Ok, so I haven’t posted anything lately. That’s because I also haven’t knitted or watched much Doctor Who lately. However, what I have done is listen to oodles of episodes of Doctor Who-related podcasts. (I’ve mentioned before that I listen to several.) Well that’s what I’ve been up to. You know how when you (and by “you,” I mean “crazy people like me”) discover something new, well new-to-you (again, meaning me) that’s really really super awesome, and you (me) just throw yourself (myself) into it headlong? That’s pretty much what happened to me and the apparently-very-wide world of Doctor Who podcasts. Don’t get me wrong, I only listen to a teeny-tiny, itty-bitty fraction of what’s out there. I’m sure there are heaps and buckets of other awesome podcasts I haven’t gotten around to yet (and probably never will–there are only so many hours in the day after all).
So if you know of (or create) any I haven’t covered here, feel free to mention them in the comments, or tweet me about them. I might even get around to listening someday, but no promises. There’s only one of me! (And while it might be swell having multiples of me for podcast-listening purposes, trust me, the world is really better off with only one E.)
So here is my very quick* rundown on the Doctor Who podcasts I’ve been listening to (listed in the order I discovered them):
- Radio Free Skaro – My first love in the world of Doctor Who podcasts, and still my favorite. Steven, Warren, and Chris strike exactly the right balance of informative and entertaining. Their personalities couldn’t be more well-suited to podcasting together. There’s truly something for everyone. It doesn’t seem to matter whether they’re rehashing the news or doing a commentary, I find myself laughing out loud regularly (sometimes even during the multitude of interesting interviews they get with the behind-the-scenes folk of the Doctor Who world). I’m not sure how they manage to sound so professional while simultaneously being ridiculous and off-color, but they pull it off brilliantly.
- The TARDIS Tavern – Sean and Steve have created a virtual pub at which I would give my eye teeth to become a regular. Seriously, if this place really existed, I would become an alcoholic in no time. I find it hard to imagine a better time than sitting around, drinking, and talking about episodes of Doctor Who. I would love to hang out with these guys. I whipped through the TARDIS Tavern back-catalog faster than that of any other podcast! While I haven’t adored every guest “bartender” they’ve had, I do appreciate the variety of opinions they get by having so many different folks pass through the Tavern. I love being a proverbial fly on the wall there!
- Two-minute Time Lord – Oh what a happy day it was when I finally gave 2MTL a listen for the first time! I positively fell in love with Chip’s “concentrated commentary.” He talks the way I think (or possibly the way I wish I thought)–not so much in the content of what he’s saying (although that’s quite often bang-on the same too), but in the way he phrases things and how he clearly comes at the Doctor Who universe from a place of affection. I always find myself re-listening to the two-minute episodes several times, just to ensure that I haven’t missed something. And I almost always have! He packs a staggering amount of content into a brief amount of time. 2MTL is the TARDIS of podcasts in that way. It’s somehow bigger on the inside…
- Doctor Who: Mostly Harmless Cutaway – I actually have TARDIS Tavern to thank for my fandom of DW:MHC. I adored the Tavern’s frequent guest host Josh so very very much that I just had to find out what his other podcast was like (and have since determined that I would follow him anywhere). Turns out it’s a great podcast in its own right. Mastermind Eric runs a pleasingly-not-so-tight ship that, in addition to Josh, often includes guest cohosts such as Sean from TARDIS Tavern, Cat from Sci-Fi-Party Line (a fun podcast that covers all kinds of sci-fi), and a droll Austrailian fellow whose name seems to change with each appearance. Listening to these folks is the closest I get to sitting around chatting Doctor Who with a room full of friends. Good times indeed!
- The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast – This was another case of following a podcaster I like–well two, actually. I loved Sean on TARDIS Tavern and DW:MHC, so it seemed natural to check this out, but I hesitated because I don’t really read Doctor Who books. Then I heard an episode of DW:MHC recorded at Gallifrey One** that prominently featured DWBC-cohost Erik. I was sold immediately. It doesn’t even matter that I don’t read the books. I love hearing Erik and Sean talk about them, and I look forward to hearing the guest-readers they have recite passages from the books they review. For not being a fan of audio books, I really enjoy that bit. Probably because they seem to get such excellent talent each month.
I heartily recommend each and every one of these podcasts. It really felt like a whole new world opened up to me when I discovered they existed. I feel like I should also give an honorable mention and a quick shout-out. Honorable mention to The Platformer Podcast. It has nothing (well, very little) to do with Doctor Who, but two of the three lovely co-hosts were mentioned above. I never thought I’d enjoy a technology-based podcast, but I find myself looking forward to this one every week! The shout-out goes to Kyle Anderson, writer for (among other things) Nerdist.com. First of all, if it wasn’t for Kyle, I’d have never discovered any of these podcasts, so I’m pretty much forever in his debt. Secondly, Kyle himself has become one of my favorite podcast guests. The guy knows his stuff, and more importantly, knows how to talk about it in an entertaining manner. (And as of recently, he’s co-hosting a podcast of his own. If you enjoy bad movies, or people talking about them, you may find that the WTF Are You Watching?! Podcast is relevant to your interests.)
Ok. So when I sat down to write this, it was supposed to be about a certain spreadsheet I’ve mentioned on twitter, but as it seems to have turned into something else entirely–something huge, apparently, I think the spreadsheet post will have to wait until later. Stay tuned! (How’s that for a teaser?***)
*It may not look “very quick,” but trust me, I could go on and on (and on) about each of these.
**I’m told Gallifrey One is the world’s premiere Doctor Who convention. I’ll get to find out in February, as I’ll be attending for the first time. So exciting! I will probably be starstruck meeting all these podcasters in person.
***I know, I know. It’s pretty lame. Unless you dig spreadsheets like I do, that is. I really dig spreadsheets.