Bridging the Rift #23: The Ghost Of Podcast Future

We return from our unannounced hiatus to wish you season’s greetings and announce our imminent relaunch with an exciting new ‘audio zine’ format coming in 2011.

To give you a little preview of things to come Nat, Erik and Katrina read the first three parts of a longer Eleventh Doctor Christmas fan fiction story by LiveJournal user betawho, Wherever It’s Christmas.

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Show Notes


@ 1 minute 17 seconds – Nat welcomes all listeners and announces the new fandom-focused ‘audio zine’ format coming in 2011.

Bridging the Rift is changing, plans are afoot to reboot our universe and regenerate into an all new format with less of a focus on the content of each Doctor Who, Torchwood or Sarah Jane series and more of a perspective on the fandom, its activities and its culture. We’re planning to be a little less like a discussion podcast and a little more like an ‘audio zine’, with several shorter segments across each ‘issue’. And much like zines, we’re looking for writers to submit personal stories or articles on fandom’s culture and history, correspondents to report on different types of fan activities and for more of a variety of fan creativity to feature within our virtual pages.

Wherever It’s Christmas by Betawho

Fan fiction will be a regular feature of our new format, so as a preview of things to come and a festive present from us to you, we give our first Bridging the Rift fan fiction reading, the first three parts of a seven part Eleventh Doctor Christmas story by LiveJournal user Betawho:

@ 2 minutes 50 seconds – Nat reads part one of Wherever It’s Christmas by Betawho:

“We missed Christmas!” Amy declared from the top of the stairs.

Rory and the Doctor looked up from where Rory was handing the Doctor tools as the Time Lord fixed something under the console.

“Nonsense,” the Doctor said, “this is a time machine, it can be Christmas anytime you want.”

@ 7 minutes 40 seconds – Erik continues the story with part two…

“But we can’t,” Rory protested. “It’s 60 feet tall!” He stared up at the huge pine tree the Doctor had chosen.

“It’ll fit in the Tardis,” the Doctor said, hands in his pockets looking up at his tree with satisfaction.

“Even if it’ll fit in the console room, how would we get it through the door?” Rory asked.

@ 13 minutes 50 seconds – Katrina concludes our reading with part three…

Amy hung the last decoration and stepped back.  It was the most beautiful Christmas tree she’d ever seen.  And it was entirely covered in junk.

Well, not entirely, she admitted.  They had managed to find one box of old Victorian Christmas ornaments.  But the rest was pure improv, sparkly bits ranging from fluid links to fiber optic cables that the Doctor had wired up to flash in different colors.  They had even made some tinsel out of some silvery, shredded alien packing material.

Read the remaining four parts of the story at starting here:

Call For Content and Contributors

@ 17 minutes – Nat expands on our new audio zine format and calls on potential contributors to get in touch.

If you’ve particularly enjoyed reading any Doctor Who, Torchwood or Sarah Jane Adventures fan fiction that you think would be a good fit for Bridging the Rift please do get in touch, and if you could write articles or essays, could be a correspondent for a particular subject or have any other suggestions for content that might fit our new fandom-focused audio zine format do please pass them on by email to our GoogleMail address, in the comments of this blog post or directed @BridgingTheRift on twitter.

We’d love to show off the talents of fan artists by including different cover artwork for every issue, so if you’re an artist or photomanipulation wizard who’d like to get involved, and especially if you could help us develop a new logo, please do drop us an email.

Trocking Out

@ 18 minutes 24 seconds – If you’re in the mood for some christmas music, we heartily recommend the Trocklafane podcast, the only podcast dedicated solely to Doctor Who trock music whose christmas special is out now at or on iTunes, you may also enjoy the fabulous Oodcast‘s christmas single, It’s Bigger On The Inside available at
We trock out the episode with an old favourite previously featured on episode 14, Terrance Chua‘s A Companions’ Christmas

See you all in 2011!

2 Responses to Bridging the Rift #23: The Ghost Of Podcast Future

  1. Kate says:

    I just wanted to say that I loved this episode. I’m really intrigued by your new format, and loved the reading of the fanfiction. I think the reason I enjoyed it so much is that you didn’t try overly hard to sound like the Doctor, Amy, and Rory, but just spoke in their cadence, which was great.
    I’m really looking forwards to the end of your hiatus. This was the perfect thing to come to after a really long day. Happy Holidays,

  2. Taryn says:

    I haven’t been able to listen to the episode yet but I just wanted to let you know that I’m really excited to see you guys are coming back. After finishing all of the episodes and discovering that it had been awhile since any updates were posted, I went back and listened again while checking back every week in hopes of new episodes. I love other Who podcasts, but you guys discuss the things that mean a lot to me and seem to get gently or not so gently laughed at by a lot of podcasters. I can’t wait to hear your new format and hope I’ll be able to contribute in the future! Welcome back! : )

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