The classic British sci-fi series Doctor Who turns 50 today — though the time-traveling Doctor himself is probably somewhere on the wrong side of 1000. NPR’s Petra Mayer has an appreciation of the show and the enduring appeal of its ancient, alien hero.
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046: Let zygones be bygones. A Doctor Who 50th anniversary special
In this week’s extra length special episode of Unfinished Business, Jon Hicks and I talk exclusively about Doctor Who, so there isn’t a single piece of business advice anywhere in the show — not that there’s usually much.
In particular we talk about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode, so if you haven’t seen that yet — spoilers! Before that we talk about ‘An Adventure In Space And Time’, the story of the First Doctor William Hartnell and ‘The Night Of The Doctor’ mini episode that set the scene for the 50th Anniversary last week.
Show Notes: Dr. Who and the Daleks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Who_and_the_Daleks)
The Goodies (TV series) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Goodies_(TV_series))
An Adventure in Space and Time (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01kqt9x)
The Three Doctors (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Doctors_(Doctor_Who))
Delta and the Bannermen (with Ken Dodd) (http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/episodeguide/deltabannermen/detail.shtml)
Susan Foreman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Foreman)
The Night of the Doctor (http://youtu.be/-U3jrS-uhuo)
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01m3kfy)
Dr Who has been on television for fifty years. Professor of philosophy Andrew Brennan tells a tale which raises interesting questions regarding the Doctor. Taking into account the fascinating scenarios made possible by travels in space and time, Andrew Brennan asks where Dr Who came from. Could there really be an Australian connection?
Andrew Brennan, Professor of Philosophy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), La Trobe University, Melbourne VIC
The Who Girls: 50 years of women in the Tardis - The List - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
As the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who looms, we take a look at who his female companions have changed over half a century. For generations of girls around the world, the women accompanying the Doctor on his adventures through space and time were a source of fascination. In the show’s 50 year history, there have been more than 40 companions – from the first Doctor’s grand-daughter Susan Foreman to the today’s Clara Oswald. Of course, some of them were men - and at least one was a robotic dog. But but overwhelming it’s been female characters who’ve formed ongoing, and often emotional complex relationships with the Time Lord from Gallifrey. It’s a curious quirk of history that as the Doctor Who television series chalks up 50 years, so too, does the James Bond movie franchise. These two great British cultural exports could not have a more contrasting representations of women. To take a look how the Doctor’s companions have reflected changing attitudes to women, both within the show, as well as the broader cultural context, we tracked down three serious Who fans. Tansy Rayner Roberts, Lynne M Thomas and Erika Ensign are three members of the international Verity Podcast; Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who.
Tansy Rayner Roberts, lives in Tasmania and is author of the fantasy trilogy Creature Court and the short story collection Love and Romanpunk. She won the World Science Fiction Society’s prized Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2013 for her blog series, A Modern Woman’s Guide to Classic Who.
Lynne Thomas, is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University. She’s also co-editor of several books including Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It. Lynne is the Editor-in-Chief of the science fiction fantasy magazine Apex.
Erika Ensign produces the Apex Magazine Podcast and also blogs about Doctor Who.
The Verity Podcast (http://veritypodcast.wordpress.com/); Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who is named after Verity Lambert, one of the television show’s first producers.
Surfing, Thatcher and Rock N Roll - The List - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Surf’s up, share prices down: Australian surf-wear label Billabong was once an essential of the cool, coastal lifestyle and a global retail success story worth, according to some analysts, up to $5 billion. After a series of questionable strategic decisions in a tough retail climate, this week the company was subject to a takeover offer of just $287 million, the share price hitting a record low of less that 54 cents. But is Australia’s surfing culture also changing at rapid pace, making it tricky for the big brands? Surfing journalist Stuart Nettle believes the market is now more fractured and complex.
And, Margaret Thatcher’s influence on music, film, TV and fashion spanned three decades; is it still being felt? Two veteran observers of the Thatcher era, Lynden Barber and Stuart Coupe look back at the highs and lows.
Stuart Nettle is Editor of surfing website Swellnet.
Lynden Barber is a freelance film and music writer.
Stuart Coupe runs Laughing Outlaw, an Independent Record and Management Company, and has been a music writer.
Before Fred and Ginger, there was Fred and Adele, two siblings from Omaha who shared a 27 year theatrical career, and revolutionised the dance and song world of the 1920s. The Astaires were adored by audiences, feted by royalty, and courted by social elites everywhere they went. From the start Adele was the more natural performer, while Fred had to practise hard to hone his trademark timing, but ultimately his skills surpassed those of his sister. Originally broadcast on 27/6/12.
Kathleen Riley, Classical scholar, modern theatre historian, and the author of The Astaires: Fred and Adele
Track: Sweet Music
Artist: Adele and Fred Astaire
Album: Night and Day: Fred Astaire, Complete Recordings Vol 2 1931-1933 Naxos 2001 Nostalgia Naxos 8.120519
Composer: Dietz & Schwartz
Description: Song from ‘The Band Wagon’ by Dietz & Schwartz
Track: The Bobbitt and the Bromide
Artist: Adele and Fred Astaire
Album: A Portrait of Fred Astaire, 1997 Music Collection International. Gale 414
Composer: George & Ira Gershwin
Description: Song from ‘Funny Face’ by George and Ira Gershwin
Track: Fascinating Rhythm
Artist: Adele and Fred Astaire
Album: A Portrait of Fred Astaire, 1997 Music Collection International
Description: Song from ‘Lady, Be Good!’ by George and Ira Gershwin
This is a very special episode of Boxcutters, recorded in front of a live audience at the 51st Annual National SF Convention. John Richards and Josh Kinal had a debate (aka a word fight) with the topic “That All Science Fiction Television is Rubbish.”
Josh took the affirmative and John the negative. Gasp and be shocked to learn the secrets behind genre television and its merits.
Resources: 51st Annual National SF Convention (http://continuum.org.au/)
Live in the Studio: Dr Saige Walton, Angela Ndalianis, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Martyn Pedler talk end-of-the-world scenarios on the box.
Recorded: 25 Feb 2010. Duration: 115 mins
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Kevin, Joe, and Toren cover cocaine-laced products with papal approval, cocaine intake options, some personal insight on cocaine addiction from a friend of the show, plus cocaine-centric songs and movies! In case you hadn’t figured it out, this week’s topic is cocaine!
Forensic entomologiest Gavin Pitts joins the hosts to talk about the hemiptera order of insects, more commonly known as ‘true bugs.’ Assassin bugs, chagas disease, bat bugs and water bugs that take down reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals are all on topic! Plus: The Lesser of Two Evils – would you rather spend a few years in an Uzbekistan bug pit or trying to farm out a living under the Khmer Rouge?
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