Jimmy Akin Podcast (Secrets of Doctor Who)

Dimensions! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this 12th Doctor story which imagines a unique species that exists in only two dimensions and sucks dimensionality out of the Tardis.

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Farewell Sarah Jane. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this 4th Doctor story that sees the departure of popular companion, Sarah Jane Smith; and talk about this story that deals with nuclear power and rock-based super aliens.

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Throw the mummy from the train! Dom Bettinelli and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the 12th Doctor's turn in an Agatha Christie-like story as he contemplates the nature of certain impending death and how to make choices when all you have are bad ones.

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The 3rd Doctor is in a story that addresses the 1970s' concerns about the end of colonization and empire. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this unique story that's also about metamorphosis and transformation.

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River, the Doctor, and the Quantum Vatican! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this Big Finish story featuring the 10th Doctor and River and their flirty second date through time on their way to rob the Apocalypse vault.

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Victoria's final journey! Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss this 2nd Doctor story that exists only in animation now and features a tense base-under-siege story of sentient seaweed attacking gas drilling rigs.

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Return to the Moon Egg! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha revisit this 12th Doctor story that presents a more implausible and less scientific than usual plot contrivance to create dramatic tension between the Doctor and Clara. Our commentary may be more entertaining the episode itself.

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Goodbye Ian and Barbara. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the departure of these Companions and the arrival of a new one in this story that takes the Doctor through a bunch of mini-adventures pursued by Daleks.

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Fourth Doctor Lord President. Jimmy akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this story that sees the 4th Doctor become Time Lord President only to seemingly turn traitor, plus we get to see a lot more of the Tardis interior.

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Time loops within time loops. Jimmy Akin and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this 8th Doctor Big Finish story, including a character who says he kills the Doctor in his future; the Roman cult of Mithras; and loose threads connecting to later stories.

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All about Missy! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this Big Finish audio story featuring Missy, the Doctor's female nemesis, in which she becomes part of a TV true crime documentary ... or does she?

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The Doctor goes back to school and meddles in Clara's love life. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the Doctor's animus toward soldiers, Danny's controlling behavior, and the enduring presence of Coal Hill School.

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The 6th Doctor's finale! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the end of the 6th Doctor on TV and the Trial of a Time Lord, including how they see him at the end of his tenure compared to the beginning.

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The 12th Doctor has an Oceans 11-style bank heist with a time travel twist. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the plot misdirections and story twists as well as the moral and ethical questions that arise.

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The 5th Doctor's farewell to Nyssa. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the 2nd story of the Black Guardian trilogy, the connection to Norse mythology, and what really caused the Big Bang.

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Sssshhhh! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the 12th Doctor's obsession with a theoretical creature capable of perfect hiding, how Danny Pink and Clara fail to listen, and the elephant-in-the-room loose thread of Orson Pink.

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The 4th Doctor and Sarah Jane are in Renaissance Italy. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the court intrigue, the pagan worship in Catholic Italy, and how the Doctor thwarts an alien presence from conquering Earth.

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The Doctor and Clara meet Robin Hood. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the 12th Doctor's acerbic encounter with the fictional(?) character, including impossible trick shots and boastful competition and a resolution of questionable morality.

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Our introduction to Peladon. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha dig into this 3rd Doctor and Jo Grant story of a primitive planet on the edge of joining the galactic neighborhood; overcoming preconceived prejudices; and the perils of pretending to be a princess.

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The story that brought the 9th Doctor back wraps up and Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss its highs and lows. Was the story too omplex for audio? Should it have been three parts? And does Christopher Eccleston step right back into the iconic leather jacket?

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Part 2! Fr. Cory Sticha and Jimmy Akin discuss the 2nd part of this 9th Doctor audio story, including the complex story building, the interesting new companion and foes, and a connection to old 8-bit video games.

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The 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, is back in Big Finish. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the first part of this three-part event, which sees the Doctor dealing with a futuristic VR game, Cold War London, and Romans run amok.

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Easter special! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the penultimate 13th Doctor story that brings back the Sea Devils and introduces some 19th century Chinese pirates and then talk about the teaser for the upcoming regeneration special that will bring back familiar faces.

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The Sea Devils are coming back for the 13th Doctor, so Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha review their first appearance with the 3rd Doctor, which was a high seas adventure that included the Master and the Royal Navy!

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Until recently, most of this 2nd Doctor story was lost, but in 2021 it was completed with animation substituting for the lost footage. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this base-under-siege story of the Great intelligence's return, the robot Yeti, and the introduction of Lethbridge-Stewart.

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In the spirit of April Fools Day, Jimmy akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the wonderful Doctor Who spoof from Comic Relief starring Rowan Atkinson, among others, as the Doctor. It's a hilarious non-canonical (or is it?) romp that the panel has fun exploring.

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In classic scifi style, the Doctor gets shrunk down to go inside a Dalek. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about how the Doctor himself has to deal with his Dalek-like behavior and attitudes and Clara's role in confronting him with it.

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The first Doctor and his Companions find a space museum where they are the exhibits. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the failing empire and how Vicki foments a rebellion among the young people as well as the early roots of the dangers of the Doctor's time travel.

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Back to the beginning! It's been over 7 years since we started this podcast with the 12th Doctor's first episode, and Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha are revisiting his tenure with a fresh look at this story, including a pondering of the Doctor's moral choices.

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The 4th Doctor goes underground. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this Tom Baker story that sees him helping yet another society of oppressed underclass, talk about finding the edge of the universe, and think about the Time Lords being seen as gods.

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It's the 11th Doctor's penultimate story, and Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about the resolution of several ongoing 11th Doctor story threads, incl. the Impossible Girl, the doom of Trenzalore, and the menace of the Great Intelligence.

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In this 8th Doctor audio play, Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss how it uses H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds radio program as a plot element; the old-time radio play production style; and big guest stars like Simon Pegg. Plus how aliens, Nazis, Soviets, and the Mafia come together in one story.

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Creepy amusement park filler with Cybermen? Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about this 11th Doctor story that brings back this classic enemy, but upgrades them; talk about Warwick Davis's guest role; and the Doctor's antics fighting against an evil version of himself.

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The 7th Doctor continues his dark turn with Ace. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about the Victorian horror story with a scifi twist and dig into why the Doctor is putting Ace through some harrowing adventures involving some of her worst memories.

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The 11th Doctor in Victorian horror! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the Doctor and Clara's team up with the Paternoster Gang against Dame Diana Rigg's villain; what optograms are; and Matt Smith's Yorkshire accent.

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The Orient Express in space! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the 6th Doctor's new companion, Melanie and the change in tone with her arrival; the continuation of the Trial of a Time Lord; and the prospect of sentient, carnivorous plant people who see humans as livestock.

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More of the Tardis than we've ever seen before. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this story that takes us to parts of the Doctor's ship we've never seen, but also addresses questions of personhood and the dignity of each individual.

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The best Doctor's New Year's Eve yet? Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this 13th Doctor special, especially its fun guests characters, Sarah and Nick; the fun, lowered-stakes plot device; and the quippy dialogue that overcome the few missteps.

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The Brigadier is back again. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the return of Lethbridge-Stewart with the 5th Doctor; the addition of Turlow to the Tardis Companions; attempts to steal the Doctor's regenerations; and this first part of the Black Guardian trilogy of stories.

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The Doctor goes ghost hunting. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about the 11th Doctor's search for answers to the mystery of Clara; how it is based on a 1959 movie; and Jimmy's assessment of the paranormal research depicted in the episode.

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The 4th Doctor v. killer plants! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this 4th Doctor story that combines Lovecraft's "Mountains of Madness" and Hawks' film "The Thing From Another World," including a Bond-level villain, an Antarctic base, and an English country estate.

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The end of the Flux! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this last chapter which jam-packs the end of this 6-episode season, assess the season a whole, and give their predictions for what happens next in the upcoming specials.

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Five plot threads race to a conclusion of the Flux as Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory discuss the potentially mythos shattering revelations about the Doctor's true backstory, but will it ruin the mythos to reveal too much?

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In Chapter 4 of The Flux, Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about how the lore of the Weeping Angels is greatly expanded and for the better; how much they liked guest character Professor Jericho; and what that mid-credits scene meant.

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The Flux continues! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this midpoint of the 13th Doctor's last season, incl. fan theories about Vinder; who the odd woman was; and how they want to see more of "Doctor Ruth."

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The Doctor goes to Crimea. Jimmy Akin and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the historical context of the 2nd chapter of the Flux; the return to form of the Sontarans; and the interesting context of What would the Doctor do?

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The 13th Doctor starts her final season with the first chapter in a six-episode arc. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the many threads that are unspooled here and how this may be the best 13th Doctor episode yet.

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The Doctor averts World War III by reasoning with a Cold Warrior. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about the return of the Ice Warriors, a Companion who finally stays put, and Dom's nitpicking on how submarines work.

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The Third Doctor gets his first encounter with Daleks. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss this time-hopping adventure that jumps from Cold War brinksmanship to a future dystopia ruled by collaborators, apemen, and Daleks.

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Clara and the Doctor go on their first offworld adventure. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about what makes Clara different as a Companion; how the plot of the story resolves in a totally unclear way; and how right off the bat Clara is already taking on the Doctor's role.

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Patrick Troughton in two roles. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss this 60s supervillain thriller in which the 2nd Doctor also plays the bad guy and shows his acting range. Plus the very cool spy-agent Astrid.

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Clara Oswald's first adventure with the Doctor sees the return of an old, but recent foe. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the beginning of a new era for the Doctor with the Impossible Girl and how the episode is more important for setting the stage than for its own plot.

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The First Doctor visits King Richard the Lionheart in the Holy Land during the Crusades. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the story of the Doctor's encounter, the nuanced portrayal of both Richard and Saladin, and dispel some myths about the crusades along the way.

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The Impossible Girl comes for Christmas! Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory talk about the season arc involving Clara's curious appearances; interesting guest voice actors; the Pater Noster gang and where their name comes from; and the Great Intelligence as recurring enemy.

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The 4th Doctor and Leela and taxes! Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss this story about a company town, unreasonable taxes, a heartless bureaucracy, and a revolution. It sounds like the writer had some issues with the tax system he wanted to express.

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Goodbye Amy and Rory! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the end of this era of Doctor Who; the problem of fixed points in time; and the watering down of the Weeping Angels as scary villains.

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The 8th Doctor has lost his mind! Dom Bettinelli and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this Big Finish audio story in which the 8th Doctor ends up in the US South, encounters a Satanic society, meets dastardly televangelists, and reunites with his old friend, the Brigadier.

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The Doctor comes to stay. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the time the 11th Doctor stayed with Amy and Rory; why they still love Rory's dad; and why there is so much filler in this story.

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The return of the Brigadier! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about the Arthurian roots of this 7th Doctor story, the inclusion of the now-retired Lethbridge-Stewart, the Doctor's dark turn, nuclear brinksmanship, and more.

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The Doctor in the Old West. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about the balance between justice and mercy, whether the good done today compensates for evil done before, and the Doctor's own conscience about his deeds.

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The 6th Doctor is still on trial and Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the bombastic action by guest star Brian Blessed, the hidden motivations of the Time Lords, and the sudden departure of Peri as Companion.

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What if the lone joke of an obscure Samuel L. Jackson movie were morphed into a Doctor Who episode? Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss everything that's wrong with this story, including the Doctor's murder of the villain.

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The return of the Mara. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss this 5th Doctor story that was partially inspired by tales of Christian snake handlers, but also uses concepts out of Asian religions and philosophies.

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The Doctor, Amy, and Rory are on a mission from the Daleks to stop even worse Daleks. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the turn in the relationship between Amy and Rory and the first appearance of the "Impossible Girl".

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The 4th Doctor fights a mad scientist and his horrific creation. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the classic story and its implication that the Doctor had many more than the tradition 13 (or 14) incarnations, and how that relates to the Timeless Child.

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The Doctor riffs on Narnia, but misses just a bit. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss this Christmas special in which pretty much nothing the Doctor does makes any difference to the main action of the plot, but at least there's sentient trees and a happy reunion.

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The 3rd Doctor deals with the Master who poses as village vicar summoning demons. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory talk about how the BBC ordered no mention of God; the science vs. occult theme; and the occurence of horned beings through mythology. Plus Morris dancing! We also remember in prayer Damaris Hayman, who played Miss Olive Hawthorne in this episode and just died on June 8, 2021.

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The 6th season of New Who wraps up with a wedding. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the trick for getting out of the impossible situation set up at the beginning of the season, as well as where it leaves all our characters, including making the Doctor small again.

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The 2nd Doctor deals with climate change! Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss this srtory that deals with the climate change worry of the 1960s, namely a forthcoming ice age. Plus the introduction of the Ice Warriors from Mars and more 60s-era worries about computers.

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The 11th Doctor meets up with Craig again and now Craig's son, Stormaggedon. Dom Bettinelli, Jimmy Akin, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this Cybermen story, the way this episode bridges to the season finale, and what it does right and wrong.

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The First Doctor in an ambitious science fiction story for its time. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss this serial that features very alien characters and situations, some clever and witty dialogue, and trenchant social commentary.

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The 11th Doctor stuck in the Labyrinth. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory examine this story that features a Minotaur-like creature that feeds on faith, as if faith was a kind of emotional energy and places it at the level of superstition. Does it do a disservice to religious faith?

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The 8th Doctor is in a future Venice facing a cataclysm. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory talk about this audio story that bears remarkable resemblance to later TV episodes and how the story has a very fairy tale quality about it.

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This time it's Amy who waits for Rory and the Doctor. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory talk about another story of doppelgängers and duplicates and alternate time streams; discuss the question of which Amy is the real one; whether it is moral to sacrifice one; and if the Doctor is being cruel.

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The 7th Doctor and Ace go to a demented circus. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss fear of clowns, hippie circuses, werewolves, and the gods of Ragnarok, plus Sylvester McCoy's realy magic tricks he performs on-screen.

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The 11th Doctor comes to the aid of a scared little boy whose night terrors become real. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha this fairy tale horror story about the unconditional love of a father for his unusual son.

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The Trial of a Time Lord begins! Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory talk about the first part of the 6th Doctor's "trial" season that brings him to an "alien" planet that turns out to be a post-apocalyptic Earth run by a domineering robot. Plus lots of Valeyard name puns.

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With the Doctor tracking down Amy and Rory's missing baby, they encounter a mysterious group tampering with time. Dom, Jimmy, and Fr. Cory discuss the ethics of punishing historical criminals in the way described here as well as an element introduced here to be important later.

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Omega in Amsterdam! Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss this 5th Doctor story that includes future 6th Doctor, Colin Baker; lots of Doctor Who mythology; the Time Lords on Gallifrey; and capital punishment among the Time Lords.

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"Demons run when a good man goes to war." Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about this 11th Doctor story that broadens the mythology surrounding River Song, Amy and Rory, and the Doctor, plus brings together a lot of elements from throughout New Who.

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The 4th Doctor lands on Earth, but is it really Westworld? Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss this Tom Baker story that involves a small English town and a space defense station completely taken over by lookalike androids, except for a lone human and alien invaders.

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The Third Doctor faces off against corporate interests and the Master. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the story's allegory for North American colonization, as well as the 3rd Doctor's first off-Earth adventure in the Tardis.

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In part 2 of this story, the 11th Doctor gets a doppelgänger and then sets up the big reveal for the next two episodes. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the Doctor's deception, the two kinds of gangers, and whether they are really alive.

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The 2nd Doctor in the Himalayas. Dom Bettinelli, Jimmy Akin, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this complex story involving a monastery, robots, an alien intelligence, a British explorer, a centuries-old guru, and Yeti.

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Neil Gaiman's first outing as a Doctor Who screenwriter results in this fan favorite exploration of the Doctor's relationship to the Tardis. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the revelations about the Doctor, the Tardis, other Time Lords, and more all wrapped up in clever dialogue.

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The Doctor meets Nero! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this 1st Doctor story of ancient Rome that has some strong comedic elements, but also brings the Doctor into contact with persecuted early Christians.

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Ahoy! Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the 11th Doctor's pirate adventure that allows for a lot of pirate jokes, but lets in a lot of plot holes and loose ends as well. But there's also self-sacrifice and trust and parental and spousal relationship.

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The Eighth Doctor and Charley encounter the Cybermen in this audio story. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the origin in fan-made stories from the 80s, the fast pacing of the story, and the Doctor's handling of moral dilemmas he encounters between humans, Cybermen, and someone else.

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The 13th Doctor is back along with Graham, Ryan, Yaz, and Capt. Jack. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory agree that it was a very good episode and discuss the return of Jack Robertson, then talk about the news of next season, a new companion, and rumors of a new Doctor.

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In what could be called the first Doctor Who Christmas special, the 1st Doctor has a brief madcap adventure on the day itself. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the fun, little adventure and then wish all of our listeners a Merry Christmas!

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It's the 25th (i.e. silver) anniversary of Doctor Who and Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory enjoy the 7th Doctor and Ace's battle against their silver enemies, the Cybermen, Nazis, an Elizabethan witch, and a weapon from the Doctor's own past. And the Queen!

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In the 2nd part of the season premiere, the Doctor and companions battle the Silence in 1969. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the vast scope of this story over time, the clever ways they counter the Silence's power, and the first hints at the bigger story arc involving Amy and her child.

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With the start of Matt Smith's 2nd season, the Doctor began a new story arc by traveling to the USA in the 1970s. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory talk about the surprisingly fair depiction of Nixon, River song's tragic relationship with the Doctor, and starting the season with a surprising death.

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Part soylent green, part Evelyn Waugh novel, this 6th Doctor story brings him up against the Daleks for the first time and leaves Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory searching for the bright spots, including some dark humor amidst the horror, an interesting side character in an assassin with a good heart, and the usual Davros machinations.

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The 5th Doctor catches a Concorde flight back to the Cretaceous. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory talk about how the inclusion of the supersonic Concorde was a nod to then-groundbreaking tech; how the show dealt with the loss of Adric; and whether this return of an old enemy works well.

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As the 11th Doctor's first season end, Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss how Moffat's first season-long arc wraps up, the hints dropped throughout the season of the resolution, and the elevation of Rory from tagalong to romantic hero.

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The first season of the 11th Doctor wraps up the "crack in the universe" arc. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the universal stakes of the story, the array of the Doctor's enemies together, and a certain Roman centurion whose appearance here cements him as a fan favorite.

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The 2nd Doctor catches a flight! Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss another lost Doctor Who story that's been recovered through animation, this time set at London's Gatwick Airport in the 1960s. It's a cross between Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Airport 1970.

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It's our 200th episode and Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory have a special celebration in which they discuss the Doctor Who stories--Classic and New--that they consider essential for anyone who wants to be a Whovian.

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The Doctor and Sarah Jane meet a being who once posed as an Egyptian god and is more than a match for the Doctor. Jimmy, Dom, and Fr. Cory discuss the ultimate power of Seth, a logic puzzle that is anything but devious, and Sarah Jane's amazing marksmanship.

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