Episode 23 Increasingly Baroque and Stupid

It’s our second reboot in two years, and to celebrate Richard’s sabbatical in Cambridge, we’re joined by everyone’s favourite ham-fisted bun vendor, Todd “Josephine” Beilby. And we’re discussing the first three stories of Season 8: Terror of the Autons, The Mind of Evil and The Claws of Axos.

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In England and Australia, Terror of the Autons was released on DVD as part of the Mannequin Mania box set. (Amazon UK). It was released separately in the US. (Amazon US)

Check out Jo’s facial expression on the Mind of Evil DVD cover. And Pertwee looks like he’s just realised he left the gas on. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Claws of Axos has had a Special Edition DVD release. So there’s that. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Terror of the Autons

Paul Cornell’s brutal 1993 review of Terror of the Autons from DWB can be found here.

Here’s Brendan dressed as Jo Grant from Day of the Daleks at Lords of Time 3 in December 2014.

The Mind of Evil

Sorry, Nathan, but Kate Orman doesn’t give Corporal Bell brain cancer, but she does damage her brain in a terrible car accident in the otherwise brilliant The Left-Handed Hummingbird.

David McIntee’s novel Face of the Enemy has the Master working with UNIT while the Doctor and Jo are off mucking around on Peladon. Oh, and Corporal Bell gets sacked. Here’s El Sandifer’s review.

Richard Franklin wrote a post-UNIT Mike Yates novel called The Killing Stone. You can even hear him reading it aloud, if that’s your thing. (Audible US) (Audible UK). Paul Cornell definitively outed Mike Yates in the 50th Virgin New Adventures Novel Happy Endings.

A work of fiction passes the Bechdel test if it contains a scene where two women talk to each other about something other than a man.

Fans of caseless Dalek mutants as major story villains will enjoy the Big Finish audio The Elite.

The Claws of Axos

Bill Filer looks like he’s wandered into The Claws of Axos on his way to appearing in The Champions or The Persuaders!.

Brendan mentions the episode of Black Books where Bernard and Manny drunkenly write a children’s book called The Elephant and the Balloon. You can find the entire episode on YouTube.

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Episode 22 Turducken

As our flight through the first season of post–Doctor Who Doctor Who comes to a close, Brendan, Richard and Nathan discuss The Ambassadors of Death and fan-favourite Inferno. Hold on tight: there’s never been a bore like this one!

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The Ambassadors of Death was released on DVD in 2012. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Inferno has had two DVD releases: the original in 2006, and a Special Edition in 2013. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Ambassadors…of DEATH!

We’ve mentioned The Ipcress File (1965) before as an inspiration for Doctor Who during this period. Gosh, it’s great. Have you watched it yet?

ITC Entertainment was an English production company founded by Lew Grade in 1954, famous for producing high-quality, high-budget genre television for the international market. Its most famous shows include The Champions, The Prisoner, The Persuaders!, UFO and Space: 1999.

The Scooby Doo/Doctor Who comic that Brendan mentions can be found here.

Here’s Peter Capaldi and Katy Manning larking around on the TARDIS set. And here’s Peter and Janet Fielding from Janet’s Twitter feed.

Much to Nathan’s horror, the adventures of Dr Liz Shaw continue in the BBV series P.R.O.B.E., which also stars Louise Jameson, Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Terry Molloy, Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith (TV’s Patrick Troughton).

Fans of kissing Peter Davison will enjoy David Walliams and Mark Gatiss in The Kidnappers, which can be found on Disc 1 of The Beginning DVD box set.

Counter–Measures is a Big Finish spin-off series chronicling the further adventures of Group Captain Gilmore, Professor Rachel Jensen and Allison Williams from Remembrance of the Daleks.

And while we’re on the subjects of Mark Gatiss and Big Finish, Richard loves Invaders from Mars, starring Paul McGann and India Fisher.

Inferno

WTF is a Turducken?

Fans of digging crazy deep holes into the Earth’s mantle will enjoy this account of the real-world Project Mohole.

Arthur Conan Doyle’s story When the World Screamed (1928), featuring another doomed attempt to drill into the Earth’s mantle, can be read and downloaded here.

And yet another Big Finish spin-off, starring Christopher Benjamin as Henry Gordon Jago: Jago and Litefoot, soon to enter its tenth season. Great Jumping Jehoshaphat!

Picks of the Week

Brendan

Caroline John reads the Target novelisation of Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters, by Malcolm Hulke. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

Nathan

The recently reissued Target novelisation of Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

And Mark Gatiss’s radio documentary From the Outside it Looked Like an Old-Fashioned Police Box, which chronicles the history and legacy of the Target novelisations.

Richard

As mentioned above, the ITC Entertainment production UFO — essential for your understanding of genre television of the early 1970s.

Brendan again

The inexplicably fabulous Japanese versions of some early Target novelisations. You can see the covers and the wacky Japanese titles on this site here.

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If you would like to win a Target novelisation from our personal collection, just write a comment on our website underneath the post for this episode. We’ll be giving away three books every time we reach the end of a season.

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Episode 21 They’ve Cancelled My Show

We’ve jumped a time track only to find ourselves in the 1970s, watching a strange parallel-universe version of our favourite show. Where’s the TARDIS gone? What’s with all these different colours? And, most importantly, what’s happened to the Doctor’s nose? Join us, my dear fellow, as we try to find the answers to some of these questions by watching the first two stories of Jon Pertwee’s first season, Spearhead from Space and Doctor Who and the Silurians.

Buy the stories!

From now on, not only do all the stories exist, but they’ve all been released on DVD. So this bit’s easy.

  • Spearhead from Space (Amazon US). In the UK, it can be bought as part of the Mannequin Mania box set, which includes Terror of the Autons. A must-have. (Amazon UK)

  • Spearhead from Space on Blu-ray, in stunning HD (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

  • Doctor Who and the Silurians is published as part of the Beneath the Surface box set, which includes The Sea Devils and Warriors of the Deep (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Spearhead from Space

Kim Catrall, from Sex and the City and, of course, Star Trek VI (1991), played a slightly less lethal and slightly more creepy mannequin in the film, er, Mannequin (1987).

The Avengers and Peter Wyngarde’s Jason King both have a history of strong, fabulous women, but none more strong and fabulous than Caroline John’s Liz Shaw. (Oh, okay, Emma Peel.)

Even in the early 70s, millions of deprived Britons would tune into radio comedies like Round the Horne and The Navy Lark, starring Jon Pertwee.

If you’re thrillingly open-minded, you might enjoy the idea of agalmatophilia, which is a fetish involving sexual attraction to a statue or mannequin. If not, I’m sorry I brought it up.

Terrance Dicks’s novelisation of this story, The Auton Invasion, has been recently re-released as a paperback. It’s also available on the Kindle. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Fans of the moments of gritty realism in 1970s Who might enjoy Steve McQueen in Bullitt (1968), Michael Caine in Get Carter (1971) or Dennis Waterman in The Sweeney. Fans of Pertwee hurtling down the hill in a wheelchair might enjoy the Ealing Comedies of the 1950s.

Captain Kremmen was an important part of Richard and Nathan’s childhood. You can get a taste of it here. Watch it on YouTube. You won’t regret it. (Oh, okay, you might.)

Moonboots and Dinner Suits is Jon Pertwee’s autobiography, first published in 1985. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Doctor Who and the Silurians

Derrick Sherwin and Peter Bryant had an escape plan in the form of Special Project Air. It didn’t really work out though.

Watch Jennifer Saunders as Jane Seymour in Doctor Quinn: Mad Woman.

Malcolm Hulke’s novelisation of this story, Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters, was also recently re-released, both in paperback and for the Kindle. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK). Caroline John reads the audiobook, and does a superb impersonations of both Jon Pertwee and Fulton Mackay. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

The New Series Silurians are based very closely on the Voth from the Star Trek: Voyager episode [Distant Origin](http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Distant_Origin_(episode)), who were in turn based loosely on the Silurians from this story.

Gerry Anderson’s The Secret Service stars a marionette vicar who solves crimes. Aren’t you glad to live in a world where such things exist?

“I’m a Silurian. And I’m going for my tea break.”

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Episode 20 How Can You Snog a Monoid?

In this Very Special Episode, Brendan, Richard and Nathan are interviewed by Doctor Who convention impresario Todd Beilby about their experience of podcasting their way through Doctor Who in the sixties. Hartnell, Troughton or Cushing? Barbara, Polly or Zoë? (Barbara, obviously.) What’s our favourite story? Our favourite moment? Our favourite villain? Our favourite pratfall? And, most importantly, what have we learned from our flight through entirety?

Special thanks to friend-of-the-podcast Peter Griffiths for his help with the questions.

Links

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Episode 19 Hipster Klingon

Well, it’s literally the end of an era. In our last episode for 2014, we discuss the last two stories of the 1960s, and the last two stories of the Patrick Troughton era, The Space Pirates and The War Games. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!

Buy the stories!

The Space Pirates is the last story with missing episodes. Which is quite a relief. Episode 2 is the only one that remains: you can see it on the Lost in Time box set. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK). An audio version exists, with linking narration by Frazer Hines. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

And Patrick Troughton’s final story, and the last story of the 1960s, The War Games, has been released on DVD in its gloriously restored entirety. It costs nearly $400 on Amazon US for some reason; it’s also available from Amazon UK at a much more sensible price.

The Space Pirates

Fans of slow-moving model spaceships will enjoy Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

Fans of Dudley Foster, who plays Pirate Captain Maurice Caven, will enjoy his appearance as Mr Goat in the Avengers episode “Something Nasty in the Nursery” (1967).

Fans of dull James Bond films involving Kevin McClory will enjoy Thunderball (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983).

Fans of putting cowboys in space operas will enjoy the brilliant and tragically short-lived TV series Firefly. A lot.

Fans of not wasting hours of their lives watching The Space Pirates will enjoy the the cut-down fifty-minute Whoflix version.

The War Games

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) is Sir Richard Attenborough’s musical take on World War I, based on a 1963 stage musical.

Journey into Space by Charles Chilton, who also wrote Oh! What a Lovely War, was a science fiction radio series first broadcast on BBC radio between 1953 and 1958. (Philip Hincliffe mentions it in the DVD commentary for The Robots of Death.) It regularly out-rated TV programmes that were on at the same time. Some public-spirited individual has uploaded much of the series to YouTube.

Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle’s novel October the First Is Too Late was first published in 1966. Its world is splintered into different time zones by the effects of radiation or something, much like the battlefields of The War Games.

As usal, fans of The Avengers should check out The Avengers TV website.

Picks of the week

Brendan

Zoë Heriot’s adventures continue after the Time Lords return her to the Wheel, in the Big Finish Companion Chronicles, particularly Echoes of Grey, The Memory Cheats and The Uncertainty Principle.

Nathan

Matthew Waterhouse’s entertaining autobiography Blue Box Boy. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Richard

Shockingly, Richard’s been watching things other than Doctor Who, including Catweazle, starring the planet Chloris’s very own Geoffrey Bayldon (Amazon US) (Amazon UK), and The Champions, co-created by Dennis Spooner. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

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Episode 18 Sideburn Trouble

In this week’s trippy episode, we say hello to Robert Holmes and goodbye to the BBC foam machine, as we discuss two stories from Patrick Troughton’s final season: The Krotons and The Seeds of Death. Smell that hydrogen telluride. Very bracing.

Buy the stories!

For the first time in a very long while, both of the stories we cover this episode exist in their entirety. And they’re both (kind of) worth watching! So off you go:

The Krotons (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Seeds of Death (Amazon US)

In the UK and Australia, The Seeds of Death: Special Edition was released on DVD as part of the Revisitations 2 box set, along with Carnival of Monsters and Resurrection of the Daleks. (Amazon UK)

The Krotons

Prison in Space by Dick Sharples was a truly horrifying script, mercifully dropped by the production team in favour of The Krotons. It was revived, unwisely, as a Big Finish audio drama, and released as part of the Second Doctor Box Set in 2010.

More horrific sexism can be seen in The Worm that Turned, a series of “comedy” sketches from the 1980 season of The Two Ronnies. (Which is otherwise pretty great.)

The Seeds of Death

Let’s get all literary for a moment. Brendan mentions The Machine Stops (1909) by E. M. Forster, an English writer perhaps best known for A Room with a View. In this short story, Forster imagines a future where humanity is completely dependent on technology, and the terrible consequences when that technology fails.

H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds (1898) tells the story of a Martian invasion of Southern England. It was famously adapted into a radio play by Orson Welles in 1938, a film by George Pal in 1953, a film by Steven Spielberg in 2005 (starring Tom Cruise) and a prog rock album by Jeff Wayne in 1978.

Lords of the Red Planet was Brian Hayles’s original script for this part of Season 6. It was dropped by the production team, only to be revived as a Big Finish audio drama in 2013.

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Episode 17 Surprise! I’ve Got a Moustache

All set, Jimmy? It’s time for Flight Through Entirety to enter the final season of the 1960s, as we discuss a rapidly-improving and largely foam-free trio of stories: The Dominators, The Mind Robber and The Invasion.

Buy the episodes!

For once, all three of the stories we discuss in this episode have been released on DVD. So you can actually watch them. (Although, in some cases, you might not want to.)

The Dominators episode 3 was returned to the archives in 1978, so we have all of it. Sigh. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Mind Robber has always existed. It was repeated on ABC-TV in Australia in 1986. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Invasion is still missing episodes 1 and 4, but they were expertly animated by Cosgrove Hall for the story’s DVD release in 2006. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Dominators

Fans of Joan and Jackie Collins won’t want to miss their fabulous biopic by French & Saunders.

Oh, God, what else? Elizabeth Sandifer’s review is a good place to go for a discussion of the horrible politics in this story. (“Not only is it an attack on the entire ethos that underlies the Doctor as a character, it’s an attempt to twist and pervert the show away from what it is and towards something ugly, cruel, and just plain unpleasant.” Yeesh.)

The Mind Robber

George Orwell’s essay on Boys’ Weeklies discusses the politics of the kind of stories written by the Master of Fiction before he was kidnapped by, er, whatever.

According to The Living Handbook of Narratology, metalepsis is “any intrusion by the extradiegetic narrator or narratee into the diegetic universe (or by diegetic characters into a metadiegetic universe, etc.), or the inverse”. And this story has metalepsis in spades. Don’t tell me we’re not educational.

Edith Nesbit’s Five Children and It, which sounds like a terrifying premise for a Stephen King sequel, is actually a famous English children’s book, published in 1902. It’s a part of the tradition of children’s fantasy fiction which will eventually give rise to Doctor Who.

You should also ignore Nathan and read Gulliver’s Travels. It’s really clever and funny and entertaining, particularly the bit where Gulliver puts out a fire in the Lilliputian palace by weeing on it. No really.

The Invasion

Richard identifies the inspiration for the incidental music as The Ipcress File (1965), a brilliant kind of anti-Bond spy film starring Michael Cain. Just watch it.

Fans of Isobel Watkins and her modelling aspirations might enjoy Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up (1996), a groovy film in which a very now young photographer, creeping on a mysterious woman in a park, accidentally photographs a murder.

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Episode 16 Too Many Cooks

We’ve reached the end of Season 5, so pull up a bernalium rod, switch on the sexual air supply, and get ready to discuss the last two stories of the season, Fury from the Deep and The Wheel in Space. And just you watch your lip or I’ll put you across my knee and larrup you.

Buy the stories!

No full episodes of Fury from the Deep survive. Which is terribly sad, obviously. Still, you can get the soundtrack, narrated, as always, by Frazer Hines. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

The two surviving episodes of The Wheel in Space, Episodes 3 and 6, are available on the Lost in Time box set. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK). An audio version is also available, beautifully narrated by the delightfully pert Wendy Padbury. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

Fury from the Deep

Richard mentions Adult Swim’s Too Many Cooks. I can’t tell you anything about it. Just watch it.

Richard and Brendan both use Godzilla vs Hedorah (1971) to illustrate what TV Tropes calls the Muck Monster trope.

Fury from the Deep is based on ideas from Victor Pemberton’s own 1966 radio drama, The Slide, starring future Time Lords Maurice Denham and Roger Delgado, as well as Pemberton’s long–time partner and one–time Buddhist monk David Spenser. You can read a review of it here. And you can even buy it! (Audible US) (Audible UK)

Fans of murderous gay couples should check out Diamonds are Forever (1971), Rope (1948), and Truman Capote’s 1966 novel In Cold Blood.

H. P. Lovecraft is a twentieth-century racist and horror writer, who is a huge influence on Doctor Who, particularly in the Hinchcliffe Era. His most famous short story is The Call of Cthulhu.

Fans of people walking out in to the sea should check out the last episode of Series 1 of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, and the second episode of the TV series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Victor Pemberton also wrote The Pescatons, an audio drama starring Tom Baker and Lis Sladen, which was released as an LP in 1976. Here’s Elizabeth Sandifer’s review.

The Wheel in Space

Iz Skinner (aka TardisTimegirl) created some beautiful animations which were used in the Loose Cannon reconstructions of these episodes. Here is her Ridley Scott–style trailer for The Wheel in Space. It’s beautiful. She also animated a version of a special trailer broadcast the week before The Web of Fear starring Patrick Troughton.

Brendan theorises that Star Trek was a possible influence on Wheel. But, fascinatingly, Richard mentions two possible influences on Star Trek itself. The first is Raumpatrouille Orion, a German science-fiction precursor to Trek from the 1960s. You can watch the entire first episode online. It’s in German. It’s fabulously modernist and spectacular. The second is Conquest of Space (1955).

Victoria Waterfield meets the Doctor again in the crazy multicoloured form of Colin Baker in the Big Finish audio Power Play.

Picks of the week

Brendan

Iz Skinner’s wonderful series of Doctor Who–related animations.

Nathan

FACT FANS! If there’s anything at all you need to know about Doctor Who in any of its incarnations, consult the TARDIS Data Core. There’s even an app for it on the iOS App Store, and an Android app on Google Play.

Richard

Victor Pemberton’s novelisation of Fury from the Deep is out of print, and mysteriously unavailable as an e-book on Amazon. However, there is an audio version, read by David Troughton, who does a lovely impression of his father’s Doctor Who. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

Nathan again

An audiobook of Carnival of Monsters has recently been released, read by television’s Katy Manning. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

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Episode 15 Internal Pink Wobbly Bits

Recently unearthed in a Nigerian television station by a former oil company employee, Episode 15 of Flight Through Entirety covers the middle stories of Patrick Troughton’s middle season: The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear. Crank up the foam machine, boys (as usual)!

Buy the stories!

And, for once (I Love You Philip Morris), eleven out of the twelve episodes we discuss this episode are still in existence. And you can buy them all on DVD.

The Enemy of the World is one of seven Patrick Troughton stories that exist in their entirety. Praise Amdo! (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Web of Fear is missing episode 3, but the DVD contains a brilliant reconstruction which actually works pretty well. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Enemy of the World

For those of you who are hanging out for us to abandon this silly children’s science fiction programme so that we can discuss the Bond films, can I whet your appetite with an incredible trip through the Bond oeuvre by a brilliant film critic? Here’s BlogalongaBond by The Incredible Suit. Read it all.

It wouldn’t be an episode of Flight Through Entirety without numerous references to The Avengers. Fans should check out The Avengers TV website. The episode The Living Dead is available online, probably illegally, here.

In The Great Dictator (1940), Charlie Chaplin plays the hero, a character only known as A Jewish Barber, as well as the villain, a weird over-the-top version of Adolf Hitler called Adenoid Hynkel. I’ve never seen it, but it sounds incredible.

The Web of Fear

Some rare and wonderful photos of the Yeti, from both The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear were published in The Mirror in 2012. Check them out here.

In this story, Jon Rollason played David Frost analogue Harold Chorley. He was also Dr Martin King in three episodes of season 2 of The Avengers.

Elizabeth Sandifer explains her views on the UNIT Dating Controversy in a strange psychogeographic review of The Invasion. She agrees with Nathan. Which is why Nathan has put her in these show notes.

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Episode 14 Hauling a Couple of Prize Marrows

This week, we’re looking at the first three stories of Season 5: The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Abominable Snowmen and The Ice Warriors. And to celebrate, each of us is wearing a different outfit — vinyl, fur or fibreglass scales. Monster Season, we’re ready for ya!

Buy the stories!

Thanks to those lovely Mormons (or not, actually), The Tomb of the Cybermen exists in its entirety, and is available to purchase on DVD. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK). In Australia and the UK, the Special Edition DVD was released as part of the Revisitations 3 box set.

The Abominable Snowmen is not so lucky. The surviving Episode 2 is available in the Lost in Time box set. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK). An audio version, narrated by Frazer Hines, is also available. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

Two episodes of The Ice Warriors are missing, but they have been skilfully animated by Qurios Entertainment, which means that we have a DVD release of the entire story. Hooray! (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Tomb of the Cybermen

Oops. Turns out that GarageBand for the iPad is only capable of recording podcasts that are ten minutes long. And so we suddenly had to switch to Brendan’s iMac. Can you spot the difference in sound quality? (If so, sorry. I blame George Pastell.)

Well, we spent ages discussing Victoria’s wardrobe, and said hardly anything about the story itself. But, frankly, we regret nothing!

The Abominable Snowmen

Ooh, Nathan’s Randomiser gets a mention. If you want a computer to choose your next Doctor Who story, then that’s the place to go.

That Tibetan story that everyone is secretly thinking of is James Hilton’s The Lost Horizon. The Goon Show episode is called Shangri-La Again.

The 1957 film The Abominable Snowman might be an, er, inspiration for this story?

Of course, Buddhism and Psychedelia were inseparable in the 1960s, thanks to Timothy Leary.

The Ice Warriors

Richard’s mention of Zardoz (1974) can’t go without comment. If you’re keen to see Sean Connery in tiny, tiny pants, then just look here. Yeesh.

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Episode 13 Airwick Gatport

In this week’s episode of Flight out of Gatwick, we discuss Season 4’s last three stories, The Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones and The Evil of the Daleks. Farewell, Ben and Polly. Hello, Victoria. Work hard and happily! (We know you will.)

Buy the stories!

Another season 4 podcast, another three incomplete stories. Sigh.

The surviving three episodes, The Faceless Ones 1 and 3 and The Evil of the Daleks 2, are all available in the Lost of Time box set. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

However all three stories exist as BBC audios, and can be bought on Audible.

The Macra Terror is, bizarrely, narrated by TV’s Colin Baker. (Audible US) (Audible UK). Even more bizarrely, a second version exists, narrated by the delightfully elfin Anneke Wills. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

The Faceless Ones is narrated by Frazer Hines. (Audible US) (Audible UK). And so is The Evil of the Daleks. (Audible US) (Audible UK).

The Macra Terror

The Goodies episode “Radio Goodies”, to which we all so hilariously refer, has its own Wikipedia entry. Amazing!

More weird 60s mind-control concerns arise in The Ipcress File (1965) (which is amazingly good).

The Faceless Ones

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the BBC Radio sitcom Cabin Pressure, in which he plays the only pilot of the single-plane airline MJN Air.

So, it was the Refusians from The Ark who lost their identities in a galaxy accident. According to Meadows, the Chameleons lost their identities in “a gigantic explosion”. Which is much stupider, really.

The Evil of the Daleks

Before there was Upstairs, Downstairs, before there was Downton Abbey, we had The Forsyte Saga (1967). Does that account for Victoria Waterfield?

Deborah Watling had starred opposite George Baker (Full Circle) in Dennis Potter’s TV film Alice (1965), which looked at the strange and weirdly suspicious life of Alice in Wonderland’s author Charles Lutwitge Dodson.

Altered Vistas is a website which chronicles the history of Doctor Who in comic strips. They have created CG animated versions of all the TV Century 21 comic strips. Take a look at them here.

Picks of the Week

Brendan

Anneke Wills’s two autobiographies, Naked and Self-portrait, are currently out of print. New and second-hand copies are available from Amazon, however. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK).

Anneke’s In Focus can be preordered for its re-release early in 2015. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Richard

The Orton Diaries are playwright Joe Orton’s hilarious account of the last eight months of his life — candid, funny and outrageous. And he mentions Doctor Who! We own him! (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Nathan

Volume 5 of El Sandifer’s TARDIS Eruditorum contains essays covering Tom Baker’s last four seasons on Doctor Who. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

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Episode 12 Comedy Accents

Our flight through Season 4 continues, plunging underwater and crash landing on the moon with The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace and The Moonbase. Nothing in ze vorld can stop us now!

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Yet again, no episodes of The Highlanders exist. However, the audio survives, of course, and has been released by the BBC with a linking narration by Frazer Hines. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

Things get even more complicated with The Underwater Menace. Episode 3 was included in the Lost in Time box set. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK). Episode 2 was rediscovered in 2011, and is the only extant episode of the entire show not yet released on DVD [citation needed]. An audio version exists, narrated by the charming Anneke Wills. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

The Moonbase has been released on DVD, with passable animated versions of the missing episodes 1 and 3. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Highlanders

Oh my God. Here’s Hannah Gordon singing The Windmills of Your Mind on Morecambe & Wise in 1973.

The Underwater Menace

Thunderball, the fourth Bond film, released just before this story screened, spends a massive 20.8% of its running time underwater. Yawn.

Other thrilling underwater frolics are also available here: Gerry Anderson’s Stingray and Irwin Allen’s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, starring Barbara Eden.

Here is a lovely picture of some Fish People.

And here, from the BBC website, is the scene between Troughton and Professor Zaroff from episode 2.

Geoffrey Orme wrote some screenplays for the increasingly mental Old Mother Riley film series in the 30s, 40s and 50s, but, sadly, not the one where she meets Bela Lugosi as a vampire.

The Moonbase

David Banks wrote an exhausting history of the Cybermen which was published in the 1990s. (Amazon UK). So there’s that then.

The first episode of The Avengers featuring the Cybernauts is availiable in full, probably illegally, on Dailymotion.

The delightful Damian Shanahan is responsible for finding many surviving clips from otherwise lost episodes, clips that were cut from the program by the ABC’s censors because they were too violent. You can read about this on Steve Phillips’s Doctor Who Clips List website, where the surviving clips are exhaustively catalogued.

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Episode 11 Bum Wetting

It’s the end of an era. In this episode, Brendan, Richard and Nathan say goodbye to the Doctor and hello to his suspicious new replacement, as we discuss The Smugglers, The Tenth Planet and The Power of the Daleks.

Thank you. It’s good. Keep warm.

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The Smugglers is completely missing, but an audio version is available, narrated by the delightful Anneke Wills. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

The Tenth Planet has been released on DVD, with an animated version of the missing Episode 4. One of the special features is a rare interview with William Hartnell. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

And, heartbreakingly, The Power of the Daleks is also completely missing. As usual, an audio version is available, narrated by the beautiful Anneke Wills. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

The Smugglers

Did you know that The Smugglers has no music at all? (Awkward silence…)

Imagine two hip young people teaching the older generation about their fab mod ways: it’s not Richard’s longed-for alt-universe Season 4 with Billy, Ben and Polly: it’s It’s Trad, Dad!. To appreciate the full horror of this film, take a look at this. I dare you.

Dr Syn was a retired pirate posing as a clergyman while working as a smuggler in a series of novels by Russell Thorndike, written in the early 20th century.

And no episode’s shownotes would be complete without our obligatory reference to a Carry On film. This week: Carry On Jack (1963), which chronicles the adventures of midshipman Alfred Poop-Decker. Sigh.

The Tenth Planet

Dr Elizabeth Sandifer’s essay on this story is very strange and interesting. Read it.

The Big Finish audio adventure Spare Parts tells the story of the Genesis of the Cybermen. It’s unmissably good.

The late Majel Barrett-Roddenberry played the Enterprise computer in both Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Aleister Crowley and H. P. Lovecraft are possible influences on the Cybermen’s dark mirror of Enlightenment.

And Brigadier-General Jack D. Ripper from Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is a possible influence on the crazy Z-bomb antics of General Cutler in Episode 3.

The Power of the Daleks

We’re too impressed by the story itself to spend much time on obscure cultural references. So no strange links for you here. Why not read what the Wife in Space thought about it?

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Episode 10 Jill Curzon–Inspired Wallpaper

And we’re back, now on the big screen in glorious Technicolor! This week, Brendan Who, Nathan Who and Richard Who discuss the two 1960s Peter Cushing films, Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Come with us into that strange new world. We cannot guarantee your safety. But I can promise you unimagined cakes!

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You can get lovely remastered Blu-ray versions of both films. Dr. Who and the Daleks (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) and Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK).

Dr. Who and the Daleks

George Pal produced lots of iconic science fiction films in the 50s and 60s, including When Worlds Collide, The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, whose Eloi clearly share a stylist with this film’s Thals.

Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

The episode of Danger Man that Richard mentions, “The Paperchase”, is available on YouTube in its entirety.

Here’s the Wikipedia article about Trümmerfilm, also mentioned by Richard, a genre of film that deals with the aftermath of the destruction visited on Germany in World War II, including films directed by Wolfgang Staudte, as well as Germany Year Zero.

Luis Buñuel was a crazy surrealist filmmaker, who worked with Salvador Dalí on the film Un Chien Andalou.

Chuck Jones directed many of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Cartoons for Warner Bros.

Sir Bernard Cribbins stars in Carry On Jack. (Is he Sir Bernard yet? If not, can you get on that, Your Maj?)

Ray Brooks, who plays David, stars in the fabulous British comedy The Knack…And How to Get It.

Here’s a fabulous trailer from the alternative universe in which there was a third film based on The Chase: Daleks vs Mechons.

Here’s the entry on the TARDIS Wikia about Journey Into Time, the unbroadcast pilot for an unmade 52-episode radio series starring Peter Cushing as Dr. Who. Sadly, we couldn’t find any details about the proposed fan recording of the script, which was re-discovered a couple of years ago.

Brendan’s pick of the week

The Peter Cushing Dr. Who Fannual is now available. What would a 60s–style Doctor Who Annual have looked like if it was based on the world of the Peter Cushing Dr. Who films?

(The U.N.I.T. fannual that Brendan mentions is still under development.)

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Episode 9 Tropes Tropes Tropes Tropes Tropes

We’ve finally reached the end of our flight through Doctor Who’s third season. It’s been a long and controversial journey, but happily it ends with The Gunfighters, The Savages and The War Machines. So have one on the house. It isn’t every day we get the over–twenties in this place. (Oh wait, it is.)

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The Gunfighters exists in its entirety, and it’s unmissable. If you haven’t seen it yet, you must buy it at once. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (In the UK and Australia, it was inexplicably released along with the Peter Davison story The Awakening in a box set called Earth Story.)

The Savages is completely missing, but the soundtrack still exists, narrated for the last time by the ubiquitous Peter Purves. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

The War Machines also exists in full. Which is nice. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Gunfighters

Ugh. Peter Haining’s book on Classic Doctor Who again, Doctor Who: A Celebration. Really, don’t bother. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Go on, buy The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon on iTunes at once. You know you want to.

And if you’ve enjoyed this story, try these classic westerns: The Searchers, starring John Wayne, High Noon, starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, and True Grit, also starring John Wayne, who seems to be the Peter Purves of film Westerns.

All six episodes of Rex Tucker’s The Three Musketeers, starring Laurence Payne, Roger Delgado, Paul Whitsun-Jones and Adrienne Corri, have been lost. Sigh.

The Savages

Want to read more about The Savages? Here’s Elizabeth Sandifer’s review. The Wife in Space enjoyed watching it as well.

The War Machines

Like the Doctor, Steven Hawking is terrified by Artificial Intelligence.

Take a look at this article from Den of Geek about Adam Adamant Lives!

Here’s the weirdly incorrect IMDb page which lists our very own Jackie Lane as a guest star on an episode of Get Smart. Gosh, I love Get Smart.

Picks of the Week

Brendan: A trilogy of Big Finish audios starring Peter Purves (again) as Steven: The Perpetual Bond, The Cold Equations, and The First Wave.

Nathan: Watch this 6-minute video of Jackie Lane in Paris in November 2010, created by her friend Julian Davies, and set to the music of Edith Piaf. (Oh, Jackie. If they find The Savages, would you come back and do the DVD commentary? Please say yes.)

Richard: Donald Cotton’s novelisations of The Gunfighters and The Myth Makers are sadly out of print. (Why aren’t they releasing all the Target novelisations as e-books, at least? What’s going on here?)

Still, all is not lost: Audible has an spoken-word version of The Gunfighters, read by a fantastically rough-sounding Shane Rimmer. (Audible US) (Audible UK). The Myth Makers is read by Mr Shouty himself, Stephen Thorne. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

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Episode 8 Someone Lost Their Beagle

Our endless flight through Doctor Who’s third season chokes, stalls and crashes into The Massacre, The Ark and The Celestial Toymaker. And Nathan’s not at all happy. (Let’s put a cork on that, Nathan!)

These are three controversial stories, and we’d like to know what you think. Do you hate The Massacre, or do you love it as much as all right-thinking Doctor Who commentators? Is The Ark racist? Is The Celestial Toymaker appalling or merely terrible?

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None of The Massacre exists (sigh), so it’s just not possible for Nathan to see how great it actually is. But here’s the BBC audio version, narrated by the indefatigable Peter Purves. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

The Ark exists, in all of its (possibly) racist glory. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Only the final episode of The Celestial Toymaker still exists, and it can be found on the Lost in Time box set. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

You can also get the full BBC Audio version of The Celestial Toymaker, narrated by who else but Peter Purves? (Audible US) (Audible UK)

The Massacre (of St Bartholomew’s Eve)

Cornell, Day and Topping’s Discontinuity Guide: “Not only the best historical, but the best Hartnell, and, in its serious handling of dramatic material in a truly dramatic style, arguably the best ever Doctor Who story.”

Fact Fans! Here’s the Wikipedia entry on the St Bartholomew Day’s Massacre. Enjoy!

The Ark

Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men, a novel about the history of humanity in the far, far future, can be found in its entirety on the Gutenberg Australia website.

Here’s Whoopi Goldberg explaining how we should regard the racism in Looney Tunes cartoons.

The Celestial Toymaker

Peter Haining’s seminal book on Classic Doctor Who, Doctor Who: A Celebration is out of print, of course. But you can still find copies on Amazon. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Here’s a review of a production of George and Margaret, co-directed by Gerald Savory and performed in Boston in 1948.

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Episode 7 How Would You Address a God?

Our flight through Season 3 continues with an indefensibly shouty episode devoted to Doctor Who’s longest (oh, okay second longest) story ever: The Daleks’ Master Plan.

Is Katarina a companion? Which is the delegate with black balls all over his head? Is Bret Vyon a companion? Has anyone ever been more fabulous than Sara Kingdom? And should Doctor Who be doing this sort of story at all?

(A bit of overtalking at the start of this episode, I’m afraid. This is what the combination of Terry Nation and John Wiles does to your brain. It will never be allowed to happen again.)

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Only three of the twelve episodes are known to exist: episodes 2, 5 and 10. These can be found on the Lost in Time box set. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The BBC audio version, narrated by Peter Purves, can be found here: (Audible US) (Audible UK).

The Daleks’ Master Plan

Here’s Elizabeth Sandifer’s review of the story. It’s terribly, terribly clever.

Screen Online’s summary of Dennis Spooner’s superhero drama series The Champions. Sounds intriguing, and bears out Richard’s theory that Spooner is responsible for all the fun dialogue in this story.

For those of you who love Blake’s 7 as much as we do, check out Adventures With The Wife and Blake.

Rosemary Howe’s lovely fan novelisation of this story is available here for subscribers to AustLit.

Z-Cars and Dixon of Dock Green are two seminal British police shows from the 1960s. Here’s El Sandifer’s take on the two shows, and their relationship to Doctor Who.

Here’s an animated version of episode 7, The Feast of Steven.

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Episode 6 Nipples, Dear Listener

Hold your breath, everyone! Brendan, Richard and Nathan besiege, invade and finally burn down the first three stories of Doctor Who’s highly controversial third season: Galaxy Four, Mission to the Unknown and The Myth Makers. Dusty Springfield wigs at the ready, girls!

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Well, of the nine episodes we discuss this week, only one is known to exist. You can see episode 2 of Galaxy Four, Air Lock, as part of a reconstructed version of the entire story on The Aztecs: Special Edition DVD. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Galaxy Four audio, narrated by Peter Purvis. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

The Daleks’ Master Plan audio, narrated by Peter Purvis (Audible US) (Audible UK)

The Myth Makers audio, narrated by who else but Peter Purvis? (Audible US) (Audible UK). You can also buy Stephen Thorne’s reading of Donald Cotton’s excellent novelisation (Audible US) (Audible UK).

Galaxy Four

Richard recommends Susan Sontag’s Notes on Camp (1964), and he’s right to do so. Don’t miss it.

Buy your Sindy dolls here. (No, don’t.)

Mission to the Unknown (Dalek Cutaway, anyone?)

Ian Levine’s animated version of Mission to the Unknown can be found on YouTube, for the time being at least. (Part 1) (Part 2)

Here’s the interview by Loose Cannon with the cast of Mission to the Unknown — Edward de Souza (Marc Cory), Barry Jackson (Jeff Garvey) and Jeremy Young (Gordon Lowery).

The Myth Makers

Increase your classical cred, and your appreciation of this brilliant story, by reading Robert Fagles’s beautiful translations of the Iliad (Amazon US) (Amazon UK), and the Aeneid (Amazon US) (Amazon UK).

Follow Vicki’s mysterious further adventures in the Big Finish Audio, Frostfire.

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Episode 5 She’s Madame Mao

Brendan, Richard and Nathan bring Season 2 to a triumphant close with The Space Museum, The Chase and The Time Meddler. And we like them all. No, really.

“I shall miss them. Yes, I shall miss them, silly old fusspots. Come along, my dear, it’s time we were off.”

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The Space Museum/The Chase (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Time Meddler (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Space Museum

More weird timey-wimey stuff in Stephen King’s The Langoliers. Published as a short story in a collection called Four Past Midnight (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The trippy Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night

Prime Minister of Rhodesia Ian Smith, famous for moonlighting as Ian Smith in Prisoner and Neighbours

The giant eyebrows of Gerry Anderson’s Supermarionation classics Stingray and Thunderbirds

Jeremy Bulloch as Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back, before George Lucas started digitally wrecking it

The Chase

Dr Elizabeth Sandifer’s redemptive reading of The Chase

Absolutely Fabulous, which remains great to the end, but does it cannibalise itself after the start of Series 2?

Morton Dill, as a refugee from The Beverly Hillbillies

No German Expressionism (sigh), but here’s the architect Gaudí, who clearly inspired the Mechonoids in the building of the city.

A Mechonoid and a d20? Can you tell them apart?

The Time Meddler

Peter Butterworth’s storied career in the Carry On films

The strong female characters of Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dr Horrible, and some superhero films or something apparently. Watch them all!

Turns out, it was Lyle Lanley who sold the monorail to Springfield. (How could I forget?)

No, sorry, NASA didn’t invent Tang or Space Food Sticks.

Joachim Phoenix falls in love with Siri in Spike Jonze’s film Her, not to be confused with Alethea Charlton’s fabulous Hur.

Picks of the week

Nathan: Running Through Corridors (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon Australia (Kindle only))

Richard: The Daleks comic strips in TV Century 21. Later reprinted as The Dalek Tapes in 1980s DWM, and as The Dalek Chronicles as a DWM Special in 1994. Adapted as an animation by Altered Vistas.

Brendan: Daleks vs Mechons

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Episode 4 Why Can’t I Wear Trousers?

This episode, Brendan, Richard and Nathan tackle the difficult subjects of ants and fraternity as they discuss three ant-astic stories from the middle of Doctor Who’s second season: The Romans, The Web Planet and The Crusade. So tune up your lyres, pull up a dormouse, and listen along. There’s a bit of that cold peacock left in the fridge, I think.

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The Rescue/The Romans (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Web Planet (Amazon US, but it’s insanely expensive, for some reason) (Amazon UK, ah, that’s better)

The Crusade soundtrack on Audible (Amazon US) (Amazon UK). The two extant episodes can be found on the Lost in Time box set. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Romans

The comprehensive and definitive Wikipedia articles on Nero and The Great Fire of Rome

Who on earth is Dot Cotton? And why does she look so much like that narrow-hipped vixen Lady Eleanor?

The incomparably brilliant I, Claudius can be watched in full on YouTube.

The Big Finish audio The One Doctor, starring Colin Baker, Bonnie Langford and TV’s Nero Christopher Biggins

Carry on Cleo (1964)

Pompeii (2014)

Spartacus (1960). The hilariously homoerotic scene Richard mentions can be found on YouTube, as an extract from the film The Celluloid Closet (1995).

The Web Planet

An excellent article on The Web Planet’s ratings and audience appreciation figures

A free book version of Paul Ernst’s Raid on the Termites on Project Gutenberg

Domingo Gonzales’s The Man in the Moone on Wikipedia

The incomparable Georges Méliès, inventor of special effects on film. His most famous film is La voyage dans la lune.

William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence (“God appears & God is light”)

New Age writer Eckhart Tolle

Carl Jung’s Animus and Anima

The Gaia Hypothesis, which was just beginning to be developed by James Lovelock at about the time that The Web Planet was first broadcast

The Big Finish audio Return to the Web Planet, starring Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton and Sam Kelly

The lovely Barbara Joss, who played Nemini. Her book My Left Breast: How Breast Cancer Transformed My Life is out of print, but you can read a review here.

The Crusade

Doctor Who and the Crusaders by David Whitaker (Amazon US) (Amazon UK).

More Wikipedia goodness: this time about Pope (Keith) Urban II, The Third Crusade, and Scheherazade.

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