Jimmy Akin Podcast (Secrets of Doctor Who)

The 2nd Doctor and Companions romp on the Moon while repelling another Cybermen invasion plot that uses a gravity beam to control Earth's weather. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss this fast-paced adventure, including how parts were reconstructed in animation after being lost.

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The First Doctor has returned to Earth, but now he and his companions are really small. Jimmy and Dom enjoy this classic "little people in a big world" story that is also a murder-mystery and a cautionary tale of ecological disaster.

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The first part of this two-part story introduces us to Dr. River Song and sets up yet another creepy scenario by script writer Stephen Moffat. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha explain why this two-part story is among their favorite New Who episodes.

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The 4th Doctor takes an incredible journey into his brain to fight the Swarm. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about how the episode plays off other "shrink and travel into the body" stories as well as the introduction of a beloved canine companion.

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The Doctor and Donna encounter Agatha Christie and, of course, a murder-mystery ensues. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha enjoy the fun detective tropes, but also make some comparisons with a later episode that features a real-life artist, "Vincent," and see how differently they come out.

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The 7th Doctor drops a Companion and picks up a new one in his adventures on Iceworld that involve a freezing criminal, a pirate named Glitz, and a "dragon" that looks like it should be fighting Sigourney Weaver. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory talk about the departure of Mel and arrival of Ace in the midst of this adventure.

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Has the Doctor met his match when he suddenly gets a fully grown daughter? Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory talk about this Doctor-Donna-Martha adventure that brings in David Tennant's future wife/Peter Davison's daughter as a guest star to play his daughter.

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The 6th Doctor shows up at the start of the Industrial Revolution in 19th century England where the Master and a new foe, the Rani, have joined forces. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss all the scene chewing between the evil villains and the encounters with great historical figures.

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In the 2nd of a two-part story, The Doctor and two Companions deal with a sneaky clone, bad emissions, and a bratty dot-com genius. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the smog moralizing, the world-ending stakes, and someone else who dies in the Doctor's place.

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The first of a two-part story featuring the 10th Doctor and two Companions against an old foe. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the return of Martha Jones, the reintroduction of Sontarans for New Who, and world-threatening plots.

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The 5th Doctor ends up in the 18th century facing down aliens who want to make Earth their new home by killing off humanity in a deadly plague. Fr. Cory and Jimmy discuss the story whose premise is like so many other like it.

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The Ood have returned as the Doctor and Donna free them from their servitude. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss this 10th Doctor story that brings back the Ood and lays the groundwork for significant events at the end of the season.

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The 4th Doctor, Tom Baker, ends his first season with the return of the Cybermen, a solid gold planet, and humanity caught between warring aliens. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the complex story that has multiple antagonists and interesting moral quandaries.

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The Doctor and Donna show up in Pompeii on Volcano Day, meet the Doctor's future face, and get caught in a fixed point in time. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory talk about the moral conundrum the Doctor faces, the trickiness of seeing the future, and our glimpse at a future Doctor and Companion playing different roles.

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The Third Doctor has to stop a scientist from drilling through the Earth's crust, but has to take a detour to a parallel Earth for the solution. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the evil alternates of the Doctor's friends he encounters and this premise that was based on a real world project.

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At the start of season 4, the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) teams up with the popular Companion Donna Noble. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha enjoy that Donna is a breath of fresh air as Companion and discuss Granddad Wilf as one of their favorite New Who characters.

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The 2nd Doctor visits the Lost Civilization of Atlantis where a 20th-century madman plans to destroy the world. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the quality of the story itself and how the special effects of the time may have held it back, the ease with which new Companion 18th century Scotsman Jamie joins in, and whether it's cautionary tale about religion vs. science or just against superstition.

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It's Christmas 2007 and the Doctor is on the Titanic. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss Voyage of the Damned, where a newly Companion-less Doctor ends up on the ominously named spaceliner Titanic along with singer Kylie Minogue when things go wrong, as they do.

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The First Doctor travels back to France’s Reign of Terror where he encounters the infamous Robespierre. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss once again their love of the pure historical stories, the inventiveness of the episode, and the difference between classic and modern Doctors.

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The 4th Doctor and companion end up at a Victorian-era lighthouse with an odd bunch of characters being menaced by an alien. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha enjoy the gothic horror style and Tom Baker's near-maniacal glee at unraveling the deadly mystery.

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As the third season and Martha's stint as a companion come to a close, the Doctor grapples with the Master and takes on Messianic overtones. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the Doctor's Year of Hell that ends with him alone.

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The Harold Saxon Master's first appearance is huge with the 10th Doctor and his Companions stymied at every turn. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this 2nd part of the 3-part season finale.

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The Master returns in New Who for the first time! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this first part of a 3-part season finale, including the having great actor Derek Jacobi, playing the Master, and finding Captain Jack at the end of the universe.

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The 7th Doctor visits 1959 where he enlists British holiday campers, rock-and-rollers, and some American spies to thwart fascist aliens and save the sole survivors of another alien race. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about the nostalgia feast, the famous actors who show up, and a mysterious character who might be a future version of the Doctor.

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Many fans rank Blink as the greatest Doctor Who story. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha don't necessarily disagree and they have great fun discussing the Weeping Angels, the Doctor-less story, and writer Steven Moffat's two-fold inspiration for it.

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The 6th Doctor visits a totalitarian world where the residents vote through their TVs on whether the leaders should be totured and prisoners should be executed. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the similarities to other dystopian stories and the morality of such a system.

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In this 2nd of 2 parts, the Doctor in 1913 still thinks he's human and is dealing with alien predators hunting him. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the Doctor's temptation and his punishment of the Family of Blood.

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In the first part of this two-part story, the Doctor's memory has been wiped to hide him from a family of hunters in an English military school in 1913. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the Doctor as an ordinary man and the inhumanity we sometimes show each other.

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This 5th Doctor story is filled with Buddhist concepts, references to Eden, and analogies to British colonianism that Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss along with Adric's wavering loyalty and the other companions' sleepiness.

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The 10th Doctor story 42 is your basic run-around-like-mad adventure which is good fun, but is also current showrunner Chris Chibnall's first Doctor episode. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the story's lighter elements and deeper layers.

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The 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) returns to a future devoid of human life... or is it? Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this story that includes the classic villain, the Sontarans.

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After jumping to the past and the future, the 10th Doctor and Martha Jones deal with a mad scientist in our time. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about another unlikeable mom, the hints of Harold Saxon, and which is more human: facing death or clinging to life.

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The Second Doctor deals with an alien invasion, but finds the real enemies aren't in outerspace. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this 2nd Doctor (John Pertwee) story, as well as news of Season 12 filming, David Tennant's podcast, and a cool, new Big Finish audio production.

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The Doctor and Martha Jones travel to Depression-era New York and run into the Daleks. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha review this two-part story featuring the Cult of Skaro, some wild New York accents, and some crazy makeup effects.

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The 2nd Doctor travels to Scotland in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden. Will he and his companions be hung as Scottish spies? Jimmy  Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this last of the Doctor Who pure historicals that survives now only in audio form.

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The First Doctor encounters a race of telepathic beings in conflict with humans, but it's the internal conflicts of the Sensorites that will put the Doctor and his Companions in danger. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this classic episode from the first season.

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In the future, traffic jams will take forever... literally. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha look at the 10th Doctor story, Gridlock, in which David Tennant's Doctor and Martha Jones must find out why people spend their entire lives in an unending commute in far future New York.

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Take me down to the Paradise Towers with the 7th Doctor and Mel. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the penthouse highs and sub-basement lows of this classic Doctor story about cannibal grannies, homicidal Roombas, and big-hair girl gangs.

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In the 2nd part of their look at the recently completed season of Doctor Who, Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha rank this season's episodes from worst to best, look at what the US and British ratings say about the future of the show, discuss the fan response the changes this season, and then look forward to next season. 

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Now that Season 11 is complete, Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha look back on this Doctor Who season and their own hopes for it and come to conclusions about how good it was. This is the first part of a two-part conversation.

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It's a New Year and the Resolution of the the 13th Doctor's first season. Dom Bettinelli and Jimmy Akin discuss the Doctor Who New Year's special titled Resolution, what they think of the return of an old foe, and how it works as the season finale.

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The Doctor Who Christmas special became a tradition when the series revived and some have been better than others, but perhaps this one was the best of all. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the 10th Doctor's homage to Dickens, "A Christmas Carol."

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In his first proper adventure with Martha Jones, the 10th Doctor whisks her away to meet William Shakespeare. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the Doctor's inspiration for old Will, witches who are aliens, and the play that really was lost.

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In the season finale, the Doctor and companions deal with an old enemy, a false god, and issues of justice and revenge. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli look at how this episode works as a bookend for the season, wrapping up a story line that began in the premiere.

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The Doctor takes a Nordic noir turn with a few twists in present-day Norway. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss It Takes You Away and some of them think it may be one of the best episodes of the season. Listen to their reasons why.

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How do you know she's a witch? The Doctor and companions are back in the 17th century and encounter a witch trial and King James. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the episode's high points, the misses, the religious references, and the real history behind the story.

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We celebrate our 100th episode with a BANG! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss "Kerblam!" and how it completely subverts your expectations and the usual tropes about technology, automation, and people.

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The Doctor and Companions travel to the Partition of India and reveal Yax's family secrets. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Jimmy Akin discuss the latest episode which addresses religious violence, unconditional love, and remembrance of the dead on Remembrance Day/Veteran's Day.

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The Doctor has a P'Ting problem and Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha are here to talk about it, as well as male doulas, antimatter, and a misplaced Tardis... again.

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Creepy spiders! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the latest episode of Doctor Who, including the caricature of a political figure, what humane treatment for spiders looks like, and how Graham’s grief proceeds realistically.

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Doctor Who brings us a classic historical story, traveling back to protect Rosa Parks and her world-changing act of bravery from meddling, while addressing the sensitive topic of racism. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the episode, how deftly it handles the topic, and what they liked about this outing by the Doctor and friends. 

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The Doctor needs her Tardis back and needs to survive a race through a deadly planet to get it. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss whether the fun is back in Dr. Who, the introduction of some new ideas and beats, and what is the Timeless Child.

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It's finally here. With a new Doctor, a new season, and a new showrunner, Jimmmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha are back to discuss everything about The Woman Who Fell to Earth and to assess all the big changes that have taken place.

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