Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Bonus Podcast #5 – Doctor Who: City of Death (Story 105, 1979)


It’s time for another monthly bonus episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, episodes where we will be discussing serials from classic Doctor Who history.


To do the long reign of the Fourth Doctor justice, we’re sticking with Tom Baker again this month, jumping ahead to 1979, his penultimate season, for one of the greatest Doctor Who stories ever mounted: “City of Death,” credited to the pseudonym ‘David Agnew,’ but which was mainly written by then-script editor and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy writer Douglas Adams. One of the great humorists of all time, Adams’ voice is apparent throughout this wonderful, zany, insanely compelling story, which features Lalla Ward as companion Romana, famed actor Julian Glover as the lead antagonist, a terrific guest performance from Tom Chadbon as memorable one-off companion Duggan, and even an amazing cameo from John Cleese and Eleanor Bron. And much of it is shot on location in Paris, one of the few times Doctor Who has ever left England. If you’ve never seen a classic Doctor Who story, “City of Death” will make you a true believer – this is just about as good as TV gets.

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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman is a weekly audio podcast, and if you subscribe in iTunes, episodes will be delivered automatically and for free as soon as they are released. If you visit www.jonathanlack.com, we also have streaming and downloadable versions of new and archival episodes for your listening pleasure.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #218 – Ranking Every Steven Moffat Episode of Doctor Who (Retrospective Part 2)


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link.

In the second of three podcasts this week, we continue our in-depth retrospective of the Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who, which will be coming to a close on Christmas day with the final Peter Capaldi adventure, “Twice Upon a Time.” This conversation was so large, we decided to split it into two parts. On today’s episode, we count down all 39 Doctor Who stories written by Steven Moffat, from “The Empty Child” in 2005 to “The Doctor Falls” in 2017. We celebrate every high, scour every low, and occasionally recalibrate rankings on the fly because lists are a silly and inexact silence. If you missed Part 1 of this conversation, where we take a broader view on the era as a whole, make sure to check out Episode 217.

Enjoy, and come back Wednesday for our fifth monthly Classic Doctor Who bonus podcast!

(There will be non-Doctor Who topics next week. We promise.)

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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman is a weekly audio podcast, and if you subscribe in iTunes, episodes will be delivered automatically and for free as soon as they are released. If you visit www.jonathanlack.com, we also have streaming and downloadable versions of new and archival episodes for your listening pleasure.

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #217 – Game Awards News & Doctor Who Steven Moffat-era Retrospective (Part 1)


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link.

In the first of three podcasts this week – yes, we’re crazy – we discuss a week’s worth of movie and gaming news, including all the announcements out of the Game Awards, before diving into a long-promised topic: Our in-depth retrospective of the Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who, which will be coming to a close on Christmas day with the final Peter Capaldi adventure, “Twice Upon a Time.” This conversation was so large, we decided to split it into two parts. On today’s episode, we talk about the Moffat era as a whole, from the debut of “The Eleventh Hour” way back in 2010 to the most recent episodes we covered this year. We reminisce about covering the show in such depth throughout the decade, discuss which writers we loved most from the era, how the show evolved so much across six seasons and two Doctors, and more. And in part 2 of that conversation, which we’ll be releasing tomorrow as Episode #218, we rank all 39 Doctor Who stories written by Steven Moffat.

Enjoy, and come back tomorrow for Part 2 of this conversation, and on Wednesday for our fifth monthly Classic Doctor Who bonus podcast!

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:06:38
News, including Game Awards Analysis: 0:06:38 – 0:35:38
Doctor Who Steven Moffat-era Retrospective, Part 1: 0:35:38 – 1:58:35

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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman is a weekly audio podcast, and if you subscribe in iTunes, episodes will be delivered automatically and for free as soon as they are released. If you visit www.jonathanlack.com, we also have streaming and downloadable versions of new and archival episodes for your listening pleasure.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Weekly Stuff Podcast #216 – Assassin’s Creed Origins, Xenoblade 2, Avengers Trailer, Doctor Who & More!


It’s time for another episode of The Weekly Stuff Podcast with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman, a weekly audio show that explores the worlds of film, television, and video games. You can subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link.

We kick off the last month of this very busy year with a grab-bag style episode in which we review three games, discuss some recent news, swap Thanksgiving stories, and go off on a very long Doctor Who tangent. Before diving into our main topics, we talk about some recent movies and Sean shares his thoughts on recent episode of Dragon Ball Super, while we both gush over the new Avengers: Infinity War trailer and scratch our heads at some crazy news in the entertainment industry. For our main reviews, Jonathan gives his impressions on the first 7 or 8 hours of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and explains why there won’t be any second impressions; Sean returns to Nioh with some final thoughts on the Samurai action game; and Jonathan reviews Assassin’s Creed Origins, a beautiful game that is perhaps too big for its own good.

Enjoy, and come back next week for our long-awaited Steven Moffat-era Doctor Who retrospective!

Time Chart:
Intro: 0:00:00 – 0:02:37
Stuff, including Thanksgiving stories, Dragon Ball Super and Doctor Who chat: 0:02:37 – 0:47:03
News, including Avengers trailer and more: 0:47:03 – 1:22:33
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Impressions: 1:22:33 – 1:49:22
Nioh Final Thoughts: 1:49:22 – 1:58:32
Assassin’s Creed Origins Review: 1:58:32 – 2:31:54

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The Weekly Stuff with Jonathan Lack & Sean Chapman is a weekly audio podcast, and if you subscribe in iTunes, episodes will be delivered automatically and for free as soon as they are released. If you visit www.jonathanlack.com, we also have streaming and downloadable versions of new and archival episodes for your listening pleasure.