The Circle of Life
Page Peter Snow, brace for the exit poll - I’ll Explain Later goes psephological to explore three Doctor Who tales with political guru special guest Lewis Baston.
A duped demos dragged into drudgery slave away to fly the ship of state into unknown territory. If someone can get the Haynes manual off eBay. Live vivisection is just one of the highlights in lighthearted Fourth Doctor romp Full Circle.
The fall of an American president plays second fiddle to some tinpot story about a conglomeration of angry saucepans. We explore 2005’s moving mutation classic Dalek.
And [INSERT BREXIT GAG HERE - Ed] The Curse of Peladon.
Along the way, Matt muses on allergies, Lewis mourns the geek he could have been and John lays down the gauntlet to Jimmy Wales.
Like A Rolling Stone
Rocks, redemption and referendums in episode 35 of I'll Explain Later. Tom Baker does his best to hold his own against unexpressive and rigid screenmates, while the Ogri and Romana I co-star in 1978's The Stones of Blood. The Eleventh Doctor battles wobble boards and has to eat humble pie as a hopeless dad beats off wooden dolls - disturbing pyjama-based chills in 2011's Night Terrors. And a dead-eyed leader believes the ends justify the means when desperately interpreting the will of the people after a pernicious plebiscite. No read-across to the present day, but some brutal and jarring scenes as someone or other seeks Vengeance on Varos. Along the way, Doctor Who tackles urinary etiquette, Matt contemplates a massive library fine and John gets a promise of alcohol via the psychic paper.
Traipsing Up That Hill
We're back - and it's ABOUT TIME! In our long-awaited comeback special, we enjoy a bit of horseplay with the First Doctor in The Myth Makers, enjoy a chicken dinner with the Tenth Doctor in Silence in the Library, and get schooled by the Fifth Doctor in Mawdryn Undead. Along the way, we asked whether the First Doctor was a mass murderer, rate the sizzlin' chemistry that the various Doctors had with River Song, and wonder why the Brigadier is obsessed with beating up middle-aged schoolboys.
Be My Wife
It's ninety minutes of hellos and goodbyes on this somewhat delayed, erm, April instalment of I'll Explain Later. This month, the Third Doctor encounters some harsh imperial measures in The Mutants; the Eleventh Doctor rolls up his sleeves and gets under the hood in The Doctor's Wife; and the Fourth Doctor gets all big-headed about The Face of Evil. Along the way, we consider Geoffrey Palmer's motivations, reminisce about anthropomorphised TARDISes of yore, and sadly bid a fond farewell to Jim, in his last show as a regular co-host.
We're taking a few months off, but we'll be back later in the year with a regenerated show. In the meantime, do drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet us at @explainlaterpod or give us a poke on Facebook. Enjoy your summer, and stay tuned...
Einstein A Go Go
Genius abounds in this slightly delayed 32nd I'll Explain Later. With the Tardis crew keen to escape the clutches of Butcher Cumberland, the Second Doctor channels all his thespian guile to hoodwink his adversaries in 1966-7 knockabout romp The Highlanders. A schlub or a savant? Rose wants to know more about her deceased dad and uncovers his yogurt-based plan for riches in 2005 heart string-tugger Father's Day. And leave the girl, it's the man we want. But which one? Take your pick from the Seventh Doctor, Albert Einstein and Louis Pasteur for highbrow hijinks in 1987's Time and the Rani. Along the way, John wants to see everything, Jim wonders what could have been and Matt goes pink.
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
The Invasion, Tooth & Claw and Destiny of the Daleks