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






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