Doctor Who Series 12 has finished – but what did we make of The Timeless Children? Despite leaks and spoilers aplenty, it managed to surprise. But does it offer a brand new direction for Doctor Who beyond the hodge-podge of ideas?

Christian Cawley and James McLean work it out.


We’re taking a break for a month – we’ll see you again around Easter!

Wow. That was a cliffhanger, wasn’t it? In terms of Series 12, it is certainly where everything changes – but before we get to The Timeless Children, we need to talk about Ascension of the Cybermen. Christian Cawley, Brian Terranova, and James McLean have put their heads together and produced what can only be described as a very low-tech Cyberium.

Did we love Ascension of the Cybermen or hate it? Click play to find out!

(Quick reminder: we’re taking a break for a few weeks in mid-March. Don’t fret – we’re be back after Easter. In the meantime, look out for some classic podcasts and old articles republished on the website.)


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 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.

The podcast team reunites at last to talk about the Doctor Who Series 12 trailer and the 56th anniversary.

Doctor Who Series 12, its trailer, guest stars, and the shows’s 56th anniversary are the topics of conversation this week. Some interesting thoughts about the future and the best anniversary stories, too…

With Christian Cawley, James McLean, and Brian Terranova!