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Filming for season 9 of Doctor Who is underway, and that means Whovians (much like myself) are scouring the internet for anything and everything related to our favorite rebel Time Lord as we anticipate more adventures through time and space with The Doctor. If you’re like me, you also subscribe to a number of podcasts that review episodes, and also offer decent banter about Doctor Who. Unfortunately, there are some really crappy podcasts out there, but there are also some great podcasts.
I’ve done the homework for you, and I’m listing the top three podcasts that focus on Doctor Who. Ranked from worst, moderate, and best, the following podcasts are ranked based on the content, sound quality, and quality of guests they have on their show.
3. Doctor Who: Podshock
The worst among Doctor Who podcasts is Doctor Who: Podshock. Lead by Louis Trapani, upon listening to this show the first time you would easily be lead to believe that Trapani and his gang hate Doctor Who. I unsubscribed to the show several months ago, because I could not endure the constant whining and dissecting of the show and focusing on what the writers and producers of the BBC sci-fi drama were doing wrong. If you are the type of Doctor Who fan who relishes in collaborating with other “fans” as to why Doctor Who sucks, or if you genuinely hate Doctor Who for any reason, then the guys at Doctor Who: Podshock will certainly provide you with enough fodder to irritate any Whovian. Pedantry, cynicism, and loathing abound with Trapani and the gang. If there are any mentions of what Doctor Who is doing right as a show, it might get a 1-2 minute mention sandwiched somewhere in the hour and a half long piss n’ moan session of a podcast. But don’t be hopeful that these “fans” will ever have anything nice to say about Doctor Who, as it appears to be their sole mission to undermine and destroy confidence in the show at any and all costs.
In spite of Trapani and his gang being panel hosts at various Doctor Who conventions throughout the U. S., don’t be fooled by the illusion that they like the show. Again, this is a podcast for the Doctor Who fan that wants to join in camaraderie with other “fans” who would rather see the show killed off and cancelled, then to talk about what’s great and good about Doctor Who. Unfortunately, this is the longest airing Doctor Who podcast, and their subscriber base is far and wide, but fortunately, not many fellow Whovians take anything these guys say seriously. Well…except for those who staunchly agree with their incessant blathering criticisms. The sound quality isn’t great, and the content rarely has anything worth listening to, and that’s why this is the worst Doctor Who podcast.
Visit the official Doctor Who: Podshock website by clicking [here].
2. The Doctor Who Podcast
“You might be A Doctor Who podcast, but we’re THE Doctor Who podcast. The definite article, you might say.” Ok, so I twisted a line from the 4th Doctor’s dialogue with Harry in “Robot,” but don’t be fooled by the definite article in their name. I rank this podcast as moderate, because TDWP is not overly critical, but not overly positive either. The podcast feels like a college discussion forum, and the show hosts number about seven at any given time. By comparing “classic Who” with “new Who,” these dedicated Whovians offer some well balanced analysis of the show. There are a couple of hosts on the show who constantly criticize and undermine Doctor Who nearly every broadcast, but the beauty of this podcast is it has a wonderful panel format and the other hosts are able to counter any criticism. However, it’s a double edged sword. If a host is overly positive, there’s also another host who will argue a counter point. The sound quality is excellent, and from time to time they will feature guests on the show, or stars closely related to Doctor Who. It’s not the best Doctor Who podcast, but it’s not the worst either. Therefore, I give The Doctor Who Podcast the rank of moderate.
To visit The Doctor Who Podcast, click [here].
1. Radio Free Skaro
The best Doctor Who podcast is Radio Free Skaro. From the sound quality, to the hosts, and also the A-list guests they have on their show for interviews, the trinity of Steven, Warren, and Chris are die-hard Doctor Who fans that all Whovians owe a great debt of gratitude towards for their fair and balanced assessment of Doctor Who. As lifelong fans of Doctor Who, the hosts offer justified arguments why something works or doesn’t work with the show. Unlike the other previously mentioned podcasts, Radio Free Skaro examines each show with a fine toothed comb, and the hosts admit to watching each episode more than once and taking notes!
The guys do offer some criticisms of the show, but they are not overly negative and fatalistic like other podcasts. Again, there is a sense of balance in this podcast. Also, the hosts are fortunate to be able t0 host panels and live-audience interviews with stars from the show both past and present. Traveling to various Doctor Who conventions in the U. S. and Canada, Radio Free Skaro is a must listen to for any and all Whovians.
Radio Free Skaro is one of those podcasts that is entertaining. With season 9 currently filming in Wales, and other parts of Europe and England, Radio Free Skaro is keeping on top of all the latest news that is breaking concerning special guest stars of the show, rumors, story line arcs, etc.
To visit the official website of the very best Doctor Who related podcast, click [here]
There you have it! The best and the worst of Doctor Who related podcasts. Be sure to subscribe to any of these podcasts and let them know how you heard of their show.