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The Ood Cast

The Ood Cast
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Homepage: http://theoodcast.com

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The Ood Cast Statistics
Episodes:
68
Average Episode Duration:
0:0:26:21
Longest Episode Duration:
0:0:57:36
Total Duration of all Episodes:
1 days, 5 hours, 51 minutes and 18 seconds
Earliest Episode:
28 March 2012 (10:47pm GMT)
Latest Episode:
9 November 2018 (12:43am GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
35 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds

The Ood Cast Episodes

  • The Ood Cast S07E06 - Angry Grey Zombie Potato

    9 November 2018 (12:43am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 29 minutes and 28 seconds

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    Reviewing The Tsuranga Conundrum

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  • The Ood Cast S07E05 - Spider-Van

    2 November 2018 (11:41pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 35 minutes and 16 seconds

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    Reviewing Arachnids in the UK

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  • The Ood Cast S07E04 - Racist Fonz

    26 October 2018 (12:38am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 37 minutes and 50 seconds

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    Reviewing Rosa

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  • The Ood Cast S07E03 - Snakes & Ladders

    19 October 2018 (10:45pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 40 minutes and 20 seconds

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    Reviewing The Ghost Monument

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  • The Ood Cast S07E02 - Ood Looks Like A Lady

    12 October 2018 (3:10pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 32 minutes and 56 seconds

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    Reviewing The Woman Who Fell to Earth.

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  • The Ood One Out - The Doctor Falls

    7 July 2017 (6:23pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 52 minutes and 41 seconds

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    Reviewing The Doctor Falls.

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  • The Ood One Out - World Enough and Time

    30 June 2017 (2:49pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 36 minutes and 44 seconds

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    Reviewing World Enough and Time.

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  • The Ood One Out - The Eaters of Light

    23 June 2017 (9:22pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 27 minutes and 54 seconds

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    Reviewing The Eaters of Light.

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  • The Ood One Out - Empress of Mars

    16 June 2017 (4:08pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 24 minutes and 28 seconds

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    Reviewing Empress of Mars.

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  • The Ood One Out - The Lie of the Land

    9 June 2017 (10:42pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 21 minutes and 1 second

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    Reviewing The Lie of the Land.

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  • The Ood One Out - The Pyramid at the End of the World

    2 June 2017 (11:11am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 31 minutes and 30 seconds

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    Reviewing The Pyramid at the End of the World

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  • The Ood One Out - Extremis

    26 May 2017 (10:59am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 47 seconds

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    Reviewing Extremis.

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  • The Ood One Out - Oxygen

    19 May 2017 (11:59am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 37 minutes and 58 seconds

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    Reviewing Oxygen.

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  • The Ood One Out - Knock Knock

    12 May 2017 (8:16pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 37 minutes and 45 seconds

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    Chris Sigma and Angus review Knock Knock.

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  • The Ood One Out - Thin Ice

    5 May 2017 (9:56am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 32 minutes and 23 seconds

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    Join Chris, Emily and Andy as they review Thin Ice.

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  • The Ood One Out - Smile

    28 April 2017 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 25 minutes and 23 seconds

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    Sigma and Alpha reunite to review Smile \xe2\x80\x93 a sort-of spiritual sequel to Blink in that both titles revolve around things you can do with your face.

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  • The Ood One Out - The Pilot

    21 April 2017 (9:27pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 27 minutes and 7 seconds

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    This week Chris Sigma is joined by long term co-host (and excellent life-partner) Laura Mead to review the Doctor Who Series 10 opener \xe2\x80\x93 The Pilot.

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  • Los Angeles, CA - May 16

    6 November 2015 (6:12am GMT)
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    The Troubadour
    \nDoors 7pm
    \nSet 11pm
    \nDJ set by The Narrator

    \n

    More info: Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt. Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem. Ut enim ad minima veniam, quis nostrum exercitationem ullam corporis suscipit laboriosam, nisi ut aliquid ex ea commodi consequatur? Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem eum fugiat quo voluptas nulla pariatur

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  • Philadelphia, PA - May 21

    6 November 2015 (6:08am GMT)
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    Johnny Brendas
    \nDoors 7pm
    \nSet 9pm
    \nSpecial Guests Kiss Me Deadly

    \n

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  • Brooklyn, NY - June 11

    19 August 2015 (1:22am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

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    Music Hall of Williamsburg
    \nDoors 8pm
    \nSet 10pm
    \nSpecial Guests The End of the World

    \n

    More info: Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt. Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem. Ut enim ad minima veniam, quis nostrum exercitationem ullam corporis suscipit laboriosam, nisi ut aliquid ex ea commodi consequatur? Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem eum fugiat quo voluptas nulla pariatur

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  • The Ood Cast S06E07 - Space Hustle

    31 May 2015 (9:56pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 31 minutes and 33 seconds

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    \xe2\x80\x9cIt was a bit like Sean Connery trying to do an American accent through an electrified sock\xe2\x80\xa6\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    In which we dive into hazelnut syrup, mash circuit boards into our faces and both accents and clones get murdered.

    \n

    Reviews: Time Heist
    \nAir Date: 20th September 2014
    \nSong: \xe2\x80\x9cSpoon Forehead\xe2\x80\x9d based on \xe2\x80\x9cGoldfinger\xe2\x80\x9d by Shirley Bassey
    \nAdditional notes: This episode was recorded in the present day of 2015. Next week we return to 2014 \xe2\x80\x93 yes, our brains hurt too.

    \n

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  • The Ood Cast S06E06 - Plastic Army

    14 May 2015 (11:21pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 34 minutes and 4 seconds

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    \xe2\x80\x9cThis is like the Sharon Stone\xe2\x80\x99s crotch of monsters\xe2\x80\xa6\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    In which we help listeners to stalk us, discuss childhood trauma and pooing into a sieve and Chris Alpha is incredulous about the prospect of a female master (ha)!

    \n

    Reviews: Listen
    \nAir Date: 13th September 2014
    \nSong: \xe2\x80\x9cListen\xe2\x80\x9d based on \xe2\x80\x9cReal Love\xe2\x80\x9d by John Lennon
    \nAdditional notes: This is the first episode after Chris Sigma returned from his three month sabbatical to the States. We had to edit out the snogging.*

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    *true

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  • The Ood Cast S06E05 - Ood-e-lally

    30 April 2015 (7:06pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 27 minutes and 21 seconds

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    \xe2\x80\x9cHe had a bouquet of quivering fronds\xe2\x80\xa6\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    In which everything is a spaceship, Robin Hood is a fox and Jeremy Clarkson gets hit in the face during a sketch.

    \n

    Reviews: Robot of Sherwood
    \nAir Date: 6th September 2014
    \nSong: \xe2\x80\x9cOod-e-lally\xe2\x80\x9d based on \xe2\x80\x9cOo-De-Lally\xe2\x80\x9d by Roger Miller
    \nAdditional notes: We recorded this during the week that \xe2\x80\x9cRobot of Sherwood\xe2\x80\x9d went out and then promptly forgot to release it until April 2015. So we did the sketch about Jeremy Clarkson BEFORE he actually got fired for punching someone. Timey, and indeed, wimey.

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  • The Ood Cast S06E04 - Star Trek Into Dalek

    18 September 2014 (12:34am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 33 minutes and 5 seconds

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    \xe2\x80\x9cTalk to the plunger coz the eyestalk ain\xe2\x80\x99t listening\xe2\x80\xa6\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    In which daleks find various things incredibly beautiful, we reference a minor character in a niche sitcom and mercifully no-one attempts a Scottish accent.

    \n

    Reviews: Into the Dalek
    \nAir Date: 30th August 2014
    \nSong: \xe2\x80\x9cA Dalek Called Rusty\xe2\x80\x9d based on \xe2\x80\x9cMoney for Nothing\xe2\x80\x9d by Dire Straits
    \nAdditional notes: What of the absent Ood Sigma? He was actually in Texas this week and completely forgot to record a review or write any sketches. This is why the discussion is a little more highbrow and intellectual than normal.

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  • The Ood Cast S06E03 - A Bout de Souffle

    6 September 2014 (6:51am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 42 minutes and 36 seconds

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    \xe2\x80\x9cThis is a Doctor who doesn\xe2\x80\x99t really care if people like him.\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    In which promises are broken, monster encounters are simulated and the Doctor orders a pepperoni pizza.

    \n

    Reviews: Deep Breath
    \nAir Date: 23rd August 2014
    \nSong: \xe2\x80\x9cBrand New Face\xe2\x80\x9d based on \xe2\x80\x9cSuper Bass\xe2\x80\x9d by Nicki Minaj
    \nAdditional notes: Sigma wasn\xe2\x80\x99t actually in Texas during his segments. He was in Chicago. This is why he mentions eating \xe2\x80\x9cChicago Mix\xe2\x80\x9d popcorn and not a massive slab of barbecue beef brisket. Cheese and caramel really do go together incredibly well.

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  • The Ood Cast S06E02 - Time Gentleman, Please

    27 July 2014 (5:52pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 43 minutes and 18 seconds

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    \xe2\x80\x9cIt\xe2\x80\x99s a wonderful idea. The Doctor stops running is a wonderful idea.\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    In which we wonder why daleks can\xe2\x80\x99t shoot straight, bring Christmas to July, invent new kinds of cybermen & experiment with Scottish accents.

    \n

    Reviews: The Time of the Doctor
    \nAir Date: 25th December 2013
    \nSong: \xe2\x80\x9cIt\xe2\x80\x99s Time (of the Doctor)\xe2\x80\x9d based on \xe2\x80\x9cIt\xe2\x80\x99s Time\xe2\x80\x9d by Imagine Dragons
    \nAdditional notes: This was the first time we had recorded together for 6 months. It was so lovely to all be in the same room again and we had a cracking time. Laura\xe2\x80\x99s impression of Handles was so funny that we kept spoiling the take by laughing over the top of her recording. We are professionals.

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  • The Ood Cast S06E02 - Time Gentleman, Please

    27 July 2014 (5:52pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 43 minutes and 18 seconds

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    \xe2\x80\x9cIt\xe2\x80\x99s a wonderful idea. The Doctor stops running is a wonderful idea.\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    In which we wonder why daleks can\xe2\x80\x99t shoot straight, bring Christmas to July, invent new kinds of cybermen & experiment with Scottish accents.

    \n

    Reviews: The Time of the Doctor
    \nAir Date: 25th December 2013
    \nSong: \xe2\x80\x9cIt\xe2\x80\x99s Time (of the Doctor)\xe2\x80\x9d based on \xe2\x80\x9cIt\xe2\x80\x99s Time\xe2\x80\x9d by Imagine Dragons
    \nAdditional notes: This was the first time we had recorded together for 6 months. It was so lovely to all be in the same room again and we had a cracking time. Laura\xe2\x80\x99s impression of Handles was so funny that we kept spoiling the take by laughing over the top of her recording. We are professionals.

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  • The Ood Cast S06E01 - The Day of the Ood Cast

    7 July 2014 (1:03am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 57 minutes and 1 second

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    \xe2\x80\x9cI punched the air in delight!\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    \xe2\x80\x9cNo, that was my face.\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    In which we make noises like guinea pigs, create a surprising new French dessert, decorate a cake in an unorthodox way and thwart some evil doppelgangers.

    \n

    Reviews: Day of the Doctor
    \nAir Date: 23rd November 2013
    \nAdditional notes: This episode was recorded in January 2014 which is an embarrassingly long time after the anniversary episode aired. However we didn\xe2\x80\x99t publish the podcast until July 2014 so the whole January thing isn\xe2\x80\x99t looking so bad now, is it?

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  • The Ood Cast S06E01 - The Day of the Ood Cast

    7 July 2014 (1:03am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 57 minutes and 1 second

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    \xe2\x80\x9cI punched the air in delight!\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    \xe2\x80\x9cNo, that was my face.\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    In which we make noises like guinea pigs, create a surprising new French dessert, decorate a cake in an unorthodox way and thwart some evil doppelgangers.

    \n

    Reviews: Day of the Doctor
    \nAir Date: 23rd November 2013
    \nAdditional notes: This episode was recorded in January 2014 which is an embarrassingly long time after the anniversary episode aired. However we didn\xe2\x80\x99t publish the podcast until July 2014 so the whole January thing isn\xe2\x80\x99t looking so bad now, is it?

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  • In Praise of... The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe

    19 December 2013 (5:12pm GMT)
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    So it starts with the Doctor, falling through the atmosphere and climbing into an impact suit just in time. It\'s followed by a few moments of slapstick, as he tries to get up and walk away. Eventually, he is helped by someone we\'ll inevitably get to know in the next hour.

    \n

    Then the Doctor pretends to be the caretaker of a country house, where he attempts to help a family about to receive bad news have a happy time to soften the bad to come.

    \n

    I will assume you all remember the details.

    \n

    It isn\'t by any means perfect, and I won\xe2\x80\x99t pretend otherwise. But it tries to capture the magic of having a show like Doctor Who - which can go anywhere at anytime - at Christmas.

    \n

    That said, there are a couple of brilliant guest stars who are criminally (and slightly pointlessly) underused. There are confusions. There\'s an over-stretched metaphor for love, and a slightly odd environmental angle too. But this is Christmas!

    \n

    And besides, there\'s also living trees (that MAKE Christmas decorations - that then hatch into something nasty and run off), fun tricks and the Doctor does what, let\'s face it, we\'ve all wished for at some stage: he makes their Christmas.

    \n

    The "love of a mother" even guides the kids\' about-to-die father home to land his previously-doomed Lancaster bomber in their front garden. And if that didn\'t make you sob with joy, the Doctor then runs off to reunite with the Ponds and enjoy Christmas dinner.

    \n

    It possibly makes more sense emotionally if you are a parent - from both perspectives of the story, and the Doctor\'s heartbreakingly accurate summary of why Madge keeps shouting at the children is absolutely spot on.

    \n

    This story has more humanity in it\'s otherworldliness than any number of soap operas. The love of a mother CAN transform a life, just as the absence of it can. And it shows the Doctor\'s compassion, especially when it comes to humans themselves.

    \n

    It has a beautiful heart to it - like an Enid Blyton adventure wrapped in tinsel. The spirit is right for Christmas day - it\'s harmless, and the reverse of the arc-laden dramatic story currently going on with the rest of the series. It\'s relief.

    \n

    It isn\'t hard sci-fi, it isn\'t the most incisive, witty, and cleverly-conceived Who story of all-time. But it shouldn\'t be. This is for Christmas Day. The one day of the year where it\'s more likely that whole families will be watching - when smaller children are allowed to stay up and watch things they probably shouldn\'t, while sipping a glass of Port they would definitely not be allowed any other time and are grimacing while trying to convince everyone that they actually like it.

    \n

    It should be joyful and silly and cheering and heart-warmingly, tear-jerkingly feel-good.

    \n

    If nothing else, this story should be a lesson that sometimes, when you\'re a fan of something like Doctor Who, it becomes hard to see the wood for the (Christmas) trees.

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  • Ding Dong Gallifrey on High!

    18 December 2013 (5:05pm GMT)
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    Classic Doctor Who never really had to deal with Christmas - except for 1965.

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    Some context. The story that was running at the time was "The Dalek Masterplan" - a 12 episode epic which was to continue until the end of January 1966, and had been preceeded by "Mission to the Unknown", a one-episode prologue introducing some of the necessary characters. As episode seven of "Masterplan" was to air on Christmas Day, the production team decided that it should be a lighter, comedic instalment, not really involving the original plot. They thought that viewers would either not be watching or wouldn\'t want to see the next part of the dark Dalek adventure.

    \n

    The result, by all accounts, is daft, and included a slapstick chase scene through a Charlie Chaplin film set, as well as a chance meeting with Bing Crosby, but it finished with a rare breaking of the "fourth wall", with the Doctor turning to the camera in the closing moments to wish everyone at home a merry Christmas. This was a Christmas episode meant to bring a little cheer, a relief from the dramatic and controversial events (companions, DYING, on telly!) in the story. This, it achieved.

    \n

    Since then, the show has been constantly searching for a Christmassy balance between continuing the story and just being fun.

    \n

    When the show came back in 2005, television had changed - Christmas specials were no longer simply for light entertainment, they were for everything that was big news. And Who was finally big news once again.

    \n

    We\'d had a brand new Doctor, who\'d already been and gone, with a new one unveiled. Christmas day was when we\'d find out about him. It was like an extra present \xe2\x80\x93 it immediately became event TV. But goodness it was a mixed bag - exciting (A new Doctor! Sword-fighting! With aliens! On a spaceship shaped like a rock!), shocking (Oh, Harriet Jones - Prime Minister), and intriguing (blood-control, girl having to confront nasty aliens on her own). There was a satsuma to save the day. There were plenty of ideas to keep us going, and it was fun.

    \n

    The next few years have brought varying results - 2 relatively lean years with a shouty cockney runaround with added big spidery things (The Runaway Bride) and the slightly underwhelming pinching of a Douglas Adams idea (Voyage of the Damned). Then there was The Next Doctor - an interesting and fun story, the shine taken off only by the impotence of the modern cybermen and their ridiculous Statue-of-Liberty-from-Ghostbusters-2 moment (and the assumption that the people of London should be grateful for their benevolence - just before they had their houses crushed by a falling giant metal thing).

    \n

    The End of Time. Was bonkers. That\'s all. Properly bonkers.

    \n

    But then. Oh, then. A Christmas Carol. With it\'s token inclusion of the companions as a reason to get the Doctor into the story, and a beautiful snowy mix of morals and lack of morals. Yes, there are questionable bits, and a non-acting singer as a guest star, but it looks lovely, there are floating sharks, and it is suitably Christmassy.

    \n

    Then we get to 2011, and the Doctor\'s Wardrobe. There are problems, of course there are. But for all the annoyed criticism it received, I really rather enjoyed it. It probably won\'t appear in anyone\'s Top 10 lists, but it wasn\'t as bad as all that. It was fun, fairly meaningless in terms of the main show, and a bit magical - which is what Christmas telly is all about.

    \n

    I\'ll post something more about that one tomorrow, maybe.

    \n

    Last year we got a better balance - probably partly because the Doctor himself was at a crossroads. The Snowmen was a rollicking ride through a Victorian Christmas tale, which also pulled together a monster from the past AND a new companion\'s story. And lord alone knows what Moffatt\'s kitchen has cooked up for us this time round.

    \n

    But it better be Christmassy.

    \n'


  • First Meeting

    23 November 2013 (6:56pm GMT)
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    A nicely clanky flight
    \nof shiny metal stairs.

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    A handful of figures
    \nin spray-painted clothes.

    \n

    A curious, unaware small boy,
    \npyjamas on, sandwich on lap,

    \n

    switches on a boxy old TV,
    \nstares at the flickering screen.

    \n

    Silvery boots climb,
    \nmetal stairs thunk.

    \n

    Boy stops chewing.
    \nChecks behind his chair.

    \n

    More steps clatter,
    \nan unceasing flow

    \n

    of metallic warriors
    \nswarm, fill the screen.

    \n

    He cannot look away
    \nfrom encroaching threat,

    \n

    frozen, open-mouthed.
    \nHalf in fright, half love.

    \n

    The spray-painted men
    \nare taking control.

    \n

    He puts the plate down,
    \nthe food not finished.

    \n

    An army awakes before him,
    \nbut not one he recognises -

    \n

    not like his khaki plastic men
    \nwith their feet fused still.

    \n

    His armies have expressions,
    \nfixed, but present.

    \n

    These silver shapes don\xe2\x80\x99t.
    \nStaring. Like him.

    \n

    The kind man (who obviously plays
    \ncricket and is therefore good)

    \n

    seems helpless, watching
    \nas they overwhelm.

    \n

    And then there\xe2\x80\x99s music,
    \nending, thrilling, summing.

    \n

    They boy doesn\xe2\x80\x99t move.
    \nEven when dad talks.

    \n

    That\xe2\x80\x99s why he turns the TV over,
    \nand why, some time later

    \n

    the sandwich is finally
    \nall gone.

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  • Who's 50? (The Doctor is...)

    22 November 2013 (4:37pm GMT)
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    Tomorrow is the anniversary of Doctor Who. 50 years old. Or young. Or something. It\xe2\x80\x99s REALLY VERY EXCITING! We\'ve not been around for a while, and while we\'re gearing up for a big event and our own return to recording shows, I thought I\'d get the ball rolling, with a book review.

    \n

    There are hundreds of books out there about the series. Absolutely blooming loads. And sometimes it\'s really hard to see what\'s good and what\'s just opinionated and uninformed twaddle - I\'ve been burned by that before. Can you tell?

    \n

    But Who\xe2\x80\x99s 50 looked different to me \xe2\x80\x93 written by a couple of authors who have produced a guide to Doctor Who before (Who Is The Doctor), but that was a guide to the new series, whereas this seems intended to be a starting place, and an attempt to add some context to finding your way into the WHOLE of Doctor Who \xe2\x80\x93 across all 50 of the years.

    \n

    And the difference is that there was a need for this book. In their introduction, Graeme Burk and Robert Smith? point out that there are 3 questions they were asked over and over again at launches and conventions when promoting their previous book: Which classic series Doctor Who should I watch if I\'ve never seen it before? What stories would you suggest to people who have never seen Doctor Who? What Doctor Who stories would you suggest I get on DVD? The book is their way of answering those questions.

    \n

    The authors have chosen 50 stories (my increasingly addled geek brain still refuses to call them \xe2\x80\x9cepisodes\xe2\x80\x9d) to reflect the best, and worst, of the series \xe2\x80\x93 talking points and a true reflection rather than a blinkered best-of collection.

    \n

    And this is a large part of the book\'s success, for me. Doctor Who fandom isn\xe2\x80\x99t a group of people blindly agreeing and universally loving everything that appears on the screen, and the authors don\xe2\x80\x99t flinch from that. There are differences of opinion between them, and you\xe2\x80\x99ll disagree with some selections they make and arguments they put forward too. But that\'s OK \xe2\x80\x93 they make no pretence that this is some kind of definitive guide to the stories, and I seem warm to people the moment I detect a complete lack of arrogance about them \xe2\x80\x93 so let\xe2\x80\x99s just say I got off on the right foot with this book.

    \n

    What they do try to do though, is help you understand the context in which the stories were made \xe2\x80\x93 and even (in the case of the Key to Time season) point to what the programme was trying to achieve, and suggest reasons why perhaps it didn\'t quite work.

    \n

    The \xe2\x80\x9ctips for newbies\xe2\x80\x9d sections are a neat idea and makes a few good suggestions on how to appreciate the older stories \xe2\x80\x93 like taking it one episode at a time (despite the remarkable temptation). That\xe2\x80\x99s advice I should really take too - it\'s way too easy to press Play All and be exhausted by it by episode 3! It does give good hints on how to enjoy and adjust between different eras and evolutions of the series.

    \n

    Each story is discussed at some length \xe2\x80\x93 there\xe2\x80\x99s a broad summary of plot, then a list of references and influences (which I thought was particularly great \xe2\x80\x93 a nice little reminder that no element is ever new, just recycled) and then some historical context in terms of the show. There\xe2\x80\x99s a section on continuity, and a little check on where the characters of the Doctor and his companions are at too. There\xe2\x80\x99s a celebration of the joyous moments, acknowledgment of the cringe worthy and the nonsensical too, as well as (of course, no Doctor Who book is complete without it) trivia. Then there\xe2\x80\x99s opinion, which, as always, is subjective, but both authors have a say, and while that does inevitably lead to some conflict, it also means we get a more rounded picture of the story, it\xe2\x80\x99s impact and meanings.

    \nwhos50-catalogue-2

    Who\xe2\x80\x99s 50
    by Graeme Burk and Robert Smith? (published by ECW Press)

    \n

    Extra context is added through the little vignettes peppered throughout \xe2\x80\x93 side-tracks which look at wider subjects that affected the making of the series, such as what the shooting conditions were like in Lime Grove Studio 4, The Doctor\xe2\x80\x99s Name and background on the actors.

    \n

    In style, I suppose this falls somewhere between the classic Target guide, The Making of Doctor Who and Virgin\xe2\x80\x99s The Discontinuity Guide - it\xe2\x80\x99s a serious guide to these stories, well worth paying attention to, but it\xe2\x80\x99s irreverent too. And on top of that, I think they make a good job of explaining what Ghost Light is all about \xe2\x80\x93 by unpicking the relationship between the central characters, which is a sizeable achievement in itself, some would say.

    \n

    So, in short: I\xe2\x80\x99m off out to buy this. Yes, I have a preview copy, but I want a proper one. It\xe2\x80\x99s worth it. Particularly if you have someone in your life who keeps asking you the questions that prompted the book, or you\xe2\x80\x99ve been asking them yourself\xe2\x80\xa6

    \n

    Chris Alpha (@alphaood)

    \n'


  • The Ood Cast Extra - In The Whoop!

    4 August 2013 (11:02pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 16 minutes and 51 seconds

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    "Like mayflies, we are! Fluttering around with no mouths\xe2\x80\xa6"

    \n

    In which we eat a chocolate K9, steal some tinsel from the BBC, tape oven gloves to Steven Moffat\xe2\x80\x99s hands & do a dance with Zoe Ball (really).

    \n

    Reviews: Doctor Who Live \xe2\x80\x93 The Next Doctor
    \nAir Date: 4th Aug 2013
    \nAdditional notes: Peter Capaldi is credited in mega zombie flop \xe2\x80\x9cWorld War Z\xe2\x80\x9d as W.H.O Doctor. Did the producers have a secret portal to the future? Probably not, judging from box office receipts\xe2\x80\xa6

    \n'


  • Boom

    26 June 2013 (10:20am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    b'

    Hello.

    \n'


  • The Ood Cast S05E19 - Gregory McCaramel

    31 May 2013 (10:51pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 37 minutes and 9 seconds

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    "I find the sight of a man begging for the lives of his friends... quite sensual."

    \n

    In which we meet a fellow with a strange new face, remember former glories, podcast telepathically & Chip doesn\xe2\x80\x99t kill anyone.

    \n

    Reviews: The Name of the Doctor
    \nAir Date: 31st May 2013
    \nAdditional notes: This episode, our season finale, contains our most ambitious sketch to date with 17 podcasters from 3 separate continents getting involved. Thanks to The Doctor Who Podcast, The Tin Dog Podcast, Radio Rassilon, Doctor Who: The Writer\xe2\x80\x99s Room, The Doctor Who Book Club, Two-minute Time Lord, Radio Free Skaro and Verity! for their wonderful vocal stylings. Happy summer everyone (or winter).

    \n'


  • The Ood Cast S05E18 - Life's Too Silver

    15 May 2013 (10:55pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 29 minutes and 49 seconds

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    "We have to get the thrip-wibble to modulate the tharack bar."

    \n

    In which we broadcast in glorious stereo, a cyber pig gets locked in a cupboard of shame, there is a terrible flute solo and we check ourselves before we wreck ourselves.

    \n

    Reviews: Nightmare in Silver
    \nAir Date: 16th May 2013
    \nAdditional notes: Guest star Warwick Davis has been in more SF films than you can shake a light sabre at. But we chose to name this episode after a Ricky Gervais mockumentary he starred in. It isn\xe2\x80\x99t very funny. At one point, he gets stuck in a dog flap.

    \n'


  • The Ood Cast S05E17 - Red Dead Redemption

    9 May 2013 (3:07pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 32 minutes and 33 seconds

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    "It was like Batman with old people."

    \n

    In which we feel pity for baby kangaroos, hit people with chairs, varnish stuff with syrup & end up red-faced.

    \n

    Reviews: The Crimson Horror
    \nAir Date: 9th May 2013
    \nAdditional notes: Two sketches this week had to be completely re-done because Sigma used the laptop\xe2\x80\x99s internal microphone to record them by mistake. The Northern gentleman in the first sketch (with a voice like melted chocolate) is special guest star, Jim Atkins. The other one is Alpha. He is trying out a range of accents.

    \n'


  • The Ood Cast S05E16 - Rag & Bone

    2 May 2013 (4:59pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 35 minutes and 59 seconds

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    "Overall I enjoyed it \xe2\x80\xa6 as I would a drawer of cables."

    \n

    In which we find our centre, taste Afghanistan, debate transcendental architecture and it is, to all intents and purposes, Zombie Time.

    \n

    Reviews: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
    \nAir Date: 2nd May 2013
    \nAdditional notes: The talented chap who provides our theme song this week was one of the brilliant students we met during our recent trip to San Francisco. We climbed a big hill to visit his school. In San Francisco you have to climb big hills to do pretty much anything. It\xe2\x80\x99s part of the deal \xe2\x80\x93 along with awesome dim sum, killer views and hanging off of trams. Also our thighs got pretty trim.

    \n'


  • The Ood Cast S05E15 - Seek

    24 April 2013 (7:41pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 31 minutes and 23 seconds

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    "It\xe2\x80\x99s a thing in a thing in a thing\xe2\x80\xa6"

    \n

    In which we hear several crooked love stories, the TARDIS has a hissy fit, Sigma tries to mug himself and problems are solved with a flying head butt\xe2\x80\xa6

    \n

    Reviews: Hide
    \nAir Date: 25th April 2013
    \nAdditional notes: Immediately preceding the recording of this episode the Ood Cast consumed an entire Thorntons Easter egg that didn\xe2\x80\x99t even belong to them. See, we\xe2\x80\x99re not all sunshine and smiles \xe2\x80\xa6 we have an edge. Try not to cut yourself.

    \n'


  • The Ood Cast S05E14 - I Love the 80s

    18 April 2013 (12:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 32 minutes and 55 seconds

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    "The Ice Warriors are a double threat, if they could dance they\xe2\x80\x99d be a triple threat\xe2\x80\xa6"

    \n

    In which there is much electronica and hippity-hopping, a mammoth foetus, broken bones and broken promises and a lovely pickle.

    \n

    Reviews: Cold War
    \nAir Date: 18th April 2013
    \nAdditional notes: This entire episode was recorded with all the Oods sitting crossed legged on the floor beside a low table. All except Chris Sigma. He had a luxury bean bag.

    \n'


  • The Ood Cast S05E13 - Here Comes the Sun

    11 April 2013 (12:33pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 37 minutes and 33 seconds

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    "When I saw my wife, I was so aroused I vomited up a fruit salad!"

    \n

    In which there is fried food, a series of cute robots, bendy fingers, classical reminiscing and a small child eating a pear.

    \n

    Reviews: The Rings of Akhaten
    \nAir Date: 11th April 2013
    \nAdditional notes: During this week the Sigmas have escaped London and travelled to all three countries in Great Britain. Lots of planets have a north\xe2\x80\xa6

    \n'


  • The Ood Cast S05E12 - Sharda

    2 April 2013 (6:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 33 minutes and 10 seconds

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    \xe2\x80\x9cMonks are cool!\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    In which there is plain chant, booty shaking, souls lost in binary prisons and a two year old steals the show.

    \n

    Reviews: The Bells of Saint John
    \nAir Date: 2nd April 2013
    \nAdditional notes: The music in this episode spans some 500 years. The day of release was exactly 5 years after the Ood Cast published their first blog post. Happy Anniversary, us!

    \n'


  • The Ood Cast S05E11 - Snow Business

    8 February 2013 (10:44pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds

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    Doctor Who, Oodcast, Ood Cast, Snowmen, Steven Moffat\xe2\x80\x9cStrax\xe2\x80\x99s potato bumble fun.\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    It\xe2\x80\x99s February. And what\xe2\x80\x99s the first thing you think of when you think of February? That\xe2\x80\x99s right\xe2\x80\xa6

    \n

    Christmas.

    \n

    So with that in mind, the Ood Cast present their review of the Christmas special \xe2\x80\x93 The Snowmen.

    \n

    What would Strax have done in biblical times? What other tall tales did Clara tell? How did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle explain away Madame Vastra to his agent? Can Jenna-Louise Coleman do just the two accents?

    \n

    These are all questions. Good ones. And we\xe2\x80\x99ll answer every single one of them in a vigorously dramatic format. All that and a couple of spirited musical interludes besides.

    \n

    Come with us on our hideously delayed sleigh ride of wonder.

    \n

    IT\xe2\x80\x99S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.

    \n

    FEBRUARY.

    \n'


  • HaikWho: Season 33 or v 2.7 (2011 / 2012)

    29 January 2013 (4:20pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    b'

    The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
    \nNature needs saving,
    \nonly mothers need apply.
    \nFamily comes first.

    \n

    Asylum of the Daleks
    \nA shameful secret
    \nis the trap that heals their wounds.
    \nHe is forgotten.

    \n

    Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
    \nBlack marketeer nicks
    \nancient space ark to sell on.
    \nGets booming profit.

    \n

    A Town Called Mercy
    \nAnger clouds judgement,
    \nas robotic killer stalks.
    \nIt\xe2\x80\x99s out of his hands.

    \n

    The Power of Three
    \nHome life bores him, as
    \nFoe picks on wrong vermin.
    \nDad will water plants.

    \n

    The Angels Take Manhattan
    \nStoned Metropolis
    \nrescued by their sacrifice.
    \nLast word always hers.

    \n

    The Snowmen
    \nHe hides in the clouds
    \n\xe2\x80\x99till right one begs his return.
    \nNot just snowmen thaw.

    \n

    \xc2\xa0

    \n

    \xc2\xa0

    \n

    To be continued\xe2\x80\xa6

    \n'


  • HaikWho: Season 33 or v 2.7 (2011 / 2012)

    29 January 2013 (4:20pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 minutes and 0 seconds

    b'

    The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
    \nNature needs saving,
    \nonly mothers need apply.
    \nFamily comes first.

    \n

    Asylum of the Daleks
    \nA shameful secret
    \nis the trap that heals their wounds.
    \nHe is forgotten.

    \n

    Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
    \nBlack marketeer nicks
    \nancient space ark to sell on.
    \nGets booming profit.

    \n

    A Town Called Mercy
    \nAnger clouds judgement,
    \nas robotic killer stalks.
    \nIt\xe2\x80\x99s out of his hands.

    \n

    The Power of Three
    \nHome life bores him, as
    \nFoe picks on wrong vermin.
    \nDad will water plants.

    \n

    The Angels Take Manhattan
    \nStoned Metropolis
    \nrescued by their sacrifice.
    \nLast word always hers.

    \n

    The Snowmen
    \nHe hides in the clouds
    \n\xe2\x80\x99till right one begs his return.
    \nNot just snowmen thaw.

    \n

    \xc2\xa0

    \n

    \xc2\xa0

    \n

    To be continued\xe2\x80\xa6

    \n'


  • The Ood Cast Annual 2012

    18 December 2012 (11:41pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 35 minutes and 38 seconds

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    Doctor Who, Dr Who, Oodcast, Steven Moffat, TARDIS, Gallifrey\xe2\x80\x9cTo fire monkeys into people\xe2\x80\x99s bums\xe2\x80\xa6\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    You know when you win a Christmas hamper at the raffle? You\xe2\x80\x99re really excited but then you peek underneath the bottle of cava, bits of raffia and Elizabeth Shaw mints, and you find that someone\xe2\x80\x99s padded out the bottom with dusty tins of spam, pineapple chunks in sugar-free syrup and those crackers that taste like baked paper?

    \n

    This episode is nothing like that.

    \n

    The Ood Cast (Audio) Annual 2012 is exploding from top to bottom with Christmassy goodness (a bit like Andy), including an opportunity to win a spot as a guest host, the Audio Ood Cast Monster Guide, a story from Michael of Tin Dog Podcast fame, puzzles, fact files, an 80\xe2\x80\xb2s smash hit and most importantly, THE LITTLEST DOCTOR!

    \n

    Listen until you feel bloated and sick, then swear off us, promise you\xe2\x80\x99ll do better in January and wait for two weeks before giving in and listening again. We know that\xe2\x80\x99s what you\xe2\x80\x99ll do. We\xe2\x80\x99ll be doing it too.

    \n'


  • The Ood Cast S05E10 - An Unearthly Nugget

    24 November 2012 (12:38am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 40 minutes and 1 second

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    Doctor Who, Dr Who, Oodcast, William Hartnell, An Unearthly Child\xe2\x80\x9cIt\xe2\x80\x99s like a chinchilla\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    In several shades of grey, slightly fuzzy around the edges and beloved of children everywhere, it\xe2\x80\x99s the first ever episode of Doctor Who \xe2\x80\x93 An Unearthly Child. But what will the Oods make of their first review of a classic episode? Will Andy oscillate with whirling paroxysms of joy? Will Loz fall asleep live on air? Will Sigma reference pagan rituals and summon demons from the netherworld? Will Alph tread the knife edge of politically incorrect comedy without slipping and accentally slicing himself in half like a Damien Hirst sculpture?

    \n

    Find out ALL THIS and MORE in Episode 10!

    \n

    Now with added 60\xe2\x80\xb2s funky time bending flummery.

    \n'


  • The Ood Cast S05E09 - BBC

    15 November 2012 (1:18am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 24 minutes and 46 seconds

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    Doctor Who, Dr Who, Oodcast, Steven Moffat, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Ood\xe2\x80\x9cEat a spider & then sit through Vengence of Varos.\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    At the Ood Cast, you won\xe2\x80\x99t be flabbergasted to hear that we hate to see lovely old British institutions taking a hammering from people who really couldn\xe2\x80\x99t do any better themselves.

    \n

    That\xe2\x80\x99s right, we\xe2\x80\x99re talking about the BBC!

    \n

    Haterz back off!

    \n

    Sure, it\xe2\x80\x99s not perfect but it\xe2\x80\x99s still one of the UK\xe2\x80\x99s best features. Along with cream teas, the NHS and Bill Bailey.

    \n

    So for this episood, we chose to sit the mics next to a speaker grille and record a solid 25 minutes of Radio 4. Because we\xe2\x80\x99re highbrow and that.

    \n

    Also, Goaty. Gotyay? Goatee? Gotye. Because it\xe2\x80\x99s slightly more melodic than other cult YouTube sensation \xe2\x80\x98Gangnam Style\xe2\x80\x99 and Laura\xe2\x80\x99s Korean is limited to \xe2\x80\x98hello\xe2\x80\x99, \xe2\x80\x98thank-you\xe2\x80\x99 and \xe2\x80\x98you cannot buy a monkey at this market\xe2\x80\x99*

    \n

    *True

    \n'


  • The Ood Cast S05E08 - Across the Pond

    6 November 2012 (11:39pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 30 minutes and 27 seconds

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    Doctor Who, Dr Who, Matt Smith, Steven Moffat, Amy Pond, Rory Pond, Oodcast\xe2\x80\x9cMay the best of your past be the worst of your future...\xe2\x80\x9d

    \n

    In which we consider the Ponds as companions, people, fictional characters and plot devices.

    \n

    Join the Ood Cast for a lovely chat about the beautiful and spirited Ponds.

    \n

    As the Autumnal evenings pull in, pour yourself a hot chocolate and settle back to listen to us discussing these most complex and compelling of modern companions, taking in the entire sweep of their journey with the Doctor.

    \n

    PLUS the untold story of Amelia Pond\xe2\x80\x99s origin, a Bond/ Doctor Who cross-over theme song and the inaugural EPIC RAP BATTLE OF TIME.

    \n

    Begin!

    \n'


 
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