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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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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!

Jun 13, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council, Episode 54 - Survival Part 3

And for the Final story of the original BBC series of Doctor Who, Josh is joined once again by Graeme, Lori and Petra.   Lots of title sequence talk about cereal, asteroids and Doctor winks. Finally, a Cats reference as well. Join us as we barrel to the end, perhaps Josh really doesn’t like Midge’s face, and fully expect the actor Will Barton to come find him to complain. But somehow, someway, we can’t get around Midge’s need to dress more swanky when he is has sniffed the “cat-juice” on the dying planet. Will we cry at the end? Listen, and you will see.

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Jun 6, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council, Episode 53 - Survival Part 2

Well, it’s Survival Part 2, and we are surviving this cool piece of Doctor Who historia by discussing 1930 radio shows, the movie Pretty in Pink, Rochester the cat, Jane Austin, and unnecessary plugs to other shows and books. Josh is joined by a rather poor Skype connection with Graeme, Lori and Petra. Run Midge! Enjoy the silly banter!

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May 30, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council, Episode 52 - Survival Part 1

A new week, a new story, and a new set of High Council Members! We’re back to Perivale circa 1989! Josh is joined by the estimable author Graeme Burk, uber Toronto-based fan Lori Steuart, and NPR book genius Petra Meyer to discuss the Doctor Who that sounded the death-nell for the original series. The Catastic tale (or tail) of Survival with the Yellow eyed Ace.

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May 23, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 51, Ambassadors of Death Part 7

Doctor Who – The High Council has broken it’s Episode 7 cherry this week, and I think you will agree, the High Council Members are a little punchy. Josh is joined once again by David Agnew, Stephen Harris and Robin Bland and who knows who is in the Palestinian Free State? So as we talk about guns, Liz’s outfit, and William Dysart’s MULTIPLE outfits, we continue our moral duty of completing this amazing long story. Great stories about Les Conrad, The Twin Dilemma, Toby’s experience as Charlie Chaplin and Bin Man the Heretic, and trimmed mustaches. You will love the banter – so put this episode in your MP3 device on repeat.

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May 16, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 50, Ambassadors of Death Part 6

EPISODE 50!!!!

It’s on collision course! Take EVASIVE ACTION!!!   The punchiness comes in as this High Council team drives towards talking over Episode 6. Is it possible that it hasn’t been Toby Hadoke this whole time, and it is really David Agnew? Andrew’s presence in Greenland caused some issues with this episode, but Gangsters returns to help us through these tough parts. Is this episode also put together from the archives? Is it possible to have CSO in B&W? I don’t think so. Please enjoy this episode that ended up wrought with serious recording problems and play close attention to Carrington’s mustache till next week.

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May 9, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 49, Ambassadors of Death Part 5

And with Andrew and Josh in Scotland, and Steven and Toby hanging on after a difficult week of arguing over Derek Martin, we collectively pursue Part 5 of Ambassadors of Death. So, enough of that and more about Cyril Shapps! Who knew that Cyril celebrated the Jewish Sabbath? Toby, of course. Throwing in “Mr. Kipling makes exceedingly good cakes” to boot. And again, who are the names behind the latex monster masks? Or who are the names of the actors of the lesser characters in the show – this is why it is fun to have these High Council members on the show. But if there are no knives and forks on a tray, I would suggest that it could just be a radioactive isotope.

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May 2, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 48, Ambassadors of Death Part 4

As we begin Ambassadors of Death Part 4 – Liz is in Trouble, Josh, Andrew, Steven and Toby are telling stories about Derek Martin, an uncredited member of HAVOC. While Andrew shows his moral duty, regarding the man’s behavior, we quickly move onto the commentary. Why the tin foil walls and colorful wires connected to the wall? So you learn a little about explosions in enclosed areas, quick cuts, and the wonderful facial bandage that the Doctor sports for a few scenes afterwards. While we examine whether Doctor Taltalian has a French accent on film, we discuss the backdrop of people taking the mickey out of Doctor Who. That said, we are collectively affectionate about the show, and only make fun because we love it. So come join us, enjoy it affectionately, and still take the mickey out of Ambassadors of Death Part 4!

 

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Apr 25, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 47, Ambassadors of Death Part 3

Right! Cut it open! As Josh, Steven, Toby and Andrew embark on Episode 3 of Ambassadors of Death, we marvel at William Dysart’s performance which is very underrated. Is Liz future-cosplaying as Skagra from Shada? Does everyone only have an accent on videotape and not film? What is the inside baseball on Margo Hayhoe Pauline Sylcock? and you will definitely learn more during this episode than you ever should. Between Cyril Shapps, Ronald Allen, William Dysart, and Michael Wisher it is character-actor heaven Enjoy!

 

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Apr 18, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 46, Ambassadors of Death Part 2

Episode 2 of Ambassadors of Death starts with some actual magic by Jon Pertwee, but we all accept that he is actually holding Marco Polo Part 1 in his hand when he performs his “magic”. Transmigration of objects is not something we see again and Josh, Steven, Andrew and Toby are thrilled about that. We realize if we see Alan Chuntz, he is going to die, but if you see Max Faulkner, he will get a line before he dies. Is “Get in Ms. Shaw” in a French accent? Toby won’t have it. Enjoy the hair dryers and Episode 2.

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Apr 11, 2016
Doctor Who - The High Council Episode 45, Ambassadors of Death Part 1

Another new week, and another week of new High Council members. Josh is lucky enough to have procured the services of Toby Hadoke, Andrew Smith and Steven Schapansky for the amazing Jon Pertwee story “Ambassadors of Death”. Yes, a 7 part story – a new experiment for High Council. That said, we intend to break the curse of the original commentary that Toby moderated and hopefully we survive next seven weeks! Unbelievably we survive the sting of the cold open and at the end! Is Doctor Taltallian wearing a pair of Groucho Marx glasses? Does Derek Ware die at least two times in the shoot-em-up scene in the warehouse? Put the carnation in your lapel and enjoy Episode 1 of Ambassadors of Death!

 

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