Splendid Chaps is a year-long celebration of Doctor Who‘s fiftieth anniversary: eleven live performances recorded as podcasts in which your brains will be fed, your funny bones tickled, and your hearts opened (yes, both of them!). Hosted by writer John Richards (ABC1's Outland, Boxcutters podcast) and comedian Ben McKenzie (Dungeon Crawl, Pop Up Playground), with special guests, musical performances and surprises every episode.
Thirteenth Doctor & Dr Anastasia Black
Surprise! To celebrate the announcement of the upcoming third season of Night Terrace, chaps Petra Elliott and John Richards have a look back at the Thirteenth Doctor’s first season.
How does Thirteen compare to our own time traveller, Dr. Anastasia Black? Was there too much focus on the male companions? Is Thirteen holding back, or displaying traditionally “feminine” traits? How does Night Terrace measure up by the same standards – is Anastasia as progressive a character as we’d like to think? And what about Petra’s character, “Sue”? Plus they chat about the wholesale changes to Doctor Who, their hopes and dreams for future seasons, how much they love Jodie Whitakker (and Night Terrace star Jackie Woodburne), and their own experiences as performers.
Night Terrace season three is scheduled for release in May 2020 – but only if it gets crowdfunded by November 22, 2019! Check out our Kickstarter campaign for more information.
If you’re new to Night Terrace, listen to the first episode for free at nightterrace.com/listen. You can also buy the first two seasons bundled together with the third as part of the Kickstarter campaign.
After nearly five years, and just before the debut of a new Thirteenth Doctor, hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott return to the original Splendid Chaps Doctor/Theme format to discuss Peter Capaldi and music in Doctor Who! They’re joined by guests Celeste Liddle, Adam Ford and Adam Rudegeair – who also perform music and poetry just for your ears! Join us for Twelve/Music, recorded live at Storyville in Melbourne on Australian “Doctor Eve” – October 7, 2018.
If you want to listen to some of the songs we mention this episode (and many more we didn’t have time to talk about), check out Petra’s Spotify playlist.
While this Splendid Chaps is just a one-off return, don’t forget Splendid Chaps Productions also makes Night Terrace, an award-winning time travel audio comedy, and Pratchat, a monthly Terry Pratchett book club podcast hosted by Elizabeth Flux and our own Ben McKenzie. You can find out more about them, and listen to all the old episodes of Splendid Chaps, at splendidchaps.com.
And do check out Lucas Testro’s great Doctor Who podcast Doctor Who and the Episodes of Death, where a variety of guests defend some of the most derided Doctor Who stories of all time! Chaps Ben McKenzie and David Ashton, plus previous guests Richard Watts, Thomas Caldwell, George Ivanoff and Avril Hannah-Jones have all gone into bat for everything from Time and the Rani to The Krotons.
Spin-offs: The Rest
It’s the final episode of our Doctor Who spin-offs mini-series! For part four, hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott talk about the history and mechanics of spin-offs and shared universes, delve into the audience’s questions and touch on some of the less well-known Doctor Who spin-offs, again with the help of our wonderful guests Dr Djoymi Baker and George Ivanoff. And of course, it wouldn’t be Splendid Chaps if we didn’t end with a song…
Thanks to everyone who came along to the original recording, and to the special podcast-only guests we talked to along the way: Richard Watts (Torchwood), Tansy Rayner-Roberts (The Sarah Jane Adventures) and Fury (Class). Big thanks to to our own Petra Elliott and guitarist Kam Stevens for their cover of Up All Night by Alex Clare.
The Chaps will return…though exactly when is, presently, unclear. In the meantime, for more Doctor Who discussion, check out Lucas Testro’s Doctor Who and the Episodes of Death, where guests – including some familiar voices from Splendid Chaps – defend some of the most maligned stories. And you can always check out the other audio treats from Splendid Chaps Productions – the time travel comedy series Night Terrace, and the Terry Pratchett book club podcast Pratchat.
We’re back! In this, the long-awaited part three of our Doctor Who spin-offs mini-series, we put on our ties and head back to school – specifically Coal Hill Academy. Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott talk all about Class with special guests Djoymi Baker, George Ivanoff and – for this podcast edition only – Fury!
We’ll be back soon (for real this time!) with episode four of this mini-series, in which we answer the audience’s questions and discuss other lesser-known spin-offs with our guests before ending in the Splendid Chaps tradition – with a song!
Spin-offs: The Sarah Jane Adventures
For part two of our Doctor Who spin-offs mini-series, we move in to Bannerman Road and see if we know where to look to find a whole universe of adventure, right here at home… Yes, hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott talk all about The Sarah Jane Adventures with special guests Djoymi Baker, George Ivanoff and – for this podcast edition only – Tansy Rayner Roberts!
Want to ask us questions about The Sarah Jane Adventures? Great – let us have them! As mentioned last episode, each of our spin-off episodes includes extra content, since we just couldn’t fit enough into the single live podcast to do all three shows justice – and for our final spin-off episode, we’ll be answering questions from you, our listeners, posed right here on the web site! Add your questions in the comments below.
And we’re having a good old fashioned Splendid Chaps giveaway, too. Our favourite questions will win a prize! Comment on any of our first three spin-off episodes to be in the running; we’ll give a final cut-off date when episode three (the next one) is released.
Yes, the chaps are back in part one of their Doctor Who spin-offs mini-series! This time we go outside the government and beyond the police – whatever that means – to talk about everyone’s favourite not-so-secret organisation which fights alien menaces in between all the sex and gore which makes it an “adult show”. That’s right – it’s time to talk Torchwood! Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott are joined by special guests Djoymi Baker, George Ivanoff and – for this podcast edition only – Richard Watts!
Got questions you want to ask us about Torchwood? We want to hear them! Each of our spin-off episodes will include special extra content, since we just couldn’t fit enough into the live show to do all three spin-offs justice – and our final spin-off episode will add in questions from you, our listeners, posed right here on the web site! So please add yours in the comments below.
Of course it wouldn’t be Splendid Chaps without a giveaway, so our favourite questions will win a prize! Comment on any of our first three spin-off episodes to be in the running; we’ll give a final cut-off date when episode three is released.
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one of the best podcasts out there, witty and original, love it
An intriguing - and often difficult to pull-off - mix of humour, remeniscence and insight. As a Doctor Who fan of old, there's always a fear of going over 'well-trodden ground'... but this podcast effortlessly avoids this trap.
I am very much enjoying this series - and, as Patrick Troughton is my second favourite Doctor, after Sylvester McCoy - this is an excellent episode.
Most Doctor Who podcasts descend into unlistenable pernickety fan twaddle. Fortunately this isn't like that. Sure, you need to be a fan of the show to really get this podcast, but it pretty much does everything you want it to.
In the first edition, which is about William Hartnell, I laughed so hard I nearly died at the suggestion that Hartnell was the Time Lord equivelant of Dexter. But it wasn't all silliness - there were some fantastic observations and some real first hand insight from people that worked on the show.
If you're a 'Whovian' it is well worth a listen.