The Doctor Who Show Podcasts

dwshowHey fellow Whovians there’s a new podcast out today and it’s awesome. Brought to you by fellow Doctor Who lovers it is packed with all sort of Whomazing stuff. I chatted with one of the contributors to find out more.

 

Tell us about the Podcasts and what it’s all about? What does the first one include?

I’ve started using the tagline, “Where too much Doctor Who is barely enough…” in relation to the show, and if there’s any guiding idea, that would be it. A typical episode will have a long chat section, but rather than just put that out, we follow it up with a very funny A-Z section where we’ll do a different letter each month. Then, while you’re still chuckling about that, two of the guys will pull out the latest Doctor Who Magazine and discuss some of the thoughts in the letters page. That’s followed by what I call Whotiques Roadshow, where we chat to fans about an item from their Doctor Who collection. If that’s not enough, we have the most comprehensive coverage of the Titan Doctor Who comics this side of Gallifrey, with three team members covering the ongoing 10th, 11th and 12th Doctor series — and they’ll also cover any mini-series such as those featuring the 4th, 8th and 9th Doctors. Some of these sections could be teased out into podcasts in their own right, but when you glue all of that together, the tagline, “Where too much Doctor Who is barely enough…” isn’t so much of a boast, just a really good description!

How long did the first Podcast take to create?

There are so many ways to answer that question. I started talking to people about making the podcast as long ago as September last year when I knew I’d made my second-last Who Wars episode and that the end was in sight. Because of the structure of the show, the contributors have made their segments in their own time and I don’t have a firm timeline on how long it took them to make those segments. My segments took a couple of hours to record, and a couple more to edit, then the better part of a day to edit everyone’s bits and glue them all together. What took extra time on this first episode was setting things up for the first time, like the voiceover for the closing credits of the show. I don’t have to record that again and can just re-use it next episode. Based on past podcasts as well, I’d say the best part of a day to put everything together will be the average time an episode takes to create. 

Who is involved with the Podcasts?

I like to call the podcast an “audio fanzine” so, just like a printed fanzine, we have a fairly big team compared to other podcasts which are usually just two or three people. Joining me are Iain Martin (who also has a great non-Doctor Who podcast called Five Minute Fiction), Jim Cameron (from the Krynoid Podcast), Bob Fleming (from the Progtor Who podcast), Lex Headley (who some might remember from our old podcast, Who Wars), Kevin Jordan (who blogs at rubber-room.blogspot.co.uk), and Mark Sutter (who has two Star Wars podcasts; Idiot’s Array & Tarkin’s Top Shelf). That’s the “core team” of contributors for episode one, but there are other people — especially some of the folks who helped out with Who Wars — who are in the background for the moment, but will make themselves known in future episodes with their own segments. I chat with one of them — Andy — for an hour at the start of episode one…!

 

What do you love about Doctor Who and who is your favourite Doctor?

My favourite Doctor is Peter Davison. Partly because of my age — he was the Doctor when I was between about 8 and 10 years old, for example. But I also liked the portrayal a lot, which is something I came to appreciate as I got older. He’s a very funny and witty Doctor, to my mind at least, but in a dry sort of way. I used to love his outfit when I was a kid but as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to see it as “a costume” rather than regular clothes. I wish they’d kept the 1920s feel, even the cricket feel, but done it in a more realistic way. Perhaps a striped cricket blazer, rather than a frock coat, keep the jumper, and give him some plain coloured 1920s pants. There, problem solved! In terms of what I love about Doctor Who in general, I’d say it’s the endless possibilities. Anywhere in time and space. Anywhere? That’s a lot of stories you can tell. And regenerations keep it fresh. It’s a brilliant concept.

 

How did you come up with the idea for the Doctor Who Show?

I’d made a couple of different podcasts in the past. One was about old comic books I enjoyed and the other was Who Wars where I’d talk about Star Wars and Doctor Who in the same show (because I loved both of them so much I couldn’t decide which one to do), but I think some people thought the title referred to Doctor Who fans having fights, or something! I’m kidding. Over a year and a bit of making the show (which ended up being 42 episodes plus some specials in length), I realised I loved Star Wars as a fan, but I wasn’t enjoying talking about it on a podcast. I wanted my fandom to be more personal and not something I was shouting from the rooftops, or having to defend, or any of the things that happen when you podcast about something. So I decided to drop the Star Wars and continue with Doctor Who. So that’s how the idea of doing a Doctor Who podcast came along. As for the name, I wanted something simple and straightforward and tells you exactly what it’s all about from the start. It’s a show about Doctor Who? OK, let’s call it the Doctor Who Show!

 

What can we look forward to in future Podcasts?

The first segment in each episode will be a chat that runs 45-60 mins. Each month will be with a different person and although this could include well-known Doctor Who celebrities — like we had on Who Wars — I’m also really interested to talk to regular, everyday fans, too. In episode two I’m going to chat with Hayden Gribble from the Diddly Dum podcast about how someone so young can be so interested in the classic era. That’s a topic that fascinates me because I lived through the era and felt the show could be really daggy and embarrassing, even back then, so how on Earth does a younger person come across it and love it? That will be the tone of that interview. Beyond episode two, I have some ideas and an already chatting to people about them. I’d like to talk about fan publications, for example. All these books that are being self-published by fans. That’s another fan thing that interests me.

 

 How can people find your Podcasts?

We are on iTunes, just search for The Doctor Who Show. Our logo is head to miss 🙂
For people who don’t have iTunes, we have a section on our website that suggests other ways to listen to us – thedwshow.net/tune-in

 

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