Pex Lives: A Doctor Who Podcast
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.
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

Direct download: Shabcast_10_-_Gothic.mp3
Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 10:12am UTC
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Peter Harness Interview

Legendary blogger Phil Sandifer, of www.philsandifer.com, talks to Peter Harness, the writer of series eight's Kill the Moon, about that episode and adapting Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for the BBC. 

Direct download: sandifer_harness.mp3
Category:EruditorumPex -- posted at: 4:50pm UTC
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A Season Of Orson Welles

Gene and James discuss the original film work of Orson Welles in this, the year of his centenary. 

The programmed pictures are:

Citizen Kane (1941)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) 

The Stranger (1946)

The Lady From Shanghai (1947)

The Third Man (1949)

Mr Arkadin (1955)

Touch of Evil (1958)

The Trial (1962)

F For Fake (1973)

 

It's a long one. Don't feel obligated to listen all at once. Enjoy!

 

Gene writes about Arkadin here: http://beingandtimelord.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/the-dossier-found-in-saragossa.html

And F For Fake here

http://beingandtimelord.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/for-james-art.html

And a little more here

http://beingandtimelord.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/a-for-eigentlichkeit.html

Direct download: a_season_of_welles.mp3
Category:Film -- posted at: 12:19pm UTC
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24: The Terror of the Zygons, or, You can’t rule a world in hiding.

Kevin and James spend the first half of this month's episode talking about American fascist comic creator, Frank Miller, and the second half considering the classic Caledonian serial, Terror of the Zygons. 

We're Pex Lives and we do this. 

Writer Robert Banks Stewart
Director Douglas Camfield
Script editor Robert Holmes
Producer Philip Hinchcliffe
Direct download: terror_of_zygons.mp3
Category:Fourth Doctor -- posted at: 2:11pm UTC
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City of the Dead - 03: Just For Fun

Holly and James talk about the 1963's Just For Fun. They don't like it, but this is some good listening. 

Direct download: Amicast_03_Just_For_Fun.mp3
Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 7:03pm UTC
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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.)

Direct download: Shabcast_9b_-_Hatecasting_with_Holly_Part_2.mp3
Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 5:24pm UTC
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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.)

Direct download: Shabcast_9a_-_Hatecasting_with_Holly_Part_1_1.mp3
Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 7:34am UTC
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City of the Dead - 02: It's Trad, Dad

Holly and James talk about the teen musical comedy from the nascent Amicus productions. 

Direct download: Amicast_02_Its_Trad_Dad.mp3
Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 3:32pm UTC
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City of the Dead - 02a: Helen Shapiro Interview

Holly and James chat to legendary superstar, the lovely Helen Shapiro about her role in the early Amicus film It's Trad, Dad, Richard Lester, the music scene of then and now, and her faith in Jesus.

Direct download: Helen_Shapiro_Interview.mp3
Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 6:51pm UTC
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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.

Direct download: Shabcast_8_-_The_Scottish_Shabcast.mp3
Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 11:00am UTC
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