MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast is back, and we're discussing the mind-bending new DOCTOR WHO Episode "Extremis", written by Steven Moffat & directed by Daniel Nettheim (S 10 Ep 06).  We will dive into the episode and look at it from every angle we can - both the flashbacks with Missy & Nardole (proxy for River) as well as the main thread of the story with Bill, Nardole, the Pope, Cardinal Angelo, CERN, et al.  We pick at the details that tripped us up, potentially, and John gives me a great solution for one of the main troubles I had!  We puzzle over how we'd react if we were in such a situation, as well.  There's also of course trivia (and a puntastic opening). Plus...

We have new theme music!  It's a track called "Ecstasy" from Purple Planet:


Check out their site, lots of cool stuff!

Have a listen, won't you!

PS - Sorry for the lateness this week - a cold got John!  He's all better now. 

Direct download: Mutters130_Extremis.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:57am PDT

MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast is back, and we're almost breathless while talking about "Oxygen", Jamie Mathieson's stellar new story, the 5th episode of Series 10 of DOCTOR WHO.   We both really enjoyed it, and we will discuss what excited us so.  Plus, we'll talk about where we go from here as we head into the big 3-parter (and perhaps learn who's in the vault?)!  It's easy to see there's a lot going on!  Plus, there's trivia and discussion of the latest name in the Next Doctor sweepstakes.

Take a listen, won't you?

Direct download: Mutters129_Oxygen.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:54am PDT

MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast is back to talk about "Knock Knock", the creepy 4th episode of Series 10 of DOCTOR WHO.  The episode is particularly disturbing for one of us who has an issue with crawling bugs/monsters, so we will talk about this, as well as the magnificent performance from guest star David Suchet.  We'll also discuss the references to GRANDFATHER and talk about just who might be in the vault!

There's also trivia, news, and even a quick discussion of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!  Please take a listen!

Direct download: Mutters128_KnockKnock.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:23am PDT

MUTTER’S SPIRAL Podcast is back, and we're talking about "Thin Ice", the delightful 3rd episode of Series 10 of DOCTOR WHO, written by the amazing Sarah Dollard!  John and I will talk all about Bill's first trip into the past and the lessons she learns from her tutor, the Doctor.  This week, she sees some of the hard truths of the life she's embarked upon and has to confront death and suffering in a way she hasn't yet (i.e., as it happens directly in front of her).  

While there are many great and serious lines, speeches, and thoughts in this episode, there are just as many funny moments plus the continued great chemistry between Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie.  We will rhapsodize over those, as well as giving well-deserved kudos to the costuming and the overall design of the episode, courtesy of Haley Nebauer and Michael Pickwoad, respectively.

It's our favorite episode of the season, and one we both think will continue to delight us for years to come.  Quintessential Doctor Who!  Please have a listen, won't you?

Direct download: Mutters127_ThinIce.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:43am PDT

MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast returns to discuss "Smile" 😀 (by Frank Cottrell Boyce), episode 2 of Series 10 of DOCTOR WHO.  John and I talk about Bill's first "official" trip in the TARDIS, and how her first off-world adventure compares to other "first trips" in the modern era (echoes of Rose, Amy, Clara) and what that could portend for the Doctor-Bill relationship as well as the rest of this series.  We will go over the plot, noting similarities to many other works, both inside of DOCTOR WHO and outside, and give opinions on how well the story worked for us.

We will also talk Ratings and the New Doctor Rumor Mill, and there's some excellent trivia this week - I'm forced to use "Eagles Math" to get my score over 50%!

Have a listen, won't you?  🎤🎧

Direct download: Mutters126_Smile.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:28am PDT

DOCTOR WHO is finally back with SERIES 10!  The show returns with a crackling episode called "The Pilot", and that's what we're discussing on this episode of the MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast!

"The Pilot" begins the final series for Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (*CRY*), and it introduces us to the glorious Pearl Mackie as new companion Bill Potts!  John and I will discuss Bill's initial meeting with the Doctor and the adventure that ensues.  We ponder whether "The Pilot" lives up to its name (in a tv show sense - a first episode) as a good starting point for new viewers.  We'll also note a copious amount of Easter Eggs (TIMELY) sprinkled throughout the episode as a treat for returning fans as well as potential clues to how Series 10 will develop.  We'll talk about the return of Matt Lucas as Nardole and what role he plays, both within the narrative and from a production perspective.

We will of course dive in to the meat of the episode itself - The Doctor becoming Bill's "tutor" and their relationship; Bill's encounters with Heather which leads to the encounters with the oil (water? Substance?) that ultimately absorbs Heather and sets out after Bill.  There's a mysterious vault, some photographs from long ago, of both Bill's mother and of the Doctor's Family (SUSAN & River, but did we mention SUSAN?) and the fate of Heather and whether we will see her again (Magic 8-Ball says, "All signs point to YES").

We will also talk about what the rest of Series 10 may hold and about that TRAILER - John Simm!  REGENERATION!  That leads into a discussion of the Kris Marshall rumors: IS he the next Doctor?  If so, will we see him BEFORE Christmas?  Are we being faked out by Moffat et al?

And, TRIVIA is back!  John has some excellent and interesting questions as always - I did ok on them - how will you do?

All in all, it's a lot of excited chatter about Doctor Who & "The Pilot".  We're excited the show is back, and we love discussing it with each other and hope it's a pleasant listening experience for you!  Please try it and see (or should that be hear?)!

Direct download: Mutters125_ThePilot.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:01am PDT

MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast is back, just in time to preview SERIES 10 of DOCTOR WHO (the final Peter Capaldi series, *heavysadness*)!  Join John and I as we delve into talking about what we can look for in Series 10 - episode by episode, storyline by storyline.  We will talk about the upcoming debut of Pearl Mackie as Bill, and how Bill will fit on the show.  We talk about the return of many old foes (including some "surprise" ones that have been revealed to the public already).

We do talk in detail about each episode, so if you like to stay away from knowing too much, be forewarned.  But, if you're like us and love to speculate and anticipate, then this will be right up your trap street!

We will also discuss the return of Classic Doctor Who episodes to American streaming as BritBox debuts stateside, and we will discuss the sad passing of a great actor, Tim Pigott-Smith, from the classic era (and one of John's favorite stories, "The Masque of Mandragora").  Trivia will return next week with the episode recaps!

We are VERY excited for Series 10, and we're excited to be back discussing them with each other and with you, dear listener!  We hope you enjoy!!

Direct download: Mutters124_Series10Preview.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:55am PDT

MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast returns with a fun and thought-provoking deep dive into various DOCTOR WHO topics with our good friend Kathleen Schowalter!  She's a brilliant PhD, she's a super analytical and thoughtful WHO fan, and she's a delight to talk to!  We talk about her WHO "origin story", including: her initial fear of Tom Baker and how her feelings towards him have changed since she got back into WHO fandom in adulthood.  We also talk more about how Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey" pertains to Doctor Who and the companions, building from the fascinating panel that she excelled on at Gallifrey One, as well as just which WHO story she feels is the BEST example of that in the WHO canon.  We dive into favorite episodes, both classic and new, and she turns the tables on us with some thoughtful questions to John and me about our likes and dislikes in WHO.

We also discuss the news of the return of the ORIGINAL Mondassian Cybermen to Series 10 for the first time in over 50 years since "The Tenth Planet" and how we all feel about their return (spoiler alert, we are almost as excited as Peter Capaldi - LOTS).  We discuss the news of British Bookmakers shutting down wagering on the next Doctor after lots of money came in on Kris Marshall, and Kathleen and John help me figure out just who that is!  We discuss what we think Chris Chibnall's WHO might look like as well.

It's a really enjoyable and engrossing conversation to have participated in, and we hope listening to it is as pleasurable as recording it was!   We're already looking forward to having Kathleen back on the show!  Listen and find out why!

Direct download: Mutters123_TalkingWho_Kathleen.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:40am PDT

We're back to the "real world" from a DELIGHTFUL GALLIFREY ONE Doctor Who Convention (the 28th!), and we're continuing recapping the con and keeping that GALLYLOVE vibe going with our great friends Sage Young and Kim Rogers of !  We'll focus on their throughts on this year's shindig and specifically their participation in panels, podcasts, games, cosplay, etc!  Kim talks about her participation in Paul Cornell's "Would I Lie To You" game and her triumphant stint during "In Defense of..." PLUS her turn as the maniacally cruel BBC America executive during the live REALITY BOMB Podcast!  Sage was dropping knowledge all weekend - she did a great mini-panel during REALITY BOMB as well as excelling on the Chibnall Era Transition and Class Is Now in Session panels!  They'll tell us about the fantastic PUNK COMPANIONS cosplay that they and many of their friends did, too (it was AMAZING)!

ALSO, check our main Libsyn page for the mini-podcasts from the weekend, including ones with Felicity Kusinitz and Deb Stanish of Verity!

Direct download: Mutters122_HeadOverFeels_GALLY1_2017_Recap.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:22am PDT

We finally get super fan Felicity on the show. One of our longest listening fans, we're delighted to finally have her on the show.  She's been to GallifreyOne for 18 straight years. We talk about how it's changed over the years and what her weekend highlights were. Listen, won't you? 

Direct download: Sunday_Night_w-Felicity.m4a
Category: -- posted at: 3:34pm PDT






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