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There are hundreds of Doctor Who episodes and stories out there and we intend to watch them all! Not just that – We’ll watch, review, discuss, debate, rate and praise and/or poke holes in every episode of Doctor Who, starting with the 1963 pilot. That’s right; we’re beginning with William Hartnell and then working our way forward through time, episode by episode and Doctor by Doctor. In parallel, we're also reviewing New Who, starting with Eccleston in the 2005 revival. At the time of writing this, we're already well into the Tom Baker and Peter Capaldi eras!

From comparing Dalek and Cybermen military strategems to ranking companions by hairstyle, we’ve got it covered. And while you subscribe to us on iTunes, we’re populating WhoBackWhen.com with written reviews, episode statistics and an ever-growing visual index of aliens, creatures, historical figures and companions that the Doctor meets along the way.

Who Back When | A Doctor Who Podcast WhoBackWhen.com

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    • 4.7 • 47 Ratings

There are hundreds of Doctor Who episodes and stories out there and we intend to watch them all! Not just that – We’ll watch, review, discuss, debate, rate and praise and/or poke holes in every episode of Doctor Who, starting with the 1963 pilot. That’s right; we’re beginning with William Hartnell and then working our way forward through time, episode by episode and Doctor by Doctor. In parallel, we're also reviewing New Who, starting with Eccleston in the 2005 revival. At the time of writing this, we're already well into the Tom Baker and Peter Capaldi eras!

From comparing Dalek and Cybermen military strategems to ranking companions by hairstyle, we’ve got it covered. And while you subscribe to us on iTunes, we’re populating WhoBackWhen.com with written reviews, episode statistics and an ever-growing visual index of aliens, creatures, historical figures and companions that the Doctor meets along the way.

    N163 The Haunting Of Villa Diodati

    N163 The Haunting Of Villa Diodati

    A chilling new nemesis in search of a firmware upgrade terrorises a literary coterie at the absolute zenith of its creativity



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    Doc and the fam have reached the ‘let’s dress up and meet some famous authors’ stage of deliberately avoiding dealing with your mysterious back story, and with Shakespeare's labours lost to a previous series, it’s the turn of Mary Shelley and Frankenstein to waste some time. So our needlessly many heroes rock up at Lake Geneva in 1816, the year without a summer, but to their chagrin it seems our literary squadron are equally intent on dancing around the subject.



    Doc is fearful Mary may not be inspired to begin her novel on this dark and stormy night—but relax, Doc, things are about to get modern prometheus AF. No one knows where Percy Bysshe lurketh, Byron has designs on being a total cad with Mrs. Doctor, and the house has a habit of transmogrifying into a labyrinthine nightmare, and to cap it all it appears a traveller from across time and space has set his sights on making this soiree at the Villa Diodati a night to remember.

     

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    C148 Time and The Rani

    C148 Time and The Rani

    The Rani implements the most unnecessarily convoluted plot and the Seventh Doctor delightfully skips over plot holes in his debut serial



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    Taking off his Colin Baker wig, Sylvester McCoy arises as the Seeeeeeeventh Doctor in a debut serial, and where better to kick off than in a quarry? The Rani has returned to wreak havoc upon the universe through the most simplistic of plots. She’s simply going to kidnap geniuses from across time and space, suck out their intelligence, implant it into a gigantic brain she’s got lying around, then use that brain to create a new element with which she’ll detonate an asteroid that will create a supernova which will transform her planet into a time manipulator which she can use to give the dinosaurs a second chance. If only she had some sort of time machine that would enable her to do it more easily.



    With a battery of garbled proverbs and a perpetually screaming companion, however, The Doctor might just be able to save the day, if only his memory were intact and The Rani didn’t have an army of bat monsters. The local enslaved population isn’t much help either. Imagine if David Bowie had a dragon era, then imagine that he lost the use of his arms and ran around a lot, then imagine he made the crystal balls from Labyrinth into gigantic, killer capsules, then imagine him as a dragon-person in a killer crystal ball capsule flying into a mountain. Quite an image isn’t it… er, where were we? Oh yes, with no help from the local population, it looks like our heroes will have to rely on that most elusive of gifts, the coinkidink.

     

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    N162 Can You Hear Me?

    N162 Can You Hear Me?

    Well, we would if you’d just stop fingering our ears, chum.



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    When the Thirteenth Doctor drops off her three companions you had better believe she’s just waiting for an excuse to pop off and pick up another one. One instantaneous excuse later, she finds herself in medieval Aleppo recruiting an emotionally vulnerable local woman who’s about to freak out when she sees the inside of the TARDIS. Meanwhile back on Earth, the fam are all freaking out as well as they’re accosted by Zellin, a scalp-tattooed sadist with detachable fingers who creeps on people in their sleep and has a tendency to vanish in puffs of smoke.



    Doc won’t stand for these shenanigans, however, and with her extended fam of four assembled she sets about piecing together the mystery. Yaz has a backstory of unresolved guilt; Graham has visions of a woman in a space orb; Ryan’s pal hasn’t done the dishes; and the lady from Aleppo watched her carers get abducted by a monster. It can only mean one thing, and thus she pilots the TARDIS to a space station orbiting the site of two planets on a collision course with one another for “a millennia” and something orb-shaped stuck in-between them. Auricularity ensues.

     

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    B087 The Sixth Doctor Retrospective

    B087 The Sixth Doctor Retrospective

    A heartfelt look back at the highs and lows of the fabulous Colin Baker’s run as The Sixth Doctor



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    Wow, that went by quickly! We spent last year watching, reviewing and enjoying The Sixth Doctor, so in keeping with tradition we are kicking off this year with a look back at his run. 



    Colin Baker, in addition to being an utterly spiffing chap, is a fantastic actor and we would have loved more of him on screen. Tune in as we spend a relaxed evening chatting about the highs and lows of his era. In fact, there are regrettably so few episodes to go through, that we go through them all here.



    Among other things, we also discuss:





    How the Sixth Doctor compares to other Classic and New Who Doctors

    The most entertaining / least appealing serials

    The greatest / most disappointing villains

    The best / worst aliens

    His companions

    And of course his trial





    Farewell, Sixth Doctor. We'll miss you!

     

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    B086 The 2023 New Year’s Bloopers

    B086 The 2023 New Year’s Bloopers

    OMG, it’s 2023, the year we catch up! Happy New Year, Podcastland!!



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    Thanks for a fabulous 2022, dearest Podcastland!



    Here’s wishing you a mesmerisingly happy 2023, awash with good health, good fortune, fun, laughs, smooches, pooches, mittens, kittens, tonnes of giggles, sunshine, peace and love!



    Lots of hugs,



    WBW

     

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    N161 Praxeus

    N161 Praxeus

    A well-intentioned but misguided episode about a pandemic that aired moments before the real thing. Also, why would you camp in a tip?!



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    An astronaut returning to Earth is kidnapped by aliens inexplicably hiding out in Hong Kong, but manages to text his unlikely husband and spare-time child-tackler to come rescue him, using a mobile phone he probably doesn’t have. Meanwhile in Peru, the travel blogging duo of Gabriella and didn’t-catch-her-name-but-she’ll-be-dead-soon-anyway discover a beautiful river has been turned into a tip and decide to camp out in it. Also meanwhile, on Madagascar’s only stretch of beach, a submariner washes ashore with some very plasticky eczema. What do these places have in common except for a morality tale about pollution?



    Doc and her fam are there, that’s what. Never mind that, though, because birds are falling out of the sky and humanity is about to be afflicted by a global pandemic with deadly consequences. No, not that one, the kind that can be fixed simply by douching the stratosphere. Good thing Doc’s three companions are about to be joined by three further idiots travelling, because how else could the fam possibly tackle such a confluence of calamitous events? When the pandemic in this case is identified as an alien pathogen that metastasises plastic and turns people into dust, Doc and her chums must act fast before it’s too late.

     

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Ed G 1971 ,

Best (Dr Who) podcast ever

“Have you ever thought what it is like to be wanderers in the fourth dimension?”
I’ve been listening to classic reviews since the start, absolutely brilliant. Can’t recommend highly enough, funny and entertaining.

Jamie. B ,

Too much laughing

These guys seem genuinely fun, but after two listens to separate episodes, I had to stop. One makes a comment and laughs, the other laughs. Then another couple of words. Laughing. Both laugh. One says the word “like” too many times in a sentence, then the other laughs.

I seem to be in a minority however, as reviews seem generally 5*. Once the laughing stops (well, once it stops becoming every other word), the enthusiasm comes through - but I just can’t get over the constant one liners, with too much laughing.

It’s like an American sitcom, but (seemingly) without scripting or being actually funny.

FrenchDiskoTech ,

daft

There is something quite joyful about this daft old podcast. The hosts sound genuinely enthusiastic and not in a toxic positive manner. Some laughing, lots of nonsense, authentic banter and great reviews. Right now slap bang in the middle of peak Who for me (6th), they didn’t rubbish The Twin Dilemma; quite rightly! it’s bonkers and yes daft, which is where I began.
Keep it going.

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