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Three Americans and a Brit attempt to watch their way through all of Doctor Who (in order), and discuss each story with a mix of whimsy and intellect.

Doctor Who: Watchers in the Fourth Dimension Anthony Williams, Don Smith, Julie Filipek, Reilly Schreck

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Three Americans and a Brit attempt to watch their way through all of Doctor Who (in order), and discuss each story with a mix of whimsy and intellect.

    Episode 91: Self-Indulgent and Unnecessary (Season 11 Retrospective)

    Episode 91: Self-Indulgent and Unnecessary (Season 11 Retrospective)

    Once again, we have reached the end of another season, so join us as we look back on the entirety of Season 11. From the highs of Benton punching a General in Invasion of the Dinosaurs, to the lows of… well, the entirety of The Monster of Peladon, we talk about it all with our usual blend of awards, a look back on our metrics and scores from the season, and questions from our social media followers. It’s definitely an interesting one – but what about this season is particularly “Self-Indulgent and Unnecessary?”

     

    Along the way, Julie continues her Benton love, Reilly explains why John Dearth as Lupton is the Best Supporting Actor, Anthony does his best Neska impression (and is still somehow does a better job of conveying emotion than Jenny Laird), and Don confesses his bizarre love of the cliffhanger from Part Three of Death to the Daleks. The entire crew continue to express their disdain for the twelve-and-a-half minute chase scene from Planet of the Spiders.

     

    Other media mentioned in this episode:

    The Munsters: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3zUF8kT | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3QHwhK1)
    The Beverly Hillbillies: The Complete Seasons 1-5 (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3diqADM | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3JS0oMq)

     

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    • 59 min
    Episode 90: Cloudy with a Chance of Metebelis (Planet of the Spiders)

    Episode 90: Cloudy with a Chance of Metebelis (Planet of the Spiders)

    This episode, the Watchers return to Metebelis III as they exasperatedly take on the final Pertwee serial with Planet of the Spiders. Complete with a former salesman plotting revenge through the accumulation of power while at a Buddhist retreat (wut?) and a mindlessly self-indulgent chase scene, is this the story that will finally break the Watchers (or just Reilly)?

     

    Along the way, Anthony struggles to make sense of the Spiders’ power structure, Julie picks up on one particular element inspiring a major device for 2008’s Series 4 episode Turn Left, Don rages at the brazen attempt to add to canon for no good reason, and Reilly finds Lupton’s plan so utterly baffling. The entire crew despairs over the mindless self-indulgence that is the Part Two chase scene.

     

    If you would like to watch along with us, this serial is available for streaming at both Britbox US (https://www.britbox.com) and Britbox UK (https://www.britbox.co.uk). It can also be found on DVD from Amazon US (https://amzn.to/3vsutw7) and Amazon UK (https://amzn.to/3BtRqDd).

     

    Other media mentioned in this episode:

    Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3bkGT2n | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3oJTI9D)
    The James Bond Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3FWn6kg | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3DQB4lR)
    Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3SdAHd5  | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3oFjhZh)
    Hot Fuzz (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Uj9pZM | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3hHvhXw)
    Men in Black (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3PP6lMk | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3vr3VeP)
    The IT Crowd: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3jn6p7V | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3n55Q3y)
    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix: https://www.netflix.com)
    Dumbo (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3vtBpJr | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3vqimQ8)
    The Wizard of Oz (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3ATvg9t | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3ARGSd3)
    The Flintstones: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3G6YA03 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3poISY2)
    Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3zJtkTr | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3JeVJEh)
    Songs of Innocence and of Experience, by William Blake (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3PZe5ve | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3ByvjeV)
    The Iliad, by Homer (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Z4xPbO | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3paJMY8)
    The Odyssey, by Homer (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Xp1mMD | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3jdNQ60)
    Chewits Monster (YouTube: https://youtu.be/bg92hFmIDuc)
    The Best of SNL’s Stefon (YouTube: https://youtu.be/A94ktjmgZvM)
    Welcome to Night Vale (https://welcometonightvale.com)

     

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    • 59 min
    Episode 89: Peladon? More Like Peladon’t! (The Monster of Peladon)

    Episode 89: Peladon? More Like Peladon’t! (The Monster of Peladon)

    We’re heading back to Peladon for the penultimate serial of the Pertwee era, where a new painfully unassertive monarch has to deal with an uppity religious advisor, rumours of their God being unhappy, difficulty with members of the Galactic Federation, and a minor miner rebellion thrown in for good effect. All stretched out to six episodes, rather than four! Dear god. At least it’ll make for an entertaining conversation!

     

    Along the way, Reilly theorizes that the Doctor deliberately dressed in green, as he was expecting to see Alpha Centauri again, Julie is delighted that someone is finally calling out the Doctor on his incessant name-dropping, Don does his best Alpha Centauri impression, and Anthony finds himself wishing that this was an out-and-out comedy. The entire team discusses how absolutely bonkers Ettis is as a character.

     

    If you would like to watch along with us, this serial is available for streaming at both Britbox US (https://www.britbox.com) and Britbox UK (https://www.britbox.co.uk). It can also be found on DVD from Amazon US (https://amzn.to/3PbaeLp) and Amazon UK as part of the “Peladon Tales” box set (https://amzn.to/3JB19cg).

     

    Other media mentioned in this episode:

    Moonbase 3 (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3xdCVRm | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3Mm13Fv)
    Mean Girls (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3Oduhrf | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3PdBTeI)
    Scooby Doo Where Are You – The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2WeSMj2 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3zeqTFO)
    Life of Brian (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3OrjEm5 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3EEb6nr)
    Dune (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3s4Nen1 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3r7yuEx)
    Thundercats: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3IGnVzo | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3yBLmp2)
    The Holy Mountain (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3AU6aeg | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3o4Yfmv)
    The Simpsons (Disney+: http://www.disneyplus.com)
    Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3ptuM83 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3BSULsQ)
    Mungo Jerry: The Definitive Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3uUbkTM | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3aFA0Z5)
    Big Finish’s additional Peladon stories:

    The Bride of Peladon (BigFinish.com: https://bit.ly/3yLBLvL)
    The Prisoner of Peladon (BigFinish.com: https://bit.ly/3OcaSqs)
    Peladon (BigFinish.com: https://bit.ly/3ATvwst)



     

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    • 1 hr
    Episode 88: The C-Team Daleks (Death to the Daleks)

    Episode 88: The C-Team Daleks (Death to the Daleks)

    Terry Nation is BACK with Death to the Daleks, so we have to discuss it in our latest podcast episode, The C-Team Daleks, in which we attempt to answer the ultimate question – “Is Terry Nation taking the piss?” Additional questions asked include “why can’t he write for women?” and “is this bad, or is this good?” Listen in to hear us fail to definitively answer any of these questions!

     

    During the episode, Julie questions the choice of musical theme for the Daleks, Anthony appreciates Michael Briant’s moments of enjoyably heavy-handed direction, Reilly discovers that he’s only grossed out by visuals and not sound, and Don compares Terry Nation to a toy collector. The entire team debates the existence of a character called Jack (#JusticeForJack).

     

    If you would like to watch along with us, this serial is available for streaming at both Britbox US (https://www.britbox.com) and Britbox UK (https://www.britbox.co.uk). It can also be found on DVD from Amazon US (https://amzn.to/3yCfOke) and from Amazon UK (https://amzn.to/3bKMcrB)

     

    Other media mentioned in this episode:

    Moonbase 3 (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3xdCVRm | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3Mm13Fv)
    Blake’s 7 – The Complete Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Zh7045 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/39luyGI)
    Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3ptuM83 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3BSULsQ)
    Mystery Science Theater 3000 – The Essentials (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3NqZRTi | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3DbPUo5)
    Star Trek: The Original Series: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3aifha7 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2YtSYvx)
    Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3R2nXp6 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3bJII8M)
    Return to the Planet of the Apes – The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3P09Uyn)
    Legends of the Hidden Temple (YouTube: https://youtu.be/8ZXJ43ii1Wo)
    Double Dare (Paramount+: https://www.paramountplus.com)
    Global Guts (Paramount+: https://www.paramountplus.com)
    MK Ultra (Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MKUltra)

     

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    • 58 min
    Episode 87: Hot Dino on Dino Action (Invasion of the Dinosaurs)

    Episode 87: Hot Dino on Dino Action (Invasion of the Dinosaurs)

    Kklak! It’s the Annual Malcolm Hulke Lizard Extravaganza®, as we bang-a-gong for the children of the revolution as we take on T. Rexes in Invasion of the Dinosaurs! The Doctor and Sarah return to London, only to be confronted by a conspiracy to which almost everyone is involved, and some of Ray Harryhausen’s cast-offs. Ah well, you can’t win ‘em all.

     

    Over the course of the episode, Reilly explains his suspicions on how Spielberg may have approached this as the low water mark for the effects of Jurassic Park, Anthony compares the colour and the black & white versions of Part One, Don theorises that Benton is the only sane member of UNIT at this point, and Julie is happy that Benton is finally allowed to have some tea. The entire crew take turns at comparing deserted London to various horror movies.  

     

    If you would like to watch along with us, this serial is available for streaming at both Britbox US (https://www.britbox.com) and Britbox UK (https://www.britbox.co.uk). It can also be found on DVD from Amazon US (https://amzn.to/3HH9Lxx) and as part of the UNIT Files DVD box set from Amazon UK (https://amzn.to/3xG9PZE)

     

    Other media mentioned in this episode:

    Moonbase 3 (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3xdCVRm | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3Mm13Fv)
    Terry Nation’s Survivors (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3ih2Vm1 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3xYgMUQ)
    Z Cars: Complete Collection One & Two (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3pdDtmF | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3lV2cKn)
    Jurassic Park (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3x3z6hQ | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3rk2JIj)
    The Quatermass Xperiment (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3rC8t10 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3DsBVbM)
    28 Days Later (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3Hy5MDi | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3N36SrS)
    Night of the Living Dead (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/39Cal38 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3OkNPuR)
    Psycho (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3m6ZgKH | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3m5sPMB)
    Godzilla – the Showa Era Films (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3fjnk8q | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3hoScYa)
    Ray Harryhausen: The Ultimate 7 Film Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3E0Fgj8 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3Gfn0Ep)
    The Tick: The Entire Series! (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3N4NPO2 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3OrRUNp)
    Arrested Development: The Complete Seasons 1-4 (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3BqTDw6 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3uT21Cc)
    The James Bond Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3FWn6kg | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3DQB4lR)
    Jaws (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3y2U9kT | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/39EeZxl)
    Clash of the Titans (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3mX8U2a | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3n1LI30)
    T. Rex: The Ultimate Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3QpaIP7 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3MYy8Yt)

     

    Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.

    • 1 hr
    Episode 86: Absolute Rubeish (The Time Warrior)

    Episode 86: Absolute Rubeish (The Time Warrior)

    It’s a fresh start as we kick off Season 11 with Robert Holmes’ excellent The Time Warrior, in which we say “hello!” to both the legendary Sarah Jane Smith and the iconic monsters known as the Sontarans! Add into the mix some comedy Saxons, some pathetic Normans, and plenty of sci-fi elements, and we’re onto a winner. Maybe. You’ll have to listen to find out what we actually think of this one!

     

    Over the course of the episode, Anthony finds himself amused by Lynx not knowing what a woman is, Don finds himself thinking of ways to add more suspense to the plot, Julie complains at the length of time it takes to get a woman on screen (9 mins and 34 seconds), and Reilly questions some of the directing. The entire crew find themselves once again questioning the Brigadier’s sanity.  

     

    If you would like to watch along with us, this serial is available for streaming at both Britbox US (https://www.britbox.com) and Britbox UK (https://www.britbox.co.uk). It can also be found on DVD from Amazon US (https://amzn.to/3MlmM0q) and from Amazon UK (https://amzn.to/3mvJ5Gt).

     

    Other media mentioned in this episode:

    Moonbase 3 (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3xdCVRm | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3Mm13Fv)
    Z Cars: Complete Collection One & Two (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3pdDtmF | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3lV2cKn)
    Emmerdale Farm – Vol. 1 (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3MxJ3Jk | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3yRbSMH)
    Out of the Unknown (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3FUDTEn | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3aHZ4LA)
    Paul Temple: The Complete Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3Mf3j1h | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3MiJ1UT)
    Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3DfBEKR | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/35e47UV)
    The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Complete Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3xgj3x2 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3GLB6y0)
    Scooby Doo Where Are You – The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2WeSMj2 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3zeqTFO)
    The Adventures of Robin Hood (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3Nmhl2O | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3MfWYmr)
    Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3ptuM83 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3BSULsQ)
    Westworld: Seasons 1-3 (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3tfdZX3 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3GOvXoT)
    Iron Man (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3PWdNWy | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3xdEJtC)
    Mythbusters: Collection 1 (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3GKJzSh | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/394SEsw)
    The Best of Benny Hill (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3lUOM17 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3jg6w5k)
    The A Team: The Complete Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3iM3cPy | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3lY7ipI)
    Army of Darkness (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/38LVZwy | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3NgBtTK)
    The Swiss Family Robinson (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3GURWL1 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/391NfTl)
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3n4P30y | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3n5ong6)
    The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3Mbal7v | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3Mm1AHv)
    The Mandalorian/The Book of Boba Fett (Disney+: https://www.disneyplus.com)
    Carl von Clauswitz - On War (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3Nk26ai | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3PYnx2w)

     

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Tartan Jeff ,

Listen to Watchers

A welcome addition to the world of Who podcasts , tackling the story from the beginning . Great hosts , all delivered in a fun and entertaining manner .

Mr Day ,

Urgh

Think there may be something wrong with the recording on this. Everything sounds sped up. The English kid sounds like he’s been sucking on helium and the girl bellows through a broken transistor. Plus this as the stench of “woke” lingering over it.
Grim.

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