Episode 153

Delicious Fascism

This week, we’re all marching into Battersea Power Station to be sawn into pieces and to have our firmware upgraded. Which is just business as usual for Britain in The Age of Steel.

Notes and links

Fans of the world being destroyed by British SF writers will enjoy The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, and The Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes and The Chrysalids by John Wyndham.

Fans of fanwank about Cybermen will enjoy Cyberleader David Banks’s giant coffee-table masterpiece Doctor Who: Cybermen, which was published in 1990.

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Picks of the week

Brendan

Fans of the Cybermen — and that’s everyone, isn’t it? — will also enjoy the Big Finish range Cyberman, which consists of a rapidly-multiplying series of box sets, as usual.

Richard

Richard recommends Connie Willis’s Oxford Time Travel series, which consists of four books set in Oxford in the 2060s, where historians travel back in time to research the past.

Nathan

Nathan recommends Netflix original series Sex Education, starring Gillian Anderson: a high-school comedy-drama about sex and relationships. Really funny and warm and clever, and surprisingly sex-positive.

And more

You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Doctor Who’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts. We’ve run out of James Bond films to comment on, but don’t worry, that hasn’t stopped us.

Episode 152

Horrible Yorkie

This week, Nathan and Richard argue fruitlessly about which one of them Brendan likes the most, before heading off to one of those parties where the champagne is warm, the canapés are disappointing, and the guests are being casually slaughtered by art deco cyborgs. It’s time for the Rise of the Cybermen.

Notes and links

Richard mentions Sir Carol Reed, who was a English film director in the mid-twentieth century, most famous for his adaptations of Graham Greene novels, who co-directed the film that won the 1946 Best Documentary Oscar, The True Glory (1945).

We talk about this story’s debt to Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (1995–2003), which is partly set in a parallel universe where rich people fly around in zeppelins. It’s brilliant. Pullman himself writes the foreward to RTD’s book The Writer’s Tale: he’s an excellent sport, and talks about how much he enjoyed being ripped off by Davies throughout this season. The first part of Pullman’s sequel trilogy, La Belle Sauvage was released in 2017.

Here’s El Sandifer’s take on Doctor Who’s previous attempt at a parallel universe: “It’s possibly the most cynical piece of padding we’ve seen yet in Doctor Who — an excuse to interrupt one story by telling the exact same story in the middle.”

This story is indebted to Marc Platt’s Big Finish audio Spare Parts, which must be one of the best Cyberman stories ever and one of the best things Big Finish has ever done.

Fans of parallel universes with find a lovely one towards the end of Star Trek: Discovery Series 1. Well worth watching.

And finally, fans of commentaries on various versions of Casino Royale will also enjoy this remarkable page on our Bondfinger website.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Richard is @RichardLStone, and Brendan is @brandybongos. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll turn on you unexpectedly the next time you compliment our estranged husbands.

And more

You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Doctor Who’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts. We’ve run out of James Bond films to comment on, but don’t worry, that hasn’t stopped us.

Episode 151

Tropes, for Want of a Better Word

This week, we’re mostly hiding behind the curtain and under the bed, watching French aristocrats getting attacked by clockwork robots. Which is fun, but not quite in the way you might expect. Also, we’re joined by friend-of-the-podcast Simon Moore, the culmination of a nearly five-year masterplan to trick him into saying the word trope. It’s The Girl in the Fireplace.

Notes and links

You can find our anxious fanboy discussion about the Doctor and Rose’s kiss in The Parting of the Ways in Flight Through Entirety Episode 144, Fostering Tagging.

James has the very good taste to mention Matthew Waterhouse’s autobiography, Blue Box Boy, which is intelligent, moving and quite revealing. Worth a read.

The slightly upsetting scene where the Doctor meets a very young Clara was the prequel episode to The Bells of Saint John. You can watch it here.

This episode’s podcast commentary with Steven Moffat and Noel Clarke can be found on the BBC website, but it’s only available if you’re in the UK, you have Flash installed and you’re signed in at the BBC website. I don’t know, maybe if I rummage around for a bit, I might find a copy lying around somewhere.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, James is @ohjamessellwood, and Simon Moore can be found at Fine Music 102.5. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll go back in time and avert the creation of the banana daiquiri.

And more

You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Doctor Who’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts. We just released a new episode yesterday, in which we watch and comment on an episode of The Avengers called The Girl from Auntie, starring our very own Sir Bernard Cribbins and the World Ecology Bureau’s very own Amelia Ducat.

Episode 150

His Little Fanboy Heart

This week, Nathan, James and New to Who’s Steven B spend most of the time trying to make Todd cry; the rest of the time, we’re trying to avoid bats in the Deffry Vale High School computer room and listening carefully while Sarah Jane Smith explains the moral of the story. It’s School Reunion.

Notes and links

Odysseus’s dog Argos appears at Odyssey 17.290–307. Spoiler alert: he dies.

There really was a YouGov poll about favourite Doctors — you can find out all about the results in this article written by one Matthew Smith.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, James is @ohjamessellwood, and Steven B is @steedstylin. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

Steven B is one of the hosts of the New to Who podcast, which discusses Classic Doctor Who stories and introduces the Classic series to new fans. More about that later. Meanwhile, you can follow New to Who on Twitter at @NewToWhoPodcast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll be incredibly surly and unpleasant the next time you come to us for chips.

And more

You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Doctor Who’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Episode 148

Having a Laugh About Werewolves

This week, Nathan and James head off to Scotland with special guest star Lizbeth Myles. We basically spend the entire episode larking about while all around us the bodies pile up and Her Majesty gets increasingly exasperated. It’s (nature red in) Tooth and Claw.

Notes and links

Here is David Tennant’s awestruck account of the distractingly impressive Josh the Werewolf. “I mean, it would have taken your eye out”, he says.

You can find out all you would ever want to know about Tooth and Claw in the seventh volume of Tat Wood’s increasingly complete and impressive unauthorised guide to Doctor Who, About Time.

Liz’s Twelfth Doctor audio story has now been released by Big Finish. It’s the first Twelfth Doctor adventure in the Short Trips series, and it’s called The Astrea Conspiracy. You know what to do. (Buy it, obviously.)

And finally, here’s a Wikipedia article about James’s great-great-great-great-aunt or something, Emily Sellwood, who married Alfred, Lord Tennyson. She looks just like him.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood and Liz is @LMMyles; you can also find her blog at lmmyles.com. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

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And more

You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Doctor Who’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find it at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Episode 148

Already Completely Abominable

This week, for the first time in ages, Todd, Nathan, James and Richard arrive on an exotic yet strangely familiar alien planet, where they meet some old friends and a terrifying new enemy. Oh, okay, it’s cats. Welcome to 2006, and welcome to New Earth.

Notes and links

Listeners alarmed by Richard’s reference to the Big Chief 12-inch dolly of Billie Piper will only be more alarmed when they check it out on the Big Chief website.

Adjoa Andoh plays Casca in the Bridge Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar, which is actually still running, and which also features our very own David Morrissey.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

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Jodie into Terror

If, for some reason, you want to hear our increasingly lukewarm takes on Doctor Who’s eleventh season, check out Jodie into Terror, our 2018 Doctor Who flashcast. at jodieintoterror.com, @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find it at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 147

The Commentary Invasion

It’s a Christmas miracle! Flight Through Entirety starts an exciting Christmas tradition by nogging up, sitting down and talking all the way through a Doctor Who Christmas special — David Tennant’s début episode, The Christmas Invasion.

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Jodie into Terror

Jodie Whittaker isn’t part of the Christmas festivities this year, but she’ll be back just as we’re nursing our hangovers on New Year’s Day 2019.

And so Jodie into Terror will be back as well, with our incandescently hot take on her first New Year’s Day special, Resolution, which we’ll be releasing soon after the episode airs. You can keep up with all the Jodie into Terror news at our website, on Apple Podcasts, and on Twitter at @JodieIntoTerror.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we have commentary podcasts on every single James Bond film, from Dr. No through to SPECTRE. You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 146

Commentary Takes All

This week, we take a break from our break between series of New Who to deliver our long-awaited commentary on a popular story from the Davison Era. Friend of the podcast Colin Neal joins all of us as we leave our howling void and race around the planet Venus in the hope of achieving Enlightenment.

Buy the story!

Enlightenment was released on DVD in 1992/1993. In the US, it was released on its own, I think, but it’s completely unavailable on Amazon. Still, you can just buy it as part of the Black Guardian Trilogy box set (Amazon US), which is how it was released in the UK and Australia (Amazon UK).

Notes and links

You can find a much shorter and more focussed discussion of this episode in our regular Enlightenment episode — Episode 88: The Other Baron, recorded in July 2016. You can find all our other commentaries on our commentaries page, obviously.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Brendan is @brandybongos, Todd is @toddbeilby, Richard is @RichardLStone and Special Guest Star Colin Neal is @colin_neal. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

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Jodie into Terror

While we’ve been on our break, Doctor Who has finished its latest season, which means that there are now ten episodes of our flashcast Jodie into Terror, where we think deeply about each new episode for a couple of hours before inflicting our ill-considered opinions on a largely indifferent world. You can find Jodie into Terror at jodieintoterror.com, @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we have commentary podcasts on every single James Bond film, including a very short and incoherent one that literally no one can understand.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 145

You Have to Bring Your A-Game

We’ve reached the end of the first year of twenty-first century Who, and it’s time to say goodbye to Christopher Eccleston, the only Doctor whose nose has magic powers, and one of an increasing number of Doctors with northern accents. Turns out, we liked him.

Notes and links

Richard compares the Reapers to vortisaurs — creatures from the time vortex introduced in the first ever Eighth Doctor Big Finish audio adventure Storm Warning, in which he meets India Fisher’s Charley Pollard, who is totally canon. My mum said so.

In a recent New Yorker article, composer and pianist Ethan Iverson talks about the history of the music of Doctor Who. It’s a great, well-informed take, even if Iverson is less of a fan of Murray Gold than we are.

Dedicated Albion Hospital medic Richard Wilson’s autobiography is called Believe It!. It exists only in the form of a radio series. David Tennant is in it.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

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Jodie into Terror

There’s three episodes left of this season of Jodie into Terror, in which we foolishly broadcast our ill-considered opinions about each new episode of Series 11 of Doctor Who. Last week, we chatted about Kerblam!; we’ll be back this Tuesday with our thoughts on Episode 8. You can find Jodie into Terror at jodieintoterror.com, @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we have commentary podcasts on every single James Bond film, including an upsettingly racist one which has Antony Ainley in it.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 144

Fostering Tagging

This week, our flight reaches the end of first series of twenty-first century Who, which means that we spend most of the time talking about Daleks and kissing, while everyone else dies. It’s The Parting of the Ways.

Notes and links

Now that the Daleks are here, we should direct you again to the TV Century 21 Dalek comic strips, which were published from 1965 to 1967, and featured more Daleks than the TV series could ever afford. You can find a lot of them here.

Nathan mentions a commentary on Forest of the Dead starring Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat and David Tennant. It’s absolutely worth a listen — it was released soon after the announcement that Moffat would be taking over from Russell, and before David Tennant’s departure was announced.

Picks of the week

James

James suggests that we work up to the outbreak of the Last Great Time War, by listening to Series 6 of Big Finish’s Gallifrey series.

Todd

Todd reminisces fondly of a time before the Daleks appeared in groups bigger than four, and recommends watching Death to the Daleks.

Richard

Last week, Richard talked about Marina Warner‘s writing about mythology and fairy tales. This week, he suggests that you pick up a copy of Signs and Wonders, a book of her essays on a wide range of cultural topics.

Todd again

Todd remembers that he promised to pick Billie Piper’s 2000 album Day and Night. So he does that.

Nathan

Nathan fails to come up with an impressively interesting pick, and just decides to plug Jodie into Terror instead.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll tell you how worthless we think your life is before storming tearfully out of the café.

Jodie into Terror

Every week on Jodie into Terror we dispense steaming hot takes on the latest episode of Series 11. Last week, we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to chat about Demons of the Punjab; we’ll be back this Tuesday with our thoughts on Episode 7. You can find Jodie into Terror at jodieintoterror.com, @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we have commentary podcasts on every single James Bond film, including one that Nathan quite liked before everyone successfully talked him out of it.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 143

Your Whole Existence Is Watching Television

This week, James is evicted for smashing a camera, Todd is racking his brains to remember what a goffle is, Richard is trying to shed that Oklahoma farmboy look, and Nathan is wondering where the hell everyone else has got to. We’re live on channel 44,000, which means it’s time to take on the Bad Wolf.

Notes and Links

Nathan dimly remembers Bernard King judging amateur musical performances on Pot of Gold, a lovely competitive reality show from Australia in the 1970s. You can catch some of his work here.

Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces introduced the monomyth to millions of genre fans and spawned hundreds of Star Wars critiques on YouTube. Here Richard mentions Marina Warner, a writer and academic who writes about myth, monsters and fairy tales.

Nisha Nayer was the first female actor to appear in both classic and new Doctor Who: she was a Kang in Paradise Towers, and the Female Programmer in Bad Wolf. The first actor to appear in both series was William Thomas, the fainting undertaker in Resurrection of the Daleks and the scientist killed by Margaret in Boom Town. He will go on to play the father of Gwen Cooper in Torchwood.

According to the Anne Droid, the 15-10 barric fields were not discovered by physicist San Hazeldine. This may be a reference to 1980s three-hit wonder Hazell Dean, but I’m hoping it’s a reference to attractive English actor and composer, Sam Hazeldine.

The TV Century 21 Dalek comic strips were published from 1965 to 1967, and featured Dalek saucers much like the ones that are now standard in the new series. You can find a lot of them here.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

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Jodie into Terror

Every week on Jodie into Terror we call one another up to discuss the latest episode of Series 11. Last week, we ignored the ominous chomping sounds outside in order to discuss The Tsuranga Conundrum; we’ll be back this Tuesday with a discussion of Episode 6. You can find Jodie into Terror at jodieintoterror.com, @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, and on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we have commentary podcasts on every single James Bond film, including no less than four commentaries on different versions of Casino Royale.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 142

Going One-on-one

This week, Nathan, Todd and Peter relax in a café just by Cardiff Bay and reminisce about that one time we had to run away naked from a scary guy with massive tusks. And we also find time to chat about Boom Town.

Notes and Links

We get so absorbed in our discussion of the story, that we basically forget to discuss tropes and Terileptils and German Expressionism. So no links this week.

Oh, okay, here’s The AV Club’s take on Boom Town, written in 2014.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley and Todd is @toddbeilby. Peter is simply nowhere to be found. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

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Jodie into Terror

Every week on Jodie into Terror we discuss our first reactions to the latest episode of Series 11. Last week, we discussed Arachnids in the UK, and we’ll be back this Tuesday with a discussion of Episode 5. You can find Jodie into Terror at jodieintoterror.com, @JodieIntoTerror and on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we have commentary podcasts on every single James Bond film. If you don’t know where to start, we can recommend our most deeply absurd commentary on a famously absurd Bond film — Moonraker.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 141

Sofa of Extreme Comfort

This week, Nathan, Brendan and Richard take some time off from running around bomb craters in Central London to talk about sex, death and the terrifying prospect of Life After Eccleston. Still, we get through it all unharmed and alive: it is, after all, The Doctor Dances.

Notes and Links

Brendan mentions an article in Kotaku by Heather Alexander, in which she complains that queer characters in video games too often fall victim to the Bury Your Gays trope.

Picks of the Week

Brendan

Brendan’s first pick is the first in a series of fan-made audios called The Ninth Doctor AdventuresCold Open, which is set before the start of Series 1.

Richard

Richard recommends Mrs. Miniver (1942), directed by William Wyler and starring Greer Garson, in which a middle class family living in an English village live through the outbreak and first few months of World War II.

He also mentions Fires Were Started (1943) in which civilian firefighters in London try to protect an explosive factory,
The Next of Kin (1942), which depicts the terrible consequences when a gossipy housewife is overheard by a Nazi spy, and finally
Their Finest (2016), in which Strawberry Fields from Quantum of Solace gets a job as a secretary working for a film production company making propaganda films during the Blitz.

Brendan again

And then Brendan is back with an original production by Big FinishATA Girl, which tells the story of the women who flew aircraft in the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II. It was created and directed by our very own Louise Jameson, and both Richard and Brendan really recommend it.

Nathan

Less interestingly, Nathan recommends the four new Target novelisations which were released this year: Rose, The Christmas Invasion, The Day of the Doctor and Twice Upon a Time.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Brendan is @brandybongos, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

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Jodie into Terror

Over on Jodie into Terror, you can hear our initial reactions to this week’s new episode Rosa. And we’ll be back every Tuesday with fresh takes on the remaining episodes of the series. You can find Jodie into Terror at jodieintoterror.com, @JodieIntoTerror and on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we’ve finally reached the end of the James Bond film series (for now), with our newly released commentary on SPECTRE. Once you’ve finished listening to that, you can check out our commentaries on all of the previous Bond films, including those ones starring that Irishman with the beautiful singing voice.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 140

Debbie Watling Hanging from a Crane

This week, Brendan, Richard and Nathan are cowering in the Anderson shelter in the backyard, listening to the sirens, and wondering what on earth happened to that nice little tow-headed lad from number seventeen. Turn off your mobile phones and keeps your hands and feet inside the light field — it’s The Empty Child.

Notes and links

Reference is of course made to several of Steven Moffat’s shows: the surpassingly brilliant Press Gang — when are we doing the Press Gang podcast? — and Coupling, which is not Moffat’s first attempt at sex comedy (see also Joking Apart, or don’t), but is definitely his most successful.

Fans of things with Daleks in them will enjoy Dark Eyes, another Big Finish box set extravaganza starring Paul McGann and some people, and some mutants in bonded polycarbide armour. It’s good, apparently.

Richard refers to John Boorman’s 1987 film Hope and Glory about a nine-year-old boy’s experience of growing up in London during the Blitz.

Big Finish again. Brendan refers to Joe Lidster’s The Siege of Big Ben, a Short Trips release read by Camille Coduri. He also mentions Erasure, which makes a cheeky reference to the original unfilmable script The Killer Cats of Gin-Seng, a story ultimately replaced by The Invasion of Time.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Brendan is @brandybongos, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. And you can occasionally find interesting facts about Doctor Who at @FTEwhofacts.

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Jodie into Terror

Over on Jodie into Terror, you can hear our alarmingly fresh take on this week’s new episode The Ghost Monument. We’ll be back on Tuesday with another upsettingly fresh take on Episode 3. You can find Jodie into Terror at jodieintoterror.com, @JodieIntoTerror and on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we’ve yet to release our new commentary on SPECTRE, but it won’t be long now. While you’re waiting, you can check out our commentaries on all of the previous Bond films, including those excellent ones starring a former Lord President of Gallifrey.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 139

Moisten Up

This week, Nathan, James and Special Guest Star Daniel from New to Who sit around in a circle to discuss our feelings of loss, our anxieties about our parents’ love, and all our deep-seated fears for the future. It’s our way of celebrating Father’s Day.

(Sorry about the sound quality on this one. Nathan sat the mixer board right next to the gravitic anomaliser and shorted out the time differential.)

Notes and links

Timewyrm: Revelation was Paul Cornell’s first Doctor Who novel and the third novel in the Virgin New Adventures series. It doesn’t have anything much in common with the plot of Father’s Day, but it certainly shares its concern with love and sacrifice and forgiveness.

Sapphire & Steel was a science fiction (?) series on ITV, starring Joanna Lumley and David MacCallum as strange supernatural forces who investigate and correct weird time anomalies like the ones in this story. It’s slow, but it’s often very weird and upsetting.

Good news, everyone. The entirety of the 1995 miniseries Steven King’s The Langoliers is available for you to watch on YouTube. It’s like Father’s Day, but without any of the distractly competent writing or direction. More about it here.

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Daniel is one of the hosts of the New to Who podcast, which discusses Classic Doctor Who stories and introduces the Classic series to new fans. You can follow New to Who on Twitter at @NewToWhoPodcast.

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Jodie into Terror

We also have a new Doctor Who podcast project called Jodie into Terror. Every Tuesday night, after watching the new episode of Doctor Who Series 11, we’ll have a brief chat about our first impressions, and then release the audio afterwards. That’s at jodieintoterror.com and on Twitter at @JodieIntoTerror. If you’re from the near future, it will also be available on Apple Podcasts.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we’ve recorded our last James Bond commentary for now, and we’ll be releasing it in the next couple of days. But we have commentaries for all of the previous Bond films, as well as for some weird things that aren’t proper Bond films at all.

You can find Bondfinger at bondfinger.com, and on Twitter at @bondfingercast.

Episode 138

Eat a Kronkburger

This week, Todd is fiddling with the central heating, Nathan is stuck among the rafters roaring incoherently, and friend-of-the-podcast Peter Griffiths is using the wrong verbs and kissing complete strangers. Welcome to the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire — it’s The Long Game.

Notes and links

According to Dr Elizabeth Sandifer, Davies did submit a version of The Long Game to the Doctor Who production office, only to have it rejected by Script Editor Andrew Cartmel. So there you go.

Fans of the way this story is directed will also enjoy the videoclips for Whitney Houston’s I want to Dance with Somebody and for Tina Turner’s Private Dancer.

Genre fans who have not watched Simon Pegg and Doctor Who guest stars Jessica Hynes and Nick Frost in Spaced (1999–2001) really should give it a go. It’s a sitcom that’s hyper-aware of what we like to call genre tropes, and it’s really very funny and sweet.

Bleak House (2005) was Andrew Davies adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, which ran for 15 30-minute episodes in late 2005, and starred Anna Maxwell Martin, as well as Doctor Who alumna Carey Mulligan, as well as Torchwood’s Burn Gorman, Gillian Anderson and Charles Dance. Not everyone was very happy about it.

Who gave Dodo syphilis? It was Daniel O’Mahony, author of the Virgin Missing Adventure novel The Man in the Velvet Mask, in which the Doctor and Dodo meet the Marquis de Sade in an alternative version of post-Revolutionary Paris. Avoid. Or better still, read El Sandifer’s take.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Peter can only be followed in real life. But he will call the police. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. And you can find increasingly rare facts about Doctor Who at @FTEwhofacts.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll serve you a kronkburger with cheese even after you’ve told us to hold the cheese.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we are coming ever closer to recording and releasing our commentary on the utterly forgettable SPECTRE (2015). Until we get there, please consider checking out our commentaries on the Daniel Craig era, the Pierce Brosnan era or the Timothy Dalton era.

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 137

To Mansplain Aliens

This week, Nathan and James are joined by Steven B from New to Who, and spend a couple of hours running up staircases in Cardiff, desperately trying to avoid a shrieking pedal bin with memory banks stuffed with exabytes of hardcore pornography. It’s your favourite episode of the season — Dalek.

Notes and links

Steven Moffat’s mother-in-law Beryl Vertue was Terry Nation’s agent when he wrote The Daleks, which means that she was responsible for the deal that gave him the ownership of the the Daleks. She had moved on to bigger and better things by 1967.

Steven B mentions a couple of characters similar to Van Statten, including Frederick in John Fowles’s The Collector,
The collector JOhn Fowlds, and the Collector in Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman’s BBC Doctor Who novel Unnatural History.

Dalek writer Rob Shearman has written an number of Big Finish audios, famous for their grotesque black humour. These include Jubilee, which this story is partly based on, and which we discuss in our Colin Baker Big Finish episode. We also mention The Holy Terror, starring Colin Baker’s Doctor and featuring a shape-shifting alien penguin.

Rob Shearman and Toby Hadoke have also written a series of books called Running Through Corridors, in which they watch their way through Classic Doctor Who and say lots of lovely things about it. (If they can.)

In the episode of The Goodies called Sex and Violence, Mary Whitehouse analog Desirée Carthorse (perennial fan favourite Beryl Reid) commissions the goodies to make a sex education film called How to Make Babies by Doing Dirty Things. (Did you know that the goodies has finally been released on shiny plastic disks? Amazing.)

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, and Steven B is @steed_stylin. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. You can also find occasional but devastatingly accurate facts about Doctor Who at @FTEwhofacts.

Steven B is one of the hosts of the New to Who podcast, which discusses Classic Doctor Who stories and introduces the Classic series to new fans. More about that later. Meanwhile, you can follow New to Who on Twitter at @NewToWhoPodcast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll make fun of your sink plunger.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, there’s every chance that we’ll be recording a commentary on 2015’s SPECTRE some time this week, but until then you can still check out our commentaries on the Daniel Craig era, the Pierce Brosnan era or the Timothy Dalton era.

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 136

Less Bum Shots

This week, James is cleaning the kitchen, Max is standing up and making a difference, and Nathan is hiding in the cupboard under a pile of official documents with only the port decanter for company. The Slitheen are still on the rampage, and only a plucky leftist parliamentarian can stop them. It’s World War Three.

Notes and links

The Slitheen’s relatives the Blathereen appear in The Gift, the final story of Season 3 of The Sarah Jane Adventures. They’ve been painted red, and are voiced by Miriam Margolyes and Simon Callow, delightfully.

Nathan claims that the CGI Slitheen never appear again, and that’s not quite right. One is used in Boom Town, to create the effect of Blon shedding her Margaret costume. But, in any case, they never get to go for a run again. (And I’m not rewatching Revenge of the Slitheen or The Lost Boy to find out if that’s true.)

Fans of the password buffalo will enjoy the Big Finish audio Vampire of the Mind, in which Colin Baker’s Doctor faces off against the Master, played by Alex Macqueen.

The Onion’s AV Club has reviews on every episode of the new series. They’re generally very good, and in a rare move for an internet website, their comments threads are not a complete trash fire.

In 2017, Russell T Davies and James Goss published an anthology of poetry about Doctor Who called Now We Are Six Hundred: A Collection of Time Lord Verse, illustrated by Davies himself. If you’re upset by what happens to Harriet Jones in The Stolen Earth, it’s definitedly worth a look.

James was right: here’s an article about Newsnight’s revelation in 2007 that British nuclear weapons were protected by bike locks.

And, of course, you’re almost certainly going to want to watch Dimensions in Time again.

Picks of the Week

Max

A Very English Scandal is a three-part TV mini-series by Russell T Davies, released earlier this year on the BBC. In it, the leader of the Liberal Party, Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant) puts out a hit on his former lover Norman Josiffe (Ben Whishaw) to keep him quiet about their relationship. It’s brilliant. And it actually happened.

Doctor Who was broadcast on Twitch earlier this year, and as a result, the phrase London, 1965 became an instant meme on Twitter. It is also the opening caption of the first episode of A Very English Scandal.

Max also plugs Paddington 2, also with Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, as well as Scottish actor Peter Capaldi.

James

Big Finish has released a box set of four adventures set during Eccleston’s era. Which of course they have. It’s The Ninth Doctor Chronicles!

Nathan

Nathan recommends NBC’s philosophical afterlife sitcom The Good Place, by Brooklyn Nine-Nine creator Michael Shur. Its third season starts in the US this week.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, and Max Jelbart is @max_jelbart. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. You can also find intermittently amusing and incredibly accurate facts about Doctor Who at @FTEwhofacts.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll make our next episode title a silly double entendre to conceal the fact that it contains a serious discussion of twenty-first-century geopolitics.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, our plans to record a commentary on 2015’s SPECTRE are well on their way, but while you’re waiting, you can still check out our commentaries on the Daniel Craig era, the Pierce Brosnan era or the Timothy Dalton era.

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 135

Men in Massive Suits

This week, Nathan and James are joined by friend-of-the-podcast Max Jelbart to discuss perennial fan favourite and stone-cold classic Aliens of London. Spoiler alert: we all like it.

Notes and links

Doctor Who’s last soap-genre mashup was not an unqualified success — it was the thirtieth anniversary special that none of us had been dreaming of, as the Doctor and his friends collide with the cast of EastEnders in 1993’s Dimensions in Time.

Not for the last time, one of us mentions The Writer’s Tale, Russell T Davies’s account of his last few years as Doctor Who showrunner. It’s very candid and informative — an absolute must-read.

A massive supernatural event is also covered by the world’s media in RTD’s brilliant miniseries The Second Coming (2003), starring Christopher Eccleston and Lesley Sharp (Midnight).

RTD returned to commenting on the lives of gay men in Cucumber (2015) — this time looking at the differences between gay men in their forties and younger queer people in their twenties. It’s brilliant, but utterly harrowing.

Before the Weeping Angels, before the Silence, before the Monks, Steven Moffat brought us the Tersurons, unseen aliens who communicated by “precisely modulated gastric emissions”, and who were the butt of a number of jokes in Moffat’s first ever Doctor Who story, The Curse of Fatal Death.

After the untimely death of Lis Sladen, RTD and Phil Ford created Wizards vs Aliens, to take the place of The Sarah Jane Adventures in the BBC children’s television schedules. Among the cast were Annette Badland, Gwendoline Christie and TV’s Brian Blessed. It’s usually good, and sometimes actually great.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, and Max Jelbart is @max_jelbart. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. You can also find intermittently amusing and incredibly accurate facts about Doctor Who at @FTEwhofacts.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll write a blistering satire of your most cherished political opinions and fill it with farting green aliens.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we haven’t yet got around to recording our commentary on 2015’s SPECTRE, but while you’re waiting for that, why not check out our commentaries on the Daniel Craig era, the Pierce Brosnan era or the Timothy Dalton era?

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 134

Outsiders Trying to Get In

This week, our flight takes us to nineteenth-century Cardiff, where Nathan is worried about the stiffs, Todd is shocked by all this talk about the butcher’s boy, and James is teaching Charles Dickens to enjoy life again mere months before he dies of a stroke. Turns out that we’re all just The Unquiet Dead.

Notes and links

Todd mentions Mark Gatiss’s Big Finish story Phantasmagoria (1999), starring Peter Davison and Mark Strickson, which he manages to get Charles Dickens to name-check in this episode.

Simon Callow’s willy can be seen in the film adaptation of E M Forster’s A Room with a View (1985), which also features an important cameo from Rupert Graves’s willy. Worth a look. (Not just for the willies. Honestly, grow up.)

Here’s Lawrence Miles’s blog post attacking Gatiss for the apparent anti-refugee subtext in this story. Elizabeth Sandifer disagrees with his reading of this story.

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby and James is @ohjamessellwood. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. You can also find surprising and completely accurate facts about Doctor Who at @FTEwhofacts.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or every time we see you, we’ll look at you quizzically and ask you if you’re sure that you haven’t left the gas on.

Bondfinger

Over on Bondfinger, we haven’t yet got around to recording our commentary on 2015’s SPECTRE, but while you’re waiting for that, why not check out our commentaries on the Daniel Craig era, the Pierce Brosnan era or the Timothy Dalton era?

We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones.

You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.