Episode 32 Quentin Crisp Duck Face

We have a new Doctor, and a new release schedule. In the first weekly episode of Flight Through Entirety, Brendan, Nathan, Richard and Todd, the sort of girls who give motorcars pet names, discuss Tom Baker’s first ever Doctor Who story, Robot. Please do not resist. We do not wish to cause you unnecessary pain.

Buy the story!

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

Terrance Dicks’s novelisation, Doctor Who and the Giant Robot, is available as an audiobook, read by Tom Baker. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

Links and notes

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) has an emotional artificial person with a complex relationship with his creator. Coincidence?

Pearl White played the eponymous heroine in the 1914 film serial The Perils of Pauline. Apparently she never got tied to the railway tracks though.

Fans of terribly judgemental robots will enjoy Gort from George Pal’s The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).

Anyone appalled by Richard’s gingerphobia will perhaps be mollified by this video depicting Catherine Tate’s admission to the Ginger Hair Safe House.

If, like me, you’re disappointed that Miss Bassey won’t be singing the theme to the next Bond film, SPECTRE, you can console yourself by remembering the valiant It’s Got To Be Bassey campaign. Bless you, boys.

Some moments in this story are reminiscent of Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke’s second-season Avengers episode The Mauritius Penny, which exists on YouTube in its, er, entirety.

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