As I mentioned earlier, pal Jesse Merlin and I recently started a podcast in which we talk about classic Doctor Who. It’s called Pledge Break and I can’t figure out how to embed the Libsyn player for some reason* but you can find it here.
We are both big fans of old-timey Who, of course, but we tend to have “specialties” on the show — that is, Jesse knows about acting and TV-making, and I know about history, so we each talk about our special areas. The thing is that of course the historical and historical-influenced episodes bounce around all over the place. So far on the show I have had to talk about:
- Saladin, his family and the origins of the Ayyubid Dynasty.
- Medieval castles and warfare.
- The Renaissance, broadly, including its dating.
- Bodiam castle!
- King John and Magna Carta.
- Iron Age houses and farms.
- Arthurian myth and legend.
- Historical weapons and armour.
- The 1066 campaign.
- The dynastic politics of 11th-century northern Europe.
- The Jacobite rising of 1745 and Jacobites in general.
And that’s for the first season-and-a-bit, i.e. the bit where we have still have many episodes to choose from and don’t have to talk about some stuff I really don’t know anything about, like the French wars of religion or something.
It’s actually pretty good for the brain — one of the nice things about having done as much of this stuff as I’ve done is that I’m usually able to grasp new information pretty quickly. I’m sure I will know a fair amount about religious conflict in France by the time we’re done.
To summarise: listen to my podcast, it’s good. Although the intro’s a bit fuzzy; sorry about that.
*The reason is I am a dumbass.