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Episode 213

The Todd Experience

This week, we celebrate the triumphant return of the entire universe with a quick snog in the bushes after Amy’s wedding, followed by a discussion of the final episode of Series 5, The Big Bang.

Here’s the tweet that started it all, a question from Nick H asking us what the hell this two-part story is all about.

According to The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the Total Perspective Vortex annihilates your brain by showing you exactly how insignificant you are on a universal scale. It derives its image of the universe from the extrapolated matter analysis of one small piece of fairy cake.

Erik and Adam discuss Paul Cornell’s Timewyrm: Revelation not in an episode of Doctor Who: The Writers’ Room (sorry, Kyle), but in an episode of The Real McCoy podcast. In this episode, they mention several things that Cornell does in the novel which later turn up as features of the Moffat Era.

Here’s a fan production of Neil Penswick’s The Pit by the delightfully named Security Kitchen Productions.

In 2011, The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, beating Vincent and the Doctor, A Christmas Carol and Rachel Bloom’s music video F*ck me Ray Bradbury.

And here’s the Twitter account of Liam McNicholas, who has been creating beautiful artwork to accompany our flight through the successive episodes of Series 5. By the time you read this, you’ll be able to see the complete set.

Picks of the week

We’ve all got some lovely TV shows for you to watch this week.


Todd wants you to experience the lavish off-screen wedding enjoyed by Leela and Andred some time after the end of Part 6 of The Invasion of Time. Or you could listen to us discussing it in Episode 55: Timothy Dalton’s Pyjamas, the FTE episode that mentioned word peril for the first time.


Brendan is watching Butterflies (1978), starring Wendy Craig and our very own Geoffrey Palmer, in which the lovely middle-class Ria distracts herself from her low-level dissatisfactions with her family life by regularly meeting and chatting with another man. It’s very gentle, but also rather sweet and sad.


Richard is watching The Right Stuff (2020), which is a Disney+ series about the early days of the space race. (He also seems to have his eye on Nathan’s Season 8 box set.)


Nathan recommends Love, Victor (2020), also on Disney+ in Australia, at least, in which a high school student in Atlanta struggles with the possibility that he might be gay. It’s sweet and funny and sad, with a lovely cast and a lot of heart. Series 2 is being released next week.

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And more

You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well.

Episode 213: The Todd Experience · Recorded on Sunday, 16 May 2021 · Duration 1:18:26 · Download · Open in new window

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