Pex Lives: A Doctor Who Podcast (shabcast)
James Murphy and Kevin Burns are both Certified Minor Internet Personalities with a shared love of Doctor Who. Explore the history of the show with them, as they watch classic serials and chat with each other each month about them. Each month, the pair will pick a classic serial to watch and then break down, exploring the themes, characters and production of the given story. There will also be jokes. New episodes on the first Sunday of every month.

The Shabcast returns and I'm rejoined by Phil to chat about the next TARDIS Eruditorum book, the 7th Doctor era, the Wilderness Years, the Virgin New Adventures, etc.

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Part 2 of Jack's Star Wars and Rogue One conversation with Sam Keeper.

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This week, Jack chats with Sam Keeper - of the brilliant blog Storming the Ivory Tower - about Rogue One, and Star Wars generally.  More of this next week.

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Jack is joined by James Murphy to discuss social care, the NHS, privatisation, and the 'Dementia Tax'... and by Daniel Harper to discuss the US health care system and the AHCA.

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Jack is joined by Daniel (again) to talk about freedom of speech.  Oh, and big black cocks. 

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This episode is a tie-in with an essay by Josh, and features the two of us chatting about Species (1995), perhaps the very definition of a movie that is really interesting despite being pretty bad. 

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The triumphant return of the Shabcast, featuring returning guest Shana talking to Jack about 80s fantasy cinema classics Return to Oz and The Neverending Story.

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So, the best year ever draws to a close, which means it's time to kick back and enjoy another tinselly Shabcast... this time featuring EP's new recruits from 2016, Josh, Shand, and Daniel.  And me, obviously.  Have a good one.

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This week/month/day/whatever, I'm joined by Kit Power to chat about two Stephen King novels, The Dead Zone and The Running Man, and their respective film adaptations.  Kit and I think these movies have some application to issues of the day.  See what you think.

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This time Jack is joined by Jane, Shana, and Daniel, to talk about the brilliant movie Dark City from 1998.  Quizzy joins in too, to the point of sabotage.

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Jack and Phil talk High-Rise

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Part 2 of Shabcast 24, with Jack, James, Kit and Daniel, talking about Oliver Stone's JFK and Nixon.

The conspiracy is balls, by the way.

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The first part of a new Shabcast featuring Jack in conversation with James and Daniel (again), and for the first time Kit Power.  The subject is Oliver Stone's '90s political movies JFK and Nixon, and their relationship to actual politics and history.

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Yes, I use the Oxford comma.  I use it because it is sensible, stylish, and clarifying.

Oh, and this is Part 2 of Shabcast 23, featuring the continuation of my latest chat with Daniel Harper.  I think the title is pretty much self-explanatory. 

That's my thing now.  Self-explanatory titles.  And Oxford commas.  They're my thing too now.  And irrelevant commentary on my own style.

Self-explanatory titles, irrelevant commentary on my own style, and Oxford commas.

See, they're nice aren't they?  If that comma hadn't been there, before the 'and', it could've looked like I was saying I now make irrelevant comments about my own style and about Oxford commas.  And clearly I would never comment irrelevantly about Oxford commas.

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Please find attached the latest Shabcast.  It's the first part of another long chat between myself and Daniel.  In this episode we talk about the 2006 Mike Judge movie Idiocracy, which is 'relevant' nowadays as loads of people have jumped to the wrong conclusions about the Trump phenomenon and clambered aboard the everyone's-an-idiot-nowadays-except-me bandwagon, using Idiocracy as a cultural touchstone.  Daniel has little time for the film and isn't shy about saying why.  And nor am I. 

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A clip show featuring never-before-heard bits of previous Shabcasts.

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Find out why the Titanic sank, with Jack and Josh.  Plus - other stuff!!!

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This week Jack is joined by returning Shabcast guest, and writer of the brilliant blog Vaka Rangi (which is now part of Eruditorum Press), Josh Marsfelder.  They talk Trek for a bit, then Aliens and James Cameron, and then get on to another of Josh's passions: the Titanic (movie and reality).  It's a lively chat, loaded with fascinating, mythbusting details. 

Part 2 next week, in which Jack and Josh conclude talking Titanic and move off onto myriad other topics.

 

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Jack is joined by James Murphy for a brief and concise chat which definitely doesn't touch on much politics at all.

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Part 2 of Shabcast 19, featuring Jack in conversation with Daniel Harper.

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Daniel Harper rejoins Jack to talk about... stuff.

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In this episode, Jack is joined by the wonderful Shana Wolstein, of the Oi! Spaceman podcast, to talk about two of her (and Jack's) favourite movies: The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth

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Jack is joined by Kevin to talk The Matrix.  At length. 

It's fair to say that neither of them are especially fond of it.

 

Oh, and here's a link to an article they mention.

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This month, Jack is joined by Daniel Harper, one half of the married team behind the excellent Oi! Spaceman podcast, to talk about the Doctor Who series 8 classic 'Listen'... which Jack and Dan both like despite being Moffat-sceptics (to put it mildly).  The discussion ranges as freely and widely as you'd expect.

Here's Oi! Spaceman, which Daniel co-hosts with his wife Shana, and here's the OS blog.  If you're not already a fan then check 'em out, 'cos they're great.

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It's here! Get festive with the whole Eruditorum Press team as they bring you into a very Merry Christmas!

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Jack and Elliot chat all things Dracula.

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Jack, Holly, and Josh talk about #Freedom for Kesha

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Here's Shabcast 11, featuring myself in conversation with Phil Sandifer.  This was recorded before Eruditorum Press went live, so events have overtaken it somewhat.  We discuss Doctor Who (before the start of Series 9), Susan, Gareth Roberts, Thomas Ligotti, God, Alan Moore, H.P. Lovecraft, Jimmy Saville, Frank Miller, Vox Day (because Phil just can't help himself), Hegel, Marxism, technological determinism, the Situationists, Engels, evolution, revolution, the Anthropocene extinction, Jonathan Jones, and the existential terrors of the Right.

But the main attractions of the podcast are our discussions of Hannibal (which had just ended when we taped), True Detective, and the life and crimes (artistic and otherwise) of John Nathan-Turner.  Chatting about Hannibal, we coin the term 'hannibalism', decide how to do Buffalo Bill in 2015, and come to the conclusion that Hannibal himself is a Miltonic Lucifer in a gnostic universe created by a deistic god and, possibly, Hannibal himself.  Be aware of spoilers and triggers (note the references above to Jimmy Saville and JN-T).
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Shabcast 10: Gothic!

This time, I'm joined by the lovely and incredibly erudite Gene Mayes - of various Pex Lives appearances and his own excellent new blog Being and Time Lord - to chat about the Gothic.  We also focus specifically on the movie A Field in England, Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump's masterpiece of English Civil War-era madness, magic and mushrooms.  There be spoilers here, by the way.  We range pretty freely and get on to all sorts of other stuff including (but far from limited to) alchemy, John Dee, Hammer movies, Gothic novels, Marxism and Anarchism.  It's a long one (just over 3-hours, so feel free to listen in fits and starts) but I hope worth your time.  

Here's Gene's blog post about A Field in Englandhttp://beingandtimelord.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/building-dwelling-tripping.html

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Shabcast 9b - Hatecasting With Holly, Part 2.


This month, the Shabogan Graffiti podcast is thrilled to play host to the wonderful Holly, of the City of the Dead podcast series (see the tabs on the left), and the Comfortable Bohemian Elegance blog, and loads of other good stuff.  In a twisted, Bizarro World version of Desert Island Discs, Holly and I indulge in a mammoth session (so long I had to split it into two files) of complaining about stuff we love to hate.  In Part 1, we both pick targets from classic Who and new Who.  In part 2, we select non-Who media to mercilessly lambast, and cap off the discussion by griping about personal pet hates.  It's a voyage into blind, unreasoning malcontentment - and it was great fun to record.  Hopefully you'll enjoy listening... even if you find us cruelly belittling stuff you love.  Holly - clearly a star in the making - is insightful, eloquent and funny all the way through.  As for me... well, you know you love it when I get angry and ranty.  (Oh, and WARNING!  There are some brief but potentially triggering references towards the end of Part 2.)

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Shabcast 9a - Hatecasting with Holly, Part 1

This month, the Shabogan Graffiti podcast is thrilled to play host to the wonderful Holly, of the City of the Dead podcast series (see the tabs on the left), and the Comfortable Bohemian Elegance blog, and loads of other good stuff.  In a twisted, Bizarro World version of Desert Island Discs, Holly and I indulge in a mammoth session (so long I had to split it into two files) of complaining about stuff we love to hate.  In Part 1, we both pick targets from classic Who and new Who.  In part 2, we select non-Who media to mercilessly lambast, and cap off the discussion by griping about personal pet hates.  It's a voyage into blind, unreasoning malcontentment - and it was great fun to record.  Hopefully you'll enjoy listening... even if you find us cruelly belittling stuff you love.  Holly - clearly a star in the making - is insightful, eloquent and funny all the way through.  As for me... well, you know you love it when I get angry and ranty.  (Oh, and WARNING!  There are some brief but potentially triggering references towards the end of Part 2.)

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Shabcast 8

What bloody man is that?  It's bloody Jack Graham.  Again.  Another Shabcast so soon?  Yes, but don't get used to this kind of schedule.  It's only happening because time is out of joint.  This time, myself and my actorly buddy Elliot Chapman (returning guest from the Macra shabcast, and Big Finish's new Ben Jackson) discuss Shakespeare's great tragedy 'Macbeth', and Shakespeare generally.  We even say the word 'Macbeth' occasionally... hopefully without bringing too much theatrical ill-luck down upon ourselves.  We chat as we watch the TV film of Trevor Nunn's legendary production from 1978, starring Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, and produced by Verity Lambert.  The second most profound material she ever televised.  Elliot will be appearing in a production of 'Macbeth' soon to run in Redcliffe Caves in Bristol, produced by Insane Root as part of the Bristol Shakespeare Festival.  Jack will be appearing in the kitchen soon to make himself an evil sandwich as part of a obscene, perverse ritual.  Root for us insanely, and download our shabcast.  Exeunt.

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Shabcast 7

Join me, Josh Marsfelder (of Vaka Rangi) and Jane (of many fames) as we watchalong and chat about the wonderful and neglected 1966 TV production of Alice in Wonderland, directed by Jonathan Miller. A sweet way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of the original book.  Very proud of this one.

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This Shabcast is an accompaniment to this month's edition of Pex Lives, which features the long-awaited encounter between Phil Sandifer (from off of TARDIS Eruditorum) and 'Vox Day' (from off of fascism and fucking up the Hugo Awards). 

Kevin and James have kindly turned the June installment of Pex Lives over to the Sandifer/Vox Day interview, in which Phil quizzes Vox about his attitudes towards two texts, One Bright Star to Guide Them by John C. Wright (which Vox loves and Phil hates) and Iain M. Banks' The Wasp Factory (which Vox hates and Phil loves).
 
Shabcast 6 is something in the way of an 'afterparty' for Phil, in which Phil chats with myself, Kevin and James about the Vox Day interview.  Very much necessary listening.  And lots of fun.  After the serious business of the interview itself, the four of us kick back and have a chat which veers from the serious to the plain giggly.
 

This Shabcast also features frequent and vehement contributions by my elderly, crotchety and extremely loud-voiced bengal cat Quiz.  You won't be able to understand her, but I can... and she's telling me to kill.

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May is Macra Madness Month for both Pex Lives and the Shabogan Graffiti Podcast.  Shabcast 5 - a mammoth discussion of lost 60s classic 'The Macra Terror' - sees Jack joined by longstanding online buddy, actor Elliot Chapman, who also happens to have recently been cast by Big Finish as the new Ben Jackson!  Elliot seems to be on some kind of mission to singlehandedly disprove the old prejudice about actors being thick.  And he likes Jack's blog, which Jack takes as proof of his intelligence.  This is possibly the most shabgraffy Shabcast yet, i.e. lots of Doctor Who and lots of politics... as well as unrestrained ramblings about stuff as diverse as complicity, conspiracy, CRPGs, The Prisoner (of course), Herbert Marcuse, Universal horror films, Abbott and Costello, Marshall Berman, the Nazi's Degenerate Art Exhibition and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  It's another long one.  But you don't *have* to listen to it.  Nobody's forcing you.  Ungrateful bastards.

 

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Normal shabcast service has been resumed after the unplanned emergency anti-fascist edition from earlier this month (though you may be hearing more from Phil and myself on the issue of the Hugos and the nazis).  This episode of the Shabogan Graffiti podcast is the long-awaited continuation of my mammoth chat with the lovely Josh Marsfelder, writer of the ridiculously good Vaka Rangi blog.  A slightly disjointed episode this one, but you're getting all the good bits.  The bits I chopped out are mostly me (Jack, that is) being inconsequential.  What's left is mostly Josh being eloquent and passionate about TNG, Trek generally, Dirty Pair, aesthetics, fan fiction, slash, Mary Sues, singularity archetypes, and all sorts and manners and conditions of interesting stuff.  We also do a bit of violently malevolent hating on Wesley Crusher... which should be entirely acceptable to all right-thinking people.  You'll love it, trust me.  Hardcore nattering, with no fascism to ruin everything.  Paint a bulls-eye on your heart right now.

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A Marxist, a postmodernist and liberal walk into a bar... and form a united front.  Join me, Phil Sandifer and the superb Andrew Hickey for an unexpected emergency Shabcast on the subject of the recent fascist incursion on the Hugo Awards nominations.  (NOTE: Shabcast 3 was supposed to be the continuation of my conversation with Josh Marsfelder, but that will now be Shabcast 4... and will hopefully be along pretty soon.)
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The first Shabogan Graffiti podcast (Shabcast) was an astounding success, breaking all previous known podcasting records and propelling its creator to instant stardom.  And it's back for a sequel, like Ace Ventura.  In this month's Shabcast, Jack Graham (writer of the Shabogan Graffiti blog) interviews his other friend, the amazing Josh Marsfelder, writer of the resolutely different and clever Star Trek blog Vaka Rangi.  Well, actually what happens is that Josh interviews himself and Jack sits back and listens.  And the podcast is all the better for it, what with Josh being so informed and enthusiastic about subjects as diverse as Trek, the obscure Japanese Anime masterpiece Dirty Pair, Polynesian culture and Lacanian criticism.   In this episode, you get just part of an immensely long (and ongoing) discussion.  Never has hardcore nerdery sounded so intellectually respectable.  (P.S. - We had some mic and software problems during our chat, which show up about 1hr 4mins into this episode.  Jack tried to find a way of cutting the offending passage, but it was annoyingly crucial for the context.  Having said that, the problem isn't too bad, and only occurs intermittently for a minute or two.  So, stick with it.)  (P.P.S - In the podcast I say that I'm going to call it 'The Joshening', but I decided against that as it turns out... though I now wish I'd decided to call it 'Q and A' instead.)

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The massive, bloated first episode of an irregular new series of Shabogan Graffiti podcasts.  Non-legendary blogger Jack Graham chats with legendary blogger Phil Sandifer about such topics as his recently-concluded TARDIS Eruditorum, social justice readings, eschatology, Game of Thrones, V for Vendetta, obscure tumblr micro-aesthetics, Wikipedia, stabbing billionaires, Russell T. Davies’ Cucumber and Russell T. Davies’ Banana.  The encounter is a fraught, tense, barely-civil battle of wits that will change your life (very slightly).  Hosted by Pex Lives.  Because the idea of Jack getting it together sufficiently to organize his own bandwidth is frankly laughable.

 

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