*sniff* - It's the end of an era, as Matt Smith and the 11th Doctor depart in "The Time of the Doctor".  John & Will talk about this bittersweet Christmas episode - what worked well, what worked less so, etc.  What kind of answers did we get to the open questions of the 11th's era?  How much will we miss Matt Smith (so much that we'll be doing more episodes on him in the future)?

We started this podcast with Matt's first full episode, and now his time is over.  But we'll ALWAYS remember the time when the Doctor was MATT SMITH.  He's OUR DOCTOR.

Also, in honor of Matt (& Peter Capaldi), we have 11 rounds of trivia... plus one for Regeneration's Sake!  Won't you listen?  Thanks!

Direct download: Time_of_the_Doctor_61.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:17am PDT

MUTTER'S SPIRAL wraps up the journey through SHERLOCK Series 2 with discussion of "The Hounds of Baskerville" & "The Reichenbach Fall".  We focus mostly on The Fall and the epic battle between Sherlock & Moriarity - The FINAL Problem!  How did Sherlock survive the fall?  We advance some ideas (although I INCORRECTLY state that you don't see Sherlock hit the ground - WE do, but WATSON doesn't).  Come join us for talk, speculation and trivia!

Direct download: 60_Sherlock_hound_reichenbach.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:51am PDT

SHERLOCK is returning in the new year... and we never got around to doing Season 2... so, here it is!  We start off with a typically brief 2 hour podcast on the Season 2 lid-lifter, "A Scandal in Belgravia".  Irene Adler!  Moriarty!  Mycroft!  Deerstalker hats!  More Sherlock easter eggs than you can fit in Mrs. Hudson's fridge!  We both LOVE this story, so we give it the full MSP going over.  Plus, Trivia!

NOTE:  This was actually recorded in JULY.  We just ended up holding off the release until closer to the S3 premiere.  Well, the time is now!  Please take a listen!

Direct download: 59_-_Scandal_in_Belgravia.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:10pm PDT

The DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary celebration continues on the Mutter's Spiral Podcast!  This time, John & Will tackle Mark Gatiss's sublime "An Adventure in Space & Time" as well as Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann & a cast of thousands (Smith!  Tennant! Coleman!  Moffat! Georgia Tennant! BARROWMAN!) in the delightful confection "The Five-ish Doctors: Reboot".  Tears and laughs abound as we discuss what we enjoyed AND learned from both of these anniversary "gifts" to fans.  We'll also cover some other Who-related media (Brian Cox special, BBC 3 after party) and Sherlock news, and there's of course trivia - even questions going in both directions this week!  Please take a listen!

Direct download: 58_-_AdventureSpaceTime_FiveISHDoctors.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:41am PDT

HAPPY 50th ANNIVERSARY DOCTOR WHO!  The Doctor turns 50, and ALL hands are on deck for the smashing 50th celebration episode, "The Day of the Doctor"!  John & Will make a long-overdue return to discuss this 75 minute bundle of glory and joy (Spoiler Alert: We LOVED it)!  We talk all about the episode, all of the Doctors (old and new) and even add in some discussion of "Night of the Doctor".  Future podcasts will cover "An Adventure in Space & Time" & "The Five(ish) Doctors - REBOOT" specials.  For now, it's the main course: Smith, Tennant, Hurt, Jenna, Billie, and a few added surprises!  There's also trivia, of course!  Please take a listen!  NOTE: IT's a long one, over 2 hours - but that's because there's just so much awesomeness to discuss!

Direct download: DAY_of_the_DOCTOR.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:24am PDT

Excitement abounds through the WHO-niverse as PETER CAPALDI ("Fires of Pompeii", "Torchwood: Children of Earth", "The Thick of It", "Local Hero", "In the Loop", even an Oscar for short film "Franz Kafka's 'It's a Wonderful Life'") takes over the TARDIS at Christmas this year!

Join John & Will as they talk about the selection, how they feel, how they think various parts of fandom will react and even how this is Steven Moffat casting as close to himself as he can as the Doctor!  There's lots of banter and excitement combined with reassurance for any fans that either haven't gone through regeneration before, or who anticipated a different choice as #12.  

Take a listen to find out our views on Peter Capaldi!

Direct download: 56_-_Peter_Capaldi_is_the_DOCTOR.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:35pm PDT

Matt Smith's leaving Doctor Who, and Mutter's Spiral Podcast is awash in speculation, wishcasting and left-field scenarios for the Fall of the Eleventh and the subsequent regeneration into the TWELFTH.  Will has several out-of-the-box ideas, starting with JENNA4DOCTOR12 - Jenna Coleman becomes the 12th Doctor.  He continues with 2 variations of a TENNANT SCENARIO that would lead to the return of David Tennant to the TARDIS.  

John then leads us through the various contenders mentioned in the press, and he very cogently and smartly sums up what is needed in the next Doctor.  After he details the names everyone's saying, he then comes through with two GREAT "out there" ideas, including one so diabolical that it's worthy of Steven Moffat himself.  

You'll have to listen all the way through to hear them - in all, it's an hour of Doctor Who chat and speculation.  Take a listen and also - tell us what YOU think!  Who's your choice for the next Doctor?   

Direct download: New_Doctor_Speculation_55.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:29pm PDT

MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast returns for more Doctor Who Series 7b discussion.  It's been a week since the finale, how do John & Will feel about it now that it's "sunk in"?  Will just re-watched it all today - did he glean anything new?  John has a LOT of unanswered questions - what are they, and when (and if) do we think they'll be answered?  Where do we think Matt Smith ranks in the pantheon of Doctors?    Listen and find out!  There's some really good discussion on here, so please join us!

Direct download: Post_7B_wrapup_54.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:42pm PDT

It's another MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast, this time talking about the monumental Series 7 finale "The Name of the Doctor", written by Steven Moffat himself.  

Did the episode live up to the hype?  Was it a satisfying conclusion to the mystery of who is Clara?  What IS the Doctor's greatest secret?  How will that play out in the 50th?  How many times can one person use the adjective "Lovely" during a podcast?  Also, trivia, talk of the upcoming podcasts during the hiatus, and lots of other stuff!  Ok, not really, it's all about "The Name of the Doctor"!  Listen and find out!  

Direct download: The_Name_of_the_Doctor_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:30pm PDT

The day has nearly arrived - the DOCTOR WHO Series 7b Finale, where we learn "The Name of the Doctor" AND all about Clara's deal.  

SO, it's time to speculate, theorize, hypothesize, guess, and finally throw our hands up in exasperation but also exultation at the mysteries Steven Moffat have devised.

John has a good solid theory, one even Will thinks is more likely to be true.  Will has a more fanciful and longer term one (includes 50th WAG).  

Includes discussion of "She Said, He Said", the prologue to the finale as well as bringing in clues from the various trailers for the episode, information from the Doctor Who novels (we BOTH mine that for theory support), and even hints and tidbits from the Moff, Matt, Jenna, et al!

If you want some speculation and theories to help you solidify your own theory, take a listen!  

If you want to laugh at some bad guesses (most likely), take a listen!

We recorded this on Monday, and since then, I've thought, "Oh, I'm even LESS Close than I thought", then I felt "Hey, i MIGHT be onto something!", then I realized that again Moffat is several moves ahead of us on the chessboard... as usual!

PS - No trivia on this episode.

Direct download: Series_7b_pre-finale_podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:27pm PDT

MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast returns to discuss Neil Gaiman's "Nightmare in Silver", his long-awaited 2nd Doctor Who episode.  How does it measure up to "The Doctor's Wife", as well as the rest of Series 7b?  How are the new Cybermen?  What kind of clues did we get for our 2 big mysteries: Who is Clara? and Doctor WHO?  How does Will do in trivia this week?  All questions answered on MSP #51!  Take a listen!

Direct download: Nightmare_in_Silver_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:00pm PDT

It's MUTTER'S SPIRAL time!  This week, we discuss "The Crimson Horror", the Mark Gatiss episode featuring Dame Diana Rigg, the Paternoster Gang (Vastra, Jenny & Strax), and, oh yeah, the Doctor & Clara!  It was a fun episode and a fun podcast.  Plus, you know there's ALWAYS trivia!  Please take a listen!

Direct download: Crimson_Horror_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:44am PDT

MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast returns to talk about the lengthily-titled "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS", the newest Doctor Who episode, written by Steve Thompson.  We talk about trying to erase the memories of "The Invasion of Time", the preponderance of plot holes, our love for Clara (& J-LC), and our distaste over this episode's use of the reset button.  Plus, Trivia!  Please take a listen!

Direct download: Journey_to_the_Centre_of_the_TARDIS.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:28am PDT

It's DOCTOR WHO time again as MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast is back, and we're talking about "Hide", the scary new episode from Neil Cross.  Who thinks it was a fun thrill ride which sets up the back half of series 7 nicely, and who is desirious of a bit more ingenuity in the plot and its resolution?  Also, did John come up with a great set of trivia questions (SPOILER: he DID), and, most importantly... just how SHOULD we say "Metebelis"?  Come listen and find out!

Direct download: Hide_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:54am PDT

Mutter's Spiral Podcast is back once again with a discussion of "Cold War", the 3rd episode of Series 7b.  Listen as we discuss this old-school Who episode, wax rhapsodic over David Warner and offer our views of the new (and improved) Ice Warriors.  Plus, trivis and a smattering of news.  

Direct download: Cold_War_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:50pm PDT

MUTTER'S SPIRAL returns to talk about the 2nd (3rd?) episode of Series 7b - "The Rings of Akhaten".  Listen to find out which of us really liked this episode.  Listen to find out which one of us felt that the episode didn't really sing (sorry).  Listen to hear some excellent trivia questions from John and some good answers from Will.  Listen for the news.  Just listen, we'd love to have you join us!

Direct download: Rings_of_Akhaten_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:38pm PDT

Series 7b has started, as the Doctor returns in "The Bells of Saint John", and MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast is full of discussion about this fun story, the first one with the real (right?) Clara Oswald.   John & I will go through the episode with a fine-tooth comb - we talk plot, first companion episodes, the Chemistry between Matt & Jenna and just WHO IS CLARA OSWALD??  There are a few clues, which we tease out and wonder what it means.  Plus, as always, TRIVIA and news, including talk of David Tennant & Billie Piper returning!  

Direct download: Bells_of_Saint_John_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:52pm PDT

MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast returns with part 3 of our trilogy previewing Series 7b by discussing the Series 6 finale, "The Wedding of River Song"!  We talk about the episode, our favorite moments and how we think it did at tying up the threads of season 6.  There's a ton to talk about in this episode, including the "redemption" of Winston Churchill (in my eyes)!  Plus, Trivia and news.  Please, take a listen!

Direct download: Wedding_of_River_Song.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

MUTTER'S SPIRAL Podcast is back again, fresh from our triumphant return (well, our return) to talk about "Asylum of the Daleks".  The first episode of Series 7 brings a return of the Doctor's most fearsome foes as well as a surprise appearance of someone whom we'll all be getting to know better over the coming season, new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman (albeit in a different - we THINK - role).  What did we think of this episode?  How does it set up what's to come later in series 7.  Plus, hey, there's Amy & Rory!

Also - LOTS AND LOTS of trivia - including some REALLY long questions asked by me (Will) to John, as well as the usual John-created questions.  And there's news!  Come take a listen!

Direct download: Asylum_of_the_Daleks.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:27am PDT

It's the long-awaited (by whom, exactly?) return of Mutter's Spiral Podcast.  John and Will are back after a LONG break, and they're talking about the 2012 Christmas episode, "The Snowmen".  What did they think of the ep?  How are they finding Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion(s)?  Is there anything more awesome than Vastra, Jenny & Strax?  Can Will answer some trivia questions correctly?

All that and more, including lots of Series 7b news!  Take a listen!

Direct download: Snowmen.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:19am PDT






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