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There are many Doctor Who podcasts. Only one dares review the entire show... in entirely random order!

Join journalists Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor as they summarize stories in record time, play the Whomoji game, enter the History Corner, answer the Four Questions to Doomsday, and cower in fear before the almighty Randomizer.

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Pull To Open Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor

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    • 4.8 • 32 Ratings

There are many Doctor Who podcasts. Only one dares review the entire show... in entirely random order!

Join journalists Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor as they summarize stories in record time, play the Whomoji game, enter the History Corner, answer the Four Questions to Doomsday, and cower in fear before the almighty Randomizer.

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    Battle of the Planets (Strafing “The Armageddon Factor”)

    Battle of the Planets (Strafing “The Armageddon Factor”)

    It’s all been leading to this: The Key to Time season promised a big payoff, one that would assemble the most powerful artifact in the universe and put the Doctor in the middle of a cosmic conflict between the Guardians (well before they had silly birds on their heads). But with the stakes so high, why are we spending so much time pondering princesses and marshals on boring, radiation-soaked planets with nothing but corridors? It all has to be a metaphor for something, but don’t ask us: we’re having a hard time concentrating with two Romanas on screen, not to mention a double agent K-9. It all gets a little bonkers by the end, but as the Randomizer’s origin story, The Armageddon Factor is fire… fire… fire.. fire…Give your own rating for The Armageddon Factor on ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Spotify⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠!

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    Previously… 00:01:46
    Whomoji Challenge 00:05:57
    POLL To Open 00:11:30
    TL;DW 00:18:57
    Commentary: The Armageddon Factor 00:22:47
    Four Questions to Doomsday 01:06:02
    What If the Evil Plot Had Succeeded? 01:10:16
    Where Is the Clara Splinter? 01:14:10
    Final Judgment 01:20:01
    Randomizer! 01:25:01

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    Writers: Bob Baker and Dave Martin
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    The Dying Game (HOT TAKE: "Empire of Death")

    The Dying Game (HOT TAKE: "Empire of Death")

    Is it getting dusty in here? “Empire of Death” delivers a canon bomb that changes 49 years of Doctor Who history, alongside an emotional twist at the end. If you’re not crying Ncuti Gatwa-style at Ruby and her mum, check to see if you just crumbled into dust. But does the rest of the finale work? And is the Doctor a bad dog owner now? Join us as we bring our headcanon into the time vortex, and clean it all up with the Sutekh Swiffer! 



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    Wait of the World (HOT TAKE: "The Legend of Ruby Sunday")

    Wait of the World (HOT TAKE: "The Legend of Ruby Sunday")

    It’s official: The One Who Waits has been waiting since 1913 (or 1975, depending on the dating protocol). Everything’s gone a bit pyramid-shaped in “The Legend of Ruby Sunday,” as RTD’s multiple twists kept us mostly distracted from the return of this classic villain. So what has he been up to for the last 7,000 years, and how exactly did he seduce the TARDIS into giving itself indigestion? Join us as we drop a few canon bombs, defuse others, and consider which other ‘Doctor Who’ gods might be in RTD’s Disney-money spreadsheet.

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    Boy Story (HOT TAKE: "Rogue")

    Boy Story (HOT TAKE: "Rogue")

    Feeling Rogue-ish? This proud Regency romcom takes Who to places old and new, with enough charm and confidence to fill a shed. It’s a meta love letter to all kinds of fandoms, and cheekily drops in a mystery Doctor (and/or villain?!) like we wouldn’t notice. Join us as we cosplay a couple of podcasters and pour one out for another charming companion — the original, you might say. 

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    Happy Daze (Rockin’ “Delta and the Bannermen”)

    Happy Daze (Rockin’ “Delta and the Bannermen”)

    A trip to 1950s Earth to visit Disneyland? Ranking by stories that got our hopes up, Delta and the Bannermen is near top of the charts. But this is actually a bait-and-switch we don’t mind, because the detour to rural Wales sets off a nostalgic romp filled with period music, motorcycle chases, and hostile bees that are most definitely not disappearing. And boy, if you ever wondered why do fools fall in love, this one is going to be an absolute head-scratcher. Best not to think too hard. Oh, and be sure to blink in key places so any genocides or mass murders don’t bother you too much.

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    Whomoji Challenge 00:08:06
    POLL To Open 00:19:29
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    Commentary: Delta and the Bannermen 00:29:07
    Four Questions to Doomsday 01:06:28
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    Randomizer! 01:25:10

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    Blackest Mirror (HOT TAKE: "Dot and Bubble")

    Blackest Mirror (HOT TAKE: "Dot and Bubble")

    It’s been subtle in the past, but Dot and Bubble is Doctor Who’s first overt homage to Black Mirror, the groundbreaking series that satirizes our relationship with technology in the darkest of ways. It’s ironic, then, that this story has one of the subtlest pieces of subtext in the show’s history, with a moral message lurking just beneath the skin of a biting script full of references to social media, popular culture, and gadgets that lull us into separating ourselves from the real world. This might be Doctor Who allegory at its finest.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

ct. tigg ,

Paying it forward.

Your podcast has given me hours upon hours of entertainment. I thought it only right to return the favor by providing you Good Sirs of Tardis a deep bench of Whomojis and a piece of head canon.

Susan. Did she create the word TARDIS? I actually think so. Whatever sci-fi technobabble unpronounceable word the Time Lord use to refer to there space/time capsule is probably far too complex to be easily translated. So, when Susan told Ian and Barbra about the acronym she created, that became the default ‘human way’ to refer to such a machine. Thus, the translation circuit adopted it. I have also always thought that we, the audience experience the effects of the translation circuit too, and that’s why we always hear the Time Lords’ machines called TARDISes.

Now to make sure my favorite segment is solid for the foreseeable future.

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2. 🕗👸🏻🇮🇳🤦🏼‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️
3. 🗣️🎵⚠️🔆
4. 🕴🏻👤🌼💦🎪☎️
5. 💀⬅️🔷⬅️🚤⬅️🛸⬅️🚁⬅️🚜

Answers:
The Caves of Androzani
Time and the Rani
The Rings of Akhaten
Terror of the Autons
Planet of the Spiders

Thanks again, fellas.

A Merry Berry ,

Scratches the itch.

People like us have a constant itch JUST to talk about Doctor Who. Your podcast scratches that itch for me. As grateful as I am… For the respite from my fandom babbling, my family is even happier. 5 stars more than earned.

Emoji titles incoming… A hard one followed by an easy one.

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Wild Blue Yonder

Love & Monsters

Caroline_M_01 ,

My new go-to commute podcast

Lovely show! I’ve unconsciously started using the Dalek/Ogron rating system when I watch Doctor Who. Don’t let the length scare you off; the side quests and short trips are a great point of entry. They can be a bit long-winded, but they’re working on it! Timestamps in the podcast description would be helpful, especially when they’re doing an episode I haven’t seen and I want to skip to the randomizer and see what’s next.
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