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Secrets of Doctor Who – The Long Game

Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha continue their New Who Rewatch with the 7th episode of the 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) season, “The Long Game”. Featuring Simon Pegg as a great villain as well as the first time a Companion was ever kicked off the Tardis for bad behavior, the episode also offers commentary on “fake news” and Big Data… all from 2005!

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Secrets of Star Trek: Discovery

Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss and analyze the first half of the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. Does it live up to the hype? Is it a worthy successor to all the Star Trek that comes before? Plus discussions of streaming v. broadcast, the more mature content and themes, the dark tone, and how it fits in Star Trek continuity.

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Secrets of Doctor Who – The End of Time

Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha continue their look at the regenerations of all the Doctors, this time looking back at the regeneration of the 10th Doctor, played by David Tennant. This two-part episode features the return of the Master as played by John Simm and well as Wilfred, Donna Noble’s granddad, not to mention Timothy Dalton as a Time Lord. Plus, our panel discusses casting news from the next new season of Doctor Who.

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Secrets of The Orville

Caution: Our discussion includes spoilers.

Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha analyze the first half season of the new hit Fox TV show The Orville. Is it just a Star Trek parody or is it a worthy successor? We discuss the humor as well as the drama and the show’s treatment of religion, relationships, and culture.

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Secrets of Doctor Who – Bad Wolf and Parting of the Ways

Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the first regeneration of the New Who era, the 9th Doctor’s in the two-parter “Bad Wolf” and “Parting of the Ways.” How is it different from Classic regenerations? What’s the same? They discuss whether they think this regeneration fits with all previous ones and why Christopher Eccleston only stayed one year in the role of the Doctor.

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Secrets of Doctor Who – The Night and Day of the Doctor

Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss, not one, but two regenerations this time: The 8th Doctor’s regeneration in the web short video “Night of the Doctor” and the 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor,” which featured Matt Smith, David Tennant, and John Hurt in his lone appearance as the War Doctor. Hear their analysis of the hidden layers and deeper meanings in both stories.

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Secrets of Doctor Who – The Doctor Who TV Movie

Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha continue their review of Doctor Who regenerations with the Seventh Doctor’s regeneration during the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie. This is Doctor Who in full mid-90s TV style, including being set in San Francisco and filmed in Vancouver, Canada. Plus some news about the next season of Doctor Who.

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Secrets of Doctor Who – Time and the Rani

Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha are have made their way in their series on Doctor Who regeneration episodes to the Sixth Doctor’s regeneration. Except in this one, “Time and the Rani,” we don’t see the Sixth Doctor at all, just Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor. What gives? Join us to find out.

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Secrets of Doctor Who – The Caves of Androzani

In some polls, “The Caves of Androzani” has been voted most popular Doctor Who story. As they make their way through all the regeneration episodes, Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha review the Fifth Doctor’s regeneration in this four-part story in which the Doctor encounters an underground war and risks his life to save his companion.

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Secrets of Doctor Who – Dalek

Last time, Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha looked at the First Doctor’s first Dalek story, “The Daleks”, and now they discuss the 9th Doctor’s first Dalek story, “Dalek”. This re-introduction of the Daleks bridges the Classic and New series and creates some never-before-seen story elements for the Doctor and the Daleks.

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