Sand in Your Parrinium
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
So, we’ve changed the desktop theme, and we’re ready to start on the delightful Jon Pertwee’s final year on Doctor Who, as we discuss the first three stories of Season 11: The Time Warrior, Invasion of the Dinosaurs and Death to the Daleks. Oh, beshrew me, but I grow fond of this fellow!
Buy the stories!
The Time Warrior was released on DVD in 2007/2008, including an option to watch a version of the story with acceptable special effects. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
Invasion of the Dinosaurs, sadly, has no such option. It was released as part of the UNIT Files box set in 2012. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
And finally, Death to the Daleks was released on DVD in 2012. So there’s that. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
The Time Warrior
Mark Gatiss and Katy Manning are among the contributors to the BBC Radio 4 documentary Black Aquarius, which discusses the wave of interest in the occult which washed over British popular culture in the 1970s. Or if that’s no longer available, fans of the 1970s might enjoy Cilla Black singing Aquarius instead.
I searched and searched for the interview with Peter Cushing posted on our Facebook page by friend-of-the-podcast John Edwards Davies. But I couldn’t find it. In the meantime, here’s Peter Cushing being interviewed about the Hammer Horror films by Terry Wogan in 1988.
Brendan mentions John Dorney’s audio drama Special Features, which is a single-episode story released by Big Finish as part of The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories.
Moonbase 3 was a BBC science-fiction series designed to be Terrance Dicks and Barry Letts’s escape route from Doctor Who. Dr Elizabeth Sandifer is less than impressed with it.
Like Linx, Eddie Izzard is aware of the importance of having a flag when conquering new territories.
Invasion of the Dinosaurs
Here’s Barry Letts hating on the dinosaurs from Invasion of the Dinosaurs.
I wish I could find John Molyneux’s video of dinosaurs snogging to the tune of Je t’aime, but just I can’t. I remember seeing it in the 90s, and it was superb. Anyone who knows where it is, please, please, let me know the URL and I promise I’ll post it.
Here’s a hilarious (and somewhat racist) taste of the Disney classic One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975), starring, oh, okay, featuring television’s Jon Pertwee.
Fans of truly terrible things will enjoy this clip from Blue Peter in 1974, featuring the Whomobile, Jon Pertwee and Peter Purvis.
The novelisation of this story is called The Dinosaur Invasion, and it’s brilliant. It was originally released in 1976 with a fab pop-art cover by Chris Achilleos, and then it was re-released in 1978 with a more conventional cover by Jeff Cummins. You can compare the two here. The audiobook is read by Martin Jarvis, and it’s great as well. (Audible US) (Audible UK)
Death to the Daleks
We discussed Erich Von Däniken’s crazy Chariots of the Gods? a few episodes back. This story, with its tales of Exxilon astronauts building pyramids in Peru, is not the last time that this book will be relevant.
Fans of romping adventure romps will enjoy She, by H. Rider Haggard, first published in 1886. Fans of Ursula Andress will enjoy the film version starring Ursula Andress, first released in 1965.
Nathan was right. Famously terrible British novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton was responsible for the opening line “It was a dark and stormy night”. Fans of terrible opening lines will enjoy the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Fans of somewhat shorter opening lines will enjoy Adam Cadre’s Little Lytton Contest.
And here’s some more exuberant crossplay from Brendan. SEE Bonnie Langford seeing Brendan dressed as Bonnie Langford!
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