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Episode 30

Evil Buddhists

In an alternately languid and lachrymose episode of Flight Through Entirety, Brendan, Richard and Nathan spend a hilarious 30 minutes moaning about The Monster of Peladon, before farewelling Jon Pertwee’s Doctor in Planet of the Spiders. Tears, Sarah Jane? Of course they are!

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If, after everything we’ve just said, you want to revisit The Monster of Peladon, you’ll be delighted to learn that it was released as part of the box set Peladon Tales in the UK and Australia, and on its own in the US. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Planet of the Spiders was released on DVD in 2011. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Monster of Peladon

Well, we were too busy trashing the story to make any references to anything very much. Richard brings up ITC Entertainment, which was actually making good television at the time, but we’ve talked about it before. So why not enjoy Sue Perryman’s take on the story from the Wife in Space blog? She gives it 2 out of 10, which is sweet of her.

Oh, okay, and here’s a lovely picture of Vega Nexos. Check out that back hair!

Planet of the Spiders

Fans of the way Jon Pertwee shamelessly plagiarises things will enjoy the Buddha’s Flower Sermon again.

Here’s Jenny Laird’s obituary in the Guardian, from November 2001. A huge loss to the acting profession, apparently.

Gareth Hunt played Mike Gambit in The New Avengers in 1976–1977, while the role of Steed was played by Patrick Macnee in a corset.

Jon Pertwee’s final memoir I am the Doctor! was published postumously in 1996. It’s out of print, but still available for fabulous amounts of money. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Whodunnit? was a 1970s panel game show thing, which ran on for six seasons on ITV. A murder mystery was acted out, and the celebrity panellists would have to work the identity of the murderer. Jon Pertwee took over from Edward Woodward as compere at the start of the second season. You can get a taste of it from this clip on YouTube. The first five seasons have also been released on DVD.

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In the Trust Your Doctor podcast, Dylan and Kiyan work their way through every episode of Doctor Who, which sounds like an excellent idea for a podcast. Here’s Brendan and Nathan’s recent guest appearance, in which all four of us discuss Last of the Gaderene by Mark Gatiss.


In the 1990s, BBC Radio released two new audio stories, written by Barry Letts and starring Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen and Nick Courtney. There were The Paradise of Death and The Ghosts of N-Space, both of which are available on iTunes.


In 1971, ITC released Jason King, starring Planet of Fire’s Peter Wyngarde as the dashing and indescribably ugly Jason. Buy it on DVD! (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

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Episode 30: Evil Buddhists · Duration 1:30:59 · Download · Open in new window

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