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Episode 94

Not Allowed to Watch That One

Patron of the podcast, Christopher Hamilton Bidmead, returns for a victory lap in what might be the best story of Pete’s final season. Raid at the ready, chums, it’s time to defend the last of humanity against an onslaught of fibreglass woodlice, in Frontios.

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Frontios was released on DVD in 2011. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

In this story, Jeff Rawle plays Plantagenet, the colony’s young and inexperienced leader. Rawle is mostly famous for his role as George in the terrifically clever Channel 4 comedy Drop the Dead Donkey. He would go on to play the Mona Lisa’s gay sidekick in a Sarah Jane Adventures story called Mona Lisa’s Revenge.

Before author and former script editor Christopher Hamilton Bidmead became the patron of Flight Through Entirety, we may have had a somewhat fractious relationship. Here’s his tweet objecting to our discussion of Castrovalva, and here’s his tweet allowing us to quote his previous tweet on our website.

Fans of things that prove the non-existence of a merciful and beneficent God will enjoy The Human Centipede, which is not a million miles away from CHB’s original vision of the Tractators’ unconvincing excavation devices. Fans of things slightly less gruesome might enjoy South Park’s take on that film, HUMANCENTiPAD. Best not to Google either of them.

Peter Arne was originally cast as Mr Range, before his tragic murder. He starred in two Cathy Gale episodes of The Avengers: Warlock and The Golden Eggs. He was also in an black and white Emma Peel episode called Room Without a View.

Ludwig Wittgenstein’s only full-length philosophical work was called Tractatus. Coincidence? We think not.

And now, insects. (Oh, and arachnids.) In the 1974 film Phase IV, colonies of ants develop intelligence and start to attack the human race. And these days, who can blame them? You might also enjoy Joan Collins being attacked by papier mâché ants in Empire of the Ants (1977), and spiders attacking William Shatner, probably, in Kingdom of the Spiders (1977).

Big Finish have recorded an improbably long series of Doctor Who audios set between Planet of Fire and The Caves of Androzani, starring Peter Davison as the Doctor and Nicola Bryant as Peri. These include Red Dawn and The Church and the Crown.

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Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

These days, it takes Flight Through Entirety more than 45 minutes to discuss a Doctor Who story. Fans with better things to do with their time will enjoy Brendan’s ten-second summaries of Doctor Who’s earliest stories in Doctor Who in 10 Seconds. So far, he has managed to summarise the first seven seasons of Doctor Who, starring William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and the first of five seasons of Jon Pertwee. To watch the show, check out the playlist on YouTube.


Grace Jones has stolen all of our microphones and knocked us unconscious, and so we’ve actually been unable to finish our flight through the entirety of the Roger Moore canon in time for Christmas. We’ll be back in the new year for A View to a Kill.

In the meantime, you can enjoy our other Rodgecasts, from For Your Eyes Only to Live and Let Die. Other Bonds are also available, of course. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 94: Not Allowed to Watch That One · Duration 0:46:12 · Download · Open in new window

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