By Ben McKenzie and John Richards
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Splendid Chaps is a year-long celebration of Doctor Who‘s fiftieth anniversary: eleven live performances recorded as podcasts in which your brains will be fed, your funny bones tickled, and your hearts opened (yes, both of them!). Hosted by writer John Richards (ABC1's Outland, Boxcutters podcast) and comedian Ben McKenzie (Dungeon Crawl, Pop Up Playground), with special guests, musical performances and surprises every episode.
||CleanSpin-offs: The Sarah Jane Adventures||For part two of our Doctor Who spin-offs mini-series, we move in to Bannerman Road and see if we know where to look to find a whole universe of adventure, right here at home… Yes, hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott talk all about||25 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpin-offs: Torchwood||Yes, the chaps are back in part one of their Doctor Who spin-offs mini-series! This time we go outside the government and beyond the police – whatever that means – to talk about everyone’s favourite not-so-secret organisation which fights alien m||8 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTen Years a Who!||Surprise! It’s a new episode of Splendid Chaps! This year – on the 26th of March – the modern era of Doctor Who had its tenth anniversary. We were hoping to put together a live show to celebrate this milestone, but alas that wasn’t to be.||18 4 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNight Terrace/Home||Surprise! Just when you thought you’d got rid of us, we thought we’d pop up and tell you all about our new project, Night Terrace! Our Kickstarter campaign is now underway and you can find it here! But rather than just spam your ears,||12 3 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat I Learned From Doctor Who||Well, here it is: the last released episode of Splendid Chaps. And what a suitable topic to go out on! John, Ben and Petra discuss what they’ve learned from Doctor Who over the years with guests comedian, actor and teacher Rob Lloyd (Who, Me.||22 2 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Other Splendid Chaps: The Companions||Time for a bit of time travel: on Tuesday, November 19 2013, as part of Melbourne City Library’s week-long Doctor Who Festival, Ben, John and Petra were joined by writer, director and podcaster Lucas Testro and broadcaster,||22 1 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSplendid Chaps By Request||Six topics, one hour, four chaps. Yes, it’s our bonus “By Request” episode in which Ben, John, Petra and fourth chap David Ashton discuss topics requested by our Pozible backers! And we go back, back to our very beginning,||30 12 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Splendid Chaps Christmas Special||Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! Yes, it’s our last live (and lively) show, recorded on December 15th back where we started this mad journey, at the Bella Union in Melbourne. It’s also a Christmas party to bid a a fond farewell,||22 12 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Not-So-Splendid Chaps: Monsters and Villains||We went to Sydney! Thanks to all our wonderful Pozible backers, on Saturday, November 30 the chaps travelled north to the Roxbury Hotel in Glebe to record this episode with guests Alice Fraser, Maddie Palmer and Steven “Bajo” O’Donnell,||10 12 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEleven/Future||It’s the big one! Our actually-released-on-the-anniversary spectacular features hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott discussing Matt Smith, the future, and plenty of other Doctor Who goodness with guests Stella Young and Justin||22 11 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpoilers and Surprises||Surprise! It’s a bonus episode of Splendid Chaps all about spoilers and surprises in Doctor Who! (We bet you thought we’d forgotten about this one! But with the surprise early release of the Day of the Doctor trailer, it seemed like the right tim||9 11 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTen/Sex||Sit down for this one, ‘cos you’re gonna get hot under the collar as hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott discuss David Tennant and sex in Doctor Who with guests Aimee Nichols and Richard Watts in our tenth (ish) live Splen||22 10 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDimensions in Brisbane||In early September, Ben was fortunate enough to participate in the 2013 Brisbane Writers Festival, a festival which embraced genre writing with panels on licensed works, comics, crime, romance and many more.||8 10 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNine/Women||Splendid Chaps finally makes it to new Who! Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott discuss Christopher Eccleston and women in Doctor Who (and didn’t we need more time for that huge topic!) with guests Karen Pickering,||23 9 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEight/Science||Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott discuss the Paul McGann telemovie, and then bring in guest scientists Jack Scanlan, Alan Duffy and Allie Ford to talk science in Doctor Who as part of National Science Week!||22 8 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeven/Religion (part two)||Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott, along with guests Paul Callaghan and Dave Bloustien, return for the second half of our seventh live Splendid Chaps episode, recorded at The Public Bar in Melbourne on July 14, 2013.||29 7 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeven/Religion (part one)||Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott discuss Sylvester McCoy’s time as the Doctor in this, the first part of our seventh live Splendid Chaps episode, recorded at The Public Bar in Melbourne on July 14, 2013. Yes,||22 7 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSix/Clothes||Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott discuss Colin Baker and clothes in Doctor Who in the sixth (well, okay…ninth) live Splendid Chaps episode, recorded at Agent 284 in Melbourne on June 15, 2013.||22 6 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFive/Fear||Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott discuss Peter Davison and fear in Doctor Who in the fifth (well, okay…seventh) live Splendid Chaps episode, recorded at the Public Bar in Melbourne on May 19, 2013,||22 5 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho and Books||Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott met as part of Darebin Libraries’ Geek Week to discuss all things Doctor Who books in this special extra live Splendid Chaps episode, recorded at Northcote Library in Melbourne on Star Wars Day,||12 5 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFour/Comedy||Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott discuss Tom Baker and comedy in Doctor Who in the fourth live Splendid Chaps episode, recorded in two parts at Trades Hall in Melbourne as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on April||22 4 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComedy Festival Cutaway||Ben was having so much fun talking to fellow comedians about Doctor Who that he couldn’t stop at just three…so here are three more! Sarah Jones is a ventriloquist who, when she’s not performing on a cruise ship or in the UK,||18 4 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComedy Festival Mini-episode||Since we were talking about Doctor Who and comedy for our fourth episode, as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Splendid Chap Ben McKenzie sought out a few fellow Doctor Who fan comedians and asked them about their relationship with t.||13 4 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThree/Family||Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott discuss Jon Pertwee and Doctor Who’s representation of “Family” in the third live Splendid Chaps episode, recorded at the Tuxedo Cat pop-up venue in Adelaide on Sunday, March 10, 2013.||22 3 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwo/Evil||Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott discuss Patrick Troughton and the nature of “Evil” in the second live Splendid Chaps episode, recorded at 303 in Melbourne on Sunday, February 17, 2013. With special guests Toby Truslove,||22 2 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOne/Authority||Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott discuss William Hartnell and the notion of “Authority” in the first live Splendid Chaps episode, recorded at the Bella Union in Melbourne on Sunday, January 13, 2013.||22 1 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Zero||In the back room of a Northcote cafe, Ben McKenzie and John Richards, accompanied by intrepid sound guy David Ashton, met over coffee (and organic ginger beer) to record a special “Episode Zero” introduction to their new Doctor Who podcast,||2 1 2013||Free||View in iTunes|
Funny, interesting, well-grounded
Splendid chaps is a monthly podcast being released on the 23rd of each month in the lead up to the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Each month has a featured doctor and a discussion theme. I've really enjoyed Ben, John and the guests thoughts and knowledge about the Doctors and themes so far, and the laughs had throughout the show. Thank you. It's good. Keep warm.
An entertaining and informative podcast
A very entertaining and informative podcast on the subject of Doctor Who, by an accomplished comedian and a funny podcaster, each trying to out-funny and out-nerd each other.
If you are a fan of Dr Who this is a really funny podcast with some great back stories and information on Dr Who. Even if you aren't a massive fan, it's really funny enough to justify giving it a go. Highly recommended!