It's the end-of-the-year spectacular, with two giant-sized topics in one episode. First, Anthony and Andrew discuss all things Doctor Who, from the series' narrative strengths to its highs and lows and an assessment of Peter Capaldi's Doctor.

Then the conversation turns to one of the biggest challenges for writers, especially heading into a new year; how to balance a writer's lifestyle with a healthy lifestyle. How can we eat, sleep, and exercise better in 2015?

In 'What I'm Writing', Anthony and Andrew set their writing objectives for the year ahead. In 'What I'm Reading', Andrew talks about an influential show from his childhood, Box Of Delights, and Anthony digs into the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, because nerds.

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To mark the X-Mas season, Anthony and Andrew explore the fictional world of the X-Men, from favorite characters like Nightcrawler and Wolverine, to adaptations on the large and small screen, to Magneto's strength as a villain.

The conversation then turns to cast-building. When telling a story, how do you build a cast, and how do you make your characters distinctive?

The episode also includes a post-mortem dicsussion of NaNoWriMo -- did they hit their targets, and was it all worth it? -- and a discussion of the new Captain America and the TV show The Leftovers.

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