On November 23rd, 2013, Doctor Who marked its fiftieth anniversary. To celebrate, comedian Ben McKenzie (Dungeon Crawl, ‘patron saint of geek comedy’ – T-Squat magazine) and writer John Richards (creator/writer ABC’s Outland, Boxcutters podcast) created Splendid Chaps, a year-long performance/podcast project celebrating all eleven (at the time…) Doctors – and taking Doctor Who discussion into some new and interesting places.
Each episode was recorded live in front of an audience in a different location, making the role of audio engineer David Ashton essential as he made every one sound brilliant. Co-host Petra Elliott dispensed background information and biographies, while a variety of guests joined a discussion of broader topics across the history of Doctor Who, like sex, science, family, evil and fear. Every episode ends with a song or other performance, plus there was loveliness and door prizes! Regular episodes were released on the 23rd of each month from January to November – one for each Doctor – and a number of extra episodes were also squeezed in. After more than two years, the chaps return in February 2017 in the wake of Class to talk about Doctor Who’s spin-offs!
All episodes of Splendid Chaps is still available via iTunes or this web site. Check out the menu above for our complete listing.
Ben, John, Petra and David would like to extend a very splendid thanks to all the backers of our Pozible campaign, who made it possible for us to record the Sydney special The Not-So-Splendid Chaps: Monsters and Villains, plus the bonus episode Splendid Chaps By Request.
Andrew Waddington, Rebecca Dominguez, Matt Smith, Stephen Hahn, Leigh McKenzie, Richard Watts, Steve Leahy, Scott Vandervalk, Fraser McHarg, Tom Norquay, Mark Duval, Darren Burgess, Danny Oz, Avril Hannah-Jones, Marcus Liddle, Chris Langeluddecke, Shane Whyburn, Koa Webster, Ben Searle, Bonnie Bradley, Andrew Wilkinson, Peter McMullen, Henrik Hansen, Nicole Frost, Alex Bennetts, Tony Flynn, Ian Mond, Patrick O’Duffy, Lucas Testro, Dave Bloustien, Adam Kirk, Dallas Jones, Kerrie Dougherty, Sally Evans, Kay Daley, Lauren Davis, Vana Webster, James Sellwood, Matt Savelkoul, Adrian Makohon, Richard Bennett, Graeme Callaghan, Murray Head, Fee Plumley, Jess I, Nick Anning, Andrew MacLean, Henry Yau, Gavin Hayne, Marcus Liddle, Narrelle Harris, Alex Neill, Ignacio Ugarte Salvatierra, Tehani Wessely, Aimee Nichols, Hannah Pelka-Caven, Alex Mason, Samantha Streeter, Tansy Roberts, Brendan Jones, Daniel and Jo Alabaster.
Splendid chaps, all of you!
Theme music, recording and audio production by
David Ashton of Sample & Hold Studios
House Band “The Time Lads” Musical Director
Logo design by
Adam ‘elroy’ Mazzitelli
John, Petra and Ben illustrations by
Prizes donated by
BBC on DVD Australia
Penguin Books Australia