About + Schedule

Who Cares is a YouTube channel amd [pdcast focused primarily on Doctor Who, and the various TV shows from Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat.

As well as discussion and review podcasts for various TV shows, Who Cares also features a debate series on Doctor Who, where two stances on contentious questions are battled out for the judgement of listeners.

On YouTube, the discussion and review podcasts also feature video and visual elements, such as relevant interview clips, and reactive icons that light up to indicate when a specific speaker is talking.

CONTACT

If you want to get in touch with Who Cares, you can either use the form on this page, or contact me (Neo) on Twitter. You can tweet right at me, but my DMs are open too.

SCHEDULE

In Progress:

Doctor Who Debate

  • What is it?
  • 1 show. 2 fans. 1 question. 2 perspectives.
  • Doctor Who debate is where Neo and Tomtit each take a side, and tackle a controversial question about Doctor Who — but it’s up to the listeners to decide who won the debate!
  • How does it work?
  • Neo and Tomtit debate various arguments in five-minute rounds, before a final rebuttal and conclusion. Then, they briefly discuss what they thought of each other’s performance, and their thoughts on their own stance.
  • There are frequent uses of video clips, which are used as intermissions between arguments. Relevant interviews, and scenes from episodes, are also deployed when appropriate.
  • Editing on the biggest debate of all is underway…

Finished:

It’s a Sin

  • What is it?
  • Russell T Davies’ 2021 drama about five friends who move to London, just as the HIV epidemic begins to unfold in all its tragedy.
  • How are we covering it?
  • Five discussion podcasts, one for each episode, have been released for the show, with many visual/video elements in each — there’s a wealth of relevant video interviews to draw from for this show, so relevant clips of Russell T Davies frequently pop up.

A Christmas Carol (2019)

  • What is it?
  • A very strange, very striking adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic, interrogating Scrooge’s psyche and bringing the political nature of the story to the fore.
  • How did we cover it?
  • One discussion podcast discussing the series as a whole (in some regions it was broadcast as three episodes, in others it was broadcast in one piece, like an extended film).

Press Gang (1989-1993)

  • What is it?
  • Steven Moffat’s very first TV show, an enduringly popular drama about plucky schoolkids running a newspaper in the early 1990s.
  • How did we cover it?
  • One jumbo podcast discussing the entire series, with visual/video elements (such as many interesting clips of Moffat).

Doctor Who: Series 12 (2020) + New Year’s Day special (2021)

  • What is it?
  • Jodie Whittaker’s second seriesas the Doctor, this time joined by many returning figures.
  • Showran by Chris Chibnall, who also helmed series 11, and previously headed shows like Broadchurch and Camelot.
  • How did we cover it?
  • Weekly discussion podcasts for each of the season’s ten episodes, as well as the 2021 New Year’s Day special.
  • Note: discussion podcasts from this date (early 2020), and earlier, don’t feature the reactive name icons that flash up when a specific voice on the podcast is speaking. But all discussion podcasts after The Timeless Children do!

Dracula (2020)

  • What is it?
  • A new take on the iconic vampire story, that aired consecutively over the first three days of 2020.
  • Showran by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, who also ran Sherlock (and Moffat alone ran the Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi years of Doctor Who).
  • How did we cover it?
  • One discussion podcast covering the three episodes of the series.

Watchmen (2019)

  • What is it?
  • An HBO ‘remix’ of the highly-acclaimed comic, taking place in the present day, decades since the 1980s that the comic covered. A world without smartphones or the Internet, but with ordinary people compelled to wear masks and call themselves superheroes.
  • An exploration of the ethics of anonymity, the toxicity of nostalgia, the nature of appropriation, questions regarding the police, vigilantism, racism, and more.
  • Showran by David Lindelof, who also ran the highly-acclaimed show The Leftovers, as well as LOST.
  • How did we cover it?
  • A video outlining the general concept of the series, and what showrunner Damon Lindelof was looking to achieve with it.
  • Weekly discussion podcasts for each of the season’s nine episodes.

Years and Years (2019)

  • What is it?
  • From 2019 to 2034; a futuristic drama covering the transformation of society, technology, politics, the world, through the eyes of a British family as the world shifts seismically around them.
  • Showran by Russell T Davies, who revived Doctor Who in 2005, as well as heading other shows like Torchwood and It’s a Sin.
  • How did we cover it?
  • A video overview and review of the whole series.
  • Weekly discussion podcasts for each of the six episodes.

Torchwood (2006-2011*)

*an ongoing continuation, of sorts, started in 2017. It was also covered.

  • What is it?
  • A science-fiction drama covering an oddball team dealing with alien and supernatural threats in Wales. A spinoff from Doctor Who, pitched at adults (it’s a good deal darker, among other things!) where Doctor Who was of course pitched more at families.
  • Showran by Russell T Davies, who ran the Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant eras of Doctor Who, as well as other shows like Years and Years and It’s a Sin. Chris Chibnall, of Broadchurch and Doctor Who from 2018 onwards, was also a very key figure in producing the first two series.
  • How did we cover it?
  • Discussion podcasts for every series (the four TV series, and the two audio-only series).
  • Note: the series 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 discussions here do actually feature the reactive name icons that flare up in accordance with the volume of whichever voice is speaking. That feature would make a permanent return after our coverage of Doctor Who: series 12, in early 2020.

Doctor Who: Series 11 (2018) + New Year’s Day special (2019)

  • What is it?
  • The 11th series of the 21st-century Doctor Who, a bit of a soft reboot, with Jodie Whittaker as the newest alien wanderer to lead a group of modern humans into adventure week to week.
  • Showran by Chris Chibnall, his first season as the new showrunner of Doctor Who. He’d previously headed shows like Broadchurch and Camelot.
  • How did we cover it?
  • 10 weekly discussion podcasts for each episode. This was the channel’s very first effort, and thus it’s more rudimentary. So things don’t move at quite the clip they would in later years, and there are no visual/video elements. Only audio for these ones!
  • But, for the New Year’s Day special, there is an interactive choose-your-own-adventure ‘podcast game’ filled with different paths and outcomes depending on your opinions – you choose how conversations progress, what you hear, etc. It’s made up of sixty videos, so there is lots of variability depending on your choices (but it is also available as two abridged, linear, audio-only podcasts as well).
  • Using ‘epzode‘ for the series 11 podcasts comes from the promotion for that year’s second episode, The Ghost Monument, which featured a question so scintillating it drew the cast into a a frenzy — ‘just who are Angstrom and Epzo?’. While that great mystery might’ve only lasted a week, our fascination with Epzo didn’t. Imagine our shock when his actor popped up in Russell T Davies’ 2021 drama It’s a Sin!

UPCOMING

  • More Doctor Who Debates
  • Discussion podcasts on all of Steven Moffat’s other TV shows (Joking Apart, Chalk, Coupling, Jekyll, Sherlock)
  • Discussion podcasts on more of Russell T Davies’ TV shows (e.g. Queer as Folk, and Cucumber)
  • Discussion podcasts on Chris Chibnall’s previous TV shows (e.g. Born and Bred, and Broadchurch)
  • Discussion podcasts on Doctor Who: series 13, whenever it swings around
  • And a few other surprise projects…