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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:
112
Average Episode Duration:
0:0:49:47
Longest Episode Duration:
0:1:47:17
Total Duration of all Episodes:
3 days, 20 hours, 55 minutes and 9 seconds
Earliest Episode:
19 June 2016 (7:32pm GMT)
Latest Episode:
8 April 2019 (4:00am GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
9 days, 3 hours, 4 minutes and 31 seconds

Doctor Who: The Metebelis 2 Episodes

  • #112 - Macrobes and the Land of Confusion

    8 April 2019 (4:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 45 minutes and 31 seconds

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    It's a Metebelis Twofer this week! First up, Ben and David review the new animation of The Macra Terror and discuss what it means now that Macra exist. The Two the release suitable for ming-mongs of all tastes. The second half is a podcast that was going to be the ol' Metebelis look at The Greatest Show in the Galaxy, which would have been part of our Ace retrospective, but David derailed Ben from the get-go and instead they spent their time talking about Brexit and the future of Doctor Who. So, instead of putting out the podcast with not much Doctor Who talk on it, we're adding it as a bonus. Listen to it or give it a skip -- totally up to you! Opening and closing/intermission music is by Brian Hodgson from the Macra soundtrack. Brexit music is from the 1986 single from Genesis, "Land of Confusion."



  • #111 - Jazzman vs Cybermen

    3 April 2019 (8:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 45 minutes and 16 seconds

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    In this episode, Ben and David try to sort out the mess that is Silver Nemesis. In what seemingly has become a Metebelis Two tradition, the two try to pitch story alternatives to improve upon this 25th anniversary story. This is story is a grab bag of a bit of everything from straight-blowing Jazz to black magic to the boys of Brazil to mysterious chess games to Cybermen to aging starlets, but what it is not is coherent. Ace is great though! Opening music is the tail end of "No Greater Love" and closing music is the beginning of "Just You, Just Me" from Courtney Pine's excellent 1989 LP "The Vision's Tale."



  • #110 - Based on a Pub Lunchtime Conversation

    26 March 2019 (9:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 57 minutes and 38 seconds

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    Ben and David talk about Scratchman! It has been over forty years since Tom Baker and Ian Marter had lunch in the pub and came up with the idea for a Doctor Who movie in which our hero would battle the Devil. Does the novel based on these boozy mid-1970s ideas that Tom wrote with James Goss hold up? How does it compare to what has been previously published about the script? Listen in as David discusses listening to Tom read his story and compare notes with Ben who read it himself off the printed page. Opening music is from Simon Power's sound design for the Scratchman audio book. Closing music is from the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil."



  • #109 - Student Theatre

    17 March 2019 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds

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    Ben and David are glad to visit Terra Alpha to see the Candyman. Will happiness prevail? Ben is reminded of the many student plays he saw during the 1980s with minimalist sets, elaborate costumes, and hints of Kafka mixed with a rather subtly riff on Thatcher in this 1988 story. David, for his part, can barely remember watching this in 1990 and finds in this rewatch the story is better than the little he could recall and could potentially is due for a remake. Opening and closing music is from Dominic Glynn's score for The Happiness Patrol.



  • #108 - Loaded with Fanwank

    12 March 2019 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 11 minutes and 34 seconds

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    In this flashback podcast, the Metebelis Two discuss Ace's second story, Remembrance of the Daleks. From a strong B-movie opening to crane lowering Dalek shuttle crafts into the courtyard of Coal Hill School to the wobbly Dalek battle in the streets of London, Ben and David share their thoughts on this classic McCoy story from 1988 set in London, 1963. Spoiler though, Ben is firmly in the Renegade Dalek camp and shares is disgust with the trashy white and gold Imperial Daleks. David shares his thought about the Cartmel Master Plan and how this story works within the history of the show in this 25th anniversary season.



  • Metebelis 2 #107 - GallifreyDone

    19 February 2019 (9:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 54 minutes and 59 seconds

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    A tired Ben and David recount and reflect on their first GallifreyOne experience. Recorded Sunday night in a room at the convention hotel a few hours after the closing ceremony. Opening music is "Kerblam" and closing music is "Made a New Friend", both composed by Segun Akinola for Series 11 of Doctor Who.



  • Metebelis 2 #106 - Have Pod - Will Travel

    13 February 2019 (9:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 25 minutes and 29 seconds

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    This week the Metebelis Two are a bit distracted by our upcoming trip to Los Angeles for Gallifrey One 30, so Ben and David discuss the convention, the panels they're on, and what they hope to see. Plus, they talk about their exclusive, collectable blue "Metebelis Two" ribbons. Opening music from "Escape and Recapture" by Geoffrey Burgon from the "Seeds of Doom" soundtrack. Closing music is "This Time Tomorrow" a song released in 1970 by the Kinks.



  • Metebelis 2 #105 - More Glitz

    4 February 2019 (10:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 57 minutes and 17 seconds

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    So Dragonfire: Ace's debut story with more Glitz action then you thought possible. Ben and David share their thoughts about Ian Brigg's first Doctor Who story and explain what worked for them and what didn't. Poor Mel. We hardly knew you. Is Doctor Who: The Unfolding Text the best book to give a new writer for the show? And why would an ice vampire open a frozen food store on a moon he was exiled upon? Why are the crystals in the ice world set better than those in the series 11 console room? And does Syl's ice acting work if everyone else in the cast has traction boots on? All-in-all a rather inauspicious start to one of the programme's most popular companions... Ace! Opening music from T'Pau's 1987 single, "China In Your Hand". Closing music is from Dominic Glynn's score for Dragonfire.



  • Metebelis 2 #104 - The Arena of the Unwell

    27 January 2019 (8:05pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 51 minutes and 7 seconds

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    If you can remember the 1980s, you weren't really there... and this week Ben and David try to prove they really were part of the 1980s. Ben and David try to recall memories of Doctor Who through the JN-T era when they were busy with their young adult lives and not so interested in their favourite show. Is there a connection between tele-fantasy and sci-fi? Is playing Dungeons & Dragons a prerequisite for being in 1980s Doctor Who fandom? Was BBC Controller Michael Grade's decision to cancel, then put the show on hiatus a good thing? Did he fire the right man? And, do the Two even remember the hiatus happening or the casting of McCoy and Aldred as the last Doctor-companion duo of the programme's original run? Opening is from The Trial of the Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet score and closing music is from Dragonfire score, both composed by Dominic Glynn.



  • Metebelis 2 #103 - Watching Through Rough Patches

    20 January 2019 (9:21pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 51 minutes and 37 seconds

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    A bit introspective this week as Ben and David talk about watching Doctor Who during times when the show is not much to their liking. Prompted by Ben finally purchasing the DVD for Time and the Rani and a listener asking why do we still watch if Series 11 wasn't much to our liking? Ben takes a paternalistic view of Who and David reflects on what first got him hooked on Who during Tom Baker's run on PBS, such as cliffhangers and the location filming. What looked exotic and otherworldly for David growing up in the Midwest United States was the comforting and familiar for Ben growing up in Britain. We talk about the new Scratchman book and how it might be a bit of a car crash, if articles in DWM are any indication, but then we are the target demographic for such a book and its nice that something other than senior housing is being prepared for men of a certain age. Plus discussion on what's to come in upcoming weeks on M2P. Opening and closing music is by Keff McCulloch from his score for Time and the Rani.



  • Metebelis 2 #102 - The Da Vinci Kaled

    13 January 2019 (8:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 56 minutes and 27 seconds

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    Ben and David conclude that Resolution was the true finale to series 11. Great to watch on News Year Day, but the wheels begin to fall off the bus upon subsequent viewings. Great one-off design on a Dalek. Dalek-controlled Lin also gets high marks from the lads. Discussion on moving from a crowded TARDIS to the overflowing TARDIS. Is Chibnall writing the Doctor as a 'scold'? More horror about the console room set and the moving crystals, but praise for the funny looking Victorian sewers. David explains that he's been "trainspotting" Sheffield architecture. And why have random troops at the expense of Brexiting UNIT? What are the magical powers of Chekhov's microwave? Plus the Metebelis Two's usual what-ifs and could'ves story notes on how to expand the story and fill the plot holes. Opening is from Resolution soundtrack. Closing music is "Sonic Screwdriver" by Segun Akinola from series 11.



  • Metebelis 2 #101 - Sandminer Robots Can't Fly

    25 December 2018 (2:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 59 minutes and 22 seconds

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    A special Christmas episode from the Metebelis Two: a Christmas Smackdown! Yes, that's right, Ben and David have to defend and explain some questionable choices in past Doctor Who Christmas specials. Much fun and merriment. Closing music is from Kylie Minogue, "Christmas Isn't Christmas Till You Get Here".



  • Metebelis 2 #100 - Send That Blue Peter Rubbish to Kingdom Come

    22 December 2018 (10:10am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 53 minutes and 32 seconds

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    Well it's the 100th episode for the Metebelis Two and Ben and David are not in a celebratory mood. The lads are pretty disappointed by the series 11 finale and wonder what happens next? Opening music is "Barnacle Bill" composed by Ashworth Hope, which was the original theme to Blue Peter. Closing music is "Thirteen" by Segun Akinola.



  • Metebelis 2 #99 - Fryktelig Far

    16 December 2018 (10:40am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 54 minutes and 30 seconds

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    This week, Ben and David discuss "It Takes You Away" and try to reconcile Hanne's abusive home with story of the Solitract universe. What was the point of the antizone? Could this have been better told with out Norway? Is the show afraid of having a sexual woman Doctor? And is it a good idea to take 2019 off from producing new stories? The lads seem to struggle with the episode and the state of show nearing the end of 2018. All this plus Ben shares news that he finally has completed his classic Who DVD collection and throws the podcast open to doing requests, much to David's surprise. Opening music is from Hanne's favorite band, Arctic Monkeys' hit "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High" and closing music is a deep cut from the Blue Oyster Cult, "Take Me Away" for hopefully obvious reasons.



  • Metebelis 2 #98 - Doctor Who and the Scourge of Witchcraft

    9 December 2018 (1:16pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 0 seconds

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    Alan Cumming was brilliant as King James and the Metebelis Two want, nay demand his return in in a Gunpowder plot drama to open series 12 and then a 3-part epic finale about the commissioning of the King James' English translation of the Bible. Beyond that, it was great seeing the Doctor have to address now being a woman, Ben kvetches about historical inaccurtaces, and David wonders if they could not afford to hire horses, should they have used coconuts instead? Opening music is from Segun Akinola's score from The Witchfinders as arranged by Paul Crispino, Jr. Closing music is Alan Cumming singing a Sondheim parody song, "No One Is Alive When I'm Around."



  • Metebelis 2 #97 - Kerblamazon!

    1 December 2018 (12:30pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 44 minutes and 29 seconds

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    So what did the Metebelis Two think about a story about the biggest retailer in the galaxy? David asks does everyone pop bubble wrap? Ben wonders if the Doctor really believes that systems don't kill, people do. Discussion about if Chibnall's 'no new monsters promise' is hurting the storytelling and did McTighe's message get lost somewhere between script and production? Opening is excepts from The Big Bank and Kerblam! Closing music is from HyunA's 2011 hit, "Bubble Pop!"



  • Metebelis 2 #96 - Prem Must Die

    18 November 2018 (1:30pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 47 minutes and 49 seconds

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    Conversation about witnessing history and how setting stories in a recent historical period shapes the narrative.Ben and David discuss witnessing history and the thematic elements of Vinay Patel's story. This was billed as Yaz story, but the Metebelis two think this was Graham's best showing of the season to date. David especially liked Bradley Walsh's reading of "all we can strive to be is: good men". Ben explains that what we're asked as an audience to think about has changed quite a bit from the Moffat years. Opening and closing music this week is from Segun Akinola's score for "The Demons of Punjab".



  • Metebelis 2 #95 - Rama Lama Pting Ptong

    11 November 2018 (10:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 44 minutes and 14 seconds

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    Ben and Tsuranga, er David, meet the Pting. David thought the "Conundrum" episode was an improvement over last week, but Ben found it a bit dull. Was the Pting really Beep the Meep from DWM comics, Nibbler from Futuram, Stich without Lilo, or maybe just Gremlin? Maybe it should have been called the Chb'nall? Maybe this was Star Trek or some other generic sci-fi show. Character moments seemed to be bit of a miss this week too. The two wonder if Chibnall really did have much of a plan for series 11? Opening music is from the 1957 hit by the Edsels, "Rama Lama Ding Dong". Closing comedy is from the "Silly Vicar" Monty Python sketch and closing music is "Polepole" by Segun Akinola from "Expedition Volcano".



  • Metebelis 2 #94 - Park Hill

    4 November 2018 (1:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 48 minutes and 47 seconds

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    From the get-go, the Metebelis two veer off on tangents in their discussion of Series 11, episode 4: The Spiders of Sheffield. Ben and David think that the great character moments needed a bit more of plot to support them. And, were the spiders good or evil in this story? They speculate on the story's loose ends: such as Kevin and Frankie, the wee beastie in Anna's flat, and Robertson? Is Chibnall pulling his punches? The lads do their very best grumpy old men impressions throughout this podcast, so don't say you weren't warned. Opening music is from Segun Akinola's score and the closing is the last bit of the episode.



  • Metebelis 2 #93 - Yes Ma'am

    28 October 2018 (11:55am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 44 minutes and 45 seconds

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    The Metebelis Two discuss the first trip back in time for the Doctor Who in series 11. How would Chibnall and Blackman introduce Rosa Parks to the Doctor and her friends? Ben and David discuss 1955 Montgomery, Alabama and how the time team keeps history on track and delight in Ryan's fanboy reaction to civil rights heroes. Also speculation of suitcases, racists of the future, the return of Artron energy, and next week's return to Sheffield. Opening and closing music is from Segun Akinola's score.



  • Metebelis 2 #92 - Prophetic Death Scarves of Doom

    21 October 2018 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 44 minutes and 1 second

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    So the time team is on a death planet called Desolation populated with flesh-eating microbes, sniper-bots, and prophetic death scarves, but not much death... at least compared to last week. With Series 11 now underway, what do Ben and David make of the latest Dungeons & Dragons module from Chibnall? Also the lads weigh in on the new credits, the appearance of mysterious blue ghost monument, and wonder what is in store for the Doctor next week. Opening music is an isolated except of Segun Akinola's Doctor Who theme and the closing music is from "The Ghost Monument" soundtrack score.



  • Metebelis 2 #91 - Sheffield Steel

    13 October 2018 (11:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 1 second

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    Ben and David share their thoughts on Jodie Whittaker's debut story as Doctor Who and comment on her take as our favourite Time Lord and Lady. Then the Two discuss the Doctor's new friends, Sheffield landmarks, the new Chibnall era and wonder why kababs have salad. Opening music is from Segun Akinola's score for The Woman Who Fell to Earth (the bit where the Doctor first appears) and closing music is Akinola's take on the Who theme.



  • Metebelis 2 #90 - Make Sheffield Great Again

    6 October 2018 (5:13am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 10 minutes and 23 seconds

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    Sneaking in right before the Series 11 debut, Ben and David have their preview for the new series featuring Jodie Whittaker and Sheffield. The lads talk about the new writers based on the little they know about their past works and then examine the two series 11 trailers... frame-by-frame. Lots of wild speculation and idle predictions about what the new series will have in store for Doctor Who fandom. Opening music is a 1960s Radio Sheffield theme by David Cain of the BCC Radiophonic Workshop. Closing music is an excerpt from Matt Berry's just released Acid Jazz rendition of our favourite theme.



  • Metebelis 2 #89 - No True Beauty Without Decay

    29 September 2018 (12:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 47 minutes and 17 seconds

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    In the countdown to Series 11, Ben and David discuss the Doctor's companions and how seeing them as friends, as new showrunner Chris Chibnall calls them works with earlier companions. This is a bonus double podcast this week. First half is a nice discussion on friendship. The second half is a reverse chronological look at the past companions and categorizing them as friend, companion, assistant, pupil, or ward. In our own timey-wimey way, the second half was recorded before the first half. Opening music "K9 on a Mission" and closing music "Lost in the TARDIS" is by Paddy Kingsland. Intermission music is an excerpt from "Friends" by Flight of the Conchords and along the way we have an except from an Action Room parody skit, "Dr. What". Jam packed this week with Metebelis Two goodness. Enjoy.



  • Metebelis 2 #88 - Pinball Time Expander

    21 September 2018 (11:30pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 41 minutes and 1 second

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    The Metebelis Two are on location at Ben's Minnesota home where they are joined by Amanda for an exclusive look at a real Doctor Who pinball machine. Also visiting the lads this week is Eliot, who's there to chat about recentish Doctor Who related news and play some pinball. During the news, the lads pay tribute to the great Jacqueline Pearce. Plus a brief interview snippet with her talking about Steven Pacey, the actor who played Tarrant in Blake's 7. Opening music is excerpted from the 12 inch remix of "Pinball Cha Cha" by Yello and closing music is the 1954 hit "Pin Ball Boogie" sung by Red Foley.



  • Metebelis 2 #87 - Sibilant Sea Deviltry

    31 August 2018 (9:09am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 52 minutes and 40 seconds

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    After a brief weather report, Ben and David concluded their survey of Silurians and Sea Devils from the original series featuring Sea Devil fashion, Silurian beaks, and praise for Ingrid Pitt. Ben shares with a skeptical David his unified Atlantis theory and how it could "improve" Warriors of the Deep. Not to be outdone, David wonders if the Silurians are doomed to always the same story? Opening and closing music is from "The Sea Devils" soundtrack by Malcolm Clarke, plus a bit from Deep Purple in Oslo 1987.



  • Metebelis 2 #86 - The Lizards That They Are

    26 August 2018 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 56 minutes and 28 seconds

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    Podcasting this week from the smoky skies of the US Pacific Northwest, in this episode Ben and David chat about modern Silurians and their impact on them as original series fans. They love Jordu Schell's original Silurian redesign, but sadly for them it wasn't used. Then Ben tells David about RTD's "A Very British Scandal". They share a chuckle at Jovanka Airlines, and look forward to series 19 coming out on Blu Ray this November. Opening and closing music is "The Silurians" by Murray Gold.



  • Metebelis 2 #85 - SV66

    5 August 2018 (10:23pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 55 minutes and 29 seconds

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    The lads take a break from their summer holiday and busy work schedules to briefly chat about the lost opportunity of a Doctor Who / The Good Life cross-over some time in the mid 1970s and then David learns about the latest acquisition in Ben's Who collection. Opening music is the theme to "The Good Life" by Burt Rhodes. Closing music is from the soundtrack to "Robots of Death" composed by Dudley Simpson.



  • Metebelis 2 #84 - The Only Copy of The Beano in Wales

    18 July 2018 (11:54am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 52 minutes and 14 seconds

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    It has been terribly hot in the northern hemisphere, so Ben and David have their quick picks of Who stories to beat the heat. But, first how could they not comment on the new teaser for series 11 that dropped after the football final? Join the lads as they discuss recent Who news and then find out which stories to watch to leave you "cold". Opening music is "The Galactic Weed" by Geoffrey Burgon. Closing music is the opening of "The Ice Warriors" by Dudley Simpson.



  • Metebelis 2 #83 - The Sensual Sounds of Segun Akinola

    7 July 2018 (11:02am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 48 minutes and 14 seconds

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    Ben and David are excited to hear the music of Segun Akinola, the new composer for Doctor Who! Akinola will be scoring the incidental music for Series 11 and putting his mark on the show's theme song. So, this week the Metebelis Two listen to song excerpts from Akinola's SoundClound page and speculate what type of music he will bring. Opening with "Mount Nyiragongo" from the BBC documentary series "Expedition Volcano", the lads also listen to excerpts entitled "Dakika", and "Ororo". They also listen to music from "The Human Body", including "DNA", "Microglia", "Amorph", and "Codon". Then sample a couple of tracks from the BBC's "Black and British" including "David's Theme" and "Dalu". Finally they delve deeper into Akinola's back catalog with excerpts from "Following the Trail", "Abandoned", "Evil Knight", and "Nothing Left". This week's pod is a musical feast! Closing music is "Keshokutwa" also from Akinola's score for "Expedition Volcano".



  • Metebelis 2 #82 - A Rendezvous in Space and Time

    2 July 2018 (5:16am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 2 minutes and 13 seconds

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    Ben and David meet in person for the first time in Metebelis 2 podcast recording history to celebrate their second anniversary of podcast. Join the unlikely lads as they have a Who chat with random emergency questions supplied by their listener. Opening sting is from the score for Planet of the Spider, composed by Dudley Simpson. Closing music is Mysteries by Don Harper.



  • Metebelis 2 #81 - No Clams

    25 June 2018 (5:25am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 38 minutes and 49 seconds

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    The Metebelis two review Genesis of the Daleks on the big silver screen. How did the cut down omnibus version not seen since 1975 fare on when projected to make Tom Baker appear 10 feet tall? What did the lads miss and what, if anything, was improved? And why did seeing Tom's interview make them a bit said. Also, in the battle of for the old man crown, who has the more antiquated television set-up. Opening music is from Dudley Simpson's score for Genesis of the Daleks and closing music is Heathcliff Blair's later rendition of the score.



  • Metebelis 2 #80 - Chekhov's Alien

    16 June 2018 (6:54pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 51 minutes and 19 seconds

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    In this episode, the Metebelis 2 continue their examination of Big Finish's Paul McGann stories with a listen to Paul Magr's "The Stones of Venice". What will the lads think of their time in 23rd century Venice in the Magrsverse? How has this story held up since its release in 2001? Opening music is from the Rolling Stone's 1974 song, "Time Waits For No One". Closing music is from Russell Stone's score of "The Stones of Venice".



  • Metebelis 2 #79 - Moffhangers

    3 June 2018 (7:40pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 50 minutes and 52 seconds

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    The Metebelis 2 wrap-up their exploration of Doctor Who cliffhangers through the various years with a look at those from the Moffat-era. What "Moffhangers" did each of the lads pick as their top five? Do Moffat cliffhangers herald back to earlier eras? Would the two rather talk about Monty Python than the Moffat years? Give a listen to find out. Opening is an excerpt of an interview with Graham Chapman, followed by Murray Gold's music from "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship". Closing Music is from Gold's amazing score for "Heaven Sent".



  • Metebelis 2 #78 - Crystal Clear

    28 May 2018 (10:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 35 minutes and 41 seconds

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    This week, the Metebelis 2 pay homage to Graham Strong, the man behind the "crystal clear" recordings of mid-1960s Doctor Who. As fans we owe a great debt to him and his hobby of recording and archiving our favourite television show. Despite neither of us ever meeting him, we wanted to pay our respects and talk about the legacy of his and others' off-the-air recordings from the sixties. We included a few excerpts of interviews with Strong from the BBC and Fantom Films, so we could hear his perspective directly. Opening music is "Mr. Oak and Mr. Quill" composed by Dudley Simpson for Fury from the Deep and closing music is the "Propaganda Sleep Machine" by Brian Hodgson from The Macra Terror. Both stories were recorded by Strong on broadcast.



  • Metebelis 2 #77 - A Jolt of Cliffhangerness

    20 May 2018 (10:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 50 minutes and 9 seconds

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    We look back at the cliffhangers of the Russell Tiberius Davies era. With our favourite show returning to BBC1 in 2005, what would become of our beloved cliffhangers? Would RTD be able to keep cliffhangers intact with the change to a 45 minute, complete story format? Of course he did! Ben and David discuss the genius of RTD and how cliffhangers evolved to work in the revived era. What picks did the lads make as their top 'hangers'? Please give a listen! Opening music is an excerpt "I'm Coming to Get You" and closing music is from "The Doctor Forever", both by the incomparable Murray Gold.



  • Metebelis 2 #76 - We Play Cliffhangers Again, Time Lord

    7 May 2018 (8:15am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 54 minutes and 32 seconds

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    Ahh the 1980s... Ben and David pick five cliffhangers each that are the best, or at least representative of the John Nathan-Turner era of Doctor Who. From continuity errors from being away at school to the pitiful telephone calls of a fanboy wondering when the Romana and K9 in E-Space series was going to start, the Metebelis 2 lads explore j'tangers. Opening music is an excerpt from the "Earthshock" score by Malcom Clarke and closing music is an excerpt from the "Frontios" score by Paddy Kingsland.



  • Metebelis 2 #75 - She's Sonic Screwdriver Ready

    22 April 2018 (9:01pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 3 seconds

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    The second Paul McGann Big Finish story, "Sword of Orion", is the focus of this week's podcast. Ben and David examine this early Nick Briggs story in both its presentations: the aforementioned 2001 Big Finish production and the earlier Audio Visuals production featuring Briggs, himself as the Doctor. What happens when "Aliens" is mixed with "The Long Good Friday" and seasoned with a liberal dose of Cyber history and callbacks? How does the introduction of a companion, Charley Pollard, impact the original script? Thoughts on these questions and more in this week's episode. Opening and closing music from the "Sword of Orion" Big Finish soundtrack, composed by Nick Briggs.



  • Metebelis 2 #74 - The Fear of Not Actually Being Real

    15 April 2018 (10:20am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 0 minutes and 13 seconds

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    Ben and David return to look at Tom Baker cliffhangers during the time of producers Hinchcilffe and Williams. What makes a stonkin' good cliffhanger of this era and do Ben and David's picks tell us more about them than the show itself? The lads also touch upon the idea of the Doctor Who multiverse, the purpose and difference between cliffhangers and wrapping up a story, and what would Moffat do differently. Opening music is an excerpt from "Escape and Recapture" by Geoffrey Burgon from "The Seeds of Doom" score and closing music is the 1970s Doctor Who theme realized by Delia Derbyshire and composed by Ron Grainer.



  • Metebelis 2 #73 - Those Must Be Actual Hired Monsters

    7 April 2018 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 52 minutes and 24 seconds

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    Once again Ben and David discuss cliffhangers and this time they delve into the wonderful Jon Pertwee era. How is it that Mac Hulke can reuse the same cliffhanger four times in a row? What is it about lava that is so scary? Are Silurians or Sea Devils more suspensful? Does David have a fear of Autons? Despite getting confused one or two times on where they were in their count, the lads had an thoughly enjoyable talk about the show in the early 1970s. Opening music is by Cary Blyton from "Doctor Who and the Silurians" soundtrack and closing music is by Malcom Clarke from "The Sea Devils" soundtrack.



  • Metebelis 2 #72 - Trout's Time Lord TED Talk

    24 March 2018 (6:00am GMT)
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    Ben and David chat about their top cliffhangers from the Patrick Troughton era. Ben kept his choices to extant or animated episodes, but David ventured briefly into missing classics. What trout-hangers do the lads think are the best of Second Doctor's time in the TARDIS? Only one way to find out! Opening music is "Muzak" from "Time in Advance" by John Baker from "The Invasion". Closing music is the famous "Space Adventure, Part 2" by Martin Slavin and used in many 1960s stories.



  • Metebelis 2 #71 - The Biggest Slyther Fan Boy

    5 March 2018 (11:10am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 48 minutes and 39 seconds

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    Ben and David talk about their top five cliffhangers from the William Hartnell era and why the cliffhanger is such an important part of Doctor Who. But, before they delve back in time the lads discuss the new Target book covers illustrated by Anthony Dry and the new programme logo and the design of its promo video that was released in the past week or so. Opening music is "The Missing TARDIS" by Tristram Cary. Closing music is "Machinery in Tardis Goes Wild" by Brian Hodgson.



  • Metebelis 2 #70 - None of that Spoon-feeding from the Gogglebox

    25 February 2018 (8:01am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 47 minutes and 54 seconds

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    This week we travel back in time 17 years to discuss the first Paul McGann story from Big Finish: "Storm Warning". With the TV movie being a one-off, McGann's audio work is the majority of his Doctor's adventures. Ben and David discuss Big Finish and the early days of Doctor Who audio adventures. What works in the story set aboard Great Britain's doomed airship and what misses the mark? Only one way to find out... Opening music is "Aboard the R101" and closing music is "Charley Joins the Doctor". Both pieces are from Alistair Lock's score for "Storm Warning".



  • Metebelis 2 #69 - Who Fandom and the Collector Gene

    17 February 2018 (2:35pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 5 minutes and 19 seconds

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    Ben and David indulge in a hour-long conversation about collecting Doctor Who merchandise from the Target novelisations and Weetabix cards to VHS tapes and DVDs, and beyond. Does being a fan also make a person a collector? Are people still collecting as we move toward an on-demand, streaming fandom? What would Ben collect if money was no object? Are collections still a key part of Doctor Who fandom or is it only something tired old fanboys find interesting? Opening and closing music is from Dudley Simpson's score to "The Sun Makers".



  • Metebelis 2 #68 - From Sontar-Ha to Sontar Ha-Ha-Ha

    10 February 2018 (3:42pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 12 seconds

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    They're booted and blue-suited! Davies and Moffat each had their own unique take on the potato-headed clone warriors in 21st century Who. Ben and David try to remember back to their return in 2008 in both Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures, and then discuss Strax, the "comedy" Sontaran of the Paternoster Gang, of whose apperances tended to run together for the lads. Opening music is from Murray Gold's score of "The Sontaran Strategem". Closing music is "Thomas, Thomas" from "The Crimson Horror", which is also by Gold.



  • Metebelis 2 #67 - Sadistic Space Spuds

    4 February 2018 (6:19pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 51 minutes and 39 seconds

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    From the first appearance of the original spud warrior in Norman England through to the "freakishly tall" Sontaran duo in Seville, Spain, Ben and David talk about Sontarans in classic Doctor Who. What make them good monsters for children? When do they work and when do they fall, ahem, short? All this in more in this week's episode. Opening music is from "The Invasion of Time" score by Dudley Simpson. Closing music is from "The Two Doctors" score by Peter Howell.



  • Metebelis 2 #66 - The Thirteen Faces of Doctor Who

    20 January 2018 (11:36am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 53 minutes and 25 seconds

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    Back in 1981, then-Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner had a season of repeats called "The Five Faces of Doctor Who" that launched Peter Davison as fifth Doctor. So in this podcast, Ben and David suggest incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall have a summer season of the thirteen faces of Doctor Who to help launch Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor, and being ever so helpful, they each have compiled a list of which thirteen stories to rebroadcast. Opening music is "The Axons Approach" by Brian Hodgson. Closing music is "The Mad Man in a Box" by Murray Gold.



  • Metebelis 2 #65 - The Weariness of the Showrunner

    13 January 2018 (9:04am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 48 minutes and 19 seconds

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    With the broadcast of the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special, the Capaldi era sadly has come to an end. Ben and David discuss the Moffat swan song and look forward to what may be coming as Jodie Whittaker takes over as the Doctor! Opening music is by OK Go, "Here It Goes Again". Closing music is by Murray Gold, "I am the Doctor". At the bitter end is a brief excerpt from "Toast of London". Don't say you were not warned!



  • Metebelis 2 #64 - Time-Scooped Chibnall Contingency Planning

    24 December 2017 (3:45pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 48 minutes and 28 seconds

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    Ben and David (me and not me) are making some contingency plans in case new showrunner Chris Chibnall is abducted by the time scoop. What dream team, or A-Team, would each Metebeli assemble together from the history of the programme to launch Jodi Whittaker as the new Doctor Who? Only one way to find out! Opening music is "Monster on the Moor" composed by Geoffrey Burgon from "The Terror of the Zygon" score and closing music is from Cary Blyton's score for "Death to the Daleks". (Does anyone know why Exxilons chant in Latin?)



  • Metebelis 2 #63 - A Space Costume from Space

    16 December 2017 (8:52pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 59 minutes and 36 seconds

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    This is Costume Smackdown! The premise is simple both Ben and David each pick five costumes, one from the Moffat-era, RTD-era, JNT-era, 1970s, and 1960s and then challenge the other to defend the costume as it fits within Doctor Who. What fashion faux pas will each Metebeli foist off on the other? Only one way to find out... Listen! Closing music is an excerpt from Dudley Simpson's score from "The Frontier in Space".



 
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