So, we’ve changed the desktop theme, and we’re ready to start on the delightful Jon Pertwee’s final year on Doctor Who, as we discuss the first three stories of Season 11: The Time Warrior, Invasion of the Dinosaurs and Death to the Daleks. Oh, beshrew me, but I grow fond of this fellow!
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The Time Warrior
Mark Gatiss and Katy Manning are among the contributors to the BBC Radio 4 documentary Black Aquarius, which discusses the wave of interest in the occult which washed over British popular culture in the 1970s. Or if that’s no longer available, fans of the 1970s might enjoy Cilla Black singing Aquarius instead.
I searched and searched for the interview with Peter Cushing posted on our Facebook page by friend-of-the-podcast John Edwards Davies. But I couldn’t find it. In the meantime, here’s Peter Cushing being interviewed about the Hammer Horror films by Terry Wogan in 1988.
Like Linx, Eddie Izzard is aware of the importance of having a flag when conquering new territories.
Invasion of the Dinosaurs
I wish I could find John Molyneux’s video of dinosaurs snogging to the tune of Je t’aime, but just I can’t. I remember seeing it in the 90s, and it was superb. Anyone who knows where it is, please, please, let me know the URL and I promise I’ll post it.
Fans of truly terrible things will enjoy this clip from Blue Peter in 1974, featuring the Whomobile, Jon Pertwee and Peter Purvis.
The novelisation of this story is called The Dinosaur Invasion, and it’s brilliant. It was originally released in 1976 with a fab pop-art cover by Chris Achilleos, and then it was re-released in 1978 with a more conventional cover by Jeff Cummins. You can compare the two here. The audiobook is read by Martin Jarvis, and it’s great as well. (Audible US) (Audible UK)
Death to the Daleks
We discussed Erich Von Däniken’s crazy Chariots of the Gods? a few episodes back. This story, with its tales of Exxilon astronauts building pyramids in Peru, is not the last time that this book will be relevant.
Nathan was right. Famously terrible British novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton was responsible for the opening line “It was a dark and stormy night”. Fans of terrible opening lines will enjoy the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Fans of somewhat shorter opening lines will enjoy Adam Cadre’s Little Lytton Contest.
And here’s some more exuberant crossplay from Brendan. SEE Bonnie Langford seeing Brendan dressed as Bonnie Langford!
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