Take it for what it is... entertaining and educational, fun and frivolous, a podcast celebrating Doctor Who, the world's longest running science fiction (dare I say fantasy) television program. But by all means, by any means, take it... take it along for a walk, a ride, a jog, a commute, take it with you for a lazy afternoon leaning against your favorite shade tree as you watch the clouds pass by, take it while you clean out that junk drawer you've been meaning to get to for the past 100 years, just take it!
I suppose one of my favorite aspects of Podshock are crew and cast interviews. I was fortunate enough to attend a Doctor Who convention years ago, when Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred were in the lead roles, and I can tell you there's nothing like meeting the folks that make magic come to life. Time has a way of claiming our heroes, so many have passed away, Sarah Jane and the Brigadier most recently, yet we are able to get a glimpse into the life of many by way of interviews shared through Podshock. And that is very cool.
Say what you will about the format. Every format has limits. Podshock pushes the limits by offering up an Enhanced Podcast. And that's cool. Say what you will about how Podshock news really isn't news. There are so many ways to tap into the vortex of stuff that constitutes what we accept as news, nobody can be on top of it all of the time, certainly not when the show it celebrates has been around for nearly 50 years. Podshock doesn't surprise me with Doctor Who trivia that would make an insomniac yawn, but it does report the major happenings in the Whoniverse. And that's cool.
The hosts? Louis, Ken, and James are fans, that's obvious, and that's cool. I don't want to hear anyone but a fan ramble on about the good Doctor. These guys love the show and care about the product they deliver. That's good enough for me. I don't have to agree with them all the time... I can't, they don't always agree with one another, but that's a reflection of the program the podcast pays tribute to, where everyone is welcome, and it matters not your age, color, creed, gender, planet of origin, or any other man-made difference between us... be ye glad that the TARDIS is bigger on the inside! There's room for all!
This isn't the 6 o'clock news, so don't make Podshock into something it isn't by comparing it to any other podcast out there. Take it for what it is, a fan based and a fan produced celebration of Doctor Who, a podcast that takes me back to my days as a member of a Who based fan club in which we produced a newsletter featuring information about the series, the characters, the people that portrayed them, plus member stories and art, lots of member stories and art. Podshock is the present day digital audio equivalent to that newsletter. And that is very cool. Podshock gets 4 out of 5 stars here (4 out of 5 TARDIS groans elsewhere) because there's always room for improvement, no matter how good something is... and as podcasts go, this one is at the top of the list.