The Zeitgeist Tapes: Dr. Pod

Tim Worthington joins Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding on The Zeitgeist Tapes - a show looking at the point where politics and pop culture collide - to chat about Doctor Who in the wake of Jodie Whittaker's first appearance as the show's first female lead, not to mention Doctor Who's tussles with real-life political issues, both good and bad, over the years...

Doctor Who and politics – both with a capital and a lower case ‘p’ – comes under the Tardis Electron Microscope in Dr. Pod – an edition of The Zeitgeist Tapes, a podcast looking at where politics and popular culture collide, hosted by Emma Burnell and Steve Fielding with special Doctor Who-obsessed guest Tim Worthington. Who may well have been campaigning for a female Doctor for quite some time.

In between chatting about our favourite Doctors and hottest companions there’s also discussion about the cultural implications of Jodie Whittaker’s casting, whether Doctor Who has ever had an actual quantifiable political bias, what really inspired Harold Saxon and Harriet Jones, if Starship UK was a warning ahead of its time in more ways than one, and whether the original run of Doctor Who was ever really as ‘problematic’ as people seem to think. I also get to give my opinion on a number of politically and culturally weighted stories from The Happiness Patrol to Marco Polo, and what’s more I think I managed to avoid mentioning Karen Gillan. Probably. Also, while Steve and Emma are the political experts, I’m fairly certain that I know more about Meglos than either of them. Which is the only time I’ll ever actually get to show off about that.

You can download The Zeitgeist Tapes: Dr. Pod here or listen to it below.

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You can find many more of my ‘opinions’ on Doctor Who past and present in Well At Least It’s Free, a collection of columns and features. Well At Least It’s Free is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

Can’t Help Thinking About Me, as mentioned in The Zeitgeist Tapes, is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

Further Listening

Emma has been a guest Tim’s nostalgia podcast Looks Unfamiliar talking about Whose Side Are You On?, Sweet Valley High, Scoubidou, The Patchwork Monkey, Split Second, and the Ever Ready ‘Power To The People’ advert here and The Royal Potwasher, Melody Radio, Channel 4’s Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, A Woman In Your Own Right, The Lords Of Midnight and Herman’s Head here. Emma can also be heard talking about the Christmas Specials of The West Wing here and an ill-fated stage adaptation of When Harry Met Sally here.

Emma has also appeared on Tim’s Marvel Cinematic Universe podcast It’s Good, Except It Sucks talking about Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, which you can find here.

You can find Tim on The Zeitgeist Tapes talking about Vote For Froglet, the long-forgotten Clangers Election Special, here, and Free For All, the election-themed episode of The Prisoner, here.

Further Reading

Doctor Who And The Rosa, my review of the standout story of Jodie Whittaker’s first series of Doctor Who, can be found here.

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