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Jesse Merlin is an actor and bass-baritone. James Holloway is a teacher and writer with degrees in history and archaeology. They've been joined by their love of classic Doctor Who for over 30 years. Join them as they watch and discuss classic Who stories.
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Dec 28, 2015

Welcome back to Pledge Break, the show where two old friends talk about the Doctor Who version of history and the history of Doctor Who!

In this episode, the Doctor and Peri find themselves on a ... well ... a mysterious planet. And we get into some meta-discussion about the Trial of a Time Lord and the fate of the series. Come for the robot, stay for the tangents. 

During this episode, we talk about a couple of things you might want to check out, including FDR: American Badass!, in which Jesse plays Werewolf Hitler, and Butser Ancient Farm, where archaeologists try to understand life in the pre-Roman era and also apparently there's some kind of an alien device. 

Dec 21, 2015

Welcome back to Pledge Break, the show where two old friends talk about the Doctor Who version of history and the history of Doctor Who!

In this episode, we've got the deep roots of the English constitution and also a shapechanging robot, plus a cute little castle. That's right, it's often-overlooked Fifth Doctor adventure The King's Demons!

It's not exactly a classic, but it does express a lot of what we like about Doctor Who!

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If you want to read more about the British Museum's Magna Carta exhibit, check out this blog post

Dec 14, 2015

Welcome back to Pledge Break, the show where two old friends talk about the Doctor Who version of history and the history of Doctor Who!

We're getting post-medieval this episode as we check out confusing but entertaining Tom Baker story The Masque of Mandragora. 

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Dec 6, 2015

We're back into historical -- or at least pseudo-historical -- Doctor Who episodes with the 1973-74 Jon Pertwee classic, The Time Warrior

The dirty, violent middle ages portrayed here are a world away from the dignified nobility we saw in The Crusade

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Nov 29, 2015

In our second episode we're talking about the recently-rediscovered Patrick Troughton story The Enemy of the World! Not much history on this one, but plenty of action, elaborate schemes, amazing costumes and off-the-wall accents!

 

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Nov 22, 2015

Welcome to Pledge Break, in which two old friends talk about the Doctor Who version of history and the history of Doctor Who!

In our first episode we're talking about the classic First Doctor adventure The Crusade -- and about the actual Crusades as well!

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