Splendid Chaps finally makes it to new Who! Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott discuss Christopher Eccleston and women in Doctor Who (and didn’t we need more time for that huge topic!) with guests Karen Pickering, Celeste Liddle and Tansy Rayner Roberts! It’s the ninth live Splendid Chaps episode, recorded at the Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne on September 15, 2013. Plus there are prizes, a tonne of audience questions, and a surprise musical performance from two of the chaps! Oh, and a word of warning: this one gets a bit more sweary than usual. But what do you expect? We’re Australians!
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Don’t forget you can go into the draw to win Christopher Eccleston’s first season of Doctor Who on DVD, courtesy of our friends at BBC on DVD! To enter the draw, just comment on this episode at splendidchaps.com. Were you won over by Eccleston, or do you think he’s a creep? Who are your favourite women from Doctor Who? If we’d had another hour, what do you think we should have covered in our continuing chat about women in Who? Comment by October 12 to be in the running, and we’ll announce the winner at the recording of Ten/Sex on October 13.
As revealed at the recording of our last live episode, Eight/Science, here is your homework viewing for Nine/Women, which will be recorded on September 15th at the Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne (full show details here).
Your homework viewing for Chris Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor is:
- Aliens of London/World War Three
- The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
Of course, as The Ecc only had the one season, you could just watch all thirteen of his episodes. Watching our list you’re nearly halfway there!
For a crash course in how women have been represented in Doctor Who, we suggest:
- The Dalek Invastion of Earth (William Hartnell, 1964; six episodes)
- Robot (Tom Baker, 1974, four episodes)
- The Stones of Blood (Tom Baker, 1976; four episodes)
- Survival (Sylvester McCoy, 1989; three episodes)
- Rose (Christopher Eccleston, 2005, one episode)
School Reunion (David Tennant, 2006, one episode)
The Runaway Bride (David Tennant, 2006, one episode)
The Girl Who Waited (Matt Smith, 2011, one episode)
…and that’s only scratching the surface! Other stories and episodes worth considering include Spearhead From Space, Terror of the Autons, The Time Warrior, The Ark in Space, Mark of the Rani, Paradise Towers, The Happiness Patrol, The Curse of Fenric, New Earth, Human Nature/Family of Blood, and so many more…
Got suggestions of your own? Let us know in the comments!