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.

Enjoy James & Lee having a good chat about this 70s Amicus entry. 

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Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 5:53pm UTC
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In this episode of Pex Lives, your boys chat The Seventh Seal, Jodie Whitaker, the Ambassadors of Death, personal hypocrisies and much more. 

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Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 10:23am UTC
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Lee and James are descending down to the vault in this swift but great conversation on Amicus' 1973 film.

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Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 11:33am UTC
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Jack reads 'Lukundoo' by Edward Lucas White.

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Remember how I had a podcast?
 
All joking aside, I'm really, really proud of this one. Please join me in extending a very warm welcome to the wonderful Bob from RetroRGB.
 
Bob has done tireless work gathering information on how to preserve every aspect of classic video games: Not just the systems and the games themselves, but the whole experience of retro gaming. From the best way to hook up your old consoles to a modern flatscreen digital HD TV to the best way to track down and safeguard a CRT to build your own personal arcade, Bob's website RetroRGB is a wellspring of everything you'd ever want to know about the technical side of video game history and preservation. Over the course of an hour and a half, Bob and I share our thoughts on the retro lifestyle, some of our favourite video game memories and talk about what keeps us coming back to the old classics and retro aesthetics year after year.
 
This podcast is a real collaboration between RetroRGB, Eruditorum Press and the Forest of Illusions YouTube Channel. For the first time, I'm doing a proper crosspost: My YouTube viewers will get a video podcast (and, for the first time, get to see me in person), while fans of EP's podcast network get an audio-only version hosted, as always on the Pex Lives Libsyn (if that version isn't up yet when this goes live, it will be in the near future and I'll update the post accordingly). But more to the point, Bob was kind enough to not just guest on my show, but actually do all the technical work recording, mixing and uploading it too. I could not have gotten this out in time today were it not for him, so I wanted to give him an impassioned public thanks here as well.
 
Some liner notes:

 

This show was a blast to make, and I hope you all enjoy it!
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In this exciting one-off hear James trying to wing his way through a conversation he should have done more preparation for with the lovely and charming Mr Conrad Slater (@conradslater) about all things Mr Men. Lots of interesting stuff from Conrad on this little discussed phenomenon. I've sat on this recording for many months because the audio is a bit poorer than I like, but I think it's worth a listen. Enjoy.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:39pm UTC
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James & Lee talk Tales from the Crypt, the next entry in their journey through the Amicus filmography.

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Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 9:24pm UTC
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James & Ric ( @squidfromspace ) chat about House of Penance, the 2017 horror graphic novel based on the true story of the Winchester Mystery House by Peter Tomasi, Ian Bertram and Dave Stewart.

Read Ric's writing for Geek Syndicate here:
http://geeksyndicate.co.uk/author/thescholarlysquid/

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Lee Russell and James Murphy continue their terrifying journey through the filmography of Amicus Productions with their most fun episode yet. They talk a classic anthology with tiny murderous dolls, the voodoo-enthused extremities of a dismembered body, strange tailors (ooooh), and pretty young scissor wielding women. How can you not listen?

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Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 3:14pm UTC
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Phil sits down with Alex Reed of the band Seeming (they do our theme music!) to talk about his new album Sol. Features numerous clips from the album, including previews of three songs that haven't been publicly heard anywhere else yet. 

You can pre-order Sol on Bandcamp.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am UTC
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Part 2 of Jack's Star Wars and Rogue One conversation with Sam Keeper.

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Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 10:04am UTC
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Kevin & James chat some Jean Luc Godard and some classic Doctor Who in the latest exciting episode of Pex Lives!

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Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 9:41am UTC
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This week, Jack chats with Sam Keeper - of the brilliant blog Storming the Ivory Tower - about Rogue One, and Star Wars generally.  More of this next week.

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Phil sits down with John Higgs to talk about The Doctor Falls, then stays sat down to interview him about his new book Watling Street.

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Phil sits down with Chris O'Leary to talk Mondasian Cybermen and many things that are off topic.

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Phil and Elliot Chapman sit down to talk The Eaters of Light.

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The Drunken Whocast returns, this time featuring Jack, Kit, and Daniel, talking about Series 2 (2006), and various other things, while in various stages of shitfacedness.  As will become obvious, this was recorded before the UK general election.  Stick with it.  I'm told hour 4 is the most entertaining.

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Phil sits down with Ian McDuffie to talk Gatiss. One of them volunteered for this job.

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Phil sits down with Kit Gonzo to chat mind control, monks, and Toby Whithouse.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:17pm UTC
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A podcast discussing the Doctor Who episode "The Pyramid at the End of the World."

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Jack is joined by James Murphy to discuss social care, the NHS, privatisation, and the 'Dementia Tax'... and by Daniel Harper to discuss the US health care system and the AHCA.

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Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 10:16am UTC
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Phil and Jack talk Extremis from within your computer. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:49am UTC
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Lee and James are back! With this super obscure non-anthology Amicus entry from 1972. Enjoy!

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Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 11:20am UTC
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Phil and Shana sit down to talk about Oxygen. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm UTC
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Jack is joined by Daniel (again) to talk about freedom of speech.  Oh, and big black cocks. 

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Our scheduled guest couldn't make it, and so Seth Aaron Hershman steps into the breach at short notice and gets rewarded for his trouble by an episode that's easier to complain about than praise, and easier still to just fail to have anything to say about at all. How do we do talking about it for an hour? You tell us.

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Phil! Caitlin! Punching racists! What more could you possibly want out of your morning commute other than the abolition of capitalism and with it the basic idea of a commute?

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In which Daniel Harper and Phil Sandifer find much more to grouse about than smile about.

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Kicking off our weekly series of podcasts on Doctor Who Series 10, Phil and Jane talk "The Pilot." 

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This episode is a tie-in with an essay by Josh, and features the two of us chatting about Species (1995), perhaps the very definition of a movie that is really interesting despite being pretty bad. 

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James and still-fresh new awesome co-host Lee Russell continue to look at the Amicus genre films with this Christopher Lee starring version of the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story. Both were surprised at just how good this film was. It's available on YouTube in full if you want to check it out before listening.

 

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Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 8:00am UTC
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Kevin & James kick off their run through the first Pertwee series with the Doctor fighting Autons and Kevin fighting James making him watch a Pedro Almodovar film.

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Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 10:21am UTC
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Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 10:46am UTC
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The triumphant return of the Shabcast, featuring returning guest Shana talking to Jack about 80s fantasy cinema classics Return to Oz and The Neverending Story.

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City of the Dead: 11 - The House that Dripped Blood

We're back! A quick regeneration for one of us, but City of the Dead has returned from its mouldy tomb. James and new co-host Lee Russell (of the excellent They Must Be Destroyed On Sight podcast) are here to tackle the next Amicus horror film. They're viewing vampires! Watching witches! Seeing stranglers! And dealing with decapitators!

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Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 4:56pm UTC
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39: The Tenth Planet, or, It's far from being all over...

With an ailing Pex Lives crew, battling the elements, the general and precipitous downward spiral of what has laughingly been called the civilised world, uncooperative technology, and a pair of immune systems that have crapped out just when we needed them most, we have lashed ourselves to the wheel and sailed on into the raging storm of knackered nautical cliches. Kevin had to phone in his contribution because his laptop wouldn't connect to the internet so the sound quality isn't what we like it to be, but it is still listenable. We also went considerably shorter than we usually do. Shortening it further, hundreds of consumptive sounding coughs were edited out from the file, but some have slipped through.

For all that as a disclaimer, we stand by this as something worth your time. It's probably the most-Doctor Who focused thing we've ever done, if that's what you like. Here we talk about William Hartnell's swansong as the Doctor and a little about the news that Peter Capaldi is leaving the revived show this year.

Enjoy!

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Your intrepid hosts, Josh & Ben, return! Are the scolls now even older? Listen and find out!

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Category:VakaRangi -- posted at: 9:58pm UTC
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38: The Power of the Daleks, or,  Why do human beings kill human beings?

In their exciting return, Kevin and James talk potential celebrity deaths, the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special and the all-new animated reconstruction of the classic Patrick Troughton serial the Power of the Daleks!

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