Splendid Chaps is a year-long performance/podcast project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who hosted by comedian Ben McKenzie (Dungeon Crawl, Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour) and writer John Richards (ABC1's Outland, Boxcutters podcast). Part intellectual panel discussion, part nerdy Tonight Show, Splendid Chaps is a combination of analysis, enthusiasm and irreverence. The first episode went to number 1 on the iTunes TV & Film Podcast chart in Australia, and to number 4 in the UK.
Tickets are now on sale for their March show, in which the Splendid Chaps TARDIS will be visiting Adelaide. They'll be discussing the frill-fronted velveteen Time Lord Jon Pertwee, and looking at the notion of Family in Doctor Who - why are there so few families in the early years of the show? What's with all the distant aunts? How did it change the show when companions' families started to appear after Rose?
Hosts Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliott are joined by New York Times best-selling author Sean Williams plus other guests poached from the Adelaide Fringe Festival as Splendid Chaps makes the exciting move into colour and corduroy.
The second episode "Two/Evil" is now available to download. Recorded in front of a sold-out crowd at at 303 in Northcote it features actor Toby Truslove (ABC's Laid, Outland, The Strange Calls) and cultural theorist Dr Djoymi Baker discussing the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, and the notion of "evil" in Doctor Who. Is it absolute? Are there cosmic forces of right and wrong? And is the Doctor always on the right side? Plus performance guest, cabaret comedian Dean Acuri declares his musical love for one of the second Doctor's companions.
Splendid Chaps: A Year Of Doctor Who: "Three/Family"
Space: The Tuxedo Cat - The Yellow Room, 199-200 North Terrace, Adelaide Time: Sunday, March 10; show starts 2 PM (note that as we will be recording, latecomers will not be admitted until interval).
Tickets: All tickets $15 (plus booking fee where applicable)
Bookings: http://bit.ly/ZCIy79, tickets also sold at the door (subject to availability) Podcast: not yet available; released 23rd of February, 2013.
Accessibility: This venue is wheelchair accessible.
Podcast available at www.splendidchaps.com or on iTunes.
Images, queries or interviews with Ben McKenzie or John Richards, please contact Splendid Chaps at firstname.lastname@example.org .