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 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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

The Night of the Doctor

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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

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

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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


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It's time for Nine.  Christopher Eccleston gave us one year as the Doctor, so we give him part of an episode.  This week we also talk about the Ninth Doctor episode Dal...ehem, Pepperpot (no sense antagonizing them). 

BTW, Daisy was wrong.  Julian Assange is in the Ecuadorian Embassy.

"She Blinded Me With Science" by Thomas Dolby


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The Eighth Doctor and the TV movie.  What more can we say?  A whole lot, apparently.  Join us this week as Cheryl pontificates about her Doctor and Daisy tries to get a word in edgewise.

WARNING: Contains rabbits

"Where In The World Is Carman Sandiego" by Rockapella.  Yes, they're still around, they're on tour and have a new album out.

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies receipe

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Creepy clowns, Ragnarok gods, robots and a werewolf.  Yep, "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" has everything.  And we talk about it.  And some other stuff, too.  And news!  Join us for for this Seventh Doctor episode...and we say welcome to the show!!

WARNING: Contains rabbit chasing

"Psycho Circus" by KISS, off Psycho Circus (1998)


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