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. Sometimes they may barely mention the show. New episodes every month.
Direct download: macramadnessmonth.mp3
Category:Second Doctor -- posted at: 9:14am UTC
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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.

Direct download: Shab_Cast_Four_-_The_Next_Iteration.mp3
Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 4:27pm UTC
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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
Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 10:41am UTC
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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.)
Direct download: Shabcast_3_-_This_Machine_Kills_Fascists.mp3
Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 9:57am UTC
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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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