Two-minute Time Lord: A Doctor Who Podcast

By Chip Sudderth

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2MTL 470: Something Old, Something New

Is RTD2 a nostalgia trip? Some thoughts on last week's announcement of Ncuti Gatwa, today's announcement of Catherine Tate and David Tennant, and the merits of old mistakes vs. new mistakes.

May 15, 2022
2MTL 469: TIME DILATION: The Streaming Future of Doctor Who

Jason Snell, co-host of Downstream on Relay FM and head of The Incomparable network of pop culture podcasts, joins me for a look at Doctor Who's future in a world where TV networks struggle to stay relevant and Netflix is losing a bunch of subscribers. The conversation is a "follow-out" from [...]

May 01, 2022
2MTL 468: "Legend of the Sea Devils" and Feeling Closer to "Fine"

When you're the sort of person for whom the meaning of "fine" turns from "good enough" to not so much, and maybe you start surrendering to pessimism, even after an honestly revolutionary conversation between Yaz and the Doctor.

Apr 24, 2022
2MTL 467: Parsing Age, Rose/Ten and Thasmin

The most tortured podcast episode title I've ever created, plus my Thasmin wishlist for "Legend of the Sea Devils."

Apr 15, 2022
2MTL 466: New Year's Hangover

Thoughts from the heart about a New Year's special that was a small story, coming at a time when I was struggling to come to terms with the last two years–and how I hope to look at Doctor Who anew following a return to Gallifrey One.

Feb 15, 2022
2MTL 465: Re: Flux ("The Vanquishers")

I'm not entirely sure who "The Vanquishers" applies to, TBH. Anyhoo, I took a little extra time to think about Chapter 6, and Flux as a whole, and why I ultimately think this effort to put eight pounds of plot into a six-pound bag succeeded despite itself.

Dec 16, 2021
2MTL 464: Steeling for the Finale ("Survivors of the Flux")

Tomorrow's the finale. Has the moment been prepared for? Chapter 5 left me a little worried.

Dec 04, 2021
2MTL 463: 2MTL 463: The Power of Blinking Without Blinking (“Village of the Angels”)

Recapture the essense of the Weeping Angels from "Blink"? Chibnall and Alderton understood the assignment.

Nov 28, 2021
2MTL 462: Atropositive ("Once, Upon Time")

Space opera? Narrative connections and context emerging? Yes, please: this is the episode that gave me faith in Chris Chibnall's arc. (This episode dedicated to the memory of NPR Books editor Petra Mayer.)

Nov 19, 2021
2MTL 461: Sontar…huh. ("War of the Sontarans")

In which the laudable advancement of the Doctor Who: Flux story and the "rehabilitation" of the Sontarans as villains bumps straight into how I feel about war movies.

Nov 13, 2021
2MTL 460: The Opposite of Episodic ("The Halloween Apocalypse")

Big, bold, and entirely un-self-contained, Doctor Who: Flux's first chapter may not have been the most welcoming to new viewers but is a very proper lead-off to the show's first modern miniseries.

Oct 31, 2021
2MTL 459: Nicole Hill on Russell T Davies's Return

Nicole Hill of @BlackTARDIS and @blkgirlscreate stops by for a conversation about their hopes and cautions for the new/old showrunner.

Sep 30, 2021
2MTL 458: Pregenerating a Showrunner

No one saw that coming. Russell T Davies's first era of Doctor Who is my favorite. What are some of the traps to avoid with his upcoming return as showrunner?

Sep 25, 2021
2MTL 457: About Noel Clarke

From the April 29, 2021, Guardian (UK): ‘Sexual predator’: actor Noel Clarke accused of groping, harassment and bullying by 20 women

You can enjoy Mickey Smith the character in Doctor Who Series 1-4. But don’t defend Noel Clarke the actor.

In an article for the UK Guardian on April 29, 2021, journalists Sirin Kale [...]

May 02, 2021
2MTL 456: Long Time Passing

Ten months of silence–ten months of waiting and coping–for Yaz, Ryan, and Graham: When "Revolution of the Daleks" was made BEFORE the pandemic, who knew how relevant it would be DURING it?

Jan 02, 2021
2MTL 455: Throwback Review of "Fear Her"

"Always, scribble, scribble, scribble! Eh! Chloe Webber?" After a couple of months away to recharge the batteries, there's no more jarring compare-and-contrast to Doctor Who of 2020 than Doctor Who of 2006's "Fear Her."

Aug 22, 2020
2MTL 454: It's Always Time to Engage

Why is it difficult for so many fans to engage with Doctor Who's politics?

Constance Gibbs: "For Black Doctor Who fans, the TARDIS is a legendary, loaded image"
Jun 24, 2020
2MTL 453: Within Our Confession Dials

There's been a lot of great Doctor Who content that speaks to the global pandemic thanks to creators recruited and organized by folks such as Chris Chibnall and Emily Cook. But 2015's "Heaven Sent" seems particularly relevant as well…

May 26, 2020
2MTL 452: WHO IS THE DOCTOR 2 Makes a House Call (Time Dilation)

Graeme Burk, co-author with Robert Smith? of WHO IS THE DOCTOR 2, stops by to talk about slow-cooker episode criticism in a time of lightning-fast hot takes (not that I'm familiar with that at all) and staying connected with Doctor Who in a stay-at-home world. (An earlier audio glitch has been fixed!)

Apr 26, 2020
2MTL 451: The Brain, Revisited

Suddenly, there's much, much more to the Doctor–and yet this new "retcon" to the Doctor's past winds up being staggeringly respectful to everything that's gone before on television. Let's talk about a challenge to The Master–and to Doctor Who fans themselves.

Mar 02, 2020
2MTL 450: Point of No Return

Execution: pretty darn good! Cybermen: terrifying! Confidence that Part Two will stick the landing: (flailing gestures)?

Feb 24, 2020
2MTL 449: Two Things About "The Haunting of Villa Diodati"

On emotional Cybermen and erstwhile flat team structures.

Feb 22, 2020
2MTL 448: The Most Important Story

Sometimes, the plot isn't the point and the bad guys are a side issue. Sometimes, the point is how humans treat other humans.

Feb 15, 2020
2MTL 447: The (Other) Three Doctors

A mostly solid story by McTighe and Chibnall, but I'm REALLY here for a Doctor-ish Yaz and a Doctor-ish Ryan.

Joy Piedmont on representation in "Praxeus" (Twitter thread) Sage Young's recap at Head Over Feels
Feb 08, 2020
2MTL 446: Gallifreyan Nature

That sound you heard was a podcaster's brain exploding, trying to figure out how to compress everything from "Fugitive of the Judoon" into roughly two minutes. Listener, this episode was A LOT.

Jan 27, 2020
2MTL 445: A Two-fisted Tale of Tesla

Would you believe, Nikola Tesla in the TARDIS? Now that's just nuts. (See also

Jan 20, 2020
2MTL 444: Percolating on "Orphan 55"

It took longer than two minutes to explain–heck, longer than six days to figure out–why "Orphan 55" confounded me.

Jan 19, 2020
2MTL 443: Looking Backward Too Soon

"Spyfall Part Two" was a strong conclusion to the opening Series 12 two-parter, but there was one creative decision I'm wary of, and another that really should have been done differently.

Jan 06, 2020
2MTL 442: Three Questions About "Spyfall"

Chris Chibnall and company knocked the first episode of Series 12 out of the park but there's a caution: where there is a Part One, there must always be a Part Two. Here are three things to look for in the conclusion of "Spyfall" on January 5.

Jan 02, 2020
2MTL 441: Advent

Celebrating the impending advent of Series 12, and also the best fandom advent calendar ever: Radio Free Skaro's Fluid Links on YouTube.

Dec 24, 2019
2MTL 440: Annualized

Behold, The Dr Who Annual 1977 in all its bonkers glory.

Nov 12, 2019
2MTL 439: Throwback Review of "Love and Monsters"

There's not a lot of distance between covering ELO songs with a band of Tenth Doctor investigators, and enjoying Doctor Who fandom culture. You just have to watch out for the Abzorbaloffs in both places.

Check out Reality Bomb Live in New York for 2019, occasionally invaded by me.

Oct 21, 2019
2MTL 438: Titan's Take on Thirteen

Are you stuck with me in the between-series Doctor Who doldrums? Check out the now-complete first year of Thirteenth Doctor stories by the top-notch creative team of Jody Houser, Rachael Stott, Roberta Ingranata, and Enrica Erin Angiolini! ALSO: Please join me in supporting Who For Schools!

(TWITT's interview with Houser and Stott)

Oct 08, 2019
2MTL 437: Guilt, Shame, Obligation, and Regeneration

Prompted by Erik's remembrance of Terrance Dicks in 2MTL 435, some thoughts about the modern moral character of the Doctor: how Doctors 9-12 changed the game from Terrance Dicks's model, and how the Thirteenth Doctor changes the game again.

Sep 24, 2019
2MTL 436: Eccleston on Eccleston

A Mail on Sunday article previews Christopher Eccleston's revelation in his new book I Love the Bones of You: he lived with mental health issues while launching Doctor Who as the Ninth Doctor.

Sep 16, 2019
2MTL 435: Erik Stadnik on Terrance Dicks's Legacy

"Like all truly great writers, Terrance Dicks is a moralist." So begins Erik Stadnik of The Writers' Room: The Outer Limits and The Real McCoy podcast, the week after the legendary Doctor Who script editor and writer passed away.

Sep 08, 2019
2MTL 434: Shannon Sudderth on Random Encounters

Shannon Sudderth, podcasting partner and co-habitationist of your humble host, returned to Doctor Who with Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker. She shares her joy about reconnecting with Doctor Who fandom in ways large, small, and totally accidental.

Find Shannon on Twitter @Starfury10, on The Incomparable Network, and as one third of The [...]

Aug 26, 2019
2MTL 433: Centering Yasmin Khan

I loved Series 11 but one of its areas of improvement is emphatically Yaz. What needs to happen to give this underused character her turn in the spotlight?

Aug 18, 2019
2MTL 432: Kayti Burt on Rose Tyler, Class, and Being Invited Into a TARDIS

Den of Geek US's Kayti Burt saw herself in Rose Tyler, and watched as the TARDIS changed Rose just as Kayti's experiences–and her slowly growing distance from her working-class background–changed her.

(You can listen to Kayti and Chip every week, along with Jen Burt and Warren Frey from Radio Free [...]

Aug 12, 2019
2MTL 431: Doctor Who's New Home

While Doctor Who will never become so obscure that it can only be found with a hunting dog and a Ouija board, Chip is definitely on the pessmistic side when it comes to Doctor Who's next streaming home: HBO Max.

Aug 07, 2019
2MTL 430: Joy Piedmont on Dating and Doctor Who

If you're searching for a Significant Other, how important is it that they be into the same things you are? If you're as immersed in Doctor Who fandom as Reality Bomb co-producer Joy Piedmont is, should a potential partner get into Doctor Who as well? The answer is more complicated than you might [...]

Jul 28, 2019
2MTL 429: Doctor Who and Peak Pop Culture

Fans of every other franchise in the world seemed to have a lot to celebrate at San Diego Comic Con. Doctor Who wasn't part of the hype machine–so how IS our beloved time-travelling show doing these days?

Jul 22, 2019
2MTL 428: Nicole Hill on Danny Pink

Welcome to our first guest essayist of the new 2MTL! I met Nicole Hill in person for the first time at the 2019 Gallifrey One convention. It was a pleasure to talk with her then, and soon after I followed her on Twitter only soon after to read a couple of epic threads she wrote [...]

Jul 16, 2019
2MTL 427: Regeneration

Welcome to the new Two-minute Time Lord Podcast: alternating essays by Chip and–hopefully!–a constellation of new perspectives from the Doctor Who community.

Jul 08, 2019
2MTL 426: Throwback Review of "The Satan Pit"

We're back, and we're picking up where we left off…

…sort of! Join us next week for a glimpse at the new 2MTL!

Jul 01, 2019
2MTL 425: Forward

A Christmas Eve reflection on what it means to let go of even a beloved Doctor, in order to embrace the future. (I now podcast about Doctor Who every week with Alyssa Franke at This Week in Time Travel on The Incomparable podcast network. Please follow us on Twitter or Facebook!)

Dec 25, 2017
2MTL 424: Wimbledon Nerves

The balloon's going up. Sunday after Wimbledon, we'll know who the Thirteenth Doctor is. Here are 120 seconds (more or less) of thoughts as fandom holds its breath.

I now podcast about Doctor Who every week with Alyssa Franke at This Week in Time Travel on The Incomparable podcast network. Please check [...]

Jul 15, 2017
2MTL 423: Because There Are (No) Limits

Originally aired on This Week in Time Travel 5: Chip was recently asked why he gravitated toward/obsesses over Doctor Who above all other fandoms. Turns out, it's personal.

May 08, 2017

OK, so Chip has a new podcast that he's spending more time on, and yet he can't wait until next Tuesday to respond to this Guardian column: "How Can Smug, Stale Doctor Who Get Back to its Glory Days?" Here we go…

Apr 12, 2017
Announcing "This Week in Time Travel"

Joining The Incomparable podcast network on March 28, Alyssa Franke, I, and some of our friends and (dare we say) Companions will take a look at the week that was–and the week that will be–in the worlds of Doctor Who. New episodes of This Week in Time Travel will drop every Tuesday.

I'm super [...]

Mar 23, 2017
2MTL 421: Celebrating Capaldi (Time Dilation)

Yeah, this is worth breaking a hiatus again.

We've had just two years with him, and then a whole Wilderness Year without him (save an appearance on Class), and now we've found out that Series 10 and the following Christmas special will mark the end of Peter Capaldi's too-short run. Alyssa "@WhovianFeminism" Franke and I [...]

Feb 01, 2017
2MTL 420: No Capes?

2MTL pops up its head like a prairie dog to weigh in on "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" and the end of the Wilderness Year, then retreats back into its burrow. But watch this space for news of a potential new podcasting project…

Dec 27, 2016
2MTL 419: So Long, and Thanks for All The Fish

2MTL may or may not return with the new season of Doctor Who, but I couldn't say goodbye without tipping my hat to the community of fans and podcasters that gave my life meaning during rough times and encouraged my creativity. What better way to do that, than by rerunning The Ood Cast's classic [...]

Jun 30, 2016
2MTL 418: Throwback Review of "The Impossible Planet"

One last Throwback Review before 2MTL falls into a black hole: "The Impossible Planet" is great for exactly the reason I missed.

(NOTE: The ending of the podcast is an intentional nod…)

Jun 29, 2016
2MTL 417: Throwback Review of "The Idiot's Lantern"

It's been a while since we did a Throwback Review, so let's look back at Mark Gatiss's second episode of New Who, which feel surprisingly like a mashup of the classic series and 1966's Batman TV show.

Jun 19, 2016
2MTL 416: Let Clara Kiss Jane

Alyssa, author of the Whovian Feminism blog (, wrote an essay called "A Love Letter to My Problematic Favs." In it, she said:

I try to let myself love my favorite characters as much as I can, even when they can sometimes make me so uncomfortable I can’t bear to watch them onscreen. I [...]

Jun 03, 2016
2MTL 415: Entitlement?

Is it "entitlement" to advocate for change in the media you consume? Are you a bad fan, or even a bully, if you want to see something different in Doctor Who? Maybe there's a difference between having an opinion on the internet and being a threat. Maybe we can do something about the latter without [...]

Jun 01, 2016
2MTL 414: Regeneration

Peoples of the Universe, please attend carefully.

May 28, 2016
2MTL 413: Technophobia Phobia

Let's get this right out of the way: Big Finish's "Technophobia" is a triumphant return for the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble, almost as though Tennant and Tate never left.

And that weirded me the heck out.

May 24, 2016
2MTL 412: Signs and Portents

The news last week wasn't so much "news" as "tantalizing or terrifying hints of what might be in Doctor Who's future," including a possible writers room experiment and yet more machinations against the BBC itself.

May 08, 2016
2MTL 411: Meeting Bill

Pearl Mackie is the new companion, Bill, introduced during a really big football game. I like what I see–both in the companion, and in the way the BBC brought her to us.

Apr 24, 2016
2MTL 410: Class NOT Dismissed

The BBC's press announcement of its Doctor Who spinoff Class's cast–and more crucially its concept and plot hints–draws Chip out of his hiatus…

Apr 07, 2016
2MTL 409: Noel Clarke from Long Island Who (Time Dilation)

At long last, 2MTL's interview from the Long Island Who stage with Noel Clarke in November 2015. Noel talks about his career outside Doctor Who, including his comic The Troop from Titan Comics and his upcoming film Brotherhood, as well as his evolution from "buffoon" to "badass" as Mickey Smith.

Mar 22, 2016
2MTL 408: Dan Starkey's Sontaran Stratagem

Recorded at Long Island Who in November 2015, here's Strax himself: Dan Starkey! Dan talks about his journey from murderous soldier in "The Sontaran Stratagem" to the medical hero we have come to know and love and fear.

Feb 09, 2016
2MTL 407: Ace and Aro in Doctor Who

Mikayla, one of the hosts of The Web of Queer (Twitter), provides a great guest commentary (clocking in at an increasingly rare ACTUAL TWO MINUTES) about what you may be inadvertently communicating when you discuss whether the Doctor is, or should be, asexual or aromantic.

Jan 27, 2016
2MTL 406: Chibnall Promoted

Today the news broke that Steven Moffat's next series will be his last, and that Chris Chibnall is waiting in the wings…

Jan 23, 2016
2MTL 405: A Late Word About "The Husbands of River Song"

The Management would like to apologize for the delay in this review. There was a holiday thing.

Speaking of holiday things, how about the last Christmas special?

Jan 09, 2016
2MTL 404: Series 9 in Review (Part Two with The Writers' Room)

Thanks to the holidays, this huge Time Dilation edition of the podcast was almost literally 404. Thanks so much to Kyle Anderson and Erik Stadnik of Doctor Who: The Writers' Room for joining me for an in-depth (believe me, once they get wound up about "Sleep No More"…) examination of Series 9.

This podcast was recorded before [...]

Jan 07, 2016
2MTL 403: Series 9 in Review (Part One with Petra Mayer and Rachel Donner)

Series 9 is over, and with it is Chip's fidelity to his podcast format: It's time for a series of longer Time Dilation episodes! First up, the first of two year-in-review episodes, this time with NPR's Petra Meyer and Hockey Feels co-host Rachel Donner.

Dec 16, 2015
2MTL 402: "Hell Bent" Reviewed

Chip gets reflective as Doctor Who Series 9's year-long meditation on the dangers of emotional attachment comes to a close.

Dec 06, 2015
2MTL 401: "Heaven Sent" Reviewed

After millions of years of chipping away at a diamond wall, getting zapped by a creature from nightmares, and crawling to a teleporter to restart the cycle, I've released a podcast about "Heaven Sent."

Nov 29, 2015
2MTL 400: "Face the Raven" Reviewed

The 400th episode of 2MTL coincides with the swan song of one Clara Oswald (and Chip is blissfully unaware of spoilers or synopses for the next two episodes, so he's going to hold to that position for now). And as modern companion departures go, there's been no equal.

Check out Chip on The Incomparable Network's [...]

Nov 22, 2015
2MTL 399: "Sleep No More" Reviewed

From Professor Rasmussen speaking to camera and the complete lack of opening titles to a barely present score and unusual "resolution" to the episode, "Sleep No More" broke all the rules of Doctor Who. Now I'm afraid it'll be harder to break them again.

Nov 19, 2015
2MTL 398: "The Zygon Inversion" Reviewed

The last man on Earth to watch "The Zygon Inversion" finally watches "The Zygon Inversion."

Nov 12, 2015
2MTL 397: Throwing Shades

Just over halfway through Series 9, some fans have come to terms with the Sonic Sunglasses, and some are totally over them. Steven Moffat wouldn't have it any other way.

Nov 07, 2015
2MTL 396: "The Zygon Invasion" Reviewed

Your host's earlier fears about Osgood's fate and portrayal have been for the moment assuaged, and, oh by the way, this episode rocked.

Nov 01, 2015
2MTL 395: "The Woman Who Lived" Reviewed

A belated look at Maisie Williams's second turn of the season, featuring gratuitous Rufus Hound Fu.

Oct 29, 2015
2MTL 394: "The Girl Who Died" Reviewed

For a change, I'm not reserving judgment on a story until its conclusion airs. I'm praising a story because it's not finished yet.

Oct 18, 2015
2MTL 393: Ex-"Geek Girls"

I really enjoyed "Before the Flood"–except for one thing that seems to be coming dangerously close to a trend in Doctor Who. And in this episode, as the Radio Times revealed, it was no accident.

Oct 16, 2015
2MTL 392: "Before the Flood" Reviewed

Far beyond wishing everyone at home a Merry Christmas, Toby Whithouse's "Before the Flood" opens with the show's most Fourth Wall-breaking moment yet, revealing once again how subversive the Moffat Era really is.

Oct 11, 2015
2MTL 391: "Under the Lake" Reviewed

Archetype, trope or formula? As we return to the "base under siege" style of Doctor Who storytelling, does writer Toby Whithouse do something fresh with it? And is it time for a serious talk about Clara?

Oct 04, 2015
2MTL 390: Reality Bomb Presents "Class Struggle"

The universes are collapsing: Reality Bomb has invaded 2MTL to explore just what happened when the BBC made its much-hyped-on-social-media announcement about the new Doctor Who spinoff, Class. Written by Graeme Burk; performed by Graeme Burk, Chip Sudderth, Bill Evenson and Kim Rogers; lovingly balanced and tweaked by Alex Kennard.

Oct 03, 2015
2MTL 389: Addicted to Hate-watching

Why do fans who don't like what's happening in Doctor Who keep watching?

Sep 30, 2015
2MTL 388: "The Witch's Familiar" Reviewed

An acting tour de force for three of our four lead actors, but I don't know what to make of the Poo Daleks…

Sep 27, 2015
2MTL 387: "The Magician's Apprentice" Reviewed

Our Series 9 reviews begin with a confession, a pre-credits turnaround, a comparison to "The End of Time" (That'll enrage my friends at Radio Free Skaro!), and a bit of bet-hedging!

Sep 20, 2015
2MTL 386: Doctor vs. Doctor

The Titan Comics summer Doctor Who event, Four Doctors, is not only a rousing adventure tale, but also an insightful look at what happens when the Doctor is forced to face…himself.

Sep 12, 2015
2MTL 385: Graeme Burk and Robert Smith? Are In (Time Dilation)

Graeme Burk and Robert Smith? (his question mark is canon) are back to talk about The Doctors are In from ECW Press, their exhaustive yet reader-friendly guide to each of the Doctors' incarnations. Once in a while, they even agree with each other.

Sep 05, 2015
2MTL 384: After the Hugos

It's time for a post-Sasquan look at the 2015 Hugo Awards and Doctor Who's place in them…

Aug 24, 2015
2MTL 383: Pouring One Out for the New Paradigm Daleks

OK, so that was a great second trailer for Series 9, with loads and loads of Daleks.

Except for those guys introduced in "Victory of the Daleks."

Alas, the New Paradigm.

Aug 13, 2015
2MTL 382: Peak Doctor

It's been a couple weeks of highs (Doctor Who) and lows (politics) for the BBC. Last time I dwelled on the lows. Let's turn it around this time.

Jul 23, 2015
2MTL 381: BBC Under Attack? Toby Hadoke Helps an American Understand (Time Dilation)

Should the BBC give up on popular commercial programming like, oh, I don't know, Doctor Who? A "green paper" to be released today reportedly calls for reconsidering the British Broadcasting Corporation's purpose, while the government plans to force the BBC to dig deep into its own pockets to fund license fees for citizens over [...]

Jul 16, 2015
2MTL 380: Throwback Review of "The Age of Steel"

The Doctor and companions were threatened with maximum deletion last time, which I suppose is worse than simple deletion. I bet the Doctor had a clever way out of this one that had absolutely no deus ex machina involved, right?

Well, at least "The Age of Steel" is a cool name.

Jul 15, 2015
2MTL 379: Throwback Review of "Rise of the Cybermen"

If you were a classic fan who was on Team Cyberman rather than Team Dalek, this episode was long overdue. But was "Rise of the Cybermen" a proper re-introduction of the classic villains? Or were there too many stompy missteps out of the gate?

Jul 02, 2015
2MTL 378: Paging Pertwee

2MTL comes out of a weeks-long retirement at a time when it would appear it would be easy enough to bring back the Third Doctor…

Jun 23, 2015
2MTL 377: (Not) Daydreaming of Being the Doctor

Why would a man-child geek culture hound, who has immersed himself in your Star Treks and Star Wars and Jason of Star Commands as a child, dreaming of being those characters and living in those worlds, become obsessed to the point of podcasting about a character, the Doctor, whom he absolutely cannot imagine being?

Asking for [...]

May 11, 2015
2MTL 376: Torchwood Returns

It was big news, even for Big Finish: Torchwood and Captain Jack Harkness are back. The producers are holding their cards close, so you know what that means: rampant speculation and bucket-listing from your humble host!

May 07, 2015
2MTL 375: Titan Comics and the Forgotten Doctor

There was a time, you know. A time when Jack Harkness had never died. Let's go back to the time of the Forgotten Doctor, courtesy of Titan Comics.

Apr 12, 2015
2MTL 374: "The Stone Rose" Revisited

My The Audio Guide to Babylon 5 cohost, occasional 2MTL contributor and spouse, Shannon, returns with a review of the recently reissued The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner — but does she do so with Rose-colored glasses?

David Tennant's appearance on Colin Murray
Apr 01, 2015
2MTL 373: "The Girl in the Fireplace" Throwback Review

"The Girl in the Fireplace" is a glimpse into the future: Steven Moffat's second Doctor Who story pretty much establishes the format that the show will follow when he takes over as showrunner and casts Smith, Gillan and Darvill. Plus, we revisit a 2MTL topic from 2009 and marvel at [...]

Mar 27, 2015
2MTL 372: Three Doctors, One Paul Cornell

Paul Cornell has a dream project with Titan Comics: a crossover event with all three stars of their ongoing DOCTOR WHO series! It's early yet, so Paul is circumspect about the plot, but you can find out who his artistic collaborator will be and discover the tone of this highly anticipated team-up of [...]

Mar 15, 2015
2MTL 371: Conventional Wisdom

Reflections on conventions in general and Gallifrey One in particular: why they matter and how I hope to make the most of them this year.

Special thanks to all of the people with positive feedback on my segment for Radio Free Skaro Live!

Feb 21, 2015
2MTL 370: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of "Rose"

From Gallifrey One, here's my celebration of the 10th anniversary of the airing of "Rose." Thanks to my friends at Radio Free Skaro for inviting me to share the stage once more for their Friday morning live show, "Behind the Magic".

Feb 16, 2015
2MTL 369: "School Reunion" Throwback Review

It's been a LONG time since we've done a Throwback Review. So let's pick up where we left off: with an insufferable TARDIS couple realizing that things are just a little bit complicated, and a heaping helping of nostalgia from the Archetypal Companion and the Shooty Dog Thing.

Jan 23, 2015
2MTL 368: The Last "Last Christmas" Panel (Time Dilation)

It's still Christmas, darn it! And the Doctor Who series isn't over yet! At least that's what I'm trying to convince myself, by inviting National Public Radio's Petra Mayer and Doctor Who: Verity!'s Tansy Rayner Roberts over to 2MTL to talk one last time about Last Christmas, Steven Moffat and Clara Oswald.

Jan 03, 2015
2MTL 367: "Last Christmas" Reviewed

Jolly old St. Nick? Radagast to the Doctor's Gandalf. Dreamcrabs? Scary. Mystery North Pole outpost? More and less than it seems. "Last Christmas"? Several levels of delightful.

Dec 26, 2014
2MTL 366: Cybermen Intervention

Sure, the Cybermen looked impressive in the Series 8 finale. But were they sufficiently Cybermenny? Is it time to rethink the Cybermen, or better yet, take a break and bring them back to first principles?

Dec 13, 2014
2MTL 365: The All-Star Series 8 and Beyond Panel (Time Dilation)

It's a Time Dilation episode of 2MTL, in which the "Two-minute" part becomes a colossal lie! Joining me in reviewing Series 8 and predicting Doctor Who's future are:

Lynne Thomas of Verity! and Uncanny Magazine! Kyle Anderson of Doctor Who: The Writer's Room and! Graeme Burk of Reality Bomb and [...]
Nov 22, 2014
2MTL 364: "Death in Heaven" Reviewed

Best. Moffat. Finale. Ever.

Best. Moffat. Series. Ever.

And yet, somehow, I'm not sure how much more I can take!

Nov 09, 2014
2MTL 363: "Dark Water" Reviewed

Sometimes the BBC can't help but spoil the surprise. Sometimes the reveals aren't all that revealing. Sometimes you dismiss the obvious because it's too obvious. Sometimes it doesn't matter, because the episode is brilliant and even wickedly funny because there's no surprise.

Nov 02, 2014
2MTL 362: "In the Forest of the Night" Reviewed

Series 8's more unhurried pacing reaches its apex with the "lyrical and beautiful," per Steven Moffat, "In the Forest of the Night." Did the episode hold interest? Did The Doctor and Clara resemble themselves from just a couple of episodes ago? Well….

Oct 26, 2014
2MTL 361: "Flatline" Reviewed

Yes, yes and more yes, as this supposedly "Doctor-Lite" episode gives us both Clara-as-the-Doctor and The-Doctor-as-someone-who's-thinking-he's-doing-his-job-too-well.

Oct 19, 2014
2MTL 360: "Mummy on the Orient Express" Reviewed

"Mummy on the Orient Express" does what it says on the tin, and. while not a "romp" as such, it's perfectly timed after last week's angst and controversy.

Oct 12, 2014
2MTL 359: "Kill the Moon" NOT Reviewed

Six things make a podcast: "Kill the Moon" defied my attempt to do a simple, cohesive review. So here's an extended series of impressions the episode left on me. (Thanks to K and R for kibitzing.)

Oct 07, 2014
2MTL 358: "The Caretaker" Reviewed

A rubbish brown coat (not the legendary Tennant overcoat, sadly, that would have been funny) is a paper-thin disguise for a Doctor who is a bit of a rubbish caretaker. While he endangers Coal Hill School to fire Jimmy Vee into space, Clara makes some rubbish attempts to keep her two worlds separate. The episode? [...]

Sep 28, 2014
2MTL 357: "Time Heist" Reviewed

As a bank robber, the Doctor makes a surprisingly good bank robber. And Stephen Thompson turns in a story that is no "Curse of the Black Spot." I solemnly promise not to cite "Leverage" again this season.

Sep 21, 2014
2MTL 356: "Listen!" Reviewed

The latest in Steven Moffat's series of biological functionally-titled episodes, "Listen!" is entirely about hiding behind the sofa, and why we do that, and what greatness the fear that drives it might lead us to. And, to my great surprise, we get a profound look underneath the Doctor's mask.

Sep 14, 2014
2MTL 355: "Robot of Sherwood" Reviewed

If Robin Hood had assaulted the Doctor with a quarterstaff, with a full-on "Ho! Ha Ha! Guard! Turn! Parry! Dodge! Spin! Ha! Thrust!", I perhaps would have bought in.

Sep 07, 2014
2MTL 354: "Into the Dalek" Reviewed

Spoiler: The Daleks are back.

Spoiler: The Twelfth Doctor is not especially warm and fuzzy.

Spoiler: There's a lot of pew-pew-pew and boom-boom-boom.

Spoiler: For the second week in a row, it's not the A-plot that has me so excited about Series 8.

Aug 31, 2014
2MTL 353: "Deep Breath" Reviewed

Peter Capaldi delivers. Of that, there was no doubt. What else does "Deep Breath" have going for it, and does it measure up to Steven Moffat's first crack at introducing a Doctor?

Aug 24, 2014
2MTL 352: The Fate of the Impossible Girl

So the tabloids think that season is Clara's swan song. I'm not ready to see her go, but…

Guess what haters – Clara is the best companion, second maybe only to Donna.

— Kyle Anderson (@FunctionalNerd) August 16, 2014

…really, Kyle Anderson of Let's not go quite that far. Yet.

Aug 20, 2014
2MTL 351: The Gallery of the Cleverdumb

The Two-minute Time Lord Podcast will have no truck with the "so bad it's good" notion. Instead, we celebrate the notion of "cleverdumb" storytelling: meticulous in certain aspects, and gleefully and purposefully washing its hands of others. Exhibit A: the US series Leverage. Exhibits that follow: certain episodes of our favorite family sci-fi drama–but why [...]

Aug 12, 2014
2MTL 350: Peter Capaldi in Wonder Woman's Armor

A clickbait headline hurtles toward Ye Olde Compare-and-Contrast between the promised grim-'n'-gritty Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the widely inferred darkness of the Twelfth Doctor.

Jul 29, 2014
2MTL 349: More Than 2,000 Years in the TARDIS?

Two thousand years! That's how old The Doctor is now, as stated by the Twelfth in the latest trailer and as implied in his predecessor's swan song, "The Time of the Doctor." That's a pretty huge leap from roughly 900 years old at the start of Steven Moffat's showrunnership. Is it a fair leap when [...]

Jul 20, 2014
2MTL 348: Oops.

On the power of the (leaked) written word (and the importance of Wheaton's Law)…

Jul 09, 2014
2MTL 347: A Tale of Two Action Figures, or Why the War Doctor Doesn’t Count

With apologies, the War Doctor just doesn't seem "real" enough to warrant a space on my shelf among the ordinally-numbered Doctor action figures in my collection. As magnificent as John Hurt was, why am I reluctant to include him in the tribe?

Jul 02, 2014
2MTL 346: Capoptimism

Herewith, three reasons why old-school fandom is buzzing with such excitement for Peter Capaldi, when the historic pattern has been more guarded.

Jun 22, 2014
2MTL 345: Rebecca Moore and the Famous Infographic (Time Dilation)

Rebecca Moore and her fellow undergraduates at BYU-Idaho did a little study this year about female characters' representation in post-2005 DOCTOR WHO. You might have heard about it! I talk with Rebecca about what prompted the study, and what happened when her teammate Joseph Struhs's infographic got noticed on Tumblr and by [...]

Jun 14, 2014
2MTL 344: Something New?

At the Hay Festival, showrunner Steven Moffat promised that the new season of Doctor Who will be radically different. Does casting Peter Capaldi alone make that true?

Jun 07, 2014
2MTL 343: The Hugo Rorschach Test

Last month the Hugo nominees were revealed and thankfully, the controversies found in other award categories were absent in the Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) category. Which Doctor Who-related work, including the non-episodes AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME and THE FIVE(ISH) DOCTORS REBOOT deserve the nod? And, these days, what does a Hugo really [...]

May 26, 2014
2MTL 342: A (Character) Study in Clara

A departure for 2MTL: why pontificate about a character when I can approach it fictionally? Here's a character study about Clara Oswald, and what might have been beneath her blurted confession in "The Time of the Doctor."

Apr 21, 2014
2MTL 341: "Tooth and Claw" Two-minute Throwback

Eight years ago we saw a new side to the Doctor and his companion, who reached stratospheric levels of self-satisfaction. Was Queen Victoria right about what awful people they were? Are a smug Doctor and Rose worse than, say, a Doctor trying to brain a caveman or strangle a companion?

Mar 30, 2014
2MTL 340: ReMastered

We made it through the Matt Smith era without the return of the Doctor's arch-nemesis, the Master. A couple of weeks ago, the rumors started to circulate. Is he back to face Peter Capaldi? And should he wear a new face?

Mar 21, 2014
2MTL 339: DOCTOR WHO's Annual Checkup with Keith Topping and Jason Snell (Time Dilation)

In this Time-Dialated, Gallifrey One-facilitated interview show, two popular media observers with impeccable DOCTOR WHO credentials — Yer Actual Keith Telly Topping and The Incomparable's Jason Snell — help me look outside the fishbowl to see just how well our favorite television series is doing in the wider world of SF fans and [...]

Mar 02, 2014
2MTL 338: Paul Cornell and Gary Russell at Gallifrey One

In our first of two extended Time Dilation episodes of 2MTL featuring interviews from Gallifrey One, we hear from two well-known Doctor Who pros that have launched new phases of their careers. Paul Cornell talks about his novels London Falling and the upcoming The Severed Streets, redefining Marvel's Wolverine, and IDW's "The Girl [...]

Feb 20, 2014
2MTL 337: A Moment with Billie Piper

Illness tried and failed to stop Billie Piper from attending her first American convention. We talked about her decision to take on the roles of Rose Tyler in 2005 and The Moment in 2013 during a break in her marathon autograph sessions at Gallifrey One.

Feb 16, 2014
2MTL 336: Is There a Magic Bullet?

My journey to Gallifrey One takes me to my brother's apartment, and one more opportunity to find the One Great Episode that will make him a Doctor Who fan.

Feb 10, 2014
2MTL 335: Bigger Than Life

Mirroring Doctor Who's enormous popularity, the Doctor himself has become a bigger and bigger deal in his own fictional universe, and the axis around which most of his stories have rotated in recent years. Is it time to dial things back? Maybe even go back to the old, formulaic days of having random adventures and [...]

Feb 03, 2014
2MTL 334: Amid the Chaos, There Comes a Costume!

We have a costume! What does it tell us about the Twelfth Doctor's character? Look beyond the pose…

Jan 28, 2014
2MTL 333: Restorative Numerology

Possibly somewhat belatedly, 2MTL evaluates whether Matt Smith was the Eleventh or Thirteenth Doctor.

Jan 09, 2014
2MTL 332: Celebrating "The Time of the Doctor"

The Christmas spirit survives past the 25th, as we celebrate and critique Matt Smith's final episode. In song.

I'm sorry. So, so sorry.

Dec 27, 2013
2MTL 331: First They Came for the Shippers

An awful moment at the BFI premiere of the latest Sherlock series made me think about how much more broad and welcoming Doctor Who fandom should be of its creative communities and other "outsiders."

Dec 18, 2013
2MTL 330: Who Knew it Was Duodecimal?

This one's a possible SPOILER if you've been avoiding the press for "The Time of the Doctor," as we talk about the nature of Matt Smith's upcoming regeneration.

Dec 09, 2013
2MTL 329: Reimagining the Time War

"The Day of the Doctor" turned our understanding of what happened during the Last Great Time War on our collective head, while somehow managing not to seriously break previous episodes' continuity. It's not a perfectly clean fit, however: there's one significant Moment of inconsistency, and a completely different portrayal of the Time Lords…

Nov 30, 2013
2MTL 328: The Day After the Day of the Doctor

After my first viewing of "The Day of the Doctor," I thought that it was very much in the vein of "The Five Doctors." That can be a mixed blessing: "The Five Doctors" is beloved, and successful in celebrating 20 years of DOCTOR WHO, but not an example of excellent TV drama in its own [...]

Nov 24, 2013
2MTL 327: The Night of the McGann, or, "Capaldi Who?"

If I had talked about "The Night of the Doctor" right after it aired, this is what you would have heard:


Fortunately for us all, there will be no squeeing or wibbling in today's podcast. There will be brief consideration of the petition currently asking for even more televised Eighth Doctor goodness, though.

Nov 19, 2013
2MTL 326: "The Web of Fear" from Long Island Who

"The Web of Fear," the second of the long-lost Patrick Troughton stories to be recently rediscovered: is it a directorial masterpiece, a writing misfire, or both? Recorded at Long Island Who.

Nov 09, 2013
2MTL 325: Previewing The Ood Cast Live (Time Dilation)

The Ood Cast are no strangers to 2MTL, but it's been a while since they've released a new episood. Why? Because they've been busy preparing The Complete Works of Gallifrey (Abridged), which will re-present every episode of the new series within an hour. It's happening on 16 November 2013 at 7:45 [...]

Nov 03, 2013
2MTL 324: "Adventures with the Wife in Space" Reviewed

Neil and Sue Perryman's triumphant blog experiment has spawned a thoughtful, funny, honest companion book. You should read it. (Preferably having bought it first.)

Oct 29, 2013
2MTL 323: "The Enemy of the World" Reviewed

The formerly-missing "The Enemy of the World" featuring Patrick Troughton vs. Patrick Troughton: enjoyable for nostalgia's sake, or on its own merits? Well, Troughton is awesomeness defined…

Oct 20, 2013
2MTL 322: The Prodigal Episodes

The anticipated revelation of recovered classic Doctor Who episodes? What else is there to talk about?!

Oct 09, 2013
2MTL 321: "New Earth" Two-minute Throwback

The single clearest indication you can get of what a new Doctor's going to be like won't come around until the second full episode. (This I vow to be self-evident! Unless you disagree with me, at which point it becomes an argument for a future 2MTL!) "New Earth" is the first distraction-free look at David [...]

Sep 12, 2013
2MTL 320: The Doctor as Superhero

In which an attempt to answer 2MTL 319's parting question is made, and Chip equates the Doctor to Superman without irony.

Aug 25, 2013