Alternate Galaxies: Press Gang

February 10, 2019

Rob and Dave occasionally take a look at great TV series and movies they enjoy, broadly from the genres of sci-fi and fantasy.

They call these episodes, Alternate Galaxies.

In this episode, however, Rob hands over to Nathan Bottomley and James Sellwood (Flight Through Entirety, Bondfinger, Jodie Into Terror), and Steven B (New to Who), to sit down with Dave to discuss today’s topic... Press Gang. This is an early Steven Moffat series which may just hide some clues about where Moffat's career would go in the future... and did. Enjoy!

Press Gang is a British children's television comedy-drama consisting of 43 episodes across five series that were broadcast from 1989 to 1993. It was produced by Richmond Film & Television for Central, and screened on the ITV network in its regular weekday afternoon children's strand, Children's ITV, typically in a 4:45 pm slot (days varied over the course of the run).

Aimed at older children and teenagers, the programme was based on the activities of a children's newspaper, the Junior Gazette, produced by pupils from the local comprehensive school. In later series it was depicted as a commercial venture. The show interspersed comedic elements with the dramatic. As well as addressing interpersonal relationships (particularly in the Lynda-Spike story arc), the show tackled issues such as solvent abuse, child abuse and firearms control.

Written by ex-teacher Steven Moffat, more than half the episodes were directed by Bob Spiers, a noted British comedy director who had previously worked on classics such as Fawlty Towers. Critical reception was very positive, particularly for the quality of the writing, and the series has attracted a cult following with a wide age range.

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The Doctor Who Show S04 E01 – Uncle Terrance

January 27, 2019

Terrance Dicks (born 14 April 1935) is an English author and former television screenwriter, script editor and producer.

To classic era Doctor Who fans, however, he is simply, "Uncle Terrance".

In this episode, the first of the podcast's fourth series (so technically their third birthday, even though they don't even bother to mention it), Rob and Dave return with some news, short topics, and a feature on Terrance Dicks.

What are your favourite Terrance Dicks penned TV episodes or books?

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The Doctor Who Show S03 E12 – Including Doctor Who and Resolution HOT TAKE

January 2, 2019

Rob and Dave return to their monthly format and discuss recent Doctor Who news and some short topics before turning their attention to the topic of the moment, the Doctor Who New Year's Day Special, Resolution.

What did they make of it? Tune in to find out.

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Doctor Who A-Z – Part 19: S

December 24, 2018

Merry Xmas! To celebrate the season, Iain Martin returns with a new instalment of the irreverent Doctor Who A-Z.

This time it’s “S” and Iain reflects upon:

Saward, Eric
Season 24
Second Doctor, The
Series 11
Shada
Sil
Silence, The
Silurians, The
Silence, The
Slime and the Rani
Skovox Blitzer
Silence, The
Spoonheads, The
Silence, The

Find the previous 18 episode of the Doctor Who A-Z at www.theDWshow.net

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Doctor Who Series 11 Wrap

December 17, 2018

Rob and Dave talk about Series 11 of Doctor Who. They recap each episode, revise their scores from their weekly HOT TAKE episodes, and discuss what worked - and what didn't - over the previous 10 weeks. Listener email also plays a big part in the episode.

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"The Woman Who Fell to Earth" d:Jamie Childs w:Chris Chibnall

"The Ghost Monument" d:Mark Tonderai w:Chris Chibnall

"Rosa" d:Mark Tonderai w:Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall

"Arachnids in the UK" d:Sallie Aprahamian w:Chris Chibnall

"The Tsuranga Conundrum" d:Jennifer Perrott w:Chris Chibnall

"Demons of the Punjab" d:Jamie Childs w:Vinay Patel

"Kerblam!" d:Jennifer Perrott w:Pete McTighe

"The Witchfinders" d:Sallie Aprahamian w:Joy Wilkinson

"It Takes You Away" d:Jamie Childs w:Ed Hime

"The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos" d:Jamie Childs w:Chris Chibnall

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HOT TAKE! Doctor Who and The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos

December 11, 2018

Rob and Dave talk off-the-cuff and unstructured on the tenth Doctor Who Series 11 episode, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos. What did they make of it?

[On the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos, lies the remains of a brutal battlefield. The Doctor discovers the planet holds far more secrets, but who is the mysterious commander with no memory? And what lies beyond the mists?]

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HOT TAKE! Doctor Who and It Takes You Away

December 3, 2018

Rob and Dave talk off-the-cuff and unstructured on the ninth Doctor Who Series 11 episode, It Takes You Away. What did they make of it?

[On the edge of a Norwegian fjord, The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help. What has happened here? What monster lurks in the woods and beyond?]

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HOT TAKE! Doctor Who and The Witchfinders

November 26, 2018

Rob and Dave talk off-the-cuff and unstructured on the eighth Doctor Who Series 11 episode, The Witchfinders. What did they make of it?

[The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz arrive in 17th century Lancashire and become embroiled in a witch trial, run by the local landowner. As fear spreads, the arrival of King James I only serves to intensify the witch hunt.]

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The Doctor Who Show S03 E11 – Series 11 Hits & Misses

November 25, 2018

We say the Doctor Who Show is, ‘where too much Doctor Who is barely enough’, so on top of our weekly Series 11 Hot Takes currently airing on the channel, Rob teams up here with Steven from the New to Who podcast to give you even more.

A quick swing through some of the big (and quirky) news pieces of November is followed by a ton of listener email about the latest four episodes of Series 11, which the guys then use to drive discussion on those episodes:

Arachnids in the UK
The Tsuranga Conundrum
Demons of the Punjab
Kerblam!

If you’ve been listening to the Hot Takes, this episode will still feel like a fresh take on it all, with comments from far and wide among the show’s listeners. Plus, with Steven only appearing on our Rosa episode this series, his takes on the four episodes will be all-new for our listeners.

Hope you enjoy the episode! Contact us anytime, hello@theDWshow.net

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HOT TAKE! Doctor Who and Kerblam!

November 19, 2018

Rob and Dave talk off-the-cuff and unstructured on the seventh Doctor Who Series 11 episode, Kerblam! What did they make of it?

[A mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy's largest retailer: Kerblam!]

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HOT TAKE! Doctor Who and Demons Of The Punjab

November 13, 2018

Rob and Dave talk off-the-cuff and unstructured on the sixth Doctor Who Series 11 episode, Demons Of The Punjab. What did they make of it?

[The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as the country is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother's hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land, but what do they want?]

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The Podcast of Decision (The DW Show Presents…)

November 11, 2018

What happens when you combine a hotel room in Sydney, Rob & Dave from the Doctor Who Show and Todd and Nathan from Flight Through Entirety (and Jodie into Terror)?

Well, this episode, clearly!

Taking the rare opportunity of Dave visiting Sydney as a cue, we assemble in-person to have a breezy wander through all of Doctor Who via some games Dave devised.

NB: Sound quality is degraded from what a 'normal' episode of the podcast would deliver, due to the unusual recording circumstances. But we hope you still enjoy it!

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HOT TAKE! Doctor Who and The Tsuranga Conundrum

November 5, 2018

Rob and Dave talk off-the-cuff and unstructured on the fifth Doctor Who Series 11 episode, The Tsuranga Conundrum. What did they make of it?

[Injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe's most deadly and unusual creatures.]

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HOT TAKE! Doctor Who and Arachnids In The UK

October 29, 2018

AKA The Spiders of Death

Rob and Dave talk off-the-cuff and unstructured on the fourth Doctor Who Series 11 episode, Arachnids In The UK. What did they make of it?

[The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire - and Yaz's family - only to find something is stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield.]

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The Doctor Who Show S03 E10 – Series 11 Opening Salvos

October 28, 2018

We say the Doctor Who Show is, 'where too much Doctor Who is barely enough', so on top of their weekly Series 11 Hot Takes currently airing on the channel, Rob and Dave are back in your ears to prove that tagline with their regular monthly catch-up.

A quick swing through the big news pieces of October is followed by some short topics, before the guys take all the listener emails they've received about the first three episodes of Series 11, and use those comments to drive discussion on what's happened to date.

If you've been listening to the Hot Takes, this episode will still feel like a fresh take on it all, with comments from far and wide among the show's listeners. If you haven't heard a Hot Take yet, here's your chance for Rob and Dave to summarise Series 11 so far.

Hope you enjoy the episode! Contact us anytime, hello@theDWshow.net

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