Episode 145 You Have to Bring Your A-Game

We’ve reached the end of the first year of twenty-first century Who, and it’s time to say goodbye to Christopher Eccleston, the only Doctor whose nose has magic powers, and one of an increasing number of Doctors with northern accents. Turns out, we liked him.

Notes and links

Richard compares the Reapers to vortisaurs — creatures from the time vortex introduced in the first ever Eighth Doctor Big Finish audio adventure Storm Warning, in which he meets India Fisher’s Charley Pollard, who is totally canon. My mum said so.

In a recent New Yorker article, composer and pianist Ethan Iverson talks about the history of the music of Doctor Who. It’s a great, well-informed take, even if Iverson is less of a fan of Murray Gold than we are.

Dedicated Albion Hospital medic Richard Wilson’s autobiography is called Believe It!. It exists only in the form of a radio series. David Tennant is in it.

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Jodie into Terror

There’s three episodes left of this season of Jodie into Terror, in which we foolishly broadcast our ill-considered opinions about each new episode of Series 11 of Doctor Who. Last week, we chatted about Kerblam!; we’ll be back this Tuesday with our thoughts on Episode 8. You can find Jodie into Terror at jodieintoterror.com, @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we have commentary podcasts on every single James Bond film, including an upsettingly racist one which has Antony Ainley in it.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 144 Fostering Tagging

This week, our flight reaches the end of first series of twenty-first century Who, which means that we spend most of the time talking about Daleks and kissing, while everyone else dies. It’s The Parting of the Ways.

Notes and links

Now that the Daleks are here, we should direct you again to the TV Century 21 Dalek comic strips, which were published from 1965 to 1967, and featured more Daleks than the TV series could ever afford. You can find a lot of them here.

Nathan mentions a commentary on Forest of the Dead starring Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat and David Tennant. It’s absolutely worth a listen — it was released soon after the announcement that Moffat would be taking over from Russell, and before David Tennant’s departure was announced.

Picks of the week

James

James suggests that we work up to the outbreak of the Last Great Time War, by listening to Series 6 of Big Finish’s Gallifrey series.

Todd

Todd reminisces fondly of a time before the Daleks appeared in groups bigger than four, and recommends watching Death to the Daleks.

Richard

Last week, Richard talked about Marina Warner‘s writing about mythology and fairy tales. This week, he suggests that you pick up a copy of Signs and Wonders, a book of her essays on a wide range of cultural topics.

Todd again

Todd remembers that he promised to pick Billie Piper’s 2000 album Day and Night. So he does that.

Nathan

Nathan fails to come up with an impressively interesting pick, and just decides to plug Jodie into Terror instead.

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Jodie into Terror

Every week on Jodie into Terror we dispense steaming hot takes on the latest episode of Series 11. Last week, we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to chat about Demons of the Punjab; we’ll be back this Tuesday with our thoughts on Episode 7. You can find Jodie into Terror at jodieintoterror.com, @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we have commentary podcasts on every single James Bond film, including one that Nathan quite liked before everyone successfully talked him out of it.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 143 Your Whole Existence Is Watching Television

This week, James is evicted for smashing a camera, Todd is racking his brains to remember what a goffle is, Richard is trying to shed that Oklahoma farmboy look, and Nathan is wondering where the hell everyone else has got to. We’re live on channel 44,000, which means it’s time to take on the Bad Wolf.

Notes and Links

Nathan dimly remembers Bernard King judging amateur musical performances on Pot of Gold, a lovely competitive reality show from Australia in the 1970s. You can catch some of his work here.

Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces introduced the monomyth to millions of genre fans and spawned hundreds of Star Wars critiques on YouTube. Here Richard mentions Marina Warner, a writer and academic who writes about myth, monsters and fairy tales.

Nisha Nayer was the first female actor to appear in both classic and new Doctor Who: she was a Kang in Paradise Towers, and the Female Programmer in Bad Wolf. The first actor to appear in both series was William Thomas, the fainting undertaker in Resurrection of the Daleks and the scientist killed by Margaret in Boom Town. He will go on to play the father of Gwen Cooper in Torchwood.

According to the Anne Droid, the 15-10 barric fields were not discovered by physicist San Hazeldine. This may be a reference to 1980s three-hit wonder Hazell Dean, but I’m hoping it’s a reference to attractive English actor and composer, Sam Hazeldine.

The TV Century 21 Dalek comic strips were published from 1965 to 1967, and featured Dalek saucers much like the ones that are now standard in the new series. You can find a lot of them here.

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Jodie into Terror

Every week on Jodie into Terror we call one another up to discuss the latest episode of Series 11. Last week, we ignored the ominous chomping sounds outside in order to discuss The Tsuranga Conundrum; we’ll be back this Tuesday with a discussion of Episode 6. You can find Jodie into Terror at jodieintoterror.com, @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we have commentary podcasts on every single James Bond film, including no less than four commentaries on different versions of Casino Royale.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 142 Going One-on-one

This week, Nathan, Todd and Peter relax in a café just by Cardiff Bay and reminisce about that one time we had to run away naked from a scary guy with massive tusks. And we also find time to chat about Boom Town.

Notes and Links

We get so absorbed in our discussion of the story, that we basically forget to discuss tropes and Terileptils and German Expressionism. So no links this week.

Oh, okay, here’s The AV Club’s take on Boom Town, written in 2014.

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Jodie into Terror

Every week on Jodie into Terror we discuss our first reactions to the latest episode of Series 11. Last week, we discussed Arachnids in the UK, and we’ll be back this Tuesday with a discussion of Episode 5. You can find Jodie into Terror at jodieintoterror.com, @JodieIntoTerror and on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we have commentary podcasts on every single James Bond film. If you don’t know where to start, we can recommend our most deeply absurd commentary on a famously absurd Bond film — Moonraker.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 141 Sofa of Extreme Comfort

This week, Nathan, Brendan and Richard take some time off from running around bomb craters in Central London to talk about sex, death and the terrifying prospect of Life After Eccleston. Still, we get through it all unharmed and alive: it is, after all, The Doctor Dances.

Notes and Links

Brendan mentions an article in Kotaku by Heather Alexander, in which she complains that queer characters in video games too often fall victim to the Bury Your Gays trope.

Picks of the Week

Brendan

Brendan’s first pick is the first in a series of fan-made audios called The Ninth Doctor AdventuresCold Open, which is set before the start of Series 1.

Richard

Richard recommends Mrs. Miniver (1942), directed by William Wyler and starring Greer Garson, in which a middle class family living in an English village live through the outbreak and first few months of World War II.

He also mentions Fires Were Started (1943) in which civilian firefighters in London try to protect an explosive factory,
The Next of Kin (1942), which depicts the terrible consequences when a gossipy housewife is overheard by a Nazi spy, and finally
Their Finest (2016), in which Strawberry Fields from Quantum of Solace gets a job as a secretary working for a film production company making propaganda films during the Blitz.

Brendan again

And then Brendan is back with an original production by Big FinishATA Girl, which tells the story of the women who flew aircraft in the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II. It was created and directed by our very own Louise Jameson, and both Richard and Brendan really recommend it.

Nathan

Less interestingly, Nathan recommends the four new Target novelisations which were released this year: Rose, The Christmas Invasion, The Day of the Doctor and Twice Upon a Time.

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Jodie into Terror

Over on Jodie into Terror, you can hear our initial reactions to this week’s new episode Rosa. And we’ll be back every Tuesday with fresh takes on the remaining episodes of the series. You can find Jodie into Terror at jodieintoterror.com, @JodieIntoTerror and on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we’ve finally reached the end of the James Bond film series (for now), with our newly released commentary on SPECTRE. Once you’ve finished listening to that, you can check out our commentaries on all of the previous Bond films, including those ones starring that Irishman with the beautiful singing voice.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 140 Debbie Watling Hanging from a Crane

This week, Brendan, Richard and Nathan are cowering in the Anderson shelter in the backyard, listening to the sirens, and wondering what on earth happened to that nice little tow-headed lad from number seventeen. Turn off your mobile phones and keeps your hands and feet inside the light field — it’s The Empty Child.

Notes and links

Reference is of course made to several of Steven Moffat’s shows: the surpassingly brilliant Press Gang — when are we doing the Press Gang podcast? — and Coupling, which is not Moffat’s first attempt at sex comedy (see also Joking Apart, or don’t), but is definitely his most successful.

Fans of things with Daleks in them will enjoy Dark Eyes, another Big Finish box set extravaganza starring Paul McGann and some people, and some mutants in bonded polycarbide armour. It’s good, apparently.

Richard refers to John Boorman’s 1987 film Hope and Glory about a nine-year-old boy’s experience of growing up in London during the Blitz.

Big Finish again. Brendan refers to Joe Lidster’s The Siege of Big Ben, a Short Trips release read by Camille Coduri. He also mentions Erasure, which makes a cheeky reference to the original unfilmable script The Killer Cats of Gin-Seng, a story ultimately replaced by The Invasion of Time.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Brendan is @brandybongos, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. And you can occasionally find interesting facts about Doctor Who at @FTEwhofacts.

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Jodie into Terror

Over on Jodie into Terror, you can hear our alarmingly fresh take on this week’s new episode The Ghost Monument. We’ll be back on Tuesday with another upsettingly fresh take on Episode 3. You can find Jodie into Terror at jodieintoterror.com, @JodieIntoTerror and on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we’ve yet to release our new commentary on SPECTRE, but it won’t be long now. While you’re waiting, you can check out our commentaries on all of the previous Bond films, including those excellent ones starring a former Lord President of Gallifrey.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 139 Moisten Up

This week, Nathan, James and Special Guest Star Daniel from New to Who sit around in a circle to discuss our feelings of loss, our anxieties about our parents’ love, and all our deep-seated fears for the future. It’s our way of celebrating Father’s Day.

(Sorry about the sound quality on this one. Nathan sat the mixer board right next to the gravitic anomaliser and shorted out the time differential.)

Notes and links

Timewyrm: Revelation was Paul Cornell’s first Doctor Who novel and the third novel in the Virgin New Adventures series. It doesn’t have anything much in common with the plot of Father’s Day, but it certainly shares its concern with love and sacrifice and forgiveness.

Sapphire & Steel was a science fiction (?) series on ITV, starring Joanna Lumley and David MacCallum as strange supernatural forces who investigate and correct weird time anomalies like the ones in this story. It’s slow, but it’s often very weird and upsetting.

Good news, everyone. The entirety of the 1995 miniseries Steven King’s The Langoliers is available for you to watch on YouTube. It’s like Father’s Day, but without any of the distractly competent writing or direction. More about it here.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley and James is @ohjamessellwood. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. And you can find increasingly rare facts about Doctor Who at @FTEwhofacts.

Daniel is one of the hosts of the New to Who podcast, which discusses Classic Doctor Who stories and introduces the Classic series to new fans. You can follow New to Who on Twitter at @NewToWhoPodcast.

Flight Through Entirety can also be found on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll wait out the front of the church at the next wedding you attend and berate you mercilessly about your terrible life choices.

Jodie into Terror

We also have a new Doctor Who podcast project called Jodie into Terror. Every Tuesday night, after watching the new episode of Doctor Who Series 11, we’ll have a brief chat about our first impressions, and then release the audio afterwards. That’s at jodieintoterror.com and on Twitter at @JodieIntoTerror. If you’re from the near future, it will also be available on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we’ve recorded our last James Bond commentary for now, and we’ll be releasing it in the next couple of days. But we have commentaries for all of the previous Bond films, as well as for some weird things that aren’t proper Bond films at all.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 138 Eat a Kronkburger

This week, Todd is fiddling with the central heating, Nathan is stuck among the rafters roaring incoherently, and friend-of-the-podcast Peter Griffiths is using the wrong verbs and kissing complete strangers. Welcome to the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire — it’s The Long Game.

Notes and links

According to Dr Elizabeth Sandifer, Davies did submit a version of The Long Game to the Doctor Who production office, only to have it rejected by Script Editor Andrew Cartmel. So there you go.

Fans of the way this story is directed will also enjoy the videoclips for Whitney Houston’s I want to Dance with Somebody and for Tina Turner’s Private Dancer.

Genre fans who have not watched Simon Pegg and Doctor Who guest stars Jessica Hynes and Nick Frost in Spaced (1999–2001) really should give it a go. It’s a sitcom that’s hyper-aware of what we like to call genre tropes, and it’s really very funny and sweet.

Bleak House (2005) was Andrew Davies adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, which ran for 15 30-minute episodes in late 2005, and starred Anna Maxwell Martin, as well as Doctor Who alumna Carey Mulligan, as well as Torchwood’s Burn Gorman, Gillian Anderson and Charles Dance. Not everyone was very happy about it.

Who gave Dodo syphilis? It was Daniel O’Mahony, author of the Virgin Missing Adventure novel The Man in the Velvet Mask, in which the Doctor and Dodo meet the Marquis de Sade in an alternative version of post-Revolutionary Paris. Avoid. Or better still, read El Sandifer’s take.

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Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we are coming ever closer to recording and releasing our commentary on the utterly forgettable SPECTRE (2015). Until we get there, please consider checking out our commentaries on the Daniel Craig era, the Pierce Brosnan era or the Timothy Dalton era.

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 137 To Mansplain Aliens

This week, Nathan and James are joined by Steven B from New to Who, and spend a couple of hours running up staircases in Cardiff, desperately trying to avoid a shrieking pedal bin with memory banks stuffed with exabytes of hardcore pornography. It’s your favourite episode of the season — Dalek.

Notes and links

Steven Moffat’s mother-in-law Beryl Vertue was Terry Nation’s agent when he wrote The Daleks, which means that she was responsible for the deal that gave him the ownership of the the Daleks. She had moved on to bigger and better things by 1967.

Steven B mentions a couple of characters similar to Van Statten, including Frederick in John Fowles’s The Collector,
The collector JOhn Fowlds, and the Collector in Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman’s BBC Doctor Who novel Unnatural History.

Dalek writer Rob Shearman has written an number of Big Finish audios, famous for their grotesque black humour. These include Jubilee, which this story is partly based on, and which we discuss in our Colin Baker Big Finish episode. We also mention The Holy Terror, starring Colin Baker’s Doctor and featuring a shape-shifting alien penguin.

Rob Shearman and Toby Hadoke have also written a series of books called Running Through Corridors, in which they watch their way through Classic Doctor Who and say lots of lovely things about it. (If they can.)

In the episode of The Goodies called Sex and Violence, Mary Whitehouse analog Desirée Carthorse (perennial fan favourite Beryl Reid) commissions the goodies to make a sex education film called How to Make Babies by Doing Dirty Things. (Did you know that the goodies has finally been released on shiny plastic disks? Amazing.)

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, and Steven B is @steed_stylin. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. You can also find occasional but devastatingly accurate facts about Doctor Who at @FTEwhofacts.

Steven B is one of the hosts of the New to Who podcast, which discusses Classic Doctor Who stories and introduces the Classic series to new fans. More about that later. Meanwhile, you can follow New to Who on Twitter at @NewToWhoPodcast.

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Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, there’s every chance that we’ll be recording a commentary on 2015’s SPECTRE some time this week, but until then you can still check out our commentaries on the Daniel Craig era, the Pierce Brosnan era or the Timothy Dalton era.

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 136 Less Bum Shots

This week, James is cleaning the kitchen, Max is standing up and making a difference, and Nathan is hiding in the cupboard under a pile of official documents with only the port decanter for company. The Slitheen are still on the rampage and only a plucky leftist parliamentarian can stop them. It’s World War Three.

Notes and links

The Slitheen’s relatives the Blathereen appear in The Gift, the final story of Season 3. They’ve been painted red, and are voiced by Miriam Margolyes and Simon Callow, delightfully.

Nathan claims that the CGI Slitheen never appear again, and that’s not quite right. One is used in Boom Town, to create the effect of Blon shedding her Margaret costume. But, in any case, they never get to go for a run again. (And I’m not rewatching Revenge of the Slitheen or The Lost Boy to find out if that’s true.)

Fans of the password buffalo will enjoy the Big Finish audio Vampire of the Mind, in which Colin Baker’s Doctor faces off against the Master, played by Alex Macqueen.

The Onion’s AV Club has reviews on every episode of the new series. They’re generally very good, and in a rare move for an internet website, their comments threads are not a complete trash fire.

In 2017, Russell T Davies and James Goss published an anthology of poetry about Doctor Who called Now We Are Six Hundred: A Collection of Time Lord Verse, illustrated by Davies himself. If you’re upset by what happens to Harriet Jones in The Stolen Earth, it’s definitedly worth a look.

James was right: here’s an article about Newsnight’s revelation in 2007 that British nuclear weapons were protected by bike locks.

And, of course, you’re almost certainly going to want to watch Dimensions in Time again.

Picks of the Week

Max

A Very English Scandal is a three-part TV mini-series by Russell T Davies, released earlier this year on the BBC. In it, the leader of the Liberal Party, Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) puts out a hit on his former lover Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw) to keep him quiet about their relationship. It’s brilliant. And it actually happened.

Doctor Who was broadcast on Twitch earlier this year, and as a result, the phrase London, 1965 became an instant meme on Twitter. It is also the opening caption of the first episode of A Very English Scandal.

Max also plugs Paddington 2, also with Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, as well as Scottish actor Peter Capaldi.

James

Big Finish has released a box set of four adventures set during Eccleston’s era. Which of course they have. It’s The Ninth Doctor Chronicles!

Nathan

Nathan recommends NBC’s philosophical afterlife sitcom The Good Place, by Brooklyn Nine-Nine creator Michael Shur. Its third season starts in the US this week.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, and Max Jelbart is @max_jelbart. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. You can also find intermittently amusing and incredibly accurate facts about Doctor Who at @FTEwhofacts.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll make our next episode title a silly double entendre to conceal the fact that it contains a serious discussion of twenty-first-century geopolitics.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, our plans to record a commentary on 2015’s SPECTRE are well on their way, but while you’re waiting, you can still check out our commentaries on the Daniel Craig era, the Pierce Brosnan era or the Timothy Dalton era.

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 135 Men in Massive Suits

This week, Nathan and James are joined by friend-of-the-podcast Max Jelbart to discuss perennial fan favourite and stone-cold classic Aliens of London. Spoiler alert: we all like it.

Notes and links

Doctor Who’s last soap-genre mashup was not an unqualified success — it was the thirtieth anniversary special that none of us had been dreaming of, as the Doctor and his friends collide with the cast of EastEnders in 1993’s Dimensions in Time.

Not for the last time, one of us mentions The Writer’s Tale, Russell T Davies’s account of his last few years as Doctor Who showrunner. It’s very candid and informative — an absolute must-read.

A massive supernatural event is also covered by the world’s media in RTD’s brilliant miniseries The Second Coming (2003), starring Christopher Eccleston and Lesley Sharp (Midnight).

RTD returned to commenting on the lives of gay men in Cucumber (2015) — this time looking at the differences between gay men in their forties and younger queer people in their twenties. It’s brilliant, but utterly harrowing.

Before the Weeping Angels, before the Silence, before the Monks, Steven Moffat brought us the Tersurons, unseen aliens who communicated by “precisely modulated gastric emissions”, and who were the butt of a number of jokes in Moffat’s first ever Doctor Who story, The Curse of Fatal Death.

After the untimely death of Lis Sladen, RTD and Phil Ford created Wizards vs Aliens, to take the place of The Sarah Jane Adventures in the BBC children’s television schedules. Among the cast were Annette Badland, Gwendoline Christie and TV’s Brian Blessed. It’s usually good, and sometimes actually great.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, and Max Jelbart is @max_jelbart. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. You can also find intermittently amusing and incredibly accurate facts about Doctor Who at @FTEwhofacts.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll write a blistering satire of your most cherished political opinions and fill it with farting green aliens.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we haven’t yet got around to recording our commentary on 2015’s SPECTRE, but while you’re waiting for that, why not check out our commentaries on the Daniel Craig era, the Pierce Brosnan era or the Timothy Dalton era?

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 134 Outsiders Trying to Get In

This week, our flight takes us to nineteenth-century Cardiff, where Nathan is worried about the stiffs, Todd is shocked by all this talk about the butcher’s boy, and James is teaching Charles Dickens to enjoy life again mere months before he dies of a stroke. Turns out that we’re all just The Unquiet Dead.

Notes and links

Todd mentions Mark Gatiss’s Big Finish story Phantasmagoria (1999), starring Peter Davison and Mark Strickson, which he manages to get Charles Dickens to name-check in this episode.

Simon Callow’s willy can be seen in the film adaptation of E M Forster’s A Room with a View (1985), which also features an important cameo from Rupert Graves’s willy. Worth a look. (Not just for the willies. Honestly, grow up.)

Here’s Lawrence Miles’s blog post attacking Gatiss for the apparent anti-refugee subtext in this story. Elizabeth Sandifer disagrees with his reading of this story.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby and James is @ohjamessellwood. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. You can also find surprising and completely accurate facts about Doctor Who at @FTEwhofacts.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or every time we see you, we’ll look at you quizzically and ask you if you’re sure that you haven’t left the gas on.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we haven’t yet got around to recording our commentary on 2015’s SPECTRE, but while you’re waiting for that, why not check out our commentaries on the Daniel Craig era, the Pierce Brosnan era or the Timothy Dalton era?

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 133 Literally Mooning the Audience

This week’s episode of Flight Through Entirety contains over 200 special effects shots and was recorded in a delightful civic temple somewhere in Cardiff. It’s not quite the new normal, but we’re definitely on our way there. Welcome to The End of the World.

Notes and links

(Whatever happened to the Buy the story section? I used to love that.)

Russell T Davies’s historical miniseries Casanova starred David Tennant as a mouthy romantic lead, and meant that we were all fairly certain that he would be the new Doctor when Eccleston’s departure was announced.

Another hint came from Tennant’s appearance in The Quatermass Experiment (2015), which was a live-to-air remake of Nigel Neale’s 1953 TV series.

The Temple of Peace in Cardiff has been used as a location in no less than 920 episodes of Doctor Who since 2005.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby and James is @ohjamessellwood. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. You can also find valuable and stunningly accurate facts about Doctor Who at @FTEwhofacts.

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Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, you can find our commentaries on just about the entirety of the James Bond oeuvre, including three Daniel Craig commentaries, four Pierce Brosnan commentaries and two Timothy Dalton commentaries.

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 132 Fear of a Welsh Planet

– I’m the Doctor, by the way. What’s your name?
– Rose.
– Nice to meet you, Rose. Run for your life!

The wilderness years are finally over, and we’re back at last with an entirely new series of Flight Through Entirety, in a reassuringly familiar format.

This week, Nathan’s new job is giving him airs and graces, Brendan is carrying a whole bunch of Semtex for some reason, Richard finds a strange man in his room, and Todd’s skin has a strange and unconvincing glossy sheen. Welcome to a whole new era of Doctor Who — it’s Rose.

Buy the story!

This has always been our favourite part of the shownotes, but now that we’ve reached the Twenty-First Century, it’s no longer needed, so it’s appearing here for the last time.

From now on, Doctor Who is available on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming literally everywhere, and was released on all of these media very soon after broadcast. So you probably own it already. In several digital formats.

Notes and links

In 2003, the future of Doctor Who looked very much like Paul Cornell’s Scream of the Shalka, starring Richard E Grant as the Doctor, which was a web series available (alas no longer) on the BBC website. You can see the trailer here. It was released on DVD in 2013. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

The scripts for all of Series 1, including an introduction and a copy of the pitch document, were released as a book back in 2005. It’s definitely worth your time.

Fans of undistinguished pop starlet Billie Piper will definitely enjoy her 2000 hit, from the fondly remembered album Walk of Life. You can find the music video on YouTube, or you could always ask Todd to lend you his CD.

Rose was novelised by Russell T Davies earlier this year, and was released in a range of Target novelisations from the New Series. They’re all pretty good.

Damaged Goods is Russell T Davies’s brilliant but deeply upsetting contribution to the Virgin New Adventures range, first published in 1996. Unavoidably, a Big Finish adaptation also exists.

In this impressive tweet, Doctor Who showrunners Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat scowl menacingly at Michael Grade, who cancelled Doctor Who after a rough night in 1985. (Not pictured, Chris Chibnall.)

Fans of knowing all kinds of crucial nonsense about the production of Doctor Who (and that’s all of you, admit it) will enjoy Doctor Who: The Complete History, a blisteringly comprehensive history of everything it’s possible to know about the entire programme.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Brendan is @brandybongos, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. You can also find Pixley-level reliable information about the show at @FTEwhofacts.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll secretly hide in a bin outside your house and leap out at you at an upsettingly inconvenient moment.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we have only one Bond film left to cover, and we’re starting to wonder what we should do after that.

While you’re waiting for us to decide, we have three Daniel Craig commentaries, four Pierce Brosnan commentaries and two Timothy Dalton commentaries for you to enjoy.

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 131 Thank You Very Much for Listening, and Good Night

We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?

Brendan, Richard, Nathan and Todd fly backwards in time through the entirety of the Classic Series. Who are our heroes and villains? What stories should you watch, avoid, or remake on a film budget? And what, finally, have we learned about Doctor Who, and about each other?

Thank you very much for listening. And no, you have something in your eye.

All you do is talk and talk and talk

In fact, this isn’t quite our last flirtation with the Classic Series. We still have three commentary podcasts to record: Enlightenment, with Peter Davison, Revelation of the Daleks, with Colin Baker, and a Sylvester McCoy story that our listeners are still voting on. It’s not too late to cast your vote, just head over to our shownotes for Episode 129 and make your views known.

Notes and links

The Nth Doctor, by Jean-Marc Lofficier, discusses in depth the unmade film scripts that preceded The TV Movie.

Clayton Hickman’s Hand of Sutekh pillow is now available on his surpassingly brilliant Redbubble store.

Richard recommends the new Big Finish Third Doctor audio series, starring Katy Manning as Jo Grant and Tim Treloar as the Third Doctor.

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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the logo was designed by Anthony Wells. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. And more surprising and completely reliable information about the show can be found at @FTEwhofacts.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or — oh, you. How can I possibly stay mad at you?

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we’ve finally finished the Brosnan years with our long-awaited commentary on Die Another Day (2002). This joins our three previous Brosnan commentaries, and our commentaries on the Timothy Dalton films.

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 130 Always Dress for the Commentary

This week, we’re celebrating the end of another tiresome millennium: Brendan’s dressed as Madam Butterfly, Nathan’s mooching about in the morgue as usual, Todd’s going on about his boots for some reason, and Richard has made a terrible mess in the Console Room. It’s the 1996 TV Movie!

Well, that’s democracy for you

There’s still plenty of time for you to vote for a story for us to cover in our upcoming Sylvester McCoy commentary podcast episode. No rush though. You can probably afford to worry about it later.

Buy the story!

This one’s quite complicated. The TV Movie was one of the first stories to get a DVD release, way back in 2001, in the UK only. It finally got a Special Edition release in 2010/2011 (Amazon US) (Amazon UK). This release was also part of the Revisitations 1 Box Set, along with The Talons of Weng-Chiang and The Caves of Androzani, only available in Australia and the UK (Amazon UK). An upscaled Blu-ray version was released in 2016 in the UK only (Amazon UK).

Notes and links

We don’t plan to cover fan favourite Dimensions in Time, which was a one-off Doctor Who/EastEnders crossover broadcast on BBC1 in November 1993, as part of Children in Need. However, Brendan says you’ll enjoy this version, which includes production notes by Andrew Orton.

Friend-of-the-podcast Gary Russell wrote the novelisation of this story, published in 1996, written before Gary got to see the actual episode and available in bookshops before the audience had either. It is now, sadly, out of print. You can read some of Gary’s thoughts about the novelisation here.

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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the logo was designed by Anthony Wells. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. And more surprising and completely reliable information about the show can be found at @FTEwhofacts.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll relaunch the podcast as an ill-fated series of remakes of previous episodes featuring American actors in major roles and including a number of inept Star-Trek-inspired continuity errors.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we’re all set to release our final Broscast next weekend — Die Another Day (2002). While you’re waiting for that to drop, why not listen to our three previous Brosnan commentaries, or one of our commentaries on the Timothy Dalton films.

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 129 Advocate for Genocide

– My lady, who is that little man?
– Oh, glorious evil. It is he?

We’ve reached the end of another era. Three years at the tail end of the Classic Series, reviled by some, forgotten by others, and not watched at all by a sizeable proportion of the audience. But all four of us love literally every single aspect of it without exception. (Quiet, Todd!)

There’s always a choice

And now it’s time for you to vote for a Sylvester McCoy story for an upcoming commentary podcast episode. Vote wisely!

Sylvester McCoy commentary poll

  • The Happiness Patrol (Nathan) (50%)
  • Silver Nemesis (Richard) (20%)
  • Time and the Rani (Brendan) (15%)
  • Battlefield (Todd) (15%)
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Notes and links

Nathan mentions The Stranger, a video series created in the 1990s by BBV, starring Colin and Nicola as more quiet and sombre versions of their Doctor Who characters. You can watch the first episode, Summoned by Shadows, on YouTube.

Big Finish has released a series of Lost Stories audios based on the production team’s sketchy preliminary ideas for Season 27. And no, we’re not doing an episode on it.

Andrew Cartmel wrote three novels in the Virgin New Adventures series: Cat’s Cradle: Warhead, Warlock and Warchild.
Fans of this series will enjoy Brendan’s blog about his experiences reading his way through each novel.

Richard mentions some possible influences on Andrew Cartmel’s work, including Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon and Snow Crash, the books of Verner Vinge, and Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy.

Philip Pullman’s sequel to His Dark Materials has just been released: La Belle Sauvage, first volume of The Book of Dust.

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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the logo was designed by Anthony Wells. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. And more surprising and completely reliable information about the show can be found at @FTEwhofacts.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll send Nathan over to your place to go on and on about that one time that Sylvester played the spoons on his chest. Just like he did to the Rani, you know.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we’ve already recorded our final commentary for the Pierce Brosnan era, so we’ll be releasing it in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, our three previous Brosnan commentaries are still available, and so are our commentaries on the Timothy Dalton films.

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 128 Completely Superfluous

There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where the sea’s asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke, and cities made of song. Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice, and somewhere else the tea’s getting cold. Come on, Ace, we’ve got work to do!

This week, all four of us assemble on Horsenden Hill to light a fire, muck about, and discuss the last story of the 26-year run of the Classic Series. It’s Survival.

Buy the story!

Survival was released on DVD in 2007. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Notes and links

Fans of the music of Dominic Glynn will also enjoy FTE’s multi-award winning radio drama Time Inc.

The Planet of the Cheetah People (Cheetos in the constellation of Acinonyx) operates like a single biological entity. The Gaia Hypothesis postulates that the Earth operates in the same way.

Horrifyingly, Adele Silva is now 37 years old, and is famous for playing Kelly Windsor on Emmerdale. She’s a mum now.

Picks of the week

Nathan

For the second time, Nathan’s pick is the New to Who podcast, which covers those Doctor Who stories which you might actually want to watch, particularly if you’re a fan of the New Series.

Brendan

Dominic Glynn has recently released an EP called The Happiness Patrol Remixes, with new versions of the superb incidental music he composed for that story

Todd

Fans of both unnecessarily long films and TV’s Sylvester McCoy will want to rush out and buy the Blu-ray box set of The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Richard

Richard has been enjoying the Titan Comics Doctor Who range, particularly those starring the Ninth Doctor and the Twelfth Doctor.

He also recommends listening to Sam Waxman‘s film noir scores, just to see how this sort of thing can be done really well.

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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the logo was designed by Anthony Wells. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. And more surprising and completely reliable information about the show can be found at @FTEwhofacts.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll secretly cancel your favourite TV show so that you don’t realise for a couple of years that it’s over forever and is never ever coming back.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we’ve resumed our long-delayed flight through the Pierce Brosnan Era, which is nice, with the release of our latest commentary on The World Is Not Enough.

Our commentaries on the first two Pierce Brosnan films are still available, and so are our commentaries on the Timothy Dalton films.

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 127 Wall of Nipples

This week, we’re far too busy fending off Haemovores to talk about The Curse of Fenric. Fortunately, we’re each possessed of a deep and abiding faith: Nathan in Barbara, Richard in German Expressionism, and Brendan in the essential goodness of human nature.

Buy the story!

The Curse of Fenric was released on DVD in 2004/2005. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Notes and links

According to this story, humanity will eventually evolve into sucker-faced blue monsters with seeds sprouting out of their heads. In the Blakes 7 episode Terminal, Servalan essentially reveals that humanity really evolves into the Taran Wood Beast.

If you want to learn more about the life of Alan Turing, you could watch the film The Imitation Game (2014), which did take some liberties with the details of Turing’s life story, or you could read Alan Turing: The Enigma (2000) by Andrew Hodges. We mention some of the people that inspired Turing’s work, including Kurt Gödel and Lewis Carroll. Turing was pardoned by the British government in 2013.

Here’s a concise description of the Prisoner’s Dilemma. And here’s how things change when two people repeatedly enact the Prisoner’s Dilemma situation — the iterated Prisoner’s dilemma.

Daniel Craig acted alongside Anne Reid in The Mother (2003).

Nicholas Parsons is as famous as possible in the UK, as the host of Sale of the Century from 1971 to 1984 and as the host of the radio quiz show Just a Minute, from 1967 to the present day.

Here’s the story of Sonequa Martin-Green meeting Nichelle Nichols on the red carpet at the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery.

Ace has another difficult conversation with the Doctor in the Big Finish adaptation of Paul Cornell’s Love and War.

 

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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the logo was designed by Anthony Wells. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. And more surprising and completely reliable information about the show can be found at @FTEwhofacts.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll criticise your lack of moral certitude and compare you unfavourably to your father.

Bondfinger

We’ll be returning to complete the Pierce Brosnan era any day now, but in the meantime you can still enjoy our commentaries on the first two Pierce Brosnan films, and our commentaries on the Timothy Dalton Era.

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 126 Gog and Magog

This week, Nathan’s outraged by Richard’s blasphemous theories, while Brendan just wants to be a real ladylike. Don’t tell your probation officer — it’s Ghost Light.

Buy the story!

Ghost Light was released on DVD in 2004/2005. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Notes and links

Control asks the Doctor to “spare a farthing, guvnor” — her climb up the evolutionary ladder is based upon the 1913 play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.

Gwedonline calls Ace Alice, which is the most obvious reference to Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, but Nathan points out that this story owes much more to Alice than that.

After Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden of Eden, God places an angel with a flaming sword at the entrance to the Garden to prevent them from returning.

Fans of the song That’s the Way to the Zoo will enjoy this rendition by the hosts of the Splendid Chaps podcast, one of the inspirations for Flight Through Entirety. If you have never followed a link from our shownotes, break your habit, and follow this link immediately.

Douglas Adams’s Doctor Who movie script, Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen will be released as a novel by James Goss some time in January. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

Fans of FTE outside of Australia might not be aware of the non-binding non-compulsory postal survey which our wretched government is using to determine whether LGBTI people get to enjoy legal equality with every bogan arsehole who enjoyed threatening to beat us up in the playground when we were children.

And, finally, here’s a list of the amazing contributions Marc Platt has made to Doctor Who over the years since this story was first written.

Doctor Who in Ten Seconds

Brendan’s accelerated recaps of Classic Doctor Who are finally back, with some speedy ten-second summaries of all of the stories from Season 8.

Fans of Brendan’s video output will find his YouTube page here; they will also subscribe to Doctor Who in Ten Seconds here. Season 9 will be released in the next few weeks.

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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the logo was designed by Anthony Wells. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. And more surprising and completely reliable information about the show can be found at @FTEwhofacts.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or next Monday we will come and bring you quite a lot of nuts.

Bondfinger

We’ve now got a bunch of James Bond commentaries banked and ready to release. While you’re waiting for us to get our act together, you can enjoy our previous commentaries on the Pierce Brosnan films, and our commentaries on the Timothy Dalton Era.

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.