The X-Cast: An X-Files Podcast

(2015-present) (495 episodes / 175 appearances)

The show that has become my bread and podcasting butter, based on my eternal love for The X-Files. Started at the end of 2015 as the show was about to be revived, The X-Cast has steadily grown into its own community of podcasters, bloggers and fans working together to appreciate their favourite show. It’s now as much their show as it is mine and its arguably my most successful podcast endeavour to date, with over 350,000 downloads (to date).

There will eventually be an end to this one, once we’ve exhausted the show, but we’re many years away from that yet…

2015

1 – The X-Primer

with Tanya Hernandez

Introduction to why I love The X-Files, and how the podcast will run.

2 – Pilot

with Lee Howard

Analysing 1×01 ‘Pilot’

3 – Deep Throat

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing 1×02 ‘Deep Throat’

2016

4 – Squeeze

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing 1×03 ‘Squeeze’

5 – Conduit

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing 1×04 ‘Conduit’

6 – The Jersey Devil

with Zach Moore

Analysing 1×05 ‘The Jersey Devil’

7 – Matt Allair of The X-Files Lexicon

with Matt Allair

Interview discussing the X-Files Lexicon site.

8 – Season 10 01: Mulder I (My Struggle)

with Tanya Hernandez

Analysing Mulder in ‘My Struggle’

9 – Season 10 02: Scully I (My Struggle)

with Tanya Hernandez

Analysing Scully in ‘My Struggle’

10 – Season 10 03: Tad O’Malley & Sveta (My Struggle)

with Tanya Hernandez

Analysing Tad & Sveta in ‘My Struggle’

11 – Season 10 04: Skinner & the Smoking Man

with Tanya Hernandez

Analysing Skinner & the Smoking Man in ‘My Struggle’

12 – Season 10 05: Roswell

with Tanya Hernandez

Analysing the Roswell incident in ‘My Struggle’

13 – Season 10 06: Mulder II (Founders Mutation)

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing Mulder in ‘Founders Mutation’

14 – Season 10 07: Scully II (Founders Mutation)

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing Scully in ‘Founders Mutation’

15 – Season 10 08: Augustus, Kyle & Molly (Founders Mutation)

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing characters in ‘Founders Mutation’

16 – Season 10 09: Mulder & Scully III (Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster)

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing Mulder & Scully in ‘Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster’

17 – Season 10 10: Darin Morgan & his Easter Eggs (Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster)

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing Darin Morgan’s ‘Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster’

18 – Season 10 11: Guy Mann (Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster)

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing the Guy Mann character in ‘Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster’

19 – Greg Cox on The Truth Is Out There Anthology

with Greg Cox

Interview discussing Greg’s short story in the IDW anthology.

20 – Season 10 12: Glen Morgan & James Wong (Home Again)

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing the writer/director team of Morgan & Wong in ‘Home Again’

21 – Season 10 13: Mulder & Scully IV (Home Again)

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing Mulder & Scully in ‘Home Again’

22 – Season 10 14: The Trashman (Home Again)

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing the Trashman character in ‘Home Again’

23 – Season 10 15: Mulder & Scully V (Babylon)

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing Mulder & Scully in ‘Babylon’

24 – Season 10 16: Agents Miller & Einstein (Babylon)

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing agents Miller & Einstein in ‘Babylon’

25 – Season 10 17: Chris Carter (Babylon)

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing Chris Carter’s writing/direction in ‘Babylon’

26 – Keith R.A. DeCandido on the Trust No One Anthology

with Keith R.A. DeCandido

Interview discussing Keith’s short story in the IDW anthology.

27 – Season 10 18: Scully VI (My Struggle II)

with Tanya Hernandez

Analysing Scully in ‘My Struggle II’

28 – Season 10 19: Mulder VI (My Struggle II)

Guest: Tanya Hernandez

Analysing Mulder in ‘My Struggle II’

29 – Season 10 20: Season 10 Overview

with Tanya Hernandez

An overview of the 10th season.

30 – Shadows

with Matt Lambourne

Analysing episode 1×06 ‘Shadows’

31 – X-Files: The Musical

with Lindsey Kerns & Philip Malcom

Interview with the Colonel Mustard company.

32 – Ghost in the Machine

with Matt Lambourne

Analysing episode 1×07 ‘Ghost in the Machine’

33 – Ice

with Matt Latham

Analysing episode 1×08 ‘Ice’

34 – Space

with Matt Latham

Analysing episode 1×09 ‘Space’

35 – Fallen Angel

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing episode 1×10 ‘Fallen Angel’

36 – Eve

with Lee Howard

Analysing episode 1×11 ‘Eve’

37 – Fire

with Lee Howard

Analysing episode 1×12 ‘Fire’

38 – Beyond the Sea

with Clarence Moye

Analysing episode 1×13 ‘Beyond the Sea’

39 – Genderbender

with Wayne Talbot

Analysing episode 1×14 ‘Genderbender’

40 – Lazarus

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing episode 1×15 ‘Lazarus’

41 – Young at Heart

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing episode 1×16 ‘Young at Heart’

42 – E.B.E

with Matt Lambourne

Analysing episode 1×17 ‘E.B.E’

43 – Miracle Man

with Wayne Talbot

Analysing episode 1×18 ‘Miracle Man’

44 – Shapes

with Zach Moore

Analysing episode 1×19 ‘Shapes’

45 – Darkness Falls

with Zach Moore

Analysing episode 1×20 ‘Darkness Falls’

46 – Tooms

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing episode 1×21 ‘Tooms’

47 – Born Again

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing episode 1×22 ‘Born Again’

48 – Roland

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing episode 1×23 ‘Roland’

49 – The Erlenmeyer Flask

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing episode 1×24 ‘The Erlenmeyer Flask’ and Season One overview

50 – Denton J. Tipton on IDW’s The X-Files Comics

with Denton J. Tipton

Interview discussing IDW X-Files comics.

51 – Matthew Dow Smith on The X-Files Origins

with Matthew Dow Smith

Interview discussing IDW’s The X-Files Origins comic.

52 – Little Green Men

with Darren Mooney

Analysing episode 2×01 ‘Little Green Men’

53 – The Host

with Clarence Moye

Analysing episode 2×02 ‘The Host’

54 – Blood

with Zach Moore

Analysing episode 2×03 ‘Blood’

55 – Sleepless

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing episode 2×04 ‘Sleepless’

56 – John Kenneth Muir on The X-Files FAQ

with John Kenneth Muir

Interview discussing John’s book, The X-Files FAQ.

57 – Duane Barry

with Darren Mooney

Analysing episode 2×05 ‘Duane Barry’

58 – Ascension

with Darren Mooney

Analysing episode 2×06 ‘Ascension’

59 – 3

with Matt Allair

Analysing episode 2×07 ‘3’

60 – Mark Snow, Composer of The X-Files

with Mark Snow & Brandon Shea-Mutala

Interview with the composer of The X-Files.

61 – Roundtable #1

with Carl Sweeney, Sarah Blair, Baz Greenland & Paige Schector

Talking some key X-Files questions.

62 – One Breath

with Darren Mooney

Analysing episode 2×08 ‘One Breath’

63 – Millennium After the Millennium

with Troy Foreman & Jason Morris

Discussing the upcoming Millennium After the Millennium documentary film.

64 – Firewalker

with Jade Shames

Analysing episode 2×09 ‘Firewalker’

65 – The X-Quiz 2016

with Carl Sweeney, Sarah Blair, Amy Walker & Baz Greenland

Quiz panel episode.

2017

66 – Jonathan Maberry on The X-Files Origins & Anthologies

with Jonathan Maberry

Interview discussing his contributions to X-Files tie-in fiction.

67 – Red Museum

with Matt Latham

Analysing episode 2×10 ‘Red Museum’

68 – Goblins

with Sarah Blair

Analysing tie-in novel ‘Goblins’

69 – Excelsis Dei

with Andrew Brooker

Analysing episode 2×11 ‘Excelsis Dei’

70 – Scott Bellis aka Max Fenig

with Scott Bellis

Interview

71 – Aubrey

with Brandon Shea-Mutala

Analysing episode 2×12 ‘Aubrey’

72 – The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos

with George Ivanoff

Analysing tie-in book ‘Agent of Chaos’

73 – Irresistible

with Carl Sweeney

Analysing episode 2×13 ‘Irresistible’

74 – Chris Carter’s The After

with Darren Mooney

Analysing the pilot of ‘The After’

75 – Die Hand Die Verletzt

with Wayne Talbot

Analysing episode 2×14 ‘Die Hand Die Verletzt’

76 – Fresh Bones

with Jim Beard

Analysing episode 2×15 ‘Fresh Bones’

77 – Colony

with Darren Mooney

Analysing episode 2×16 ‘Colony’

78 – End Game

with Darren Mooney

Analysing episode 2×17 ‘End Game’

79 – Fearful Symmetry

with Zach Moore

Analysing episode 2×18 ‘Fearful Symmetry’

80 – The X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate

with Lauren A. Forry

Analysing tie-in book ‘Devil’s Advocate’

82 – Joe Harris on The X-Files Comics & Cold Cases

with Joe Harris

Interview with the writer of The X-Files IDW comics.

86 – F. Emasculata

with John Kenneth Muir

Analysing episode 2×22 ‘F. Emasculata’

87 – Matthew Dow Smith on The X-Files Origins: Dog Days of Summer

with Matthew Dow Smith

Interview talking IDW X-Files comic, Dog Days of Summer.

90 – Anasazi

with Darren Mooney

Analysing episode 2×25 ‘Anasazi’, plus Season 2 post-mortem and top/bottom 5 season episodes.

91 – Dirk Maggs on The X-Files: Cold Cases

with Dirk Maggs

Interview with the producer of audio drama, Cold Cases.

94 – Podwatch #1: Introduction & Pilot

with Carl Sweeney

Introducing the Podwatch and talking ‘Pilot’

110 – Darren Mooney on Opening the X-Files

with Darren Mooney

Interview about the book, Opening The X-Files.

115 – Podwatch #21: Colony & End Game

with Andrew Brooker

Talking ‘Colony’ & ‘End Game’

145 – Podwatch #51: Unusual Suspects & Detour

with Darren Mooney

Talking ‘Unusual Suspects’ & ‘Detour’

146 – Podwatch #52: The Post-Modern Prometheus & Christmas Carol

with Darren Mooney

Talking ‘The Post-Modern Prometheus’ & ‘Christmas Carol’

150 – Podwatch #56: Patient X & The Red and the Black

with Amy Walker

Talking ‘Patient X’ & ‘The Red and the Black’

155 – Podwatch #61: The Beginning & Drive

with Darren Mooney

Talking ‘The Beginning’ & ‘Drive’

160 – Podwatch #66: Two Fathers & One Son

with Carl Sweeney

Talking ‘Two Fathers’ & ‘One Son’

167 – Podwatch #73: Hungry & Millennium

with Carl Sweeney

Talking ‘Hungry’ & ‘Millennium’

177 – Podwatch #83: Within & Without

with Darren Mooney

Talking ‘Within’ & ‘Without’

178 – Podwatch #84: Patience & Roadrunners

with Darren Mooney

Talking ‘Patience’ & ‘Roadrunners’

185 – Podwatch #91: Empedocles & Vienen

with Darren Mooney

Talking ‘Empedocles’ & ‘Vienen’

188 – Podwatch #94: Nothing Important Happened Today II & Daemonicus

with Darren Mooney

Talking ‘NIHT II’ & ‘Daemonicus’

194 – The X-Quiz 2017

with Russ Hugo, Clara Cook, Vanessa, Carolyn (Not Another X-Files Podcast Podcast) and Alison & Courtney (The Double X-Files)

Quiz panel episode

2018

196 – Podwatch #101: William & Release

with Carl Sweeney

Talking ‘William’ & ‘Release’

197 – Podwatch #102: Sunshine Days & The Truth

with Darren Mooney

Talking ‘Sunshine Days’ & ‘The Truth’

202 – Podwatch #107: Our Struggle – Podcast Reflections & S11 Predictions

with Carl Sweeney, Sarah Blair & Paige Schector

Wrapping up the X-Cast X-Files Podwatch project

204 – SEASON 11 01: Mulder I (My Struggle III)

with Andrew Blaker

Talking Mulder in ‘My Struggle III’

205 – SEASON 11 02: Scully I (My Struggle III)

with Andrew Blaker

Talking Scully in ‘My Struggle III’

206 – SEASON 11 03: Smoking Man, Monica & Skinner (My Struggle III)

with Andrew Blaker

Talking Smoking Man, Monica Reyes & Walter Skinner in ‘My Struggle III’

207 – SEASON 11 04: Chris Carter (My Struggle III)

with Andrew Blaker

Talking Chris Carter and his episode ‘My Struggle III’

208 – Interview: Dean Haglund (aka Langly)

with Dean Haglund

Talking to Dean Haglund about ‘This’ and being one of the Lone Gunmen

213 – The X-Files: Deep State

with Andrew Brooker, Brandon Marche & Elena

Discussing the mobile game, The X-Files: Deep State

215 – SEASON 11 10: Mulder & Scully III (Plus One)

with Paige Schector

Talking Mulder & Scully in ‘Plus One’

216 – SEASON 11 11: Judy & Chucky (Plus One)

with Paige Schector

Talking Judy & Chucky in ‘Plus One’

217 – SEASON 11 12: Chris Carter & Kevin Hooks (Plus One)

with Paige Schector

Talking Chris Carter & Kevin Hooks in ‘Plus One’

220 – SEASON 11 14: Foxy & Scullz IV (The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat)

with Carl Sweeney

Talking Chris Carter & director Kevin Hooks about their episode ‘The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat’

221 – SEASON 11 15: Reggie ‘Something’ & Dr. Thaddeus They (The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat)

with Carl Sweeney

Talking Reggie & Dr. They in ‘The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat’

222 – SEASON 11 16: Darin Morgan & his Easter Eggs II (The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat)

with Carl Sweeney

Talking Darin Morgan and his episode ‘The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat’

223 – Interview: Brian Huskey (aka Reggie ‘Something’)

with Brian Huskey

Talking to Brian Huskey about his appearance in ‘The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat’

225 – Interview: William B. Davis (aka the Cigarette-Smoking Man)

with William B. Davis

Talking to William B. Davis about ‘My Struggle III’ and playing the Smoking Man.

226 – SEASON 11 18: Mulder & Scully V (Ghouli)

with Andrew Brooker

Talking Mulder & Scully in ‘Ghouli’

227 – SEASON 11 19: Jackson van de Kamp & Ghouli (Ghouli)

with Andrew Brooker

Talking Jackson van der Kamp & Ghouli in ‘Ghouli’

228 – SEASON 11 20: James Wong (Ghouli)

with Andrew Brooker

Talking James Wong and his episode ‘Ghouli’

229 – Interview: Dr. Anne Simon (Science Advisor to The X-Files)

with Dr. Anne Simon

Talking to Dr. Anne Simon about her role as science advisor to The X-Files.

239 – Interview: Kristen Cloke-Morgan

with Kristen Cloke-Morgan

Talking to actress Kristen Cloke-Morgan about co-writing the Season 11 episode, ‘Followers’

250 – SEASON 11 38: Mulder & Scully X (My Struggle IV)

with Darren Mooney

Mulder & Scully in ‘My Struggle IV’

251 – SEASON 11 39: William, Skinner, Smoking Man & Everyone Else! (My Struggle IV)

with Darren Mooney

Everyone else in ‘My Struggle IV’

252 – SEASON 11 40: Chris Carter & Season 11 (My Struggle IV)

with Darren Mooney

Everyone else in ‘My Struggle IV’

260 – The Blessing Way

with Darren Mooney

Analysis of Season 3, Episode 1 – ‘The Blessing Way’

261 – Movie Inspirations on The X-Files

with Carl Sweeney

Top 5 movie inspirations on The X-Files. Recorded live from The Railway pub in Birmingham.

262 – Paper Clip

with Darren Mooney & Chris Knowles

Analysis of Season 3, Episode 2 – ‘Paper Clip’

264 – Patron Roundtable #3: Gillian Anderson

with Kurt North, Jenn Ferguson & Adam Silva

Discussing Gillian Anderson and her career, during and post S11 Scully.

269 – The X-Cast LIVE @ Birmingham Podcast Festival

with Carl Sweeney

A live recording at the inaugural Birmingham Podcast Festival at the Mockingbird Cinema in Digbeth, where Carl and I tried to unpick the mythology with humorous results…

UNNUMBERED – The X-Cast Live: Hours 1-24

with Sarah Blair, Carl Sweeney, Kurt North, Matt Latham, Cortlan Waters Bartley, Paige Schector, Darren Mooney, Michelle Milbauer, Adam Silva, Jenn Ferguson, Scott Bellis, Karin Konoval, Anne Simon, JJ Lendl, Kristen Cloke-Morgan & Glen Morgan

Easily my craziest podcast undertaking to date – a live 24 hour podcast marathon from 9am September 1st to 9am September 2nd, which raised over £1200 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

283 – Interview: Frank Spotnitz

with Frank Spotnitz

Interview with the legendary X-Files producer, recorded, I jest ye not, on the morning of my wedding day. My wife is amazing.

285 – Grotesque

with Zach Moore

Analysis of Season 3, Episode 14

289 – Pusher

with Darren Mooney

Analysis of Season 3, Episode 17

290 – Patron Roundtable #5: 25 Moments for 25 Years

with Deana Ferreri, Katie Doe & Joselyn Rojas

Talking multiple favourite X-Files moments across the show’s quarter-century.

300 – Wetwired

with Darren Mooney

Analysis of Season 3, Episode 23

303 – Talitha Cumi

with Darren Mooney

Analysis of Season 3, Episode 24, plus a Season 3 post-mortem and top/bottom episodes.

2019

306 – The X-Files Game

with Andrew Brooker

Analysis of the 1998 PC X-Files Game.

309 – Interview: William B. Davis (aka the Cigarette-Smoking Man)

with William B. Davis

Interview with the legendary X-Files actor. A longer chat after a brief one in January 2018, with his post-Season 11 thoughts.

311 – Interview: Chris Owens (aka Jeffrey Spender)

with Chris Owens

Interview with the legendary X-Files actor. We discuss all of his roles on TXF.

314 – Herrenvolk

with Darren Mooney

Analysis of Season 4, Episode 1.

315 – Home

with Andrew Brooker

Analysis of Season 4, Episode 2.

331 – X-Fest 2019: The Breakdown

with Carl Sweeney, Sarah Blair + more

Dissecting the X-Fest 2019 event in Chicago.

353 – Gethsemane

with Darren Mooney

Analysis of Season 4, Episode 24, plus a Season 4 post-mortem and top/bottom episodes.

355 – Redux

with Darren Mooney

Analysis of Season 5, Episode 1.

358 – Detour

with Carl Sweeney & Sarah Blair

Analysis of Season 5, Episode 4.

2020

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