Bridging the Rift #11: Guilty Pleasures

Subwave Network album artWe’re joined by Warren Frey, one of the founding members of Radio Free Skaro to discuss our Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures guilty pleasures – that’s episodes and plot elements we know aren’t very good but we love anyway.

We also revisit our Funny Fan Comics episode, hear your feedback and talk about our favourite Doctor Who caricatures.

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Show Notes


@ 1 minute – Warren introduces himself:
Warren also blogs for the Canadian Space channel:

Time Travel – Episode Nine: Funny Fan Comics

@ 3 minutes – We look at feedback to episode 5, our Classic Series discussion:

uWho: Matt Smith’s 1st Line (Spoiler!):

The Sketchian Adentures:
Aside 2: Memoirs From The Time War:

Creativity Corner – Caricatures

@ 23 minutes 30 seconds – We talk about our favourite Doctor Who universe caricatures and caricaturists:



League of One:


Main Discussion – Guilty Pleasures

@ 32 minutes 20 seconds – Doctor Who:

The bottom 50 in the DWM Mighty 200 poll:

@ 1 hour 7 minutes 12 seconds – Torchwood:’s least popular Torchwood:;paginator;Top+Episodes

Thrilling Torchwood Tales: (Cyberwoman fan art by acegirl)

@ 1 hour 21 minutes 42 seconds – Sarah Jane Adventures

@ 1 hour 31 minutes 24 seconds – K9 and Company

Next Time

@ 1 hour 34 minutes 30 seconds – Next time we’ll be talking about Doctor Who universe cosplay and costuming.

If you have any feedback about anything we’ve discussed this episode, any guilty pleasures of your own or any caricaturists we overlooked, please leave them in the comments, directed @BridgingTheRift on twitter or emailed to our GoogleMail address.

Trocking Out

@ 1 hour 35 minutes 50 seconds – We trock out with a song about the Cat Nuns from the series two episode New Earth, Feline Fettle by trock band Harmonies in Whooville from Derry, New Hampshire, USA. You can hear more from Harmonies In Whooville from their profile at

5 Responses to Bridging the Rift #11: Guilty Pleasures

  1. Vivli says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for the mention guys. I didn’t expect anything like that to happen in a million years. Thanks! And great show!

    I’m really impressed you guys mentioned a lot of things that inspired me too. The Writer’s Tale is an obvious one (that’s where the domed spaceship in the first episode came from too). When reading that, I really liked the ideas Russell T Davies threw around for plots that never happened, and started thinking about how I would have written them.

    That in turn led to me merging those two ideas together and inspired me to start the comic in the first place! Order of the Stick is pretty much my favourite webcomic (I don’t think there’s another comic around that does humour and an excellent story as well as that), so it was great to see that mentioned! Real Life (the comic…not the thing…) wasn’t a conscious inspiration, but I’ve read it for years, so I probably did inspire me somewhere in my head. And Zero Puncutation’s art style actually did inspire me to create the little ‘sketchians’ in the first place, with no arms or legs. I wondered how long it would be before somebody noticed that!

    As for why I don’t use vector art, it’s because I have the technical abilities of a spoon. I can use Paint, and that’s about it! It’s the same reason the website looks so horrendous, I just don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to technical stuff. Regardless of how simple it would be if I just sat down and learnt!

    The website itself is really just an archive holder for people who followed the comic on the Doctor Who Forum, (now Gallifrey Base), which actually has quite a few more one shots. The comic did actually start off as a gag comic, designed as my way of cheating and entering the wallpaper contests they used to run. I always had funny ideas for the subjects they chose, but no artistic abilities to enter, so I came up with the idea to do a very simple Paint comic strip to show each idea. That then actually evolved into a more serious comic, which explains the shift!

    Anyway, thanks again. It really is surreal (and amazing) to hear my comic discussed in such depth, I really was shocked at first. So thanks again!

    (And sorry for you guys picking such an erratic time in the update schedule to choose to review it! I promise that’ll be fixed very soon!).

  2. Darren lacey says:

    Thanks for the chatter about my Dr Who toons (DTDStudio). I only really do vector art as I can’t paint to save my life and so much easier on a computer to charge things.

    Hopefully I will find time to do some more in the near future and hopefully better characterisation too.

    I’ve had a few emails from people that went through the podcast about what I use to create the toons… nothing more than a cheap home pc with a fairly cheap graphics package and a very cheap graphics tablet, I find it better to use simple tools that anyone can use, so no illustrator, no Mac and lots of average coffee.

    I was considering not doing any more cartoons of dr who, but after the kind words from the podcast team… I think I will after all.

    Thanks guys :). Keep upbthe great work

  3. geekusa says:

    Just discovered this podcast, and it might be my favorite Who podcast that isn’t called TachyonTV… which makes it my favorite Who podcast that actually produces shows.

    Great stuff. And, for the record, I freaking love “Paradise Towers.”

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