Doctor Who rumbles towards the end of Series 12 with this “base under siege” type episode – but this time, it seems the base itself, Villa Diodati on the bank of Lake Geneva, is the enemy!

Hear James McLean and Brian Terranova’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions to The Haunting of Villa Diodati, and the Doctor’s encounter with the future Mary Shelley, along with Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and Mary’s step-sister Claire Clairmont – as well as the haunting figure of the Lone Cyberman!

Listen out, too, for how The Haunting of Villa Diodati conflicts and contrasts with other stories set in the same location on the same night from the Big Finish catalogue.

Christian Cawley, James McLean, and Brian Terranova reconvene for another in-depth chat about the latest episode of Doctor Who. Can You Hear Me? is an episode featuring a mix of time travel, classic-style villains, and a message of the week. Is the topical aspect of the show too heavy handed, as many have suggested? Or is there more to that approach?

Hopefully we’re some way to scratching at the answer to this question. Meanwhile, there is plenty more to talk about, not least the falling ratings of Doctor Who. What can the BBC do about it, short of forcing people to watch the TVs that they pay for and petition the government to ban Netflix?

We jest… or do we? There’s only one way to find out – hit play!

This week’s podKast (with a “K”) features Christian Cawley and James McLean (and improved sound quality!) discussing the wonderful episode The Doctor’s Wife as only they can, as well as the recent Torchwood: Miracle Day…

This week’s Doctor Who episode is Praxeus, in which the show takes another Lettsian view of man’s relationship with the planet Earth. But was the message too heavy handed, or did it work as part of the plot?

Christian Cawley and Brian Terranova discuss this point and many others on this week’s podcast. PLUS: Nicholas Parsons and Rotten Tomatoes.


What? What?! WHAT?! So we’re midway through Doctor Who Series 12 and we’ve just been given a curveball the like of which has never been seen in the show. Judoon, the return of Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), a buried TARDIS, a fugitive hiding on earth, a new incarnation of the Doctor… and more mystery about Gallifrey. 

Standard episodes just don’t do that, do they? But who was watching beyond the legion of Doctor Who fans? Sunday night, a perennial TV favorite on the other side… it takes a massive star to combat a show like Dancing on Ice.

So it is with a certain amount of excitement and trepidation that Christian Cawley, James McLean, and Gareth Kavanagh got together this week to discuss Fugitive of the Judoon…


What did you think of Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror? Hold that thought, then ask yourself the more important question: what did *we* think of Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror? Doctor Who Series 12 has been a mixed bag so far, but was Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror the fizzy cola bottle or the unfizzy cola bottle?

It’s the PodKast with a K, in which forty-something male, pale, and stale anoraks chat largely about Doctor Who, a show they’ve no professional experience of but have nevertheless spent a large chunk of four decades watching.

This week, Christian Cawley (a man who plays with phones for money) is joined by the ever-indecisive James McLean and swish trans-Atlantic man-about-suburbs Brian A. Terranova. We’re here to reaffirm and challenge your opinions on Doctor Who in equal measure.

Ready? Hit play!


Orphan 55 is arguably the most divisive Doctor Who episode since 2005 – if not longer.

But was it really all that bad? Is there something of value to take from Orphan 55 that split fandom and demonstrated makeup that would look amateurish on a 1990s CBBC production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

Following extensive electroshock therapy, Brian A. Terranova and James McLean are on hand to find out. Christian Cawley is sadly unable to bring himself to discuss the episode, while Gareth Kavanagh is on a pilgrimage to Skonnos. They’ll no doubt turn up again soon…

PLUS: Let us know if you would like a more diverse Kasterborous PodKast team.

Hot on the heels of part one, part 2 of the Doctor Who Series 12 opener, Spyfall, has just aired in the show’s usual Sunday evening slot.

This week, Christian Cawley, Brian A Terranova, and James McLean discuss the story in-depth, along with a surprising realisation. They consider elements of characterisation, as well as praise the revised approach. There’s also some discussion of the preceding episode, its memorable cliffhanger, and the performance of Sacha Dhawan as the latest incarnation of the Master.

PLUS: why was the sound quality so bad in portions of the last podKast? Christian explains how it had something to do with a pantomime (oh no it didn’t!). ALSO: just how long have we been doing this show?

Doctor Who is back with a bang and a twist with Skyfall, the first episode of a two part story kicking off Series 12. Christian Cawley and Gareth Kavanagh mull it over, with a bit of help from… you!

This podKast is a bit shorter than usual due to the limited schedule and time between the two episodes. However, we’re planning to reconvene with a bit more purpose and some in-depth discussion of the Spyfall story as a whole during the coming week.

In the meantime, hit play on this – and if you’re a regular on our Facebook page, listen out for a mention!

The first Doctor Who episode to air on Christmas Day was back in 1965, smack bang in the middle of The Daleks’ Master Plan. A curio that most fans haven’t seen, the episode exists only as an audio adventure from off air tapes.

Or does it?

Aside from a Peter Purves/Jean Marsh two-hander, alongside the original novelisation, various fan-made productions have been mounted. From telesnap archives to CGI recreations, fans have a wealth of options that while interesting, never quite capture the magic of a real episode. However, these projects are interesting in their own right.

In this week’s special Christmas podKast, Christian Cawley and James McLean watch two CGI remakes of The Daleks’ Master Plan simultaneously. We’d like you to watch along with us, so use these two YouTube videos. First up is The Feast of Steven (Animated):

At the same time, we watched Feast of Steven via the lens of WhoRecons’ animated CGI econstruction

What more can we say? Hit play, enjoy, and Merry Christmas!