Eruditorum Presscast: The Woman Who Fell to Earth


Here's the first of our Series 11 run of podcasts, in which I'm joined by the ever-wonderful Caitlin Smith to talk about Jodie Whittaker's debut episode.

Thanks as ever to Pex Lives for hosting our podcast. James continues to be bad at logging into the site to announce his new releases, but there's been an episode on Snakedance and an installment of City of the Dead since the Ithaca thing I did with James over the summer. Here's the full list of recent episodes.


mx_mond 2 years, 3 months ago

Great podcast!

As to the writers’ room, Chibnall confirmed, while adding his bit to the oversignification of Hell Bent, that he used “a hybrid of the British and American systems”.

He talks about it here:

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JamesPog 2 years, 3 months ago


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Lambda 2 years, 3 months ago

On the "the Doctor is now female, and doing emotional labour" bit, I'd like to repeat an observation of mine from GB about the difficulty of combating hegemony:

A succession of manly male heroes sends three interlocking messages:

1) Heroes are men.
2) Traditionally male characteristics are heroic.
3) Men have traditionally male characteristics, and women have traditionally female characteristics.

You can only ever defy two of those three messages at any given moment.

(So the best you can do is keep defying two of them, and switch over which two you're defying sometimes.)

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James V 2 years, 3 months ago

On the whole, it seemed the Moffat years were pretty committed to defying 2 and 3, so if the Chibnall era is going to take care of 1 and 2, then at least the amalgam of this decade of Who covers them all

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ScarvesandCelery 2 years, 3 months ago

Honestly, between Clara, Vastra, Kate, Osgood, and most of Moffat's other female leads, and also his persistent gender essentialism, I'd say Moffat's era does more to challenge 1) than 3)

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Kazin 2 years, 3 months ago

Thrilled these are back along with new Doctor Who. I really enjoyed the Snakedance episode of Pex Lives, too!

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DC 2 years, 3 months ago

Were there no Eruditorum Presscasts for series 10?

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mx_mond 2 years, 3 months ago

There were, you can find them in the “general” tag.

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Aylwin 2 years, 3 months ago

Thirded on "I would have!" being a good bit.

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Nindokag 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for doing the podcast! It's really nice to hear that "when the world is a danger to you..." intro again :-)

Completely unrelated: A Golden Thread arrived in the mail (as a kickstarter backer reward) and just I finished reading it. Really enjoyed it, couldn't put it down actually. I didn't know anything about Wonder Woman before but now I'm eager to check out some of these classic runs.

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Jonixw 2 years, 3 months ago

I pray to Omega Jack gets to talk about the Rosa Parks episode

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TomeDeaf 2 years, 3 months ago

Let's be honest, if El's guest for the next ep isn't a person of colour the optics of that are ... um... not great.

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Elizabeth Sandifer 2 years, 3 months ago

Between the decision to minimize advance information about episodes and the realities of scheduling multiple guests, the guest/episode pairings this year are all essentially random save for an effort to evenly distribute regulars and new guests over the ten episodes.

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Przemek 2 years, 3 months ago

I mean, you don't even have to watch the episode to guess what he'll think about it.

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