Saturday, December 26, 2015

Ep 045: The Fridge of Christmas Past

In this Christmas episode of The Web of Queer, we review the Eleventh Doctor Christmas special, A Christmas Carol. What did we think of the setting and atmosphere of the story? Did we like how the time travel elements were used? How does this story treat its characters, and does it live up to its statement that everyone is important?


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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ep 044: (Only) Doctor Who Is Required

In this episode of The Web of Queer, we review the penultimate episode of series 9, Heaven Sent, and the First Doctor story The War Machines.

For our review of Heaven Sent, we discuss this unusual episode. Did we like Capaldi's solo performance, and how the story was constructed? What do we think is next after that reveal at the end?

In The War Machines we encounter Dalek-like machines and 60s computing. How did the War Machines compare to the Daleks? Did the questions and concepts around artificial intelligence hold up to present day? What did we think of our first glimpse of Dodo, Ben, and Polly?

Time Stamps:
00:00 Intro
00:56 Heaven Sent review
35:15 The War Machines review

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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Ep 043: Face The Erasure

On this episode of The Web of Queer, we review the tenth episode of series 9, Face the Raven, and have a discussion about bi erasure.

In our review of Face the Raven, we discuss the apparent end of Clara's story. What did we think of how her death was handled? Were we surprised to see Me again? Did we like of the concept and execution of the trap street?

For our bi erasure discussion, we talk about the passive bias that has removed bisexual/pansexual people from the queer narrative, and what might be causing it. How does Clara’s story fit the bi erasure tropes we have seen? What harm can come from erasing a whole section of queerdom, and what can be done to fix it?

Time Stamps:
00:00 Intro
00:53 Face the Raven review
41:28 Bi-Erasure discussion

Show links:
Kinsey Scale explanation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_scale
Jenna Coleman at Edmonton Expo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sv1lOmrePqc
Ashley Mardell "You're Not Gay Enough" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO_Dk_Z2zRM

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ep 042: No More Mind

On this episode of The Web of Queer, we review the 9th episode of series 9, Sleep No More, and the Sixth Doctor classic story, Mindwarp.

For our Sleep No More review, we discussed the diverse cast of characters on the show, including 474, the character played by Bethany Black. What did we think of her role, and how the other characters in the story treated her? Did we like the idea of the Morpheus pods and how did we think the narrative held up as a whole?

For our Classic review, we continue the Trial of a Timelord series with Mindwarp. Court scenes, a Brian Blessed debut, and corporate slug overlords fill out the story, but how full was it? Did we believe the Doctor was really affected by the machine? And what do we think of Peri’s storyline?

Time Stamps:
00:00 Intro
00:47 Sleep No More review
32:31 Mindwarp review

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Ep 041: Truth or Conformity

On this week's episode of The Web of Queer, we review The Zygon Inversion. Did we think that it managed to cope with the difficult topics that were in this episode? What did we think of the Doctor's interactions with Osgood? Were we satisfied with the resolution of the Zygon rebellion?


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Friday, November 06, 2015

Ep 040: Hybridized Allegories and Schrodinger's Osgood

On this week's episode of The Web of Queer, we review the seventh story in this series, The Zygon Invasion. Doctor Who doesn’t shy away from the political, but how well did we think they managed to tackle something so current? What do we think of UNIT’s reactions throughout the story, what did we think of Osgood's choices about her identity, and where do we think the story might be going?


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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Ep 039: Nightmares and Daemons

On this week's episode of The Web of Queer, we review the 6th story in the new series, The Woman Who Lived, and the Third Doctor story The Daemons.

For The Woman Who Lived, we discuss the change in Me’s character, and how she got to where she is now. What similarities and differences do we see between her and the Doctor, and how would a young-appearing woman have to navigate within these time periods?

In our The Daemons review, we discuss the Third Doctor's way of interacting with those around him. Does his arrogance get in the way? How does the UNIT team work in this story, even with the Brig’s helicopter in danger? And how does the inclusion of things like witchcraft and Morris Dancing feel in the story?

Time Stamps:
00:00 Intro
00:56 The Woman Who Lived review
31:54 The Daemons review

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Ep 038: Defending the Village People

In this episode of The Web of Queer we review the 5th story in the current series, The Girl Who Died, and discuss how other characters in Doctor Who react to queer characters.

In our review of The Girl Who Died, we talk about the evolving relationship between the Doctor and Clara. Should the Doctor really think he has a duty of care? Which parts of the story stretch science, and which parts made us squee?

In our discussion, we talk about the reactions we see on screen to various queer characters. Which is a bigger shock, that Vastra is married to Jenny, or that she’s a lizard? Are people really paying attention to who Captain Jack is flirting with? How many people know about Missy's gender history? And can people's reactions to a character tell us more than that character's own behaviour does?

Time Stamps:
00:00 Intro
00:54 The Girl Who Died review
27:30 Character Reactions discussion

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ep 037: Books and Bootstraps

On this episode of The Web of Queer, we review the fourth story of series nine, Before the Flood, and the Second Doctor story The Mind Robber.

In our Before the Flood review, we discuss the change in pace of the second part of this story. How many of us googled the Bootstrap Paradox? What did we think of the opening, the Fisher King, and the romance storylines?

In our The Mind Robber review, we dive into a bit of history about this unusual and sometimes meta story of fiction in fiction. Jessica and Mikayla share their first impressions of Zoe, Stephen reveals the impact of seeing it as it was first broadcast, and we all ponder which Jack really came first.

Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
01:55 Before The Flood review
30:41 The Mind Robber review

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ep 036: Under the Weather

On this episode of The Web of Queer, we review the third episode of series nine, Under the Lake, and then briefly discuss Class, the new TV spinoff.

In our Under the Lake review, we talk about how well the atmosphere was set for the episode. What did we think of the characters, were we frightened by the ghosts, and what could possibly happen after that cliffhanger?

For our Class discussion, we take a quick a look at the writer, what we hope for the series, and if we think the new guy on the Who block might be good for the franchise.

Time Stamps:
00:00 Intro
01:05 Under The Lake review
28:03 Class discussion

Cass and Lunh Doctor Who Extra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GslM6kN9Bg
See Hear - Interview with Sophie Stone: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0346nnh

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Ep 035: The Storyline's Familiar

On this episode of The Web of Queer, we review the second episode of Series 9, The Witch's Familiar, and the Classic Fourth Doctor story, Genesis of the Daleks!

In our review of The Witch's Familiar, we discuss our continued love of the Missy and Clara combo. Were any of us pulled into believing in the softer side of Davros, or did we see the turn coming? And now that the sonic screwdriver is apparently gone, what do we think of its replacement?

In our Genesis of the Daleks review, our newer viewers finally meet Harry, but what did they think of him? They also met the Giant Clam, and have opinions about that too. We talk about Sarah Jane taking charge, how Davros has everyone fooled, and about the other genocides that the Doctor has been involved in. How might this story have an effect on his decisions in those?
Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
00:43 The Witch's Familiar review
30:27 Genesis of the Daleks review

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ep 034: Punky and the Brain

In this episode of The Web of Queer, we review the new ninth series episode The Magician’s Apprentice, and follow with a review of the classic The Brain of Morbius.

In our The Magician's Apprentice review, we discuss how awesome Missy is. A few dropped mentions grabbed out attention too. The doctor as a little girl? Did Clara have a snog with Jane Austin? And Missy gives Clara a talking to about heteronormativity. Or does she?


In our The Brain of Morbius review, we share our opinions on classic horror style Who, discuss Sarah Jane’s initiative, how the Sisterhood factored into the New Who we had seen (before The Magician’s Apprentice) and discuss the possibilities born from the mind battle. Plus Ian gets his theory brain into gear, and connects a bunch of dots.

Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
00:54 The Magician's Apprentice review

46:00 The Brains of Morbius review

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Ep 033: Newphoria

On this episode of The Web of Queer, we review the Tenth Doctor story New Earth, and discuss the portrayal of gender dysphoria in science fiction/fantasy.

In our New Earth review we see the return of Cassandra and the Face of Boe. How did we think this story handled the topics it tried to cover? What did we think of the "science" we saw? Why does Mikayla have a particular grudge against this story?

For our gender dysphoria discussion we talk about what gender dysphoria is and why it should be a familiar concept to fans of science fiction. But how often is it overlooked, and why? Are aliens being used as a metaphor instead? And what are the possibilities if gender dysphoria is explored rather than ignored?

Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
00:48 New Earth review
26:35 Gender Dysphoria discussion

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Ep 032: All About That Ace

In this episode of The Web of Queer we review the Seventh Doctor story Battlefield, and discuss the differences between asexual representation compared to characters without a defined sexuality.

In our Battlefield discussion, after pouring over the nostalgia-fest, we discuss how the King Arthur legend was written into the story. Does the Doctor make a convincing Merlin? What do we thing of the Ace/Cho pairing? And how well does the Brig jump back into his old role, after such a long time away?

In the second part, we discuss the differences between characters without a sexuality shown on screen compared to characters that are asexual. How does representation in media impact the ways we talk about asexuality? Why can't we just decide every undefined character is asexual? Where are all the ace characters?

Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
01:37 Battlefield review
33:11 Asexuality vs Unshown Sexuality discussion

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

PoE 006: Human Resources Part 2

In our last Pieces of Eight episode of the year we review the Big Finish story Human Resources Part 2. We discussed the resolution of the cliffhanger and how we thought the arc of the story progressed throughout the series. What did we think of the Time Lords' role in the story? Are we eager to continue with Eighth Doctor audios?


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Monday, August 31, 2015

Ep 031: Eyebrows From Space

In this episode of The Web of Queer we review the Third Doctor story Spearhead From Space.

How much influence has this regeneration story had on future ones? What do we think of the Liz Shaw and Brigadier team? And what creeped us out more than the alien invaders?

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ep 030: Kiss Kiss Bi Pan

In this episode of The Web of Queer we review the Torchwood story Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and discuss the trope of the greedy bisexual.

In Kiss Kiss Bang Bang we talk about the group dynamics between the team, both professional and personal. What relationships are progressing, which ones are stopping, and why? What was the Time Agency really like and how does John Hart’s arrival stir the pot?

In our discussion we tackle the media’s portrayal of fictional bisexuals and pansexuals, and what impact that has for people in the real world. What do Jack, John and Ianto’s stories tell an audience? What stereotypes might they be reinforcing? And how do stereotypes affect bisexual and pansexual people's lives?

Time Stamps:
00:00 Intro
00:56 Torchwood: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang review
30:07 Pansexuality and Bisexuality discussion

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

PoE: Human Resources Part 1

In this Pieces of Eight episode, we review the Big Finish story Human Resources Part One. We discuss how the Doctor adjusts to an office setting, what the Time Lords might be up to with Lucie and how we reacted to the cliffhanger.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Ep 029: Think Of The Children

In this episode of The Web of Queer we review the Sarah Jane Adventures episode Death of the Doctor and discuss whether some topics are suitable for children to see on TV.

In Death of the Doctor we compare continuity between the spinoff and the main show, revel in nostalgic references, assess thematic vulture aliens, and once again mock U.N.I.T.'s inability to be a covert operation.

In our Think of the Children discussion we talk about some complex situations that the world of Doctor Who can bring up, how children might react to them, and how they can help families have conversations about difficult subjects. 

Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
00:53 Sarah Jane Adventures: Death Of The Doctor review
33:40 Think Of The Children discussion

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

LT 004: Quantum Leap: Oh Boys

In this week’s Loose Thread, we jump across the Atlantic to review “Running for Honor”, an episode of the American time travel show, Quantum Leap.  We discussed the show's premise, and how it was used to explore homophobia in the military during the 1960s, as well as contemporary 1990s attitudes.


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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Ep 028: Changing Times

In this episode of The Web of Queer we review the Eleventh Doctor story Closing Time, and then have a discussion on the status of queer rights in the 60s and whether that influenced the show.

For Closing Time, we talk about The Doctor and Craig’s relationship, both how they perceive it and the assumptions that are made by those around them. How does the writing subvert tropes that we are used to seeing? And how many times can someone change their mind about a story?

In our discussion, we examine attitudes and laws regarding queer people at the time the show was just beginning. What kind of influences would have been around the people creating it? What queer BBC characters were around at that time, and what did it feel like to grow up in that era?
  
Time Stamps:
00:00 Intro
00:49 Closing Time review
31:11 1960s Queerness discussion

Round the Horne (feat. Julian and Sandy) online episodes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00c7q4l

Save The Badger Badger Badger by Brian May and MrWeebl
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

LT 003: The Turing Test

In this Loose Thread episode we review the Eighth Doctor Adventure novel, “The Turing Test.” With three separate narrators, how do we think the story keeps itself on track? We discuss how the changing perspectives impact how the reader might perceive the different characters and how successful we think the portrayal of Turing is.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

PoE 004: No More Lies

In this Pieces of Eight episode we review the Big Finish story No More Lies. We discuss the non-linear storytelling, musical choices, and look forward to finding out where the arc is taking us.

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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Ep 027: Queens, Courts and Classic Contemplations

On this episode of The Web of Queer, we start The Trial of a Timelord with The Mysterious Planet and Jessica and Mikayla give their overall impressions on what they’ve seen of Classic Who so far.

In The Mysterious Planet, we talk about marriages, model shots, and population control. How well did the Valeyard present his arguments to the court, how well do The Doctor and Peri get along, and just how awesome were the women in power in this story?

For our discussion, Josh asks Mikayla and Jessica for their overall impressions of the Classic Who they’ve seen so far. What do they think of the classic Doctors, how have the companions held up to fan wisdom, and is there a divide between the Classic series and the current one?

Time Stamps:
00:00 Intro
00:51 The Mysterious Planet review
40:40 Classic Who thoughts so far

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