Increasingly Baroque and Stupid
Sunday, 15 February 2015
It’s our second reboot in two years, and to celebrate Richard’s sabbatical in Cambridge, we’re joined by everyone’s favourite ham-fisted bun vendor, Todd “Josephine” Beilby. And we’re discussing the first three stories of Season 8: Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil and The Claws of Axos.
Buy the stories!
In England and Australia, Terror of the Autons was released on DVD as part of the Mannequin Mania box set. (Amazon UK). It was released separately in the US. (Amazon US)
Check out Jo’s facial expression on the Mind of Evil DVD cover. And Pertwee looks like he’s just realised he left the gas on. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
The Claws of Axos has had a Special Edition DVD release. So there’s that. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
Terror of the Autons
Paul Cornell’s brutal 1993 review of Terror of the Autons from DWB can be found here.
Here’s Brendan dressed as Jo Grant from Day of the Daleks at Lords of Time 3 in December 2014.
The Mind of Evil
Sorry, Nathan, but Kate Orman doesn’t give Corporal Bell brain cancer, but she does damage her brain in a terrible car accident in the otherwise brilliant The Left-Handed Hummingbird.
David McIntee’s novel Face of the Enemy has the Master working with UNIT while the Doctor and Jo are off mucking around on Peladon. Oh, and Corporal Bell gets sacked. Here’s El Sandifer’s review.
Richard Franklin wrote a post-UNIT Mike Yates novel called The Killing Stone. You can even hear him reading it aloud, if that’s your thing. (Audible US) (Audible UK). Paul Cornell definitively outed Mike Yates in the 50th Virgin New Adventures Novel Happy Endings.
A work of fiction passes the Bechdel test if it contains a scene where two women talk to each other about something other than a man.
Fans of caseless Dalek mutants as major story villains will enjoy the Big Finish audio The Elite.
The Claws of Axos
Bill Filer looks like he’s wandered into The Claws of Axos on his way to appearing in The Champions or The Persuaders!.
Brendan mentions the episode of Black Books where Bernard and Manny drunkenly write a children’s book called The Elephant and the Balloon. You can find the entire episode on YouTube.
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