Pex Lives: A Doctor Who Podcast
James Murphy and Kevin Burns are both Certified Minor Internet Personalities with a shared love of Doctor Who. Explore the history of the show with them, as they watch classic serials and chat with each other each month about them. Each month, the pair will pick a classic serial to watch and then break down, exploring the themes, characters and production of the given story. There will also be jokes. New episodes on the first Sunday of every month.
The Elder Scrolls Part 1

Are you ready for this? The premiere of the long awaited Josh Marsfelder podcast!

Direct download: The_Elder_Scrolls_Part_1.mp3
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So, the best year ever draws to a close, which means it's time to kick back and enjoy another tinselly Shabcast... this time featuring EP's new recruits from 2016, Josh, Shand, and Daniel.  And me, obviously.  Have a good one.

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Phil Sandifer sits down with Kieron Gillen to talk about his new series Uber: Invasion, the second part of his alternate history World War II story, which sees Nazi superhumans invade the US. So yeah, that's a little on the nose.

This podcast is in part to promote The Last War in Albion, Phil's new book on the early work of Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. You can buy that here.

Direct download: Kieron_Gillen_Interview.mp3
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37: The Mind Robber, or, don't worry about fiction. Hang on to real life.

Kevin and James are back to talk some all-time great Doctor Who, the passing of Fidel Castro, communism, capitalism, childhood mindscapes, the United States' inexorable ride to authoritarian xenophobic government and a little state-of-the-show musing. 

Direct download: mindrobber.mp3
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Kevin is joined in the Pex Lives recording bunker with friends-of-the-show Gene and Kim to begin answering the question: after the election, what is to be done?
 
A statement From Gene, Kim and Kevin:
 
We should not only organize on the basis of reacting to events as they transpire, but we must take the initiative and not allow them to keep us on the back foot. We will defend our existing gains by demanding more, by rejecting complacency. We need to build a movement around those demands in order to create the conditions for the new society. We should not stand for the mere restoration of liberalism, but for supplanting it. We should seek to secure not just the familiar rights, but real liberation founded on material equality. The immediate, short-term struggles must be understood in light of the long struggle. We have to demand what they cannot deliver. 
 
Amelioration is our priority, but we must not substitute reformism for reform. we have no interest in rescuing the Democratic Party from itself. We can use the party for as much as it is useful, but we must remember it is not a neutral tool, and neither is the state. These are organs of the ruling class. Their very structure presupposes rule by the capitalist class. So we must take care.
 
We don’t have all the answers. We can see the broad sweep, but We're just as disoriented as anyone. We may come across as alarmist in the podcast. We don't mean to. We think we should prepare for the worst and consider what we’d do if it came to that, but we can't tell the future, and there are reasons to be optimistic. 
 
We also don't want to get anybody killed or hurt. Assessing risk and figuring out what you can do—that’s not for us or anyone to do for you. Just remember that whatever you can contribute will be useful, and stay safe. Your local organizations will probably have better ideas than we do.
 
Oh, and one last thing: a shoutout to @PissPigGrandDad, who’s fighting for the revolution in Rojava. Solidarity with the YPG.
 
Links:
 
-Where Does the Left Go From Here? Jezebel. Particularly check out Roqayah Chamseddine's insights.
-Interview with @PissPigGranddad. Civil Defence Units.
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Pex Lives 2016 Election Special

Kevin and James talk Trump, Clinton, Bernie, Labour, PiL, the Specials, and a little more. 

Direct download: Pex_Lives_Election_Special.mp3
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This week/month/day/whatever, I'm joined by Kit Power to chat about two Stephen King novels, The Dead Zone and The Running Man, and their respective film adaptations.  Kit and I think these movies have some application to issues of the day.  See what you think.

Direct download: Shabcast_27_-_2016_US_Presidential_Election_Special.mp3
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36: The Curse of Peladon, or, #imwithher

Look! Just when you thought we were down and out, we leap off the canvas and throw a few more hits. 

We spend our first half catching up, then have an extended chat about Kevin's hero Mike Love of the Beach Boys before dropping into ever cheerful Current Events. After that, we talk about a western from 1951 called the Furies and then just a little sprinkling of your Doctor Who content with the topical Curse of Peladon. 

 

Enjoy.

Direct download: the_curse_of_peladon_pex_lives.mp3
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This time Jack is joined by Jane, Shana, and Daniel, to talk about the brilliant movie Dark City from 1998.  Quizzy joins in too, to the point of sabotage.

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The Nattering II: Super Fun Sized Annual

This is an unusual edition of not Pex Lives. We weren't able to get together and record your expected two hours plus of Dr Who related - tangentially Dr Who related - conversation because of, well, capitalism. Instead, what I've put together is somewhat akin to those Giant Annuals of comics you used to get as a kid, usually for Christmas. I thought the Pex Lives listenership might enjoy a little variety. With that in mind, I've got a conversation that Jack Graham, Kit Power, and Daniel Harper - who all of you know - had. It was unplanned and informal, just some friends shooting the breeze at half hour's notice. I've also got Gene Mayes and Kim Karr talking the first act of John Carpenter's career, from 1974 - 1981. A really good chat.

Here's an article by Kit Power about the times that he talks about herein and the benefits of even a compromised Labour government over a Conservative one.

http://gingernutsofhorror.com/my-life-in-horror/keep-it-up-son-take-a-look-a-what-you-could-have-won

@thegenemayes

@kimcreep

@_Jack_Graham_

@kitgonzo

@danieleharper

@jmcm1916

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Jack and Phil talk High-Rise

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Part 2 of Shabcast 24, with Jack, James, Kit and Daniel, talking about Oliver Stone's JFK and Nixon.

The conspiracy is balls, by the way.

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The first part of a new Shabcast featuring Jack in conversation with James and Daniel (again), and for the first time Kit Power.  The subject is Oliver Stone's '90s political movies JFK and Nixon, and their relationship to actual politics and history.

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35: Underworld, or,  Kicked us out at gunpoint.

Hey! It's the Pex Lives Show! This month, your beloved regular hosts, Kevin and James, are joined by listener favourite and fellow Eruditorum Press-ista Jane Campbell to briefly chat Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy and some fairly respectable old Dr. Who. A lot of it is through the lens of the power of myth. Also: we finally throw out our long awaited Presidential endorsement.

Those movies discussed are, of course,

A Fistful of Dollars

For A Few Dollars More

The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly

Direct download: 02_Underworld.mp3
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Yes, I use the Oxford comma.  I use it because it is sensible, stylish, and clarifying.

Oh, and this is Part 2 of Shabcast 23, featuring the continuation of my latest chat with Daniel Harper.  I think the title is pretty much self-explanatory. 

That's my thing now.  Self-explanatory titles.  And Oxford commas.  They're my thing too now.  And irrelevant commentary on my own style.

Self-explanatory titles, irrelevant commentary on my own style, and Oxford commas.

See, they're nice aren't they?  If that comma hadn't been there, before the 'and', it could've looked like I was saying I now make irrelevant comments about my own style and about Oxford commas.  And clearly I would never comment irrelevantly about Oxford commas.

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Please find attached the latest Shabcast.  It's the first part of another long chat between myself and Daniel.  In this episode we talk about the 2006 Mike Judge movie Idiocracy, which is 'relevant' nowadays as loads of people have jumped to the wrong conclusions about the Trump phenomenon and clambered aboard the everyone's-an-idiot-nowadays-except-me bandwagon, using Idiocracy as a cultural touchstone.  Daniel has little time for the film and isn't shy about saying why.  And nor am I. 

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Phil sits down with David J Haskins of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets to completely ignore both of those things in favor of talking about magic and Haskins's work with Alan Moore, including V for Vendetta, "March of the Sinister Ducks," The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, and The Birth Caul

Direct download: David_J.mp3
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Pex Lives Xtreme 1: Sport... TO THE MAX

In the first installment of an irregular, ongoing series: Kevin hosts longtime friend of the podcast, Ben Knaak, to discuss the baseball season (at the time), the Olympics, taxpayer financing of new stadiums, and - of course - Lucha Underground.

All that and more, on this very special premiere episode of Pex Lives Xtreme!

Direct download: Pex_Lives_Xtreme_1.mp3
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A clip show featuring never-before-heard bits of previous Shabcasts.

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34: The Crusade, or, a lion without claws!

Welcome to your Pex Lives. In this episode, Kevin and James talk about then-current events, the First Doctor serial the Crusade, and three more classic westerns.

Those movies were:

Shane (1953)

Johnny Guitar (1954)

The Searchers (1956)

Direct download: The_crusade_pex_lives.mp3
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Find out why the Titanic sank, with Jack and Josh.  Plus - other stuff!!!

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33: Ghost Light, or, Wicked.

Kevin and James are joined by their friend Tomas to continue their dive into their dusty Westerns with a trio of John Ford pictures, before happily skipping toward the classic Sylvester McCoy serial Ghost Light! 

The films discussed are:

Stagecoach (1939)

My Darling Clementine (1946)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

 

Direct download: ghost_light.mp3
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This week Jack is joined by returning Shabcast guest, and writer of the brilliant blog Vaka Rangi (which is now part of Eruditorum Press), Josh Marsfelder.  They talk Trek for a bit, then Aliens and James Cameron, and then get on to another of Josh's passions: the Titanic (movie and reality).  It's a lively chat, loaded with fascinating, mythbusting details. 

Part 2 next week, in which Jack and Josh conclude talking Titanic and move off onto myriad other topics.

 

Direct download: Shabcast_21a_-_The_Bow_Section.mp3
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At last that guy who sings the unsettling theme music about burning down the world shows up for an interview, in which we completely fail to talk about him because this month we're just promoting Neoreaction a Basilisk. So instead we talk about accelerationism, hyperstition, and the end of the world.

Neoreaction a Basilisk remains available on Kickstarter all May. 

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Phil is joined by Eruditorum Press's very own Jane Campbell to talk about the gnostic and mystical implications of Neoreaction a Basilisk, which as I'm sure you know by now is available on Kickstarter all through May. And if you enjoy these podcasts, you should really back it, because holy crap the hosting bill this month is mental.

Direct download: Neoreaction_a_Basilisk_4.mp3
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32: The Gunfighters, or, Prey to every cliché-ridden convention of the American West.

Kevin & James kick off their Western series with a chat about the Gunfighters, a Dr. Who serial from '66. Before that, they have a great conversation about three Gary Cooper films.

High Noon (1952)

Man of the West (1958)

The Hanging Tree (1959)

Direct download: Los_Cabelleros.mp3
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City of the Dead: 10 - Torture Garden

As James madly tries to get this up on the day he moves house, he reflects on how proud he is of this episode that includes killer cats, killer pianos, and an immortal Edgar Allan Poe. There's another segment in the film, too. God, what is it? Oh yeah, Hollywood robots. Just another day at the office for the internet's best and only podcast devoted to Amicus films. Enjoy.

Direct download: Amicast_10_Torture_Garden.mp3
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Phil sits down with Sam Keeper of Storming the Ivory Tower to talk about Neoreaction a Basilisk, it's gnostic structure, and his secret traumatic origin story.

Neoreaction a Basilisk is currently available on Kickstarter.

Direct download: Neoreaction_a_Basilisk_3_Sam_Keeper.mp3
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Jack is joined by James Murphy for a brief and concise chat which definitely doesn't touch on much politics at all.

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Phil continues his self-indulgent Neoreaction a Basilisk book tour with Eruditorum Press's very own Jack Graham, where we sit down and have the two-and-a-half hour conversation about horror philosophy, leftist politics, and the alt-right that you'd expect us to. Also a bunch of Hugo Awards stuff, and generally one of the best Sandifer/Graham rambles to date.

You can get Neoreaction a Basilisk on Kickstarter all through May.

Direct download: NAB2.mp3
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Part 2 of Shabcast 19, featuring Jack in conversation with Daniel Harper.

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This month, a special series of Eruditorum Presscasts as Phil sits down with various guests to be interviewed about his new book, Neoreaction a Basilisk. This week he's joined by David Gerard, who read the book in 2000 word chunks serialized as Phil was writing it, and who spent time in the trenches of LessWrong and reading neoreactionaries before it was cool.

You can back Neoreaction a Basilisk on Kickstarter. 

Direct download: Neoreaction_a_Basilisk_Podcast_1.mp3
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Daniel Harper rejoins Jack to talk about... stuff.

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The Stephen Thompson Conversation

In this special one-off, wherein Jane doesn't allow James to get away with his usual glib nonsense, the pair talk about the new Who episodes

The Curse of the Black Spot

Journey to the Center of the TARDIS

& Time Heist

 

 

Direct download: The_Stephen_Thompson_Conversation.mp3
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Phil is joined by Noah Berlatsky, author of Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics to talk about Grant Morrison's new Wonder Woman graphic novel and the usual motley of off-topic subjects.

Direct download: Eruditorum_Presscast_-_Wonder_Woman.mp3
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31: Terror of the Autons, or, the Stephen King special

Kevin and James are joined by author Kit Power.

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City of the Dead: 09 - The Deadly Bees

In which your hosts meddle with forces they don't understand.

What forces?

Bees.

 

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In this episode, Jack is joined by the wonderful Shana Wolstein, of the Oi! Spaceman podcast, to talk about two of her (and Jack's) favourite movies: The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth

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City of the Dead - 08: The Psychopath

The City of the Dead team tackle the forgotten movie from Amicus; The Psychopath. Is it a lost classic? Listen and find out!

Direct download: Amicast_08_The_Psychopath.mp3
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Jack is joined by Kevin to talk The Matrix.  At length. 

It's fair to say that neither of them are especially fond of it.

 

Oh, and here's a link to an article they mention.

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30: The Claws of Axos, or, The Rock 'n' Rollin' Bitchcast

Kevin and James talk to a Match Made In Space's Jon Wolter about David Bowie and the Jon Pertwee serial, the Claws of Axos. 

Artwork from warpedfactor.com

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29: The Tribe of Gum/The Face of Evil

Kevin and James talk to Oi Spaceman's Daniel Harper about the last three episodes of An Unearthly Child and The Face of Evil. 

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In a replacement episode for the scheduled Pex Lives, James asked some people if they fancied a chat. Here are the results. 

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This month, Jack is joined by Daniel Harper, one half of the married team behind the excellent Oi! Spaceman podcast, to talk about the Doctor Who series 8 classic 'Listen'... which Jack and Dan both like despite being Moffat-sceptics (to put it mildly).  The discussion ranges as freely and widely as you'd expect.

Here's Oi! Spaceman, which Daniel co-hosts with his wife Shana, and here's the OS blog.  If you're not already a fan then check 'em out, 'cos they're great.

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Phil is joined by Chris O'Leary of Pushing Ahead of the Dame to talk about wrapping up epic blog projects, Miracleman, and, of course, the legacy of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. 

Direct download: Chris_OLearyDavid_Bowie_Memorial.mp3
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Phil talks to Jon Blum about the Abominable Bride and then interviews the hell out of him.

Direct download: Abominable_Bride.mp3
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