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Episode 39

He’s Always a Villain

This week we discuss Pyramids of Mars, a classic Hinchcliffe story that comes in the top ten in every reputable fan poll. Naturally enough, Nathan doesn’t like it.

Buy the story!

Pyramids of Mars was released on DVD way back in 2004. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Well, it’s a Hinchcliffe/Holmes story, so let’s get the sources out of the way: The Riddle of the Sands (1903) by Erskine Childers is a rollicking adventure about an impeding German invasion, and The Secret Garden (1911) by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a beloved children’s book about why doctors cannot be trusted.

But that’s not all. Not only do we famously have Hammer’s Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971) as a major source, but Brendan also identifies Dr Phibes Rises Again! (1972).

Michael Bilton’s Collins the manservant impobably survives the conflagration in Part 4, and goes on many years later to do for Audrey fforbes-Hamilton in To The Manor Born (1979).

Fans of both friction and lubrication will enjoy, among other things, the Journal of Tribology.

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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard’s Twitter account has been locked in a pyramid for millenia with only robots, forcefields and deadly missiles for company. You can follow the podcast on Twitter as @FTEpodcast.

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Of our own accord

We’ve all been off to Jamaica with our good friend James: you can hear the results in the first episode of Bondfinger, a commentary track on Dr. No (1962). And you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 39: He’s Always a Villain · Duration 0:41:35 · Download · Open in new window

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