The Eleventh Doctor

Episode 201

Tiggers Don’t Like Bacon

We’re back. It’s the first episode of a whole new era, and Matt Smith has 20 minutes to save the world and an hour to convince the audience that there’s life after David Tennant. Pull up a fire engine and delete your browser history — it’s time for The Eleventh Hour.

Episode 201: Tiggers Don’t Like Bacon · Duration 1:05:01 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 202

Make a Better Choice

This week, Nathan, Brendan, Steven from New to Who and Kevin Burnard join Amy and the Doctor as they head off to a version of Britain in the distant future which is exactly like the Britain that they just left — crumbling, nostalgic and in deep denial about the giant alien whale in the basement. Or as we like to call him, The Beast Below.

Episode 202: Make a Better Choice · Duration 1:01:22 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 203

Thirteen and a Half Minutes

This week, we’re hunkering down in the Cabinet War Rooms with Col Sillitto from New to Who, surrounded by increasing numbers of suspicious-looking miniature tanks. Nathan is finding the Prime Minister increasingly intolerable, James is gagging for a cup of tea, Richard is admiring the Group Captain’s Spitfire, and Col is reminiscing about that night behind the post office with Dorabella. Little do we know how close we all are to the ultimate Victory of the Daleks.

Episode 203: Thirteen and a Half Minutes · Duration 0:52:16 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 204

Implacable and Completely Incomprehensible

This week, we spend 45 minutes climbing a staircase in search of 2007’s most celebrated Doctor Who monster. Peter’s dreaming about the Aplan, James is wishing he hadn’t worn these heels, Nathan is wondering if he left the mortars in the nave or the vestry, and Simon is admiring the low lighting and the sombre vaulted ceilings. It turns out our dreams no longer need us, so this must be The Time of Angels.

Episode 204: Implacable and Completely Incomprehensible · Duration 0:59:02 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 205

Spatial Relationships

This week, Nathan, James, Peter and Simon are all huddling terrified in a dark forest, waiting for the image of an angel to materialise and kill us all — but not before we finish our discussion of Flesh and Stone.

Episode 205: Spatial Relationships · Duration 0:54:46 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 206

Those Facepalming Moments

This week, James is getting excited about being accepted into a new finishing school, Todd is being complacent about the size of his torch, Nathan is huddling in a corner repeatedly saying the word fish, and friend-of-the-podcast Karen Carpenter is lying in the courtyard and rehydrating. It’s The Vampires of Venice.

Episode 206: Those Facepalming Moments · Duration 0:46:03 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 207

A Man Who Sees His Own Shadows

This week, we’re joined by Johnny Spandrell for an hour of love, self-loathing and psychic pollen from the candle meadows of Karass don Slava, as we discuss Amy’s Choice.

Episode 207: A Man Who Sees His Own Shadows · Duration 0:53:13 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 208

Don’t Kill the Lizard Lady

This week we’re joined by Erik Stadnik for a whole day of taping cameras to things while we wait for something — oh, okay, the Silurians — to emerge from The Hungry Earth.

Episode 208: Don’t Kill the Lizard Lady · Duration 0:46:23 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 209

The Status Quo

This week, our hopes and dreams crumble to dust in the face of centrist realpolitik and an inability to imagine a true, multracial utopia. And, of course, we’re also talking with Erik Stadnik about a Doctor Who episode called Cold Blood.

Episode 209: The Status Quo · Duration 0:51:02 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 210

Balancing the Darkness

This week, James, Nathan and Richard are joined by friend-of-the podcast Fiona Tomney for a few days mooning around in the south of France, staring into the gaping maw of isolation and depression and trying to prevent Vincent from inadvertently destroying some very pretty paintings. It’s Vincent and the Doctor.

Episode 210: Balancing the Darkness · Duration 0:53:25 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 211


This week, we’re joined by Jack Shanahan and Joe Ford to dicuss an episode where we discover that not only is the Doctor good at saving the world, he’s a useful striker, a reliable employee and a skilled matchmaker. And someone who looks good in a skimpy towel. It’s The Lodger.

Episode 211: Relatable · Duration 1:01:24 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 212

Space Reasons

This week, we’re back in time having a jolly adventure when suddenly a thousand alien invasions happen at once and then the universe abruptly ends. It’s The Pandorica Opens.

Episode 212: Space Reasons · Duration 0:57:30 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 213

The Todd Experience

This week, we celebrate the triumphant return of the entire universe with a quick snog in the bushes after Amy’s wedding, followed by a discussion of the final episode of Series 5, The Big Bang.

Episode 213: The Todd Experience · Duration 1:18:26 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 214

A Brilliant Whole

In the last episode of this series of Flight Through Entirety, we fly through the first year of Matt Smith’s time as the Doctor, snogging, marrying and avoiding things, and responding to some of our listeners’ most pressing questions. More New Paradigm Daleks? Fewer Silurians? More Richard Curtis episodes? More series of Doctor Who just as good as this one?

Episode 214: A Brilliant Whole · Duration 1:10:18 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 215

Kazran Scroogedick

Dashing through the snow, in a one-shark open sleigh, past some pants we go, laughing all the way. (Ha-ha-ha.) Max and Peter sing, making spirits bright, and James and Nathan do their thing in Sardicktown tonight!

Episode 215: Kazran Scroogedick · Duration 1:03:44 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 216

Shades of Paranoia

When a mysterious astronaut completely ruins their picnic, the Doctor, Amy, Rory and River head back to 1969 in search of something, probably. Meanwhile, Nathan, Brendan and Todd are joined behind the Oval Office curtains by their new friend Maxwell Coviello and his trusty tape recorder. Hilarity ensues as they try to remember what little they can of The Impossible Astronaut.

Episode 216: Shades of Paranoia · Duration 1:25:23 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 217

Gaslight Girlboss Ginger

It’s July 1969, and we find ourselves sitting around with our new friend Maxwell Coviello, stroking guns and watching the moon landing on telly. It’s time for the end of the Swinging Sixties and the start of the Shooting-our-alien-overlords-in-the-face Seventies, in Day of the Moon.

Episode 217: Gaslight Girlboss Ginger · Duration 1:02:54 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 218

Everyone Is Now Sporting a Beard

This week, Nathan, James, Todd and Richard find themselves becalmed on board the Fancy, under threat from medical hologram that has gone rogue and imagines itself to be a terrifying and murderous Doctor Who monster. There’s rum, sodomy and some very low-effort space corridors, in The Curse of the Black Spot.

Episode 218: Everyone Is Now Sporting a Beard · Duration 0:42:36 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 219

Nerd-Baiting Title

This week, Nathan and James are joined by Steven B and Dan from the New to Who podcast for an episode made up of the scavenged parts of other episodes. It’s time to meet the first character from the first shot of the first ever Doctor Who episode. Say hello, everyone, to The Doctor’s Wife.

Episode 219: Nerd-Baiting Title · Duration 0:48:35 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 220

Centuries of Embittered Religiosity

This week, gooey duplicates of Nathan, Peter and Richard are joined by a gooey duplicate of Simon Moore for an earnest discussion of camerawork, capitalism (again) and the deepest questions of human identity. Doctor Who ruins yet another workers’ uprising, in The Rebel Flesh.

Episode 220: Centuries of Embittered Religiosity · Duration 0:48:06 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 221

Generic Potato Person

This week, Nathan, Peter, Richard and Simon rise up against their more viscous oppressors, launching blistering attacks on their shot composition, plot conveniences and crimes against good taste. Because, in a very real sense, we are all The Almost People.

Episode 221: Generic Potato Person · Duration 1:00:39 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 222

Lesbian Spank Inferno

It’s the last episode of the first half of the season, and to celebrate, Nathan, James, Peter and Adam Richard have invited literally everyone they’ve ever met to join them at Demons’ Run for a bloodless victory swiftly followed by a painful death. Oh, and the baby shower has been cancelled. Which is just the sort of thing that happens when A Good Man Goes to War.

Episode 222: Lesbian Spank Inferno · Duration 0:54:31 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 223

Tried and True Tropes

This week, perhaps inevitably, James and Nathan invite Simon Moore and Kevin Burnard to join them in 1930s Berlin for a gay Gypsy barmitzvah for the disabled. It’s fun, but we can’t help wondering if it’s in the best possible taste. But, what the hell, Let’s Kill Hitler.

Episode 223: Tried and True Tropes · Duration 0:54:17 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 224

Fix the Kippers

This week we’re joined by Corey McMahon for an hour of blinking and quivering under the bedclothes in the scariest bedroom in human history, before learning a Very Important Lesson about the power of a father’s love. (There’s a plot about dollies in there, but it doesn’t really go anywhere.) Hey-ho, it’s Night Terrors.

Episode 224: Fix the Kippers · Duration 0:55:14 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 225

The Word Elegant

This week, Simon Moore joins us again for a quick jaunt to the planet Apalapucia, where we visit a medical facility so staggeringly baffling and inept that it’s even terrifying to an audience living in the English-speaking world. It’s going to be quite a while before we get to see a doctor — that’s why it’s called The Girl Who Waited.

Episode 225: The Word Elegant · Duration 0:44:35 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 226

Something Really Different on Screen

This week, Nathan and Peter find themselves trapped in the corridors of a grimy English hotel with Si Hart and Conrad Westmaas, where the rooms are full of biting into a woollen jumper, turning up to your maths exam totally naked, and the fact that one day, you, your loved ones and everyone who has ever heard of you will be completely and irrevocably dead. The janitor seems pretty fit though. It’s The God Complex.

Episode 226: Something Really Different on Screen · Duration 1:04:03 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 227


This week, a quick trip to Colchester with Joe Ford and Jack Shanahan, to try on a new frock at Sanderson & Grainger before being horribly murdered. In the meantime, of course, James Corden is learning a valuable lesson about fatherhood, while the Doctor comes to terms with his impending certain death, probably. It’s Closing Time.

Episode 227: Alfie · Duration 1:03:22 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 228

The Magic Mavic Chen Principle

This week, the Doctor and River Song get married in an episode that completely rewrites itself before our very eyes, and the eyepatch anecdote makes its triumphant return to the show. You are all cordially invited to The Wedding of River Song.

Episode 228: The Magic Mavic Chen Principle · Duration 0:58:43 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 229

Playthings of Steven

We’ve reached the end of an ambitious and controversial series of Doctor Who, and so we’ve all gathered at Demons’ Run to find the answers to some pressing questions. What were the high points and low points of the series? Amy’s pregnancy arc — tasteless or distateful? Who was our favourite guest star? And, finally, what is the First Question, and who will eventually answer it? It’s our Series 6 Retrospective.

Episode 229: Playthings of Steven · Duration 1:03:49 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 230

Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World

When loveable middle-class white lady Sue Brockman (Claire Skinner) loses her husband Pete (Hugh Dennis) after his plane goes missing over the English Channel, she decides to withhold that information from her children (Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche and Ramona Marquez), because she is afraid it might ruin their Christmas (which it totally would). But her world is soon turned upside-down by a mysterious stranger (a very young Prince Philip in his first television role), who beguiles the children with hot and cold running lemonade before whisking them off to an extraterrestrial forest which is about to have massive vats of acid dumped on it. Meanwhile, surprisingly, obnoxiously messianic lion Aslan (Liam Neeson) is nowhere to be found. Mark McManus and Pete Lambert guest star. It’s The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe.

Episode 230: Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World · Duration 1:04:23 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 231

Unblocking the Sink

We’ve been off the air for a few months now, but apparently all it takes to bring us all back together is a few thousand Daleks desperate to find out who’s been playing them Bizet’s Carmen from deep inside their terrifyingly impregnable prison. Unfortunately none of us can muster much interest in any of that: instead, we’re worrying about the state of Amy and Rory’s marriage and wondering why on earth the new girl has turned up a year early. It’s Asylum of the Daleks.

Episode 231: Unblocking the Sink · Duration 0:53:02 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 232

His Nebrox Moment

This week, there’s a massive Silurian spaceship pre-crashing in the direction of Planet Earth, and the whole gang is on board for the ride. Brendan’s on the lookout for discarded teeth, Nathan’s holed up in an escape pod watching reruns of Mitchell and Webb, James’s progress is being hindered by the unfeasibly large amounts of vegetable matter in his pants, and Fiona is doing a terrific job of keeping her feisty new companions under control. Somehow, life finds a way, in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.

Episode 232: His Nebrox Moment · Duration 0:53:05 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 233

A Mild-Mannered Josef Mengele

This week, we’re in the Wild West for some down-home, old-fashioned, country-style moral philosophy. The burning question: is it permissible to let that well-spoken middle-aged country doctor get killed just because he sawed up a bunch of people and turned them into psychopathic gun-wielding maniacs? Steven B joins us to discuss a well-shot, well-acted, well-written and thought-provoking episode: A Town Called Mercy.

Episode 233: A Mild-Mannered Josef Mengele · Duration 0:54:52 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 234

Stop Watching a Kids’ Show

This week, we have half an hour of fun character-based nonsense followed by a fairly disastrous five-minute Doctor Who episode. But we’re all too busy reminiscing about the end of an era to notice. Adam Richard joins us for The Power of Three.

Episode 234: Stop Watching a Kids’ Show · Duration 0:45:00 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 235

River Knows All the Space Reasons

Many of us grow up: we live in a real world of marriages and families, jobs and mortgages. But some of us can never bring ourselves to leave our imaginary friend behind. Can you imagine the leaden apprehension when we learn that the choice has been taken from us forever? Kevin Burnard joins us for The Angels Take Manhattan.

Episode 235: River Knows All the Space Reasons · Duration 1:01:34 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 236

Good Smugness

Christmas, 1892: The Doctor has retired from saving the universe after a disastrous mid-series finale earlier in the year. He is cheered up somewhat by his encounter with a feisty young barmaid, who is intrigued enough to follow the Doctor home, only to learn a valuable and ultimately fatal lesson about the importance of railings. Richard E Grant is here too, as usual, delivering his lines through heroically clenched teeth. It’s The Snowmen.

Episode 236: Good Smugness · Duration 1:02:35 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 237

A Proud Bear Holding a Bag of Chips Getting to Be Celia Imrie

It’s 2013 and Doctor Who is back for its anniversary season — with a new companion, a new outfit for the Doctor, and a lethal and potentially world-ending new threat from the Internet, more than a decade before the invention of Web3. Keep a close eye on your apes, everyone: it’s The Bells of Saint John.

Episode 237: A Proud Bear Holding a Bag of Chips Getting to Be Celia Imrie · Duration 0:47:52 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 238

There’s an Apostrophe

The Doctor has a very limited first date repetoire: watching the destruction of Earth with weird aliens, visiting a far-future traffic jam full of weird aliens, seeing an entire marketing department being slaughtered by weird aliens, and stopping a gentle space whale from being endlessly tortured by English people. And his first date with Clara is no exception: hiring a space moped from a weird alien called Dor’een and visiting The Rings of Akhaten.

Episode 238: There’s an Apostrophe · Duration 0:59:20 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 239

Fluffy Bums

This week, we’re joined aboard a Soviet submarine by Mark McManus, Jack Shanahan and a low-effort lizard alien, who proceeds to run around the boat in the nude murdering members of the crew. But we’re all too interested in Jenna Coleman, David Warner, some guys from Game of Thrones and a discarded fibreglass suit of armour to notice.

Episode 239: Fluffy Bums · Duration 0:47:26 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 240

Ghost Reasons

This week, Dougray Scott, Jessica Raine and two scary skeleton creatures are all so unspeakably horny that all Nathan, Corey, Si and Pete can do is Hide.

Episode 240: Ghost Reasons · Duration 0:43:58 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 241

The Law of Conservation of Detail

This week, Nathan, Simon, Peter and their new friend Mathew find ourselves wandering some space corridors in search of some kind of button that will bust us out of this time loop. Are we on board the USS Voyager during one of its less successful high-concept episodes? Or do we find out — to our horror — that we’re on a Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS?

Episode 241: The Law of Conservation of Detail · Duration 0:50:40 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 242

Strax is Tara King

This week we’re joined by Steven from New to Who to discuss one of the great loves of our lives — Dame Diana Rigg, whose astonishing performance makes The Crimson Horror one of the best episodes of the era.

Episode 242: Strax is Tara King · Duration 0:57:42 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 243

Shot in a Hurry

In a far-off galaxy in a distant future, a band of misfit soldiers in a comical castle await the arrival of an enemy long thought dead — thousands upon thousands of killer Cybermen. Angie and Archie don’t seem particularly impressed, though, and neither do Nathan, Richard, James and Peter. It’s Nightmare in Silver.

Episode 243: Shot in a Hurry · Duration 0:45:19 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 244

Full of the Doctor

This week, we’re spending a relaxing afternoon on sunny Trenzalore, chatting with friends, visiting people we’ve lost, solving a mystery, bringing up an age-old question, and generally getting everything neatly squared away before the fireworks start this November. It’s The Name of the Doctor.

Episode 244: Full of the Doctor · Duration 1:03:46 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 245

Everyone’s So Damn Special

Matt Smith’s last full season as the Doctor is a game of two halves — two costumes, two console rooms, two title sequences (or six, whatever) and two sets of companions over two consecutive years. And we’re in two minds about it. Welcome to the Series 7 retrospective.

Episode 245: Everyone’s So Damn Special · Duration 1:26:38 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 248

The Glue That Holds Everything Together

To celebrate Doctor Who’s fiftieth and fifty-ninth anniversaries, Brendan, Nathan, Richard and Todd are reunited at last for the first of two panels discussing The Day of the Doctor. We squealed, we laughed, we wept, we injured Brendan, and we spent quite a bit of time fangirling about Ingrid Oliver. Happy birthday, everyone!

Episode 248: The Glue That Holds Everything Together · Duration 1:11:11 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 249

It’s No Arc of Infinity

The original FTE team has already spent an hour discussing The Day of the Doctor, but it wouldn’t be a fiftieth anniversary celebration without James, Peter and Simon on the couch toasting everyone’s health. There will be cocktails, as we convene just one more time to discuss The Day of the Doctor.

Episode 249: It’s No Arc of Infinity · Duration 1:08:18 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 251

To Have a Better Ending

While Clara undergoes a gruelling Christmas lunch with her family, on Trenzalore, in a town called Christmas, the Doctor is doing what he has always done — protecting, defending and being far, far too silly. Goodbye, Matt Smith — it’s The Time of the Doctor.

Episode 251: To Have a Better Ending · Duration 1:01:21 · Download · Open in new window

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Episode 252

Comedy to High Drama

From Amy’s imaginary friend to the Hero of Trenzalore, Matt Smith spent four years and more than a few centuries as the Doctor. So now that he’s gone, how do we think he did?

Episode 252: Comedy to High Drama · Duration 1:25:24 · Download · Open in new window

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