Sunday, 2 November 2014
In this week’s episode of Flight out of Gatwick, we discuss Season 4’s last three stories, The Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones and The Evil of the Daleks. Farewell, Ben and Polly. Hello, Victoria. Work hard and happily! (We know you will.)
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Another season 4 podcast, another three incomplete stories. Sigh.
The surviving three episodes, The Faceless Ones 1 and 3 and The Evil of the Daleks 2, are all available in the Lost of Time box set. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
However all three stories exist as BBC audios, and can be bought on Audible.
The Macra Terror is, bizarrely, narrated by TV’s Colin Baker. (Audible US) (Audible UK). Even more bizarrely, a second version exists, narrated by the delightfully elfin Anneke Wills. (Audible US) (Audible UK)
The Faceless Ones is narrated by Frazer Hines. (Audible US) (Audible UK). And so is The Evil of the Daleks. (Audible US) (Audible UK).
The Macra Terror
The Goodies episode “Radio Goodies”, to which we all so hilariously refer, has its own Wikipedia entry. Amazing!
More weird 60s mind-control concerns arise in The Ipcress File (1965) (which is amazingly good).
The Faceless Ones
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the BBC Radio sitcom Cabin Pressure, in which he plays the only pilot of the single-plane airline MJN Air.
So, it was the Refusians from The Ark who lost their identities in a galaxy accident. According to Meadows, the Chameleons lost their identities in “a gigantic explosion”. Which is much stupider, really.
The Evil of the Daleks
Before there was Upstairs, Downstairs, before there was Downton Abbey, we had The Forsyte Saga (1967). Does that account for Victoria Waterfield?
Deborah Watling had starred opposite George Baker (Full Circle) in Dennis Potter’s TV film Alice (1965), which looked at the strange and weirdly suspicious life of Alice in Wonderland’s author Charles Lutwitge Dodson.
Altered Vistas is a website which chronicles the history of Doctor Who in comic strips. They have created CG animated versions of all the TV Century 21 comic strips. Take a look at them here.
Picks of the Week
Anneke Wills’s two autobiographies, Naked and Self-portrait, are currently out of print. New and second-hand copies are available from Amazon, however. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK).
Anneke’s In Focus can be preordered for its re-release early in 2015. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
The Orton Diaries are playwright Joe Orton’s hilarious account of the last eight months of his life — candid, funny and outrageous. And he mentions Doctor Who! We own him! (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
Volume 5 of El Sandifer’s TARDIS Eruditorum contains essays covering Tom Baker’s last four seasons on Doctor Who. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
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