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Episode 46

A Hookah in the TARDIS

Where has the magic of Doctor Who gone? It’s the first time we’ve been back to Gallifrey since the last time, Todd is cross, and Mary Whitehouse is furious. It’s time for The Deadly Assassin!

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The Deadly Assassin was released on DVD in 2009. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

It’s impossible to understand the negative fanboy reception of this story without reading Jan Vincent-Rudski’s review of this story. There’s a video version of this review on YouTube.

You can find Jan Vincent-Rudski’s review in License Denied, edited by Paul Cornell, which is well worth a look. It includes Gareth Roberts’s defence of the Graham Williams Era, which Nathan thinks is utterly brilliant, of course.

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) tells the story of someone brainwashed into committing a terrible political assassination. Which really has nothing to do with The Deadly Assassin.

Fans of things much less relevant to this story will enjoy Geordie LaForge trying to assassinate some Romulan guy in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Mind’s Eye.

Nathan is hugely embarrassed about not recognising Runcible the fatuous as Shakespeare in The Chase.

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We recorded our commentary podcast episode for Goldfinger mere moments ago, so keep an eye out for its release in the next week or so on Bondfinger. We have already done two commentaries: From Russia With Love (1963), and Dr. No (1962). You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 46: A Hookah in the TARDIS · Duration 0:43:39 · Download · Open in new window

Season 14The Fourth Doctor