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 164: A Facehugger for Christmas

It's Christmas time, there's no need to be afraid.  Oh, wait.  This is Doctor Who, of course there's a reason to be afraid.  "Last Christmas", Capaldi's first full Christmas special takes a que from real horror movies this year.  And gives us Santa Clause in the best way possible: Nick Frost!  Don't sleep thru this one, we're giving you our first impression of this years gift from Steven Moffat and the BBC.

WARNING: Contains spoilers

Direct download: TST164-122514.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 6:25pm PDT

Episode 163: What's With The Tangerine

Christmas is almost here, and with it the Christmas Special.  This time around we're anticipating the special by speculating about it.  We know it's not our usual MO, but we're just so excited that we can't stop thinking about it.  We promise nothing said beyond what the BBC has officially put out and what our imaginations can dream up. 

If you really don't want to know ANYTHING about what's coming, and have even been avoiding the trailers, our speculation segment starts at time stamp 00:41:13 and ends at 1:23:58.  Just skip over that segment and you'll be OK.  Go back after Christmas and see what all we got wrong.


WARNING: Contains official BBC sanctioned spoilers


Direct download: TST163-122114.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 12:29pm PDT

Episode 162: No Goatee, Just an Eyepatch

It's Mirror, Mirror the Doctor Who way!  Evil Brigadier has an eyepatch and no mustache.  Evil Liz Shaw has short brown hair.  Evil Professor Shahlman has...well, he's just the same as in our universe.  This week we wax on about the Third Doctor story "Inferno". 

Also, we give our opinions on the question, "Is it OK to buy Doctor Who stuff in Hot Topic?"

WARNING: Contains rabbit chasing.

Direct download: TST162-121414.mp3
Category:Classic Episode Review -- posted at: 9:00am PDT

Episode 161: Siege Mode and Other Newness

This past Series 8 saw a lot of changes.  Some of which were to the TARDIS herself.  This week we're taking a look at those changes.  There are only three (we thought there had been a lot more) but they are very cool additions to the already complicated ship and home of our beloved Doctor.

WARNING: Contains rabbit chasing

Direct download: TST161-120714.mp3
Category:Tech Talk -- posted at: 9:00am PDT

Episode 160: Sometimes I Wish I Worked In A Bank

This weeks we're all about "The Daemons", the 3rd Doctor Season 8 finale.  Or, mostly all about...the rabbits have invaded the studio once again.  This is the one where the Brig says "Chap with the wings. Five rounds rapid."  We thougt it would be nice to watch some young Brigadier.  Remember him the way he was.


Direct download: TST160-113014.mp3
Category:Classic Episode Review -- posted at: 9:00am PDT

Episode 159: Ooh, Look a Gadget!

Now that Series 8 is over we can take a sane (ha!) look back at all the nifty new tech that the lovely writers have given to us.  From neyphyte circuits to hyperspace ribbons, from a Skovox blitzer to the Gallifreyan hard drive, we're touching on it all.  Just an overview this time, plenty of shows next year to go into detail on how we think it all works.

If you have an idea about how any of this stuff works, please drop us a line!  We'd love to include your input when we discuss each gadget in detail on it's own episode next year.

Direct download: TST159-112314.mp3
Category:Tech Talk -- posted at: 9:00am PDT

Series 8 Vacation Notice

We're taking a short break to recuperate from all the excitement we've had over the last couple of months.  We'll be back next week with our usual off-season shows.  Meanwhile. please enjoy this short interlude while we're gone.


Girl From Ipanema (Classical instrumental Version) from the album: The Latin Sound of Lex Vandyke - Concierto de Aranjuez

Direct download: TSTVacS8-111614.mp3
Category:Notice -- posted at: 9:00am PDT

Episode 158: Death in Heaven - Review in Toolbox

Missy, Danny Pink, Zombie Cybermen, UNIT, and pumpkin pie!  It's all here in our review of the Series 8 finale "Death in Heaven".  We've also got feedback, pumpkin pie, and an engagement announcement in news.  Oh, did we mention the pumpkin pie?


Direct download: TST158-110914.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 4:42am PDT

Episode 157: Moffat is in Dark Water for This Review

So, we've had the big Missy reveal.  And a few other "surprises".  This here, then, is our review of the penultimate Series 8 episode, Dark Water.


What is a Dyson Sphere

Direct download: TST157-110214.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 3:38am PDT

Episode 156: Reviewing The Growth In The Forest Of The Night

Good morning, and welcome to the forest of London!  Better enjoy it quick because it's not going to last.  My, my...what's next? Kids on the TARDIS?  How about rabbits?  Oh, wait, no rabbits on the TARDIS, rabbits in the Toolbox.  Lot's of them.  But they're well meaning, and mostly tame.  More than we can say for a tiger and couple of wolves.  So get on your fire proof headphones and join us for a discussion of "The Forest Of The Night".


Tommy Flanagan, Pathalogical Liar played by Jon Lovitz on Saturday Night Live

Direct download: TST156-102614.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 6:11am PDT