Doctor Who: The Moment

Tom Dickinson

Each week on The Moment, I speak with a different guest about an individual moment in an episode of Doctor Who that means a lot to them: something that really had in impact on them, or that they had a strong reaction to, or that they think a lot about for whatever reason.

The Moment: Season 1 Trailer
Trailer 2 min 13 sec

All Episodes

This week, I'm joined by Delia Gallegos (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/delia-gallegos), to discuss a moment from 2020's Fugitive of the Judoon. The episode aired in the middle of Jodie Whittaker's first season as the Doctor, and introduces Jo Martin as a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor. We talk about the sheer amazing surprise of the reveal, how Jo Martin and Jodie Whittaker play on one another, and what the future may hold for this incarnation of the Doctor. Special Guest: Delia Gallegos.

Mar 22

28 min 42 sec

This week, I'm joined by Adrienne Enderle (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/adrienne-enderle), to discuss a moment from 2010's The Big Bang, the finale of Matt Smith's first season as the Eleventh Doctor. We talk about what it means to be a story, how we can make it a good one, and what makes the story of Doctor Who so important during our pandemic year. You can follow Adrienne on Twitter at @alwaysadrienne (http://twitter.com/alwaysadrienne). Special Guest: Adrienne Enderle.

Feb 24

27 min 26 sec

This week, I'm joined by Paul Cornell (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/paul-cornell), to discuss a moment from 1979's Nightmare of Eden, the fourth serial of Tom Baker's penultimate season as the Fourth Doctor. We talk about the Doctor's history of employment and unemployment, the Fourth Doctor's particular relationship with money and commerce, and whether or not Paul is in fact "just having fun." You can follow Paul on Twitter at @Paul_Cornell (http://twitter.com/Paul_Cornell). Special Guest: Paul Cornell.

Feb 4

28 min 6 sec

This week, I'm joined by Sanjay Lago (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/sanjay-lago), to discuss a moment from 2008's Journey's End, the finale of series four, David Tennant's third and final full season as the Doctor. We talk about the culmination of four years of Doctor Who storytelling, how Doctor Who got Sanjay through hard times, and what such a scene of togetherness can mean to us now during a long period of isolation. You can follow Sanjay on Twitter at @SanjayLago (http://twitter.com/SanjayLago). Special Guest: Sanjay Lago.

Jan 21

27 min 49 sec

This week, I'm joined by Merlin Mann (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/merlin-mann), to discuss another moment from The Day of the Doctor, the 50th anniversary special from 2013, featuring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, John Hurt as the War Doctor, and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. We discuss what it means to for the Doctor to encounter himself from another time, how media nostalgia can do the same for us, and how the Doctor's promise makes him such a compelling character. You can follow Merlin on Twitter at @hotdogsladies (http://twitter.com/hotdogsladies). Special Guest: Merlin Mann.

Jan 13

25 min 58 sec

To kick off this season, I'm joined by Shannon Dohar (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/shannon-dohar), to discuss a moment from The Day of the Doctor, the 50th anniversary special from 2013, featuring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Tom Baker as the Curator. We discuss the magic of Tom Baker's voice, the ways we respond to art, and what exactly makes a great curator. You can follow Shannon on Twitter at @sdohar (http://twitter.com/sdohar). Special Guest: Shannon Dohar.

Jan 6

30 min 53 sec

Each week on The Moment, I speak with a different guest about an individual moment in an episode of Doctor Who that means a lot to them. Season 3 premieres January 6th, 2021. Featured voices: * Tom Dickinson (https://www.themomentpod.com/hosts/tom-dickinson) * Merlin Mann (https://twitter.com/hotdogsladies) * Delia Gallegos (https://twitter.com/deliaistyping) * Sanjay Lago (https://www.sanjaylago.co.uk) * Paul Cornell (https://www.paulcornell.com) * Adrienne Enderle (https://twitter.com/alwaysadrienne) * Shannon Dohar (https://twitter.com/sdohar) Featured music: * "Fishing Take Down (https://open.spotify.com/track/2WkXgVyMkLGiWcAhuxprfn?si=dHxWHS-GR4m9u8-gxoopKg)" by Segun Akinola * "Lo-fi Chill Beats for Time And Space Travel" by Telesnaps.

Dec 2020

3 min 42 sec

For the final episode of season two of The Moment, I'm joined by Graeme Burk (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/graeme-burk), to discuss two parallel moments: one from 2005's The End of The World, featuring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose, and one from 1964's The Edge of Destruction, featuring William Hartnell as the First Doctor and Jacqueline Hill as Barbara. We talk about how the Doctor learns to open up to his companions, how the show's storytelling style and approach to character has changed, and the importance of character drama as the core element of Doctor Who. You can follow Graeme on Twitter at @graemeburk (http://twitter.com/graemeburk). Special Guest: Graeme Burk.

Feb 2020

29 min 24 sec

This week, I'm joined by Mikayla Micomonaco (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/mikayla-micomonaco), to discuss a moment from 2018's The Woman Who Fell to Earth, the first episode to star Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. We talk about the trends in Doctor Who that had brought Mikayla to consider quitting the show, the aspects of this episode that brought them back in, and how far the show still has left to go. You can follow Mikayla on Twitter at @mikaylamic (http://twitter.com/mikaylamic). Special Guest: Mikayla Micomonaco.

Dec 2019

27 min 53 sec

This week, I'm joined by Erika Ensign (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/erika-ensign), to discuss a moment from 2012's Asylum of the Daleks, the first episode of Matt Smith's final season as the Doctor, featuring Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams. We talk about why these two companions have so much difficulty communicating, and how this moment clarified the nature of their relationship for Erika. You can follow Erika on Twitter at @hollygodarkly (http://twitter.com/hollygodarkly). Special Guest: Erika Ensign.

Oct 2019

31 min 40 sec

This week, I'm joined by Moisés Chiullán (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/moises-chiullan), to discuss a moment from the 2015 Christmas special, The Husbands of River Song, with Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor and Alex Kingston as River. We talk about what Capaldi brings to the table when portraying the Doctor's relationship with River, the closure this episode offers for a long-running storyline, and what the Doctor's actions in this episode say about him as a character. You can follow Moisés on Twitter at @moiseschiu (http://twitter.com/moiseschiu). Special Guest: Moisés Chiullán.

Oct 2019

29 min 4 sec

This week, I'm joined by Kathleen Schowalter (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/kathleen-schowalter), to discuss a moment from 2005's Rose, the first episode of modern Doctor Who, featuring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose. We talk about the visceral effect when someone shouts run, how this one word connects the many lives of the Doctor throughout the show's history, and what it means to Rose to have the opportunity to run with the Doctor. You can follow Kathleen on Twitter at @kschowalter (http://twitter.com/kschowalter). Special Guest: Kathleen Schowalter.

Sep 2019

29 min 52 sec

This week, I'm joined by Sage Young (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/sage-young), to discuss a moment from 2010’s The End of Time, Part 2, the final episode of David Tennant's run as the Tenth Doctor. We discuss the Doctor's enduring love of humanity, the way that Tennant portrays the Tenth Doctor's emotional life, and why Wilfred Mott is the perfect companion for the Doctor at this point in his life. You can follow Sage on Twitter at @sageyoungest (http://twitter.com/sageyoungest). Special Guest: Sage Young.

Aug 2019

29 min 33 sec

This week, I'm joined by Houman Sadri (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/houman-sadri), to discuss a moment from Part two of the 1975 serial Pyramids of Mars, from Tom Baker's second season of Doctor Who. We discuss how sound can terrify us, the impact of opening and closing credits on a viewing experience, and the role that fear and tension and cliffhangers have in making Doctor Who what it is. You can follow Houman on Twitter at @houmansadri (http://twitter.com/houmansadri). Special Guest: Houman Sadri.

Aug 2019

24 min 26 sec

This week, I'm joined by Chas Lilly (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/chas-lilly), to discuss a moment from 2013's The Name of the Doctor, the final episode of Matt Smith's third series as a the Doctor. We discuss how a hectic and busy story can be grounded by a moment of emotion, Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman's excellent performances, and what we're dreading in our personal futures. You can follow Chas on Twitter at @ChasLilly (http://twitter.com/ChasLilly). Special Guest: Chas Lilly.

Aug 2019

26 min 19 sec

This week, I'm joined by Connie Gibbs (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/connie-gibbs), to discuss a moment from 2017's The Pilot, the premiere of Peter Capaldi's third and final series as the Doctor, and the episode that introduces him to companion Bill Potts. We discuss how Bill's family history resonated with Connie's own, the brilliance of Bill's dynamic with the Doctor and how that brilliance was let down, and how a memento can tie us to someone who's no longer with us. You can follow Connie on Twitter at @ConStar24 (http://twitter.com/ConStar24). Special Guest: Connie Gibbs.

Jul 2019

27 min 50 sec

This week, Joy Piedmont (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/joy-piedmont) sits in as host and gives me, your usual host Tom Dickinson (http://www.themomentpod.com/hosts/tom-dickinson), an opportunity to talk about my own moment from 2008's Forest of the Dead. We examine the timey-wimey nature of River's storyline, the Twelfth Doctor's role in a story that was produced years before he ever appeared on-screen, and what it means for the Doctor to be the person who saves people. You can follow Joy on Twitter at @inquiringjoy (http://twitter.com/inquiringjoy), and you can follow me at @NowWeAreAllTom (http://twitter.com/nowwearealltom). Special Guest: Joy Piedmont.

Jul 2019

30 min 30 sec

This week, I'm joined by Deb Stanish (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/deb-stanish), to discuss a moment from 2005's The Parting of the Ways, the finale of Christopher Eccleston's first and only season as the Doctor. We discuss how Rose's perspective really spoke to Deb's personal history, the Doctor's history of putting companions' safety before their agency, and the aspects of the scene that some fans find troublingly classist. You can follow Deb on Twitter at @DebStanish (http://twitter.com/DebStanish). Special Guest: Deb Stanish.

Jul 2019

28 min 47 sec

This week, I'm joined by Rachel T (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/rachel-t), to discuss a moment from The Witchfinders, a historical adventure from Jodie Whittaker's debut season in 2018. We discuss the frustrations of not seeing yourself represented on screen, the Doctor's relationship with religion, and how we find meaning in problematic stories. You can follow Rachel on Twitter at @rtpuppydog (http://twitter.com/rtpuppydog). Special Guest: Rachel T.

Jul 2019

27 min 4 sec

This week, I'm joined by Chip Sudderth (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/chip-sudderth), to discuss Matt Smith’s first appearance in 2010’s The End of Time, Part 2. We discuss the wonder of change, the delightful exuberance of Matt Smith’s Doctor, and how we feel when the show moves on from the era we loved most. You can follow Chip on Twitter at @2minutetimelord (http://twitter.com/2minutetimelord). Special Guest: Chip Sudderth.

Jul 2019

29 min 38 sec

Each week on The Moment, I speak with a different guest about an individual moment in an episode of Doctor Who that means a lot to them. This trailer includes audio from upcoming episodes featuring guests Houman Sadri, Mikayla Micomonaco, Rachel T, Chas Lilly, Erika Ensign, Connie Gibbs, Deb Stanish, Chip Sudderth, and Sage Young. (It also features audio from Doctor Who, obviously.) Season 2 of The Moment begins on July 3rd, 2019. As always, the best thing you can do to help support the show is to recommend it to someone you think might enjoy it. But this year you can also support the show with money, on Patreon (http://patreon.com/themomentpod). For now there are no special benefits associated with being a Patron, it’s just a way for you to support the show if you’re interested, But when I reach $50 per episode, I’ll start doing bonus episodes every two months, and I might add other goals or rewards in the future. Please note that the Moment’s Patron does charge per episode, some Patreons charge per month, but this one is going to charge you each time I put out a regular non-bonus episode of the show. So that should be once a week for thirteen weeks, and then not at all, for a few months, until the show starts again for season 3. I did that because I didn’t want it to charge anyone for months when the show is not being produced. And if you would like to support the show but don’t want to make it a recurring thing of it, you can head over to Ko-Fi (http://ko-fi.com/themomentpod) and do that there. I want to stress that the show is free, and it will always be free, and you do not need to pay for it unless you want to. If you do choose to throw a little money my way, know that I am grateful. However, regardless of whether you choose to support the show on Patreon, please also use your money to support causes that make a real difference in the world. I suggest donating to an organization like the American Civil Liberties Union (http://aclu.org), or the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (http://raicestexas.org). You may recall that the first episode of The Moment ended with an editorial about the crisis at the southern US border, and in the year since then things have not gotten any better. And if you’re looking for something else to do with your money then might I suggest you donate to organizations that support transgender rights, like Mermaids UK (https://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk), which advocates for transgender youths in the UK, and the Transgender Law Center (https://www.transgenderlawcenter.org), an org that advocates for trans rights laws and policies in the US. Trans folks are a vital part of the Doctor Who fan community, and in the past month or so, there have been some rather distressing instances of people with platforms in that community spouting bigoted, transphobic rhetoric or normalizing transphobia. And a recent report from the BBC (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48756370), indicating that anti-transgender hate crimes across the UK are up 81% from where they were two years ago, serves as a reminder of the consequences that this rhetoric can have, and the reason it’s important to protect our transgender friends in the Doctor Who fan community and the world at large. Like I’ve said in the past, my primary goal for the Moment is not to serve as a political soapbox. But the Second Doctor said it best: “There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things that act against everything we believe in. They must be fought.” That’s all for now, follow the show at @themomentpod (http://twitter.com/themomentpod) on twitter, support the show on Patreon (http://patreon.com/themomentpod) And stay tuned, because season 2 will be with you, in a Moment.

Jun 2019

5 min

For the season finale of The Moment, I'm joined by Alyssa Franke (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/alyssa-franke), to discuss the closing moments of the most recent Doctor Who episode, 2017's Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time. We discuss the departure of a beloved Doctor, the arrival of an exciting new Doctor, and the impact of this historic moment on the Doctor Who fandom. You can follow Alyssa on Twitter at @WhovianFeminism (http://twitter.com/whovianfeminism). Special Guest: Alyssa Franke.

Oct 2018

37 min 4 sec

This week, I'm joined by Talcott Starr (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/talcott-starr), to discuss Abigail's song in 2010's A Christmas Carol. We discuss how this episode intersects with Talcott's own story, the themes of grief and love in Matt Smith's era of Doctor Who, and how love lets us see one another across time. You can follow Talcott on Twitter at @talcotts (http://twitter.com/talcotts). Special Guest: Talcott Starr.

Sep 2018

31 min 2 sec

This week, I'm joined by Tai Gooden (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/tai-gooden), as we discuss Martha's departure from the TARDIS in 2007's Last of the Time Lords. We discuss Martha's long hard journey, the tendency of fandom to pit her against a certain other companion, and the importance of knowing when to get out. You can follow Tai on Twitter at @taigooden (http://twitter.com/taigooden). Special Guest: Tai Gooden.

Sep 2018

28 min 49 sec

This week, I'm joined by Luke Harrison (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/luke-harrison), as we discuss the encounter between Unstoffe the con man and Binro the Heretic from 1978's The Ribos Operation. We discuss the role of science and the supernatural in Doctor Who, the fundamental nature of truth itself, and briefly, the Chuckle Brothers. You can follow Luke on Twitter at @backintheussr6 (http://twitter.com/backintheussr6). Special Guest: Luke Harrison.

Sep 2018

28 min 37 sec

This week, I'm joined by Alex Cox (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/Alex-Cox), and we chat about Amy and Rory's leap of faith from 2012's The Angels Take Manhattan. We discuss Amy's definitive choice, examine the family dynamic of the Eleventh Doctor era, and decide who's going to water the plants. You can follow Alex on Twitter at @AlexCox (http://twitter.com/AlexCox). Special Guest: Alex Cox.

Sep 2018

27 min 10 sec

This week, I'm joined by Erik Stadnik (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/erik-stadnik), to chat about a pleasantly open moment with the Fifth Doctor from 1982's Kinda. We discuss what makes the Doctor a good traveller, how we interact with people aren't like us, and why it's good to confront the things that live in the dark places. You can follow Erik on Twitter at @sjcAustenite (http://twitter.com/sjcAustenite). Special Guest: Erik Stadnik.

Aug 2018

28 min 24 sec

This week, I'm joined by Lizbeth Myles (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/lizbeth-myles), to chat about an uplifting moment from 2015's Hell Bent. We talk about the conclusion to Clara's character arc (concluding The Moment's loose trilogy of Twelfth Doctor and Clara discussions), and examine how it sets up a the bright future of possibility for its characters, and for Doctor Who itself. You can follow Lizbeth on Twitter at @lmmyles (http://twitter.com/lmmyles). Special Guest: Lizbeth Myles.

Aug 2018

27 min 50 sec

This week, I'm joined by Joy Piedmont (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/joy-piedmont), to chat about a striking moment of tension from 1989's Battlefield. We look at the story's rather direct acknowledgement of racism, an unusual thing to see on Doctor Who. We also discuss Doctor Who's track record of East Asian representation, and why a moment like this can be both refreshing and disappointing at the same time. You can follow Joy on Twitter at @inquiringjoy (http://twitter.com/inquiringjoy). Special Guest: Joy Piedmont.

Aug 2018

27 min 11 sec

This week, I'm joined by Lewis C (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/lewis-c), to explore a world without the Doctor in 2008's Turn Left, and the rare moment of real, human horror in that story. The main topic is how human beings can be pushed to the worst kind of cruelty, but there's some fun stuff too. You can follow Lewis on Twitter at @floatoneast (http://twitter.com/floatoneast). Special Guest: Lewis C.

Aug 2018

26 min 27 sec

This week, I'm joined by my friend Evan Teng (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/evan-teng), to discuss the heart-to-hearts conversation between the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald from 2014's Mummy on the Orient Express. Along the way we talk about taking charge, changing who you are, and why the two of us both hold the Doctor and Clara's storyline together in such high regard. You can follow Evan on Twitter at @hvnlyevan (http://twitter.com/hvnlyevan). Special Guest: Evan Teng.

Aug 2018

26 min 27 sec

This week, I'm joined by podcaster and lifelong Doctor Who fan Rachel Donner (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/rachel-donner), to discuss the long-delayed farewell between the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith from 2006's School Reunion. Along the way we talk about Sarah Jane's history with the Doctor, including her first farewell in 1976's The Hand of Fear, and we explore the importance of goodbyes in the show and in our own lives. You can follow Rachel on Twitter at @rmiriam (http://twitter.com/rmiriam). Special Guest: Rachel Donner.

Jul 2018

26 min 26 sec

This week, I'm joined by comedian and writer Riley Silverman (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/riley-silverman), to discuss a conversation between the Doctor and Clara from Peter Capaldi's 2014 debut, Deep Breath. We talk about what this moment meant for the character of the Twelfth Doctor, the tattoo this episode inspired Riley to get, and the resonance between this moment and the events in her own life at the time it aired. You can follow Riley on Twitter at @rileyjsilverman (http://twitter.com/rileyjsilverman). Special Guest: Riley Silverman.

Jul 2018

25 min

For the first ever episode of The Moment, I'm joined by Louis Mitas (http://www.themomentpod.com/guests/louis-mitas), my former co-host on The Cloister Room (http://thecloisterroom.com/). We talk about a moment from 2010's The Beast Below (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beast_Below). It's fun, but fair warning, things get a little heavy during the back half of the episode. You can follow Louis on Twitter at @milesbelli (http://twitter.com/milesbelli). Special Guest: Louis Mitas.

Jul 2018

30 min 20 sec

Each week on The Moment, I speak with a different guest about an individual moment in an episode of Doctor Who that means a lot to them. Season 1 premieres July 11, 2018. This trailer includes audio from upcoming episodes featuring guests Riley Silverman, Lizbeth Myles, Louis Mitas, and Evan Teng. It also includes a bunch of audio clips from Doctor Who. A no-prize shall be awarded to the first person to correctly identify every episode or serial that I've excerpted.

Jul 2018

2 min 13 sec