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.

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.

Direct download: stephen_king_terror_of_the_autons.mp3
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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.

 

Direct download: Amicast_09_The_Deadly_Bees.mp3
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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

Direct download: bowie_special_claws_of_axos_pex_lives.mp3
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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. 

Direct download: face_of_evil_tribe_of_gum_pex_lives.mp3
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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. 

Direct download: The_Nattering_CLEANED_VERSION.mp3
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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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Phil Sandifer is joined by Andrew Ellard for a discussion of River Song, farce, and how we liked Doctor Who in 2015.

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It's here! Get festive with the whole Eruditorum Press team as they bring you into a very Merry Christmas!

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Kevin and James take time out from a rambunctious Christmas party to chat about Kevin's trip to London.

Direct download: kev.mp3
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Phil Sandifer is joined by the legendary Kate Orman for this special extended finale (at least until Christmas) of the Series 9 podcasts.

Direct download: DW_S9_Podcast_12.mp3
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Phil Sandifer talks to Elliot Chapman about Heaven Sent and more.

Direct download: Eruditorum_Press_Season_9_Doctor_Who_6.mp3
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28: Black Orchid, or,  Why do I always let my curiosity get the better of me?

Kevin and James chat the new series, the horrible fucking state of the world, John Carpenter, and Black Orchid. 

Direct download: black_orchid_pex_lvies.mp3
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Phil Sandifer talks to the fantastic Holly Boson about Face the Raven.

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Jack and Elliot chat all things Dracula.

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Phil Sandifer is joined by Mac Rogers to talk Sleep No More. 

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27: The Invasion, or, I hate computers and refuse to be bullied by them.

In this stellar episode of Pex Lives, James and Kevin are joined by the very clever and lovely Elliot Chapman to talk the Invasion! 

Direct download: The_Invasion.mp3
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Phil Sandifer is joined by Gene Mayes of the brilliant Being and Time Lord blog to talk about The Zygon Inversion, men's clothing, and drone warfare.

The article Gene mentions within is at http://www.thedailybeast.com/features/2015/she-kills-people-from-7800-miles-away/index.html

Direct download: DW_S9_Podcast_8.mp3
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In a special double length edition, Phil Sandifer is joined by comics writer Al Ewing, writer of Titan Comics' Eleventh Doctor comic to discuss The Zygon Invasion, followed by an interview about Al's Doctor Who work and his current work on Marvel's All-New All-Different relaunch. The episode of Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe that Al brings up can be found at .

Direct download: DW_S9_Podcast_7.mp3
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City of the Dead - 06: The Skull

Holly is joined by Jack Graham to talk about 1965's The Skull.

Direct download: Amicast_06_The_Skull.mp3
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Phil Sandifer is joined by Caitlin Smith, the world's foremost Clara expert, to talk about The Woman Who Lived and...

Direct download: DW_S9_Podcast_6.mp3
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Kevin Burns joins Phil Sandifer to talk The Girl Who Died, Game of Thrones, and no doubt some other interesting stuff I'm just completely forgetting about.

Direct download: Eruditorum_Press_Season_9_Doctor_Who.mp3
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City of the Dead 05: Dr. Who & the Daleks

Holly & James talk to Phil Sandifer, Dalek Emperor of Eruditorum Press, about the adventures of a certain Doctor named Who.

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Phil Sandifer & Anna discuss Before the Flood and much more.

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26: The Chase, or, Say, you wouldn't be trying to have a bit of fun with me now, would you?

Crack yourself open a can of classic Pex Lives, with Kevin and James talking about the month long horror movie marathon that is their Halloween tradition, how they feel about the latest episodes (they don't), and the mind boggling serial from 1965, the Chase.

Direct download: the_chase_p1.mp3
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Phil Sandifer & James Murphy talk Under the Lake and much more.

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Jack, Holly, and Josh talk about #Freedom for Kesha

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Phil Sandifer & Jane Campbell discuss The Witch's Familiar and much more.

 

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City of the Dead - 04: Dr. Terror's House of Horrors

We still exist! And now we're at the watchable, good part of Amicus. James and Holly return triumphantly to talk about Dr. Terror's House of Horrors.

Direct download: Amicast_04_Dr_Terrors_House_of_Horrors.mp3
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25: Carnival of Monsters/Nightmare of Eden

Jane is back on Pex Lives! We kick things off with a chat about The Magician's Apprentice, the just-aired Peter Capaldi opener (which James seems to like more than anyone) then head into a combined fairground twister on Carnival of Monsters and Nightmare of Eden. 

Pex Lives is now proud to be a part of Eruditorum Press.

 Go to EruditorumPress.com

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Phil Sandifer & Jack Graham discuss The Magician's Apprentice and much more.

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Here's Shabcast 11, featuring myself in conversation with Phil Sandifer.  This was recorded before Eruditorum Press went live, so events have overtaken it somewhat.  We discuss Doctor Who (before the start of Series 9), Susan, Gareth Roberts, Thomas Ligotti, God, Alan Moore, H.P. Lovecraft, Jimmy Saville, Frank Miller, Vox Day (because Phil just can't help himself), Hegel, Marxism, technological determinism, the Situationists, Engels, evolution, revolution, the Anthropocene extinction, Jonathan Jones, and the existential terrors of the Right.

But the main attractions of the podcast are our discussions of Hannibal (which had just ended when we taped), True Detective, and the life and crimes (artistic and otherwise) of John Nathan-Turner.  Chatting about Hannibal, we coin the term 'hannibalism', decide how to do Buffalo Bill in 2015, and come to the conclusion that Hannibal himself is a Miltonic Lucifer in a gnostic universe created by a deistic god and, possibly, Hannibal himself.  Be aware of spoilers and triggers (note the references above to Jimmy Saville and JN-T).
Direct download: Shabcast_11_-_Hannibalism_or_Hey_Kids_Lets_Talk_About_Hegel.mp3
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Shabcast 10: Gothic!

This time, I'm joined by the lovely and incredibly erudite Gene Mayes - of various Pex Lives appearances and his own excellent new blog Being and Time Lord - to chat about the Gothic.  We also focus specifically on the movie A Field in England, Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump's masterpiece of English Civil War-era madness, magic and mushrooms.  There be spoilers here, by the way.  We range pretty freely and get on to all sorts of other stuff including (but far from limited to) alchemy, John Dee, Hammer movies, Gothic novels, Marxism and Anarchism.  It's a long one (just over 3-hours, so feel free to listen in fits and starts) but I hope worth your time.  

Here's Gene's blog post about A Field in Englandhttp://beingandtimelord.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/building-dwelling-tripping.html

Direct download: Shabcast_10_-_Gothic.mp3
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Peter Harness Interview

Legendary blogger Phil Sandifer, of www.philsandifer.com, talks to Peter Harness, the writer of series eight's Kill the Moon, about that episode and adapting Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for the BBC. 

Direct download: sandifer_harness.mp3
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A Season Of Orson Welles

Gene and James discuss the original film work of Orson Welles in this, the year of his centenary. 

The programmed pictures are:

Citizen Kane (1941)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) 

The Stranger (1946)

The Lady From Shanghai (1947)

The Third Man (1949)

Mr Arkadin (1955)

Touch of Evil (1958)

The Trial (1962)

F For Fake (1973)

 

It's a long one. Don't feel obligated to listen all at once. Enjoy!

 

Gene writes about Arkadin here: http://beingandtimelord.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/the-dossier-found-in-saragossa.html

And F For Fake here

http://beingandtimelord.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/for-james-art.html

And a little more here

http://beingandtimelord.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/a-for-eigentlichkeit.html

Direct download: a_season_of_welles.mp3
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24: The Terror of the Zygons, or, You can’t rule a world in hiding.

Kevin and James spend the first half of this month's episode talking about American fascist comic creator, Frank Miller, and the second half considering the classic Caledonian serial, Terror of the Zygons. 

We're Pex Lives and we do this. 

Writer Robert Banks Stewart
Director Douglas Camfield
Script editor Robert Holmes
Producer Philip Hinchcliffe
Direct download: terror_of_zygons.mp3
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City of the Dead - 03: Just For Fun

Holly and James talk about the 1963's Just For Fun. They don't like it, but this is some good listening. 

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Shabcast 9b - Hatecasting With Holly, Part 2.


This month, the Shabogan Graffiti podcast is thrilled to play host to the wonderful Holly, of the City of the Dead podcast series (see the tabs on the left), and the Comfortable Bohemian Elegance blog, and loads of other good stuff.  In a twisted, Bizarro World version of Desert Island Discs, Holly and I indulge in a mammoth session (so long I had to split it into two files) of complaining about stuff we love to hate.  In Part 1, we both pick targets from classic Who and new Who.  In part 2, we select non-Who media to mercilessly lambast, and cap off the discussion by griping about personal pet hates.  It's a voyage into blind, unreasoning malcontentment - and it was great fun to record.  Hopefully you'll enjoy listening... even if you find us cruelly belittling stuff you love.  Holly - clearly a star in the making - is insightful, eloquent and funny all the way through.  As for me... well, you know you love it when I get angry and ranty.  (Oh, and WARNING!  There are some brief but potentially triggering references towards the end of Part 2.)

Direct download: Shabcast_9b_-_Hatecasting_with_Holly_Part_2.mp3
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Shabcast 9a - Hatecasting with Holly, Part 1

This month, the Shabogan Graffiti podcast is thrilled to play host to the wonderful Holly, of the City of the Dead podcast series (see the tabs on the left), and the Comfortable Bohemian Elegance blog, and loads of other good stuff.  In a twisted, Bizarro World version of Desert Island Discs, Holly and I indulge in a mammoth session (so long I had to split it into two files) of complaining about stuff we love to hate.  In Part 1, we both pick targets from classic Who and new Who.  In part 2, we select non-Who media to mercilessly lambast, and cap off the discussion by griping about personal pet hates.  It's a voyage into blind, unreasoning malcontentment - and it was great fun to record.  Hopefully you'll enjoy listening... even if you find us cruelly belittling stuff you love.  Holly - clearly a star in the making - is insightful, eloquent and funny all the way through.  As for me... well, you know you love it when I get angry and ranty.  (Oh, and WARNING!  There are some brief but potentially triggering references towards the end of Part 2.)

Direct download: Shabcast_9a_-_Hatecasting_with_Holly_Part_1_1.mp3
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City of the Dead - 02: It's Trad, Dad

Holly and James talk about the teen musical comedy from the nascent Amicus productions. 

Direct download: Amicast_02_Its_Trad_Dad.mp3
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City of the Dead - 02a: Helen Shapiro Interview

Holly and James chat to legendary superstar, the lovely Helen Shapiro about her role in the early Amicus film It's Trad, Dad, Richard Lester, the music scene of then and now, and her faith in Jesus.

Direct download: Helen_Shapiro_Interview.mp3
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Shabcast 8

What bloody man is that?  It's bloody Jack Graham.  Again.  Another Shabcast so soon?  Yes, but don't get used to this kind of schedule.  It's only happening because time is out of joint.  This time, myself and my actorly buddy Elliot Chapman (returning guest from the Macra shabcast, and Big Finish's new Ben Jackson) discuss Shakespeare's great tragedy 'Macbeth', and Shakespeare generally.  We even say the word 'Macbeth' occasionally... hopefully without bringing too much theatrical ill-luck down upon ourselves.  We chat as we watch the TV film of Trevor Nunn's legendary production from 1978, starring Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, and produced by Verity Lambert.  The second most profound material she ever televised.  Elliot will be appearing in a production of 'Macbeth' soon to run in Redcliffe Caves in Bristol, produced by Insane Root as part of the Bristol Shakespeare Festival.  Jack will be appearing in the kitchen soon to make himself an evil sandwich as part of a obscene, perverse ritual.  Root for us insanely, and download our shabcast.  Exeunt.

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23: City of Death, or, Exquisite. Absolutely exquisite.

This is almost as much fun as the serial being discussed. 

 

 

Writer "David Agnew" (pseudonym for David FisherDouglas Adams and Graham Williams)
Director Michael Hayes
Script editor Douglas Adams
Producer Graham Williams
Direct download: City_of_Death_pex_lives.mp3
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Shabcast 7

Join me, Josh Marsfelder (of Vaka Rangi) and Jane (of many fames) as we watchalong and chat about the wonderful and neglected 1966 TV production of Alice in Wonderland, directed by Jonathan Miller. A sweet way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of the original book.  Very proud of this one.

Direct download: Shabcast_7_-_Alice_Narrates_Herself.mp3
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Here's the exciting pilot episode for a brand new podcast which will cover every film released by Amicus Studios, starting here with proto Amicus film, Horror Hotel aka City of the Dead. 

 

This podcast was recorded before Christopher Lee died. 

 

Enjoy!

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R.I.P. Christopher Lee

The day after learning of the passing of unparalled icon Christopher Lee, Holly B, Jack Graham, and James have a great unplanned, unstructured chat about the man's legendary life and work.

Direct download: RIPCLEE.mp3
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Phil Sandifer talks to Vox Day, the writer and editor behind the Rabid Puppy/Hugo Awards controversy, about the relative merits of John C. Wright's One Bright Star to Guide Them and Iain M. Banks' The Wasp Factory. 

You can find Shabcast 6, featuring an afterparty featuring Phil, Jack Graham and your own intrepid Pex Lives hosts here: http://pexlives.libsyn.com/shabcast-6

Direct download: Pex_Lives_and_Eruditorum_Press_Present_the_Vox_Day_Interview.mp3
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This Shabcast is an accompaniment to this month's edition of Pex Lives, which features the long-awaited encounter between Phil Sandifer (from off of TARDIS Eruditorum) and 'Vox Day' (from off of fascism and fucking up the Hugo Awards). 

Kevin and James have kindly turned the June installment of Pex Lives over to the Sandifer/Vox Day interview, in which Phil quizzes Vox about his attitudes towards two texts, One Bright Star to Guide Them by John C. Wright (which Vox loves and Phil hates) and Iain M. Banks' The Wasp Factory (which Vox hates and Phil loves).
 
Shabcast 6 is something in the way of an 'afterparty' for Phil, in which Phil chats with myself, Kevin and James about the Vox Day interview.  Very much necessary listening.  And lots of fun.  After the serious business of the interview itself, the four of us kick back and have a chat which veers from the serious to the plain giggly.
 

This Shabcast also features frequent and vehement contributions by my elderly, crotchety and extremely loud-voiced bengal cat Quiz.  You won't be able to understand her, but I can... and she's telling me to kill.

Direct download: Shabcast_6.mp3
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22: The Macra Terror, or, Dreadful. Did you hear that rhyme?

Pex Lives had a wondeful time talking to the brilliant Holly B. about Moffat for a little while and the classic Troughton serial, the Macra Terror. Download, enjoy, and share!

Have you heard? May is Macra Madness Month,

Direct download: The_Macra_Terror_p1.mp3
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May is Macra Madness Month for both Pex Lives and the Shabogan Graffiti Podcast.  Shabcast 5 - a mammoth discussion of lost 60s classic 'The Macra Terror' - sees Jack joined by longstanding online buddy, actor Elliot Chapman, who also happens to have recently been cast by Big Finish as the new Ben Jackson!  Elliot seems to be on some kind of mission to singlehandedly disprove the old prejudice about actors being thick.  And he likes Jack's blog, which Jack takes as proof of his intelligence.  This is possibly the most shabgraffy Shabcast yet, i.e. lots of Doctor Who and lots of politics... as well as unrestrained ramblings about stuff as diverse as complicity, conspiracy, CRPGs, The Prisoner (of course), Herbert Marcuse, Universal horror films, Abbott and Costello, Marshall Berman, the Nazi's Degenerate Art Exhibition and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  It's another long one.  But you don't *have* to listen to it.  Nobody's forcing you.  Ungrateful bastards.

 

Direct download: Shabcast_5_-_This_Podcast_Does_Not_Exist.mp3
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Normal shabcast service has been resumed after the unplanned emergency anti-fascist edition from earlier this month (though you may be hearing more from Phil and myself on the issue of the Hugos and the nazis).  This episode of the Shabogan Graffiti podcast is the long-awaited continuation of my mammoth chat with the lovely Josh Marsfelder, writer of the ridiculously good Vaka Rangi blog.  A slightly disjointed episode this one, but you're getting all the good bits.  The bits I chopped out are mostly me (Jack, that is) being inconsequential.  What's left is mostly Josh being eloquent and passionate about TNG, Trek generally, Dirty Pair, aesthetics, fan fiction, slash, Mary Sues, singularity archetypes, and all sorts and manners and conditions of interesting stuff.  We also do a bit of violently malevolent hating on Wesley Crusher... which should be entirely acceptable to all right-thinking people.  You'll love it, trust me.  Hardcore nattering, with no fascism to ruin everything.  Paint a bulls-eye on your heart right now.

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21: The Rings of Akhaten & The Time Warrior

Pex Lives on three continents! Abossycontrolfreak.tumblr.com is one of the crew's favourite places on the web and they had a great time talking to the woman behind it, Caitlin Smith. They start by talking specifically about the 11th Doctor episode, Rings of Akhaten, as a jumping off point to get to Clara and then go into Sarah Jane Smith's debut in the Time Warrior with the inimitable Three. This one's a keeper, folks.

Huge thanks to golden-phizzwizard.tumblr.com/ for our brilliant custom episode artwork. You should definitely check out the rest of their stuff.

Writer Robert Holmes
Director Alan Bromly
Script editor Terrance Dicks
Producer Barry Letts
Direct download: time_warriorrings.mp3
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A Marxist, a postmodernist and liberal walk into a bar... and form a united front.  Join me, Phil Sandifer and the superb Andrew Hickey for an unexpected emergency Shabcast on the subject of the recent fascist incursion on the Hugo Awards nominations.  (NOTE: Shabcast 3 was supposed to be the continuation of my conversation with Josh Marsfelder, but that will now be Shabcast 4... and will hopefully be along pretty soon.)
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James and Kevin have a quick discussion discussing some recent developments on the podcast and what they're aiming for with them, and then delve into a short discussion of recent developments in Nerd Misogyny, specifically the news about Chris Sims' treatment of Valerie D'Orazio and how it has recently become a topic of discussion. They'll reflect on their own privelege and, as usual, make a few wise-ass remarks along the way.

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Category:Gallimaufrey -- posted at: 12:32am UTC
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The first Shabogan Graffiti podcast (Shabcast) was an astounding success, breaking all previous known podcasting records and propelling its creator to instant stardom.  And it's back for a sequel, like Ace Ventura.  In this month's Shabcast, Jack Graham (writer of the Shabogan Graffiti blog) interviews his other friend, the amazing Josh Marsfelder, writer of the resolutely different and clever Star Trek blog Vaka Rangi.  Well, actually what happens is that Josh interviews himself and Jack sits back and listens.  And the podcast is all the better for it, what with Josh being so informed and enthusiastic about subjects as diverse as Trek, the obscure Japanese Anime masterpiece Dirty Pair, Polynesian culture and Lacanian criticism.   In this episode, you get just part of an immensely long (and ongoing) discussion.  Never has hardcore nerdery sounded so intellectually respectable.  (P.S. - We had some mic and software problems during our chat, which show up about 1hr 4mins into this episode.  Jack tried to find a way of cutting the offending passage, but it was annoyingly crucial for the context.  Having said that, the problem isn't too bad, and only occurs intermittently for a minute or two.  So, stick with it.)  (P.P.S - In the podcast I say that I'm going to call it 'The Joshening', but I decided against that as it turns out... though I now wish I'd decided to call it 'Q and A' instead.)

Direct download: Shab_Cast_II_-_The_Wrath_of_Josh.mp3
Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 10:06am UTC
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20: The Trial of a Timelord, or, Such Extraordinary Lengths to Kill Me

The only sane way tackle the Trial of a Timelord is to actively rebel against being a Doctor Who podcast.

This unedited, long awaited episode is thematically perfect for the season we're covering. Cobbled together, running late, full of strange tangents and little jewels along the way. Here and now, for you, the original Pex Lives team enjoy and endure the tail end of the entire Colin Baker era. Bridges are burnt, beers are tasted, Chris Tucker is considered, and maybe we'll learn something by the end of it.

(We will not. We'll have fun, though)

Direct download: trial_of_a_timelord_p1.mp3
Category:Sixth Doctor -- posted at: 1:42am UTC
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The massive, bloated first episode of an irregular new series of Shabogan Graffiti podcasts.  Non-legendary blogger Jack Graham chats with legendary blogger Phil Sandifer about such topics as his recently-concluded TARDIS Eruditorum, social justice readings, eschatology, Game of Thrones, V for Vendetta, obscure tumblr micro-aesthetics, Wikipedia, stabbing billionaires, Russell T. Davies’ Cucumber and Russell T. Davies’ Banana.  The encounter is a fraught, tense, barely-civil battle of wits that will change your life (very slightly).  Hosted by Pex Lives.  Because the idea of Jack getting it together sufficiently to organize his own bandwidth is frankly laughable.

 

Direct download: Shabcast_1_-_The_Philterview.mp3
Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 10:56pm UTC
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19: Paradise Towers, or, Ice hot!

The Pex Lives team were very, very pleased to be joined by Jane, who can be found at http://achairforjane.tumblr.com/ and as one of the finest commenters on Tardis Eruditorum. Jane made this episode something extremely special. The Capaldi series and classic McCoy serial Paradise Towers are covered. 

The conversation looked at mythology, tropes, ascension and aesthetics. 

 Download, rate, and share!

Writer Stephen Wyatt
Director Nicholas Mallett
Script editor Andrew Cartmel
Producer John Nathan-Turner
Direct download: paradise_towers_-_pex_lives.mp3
Category:Seventh Doctor -- posted at: 1:32pm UTC
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A sick Kevin and tired James take a little time to blearily discuss the direction of the show, the recent call out for more diverse guests and James takes some some inexplicable swipes at Steve Ditko.

Direct download: pexlives_gallimaufrey.mp3
Category:Gallimaufrey -- posted at: 7:18pm UTC
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18: The Ribos Operation, or, They'll say Binro was right.

This is a very special episode. Anyone who likes what we do knows how indebted we are to Philip Sandifer and how often cite him. He was kind enough to guest on the show and is absolutely brilliant. We talked about the Ribos Operation, Capaldi's season, and take some interesting tangents. So, download, tell your friends, and rate and review us wherever you get the show. Thanks for listening!

Visit http://www.philipsandifer.com/ and buy TARDIS Eruditorium books at any good online retailer. The Graham Williams era edition is here: 

 http://www.amazon.co.uk/TARDIS-Eruditorum-Unofficial-Critical-Williams/dp/1502725533/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420889766&sr=1-1&keywords=tardis+eruditorum

Writer Robert Holmes
Director George Spenton-Foster
Script editor Anthony Read
Producer Graham Williams
Direct download: ribos_with_phil.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 11:30am UTC
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17: Earthshock, or, We go back a long way.

In a madly rare illusion of prolificacy, welcome to the third episode of Pex Lives for the month of December. Earthshock. We also talk about the torture report, the state, Ferguson and more.

 

Writer Eric Saward
Director Peter Grimwade
Script editor Antony Root
Eric Saward (uncredited)
Producer John Nathan-Turner
Direct download: earthshock.mp3
Category:Fifth Doctor -- posted at: 3:36pm UTC
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Pex Alive. Pex Aliiive!: The Hammer Frankenstein Films

Don't say we didn't get you anything. Here is a very special Christmas gift for you. An undead gift. The best kind. This is one of the most fun chats we've ever had, all about the Frankenstein series that would prove such a huge influence on one of the best eras of Doctor Who. We talk about all the entries in the Hammer Frankenstein series, the Shelley novel, briefly go over the Universal monsters, and take in the kind of fascinating tangents that make talking to clever, witty people so fun.

As you should know, Jack Graham blogs at Shabogan Graffiti

Gene would rather people just leave him alone.

 

With extra thanks to @Hammerhorrorfan on twitter for this bonus episode's excellent artwork.

Direct download: 01_-_Frankenstein_1.mp3
Category:Film -- posted at: 1:54pm UTC
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12. The TV Movie, or I've Never Heard of It. What Do You Remember?

Finally, the long delayed episode 12, which was our one year anniversary with our first ever guests, has time travelled from July. It's so exciting to have people hear what turned out to be a fantastic conversation that's so much better than the subject at hand; the TV Movie.

Direct download: movie.mp3
Category:Eighth Doctor -- posted at: 5:27pm UTC
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The latest episode of the world beating Pex Lives podcast is here. We talk about the latest batch of episodes from the new Peter Capaldi series as well as one of the best serials ever... The Curse of Fenric. Starring Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred. Download now to join the conversation.

 

Writer Ian Briggs
Director Nicholas Mallett
John Nathan-Turner (uncredited)
Script editor Andrew Cartmel
Producer John Nathan-Turner
Direct download: Curse_of_Fenric.mp3
Category:Seventh Doctor -- posted at: 1:13pm UTC
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15: The Ice Warriors, or, Crushed beneath a moving mountain of ice.

The Pex Lives team are here to help you through the end of summer with an appropriately chilly episode. Patrick Troughton's Second Doctor's first meeting with.... the Ice Warriors! As well as more thoughts on the new episodes up to the end of last month. Will it melt their hearts or will the Pex Lives boys be cool on it?

Sorry. Enjoy!

 

Writer Brian Hayles
Director Derek Martinus
Script editor Peter Bryant
Producer Innes Lloyd
Direct download: Ice_Warriors.mp3
Category:Second Doctor -- posted at: 11:09pm UTC
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14: The Web Planet, or, What's happening, Doctor? What's happening?

Pex Lives returns with its first ever on-air guest! @HitlerPuncher joined us to talk about the Web Planet and much more. This is our first episode on since the new season of Doctor Who has started airing and we share our thoughts on Peter Capaldi's episodes. Get stuck into... the Web Planet!

Theme music:I Have Never Watched Doctor Who - Adam Warrock

Interlude: Human Fly - The Cramps


The Web Planet

Writer Bill Strutton
Director Richard Martin
Script editor Dennis Spooner
Producer

Verity Lambert

Direct download: web_planet.mp3
Category:First Doctor -- posted at: 11:59pm UTC
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13. The Sensorites, or At Night the Sky is a Burned Orange and the Leaves on the Trees are Bright Silver

James and Kevin are back from an unexpected break as we crossed over our one year anniversary and have gone back to basics with the classic First Doctor serial, The Sensorites. Did they love it, hate it or find it totally unnecessary? Listen and find out!

Direct download: sensorites_1.mp3
Category:First Doctor -- posted at: 8:02pm UTC
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11. The Green Death, or Noble Fight Against the Windmills

The Green Death is a great jumping off point for Kevin and James, your intrepid hosts, to get into a chat about some of the undercurrents of this society of ours, including some time spent on the recent misogynist shootings

Writer: Robert Sloman 
Barry Letts (uncredited) 
Director: Michael E. Briant 
Script editor: Terrance Dicks 
Producer: Barry Letts

Music: I Have Never Watched an Episode of Doctor Who - Adam Warrock 
See My Baby Jive - Wizzard 
Lungs - Townes Van Zandt 
Pretty Girls - Neko Case

Direct download: 11__The_Green_Death_or_Noble_fight.mp3
Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC
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10. The Happiness Patrol, or Die With Smiles on Their Faces

First broadcast: 2 November – 16 November 1988

A kaleidoscopic, twisting vortex of a conversation for the sleep deprived, punchy hosts of the world beating Pex Lives! Podcast. Kevin & James take a pop-protest infused look at the serial in a brave experimental pushing of the borders of the form. Next month: something less daring in concept.

Writer: Graeme Curry 
Director: Chris Clough 
Script editor: Andrew Cartmel 
Producer: John Nathan-Turner

Direct download: pex_lives_10_the_happiness_patrol.mp3
Category:Seventh Doctor -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC
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9. Vengeance on Varos, or Forgive Me If I Don't Join You

Pex Lives reaches the famous Colin Baker period with the “best loved” of the Sixth Doctor’s stories. They had a great chat that took the usual digressions and evolutions!

Writer: Philip Martin 
Director: Ron Jones 
Originally broadcast: 19–26 January 1985

Music: 
Theme: I’ve Never Watched an Episode of Doctor Who - Adam Warrock 
In the charts: Little Red Corvette - Prince 
Interlude: Video Nasty - The Damned 
Closing: The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine - Simon and Garfunkel

Direct download: pex_lives_09_vengeance_on_varos.mp3
Category:Sixth Doctor -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC
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8. The Caves of Androzani, or Change, My Dear

James and Kevin take a conversational journey through the 1984 serial once voted the best Doctor Who of all time which doubled as Peter Davison’s swansong. How will they rate it? Listen & find out!

Direct download: pex_lives_08_the_caves_of_androzani.mp3
Category:Fifth Doctor -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC
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Pex Lives Supplemental: Star Trek I-VI

Pex Lives Supplemental is an occasional, informal bonus episode of your favourite Doctor Who podcast, that might have some light to shine on the Timelord’s adventures, or might not. This time Kevin and James have a great time tackling the original Star Trek crew’s films, from 1979-1991. Enjoy!

Direct download: pex_lives_supplemental_star_trek_1_6.mp3
Category:Film -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC
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7. The Sunmakers, or "Will You Be a Lousy Scab or Will You Be a Man?"

In one of the more concise episodes of the fantastic Pex Lives podcast, the lovely and patient Kevin and a progressively more intoxicated James have a great chat that takes in the role of propaganda, Terry Pratchett, anarchist thinkers, 1984 and a whole host of other good stuff.

Direct download: pex_lives_07_the_sunmakers.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC
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6. Colony in Space, and The Time of the Doctor

Kevin and James in 2014 with the best and longest episode yet!

Direct download: pex_lives_06_colony_in_space.m4a
Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC
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5. The Abominable Snowmen/The Web of Fear, or BEWARE THE MIGHTY YETI

Wrapping up their discussion of the recently recovered Troughton episodes, the Pex Lives team talk on the reconstructed Abominable Snowmen and the Web of Fear. Yeti! Quatermass! Lovecraft! All this and more in the exciting latest edition.

Direct download: pex_lives_05_abominable_web.mp3
Category:Second Doctor -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC
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4. The Enemy of the World, or Creag an Tuirc

The Enemy of The World! Thought missing for over forty years, unseen by human eye, is now here for Kevin and James to gush about. This is the Pex Lives podcast running at full power. James Madison, the Zapatistas, and Pussy Galore all get nods. A really great, fun conversation that you should hook yourself right into.

At an exciting time for Doctor Who, keep your eyes peeled for special stuff we have planned around the 50th Anniversary episode.

Next month: The Abominable Snowmen/The Web of Fear!

Direct download: pex_lives_04_the_enemy_of_the_world.mp3
Category:Second Doctor -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC
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3. The Krotons, or Smash the Machine

The Pex Lives team returns! This month’s discussion is all about the 1968 Patrick Troughton serial, The Krotons and takes in situationism, Dark Shadows, the role of education in perpetrating the ideas of the state, and lots of other fun stuff. Next month, if the crick don’t rise, Colony In Space!

Direct download: pex_lives_03_the_krotons.mp3
Category:Second Doctor -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC
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2. The Space Museum, or Revolution!

Episode 2 of the fabulous Pex Lives podcast is live and waiting for you to hear it. The guys had a great, freewheeling conversation about The Space Museum that touches on all sorts of issues. Namechecks to Tolstoy, H.G. Wells, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and The Who, and lots of meaty discussion of colonialism and revolution. So, if you haven’t ever seen The Space Museum, don’t get left behind. Next month: The Krotons!

Direct download: pex_lives_02_the_space_museum.mp3
Category:First Doctor -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC
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1. An Unearthly Child, or I Tolerate This Century But I Don't Enjoy It

Welcome, traveller! This is the first ever episode of the monthly Pex Lives, a podcast about Doctor Who. Meet Kevin and James, your hosts through this pilot episode about a pilot episode. Apologies for the audio issues on James’ end this time: rest assured next month’s episode will be practically perfect in every way.

September’s show will be about the Space Museum, for those following along at home. Enjoy!

Direct download: pex_lives_01_an_unearthly_child.mp3
Category:First Doctor -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC
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