Terminus: A Doctor Who Podcast
A queer woman's perspective on Doctor Who, both the classic and new series, as well as its various spin-offs and ephemera.

On this episode, I start my foray into my new Falling-in-Love-with-Doctor-Who-Again series  -- called 'Spark Joy', because I'm a dork – with a squeeful review of my favorite new series story, "Amy's Choice".

Now, to be honest, I didn't really have a clue how truly controversial this episode was until I heard the new-ish Verity! Podcast episode chatting about it very recently. And unfortunately, I'd already recorded my own episode at that point when I did hear theirs (I was taking a break from editing it to check it out, in fact), so I couldn't/didn't really talk about or address their particular impressions here in mine – though I did make a comment or two on their blog post for the episode.

But anyway, because of that, obviously this episode is just my own personal feelings on the story, untainted by Other Fandom Feels and as different as they apparently might be for other people! And also in the spirit of my joy about the diversity of opinion in our fandom, I'll definitely plonk a link to the Verity! episode below in my show notes, if you're interested in hearing some contrasting opinions on things. #yayfandomdiversity

Anyway, aside from my massive squee about 'Amy's Choice', also included in this episode is some squee about conventions (both my recent visit to Wholanta 2019, as well as some exciting guests planned for DragonCon 2019), some squee about other podcasts (as I'm often wont to do), and some squee about listener feedback. And so yeah, this is overall a pretty squeeful episode!

So, hold onto your hats, everyone, and enjoy the ride! I'm so glad to have you all aboard this Love Train! #choochoo

Episode 31 – The Spark Joy Series: Sleep Is for Tortoises: Amy's Choice [And Wholanta 2019]

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:04:41 - Happy Fandom Time: General Squee
0:16:39 - Happy Fandom Time: WHOlanta 2019
0:31:01 - Discussion of 'Amy's Choice'
1:07:54 - Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!
 

Links:

+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)
 
 
Fun Links Related to the Show:
 
+ David and Freema at MotorCity Comic Con – on YouTube or on VK.com (which is probably members-only for the DT Asylum group)
+ Discussing Who Review of 'Voyage of the Damned' with Me!  And their super-sweet chat about my S11 episode on their 'Partners in Crime' review episode (about 43.34 minutes in)!
+ A Steven Moffat and Peter Pan Doctor Who Meta: 'The Moffat Doctor Who, Peter Pan, and Growing Up'!
+ Verity! Podcast Episode #199 – 'Chasing Amy’s Choice'!

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Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

Direct download: terminusep031_amyschoice_wholanta2019.mp3
Category:regular_ep_review -- posted at: 11:09pm PDT
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First off, quick production note: For whatever reason, I kept calling Malorie Blackman “Marjorie Blackman” in my review. And I have no idea why. I might’ve just been nervous from not having recorded in so long. Or I might’ve been struggling with having less notes in front of me than I usually do. I’m not sure. Either way, I deeply apologize for getting her name wrong. How embarrassing!

Anyway, aside from all that, this is honestly a difficult episode for me to publish. As I stated in my ‘State of the Podcast’ blog post, I try my very best to keep things on my show (mostly) positive and try to look for the best in the show. But, at the end of the day, I also have to be honest about my reactions and so, after a lot of soul searching, I made this episode chatting about my feelings in regards to Series 11. And, yes, many of those feelings are negative. So, if that’s something you’re avoiding, being that my intention is to not kill people’s squee, this might possibly be an episode to skip. I do hope you give it a listen, though. I did my best to frame my criticisms as fairly as I could and also tried my best not to devolve into just mindless ranting.

Also, on a positive note, I discuss what is on the horizon for my show, with a series where I’m going to be rejuvenating the podcast by indulging in far more positive chats about my favorite show.

Anyway, again, I hope you will all join me as I talk about through some pretty hard feelings from this past season of Doctor Who -- along with some bonus Happy Fandom Time squee in there, to temper any angst, of course!

Glad to have you all aboard and do enjoy the ride (it’s going to be a bit of a bumpy one)!

Episode 30 – Don’t Kill the Vibe, Graham: Series 11 Overview

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:05:38 - Happy Fandom Time
0:13:00 - Discussion of Series 11 (Overall Thoughts & Episode Breakdowns)
1:19:33 - Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!
 

Links:

+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)
 
 
Fun Links Related to the Show:
 
+ Recent Podcast Guest Spots with Me (click the episode titles for links):
* Watch-a-thon of Rassilon Podcast: Image of the Fendahl & the Stones of Blood
* Earth Station Who Podcast: The Witchfinders
* David Tennant Does a Podcast With… on iTunes, on Spotify, and on Acast
 
+ Things to Read or Listen To:
 
+ Some Classic Serials I Mentioned:
* “The Airzone Solution” (Not a proper serial, but still!)
 
+ Random References:

 

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Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

Direct download: terminusep030_s11overview.mp3
Category:regular_ep_review -- posted at: 5:47pm PDT
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As I've been getting some inquiries, I thought I'd post a State of the Podcast Update:

Confession Time: After a lot of introspection, I think I've finally figured out the Big Thing that's been stalling me in regards to my podcast recently. When listeners talk about my show, many times one of the biggest compliments I get is how positive I am about the source material I'm reviewing (often also mentioning a contrast to some other podcasts that 'just complain about the show the whole time'). And I honestly really like that about my show too, because, as it's pretty obvious to many people who know me, I really love Doctor Who and sharing that love with other people is really nice for me.

But therein lies the snag: I really want to continue to stay super-positive on my podcast, but I'm honestly finding it very difficult when I'm not actually feeling that way, you know? I mean, yes, I'm very behind on doing any reviews about S11, but do you know why that is? Because I mostly didn't like it. There I said it. Yes, I can find positive things to say about some bits of it of here and there, but overall it was mostly disappointing. And so in lieu of saying negative things the whole time about it on my show, I guess I just sort of shut down and didn't want to say anything at all.

The thing is with me, I can't be fake, even if I try. And I really don't want to lie about what I felt about the season or, perhaps, just stick with saying 'only positive things'. But I also really don't want to scare people off. I mean, it's not like it's been easy lately in fandom anyway, as it seems that when you have any issues with the season, a lot of people just immediately write you off as just hating a female Doctor, being misogynist, or racist, or [fill-in-the-blank-ism], and don't even take the time to listen to any valid criticisms you might have. That or they just call you an idiot for not liking it (which I keep hearing a lot, honestly). And that can be very alienating.

Don't get me wrong, I love Jodie Whittaker as an actress on the whole and I really, really looked forward to S11 with her (I even have an episode dedicated to my squee about it from back when she was cast). And I really (mostly) love the rest of the cast as well. My issues mostly do not lie with them, but instead how those characters were written and, hell, how most of the stories were written.

We have a saying in fandom about how sometimes things are just 'not my Doctor Who'. It doesn't mean that aspect of the show is inherently bad or whatever, just not really what you're personally looking for in the show. And as a very long-time watcher of both the Classic and 'New' series, I can tell you that the show goes in and out of those phases for me several times. And ultimately that's fine with me. Yes, it's sad because I always want to be in love with my show constantly, but I also understand that's just not the nature of the beast that is decades and decades of Doctor Who.

Anyway, all that to say: I think I'm just going to scrap my individual episode reviews of series 11 (even though I have a million notes for each episode!) and just work on some sort of overview episode instead. Admittedly, that's really scary for me and it's probably going to be hard for me to do, as I'm not super-keen on ranting or talking badly about my favorite show. But I also think that I should just bite the bullet and get my thoughts out there anyway, as ultimately that's what my podcast is about (and who knows, maybe there's someone else out there feeling alienated that might relate to what I have to say).

I mean, I don't think I'm going to actually rewatch any of the episodes, at least not any time soon, as honestly I really don't feel inclined to do so at all. And so my overview thoughts might all just be cobbled together from memory and said notes. But I think that's what I need to do for now, so that I can finally try to move forward with my show and get out of this impasse, instead doing reviews on other stories that do make me joyful, and continue to hope that S12 is much, much better for me. I mean, at the end of the day, I really do miss making episodes, and connecting with other fans, and just really just want to get back on track as soon as I can.

Anyway, thanks so much for reading (and listening to my podcast!). It means the world to me.

Category:administrative_misc -- posted at: 3:00pm PDT
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Yes, this is likely not the podcast episode that you're looking for. Fear not, though, as I do plan to review the episodes of Series 11 with Jodie, it's just that I'd planned to release this right before the new series started airing, but life intervened. Still, despite the awkward timing, I worked hard on it, so I still wanted to go ahead get it out.

Now, the subject matter is admittedly a bit dated as the con I'm discussing happened a few months back, but I had hoped to use this as basically a practice episode to get back into the swing of things.

So, anyway, I hope you will all join me for some reminiscing about my time at this year's Wholanta convention, as well as some bonus Happy Fandom Time squee and a mini, non-spoiler-y chat about David Tennant's film, 'Bad Samaritan'.

Glad to have you all aboard and do enjoy the ride!

 

Episode 29 – Chumblies Don't Surf: Wholanta 2018

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:06:37 - Happy Fandom Time
0:18:00 - Discussion of "Bad Samaritan" (No Spoilers)
0:25:47 - Discussion of Wholanta 2018
(UNIT Tank Girl Cosplay Breakdown: 0:33:20 - 0:36:58)
0:54:47 - Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!

 

 

 

Links:

+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)

 

Fun Links Related to the Show:

+ The 'Discussing Who Podcast' Wholanta Episode (which includes meeting me!)
+ The 'Who and Company' Wholanta Episode (which also includes meeting me!)
+ 'Doctor Who's Line Is It? Anyway!' (A Doctor Who Improv Podcast)  (And the episode with my blurb: Ep #76 The Vegetation #4)
+ 'Chiaroscuro' (My Terileptil fanfic with Nine and Martha! Warning: Has sexy tiems!)
+ Tennant at Wizard World: Austin (full panel, including Garm reference!)
+ Selfie of My Teddybear Jackie and I at the 'Bad Samaritan' Premiere
+ 'Tank Girl' 1995 Film
+ ESO Patreon for $5+ - 'Imagining a Female Doctor' panel from Wholanta (my first Doctor Who panel!)
+ My Thoughts on Leela in 'Face of Evil' back on Episode #22!
+ Some Classic Serials I Mentioned: The Visitation, Terminus, The Robots of Death, Galaxy 4 (Chumblies!), and Paradise Towers (RED KANGS ARE BEST!)
+ Wholanta Instagram Pics: My UNIT Tank Girl cosplay (sorry I don't have more pictures!), my cosplay helmet (the only pic I could find of it -- more stickers were added after this!), my UNIT Tank Girl con backpack, close-up of my Twelve & Eleven keychains on the bag, pics of my acquisitions, and my Louise Jameson autograph!

 

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Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

Direct download: terminusep029_wholanta2018.mp3
Category:special_episode -- posted at: 12:44am PDT
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Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you: I'm finally back! And in tow I've got some Seventh Doctor fangirling, some squee about guesting on other lovely podcasts, some fannish love for things like Georgia Tennant and Doctor Who calendars, and, most importantly, a very belated review of 'Oxygen', replete with chat about Punk Rock Doctor Who taking down the government, capitalism, privilege (and the lack thereof), and even the science of panic attacks.

So, yeah, I hope you will all please join me for this episode and, as always, glad to have you all aboard. Do enjoy the ride!

 

Episode 28 – Be Loud, F*ck Capitalism: Oxygen

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:06:12 - Happy Fandom Time
0:22:45 - Discussion of "Oxygen"
1:13:13 - Coming Soon on the Next Episode! (Plus Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!)
 
 

 
 

Links:

+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)
 

Fun Links Related to the Show:

+ My Recent Guest Spots on the 'Discussing Who' Podcast: My Interview Episode! And Reviews of 'The Empty Child' and 'The Doctor Dances'!
+ My Recent Guest Spot on the 'Who and Company' Podcast (Geeking About 'Doctor Who' and 'In the Flesh')!
+ My Recent Guest Spot on the 'In Defense Of' Podcast (Celebrating 2017's Awesome Geek Moments)!
+ The Super-Pretty Seventh Doctor Era Box Set (sadly, no longer available! #weeping)!
+ Georgia Tennant on Twitter! And She Cosplayed as Seven! And Shared An Awesome Vid with Her Husband (David Somebody?) for Gary Russell!
+ Four to Doomsday! (FIVEY IN SPAAAACE!)
+ Monk Trilogy Fan Trailer (By Gallifreyforever97 on YouTube)!

 

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Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

Direct download: terminusep028_oxygen.mp3
Category:regular_ep_review -- posted at: 10:46pm PDT
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Just a fun little diversion that's full of All Kinds of Happy to do a little work toward combating some of life's Really Hard Stuff these days. Think of it as a Happy Fandom Time...Dilation! #happinesswillprevail

Oh, and there's some bonus Halloween-related Doctor Who recommendations as well!

Enjoy the ride!

 

Mini Episode 4 – Happiness Will Prevail! (+ Bonus Halloween Recs)

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:06:12 - Happy Fandom Time...Dilation!
0:41:18 - Outro & Flashback to Halloween Recs!

 

 

Links:

+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)
 

Fun Links Related to the Show:

+ 'Twice Upon a Time' trailer from SDCC 2017!
+ 'The War Games' (The 2nd Doctor Regeneration Story!)
+ 'The Caves of Androzani' (The 5th Doctor Regeneration Story!)
+ Article about PCap at NYCC 2017! AND A VIDEO OF HIS PANEL!
+ S10 DVD Deleted Scenes on YouTube!
+ Humble Bundle Doctor Who RPG books (from 2 months ago, no longer on sale)
+ The Freema Agyeman, David Tennant, and Alex Kingston Panel at Montreal Comic Con 2017 (on YouTube)!
+ WOKE DOCTOR WHO MARTHA EPISODE! (Ep. 005 'Martha My Dear')
+ Martha/Twelve fanfic 'Drift' by 'Maribor_Petrichor' on AO3!
+ Louise Jameson and Rachel Talalay to Announced to Appear at Wholanta 2018!
+ David Tennant's Brief Description of Doctor Who (An article talking about it & a link to the whole video interview on YouTube -- check 23:00 for quote)
+ Reprint of Cartmel's book 'Miss Freedom' from 'The Prisoner' TV series!
+ Sylvester McCoy in 'Sense8' Season 2!
+ 'Trust Me' TV Series with Jodie Whittaker!
+ 2011's 'The Night Watch' TV Movie with Jodie Whittaker!

 

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Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

Direct download: terminusminiep04__happinesswillprevail.mp3
Category:mini_episode_series -- posted at: 9:41pm PDT
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And here's a bonus episode for all of you -- all just a wee little diversion from my previously scheduled review episode (which I'm getting back to very soon!), full of my belated thoughts on Jodie Whittaker and her recent casting as the Thirteenth Doctor.

So, please join me as I discuss Jodie herself, as well as Chris Chibnall's soon-to-be stewardship of the show, finally having a female Doctor in our midst (at least as far as the TV show is concerned!), fandom's myriad reactions to the casting news, lots of gender stuff, and, finally, just my own reaction to the news.

And as I said, this is basically a 'mini'-style episode, but again, as with previous 'mini episodes', its admittedly not particularly short in length (yes, despite the diminutive name status!) It's just how I currently differentiate such episodes from the 'regular' episodes, especially when taking a break from the regularly scheduled program. But that's all inside baseball. Or something.

Oh, and also from a production standpoint, this episode admittedly took a few weeks to edit with all my own recent Life Stuff slowing things down, so some things mentioned may be a bit dated here and here, but it's all good. I doubt it will impact anything, really!

Anyway, as always, glad to have you all here and please do enjoy the ride!

 

Mini Episode 3 – TARDIS Full of Bras: Thirteenth Doctor Announcement

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening, Welcome, & Production Notes
0:10:31 - Discussion of the Casting of the Thirteen Doctor (And Related Stuff!)
1:01:05 - Coming Soon on the Next Episode! (Plus Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!)
 

 

Links:

+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)
 

Fun Links Related to the Show:

+ Alex Kingston's Reaction Video to Jodie Whittaker's Casting
+ Verity Podcast Extra about Jodie's Casting!
+ Reality Bomb Podcast Episode #48 about Jodie's Casting
+ The Coal Hill A/V Club Podcast: 'Except for that One Time
+ Broadchurch: Series 1 (Region 1 on Amazon US and Region 2 on Amazon UK)
+ Penny Dreadful: Season 3 (Region 1 on Amazon US and Region 2 on Amazon UK)

 

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Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

Direct download: terminusminiep003__thirteenthdoctorannouncement.mp3
Category:mini_episode_series -- posted at: 9:22pm PDT
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Hello everyone! And welcome any new listeners!

So, my episode reviewing 'Knock Knock' is finally here! And this time around I talk lots about everything from my experiences at the recent local Doctor Who convention 'Wholanta', to laying down a few delightful podcast recommendations, to some musing on the whole Race!Fail period of S3 and all that really great meta that come out of all of that WAY BACK on LiveJournal (remember that site?), to Jo Grant's grandson as the Iron Fist (!), and on to dark fairy tales and (mis)interpreting them, to British English spellings vs. American ones, and to some classical geeking about Dryads, all the way to musing a bit about this adventure as an episode of the reality show 'The Real World'. Phew!

So, I truly hope you will all join me for this episode and, as always, glad to have you all aboard. Do enjoy the ride!

 

Episode 27 – Dryadic Doodlebugs: Knock Knock

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:02:58 - Happy Fandom Time (Including chat about Wholanta 2017!)
0:17:52 - Discussion of "Knock Knock"
1:15:04 - Coming Soon on the Next Episode! (Plus Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!)

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)
 

Fun Links Related to the Show:

+ And some of my Wholanta related pictures here, here, here, here, here, here, and here (and even a few more if you feel like poking around my Instagram! BECAUSE I'M A BIG NERD)!
+ The 20MB Podcast episode about 'Knock Knock' with me! (I show up around the 1:02:00 mark)
+ 'Death of the Doctor' (from the 'Sarah Jane Adventures') WITH IRON FIST, on Dailymotion!
+ 'Discussing Doctor Who' and 'Doctor Who: Podshock' Podcasts with listener Kyle Jones!
+ 'Woke Doctor Who' Podcast! (The Mickey EPISODE OF AWESOME and the Adipose/Fat-Shaming Episode for a great jumping off point!)
+ 'Knock Knock' and 'Blink' house on Airbnb!
+ Bedrooms on the TARDIS! (scroll down)
+ 'Hamlet' (with David Tennant, Patrick Stewart, & Mariah Gale) - Amazon Instant Video Version and DVD version
+ 'Ghost Light' -- Amazon Instant Video Version and DVD version [Region 2]

 

BE SURE TO CHECK THE TERMINUS AMAZON A-STORE FOR WHERE TO BUY OTHER THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE!

 

Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

 

Direct download: terminusep027_knockknock.mp3
Category:regular_ep_review -- posted at: 8:37pm PDT
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Greetings Earthlings!

This is Narco, from the planet Vicodin. The human in charge of this podcast has just been released from false imprisonment, as we had originally believed it was impersonating our Grand Senator Krog Krog, but was in fact just incapacitated from a recent primitive human surgery.

This recording was found on its person and is -- as the human says -- several weeks out of date. We have given the recording back to the human as it does not seem to contain anything that is a threat to our race according to our analysts. Please accept our apologies for the delay in this transmission as we hope to maintain peace with your world.

May Vicodin sing in the seven sunsets and the Great Krog Krog prevail always!

 

Episode 26 – Creature Comforts: Smile and Thin Ice

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:04:53 - Happy Fandom Time
0:09:29 - Discussion of "Smile"
0:53:06 - Discussion of "Thin Ice"
1:47:51 - Coming Soon on the Next Episode! (Plus Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!)

 

 

Links:

+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)
 

Fun Links Related to the Show:

+ Red Nose Day 'Breakfast with the Doctors'! [US site and UK site]
+ Samuel Butler 'Erewhon' Book on Amazon US

 

BE SURE TO CHECK THE TERMINUS AMAZON A-STORE FOR WHERE TO BUY OTHER THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE!

 

Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

 

Direct download: terminusep026_smile_thinice.mp3
Category:regular_ep_review -- posted at: 4:56pm PDT
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So, my episode reviewing 'The Pilot' is finally here! Yes, there were some technical errors and issues (quite a few), as well as Life Stuff that got in the way, but I bested them and finally was able to pull it all together for you here today (albeit with a bit of a sore throat that makes my voice crack much like male puberty at times, but oh well, these things happen).

Anyway, so join me as I excitedly talk about our first proper introduction to Bill Potts, discuss shades of 'Shada', play around with some Jungian interpretations and other related chat about water and reflection imagery, empathize with young awkward queers, dance for disco androids, and try to contain my burning Professor fetish.

As always, glad to have you all aboard. Do enjoy the ride!

 

Episode 25 – Starchild!: The Pilot

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:03:36 - Discussion of "The Pilot"
1:02:57 - Coming Soon on the Next Episode! (Plus Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!)

 

 

Links:

+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)

 

Fun Links Related to the Show:

+ 'Friend from the Future': Introducing Bill
+ Susan Foreman (the Doctor's Granddaughter)
+ The Chase DVD (on Amazon)

 

BE SURE TO CHECK THE TERMINUS AMAZON A-STORE FOR WHERE TO BUY OTHER THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE!

 

Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software (http://www.zero2000.com/2nd-speech-center/). 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

Direct download: terminusep025_thepilot.mp3
Category:regular_ep_review -- posted at: 9:01pm PDT
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I'm back! Yes, another (unexpected) hiatus down and here I am again!

Yeah, as I say in my introduction, I've been really behind on podcasting these last few months due to dealing with some fairly heavy medical stuff, but, despite all that, I'm hoping to get back on the saddle and really determined to get this podcast whipped back into shape.

So, in the spirit of all of that, in this return episode, you'll find my belated review for the last Christmas special, 'The Return of Doctor Mysterio'. I just really wanted to get that one covered before my foray into S10 of the new series, so that I could feel 'caught up', per se. Now, I had honestly also hoped this episode would be out before the new Doctor Who episode aired (and recorded it before then, as you'll be able to tell when I talk about it coming up), but pesky technical issues and Life Stuff slowed things down a few days, so it is a teeny bit late (speaking of which, I had to use a temporary different recording set-up, so there were a few teeny sound issues, but probably not enough for anyone to really notice). Oh well.

Anyway, again in this episode is my long overdue review of the Christmas special, as well as talk about anything from my squee about the return of Rona Munro and the Mondasian Cybermen from the Classic series, to the upcoming Atlanta Doctor Who convention Wholanta, to Bill being our first incontrovertibly gay companion on the televised series (so, yeah, not including my beloved Izzy Sinclair from the DWM comics who was also a lesbian, of course), to my great love of the superhero and comics genre, to Nice Guys (tm) and Sexy Lamps, etc.

So, yeah, I hope you all will join me for my review and episode discussion. And, as always, glad to have you all aboard. Enjoy the ride!

Episode 24 -- The Ghost of Love and Wishes: The Return of Doctor Mysterio

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:03:59 - Happy Fandom Time
0:10:51 - Discussion of "The Return of Doctor Mysterio"
0:51:26 - Coming Soon on the Next Episode! (Plus Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!)
 

 

Links:

+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)

 

Fun Links Related to the Show:

 

BE SURE TO CHECK THE TERMINUS AMAZON A-STORE FOR WHERE TO BUY OTHER THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE!

 

Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

 

Direct download: terminusep024_returnofdoctormysterio.mp3
Category:regular_ep_review -- posted at: 3:57pm PDT
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Terminus Podcast -- Episode 23 -- Random Fandom Episode Generator: The Fires of Pompeii: Smoke. Chickens. Chaos.

Just on the tail end of a American Thanksgiving celebrations and chaos, here is the newest episode of 'Terminus', wherein I discuss the S4 story, 'The Fires of Pompeii'. All as a continuation, of course, of my ongoing 'Random Fandom Episode Generator' series.

Inside you'll find squee about regeneration-related anniversaries, Doctor Who on big screens in large dark rooms, Doctor and Donna shipping love, and lots and lots (possibly too much) of geeking about Classical Studies-type things.

Anyway, I hope you all will join me for my review and episode discussion. And, as always, glad to have you all aboard. Enjoy the ride!

Episode 23 -- Random Fandom Episode Generator: The Fires of Pompeii: Smoke. Chickens. Chaos.

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:03:43 - Happy Fandom Time
0:14:33 - Discussion of "The Fires of Pompeii"
1:02:57 - Coming Soon on the Next Episode! (Plus Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!)

Links:

+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)

 

Fun Links Related to the Show:

+ 'Rome: The Complete Series' on Amazon US on Regular DVD or Blu-Ray

 

BE SURE TO CHECK THE TERMINUS AMAZON A-STORE FOR WHERE TO BUY OTHER THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE!

 

Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

Direct download: terminusep023_rfeg_thefiresofpompeii.mp3
Category:regular_ep_review -- posted at: 4:18pm PDT
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Terminus Podcast -- Episode 22 – Bigger on the Inside: The Face of Evil: Edge of Sevateem

We are returned! We are here!

And on this episode of 'Terminus', I discuss Leela of the Sevateem's debut story 'The Face of Evil'. All as a continuation, of course, of my ongoing 'Bigger on the Inside' series about some of my favorite companion's first stories. This one is especially happy-making and sentimental for me, by the way, as Leela was actually my very first companion back in the day when I was young.

Also on this episode, you'll find some belated recommendations of Spooky Doctor Who stories from both the new and classic series for Halloween fun (I'd honestly hoped to have this out by Halloween, natch, but sadly it was not to be!), excitement about Dalek-related potential social gatherings, musings on the mysterious Janice Thorn, a bit of scratchy sore throat on my end, the Doctor as a Mountain Man, a manipulative and schizophrenic AI playing psychological games, hoarding tests FTW, and quite a bit of a meditation on eugenics.

This is probably the longest episode I've ever done, as I just found I had SO MUCH to talk about, so remember that the time stamps below are your friend to help you navigate through everything to make things easier for you. Still, I hope you all will join me for my review and episode discussion. And, as always, glad to have you all aboard. Enjoy the ride!

 

Episode 22 – Bigger on the Inside: The Face of Evil: Edge of Sevateem

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:03:25 - Spooky Doctor Who Stories for Halloween Fun Times
0:12:08 - Happy Fandom Time
0:21:52 - Discussion of "The Face of Evil": Intro, General Thoughts, & Episode One
0:50:48 - Discussion of "The Face of Evil": Episode Two
1:06:29 - Discussion of "The Face of Evil": Episode Three
1:22:13 - Discussion of "The Face of Evil": Episode Four & Wrap-Up
1:40:33 - Coming Soon on the Next Episode! (Plus Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!)

 

 

Links:

+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)
 

Fun Links Related to the Show:

+ NYCC 'Tales From the TARDIS' Panel Video (with Matt Smith, Alex Kingston, & Jenna Coleman)

 

BE SURE TO CHECK THE TERMINUS AMAZON A-STORE FOR WHERE TO BUY OTHER THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE!

 

Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

 

 

Direct download: terminusep022_boti_faceofevil_halloween.mp3
Category:regular_ep_review -- posted at: 8:06pm PDT
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Terminus Podcast -- Episode 21 – Random Fandom Episode Generator: The Doctor's Wife: In the House

On this episode of 'Terminus', I discuss the 2011 love-letter-to-'Doctor Who'-story, 'The Doctor's Wife'.

Inside you'll find some Neil Gaiman love, some supporting and main cast love, some shipping love (mostly TARDIS/Doctor and Amy/Eleven, natch), some open communication love, and hell, even also some podcast love and some arguably-Royalist love.

This is one loved-up episode and its not even Valentine's Day! So, feel free to draw hearts around it. I know I sure will! <3

Anyway, I hope you all will join me for my review and episode discussion. And, as always, glad to have you all aboard. Enjoy the ride!

 

Episode 21 – Random Fandom Episode Generator: The Doctor's Wife: In the House

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:03:15 - Happy Fandom Time
0:12:00 - Discussion of "The Doctor's Wife" 
1:08:54 - Coming Soon on the Next Episode! (Plus Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!)

 

 

 

Links:

+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)
 

Fun Links Related to the Show:

 

BE SURE TO CHECK THE TERMINUS AMAZON A-STORE FOR WHERE TO BUY OTHER THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE!

 

Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

 

Direct download: terminusep021_rfeg_thedoctorswife.mp3
Category:regular_ep_review -- posted at: 10:28pm PDT
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Terminus Podcast -- Episode 20 – Bigger on the Inside: Smith and Jones: Completely Mad

On this episode, my discussion is probably equal parts raves and equal parts rants (I'm not so good at math, but that sounds about right) and overall just A WHOLE LOTTA FEELS. Seriously, this is probably the most shiptastic episode I've ever done (Martha/Doctor is still sort of my OTP), so that shippy aspect could possibly put people off, but, hey, it's how I feel about the episode and Martha's tenure on the show, so I had to just go with it to be authentic. *shrug*

Anyway, please won't you join me as I squee about the long-lost 'Doctor Who Confidential' series and also about All Things Martha (because, really, Competency is Sexy!), get nostalgic about the old days of 'Doctor Who' on PBS in North America from my youth, pump my fist in the air for #TeamJulia (it'll make sense once you listen), rant kind of a lot about RTD-style 'Doctor Who' (I know, what a surprise!), and, finally, embarrass myself with a bonus fanmix-song I made ages ago and pulled from the dusty vault of yesteryear in honor of this episode.

So, yeah, enjoy the ride!

 

Episode 20 – Bigger on the Inside: Smith and Jones: Completely Mad

 

Table of Contents:
 
0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:02:48 - Happy Fandom Time
0:15:21 - 'Smith and Jones' Chat: Mostly Raves Edition
0:59:20 - 'Smith and Jones' Chat: Mostly Rants Edition
[TW: Suicide Discussion -- 01:04:12 - 01:06:45]
1:28:55 - Coming Soon on the Next Episode! (Plus Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!)
1:34:45 - 'Martha's Theme (The Dr John - Keats Mix)'

 

 

 

Links:
+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)
 

Fun Links Related to the Show:

+ Martha MySpace Blog Archives! (thanks @aproperdoctor!)

 

BE SURE TO CHECK THE TERMINUS AMAZON A-STORE FOR WHERE TO BUY OTHER THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE!

 

Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

Direct download: terminusep020_boti_smithandjones.mp3
Category:regular_ep_review -- posted at: 4:56am PDT
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Terminus Podcast -- Episode 19 – Finest Exploding Restaurants: The Husbands of River Song

On this belated episode, I indulge in some Andrew Cartmel love, I lament a bit about my current state of Moffat-Hate-Fatigue, I feel far too many feels discussing 'Husbands of River Song', I rant a bit about the show's portrayal of Rose and her relationship with the Doctor (contrasting it with River and the Doctor's relationship, natch), and I even embarrass myself quite a bit by uncharacteristically tacking on some small boopers/outtakes at the end of the show (despite my perfectionist side screaming in protest!).

So, I really do hope you all will join me for this episode and, as always, glad to have you all aboard. Enjoy the ride!

 

Episode 19 – Finest Exploding Restaurants: The Husbands of River Song

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:08:03 - Happy Fandom Time
0:18:08 - Discussion of 'The Husbands of River Song'
0:50:30 - Coming Soon on the Next Episode! (Plus Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!)
 
 

 
 
Links:
+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)
 

Fun Links Related to the Show:

+ Huntsville's Con Kasterborous
+ 'Walk Around Con Kasterborous 2016' video by Kirby Bartlett-Sloan
+ Seven vs Twelve 'Epic Rap Battle' Video
+ Matt Strevens as co-producer announcement on Den of Geek
+ 'K-9 and Company' DVD (on the DVD for 'The Invisible Enemy')

 

BE SURE TO CHECK THE TERMINUS AMAZON A-STORE FOR WHERE TO BUY OTHER THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE!

 

Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

Direct download: terminusep019_husbandsofriversong.mp3
Category:regular_ep_review -- posted at: 4:17pm PDT
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Terminus Podcast -- Episode 18 – Sad and Beautiful: End of S9 Review

I've long heard tales from other podcasters of 'cursed' episodes that have either been lost to time or were just vast struggles to get out. So, I guess it was inevitable that I'd have one of those misfortunes myself. Yes, this episode had tons of stumbling blocks, almost too many to name, but its finally here (albeit about 2 months late!). I do hope that it is worth the wait!

Anyway, join me on this episode as I finally discuss the last three episodes of S9 -- 'Face the Raven', 'Heaven Sent', and 'Hell Bent' -- finally polishing off my thoughts on last year's Doctor Who stories. I do hope you all will join me and, as always, glad to have you all aboard. Enjoy the ride!

 

Episode 18 – Sad and Beautiful: End of S9 Review

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Introduction, Part One: Where I've Been
0:04:17 - Introduction, Part Two: 20th Anniversary of the TV Movie
0:09:13 - Happy Fandom Time
0:15:34 - Discussion of 'Face the Raven', 'Heaven Sent', and 'Hell Bent'
1:10:02 - Coming Soon on the Next Episode! (Plus Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!)
 

Links:
+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)
 

Fun Links Related to the Show:

+ Doctor Who: the TV Movie ('The Enemy Within')
+ 'Pulse' - A Twelve/Clara fanvid by KatrinDepp
+ Andrew Cartmel's 'Written in Dead Wax' from the 'The Vinyl Detective' series: Amazon US + Amazon UK
+ Reality Bomb #30 (With Summation of Clara's arc and 'Color Separation Overlay')
+ Social Engineering (from Wikipedia)
+ Selfie of Me with Magenta Hair (for anyone interested)
+ Atlanta's TimeGate Convention (now WHOlanta)
+ Huntsville's Con Kasterborous

 

BE SURE TO CHECK THE TERMINUS AMAZON A-STORE FOR WHERE TO BUY OTHER THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE!

 

Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

Direct download: terminusep018_endofs9review.mp3
Category:regular_ep_review -- posted at: 6:54pm PDT
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Terminus Podcast -- Episode 17 -- I'm Just a Bill: Random Fandom Musings

OMG, I'm back! Is anyone still out there? *crickets* Um, maybe not. Anyway, it's really good to be back, finally. I've had tons of Big Life Stuff pod-blocking me all year, but I think I'm now in a good place to get back aboard the good-ship Terminus. Admittedly I was a bit under the weather recording the episode, but I was just so determined to get a new episode done and dusted, I went forward with it anyway. Let it be known that many coughs were valiantly sacrificed on the cutting floor, though. So, that was definitely a challenge! Well, that and trying not to slip up and say 'Chinballs' instead of Chibnall, because REASONS.


Anyway, join me on this episode as I talk about my humble little podcast's plans for the year and then also my thoughts about the new companion (as)Bill, the 2017 Doctor Who television hiatus, Steven Moffat leaving as showrunner, and finally Chris Chibnall coming on board as showrunner in his stead. I hope you all will join me and, as always, glad to have you all aboard. Enjoy the ride!

Episode 17 – I'm Just a Bill: Random Fandom Musings

 

Table of Contents:

0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:08:59 - Podcast Plans for 2016
0:16:05 - Discussion of the New Companion, Bill
0:20:27 - Discussion of the 2016 Doctor Who Hiatus
0:22:45 - Discussion of Steven Moffat Leaving Doctor Who
0:27:38 - Discussion of Chris Chibnall as New Showrunner
0:32:13 - Coming Soon on the Next Episode! (Plus Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!)
 

 
Links:
+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)


Fun Links Related to the Show:

+ Oi Spaceman Podcast Episode with Me as Guest (discussing 'Terminus', the serial)
+ The Time Scoop Podcast Episode with Me as Guest (includes geeking about Izzy Sinclair)
+ Eighth Doctor and Izzy DWM Graphic Novels! Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3!
+ Izzy's Big Finish story (as part of 'The Company of Friends')! At the Big Finish website and on Amazon.
+ 'Terminus' serial DVD (as part of the 'Black Guardian Trilogy')
+ TimeGate Convention (in Atlanta)
+ Vans Shoes as Skates (linked for funsies!)
+ Teen!Chibnall on Open Air (Low quality on Youtube or you can find it as a DVD extra on the Trial of a Time Lord DVD)
+ The Memory Cheats Podcast (podcast page and episode spreadsheet)

 

BE SURE TO CHECK THE TERMINUS AMAZON A-STORE FOR WHERE TO BUY OTHER THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE!

 

Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

Direct download: terminusep017_imjustabill.mp3
Category:misc_doctor_who -- posted at: 1:03am PDT
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Just a quick update on the delay on the newest episode. Apologies as between the crazy-busy-ness of the holidays and a recent car accident that has left my hand/fingers injured, I've gotten quite behind on things.

I am working on getting the next episode out as soon as possible though. I am combining the last 3 episodes of the season ('Face the Raven' through 'Hell Bent') into one episode as they're essentially a trilogy anyway, plus I'll be doing a separate episode on 'The Husbands of River Song'.

Thanks so much for your patience, guys!

Category:administrative_misc -- posted at: 8:57pm PDT
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Terminus Podcast -- Episode 16 – Sleepyheads: Sleep No More

A little shorter of an episode than usual for me, but also one a bit on the political side of things this time around (yet again -- though hopefully this won't be a usual thing), here is my belated episode discussion of the recent Mark Gatiss story, 'Sleep No More'.

Inside you'll find some happy Jessica Jones gushing, some allusions to ancient rad vs. trad fandom debates, chat about transphobic microaggressions and internalized prejudice, and a wee bit of roller derby squeeing thrown in for good measure.

So, anyway, I hope you all will join me for my review and episode discussion. And, as always, glad to have you all aboard. Enjoy the ride!


Episode 16 – Sleepyheads: Sleep No More

Table of Contents:
0:00:00 - Opening and Welcome
0:02:15 - Happy Fandom Time
0:09.10 - Discussion of "Sleep No More"
0:25:38 - Coming Soon on the Next Episode! (Plus Goodbye, Thanks, and Outro!)

 

 
Links:
+ Music Theme:  'Violin Doctor Who Theme' by ViolinistBAKA (on YouTube)


Fun Links Related to the Show:
+ Jessica Jones TV Series with David Tennant (IMDB link)
+ David Tennant Huffington Post Live Interview with Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani (NSFW?)
+ David Tennant and the #NeverOk Campaign
+ Tenth Doctor and Donna Big Finish Preview Clip (from 'Time Reaver')
+ Bethany Black Roller Derby Article
+ Bethany Black as 474 (from doctorwhowatch.com)
+ 'A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss' (on Youtube!)

BE SURE TO CHECK THE TERMINUS AMAZON A-STORE FOR WHERE TO BUY OTHER THINGS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE!

 

Notes:

Opening audio clips from the Fifth Doctor serial 'Terminus' and the Tenth Doctor serial 'The Shakespeare Code', copyright BBC. The female robot voice was from '2nd Speech Center' text-to-voice software. 'Doctor Who' theme was by ViolinistBAKA, link provided above.

Direct download: terminusep016_sleepnomore.mp3
Category:regular_ep_review -- posted at: 10:04pm PDT
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