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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:
177
Average Episode Duration:
0:0:47:48
Longest Episode Duration:
0:1:47:17
Total Duration of all Episodes:
5 days, 20 hours, 59 minutes and 22 seconds
Earliest Episode:
19 June 2016 (7:32pm GMT)
Latest Episode:
20 September 2020 (1:30am GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
8 days, 18 hours, 36 minutes and 35 seconds

Doctor Who: The Metebelis 2 Episodes

  • #170 - It's So Bizarre That It Just Works

    20 September 2020 (1:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 52 minutes and 18 seconds

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    City of Death is a masterpiece, but what of the other stories of Season 17. Find out what works for us and what didn't from Disco Thalls to more Who monsters being incorporated into David's Dungeons & Dragons games to Ben's lack of love for Cambridge University and Shada; all this and more. Open music is Soldeed's flurry from the Horns of Nimon and closing music is from the 2013 BBC Prom's orchestral version of City of Death theme, both composed by Dudley Simpson. This episode was recorded 16 September 2020.



  • #169 - The Key to Tamm

    26 August 2020 (5:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 57 minutes and 33 seconds

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    We discuss season 16, the Key to Time, where for David, Doctor Who mingles freely with Dungeons & Dragons. Ben explains how writing a season arc always seems easier than it is and that it's important to know how the arc will conclude before running out of money. David explains why he believes Philip Madoc was not miscast in The Power of Kroll and Ben wishes that the production team of Graham Williams and Tony Read had done a better job of crafting stories for Mary Tamm so she would have stayed for season 17. Opening music is Dick Mill's sound scape for the "White Guardian's Windbells". Closing music is from "The Stones of Blood" soundtrack composed by the Dudley Simpson. This episode was recorded 15 August 2020.



  • #168 - Fantastic News

    11 August 2020 (10:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 32 minutes and 0 seconds

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    We discuss the big news from Big Finish of Christopher Eccleston reprising his role as the Doctor with the first stories to be released in May of 2021. We speculate on companions, writers, and more. Opening music is "Westminster Bridge" and closing music is "I'm Coming to Get You" both from Series 1 and composed by the Murray Gold. This episode was recorded 9 August 2020.



  • #167 - The Talking Cabbage

    9 August 2020 (9:37pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 50 minutes and 2 seconds

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    A discussion about the Leela years in Doctor Who focusing in on Tom Baker and the behind-the-scenes change in the production office and how Leela's character's arc imploded in season 15, where ambition hit the hard wall of lack of money. Ben theorizes that K9 is the talking cabbage that Tom always wanted as a companion and may explain why he stayed on for season 16. While David wonders why Boucher and Holmes dropped Leela's "Pygmalion" storyline in their season 15 scripts. Opening and closing music is from "The Invasion of Time" soundtrack composed by the incredible Dudley Simpson. This episode was recorded 5 August 2020.



  • #166 - The Phantom of the Panopticon

    5 August 2020 (7:30pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 50 minutes and 27 seconds

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    Through the millennia, the Podcasters of Metebelis Two led a life of peace and ordered calm, protected from all threats from other podcasts by their great obscurity. But this was to change. Suddenly and terribly, the Podcasters faced the most dangerous crisis in their long history... Opening music is Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare" from the same-titled 1975 album. Closing music is from "The Deadly Assassin" soundtrack composed by Dudley Simpspon. This episode was recorded 27 July 2020.



  • #165 - Eldrad Is a Jerk

    26 July 2020 (10:53am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 42 minutes and 26 seconds

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    We say hello to season 14 and goodbye to Sarah Jane as we talk about The Masque of Mandragora and The Hand of Fear. Ben wishes there was a monster in Masque and David recalls being inspired to research the Cult of Demnos at the library. Despite our appreciation of Stephen Thorne, Ben wishes Eldrad remained portrayed by the otherworldly Judith Paris, or possible by Lis Sladen. David questions whether the Bristol Boys' story was strong enough to support the darker themes of the story. Opening music is "Basse danse La brosse, Tripla / Tourdion" performed by the Ulsamer Collegium. Closing music is "Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow Wow", composed by Joseph Tabrar, and sung by Helen Mirren and Peter Sellers from the ill-conceived movie: "The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu". This episode was recorded 19 July 2020.



  • #164 - The Green Green Grass of Karn

    20 July 2020 (6:40am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 50 minutes and 37 seconds

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    Tomfest 2020 continues with our discussion of last two stories of season 13: The Brain of Morbius and The Seeds of Doom. David tries to explain why Brain never clicked for him to a disbelieving Ben, who simply adores the story! A brain in a jar, what's there not to love? The off to Antarctica and Dorchester, which are geographically speaking in Doctor Who's earth, to be about as close as the Thal and Kaled cities are from one another. Ben is startled to learn that Boyce had his own spin-off series and wonders what a Morbius and Solon spin-off from Big Finish would be like. In conclusion the two pick their top story from the season. Opening, "Molotov Cocktail", and closing music, "Amelia Ducat's Theme", is from The Seeds of Doom; both composed by Geoffery Burgon. This episode was recorded 12 July 2020.



  • #163 - Ginger Beer Is Delicious

    6 July 2020 (6:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 51 minutes and 17 seconds

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    Continuing on with our look at Tom Baker's Season 13 with a discussion of Pyramids of Mars and The Android Invasion. Ben dismisses fan-suggested back story that Sarah learned to fire a rifle on her aunt's farm and rather champions Sarah as just being a totally competent and kick ass woman who rises to the occasion. David gushes over Dudley's Simpson's score for Pyramids and praises Paddy Russell's direction and ability to bring out great performances from her leading man. Ben defends ginger beer (pop) and thinks Sarah's one weakness, aside from her ankles, is her dislike of stuff and David finds hollyhocks Devesham, a.k.a, East Hagbourne as a lovely Oxforshire village with beautiful hollyhock flowers. Opening music is from "Clement and the Mummies" composed by Dudley Simpson and arranged and performed by Heathcliff Blair. Closing music is also composed by Simpson and taken from the score to The Android Invasion. This episode was recorded 28 June 2020



  • #162 - The Mystic Doctor

    28 June 2020 (1:15am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 50 minutes and 26 seconds

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    We begin a look at season 13 with a discussion about Terror of the Zygons and Planet of Evil. Ben loves the Zygon's spaceship and fondly remembers building his own model as a kid from Lego bricks. David explains why he thinks the Zygons in their original soft and blobby form is creepier than their later toothy and muscular design. Ben touches upon the shift of received mysticism of Pertwee's Doctor to where Tom Baker's Doctor is mysticism itself. David appreciates Prentis Hancock's portrayal as Salamar and Ben remembers how he also built an oculoid tracker from his Lego bricks. We bemoan what we see as the only flaw in this season; the poor exit for Harry, the Brigadier, and UNIT. Opening music is "The Destruction of Charlie Rig" composed by Geoffery Burgon and closing music is "Nightfall on Zeta Minor" composed by Dudley Simpson and arranged and performed by Heathcliff Blair. This episode was recorded 20 June 2020.



  • #161 - Vagabond Tom

    21 June 2020 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 52 minutes and 31 seconds

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    This episode was recorded 14 June 2020 and the actual Doctor Who discussion begins 11:54 into the podcast where we talk about Tom Baker the Doctor who caught alight in the United States and opening up to his tenure in the programme. But first, leading off the podcast, Ben celebrates his team's, the Four-to-Zoomsday's, triumph in the Quiz of Rassilon. David then asks a simple question about a sporting metaphor and the two get mired the two get mired in cricket talk for a good five minutes. After that, the two discuss Churchill in light of statues coming down across the UK and the US; this part of the podcast was shunted off to the end of the podcast and begins after a musical interlude from Heathcliff Blair and begins at 34:34. (Think of it as studio floor Blu-ray extra footage.) Once that discussion runs it course, we talk about Tom Baker's tenure as the Doctor beginning 11:54 running through to the aforementioned musical interlude. All rather confusing isn't it. Oh, and we briefly mention the December 1981 interview of Tom with Mavis Nicholson which is definitely worth a watch. Anywho... we're back to season 13 next episode. Opening "Davros' Megalomania" and closing "The Doctor's Theme" music was composed by Dudley Simpson for season 12 stories and arranged and performed by Heathcliff Blair on the "Pyramids of Mars" disc.



  • #160 - The Games We Played

    13 June 2020 (7:25am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 15 minutes and 57 seconds

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    Ben and David reminisce about growing up watching Season 12 of Doctor Who. David talks about how Who met his sci-fi fix and seemed like a natural progression from the 1977 movie: Star Wars. Ben recalls playing in motorway construction sites and school hallways battling Daleks and explains how Sontarans were a lot like teachers. Opening music is "Sarah Pursued" composed by Dudley Simpson and the later realized by Heathcliff Blair. Closing music is from Carey Blyton's score for The Revenge of the Cybermen.



  • #159 - All He Had Was a Sonic Stick

    31 May 2020 (11:55pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 43 minutes and 20 seconds

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    After a brief discussion on the Quiz of Rassilon and the new action figures to be released featuring Sarah Jane Smith, Ben and David begin their discussion on Tom Baker about 12 minutes in to the podcast. We talk about his early roles in film and life as a jobbing actor. Ben recalls his and his friends' reaction to the regeneration of the Pertwee Doctor into a dark-haired chap with a long scarf. Opening music is "Mysterious Robot" and closing music is The Violation", both composed by Dudley Simpson and the later realized by Heathcliff Blair.



  • #158 - Divergent Timelines

    22 May 2020 (7:10am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 55 minutes and 32 seconds

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    We further our discussion of sideways stories and posit that all of Who, or at the very least, all of Who set on Earth are sideways stories that diverge from our earth's timeline. The time of closest intersection with our own timeline is when new companions enters the TARDIS, but as they adventure with the Doctor their timelines grow further apart from reality. Opening music is from Castrovalva, composed by Paddy Kingsland and closing music is from Warriors' Gate, composed by Peter Howell.



  • #157 - Sideways Into the Zsogsphere

    11 May 2020 (2:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 50 minutes and 50 seconds

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    In this episode, we discuss sideways Who and how this story type was not too common in the classic Who era, but has come into its own with the show's revival and is, perhaps, in its golden age under Chibnall's tenure as showrunner. Opening music is "Univers Sideral" composed by Paul Bonneau and closing music is the main title theme for the "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" composed by Ronald Stein.



  • #156 - Death by Myrka

    23 April 2020 (10:24am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 47 minutes and 20 seconds

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    We land on the Galápagos Islands with the Doctor and Evelyn to review Bloodtide from Big Finish. And since this is a Silurian story, we try to cobble together a timeline of their history and are flummoxed by the inconsistencies. A story overflowing with historical characters and ideas, we wonder if Silurian Tulok's real crime was genetically engineering lady bumps on Silurian women. Opening music is "Tried" and closing music "The Cave"; both pieces composed by Alistair Lock for Bloodtide.



  • #155 - The TARDIS Destroys Space Opera

    16 April 2020 (9:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 45 minutes and 7 seconds

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    After a quick recap of our afternoon playing the Quiz of Rassilon with fellow teammates Greg and Jess, we discuss space opera. We explore which stories fit the genre and what does it take to make a space opera story in Doctor Who? The conventional wisdom is Doctor Who is a genre machine, so how frequently does it dip into space opera like other popular sci-fi franchises like Star Trek and Star Wars? Opening and closing music is from "The Frontier in Space," composed by the incomprable Dudley Simpson.



  • #154 - Quack

    8 April 2020 (10:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 31 minutes and 37 seconds

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    Since Big Finish made The Maltese Penguin a free download last week, we decided what better time to give it the ol' Metebelis Two listen. We discuss how the view of the writer, Rob Shearman, may have changed on his story over the past nearly two decades since its release. Discussion on acting, sound design, and why recommend BF create more Frobisher adventures in this week's episode. Opening and closing music is from David Darlington's score and sound design for the story.



  • #153 - The Chameleon Factor

    1 April 2020 (9:45am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 57 minutes and 53 seconds

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    The Metebelis Two is joined by Eliot, David's son, to talk about the new DVD and Blu-ray release of The Faceless Ones in animated form. Opening music is "Pacific Dawn" by Tom Dissevelt from his 1963 LP Fantasy In Orbit, which used as the Faceless Ones soundtrack. Closing music is Slade's 1984 hit, "Run Runaway".



  • #152 - Babies Versus Brains

    25 March 2020 (5:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 44 minutes and 11 seconds

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    Ben and David brainstorm on which one-off monsters from Doctor Who should return for series 13 and find that they are more than a little stir-crazy after just one week of quarantine, aka "sheltering at home." Opening and closing music is the 1972 "Delaware version" of the theme realized by Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson with Paddy Kingsland.



  • Bonus #6 - Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy #6 - A Wonderful World

    22 March 2020 (10:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 22 minutes and 39 seconds

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    A bonus episode discussion on the fourth episode of the original Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio drama on BBC Radio 4, which is 42 years old this month! We find ourselves on prehistoric Earth, admiring Slartibartfast's signature on a glacier and trying to teach cave men how to play Scrabble. Opening music is an excerpt from "Journey of the Sorcerer" by The Eagles. Closing music is a 1968 live recording of Louis Armstring singing "What a Wonderful World".



  • Bonus #5 - Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy #5 - Bourge-Mobiles

    21 March 2020 (9:15am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 17 minutes and 36 seconds

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    A bonus episode discussion on the fourth episode of the original Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio drama on BBC Radio 4, which is 42 years old this month! In which we dine at the Restaurant at the end of the Universe. Opening and closing music is excerpts from "Journey of the Sorcerer" by The Eagles.



  • Bonus #4 - Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy #4 - But You're Really Not Going to Like It

    20 March 2020 (8:15am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 13 minutes and 58 seconds

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    A bonus episode discussion on the fourth episode of the original Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio drama on BBC Radio 4, which is 42 years old this month! A short discussion about Deep Thought, mice, Vroomfondel and Majikthise. Sound quality for Ben picks up 5 minutes in. Opening and closing music is excerpts from "Journey of the Sorcerer" by The Eagles.



  • Bonus #3 - Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy #3 - Slartibartfast

    19 March 2020 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 15 minutes and 36 seconds

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    A bonus episode discussion on the third episode of the original Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio drama on BBC Radio 4, which is 42 years old this month! Opening and closing music is excerpts from "Journey of the Sorcerer" by The Eagles.



  • Bonus #2 - Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy #2 - Brownian Motion

    18 March 2020 (6:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 15 minutes and 55 seconds

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    A bonus episode discussion on the second episode of the original Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio drama on BBC Radio 4, which is 42 years old this month! Opening and closing music is excerpts from "Journey of the Sorcerer" by The Eagles.



  • Bonus #1 - Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1 - The Ford Prefect

    17 March 2020 (5:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 17 minutes and 37 seconds

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    A bonus episode discussion on the first episode of the original Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio drama on BBC Radio 4, which is 42 years old this month! Opening and closing music is excerpts from "Journey of the Sorcerer" by The Eagles.



  • #151 - Nucleus of the Swarm

    16 March 2020 (10:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 0 minutes and 40 seconds

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    With the left coast of the United States going into quarantine from the novel coronavirus, Ben and David maintain their social distance of about 300 miles to discuss germs, bacteria, and viruses in Doctor Who and, of course, Terry Nation's mid-1970s series, The Survivors. Opening and closing music is the respective themes from The Survivors composed by Anthony Issac.



  • #150 - The Death Particle

    2 March 2020 (11:55pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 36 minutes and 33 seconds

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    Series 12 concludes with a continuity expanding/contracting finale. With Ben on a busman's holiday in Maui, David calls him up to share their inital thoughts of The Timeless Children. (Apologies in advance for the poor sound quality this episode.) Opening music is an isolated excerpt of Segun Akinola's Doctor Who theme. Closing music is a 2008 recording by Cyndi Lauper of "Time After Time".



  • #149 - Ko Seamus

    24 February 2020 (10:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 46 minutes and 2 seconds

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    With the penultimate episode of series 12 upon us, we try to piece together all the clues to the mystery Chibnall has left. Who is Brendan? Is Gallifrey in Ireland? Is Ashad really a Cyberman, or is he just a poser? Why can't Chibnall create names that we can easily remember? So many questions. Opening and closing music taking from this episode's soundtrack composed by Segun Akinola.



  • #148 - The Villa People

    22 February 2020 (11:15pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 43 minutes and 34 seconds

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    Ben recounts watching The Haunting of Villa Diodati in Hall A at Gallifrey One with several hundred of his closest Who friends. From Graham looking for the loo, to Yaz's conversation with Clair, to Ryan's tortured chopsticks, to the Doctor fending off a lecherous Lord Byron, the Time Team had much, much to do this scary and beautifully written episode. After brief speculation what the 2-part series finale will and won't contain, Ben talks about his great lobbycon on the last night of #Gally1. Opening and closing music taking from this episode's soundtrack composed by Segun Akinola.



  • #147 - Eccleston's Birthday Bash (Gallifrey One 31 - Day 3)

    17 February 2020 (6:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 26 minutes and 21 seconds

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    Ben is in Los Angeles attending the 31st Gallifrey One Convention. Callin in live from the pool deck, he chats with David about what happend on Day 3 of the convention from a wonderful hour with Christopher Eccleston to comic book artists to upcoming blu-ray and DVD releases. Plus speculation about the privitaization of the BBC. Music is the "Doctor's Theme" from Series 1 by Murray Gold.



  • #146 - Miss Basingstoke (Gallifrey One 31 - Day 2)

    16 February 2020 (6:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 14 minutes and 7 seconds

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    Ben is in Los Angeles attending the 31st Gallifrey One Convention. Calling in live from the convention foor, he chats wth David about his experienced on the second day of the convention and plans for tomorrow. Opening and closing music composed by Roger Limb and is "Nyssa Is Hypnotised" and "Nyssa's Theme" respectively.



  • #146 - Miss Basingstoke (Gallifrey One 31 - Day 2)

    16 February 2020 (6:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 14 minutes and 7 seconds

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    Ben is in Los Angeles attending the 31st Gallifrey One Convention. Calling in live from the convention foor, he chats wth David about his experienced on the second day of the convention and plans for tomorrow. Opening and closing music composed by Roger Limb and is "Nyssa Is Hypnotised" and "Nyssa's Theme" respectively.



  • #145 - Pearl Mackie Mania (Gallifrey One 31 - Day 1)

    15 February 2020 (5:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 15 minutes and 27 seconds

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    Ben is in Los Angeles attending the 31st Gallifrey One Convention. Calling in live from the convention food court, he chats wth David about his experienced on the first day of the convention and plans for tomorrow. Music is "Bill's Theme" by Murray Gold.



  • #144 - Freaky Fingers

    10 February 2020 (10:15am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 37 minutes and 44 seconds

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    A bit of a split decision this week on the Metebelis Two. Discussion covering the plot, believability of the time team's nightmares, animation, the sonic screwdriver, and the high stakes.Was Zellin's freaky fingers the stuff of nightmares and is the Doctor emotionally available to Graham and the rest of the fam? Opening music is "Sonic Screwdriver" by Segun Akinola and closing music is an excerpt from Mike and the Mechanics' 1985 hit "Silent Running".



  • #143 - Birds Behaving Badly

    3 February 2020 (10:15am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 37 minutes and 15 seconds

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    Back down to Earth after last week's continuity busting episode, we catch a deadly Praxeus pathogen and talk about birds behaving badly. David has many questions, but thankfully Ben has ready answers. Does the ending really prove the Doctor didn't like Adric? Who fan Pip Madeley has the true ending of Earthshock. Opening music is Radiohead's 1995 single "Fake Plastic Trees" and closing music is the end of the Minute Waltz composted by Frédéric Chopin and performed by Arthur Rubinstein.



  • #142 - Dr. Ruth

    28 January 2020 (9:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 53 minutes and 0 seconds

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    Wow! More big reveals in Doctor Who than perhaps a single podcast episode can contain! We certainly will be talking about the Fugitive of the Judoon for years to come. Ben is way enthused about the new Doctor and David loves the retro TARDIS console room. Both offer their theories on how the season will unfold to try to make everything fit. This episode was recorded on Sunday evening in the United States, and by the time it was about to be posted Tuesday morning, Ben discovered that the Doctor may have been hiding in plain sight in the pages of the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip for more than a year, so Ben explains all in a late breaking addendum at then end of the podcast. Opening music is from this week's soundtrack composed by Segun Akinola.



  • #141 - Nik at Night

    21 January 2020 (11:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 43 minutes and 28 seconds

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    In this episode, Messrs Tesla and Edison, a.k.a AC/DC, snipe at each other and help the Doctor outwit some rather nasty space scavenger scorpions. The two agree that it was great seeing the fam in period costume and David was excited about seeing a steam train finally in Doctor Who. Ben wonders why a new monster of the week when there is such a rich back catalog to use. Overall good writing, directing, and performances combine for an enjoyable mid-series romp in 1903 New York despite some sloppy CGI work. Opening music is from this week's soundtrack and closing music is "You Really Need to Get Out of Those Clothes" from series 11, both composed by Segun Akinola.



  • #140 - Six Flags over Siberia

    14 January 2020 (9:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 39 minutes and 0 seconds

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    So Orphan 55 was that green haired kid, right? Despite the tantalizing deep space squid, we're instead trapped this week on a mysterious planet in a resort under siege by the dregs of humanity, but that's nothing a few well-placed bombs can't solve. We discuss the efficacy of the Doctor's speech and what it should mean for next week, but won't. Opening music is "Tsuranga" by Segun Akinola from series 11 and closing music is "Have a Drink on Me" from AC/DC's 1980 album "Back in Black".



  • #139 - Cheese and Pickle Sandwiches and Laser Shoes

    7 January 2020 (11:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds

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    In which Ben deals with the cold, harsh reality that the Kasaavin really weren't the Vardans in disguise and David dwells on founding fathers of Gallifrey and how it could relate to the United States. Yes, this week the conclusion of Spyfall is discussed this week complete with historical cameos from Charles Babbage and almost replacement fam: Ada Lovelace, and Noor Inayat Khan. Plus Ben reads Sacha Dhawan's lovely Instagram post where he wrote about being cast as the Master. Opening music is by Segun Akinola from the Spyfall, part 2 soundtrack. Closing music is the timeless "Master's Theme" composed by Dudley Simpson.



  • #138 - Get That Beard Growing

    4 January 2020 (10:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 42 minutes and 40 seconds

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    With 2020 upon us all, it is great to see the return of Doctor Who to BBC One with a new adventure, Spyfall, part one! Ben explains his reasoning why he thinks those shimmery aliens are Vardans, while a skeptical David suggests perhaps they're Gallifreyans from an alternative universe; and is time and space big enough for both Lenny Henry and Sacha Dhawan? Opening and closing music is from the Spyfall soundtrack by Segun Akinola.



  • #137 - The Meddling Nun

    29 December 2019 (11:45am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 54 minutes and 52 seconds

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    It's series 12 trailer day on Metebelis Two. Ben and David almost go frame-by-frame over the two trailers and speculate on what awaits us in series 12. Should the Doctor be working for MI-6? Are those really Vardans? Is Lenny Henry the Doctor's friend or nemesis? Has the Meddling Monk regenerated into the Meddling Nun? All this and more as we nibble at breadcrumbs that have fallen from Chibnall's high table. Opening Music is "It's a Good Day to Save the World" from the Danger Twins. Closing Music is "This New Nose Is So Unreliable" by Segun Akinola.



  • #136 - The Holly Terror

    23 December 2019 (7:15am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 44 minutes and 41 seconds

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    It wouldn't be Christmas without Mrs Baddeley's plum pudding and so Ben and David travel along with the Doctor and Charley to an old Edwardian mansion in 1906 to hear The Chimes of Midnight. What makes this story tick? Is this merely a ghost story, or does writer Rob Shearman have more to say about class, horror, the line between fantasy and reality? Plus Ben, keeper of the tome, cracks open the Big Book of Big Finish and relays behind the scene details of the story's production. Tick-Tock, Bing-Bong



  • #135 - Sutekh's Twelve Christmas Gifts

    15 December 2019 (8:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 57 minutes and 13 seconds

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    In a twisted mash-up of Osirian gift giving and the twelve days of Christmas, the Metebelis Two bring you Sutekh's twelve gifts of Christmas to all Whomanity. Yes kiddos, Sutekh Claus is coming to town. What gifts is he going to bestow? Opening and closing music are also a bit of a mash-up of the Pyramids of Mars and Christmas music from first Elvis and then Jimmy McGriff. Ho Ho Ho.



  • #134 - Moor Fougous Please

    1 December 2019 (2:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 53 minutes and 32 seconds

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    The Brigadier reunites with the Doctor in this week's journey into Big Finish's back catalogue with The Spectre of Lanyon Moor. This is a story mines a rich vein of classic 1970s Who to tell a new, but familiar story perfect for tea time. Was how this story written the secret to the sixth Doctor's character's rehabilitation? Are round-trip holidays to Athens that short? And, why is British electricity better? Answers to these questions in more in this weeks' podcast. Music this episode is from Alistair Lock's score from The Spectre of Lanyon Moor.



  • #133 - The Vardan Agenda

    25 November 2019 (12:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 39 minutes and 35 seconds

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    The series 12 trailer dropped this past weekend, so what better time for the Metebelis Two to give their quick take on what they thought. Maddeningly though, no broadcast date was given so we speculate about possible rumoured air dates; which, in turn, leads to discussing some of the other trolling rumours swirling around series 12, and ultimately, the fate and future of Doctor Who at the BBC. Opening music is from Segun Akinola's series 11 soundtrack. Closing music is from Alistair Lock's score from the Spectre of Lanyon Moor.



  • #132 - Some Kind of Wonderful

    18 November 2019 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 37 minutes and 31 seconds

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    This week we chat about the magical meeting that took place during this year's Children in Need special, when Anastasia, a young Who fan, met her amazing Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. Then we discuss the announcement of series 12 writers and directors and speculate on what Chibnall has planned for our favourite show in 2020? Opening and closing music is from Segun Akinola's series 12 soundtrack; including excerpts from "Sonic Screwdriver" and "Me and My Mates".



  • #131 - Wonderfully Silly Aliens

    10 November 2019 (11:00pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 46 minutes and 0 seconds

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    We review Invaders from Mars, the Big Finish Main Line release from 2002 featuring Paul McGann as Doctor Who. Ben and David laugh along with this fun story written and directed by Mark Gatiss and set at Halloween 1938. Gatiss creates a joyful pastiche from 1930s radio drama, gangster films, and a hearty dose of 1950s popular sci-fi done with the sketch-comedy stylings of The League of Gentlemen. Ben enjoyed listening to this with fresh ears nearly 18 years after its release and David wondered if the time fallout from Charley would have confused listeners as much as it did for him. Opening and closing music is by Alistair Lock's sound design for the story.



  • #130 - Cosmically Horrible

    4 November 2019 (9:15am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 52 minutes and 25 seconds

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    The Metebelis Two talk briefly about the two "missing" Troughton stories that will be released as animations next year. David wonders if Deborah Watling's likeness be successfully realized? Was that Emil Keller or Rev. Magister in the Faceless teaser trailer? Then in our main feature, Ben serves as our guide to 13 spooky and horrible Doctor Who stories to watch. What does Ben choose and what did he pass over? Discussion about when is the proper time to watch spooky stories? Halloween like in the America or Christmas like in Britain? And is the encroachment of Halloween in the UK lessening Guy Fawkes night? This episodes music is from Carey Blyton's score for "Death to the Daleks".



  • #129 - Unintentionally Scary

    27 October 2019 (10:45am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 51 minutes and 31 seconds

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    We continue on with our discussion of spooky Doctor Who and try to answer whether horror truly works in the confines of the show. Does more realistic effects detract or enhance the storytelling of spooky stories? Is Ben a horror snob and what makes David a fan of theatre? Opening music is "Mysteries" composed by Don Harper from "The Invasion" and closing music is "Keeler's Transformation Begins" composed by Geoffrey Burgon from "The Seeds of Doom".



  • #128 - Remission

    21 October 2019 (7:25am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 8 seconds

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    The Metebelis Two remember Stephen Moore and his role of Marvin the Paranoid Android from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Followed by speculation on what the next 1960s Who animation will be, which then leads to a conversation of the University of Lancaster's recent restaging of Mission to the Unknown. Should more missing Who be restaged? Who would the two cast as the Doctor? Opening music is "Marvin" sung by Stephen Moore and interstitial stings and closing music is by Trevor Duncan and was from the soundtrack of Mission to the Unknown.



 
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