After a refreshing summer hiatus, the guys return with Michael “The Unaffiliated Critic” McDunnah to discuss the middle four episodes of Doctor Who Series 10: Oxygen, Extremis, The Pyramid at the End of the World, and The Lie of the Land. Which episode makes the best tabletop role-playing game scenario? In what way is the Doctor like Warren Buffett? Why won’t Peter Capaldi make eye contact with Kelvin? Listen and find out!
In Episode 47: Plungers Up!, Doctor Who comic book artist Christopher Jones and future composer of The Caves Of Androzani rock opera Christian Erickson join the guys for a special podcast recorded at CONsole Room. The boys take a break from the classic series to rate the first four episodes of Series 10: The Pilot, Smile, Thin Ice and Knock Knock. They also find time to discuss the early work of Elmer Dinglefritz, explain where baby anglerfish come from, completely forget Kelvin’s name, and try out a new improv structure – The Greatest Show In The Galaxy!
In Episode 46: Wanna Do Some Ben And Polly?, the boys talk passports and other “mumbo jumbo” as they explore the historical context of the 1967 Second Doctor adventure The Faceless Ones, reveal the secrets of how they “prepare” for the podcast, perform a new Faceless Ones-inspired comedy sketch, and review the fourth and final installment of the Eighth Doctor Big Finish audio box set series Doom Coalition!
Devoted listeners! In preparation for a busy few months, Get Off My World will be starting our summer schedule a little early this year.
Our next release will be in late April or early May, with further episodes coming once a month in June, July and August. (And yes, we will be discussing the new Series 10 in these episodes.) We’ll return to our bimonthly schedule on September 1.
Please keep watching our Facebook page for random thoughts, photos and assorted other GOMW ramblings!
In Episode 45: Drain The Mercury Swamp, the boys visit the planet Vulcan for a discussion of Patrick Troughton’s debut adventure The Power Of The Daleks, analyze the strange evolution of TARDIS technology, perform Pat’s new Power Of The Daleks-inspired comedy sketch, and return to the Death Zone for a battle between the 2006 Big Finish audio adventure The Veiled Leopard and The 2014 Twelfth Doctor adventure Time Heist!
In Episode 44: Oh Crap, It’s High Tide, the guys discover buried loot in the form of the 1966 First Doctor adventure The Smugglers, choose their favorite one-hit Doctor Who wonders, perform Kelvin’s new Smugglers-inspired comedy sketch, and say a fond farewell to John Hurt as the War Doctor in his final Big Finish audio box set, Casualties of War.
SHOW NOTES AND OTHER TIDBITS:
-Elroy Josephs is the first black actor to have a significant speaking role in Doctor Who.
In Episode 43: All Future Humans Suck, the boys put their new cloister bell to the test as they enumerate the many changes they’d like to see when Chris Chibnall takes over Doctor Who, fawn all over the 1975 Fourth Doctor adventure Planet of Evil, interview their favorite Ice Warrior, and muster some love for the latest Big Finish Eighth Doctor audio box set, Doom Coalition Volume 3!
In Episode 42: I Deny This Reality, the boys welcome game designer Jeff Tidball to the podcast to discuss his new Doctor Who game Time Clash! The guys also ruminate upon the dangerous art of adapting existing properties into new media, pause for a Valentine’s Day interlude with metaphysical poet Andrew Marvell, and gently guide Jeff through his very first classic Doctor Who story, The Deadly Assassin!
In Episode 41: Entropy Of Columbo, the boys listen to the latest audio adventures of the War Doctor, contemplate the Doctor’s mental health, study the second law of thermodynamics and its relation to the 1981 Fourth Doctor adventure Logopolis, and decide which is the ultimate regeneration story: Planet of The Spiders, Logopolis, or The Caves of Androzani.
Notes and, um, Apologies
– Joshua mistakenly refers to the Harry Potter character Mad Eye Moody as “Mad Dog.” Don’t tell his wife and daughter. They will never let him live it down.
– Speaking of mad dogs, Pat’s neighbor has a new pup and apparently it has a lot to say about Logopolis. Please forgive the occasional outburst of yapping toward the end of the podcast.
In Episode 40: HOVERCRAFT!, the guys meditate on the Third Doctor’s 1974 swan song Planet Of The Spiders, get evangelical about an underrated Third Doctor adventure that is not Planet Of The Spiders, dilute their own brand by discussing the latest Star Wars film Rogue One, and last but not least, discover the hidden existential depths of Mr. Huffle!
In Episode 39: Sad Lava Monster Ballad, the boys are joined by Christian Erickson and Janey Winterbauer of the Twin Cities-based band The Sevateem! Listen as the guys rustle through Kelvin’s bag of odorous nostalgia, interrogate Christian and Janey about their unfinished Caves Of Androzani rock opera, mentally and emotionally prepare for the next Doctor Who Christmas special, listen to Christian and Janey’s Caves-inspired song “Anywhere In The Universe,” and express varying degrees of love for the 1985 Fifth Doctor soon-to-be-rock-opera The Caves of Androzani!
In Episode 38: Making The Celestial Toymaker Face, the guys pick the most representative story from each Doctor’s era (only it’s more complicated than that), dig deep to find anything remotely entertaining about the 1966 First Doctor adventure The Celestial Toymaker, listen to a song by future podcast guests The Sevateem, and wrap up our look at The Brigadier with a Death Zone battle between the 1995 direct-to-video story Downtime, and the 2012 Sarah Jane Adventures story Enemy of the Bane.
In Episode 37: I Can So Picture Mel Wearing A Baggy Sweater With A Giant Saxophone That Says Jazz On It, the boys are joined by Twin Cities actor and she-nerd Ariel Leaf! Listeners will learn many amazing facts, including what the First Doctor would sound like if he were a Klingon, which character from the 1989 Seventh Doctor adventure Battlefield is actually a talking penguin, why the gang is thankful for the existence of Doctor Who, and what makes the 2001 Big Finish 8th Doctor adventure Minuet In Hell quite possibly the worst Doctor Who audio ever recorded!
*If you live in the Twin Cities and enjoy nerdy live theater, please consider seeing Kelvin Hatle as Klingon Scrooge in A Klingon Christmas Carol and Joshua English Scrimshaw as Paul Bunyan, God of Lumber in the Minnesota-themed Avengers spoof The The Averagers: Christmas War!
Show Notes and Other Tidbits:
– And as for the weirdest Who actor appearance, how could we forget this one?
In Episode 36: Something Like Eros and Psyche, the boys are joined by sound guy Tony Karna for a festive yet intimate celebration of two whole years of podcasting! Listen as the guys share their nerdy summer adventures, dare to question the plan of The Great Intelligence from the 1967 Second Doctor adventure The Abominable Snowmen, play a truly epic round of Trivia Of The Exxilons, and continue their look at The Brigadier with a Death Zone battle between the 2000 Big Finish Sixth Doctor audio The Spectre of Lanyon Moor, and the 2008 Big Finish Unbound audio Masters of War!
Due to a small recording snafu, this episode features an intermittent background hiss. The guys apologize, but encourage you to imagine the hiss coming from a disgruntled Ice Warrior sitting in the background, disagreeing with every one of the guys’ opinions. It makes everything better!
In Episode 35: Cheese of the Doctor, the guys welcome special guest, nerd-about-town and co-host of the Aging Poorly Podcast, Bill Stiteler! Join them as they probe the inner recesses of Bill’s mind for any and all Doctor Who-related memories, talk candidly about midlife regeneration crises, avoid meeting their future selves in a timey-wimey discussion of the 1983 Fifth Doctor adventure Mawdryn Undead, and choose the perfect cheese to pair with every Doctor.
In Bonus Episode 2: Wendy Padbury For President, Joshua interviews classic Doctor Who star Wendy Padbury (with some help from a live audience) at Console Room 2016! Wendy Padbury played astrophysicist Zoe Herriot from 1968 to 1969, alongside Patrick Troughton as the Doctor and Frazier Hines as fellow companion Jaime McCrimmon. Listen as Wendy shares just how close she came to turning down the role of Zoe, which of the new series companions is her favorite, how the stage play Doctor Who and The Daleks In Seven Keys To Doomsday resulted in her being repeatedly struck with a handbag, whether or not she’d ever want to play a female Doctor, her thoughts on Brexit, and much, much more!
And thanks again to Colin Baker for singing our bonus episode theme song!
In Episode 34: Precipice Of Failure!, the boys visit Convergence for a live recording with special guests Ariel Leaf and Joseph Scrimshaw! Listen as they debate practical shoes versus weak ankles, the 1963 First Doctor adventure The Edge Of Destruction versus the 2008 Tenth Doctor adventure Midnight, the KLF versus Gary Glitter, regeneration by parachute failure versus regeneration by liver failure, Deadly Assassins versus Agreeable Assassins, and much, much more!
In Episode 33: As Sphinctery As Possible, Get Off My World’s resident monster expert, Matt Kessen, returns for an edifying analysis of the Loch Ness Monster as depicted in the 1975 Fourth Doctor adventure Terror of the Zygons! Things you will also hear: a dramatic reading of our very first listener submitted poem, a tam o’ shanter full of Scottish stereotypes, the correct pronunciation of the last name of the guy who plays Moss on The I.T. Crowd, and a double dose of Big Finish audio goodness in the form of The Horror of Glam Rock and The Zygon Who Fell To Earth!
In Episode 32: Stand There And Look Pretty, super nerd Jimmy LeDuc and comic book artist Christopher Jones join the guys for a special podcast recorded at Console Room, the Twin Cities Doctor Who convention! Listen as the boys choose which companions they would take on their own travels through space and time, slog their way through the six-part Big Finish audio adaptation of the unmade Second Doctor adventure Lords of The Red Planet, figure out what really made the Doctor and Susan leave Gallifrey, and discover the deadly power of nail polish remover in the 1967 Second Doctor adventure The Moonbase.
In Episode 31: Terrified By The Seventies, the guys confront their childhood fears, revel in the convoluted plot mechanics of the Third Doctor adventure Terror Of The Autons, enjoy a brief lecture on the Tristan chord, and struggle with their mixed feelings about the newest Eighth Doctor Big Finish boxset Doom Coalition 2.
In Episode 30: Outhouse On a Pile of Dynamite, the guys consider which new series Doctor would pair best with classic series Brigadier, venture into the underground for a discussion of the 1968 Second Doctor adventure The Web of Fear, present a recently discovered lost round from Get Off My World Episode 25 featuring special guest Matt Kessen, and herd all the First and Second Doctor companions into the Death Zone to decide once and for all who is the greatest companion of the 1960s!
You guys! Technical difficulties have delayed our most recent episode, so we’ll be starting our summer schedule a little early this year.
Our next release will be on June 1, with further episodes coming out July 1 and August 1. We’ll return to our bimonthly schedule on either August 15 or September 1, depending on whether we can get our dimensional stabilizer working in time.
Enjoy your summer!
In Episode 29: It Came From Uranus, the guys tackle the epic 1965 William Hartnell adventure The Daleks’ Master Plan! Their conversation – like the story – careens from bleak to ridiculous as they discuss companion deaths, Bing Crosby dressed as a clown, ethnic stereotypes, jungle planets, Egyptians with rocks, tragic endings and the unavoidable problem with the planet Uranus.
Episode 28: Potentially Aggressive Lap Dancers is the second part of a two-part podcast celebrating twenty years of the Eighth Doctor! Listen as the boys debate the drinking habits of all thirteen Doctors, unpack the complicated history of Doctor Who fiction, interview Joshua’s wife Adrienne English Scrimshaw and daughter Miriam for a distinctly female perspective on Paul McGann, and dig deep into Lawrence Miles’ seminal Eighth Doctor novel Alien Bodies.
Show Notes and Other Tidbits
– The BBC Doctor Who emoji quiz is here.
– A somewhat helpful set of annotations for Alien Bodies, with a small amount of input from Lawrence Miles himself, can be found here.
In Episode 27: Street Hassle, the boys are joined by special guest Brian Schomburg of Fantasy Flight Games for part one of a two-part look at the Eighth Doctor, including (but not limited to) another surprise attack from the mind probe, a jovial discussion of the 1996 TV movie The Enemy Within, a plethora of suggestions for the Twelfth Doctor’s next companion, and a review of the 2015 Big Finish 8th Doctor audio box set Doom Coalition culminating in the startling revelation of who the next companion ABSOLUTELY SHOULD BE FOR REAL!
In Episode 26: Effective at 30 Feet!, the fellows discuss playing with their dolls—er, action figures—and swoon a little bit over mod fashions, but then recover their masculinity by evaluating the military effectiveness of The War Machines and the murky moral areas of the two War Doctor audio story arcs Only the Monstrous and Infernal Devices. Plus, the world debut of a missing first draft scene from The Enemy of the World that is totally the genuine article from 1967 and was not just written a few days ago by Kelvin, not at all!
In Episode 25: Lumpy and Unpleasant, the boys are joined by monster expert Matt Kessen for a giant-sized dino-centric conflabulation! Listen as the boys ruthlessly interrogate their unsuspecting guest, reevaluate the notorious 1974 Third Doctor adventure The Dinosaur Invasion, create their ideal Doctor Who RPG characters, and grapple with the most challenging Death Zone yet – Doctor Who versus Star Trek versus Star Wars!
In Episode 24: In The Spirit Of Athenian Democracy, the boys do their best to answer listener questions about Gallifrey’s history, culture (and wildlife), pair a Doctor Who story with their favorite alcoholic beverage, go into Deadly Assassin* mode for a heated discussion of the 2014 Twelfth Doctor story Kill the Moon, and conclude the two-part Regeneration Death Zone with a look at the Sixth Doctor’s other last adventure, the 2015 Big Finish audio anthology The Last Adventure.
*And be sure to let us know who you think won the Deadly Assassin round! Did Kelvin successfully kill Kill The Moon? Or did Joshua deflect enough of Kelvin’s wrath to save the baby space dragon thing? You decide!
In Episode 23: Living In The Shag Palace, the boys imagine a world in which their favorite rock stars are given prominent roles in Doctor Who, deconstruct the 1968 Second Doctor adventure Enemy of the World, share their thoughts on the 2015 Christmas Special The Husbands of River Song, and kick off the first part of a two-part Regeneration Death Zone featuring the first (but not last) last adventure of the Sixth Doctor, Gary Russell’s 2005 BBC novel Spiral Scratch.
In Episode 23, the boys imagine a world in which their favorite rock stars are given prominent roles in Doctor Who, deconstruct the 1968 Second Doctor adventure Enemy of the World, share their thoughts on the 2015 Christmas Special The Husbands of River Song, and kick off the first part of a two-part Regeneration Death Zone featuring the first (but not last) last adventure of the Sixth Doctor, Gary Russell’s 2005 BBC novel Spiral Scratch.
In Episode 24, the boys do their best to answer listener questions about Gallifrey’s history, culture (and wildlife), pair a Doctor Who story with their favorite alcoholic beverage, go into Deadly Assassin mode for a heated discussion of the 2014 Twelfth Doctor story Kill the Moon, and conclude the two-part Regeneration Death Zone with a look at the Sixth Doctor’s other last adventure, the 2015 Big Finish audio anthology The Last Adventure.
Look for Episode 23 February 1st, and Episode 24 on February 15th.
In Episode 22: Doctor Who, You Utter Bastard!, the boys are joined by Get Off My World sound engineer Tony Karna for five rollicking rounds of Doctor Who banter! The guys ruminate on the podcast’s one-year anniversary, Tony bypasses the Randomizer to discuss the 1980 Tom Baker adventure The Keeper of Traken, Pat unveils a brand new round called Trivia of the Exxilons, and finally, battle lines are drawn as the boys fiercely debate which is the superior anniversary story – the 40th anniversary Big Finish audio story Deadline by Rob Shearman or the 50th anniversary TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time by Mark Gatiss.
Show Notes and Other Tidbits
– The picture at the top of this page is from an alternate Deadline cover by Hisi79. Check out his other awesome Big Finish covers too.
– Download Deadline by Rob Shearman for only five lousy bucks at bigfinish.com!
– Read Lawrence Miles’ epic take down of An Adventure In Space and Time here.
In all fairness, here are a few take downs of Deadline (mixed with several glowing reviews) from The Doctor Who Ratings Guide.
In Series 9 Minisodes 10, 11, 12: Get Off My Planet!, the boys recruit Twin Cities writer and luminary Rob Callahan to help analyse the final three episodes of Doctor Who series 9. Listen as Joshua man-swoons over Peter Capaldi, Rob points out how Series 9 is kind of like Hellraiser but not at all like Tank Girl, Pat continues to enjoy other people’s head canon more than what ends up on TV, and Kelvin takes personal responsibility for the presence of neck tattoos in Doctor Who.
In Minisode 9: Eye Boogers!, the boys find both a depth of meaning and absolutely no meaning in Sleep No More by Mark Gatiss. Topics of discussion include: Pat’s New York theater recommendations, the size of Joshua’s heart, Peter Capaldi’s big mesmerizing face, the conservation of mass in relation to eye boogers, and… THE END OF MINISODES!?!
In Minisode 7: Your Father Was A Donkey And Your Momma Was A Horse, the boys have mixed feelings about The Zygon Invasion by Peter Harness. Listen as they discuss hybrid pack animals, Pat’s least favorite scene in all of Doctor Who, the increasingly provocative charms of Osgood, and of course, the Moon Dragon.
In Minisode 5: Another Thing We Can Blame Richard Wagner For, the boys have differing opinions about The Girl Who Died by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat. Listen as they discuss ’80s music, Brian Blessed, baby talk, testosterone with lemon grass, historically inaccurate viking helmets, and much, much more!*
*By much, much more we mean MORE CRAZY TALK ABOUT KILL THE MOON!
In Minisode 4: Just Like The Ten Commandments Or X-Men 2, the boys ponder Before The Flood by Toby Whithouse. Topics of discussion include electric guitar, breaking the fourth wall, Arthurian myth, and more metaphysical horror. But all that pales in comparison to the big question… Could Kelvin’s crackpot Kill The Moon theory be coming true?!?
Get Off My World is taking a short break from our regular episodes to concentrate on our weekly Series 9 Minisodes! We’ll be back to our usual twice-a-month schedule on December 15th.
Also, if you live in the Twin Cities and like theatrical shenanigans, check out The Twin Cities Horror Festival! Your nerdy hosts are involved in two different shows (which, um, might explain why we’re a little behind on our recent minisodes).
The Thermos Bottle is based on a short story by GOMW co-host Pat Harrigan and adapted for stage by our podcast pal Tim Uren. It features a stellar cast of Twin Cities actors including our very own Joshua English Scrimshaw! It’s an eerie and intricate tale of time travel, psychics and other dimensional entities. If the Horror Fest were Season 26 of Doctor Who, this play would be Ghost Light.
And don’t forget Kelvin Hatle! He will be appearing in Big Spooky Radio Spookytime! Think Prairie Home Companion with zombies. ‘Nuff said.
Pour yourself a festive drink, sit back and listen as the guys discuss Kelvin’s strange case of rage-induced amnesia, read a collection of improbable Doctor Who fan letters, ambush a first-time Doctor Who viewer with the 1979 Fourth Doctor adventure Destiny Of The Daleks, reveal the exact number of tears they’ve shed while watching Doctor Who, and last but not least, play a game of Deadly Assassin to see who can successfully attack or defend a randomly chosen Doctor Who story!
This podcast was recorded September 22nd at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota and features special guests Shanan Custer, Ed Huyck, Pablo Jones, Ariel Leaf, Michael McDunnah (The Unaffiliated Critic), and Clarence Wethern! Sound by Tony Karna!
In Minisode 3: I’m Okay With Pseudoscience, the guys debate the merits of Under The Lake by Toby Whithouse. Listen as they discuss bases under siege, cabins in the woods, the metaphysical implications of alien ghosts, Kelvin’s traumatic Kill The Moon flashbacks and much more!
What did you think of Under The Lake? Let us know in the comments below or start a conversation on our Facebook page.
In Minisode 2: Badass In A Totally Nonviolent Way, the guys talk about The Witch’s Familiar by Steven Moffat. Discussion topics include (but are not limited to) the subtle art of chair humor, the traditionalization of Clara, existential horror and the inevitability of a happy ending in heaven.
What did you think of The Witch’s Familiar? Let us know in the comments below or start a conversation on our Facebook page.
Ladies’ Night continues in Episode 20: Give That Man A Dicky! Join Kelvin, Pat and Joshua along with returning guests Windy Bowlsby and Melissa Kaercher (hosts of Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome) as they discuss hoodies and the iconography of the Doctor’s costume, joyfully meander through the unfinished Fourth Doctor adventure Shada, share some Ood-inspired poetry, and scoop River Song and Clara into the Death Zone for a no-holds-barred companion battle!
Welcome to the first installment of a new Get Off My World Minisode Series. Each week, Pat, Kelvin and Joshua grab their phones and call each other up for a brisk chat about the latest episode of Doctor Who! In Minisode 1: First Doctor Pants, the guys talk about the series 9 opener, The Magician’s Apprentice! Listen as the they discuss Capaldi’s new casual look, the Joker’s influence on Michelle Gomez’s Master, and their crackpot theories/fears about where the series will go from here!
What did you think of The Magician’s Apprentice? Let us know in the comments below or start a conversation on our Facebook page.
In Episode 19: Mingling With The Mummies, Windy Bowlsby and Melissa Kaercher, hosts of Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome, join the guys for part one of a two-part Ladies’ Night podcast! Listen as they discuss the extremely broad topic of women in Doctor Who*, unravel the classic 1975 Fourth Doctor adventure The Pyramids of Mars, add Windy’s lovely haiku to the official Get Off My World Poetry Library, and debate which non-canonical Curse of the Fatal Death Doctor should become the real live Thirteenth Doctor!
*At the time of this recording, we were woefully ignorant of the two female writers hired for series 9: Sarah Dollard and Catherine Tregenna! This hopefully explains our outdated frustration on the topic. We’ll try to stay better informed in the future!
Show Notes and Other Tidbits
– Please forgive the occasional hiss and other ambient sound in this episode. We recorded on a muggy July evening with no air conditioning and the windows open!
– Here is your Ultimate Doctor Who Workout Guide!
In Episode 18: Brought To You By Laserson Brand Laser Probes, the boys welcome back special guests president of Pagan Publishing Scott Glancy and Twin Cities theater and game maker Tim Uren for part two of a two-part podcast looking at Doctor Who role-playing games. Listen to the guys discuss the influence of pulp heroes on Doctor Who, discover hidden product placement in the 1977 Fourth Doctor adventure The Robots of Death, slip from a fugue state into a downward spiral of existential disappointment, and throw thirty years of Doctor Who role-playing games into the Death Zone for an epic RPG showdown!
In Bonus Episode 1: Ray Winninger in Genesis of the Nerdery, president of Pagan Publishing Scott Glancy interviews tabletop RPG legend Ray Winninger about his early work on the 1985 FASA Doctor Who role-playing game. A short excerpt from this conversation was included in Get Off My World Episode 17 but we present it here complete and uncut! Things you will hear: Ray talk about his reverential but completely unsupervised use of the Doctor Who license, the influence of FASA’s Star Trek RPG on the Doctor Who game, the pros and cons of realistic game mechanics, and nerdy tangents galore! Things you won’t hear: A terrible story about Tom Baker.
The Get Off My World guys are back with part one of a two-part podcast looking at Doctor Who role-playing games with special guests Twin Cites theater and game maker Tim Uren and Pagan Publishing head honcho Scott Glancy! Join the guys as they reimagine fifty-plus years of Doctor Who as one massive role-playing campaign, unpack the sandwich thematics from the 1972 Third Doctor adventure The Sea Devils, play an excerpt from Scott’s interview with role-playing game icon and contributor to FASA’s Doctor Who role-playing game Ray Winninger, and take an unexpected journey through the convoluted head canon of Tim Uren!
In Episode 16: Dystopian Fruit Machines, the boys visit CONvergence for a live recording with their gal pal Ariel Leaf! Listen as they discuss dystopian futures in Doctor Who, sink their teeth into the Seventh Doctor adventure The Happiness Patrol, use abrasive comedy to sensitively explore the generational differences in Doctor Who fandom, and once again take audience suggestions for The Death Zone Lightning Round… of Death!