Splendid Chaps – Ten/Sex


This year Doctor Who turns 50! To celebrate these 11 ‘splendid chaps‘, Ben McKenzie (Dungeon Crawl, ‘patron saint of geek comedy’) and John Richards (ABC1’s Outland, Boxcutters TV podcast) are recording a live podcast every month from January to November.

In October it’s Ten/Sex

❝ Our tenth major episode brings us to many people’s first (and favourite) Doctor, David Tennant. Phenomenally popular, and quickly establishing his own fanbase independent of the show, Tennant stayed in the role over five years, all the way to the end of Russell T Davies time as showrunner, cementing the program’s success and becoming “the” Doctor for a whole generation of viewers.
Seemingly a big part of Tennant’s success was his sex appeal – something foreign to many fans of the classic series. The Doctor of the Old Time (and most of his friends) seemed disinterested in sex, save for the occasional bit of flirting, but in the new series he clearly romances Rose, spurns Martha, fends off Amy and perves on Clara; he’s snogged every female companion, and “danced” with or married a slew of historical figures. Then there’s future pansexual Captain Jack; Amy and Rory, who spend their honeymoon in costume and their wedding night in the TARDIS; and the love affair that lasts lifetimes between the Doctor and Professor River Song. Is this weird? Is it awesome? What does modern Doctor Who say about sex, relationships and sexuality, and did the classic series have anything to say about them?❞ [1]

Homework viewing for episode Ten/Sex
An internet crib sheet guide to the Dr Who episodes listed for the Splendid Chaps Ten/Sex.


❝ The Doctor, survivor of the Last Great Time War, discovers to his horror that the Daleks he thought dead have returned to exterminate humanity. He sends his friend Rose Tyler home, but she absorbs the energy of the Time Vortex in order to obliterate the Daleks – energy which will destroy her. The Doctor, already prepared to die, absorbs the energy from Rose with a kiss and bids her a proud farewell before regenerating. The new Doctor is younger, happier and more engaged, but retains something of his predecessor’s hard edge – and after a rocky start, soon develops a deeper connection with Rose.❞ [1]


❝ Uh-oh! It’s been so busy around here, what with theatre productions, Pozible campaigns and mini-episodes, we’ve neglected to write up the viewing list for our next episode! But in case you want to cram in your homework in the few days left before the show, here is your homework viewing for Ten/Sex, which will be recorded on October 13th at the Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne.❞ [2]

Your homework viewing for David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor is:
We’ve made sure there’s one from each of his full seasons, so you can see him in action with Rose (and Mickey!), Martha and Donna.

☛ The Girl in the Fireplace

The Girl in the Fireplace is the fourth episode of series 2 of Doctor Who. It was first broadcast on 6 May 2006 and was written by Steven Moffat. Sophia Myles guest-starred as the historical figure Madame de Pompadour. It continues from the events of its prequel, Tardisode 4.
* Tardis Data Core

☛ The Shakespeare Code

The Shakespeare Code was the second episode of the third series of Doctor Who. It included the first televised appearance of William Shakespeare since a cameo in 1965’s The Chase.
* Tardis Data Core

☛ Partners in Crime

Partners in Crime was the second episode of the fourth series of Doctor Who. It marked the reappearance of Catherine Tate as new regular companion Donna Noble. It also saw Sylvia Noble and Wilfred Mott return as Donna’s family and Rose Tyler make a cameo appearance.
* Tardis Data Core


To experience something of the spectrum of sex and relationships in Doctor Who, we suggest:

☛ The Green Death (Jon Pertwee, 1973; six episodes)

The Green Death was the fifth and final story of the Doctor Who tenth anniversary season. The story is notable in that it marked the departure of companion Jo Grant, played by Katy Manning.
* Tardis Data Core

☛ Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways (Christopher Eccleston, 2005, two episodes)

* Bad Wolf was the twelfth episode of the first series of the revived series of Doctor Who and the first of the two-part finale. It featured a much larger Dalek presence than earlier in the series. It also re-introduced some Dalek concepts from the original run of Doctor Who, including Daleks made from human genetic material and a Dalek Emperor. It also was the very first episode to mention the Torchwood Institute.
* The Parting of the Ways was the thirteenth and final episode of the first series of the revived series of Doctor Who. It concluded the Bad Wolf story arc. It also was the final regular outing for the Ninth Doctor, and saw the departures of actors Christopher Eccleston and John Barrowman (until Utopia) and executive producer Mal Young. It established a visual metaphor for regeneration that would remain standard into the present day (every regeneration from then on with the exception of the Master’s in Utopia would appear like that), following which viewers got their first glimpse of David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor.

* Tardis Data Core / Tardis Data Core

☛ Human Nature/The Family of Blood (David Tennant, 2007; two episodes)

* Human Nature was the eighth episode of the third series of Doctor Who. It introduced the Chameleon arch and its ability to change Time Lord DNA, making the Doctor human. The episode was based on a novel of the same name.
* The Family of Blood was the ninth episode of the third series of Doctor Who. It featured the Doctor’s return from his human persona John Smith to his original Time Lord identity. The episode also showed the extent of the Doctor’s ruthlessness when pushed to extremes.

* Tardis Data Core / Tardis Data Core

☛ The Unicorn and the Wasp (David Tennant, 2008; one episode)

The Unicorn and the Wasp was the seventh episode of the fourth series of Doctor Who. It saw Doctor Who’s take on the disappearance of famous author Agatha Christie in 1926, giving a possible, yet unlikely, answer as to why she vanished.
* Tardis Data Core

☛ The Name of the Doctor (Matt Smith, 2013, one episode)

The Name of the Doctor was the finale of the seventh series of Doctor Who produced by BBC Wales. It revealed both the mystery of Clara Oswald’s multiple lives and what the Doctor’s greatest secret is. The episode also marks the most Doctors ever seen in a single episode — eleven, plus the shocking reveal of a previously unseen incarnation. More about how the TARDIS works is explained in the episode, also revealing what becomes of the Doctor. The fate of the Great Intelligence is shown.
* Tardis Data Core

❝We’d also recommend some previous homework, including The Aztecs (the first time the Doctor gets engaged!), The Dalek Invasion of Earth (and anything else where a companion falls in love and leaves the TARDIS – reasonably or out of the blue!), The Romans (for that post-coital scene between Ian and Barbara, and the French-bedroom-farce style antics of Emperor Nero), The Caves of Androzani (if you want to think about the creepy side of this topic, with Sharaz Jek), Captain Jack’s debut in The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, and the reframing of Sarah Jane’s relationship with the Doctor in School Reunion (both recommended last month for Nine/Women).
Other possibilities include The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords (for both Martha’s exit, which frames her relationship with the Doctor, and the Master’s relationship with his wife), The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End (for…well, you know what for), and anything with River Song in it (but especially Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead and The Wedding of River Song).❞ [2]


Ten/Sex (Duration: 1:29:45 — 41.2MB)

[1] Ten/Sex (live show) (2013-Sep-23) [Splendid Chaps]
[2] The Ten/Sex viewing list (2013-Oct-09) [Splendid Chaps]
[3] Doctor Who – Episode guide [BBC]

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