OTTL Film Club: The Party’s Just Beginning

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dir. Karen Gillan

Cast: Karen Gillan, Lee Pace, Matthew Beard

Marking the former Ms. Pond’s first foray into feature writing/directing, The Party’s Just Beginning, which premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival over the weekend, focuses on Luisaidh (Gillan), a 20-something supermarket cheese counter attendant who, following a personal loss, seeks solace in drugs, alcohol and knee tremblers behind the local chip shop. 

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55. Spooky Hoose

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Travel back in time with Ben and Mark to a snatched conversation that took place during the May bank holiday 2017.

Under discussion: Two spooky houses as we turn our focus towards The Lodger and Ghost Light. Ben reappraises a story he long thought that he hated and Mark tries to explain just what on Earth is going on at Gabriel Chase, which would be easy enough if he could even remember watching it.

Also: Comedy shows that are worse than Horne & Corden, memorialising the West London Islamic Centre, taxidermy and whether themes and artistry trump good storytelling.

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54. Sunflowers A-Go-Go

*Or AMSRco Polo

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After nearly a (very eventful) year away, Ben and Mark resume their “New Who Watchthrough” with 2010’s Vincent and the Doctor, pairing it up with 1964’s Marco Polo.

Along the way, the pair get refused booze, discuss the weird world of Doctor Who themed ASMR, try to tactfully navigate discussions about mental health, gender and race before delving into some missing episode rumours.

Editor’s note: Whilst a number of topical references have been excised, we are aware Broadchurch S3 finished nearly a year ago and that Chris Chibnall has indeed cast a brilliant woman as Doctor Who, but the discussion seemed like a good one to keep in!

See you in two weeks, we promise!

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The On the Time Lash Annual 2018

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In a special seasonal episode, Ben and Mark are joined by their old friend Jonathan Melville to discuss Twice Upon a Time, A Christmas Carol, the end of the Moffat/Capaldi era and the start of the Chibnall/Whittaker one.

Along the way they’ll unwrap gifts, reflect on Christmases past, present and still to come, discuss the pros and cons of Steven Moffat, Doctor Who in the age of Netflix and long form drama, and ask whether it’s entirely helpful in the current climate to so egregiously misrepresent a whole era.

Apologies for the interference in the second half, clearly we’re a bit out of practice.

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The Doctors: The William Hartnell Years

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2 Disc DVD, 324 Minutes, £14.99

As the modern series prepares to pay tribute to the First Doctor once more on Christmas Day, Koch Media’s release of The Doctors: The William Hartnell Years is a timely celebration of the man who started it all.

Collecting five of ReelTime’s Myth Makers tapes, this 2 disc set comprises interviews with many of the major players of the era including a rare, albeit brief interview with the wonderful Jacqueline Hill. The interviews are conducted by voice of the Daleks, Nicholas Briggs who gets his own Doctor Who style title sequence, surely a dream come true for him at the time, but even greater successes were still to come.

 

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The Marshall/Whittaker Conundrum

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The future is indeed all girl as Ben and Mark welcome the new Doctor, discussing their hopes for the female led series 11 before looking back on Peter Capaldi’s final series as the Doctor.

ALSO: Lunatic round-up! A laboured metaphor about casting decisions! Comedy sexism! Ian Levine! Philip Morris! Adolf Hitler!

 

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53. Whippy Tongue

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*Not Episode 54, as we keep saying it is.

The Reverends I.M Jolly of Doctor Who podcasting, Ben (riddled with a cold and thankfully not the Silurian virus) and Mark return to discuss The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood and Doctor Who and the Silurians. Unavoidably, they speculate what this Chris Chibnall penned, modern Silurian two parter could mean for the future of Doctor Who.

Also: Changing perspectives on Doctor Who series, a not particularly original reading of Series 7, and Mark recounts how he once sold a VHS tape to someone quite high up in the Doctor Who production team.

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