Tuesday 26 January 2010

NEW! Ood Cast, Episood 2: The Next Doctor

A hearty, and slightly world-weary welcome to you.

Think back to Christmas Day 2008. The evening.

There you are – on the sofa – feeling a bit bloated because your nan insisted that you had that third helping of turkey and at least two goes at the Christmas pud. You’re becoming steadily more pickled as the afternoon draws on, and your eyes are feeling a bit heavy.

Then something lovely hits your screen. You hear some familiar music. You haven’t been paying attention to the first couple of minutes because you saw that a few weeks before on Children In Need night. But now you’re a bit more interested.

You start searching your mind for what it is like a brain surgeon wearing boxing gloves…

And then you see him. A skinny man with an unmistakable pin-stripe suit, spiky hair and glasses. You know what this is…

You yawn. Then your eyes start to flutter as you desperately try not to fall asleep. But you can’t combat such a force… Just before you do, you see a blurry thing that looks a little like a creature made from a milk bottle top and strips of crepe paper (a la early 1980s Blue Peter).

And the rest is darkness.

Wonder what you missed? Well, let us discuss it in your ear. For in this installment of the podcast, The Ood Cast Episode Two, we will be discussing The Next Doctor… because it started off the year of specials.

So come and join us.


We miss you when you don’t let us talk at you.

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Thursday 21 January 2010

And with a scraping of piano wires...

It’s here. The Ood Cast: Episood 1. (That’s right, we’re busting out puns right from the get go – that’s just how we roll.)

The most important thing we want everyone to know before we start (and we say it on the podcast too) is that we love the show. Utterly. Even when we are disappointed by what we see, we love it.

Even, it seems, when we have quite large, uber-geeky reasons for never wanting to see that hour of TV again, we still do. And we still go and buy the DVDs.

Because, to us, Doctor Who isn’t something we can take or leave. It’s almost the thing that has been with us since we were wee bairns in the highlands. Or small children from the south of England (delete according to the way you wish to think of us).

In the words of countless Mitchell characters in Eastenders (so I’m told), “It’s family”. And it is.

Chris has said on this very blog that the Doctor has had a massive effect on the way he chose to do things (I’m still a little unsure about the blazer and the celery in the lapel, although I’m sure we’ll all get used to it), but for the three of us who make up the male contingent of the podcast, it’s something that rings a – cloister – bell. (Ha! See what I did there?! Oh, never mind)

Laura brings a fresh and sharp view to proceedings to prove that we are just old school idiots sometimes. And that sometimes we do have a point. But not all the time.

We would readily admit that we are sometimes critical. But it’s simply, and only, because we love the show and like to sit around daydreaming about what we’d like to see happen next, or how something should be done.

That could be just me.

And sometimes, life really doesn’t come to any harm if you ask a few questions about things.

Join us for our little journeys through (limited) Time and (cramped) Space. We’d all love you to.

This song is ending, but the story never ends … I’m kidding, that was a terrible line.

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Monday 11 January 2010


We always intended to do this properly, you know. But we slipped. Lives are tricky things, and sometimes things happen that get in the way.

The short of this is that we're back. Oh, and how!

For starters, you'll need this link:http://www.spiritofthestairwell.net/the-ood-cast/

This is because we're going to finally get the podcast up and running.

The plan is simple, and is this:

Starting in the next couple of weeks, we'll start releasing a series of six episodes: 1 introduction, and then 5 more, covering each of the 2009 Specials that brought the David Tennant "era" to an end.

That will be every fortnight. And then, when the new series arrives, and Matt Smith begins to win everyone over (as we all know he will), we'll be there every week, sharing our thoughts with everyone who cares to listen.

So please keep an eye out, and then download!

Join us to find out what happens when you shove three Doctor Who devotees in the same room, just how sarcastic one geeky fool can get about the follies of modern Cybermen, and exactly how many wrongs can be done to a good joke.

This is going to be a blast. We haven't recorded anything yet, but I can feel it...

Come join us.