Episode 33

A Beneficent God

Todd has given that helmic regulator quite a twist, I’m afraid, and we’ve found ourselves in the year 16,087, on a space station being menaced by bubble wrap and fibreglass ants. And still it’s one of the best Doctor Who stories to date. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Ark in Space.

Buy the story!

The Ark in Space Special Edition was released on DVD in 2013. (Amazon US)
(Amazon UK)

The novelisation, Doctor Who and the Ark in Space, written by Ian Marter himself, was re-released to celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary in 2013. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Links and notes

Fans of this story and of Revelation of the Daleks will enjoy a delicious serving of Soylent Green (1973). (Spoilers: It’s people.)

Sorry, dear listeners, we don’t have any pictures of Ian Marter being giantly muscular. And don’t think I didn’t spend time looking.

This article from the Darwin’s God blog discusses the life cycle of the ichneumon wasp and its impact on 19th-century theology.

J. V. McConnell, (1962) “Memory transfer through cannibalism in planarium”, Journal of Neuropsychiatry 3 suppl 1 542-548. (See, we can be academically rigorous if we put our minds to it.)

This article from the website of the American Psychological Association discusses the history of James McConnell’s article.

I’m not sure that Ridley Scott has ever actually admitted to ripping off this story in his film Alien (1979), but that hasn’t stopped people from speculating about the possibility.

We haven’t yet managed to upload Todd’s interview with Lis Sladen, but we promise we’re working on it. Keep an eye out for an announcement in the shownotes over the next few episodes. In the meantime, you can enjoy Lis Sladen’s second appearance in this 1972 episode of Z Cars, directed by The Underwater Menace’s Julia Smith.

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Episode 32

Quentin Crisp Duck Face

We have a new Doctor, and a new release schedule. In the first weekly episode of Flight Through Entirety, Brendan, Nathan, Richard and Todd, the sort of girls who give motorcars pet names, discuss Tom Baker’s first ever Doctor Who story, Robot. Please do not resist. We do not wish to cause you unnecessary pain.

Buy the story!

Robot was released on DVD in 2007. (Amazon US)
(Amazon UK)

Terrance Dicks’s novelisation, Doctor Who and the Giant Robot, is available as an audiobook, read by Tom Baker. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

Links and notes

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) has an emotional artificial person with a complex relationship with his creator. Coincidence?

Pearl White played the eponymous heroine in the 1914 film serial The Perils of Pauline. Apparently she never got tied to the railway tracks though.

Fans of terribly judgemental robots will enjoy Gort from George Pal’s The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).

Anyone appalled by Richard’s gingerphobia will perhaps be mollified by this video depicting Catherine Tate’s admission to the Ginger Hair Safe House.

If, like me, you’re disappointed that Miss Bassey won’t be singing the theme to the next Bond film, SPECTRE, you can console yourself by remembering the valiant It’s Got To Be Bassey campaign. Bless you, boys.

Some moments in this story are reminiscent of Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke’s second-season Avengers episode The Mauritius Penny, which exists on YouTube in its, er, entirety.

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Episode 31

One Knee Up For Pertwee

In yet another Very Special Episode, Todd joins Brendan, Richard and Nathan for a retrospective of the Pertwee Era. Liz, Jo or Sarah? Peladon, Spiridon or Exxilon? And, the most important question of all, which 70s sitcom would have been most improved if they’d only had the foresight to cast our very own Richard Stone?

Linx

We mention, with frank admiration, two novels by David McIntee: a Virgin Missing Adventure, [The Dark Path](http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/The_Dark_Path_(novel)), featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie, Victoria and the Master, as well as a BBC Past Doctor Adventure, [The Face of the Enemy](http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/The_Face_of_the_Enemy_(novel)), in which, while the Doctor and Jo are visiting Peladon, the UNIT team join up with Barbara and Ian to fight the Master.

Mark Gatiss reads the novelisation of Planet of the Daleks. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

Birds of Prey (2002) was a short-lived American TV series in which three female superheroes join with Batman’s butler to fight metahuman crime in New Gotham City. Which sounds fantastic, but isn’t, apparently.

There’s no need for you to watch Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal in Love Story (1970) now that Richard has given away the ending.

The Queen Spider pays a pivotal role in the appalling 2002 South Park episode Red Hot Catholic Love. She sounds like Eric Cartman doing an impression of the Great One: take a look.

Meanwhile, on the French and Saunders Shopping Channel, delightful demi-precious diamonique jewellery is selling like hot cakes!

Lis Sladen reads the novelisation of Planet of the Spiders. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

The sweet but awkward Lt Barclay makes the members of the Star Trek: The Next Generation crew look like horrible, horrible people in the Season 3 episode [Hollow Pursuits](http://en.memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Hollow_Pursuits_(episode)).

Geoffrey Beevers reads the novelisation of Colony in Space, Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

Fans of the very worst things imaginable will enjoy the robot dog from Battlestar Galactica (1978), which is, alarmingly, played by a chimp in a suit. You can read the appalling history of this character here.

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Episode 30

Evil Buddhists

In an alternately languid and lachrymose episode of Flight Through Entirety, Brendan, Richard and Nathan spend a hilarious 30 minutes moaning about The Monster of Peladon, before farewelling Jon Pertwee’s Doctor in Planet of the Spiders. Tears, Sarah Jane? Of course they are!

Buy the stories!

If, after everything we’ve just said, you want to revisit The Monster of Peladon, you’ll be delighted to learn that it was released as part of the box set Peladon Tales in the UK and Australia, and on its own in the US. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Planet of the Spiders was released on DVD in 2011. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Monster of Peladon

Well, we were too busy trashing the story to make any references to anything very much. Richard brings up ITC Entertainment, which was actually making good television at the time, but we’ve talked about it before. So why not enjoy Sue Perryman’s take on the story from the Wife in Space blog? She gives it 2 out of 10, which is sweet of her.

Oh, okay, and here’s a lovely picture of Vega Nexos. Check out that back hair!

Planet of the Spiders

Fans of the way Jon Pertwee shamelessly plagiarises things will enjoy the Buddha’s Flower Sermon again.

Here’s Jenny Laird’s obituary in the Guardian, from November 2001. A huge loss to the acting profession, apparently.

Gareth Hunt played Mike Gambit in The New Avengers in 1976–1977, while the role of Steed was played by Patrick Macnee in a corset.

Jon Pertwee’s final memoir I am the Doctor! was published postumously in 1996. It’s out of print, but still available for fabulous amounts of money. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Whodunnit? was a 1970s panel game show thing, which ran on for six seasons on ITV. A murder mystery was acted out, and the celebrity panellists would have to work the identity of the murderer. Jon Pertwee took over from Edward Woodward as compere at the start of the second season. You can get a taste of it from this clip on YouTube. The first five seasons have also been released on DVD.

Picks of the Week

Nathan

In the Trust Your Doctor podcast, Dylan and Kiyan work their way through every episode of Doctor Who, which sounds like an excellent idea for a podcast. Here’s Brendan and Nathan’s recent guest appearance, in which all four of us discuss [Last of the Gaderene](http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Last_of_the_Gaderene_(novel)) by Mark Gatiss.

Brendan

In the 1990s, BBC Radio released two new audio stories, written by Barry Letts and starring Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen and Nick Courtney. There were The Paradise of Death and The Ghosts of N-Space, both of which are available on iTunes.

Richard

In 1971, ITC released Jason King, starring Planet of Fire’s Peter Wyngarde as the dashing and indescribably ugly Jason. Buy it on DVD! (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

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Episode 29

Sand in Your Parrinium

So, we’ve changed the desktop theme, and we’re ready to start on the delightful Jon Pertwee’s final year on Doctor Who, as we discuss the first three stories of Season 11: The Time Warrior, Invasion of the Dinosaurs and Death to the Daleks. Oh, beshrew me, but I grow fond of this fellow!

Buy the stories!

The Time Warrior was released on DVD in 2007/2008, including an option to watch a version of the story with acceptable special effects. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Invasion of the Dinosaurs, sadly, has no such option. It was released as part of the UNIT Files box set in 2012. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

And finally, Death to the Daleks was released on DVD in 2012. So there’s that. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Time Warrior

Mark Gatiss and Katy Manning are among the contributors to the BBC Radio 4 documentary Black Aquarius, which discusses the wave of interest in the occult which washed over British popular culture in the 1970s. Or if that’s no longer available, fans of the 1970s might enjoy Cilla Black singing Aquarius instead.

I searched and searched for the interview with Peter Cushing posted on our Facebook page by friend-of-the-podcast John Edwards Davies. But I couldn’t find it. In the meantime, here’s Peter Cushing being interviewed about the Hammer Horror films by Terry Wogan in 1988.

Brendan mentions John Dorney’s audio drama Special Features, which is a single-episode story released by Big Finish as part of The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories.

Moonbase 3 was a BBC science-fiction series designed to be Terrance Dicks and Barry Letts’s escape route from Doctor Who. Dr Elizabeth Sandifer is less than impressed with it.

Like Linx, Eddie Izzard is aware of the importance of having a flag when conquering new territories.

Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Here’s Barry Letts hating on the dinosaurs from Invasion of the Dinosaurs.

I wish I could find John Molyneux’s video of dinosaurs snogging to the tune of Je t’aime, but just I can’t. I remember seeing it in the 90s, and it was superb. Anyone who knows where it is, please, please, let me know the URL and I promise I’ll post it.

Here’s a hilarious (and somewhat racist) taste of the Disney classic One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1975), starring, oh, okay, featuring television’s Jon Pertwee.

Fans of truly terrible things will enjoy this clip from Blue Peter in 1974, featuring the Whomobile, Jon Pertwee and Peter Purvis.

The novelisation of this story is called The Dinosaur Invasion, and it’s brilliant. It was originally released in 1976 with a fab pop-art cover by Chris Achilleos, and then it was re-released in 1978 with a more conventional cover by Jeff Cummins. You can compare the two here. The audiobook is read by Martin Jarvis, and it’s great as well. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

Death to the Daleks

We discussed Erich Von Däniken’s crazy Chariots of the Gods? a few episodes back. This story, with its tales of Exxilon astronauts building pyramids in Peru, is not the last time that this book will be relevant.

Fans of romping adventure romps will enjoy She, by H. Rider Haggard, first published in 1886. Fans of Ursula Andress will enjoy the film version starring Ursula Andress, first released in 1965.

Nathan was right. Famously terrible British novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton was responsible for the opening line “It was a dark and stormy night”. Fans of terrible opening lines will enjoy the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Fans of somewhat shorter opening lines will enjoy Adam Cadre’s Little Lytton Contest.

And here’s some more exuberant crossplay from Brendan. SEE Bonnie Langford seeing Brendan dressed as Bonnie Langford!

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Episode 28

You’re Not Katharine Hepburn

In a heartbreaking series finale, Brendan, Todd and Nathan say goodbye to Katy Manning, as we discuss naked aliens, two-syllable names, dog-headed maggots and patronising the Welsh. That’s right: it’s Planet of the Daleks and The Green Death. Goodbye, Jo. You were fantastic.

Buy the stories!

Planet of the Daleks was released in 2009/2010 as part of the Dalek War box set. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Green Death: Special Edition was released on DVD in (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Planet of the Daleks

Mark Gatiss gets to read his very favourite Target novelisation, Terrance Dicks’s Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks. Which is nice. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

David Graham was once of the original Daleks way back in 1964. In 2015, at the age of 88, he reprises his role as Lady Penelope’s chauffer Parker in Thunderbirds Are Go. You can see the trailer for it here.

The Seventh Doctor returns to deal with the frozen Dalek army in the Big Finish audio Return of the Daleks.

Brendan mentions a very rude re-edit of Jon Pertwee reading the Planet of the Daleks novelisation. It’s by the Doctor Who Breastoration Team, so you’ve been warned.

And here’s a comparison of the 1976 cover of Terrance Dicks’s novelisation and Clayton Hickman’s loving tribute to it for the 2009 DVD release.

The Green Death

Rachael Carson’s 1962 novel Silent Spring talks about the damage caused to the environment by the use of pesticides. We talked about it when we discussed Planet of the Giants, oh, so long ago. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The giant flying bird feet on Metebelis 3 reminds Brendan of the worst monster fight ever in a Godzilla movie. Watch it: it makes Planet of the Dinosaurs look like Jurassic Park III.

Harry Mudd and Captain Kirk explode an android’s brain using the Liar’s Paradox in the 1967 Star Trek episode I, Mudd.

And, of course, here’s Peter Cushing Lives in Whitstable by the Jellybottys.

Picks of the Week

Todd

Todd picked the Sarah Jane Adventures season 4 serial The Death of the Doctor. It’s a DVD extra on The Green Death: Special Edition, so you might already have a copy without even realising it!

Brendan

The Big Finish Companion Chronicle Find and Replace, features Katy Manning playing both a future Jo Grant and the inimitable Iris Wildthyme.

Nathan

In 2015, Russell T Davies had three linked shows on Channel 4 in the UK: Cucumber, Banana and Tofu. Cucumber follows the story of Henry Best, a 46-year-old gay man living in Manchester, Banana is an anthology show, mostly featuring younger queer characters from Cucumber, and Tofu consists of actors from the other two shows and ordinary people discussing issues of sex and sexuality.

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Episode 27

Bessie Doesn’t Say Very Much

It’s the Doctor’s tenth birthday, but we get the presents, as we discuss non-existent Time Lord heroes, the inestimable Cheryl Hall, and large and savage reptiles in The Three Doctors, Carnival of Monsters and Frontier in Space. Thank you Miss Grant, we’ll let you know!

Buy the stories!

The Three Doctors was released as a Special Edition in 2012 — by itself in the US (Amazon US), and as part of the Revisitations 3 box set in the UK and Australia (Amazon UK).

Similarly, Carnival of Monsters was released in 2012 — by itself in the US (Amazon US), and as part of the Revisitations 2 box set in the UK and Australia (Amazon UK).

Frontier in Space was released in 2009/2010 as part of the Dalek War box set. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Three Doctors

Guy Crayford, from The Android Invasion, is famous for never looking under his eyepatch to discover that his eye isn’t actually missing. Is he as careless about his personal appearance as Omega is?

The Gell Guards look like a slightly more cuddly version of Sigmund the Sea Monster, a horrifying Saturday morning TV show from the 70s by the equally horrifying Sid and Marty Krofft.

Fans of Chris Achilleos will be appalled by the similarities between his cover for the Three Doctors novelisation and the cover of Fantastic Four issue 49.

The Fifth and the Tenth Doctor team up for the 2007 Children in Need special, Time Crash.

Carnival of Monsters

I think we’ve mentioned the Bechdel test before, as a back-of-the-envelope way of assessing the sexism of a film or TV show. Here’s an analysis of how Doctor Who has stood up to the Bechdel test over the last 50 years or so.

Fans of inexplicable time paradoxes that drive Todd crazy will enjoy the first Big Finish Paul McGann audio Storm Warning, which features the real-life doomed airship R101, and its only survivor, India Fisher’s Charley Pollard.

Frontier in Space

Fans of the Hammond Organ will enjoy the Doctor Who theme: Delaware version.

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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Todd is @toddbeilby and Nathan is @nathanbottomley. You can follow the podcast on Twitter as @FTEpodcast.

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Episode 26

Flouncy Trouncy Bouncy Busty

And it’s time for the end of Season 9 of Doctor Who, and so Brendan, Richard and Nathan explore the weighty themes of colonialism and utter nonsense, as we discuss The Mutants and The Time Monster. Simmer down, Stu!

Buy the stories!

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

The Time Monster was relesed in the US in 2010 (Amazon US). In the UK and Australia, it was only released as part of the Myths and Legends Box Set, which also includes the rightfully unloved Underworld and The Horns of Nimon, which I secretly quite like. Shut up. (Amazon UK)

The Mutants

The Marshal of Solos is eerily reminiscent of everyone’s favourite wartime reactionary cartoon character, Colonel Blimp.

We haven’t mentioned this for a while, so I guess it’s time for About Time by Tat Wood. His Pertwee volume is in its second edition, with heaps more information, and, sadly, heaps less Lawrence Miles. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

Fans of the glowy rainbow cave on Solos will also enjoy William Blake’s watercolours. Fans of William Blake’s watercolours will also enjoy Elizabeth Sandifer’s crazy Blakean review of The Three Doctors.

The Time Lords’ box is eerily reminiscent of Nathan and Richard’s beloved childhood toy, the wonderfully-named Tupperware Shape-O-Ball.

And, of course, the question on everyone’s lips: Why didn’t the Eagles just drop the One Ring into Mount Doom?

The Time Monster

In his conversation with Jo in episode 6, Pertwee shamelessly plagiarises the Buddha’s Flower Sermon.

Princess Peach becomes the hero in Super Princess Peach, overcoming her enemies with the power of her womanly emotions. Her tiresome habit of being kidnapped so that she can be rescued by Mario is deconstructed in Tropes vs Women in Video Games, Damsel in Distress (Part 1).

Cat People (1942) is an early horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur. You can watch the scary stalking scene mentioned by Brendan here. You can watch the entire film here, and its sequel, The Curse of the Cat People (1944), here.

Fans of the new TARDIS console room will enjoy redirecorating their houses with furtinure designs by Cappellini and Luigi Colani.

Picks of the Week!

Nathan

Sandifer’s final TARDIS Eruditorum entry on Silence in the Library takes the form of a 100,000 word history of Doctor Who. Brilliant.

Richard

The Curse of Peladon novelisation is out of print, and it’s not available as an ebook either. (And why on Earth not?) However, the audiobook is available, narrated by David Troughton. (Audible US) (Audible UK)

Brendan

Reeltime Pictures has rebranded, and it is now selling its video back catalogue as Time Travel TV. Mythmakers #73, which is a 45-minute interview with Robert Sloman can be found here.

We have a competition!

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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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Todd is @toddbeilby and Nathan is @nathanbottomley. Richard is only available in real life. You can follow the podcast on Twitter as @FTEpodcast.

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Episode 25

A Hessian Sack Full of Candy Canes

It’s the start of Season 9, and so it’s time for Brendan, Richard and Nathan to grow a terrorist moustache or stick on a military-issue UNIT one and settle back with a sardonic wine and a runny brie to watch Day of the Daleks, The Curse of Peladon and The Sea Devils. Oh, Centauri, stop it!

Buy the stories!

Day of the Daleks was released in 2011 as a Special Edition DVD, with an excitingly remastered version which we discuss in the episode. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

In the UK and Australia, The Curse of Peladon was released in 2010 as part of the decreasingly impressive Peladon Tales Boxset (Amazon UK). It was released separately in the US. (Amazon US)

Again, in the UK and Australia, The Sea Devils was released in 2008 as part of the Beneath the Surface Boxset (Amazon UK). It was released separately in the US. (Amazon US)

Day of the Daleks

Once again, here are some photos of Brendan dressed as Katy Manning from Day of the Daleks.

And there’s that old Vulcan saying: Only Nixon could go to China.

Earlier this month, Australian activist group Beyond Green responded to Attorney-General George Brandis’s plan to save details about every Australian’s online activity, by suggesting that we should CC him into every email conversation we have.

(Not that) Louis Marx was responsible for a range of toy Daleks in the 1960s, some of which later found their way into the programme to represent armies of Daleks that the production could actually afford. (See, among others, Planet of the Daleks.)

Here’s Clayton Hickman’s tweet about the poor condition of the Dalek props in Day of the Daleks.

You won’t want to miss Aubrey Woods singing The Candyman Can from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971).

Brendan mentions Flight of the Darned, by farmageddon71, the person behind the 1990s special edition of The Five Doctors. No spoilers, but stop whatever you’re doing right now and watch it immediately.

Here’s Sean Pertwee dressed up as his father dressed up as the Doctor for Halloween 2014.

The Curse of Peladon

The Radio Times review of The Curse of Peladon has a lovely publicity shot of Katy Manning complete with a stray hair roller. (Katy claims that these were actually shots from rehearsals rather than specially-staged publicity shots.)

Arcturus, apparently, went on to have a prolific television career, starring as Bernard, part of Queen Asphyxia’s triple husbandoid, in Blackadder’s Christmas Carol.

I am proud to announce that I have been unable to find all of Alpha Centauri’s appearance on The Black and White Minstrel Show, although a brief clip can be seen here, as part of BabelColour’s brilliant Every Doctor Who Story video.

The Sea Devils

Here are some lovely episodes of The Clangers for you to enjoy.

We have a competition!

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.

Follow us

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Episode 24

Punching Terry Walsh in the Face

Brendan, Nathan and Todd return to space after a two-year absence in our last episode on Jon Pertwee’s second season. It’s time to don a hippie frock and visit Colony in Space, and then take a relaxing two-week holiday on location at a sleepy country village beset by The Dæmons!

Buy the stories!

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

The Dæmons was released on DVD in 2012. (Amazon US)
(Amazon UK)

(That was dull. Sorry.)

Colony in Space

The Good Life stars The Chief Caretaker and Lady Clemency Eddison as lovable middle-class eccentrics who decide, much like this story’s colonists, to opt out of the capitalist rat-race and live self-sufficiently. You can find Vyvyan’s take on the programme here.

Hornets’ Nest is a five-story audio drama series starring Tom Baker, Richard Franklin as Mike Yates and Captain Dent’s almost-henchwoman Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey. You can watch the official trailer for the series here.

The Dæmons

Fans of weirdly incorrectly used Latin pronouns will enjoy this dictionary entry for the word qui quae quod. Doctor Which?

Fans of sleepy English villages with a dark secret will enjoy the 1967 novel Ritual and its film adaptation The Wicker Man (1973), as well as the 1967 novel The Owl Service and its 1969 ITV adaptation. Fans of things that are fabulous will enjoy watching the entire Avengers episode Murdersville for free online somehow.

Fans of crackpot theories about human mythology being inspired by aliens will enjoy Erich Von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods?

Picks of the week

Brendan

The story of Liz Shaw and the Doctor continues in the Big Finish Companion Chronicle The Sentinels of the New Dawn.

Nathan

The Randomiser, again, obviously.

Check out this excellent new Doctor Who blog Crater of Needles, and follow it on Twitter at @CraterOfNeedles. It’s edited by Stephen Wood, who can be found on Twitter at @StephenWood_UK.

Todd

The Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe return to Axos in the Big Finish audio The Feast of Axos.

We have a competition!

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.

Follow us

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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.

Buy the stories!

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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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.

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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.

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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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