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Doctor Who - The High Council

Doctor Who - The High Council is a podcast that journeys through Classic Doctor Who through fan DVD Commentaries.
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Dec 5, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 79, The Aztecs Part 3

This is not your everyday Classic Doctor Who Part 3.  As Simon, Andrew and Josh embark on The Bride of Sacrifice, we all realize that the usual Part 3 run-around does not appear in The Aztecs, and we jump in with great excitement as the story does move forward significantly here.

That said, we all try out our Mexican accents Salamander style and while enjoying this episode, and do our level-best to imitate David Collings doing Vorus from Revenge of the Cybermen. 

While The Doctor gets engaged to a woman 30 years his junior, we marvel at the great pensioner extras.  Do join us for the banter!  And is Greta Garbo dressing the actors for this??

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Nov 28, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 78, The Aztecs Part 2

Still joined by Simon and Andrew, Josh begins The Aztecs Part 2 by discussing the virtues of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.  And while we can't get away from the music of that movie, or the thought that TV Centre will be used for expensive housing, we still jump into P2 with both feet.

We decide to select a wife as a Perfect Victim and Josh feels like he needs to explain every reference.  So listen.  It may be fun!

 

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Nov 21, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 77, The Aztecs Part 1

A new week, a new story, a new High Council Episode, and new High Council members!  Andrew Smith and Simon Harries joins Josh to embark on the very early, but very well-respected William Hartnell story The Aztecs.  While it's a shame we can't hear the music, we do appreciate the performances of the time team and the supporting actors.  We may even digress into torture scenes in British TV.  But hey, that's why we do the High Council. 

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Nov 14, 2016

A very actiony Doctor Who episode is appreciated by Josh and his two amazing guests Liz and Deb.  We are determining whether this is an episode called "The Flirting and the Doctor".  Jo's pantsuit is the coolest thing about the Sea Devils - only to be replaced by Jo herself who is amazing in this story.   Josh is trying not to be a white-straight-male during this episode and while loving Katy Manning, he is trying not to be in desperate love with her.  Whether it is blow-hard or Blofeld, this episode is worth listening to because Deb and Liz rock.  Enjoy!

Nov 7, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 75, The Sea Devils Part 5

"Why can't we all get along??" 

Pertwee graphics and the importance of the Episode Selection Screen is discussed as we start our commentary of Part 5 of the Sea Devils.  We learned a little something new about Liz as she clearly wanted to join the Navy because of Donald Sumter.  Deb on the other hand, is fascinated by the mesh that the Sea Devils are wearing.  We are once again waiting on sandwiches or breakfast and rough-cut marmalade.  As long as there is tea, and sugar, Jo can play the Doctor better than the Doctor in this episode.  So enjoy Josh, Deb and Liz as we embark on this penultimate episode of the Sea Devils.  

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Oct 31, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 74, The Sea Devils Part 4

Is it possible that the Doctor steals Jo's sandwiches - AGAIN?  Yes, Episode 4 begins with Trenchard making the mistake of not believing in the Master.  Talk of Steven Moffat's obsession with Donald Sumter, facial hair, and more points about The Time Monster.  What a pleasure it is to watch Classic Doctor Who on the virtual couch with Deb and Liz.  If you don't appreciate these commentaries - you are missing the boat kids. 

Sticks and balls man.  Sticks and balls.

You must trust me a little bit longer.

Any comment on "groping" was made WELL PRIOR to Donald Trump's open mike gaffe.

 

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Oct 24, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 73, The Sea Devils Part 3

As we begin Episode 3, we get a full recap of the sword fight (which can be defined several ways), and definitely speculated on what type of meat may be in the sandwich that the 3rd Doctor consumed.  So once again, on our virtual couch Josh is enjoying his time with Deb and Liz and time is going pretty quickly.  We did debate the current trend of mustaches as well as Jo Grant's amazing Emma Peel impression.  Malcolm Hulke certainly knew how to write Jo - and we are all appreciating it!  So don't wait, listen in...enjoy Doctor Who - The High Council! 

Oct 17, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 72, The Sea Devils Part 2

If you stayed with us beyond Episode 1, you will be rewarded with more Liz and Deb who is far more interesting than Josh quite frankly.  So it's a mermaid, she can't resist us!  Or...is it a Sea Devil??!?? Is Clayton Hickman a character in Doctor Who?  Is Chin and Trenchard the same character?  Are we going to get sandwiches anytime soon?  Is Trenchard interested in Jo?  All these answers and so many more answered by our High Council team.  Enjoy episode 2!

 

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Oct 10, 2016

Whether you like flirting with swords, or flirting with sandwiches, please join High Council members Liz and Deb with Josh to enjoy 1972's own, Malcolm Hulke's The Sea Devils.  Staying away from "pro-level trivia", Josh attempts to clap several times in this first episode. 

So enjoy Deb and Liz - because I completely did.  This is what watching classic Who is all about, if you don't like it, turn it off right away.  For everyone else, ENJOY!

 

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Oct 3, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 70, Logopolis Part 4

Yes, it has come to this.  The episode where we kill Tom Baker.  As Peter, Rob and Toby engage with Part 4, things are getting as tired as Tom Baker's face in S18.  Enjoy the final episode of Tom Baker - as well as the final episode of these landmark The High Council Episodes. 

 

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(c) Disclaimer and Gangsters Theme Music usage for the delicate bits are used with the kind permission of Tachyon TV.

Sep 26, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 69, Logopolis Part 3

So once again please join Josh, Peter, Rob and Toby on their quest to watch Tom Baker's final Doctor Who.  In this episode, we wax lyrical about Anthony Ainley's Master and how he is portrayed - but beyond this, why does Nyssa just gratefully accept him as her father and let him give her that huge bracelet built to choke other companions?  We see the Fourth Doctor accept his fate by collaborating with the Master.  But beyond this, will Peter ever come back?  You'll have to listen to see.  Beyond that, there is another BTE feature at the end of the podcast.  Listen to the commentary - AND the wonderful VAM at the end!

 

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Sep 19, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 68, Logopolis Part 2

In a shocking turn of events, the Skype call was kept going throughout Episode 2 of Logopolis.  Once again, Josh is joined by Peter, Rob and Toby and this time we not only provide commentary of the episode, but at the end - please note that we have introduced a new feature on Doctor Who - The High Council.  It is called "Value Added Material" BTE (Between The Episodes).  Please listen and enjoy the High Council members discussing any subject as we proceed through the episodes of Logopolis.  I hope that makes up for the portion that we had to remove with the Gangsters theme early in the episode... :) Enjoy!!!

 

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All comments on the podcast are not considered to be forward thinking in regards to the program, nor is any information imparted designed to be anything but 4 friends enjoying talking on the virtual couch. 

(c) Disclaimer and Gangsters Theme Music usage for the delicate bits are used with the kind permission of Tachyon TV.

Sep 12, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 67, Logopolis Part 1

In a very special High Council, filled with talented writers, Josh attempts to put together a variety of Skype recordings into one episode.  This week, and the next 3 will include the dulcet tones of Toby Hadoke (Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf), Rob Shearman (Dalek, Jubilee, Chimes of Midnight etc), and Peter Harness (Kill the Moon, The Zygon Invasion, The Zygon Inversion).  As we investigate Tom Baker's final story, we learn quickly what kind of car shouldn't be on the road as well as how to change a tyre.  Enjoy.  Like I did.

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Sep 5, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 66, Paradise Towers Part 4

Hail Pex!  Hail the unalive!  Hail Josh, Steven and Erika for getting this far in the shining light that is Season 24's Paradise Towers! 

How does Mel not see the mechanical monster in the Pool?  If the pool is cloudy, why jump into it?  If the pool was clear, how did she not see a very bright yellow monster in the pool?  These are the questions we are asking ourselves - in between trying to decipher what Richard Briers is saying as Croagnon. 

Do we get through the episode?  Or go out and play frisbee instead?  Listen to find out!

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Aug 29, 2016

In a Doctor Who episode that should have been named "Going for a Swim"  we join Josh, Steven and Erika to discuss which Kangs are best.  Not only is Pex a cowardly cutlet, but we have Pool Monsters, elevators, kitchens, and old ladies bothering us.  Will we collapse under the weight of Richard Briers over-the-top performance - or will we be ice-hot.  You decide.

 

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Aug 22, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 64, Paradise Towers Part 2

While Part 2 of Paradise Towers begins, Josh is having his hand-held by very intelligent banter by Steven and Erika.  That said, much of our commentary this week is an examination of the era, and what we liked and didn't about that time in Doctor Who.  So, get away from your Cleaner, hoist the chocolate chip cookie on a skewer and fire it up while listening to this week's THC!

 

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Aug 15, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 63, Paradise Towers Part 1

Josh is joined by Steven and Erika from Lazy Doctor Who, Radio Free Skaro, The Memory Cheats, and Verity Podcasts to tackle the Season 24 gem Paradise Towers.  When the title sequence is automatically a debated subject, is it possible that the High Council finds the good parts of this much maligned story/era?  Well, if you like the sex wink, or just simply love Doctor Who - you will enjoy how we took it on.

 

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Aug 8, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 62, Brain of Morbius Part 4

In this final episode of Brain of Morbius, Josh and his High Council members Simon and John do their own mind-binding contest.  Hopefully it doesn't end in death-lock.  More importantly:  give generously:  chinesenunswithherpes.org

 

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Aug 1, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 61, Brain of Morbius Part 3

As Josh, John and Simon begin Episode 3, we begin by discussing the omnipresence of brains in tanks on British TV in the late 1970's.  It is just possible that we may discuss what we see on the screen though - so listen closely and enjoy the frivolity!

 

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Jul 25, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 60, Brain of Morbius Part 2

****Please pardon our sound on this podcast****

Josh grabbed Simon and John to re-do our episode 2 of Brain of Morbius and due to microphone issues, the sound wasn't up to snuff - so we apologize. 

 

However, discussions of what a Burgermeister is, Condo's ability to manage Sarah's blindness, Tom Baker nearly getting burned to death at the stake, and the Doctor's strange trust in Solon to diagnose Sarah are discussed in detail.  If you can manage it, you will love the content!

 

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Jul 18, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 59, Brain of Morbius Part 1

In a strange twist of fate, our next set of High Council members Simon and John have chosen a fan favorite to talk over, but the subject quickly moves to the rumors of this story's beginnings and they are not what you think.  So listen closely as The High Council decides whether the rumors are true.  So grab your Armenian Vodka, your broken unbrellas, and the wine that has breathed - and join us tackling Part 1 of the Brain in the Fishbowl.

 

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Jul 11, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 58, The Gunfighters Part 4

In a twist of fate, Erik had to leave the podcast due to a tooth ache provided likely by the Celestial Toymaker, but Josh, Kyle and Sean persevere and present "The O.K. Corral" for your listening pleasure.  Is it possible that you can have a shoot-em-up scene in a children's television program and feel satisfied?  Well, we won't be personally throwing down the Wanted poster that the Doctor does.  Enjoy!

 

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Jul 4, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 57, The Gunfighters Part 3

It's the dangerous murderous Dastari (Johnny Ringo) and our High Council members are more in the mood to start the episode than to banter.  Join Josh, Erik, Kyle and Sean as we embark on the episode that killed Professor Korensky (Charlie) - who apparently was famous though none of us remember him.  We never figured different, though.  So come to Chicago and enjoy Episode 3!

Jun 27, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 56, The Gunfighters Part 2

A troubling (lack of) cliffhanger leads Josh, Erik, Kyle and Sean to wonder only for a moment if someone is going to shoot the pianist.  The only surprising thing is that not that many people get shot in this episode even despite the fact that everyone has a gun and everyone is waving them around.  So enjoy the revelry and the uncontrollable need to sing in Episode 2.

Jun 20, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 55, The Gunfighters Part 1

Well, it's come to this - the Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon.  Josh is joined by some familiar High Council members this week Kyle, Erik and Sean as they tackle the fan-wisdom disliked "The Gunfighters".  I don't think you will find this group bowing to fan-wisdom.  So put on your spurs, get the fake costume gun, give yourself a theatrical name and enjoy Doctor Who - The High Council!

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