Welcome, ladies and gentlemen of Kasterborous to another podKast (with a K) which this week features Christian Cawley, James McLean and Brian A Terranova! The Kasterborous podKast team will be discussing, of course, The Impossible…

“‘Tis nature’s law to change”, as John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester wisely said. Writing in the seventeenth century he wasn’t talking about Doctor Who but change is, of course, the one constant in the programme. Eventually, everyone who works on the show will move on: actors, writers, technicians, showrunners…

Whilst there’s no sign of Steven Moffat moving on just yet, what with Series 9 due to hit the screen in a couple of months and the recent news that he’d signed up for a further series, the day will inevitably come when he decides it’s time to do something else. We’ve discussed possible replacements in some depth here at Kasterborous in our ‘Man Who Would Be King’ series but today it’s all about you. What would you do if, unlikely as it may sound, the BBC chose to put you in charge of your favourite show?

Previous changes of leadership in the Doctor Who production team have led to significant new directions being pursued in the tone and style of the programme. Think of Jon Pertwee’s debut in Spearhead From Space, which, along with colour filming being used for the first time, established the show’s new, earth-bound setting and slicker feel reminiscent of the classic ITC shows of the previous decade, once Barry Letts’ and Terrance Dicks’ influence was felt.

Philip Hinchcliffe took over as producer with a clear plan to take the Doctor away from UNIT and back into space. The stories he and script editor Robert Holmes oversaw, influenced in many cases by literary and cinematic classics, have endured as some of the very best in the programme’s long life.

Later still John Nathan-Turner’s era burst into life with a new title sequence, a new colour palette for the Doctor’s costume and an emphasis on more serious story-telling, ditching the comic whimsy of the Williams/Adams period.

Moffat himself has spoken of the need for such a long-running programme to constantly re-invent itself and has overseen not one but two significant changes of tone and style. Matt Smith’s debut in The Eleventh Hour heralded what some have described as a ‘fairy tale’ feel for the next few years, with the mysteries of the girl who waited and later the impossible girl (not to mention River Song) serving as enduring arcs which would span multiple seasons.

Just when he felt things were getting a little too cosy he went and shook things up again, delivering a new acerbic incarnation of the Doctor who would no more eat fish fingers and custard than he’d wear question marks on his jumper. This most recent change is still being played out, with hints in the build-up to Series 9 that the grumpiness will be toned down, allowing the Doctor to rediscover his sense of fun.

So what do you think? How would Doctor Who be different if it was your name on the credits? New writers? New monsters? Old monsters? More multi-episode stories? Series-spanning arcs? Bring back the Ergon? Give us your views below! Be as bold as you like – but remember, this is about you and the future, not any perceived mistakes of the past…

Originally posted 2015-07-03 11:03:42.

You asked for it, so here it is: James McLean and Gareth Kavanagh discuss the various events of the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time, in which the Twelfth Doctor breathes his last. Was there too much David Bradley? Not enough Jodie Whittaker? Couldn’t Gatiss’ character have been someone else entirely, for the sake of creating a bigger universe?

And did *she* really have to come back?

It’s time to sit back and find out what we thought, as we said goodbye to Peter Capaldi… and hello to Jodie Whittaker as the thirteenth Doctor Who!

You’ve seen the trailer, now find out what we thought of it. Doctor Who returns in a few weeks time for the final episode of the Steven Moffat era; it’s also Peter Capaldi’s last appearance as the Twelfth Doctor. So surely Twice Upon a Time should be getting us excited?

Find out how we feel, what we would like to see, and how all of this could quite easily feel like a whole different show in 12 month’s time by clicking play…

Shownotes

We’ll be honest: you’ve probably heard this podKast before. Whether it was the Doctor Who series 9 finale podKast, the series 8 finale podKast, or even The Time of the Doctor, what you’re about to hear will seem extremely familiar.

Just like The Doctor Falls.

But on the other hand, how else are you going to spend 80 minutes in the company of Christian Cawley, James McLean, and Brian Terranova? So, indulge us as we drill-down into the flaws of The Doctor Falls, while keeping a firm hand on the episode’s positives.

Shownotes

Join Christian Cawley and Brian Terranova as they take a look at World Enough and Time, the penultimate episode of Doctor Who Series 10. Will Bill survive? Have we finally understood time dilation? Will the Mondasian Cybermen ever fly? And just how soon did we recognise John Simm?

Click play to find out!

We’re back! And so are the Truth Monks. But who are they, really? Could there be something more to them and their tech? Or is it all just a coincidence?

Christian Cawley, Brian Terranova and James McLean discuss the latest episode of Doctor Who Series 10, The Pyramid at the End of the World — plus some of your own thoughts, collected from Facebook and Twitter.

And just what was Brian Terranova doing chatting to Star Trek‘s Brent Spiner?

All these questions and more will be answered. Or not. Hit play to find out!

Shownotes

In this week’s show, we take a look at Extremis, the sixth episode of Doctor Who Series 10. Just what was going on here — and why did Steven Moffat consider it a good idea to essentially waste 45 minutes of storytelling with an adventure that in effect did not happen?

James McLean, Christian Cawley and Brian Terranova sit in judgement on Doctor Who series 10 episode Oxygen. Were they out of breath with excitement, or did the episode leave them blind with rage?

Hit play to find out now!