Slice of SciFi #54: Voicemail Show

This show is for you! We’re receiving so much voicemail and email feedback commentary that it just won’t fit in one show anymore. But that’s okay… Keep it coming!

  • update on the Slice of SciFi entries for the Shatner DVD Club
  • Musical selection: Jonathan Coulton’s “Re: Your Brain”
  • Mark from Memphis not impressed with Doctor Who, and wants to know what’s up with Chase’s promo photo
  • Mark in California has an Underdog correction
  • Katya in VT is disappointed by the thought of an “Eragon” movie, and suggests Tamora Pierce’s books instead
  • McCoy is too overprocessed to understand
  • Cal from Canada on Star Trek 11
  • Andrew from R&D on Chewie’s Blog
  • Christine from Michigan defends her scifi musings on LOST
  • Quill from Four Corners on CS Lewis’ Christian allegory, and Lewis’ SF trilogy
  • comments on Michael Shanks’ appearance on CSI: Miami
  • Brad from Podculture Podcast on the likes and dislikes of Doctor Who
  • Tom from London with more Red Dwarf info
  • Richard from Macon gives reasons why Evo should watch Red Dwarf
  • Alvie from Boulder wants some more info on some upcoming SciFi Channel shows
  • Our News Director Sam rocks with the scifi news
  • Rhea in Calgary on Canada’s Doctor Who Season 2 airings
  • Michael from Nashville on the “Dalek” episode of Doctor Who being badly edited for SciFi Channel
  • Rapid Eye on more Snakes on a Plane references
  • Mike from Mass. wants to know what the bad movies we suggest are
  • Bruce from Ellicott City likes that Summer and Chase were on the show together, and Bruce Campbell news is always good

Submitting Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know. You can call, or email Michael with a comment you’ve recorded yourself!


  1. says

    Mark from Memphis probably doesn’t know the story behind the first (new) season of Dr Who.

    Fan’s were asked if they wanted to see a ‘Battle Star/Aliens/StarGate’ kind of show, with super special effects, and all the bells and whistles.

    Turns out the idea was voted down in a big way – BY THE FANS.

    That’s why the first season looks kind of cheesy, has a bunch of jokes, and looks pretty raw.

    As someone who grew up on John Pertwee and Tom Baker (yeah my memory as a 10 year old has two doctors in it), I understand that completely.

    My memory also remembers ‘first run’ episodes of Peter Davison (5th Doctor) and Sylvester McCoy (7th Doctor) – I do slightly remember Colin Baker (the 6th Doctor), but he sucked like a $5 whore.

    … but all still with that BBC, cheese infested heritage.

    Then came the 8th Doctor (ie. the ‘movie’) with Paul McGann – who I think is a great actor (Withnail and I). It *failed*, as they tried to bring the series ‘up to date’, forgetting the past (read.. *sniff* cheese.)

    So, here we have the 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) who had to bridge the decades old heritage of the series, and make sure he (and the writers/producers/directors, etc) didn’t make the mistake that killed of Paul McGann’s character – by changing what made 4 odd decades of the show ‘special’.

    With the death of Christopher Eccleston (poorly done in my eyes – we used to see at least a few episodes of the Doctor dealing with his re-generation), the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) is here. The second season of the new ‘series’ is amazing so far. The first season seems to have allowed the creators to step up to the plate and bring the series full circle to bring in the old fans – I know I’m one, and the first two shows of the second season – in my opinion – compete just fine with any of those, US produced, poster child shows on SciFi.

  2. Mark A says

    Wow, I knew something was up about Nemesis, but I couldn’t put my finger on the underlying plot (or lack of it) untill I heard your reasoning on it. I’m kinda ashamed I didn’t catch it the first time around…

  3. says

    Whatever the history, I still don’t get Dr. Who, either. That’s cool, I have my Firefly/Serenity and BSG DVDs to sustain me. Mwahahahahaha!
    Oh, and Coulton simply ROCKS!

  4. says

    I’m with Mike on Nemesis – I enjoyed it, and yes, I loved the ship ramming scene too. First Contact is still my favorite though.

    As for Doctor Who, I think it’s ‘comfort food’ for a lot of us that enjoy it. As a 33 year old man I’m almost afraid to admit I came close to a girly squeal when I saw K-9 was coming back.

    As a child I always thought he was the ‘ideal’ of what I wanted as a pet. Never quite worked out though, and I’m still lacking a K-9 unit, though at least now I understand the whole ‘inability of technology’ thing compared to back then when I just figured my parents were being unfair. :)