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PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 130: All the (Dr.) Whos Down in Whoville

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I was so happy more than one person asked us to talk about “Doctor Who.” I love “Doctor Who, and I was kind of afraid that if we talked about it, no one would really care but me. Also,  the Internet would like you to know that the Doctor will totally save us on 12/21/2012.

  • A brief explanation of how “Doctor Who” works
  • The all-important question of whether to start from the beginning (no)
  • Pre-2005 “Doctor Who”: sci-fi on a comedy budget
  • The real difficulty in watching “Doctor Who” anywhere the BBC wasn’t, until recently
  • Portrayals of Americans in “Doctor Who” and how it’s not always flattering
  • 2011: “Doctor Who” sold more than “Modern Family” and “Glee” in the iTunes store
  • A comparison of “Doctor Who” and James Bond
  • Whether “Doctor Who” is fantasy or science fiction
  • The influence of “Doctor Who” on fashion and whether bow ties are cool
  • How mad I am when the companions fall in love with the Doctor
  • My favorite companion (Donna)
  • Scary vs. sad episode
  • Why they rebooted with Christopher Eccelston
  • Captain Jack Harkness and “Torchwood
  • The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • 10 Sci-fi Gadgets We Wish Actually Existed
  • Listener mail! From Sigal, about our episode on Thanksgiving and how it relates to Hanukkah

My research:

  • Dipaolo, Marc Edward. “Political Satire and British-American Relations in Five Decades of ‘Doctor Who.’”
  • Geraghty, Lincoln. “From Balaclavas to Jumpsuits: The Multiple Histories and Identities of ‘Doctor Who’’s Cybermen.” Atlantis: Journal of the Association of Anglo-American Studies. June 2008.
  • Gregg, Peter B. “England Looks to the Future: The Cultural Forum Model of ‘Doctor Who.’” Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 37, No. 4. 2004.
  • Layton, David. “Closed Circuits and Monitored Lives: Television as Power in ‘Doctor Who.’” Extrapolation, Vol. 35, No. Geraghty3, 1994.
  • Oglesbee, Frank W. “’Doctor Who’: Television Science Fiction as Contemporary Melodrama.” Extrapolation. Vol. 30, No. 2, 1989.

Holly’s research:

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