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Doctor Who: The Metebelis 2

Doctor Who: The Metebelis 2
Description:
The Metebelis 2 is a transatlantic conversation about "Doctor Who" with Ben the Brit and David the American. Follow along as two old friends talk about their lifelong fandom of Doctor Who dating back to the 1970s and 1980s into the 21st century.

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Doctor Who: The Metebelis 2 Statistics
Episodes:
33
Average Episode Duration:
45:56
Longest Episode Duration:
1:03:52
Total Duration of all Episodes:
1 day, 1 hour, 16 minutes and 3 seconds
Earliest Episode:
19 June 2016 (7:32pm GMT)
Latest Episode:
13 March 2017 (10:20am GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
8 days, 1 hour, 54 minutes and 9 seconds

Doctor Who: The Metebelis 2 Episodes

  • Metebelis 2 #33 - The Welsh Connection

    13 March 2017 (10:20am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 53 minutes and 56 seconds

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    Ben and David look at the Doctor Who stories by Chris Chibnall and talk about what he may bring to the show as the next showrunner. What are Chibnall's strengths? Where might the pitfalls be for him moving to the BBC? And is he really responsible for reptile women with breasts? Intro music is "Cubes" from "The Power of Three" and closing music is the theme for "Dinosaurs from a Spaceship", both pieces composed by the one and only Murray Gold.


  • Metebelis 2 #32 - Goofy Devils

    5 March 2017 (12:20pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes and 19 seconds

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    Monster Smackdown! Ben and David challenge each other with picks of Doctor Who monsters that fall a bit short. Each armed with five so-called duds spanning from the 1960s to the 2010s, can they successfully rebut one another's selections? Intro music is an excerpt from "The Magma Beast" by Roger Limb from "The Caves of Androzani". Outro music is "I See You Silence" by Murray Gold from "Day of the Moon".


  • Metebelis 2 #31 - Wonderful the Second Time Around

    27 February 2017 (11:41am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 52 minutes and 32 seconds

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    Ben and David chat about the recent animation of The Power of the Daleks and share their thoughts on its successes and shortcomings. Then speculate on their dream animations for the missing visuals of 1960s Doctor Who and wonder why BBC Worldwide doesn't hire them as animation commissioning editors. The intro is "Fluid Link" and outro is "Inside the City", music composed by Tristram Cary from "The Daleks" original score and reused as incidental music in Troughton's debut story.


  • Metebelis 2 #30 - Over Egging the Cyber Pudding

    19 February 2017 (9:09am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 44 minutes and 35 seconds

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    The Cybermen stories from the 1980s are revisited by the Metebelis 2 on this week's show. Find the answers to questions such as: Which cyber stories work and which fall short? Has Earthshock held up over time for David? Why do the cybermen fare so poorly in Gallifrey's Death Zone? What could go wrong with the most continuity heavy story ever? And, does Ben like jazz? Plus, the two chat about how eager they are anticipating the 'excellent' fanzine, Vworp Vworp volume 3. Intro and outro music are excerpts from the incidental music score by Malcolm Clarke from "Earthshock".


  • Metebelis 2 #29 - Slinky Cybermats and the Space Plague

    13 February 2017 (2:01am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 43 minutes and 8 seconds

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    Ben has recovered from the Space Plague joins David to sadly reflect on the passing of John Hurt, the War Doctor. Discussion then moves on to Peter Capaldi's looming departure and then speculate on which actor could be and should be cast to replace him. Lastly, the two chat about "Revenge of the Cybermen", Tom Baker's only encounter with the men of cyber. Intro music: "No More" from Murray Gold's score from "The Day of the Doctor". Intermission and closing music is from Carey Blyton's score from "Revenge of the Cybermen".


  • Metebelis 2 #28 - Capaldi Succumbs to the Troughton Curse

    5 February 2017 (12:54pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 18 minutes and 10 seconds

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    Ben is out sick with the Lurgi this week, so David is joined by his son, Eliot, for a brief chat about Peter Capaldi's announcement that Series 10 is his last. Plus a bit of discussion about why Eliot likes multi-Doctor stories and why David would prefer Paul McGann specials. Intro music: a clip from Murray Gold's amazing score for "Heaven Sent". Outro music is "Two Doctors" by Murray Gold from "The Day of the Doctor".


  • Metebelis 2 #27 - Cyber Ultra Violence

    29 January 2017 (5:05pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 55 minutes and 43 seconds

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    Having recovered (barely) from the sexy-sexy 'Cyberlady' of last week, the Metebelis 2 journey back to the early days of the Cybermen to discuss the 1960s cyber-stories. Along the way, they praise the incidental stock music, congratulate Who monsters and their graphic designing minions, and speculate if dentistry is compatible with cyber technology. Intro-music is from "Power Drill" by Douglas Gamley, which was heard in "The Tenth Planet". Outro-music is the classic 1960 Cyberman theme, "Space Adventures part 2" by Martin Slavin. Also heard along the way is "Muzak" from "Time in Advance" by John Baker from "The Invasion".


  • Metebelis 2 #26 - Moves Like a Monkey, Looks Like a Bear

    22 January 2017 (1:59pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 56 minutes and 45 seconds

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    Going in reverse broadcast order, Ben and David chat about Cybermen in 21st century Doctor Who and how the Moffatt and RTD eras differ when depicting the Doctor's silver foes. Do Cybermen still work in 'new' Who? Are Daleks better? Finally Ben cannot escape before David brings up Torchwood's Cyberwoman episode written by future showrunner Chris Chibnall. Music is from "Cybermen" by Murray Gold from Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel.


  • Metebelis 2 #25 - More Real Than Reality Itself

    15 January 2017 (5:34am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 53 minutes and 48 seconds

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    Using Peter Cushing's digital mask used in "Star Wars: Rogue One" as a starting point, Ben and David share their thoughts on the technology and using it to bring actors back to our screens. The two chat about impact could the digital masks have on "Doctor Who" and how Big Finish is re-casting the first three Doctors. Intro and outro music is a piece from the 1965 movie, "Dr. Who and the Daleks" titled "The Eccentric Dr. Who" by Malcolm Lockyer. Enjoy!


  • Metebelis 2 #24 - In the Reign of Nardole Porphyrogennetos

    8 January 2017 (8:09am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 41 minutes and 52 seconds

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    Ben and David share their thoughts on the 2016 Christmas special and their mutual appreciation of Nardole's visit to the Byzantium Empire. Plus the two geek out over the Series 10 trailer and the hinted return of the Movellans and then speculate over which old monsters may next be returning to "Doctor Who". Intro: clip from "The Return of Doctor Mysterio". Outro music: "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" composed by Nat Simon and Jimmy Kennedy and covered by "They Might Be Giants" on their 1990 album Flood.


  • Metebelis 2 #23 - A Happy, Friendly, Tag-Along Boiled Egg

    30 December 2016 (7:24pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 16 minutes and 47 seconds

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    The wide Atlantic Ocean divides the Metebelis 2 this week. Ben is back home in England, where he is joined by his niece Lauren (age 10) and nephew Finn (age 12) to discover their reaction to the Return of Doctor Mysterio. Back in the New World, David is wintering in the Columbia Department of the Hudson's Bay Company, where he is joined by his wife Rita and his two teenaged kids, Eliot and Annika, for a post-viewing discussion about the special as well. This week's music is from Murray Gold's incidental score for 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special.


  • Metebelis 2 #22 - All Too Much Whimsy

    24 December 2016 (7:14pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 55 minutes and 56 seconds

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    The Metebelis 2 look at the Matt Smith-era Christmas specials penned by Steven Moffat. Listen in as Ben and David discuss grunting sharks, the appropriate use of the Oxford comma, WW2 Lancaster bombers, the Not-So-Great Intelligence, and 'Handles'. Is the Grand Moff trying to "win" Doctor Who? Plus a little meta-podcast discussion at the end about a possible Christmas hiatus. Intro music is "Back to Christmas" from "The Time of the Doctor" and outro music is "Abigail's Song (Silence Is All You Know)" from "A Christmas Carol" performed by Katherine Jenkins, both composed by Murray Gold.


  • Metebelis 2 #21 - Not a Very Christmassy Monster

    18 December 2016 (9:37am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 51 minutes and 27 seconds

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    Snow flurries put Ben and David in a wintery mood as they discuss Christmas specials and Doctor Who. Despite being broadcast for 26 years prior to the return of the show in 2005, the "Feast of Steven" with William Hartnell was the only Christmas episode. Why is Christmas television special in the UK and how great was Russell T Davies for establishing this brilliant Doctor Who tradition? What are the Christmas picks of the Metebelis 2 from the RTD era and what classic Who could be viewed as Christmas television? Pick up a mug of warm cocoa and give a listen. Intro music: "Merry Xmas Everybody" by Slade. Outro music: "Song for Ten" by Murray Gold featuring Tim Phillips.


  • Metebelis 2 #20 - Foes from the Future

    11 December 2016 (7:55am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 54 minutes and 54 seconds

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    Ben and David wrap up their discussion on horror during the Hinchcliffe and Holmes era with a look at Season 14. Was this era horrific enough, or were there missed opportunities? What's the significance of owls and Sarah Jane? Would Eldrad have gotten along with K9? Are all assassins deadly? Answers to these questions and more in this episode of the Metebelis 2 Experience. Plus Ben's defense of the tarnished Talons of Weng-Chiang and the duo's picks for the best horror of the era. Intro music is an excerpt from "The Mandragora Helix" by Dick Mills. Outro music is the theme from "Target" composed by Dudley Simpson. "Target" was the show Hinchcliffe would go on to produce after his stint on "Doctor Who."


  • Metebelis 2 #19 - You've Twisted This Young Boy's Mind Around

    4 December 2016 (4:53am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 51 minutes and 0 seconds

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    The Metebelis 2 are joined by @GregSchaal to chat about watching Doctor Who on KTCA Channel 2 and some mid-1980s Doctor Who memories in the Twin Cities, Minnesota including convention meeting three Doctor Who actors. Then they three talk about the "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" trailer and superhero comics, spin-offs, and a plan to bring back Paul McGann. Intro: KTCA Channel 2 continuity announcement with a promo for the Whovian Festival Tour of 1986. Outro: "The Creature Attacks" by Geoffrey Burgon from the incidental music score from "The Seeds of Doom".


  • Metebelis 2 #18 - Creepy A. F.

    27 November 2016 (2:49pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 53 minutes and 43 seconds

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    The full onslaught of Hinchcliffe and Holmes mash-ups is unleashed on Ben and David as they talk about horror in Season 13. Will the Metebelis 2 escape horrible baby octopus monsters? Or, will their moms try to feed them raw meat trying to transform them into Krynoid monsters? There's only one way to find out... Intro music is "Sutekh Desends" composed by Dudley Simpson for "Pyramids of Mars" and arranged and performed by Heathcliff Blair. Outro music is "Trapped" by Geoffrey Burgon from "The Seeds of Doom".


  • Metebelis 2 #17 - Teatime Terror

    20 November 2016 (6:51am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 54 minutes and 19 seconds

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    Ben and David do an overview of the Hinchcliffe/Holmes era as they continue their look at horror in Who by looking at this era's influences and impact on the show. Do these stories hold up for today's fandom? How 'horrible' are they? Are they mostly Hammer and other horror movie pastiches? What were the influences of Mary Whitehouse and her British conservatism in the 1970s, and why did David Sullivan name a magazine after her? From "teatime terror for tots" to Bristol Boy catchphrases, join the Metebelis 2 as they geek out about Season 12 and chat about horror, sadism, and cliffhangers. Intro music by Dudley Simpson's incidental music score from the opening of "The Ark in Space" Part One. Outro music "Sarah Pursued/The Prototype" from music composed by Dudley Simpson for "Genesis of the Daleks" and arranged and performed by Heathcliff Blair.


  • Metebelis 2 #16 - Those Maggots Are Disgusting

    4 November 2016 (10:24am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 42 minutes and 5 seconds

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    Ben and David continue their examination of Who Horror with a look of the Jon Pertwee era. What did the white, middle-aged, male writers of Who in the early 1970s find so horrific? From the Autons to Giant Spiders, the Pertwee era was a mishmash of many things. Ben waxes fondly on the Green Death and, as the resident "pervy" European, delves into the possible sadomasochism in the Pertwee-era. Intro music is "Keller Machine Theme" by Brian Hodgson and outro music is incidental music from "The Planet of Spiders" by Dudley Simpson.


  • Metebelis 2 #15 - Foam is the Blood of Monsters

    28 October 2016 (9:59pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 55 minutes and 12 seconds

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    Were there any true horror serials in classic 1960s Doctor Who? Ben and David ask what exactly is horror and what role did it play in the glorious black & white era? In this podcast, they look at horror in Who from the end of "An Unearthly Child" where viewers back in 1963 saw that the following week's episode was "The Cave of Skulls" all the way to 1969 where the use of mind control in "The War Games" was prevalent. Intro music: excerpt from "Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta, SZ 106 - 3. Adagio" by Bela Bartok, conducted by Ferenc Fricsay, RIAS Symphony Orchestra. Outro music: "Space Time Music, part 2" by Wilfred Josephs. Both pieces were incidental music from "The Web of Fear".


  • Metebelis 2 #14 - Gween is the Colour of Money

    14 October 2016 (8:23pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 32 minutes and 33 seconds

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    A short catch-all episode to tie up loose ends. Ben gives an update on the possible connection between earthworks artist Robert Smithson and "The Evil of the Daleks". Then the two give their reactions to the new trailer for the Christmas special featuring Doctor Mistero and then David speculates on who the classic series writer with a story in Series 10 could be. Intro/Outro music is incidental music by Peter Howell from "Warriors' Gate".


  • Metebelis 2 #13 - The Dalek Marketing Department

    7 October 2016 (8:05pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 55 minutes and 25 seconds

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    Having conveniently skipped the three-Rs Dalek stories of the 1980s, Ben and David find themselves on Shad Thames discussing the Daleks stories of Davison, C.Baker, and McCoy. Intro music: "Revelation of the Daleks Suite" by Roger Limb. Outro music: "Resurrection of the Daleks Suite" by Malcolm Clarke.


  • Metebelis 2 #12 - Daleks Hate Christmas

    3 October 2016 (6:29pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 55 minutes and 19 seconds

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    More Daleks! This time Ben and David slip into the 21st century and talk more about the Daleks which were reinvigorated by their appearance on "new" Who. Intro music: "Victory of the Daleks" and outro music: "The Daleks" both by Murray Gold.


  • Metebelis 2 #11 - Trimuvirate of Dalek Awesomeness

    26 September 2016 (9:08pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 44 minutes and 28 seconds

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    DALEKS! Ben and David discuss the oldest of the Doctor's foes -- the Daleks. In this episode they chat about the Daleks in the 1960s and 1970s. Ben loves the Daleks, but David is a bit skeptical of their greatness. Intro music: "Genesis of the Daleks" incidental music by Dudley Simpson. Outro music: "Dalek March" by Carey Blyton from "Death to the Daleks".


  • Metebelis 2 #10 - The Catsuit Conundrum

    17 September 2016 (7:21pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 45 minutes and 31 seconds

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    The Master in the 21st century. Ben and David continue their conversation about the Master and how he (and she) is portrayed in "new" Who. Ben talks about Mary Poppins as an insult to the English. Intro/outro music: "Missy and Her Boys" by Murray Gold. Plus a bonus cut of "A Spoonful of Sugar" with Julie Andrews.


  • Metebelis 2 #9 - No Better Villain

    11 September 2016 (6:16am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 40 minutes and 6 seconds

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    Ben and David chat about The Master in the classic era with much sinister laughing... Muahahaha. Intro music: "The Master's Theme" by Brian Hodgson from "The Mind of Evil". Outro music: "The Master's Plan" by Paddy Kingsland from "Logopolis".


  • Metebelis 2 #8 - A Vaguely Gothic Horrible Spacecraft

    5 September 2016 (5:44am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 48 minutes and 18 seconds

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    Ben and David continue their examination of the TARDIS console room into the 21st century. Intro music: "My TARDIS" and outro music: "Run Sexy" both by Murray Gold from "The Doctor's Wife".


  • Metebelis 2 #7 - Beyond Human Comprehension

    15 August 2016 (7:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 35 minutes and 12 seconds

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    A look at the TARDIS console room through the classic years 1963 through 1989. Intro music: "Doctorin' The Tardis" by The Time Lord. Outro music: "Blue Veils & Golden Sands" by Delia Derbyshire from "Inferno".


  • Metebelis 2 #6 - Smorgasbord of Excellence

    10 August 2016 (2:49am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes and 52 seconds

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    Ben and David discuss the 2004 return of Doctor Who to BBC 1 as have a Series 1 retrospective about Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, and RTD. Intro music: "Westminster Bridge" by Murray Gold from "Rose". Outro music: "Boom Town Suite" by Murray Gold from "Boom Town".


  • Metebelis 2 #5 - Excellent Hardtack

    27 July 2016 (6:32pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 33 minutes and 20 seconds

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    Responding to listener feedback, Ben and David explain the name of their podcast, "The Metebelis 2" and go into the different ways to pronounce "metebelis". Then they two get a bit frivolous about what Cybermen eat. Intro music: "Deep Space" by Carey Blyton from "The Revenge of the Cybermen". Outro music: "Space Adventure 2" by Martin Slavin from many 1960s Doctor Who stories including ones about Cybermen (10th Planet and Tomb).


  • Metebelis 2 #4 - Golden Years

    19 July 2016 (6:34pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 45 minutes and 51 seconds

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    Our first run with an actual podcast with a title! Ben and David reminisce about how they got into Doctor Who and what they consider their golden years of their favourite show. Intro music: "Metebelis III Atmosphere" by Dick Mills. Outro music: "A Landing In Scotland" by Geoffrey Burgon.


  • Metebelis 2 #3 - Who Cares

    13 July 2016 (5:16am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 41 minutes and 31 seconds

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    A continuation of our discussion on politics in Doctor Who. Intro/outro music: "The Two Doctors" incidental music by Peter Howell.


  • Metebelis 2 #2 - Link Back to the Spiders

    27 June 2016 (6:19pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 28 minutes and 12 seconds

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    Brexit driven discussion about politics in Doctor Who. Intro/outro music: "The Curse of Peledon" incidental music by Dudley Simpson.


  • Metebelis 2 #1 - An Unearthly Podcast

    19 June 2016 (7:32pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 27 minutes and 14 seconds

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    Some background on Ben and David and our time with Doctor Who. Intro/outro music: "The Company" by Don Harper from "The Invasion"


 
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