Reality Bomb - a Doctor Who podcast
Reality Bomb is a monthly podcast that explores the strange and uncharted world of Doctor Who through its fans.
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 083 - Variations on a Timeless Child 09/28/2020
Reality Bomb Episode 083 - Variations on a Timeless Child On the eighty-third edition of Reality Bomb, we've given over everything to a special episode exploring fan reaction to, and the impact of, the coming of the timeless child to Doctor Who through eight different variations 1) Doctor Who In 90 Seconds or Less - Kim Rogers runs us through all the changes to the Doctor over a 53 year period in one minute, thirty seconds. 2) This Ain't Our First Rodeo - Jim Sangster explains the evolution of continuity in Doctor Who, and why it matters to fans so much. 3) Diagnosis: Fandom - There's a medical mystery, and Series 12 is at the bottom of it. With Shannon Dohar, Andy Hicks and Drew Meyer 4) Sacrificing Drama - Ari Lipsey has an issue with The Timeless Children. It's not what you think. 5) The Island of Misfit Continuity - Where do all the developments that happen to the Doctor on TV that no one talks about end up? Scot Clarke is on the case. 6) When Bad Retcons Happen to Good People - Petra Mayer talks about the worst day of being a fan... November 23, 2013. 7) Adoption Story - Joy Piedmont explores the timeless child and its connection to adoption. 8) Timeless Cracks - A poem by Sanjay Lago
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 082 - The Best of Comedy Sketches 2 08/26/2020
Reality Bomb Episode 082 - The Best of Comedy Sketches 2 On the eighty-second episode of Reality Bomb, we’ve given over the whole episode to revisit the best of our comedy sketches as selected (mostly) by you, the listener! Join Joy Piedmont and comedy sketch performers Kim Rogers, Bill Evenson and Drew Meyer as they go back through the past seven years of Reality Bomb comedic highlights including "F*ck That Guy", "Watch This Space", "Bruce and Darren in the Logos Operation", "Pam Brandeis - The Whofauldi Brief", "A Message from BBC America", "Doctor Who Feminist Agenda Meeting", "Daleklab 1 - Speculation", "Dylan Devlin: How to Lose Your Shit as Doctor Who Fan" and much more! Plus we offer a new version of "Spoiler Cops! - The Hostage Panel"
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 081 – The Shelter In Place Live Edition 3 06/29/2020
Reality Bomb Episode 081 – The Shelter In Place Live Edition 3 On the eighty-first edition of Reality Bomb, with sensible people still in lockdown during the global pandemic, we returned once more to do offer a super-sized episode of Reality Bomb live on Zoom. This time, we bring our true confessions revealing our deepest, darkest secret shames, embarrassments and wrongs we have committed regarding Doctor Who to the confession dial. We also play (courtesy of Head Over Feels) This or That! Plus The Tsuranga Conundrum is in the Gallery of the Underrated and we have Listener's Q and A! And... an ode to a t-shirt. Resources related to Joy’s editorial: For those who have no idea what Intersectionality is:
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 080– The Shelter In Place Live Edition 2 05/31/2020
Reality Bomb Episode 080– The Shelter In Place Live Edition 2 On the eightieth edition of Reality Bomb, while we're all still in lockdown during a global pandemic, we decided to do another episode of Reality Bomb live on Zoom. We talk about the stand up and cheer moments we love in Doctor Who. The 2003 webcast Scream of the Shalka with Richard E Grant comes to the Gallery of the Underrated. And we play a game where you have to guess what scene from Doctor Who is being (badly) acted out! Plus... Pam Brandeis: Fan Attorney has a case to win on Zoom!
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 079 - The Shelter In Place Live Edition 04/22/2020
Reality Bomb Episode 079 - The Shelter In Place Live Edition On the seventy-ninth edition of Reality Bomb, we decided to cheer ourselves up during the pandemic by doing a live episode of Reality Bomb... over Zoom. Graeme Burk and Joy Piedmont are joined by Kim Rogers, Shannon Dohar, Alex Kennard and Bill Evenson as they talk about the Doctor Who we're watching or experiencing that provides comfort. Bill brings the 1965 Peter Cushing movie Dr. Who and the Daleks to the Gallery of the Underrated. And we play Doctor Who fan version of "Never have I ever..." Plus the return of "F*ck that guy"! if you want to watch!
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 078 03/24/2020
Reality Bomb Episode 078 On the seventy-eighth edition of Reality Bomb, Lacy Baugher and Sage Young come together one last time to discuss the final episodes of series 12, the finale, the change to the Doctor's backstory and more. Joy Piedmont gets Graeme Burk to sit on the other side of the microphone alongside Robert Smith? to discuss their new episode guide to the modern series, And the AV Club's Caroline Siede stops by the Gallery of the Underrated to discuss the Matt Smith / James Corden bromance-with-Cybermen, Closing Time. Plus we go behind the scenes at a Big Finish production meeting! Be well, stay safe everybody.
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 077 02/12/2020
Reality Bomb Episode 077 On the seventy-seventh edition of Reality Bomb, we bring Sage Young, Lacy Baugher and Petra Mayer together to discuss Series 12, its shock revelations and what's going right and what's going wrong this year in Doctor Who. We also talk to Tom Spilsbury, former Doctor Who Magazine editor and contributor to Inside Soap magazine to break down Doctor Who's ratings this season. And we debut a new feature, Planet Who, which looks at fandom from around the globe -- this time looking at the recent with one of its co-directors Pauline Cadart Serizel. Plus Listeners' Letters and the exciting conclusion of Spoiler Cops!
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 076 01/24/2020
Reality Bomb Episode 076 On the seventy-sixth edition of Reality Bomb, Graeme Burk is talking about the return of the Master, the threat of apocalypse and the inventions of Nikola Tesla as look at the first four episodes of Series 12 with our review team for this season, Sage Young and Lacy Baugher, alongside Angelique Roche. Twissys and Thasmins rejoice as Joy Piedmont decodes the world of shipping with Kim Rogers, Paul Booth and Heather Berberet. And the Jodie Whittaker era comes to the Gallery of the Underrated when Kat Climpson discusses The Ghost Monument. Plus Spoiler Cops continues!
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 075 12/20/2019
Reality Bomb Episode 075 On the seventy-fifth edition of Reality Bomb, we're looking back on the past decade's worth of Doctor Who as NPR Books editor Petra Mayer, Den of Geek's Kayti Burt, Jon Arnold and Kat Climpson discuss the best Doctor Who of the 2010s with Graeme Burk. Joy Piedmont looks back on the Doctor Who Christmas specials with our Christmas Questions quiz with Bill Evenson, Kelly Boaz and Adrienne Enderle. And Graeme takes another trip to the Gallery of the Underrated to talk about the Jon Pertwee story the Mutants with emeritus producer Alex Kennard. Plus the return of Spoiler Cops!
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 074 11/29/2019
Reality Bomb Episode 074 On the seventy-fourth edition of Reality Bomb, Joy Piedmont is talking to Heather Berberet and Rachel Donner about the brand-new trailer for Series 12, what they're excited about, how it stacks up against past trailers and how it feels to have your favourite TV program ghost you for almost a year. Meanwhile, Graeme Burk talks to Sage Young and Den of Geek's Lacy Baugher about the slate of new and returning writers and directors. And a surprise guest (well to some people, anyway) comes to the Gallery of the Underrated with The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People. All this... plus the game show every Doctor Who fan has been playing this past year!
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 073 - Live in New York 10/17/2019
Reality Bomb Episode 073 - Live in New York On the seventy-third edition of Reality Bomb we have a special live episode recorded at the Stone Creek Bar and Lounge in New York with Graeme Burk and Joy Piedmont. First, we bring together NPR Books editor Petra Mayer, Marvel Comics writer Dan Slott and Bustle's movies editor Sage Young to discuss where things go from here with Doctor Who series 12. Then we subject Nick Abadzis, Shannon Dohar and Chip Sudderth to our fiendishly hard music quiz. And we talk with The Moment's Tom Dickinson about the end of Whofaldi and the Hybrid as he brings Hell Bent into the Gallery of the Underrated. Plus we have a bonus quiz with Rachel Donner and Edie Nugent and a double shot of comedy with Kim Rogers, Adrienne Enderle, Edie Nugent, Chip Sudderth, Jason Miller, Shannon Dohar and Tom Dickinson!
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 072 09/18/2019
Reality Bomb Episode 072 On the seventy-second edition of Reality Bomb, we remember to Doctor Who writer, script editor, author and legend Terrance Dicks with a special tribute from Martin Belam, Nick Abadzis, Lisa Gledhill, Jon Arnold, Jason A. Miller and Bill Evenson. YouTuber, fan and Doctor Who Magazine Time Team member Claudia Boleyn uncouples Utopia from the series 3 finale and brings it to the Gallery of the Underrated. And the craze sweeping the fandom is back as Is This Rumour Hot or Not? returns with emeritus producer Alex Kennard and Kim Rogers. All this plus a poem in honour of Terrance Dicks by Chris Fosten, and we blow wide the conspiracy behind what's going on with Doctor Who in Cardiff.
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 071 08/19/2019
Reality Bomb Episode 071 On the seventy-first edition of Reality Bomb, we’ve given over the entire episode to a special report on convention safety. We’re doing a 90-minute deep dive on the topic on harassment at conventions and what convention organizers need to do to make cons safer. We talk to outside resources and experts as well as people in fandom and survivors including Christine Chapman of Uplift, an organization which has a special outreach program that creates codes of conduct for conventions and trains volunteer staff. We talk to Trickssi of the Cosplayer Survivor Support Network, an organization supporting survivors of abuse at cons. And we talk to Doctor Who fans Sage Young and Felicity Kuzinitz about their perspective within Doctor Who fandom about con safety. We also talk to regular contributor Heather Berberet, who offers her insight as a psychologist on the issues of harassment. Finally, we offer the stories of survivors of harassment at conventions. For more information: – an organization dedicated to combating sexual abuse in online communities through education and advocacy. by Uplift – an initiative which offers staff and volunteer training to conventions and consultation on creating codes of conduct and more. - a support network for members of the cosplay community who are survivors of harassment, trauma, sexual assault, or abuse. CSSN offers a report card on convention harassment policies. If you or someone you know is a survivor and needs confidential support: In North America call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or go to to chat with a specialist. If you're in the UK call The National Rape Crisis Helpline at 0808 802 9999 or visit to
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 070 07/22/2019
Reality Bomb Episode 070 On the seventieth edition of Reality Bomb, Graeme Burk brings back emeritus producer Alex Kennard (and drafts Lori Steuart) for another segment of "Is This Rumour Hot or Not?" as they judge the latest rumours (or not) from the Doctor Who set. Neil Perryman brings the "love it or hate it" Sylvester McCoy story Ghost Light to the Gallery of the Underrated. And Joy Piedmont talks to Monica Duarte, Jim Sangster and Derek Compare about Doctor Who collecting in all its various forms. Plus listeners letters, and the protest about Ianto at BBC Wales goes into its tenth year!
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 069 06/24/2019
Reality Bomb Episode 069 On the sixty-ninth edition of Reality Bomb, Graeme Burk speaks to The Guardian's Martin Belam and Bustle's film editor Sage Young about Chris Chibnall's avoidance of publicity and whether or not Doctor Who needs hype (and if so how much) to survive in the modern media landscape. Joy Piedmont brings together Tai Gooden and Kat Climpson to talk about what other monsters from the Russell T Davies era (and more) could come back following the Judoon. And Pauline Serizel of the French YouTube channel discusses getting meta, fandom as heroes and a monster (literally) designed by an 10-year-old as Love & Monsters comes to the Gallery of the Underrated. Plus: we find inspiration in a t-shirt.
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 068 06/03/2019
Reality Bomb Episode 068 On the sixty-eighth edition of Reality Bomb, we have a special episode featuring two documentaries in honour of Graeme being a fan of Doctor Who for 35 years last month. First we re-present our documentary from episode 012 where Graeme celebrates his 30th year of being a fan and talks to several people about the ways Doctor Who fandom changed in the '80s, '90s and 2000s. We follow that up with a brand-new documentary where Graeme and some friends (and a special guest) discuss the developments in Doctor Who fandom over the past five years.
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 067A - Remembering Paul Condon 05/13/2019
Reality Bomb Episode 067A - Remembering Paul Condon This is a special edition of Reality Bomb remembering a special person: Paul Condon, who died late last week. Paul was brilliant, funny, thoughtful, mischievous and kind. He was a much-loved Doctor Who fan and we're paying tribute to him by presenting two interviews he did: the first (from episode 048) was recorded the day after Jodie Whittaker was cast as Paul explained who Jodie Whittaker was and what to watch of her work. The second is a Gallery of the Underrated from episode 047 as Paul explains why he thinks Delta and the Bannermen should get more love -- and offers a mind-blowing interpretation of what actually happened in that story. Paul Condon was the best of Doctor Who fandom. And he will be missed.
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 067 05/06/2019
Reality Bomb Episode 067 On the sixty-seventh edition of Reality Bomb, Graeme Burk asks the question “Why do conventions fail?” and Ly Cao, Jeff Elston and Jim Sangster discuss the logistical, economic and general reasons that have caused many cons lately to cancel at the last minute. Also a new book, Bookwyrm: An Unauthorised & Unconventional Guide to the Doctor Who Novels Volume 1, looks back on the Doctor Who New Adventures novels of the 1990s and its authors Robert Smith? and Anthony Wilson are here to talk about the days, long ago in an English winter, when Doctor Who was only to be found in prose. And Concorde crash lands in Jurassic England and author Jenny Colgan is on the spot talking about Time-Flight in the Gallery of the Underrated. All this plus Listeners Letters with Joy Piedmont, and the latest superhero sequel featuring an all-too familiar villain.
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 066 03/29/2019
Reality Bomb Episode 066 On the sixty-sixth edition of Reality Bomb, Joy Piedmont has brought Petra Mayer and Alex Kennard together to evaluate what rumours have escaped the locked down set of Doctor Who as "Is This Rumour Hot or Not?" returns for a new season. We're talking about Clara and things in the wifi when Kim Rogers brings The Bells of Saint John to the Gallery of the Underrated. And we have a special documentary looking back at one's first convention. Plus we have political ads about... Chris Chibnall!
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 065 01/21/2019
Reality Bomb Episode 065 On the sixty-fifth edition of Reality Bomb, we conclude our review of series 11 (and the 2019 New Year’s special, Resolution) as our review team of Sage Young and Lori Steuart talks to Graeme Burk about what made them happy, and unhappy, about the latest season, the standout stories, what they would change in the season to come and much more. Joy Piedmont talks to Jon Arnold, Delia Gallegos and Heather Berberet about the role families—actual and found—play in Doctor Who. And the Guardian’s Martin Belam takes us to the world of “teenaged” Kangs, cannibalistic Rezzies and rulebound Caretakers as Paradise Towers comes to the Gallery of the Underrated. Plus listener’s letters and a popular nature documentary visits the exotic world…of a Doctor Who convention.
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 064 12/17/2018
Reality Bomb Episode 064 On the sixty-fourth edition of Reality Bomb we're calling the world for their opinions on Series 11 of Doctor Who! We have suspended our usual segments to present a special documentary where we talk to 50 people in 9 countries and find out how they feel about the latest season. We talk about the positives and negatives about the storytelling, the new Doctor, team TARDIS and much more as we try to determine what we have in common, where the fault lines are in the emerging world of fandom, and what we hope to see happen in the next season of Doctor Who.
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 063 11/14/2018
Reality Bomb Episode 063 On the sixty-third edition of Reality Bomb, series 11 has arrived and this year's review team of Sage Young and Lori Steuart are here to talk with Graeme Burk about what's different, what's working and what's not working this season. In the newest segment of Perception Filter, Joy Piedmont talks to Connie Gibbs, Bayana Davis and Robyn Jordan of 's podcast about how the new Doctor Who’s commitment to inclusion in front of and behind the camera is working in practice. And Graeme reunites with his co-author Robert Smith? to discuss alien invasions, 2005 style, as Aliens of London / World War Three comes to the Gallery of the Underrated. Plus, a grimdark superhero with a mission... to answer criticism about Doctor Who.
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 062 - Live in Toronto 2 10/23/2018
Reality Bomb Episode 062 - Live in Toronto 2 On the sixty-second edition of Reality Bomb we have a special live episode recorded at the Imperial Pub in Toronto with Graeme Burk and Joy Piedmont. We interview a panel of fans including Lori Steuart, Rebecca Diem and Cadence Gillard about their first impressions of the new Doctor and the new season. Our fifth annual new season news hype quiz tasks Peter Hill, Cameron Dixon, Warren Frey and Heather Murray about the news that somehow escaped from Chris Chibnall's grasp. Prisoners of Gravity and InnerSpace creator and comic book writer and ubergeek Mark Askwith discusses Doctor Who's foray into superheroes by bringing The Return of Doctor Mysterio to the Gallery of the Underrated. Plus, we have musician David Lush (of Memorex) performing the Doctor Who theme live, a double shot of comedy, listeners Q and A and much more! It's your favourite Doctor Who podcast... only live. In the centre of the universe!
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 061 09/17/2018
Reality Bomb Episode 061 On the sixty-first edition of Reality Bomb, Joy Piedmont talks to Den of Geek's staff editor Kayti Burt and The Guardian's senior social correspondent Martin Belam about the latest news of Doctor Who's move to Sundays and the recent announcement of new writers and directors and what all this might mean for the series. Graeme Burk explores the question of whether Doctor Who fandom is toxic or could become toxic with Angelique Roche, Sage Young and Felicity Kuzinitz. And emeritus producer Alex Kennard returns to Reality Bomb in order that he might bring the now-forgotten revolutionary 2002 webcast Death Comes To Time to the Gallery of the Underrated. Plus, some anthropologists attempt to flush out some middle aged Doctor Who fans in the wild and more! Reality Bomb is going to be doing a live show in Toronto on Saturday October 20th at 3pm at the Imperial Pub at 54 Dundas Street west. Details are on our or our for more details!
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 060 08/20/2018
Reality Bomb Episode 060 On the sixitieth edition of Reality Bomb, Joy Piedmont talks with author Jenny Colgan and Head Over Feels' Kim Rogers about romance in Doctor Who and what defines it. Graeme Burk talks to Lindsey Mayers and Heather Berberet about their fondest hopes, deepest fears and wildest speculations for the new season. We reunite our "Twitch Team" of Helena Lane, Katherine Climpson, Evan Teng and Andrew Smith to discuss how Doctor Who in the '70s and '80s fared and the skittles-coloured Daleks invade the Gallery of the Underrated with Kelly Boaz. Plus our poet laureate, Chris Fosten, offers an ode to not knowing, and Miss Urquart investigates a locked room abduction on a podcast! IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Reality Bomb will be having a live show in Toronto on Saturday, October 20th! Details to follow soon!
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 059 07/25/2018
Reality Bomb Episode 059 On the fifty-ninth edition of Reality Bomb, we have a super-sized episode as, one year after they first talked about Jodie Whittaker's casting in episode 048, Graeme Burk talks to Petra Mayer, Angelique Roche and Sage Young about the new Doctor's debut at San Diego Comic Con... and the brace of teasers, trailers and news articles all saying very little but meaning so very much. Joy Piedmont talks to vlogger and member of Doctor Who Magazine's Team Team Claudia Boleyn about the ways Doctor Who could improve representation in a variety of ways as we debut a new segment, Perception Filter: conversations about identity and Doctor Who. And Graeme reunites with Rob Jones and Shannon Dohar -- his co-hosts from the music podcast, -- to talk about Doctor Who's new composer Segun Akinola and how his work on other shows might connect with his work on series 11. Plus we have coverage from the SDCC press conference, Listeners' Letters, a song and scenes from a meeting you won't want to miss!
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 058 06/18/2018
Reality Bomb Episode 058 On the fifty-eighth edition of Reality Bomb, Graeme Burk brings together a group of fans who had largely never seen classic Doctor Who until they saw it on Twitch TV including Katherine Climpson, Helena Lane and Evan Teng to discuss the joys of 1960s Doctor Who alongside classic series writer Andrew Smith. Also, Adrienne Enderle talks about golf ball-munching herbivores, fathers with trowels, Egyptian queens and genocidal maniacs when Dinosaurs on a Spaceship comes to the Gallery of the Underrated. And Joy Piedmont looks into – a rock opera about The Caves of Androzani – with its co-creator Christian Erickson. Plus, a salute to Graham Strong, who provided crystal clear recordings of so much 1960s Doctor Who… and we look back on the bittersweet memories of the omnirumour. Stephen Cranbrook, who spoke in our segment about Graham Strong will be doing a charitable walk for St. Barnabas House, the hospice which looked after Graham. You can donate to this walk in Graham’s memory .
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 057 05/21/2018
Reality Bomb Episode 057 On the fifty-seventh edition of Reality Bomb, Joy Piedmont follows up on the recent rejuvenation of the Time Team in Doctor Who Magazine by assembling a focus group of twentysomethings who have mostly never read DWM before to see if the magazine connects with them. There's a slow terror afoot (very round feet too!) when our pal (and co-host the podcast) Shannon Dohar brings The Sensorites to the Gallery of the Underrated. Plus, we look to the darker corners of nature to document the internet Doctor Who troll!
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 056 04/23/2018
Reality Bomb Episode 056 On the fifty-sixth edition of Reality Bomb, we have a super-sized episode which looks at the legacy and future of the Target Novels as Graeme Burk talks first with fans Jon Arnold and Christopher Bryant, and then with author Jenny Colgan, who wrote the recent adapation of The Christmas Invasion. We then look back to when Doctor Who broke bad and lost its arms, its legs, it's everything as Doctor Who writer Andrew Smith brings Nightmare of Eden to the Gallery of the Underrated. And Joy Piedmont talks to Sage Young, Petra Mayer and Michelle Tidmore about Doctor Who actors and the appeal they have that bring fans to conventions and the stage door. Plus Bruce and Darren travel to a parallel dimension to get a shelf with uniform DVD and blu-ray spines...but at what cost?
info_outline Reality Bomb Episode 055 03/28/2018
Reality Bomb Episode 055 On the fifty-fifth episode of Reality Bomb, Graeme Burk and Joy Piedmont, emboldened by the #WhoAgainstGuns campaign, look around at the other ways Doctor Who fans are doing good. First we go back in time to learn more about the 1985 Fan Aid campaign to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief with then-organizer, now-author and writer Paul Cornell. Back in the present, we talk about the with organizer Brian Biggs, and we discuss the 's work raising money for children's hospitals in Canada at conventions with Cindy Peters. We also have a brief update on #WhoAgainstGuns with Rachel Donner. Additionally, Koa Webster, who won the #WhoAgainstGuns giveaway to be on Gallery of the Underrated, takes the opportunity to talk about fake news and the companion that couldn't with The Long Game. Plus, Emma Caywood has a song inspired by #WhoAgainstGuns and two fangirls go to a convention bar... and they have a LOT to say!