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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1 thought on “Episode 134 Outsiders Trying to Get In

  1. Watched the first three Ecclestons today, I’ve always said he was my favourite of the new doctors but I’d forgotten just how fresh and yet “classic” it felt. I think initially my impression of Eccleston was of something of a soccer hooligan, possibly because of his treatment of Mickey, and didn’t really warm to him till Aliens of London, but this rewatch both Eccleston and Piper seem electric from the beginning. And I wish we’d seen more of Simon Callow, he was at one stage my dream Doctor circa Chance in a Million, and he’s wonderful here. I’d forgotten this was the basis for Torchwood. Will listen to the podcast tomorrow, wonder if Image of the Fendahl is mentioned, that seems another obvious reference point for this story. Welcome back!

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