Category: Doctor Who


MUTTER’S SPIRAL Podcast returns to discuss “Smile” 😀 (by Frank Cottrell Boyce), episode 2 of Series 10 of DOCTOR WHO.  John and I talk about Bill’s first “official” trip in the TARDIS, and how her first off-world adventure compares to other “first trips” in the modern era (echoes of Rose, Amy, Clara) and what that could portend for the Doctor-Bill relationship as well as the rest of this series.  We will go over the plot, noting similarities to many other works, both inside of DOCTOR WHO and outside, and give opinions on how well the story worked for us.

We will also talk Ratings and the New Doctor Rumor Mill, and there’s some excellent trivia this week – I’m forced to use “Eagles Math” to get my score over 50%!

Have a listen, won’t you?  🎤🎧

Smile Podcast

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DOCTOR WHO is finally back with SERIES 10!  The show returns with a crackling episode called “The Pilot”, and that’s what we’re discussing on this episode of the MUTTER’S SPIRAL Podcast!

“The Pilot” begins the final series for Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (*CRY*), and it introduces us to the glorious Pearl Mackie as new companion Bill Potts!  John and I will discuss Bill’s initial meeting with the Doctor and the adventure that ensues.  We ponder whether “The Pilot” lives up to its name (in a tv show sense – a first episode) as a good starting point for new viewers.  We’ll also note a copious amount of Easter Eggs (TIMELY) sprinkled throughout the episode as a treat for returning fans as well as potential clues to how Series 10 will develop.  We’ll talk about the return of Matt Lucas as Nardole and what role he plays, both within the narrative and from a production perspective.

We will of course dive in to the meat of the episode itself – The Doctor becoming Bill’s “tutor” and their relationship; Bill’s encounters with Heather which leads to the encounters with the oil (water? Substance?) that ultimately absorbs Heather and sets out after Bill.  There’s a mysterious vault, some photographs from long ago, of both Bill’s mother and of the Doctor’s Family (SUSAN & River, but did we mention SUSAN?) and the fate of Heather and whether we will see her again (Magic 8-Ball says, “All signs point to YES”).

We will also talk about what the rest of Series 10 may hold and about that TRAILER – John Simm!  REGENERATION!  That leads into a discussion of the Kris Marshall rumors: IS he the next Doctor?  If so, will we see him BEFORE Christmas?  Are we being faked out by Moffat et al?

And, TRIVIA is back!  John has some excellent and interesting questions as always – I did ok on them – how will you do?

All in all, it’s a lot of excited chatter about Doctor Who & “The Pilot”.  We’re excited the show is back, and we love discussing it with each other and hope it’s a pleasant listening experience for you!  Please try it and see (or should that be hear?)!

The Pilot Podcast

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MUTTER’S SPIRAL Podcast is back, just in time to preview SERIES 10 of DOCTOR WHO (the final Peter Capaldi series, *heavysadness*)!  Join John and I as we delve into talking about what we can look for in Series 10 – episode by episode, storyline by storyline.  We will talk about the upcoming debut of Pearl Mackie as Bill, and how Bill will fit on the show.  We talk about the return of many old foes (including some “surprise” ones that have been revealed to the public already).

We do talk in detail about each episode, so if you like to stay away from knowing too much, be forewarned.  But, if you’re like us and love to speculate and anticipate, then this will be right up your trap street!

We will also discuss the return of Classic Doctor Who episodes to American streaming as BritBox debuts stateside, and we will discuss the sad passing of a great actor, Tim Pigott-Smith, from the classic era (and one of John’s favorite stories, “The Masque of Mandragora”).  Trivia will return next week with the episode recaps!

We are VERY excited for Series 10, and we’re excited to be back discussing them with each other and with you, dear listener!  We hope you enjoy!!

Series 10 Preview Podcast

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MUTTER’S SPIRAL Podcast returns with a fun and thought-provoking deep dive into various DOCTOR WHO topics with our good friend Kathleen Schowalter!  She’s a brilliant PhD, she’s a super analytical and thoughtful WHO fan, and she’s a delight to talk to!  We talk about her WHO “origin story”, including: her initial fear of Tom Baker and how her feelings towards him have changed since she got back into WHO fandom in adulthood.  We also talk more about how Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” pertains to Doctor Who and the companions, building from the fascinating panel that she excelled on at Gallifrey One, as well as just which WHO story she feels is the BEST example of that in the WHO canon.  We dive into favorite episodes, both classic and new, and she turns the tables on us with some thoughtful questions to John and me about our likes and dislikes in WHO.

We also discuss the news of the return of the ORIGINAL Mondassian Cybermen to Series 10 for the first time in over 50 years since “The Tenth Planet” and how we all feel about their return (spoiler alert, we are almost as excited as Peter Capaldi – LOTS).  We discuss the news of British Bookmakers shutting down wagering on the next Doctor after lots of money came in on Kris Marshall, and Kathleen and John help me figure out just who that is!  We discuss what we think Chris Chibnall’s WHO might look like as well.

It’s a really enjoyable and engrossing conversation to have participated in, and we hope listening to it is as pleasurable as recording it was!   We’re already looking forward to having Kathleen back on the show.  Listen and find out why!

Talking WHO with Kathleen Schowalter Podcast

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We’re back to the “real world” from a DELIGHTFUL GALLIFREY ONE Doctor Who Convention (the 28th!), and we’re continuing recapping the con and keeping that GALLYLOVE vibe going with our great friends Sage Young and Kim Rogers of HeadOverFeels.com !  We’ll focus on their throughts on this year’s shindig and specifically their participation in panels, podcasts, games, cosplay, etc!  Kim talks about her participation in Paul Cornell’s “Would I Lie To You” game and her triumphant stint during “In Defense of…” PLUS her turn as the maniacally cruel BBC America executive during the live REALITY BOMB Podcast!  Sage was dropping knowledge all weekend – she did a great mini-panel during REALITY BOMB as well as excelling on the Chibnall Era Transition and Class Is Now in Session panels!  They’ll tell us about the fantastic PUNK COMPANIONS cosplay that they and many of their friends did, too (it was AMAZING)!

ALSO, check our main Libsyn page for the mini-podcasts from the weekend, including ones with Felicity Kusinitz and Deb Stanish of Verity!

GALLY 1 2017 RECAP with HEAD OVER FEELS Podcast

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IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME…. OF THE YEAR!  That’s right, it’s February – time for another GALLIFREY ONE Doctor Who Convention (the 28th!), so this must be our annual preview episode with our great friends Sage Young and Kim Rogers of HeadOverFeels.com !  We’ll discuss what everyone is doing (panels, cosplay, etc) at this year’s Gally, as well as the other people, places, and things that we’re looking forward to!  Also, John and I will do a little intro about Gally in general for any listener who is going for the first time.  It’s a quick listen, just enough to get your juices flowing for the convention (HA – as if we aren’t all amped up to 11 (or TWELVE) already! )

ALSO, keep your eye on our main Libsyn page all weekend (as well as our Twitter feeds) for links to our podcasts from the convention!

GALLY 1 2017 Preview Podcast

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It’s a jam-packed and bittersweet edition of the MUTTER’S SPIRAL Podcast this week!  Our friend Kayti Burt joins us to talk all about SHERLOCK, as we discuss her great ranking of the show’s episodes, from worst to best, that she did for Collider.com (Link HERE ).  We’ve been trying to have her on for a couple of weeks, and we finally solved our usual tech issues to get her on the podcast!  HOWEVER…

In the interim from our original recording date to the actual date, several sad occurrences of various forms have happened:

1. Peter Capaldi has announced that he’s leaving DOCTOR WHO after the Christmas 2017 episode (Same time that Steven Moffat departs).  We discuss his decision and talk about some of our favorites for #13.

2. Even more sad is the news of the passing of the War Doctor, SIR JOHN HURT.  We talk of his significance to all of WHO fandom as well as each of us individually (Especially John, as Sir John in many ways led him into Whovian fandom).  We discuss the great privilege that John & I had of meeting him and interacting last year at Gallifrey One.

SO – that leads to a 2 hour episode, but one that I think is one of our very best (and easily broken up into shorter chunks).

As a bonus, you’ll hear Sir John himself, doing 2 of WHO’s most famous speeches: William Hartnell’s farewell to Susan from “Dalek Invasion of Earth” (and “The Five Doctors”) AND the 12th Doctor’s exquisite speech from “The Zygon Inversion”.

PLEASE take a listen.  Thanks!!

Sherlock Recap w Kayti, Capaldi Announces Exit, Sir John Hurt Appreciation Podcast

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SHERLOCK Series 4 is finally here, after a LONG 3 year wait (with one special thrown in), and Mutter’s Spiral Podcast dives deep into the somewhat murky waters of “The Six Thatchers”!

There are SO MANY things to discuss: Mysteries, Mary, Whatever the HELL John is up to, SHERLOCK (of course), divine direction from Rachel Talalay, and lots of speculation as to what’s to come!

Jump in and have a listen won’t you?  (As usual, there’s trivia and ratings news, too!)

Sherlock – “The Six Thatchers” Podcast

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The DOCTOR is finally back!  “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” brings the Doctor back after a one-year absence, and John and I are itching to talk about it!  How did we find this year’s special?  How did this story fit in with the Doctor’s recent, sadder history?  Is he still reeling from the final night with River?  And Nardole is with him?  What did we think of Grant/Ghost & Lucy?  Take a listen and find out!

Also, we’ll discuss the final episode of “Power of the Daleks”!  How did the story wrap up?  Was it even darker than we expected?  This story made each of us re-evaluate the Daleks; take a listen to find out how our perspectives have changed over the quintessential Doctor Who villains/monsters!

Plus, FINALLY, TRIVIA RETURNS!  We had a blast recording this, and we hope you enjoy bending your ear our way!

The Return of Doctor Mysterio Podcast – 116

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MUTTER’S SPIRAL Podcast is back to talk about “Power of the Daleks” episode 5!  Plans are in motion, the final confrontation is near, and John and I discuss the goings-on and our impressions!  We also briefly discuss John’s appearance on the “In Defense Of…” podcast, and we excitedly prepare for the return of the TWELFTH Doctor next week!  It’s the calm before the Oncoming Storm, so grab a mug of cider or eggnog or a plate of cookies and have a listen, won’t you?

POWER of the DALEKS Episode 5 Podcast

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