Doctor Who: The Sonic Toolbox
A Doctor Who podcast, hosted by Daisy Kaufman and Cheryl Lowe. We focus on Doctor Who from a "how does that work in the Doctor Who universe" science-ish point of view. There's also lots of other Doctor Who discussion, and some rabbit chasing.
Episode 115: Time Travel is a Paperclip

The most important thing about time travel is never break The 1st Law of Time Travel.  Which, of course, the Doctor breaks about every 10 years.  In fact, we're breaking it right now.  This is episode 115, our last episode was 116 and our next will be 117.  We're looping back on ourselves!  (Actually, this is the episode that we missed due to technical difficulties, but what the hey!)  This week we're discussing the intricacies of time travel and The 1st Law.  So, take an asprin, pour yourself a drink and get comfortable.  This is where it gets complicated.

WARNING: Contains rabbits

Links:
Time Travel Grammar
TV Tropes - Time Travel Mutability
Chronophysics
More Time Travel Grammar

Direct download: TST115-122913.mp3
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Episode 116: Time of the Doctor Review

Watch out!  This episode is spoiler filled, if you haven't seen The Time of the Doctor yet.   If you have, jump right in.  We're talking all about the Christmas/Regeneration episode for this year.  We're also fantasizing about what Peter Capaldi will be wearing as the Doctor.  There's not much else to this episode but lots of Christmasy Time of the Doctor talk...and CAPALDI, CAPALDI, CAPALDI!

Also, a bit of Gally news and, of course, rabbit chasing.

Merry Christmas, one and all!!

Direct download: TST116-122513.mp3
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Error Message

Due to extensive technical difficulties, we are unable to bring you this week's episode.  Fortunately, we had already planned to post our review of the Christmas special early, on Christmas shortly after it airs on BBC One.  We should hopefully be able to give you this week's episode, about the 1st law of time travel, next Sunday.

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Episode 114: The First Meetup

Forty years ago the first multi-doctor story celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Doctor Who.  Here, the first three Doctors (sort of) get together to combat the evil Omega and thwart his insane plans.  This week we get into our TARDIS and zoom back to take a look at that story, cleverly entitled "The Three Doctors".  We also delve, sometimes a little too deeply, into the science that keeps cropping up.  Yup, our rabbits seem to have donned lab coats.  Grab a glass and join us in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Doctor Who!

Direct download: TST114-121513.mp3
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Episode 113: If I Could Save Time in a Stasis Cube

Slices of time held in stasis as art.  It seems we just can't get away from The Day of the Doctor.   This week we try to explain those impossible 3D paintings made by Gallifreyan artists.  And while we're at it, we delve a bit into how Time Lords see and experience time.  Oh, and then there's the bit about how the Doctor can break inside the time lock that surrounds the Time War.

All the while, Daisy squeeks and rasps thru larygitis recovery.

Links:
A-series and B-series temporal ordering philosophy
A Brief History of the A-Theory/B-Theory Debate about Time

Direct download: TST113-120813.mp3
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The big day has come and gone.  Our road trip, which started back in July, has come to an end.  Now it's time to sit back and unpack the souvenirs and develop the pictures we got along the way.  Or, in this case, review three more (slightly unofficial) celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. This week we're talking about "The Five(ish) Doctors - Reboot", "An Adventure in Space and Time", and "The Light at the End".

And we only found a few rabbits hiding in our suitcases.

Direct download: TST112-120113.mp3
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Episode 111: The Day of the Doctor

We couldn't wait to get this up for you.  This week we have our raw, unedited thoughts on the 50th Anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor".  No news, no feedback...and amazingly very little rabbit chasing.  Just gushing and squeeing and loving this best of all anniversary episodes. 

WARNING: Massive spoilers.  If you haven't seen "The Day of the Doctor" yet, don't listen to this show until you do.

Direct download: TST111-112313.mp3
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Episode 110: Victory of the Eleventh

We're tuning it up to 11 this week.  It's time for us to take a look at the Eleventh Doctor and the story "Victory of the Daleks".  We also seem to be in the midst of a rabbit invasion, so watch your step.  There's also a bit of time traveling as our future selves pop in to review "The Night of the Doctor" that exploded onto the internet after we recorded this show.

WARNING: Contains rabbit chasing

Link:
The Night of the Doctor

Direct download: TST110-111713.mp3
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Beneath the motorway is something that keeps eating cars.  Usually, it's a pothole.  In "Gridlock" it's a plothole.  Oh, Russell T. Davies wants us to think it's the Macra, but we know better.  This week on the next to last stop on the Road Trip to the 50th Anniversary we attempt to fill in these plotholes and give you a look at the Tenth Doctor story "Gridlock".

WARNING: Contains rabbits

Link:
About "Lord of Cragsclaw" by Bill Fawcett, the book with the Mrem.

Direct download: TST109-111013.mp3
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Our journey on the Road Trip to the 50th Anniversary is almost over.  We have arrived at the next to last stop with the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant.  But we don't need to get all emotional about it, the Tenth Doctor will do that for us.

 

"Bigger isn't Better" from the musical "Barnum" by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart, book by Mark Bramble

 

Direct download: TST108-110313.mp3
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