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  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #87 - Midnight Express

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    04:06 (GMT) - 16 Jun 2008

    For once, the Three Who Rule were in total agreement that "Midnight," the psychological thriller/Donna-lite episode of this season's Doctor Who, was a fine bit of viewing. That left us with little else to do besides mock Who overseer Phil Collinson and engage in many a ridiculous digression, as per usual. Next week, Rose, dead Doctors, and atomic weaponry. Allons-y!



  • Staggering Stories Podcast

    Staggering Stories Podcast #22: Vast Toffee (MN)

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    10:10 (GMT) - 15 Jun 2008

    Show summary: Andy Simpkins, Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith and Tony Gallichan talk about the Doctor Who Season 4 episodes Silence In The Library and Forest of the Dead, Steven Moffat taking over Doctor Who, Fight Club: Gene Hunt vs. Jack Regan, and a variety of other stuff, specifically:

    • 00.00 – Intro and theme tune.
    • 00.52 — Greetings, yes?
    • 01.20 – News:
    • 01.20 — Tony’s Conventional Insult.
    • 02.44 — Where Is Keith?
    • 03.56 — Fake Keith’s Fake News.
    • 04.34 – Fight Club: Gene Hunt vs. Jack Regan!
    • 13.23 – Doctor Who:
    • 13.23 — Silence In The Library and Forest of the Dead.
    • 51.56 — Steven Moffat taking over from Russell T Davies.
    • 59.21 – Letters and listener feedback.* Hit us yourself at show@StaggeringStories.net
    • 60.03 – Viva El Presidente.
    • 62.16 – The Taste Test: Stewie’s Domination Serum
    • 65.29 – Goodbyeeeeeeeee!!
    • 65.45 — End theme, disclaimer, copyright, etc.

    Vital Links:

    • Staggering Stories.
    • Staggering Stories: Podcast Drinking Game.
    • Fury at Forty.
    • Wikipedia: Gene Hunt.
    • Wikipedia: The Sweeney.
    • Doctor Who.
    • Doctor Who: Silence in the Library.
    • Doctor Who: Forest of the Dead.
    • Stewie’s Domination Serum.


  • Tachyon TV Podcasts

    The Invasion of Time Part 5

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    20:44 (GMT) - 14 Jun 2008

    'Derek - you're a dead man!'. Topics up for discussion include: David Essex, Temporal Oust, Gallifreyan Bingo, supply teachers, faulty DVDs, spoilers for The Five Doctors, and little chairs.



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #079 - No Silence about the Library

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    19:31 (GMT) - 13 Jun 2008

    Moffat Zweiteiler "Silence in the Library" und "Forest of the dead". Als bisheriges Hightlight der Staffel kommen beide Folge auch relativ gut weg. Ausserdem werden die ersten Geruchte fur die kommende Specials breitgetreten.



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #079 - No Silence about the Library

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    18:31 (GMT) - 13 Jun 2008

    Moffat Zweiteiler "Silence in the Library" und "Forest of the dead". Als bisheriges Hightlight der Staffel kommen beide Folge auch relativ gut weg. Ausserdem werden die ersten Geruchte fur die kommende Specials breitgetreten.



  • Geek Syndicate

    Raiders of the Lost Podcast - Episode 2

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    11:49 (GMT) - 13 Jun 2008

    Join Nebraska Nuge and Montana Holland on another adventure of a lifetime. In this second part of their special Indiana Jones podcast the pair finally take and in-depth look at 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' from a hardcore, old school Indy fan perspective. Enjoy!



  • Geek Syndicate

    Raiders of the Lost Podcast - Episode 2

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    10:49 (GMT) - 13 Jun 2008

    Join Nebraska Nuge and Montana Holland on another adventure of a lifetime. In this second part of their special Indiana Jones podcast the pair finally take and in-depth look at 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' from a hardcore, old school Indy fan perspective. Enjoy!



  • Tin Dog Podcast

    TDP 60: Doctor Who and Torchwood DVD Round Up

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    20:35 (GMT) - 12 Jun 2008

    DVD round up for the summer of 2008!



  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate - Episode 84

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    13:33 (GMT) - 12 Jun 2008

    Welcome to another action packed, geek filled romp through the world of Geekdom with Barry and Dave.

    News

    Survivors remake (no not the band for did eye of the tiger) from Rocky 3) by Primeval creator

    Warren Ellis' Ocean swims to the big screen

    Week that was

    Doctor who - Forest of the Dead episode review.

    Dan Dare issue 1 - 5 from Virgin Comics.

    Astonishing Xmen (the end of the Wheedon run)

    Secret Invasion

    Trinity 1

    Final Crisis 1 (with added Dave rant!)

    Lego Indiana Jones (ah yeah!)

    Kick ass issue 3

    Titanium Rain

    Notes from Nuge

    No Notes this week I'm afraid

    Main

    Dave reports back after his trip to the London MCM Expo.

    Enjoy!!!




  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate - Episode 84

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    12:33 (GMT) - 12 Jun 2008

    Welcome to another action packed, geek filled romp through the world of Geekdom with Barry and Dave.

    News

    Survivors remake (no not the band for did eye of the tiger) from Rocky 3) by Primeval creator

    Warren Ellis' Ocean swims to the big screen

    Week that was

    Doctor who - Forest of the Dead episode review. 

    Dan Dare issue 1 - 5 from Virgin Comics.

    Astonishing Xmen (the end of the Wheedon run)

    Secret Invasion

    Trinity 1

    Final Crisis 1 (with added Dave rant!)

    Lego Indiana Jones (ah yeah!)

    Kick ass issue 3

    Titanium Rain

    Notes from Nuge

    No Notes this week I'm afraid

    Main

    Dave reports back after his trip to the London MCM Expo.

    Enjoy!!!




  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #078 - The Unicorn and the Pig

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    23:07 (GMT) - 11 Jun 2008

    Dieser Podcast beantwortet wieder einige der ungestellten Fragen des Whoniversums. Wie z.B.: Was hat Doctor Who mit Sodomie zu tun? Welche Fahigkeiten braucht ein Companion? Und naturlich die grosse Frage nach dem WARUM. Ausserdem geht es weiter mit den Agenden, die die Welt nicht braucht. Und all das wahrend eines kurzen Reviews von "The Unicorn and the Wasp".



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #078 - The Unicorn and the Pig

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    22:07 (GMT) - 11 Jun 2008

    Dieser Podcast beantwortet wieder einige der ungestellten Fragen des Whoniversums. Wie z.B.: Was hat Doctor Who mit Sodomie zu tun? Welche Fahigkeiten braucht ein Companion? Und naturlich die grosse Frage nach dem WARUM. Ausserdem geht es weiter mit den Agenden, die die Welt nicht braucht. Und all das wahrend eines kurzen Reviews von "The Unicorn and the Wasp".



  • Geek Syndicate

    Comic Racks Episode 15 - Return of the Rackettes!

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    13:50 (GMT) - 11 Jun 2008

    Firstly, the Ladies of Rackington would like to apologise to you, the wonderful listening public, for the untimely release of this episode. Technical difficulties and unprovoked front door attacks prevented this episode from being released on time, but trust us, it's worth the wait!

    After several months of being completely rubbish, the girls finally get their act together and present to you their second and rather awesome Rackette, the lovely Marcus Q. Join them in the main feature as they discuss Marcus' comic likes and dislikes, how dyslexia can affect a comic reader and what comic creators and editors could be doing to improve the reading quality of their works.

    During the show, Stacey gets excited several times, on topics such as The Futureheads (oh, will she ever shut up about them? I think not), Jamie Smart and awesome looking Transformers covers. As well as all the excitement there are rants a-plenty as Iz slates her Tail of the Racks, and Marcus addresses a friend who borrowed (read: nicked) some books once...

    Unfortunately, Mr Q departed before the Rack Music and Peeve segments, but never fear! Iz and Stace produce the goods, as they can never let a good rant lie.

    Will Stace disguise herself as Velma to stalk The Futureheads? Will Marcus ever get his books back? Will Iz accept that being "the tits" is, in fact, a good thing? Listen on and find out!

    Enjoy!



  • Geek Syndicate

    Comic Racks Episode 15 - Return of the Rackettes!

    Geek Syndicate

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    12:50 (GMT) - 11 Jun 2008

    Firstly, the Ladies of Rackington would like to apologise to you, the wonderful listening public, for the untimely release of this episode. Technical difficulties and unprovoked front door attacks prevented this episode from being released on time, but trust us, it's worth the wait!

    After several months of being completely rubbish, the girls finally get their act together and present to you their second and rather awesome Rackette, the lovely Marcus Q. Join them in the main feature as they discuss Marcus' comic likes and dislikes, how dyslexia can affect a comic reader and what comic creators and editors could be doing to improve the reading quality of their works.

    During the show, Stacey gets excited several times, on topics such as The Futureheads (oh, will she ever shut up about them? I think not), Jamie Smart and awesome looking Transformers covers. As well as all the excitement there are rants a-plenty as Iz slates her Tail of the Racks, and Marcus addresses a friend who borrowed (read: nicked) some books once...

    Unfortunately, Mr Q departed before the Rack Music and Peeve segments, but never fear! Iz and Stace produce the goods, as they can never let a good rant lie.

    Will Stace disguise herself as Velma to stalk The Futureheads? Will Marcus ever get his books back? Will Iz accept that being "the tits" is, in fact, a good thing? Listen on and find out!

    Enjoy!



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #86 - Forest of the Dud?

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    05:48 (GMT) - 9 Jun 2008

    Dissent in the ranks this week, as the Third Guy forsakes a life of marital bliss with Who scribe Steven Moffat and rips "Forest of the Dead" a new one. Steven and Warren, on the other hand, were charmed and entertained by the concluding episode of the two-parter that began with last week's "Silence in the Library," and thus did vigorous debate and pointless digression occur for about an hour and change.



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #86 - Forest of the Dud?

    Radio Free Skaro

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    04:48 (GMT) - 9 Jun 2008

    Dissent in the ranks this week, as the Third Guy forsakes a life of marital bliss with Who scribe Steven Moffat and rips “Forest of the Dead” a new one. Steven and Warren, on the other hand, were charmed and entertained by the concluding episode of the two-parter that began with last week’s “Silence in the Library,” and thus did vigorous debate and pointless digression occur for about an hour and change.



  • Tachyon TV Podcasts

    Warriors of the Deep Part 4

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    20:44 (GMT) - 7 Jun 2008

    'There should have been a quicker way...'. Topics up for discussion include: Sink or Swim operators, Geriatric Mutant Ninja Turtles and Silurian Facebook. With special uninvited guest, Andrew Cartmel...



  • The RaT Project Live

    RaT Project: Sontaran Strategem Review

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    06:00 (GMT) - 6 Jun 2008

    Rand presents his review of Doctor Who episode 4.04, Sontaran Strategem.



  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate - Episode 83

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    04:42 (GMT) - 5 Jun 2008

    That's right people after a week off the GS boys are back in town and ready to bring you the brightest and best from the world of Geekdom!

    News

    Barry has a massive rant about the Skynet systerm.

    Highlander remake (apparently being the only one is not enough these days).

    Flash Gordon to be remade(hopefully not a movie version of the tv series).

    Week that was

    Doctor who - Silence in the Library episode review.

    Dock Walloper from Virgin Comics.

    Shadow Hunter from Virgin Comics.

    Star Trek: Of Gods and men (internet fan film with an awesome cast!).

    Notes from Nuge

    Superman the movie

    Main

    No main this week far too much arguing an doctor whoing to get through this week!



  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate - Episode 83

    Geek Syndicate

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    03:42 (GMT) - 5 Jun 2008

    That's right people after a week off the GS boys are back in town and ready to bring you the brightest and best from the world of Geekdom!

    News

    Barry has a massive rant about the Skynet systerm.

    Highlander remake (apparently being the only one is not enough these days).

    Flash Gordon to be remade(hopefully not a movie version of the tv series).

    Week that was

    Doctor who - Silence in the Library episode review. 

    Dock Walloper from Virgin Comics.

    Shadow Hunter from Virgin Comics.

    Star Trek: Of Gods and men (internet fan film with an awesome cast!).

    Notes from Nuge

    Superman the movie

    Main

    No main this week far too much arguing an doctor whoing to get through this week!



  • Tin Dog Podcast

    TDP 59: Doctor Who 4.07 The Unicorn and the Wasp

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    08:12 (GMT) - 4 Jun 2008

    "The Unicorn and the Wasp" is the seventh episode in the fourth series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was aired by BBC One on 17 May 2008 at 7:00pm.[2][3] Perhaps due to its later broadcast, it received an overnight audience rating of 7.7 million, making it the most successful episode this series since "The Fires of Pompeii".[4] The episode is a pseudohistorical story set in 1926, in a manor owned by a character named Lady Eddison in which crime fiction novelist Agatha Christie is visiting, and is a comedic episode with a murder storyline.[5] //<![CDATA[ if (window.showTocToggle) { var tocShowText = "show"; var tocHideText = "hide"; showTocToggle(); } //]]> Plot Synopsis The episode sees the Doctor (David Tennant) and Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) arrive at a dinner party hosted by Lady Eddison (Felicity Kendal) and her husband, Colonel Hugh (Christopher Benjamin). One of the guests is none other than Agatha Christie (Fenella Woolgar). Looking at a newspaper, the Doctor finds that it is the day of Agatha Christie's famous unexplained disappearance (December 8, 1926). Just as this revelation is made, another guest, Professor Peach (Ian Barritt), is found by Eddison's friend and companion Miss Chandrakala (Leena Dhingra) in the library, murdered with a lead pipe; Donna alludes to the similarity to the boardgame Cluedo. The Doctor finds morphic residue on the floor while examining the scene, meaning that one of the guests isn't human. Aided by Agatha, the Doctor interviews the guests while Donna goes looking for clues. She investigates a locked room, which the butler explains Lady Eddison had sequestered herself in while recovering from a bout of malaria contracted in India forty years earlier and they had left locked after her recovery. Donna is attacked by a giant wasp after tracing a buzzing sound to a window. She scares it off with a magnifying glass. It escapes and apparently retakes human form before they can catch up, killing Miss Chandrakala along the way. Her last words are "The poor little child." At this point it becomes clear that the murder is being played out like one of Agatha's novels. While the three mull over the evidence they've gathered thus far, the Doctor is poisoned with cyanide; however, it is not as fatal for him as it is for humans, and an odd combination of ingredients with a shock (in the form of a kiss) from Donna allows him to detoxify himself. In return, the Doctor "poisons" the guests' dinner with pepper; naturally this is not harmful to humans, but it acts as an insecticide to wasps. A buzzing sound can be heard moments later, to which Lady Eddison exclaims, "It can't be!" The lights are blown out by a sudden wind and they again fail to ascertain the identity of the alien. Roger Curbishley (Adam Rayner), Lady Eddison's son, is murdered in the confusion, and Lady Eddison's necklace, 'The Firestone,' is stolen. In the sitting room, the Doctor and Agatha reveal several secrets about the guests and hosts. Robina Redmond (Felicity Jones) is a thief called 'The Unicorn' who coveted the Firestone and stole it in the confusion. Colonel Hugh is not actually wheelchair bound as he appears to be; he faked the condition to make sure Lady Eddison did not leave him. The truth of Lady Eddison's bout of malaria is also revealed; she was actually made pregnant by an alien known as a Vespiform, who gave her the Firestone necklace. The necklace is psychically linked to her son, whom she had given up for adoption and never saw again. Her son is actually the Reverend Golightly (Tom Goodman-Hill), who had come to associate Agatha Christie's novels with the way the world must work because Lady Eddison had been reading one when his alien biology was awakened in a moment of anger, and had killed those who were working against him in the manner of one of her novels. Golightly, now enraged once more at being discovered, transforms into his wasp form. Agatha snatches the Firestone, and Golightly pursues her since she is now linked to it. The Doctor and Donna follow after her. Agatha leads the creature to the lake, where Donna throws the necklace into the water. Golightly follows it in and thus drowns. Still linked to the necklace, Agatha nearly dies as well, but Golightly chooses to release her as his last act. The trauma causes amnesia, and the Doctor deposits her at the Harrogate Hotel ten days later, explaining her disappearance. In the TARDIS, the Doctor produces one of Agatha's novels, Death in the Clouds, and points to the copyright page in the front. The publication date is listed as the year five billion; Agatha Christie is quite literally the most popular novelist of all time. The cover features a giant wasp, suggesting that the amnesia was not total (although the wasp in the novel is in fact of the normal variety). Continuity When the Doctor meets Agatha Christie for the first time, he mentions that he was just talking about her the other day, saying "I bet she's brilliant". This comes from the end of "Last of the Time Lords", when he was suggesting places where he and Martha could go after the Master's defeat. Several previous episodes are referenced by both the Doctor and Donna. The Doctor produces items from a chest of items beginning with C, including a Cyberman chest-plate from "The Age of Steel" and the crystal ball in which the Carrionites are trapped from "The Shakespeare Code". Donna mentions that meeting Agatha Christie during a murder mystery would be as preposterous as meeting "Charles Dickens surrounded by ghosts at Christmas", unknowingly referencing the events of "The Unquiet Dead". When Donna attempts to use 1920s lingo, the Doctor tells her to stop, just as he did with Rose Tyler (in "Tooth and Claw") and Martha Jones (in "The Shakespeare Code" and The Infinite Quest) when they tried to mimic local speech; the first slang phrase Donna uses ("Topping day, what!") is also used by the Third Doctor when interacting with 1920s characters in the 1973 serial Carnival of Monsters. When poisoned, the Doctor runs into the kitchen and asks for ginger beer. The Fourth Doctor was seen drinking ginger pop throughout The Android Invasion and the dislike of it by companion Sarah Jane Smith becomes a major plot point. Donna refers to her own failed marriage in "The Runaway Bride", comparing it to Christie's husband's infidelity. She notes that her husband was colluding not with another woman but with a giant spider. She also mentions the disappearing bees, following on from previous mentions in "Partners in Crime" and "Planet of the Ood". The Doctor has a flashback scene when unravelling motives with Agatha Christie. In it he's carving through Belgium with a bow and quiver of arrows on his back. His voiceover explains he looking for Charlemagne who was "kidnapped by an insane computer." Christie interrupts before he can paint a full picture; however the events are fully explored on Doctor Who's BBC website in the short story "The Lonely Computer."[1] The first episode of this series was called "Partners in Crime" - the title of one of Agatha Christie's books. Outside references There are numerous references to either Agatha Christie's novels or to Christie herself. In a similar manner to the running gag between the Doctor and William Shakespeare in "The Shakespeare Code", both Donna and the Doctor refer to novels which Agatha has yet to write, ideas which she naturally finds to be intriguing -- particularly Murder On The Orient Express, which Donna mentions. Other novels referenced are Why Didn't They Ask Evans, The Murder at the Vicarage, Cards on the Table, Appointment with Death, N or M?, The Body in the Library, The Moving Finger, Sparkling Cyanide, Crooked House, They Do It With Mirrors, Cat Among the Pigeons, Endless Night, The Secret Adversary, Nemesis, Taken at the Flood, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, And Then There Were None, Death Comes as the End, Dead Man's Folly and Death in the Clouds. When the body of Professor Peach is found, the Doctor remarks that the time of death was quarter past four. This is a reference to Agatha Christie's novel, "The Clocks" where there are clocks frozen at 4:13. Donna also mentions Miss Marple (whom Christie had not yet created), and the novelist remarks that she would make for an interesting character. The episode also claims that Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time (literally), which is true today as her novels have sold an estimated four billion copies. (The works of Shakespeare and the Bible have sold more copies overall, but are not novels.)[6] The Doctor also makes a slight faux pas when he addresses Christie as "Dame Agatha", a title which she had yet to receive at the time the episode is set in. The script also makes multiple references to the murder mystery board game Cluedo. The first murder took place in the library, one of the rooms on the Cluedo board, with a lead pipe, one of the suspected weapons in the game. The victim's name is Professor Peach, a reference to Cluedo's Professor Plum. The episode also features a colonel (Colonel Mustard), a woman wearing blue (Mrs Peacock), a reverend (Reverend Green) and a woman in red (Miss Scarlett). Production The episode is written by Gareth Roberts, who previously wrote the pseudohistorical episode "The Shakespeare Code". Roberts was given a fourth series episode to write after executive producer Russell T Davies reviewed Roberts' script for "The Shakespeare Code". Several months later, he received an email from the production team which said "Agatha Christie".[7] Roberts, a self-confessed fan of Christie's works, made the episode into a comedy, the first Doctor Who story to do so since Donald Cotton's serials The Myth Makers and The Gunfighters, in 1965 and 1966, respectively.[5] Roberts based the episode on his favourite Christie works: Crooked House, which focuses on secrets within an aristocratic society, and the 1982 film adaptation of Evil Under the Sun. Speaking of both works, Roberts noted that it was "quite strange writing a modern Doctor Who with posh people in it. We don't really see posh people on television anymore, except at Christmas", and "there's something funny about the veneer of upper class respectability and the truth of any family underneath". He also stated that "there's really nothing nicer than watching a lot of English actors hamming it up in a vaguely exotic location... and then somebody's murdered!" The episode's title was deliberately chosen to sound "vaguely Christie-ish", but Roberts admitted that "[Christie] never used 'the blank and the blank' construction".[7] In writing the episode, Roberts aimed to make the episode a "big, fun, all-star murder mystery romp". He was influenced by advice given by Davies, who wanted Roberts to "go funnier" with every draft, and former Doctor Who script editor Douglas Adams' advice that "a danger one runs is that the moment you have anything in the script that's clearly meant to be funny in some way, everybody thinks 'oh well we can do silly voices and silly walks and so on', and I think that's exactly the wrong way to do it". Using this advice, he used the adage that in comedy, the characters do not realise the humour, and cited Basil Fawlty's mishaps in Fawlty Towers as an example.[7] In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, Roberts stated that "to a certain extent [there was less pressure]" in writing the episode. He was pleased with the success of "The Shakespeare Code" and the The Sarah Jane Adventures story "Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?", but likened himself to Corporal Bell, a member of the administrative staff at the fictional Doctor Who organisation UNIT, in saying that he did not wish to be "in the middle of things" or writing episodes "where big, pivotal things have happened to [the Doctor]".[7] Cast notes Actor Christopher Benjamin, who plays Colonel Hugh, previously starred in two serials of the original Doctor Who series, playing Sir Keith Gold in Inferno (1970) and Henry Gordon Jago in The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977). David Tennant's father Alexander McDonald played a footman in one of the early scenes, after being asked to act when visiting David on set.[8] He had no lines. The casting of Fenella Woolgar as Agatha Christie was made at the suggestion of David Tennant, who had previously worked with her on Bright Young Things.[8] Music Although the opening notes of the gramophone record playing at the garden party have an apparent similarity to the Doctor Who theme, it is in fact the opening of Twentieth Century Blues, originally from Noel Coward's 1931 play Cavalcade. The recording used here, edited together with other "period music," is a 1931 recording of Ray Noble and the New Mayfair Orchestra, featuring vocalist Al Bowlly. Locations The Harrogate Hotel where the Doctor leaves Agatha is fictitious. In actuality, the hotel where she was found was the Swan Hydro (now the Old Swan Hotel), a somewhat less imposing building than the one depicted in the episode. Doctor Who episode Having followed her to the lake, the titular "Wasp" is controlled by Agatha Christie (Fenella Woolgar) using the Firestone - the object sought after by the titular "Unicorn" - as the Doctor runs forward with Donna to plead with it to spare Christie's life. Cast Doctor David Tennant (Tenth Doctor) Companion Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) Guest stars Fenella Woolgar - Agatha ChristieFelicity Kendal - Lady Clemency EddisonFelicity Jones - Robina RedmondChristopher Benjamin - Colonel HughTom Goodman-Hill - Reverend GolightlyIan Barritt - Professor PeachDavid Quilter - GreevesAdam Rayner - Roger CurbishleyDaniel King - DavenportCharlotte Eaton - Mrs HartLeena Dhingra - Miss ChandrakalaAlexander McDonald - Footman (uncredited)[1] Production Writer Gareth Roberts Director Graeme Harper Script editor Lindsey Alford Producer Susie Liggat Executive producer(s) Russell T Davies Julie Gardner Phil Collinson Production code 4.7 Series Series 4 Length 45 mins Originally broadcast 17 May 2008 Chronology - Preceded by Followed by - "The Doctor's Daughter" "Silence in the Library"



  • The RaT Project Live

    RaT Project: Doctor Who Reviews: 4.07 Unicorn and the Wasp Review

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    06:30 (GMT) - 2 Jun 2008

    Rand presents his review of the Doctor Who episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp" (4.07).



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #85 - Triumph of the Library

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    06:27 (GMT) - 2 Jun 2008

    Silence in the Library marks not only the return of Doctor Who to TV screens after a week's absence but also easily the best episode of the season thus far. The Three who Rule waxed lyrical on the many excellent aspects of this Moffat-penned tome, speculated madly on the mysteries and plot twists sure to be answered next week, and of course digressed and went on mind-melting tangents as per usual.



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #85 - Triumph of the Library

    Radio Free Skaro

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    05:27 (GMT) - 2 Jun 2008

    Silence in the Library marks not only the return of Doctor Who to TV screens after a week's absence but also easily the best episode of the season thus far. The Three who Rule waxed lyrical on the many excellent aspects of this Moffat-penned tome, speculated madly on the mysteries and plot twists sure to be answered next week, and of course digressed and went on mind-melting tangents as per usual.



  • Tachyon TV Podcasts

    Warriors of the Deep Part 3

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    20:44 (GMT) - 31 May 2008

    'The recap should have been an embarrassed cough...'. Topics up for discussion include: the Myrka's four Achilles' heels, Ingrid Pitt the Elder, KC and the Sunshine Band, the results of the Sea Base tennis tournament and Christmas spiders.



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #077 - The Doctor's fucking Daughter

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    22:30 (GMT) - 29 May 2008

    Tja, das ging schneller als gedacht. Schon ist der nachste Whocast da und diesmal ist es tatsachlich kein Review, sondern ein blanker Zerriss. Leute mit schwachen (Fan-)Nerven sollten besser Abstand von diesem Cast halten, oder in Kauf nehmen sich mal wieder daruber aufzuregen, dass man eine "so tolle" Folge "so bose" abhandelt. Viel Spass, wunschen Raphael und Kolja.



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #077 - The Doctor's fucking Daughter

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    21:30 (GMT) - 29 May 2008

    Tja, das ging schneller als gedacht. Schon ist der nachste Whocast da und diesmal ist es tatsachlich kein Review, sondern ein blanker Zerriss. Leute mit schwachen (Fan-)Nerven sollten besser Abstand von diesem Cast halten, oder in Kauf nehmen sich mal wieder daruber aufzuregen, dass man eine "so tolle" Folge "so bose" abhandelt. Viel Spass, wunschen Raphael und Kolja.



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #076 - Whocast-Ha

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    00:06 (GMT) - 29 May 2008

    Ha - Der Whocast ist wieder da. Mit neuem Mischpult und einem Haufen an Folgen, die es aufzuholen gilt. Heute fangen wir damit an und kummern und um den Sontaran-Zweiteiler "The Sontaran Stratagem" & "The Poison Sky". Ausserdem gibt es (tolle) News und Post.



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #076 - Whocast-Ha

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    23:06 (GMT) - 28 May 2008

    Ha - Der Whocast ist wieder da. Mit neuem Mischpult und einem Haufen an Folgen, die es aufzuholen gilt. Heute fangen wir damit an und kummern und um den Sontaran-Zweiteiler "The Sontaran Stratagem" & "The Poison Sky". Ausserdem gibt es (tolle) News und Post.



  • Staggering Stories Podcast

    Staggering Stories Podcast #21: The Clone and the Wrongness

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    11:08 (GMT) - 26 May 2008

    Show summary: Andy Simpkins, Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith and Tony Gallichan talk about the Doctor Who Season 4 episodes The Doctor’s Daughter and The Unicorn and the Wasp, Fight Club: Kirk vs. Picard, and a variety of other stuff, specifically:

    • 00.00 – Intro and theme tune.
    • 00.31 — Greetings, yes?
    • 00.59 — Where Is Keith?
    • 01.44 – News:
    • 01.51 — Nebulous Season 3 on BBC Radio 4.
    • 03.34 — Trevor’s Premature Feedback.
    • 04.54 – Fight Club: Kirk vs. Picard!
    • 12.54 – Doctor Who:
    • 14.16 — The Doctor’s Daughter.
    • 45.19 — The Unicorn and the Wasp.
    • 59.55 – Letters and listener feedback.* Hit us yourself at show@StaggeringStories.net
    • 72.51 – Goodbyeeeeeeeee!!
    • 73.04 — End theme, disclaimer, copyright, etc.

    Vital Links:

    • Staggering Stories.
    • Staggering Stories: Podcast Drinking Game.
    • Nebulous.
    • Doctor Who.
    • Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Daughter.
    • Doctor Who: The Unicorn and the Wasp.


  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #84 - The Brain of Moffatius

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    07:17 (GMT) - 26 May 2008

    With the villainy of Eurovision erasing Doctor Who from England's screens for the week, all we were left with was a corking trailer for the second half of Season Four and the wonderful news that Steven Moffat, ace writer and life partner of the Third Guy, will take over whip cracking duties from Russell T Davies come 2010. And, as threatened last week, we actually did a commentary for "The Brain of Morbius", one of Tom Baker's more violent excursions from the classic series. This is by far the longest RFS we've ever done, so let us know by telegraph, carrier pigeon or new-fangled electronic mail if we've jumped the shark or whether you'd like to hear more of our extended ramblings on the Classic Series (which, given the semi-hiatus next year, you surely will in one form or another.)



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #84 - The Brain of Moffatius

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    06:17 (GMT) - 26 May 2008

    With the villainy of Eurovision erasing Doctor Who from England's screens for the week, all we were left with was a corking trailer for the second half of Season Four and the wonderful news that Steven Moffat, ace writer and life partner of the Third Guy, will take over whip cracking duties from Russell T Davies come 2010. And, as threatened last week, we actually did a commentary for "The Brain of Morbius", one of Tom Baker's more violent excursions from the classic series. This is by far the longest RFS we've ever done, so let us know by telegraph, carrier pigeon or new-fangled electronic mail if we've jumped the shark or whether you'd like to hear more of our extended ramblings on the Classic Series (which, given the semi-hiatus next year, you surely will in one form or another.)



  • Tachyon TV Podcasts

    Warriors of the Deep Part 2

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    20:44 (GMT) - 24 May 2008

    'I'm surprised the word 'soon' is in their vocabulary...'. Topics up for discussion include: the minutes of last Sea Devil meeting, Turlough's morbid pessimism, door knockers, railing deaths, chip shop lighting, and Peter Davison's missing eyebrows.



  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate - Episode 82 The Bristol Con

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    05:00 (GMT) - 24 May 2008

    In this episode Dave and Barry recover and recap as best they can some of the highlights of the Bristol con. In this slightly longer than usual episode they still somehow manage to squeeze in all the usual week that was and a very special Notes from Nuge.

    Make sure you keep listening to the end for a never before heard recording of Tony Lee giving the guys a motivational speech before their live Bristol panel.

    Enjoy!!

    News

    The news is we have no news this week!

    Week that was

    GTA 4 more fun than....well...loads of stuff!

    The Hunter by Dare Comics

    Batman RIP

    Notes from Nuge

    The man with the hat is back!

    Main

    Bristol con 2008

    Apologies of the lastness of this episode this was due to a bout of Indiana Jones fouritis...very dangerous!



  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate - Episode 82 The Bristol Con

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    04:00 (GMT) - 24 May 2008

    In this episode Dave and Barry recover and recap as best they can some of the highlights of the Bristol con. In this slightly longer than usual episode they still somehow manage to squeeze in all the usual week that was and a very special Notes from Nuge.

    Make sure you keep listening to the end for a never before heard recording of Tony Lee giving the guys a motivational speech before their live Bristol panel.

    Enjoy!!

    News

    The news is we have no news this week!

    Week that was

    GTA 4 more fun than....well...loads of stuff!

    The Hunter by Dare Comics

    Batman RIP

    Notes from Nuge

    The man with the hat is back!

    Main

    Bristol con 2008

    Apologies of the lastness of this episode this was due to a bout of Indiana Jones fouritis...very dangerous!



  • Tin Dog Podcast

    TDP 58: Grand Moff will succeed Russell T Davies

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    03:00 (GMT) - 22 May 2008

    Steven Moffat to be Doctor Who Lead Writer and Executive Producer Category: Wales; TV Drama; BBC One Date: 20.05.2008 Printable version BBC Wales and BBC Drama has announced that BAFTA and Hugo Award-winning writer Steven Moffat will succeed Russell T Davies as Lead Writer and Executive Producer of the fifth series of Doctor Who, which will broadcast on BBC One in 2010. Moffat has penned some of the series' most unforgettable and acclaimed episodes, including Blink, with its terrifying weeping angels, for which he was awarded the BAFTA Writer Award 2008 on Sunday 11 May. His previous work on Doctor Who includes The Girl In The Fireplace for series two, which earned him his second Hugo Award. His first was for the series one two-parter The Empty Child, which became famous for its terrifying refrain "Are you my mummy?" For the current series, Moffat has written Silence In The Library, a two-parter starring Alex Kingston which transmits on 31 May and 7 June 2008 on BBC One. Steven's career began with the landmark ITV children's drama Press Gang in 1989, for which he won his first Bafta. Coupling, the hugely popular and award-winning sitcom he created and wrote for BBC Two, began in 2000 and ran for four seasons. Jekyll, his six-part thriller starring James Nesbitt and Michelle Ryan, transmitted on BBC One last year. Steven will continue as one of the directors on the board of Hartswood Films which produced Coupling and Jekyll, where he is also working on his new comedy Adam & Eve with wife Sue Vertue. He has just delivered the screenplay for Tintin - the first instalment of the trilogy of films featuring the iconic Belgian comic-strip hero - to Steven Spielberg who will direct it for DreamWorks. Thomas Sangster and Andy Serkis will star. Steven Moffat says: "My entire career has been a Secret Plan to get this job. I applied before but I got knocked back 'cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven. "Anyway, I'm glad the BBC has finally seen the light, and it's a huge honour to be following Russell into the best - and the toughest - job in television. I say toughest 'cos Russell's at my window right now, pointing and laughing." Lead Writer and Executive Producer Russell T Davies says: "It's been a delight and an honour working with Steven, and I can't wait to see where his extraordinary imagination takes the Doctor. Best of all, I get to be a viewer again, watching on a Saturday night!" Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction, says: "Scripts and writers are at the heart of what BBC Drama is all about, and especially at the heart of Doctor Who. The past four series have been brilliantly helmed by the spectacularly talented Russell T Davies. "As Lead Writer and Executive Producer, he has overseen the creative direction and detail of the 21st century relaunch of Doctor Who and we are delighted to have his continued presence on the specials over the next 18 months. "But the challenge and excitement of the fifth series is now being handed to Steven Moffat. The Tardis couldn't be in safer hands. Steven's talents on both Doctor Who and beyond are well known. He is a writer of glittering brilliance, comedy and depth, with an extraordinary imagination and a unique voice. "Steven has a wonderful mix of being a committed Doctor Who fan and a true artist, and his plans for the next series are totally thrilling." The announcement follows the news that Piers Wenger will take over the role of Executive Producer from Julie Gardner on series five of Doctor Who. Piers Wenger says: "The challenge of taking Doctor Who to a new future is a huge and thrilling one and BBC Wales is blessed to have someone with Steven's extraordinary talent in charge. "His imagination and creativity have already given birth to some of the series' most unforgettable monsters though in this instance no-one need fear; time, space and the future of The Doctor are safe with him." Wenger and Moffat are already working closely together on the planning of the series. Menna Richards, Controller, BBC Wales, says: "BBC Wales is very proud of Doctor Who's phenomenal success. Steven Moffat is an extraordinary talent and we are very much looking forward to him joining the Doctor Who team." Series four has achieved some of the show's highest audience figures to date and forthcoming episodes feature a stellar line-up of guests including Lesley Sharp, Lindsey Coulson, Alex Kingston, Colin Salmon and Michael Brandon. Freema Agyeman and Billie Piper - The Doctor's two former companions - have also returned to assist The Doctor in series four. Doctor Who will return in 2009 with four specials, and the full-length fifth series is currently scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One in Spring 2010. SH



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #83 - The Unicorn and the Meh

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    05:42 (GMT) - 20 May 2008

    Another week of lackluster Who, this time set in 1920's England, starring Agatha Christie...and resulting in a bit of inconsequential fluff that added up to an at best average viewing experience. The RFS crew, always ready to make lemonade out of crap, soldiered bravely on and veered so wildly off-topic that they might just have gone full circle and accidentally gone back on topic again. Digressions ahoy!



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #83 - The Unicorn and the Meh

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    04:42 (GMT) - 20 May 2008

    Another week of lackluster Who, this time set in 1920's England, starring Agatha Christie...and resulting in a bit of inconsequential fluff that added up to an at best average viewing experience. The RFS crew, always ready to make lemonade out of crap, soldiered bravely on and veered so wildly off-topic that they might just have gone full circle and accidentally gone back on topic again. Digressions ahoy!



  • Geek Syndicate

    Comic Racks - Episode 14 - The Tony Lee Love-In Episode

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    14:18 (GMT) - 19 May 2008

    This week the Racks ladies throw structure to the wind and do a rather thorough re-cap of their experiences at the Bristol Comic Expo '08.

    Much fun was had by all as we witnessed cosplay competitions, interesting panels, were harassed by Stormtroopers and got pleasantly toasted.

    The hotel is completely ragged upon, the panels are discussed in depth and the girls profess their undying love for Tony Lee and Paul Cornell.

    Enjoy!



  • Geek Syndicate

    Comic Racks - Episode 14 - The Tony Lee Love-In Episode

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    13:18 (GMT) - 19 May 2008

    This week the Racks ladies throw structure to the wind and do a rather thorough re-cap of their experiences at the Bristol Comic Expo '08.

    Much fun was had by all as we witnessed cosplay competitions, interesting panels, were harassed by Stormtroopers and got pleasantly toasted.

    The hotel is completely ragged upon, the panels are discussed in depth and the girls profess their undying love for Tony Lee and Paul Cornell.

    Enjoy!



  • Geek Syndicate

    Listeners of the Lost Podcast

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    03:32 (GMT) - 19 May 2008

    Barry aka Nebraska Nuge of Geek Syndicate and Heath aka Montana Holland of Geek Brunch joins forces for this Indiana Jones two hour special. Together they dissect all three movies, chatting about their likes and dislikes. They also look at the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles as well as Indy in video games, books and comics. Finally they look forward to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull. So sit down, get your fedora and pack your whip cause we're going on the Adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy...



  • Geek Syndicate

    Listeners of the Lost Podcast

    Geek Syndicate

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    02:32 (GMT) - 19 May 2008

    Barry aka Nebraska Nuge of Geek Syndicate and Heath aka Montana Holland of Geek Brunch joins forces for this Indiana Jones two hour special. Together they dissect all three movies, chatting about their likes and dislikes. They also look at the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles as well as Indy in video games, books and comics. Finally they look forward to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull. So sit down, get your fedora and pack your whip cause we're going on the Adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy...



  • Tachyon TV Podcasts

    Warriors of the Deep Part 1

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    20:44 (GMT) - 17 May 2008

    'When Apiarists Attack!'. Topics up for discussion include: Silurian cafeterias, Aqua Karina, Kamelion's dolly tub, Duran Duran, Leslie Ash, and Ian Levine's gravy stained corrections..



  • Tin Dog Podcast

    TDP 57: Doctor Who 4.06 The Doctor's Daughter & The Invasion of Time DVD

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    20:19 (GMT) - 15 May 2008

    *  "The Doctor's Daughter" The Doctor, Donna, Jenny and Martha find the "Source", a terraforming device, being both the source of life, and the war between humans and the Hath on Messaline. Cast Doctor David Tennant (Tenth Doctor) Companions Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones)[1] Guest stars Georgia Moffett - JennyNigel Terry - CobbJoe Dempsie - ClinePaul Kasey - Hath PeckRuari Mears - Hath GableAkin Gazi - CarterOlalekan Lawal Jr. - Soldier Production Writer Stephen Greenhorn Director Alice Troughton Script editor Lindsey Alford Producer Phil Collinson Executive producer(s) Russell T. Davies Julie Gardner Production code 4.6 Series Series 4 Length 45 mins Originally broadcast 10 May 2008 Chronology - Preceded by Followed by - "The Poison Sky" "The Unicorn and the Wasp" IMDb profile "The Doctor's Daughter"[2] is the sixth episode of the fourth series of British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was broadcast on BBC One on 10 May 2008.[3] /&lt;![CDATA[ if (window.showTocToggle) { var tocShowText = &quot;show&quot;; var tocHideText = &quot;hide&quot;; showTocToggle(); } //]]&gt; Synopsis Following on from the end of "The Poison Sky", the TARDIS takes the Doctor (David Tennant) and his companions Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) and Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) to the planet Messaline in the midst of a generations-long war between humans and the Hath, fish-like humanoids. Upon leaving the TARDIS, armed men working for General Cobb (Nigel Terry) force the Doctor's hand in a progenation machine, which uses his DNA to create an adult soldier within moments -- Jenny (Georgia Moffett), the episode's titular character. Martha is subsequently captured by the Hath, whereas the Doctor, Donna, and Jenny are imprisoned by the humans because of the Doctor's pacifist attitude. Each of the primary characters learns about the war from its belligerents; the Hath and humans were initially meant to live on a peaceful colony, but were divided over a dispute about "the Source", believed by each side to be the breath of their creator. When the Doctor unwittingly reveals the location of the Source, the two sides race to claim it first. The Doctor is initially dismissive of Jenny, his biological daughter, but becomes enamoured as the episode progresses. Donna is also distracted from the war by a series of numbered plaques on their journey. When they reach the location of the Source, a colonising spaceship, Donna and the Doctor discover that the plaques represent the date building was completed, which was a mere seven days previous; the humans and Hath have bred so many generations through the progenation machines that their own history degraded into myth. The original casus belli was a power vacuum caused by the death of the mission commander. Both the human and Hath forces converge at the Source concurrently. The Doctor declares the war to be over, and releases the terraforming agent; everyone present releases their weapons, with the exception of Cobb, who tries to shoot the Doctor but Jenny steps in the way. Dying in the Doctor' arms, he finally tells her she is his daughter and that they have only got started. He tells her that they can go anywhere, if she holds on. She dies in his arms. Enraged, the Doctor holds Cobb at gunpoint, but refuses to shoot, asking the colonists to create a pacifist society. At the end of the episode, the Doctor takes Martha home. Martha warns Donna that life with the Doctor can be dangerous, but Donna nevertheless resolves to stay with the Doctor indefinitely. Concurrently, on Messaline, Jenny revives in front of Cline and a Hath. She escapes Messaline, resolving to follow in her father's footsteps by resolving disputes and fighting villains. Continuity In "Fear Her" the Doctor mentioned to Rose he "was a dad once".[4] The only other member of the Doctor's family seen in the series has been Susan Foreman, the Doctor's granddaughter, whose last appearance in the television series was in The Five Doctors. Just prior to Jenny's reanimation she exhales a golden-green mist reminiscent of similar expirations the Doctor displayed shortly after his regeneration in the 2005 Children in Need scene and "The Christmas Invasion"; this mist also resembles the terraforming gas seen earlier in the episode. Production Writing Russell T. Davies has stated that this episode "does exactly as it says on the tin",[2] although at least one reviewer has stated that Moffett's character is not a daughter in the usual sense.[5] Having Jenny come back to life at the end of the episode was Steven Moffat's idea.[6] [edit] Casting Jenny shortly after emerging from the Progenation Machine. Georgia Moffett, who plays Jenny, is the real-life daughter of Fifth Doctor actor Peter Davison and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy star Sandra Dickinson.[2] David Tennant described the episode by saying "We get to see the Doctor's daughter, played by the Doctor's daughter."[7] Moffett had previously auditioned for the role of Rose Tyler in 2004 and a role in "The Unicorn and the Wasp" in 2007. Her role as Jenny was not chosen because of her father; it was entirely coincidental but nevertheless a "great PR coup" for the series[6]. Moffett previously appeared alongside her father in the Big Finish audio story Red Dawn and drama series Fear, Stress & Anger. In Doctor Who Confidential, Peter Davison stated that after he finished filming "Time Crash", he said to Georgia "[now] it's your turn". Broadcast and reception Unofficial figures show that "The Doctor's Daughter" was watched by 6.6 million viewers, giving it a 38.4% share of the total television audience. While most programmes received lower figures than the previous week, Doctor Who had increased its audience to bring it back over the 6 million mark. The top rated programme was still ITV1's Britain's Got Talent although its audience was down by a million at 7.5 million. Doctor Who was the highest rated programme on BBC1 for the day and had the biggest share of any programme on Saturday. The episode receieved an Appreciation Index score of 88 (considered "Excellent").[8] "The Doctor's Daughter" has received mixed reviews. Martin Anderson of Den of Geek! stated that it was "rather good - though badly plot-holed". He noted that it was yet another episode of Doctor Who "undermined by Murray Gold's incessant music". He also described the episode as "quite redolent of Tom Baker-era Who, with plenty of dark and cheap corridors to run down and two under-manned warring factions for the Doctor to bring peace to".[9] For SFX's Ian Berriman, the running up and down corridors was reminiscent of Lenny Henry's 1985 Doctor Who spoof featured on The Lenny Henry Show. Berriman described the episode as "underwhelming", citing that because one "always suspect[s] she's a redshirt" it is difficult to care for Jenny. Although "reasonably diverting", Berriman argues that budgetary constraints make "the story feel so enclosed" and that the episode's plot, likened to "old-school Trek", seems too similar to that of the Sontaran two-parter immediately prior to this adventure because both involve militarism and cloning.[10] Newsround's Lizo Mzimba also notes the similarities with "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky". Mzimba asserts that the episode's "biggest problem" is that it tries "to cram an enormous amount into 45 minutes" with most of the "interesting" and new ideas not getting "the attention they deserve" resulting in the audience not caring about either the human fighters or the Hath and thereby limiting a "sense of danger or menace".[11] Mzimba observes that since her return in "The Sontaran Stratagem", Martha shares little onscreen time with the Doctor therefore reducing the emotional impact of her departure in this episode. He describes Moffett as "superb",[11] with Berriman calling her "cute as a button".[10] Berriman praises Tennant's performance,[10] but Anderson suggests that Tennant shouts too much. Anderson asserts that "Donna's role as the Doctor's conscience is beginning to take shape" describing this as "refreshing" in a companion and noting that "Tate has toned down the grating voice a tad".[9] The Invasion of Time  The Invasion of Time DVD The Sontarans invade the Citadel of the Time Lords Cast Doctor Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor) Companions Louise Jameson (Leela) John Leeson (K-9 Mk. I) Production Writer "David Agnew" (Graham Williams and Anthony Read) Director Gerald Blake Script editor Anthony Read Producer Graham Williams Executive producer(s) None Production code 4Z Series Season 15 Length 6 episodes, 25 mins each Originally broadcast February 4-March 11, 1978 Chronology - Preceded by Followed by - Underworld The Ribos Operation The Invasion of Time is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from February 4 to March 11, 1978. This serial features the final appearances of Louise Jameson as the  //&lt;![CDATA[ if (window.showTocToggle) { var tocShowText = &quot;show&quot;; var tocHideText = &quot;hide&quot;; showTocToggle(); } //]]&gt; Synopsis The Doctor returns to Gallifrey, having claimed the Presidency. His behaviour is unusual and has Leela thrown in jail and then expelled from the Capitol Citadel. However, the Doctor is doing this to prevent a Sontaran instigated disaster. Plot The Fourth Doctor returns to Gallifrey after meeting a group of aliens in space, bringing Leela and K9 with him. He is behaving very strangely and when the Chancellory Guard under their Commander, Andred, arrive at the Panopticon Chamber to interrogate him, the Doctor demands to be taken to Chancellor Borusa, who is now in charge of the Time Lords. The Doctor claims the vacant Presidency of Gallifrey having previously been a candidate and, after the demise of Chancellor Goth, is now automatically elected. Under law this request cannot be refused. The Doctor then chooses a Presidential chamber and asks it be decorated with lead lining throughout. Shortly afterward a ceremony is held to swear him in as President of Gallifrey and he is presented with the various trappings of office. However, when the circlet connecting him to the Matrix, repository of all Time Lord knowledge, is placed on his head, the Doctor collapses in pain. The Doctor is taken to the Chancellor to rest and recover. When he regains consciousness he reminds the Time Lords that no aliens are allowed on Gallifrey and instructs that Leela be expelled from the Capitol Citadel, where she will have to fend in the wastelands. She tries to avoid banishment, but the Doctor is serious about this banishment. The Doctor now retreats to the TARDIS where he shares a secret plan with K9, but is obviously very concerned about the situation he has found himself in. He is planning to aid an invasion of Gallifrey itself and to this end sets about destroying the induction barrier that defends the planet from external threat. K9 sets about this task while the Doctor returns to the Panopticon, the great hall of the Time Lords, and laughs cruelly as three alien beings start to materialise. The invading beings are known as Vardans. They appear as shimmering manifestations who made an alliance with the Doctor some time ago, and the Doctor advises the Time Lords, including the stubborn Borusa, to submit to their new and powerful masters. The Doctor then asks Borusa to meet him in his office, and when this happens the Doctor explains he has had the lead walls installed to prevent the Vardans entering the room on thought waves and reading his mind. He sent Leela away to protect her, he explains, and is now able to work with Borusa to defeat the Vardan threat. A new problem has emerged, however, with the ascendancy of the obsequious and compliant Castellan Kelner, who is being far too co-operative with the Vardan occupation. The toadying yet ambitious Castellan soon has Borusa placed under house arrest and starts a process of expelling trouble-making Time Lords from the safety of the Capitol. Leela has meanwhile kept her faith in the Doctor and reasons that if he wishes her to leave the Capitol it is with good reason, so she departs for the wastelands. She is accompanied by Rodan, a Time Lady who previously maintained the transduction barrier. Theyare welcomed warily by a tribe of outsiders who have rejected Time Lord society and live in the wastelands. Their leader, Nesbin, explains some of the background to his tribe. Back in the Capitol, however, things are looking grim for the Doctor when Andred corners him and decides to execute him in the name of liberty. K9 helps the Doctor overpower Andred, and then explains the danger and abilities of the Vardans to Andred, with his TARDIS providing a shield to his thoughts. The Doctor is hoping to persuade the Vardans to reveal their true form so that he can time loop their planet. Leela has also organised her own resistance movement in the wastelands, comprising Nesbin's people and the exiled Time Lords, all of whom are drilled into a fighting force which soon launches an assault on the Capitol. The aliens and Kelner have meanwhile decided the Doctor is behaving in an untrustworthy manner. The Doctor reaffirms his loyalty to them by agreeing to dismantle the final force field protecting Gallifrey from attack. He does not fully disable it, but rather places a large hole in it. The Vardans use the hole to properly invade Gallifrey and appear as humanoid warriors. Their manifestation enables K9 to track down their home planet and supply the Doctor with the correct co-ordinates. He uses this to beam the Vardans back to their home world and then traps it in a time loop. At about the same time Leela and her warriors reach the Panopticon, but celebrations are shortlived when a Sontaran warrior appears in the chamber. Gallifrey has now been invaded by the Sontarans, led by Commander Stor, who finds Kelner ever ready to pledge support, even if the other Time Lords remain resistant. The Doctor and his party escape and the Doctor uses his freedom to try and pressure Borusa into revealing to him the location of the Great Key of Rassilon, a missing item of the Presidential regalia. They then regroup at the TARDIS where Rodan is put to work using the TARDIS' controls to repair the hole in the forcefield. However, Kelner imperils their resistance when he manipulates the stabiliser banks of the Doctor's TARDIS to try and destroy the resistance force within by hurling them to the heart of a Black Star. The Doctor manages to override the threat, so their enemies change tack. The Sontarans, assisted by Castellan Kelner, gain access to the Doctor's TARDIS and try to hunt down the President and his friends, pursuing them through the labyrinthine corridors. Stor is after the Great Key too, knowing the Doctor has now persuaded Borusa to yield it to him. The Doctor uses distractions to buy time while he kills the remaining Sontaran troopers. On the Doctor's instruction, a hypnotised Rodan and K9 construct a special forbidden Time Lord weapon: the Demat Gun. Powered by the Great Key itself, the Demat Gun erases its victims from time itself. The Doctor takes the Gun and confronts Stor in the Panopticon. Stor intends to destroy the Eye of Harmony with a bomb, but the blast is cancelled out by the Doctor with the Demat Gun which obliterates Stor, wipes the Doctor's mind of recent events, and also destroys itself. Kelner is arrested and Borusa begins the process of rebuilding Gallifrey. The Doctor is ready to leave, but Leela decides to stay on Gallifrey because she has fallen in love with Commander Andred, leader of the Chancellory Guards. K-9 decides to stay behind to look after Leela. The TARDIS dematerializes and the Doctor reveals he is not alone: he pulls out a box labeled K-9 Mk II and, breaking the fourth wall, looks directly at the camera and grins mischievously. Cast The Doctor -- Tom BakerLeela -- Louise JamesonVoice of K-9 -- John LeesonChancellor Borusa -- John ArnattCastellan Kelner -- Milton JohnsCommander Andred -- Chris TranchellGold Usher -- Charles MorganRodan -- Hilary RyanLord Gomer -- Dennis EdwardsLord Savar -- Reginald JessupBodyguard -- Michael HarleyCastellan Guard -- Eric DanotGuard -- Christopher ChristouNesbin -- Max FaulknerAblif -- Ray CallaghanJasko -- Michael MundellPresta -- Gai SmithVardans -- Stan McGowan, Tom KellyStor -- Derek DeadmanSontaran -- Stuart Fell Cast notes Gai Smith, now Gai Waterhouse, who played Presta, is now an extremely successful thoroughbred horse trainer based in Sydney, Australia. Continuity Though Leela and K9 Mark I left the Doctor in this story, their characters would return in the Virgin New Adventures novel Lungbarrow by Marc Platt, and encounter the Seventh Doctor. Louise Jameson and John Leeson also returned to play Leela and K9 in the 'Gallifrey' series of audio plays by Big Finish Productions.In addition, in his next on-screen visit to his home planet, the Doctor is heard to ask after her: "Tell me, what of my former companion Leela?" He is informed that she is "well and happy". However, in the revived series, we learn that Gallifrey has been destroyed and the Doctor thereafter makes many references to all his family and friends having being killed.The Vardans also appeared in the Virgin New Adventures novel No Future by Paul Cornell, in which Bernice Summerfield refers to this story by dismissing them as "the only race in history to be outwitted by the intellectual might of the Sontarans".This story is one of the few to contain an extended sequence inside the TARDIS (1964's The Edge of Destruction notwithstanding). The majority of the final episode comprises a chase inside the TARDIS, which appears to have extensive brick-walled areas beyond the more familiar roundells-on-white look, plus the spa/pool area ('bathroom') and art gallery. The Doctor had been seen earlier in the season in an artist's smock, apparently 'redecorating'.In one of the few times in the series that the Doctor directly kills anyone, he uses the de-mat gun to disintegrate the Sontaran warriors. This is unusual given that the Fourth Doctor has a particular and stated aversion to firearms.In the Virgin New Adventures novel, Timewyrm: Genesys, it is revealed that during the events of the episode the Doctor uses the Matrix to send a message to his future self about the Timewyrm, a recurring villain from the novels. Production The script is credited to David Agnew, a pseudonym often used by the BBC for work produced "in house" by contracted production team members. On this occasion it masks the authors Anthony Read (the series' script editor) and Graham Williams (series producer).This story was written as a replacement for another story, The Killers of the Dark by David Weir, which was considered too expensive and complex to shoot. The script was written in just two weeks, with four days for rewrites. Additionally, when asked about the unused script at a convention, Graham Williams, having forgotten the exact title, made up the name "Gin Sengh", as in The Killer Cats of Geng Singh (or Geng Singh -- the spelling being indeterminate), resulting in the fan myth that this was the original title.[1]An industrial strike, which was eventually resolved before production, forced the studio sets to be constructed within St Anne's Hospital as BBC's Christmas holiday specials were given priority in the regular studios.[1]As a result of the industrial strike, Graham Williams was given the option of not producing the final six episodes of the season and have the money rollover into the next season. Williams rejected this because of the additional problem of inflation that year and didn't want the budgeted money to depreciate even further.[1]Louise Jameson, who had already announced her departure from the show, reportedly wished for her character, Leela, to be killed at the end of the series, and was disappointed that Leela instead opted to stay behind on Gallifrey with Andred, even though nothing in the script suggests a romance between the two characters. The producers decided that killing off her character would be too traumatic for younger viewers.The Sontaran costumes were cumbersome and limited the field of vision of the actors wearing them, so much so that they are often seen tripping through and over props. At one point, a Sontaran (ironically played by the actor Stuart Fell) nearly takes a fall after missing a short jump and landing on a pool chair. As the aliens originate on a planet of notably high gravity, however, their clumsiness is easily explainedIt was Robert Holmes who suggested to Graham Williams that this story be split into two segments, the first four episodes being based around the Vardans and the final two episodes being based around the Sontarans who come into the story at the end of episode 4. In print Doctor Who book Doctor Who and the Invasion of Time Series Target novelisations Release number 35 Writer Terrance Dicks Publisher Target Books Cover artist Andrew Skilleter ISBN 0 426 20093 4 Release date 21 February 1980 Preceded by Doctor Who and the Underworld Followed by Doctor Who and the Stones of Blood A novelisation of this serial, written by Terrance Dicks, was published by Target Books in February 1980. Broadcast, VHS and DVD release This story was released on a two tape VHS set in March of 2000It was released onto DVD on May 5th 2008 with special features; The Rise & Fall of Gallifrey, The Elusive David Agnew, Out of Time; a making of mini documentry, Photo Gallery, Trails and Continuity, new CGI effects and a Coming Soon to DVD Trailer of The K9 boxset featuring The Invisible Enemy and K9 and Company. It has also has been released in a boxset Bred for War (The Sontaran Collection) along with The Time Warrior, The Sontaran Experiment and The Two Doctors.



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    Geek Syndicate - Ep 81 Tony Lee and UK Comic Podcasting Panel

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    Well this is it, our first feature from this year's 2008 Bristol Comic Expo. In this special we have for your listening pleasure the two panels we took part in. The first is an interview with the comic legend that is Tony Lee, who has worked on Xmen, The Gloom, Midnight Kiss and the upcoming Doctor Who story 'The Forgotten' from IDW.

    Following the interview the roles are reversed faster than you can say...well role reversal as Tony hosts the first ever live UK Comics Podcasting Panel. Listen in as Tony and the audience quiz a panel made up of the UK podcasts Comic Racks, Birds of Geek, Comic Book Outsiders and Geek Syndicate.

    Can the world of podcasting survive such a clash of titans? we shall see!

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    Geek Syndicate - Ep 81 Tony Lee and UK Comic Podcasting Panel

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    09:33 (GMT) - 15 May 2008

    Well this is it, our first feature from this year's 2008 Bristol Comic Expo. In this special we have for your listening pleasure the two panels we took part in. The first is an interview with the comic legend that is Tony Lee, who has worked on Xmen, The Gloom, Midnight Kiss and the upcoming Doctor Who story 'The Forgotten' from IDW.

    Following the interview the roles are reversed faster than you can say...well role reversal as Tony hosts the first ever live UK Comics Podcasting Panel. Listen in as Tony and the audience quiz a panel made up of the UK podcasts Comic Racks, Birds of Geek, Comic Book Outsiders and Geek Syndicate.

    Can the world of podcasting survive such a clash of titans? we shall see!

    Enjoy...



 
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