TORCHWOOD: Series 2 | Discussion & Review Podcast

Who Cares about Torchwood’s explosive second series? Character comfiness, narrative devastation, affirming v overstepping touch, communicative complications, and all sorts of other matters platonic & chtonic are discussed in a first viewing for one, a re-viewing for two (Neo & Ingiga), a reviewing for all, looking at the series that sees the show dig its own graves.

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TORCHWOOD: Series 1 | Discussion & Review Podcast

Who Cares about Torchwood’s first series? Who cares about the adult-aimed sci-fi crime drama spinoff of DOCTOR WHO? One of us hadn’t cared at all up until now, this being her first watch, while others of us had cared a lot over the years. All of us had quite the chat, over quite the series of quite the show.

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Epzode 10: THE BATTLE OF RANSKOOR AV KOLOS

The tenth epzode of Who Cares covered Doctor Who’s eleventh series finale; THE BATTLE OF RANSKOOR AV KOLOS.
How could such a finale be dealt with? The regular format would not do. The regular voices would not do. To catch a thief you must think like a thief. But how could it be emulated? What other episode would it have to be filtered through? Listen hopefully.  Who Cares will surprise you. Constantly.

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Epzode 09: IT TAKES YOU AWAY

The ninth epzode of Who Cares covered the penultimate episode of Doctor Who’s 11th series; IT TAKES YOU AWAY.
Alternative universes. Alternate podcasts. Alternate Series 11s. It was not a regular podcast for the cast – or casts, rather – this time around. What became arguably the most acclaimed episode of the series demanded a slightly different approach.

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Epzode 08: THE WITCHFINDERS

The eight epzode of Who Cares covered the third and final historical of Doctor Who’s 11th series; THE WITCHFINDERS.
The cast expands to seven people for this epzode, demonstrating audience hostility by just missing out on the episode-appropriate number of voices. But the first episode directly addressing the new Doctor’s gender in dialogue certainly generated a lot of conversation. And just what are the implications of garbing one’s self in a witchfinder outfit during very real witch hunts? An unforgettable amount of unpacking was due.

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Epzode 07: KERBLAM!

The seventh epzode of Who Cares covered the seventh episode of Doctor Who’s eleventh series; KERBLAM!
A montage of clips looking at every Doctor’s ideology in relation to the episode. A dramatic reenactment of an exchange writer Pete McTighe had on Twitter, where he “profaned the Moff”. Two very exciting new additions twirlying on into the cast. A very special epzode indeed.

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Epzode 06: DEMONS OF THE PUNJAB

The sixth epzode of Who Cares covered the first episode of Doctor Who set in India; DEMONS OF THE PUNJAB.
In a blissful change of pace,the cast fall over themselves to heap carefully considered praise onto the writing of the episode. Irony is dropped and earnestness abounds as unreserved approval bubbles up. Even the theme changes tune for once.
Extended post on the episode by Neo inside.

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Epzode 05: THE TSURANGA CONUNDRUM

The fifth epzode of Who Cares covered the stunningly named THE TSURANGA CONUNDRUM.
Cats had previously mused that, between Chibnall wanting JK Rowling to write for the show, JK Rowling’s various…views, and the presence of male pregnancy in the episode, that the premise could have been very, very different. It would not be the first false start of this particularly blasphemous epzode.

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Epzode 04: ARACHNIDS IN THE UK

The fourth epzode of Who Cares covered the Halloween week episode of Doctor Who’s 11th series; ARACHNIDS IN THE UK.
An all-Australian cast – Neo and two newcomers – seemed appropriate for an episode revolving around spiders. But were the spiders the scariest thing in an episode that also featured (an attempt at) scathing political commentary? Cobwebs are cleared by the cast in this conversation.

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Epzode 03: ROSA

The third epzode of Who Cares covered the first historical episode of Doctor Who’s 11th series; ROSA.
1950s Alabama. Not just any old racism, but a bona fide time-travelling cosmic racist, hell bent on manipulating bus schedules. The first episode of the series not purely written by Chibnall. A lot was riding on this episode. The cast had even expressed optimism about it beforehand. Did it live up to expectations? Nuh-uh, THIN ICE, man – we’d trained for this.

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