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 200 Corrected - Review of 2015 Christmas Special

If you have already downloaded Episode 200, than you might have noticed that somehow it was instead Episode 199. We're sorry, we don't know what happened. This is the correct Episode 200. This really is our review of The Husbands of River Song.

We've also replaced the wrong file on the original post with this correct one, so if you haven't downloaded it to your podcast playing device yet (or if you stream it) you should get the correct one when you do. Our original Facebook and Twitter posts are also getting the correct file now, as well. iTunes is also now playing the correct file.

Sorry for the inconvenience. It couldn't have happened at a worse time. Happy New Year!

Direct download: TST200-corrected.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 1:13pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 200: The Husbands of River Song - Review

It's Christmas time. And that means the Doctor is in trouble again. This time around it's all River Song's fault. Yep, she's back and we're talking about her. And the story. And the Doctor. And what ever else comes to mind as we review The Husbands of River Song.

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS (and rabbits)

Direct download: TST200-122715.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 4:12pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 199: Little Tech Rabbits

There was some new technology in Series 9. The Sonic Sunglasses and the Confession Disk were both introduced. There were also some story specific tech. We try to discuss all of this, but the rabbits keep jumping in and out. Nonetheless, we still figure out some stuff that we didn't think we knew anything about. How d'ya like that!

WARNING:Contains rabbit chasing

Direct download: TST199-122015.mp3
Category:Tech Talk -- posted at: 12:59am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 198: Series 9 Feedback Rabbits

Finally, the show you've all been waiting for! FEEDBACK!! Yes, we've been holding back on our feedback for our Series 9 review shows so that we could have one big feedback show. We've got lots here, and two audio reviews by Theta Sigma of Theta Sigma's Doctor Who Podcast. All woven together with a trail of rabbit chasing.

Direct download: TST198-121315.mp3
Category:Non-tech Talk -- posted at: 11:04pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 197: Hell Bent - Review

Episode 197: Hell Bent - Review. Last one till Christmas. Series 9 is over, Series 10 not even a twinkle in our eyes yet. But how did the big finale fare? Did it live up to your expectations, or did it blow away like paint off the TARDIS?  This is what we think...

WARNING: SPOILERS

Direct download: TST197-120515.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 5:00pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 196: Heaven Sent - Review

We're exploring the mysteries and the depths of the penultimate episode of Series 9, Heaven Sent. For a very serious story, a very serious review. Well, as serious as we can get.

Direct download: TST196-112815.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 8:19pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 195: Face the Raven - Review

Face the Raven. Nothing like the self sacrifice of a well meaning companion. Today we travel down what can only be Diagon Alley in search of the meaning of the countdown tattoo. Don't fear the reaper, for death is beauty and smoke.

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

 

Direct download: TST195-112115.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 6:21pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 194: Sleep No More - Review

Mark Gatiss is back and WOW this one hits all the buttons on our fear generator. Nothing like a good, old fashioned fright fest as the weather turns cold and blustery. Sleep No More fits the bill, just don't watch it with the lights out.

WARNING: SPOILERS

Direct download: TST194-111415.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 5:33pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 193: The Zygon Inversion - Review

Five rounds rapid! That's all we need to say. Of course, we do say a whole lot more. This is a podcast, after all. And these are Zygons, and Osgoods, and U.N.I.T. here. We're wrapping up this Zygon two-parter with our thoughts on The Zygon Invasion.

WARNING: SPOILERS

Direct download: TST193-110715.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 8:42pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 192: The Zygon Invasion - Review

They couldn't just leave Zygons be Zygons, could they?  Sorry, couldn't resist.  But here they are now with Clara bothering the Twelfth Doctor.  Tumbleweeds and question marks and U.N.I.T., oh my!

Happy Halloween!

WARNING: SPOILERS

Direct download: TST192-103115.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 5:49pm PST
Comments[0]

Stand and deliver! No, it's not an Adam Ant song. It's a Doctor Who episode review! Maisie Williams is back this week with the sequel to The Girl Who Lived, only now she's calling herself "Me" and it's the 1600's.  Join us now as we discuss "The Woman Who Lived".

WARNING: SPOILERS

Direct download: TST191-102415.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 190: The Girl Who Died - Review

Here we are at story three.  Coming after the amazingness of Before the Flood can it hold up to the standard that set?  Well, the premise is good.  And may we say "Maisie Williams". 

Vikings and armored aliens...what could go wrong? 

WARNING: SPOILERS

Direct download: TST190-101715.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 11:47pm PST
Comments[1]

Episode 189b: Before the Flood - Full Review

Cheryl's back and we have our full review of Before the Flood for you.  It's a big one.  You'd have thought Daisy wouldn't have that much to say, having said her piece yesterday.  But noooo, there was apparently a lot more to say.  For both of them.

There's feedback, too!

WARNING: SPOILERS (and rabbit chasing)

(FIXED)

Direct download: TST189b-101315.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 10:38pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 189a: Before the Flood - First Impressions

Before you start wondering, Cheryl had a family thing to attend and won't be able to watch or record until tomorrow (Sunday the 11th).  Since we didn't want you to have to go so long without something to listen to right after this week's Doctor Who airs, Daisy decided to give you her first impressions of Before the Flood straight away and then join Cheryl for a proper review after she sees it tomorrow.  That's 2...2...TWO for the price of one!

WARNING: Spoilers

Direct download: TST189a101015.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 2:29pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 188: Under the Lake - Review

Ooh, it's a horror story. Perfect start to October. And what a horror story it is.  Toby Whithouse has written a beautiful script and...well...just listen and you'll see what we think.

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

Direct download: TST188-100315.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 4:28pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 187: The Witch's Familiar - Review

Davros and Daleks and Clara, oh my! Is this the end, or just the beginning?  Having just seen The Witch's Familiar we're ready to tell you all about what we thought of it. 

WARNING: Contains spoilers

Direct download: TST187-092615.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 3:17pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 186: The Magician's Apprentice - Review

WARNING: SPOILERS

We just saw the first story of Series 9 and we're here to let you know what we thought of it.  No preamble, no polish, just raw reaction.  Also, no holding back. That means that if you haven't seen the show yet don't listen to this review until you have. We talk in full about everyting that happens.  Fair warning.

Direct download: TST186-091915.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 4:30pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 185: General Oodness or Do Oodkind Have Wives?

More Ood.  Odd Ood.  And rabbits.  Odd rabbits.  Ood rabbits?  No, that would be too weird.  We do seem to get a bit far flung this episode, however.  But when we come back around, we're all Ood science and speculation.  So, watch out! 

Direct download: TST185-090615.mp3
Category:Tech Talk -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 184: The Song of DoctorDonnaFriend

Planet of the Ood.  That's what's going on here.  We can't believe we haven't reviewed this since it first aired.  So, we're remedying that this episode. Ooooood. Just love saying it.  Also, sorry we forgot to tell you about it last time in our Next Time segment that we forgot to do.  Ooooooops.  So if you haven't seen it yet, don't listen to this show until you have.  There's tons of spoilers, we don't watch what we say.  Course, we seem to have a problem with that in general.

We also have a bit of news.  And a bit of rabbit chasing.

DISCLAIMER: Cheryl and Daisy have no intention of ever committing any crime against anyone.  The discussions herein are merely academic.

Links:

Larry Elmore paintings on Google images page (sorry, his website is under construction)

Direct download: TST184-082215.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 183: The Mechanics of Rabbits

Here we attempt to explain and explore how time travel machines work.  Unfortuantely, the rabbits are driving Wranglers and keep running all over our conversations.  But we manage to get thru a small bit of news and feed back, so all is not lost. Actually, it's found!  So are TARDISs, Leviathans, vortex manipulaters, Omnis and time corridors.

Direct download: TST183-080915.mp3
Category:Tech Talk -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 182: Blink (182)

(The laptop is all fixed. Sorry this is a week late. Thanks so much for waiting.)

We'er revisiting the 10th Doctor story "Blink" this week. Why, you might ask, are we revisiting this particular story? Because this is our 182nd episode and we can't help being cheezy. And Daisy's an old Blink-182 fan and used this as an excuse to reconnect with their music.  So, you lucky folk get our second look at the first Weeping Angels story. And get to listen to some of Blink-182's songs in the background. See below for the playlist.

We've also got Gally news! Also some yarny talk and somehow zombies work their way in to the discussion.

WARNING: Contains rabbits

Blink-182 playlist:
"Fighting the Gravity" - Neighborhoods 2011
"I Miss You" - Blink 182 2004
"Aliens Exist" - Enema of the State 1999
"Pathetic" - Dude Ranch 1997
"Everytime I look for You" - Take off Your Pants and Jacket 2001
"Alone" - Buddah 1994/1998
"I'm Lost Without You" - Blink 182 2004
"Time" - Buddha 1994/1998
"I'm Sorry" - Dude Ranch 1997
"Apple Shampoo" - Dude Ranch 1997
"TV" - Buddha 1994/1998

Direct download: TST182-080115.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 3:33pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 181: An Amateur Psychological Study on the Effects of Regeneration on the Companions Who Witness It

There have been many companions who have witnessed The Doctor's regeneration over the last 50 years.  We here at The Sonic Toolbox are taking the time to examine how each of those companions react to and deal with the change that happens to The Doctor.

There's also news and feedback. And a plug for one of our listeners who also has his own podcast (link below and on FB).

WARNING: Contains some rabbits

Links:
Fuzzmond's Blurcast Episode 27 
Fuzzmond's Blurcast Main Show Link

Direct download: TST181-071215.mp3
Category:Non-tech Talk -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 180: The Caves of the Androzani Rabbits

So there we were, getting ready to do the review for The Caves of Androzani when all these rabbits started to bound into the Toolbox during the news. They were all over the place!  But there is really a review here, and Gally news, and a memorial for Christopher Lee (nothing to do with DW, but it's Christopher Lee for pete's sake!), and some other stuff that actually relates to the show.

WARNING: Contains rabbit chasing and herding.

Direct download: TST180-062815.mp3
Category:Classic Episode Review -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 179: Creepy Continued

We've whipped Skype into submission and are ready to finish our Top 10 Creepy lists.  Lots of agreements, a few dissagreements, and a whole lot of on topic rabbit chasing.  We've also got a teeny, tiny bit of news, and an update on the irradiated  Miss Cheryl.

Link:

Clip of Madame with Bea Arthur (WARNING: Racy - not for viewing by young kids)

Direct download: TST179-061415.mp3
Category:Non-tech Talk -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 178: Creepy Interrupted

As promised last time, we have two, not as overlapping as we thought, lists of each of our Top 10 creepiest Doctor Who stories.  And a bit of good news.  And some other news.  And a lot of rabbit chasing.  And a cra...well, don't want to spoil everything.

Direct download: TST178-053115.mp3
Category:Non-tech Talk -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 177: Creepy, Creepy, Creepy

Cupboard, and peg dolls, and George...Oh, my! It's not deja vu, we are revisiting "Night Terors". We thought it would be a good idea to take a fresh look at this Series 6 story and see what we thought of it out of story arc contex (and without the starry eyes we always have with shiny new episodes).

WARNING: Contains rabbit chasing.

Direct download: TST177-051715.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 176: That's Not Real, Is It?

Hey! Guess what?  Doctor Who is actually TV show.  Did you know that?  Yup, and for the past 51 (and a bit) years the production team has been attempting special effects with varying degrees of success.  This show, we're hitting the highlights, and lowlights, from all seven Doctors.

WARING: Contains rabbit chasing

Links:
TV Tropes: Special Effects Failure: Doctor Who (WARNING: Beware of holes)
iO9: The Making of Doctor Who's Most Notoriously Bad Special Effects
Doctor Who and the Lame Special Effects of Death
8 Really Good Special Effects in "Classic" Doctor Who
Doctor Who - Timely Effects
Visual Effects - Old Doctor Who

 

Direct download: TST176-050215.mp3
Category:Non-tech Talk -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 175: Sutekh and the Rabbits of Doom

Smack us in the forehead, we recently realized we'd never reviewed Pyramids of Mars.  This week we remedy that.  It doesn't keep us from rabbit chasing, but there you go.  We've also got actual news!  More than one item!  Oh, boy!

Link:
Gelignite

Direct download: TST175-041915.mp3
Category:Classic Episode Review -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 174: Vortex Manipulating Rabbits

So, the first half of the show got taken over by rabbits.  We're not sure how it happened, maybe somebody left the door to the hutch unlocked, but we had to do an awful lot of chasing them down.  The second half of the show is all about time travel by means other than the TARDIS.  We really get in depth into how things work and the difference between time travel in the TARDIS and time travel via Vortex Manipulator.

WARNING: Contains rabbit chasing

Link:
Time Travel Simulation Resolves “Grandfather Paradox”

 

Direct download: TST174-040515.mp3
Category:Tech Talk -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 172: Good Bye 9, Hello 10

Out with the old, in with the new!  New format for us, new Doctor for the show.  As you could tell, we've gone to a bi-weekly format.  Life has gotten busy and we don't want to give this up, so this is the compromise.  We're reviewing the two parter here, Bad Wolf/A Parting of the Way.  This is the Series One finale and the first regeneration for those who just discovered Doctor Who in 2005.

Direct download: TST173-032115.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 172: Post-Gally Wrap Up At Last

So this is it.  The actual post-Gally wrap up.  We finally talk about this year's Gally in more than just generalities.  Daisy's voice is mostly back and can hold out for more (a lot more) than just 20 minutes.  Hence the rabbit chasing off to all sorts of other, geeky, topics.  Wheeeeeeee!!!

 

Direct download: TST172-030815.mp3
Category:Non-tech Talk -- posted at: 10:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 171: Pre-Post-Gally Wrap Up: Because Sick Sucks

Consider this a preview of our post-Gally wrap up episode.  Daisy is quite sick with a bad cold (possibly con crud) and is loosing her voice.  Hence the shortness of this show.  Please bear with us as real life intrudes on our Doctor Who fantasy life.  We'll be back with the full Gally story next week (and a full voiced Daisy).

Direct download: TST171-022215.mp3
Category:Non-tech Talk -- posted at: 12:12pm PST
Comments[0]

Episode 170: Pre-Gally Extravaganza

This is it! The show where we tel you all about what's happening at Gallifrey One this year (next weekend).  The biggest, best fan run Doctor Who convention/family reunion ever! We tell you everything we're looking forward to doing, seeing and experiencing.  And, because we are who we are, we also talk about random other stuff, like Benedict Cumberbatch and Lego.  But, mostly, it's Gally!!

WARNING: Excited about Gally rabbits

Link:

Blurcast

Direct download: TST170-020815.mp3
Category:Non-tech Talk -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 169: Tater Time Tots

To loom or not to loom, that is the question. Whether tis nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of Rasalon or the piques of Pythia. We are pondering the method by which Time Lords procreate.  Not exactly a topic of canon, but one of interest none the less. 

There's also a great deal of rabbit chasing, so get out your carrots and come with us.  Not to worry, we keep it clean.

 

Direct download: TST169-020115.mp3
Category:Tech Talk -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 168: Rabbits in Paris

 

We're correcting what we see as an oversight this week by reviewing the Forth Doctor story "City of Death".  This was also an opportunity for Daisy to show this story to a New Who friend interested in going back and watching Classic Who. 

 

We've also got lots of Gally news.

 

WARNING: Contains rabbits

 

Direct download: TST168-012515.mp3
Category:Classic Episode Review -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 167: A Little U.N.I.T. Please

We're talking a bit about U.N.I.T.  The Brigadier, Sgt. Benton, Capt. Yates, Ginger, Mary Ann, Gillig...oh, sorry.  Got carried away.  This week we celebrate the great international military organization that took the Doctor in when his own people threw him out.

WARNING: Contains rabbits

Direct download: TST167-011815.mp3
Category:Non-tech Talk -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 166: Closing Rabbit Time

Once, long ago, we did a short review (along with two other stories) of Closing Time.  With James Cordon staring in a new film and getting set to become the host of The Late Late Show (replacing Craig Ferguson) we felt it was a good time to revisit the penultiment story of Series 6 and do a proper review.

WARNING: Contains much rabbit chasing

Direct download: TST166-011115.mp3
Category:New Episode Review -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

Episode 165: Cybermen Revisited

It's been a more than a year (maybe more than two) since we've talked about the Cybermen.  There've been changes and new things to learn about them since we last examined them.  And, gosh darn it, we just saw them at the end of Series 8 and we want to talk about them again!  So there!

WARNING: Contains rabbits

Direct download: TST165-010415.mp3
Category:Tech Talk -- posted at: 9:00am PST
Comments[0]

1