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Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast

Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast
Description:
Brendan, Richard, Todd and Nathan discuss the entire history of Doctor Who, season by season.

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Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast Statistics
Episodes:
103
Average Episode Duration:
56:28
Longest Episode Duration:
2:38:22
Total Duration of all Episodes:
4 days, 0 hours, 56 minutes and 40 seconds
Earliest Episode:
18 May 2017 (4:09pm GMT)
Latest Episode:
14 May 2017 (9:46am GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
9 days, 12 hours, 26 minutes and 24 seconds

Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast Episodes

  • Episode 110: The Demeter Seed Game

    14 May 2017 (9:46am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 50 minutes and 46 seconds

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    After the stressful events of last week, we've decided to treat ourselves to a luxury cruise. Brendan's working out in a pink tracksuit, Todd's playing Galaxian and terrorising the waitress, and Nathan's hanging around the communications room with an axe. And, in order to protect a secret hidden on the space liner, one of us will become a murderer. And there are Vervoids, of course.

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    Terror of the Vervoids was (again) released as part of the Trial of a Time Lord box set in 2008/2009. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    Originally considered for this slot in the Trial was a story called Paradise 5, by P J Hammond. It has since been adapted for audio by Big Finish as part of its Lost Stories range.

    Michael Craig, who is this story's Beryl Reid, later went on to star as Dr William Sharp in the ABC drama series GP, set in a medical practice in inner-city Sydney.

    This story has no Script Editor credit at all, because Eric Saward has ragequit the show. So let's link to his pungent Starburst interview one more time.

    Here's are some future Colin Baker stories that the Doctor probably should have chosen to present as evidence instead: The Marian Conspiracy, Arrangements for War and The One Doctor. (More of which later.)

    Bonnie Langford brings a dark past to her time on the show. She played Violet Elizabeth Bott in the Just William television series in 1976 and 1977. You can see some of her very early work here. (Don't skip this one. You really need to click on that link.)

    You can find a detailed account of Noel Coward's cruel remarks about Bonnie Langford here, including another quip that we didn't mention.

    Sciencey murderer Doland is played by Malcolm Tierney, who played horrific northern Tory Patrick Woolton in the original British House of Cards (1990).

    The Brink of Death

    The Colin Baker Era is about to meet an untimely end, but Colin's Sixth Doctor lives on very successfully in the Big Finish audios. So to round out our appreciation of the era, we're planning a Very Special Episode in which we discuss some of Colin's audio highlights.

    If you want to prepare for this episode, here are the stories you should listen to.

    • Jubilee, by Rob Shearman.
    • The One Doctor, by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman.
    • Doctor Who and the Pirates, by Jacqueline Rayner.
    • The Brink of Death, by Nicholas Briggs, the final story in The Last Adventure box set.
    He just likes to irritate people

    There's still time for you to vote for a Tom Baker story for the four of us to talk all over for our next commentary episode. Just pop over to last week's shownotes and cast your vote.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll break into your hotel bathroom while you're out and fart copiously in the shower.

    Bondfinger

    Over on Bondfinger, we've already dusted off the Nintendo 64 in preparation for the Piers Brosnan era. In the meantime, you can still catch up on our commentaries on both films of the Timothy Dalton era.

    Of course, we also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 109: Dark Colours

    7 May 2017 (12:30pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 53 minutes and 3 seconds

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    It's been a few years now, so it's time to cynically murder another one of the Doctor's companions. Which is why we spend a lot of time talking about what's great about this story. It's episodes 5 to 8 of The Trial of a Time Lord -- Mindwarp.

    There's Always a Choice

    You've waited long enough: it's time for you to vote for a Tom Baker story for our next commentary podcast. It's just like the British General Election, only not horrendous.

    Your name (or an unconvincing pseudonym) * Your choice * The Hand of Fear (Richard) The Sun Makers (Brendan) The Stones of Blood (Todd) The Horns of Nimon (Nathan)

    Thanks for your choice. We'll be announcing the results soon. Until then, enjoy the Colin Baker era.

    Buy the story!

    Mindwarp was (unsurprisingly) released as part of the Trial of a Time Lord box set in 2008/2009. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    Not much to say here, but Nathan makes a reference to Peri being "fridged". You can find the TV Tropes entry on fridging here.

    Moments later, he namechecks another trope when he talks about "lampshading" the convenient arrival of a new companion. It's just tropes tropes tropes tropes tropes this week.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll do something so horrifically cynical that it completely ruins the best TV show of your entire childhood.

    Bondfinger

    Over on Bondfinger, we've finally reached the end of the entire Timothy Dalton era, with our recently-released commenary on Licence to Kill. Fans of Timothy Dalton will also enjoy our commentary on The Living Daylights.

    Of course, we also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 108: I'm Supposed to Be Cross

    30 April 2017 (2:22am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 56 minutes and 35 seconds

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    This week, Brendan, Nathan and Todd go for a lovely walk in a rain-drenched forest, only to find themselves dragged halfway across the galaxy by the Time Lords and placed on trial to answer for their crimes. It's Parts 1 to 4 of the longest Doctor Who story ever -- The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet.

    Buy the story!

    The Mysterious Planet was released as part of the Trial of a Time Lord box set in 2008/2009. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    Trials and Tribulations is a 55-minute documentary covering the production problems that plagued the Colin Baker era, and the 1985 cancellation in particular. Do not miss this.

    After leaving the show in 1986, Eric Saward gave an interview to Starburst magazine, in which he mounted an attack on John Nathan-Turner. It's an eyewatering read.

    In 1989, Jon Pertwee starred in a Doctor Who stage play called The Ultimate Adventure. During the run, Colin Baker took over in a somewhat less horrific version of his TV costume.

    Fans of Mollie Sugden as Mrs Slocombe will undoubtedly enjoy watching her trapped on a spaceship in the year 2050 in BBC sitcom Come Back Mrs Noah (1977).

    In this story, whiskerless youth Balazar is played by Adam Blackwood. Blackwood can also be seen playing Tok in Season 4 Blakes 7 episode Assassin, in which he is bidding on slaves at the behest of Natratof of Gourimpest. He also plays Barmy Fotheringay Phipps in various episodes of Jeeves and Wooster. Most surprisingly, he is the voice of James Bond himself in the 2001 videogame 007: Agent Under Fire. You can get an idea of what he's like in this video on YouTube.

    In a nearby parallel universe, Glitz and Dibber were played by French and Saunders. Which is as good an excuse as any to link to this video of the two of them playing extras on the set of Trial of a Time Lord. You can also see them in the BBC sitcom Girls on Top (1985).

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll keep interrupting your day to comment irritatingly on everything you've just been doing.

    Bondfinger

    Over on Bondfinger Bondfinger, we just released the first of a series of commentaries on the Timothy Dalton Bond film, in which we discuss The Living Daylights. We'll be releasing our commentary on Licence to Kill next weekend.

    Of course, we also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 107: Don't Do It Again, Todd

    22 April 2017 (10:54pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 4 minutes and 8 seconds

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    The walls between realities were fairly porous back in 1986, which is why we find ourselves this week in a terrifying parallel universe where the Hiatus never happened, and the original plans for Season 23 actually came to fruition. Beware.

    Buy the stories!

    Here are the four stories that we spend most of our time discussing:

    • The novel of Slipback was published in 1987, but it's now out of print. It's still available in its original form as an audiobook. (Audible US) (Audible UK) (Audible AU)
    • The Nightmare Fair was first published as a novel in 1989, and is long since out of print. The Big Finish audio version was recorded in 2009.
    • The Ultimate Evil was also published as a novel in 1989. It's nearly impossible to find. Sadly, Big Finish have been unable to persuade Wally K. Daly to let them produce an audio version. Sorry, Brendan.
    • Mission to Magnus was published as a novel in 1990. Like the rest of these books, it's now out of print. The Big Finish audio version was recorded in 2009.

    We also mention these Big Finish lost story adaptations:

    • The Song of Megaptera by Pat Mills
    • The Hollows of Time by Christopher H. Bidmead
    • Point of Entry by Barbara Clegg and Marc Platt
    • The Guardians of Prophecy by Johnny Byrne
    • Power Play by Gary Hopkins
    • The Macros by Ingrid Pitt and Tony Rudlin
    • Paradise 5 by PJ Hammond & Andy Lane
    • Leviathan by Brian & Paul Finch
    • The First Sontarans by Andrew Smith
    Todd's dream Season 23

    If you're willing to let Todd into your head, why not try listening to his dream Season 23, the stories he wishes had been produced had the Hiatus never happened?

    • The Nightmare Fair
    • The Song of Megaptera
    • Leviathan
    • Slipback (US) (UK) (AU)
    • The First Sontarans
    • The Macros
    • The Hollows of Time (possibly)
    Notes and links

    Fans of genuinely funny and brilliant radio comedy featuring wacky computers and morose robots will enjoy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, particularly the first radio series. (Audible US) (Audible UK) (Audible AU)

    Slipback's two computer voices are played by Jane Carr, who plays bald Centauri alien Timov Moralli in a number of Babylon 5 episodes, including Soul Mates. She also plays Malcolm Reed's mother on Enterprise. In that role, she actually has hair, which just goes to show how impressive her range is.

    One of Slipback's computer voices is hideously reminiscent of the presenter of the 1990s Australian children's programme, Mulligrubs. Take a look here, if you dare.

    Fans of the Planet of Women trope will enjoy the reference to the planet Cygnet XIV in the Star Trek episode Tomorrow is Yesterday, in which Captain Kirk is annoyed to find the Enterprise computer flirting with him after its overhaul at the hands of that planet's engineers.

    Whether you like it or not

    We have only one (or four) stories left to cover in the Colin Baker era. And because we can't bear to say goodbye to him so soon, we're planning a Very Special Episode about some of Colin's best Big Finish audios. To prepare for that episode, you might like to listen to these audio stories:

    • Jubilee, by Rob Shearman.
    • The One Doctor, by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman.
    • Doctor Who and the Pirates, by Jacqueline Rayner.
    • The Brink of Death, by Nicholas Briggs, which is the final story in The Last Adventure box set.
    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll release a horrifying charity single berating you for failing to do so.

    Bondfinger

    Meanwhile, over at Bondfinger, we have finally arrived at the Rassilon Era, with Timothy Dalton's first film as Bond, The Living Daylights.

    Of course, we also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available as well. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 106: El Comentario del Mundo

    12 March 2017 (8:26pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 2 hours, 24 minutes and 49 seconds

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    In an eventful podcast recording, interrupted by bomb explosion, affected by earthquakes, and ruined by interference in the kitchen, all four of us talk all over the recently-discovered Troughton classic, The Enemy of the World.

    Michael Grade just phoned, and he's cancelled rested the podcast, so we'll be back in a month's time for The Trial of a Time Lord.

    I had to vote for someone

    Our Pertwee Commentary poll closes next Saturday, so go straight to the shownotes for Episode 103 and cast your vote. It's your democratic duty, you know.

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    The Enemy of the World was released in 2013/2014. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    You might not want to spend 144 precious minutes of your life listening to us blathering on about this fabulous story, so why not go back many years to listen to Episode 15: Internal Pink Wobbly Bits? In that episode, we discuss the newly-discovered The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll take over the world and use our nefarious genius to produce food for the entire population, like the monsters we are.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    And, of course, you should all take the time to revisit Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, in which Brendan summarises all the stories from the first seven seasons of Doctor Who while wearing a distractingly tight T-shirt. New episodes are on their way, so make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel so that you are immediately notified when Brendan uploads the next episode.

    Bondfinger

    This commentary totally counts as our Bondfinger for this month (shut up!), which means that our commentary on The Living Daylights (1987) will be up in early April. But it will be worth the wait, probably.

    In the meantime, we have a range of Rodgecasts online, and other Bonds are also available, of course. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 105: Famous Miserable Bastard

    10 March 2017 (9:07am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 55 minutes and 0 seconds

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    It's the end of the season, so we decide to head over to Necros for a delicious meal of synthetic protein, which is at least more palatable than the rather pungent protein for sale on Delta Magna. Everyone on this planet seems to be getting on so well, and the direction is lovely, so this can only be Revelation of the Daleks.

    And I voted against that, thank you very much

    Our Pertwee Commentary poll is still open, so go to the shownotes for Episode 103 and make your voice heard. which Pertwee story do you want us to talk all over in an upcoming commentary episode?

    Buy the story!

    Revelation of the Daleks was released on DVD in 2005/2006. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    Nathan identifies two well-chosen influences on this story. The first is last year's The Caves of Androzani, which we talk about at length in Episode 97: Men Manning and Being Men at Each Other. The second is much better: Evelyn Waugh's horrifically black satire of both American and English culture: The Loved One. Read it.

    This episode, we hear Part II of Brendan's anecdote about Colin Baker's appearance on Blakes 7 in the brilliant Chris Boucher episode City at the Edge of the World.

    Famously miserable bastard Clive Swift is horribly cruel to all of us in a DWM interview about his role in Doctor Who's highest-rated episode Voyage of the Damned. Read it, and feel terribly bad about your love of Doctor Who, if you have one.

    Picks of the week Brendan

    Brendan sneakily mentions his contribution to Hating to Love: Re-Evaluating the 52 Worst Doctor Who Stories of All Time. So buy that. But for him, the main course is Totally Tasteless: The life of John Nathan-Turner, a new edition of Richard Marson's outrageous biography of the last producer of Doctor Who's classic series.

    Nathan

    Nathan just can't resist recommending a brutally insightful and totally negative review of the DVD release of the Two Doctors by genius polymath Dr Graham Nelson.

    Among many other much more significant achievements, Nelson is responsible for a scathing review of Blakes 7 Series 3. He is also the creator of Inform, a computer language for authoring text adventures, based on a subtle and clever understanding of how natural language works.

    Todd

    Todd just wants you all to watch Season 22 again. The sentimental old thing.

    What are you, a comedian?

    Colin may not have been a resounding success on television (quiet, Todd!), but he has gone on to be one of the most successful actors to play the role in the Big Finish audios. To celebrate this achievement, we're planning to spend an upcoming episode discussing these Colin Baker Big Finish stories.

    • Jubilee, by Rob Shearman.
    • The One Doctor, by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman.
    • Doctor Who and the Pirates, by Jacqueline Rayner.
    • The Brink of Death, by Nicholas Briggs. This is the final part of The Last Adventure, a series of four linked hour-long adventures culminating in a spectacular regeneration scene, even better than the television version featuring Sylvester McCoy in an unconvincing wig.

    (In spite of last week's shownotes, we won't be covering Criss-Cross, but it's still very much worth listening to, apparently.)

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we might even gun down your secretary. And you know how difficult it is to find good secretaries.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Post-production is well underway on the next few episodes of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, which is terribly exciting. In the meantime, make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel, so that you are informed immediately when the new episodes becomes available.

    Bondfinger

    We have been completely unable to locate 007, who is probably off in Gibraltar or Bratislava or somewhere completely fictional like Isthmus or Oz or Narnia or something. And so our commentary on The Living Daylights (1987) has been unavoidably delayed.

    In the meantime, we have a range of Rodgecasts online, and other Bonds are also available, of course. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 104: Planet Zog

    26 February 2017 (8:45am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 51 minutes and 50 seconds

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    Our vast Flight Through Entirety budget for this season has now run out completely, so this week we're just hanging out in some dingy corridors listlessly rebelling against things for no reason. It's here, it's lame -- it's Timelash.

    Welcome to voting cubicle three thirty

    Our poll is still open: just head over to the shownotes for Episode 103 and cast your vote for the Pertwee story you would like us to ruin for you forever in an upcoming commentary episode. We're in Australia here, so voting is compulsory.

    Buy the story!

    Timelash was released on DVD in 2007/2008. But you'd really be better of spending your money on plutonium and cigarettes (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    Inspired by the events of this story, H. G. Wells will go on to create modern SF, probably, with classics like The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Invisible Man, and with more terrible books like The Food of the Gods and In the Days of the Comet.

    Fans of guest stars coming on to a science fiction programme and completely upstaging the lead will enjoy Colin Baker's performance as Bayban in the Blakes 7 episode City at the Edge of the World.

    At the start of the Virgin Missing Adventure Speed of Flight by Paul Leonard, the Doctor plans to take Jo Grant and Mike Yates to Karfel for an exciting adventure of some kind.

    This story's composer, Elizabeth Parker, was previously responsible for special sound on Blakes 7 from Season 2 onwards. She may have provided the music for Duel; she seems definitely to have provided the music for Gambit. She will go on to have resounding success with the music for David Attenborough's The Living Planet.

    How did we all react the last time the Loch Ness Monster appeared in Doctor Who? Listen to Episode 37: A Shaved Mr Snuffleupagus to find out.

    Todd is horrified to learn that Brendan enjoyed Star Trek: The Next Generation bottle show Where Silence Has Lease.

    In a nearby parallel universe where Timelash was never made, this week's episode of Flight Through Entirety covers either Leviathan or The Song of the Space Whale.

    And a very loud voice

    We can't get enough Colin Baker, of course, and so in an upcoming episode we plan to talk about some of his work for Big Finish.

    If you want to prepare, here's a list of the audios we plan to cover.

    • Jubilee, by Rob Shearman
    • The One Doctor, by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman
    • Doctor Who and the Pirates, by Jacqueline Rayner
    • Criss-Cross, by Matt Fitton
    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll simply come and take the grain. Don't make us come over there.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Brendan has been hard at work in the studio this week, which means that it won't be too long before we get to see another episode of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds. While you wait, you can still watch all of the previous episodes, in which Brendan summarises 51 Doctor Who stories in no more than 10 seconds each. Make sure you subscribe to his YouTube channel, so that you are informed immediately when the Season 8 episode becomes available.

    Bondfinger

    We were so gutted by Rodge's wildly premature departure from the Bond franchise, that we've been unable to bring ourselves to watch his successor in the role. Is he any good?

    But, our duty to Queen and Country compels us to continue, which means that Bondfinger will return with our commentary on The Living Daylights (1987).

    In the meantime, we have a range of Rodgecasts online, and other Bonds are also available, of course. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 103: Let's Stick Something in It

    20 February 2017 (7:46pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 0 minutes and 10 seconds

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    This week, most of us are delighted to be served a delicious meal of lobsters, clams, and squid, brains in white sauce, two whole suckling pigs, a ham with figs, eight steaks, and Robert Holmes at his most cynical. Welcome back, Pat, for The Two Doctors.

    Governor's punch-in vote tonight

    It's time for you all to step up and vote for a story for us to cover in our upcoming Pertwee commentary episode. Please consider your vote carefully. These things can often go so horribly wrong.

    Voting in the FTE Pertwee commentary poll has now closed. In this poll, our listeners made a choice between Spearhead from Space, The Mutants, The Two Doctors and Death to the Daleks. The winner, with 35% of the vote, was Death to the Daleks.

    Buy the story!

    The Two Doctors was released on DVD in 2003/2004. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    Fans of tropes tropes tropes tropes tropes tropes will enjoy the way that Anita hints flamboyantly at the Final Girl trope. Fans of tropes generally will definitely enjoy TV Tropes, the Internet's repository of all of the world's tropes, apart from Word Peril and the Exposition Coma, obviously.

    People who hate the Doctor's costume in this era (we know who you are) will enjoy this CD cover that features the Doctor's fabulous waistcoat from The Two Doctors, created by Deviant Artist Hisi79 for The Red House, one of the four audio stories that make up the Big Finish ultimate Sixth Doctor box set, The Last Adventure.

    Richard Marsden has recently released a second edition of his biography of Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner. Now called Totally Tasteless: The Life of John Nathan-Turner, it includes a new chapter chronicling the drama that accompanied the first edition's release. And it's not available as an ebook, for no good reason.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or our whining importunity will acidise your digestive juices. And who knows what you'll do after that?

    Bondfinger

    Bondfinger will return with our first foray into the Timothy Dalton era (sploosh!) some time in the coming weeks.

    In the meantime, we have a range of Rodgecasts online, and other Bonds are also available, of course. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 102: Much More Convincing than the Luke Tree

    12 February 2017 (11:48am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 41 minutes and 13 seconds

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    None of us have slept for weeks, and our exposure to Twitter has taught us that technological progress must be resisted at all costs. So join in with us as we smash the machines and discuss The Mark of the Rani.

    Buy the story!

    The Mark of Rani was released on DVD in 2006. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    Spy vs Spy was a long-running wordless comic strip which featured for decades in MAD Magazine.

    Fans of period drama where the principals aren't wearing the most horrific clothes possible will enjoy The Pallisers and When the Boat Comes In.

    Brendan mentions Cornell, Day and Topping's opinion on this story's rubber trees in their Discontinuity Guide entry on this story.

    Before taking on the role of the Doctor, Colin Baker was most famous for his role as Paul Merroney in The Brothers, which ran from 1972 to 1976, and also featured television's fabulous Kate O'Mara.

    Horrifically, Bic pens for women were actually a real thing. Here's Ellen's take on the topic.

    For those of you who don't live and breathe the history of Doctor Who, Michael Grade was Controller of BBC One in 1985. In February of that year, he announced that Doctor Who was cancelled; later on, he announced instead that it would be "rested" for eighteen months.

    Brendan, who was basically born to find redemptive readings for the worst Doctor Who stories ever, is a major contributor to the newly-published, Hating to Love: Re-evaluating the 52 Worst Doctor Who Stories of All Time, which is available in all good bookstores everywhere. And on the Kindle.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll OMG THE MASTER ACTUALLY KILLED A DOG IN THIS STORY. I JUST CAN'T EVEN.

    Bondfinger

    Bondfinger is back for the new year with our final Rodgecast, a commentary on A View to a Kill. We will be embarking on the sexy Welsh period of the Bond franchise as soon as we can possibly manage it.

    A full range of Rodgecasts are also available, from Live and Let Die to Octopussy. Other Bonds are also available, of course. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 101: Cardboard and Wooden

    5 February 2017 (10:48am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 59 minutes and 39 seconds

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    Trapped in a futuristic dystopia run by crazed B-grade reality television stars, Brendan, Nathan and Todd attempt to take their mind off things by watching the remarkably vengeance-free Vengeance of Varos.

    Buy the story!

    Vengeance of Varos was originally released very early on: in 2001 in the UK, in 2002 in Australia, and in 2003 in the US. Mercifully, a special edition of the story was released in 2012. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    Todd draws a deft comparison between this story and Gogglebox, a television programme on Channel 4 in which we get to watch various households watching various other television programmes. There's an Australian version as well.

    In Australia, this season of 45-minute episodes was broadcast in a 25-minute timeslot, which led to some horrifically bad cliffhangers. The worst of these will be horribly evident next week.

    Nigel Kneale, creator of Quatermass and conservative grandpa angry about the way the nurses keep moving his pills, was the creator of The Year of the Sex Olympics, which depicts a future where the elites pacify the population with a steady diet of violence, pornography and reality television.

    Owen Teale plays Maldak in this story, a guard with a truly regrettable 80s hairstyle. He will go on to appear in the Torchwood episode Countrycide, and in a popular television programme called Game of Thrones, which Nathan has never even heard of.

    Despite his performance in this story, Jason Connery will go on to have a distinguished acting career. He stars in Robin of Sherwood Season 3 as fake replacement Robin Hood after the original Robin leaves the show/is shot to death by arrows. He also plays Ian Fleming in Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990).

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    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll vote on your behalf to prevent the painful execution of the monster in charge of your country's government.

    Bondfinger

    Bondfinger is back for the new year with our final Rodgecast, a commentary on A View to a Kill. We will be embarking on the Bond franchise's Rassilon Era in a few weeks' time.

    A full range of Rodgecasts are also available, from Live and Let Die to Octopussy. Other Bonds are also available, of course. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 100: Even Better with Your Face

    29 January 2017 (12:14am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 58 minutes and 0 seconds

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    This week, Brendan, Nathan and Todd are back to review the Cybermen's 1985 compilation album Attack of the Cybermen, in which the band revisit all their classic hits from the 1960s, including Another Planet (1966), Clever Clever Clever (1967), You Belong to Us (1967), Initiate Plan Three (1968) and perennial fan favourite It Has Been Agreed (1968). Not all of us appreciate the nostalgia.

    Buy the story!

    Attack of the Cybermen was released on DVD in 2009. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    Doctor Who: The Complete History is a series of beautifully produced hardback books chronicling the entire history of the programme, from its first beginnings to the present day.

    Brendan mentions an adorable photo of TV's Starbucks Dirk Benedict and Katee Sackoff drinking Starbucks at Starbucks. Katee Sackoff's current Twitter profile picture is equally adorable.

    Brendan would just like to take this opportunity to plug the book Hating to Love: Re-evaluating the Worst 52 Doctor Who Stories of All Time, in which he tries to redeem, excuse or explain seven somewhat unloved Doctor Who stories. The book was edited edited by JR Southall, of Blue Box Podcast fame.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll tell everyone about that nylon allergy you've been trying to keep secret.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Every week, we remind you about Brendan's brilliant video series Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, in which he summarises no less than 51 Doctor Who stories in no more than 10 seconds each. If you haven't checked it out yet, you really should. And make sure you subscribe to his YouTube channel, so that you are informed immediately when the Season 8 episode becomes available.

    Bondfinger

    Bondfinger is back for the new year with our final Rodgecast, a commentary on A View to a Kill.

    A full range of Rodgecasts are also available, from Live and Let Die to Octopussy. Other Bonds are also available, of course. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 99: Why?

    22 January 2017 (9:20am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 13 minutes and 14 seconds

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    This week's episode is mostly a series of increasingly angry rants. But The Twin Dilemma may just be the worst story in fifty years of Doctor Who.

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    The Twin Dilemma was originally released on DVD in 2009/2010. It is the only Doctor Who DVD never to sell a single copy. Let's see if we can keep that record intact. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    Less than a year ago, the code was finally cracked. You'll be surprised to find out what Romulus and Remus were actually saying to each other during their game of equations.

    This is Nathan. Nathan hasn't seen The Shining (1980). Nathan is on a Doctor Who podcast. Nathan basically only has time to watch Doctor Who these days. Don't be like Nathan.

    Richard alludes to two novels by John Wyndham: Chocky, which involves a boy in psychic communication with a mysterious alien force, and The Midwich Cuckoos, which features an entire village of creepy alien twins.

    Picks of the week Brendan

    In a totally free Big Finish audio, Fifth Doctor companions Peri and Erimem (don't ask) encounter Seventh Doctor companions Ace and Hex (no idea). It's The Veiled Leopard, written by Iain McLaughlin and Claire Bartlett, and directed by friend-of-the-podcast Gary Russell. Download it for free here.

    Nathan

    Nathan has just rewritten and relaunched an improved version of his website The Randomiser. The Randomiser allows you to choose a Doctor Who story completely at random, or to avoid particular Doctors, long stories, or stories with missing episodes. He is yet to implement a feature allowing you to avoid stories that are simply tiresome.

    Todd

    Todd picks two stories. A prequel to Warriors of the Deep called Doctor Who and the Silurians (which we discuss here), and a sequel called Bloodtide, a Big Finish audio in which Colin's Doctor and Evelyn meet Charles Darwin and some Silurians on the Galapagos Islands.

    Richard

    Richard chooses no less than four stories. The first one is Cold Fusion. This is a recently-released Big Finish adaptation of a Virgin New Adventures novel by Lance Parkin, in which the Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric meet the Doctor, Roz and Chris on "an occupied ice planet" of some kind. Hoth, possibly. And the Doctor's wife is there as well. No, not that one.

    He also mentions three Big Finish audios. Two feature the Fifth Doctor, Peri and would-be Pharaoh Erimem: The Eye of the Scorpion and The Church and the Crown. The other features the Fifth Doctor and Peri encountering the Ice Warriors: Red Dawn.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll force you to wear an outfit so hideous that it nearly causes the cancellation of your favourite TV show.

    Meanwhile, here's something Brendan doesn't like...

    While you're waiting for the latest episode of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, why not listen to Brendan's intemperate rant about the Big Finish story Nekromanteia, starring Peter Davison as the Doctor, with companions Peri and Erimem?

    You can find the rant here. There may be swearing.

    And don't forget to subscribe to Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, so that you are informed immediately when the Season 8 episode becomes available.

    Bondfinger

    Bondfinger is back for the new year with our final Rodgecast, a commentary on A View to a Kill.

    A full range of Rodgecasts are also available, from Live and Let Die to Octopussy. Other Bonds are also available, of course. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 98: Material That Was Worthy of Him

    15 January 2017 (10:34am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 13 minutes and 19 seconds

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    For some people, small, beautiful events are what life is all about!

    Another era reaches its end, and somewhere, someone's favourite television show is cancelled again. Perhaps Peter Davison's years on the programme weren't its heyday, but all four of us have found a new appreciation of his portrayal of the Doctor. Thanks, Peter. Time to say goodbye.

    Notes and links

    We have been unable to substantiate Brendan's claim about Janet's knickerlessness in Frontios Part 1, but brave souls wishing to assist us might try starting at timecode 23:10.

    Big Finish has yet to capitalise on the Magma Creature, but at least Bernice Summerfield has confronted the Monoids in The Kingdom of the Blind.

    For once, Richard is excited about his choices in Snog-Marry-Avoid. But will he pick Chancellor Flavia, played by Dinah Sheridan in the 1953 film Genevieve? Or will it be Chancellor Thalia, played by Elspet Gray, who was the mother in Season 2 of Catweazle? Or finally Joe Orton's beloved Beryl Reid?

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll blight the rest of your career claiming that your performance is bland and beige despite your undoubted proficiency as an actor.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Fans of the podcast like to think that Brendan is a sober and responsible ringmaster, bringing much-needed gravity to every episode of Flight Through Entirety. But the truth is that he's both crazy and remarkably attractive.

    For direct visual evidence of this, check out his critically-acclaimed YouTube series, Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, in which he summarises the first seven seasons of Doctor Who, spending no more than ten seconds on each story. Visit the webpage or subscribe on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    You've been waiting patiently for a terribly long time, so we are happy to announce the release of our final Bondfinger Rodgecast, a commentary on A View to a Kill.

    A full range of Rodgecasts are also available, from Live and Let Die to Octopussy. Other Bonds are also available, of course. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 97: Men Manning and Being Men at Each Other

    8 January 2017 (3:57am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 0 minutes and 51 seconds

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    To celebrate 2017's impending dumpster fire, all four members of the Flight Through Entirety crew take an ill-advised trip to the blowholes of Androzani Minor. Things don't go well. For anyone.

    Spoiler warnings

    Spoiler warning for Rogue One about 5 minutes into this episode. Spoiler warning for Passengers: it makes Robert Holmes look like a militant feminist.

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    The Caves on Androzani was originally released on DVD in 2001/2002. The Special Edition, with extra gunfire and leg pustules, was released on its own in the US in 2012 (Amazon US). In the UK, it was released in 2010 as part of the Revisitations 1 box set, along with The Talons of Weng-Chiang and Grace: 1999 (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    Christopher Gable, who plays the once-comely Sharaz Jek, starred in The Boy Friend (1971), along with Twiggy, and Doctor Who's very own King Priam, Max Adrian. Here's some terrifying footage of Gable and Twiggy singing You Are My Lucky Star and A Room in Bloomsbury.

    Graeme Harper claims that he wanted Alan Lake and Diana Dors to play Morgus and Timmin: you can learn more about their crazy swinging antics in our Underworld episode -- Episode 54: Sophisticated Psychological Realism.

    Much like the President of Androzani Major, LA Law's Rosalind Shays fell to her death down an empty lift shaft. You can hear Diana Muldaur discussing her character's demise in this interview.

    Fans of evil authority figures monologuing directly to camera will enjoy this clip of Ian Richardson doing exactly that in his role as Francis Urquhart in the original British House of Cards, directed by Doctor Who's very own Graff Vynda-K.

    Fans of bearded Doctor Who villains in other roles will enjoy Scorby as Captain Peacock in the new 2016 episode of Are You Being Served?, as well as Stotz as a sympathetic Romulan commander in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Chase, which, despite starring Linda Thorson as a Romulan, was not as good as the Doctor Who story of the same name.

    It seems that Time Out did not enjoy Matthew Waterhouse's definitive Hamlet, according to this excerpt from their review.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll betray you, patronise you and put our feet up on your desk.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    In this critically-acclaimed YouTube series, FTE's very own Brendan Jones deftly summarises the first seven seasons of Doctor Who, spending no more than ten seconds on each story. To see this feat unfolding in real time, visit the webpage or -- better yet -- subscribe on YouTube!

    Bondfinger

    The Bondfinger team are yet to get together for our farewell Rodgecast, a commentary on 1985's A View to a Kill. With a bit of luck, we should be releasing it next weekend.

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



  • Episode 96: Just Gives Great Frock

    18 December 2016 (7:09am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 41 minutes and 49 seconds

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    As 2016 draws to a close and as major festivals approach for several of the world's great religions, we're taking refuge in the crude religious analogies that abound on the planet Sarn. And the Master and Peri are here! It's Planet of Fire.

    Buy the story!

    Planet of Fire was released on DVD in 2010. It's the usual thing: in the US, you could buy it on its own (Amazon US), but in the UK, the hapless punters were forced to buy it as part of a box set called Kamelion Tales, which also contained the massively forgettable Season 20 finale The King's Demons (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    Peter Wyngarde was once wildly famous, and he made a point of appearing regularly in Richard and Brendan's favourite television programmes, including a crazily popular episode of The Avengers called A Touch of Brimstone, as well as The Champions and Department S. His breakout starring role was in a series spun off from Department S: Jason King, in which Wyngarde played the eponymous groovy womanising detective whose look is clearly the inspiration for Austin Powers.

    Barbara Shelley, here playing Sorasta, the only woman on Sarn, also appeared in two episodes of The Avengers. She played Venus Browne in the first colour episode From Venus with Love. She had already appeared in a Season 1 episode called Dragonsfield.

    As usual, Big Finish has filled in a much-needed gap in Doctor Who by casting the fabulous Claudia Christian as Peri's mother in Joe Lister's audio play The Reaping, starring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant. You can follow Claudia on Twitter at @ClaudiaLives.

    Fans of Steven Moffat's favourite tropes will enjoy his first ever television series Press Gang. We love it, despite Dexter Fletcher's terrible, terrible accent. If you haven't seen it, you really should. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll ignore your distinguished career in television, ridicule your religious beliefs, and generally treat you like some kind of idiot.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    To distract yourself from the impending annual holiday horrors of gift-giving and being surrounded by your family and loved ones, why not escape into the fun fantasy world of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds?

    FTE's very own Brendan Jones deftly summarises the first seven seasons of Doctor Who, spending no more than ten seconds on each story. To see this feat unfolding in real time, visit the webpage or -- better yet -- subscribe on YouTube!

    Bondfinger

    Bondfinger has wrapped for the year, but the prevailing fan theory is that we just can't bear to say goodbye to Sir Roger Moore. We'll be back early in the new year for our farewell Rodgecast, a commentary on 1985's A View to a Kill.

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



  • Episode 95: Pointy at the Back

    11 December 2016 (7:02am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 48 minutes and 52 seconds

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    After the whimsy and quality of last week's story, 1980s Doctor Who is back on form with a grim 90-minute slog, bristling with guns and clunky macho dialogue. And a bigger body count than the last three seasons combined! Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to Resurrection of the Daleks.

    Buy the story!

    Resurrection of the Daleks has been released on DVD many times, for some reason. The Special Edition DVD was first released in the Revisitations 2 box set in 2011 (Amazon UK), which at least includes a new edition of Carnival of Monsters. As always, it was also released on its own in the US. (Amazon US)

    Notes and links

    Fans of classic British comedy racism may even enjoy Spike Milligan's celebrated Pakistani Dalek sketch.

    And if this story hasn't slaked your thirst for ultraviolence in London (and Newcastle), you should watch the 1971 Michael Hodges masterpiece, Get Carter, which stars Michael Caine and largely deleted Avengers alumnus Ian Hendry.

    And if even that's not enough for you, The Long Good Friday (1980), launched the career of the late Bob Hoskins and featured the delightful and somewhat terrifying Helen Mirren. Like Resurrection of the Daleks, it heavily features the London Docklands and people shooting each other with guns.

    And now it's time for Flight Through Entirety Entertainment Tonight: Parker Posey will be playing Dr Smith in the new Netflix remake of Lost in Space. Meanwhile, Michelle Yeoh, who pillioned with Pierce Brosnan in the 1997 Bond classic Tomorrow Never Dies, has reportedly signed on to play the captain of the upcoming new Star Trek series Star Trek Discovery. Nathan's partner Calvin continues to deny that she's his long-lost cousin from Ipoh. But none of us are convinced by that.

    And in Separated at Birth?, we encourage you to consider how uncannily similar Eric Saward looks to Baron Silas Greenback from our childhood favourite Danger Mouse. (No, not the 2015 reboot. Or the music producer.)

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll sellotape Nathan's eyes open and force him to watch this story over and over again on a loop.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Most of our listeners are longing for those other guys to shut the hell up, so that they can hear what Brendan has to say. And who can blame them?

    Fans of the delightful Brendan can actually see him in person in his video series Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, in which he takes a leisurely 10 seconds to summarise individual stories of Doctor Who. Think how much time you'll save watching the show by visiting the webpage or subscribing on YouTube instead!

    Bondfinger

    Well, we've been overcome by a seasonal inability to be arsed enough to watch A View to a Kill, so our Rodg-a-thon will reach its final conclusion in the New Year, possibly under a Trump presidency.

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



  • Episode 94: Not Allowed to Watch That One

    4 December 2016 (10:03am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 46 minutes and 13 seconds

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

    Buy the story!

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

    Notes and links

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll take your carefully-installed electrical wires and insist that you jolly well rip them down again.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

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

    Bondfinger

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

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



  • Episode 93: Angela Lansbury Tattoos

    27 November 2016 (8:50am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 37 minutes and 40 seconds

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    We're broadcasting live this week from Little Hodcombe, where there's an ongoing battle between Eric Pringle and some long-time Doctor Who podcasters desperately trying to find anything at all to say about this story. It's Roundheads versus Cavaliers, and somehow the Doctor finds himself caught in the middle. Welcome to The Awakening.

    Buy the story!

    The Awakening was released on DVD in 2011. In the US, it was released on its own, as usual (Amazon US), but in the UK, it was released as part of a completely inexplicable box set called Earth Story, which inadvisedly bundled this story along with the really rather wonderful The Gunfighters. (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    The ITV series Sapphire and Steel was essentially about weird anachronisms creating hugely upsetting time things. The Awakening owes a lot to this, but it's vastly less slow-moving and intolerable. Watch it, or maybe don't watch it.

    James Goss is the author of a brilliant novelisation of City of Death. In 2017, he will be releasing a novelisation of The Pirate Planet.

    Don't click this link, or you'll see lots of pictures of people who have inexplicably decided to tattoo their bodies with pictures of Angela Lansbury.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll buy a BBC Micro on eBay and use it to superimpose asterisks over literally everything you love.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Brendan's back from Fiji, and he's wearing a lovely sulu, but he's still yet to find time in his exhausting schedule to acquire a stick-on BBC beard and record a new Master-centric episode of Doctor Who in 10 Seconds. While you're waiting for that, feel free to enjoy the previous seven episodes, in which Brendan summarises the first seven seasons of Doctor Who. Visit the webpage or subscribe to the show on YouTube. You won't regret it.

    Bondfinger

    We've all been totally rogered by the nightmare before Christmas, which has prevented us from recording our Bondfinger commentary episode on A View to a Kill, the final entry in Bondfinger's flight through every Rodgefilm in the James Bond oeuvre. We'll be back on board early in the new year.

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



  • Episode 92: Is Icthar Okdel?

    20 November 2016 (8:01am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 44 minutes and 40 seconds

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    This week, Brendan, Nathan and Richard build a giant Seabase underwater. It's going to be the best, most beautiful Seabase ever. And we'll get the Silurians to pay for it!

    Buy the story!

    Warriors of the Deep was released on DVD in 2008. In the US, it was released on its own (Amazon US), but in the UK, it was released along with Doctor Who and the Silurians and The Sea-Devils in the surprisingly good Beneath the Surface box set. (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    This story's writer, Johnny Byrne, wrote more episodes of the first season of Space: 1999 than anyone else ever. And, my God, can't you tell from this story?

    Fans of all these corridors looking the same to me will enjoy Lenny Henry's famous Doctor Who sketch from 1985.

    Philip Sandifer discusses the problem of bases under siege in his TARDIS Eruditorum entry on The Ice Warriors.

    Tom Adams, Vorshak in this story, stars in the Terry Nation-penned episode of The Avengers called Takeover. And he's also in The Far-Distant Dead and Death on the Slipway.

    The real world counterpart to hexachromite gas is called Hexavalent Chromium. It's brutally poisonous. In Australia, we've been using it to carelessly poison some of our remote communities.

    Cornell, Day and Topping theorise that this story's continuity problems could be solved by positing a third encounter between Pertwee and the Silurians in this entry in their The Discontinuity Guide.

    Gary Russell desperately attempts to wallpaper over these horrific continuity problems, with some success, in his Virgin Missing Adventure, The Scales of Injustice. It was republished as part of The Monster Collection in 2014. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

    Fans of Gary Gillatt's reviews of Doctor Who DVD releases in Doctor Who Magazine will enjoy his blog Squabbling Rubber.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll throw a mattress on you, lock the door and then leave you at the mercy of a freshly-painted pantomime horse.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Brendan has spent the last few weeks in Fiji, basically living on drinks with umbrellas in them and not doing any work. So there are no new episodes of Doctor Who in 10 seconds right now. But that won't prevent you from enjoying the previous 7 episodes, in which Brendan summarises the first 7 seasons of Doctor Who. Visit the webpage or subscribe to the show on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    The Rodgeathon is reaching its ultimate conclusion: in a couple of weeks, we'll be recording our final Rodgumentary, on the 1985 classic A View to a Kill.

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



  • Episode 91: The Velvet Commentary

    30 October 2016 (8:14am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 2 hours, 38 minutes and 22 seconds

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    This week, we're taking a break from our relentless flight through the entirety of Doctor Who to go back and visit an old favourite. Fire up your VHS player and get ready to listen to all four of us slurring drunkenly throughout the incredible six-episode run of that 1964 Terry Nation classic The Keys of Marinus.

    The Flight Through Entirety Troughton Commentary Poll

    Thank you to everyone who voted in the Flight Through Entirety Troughton commentary poll, in which our listeners were asked to choose between The Power of the Daleks, The Enemy of the World, The Web of Fear and The Krotons. So who won? Listen to this episode to find out. (The announcement is finally made some time into the third hour of this episode. So you'll probably never hear it.)

    Buy the story!

    The Keys of Marinus was released on DVD in 2010. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    If you're keen to hear a sober assessment of the literary qualities of The Keys of Marinus and its celebrated indebtedness to German expressionism, then you will undoubtedly enjoy the third ever episode of Flight Through Entirety, from way back in 2014: Episode 2: So Maudlin.

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    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll all vote for the only six-part story in your podcast fan poll and force you to talk relentless nonsense about a largely forgotten 1960s Doctor Who story for more than two and a half hours.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds is Brendan's brilliant video projet, in which he summarises every Doctor Who story in no more than ten seconds. You can see him take on the Keys of Marinus in his first ever episode. To see the rest of the series, which currently covers the first seven seasons of Doctor Who, just visit the webpage or subscribe to the show on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    Our next James Bond commentary will be released next weekend, and in it we're suprisingly positive about Connery's weird return to the series in the ill-advised 1983 Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again.

    Our back catalogue covers all of the previous James Bond films, from For Your Eyes Only to Dr. No. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 90: Great Balls of Commentary!

    16 October 2016 (5:17am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 37 minutes and 53 seconds

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    We've now been recording Flight Through Entirety for exactly twenty years, and to celebrate this milestone, all four of us are back for our second ever commentary podcast. So grab your iPhone, fire up your Blu-ray player and settle down to a relaxing pineapple daquiri. It's The Five Doctors!

    The Flight Through Entirety Troughton Commentary Poll

    In two weeks' time, we'll be releasing our increasingly drunken commentary podcast on The Keys of Marinus. Until then, why not vote in our latest poll: which Troughton story should be the subject of our next commentary podcast?

    Voting in the FTE Troughton commentary poll has now closed. In this poll, our listeners made a choice between The Power of the Daleks, The Enemy of the World, The Web of Fear and The Krotons. The result will be announced at the very end of Episode 91 of Flight Through Entirety.

    Buy the story!

    The Five Doctors: Special Edition was the first Doctor Who DVD released, even before the main line got underway. The 25th Anniversary edition was released (obviously) in 2008. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    In 1972, Doctor Who fans on Twitter were very cross about the rumours surrounding the upcoming Tenth Anniversary story. (Thanks to @themindrobber for this glorious piece of nonsense.)

    Weird First-Doctor substitute Richard Hurndall played old man slave murder victim Neebrox in the ridiculously camp 1981 Blakes 7 episode Assassin, which also features a villain who changes into a special villain outfit when there's some extra villainy to be done.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or, you know, the mind probe (no, not the mind probe).

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Brendan is currently working undercover in an undisclosed Pacific location, which probably means that we won't get a new episode of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds for the next few weeks. While you're waiting, you can watch the previous 7 episodes, in which Brendan summarises the first 7 years of Doctor Who stories. So visit the webpage or subscribe to the show on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    In our latest Bondfinger commentary, Brendan, Nathan, Richard and James talk all over Octopussy, the best James Bond film to be released in 1983.

    Our back catalogue covers all of the previous Rodgefilms, from For Your Eyes Only to Live and Let Die. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 89: Fairly Obvious

    2 October 2016 (10:32am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 49 minutes and 33 seconds

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    As is now well known, Season 20 trails off with a whimper, and so Brendan, Nathan and Todd take a week off to allow our discussion of The King's Demons to be conducted by shapeshifting robot replicas. And they do a great job!

    Buy the story!

    The King's Demons was released on DVD in 2010. As usual, it was released on its own In the US, (Amazon US). In the UK, it was released in yet another uninspiring DVD box set, called Kamelion Tales (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    Fans of obsessively flying through the entirety of Doctor Who will certainly enjoy subscribing to Doctor Who: The Complete History, which is a series of beautifully-produced books chronicling, in obsessive detail, every Doctor Who story in the programme's fiftysomething year history. Seriously, check it out.

    Kamelion (spoiler alert!) has a key role in Christopher Bulis's BBC Past Doctor Adventure The Ultimate Treasure, first published in 1997.

    Picks of the week Brendan

    Follow @WhoLabels on Twitter, for all your Doctor Who labels needs. He's also on Facebook. And he's brilliant. Unmissable.

    Todd

    Listen to Wang Chung's fifth studio album The Warmer Side of Cool, and in particular, the tracks Praying to a New God and Snakedance (which, heartbreakingly, seems to have been removed from YouTube).

    Nathan

    Read The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter, a book which includes a years-long email exchange between Benjamin Cook and Russell T. Davies, in which they discuss the production of Series 4 and the 2009 Specials, as well as TV in general, RTD's earlier (and later) TV series, and writing in general. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll put the known world to the sword.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    While Brendan tries to source a convincing stick-on goatee for his Season 8 episode of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, you can enjoy his previous 7 episodes, in which he summarises the first 7 years of Doctor Who stories. So visit the webpage or subscribe to the show on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    Yesterday, we released this month's commentary podcast on the 1983 classic Octopussy, which is Brendan's favourite Rodgefilm. So that's lovely.

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



  • Episode 88: The Other Baron

    18 September 2016 (8:48am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 41 minutes and 37 seconds

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    This week, we discuss the final story of Season 20's Black Guardian Trilogy. Todd wants to know all the details, Nathan is busy admiring Captain Wrack's decolletage, while Brendan waxes philosophical on the nature of Enlightenment.

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

    Notes and links

    Barbara Clegg and Rona Munro (Survival) are the only women ever to write for the Classic Series, if we don't count Lesley Scott's co-credit on The Ark, and we don't, apparently.

    We've mentioned Sapphire and Steel before. It ran on ITV from 1979 to 1982 and starred Joanna Lumley and David McCallum, who played time-travelling agents (sort of), who tried to rectify strange and scary time things caused by anachronisms or paradoxes or something. It's worth a look, even if it's glacially slow by modern standards. You can read Den of Geek's take on the story here; in this essay, Sandifer discusses the series, as well as just about every other genre thing from the same period.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll leave shards of glowing crystal on your best flokati rug.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Brendan has now recorded 7 episodes of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, summarising 54 Doctor Who stories in at most 10 seconds each. If you'd like to see him performing this feat with your own eyes, visit the webpage. To keep up with future summaries, subscribe to the show on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    In just less than two weeks, we'll be releasing the first episode in a short series of commentary podcasts on the James Bond films released in 1983: It's our little Octopussy. While you're waiting for that (and believe me you can), you can catch up on all our recent Rodgefilm commentary tracks, including For Your Eyes Only, Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me. There are now thirteen commentaries available on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 87: Danger Zone

    5 September 2016 (8:10pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 43 minutes and 8 seconds

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    Brendan, Nathan and Todd are all suffering from Lazar's disease, or possibly withdrawing from hydromel, which might explain our somewhat listless approach to that critically acclaimed Doctor Who classic, Terminus.

    Buy the story!

    Terminus was released on DVD in 1992/1993. In the US, it was released on its own, as usual, (Amazon US), but it will cost you 70 US dollars, which would be crazy. You could also buy it as part of the Black Guardian Trilogy box set (Amazon US), which is how it was released in the UK and Australia (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    Liza Goddard plays Kari in this story. To Australian viewers, she is better known as Clancy in Skippy (1967-1969); Nathan has almost completely forgotten her role in the British sitcom Yes, Honestly (1976-1977).

    Before Mawdryn Undead came along, Turlough was originally going to make his debut in Song of the Space Whale by Pat Mills and John Wagner. This was finally recorded (as usual) as part of Big Finish's Lost Stories range range, as The Song of Megaptera, starring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant.

    In his Big Finish story The Waters of Amsterdam, Jonathan Morris offers an explanation of why the Doctor has set up the scanner to check in on Tegan and Nyssa's bedroom. (Bad Doctor!)

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll stick you in the TARDIS set for three years and then make you drop your skirt in your final story. Sorry, Nyssa.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    While we've been away, Brendan has roared into the 70s with a summary of Season 7 of Doctor Who, in which he confronts Autons, Silurians, John Abineri and a scary parallel version of himself. With hilarious results. If you want to find his summaries of the 1960s seasons of Doctor Who, try visiting the webpage or, better still, subscribe to it on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    This weekend, we released our commentary on the first Bond film of the 1980s, For Your Eyes Only. Only two more Rodgefilms to go! Other Rodgefilm commentaries are also available, including Moonraker, The Spy Who Loved Me and The Man with the Golden Gun. You can find a total of thirteen commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 86: Spidey-Sense

    21 August 2016 (11:08am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 56 minutes and 25 seconds

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    Our 20th anniversary season of Flight Through Entirety continues with a discussion of Mawdryn Undead -- yet another story including delightful elements from the show's past, such as the Brigadier, the Black Guardian and a crappy word peril cliffhanger for Episode Three.

    Buy the story!

    Mawdryn Undead was released on DVD in 2009. In the US, it was released on its own, as usual, (Amazon US), but also as part of a Black Guardian Trilogy box set (Amazon US). In the UK and Australia, it was only made available as part of the box set (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    A weirdly bleached version of Nyssa's outfit from Snakedance features on the cover of Goth Opera by Paul Cornell, the first novel of the Virgin Missing Adventures series, published in 1994.

    Ian Marter played the gorgeously sweet Harry Sullivan in Season 12 of Doctor Who, but also wrote 12 Doctor Who novels, including a Companions of Doctor Who novel called Harry Sullivan's War.

    You can find the Discontinuity Guide entry on Mawdryn Undead on its archived web page on the old BBC Cult website.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or it will be the end of you as a Time Lord.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    While we've been away, Brendan has roared into the 70s with a summary of Season 7 of Doctor Who, in which he confronts Autons, Silurians, John Abineri and a scary parallel universe version of himself. If you want to find his summaries of the 1960s seasons of Doctor Who, try visiting the webpage or, better still, subscribe to them on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    Last Friday night, we recorded our commentary on the first Bond film of the 1980s, For Your Eyes Only, but we're not planning to release it until 3 September. While you're waiting, you can listen to our critically acclaimed commentary on Moonraker, or some of our other commentary tracks, including The Spy Who Loved Me and The Man with the Golden Gun. Our website still hosts no less than 12 James Bond commentaries, and you can also keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 85: Tiny Little Petty Flaws

    9 August 2016 (7:04am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 46 minutes and 18 seconds

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    This week, the Mara are back, threatening the ancient BBC Television studio Manussa in Snakedance. Roll your eyes at Nathan's usual jejune insults, marvel at Brendan's theories about good Science Fiction, and become increasingly concerned at Todd's vociferous complaints that no one gets horribly murdered in Doctor Who any more.

    Buy the story!

    Snakedance was released on DVD in 2011. In the US, it was released on its own (Amazon US), but in the UK and Australia it was released along with Kinda in the Mara Tales box set (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    Richard's not here this week, so there's almost no German Expressionism, and very little intertextuality. Nathan mentions Sandifer's take on this story, as usual, so perhaps you'll want to go and read that.

    Todd refers to the Flight Through Entirety Kinda lovefest, which is the pun-tastic Episode 79: Kinda Lingers.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll sneer at you and make dismissive remarks about your shoddy little booth.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    With the release of Season 6 of Doctor Who in 10 Seconds Series 6, Brendan has now summarised every Doctor Who story of the 1960s. The 70s will only be more hilarious, so to prepare yourself, why not revisit the show in its entirety by visiting the webpage or, better still, subscribing to it on YouTube?

    Bondfinger

    Well, our commentary on Moonraker has now been released, and some of our more deranged critics have described it as our best episode over. Other commentary tracks are also available, including The Spy Who Loved Me, The Man with the Golden Gun and Live and Let Die. Our website now hosts no less than 12 James Bond commentaries; you can also keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 84: Sofas All Around Gallifrey

    31 July 2016 (12:52pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 42 minutes and 57 seconds

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    Doctor Who squelches back onto our screens with the first story of Season 20 -- Arc of Infinity. It's a rollicking tale of quad magnetism, pulse loops, transduction barriers and impulse lasers, tastefully decorated with shiny plastic sofas.

    Buy the story!

    Arc of Infinity was released on DVD in 2007. In the US, it was released on its own (Amazon US), but in the UK and Australia it was released along with Time-Flight in a box set that would have been the worst Christmas present in human history (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    Johnny Byrne wrote 8 episodes of Season 1 of Space: 1999, and some of them were actually quite good. Sort of.

    Leonard Sachs, this week's President Borusa, wasn't actually in The Pallisers (1974), but he had actually appeared in Doctor Who before as Admiral de Coligny in Nathan's favourite story, The Massacre. The First and Fourth Borusas were in The Pallisers, along with other famous Doctor Who alumni, including Antony Ainley, Moray Watson, Donald Pickering, John Hallam, Derek Jacobi, Peter Sallis and June Whitfield.

    The story about Ace encountering an Ergon while selling fried chicken was Anti-Matter with Fries by Gareth Roberts, which appeared in issue 199 of Doctor Who Magazine.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll accidentally knock your grocery shopping on the ground and won't even stop to help you pick it up.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Tomorrow sees the release of Doctor Who in 10 Seconds Series 6, which will be every bit as delightful as all of the previous episodes. You can watch the entirety of the series by visiting the webpage or, better still, subscribing to it on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    Next weekend we'll be releasing our most ludicrous Bond commentary ever, on the unjustly maligned Moonraker (1979). While you wait, you can listen to our previous commentaries, including The Spy Who Loved Me, The Man with the Golden Gun and Live and Let Die. You can find all of our commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 83: Smiling Plasmaton Emoji

    24 July 2016 (1:04pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 49 minutes and 57 seconds

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    It's the end of another season of Flight Through Entirety, we've run out of money and no one really gives a crap anymore. So join us as we listlessly discuss the worst story of the 1980s: it's Time-Flight.

    Don't buy the story!

    Time-Flight was released on DVD in 2007. In the US, it was released on its own (Amazon US), but in the UK and Australia it was released along with Arc of Infinity in an unspeakably horrid box set (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    Brendan has written an essay on Time-Flight in the upcoming anthology Hating to Love: Re-evaluating the 52 worst Doctor Who Stories of All Time, edited by J R Southall of The Blue Box Podcast.

    Cornell, Day and Topping are the authors of The Discontinuity Guide, a repository of hilarious facts about the classic series. Here's their take on Time-Flight.

    This French & Saunders sketch tells you everything you need to know about what went wrong with Doctor Who in the 1980s. Sorry about the crappy quality though.

    Angela Clifford dragging the TARDIS around the Jurassic tundra, inevitably reminds Brendan of this scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    Picks of the week Brendan

    Now that they've got rid of Tegan, the Doctor and Nyssa are free to go off on a series of Big Finish adventures. Brendan recommends Creatures of Beauty, but Circular Time and Spare Parts are also available.

    Nathan

    Two recommendations: @JohnnySpandrell's brilliant Doctor Who blog, Random Whoness, and the elegiac non-Euclidean puzzler game Monument Valley, availabl on both iOS and Android.

    Richard

    The children's books of E. Nesbit, an English children's author whose books were published in the early twentieth century, including The Railway Children, Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet and The Woodbegoods.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll beset you with bipedal fibreglass turds and bubbles of Fairy Liquid until you agree to watch Time-Flight again. This side of madness or the other.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    While Brendan edits the next episode of Doctor Who in 10 Seconds, in which he speedily summarises the delightfully strange and groundbreaking Doctor Who Series 5, why not take the opportunity to watch all of the previous videos in the series by visiting the webpage or, better still, subscribing to it on YouTube?

    Bondfinger

    Next weekend we'll be recording our commentary on Moonraker (1979) for release the following weekend, so there's that to look forward to, I guess. While you wait, you can listen to our previous commentaries, including The Spy Who Loved Me, The Man with the Golden Gun and Live and Let Die. You can find all of our commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 82: Contemptuous of His Homosexuality

    17 July 2016 (12:04pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 48 minutes and 45 seconds

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    (SPOILERS, SWEETIE: Listeners who have yet to see Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 5 may wish to stop this episode after the TARDIS noise at the end.)

    All you hippy losers who thought Doctor Who was whimsical family entertainment can leave now: Eric Saward is back, and he's brought enough guns with him to make Charlton Heston feel insecure about his masculinity. Only Beryl Reid can save us! It's Earthshock.

    Buy the story!

    Earthshock was released on DVD in 2004 in the US (Amazon US), and in 2003 in the UK and Australia (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    Arthur C. Clarke's 1951 short story The Sentinel inspired Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

    When we first see the crudely-realised dinosaur fossils in the cave wall in Part 1, Malcolm Clarke treats us to a little musical reference to the Fossils movement in The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens.

    Sometimes beloved Doctor Who cast members wrangle upsettingly on Twitter, and when that happens, it's the duty of a Doctor Who podcaster to put on a velvet fairy costume and call them out. Which is what Nathan does here.

    Whatever his qualities as a writer and script editor (and they are few), Eric Saward was amazingly able to draw inspiration for this story from films that hadn't even been written yet, including Aliens (1986), and the prescient and criminally underrated Starship Troopers (1997).

    Fans of Beryl Reid will enjoy her star turn as a murderous lesbian in The Killing of Sister George (1968). They will also enjoy her guest role on The Goodies, as thinly-veiled Mary Whitehouse analogue Mrs Desiree Carthorse, in the brilliantly hilarious episode Gender Education, which you should watch if you really want to know how to make babies by doing dirty things.

    Fans of Beryl Reid will also enjoy knowing that Joe Orton was one of their number: it was for her that he wrote the part of Kathy in Entertaining Mr Sloane.

    This story recklessly replaced a script called The Enemy Within by acclaimed English novelist Christopher Priest, who had previously had a script rejected for Season 17. Surprisingly, it has never been dramatised by Big Finish.

    Eighties Cyberleader and Darth Vader impersonator David Banks wrote a horrific coffee table book called Cybermen (1989), in which he makes a futile and deeply inadvisable attempt to turn three decades of appalling Cybernonsense into a coherent narrative. Best avoided.

    Spoiler alert: Adric snuffs it at the end of this story, so this is our last chance to plug Matthew Waterhouse's elegiac and entertaining autobiography Blue Box Boy. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or you'll never know if you were right. Sniff. Sorry, I think this room must be dusty or something.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Today Brendan released the fifth (sixth?) video in his ongoing series Doctor Who in 10 Seconds, in which he dextrously summarises all that endless base-under-siege nonsense from Doctor Who Series 5. To watch all of videos in the series, visit the webpage or, better still, subscribe to it on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    We're still in a holding pattern over at Bondfinger, steeling ourselves for our upcoming recording of the unjustly maligned Moonraker (1979). While you wait, you can listen to our previous commentaries, including The Spy Who Loved Me, The Man with the Golden Gun and Live and Let Die. You can find all of our commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 81: The Worst Lawn Party Ever

    10 July 2016 (8:53am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 33 minutes and 40 seconds

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    In this convention-busting episode of Flight Through Entirety, Brendan (Jamie Lee Curtis) really hates this week's Doctor Who story, while Nathan (Lindsay Lohan) quite enjoys it. And Richard (Mark Harmon) splits the difference by being witty and charming as always. Welcome to Cranleigh Hall: it's Black Orchid.

    Buy the stories!

    Black Orchid was released on DVD in 2008. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    We all love Moray Watson, who plays Sir Robert in this story. He's still with us, after a career spanning 6 decades. Richard remembers him fondly from Catweazle, a children's TV programme about an 11th-century wizard (The Creature from the Pit's Geoffrey Bayldon), who finds himself trapped in the present day. The producers of The Avengers considered Watson as a possible replacement for Patrick Macnee had Macnee been unwilling to return for the show's final season. Watson also played George Frobisher, Rumpole's hapless old friend in George Frobisher in Rumpole of the Bailey.

    The second worst lawn party in human history is depicted in the Monty Python sketch Sam Peckinpah's Salad Days.

    Terence Dudley produced Terry Nation's Survivors, a post-apocalyptic story set in a world where a global pandemic has wiped out everyone except a small number of lovely middle-class white people.

    Once again, here's Bonnie Langford's reaction to seeing Brendan dressed as Bonnie Langford from Time and the Rani.

    Fans of things that are insanely entertaining will enjoy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a 1953 comedy starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll travel back in time and persuade Terence Dudley to put a Terileptil in this story.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Brendan's work on Doctor Who in 10 Seconds continues unabated. So far he's summarised the first four seasons of Doctor Who and created a hilarious blooper reel for the first three episodes. You can watch all five videos on the webpage or, better still, you can subscribe on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    Over at Bondfinger, Sean Connery is now a distant memory, and we're heading into Rodge's highly acclaimed Blue Period. Our most recent commentary covers The Spy Who Loved Me: previous commentaries include The Man with the Golden Gun and Live and Let Die. You can find all of our commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 80: A Death Wish, But for Adric

    3 July 2016 (4:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 41 minutes and 58 seconds

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    A lot going on this week: Brendan wanders from the manor house to the mill and then back to the TARDIS, oh, and then back to the manor house again; Nathan is moving test tubes from one box to another; and Richard is, oh, I don't know, assembling a vibrating meccano set or something. Hold onto your hats: It's The Visitation.

    Buy the story!

    The Visitation was first released on DVD in 2006. A special two-disc edition with extra things was released in 2013. (Amazon US) (Amazon K)

    Notes and links

    Brendan is very cross about Michael Bay's horrible movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016), the latest in an endless stream of mediocre movies starring the youthful chelonian martial artists. At least this one features the beautiful Stephen Amell from TV's Arrow.

    Fans of slightly terrible films in which Samuel L. Jackson is unexpectedly killed mid-speech by genetically-modified sharks will enjoy Deep Blue Sea (1999). Fans of Richard Chamberlain and Fred MacMurray being killed by a swarm of bees will enjoy The Swarm, a 1978 horror film directed by Irwin Allen.

    Richard riffs on Alexei Sayle's surreal 1982 hit "'Ullo John, Gotta New Motor", which includes such immortal lyrics as "Your goat's made a mess of the carpet", and "He stuck his head in a dustbin, and then ran through the laundrette".

    On the Buses was an inexplicably successful British sitcom which ran on ITV from 1969 to 1973, and spawned a stage play, a board game and three horrifically forgettable films in three successive years. The first film was the second most popular movie at the British box office in 1971, beating out Diamonds Are Forever.

    Clive Swift played Jobel in the massively overrated Revelation of the Daleks and Mr Copper in the rightfully beloved Voyage of the Damned. He is, of course, most famous for his role as Richard ("RICHARD!") in Keeping Up Appearances. In 2008, he gave a hilariously dyspeptic interview to Benjamin Cook from DWM.

    TARDIS Eruditorum's Phil Sandifer hasn't appeared here in the show notes for a while. Here's his take on this story.

    Perhaps, despite its marginal relevance to this story, the Terileptil android inspired Siimon Reynolds to create this 1987 ad campaign warning the people of Australia to use condoms to protect themselves from HIV.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. (Or at flightthroughentirety.sexy, if you're in that kind of mood.) Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll send you to your room with only Michael Robbins, Michael Melia and a vibrating box for company.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Yesterday Brendan released the long-awaited Season 4 episode of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds. It's sweet and hilarious, as always, and Brendan is wearing a particularly lovely shirt. You can see it here. To see all the previous episodes, as well as the blooper reel, just visit the webpage or subscribe on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    Our commentary podcast on The Spy Who Loved Me was released yesterday, probably. So, off you go! And once you're done, you can also enjoy our commentaries on all of the preceding Bond films, from Dr. No to The Man with the Golden Gun. You can find these commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 79: Kinda Lingers

    26 June 2016 (11:28am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 35 minutes and 16 seconds

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    As usual, this week, Brendan, Nathan and Richard are condemned to an unending cycle of suffering and futility, relieved only temporarily by ruminations on the existence of Nerys Hughes. So, hold off on the fire and acid for just forty minutes or so: enough time to hear us discussing Kinda.

    Buy the story!

    Kinda was released on DVD in 2001. It's available by itself in the US, but in the UK and Australia it was released alongside next year's Snakedance in a box set called Mara Tales. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    Almost immediately, Richard identifies some books which might have inspired this story, including Ursula LeGuin's 1989 Novel The Word for World is Forest, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and, most importantly, Chinua Achebe's 1994 novel Things Fall Apart.

    If you are in any way sceptical of the claim that Tegan's entire dream sequence is reminiscent of an 80s pop video, you might be convinced by the 1980 video of Visage's "Fade to Grey".

    Mary Morris plays (another) Number Two in the eighth episode of The Prisoner episode Dance of the Dead. She's dead posh in it. Take a look.

    Blue Box Boy (yes, we're linking to it again) tells the story of Matthew Waterhouse coaching Richard Todd. Matthew does claim that he was joking when he told him "Of course, the secret to TV acting is not to look at the camera!" (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

    There's a notable omission from Will Brooks's photographic cover for one of Paul Cornell's upcoming Titan comics featuring the Third Doctor. Remind me, why are we talking about Richard Franklin again?

    Aris wrestling with the snake on the studio floor at the climax reminds Richard of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders in Lucky Bitches. But even if that wasn't true, I'd be tempted to link to it anyway.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at its new URL flightthroughentirety.sexy. (The older, slightly less silly URL still works too.) Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll dye our teeth red and stomp on your favourite scary Kinda artifact dolly thing.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Doctor Who in 10 seconds continues to be a thing, and so while you wait for Brendan's groundbreaking Season 4 episode, why not revisit the spectacle of Brendan hilariously summarising each Doctor Who story of the first three seasons in no more than 10 seconds? Just visit the webpage or subscribe on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    Well, we've recorded our latest commentary podcast on The Spy Who Loved Me for release next week. Exciting, what?

    In the meantime, you can enjoy our commentaries on all of the preceding Bond films, including The Man with the Golden Gun, On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Dr. No. You can find these commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 78: I've Walked Between That Cow

    19 June 2016 (10:52am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 35 minutes and 6 seconds

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    The world will be destroyed in four days, apparently, and to prepare for this, Brendan is wearing a stylish green velour suit, Richard has gathered his hair in a delightful side ponytail, and Nathan has just really let himself go. It's Four to Doomsday.

    Buy the story!

    Four to Doomsday was released on DVD in 2008 in the UK and Australia, and in 2009 in the US. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    Fans of Philip Locke, who plays Bigon in this story, will enjoy his performances in three episodes of The Avengers: From Venus with Love, Mandrake and The Frighteners, which also featured Stratford Johns, who plays Monarch in this story. Horrifyingly, Philip Locke also plays creepy sexless henchmen Vargas in Thunderball.

    Fans of bisected farm animals will enjoy Damien Hirst's 1993 artwork Mother and Child.

    Much like the Urbankans, cane toads were introduced into Australia to control the grey-backed cane beetle. As usual, this didn't go well.

    This YouTube video includes every utterance of the words "some kind of", "some sort of" or "some type of" in Star Trek: Voyager. There are 393, for God's sake.

    Monarch weirdly anticipates Baron Silas Greenback from Danger Mouse.

    Annie Lambert, this story's Minister of Enlightenment, plays Helen McKay in The New Avengers episode Three-Handed Game.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at its new URL flightthroughentirety.sexy. (The older, slightly less silly URL still works too.) Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll totally interfere with your monopticons. Don't think we won't.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    We're tremendously proud of Brendan's latest video project, Doctor Who in 10 seconds, in which he flies through entire seasons of Doctor Who, hilariously summarising each story in no more than 10 seconds. Enjoy the spectacle by visiting the webpage or subscribing on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    While you wait for next weekend's commentary podcast on The Spy Who Loved Me, why not enjoy our previous commentary podcasts on all of the preceding Bond films, including The Man with the Golden Gun, On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Dr. No? You can find these commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 77: I Know Very Little About Telebiogenesis

    12 June 2016 (7:04am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 42 minutes and 29 seconds

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    We said goodbye to Tom last week, and so this week all four of us are here to discuss Pete's first story, set on a delightfully bucolic planet in the Phylox series. Time to dress up like a cricketer and lock yourself in a small cupboard -- it's Castrovalva.

    Buy the story!

    Castrovalva was released on DVD in 2007. In the US, it was available on its own (Amazon US), but, again, in the UK and Australia, it was part of the New Beginnings box set, which also included The Keeper of Traken and Logopolis (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    Famously, Bidmead was inspired to write this story by M. C. Escher's 1930 lithograph Castrovalva.

    Arthur Rackham was an illustrator of children's books in the early 20th century. Edith Nesbit, more of whom in a few weeks, wrote children's books at about the same time, including The Railway Children and Five Children and It.

    We first mentioned the Bechdel Test in Episode 27. Does this story feature a scene where two named women have a discussion that isn't about a man?

    We've mentioned it a couple of times before, and it's just excellent, so we'll mention it again: Blue Box Boy, in which Matthew Waterhouse tells the story of his childhood as a Doctor Who fan, his time on the show, and his subsequent life on the convention circuit. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

    Like Todd, you can impress your friends with an encyclopedic knowledge of Doctor Who's ratings throughout history by consulting this handy guide on the Doctor Who News website.

    Famously, Bill Oddie from The Goodies invented string; while The Goons invented two pieces of string.

    Richard compares Castrovalva to the short story The Circular Ruins, written by Argentine magic realist author Jorge Luis Borges and published in 1940.

    Fans of Peter Davison's superb Antony Ainley impression will enjoy his audiobook version of Castrovalva. (Audible US) (Audible UK) (Audible AU)

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at its new URL flightthroughentirety.sexy. (The older, slightly less silly URL still works too, thank goodness.) Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll try to destroy you using a series of increasingly complex and unwieldy traps until we completely lose all credibility as villains. And then where would you be?

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Fans of lightning-fast summaries of the stories of the William Hartnell Era will enjoy Doctor Who in 10 Seconds, in which the lovely Brendan summarises Doctor Who stories with considerable wit, verve and rhythm. And you even get to see him dance in the outtakes. Enjoy the spectacle by visiting the webpage or subscribing on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    Our tenth commentary track on the Bond films is now up: it's The Man with the Golden Gun. Okay, it's not the best Bond film (be quiet, Nathan), but it's quite a Rogertaining episode of Bondfinger. Other commentaries are also available, starting with Dr. No and even including the inexplicable 1967 film Casino Royale. You can find these commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 76: K9 and Commentary

    5 June 2016 (12:57pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 54 minutes and 1 second

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    This week Bondfinger meets Flight Through Entirety, as we attempt our first ever Doctor Who-related commentary podcast. DVD remotes on standby: it's the lump of coal in all of our 1981 Christmas stockings -- the first and worst Doctor Who spinoff: K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend. (Other Doctor Who spinoffs are also available.)

    Buy the story

    K9 and Company was released on DVD in 2008 as part of the K9 Tales box set, which also includes the execrable Season 15 story The Invisible Enemy. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    As usual in the 70s, we reference a whole bunch of Avengers episodes, including Murdersville, The Winged Avenger and The Midas Touch from The New Avengers.

    Colin Jeavons appears in some vastly better television programmes: he's Stamper in the original BBC House of Cards, directed by Graff Vynda-K Paul Seed, and Max Quordlepleen in the somewhat terrible television adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

    Fans of children's television who don't hate themselves will enjoy these seminal programmes: Robin Redbreast, Children of the Stones, Sky and the Chocky trilogy, based on Chocky by John Wyndham.

    The K9 and Company Annual is included in the K9 Tales box set, so if you're as sad as we are, you probably own it already.

    Acorn Antiques was a hilarious series of sketches on Victoria Wood as Seen on TV, which parodies the conventions of badly made television programmes. You can see it all here, and you really, really must.

    Hilary Briss, played by Doctor Who's very own Mark Gatiss, secretly sold special stuff to the inhabitants of Royston Vasey in the horrific and superlatively clever League of Gentlemen TV series.

    The Travelling Salesman problem is a giant thing in computer science, which posits that it's really, really hard to work out the shortest route to take to cover a whole bunch of known locations. So no wonder K9 was so incredibly unhelpful.

    Here's the Literal Video version of Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart. If you click one link in these shownotes, it must, must, must be this one.

    And, of course, the best Doctor Who spinoff ever (apart from Wizards vs Aliens which totally doesn't count), is The Sarah Jane Adventures. Take that, Terence Dudley.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll pick up this stupid pilot and create an entire series. Don't think we won't.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds is Brendan's vanity video project, which is basically a lot better than this podcast. Fans of things that are just superb will enjoy Brendan summarising every Doctor Who story in less than 10 seconds.

    To see Brendan's summaries of the first three seasons, visit the webpage or subscribe on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    And it's just up: our commentary podcast on the Rodgetastic Bond classic The Man with the Golden Gun. It's our best episode yet, but other commentaries are also available, starting with Dr. No and even including the ludicrous 1967 film Casino Royale. You can find these commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 75: It's All About Him

    29 May 2016 (7:24am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 13 minutes and 0 seconds

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    Well... it'll just go on and on and on and on, because it's part of our television, isn't it? Why should it stop, there's no evidence... everyone's been very successful in it.

    Tom's gone, so it's time for another retrospective episode, ably compered by Sir Todd Beilby. Who will we snog, marry and avoid this time?

    Notes and links

    Fans of Tom Baker will enjoy his 1997 biography Who on Earth is Tom Baker? (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Pearl Mackie is introduced as Peter Capaldi's new companion when she faces the Daleks in this introductory video.

    The Robots of Death do return, in the Kaldor City audios and in Robophobia, a Big Finish audio starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor.

    Tom's Doctor makes his comic debut in 1975, in the TV Comic strip Death Flower.

    Chris Boucher's terrible (but highly absorbent) BBC Books include Last Man Running and Corpse Marker.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll become increasingly grumpy and difficult to work with until you're forced to fire us. Then we'll do a drunken interview on Nationwide.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds is FTE's first flight into the world of online video, and Gareth Roberts has described it as a hoot.

    To see every story from Doctor Who's first three seasons summarised in 10 seconds by our very own Brendan Jones, visit the webpage or subscribe on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    While you wait for our slightly delayed commentary on The Man with the Golden Gun, why not listen to our other commenary tracks, starting with Dr. No and going all the way to Live and Let Die? You can find these commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 74: Full of Orphans

    23 May 2016 (4:36am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 31 minutes and 35 seconds

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    It's the end, but the moment has been prepared for.

    This episode, we say farewell to the star of Doctor Who's last seven years and a huge part of our childhoods: the Great Curator himself, Tom Baker. On the way, we discuss gravity, orphans, Auntie Vanessa's outfit, agnosticism and the untimely destruction of the entire universe. It's Logopolis.

    Buy the story!

    Logopolis was released on DVD in 2007. In the US, it was available on its own (Amazon US), but, again, in the UK and Australia, it was part of the New Beginnings box set, which also included The Keeper of Traken and Castrovalva (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    In Australia, we were fortunate to have Doctor Who four or five nights a week at 6:30 PM just before the ABC News. But, between new seasons and endless repeats of Pertwee's final year, we were treated to the Japanese television series Monkey, which was dubbed by fabulous English actors like Doctor Who's very own David Collings, and newly-welcomed Australian citizen Miriam Margolyes.

    Richard's mention of frocks and guns gives us the perfect opportunity to link to Nathan's blog post on the subject.

    Before receding into the background on Doctor Who, Sarah Sutton starred in a spooky television programme called The Moon Stallion (1978), along with her fellow Who-alumni David Haig and John Abinieri.

    Fans of the sombre mystical brilliance of Season 18 will enjoy following script editor Christopher Bidmead on Twitter at @chbid.

    Feeling overwhelmed by the inevitability of death, the ephemerality of pleasure and the fundamental grinding pointlessness of human existence? Of course you are. Unfortunately, The Doctor Who Pattern Book will do very little to cheer you up. And anyway it's out of print.

    Fortunately, the universe won't last forever. Fans of cabalistic ideas the link between words and reality will enjoy Arthur C. Clarke's 1953 short story The Nine Billion Names of God.

    Picks of the week Brendan

    Inveterate essayist and Avengers fan recommends Avengerworld: The Avengers in Our Lives, a charity anthology produced in aid of Champion Chanzige, a charity which exists to improve conditions for underprivileged children at a primary school in Tanzania.

    Nathan

    Nathan has been enjoying The Greatest Generation, a Star Trek podcast by two guys who are a bit embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast. Check out their website at gagh.biz.

    Richard

    Charmingly, Richard has been reading books about Wonder Woman, including Jill Lepore's The Secret History of Wonder Woman (Amazon US) (Amazon UK), and our very own Phil Sandifer's A Golden Thread: An Unofficial Critical History of Wonder Woman (Amazon US ) (Amazon UK).

    Todd

    Equally charmingly, Todd has been enjoying Tegan and Sara's 2012 album Heartthrob, and particularly the song "I Was a Fool". Buy it on iTunes. (Other online music retailers are also available.)

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll be so cross and self-destructive that we'll probably unravel the whole causal nexus, and then the unravelling will spread out until the whole universe is reduced to nothing. Would that be an overreaction?

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds is FTE's first flight into the world of online video, featuring FTE's very own CBBC-style television presenter, Brendan Jones.

    To see every story from Doctor Who's first three seasons summarised in 10 seconds to a jaunty musical accompaniment, visit the webpage or subscribe on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    Bondfinger continues to be a thing. We've already done nine commentary tracks, starting from Dr. No and going all the way to Live and Let Die. You can find all these commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook, including an upcoming commentary track on The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).



  • Episode 73: Web of Nothing

    15 May 2016 (8:49am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 47 minutes and 29 seconds

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    With the Source out of control, nature, they say, reverts
    to destructive chaos.

    This week, Brendan, Nathan and Todd perform the entire podcast in iambic pentameters and wearing stick-on BBC beards. The script is great, the sets are great, the actors are great, and the Master is here too. It's The Keeper of Traken.

    Buy the story!

    The Keeper of Traken was released on DVD in 2007. In the US, it was available on its own (Amazon US), but in the UK and Australia, it was part of the New Beginnings box set, which also included Logopolis and Castrovalva (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    This might not make it to the final cut, but we bang on about the Doctor Who Cookbook at the beginning of the raw recording, so here's a link. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Fans of giant exposition dumps will enjoy Space: 1999, which showcases Johnny Byrne's talents at dumping exposition. Season 1 is worth a watch; Season 2 is a horrific trainwreck. Avoid.

    We've mentioned this before, but in the late 70s and the early 80s, the BBC produced TV versions of all of Shakespeare's plays, whose design and direction were terribly similar to the design and direction of this story.

    Geoffrey Beevers goes on to have a great post-Doctor Who career as the Master. Fans of his version of the Master will enjoy all of his audiobooks, as well as Big Finish's Dust Breeding, Master and The Two Masters.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or if all the stars were silver, and the sky a giant purse in my fist, I couldn't be happier than I am tonight. That's not really a threat, is it?

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    The great unsung hero of Flight Through Entirety is, of course, Brendan, with his crazily brilliant editing skillz. But what don't you get to see?

    To celebrate 100 subscribers to Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, Brendan has chosen to release his blooper reel, and it's just hilariously wonderful. Fans of Brendan dancing will definitely enjoy this, and so will everyone else. Take a look.

    You can see the entire series on our website or you can subscribe to it on YouTube.

    Bondfinger

    So, we have nine Bond commentary podcasts available right now, starting from Dr. No and going all the way to Live and Let Die, and including the psychedelic nightmare that is Casino Royale (1967). You can find all these commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 72: Petulant Teenage Moment

    8 May 2016 (8:15am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 46 minutes and 47 seconds

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    Our flight through E-Space crashes into a mysterious white void inhabited only by crazy alchemist Christopher Hamilton Bidmead and some hirsute slaves on the run from a Jean Cocteau film. It's Warriors' Gate.

    Buy the story!

    Warriors' Gate was released on DVD in 2009 as part of the E-Space Trilogy box set. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    Fans of the weird magical way that time works in this story will enjoy the ITV series Sapphire and Steel, so long as they're blessed with a lot of patience for glacial pacing. And Joanna Lumley, obviously.

    This story reminds Brendan of two stories of Star Trek: The Next Generation: Contagion, in which the mysterious Iconians have constructed gateways that allow them to plunder planet after planet, and Remember Me, in which the fabulous Beverly Crusher discovers that the universe is "a spherical region 705 metres in diameter".

    Despite Nathan's best attempt, The Practical Problem with Leaving Someone Alive is not the title of this episode. Instead, it's the title of Episode 50 of Flight Through Entirety, in which we discuss the utterly superb Horror of Fang Rock.

    Kenneth Cope, who played Packard in this story, was well known for his role in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), where he played the eponymous Hopkirk, a fabulous crime-solving ghost. Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) was created by Dennis Spooner, the best Dennis to contribute to the creation of the William Hartnell era.

    Richard's not here this week, but we still have a list of films and things that influnced the visual style of this story: Jean Cocteau's Orphee (1950), Roots (1977), Kiss Me Deadly (1955), and Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bete (1955).

    Fans of people being horrible to Matthew Waterhouse will enjoy his superb autobiography, Blue Box Boy. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or, I don't know, we'll knock over a goblet of wine and confront you with a totally inexplicable (but utterly beautiful) cliffhanger.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    As usual, all three of us find ourselves able to drone on about a single Doctor Who story for more than half an hour. But what if we only had 10 seconds?

    By the time you read this, the third episode of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds might even be up, covering the glorious car crash that is Doctor Who's third season. You can see the entire series on our website or on YouTube. You might even get to see Brendan dancing. Shut up. He'll be totally wearing clothes, you deviant.

    Bondfinger

    Over the weekend, we released our commentary podcast on Roger Moore's first Bond film, the casually racist classic Live and Let Die. Our eight previous commentaries cover the Connery films, George Lazenby's classic outing and the inexplicable Casino Royale (1967), starring David Niven. You can find all these commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 71: Why Is E-Space Green?

    24 April 2016 (2:36am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 40 minutes and 20 seconds

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    Our flight through the vast green void of the E-Space Trilogy continues, as we land on an unnamed planet inhabited only by playing-card monarchs, unconvincing plastic bats and press-on BBC beards. But we still have a pretty good time. Welcome to State of Decay.

    Buy the story!

    State of Decay was released on DVD in 2009. Unlike last week's Full Circle, I can't find it on sale by itself on Amazon in the US, but it's available as part of the E-Space Trilogy box set from either of the Amazons. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    As is now well known, State of Decay started life as the Season 15 opener The Vampire Mutations, which was nixed by the BBC so that it wouldn't steal the thunder from BBC's own version of Dracula scheduled for broadcast that same year. The Wikipedia article on this lavish production links to several fairly positive reviews, despite Nathan's tiresome and predictable insistence that it would have been simply terrible.

    Terrance Dicks will revisit this unnamed planet in his Virgin New Adventures book Blood Harvest, published in July 1994, which is before some of you young people were even born, for God's sake.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or Nathan will come round to your house to explain the etymology of the word technocotheca at intolerably tedious length.

    Doctor Who in 10 Seconds

    These days, the Flight Through Entirety team can usually keep going on about a Doctor Who story for upwards of 40 minutes. But what if we only had 10 seconds?

    In the latest (well, only) video project from Flight Through Entirety (well, just Brendan, really), Brendan summarises Doctor Who season by season, spending no more than 10 seconds on each story. Season 1 is up already; by the time you see these shownotes, Season 2 will probably be up too. You can see Brendan's fabulous work here.

    Bondfinger

    Next week, we hope, we'll be releasing our commentary podcast on Roger Moore's Bond debut, Live and Let Die, so you've got about a week to enjoy it one last time before we ruin it for you forever, probably. Our most recent commentary is on Diamonds Are Forever (1971). You can find our other commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 70: He Swims in a Very Special Way

    17 April 2016 (5:38am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 50 minutes and 57 seconds

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    This week, our trip to Gallifrey is unexpectedly diverted when we fall headlong into Doctor Who's first ever trilogy, set in a bubble universe weirdly intersecting with the Newtown Branch of The Sofa of Reasonable Comfort. While there, we discuss polar vs Cartesian coordinates, the laws governing space evolution and skimpy transparent underwear. Tell Dexeter we've come full circle!

    Buy the story!

    Full Circle was released on DVD in 2009. It's available by itself in the US (Amazon US), and also as part of the E-Space Trilogy box set (Amazon US). In the UK and Australia, it is only available as part of the E-Space Trilogy box set. (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    If you're planning a career as a Doctor Who villain, you will obviously need to familiarise yourself with the Internet's Evil Overload Checklist.

    Brendan's Tom Baker and K9 action figures recreate key scenes from Full Circle on location in Black Park, Buckinghamshire in our occasional series Toys on Tour.

    Perhaps we're unnecessarily cruel about Matthew Waterhouse's performance in this story. To hear his side of the story, you must read the excellent Blue Box Boy, Waterhouse's own account of his childhood as a Doctor Who fan, his time on the show, and his subsequent life on the convention circuit. You won't regret it. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

    Although the Marshchild paid a terrible price for trusting the Doctor, we think you'll enjoy listening to Trust Your Doctor, a podcast by our internet pals Dylan and Kiyan. They've only just overtaken us, so, you know, spoiler alert.

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    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll violently trash your laboratory and then electrocute ourselves by punching a hole in your television.

    Bondfinger

    Before we start our flight through Rodge's glorious series of Bond films, there's still time to catch up on our commentaries on Sean and George's entries, including Sean's final film (for now), Diamonds Are Forever (1971). You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on our website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 69: By the Power of Bad Acting

    10 April 2016 (5:28am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 38 minutes and 0 seconds

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    The Season 18 fun continues this week as we head off to the planet Tigella to confront megalomaniacal pot plant Meglos. On the way, we discuss another important trope, hating the Doctor's old friends, and, of course, the awesome wonder of Jacqueline Hill.

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

    Notes and links

    The horrific helmet hair on the Savants has its roots (ha!) in the Gerry Anderson TV series UFO (1980). Check out the sexy purple version of the Savants' wigs in this blog post on the first episode of the series.

    Here is a list of all of the old friends of John Steed who are killed in episodes of The New Avengers.

    Fans of The Avengers will have nodded sagely at Brendan's mentions of the episodes Murdersville and The Man-Eater of Surrey Green. We discuss Man-Eater in one of our favourite episodes of this podcast, Episode 43: Sexiest Exposition Trope.

    On the subject of tropes, Brendan mentions the delivery of exposition by having characters explain to each other things they clearly already know. According to TV Tropes, this trope is officially called As you know. Please take note.

    According to Brendan, who is very young, you know, Tigella's lush, aggressive vegetation looks very much like the Pokemon Victreebel. You can compare them yourself here.

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    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or you'll be caught in a fold of time and forced to listen to this episode round and round for all eternity. Not even you can escape a chronic hysteretic loop, as you well know.

    Bondfinger

    In our most recent commentary, we respectfully discuss the first James Bond film of the 1970s, Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Other commentaries are also available, covering all of the Bond films from the 1960s. You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on our website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 68: Giant Squashy Bottoms

    3 April 2016 (5:05am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 57 minutes and 38 seconds

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    Exhausted by a two-hour tracking shot along Brighton Beach, Brendan, Nathan and Todd head off to the leisure planet Argolis, a beautifully-directed planet under attack from an army of David Haigs. Welcome to the 1980s, everyone!

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    The Leisure Hive was released on DVD in 2004. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    Fans of obsessing over the minutiae of things that are completely unimportant, will enjoy, well, Flight Through Entirety, to be honest, but they will also enjoy the website broadwcast.org, which enumerates every single time a Classic Doctor Who episode has aired on terrestrial television in over 80 countries around the world. Nathan loves it.

    Here's an article from The Telegraph in which Christopher Hamilton Bidmead, starved for relevance, explains exactly what's wrong with the new series.

    And now, some really terrible TV science fiction for your enjoyment: eleven episodes of the 1979 series Buck Rogers in the Twenty-Fifth Century, and Chapter 1 of Jason of Star Command (1978), intriguingly titled Attack of the Dragonship.

    Here is Philip Sandifer's video blog discussing this season's new approach to visual storytelling.

    And here's Bablyon 5, which is apparently a television series of some kind, shamelessly ripping off the composition of one of the many beautiful shots in this story.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. You can find Cameron Lam, who so beautifully arranged our theme music, at cameronlam.com. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we will open the airlocks and together we will walk out onto the surface of our planet for the last time.

    Bondfinger

    This morning, we released our commentary on Connery's last (?) Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever (1971). It's the eighth in our series, which now includes commentaries on all of the 60s Bond films. You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on our website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 67: Chaotic Intent

    28 February 2016 (10:38am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 55 minutes and 59 seconds

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    We've reached the end of the Graham Williams Era, and before we go off to have a relaxing one-month break in a nearby parallel universe, we have just enough time to discuss Shada, the sadly uncompleted keystone of the last three years of Doctor Who. Tea, anyone?

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    Odd and unsatisfactory versions of this story were released on DVD in 2013. In the US, as usual, it was released on its own (Amazon US), whereas in the UK it was one of two discs in the Legacy Collection box set, along with the 1993 documentary More than Thirty Years in the TARDIS. (Amazon UK)

    However, it doesn't end there. In 2012, a novelisation of Shada was released, written by Doctor Who writer and Season 17 fan Gareth Roberts. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU). There's also an audiobook, read by Lalla Ward. (Audible US) (Audible UK) (Audible AU)

    Notes and links

    Godel Escher Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter was published in 1979, and was wildly loved by just the sort of people who might stumble upon an ancient book of Gallifreyan lore in the study of some old Cambridge professor. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    The Star Wars Holiday Special first screened around Christmas 1978, and is perhaps the most horrific thing ever to screen on television. Despite George Lucas's relentless attempts to suppress it, it can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube. But, really, just don't.

    The Somebody Else's Problem field is "a cheap, easy, and staggeringly useful way of safely protecting something from unwanted eyes", by exploiting our natural tendency to ignore things that we just don't want to think about.

    And here's a video of the destruction of a washing machine by putting a brick in it. Turn down your sound before watching this.

    Fans of ruthlessly mocking pompous homophobic lackwits will enjoy these Amazon reviews of Cory Bernardi's absurdly jejune magnum opus The Conservative Revolution.

    Picks of the Week Nathan

    Nathan just picked a whole heap of stuff that we've mentioned in the last few episodes of the podcast. There are links to Gareth Roberts's novelisation of Shada above; James Goss's novelisation of City of Death was released by BBC Books in 2015. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Paul Cornell's collection of fanzine articles, Licence Denied, is out of print.

    Richard

    The Mortdecai Trilogy by Kyril Bonfiglioli is a series of comic novels recounting the adventures of a dissolute art dealer.

    Brendan

    Douglas Adams's novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency shamelessly recycles many of the ideas in both City of Death and Shada. It's great. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll unexpectedly go on strike over lunch and cancel the pinnacle of your entire era.

    Bondfinger

    While you're waiting for our upcoming commentary on On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1968), please enjoy our commentaries on (the other) Casino Royale (1967), You Only Live Twice (1967), Thunderball (1965), Goldfinger (1964), From Russia With Love (1963), and Dr. No (1962). You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on our website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 66: Falling on Cory Bernardi

    22 February 2016 (8:50am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 44 minutes and 19 seconds

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    Our flight finally reaches the end of the 1970s, only to run out of hymetusite and crash ignominiously into The Horns of Nimon.

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    The Horns of Nimon was released on DVD in 2010. It was released by itself in the US (Amazon US), but in the UK it was released along with The Time Monster and Underworld in the rightfully unloved Myths and Legends box set (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    Here's South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi drawing an irrefutable link between marriage equality and marrying your dog.

    Fans of the Nimon (and who isn't?) will enjoy the Big Finish Eighth Doctor audio Seasons of Fear by Paul Cornell.

    Once again, we mention Licence Denied, which was a collection of fan writing edited by Paul Cornell first published in 1997. Notable essays include Tom the Second, Gareth Roberts's defence of the Williams Era, and Why the Nimon Should Be Our Friends, by Phillip J. Gray.

    And here's is Shaun Micallef interviewing Jack Tiger Adams, for some reason.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll come round to your house and dig a black hole on your doorstep.

    Bondfinger

    Our Casino Royale (1967) commentary is now out, and it's mental, but nowhere near as mental as the film itself. Once the acid flashbacks have subsided, you might enjoy our other Bond commentaries: You Only Live Twice (1967), Thunderball (1965), Goldfinger (1964), From Russia With Love (1963), and Dr. No (1962). You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on our website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 65: I Don't Want Nancy Reagan

    14 February 2016 (12:16pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 40 minutes and 19 seconds

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    So, we've all taken several hits of vraxoin, which means that we really enjoyed this week's story, in spite of the sets, the script, most of the performances and the ham-fisted anti-drugs message. It's Nightmare of Eden!

    Buy the story!

    Nightmare of Eden was released on DVD as recently as 2012. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    In 1983, First Lady Nancy Reagan was in the throes of her Just Say No campaign, in which she made numerous television appearances warning the American people about the dangers of drugs. Horrifically, she guested on an episode of Diff'rent Strokes in order to patronise Gary Coleman's entire class.

    Fans of the fabulous model work in this story, along with everyone else, will enjoy the Blakes 7 episode Gold. (It's worth mentioning at this point that Blakes 7 is now available on YouTube in its entirety. So why are you wasting your time on this podcast, for God's sake?)

    Amii Stewart's 1979 music video for her hit single Knock On Wood has nearly many psychedelic video effects as this story's Episode 3 cliffhanger.

    In 1980, Lalla Ward played Ophelia in the BBC Season of Shakespeare's version of Hamlet. Hamlet himself was played by Derek Jacobi, Doctor Who's very own Professor Yana. (We love Lalla, but she's really terrible in this.)

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll get horribly out of it for some reason and crash a spaceliner through your car.

    Bondfinger

    Bondfinger has just released its Casino Royale (1967) commentary, but, to be honest, you'll need to take a lot of vraxoin in order to get through that film. Still, we also have more sensible commentaries on You Only Live Twice (1967), Thunderball (1965), Goldfinger (1964), From Russia With Love (1963), and Dr. No (1962). You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on our website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 64: There Shall Be No Fire

    7 February 2016 (12:59pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 38 minutes and 24 seconds

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    This week, Brendan, Richard and Nathan are just simply too mature to make fun of the ludicrously phallic monster in The Creature from the Pit. Aren't we? Aren't we?

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    The Creature from the Pit was released on DVD in 2010. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    Orac is, of course, the computer in TV's Blakes 7.

    Fagin is the appalling Jewish stereotype from Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist. We own Charles Dickens! He's in Doctor Who.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll tip you into a pit and throw astrologers at you. Obviously.

    Bondfinger

    Fans of people staring open-mouthed at psychedelic 60s films will enjoy our commentary track for Casino Royale (1967)

    Fans of something much more sensible will enjoy our first five commentary tracks: You Only Live Twice (1967), Thunderball (1965), Goldfinger (1964), From Russia With Love (1963), and Dr. No (1962). You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on our website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 63: Crushed with Disappointment

    25 January 2016 (12:14am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 41 minutes and 33 seconds

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    This week, Brendan, Richard and Nathan tackle City of Death, by Douglas Adams and Graham Williams. How many superlatives can fit in a single 40-minute podcast episode?

    Buy the story!

    City of Death was released on DVD in 2005. Seriously, if you don't have a copy, just buy it. At once. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    We've uploaded some photos from Brendan's Facebook album Toys on Tour, which is the best place to go to see a plastic Tom Baker crawling up the gate to the Galerie Denise Rene in Paris.

    After Hitch Hiker's and Doctor Who, Douglas Adams wrote two novels featuring holistic detective Dirk Gently, which reused elements from City of Death and Shada. Those novels were Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988). They're very good.

    Ken Grieve, with whom Douglas Adams went to Paris for lunch that one time, was the director of Destiny of the Daleks.

    We talked about Cornell, Day and Topping's The Discontinuity Guide a couple of weeks ago. Here's their take on City of Death.

    Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's weird spoof version of The Hound of the Baskervilles was released in 1978. It just sounds amazing!

    When she wasn't busy helping her husband to steal the Mona Lisa, Catherine Schell appeared in the second season of Space: 1999 as Maya, a shape-changing alien from the planet Psychon. It's really much worse than you could possibly imagine.

    Fans of erudite discussions of art, scarcity and authenticity will enjoy Philip Sandifer's take on this story from TARDIS Eruditorum.

    For two years, from 1911 to 1913, the Mona Lisa was no longer in the Louvre: it was hidden in a trunk in Vincenzo Peruggia's apartment after he entered the Louvre, hid it under his smock and made off with it. See, we're educational as well as entertaining.

    Captain Tancredi's bodyguard is played by Peter Halliday, who won our hearts in his role as Packer in The Invasion.

    Romana's naughty schoolgirl outfit seems to be inspired by the St Trinian's film series in the 50s and 60s. Another inspiration might be Madeline, the heroine of a series of children's books written by Austrian author Ludwig Bemelmans in the 1950s and 60s.

    Licence Denied was a collection of fan writing edited by Paul Cornell and first published in 1997. It is, sadly, out of print. Notable essays include Tom the Second, Gareth Roberts's defence of the Williams Era, and Why the Nimon Should Be Our Friends, by Phillip J. Gray. And no, you can't borrow my copy.

    James Goss's novelisation of City of Death was released by BBC Books in 2015. It's good. Buy it. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Comic Book Guy kidnaps Lucy Lawless in The Simpsons Halloween episode Treehouse of Horror X. Hilariously, the Simpsons Wikia page warns that "this episode is considered non-canon and the events featured do not relate to the series and therefore may not have actually happened/existed". Which is nice to know.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll cancel the wine and bring the vitamin pill. Continue with your work, professor. Enjoy it, or you will die.

    Bondfinger

    Our Casino Royale (1967) commentary will be released early in February. With hilarious results. Until then, you can enjoy our first five commentary tracks: You Only Live Twice (1967), Thunderball (1965), Goldfinger (1964), From Russia With Love (1963), and Dr. No (1962). You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on our website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 62: Circuit Boards Glued to a Piece of Wood

    17 January 2016 (7:21am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 50 minutes and 22 seconds

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    It's the start of an exciting new season of Doctor Who. Terry Nation's back and Mary Tamm isn't, but we still manage to pull ourselves together long enough to discuss Destiny of the Daleks.

    Buy the story!

    Destiny of the Daleks was released on DVD in 2007/2008. That was simple. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    In 1980, Tom and Lalla recorded a series of Australian ads for minicomputer company Prime Computer. These are available as a DVD extra on the Destiny DVD, but you can also see them on YouTube.

    In 1979, Tom recorded a series of three ads for conservation group Keep Australia Beautiful. You can see a terrible videotape copy of two of these on YouTube as well.

    The nightmarish scenario of wars run by computer will later be taken up by Matthew Broderick in War Games (1983), which you are all too young to remember. Damn you.

    Star Trek's Wil Wheaton interviews Doctor Who's Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi on the Series 9 DVD and Blu-ray releases. You can watch some short excerpts from that interview here and here.

    Nowadays, the word meme tends to refer to photographs of cats with hilarious writing superimposed on them. However, it was originally coined by Lalla Ward's husband Richard Dawkins to refer to a unit of culture which spreads through imitation.

    Chaos on the Bridge is a 2014 documentary written and produced by William Shatner, chronicling the first few difficult years of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It's available on Netflix, and you can rent or buy it on Vimeo.

    Mark Michalowski's short story The Lying Old Witch in the Wardrobe was published in 2003 as part of Big Finish's anthology Short Trips: Companions. It explains -- whimsically -- why Romana regenerates at the start of this story, and suggests that the Romana we see here is not exactly who we expect her to be.

    The impasse faced by two perfectly logical computer opponents is an outworking of game theory, used by mathematician John von Neumann to model, among other things, the interactions between the US and the USSR in the Cold War.

    The same impasse is also the basis of the short story Fool's Mate, first published in Astounding Science Fiction in March 1953. In this story, two computerised battle fleets are frozen, unable to attack one another, until one decides to put its attack strategy under the control of a complete madman. Which just goes to show, really.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll ineptly recast one of your favourite Doctor Who villains and completely ruin your childhood.

    Bondfinger

    It seems such a long time since there was a new episode of Bondfinger, but don't worry, we'll be releasing a commentary track on Casino Royale (1967) early in February. Until then, you can enjoy our first five commentary tracks: You Only Live Twice (1967), Thunderball (1965), Goldfinger (1964), From Russia With Love (1963), and Dr. No (1962). You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on our website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.



  • Episode 61: Holden Astra

    9 January 2016 (11:38pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 1 hour, 0 minutes and 30 seconds

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    It's the final story of the Key to Time season, whose story wheezes and groans to a halt in The Armageddon Factor. Meanwhile, Brendan, Nathan and Todd have a lovely time praising Mary, dissing everything else, and answering that pressing question: what did we think of Doctor Who's first ever season-long arc?

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    And now, for the last time: In the US, you can buy The Armageddon Factor by itself (Amazon US), or as part of the Key to Time box set (Amazon US). In the UK, it's only available as part of the Key to Time box set. (Amazon UK)

    Notes and links

    We've referred to Cornell, Day and Topping's The Discontinuity Guide before. It's out of print, buy you can still buy for your Kindle (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU). The text of the book is reproduced on the old BBC Cult Doctor Who website, which is pretty hard to get to these days, but I have at least managed to find their take on The Armageddon Factor ("the whole thing is very uninvolving").

    Charmingly, Brendan thinks that K9 sounds like Lambert the Sheepish Lion (1952).

    Davyd Harries, who plays posh idiot sidekick Shapp, is also fairly horrifying as Vila's hilarious bluebeard pal Doran in the horrifying Blakes 7 episode Moloch, written by Blakes 7's resident horrifying misogynist Ben Steed.

    Fans of the entire contents of the Bristol Boys' kitchen drawers will enjoy Dave Martin's entry in the Make Your Own Adventure series, Search for the Doctor, which features the Sixth Doctor, K9, Drax and Omega.

    Picks of the Week Brendan

    This week, Brendan has decided not to pick the Big Finish The Key 2 Time series, which consists of The Judgement of Isskar, The Destroyer of Delights and The Chaos Pool, and stars Peter Davison as the Doctor. He has also decided not to pick Graceless, an entire Big Finish series which serves as a sequel to The Key 2 Time, and which has now run for three whole series.

    Instead, he's picked The Auntie Matter, a Big Finish full-cast audio drama starring Tom Baker and Mary Tamm.

    Todd

    Todd has picked one of the Big Finish Companion Chronicles, The Stealers from Saiph, which is read by Mary Tamm.

    Nathan

    Nathan has picked The AV Club, which is a sister site to satirical newspaper The Onion, and is the home of some of the best writing on pop culture on the internet. He particularly recommends the reviews of the Classic Series written by Christopher Bahn.

    Follow us!

    Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, because if you're not rating or reviewing us on iTunes, we can make you rate or review us on iTunes, because we can do anything! As from this moment there's no such thing as free will in the entire universe! For we possess the Key to Time!

    Bondfinger

    Bondfinger will return in Casino Royale (1967). Until then, you can enjoy our first five commentary tracks: You Only Live Twice (1967), Thunderball (1965), Goldfinger (1964), From Russia With Love (1963), and Dr. No (1962). You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on our website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.



 
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