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A podcast with a focus on Doctor Who related news is presented in a format that makes it easy to digest with episodes running anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes in length presented in a witty and fun way.
Produced and hosted by Louis Trapani @LouisTrapani
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Doctor Who: Podshock is the longest running Doctor Who podcast (established 2005) presented by the fan run Gallifreyan Embassy (est. 1985) is a production of Art Trap Productions. It features Doctor Who news, reviews, interviews, commentaries, and discussions from US, UK with an international perspective from correspondents from around the world.
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As I write this, it is May 25th, the real Star Wars Day. Long before any celebration took place on an arbitrary date that simply sounds like the word “Force”, fans of Star Wars celebrated the movies on the 25th of May as it is the anniversary of the release of the first movie in 1977 now titled, Episode IV: A New Hope. May 25th is also the anniversary of the release of the third movie, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi which had been released 32 years ago in 1983. What does this all mean and what is this all “16 years" all about? Well, 16 years is the amount of time we Star Wars fans had to wait and endure after the release of Return of the Jedi in 1983 for the next big screen adventure. It seemed like a lifetime back then. George Lucas had concluded the story with Return of the Jedi, putting to rest any notion of any following films after Return of Jedi, but there would always be the first three prequels, Episodes I-III which may be made at some undetermined date in the future. Lucas wanted to go off and explore other projects outside of the Star Wars universe after Jedi which was understandable for him. Though eventually he would return to a galaxy far, far away…
The anxiously anticipated day started off very exciting. I was with my good friend, Chase Graff, though at that time he went by the name Charlie and we were sitting on a sidewalk patiently waiting on this early June day. It was the fourth of June thirty-three years ago… the year was 1982. We were first in line for the long awaited sequel to Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In hindsight, it is hard to believe that it was less than three years that had passed since the original Star Trek movie then. We were there before the theater opened for business that day waiting. When the puzzled manager came to the theater, he was surprised to find us there so early waiting. He asked what we were waiting for and we jokingly said Das Boot, which was the other film playing at this cinema at that time. Long waits didn’t bother us because we were able to talk about everything under the sun. Though on this day, I imagined the topic was mostly on Star Trek perhaps and the rumors surrounding this particular movie. There was this talk that the character Spock would die in this movie. This couldn’t be so, we thought. Spock was our favorite character, after all. What would Star Trek be without Mr. Spock?
It’s no secret that I have been a huge fan of Star Wars since it was released in 1977. It could even be argued that I was fan before it was even released (Sorry, Stephen Colbert, you’re not alone or the first), as I was following the production and its impending release in science fiction genre media. It’s without exaggeration that it had a tremendous impact on this then eleven year-old when it was released and it continued on. This post isn’t focusing on that so I won’t go into all the details only to say even though I was deeply into the mythology and themes of the films, it didn’t prevent me from having a life outside of it.
It was 35 years ago today on a chilly night not unlike tonight (well, perhaps not as cold) when Star Trek: The Motion Picture opened in the theaters in the U.S. I remember vividly going to see it for the first time. After watching Star Trek all my life on television, we were finally seeing it on the big screen. Big it was, as it captured the scale and majesty of the refitted Enterprise and more like television never could at that time.
Last week I had the pleasure of guest hosting on the Radio Free Caemlyn show for their weekly live ‘Friday Night Trivia’ show. If you missed the live show, you can still catch it along with other past recorded (audio podcast) shows along with upcoming live shows of course here on the Radio Free Caemlyn page on Talkshoe (the show I hosted was the 7/25/2014 "CLXXXI" episode, but feel free to check out any or all of the others as well).
First off, everyday is Star Wars day, just as everyday is Doctor Who day for me. There doesn’t need to a special day to celebrate either series. That said, every 23rd of November I try to watch episode 1 of ‘An Unearthly Child’ to celebrate the anniversary of Doctor Who and for almost 40 years, every 25th of May has always been STAR WARS DAY! Yes, it is the anniversary of the first release of the first Star Wars movie back in 1977 as well as the release of the final episode of the Star Wars saga completing the Skywalker storyline (I’m not including in the newly contrived upcoming Disney movies), Return of the Jedi in 1983.
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 302
Running Time: 1:04:11
We have a classic interview with Doctor Who stuntman, fight arranger, and actor Terry Walsh, plus news, your feedback, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani.
The Passing of Kate O'Mara and Interviews with Mary Tamm & Janet Fielding in Doctor Who: Podshock 300
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 300
Running Time: 1:14:21
We reflect back on powerful women in Doctor Who with the passing of Kate O'Mara, interviews with Mary Tamm and Janet Fielding, plus news, your feedback and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani. Interviews courtesy of Chuck Rabb.
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 297
Running Time: 1:10:31
We have a classic interview with Colin Baker (the 6th Doctor) from July 1985 in New Orleans (courtesy of Chuck Rabb) in which he speaks of his costume, the hiatus, sky diving, and more, plus Doctor Who news, feedback, A Wild Endeavor, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani.
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 290
Running Time: 2:18:42
We review live on the net the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Time of the Doctor which bids farewell to Matt Smith and introduces Peter Capaldi as the Doctor with your live feedback, plus Doctor Who news, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani and Dave Cooper. Happy New Year Everyone!
Doctor Who: Podshock will be once again be taking to the net this Sunday, 29 December 2013 for a live-over-the-net show reviewing the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Time of the Doctor.