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  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #101 - Pompeii up the Volume

    Radio Free Skaro

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    20:25 (GMT) - 21 Sep 2008

    The Three Who Rule waxed eloquent this week upon "The Fires of Pompeii", one of the highlights of Season Four and ruminated upon a surfeit of news, most of it debunking headlines from the Sun (which will later prove to be true, most likely.) Hilarity and shenanigans for all! Or...something. Anyway, enjoy the episode.



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #101 - Pompeii up the Volume

    Radio Free Skaro

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    19:25 (GMT) - 21 Sep 2008

    The Three Who Rule waxed eloquent this week upon "The Fires of Pompeii", one of the highlights of Season Four and ruminated upon a surfeit of news, most of it debunking headlines from the Sun (which will later prove to be true, most likely.) Hilarity and shenanigans for all! Or...something. Anyway, enjoy the episode.



  • Staggering Stories Podcast

    Staggering Stories Podcast #29: The Two Halves of Dobbin

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    14:58 (GMT) - 21 Sep 2008

    Show summary: Andy Simpkins, Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith and the ‘Real’ Keith Dunn talk about Doctor Who: Favourite Doctor and Favourite Companion Moments, DVD Extras: Pyramids of Mars & Earthshock, Fight Club: Spock vs. William T. Riker, lots of general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically:

    • 00.00 – Intro and theme tune.
    • 00.29 — Welcome!
    • 00.52 – News:
    • 00.59 — Doctor Who: Tennant to do feature film?
    • 02.18 — Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse: Production halts for reworking.
    • 02:54 — David Tennant’s Hamlet sold out!
    • 03:37 — Ghostbusters 3.
    • 04:33 — Spider-man 4, Raimi and McQuire are in.
    • 05:40 — Watchmen legal wranglings.
    • 06:32 — Dr Horrible’s Sing-along Blog Soundtrack available internationally!
    • 07:13 — Rentaghost and Worzel Gummidge.
    • 07:58 — Doctor Who: Russell T Davies wants Russell Tovey, as Doctor 11.
    • 08.35 – Emails and listener feedback.* Hit us yourself at show@StaggeringStories.net
    • 15.09 – Fight Club: Spock vs. William T. Riker.
    • 19.53 – Doctor Who: Favourite Doctor and Favourite Companion Moments.
    • 37.22 – Doctor Who: DVD Extras: Pyramids of Mars and Earthshock.
    • 59.15 – El Presidente.
    • 60.17 – Farewell for this podcast and what’s coming up next time!
    • 60.58 — End theme, disclaimer, copyright, etc.

    Vital Links:

    • Staggering Stories.
    • Staggering Stories: Podcast Drinking Game.
    • Doctor Who.
    • Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart.
    • Wikipedia: Dollhouse.
    • Wikipedia: Ghostbusters.
    • Spider-Man Films.
    • Watchmen Film.
    • Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
    • Rentaghost.
    • Wikipedia: Worzel Gummidge.
    • Russell T Davies.
    • Wikipedia: Mr Spock.
    • Wikipedia: William T Riker.
    • Doctor Who: Pyramids of Mars.
    • Doctor Who: Earthshock.
    • Doctor Who: Tin Dog Podcast
    • Star Wars Galaxies with Yivvits and MrBubble


  • Tin Dog Podcast

    TDP 71: Vervoids, Foe and Steampunk

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    09:03 (GMT) - 21 Sep 2008

    Listen past the end credits for spoiler chat!4 Topics!1) Terror of the Verviods2) Ultimate Foe3) Steampunk in Doctor Whoend credits4) Spoiler chat...The Doctor returns to the courtroom after a recess, given to allow him to mourn Peri's death, shown in the previous block of evidence. The Doctor begins his defence, showing events from his future on the galactic liner Hyperion III, a ship taking a supply of rare metals from Mogar to Earth in the year 2986AD. The Doctor states that many of the passengers and crew will not survive the journey to Earth, for "[someone determined to] protect a secret hidden on the space liner... will become a murderer."''Continuity The new companion "Mel" is introduced without the typical "meeting" story, as this evidence is supposed to take place in the Doctor's future, after he has already met Mel.Despite references to them having met before, the Doctor has never been shown to meet Commodore Travers on screen before this. Production Serial details by episode: Episode Broadcast date Run time Viewership (in millions) "Part Nine" 1 November 1986 24:56 5.2 "Part Ten" 8 November 1986 24:18 4.6 "Part Eleven" 15 November 1986 24:07 5.3 "Part Twelve" 22 November 1986 24:45 5.2 [1][2][3] Preproduction This story segment of Trial was originally supposed to be written by Peter J. Hammond, creator of the cult science fiction series Sapphire & Steel. Hammond's story outline, titled Paradise Five, was liked by script editor Eric Saward but disliked by producer John Nathan-Turner, who rejected it and commissioned Pip and Jane Baker to do the segment instead.[4] Hammond later wrote two episodes of the Doctor Who spin-off drama, Torchwood. Designed as a typical Agatha Christie murder mystery set on a space liner, the actual structure of the story (and its bubbly tone) are reminiscent of the series during Douglas Adams' tenure as script editor, during season seventeen. In the first episode, Professor Lasky is briefly seen reading a copy of Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. Production The Vervoids bear a strong resemblance to the Flatwoods monster, a common template for alien creatures.[citation needed] Post-production This serial marked the last time the BBC Radiophonic Workshop provided a music score for the series. As no individual title was used onscreen or on the final scripts for this story, there has been some confusion over how to refer to the story. It was initially commissioned with the title of The Ultimate Foe. However this title was later given to the novelisation of the 13th and 14th parts of the season. Writers Pip and Jane Baker repeatedly referred to the story as The Vervoids in subsequent interviews, as have other production team members, but this title does not appear to exist on any contemporary documentation.[4] When Target Books published Pip and Jane Baker's novelisation, it was under the title of Terror of the Vervoids, which is now generally used to refer to the story (see The Ultimate Foe and Doctor Who story title controversy). Commercial releases In October 1993, this story was released on VHS as part of the three-tape The Trial of a Time Lord set.It is also due for DVD release on September 29th2008[5], similarly packaged with the other stories in The Trial of a Time Lord season. Special Features include: deleted and extended scenes * "The Making of a Trial of a Time Lord - Part Three - Terror of Vervoids" * "Now Get Out of That - Doctor Who Cliffhangers" (a 28-minute feature) * "The Lost Season" (an 11-minute feature) * Saturday Picture Show archival television footage * photo gallery * and trails and continuities. The Ultimate Foe is the generally accepted title for a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in two weekly parts from November 29 to December 6, 1986. It is part of the larger narrative known as The Trial of a Time Lord, encompassing the whole of the 23rd season. This segment is also cited in some reference works under its working title of Time Incorporated (or Time Inc.). This was the last regular story to feature Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor.Continuity Thanks to the paradoxes of time travel, since Mel is from the Doctor's future, she has already met him, but from the Doctor's perspective he is meeting her for the first time. Most spin-off media, including the novelisation by the Bakers, have assumed that the Doctor, at the end of the trial, takes Mel back to her proper place in time and eventually travels to her relative past to meet Mel for the first time from her perspective. That meeting, never seen on screen, is related in the Past Doctor Adventures novel Business Unusual by Gary Russell and also in his audio story He Jests at Scars, which provides a semi-sequel to this TV story. In the new series episode Journey's End, a Magnetron (possibly salvaged during The Time War) is used to move a number of planets to another spot in the universe. Since then, the technology appears to have been modified and/or improved as the planets apparently just teleport rather than being "thrown". [edit] The Doctor This was the last story to feature Colin Baker as the current Doctor. Baker was fired by the BBC and John Nathan Turner was ordered, reportedly by Michael Grade, to recast the lead part for the following season. Baker was offered the chance to appear as the Doctor in all four episodes of the first story of Season 24, but he declined this and the invitation to return for the traditional regeneration sequence in Time and the Rani. Due to Colin Baker's dismissal from the role, it would turn out that the Sixth Doctor's last lines on screen were "Carrot juice, carrot juice, carrot juice!" Although The Ultimate Foe was his last regular appearance as the Doctor on screen, the last story that Baker actually recorded was Terror of the Vervoids. Baker would reprise the role on stage, in 1989's Doctor Who - The Ultimate Adventure, and on screen in the 1993 charity special Dimensions in Time, as well as various audio adventures for Big Finish Productions. [edit] Final appearances This marked the last appearance to date of the Time Lords, apart from a brief flashback in "The Sound of Drums." Coincidentally, James Bree (The Keeper of the Matrix) had appeared in The War Games (albeit in a different role), which was the first serial to feature the Time Lords. The Valeyard has not re-appeared in the television series. His sole appearance in the Big Finish Productions audios has been the Doctor Who Unbound (and therefore outside of established continuity) He Jests at Scars..., where Michael Jayston reprises the role. The character has been featured (usually in dream sequences or metaphors) in the New Adventures and Missing Adventures book ranges from Virgin Publishing and the Past Doctor Adventures from the BBC, however none of these appearances conclusively reveals his origins. The forthcoming unofficial novel Time's Champion, the late Craig Hinton's final novel completed by his friend Chris McKeon, will see the return of the Valeyard and his origins revealed. Whereas previously Anthony Ainley's the Master had appeared in at least one story per year, it would be another three years before he returned in Survival, the final story of the show's original run. [edit] Production Serial details by episode: Episode Broadcast date Run time Viewership (in millions) "Part Thirteen" 29 November 1986 24:42 4.4 "Part Fourteen" 6 December 1986 29:30 5.6 [1][2][3] Robert Holmes was originally commissioned to write the two episodes. Unfortunately, he died from a chronic liver ailment after completing a draft of the first and left nothing beyond a plot outline of the second. The series Script Editor Eric Saward resigned around this time due to disagreements with the producer, John Nathan-Turner, but agreed to write the final episode based on Holmes' outline, and also rewrite Holmes' draft to tie the two together, for which he was credited as Script Editor. The original ending to this segment (and, indeed, the whole Trial story and possibly the series) would have seen the Doctor and the Valeyard in an inconclusive cliffhanger, both (seemingly) plunging into a void to their deaths as an extra "hook". However, Nathan-Turner felt this was too downbeat and believed that it was important that the season did not end on an inconclusive note since it was important after the hiatus to prove the series was back in business. Saward refused to change the ending and withdrew permission to use his script very late in the day, by which point the production team had been assembled and the segment was entering rehearsals. John Nathan-Turner commissioned Pip and Jane Baker to write a replacement final episode. For copyright reasons they could not be told anything of the content of Saward's script (and there were lawyers observing all commissioning meetings). The only similarity between the two is the announcement that the High Council of the Time Lords have resigned, which was a natural development of the earlier scripts. The new script ended on an optimistic note, with the Doctor departing for new adventures.[4] In keeping with this more optimistic stance, Nathan-Turner decided to amend the script at the last minute to show how Peri had not died as shown in Mindwarp but in fact, became Yrcanos's queen. Her "death" was merely a part of the Valeyard's tampering with the Matrix, with a shot from the earlier story used to show this. Nicola Bryant was disappointed to learn how the fate of her character had been changed. Ultimately, the works of Charles Dickens are evident in the story: the fictional landscape in the Matrix resembles Victorian era Britain, and the character (and name) of Mr. Popplewick are strongly Dickensian. The Doctor also quotes the final two lines of A Tale of Two Cities, prompting Mel to chide him: "Never mind the Sydney Carton heroics!" The working title of this story was Time Incorporated.[4] However, this title did not appear in the final scripts or on-screen. Steampunk is a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used--usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England--but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles or analog computers; these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or a presumption of functionality. Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk and shares a similar fanbase and theme of rebellion, but developed as a separate movement (though both have considerable influence on each other). Apart from time period and level of technological development, the main difference between cyberpunk and steampunk is that steampunk settings usually tend to be less obviously dystopian than cyberpunk, or lack dystopian elements entirely. Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual craftpersons into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #089 - The Fabi and the Brain

    Whocast.de (Deutsche)

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    20:03 (GMT) - 19 Sep 2008

    Im heutigen Whocast besprechen wir, auf Grund der hohen Nachfrage, mal wieder eine Klassikepisode. Und zwar "The Brain of Morbius". Naturlich kommen wir bei dieser Folge nicht umhin, uns kurz uber die Pre-Doctoren und den Cartmel Master Plan zu unterhalten. Aber all dies tun wir nicht, wie gewohnt, zu zweit, sondern mit tatkraftiger Unterstutzung von Fabian, der uns als Gastmoderator unter die Arme greift und Euch ausserdem noch ein Gast-(Verlosungs-)Geschenk mitgebracht hat.



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #089 - The Fabi and the Brain

    Whocast.de (Deutsche)

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    19:03 (GMT) - 19 Sep 2008

    Im heutigen Whocast besprechen wir, auf Grund der hohen Nachfrage, mal wieder eine Klassikepisode. Und zwar "The Brain of Morbius". Naturlich kommen wir bei dieser Folge nicht umhin, uns kurz uber die Pre-Doctoren und den Cartmel Master Plan zu unterhalten. Aber all dies tun wir nicht, wie gewohnt, zu zweit, sondern mit tatkraftiger Unterstutzung von Fabian, der uns als Gastmoderator unter die Arme greift und Euch ausserdem noch ein Gast-(Verlosungs-)Geschenk mitgebracht hat.



  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate - Episode 92

    Geek Syndicate

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    04:56 (GMT) - 18 Sep 2008

    Welcome to more underbelly trawling in the murky world of Geekdom. This week there is some excessive use of the f word and bad singing (I know surprise) from the outset...you have been warned. In the news we talk about some of the claims being made about Transformers 2 and Star trek. Dave reveals his lack of excitement for season 3 of Heroes. In this week's week that was we chat about Spooks code 9, Buffy, Infinite crisis and Secret invasion what we think so far, Samurai Girl and Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow. Week that was kind of became our main feature as we went into a discussion/ rant about well Geek Marketing I guess and how Comic/tv companies could better use of the tools around them. Enjoy! Please Nominate GS in the People's choice and Entertainment categories of the 2008 Podcast Awards over at www.podcastawards.com Thanks all!



  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate - Episode 92

    Geek Syndicate

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    03:56 (GMT) - 18 Sep 2008

    Welcome to more underbelly trawling in the murky world of Geekdom. This week there is some excessive use of the f word and bad singing (I know surprise) from the outset...you have been warned. In the news we talk about some of the claims being made about Transformers 2 and Star trek. Dave reveals his lack of excitement for season 3 of Heroes. In this week's week that was we chat about Spooks code 9, Buffy, Infinite crisis and Secret invasion what we think so far, Samurai Girl and Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow. Week that was kind of became our main feature as we went into a discussion/ rant about well Geek Marketing I guess and how Comic/tv companies could better use of the tools around them. Enjoy! Please Nominate GS in the People's choice and Entertainment categories of the 2008 Podcast Awards over at www.podcastawards.com Thanks all!



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #088 - Box(ing) Day One

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    20:13 (GMT) - 13 Sep 2008

    Im heutigen Whocast dreht sich alles um das deutsche Release der Season 1 Box der neuen Staffeln. Viele Horer haben gefragt, ob es sich lohnt hier zuzugreifen, oder ob man lieber das englische Original im Regal stehen haben sollte. Nun - hier ist die Antwort. Ausserdem gibt es eine dieser, wirklich feinen Boxen zu gewinnen.



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #088 - Box(ing) Day One

    Whocast.de (Deutsche)

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    19:13 (GMT) - 13 Sep 2008

    Im heutigen Whocast dreht sich alles um das deutsche Release der Season 1 Box der neuen Staffeln. Viele Horer haben gefragt, ob es sich lohnt hier zuzugreifen, oder ob man lieber das englische Original im Regal stehen haben sollte. Nun - hier ist die Antwort. Ausserdem gibt es eine dieser, wirklich feinen Boxen zu gewinnen.



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #100 - So it's come to this..

    Radio Free Skaro

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    15:53 (GMT) - 13 Sep 2008

    And with that, Radio Free Skaro reached 100 episodes. It's been a strange trip for the Three Who Rule to internet femto-celebrity and renown as slightly amusing Whovian reprobates, but here we are. And we celebrate this milestone by beginning our Season Four commentaries with "Partners in Crime." Allons-y!



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #100 - So it's come to this..

    Radio Free Skaro

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    14:53 (GMT) - 13 Sep 2008

    And with that, Radio Free Skaro reached 100 episodes. It's been a strange trip for the Three Who Rule to internet femto-celebrity and renown as slightly amusing Whovian reprobates, but here we are. And we celebrate this milestone by beginning our Season Four commentaries with "Partners in Crime." Allons-y!



  • Doctor Who Review Today

    EPISODE 9 doctor who review Mystery show

    Doctor Who Review Today

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    01:55 (GMT) - 13 Sep 2008

    Could be anything. I will review 1 dvd ,and review one from the new series.Also other thing might be talked about, Enjoy



  • Doctor Who Review Today

    EPISODE 8 Robots of Death & Pyramids of Mars

    Doctor Who Review Today

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    19:56 (GMT) - 12 Sep 2008

    Review of Robots of Death and, Pyramids of Mars, Also Planet of the Ood.



  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate - Episode 91 we're back!!!

    Geek Syndicate

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    21:40 (GMT) - 10 Sep 2008

    That's right people after we're are back after our month long hiatus and we're back with a bang!

    In our main feature we have the first ever podcast interview with Drew Pearce, the writer/ creator of the new superhero sitcom 'No Heroics' coming to ITV2. It will be the channel's first ever original sitcom.

    Drew reveals the origin of the show and it's cast as well as his own comic roots before taking some questions from our forum members.

    Warning this episode contains bad signing from the outset!

    News

    We have a brand new website!

    Ghostbusters 3 the movie is on but maybe not the game!

    News on the US remake of Life on Mars

    An old pain in the ass returns to 24.

    Hadron Collider...lovely invention or the end of humankind ?

    A new sci-fi show about an alien invasion of earth...how original !

    Week that was
    Quick interview with Jon Harrison at Forbidden Planet's 30th anniversary party.

    Kick Ass issue 4 and the movie adaptation chat.

    Gravel the ongoing comic series by Warren Series

    The Mummy 3

    Criminal macabre anthology of short stories

    We briefly catch up on Smallville, Lost and Supernatural
    Main
    Interview with Drew Pearce, Creator/writer of the upcoming 'No Heroics' Enjoy!!


  • Tin Dog Podcast

    TDP 70: Four to Doomsday

    Tin Dog Podcast

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    21:03 (GMT) - 10 Sep 2008

    The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Adric arrive on a spaceship which is headed for Earth. On board they meet natives of Earth from various different eras, and also three Urbankans: Monarch, Persuasion and Enlightenment. What are the aliens' intentions when they reach Earth? Plot The TARDIS materializes on board a vast and advanced alien spacecraft, observed by a hovering surveillance device which conveys the arrival of the Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric to an observing being that is in control of the vessel. The TARDIS crew become separated and the Doctor and Tegan reach the bridge of the vessel where the green-skinned commander introduces himself as Monarch, ruler of Urbanka, and his associates and fellow Urbankans are the Ministers of Enlightenment and Persuasion. The leader is intrigued by talk of current Earth civilisation and reveals their ship is bound for Earth. Shortly afterward Enlightenment and Persuasion seemingly regenerate into human form, dressed in garments Tegan designed to demonstrate contemporary Earth fashions. The TARDIS crew are reunited as guests aboard the ship and it soon becomes apparent that there are four distinct human cultures represented on the vessel by a small group of humans - Ancient Greeks, the leader of whom is the philosopher Bigon; Chinese Mandarins and their leader Lin Futu; Princess Villagra and representatives of the Mayan people; and Kurkutji and his tribesmen, of the very ancient Australian Aborigine culture. The Urbankans have made periodic visits to Earth, each time getting speedier in their journeys. This time they have left their homeworld after erratic solar activity, storing three billion of their species on slides aboard their craft, and it seems the current journey is their last and they now wish to settle on Earth, which they are due to reach in four days time. The Doctor becomes suspicious of Monarch and soon learns that the Urbankan does not plan on peaceful co-existence: instead, he has developed a virus to wipe out humanity, and this will be unleashed before the Urbankans disembark. He also finds out that the humans aboard are not descendents of the original abductees, but are the original people taken from Earth and converted into androids like the three Urbankans walking around on board. The four leaders of the peoples have been given additional circuits to help them reason, but this facility can be taken away, as Bigon learns when he crosses Monarch once too often. He explained to the Doctor that Monarch strip-mined and destroyed Urbanka in a quest for minerals to improve the ship, and now plans to do the same to Earth. Monarch believes that if he can move the ship faster than the speed of light, he can pilot it back to the beginning of time and discover himself as God... Adric, nevertheless, is rather taken with Monarch, and tensions between him and the Doctor become very strained. It takes the truth to break the alien's hold over the boy. The Doctor now sets about over-throwing Monarch and, with the help of the human androids led by a restored Bigon, a revolution is put into effect. Enlightenment and Persuasion are de-circuited, while Monarch himself is exposed to the deadly toxin and killed. It seems he was a product of the weak "flesh time" after all, having never, as the Doctor suspected, been fully converted into an android. The humanoid androids decide to pilot the vessel to a new home on a new world, while the TARDIS crew departs. Back in the console room, Nyssa suddenly collapses to the floor in a dead faint. Cast notes Guest stars in this serial include Stratford Johns as Monarch and Burt Kwouk as Lin Futu. See Celebrity appearances in Doctor Who. Continuity The Big Finish Productions audio drama Primeval provides an alternative explanation, beyond mere exhaustion, for Nyssa's collapse at the end of this story. The canonicity of the audio dramas, however, is unclear.When the Doctor tells Tegan "Who'll believe us? We'll be laughed at!" when she wants to get to Earth to warn them about Monarch's plan, he has clearly forgotten the purpose/existence of U.N.I.T., the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, for which he was unpaid Scientific Advisor (through most of his third incarnation). He makes use of his U.N.I.T. connections later in the season, however.This is the third occasion of a recurring theme where Adric 'betrays' the Doctor, or else Romana, Nyssa or Tegan, gaining the villains' trust and then later saving them. See State of Decay, Castrovalva, Kinda and, to a lesser degree, The Visitation and Black Orchid Goofs The Doctor describes the Maya civilization as having reached its peak "8000 years ago"; the very earliest Maya settlements began 4000 years ago.The Doctor claims the population of the Earth to be 3 Billion, where as it was around 4.5 Billion by 1980, being about 3 Billion in around 1960. [1]Few non-indigenous Australians speak an Aboriginal language (of which around 200 exist) as fluently as Tegan demonstrated with her conversation with Kurkutji. It is almost certain that the language that Kurkutji spoke 40,000 years ago would have since evolved into a totally different language that his people would be using today. Production Serial details by episode: Episode Broadcast date Run time Viewership (in millions) "Part One" 18 January 1982 23:36 8.4 "Part Two" 19 January 1982 24:11 8.8 "Part Three" 25 January 1982 24:09 8.8 "Part Four" 26 January 1982 24:53 9.4 [1][2][3] The working title for this story was Days Of Wrath.Although Castrovalva was the first story aired which featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor, this story was the first in the season to be produced.It was originally decided that after Castrovalva, the Doctor would only have two companions, Adric and Tegan. As a result, the character of Nyssa was to be written out of the series at the end of this story. However, Peter Davison strongly opposed this move because he felt that Nyssa was the companion who was "most suited to his vision of the Doctor." Given this, producer John Nathan-Turner and the rest of the production team relented. In print Doctor Who book Four to Doomsday Series Target novelisations Release number 77 Writer Terrance Dicks Publisher Target Books ISBN 0 426 19334 2 Release date 21 July 1983 Preceded by Castrovalva Followed by Earthshock A novelisation of this serial, written by Terrance Dicks, was published by Target Books in April 1983. Broadcast, VHS and DVD release This story was released on VHS in September 2001. A DVD release has been confirmed for 15th September 2008. Clockwork Cabaret RSS feed is www.clickcaster.com/channels/clockworkcabaret.xml



  • Geek Syndicate

    Geek Syndicate - Episode 91 we're back!!!

    Geek Syndicate

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    20:40 (GMT) - 10 Sep 2008

    That's right people after we're are back after our month long hiatus and we're back with a bang!

    In our main feature we have the first ever podcast interview with Drew Pearce, the writer/ creator of the new superhero sitcom 'No Heroics' coming to ITV2. It will be the channel's first ever original sitcom.

    Drew reveals the origin of the show and it's cast as well as his own comic roots before taking some questions from our forum members.

    Warning this episode contains bad signing from the outset!

     News

    We have a brand new website!

    Ghostbusters 3 the movie is on but maybe not the game!

     News on the US remake of Life on Mars

    An old pain in the ass returns to 24.

    Hadron Collider...lovely invention or the end of humankind ?

    A new sci-fi show about an alien invasion of earth...how original !

    Week that was
    Quick interview with Jon Harrison at Forbidden Planet's 30th anniversary party.

    Kick Ass issue 4 and the movie adaptation chat.
     
    Gravel the ongoing comic series by Warren Series

    The Mummy 3

    Criminal macabre anthology of short stories

    We briefly catch up on Smallville, Lost and Supernatural
    Main
    Interview with Drew Pearce, Creator/writer of the upcoming 'No Heroics' Enjoy!!


  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #087 - The Worst to start with

    Whocast.de (Deutsche)

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    14:38 (GMT) - 9 Sep 2008

    Nein, dies ist nicht DER Whocast, mit dem man am ehesten NICHT anfangen sollte, sondern in diesem Whocast geht es um Doctor Who Folgen, die man nicht unbedingt als erstes schauen sollte, oder die man zumindest nicht seinen noch nicht "infizierten" Freunden zeigen sollte. Dies betrifft naturlich vor allem Folgen der ersten sieben Doctoren, aber auch die aktuellen Staffeln bieten da die ein oder andere Moglichkeit "daneben zu greifen".



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #087 - The Worst to start with

    Whocast.de (Deutsche)

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    13:38 (GMT) - 9 Sep 2008

    Nein, dies ist nicht DER Whocast, mit dem man am ehesten NICHT anfangen sollte, sondern in diesem Whocast geht es um Doctor Who Folgen, die man nicht unbedingt als erstes schauen sollte, oder die man zumindest nicht seinen noch nicht "infizierten" Freunden zeigen sollte. Dies betrifft naturlich vor allem Folgen der ersten sieben Doctoren, aber auch die aktuellen Staffeln bieten da die ein oder andere Moglichkeit "daneben zu greifen".



  • Geek Syndicate

    Episode 21 - Ubu Bubutasticulair :), Jamie Smart - inaudible and full of vitriol

    Geek Syndicate

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    12:42 (GMT) - 8 Sep 2008

    In this super-duper special episode, The Ladies of the Racks get up close and personal with none other than Ubu Bubu creator and all-round cool dude, Jamie Smart!

    Alas, there are no news and reviews segments, but heck, who needs those when you have a awesome interview?? Especially when said interview reveals a deep seated hatred of Jaffa Cakes, a general fear of selling oneself at conventions, a far too large amount of talk about cat porn, and the revelation that Jamie Smart smells. It's true. No, really.

    Sir Jamie Smartington sticks with the girls through Rack Music, almost causing a divide in Rack City, and even puts forth a Peeve of the Fortnight. Like this podcast wasn't filled with enough vitriol

    All this plus girly squeals, more random swear words than you can shake a stick at and a whole lot of fun!

    ~ Please to note: We apologise profusely for the sound quality of this episode. Unfortunately technical difficulties minutes before recording and the Pamela program's all-round hatred of Racks fun lead to a rather muffled Jamie. We present this episode to you in the best state we could muster, and we hope to muck around with other recording programmes in order to have Jamie on again in the future. If he'll do it, that is, we were quite scary... ~

    Jamie Smart's website of awesomeness




  • Geek Syndicate

    Episode 21 - Ubu Bubutasticulair :), Jamie Smart - inaudible and full of vitriol

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    11:42 (GMT) - 8 Sep 2008

    In this super-duper special episode, The Ladies of the Racks get up close and personal with none other than Ubu Bubu creator and all-round cool dude, Jamie Smart!

    Alas, there are no news and reviews segments, but heck, who needs those when you have a awesome interview?? Especially when said interview reveals a deep seated hatred of Jaffa Cakes, a general fear of selling oneself at conventions, a far too large amount of talk about cat porn, and the revelation that Jamie Smart smells. It's true. No, really.

    Sir Jamie Smartington sticks with the girls through Rack Music, almost causing a divide in Rack City, and even puts forth a Peeve of the Fortnight. Like this podcast wasn't filled with enough vitriol

    All this plus girly squeals, more random swear words than you can shake a stick at and a whole lot of fun!

    ~ Please to note: We apologise profusely for the sound quality of this episode. Unfortunately technical difficulties minutes before recording and the Pamela program's all-round hatred of Racks fun lead to a rather muffled Jamie. We present this episode to you in the best state we could muster, and we hope to muck around with other recording programmes in order to have Jamie on again in the future. If he'll do it, that is, we were quite scary... ~

    Jamie Smart's website of awesomeness




  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #99 - Alas, Poor Ruprecht

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    01:20 (GMT) - 8 Sep 2008

    More fake news and the continuation of our commentary for "Monster of Peladon" which, using our amazing ability to create nonsensical backstories to sustain interest, became a compelling after-school special about Ruprecht, the Special Needs Ice Warrior who just can't get a break.




  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #99 - Alas, Poor Ruprecht

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    00:20 (GMT) - 8 Sep 2008

    More fake news and the continuation of our commentary for "Monster of Peladon" which, using our amazing ability to create nonsensical backstories to sustain interest, became a compelling after-school special about Ruprecht, the Special Needs Ice Warrior who just can't get a break.




  • Staggering Stories Podcast

    Staggering Stories Podcast #28: The Duchovny with a Billion Backs

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    18:15 (GMT) - 7 Sep 2008

    Show summary: Andy Simpkins, Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith and the ‘Real’ Keith Dunn talk about Doctor Who: Moments of Despair and Bafflement, Worst of New Who and Old Who, Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs, lots of general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically:

    • 00.00 – Intro and theme tune.
    • 00.29 — Welcome!
    • 00.52 – News:
    • 01.06 — Large Hadron Collider going live.
    • 02.00 — Torchwood Series 3: Children of Earth.
    • 03:54 — Doctor Who specials to be recorded in America, then new Doctor?
    • 06:45 — New Red Dwarf for small screen.
    • 08:32 — Spooks Code 9 crashing.
    • 09:42 — James Bond: Quantum of Solace pushed back.
    • 11:21 — Kevin McKidd the new Highlander?
    • 12:58 — Stargate Universe.
    • 14:41 — Duchovny goes into rehab.
    • 16.22 – Fight Club: Commander Jeffrey Sinclair vs. Professor Nick Cutter.
    • 18.12 – Emails and listener feedback.* Hit us yourself at show@StaggeringStories.net
    • 28.24 – Doctor Who: Moments of Despair and Bafflement.
    • 38.08 – Doctor Who: Our Worst of Old Who and New Who.
    • 59.37 – Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs.
    • 73.56 – Farewell for this podcast and what’s coming up next time!
    • 74.44 — End theme, disclaimer, copyright, etc.

    Vital Links:

    • Staggering Stories.
    • Staggering Stories: Podcast Drinking Game.
    • Wikipedia: Large Hadron Collider.
    • Torchwood.
    • Doctor Who.
    • Red Dwarf.
    • Spooks Code 9.
    • Quantum of Solace.
    • Wikipedia: Highlander (franchise).
    • Wikipedia: David Duchovny.
    • Wikipedia: Jeffrey Sinclair.
    • Wikipedia: Nick Cutter.
    • Wikipedia: Stargate Universe.
    • Doctor Who: Tin Dog Podcast
    • Google Video: Harrison Bergeron
    • Wikipedia: Futurama.


  • Doctor Who Review Today

    EPISODE 7 - The Master Part 2

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    22:31 (GMT) - 6 Sep 2008

    See notes from show 6 Part 1



  • Doctor Who Review Today

    EPISODE 6 - The Master Part 1

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    19:54 (GMT) - 5 Sep 2008

    Review of The Sea Devils and Logopolis.Also the review of Sound of Drums /The last of the Timelords.PART 1



  • Geek Syndicate

    The Nuge and Stacebob Show!

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    20:57 (GMT) - 4 Sep 2008

    SURPRISE!!!!..In this super secret episode Barry and Stace from Comic Racks join forces in this explosive episode. No episode blurb just sit back and wonder at just how many tangents these two can go off on without their respective co-hosts to keep them on the straight and narrow. Oh and there might be some singing...you have been warned! Enjoy!!!!



  • Tin Dog Podcast

    TDP 69: Mindwarp

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    20:34 (GMT) - 4 Sep 2008

    Synopsis Following on from The Mysterious Planet, the Valeyard and the Doctor argue about the Doctor's involvement in those events. The Inquisitor warns them both to pay due respect to the judicial process. The Valeyard proceeds to present his second block of evidence - the Doctor's arrival on the planet Thoros Beta. The TARDIS arrives on the planet, where the Doctor shows Peri a weapon given to him by the "Warlord of Thordon", made on Thoros Beta. He states that has come to find out how the warlords obtained such technology. They enter a cave, where Peri is grabbed by a large monstrous creature, which during a struggle the Doctor shoots with the gun. The Valeyard accuses the Doctor of deliberately shooting the monster, but he replies that the weapon went off accidentally. A figure arrives and accuses the Doctor and Peri of murdering the Raak, despite their protestations that it attacked them first. The figure asks if they are part of Crozier's group, and the Doctor says that he is. They flee before they can be identified as imposters, but are quickly faced by another monster, but it reacts kindly when the Doctor is nice to it. They are forced to flee further, and as they hide they see three reptilian figures being carried along by guards, the third of the figures is shown to be their old enemy Sil. The Doctor realises that Sil is probably behind the arms sales, and informs Peri that Thoros Beta is the home world of Sil's race, the Mentors. In Crozier's laboratory, King Yrcanos is being experimented on, and the Doctor and Peri sneak inside. As the Doctor sabotages some of Kiv's equipment, Sil arrives in the laboratory. The Doctor is strapped to a table, and Crozier applies a metal helmet to his head. Crozier states that the equipment to extract the truth from a suspect, and that technique could prove fatal. He starts to probe the Doctor's mind, but Yrcanos awakes and destroys the equipment. Overpowering the guards he departs the laboratory, followed by a stunned Doctor and Peri. Yrcanos outlines his plans to attack the Mentors. The Doctor says he would enjoy that, and then collapses. The Doctor tells the Inquisitor that he cannot remember these events. The Valeyard tells him he is in for a surprise if this is true. Yrcanos, the Doctor and Peri go to where new slaves are brought into the base. Yrcanos plans to attack the guards and steal their weapons, but as he sneaks into the room, the Doctor calls out to the guards, giving him away. Yrcanos, unable to fight the guards, flees. Peri points a weapon at Sil, and asks the Doctor for help, but he ignores her. Peri drops the weapon and flees after Yrcanos. Sil asks the Doctor why he helped the Mentors, and he replies that the odds were on their side. The Doctor insists that the footage is not of him, but the Valeyard tells him that the Matrix cannot lie. Peri comes across Matrona, who allows her to join the Mentors' servants rather than turn her over to the guards. Covered with a veil, she enters the Commerce Room with Kiv's medication. The Doctor calls to her to get him a drink, so she disguises her voice to avoid being recognised. When she brings him a new drink, the Doctor uncovers her and denounces her as an enemy to the Mentors. The Doctor tells the Courtroom that what they are seeing is all part of his ploy. He says he planned to gain the Mentors' trust so that he would be allowed to interrogate her alone, giving them a chance to escape. Peri is lashed to rocks on the shoreline and the Doctor stands over her, accusing of being a spy. She asks why he is behaving the way he is, and the Doctor tells her that Crozier is planning to put Kiv's brain into his body unless he can help them. Crozier stops the interegation, saying that they have more effective methods of extracting the truth from Peri. As they re-enter the complex, Yrcanos attacks the guard, and threatens to kill the Doctor. However, Peri smashes the gun from Yrcanos's hands allowing the Doctor to flee. In Crozier's laboratory, the scientist prepares to transplant Kiv's brain into a recently deceased Mentor corpse with the help of The Doctor. The operation proves successful. Meanwhile, Yrcanos, Peri and Dorf team up with members of the Alphan resistance. Agreeing to allow Yrcanos to lead them in an attack on the Mentors, they go to the resistance arms dump, but they are ambushed by Mentor guards and shot down. However, it is revealed they have merely been stunned, and they are taken to cells. In Crozier's laboratory, Lord Kiv is rambling due to the body of the fisherman influencing his brain. Crozier makes plans to transfer the brain into another more suitable body, and suggests using Peri. The Doctor says he would prefer that she is not experimented on, but while he is trying to find another candidate, Peri is brought to the laboratory, and strapped to the operating table. Crozier begins to prepare her for the surgery. The Doctor goes to Yrcanos's cell and tricks the guard allowing Yrcanos and Dorf to escape. Together they free the remaining resistance members. They head towards the control room from where all the slaves are mentally controlled and succeed in freeing the slaves from mental control, but Dorf is killed by a passing guard. Lord Kiv is taken to the laboratory to prepare for the operation. As the Doctor heads towards the lab, he is summoned by the Time Lords and promptly vanishes. The Inquisitor tells the Doctor this was the result of an order from the High Council, because the result of Crozier's experiment would affect all life in the Universe. As Yrcanos prepares his attack on the laboratory, the Time Lords capture him in a time bubble so that his attack is perfectly timed. When Kiv awakes in Peri's bald body, the time bubble dissipates and Yrcanos bursts into the laboratory. He is consumed with fury and begins firing his gun wildly. The Doctor is shocked by what he has seen. The Inquisitor and the Valeyard tell him that it was necessary to end Peri's life to prevent the disastrous consequences of Crozier's experiment. The Doctor insists that he was fetched out of time for some other reason, and he is going to find out what. Continuity Sil appeared in the previous season in the serial Vengeance on Varos.It's often debated amongst fandom[citation needed] as to what exactly happens during this story. It is stated on screen that the Valeyard has somehow distorted events, and that the actual scenes are by and large presented correctly but merely that the Doctor's performance has been distorted to show him in the worst possible light to the court. Many such scenes are prevalent throughout the story, leading fandom to great confusion as it isn't entirely clear which bits are "real" and which were concocted by the Valeyard. There are several theories: That the events seen are the true events, but distorted to show the Doctor in the worst possible light. For example, his line 'Look out behind you' is shown on screen as the Doctor giving King Yrcanos away to some guards, whereas the "true" events might very well have been the Doctor warning him of an attacker sneaking up ('Look out, behind you!'). It's all in how the line is pronounced rather than what the line is.That the Doctor was fried by the "Mindwarp" machine, which is why he exhibits 'out of character' behaviour throughout the story. The event is shown on screen, but as to whether it really occurred or not is still an event of great contention.That the Doctor is pretending to have been twisted by the "Mindwarp" machine, whilst really seeking to find a way to put things right. In the courtroom the Doctor claims this is the case, though he is at this stage unable to recall events. The Doctor meets Peri again in two spin off stories. She features in the Virgin New Adventures novel Bad Therapy by Matt Jones. A post-Mindwarp hallucination of Peri appears in the Big Finish Productions play Her Final Flight. The relationship of spin off media to the television series is open to interpretation by the individual. Production Serial details by episode: Episode Broadcast date Run time Viewership (in millions) "Part Five" 4 October 1986 24:42 4.8 "Part Six" 11 October 1986 24:45 4.6 "Part Seven" 18 October 1986 24:33 5.1 "Part Eight" 25 October 1986 24:44 5.0 [1][2][3] Music Initially it was intended that the BBC Radiophonic Workshop would provide music scores for both this and the following segment of The Trial of a Time Lord; both were assigned to Malcolm Clarke to begin with, although Terror of the Vervoids got re-assigned to Elizabeth Parker shortly afterwards. However, fellow Radiophonic Workshop composer Jonathan Gibbs left early in 1986 and was not replaced until the following year, leaving the other composers backlogged and no-one free to do the incidental music for Mindwarp. It was suggested that Dick Mills could provide both the music and sound effects, but John Nathan-Turner rejected this idea and instead hired film composer Richard Hartley to create the incidental music for this segment. It would be the only time that Hartley worked on the series. Casting Trevor Laird returned to Doctor Who in the Tenth Doctor era as Clive Jones, father of the Doctor's companion Martha Jones. Similarly, Christopher Ryan returned in 2008 as Sontaran leader General Staal in The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky. Commercial releases In October 1993, this story was released on VHS as part of the three-tape The Trial of a Time Lord set. A DVD release is due on September 29th 2008, similarly packaged with the other stories in The Trial of a Time Lord season. Special Features include: deleted and extended scenes * "The Making of the Trial of a Time Lord - Part Two - Mindwarp" (a 20-minute feature) * "Now and Then - On the Trial of a Time Lord" (a 21-minute feature) * "A Fate Worse Than Death" Feature * Doctor Who Lenny Henry sketch * BBC Children in Need archival footage * TV Talkback archival footage * photo gallery * trails and continuities. In print Doctor Who book Mindwarp Series Target novelisations Release number 139 Writer Philip Martin Publisher Target Books Cover artist Alister Pearson ISBN 0 426 20335 6 Release date 15 June 1989 Preceded by Attack of the Cybermen Followed by The Chase A novelisation of this serial, written by Philip Martin, was published by Target Books in June 1989 and was the final segment of the Trial arc to be adapted. Martin's novelisation adds a joke ending that gives away the revelation regarding Peri's fate in The Ultimate Foe, suggesting an entirely different outcome for the character (and for Yrcanos) than is suggested in the serial.



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #086 - Das Review mit Titten

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    19:57 (GMT) - 4 Sep 2008

    In der heutigen Folge (die wiedermal langer geworden ist, als geplant), gibt es neben News und Post eine Bewerbung zum Mitcasten, uber die Ihr abstimmen sollt und die Reviews zu "The Bride of Peladon" und zu "The Condemned", welche beide sehr gut wegkommen. Bei letzterem werden wir "aus der Ferne" von einem Gastcaster unterstutzt. Ausserdem gibt es, wie beim letzten mal angekundigt, das Bernice Summerfield Horspiel "Oh no, it isn't" zu gewinnen.



  • Geek Syndicate

    The Nuge and Stacebob Show!

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    19:57 (GMT) - 4 Sep 2008

    SURPRISE!!!!..In this super secret episode Barry and Stace from Comic Racks join forces in this explosive episode. No episode blurb just sit back and wonder at just how many tangents these two can go off on without their respective co-hosts to keep them on the straight and narrow. Oh and there might be some singing...you have been warned! Enjoy!!!!



  • Whocast.de (Deutsche)

    Whocast #086 - Das Review mit Titten

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    18:57 (GMT) - 4 Sep 2008

    In der heutigen Folge (die wiedermal langer geworden ist, als geplant), gibt es neben News und Post eine Bewerbung zum Mitcasten, uber die Ihr abstimmen sollt und die Reviews zu "The Bride of Peladon" und zu "The Condemned", welche beide sehr gut wegkommen. Bei letzterem werden wir "aus der Ferne" von einem Gastcaster unterstutzt. Ausserdem gibt es, wie beim letzten mal angekundigt, das Bernice Summerfield Horspiel "Oh no, it isn't" zu gewinnen.



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #98 - The Curse of Pela-slog

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    05:46 (GMT) - 1 Sep 2008

    The Three Who Rule were joined by a fourth, RFS friend Michael, who not only chimed in with commentary but also provided Chris with much needed Internet tubes for said conversing. The subject at hand? "The Monster of Peladon," one of Pertwee's lesser lights. Our bile was relentless as we criticized just about everything this story had to offer...which was little to begin with. Enjoy!



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #98 - The Curse of Pela-slog

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    04:46 (GMT) - 1 Sep 2008

    The Three Who Rule were joined by a fourth, RFS friend Michael, who not only chimed in with commentary but also provided Chris with much needed Internet tubes for said conversing. The subject at hand? “The Monster of Peladon,” one of Pertwee’s lesser lights. Our bile was relentless as we criticized just about everything this story had to offer…which was little to begin with. Enjoy!



  • Doctor Who Review Today

    EPISODE 5.5 -Genesis of the Daleks and Destiny of the Daleks pt 2

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    23:17 (GMT) - 29 Aug 2008

    review of Genesis of the daleks and Destiny of the daleks, and review of Bad Wolf and Parting of the ways Also the wwII clip uncut.



  • Doctor Who Review Today

    EPISODE 5- Review of Genesis of the Daleks and Destiny of the Daleks pt 1

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    20:01 (GMT) - 29 Aug 2008

    Review of Genesis of the Daleks and Destiny of the Daleks also Review of Bad wolf/Parting olf the Ways part 1



  • The Doctor Who Audio Dramas

    Doctor Who: Equilibrium part four

    The Doctor Who Audio Dramas

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    19:00 (GMT) - 28 Aug 2008



  • The Doctor Who Audio Dramas

    Doctor Who: Equilibrium part three

    The Doctor Who Audio Dramas

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    19:00 (GMT) - 28 Aug 2008



  • The Doctor Who Audio Dramas

    Doctor Who: Equilibrium part two

    The Doctor Who Audio Dramas

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    19:00 (GMT) - 28 Aug 2008



  • The Doctor Who Audio Dramas

    Doctor Who: Equilibrium part one

    The Doctor Who Audio Dramas

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    19:00 (GMT) - 28 Aug 2008



  • Tin Dog Podcast

    TDP 68: The War Machines

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    11:33 (GMT) - 27 Aug 2008

    ERROR IN THE PODCAST. FOR WHICH I AM VERY SORRY. JACKIE LANE HAS NOT PASSED AWAY AS IMPLIED IN THIS TPD. PLEASE FORGIVE ANY PROBLEMS THAT THIS MAY HAVE CAUSED. A FULL APOLOGY WILL FOLLOW IN THE NEXT TDP The War Machines is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in 4 weekly parts from June 25 to July 16, 1966. This serial is the first appearance of Michael Craze and Anneke Wills as the companions Ben Jackson and Polly, as well as marking the departure of Jackie Lane as Dodo Chaplet. It should not be confused with the Second Doctor story The War Games. //<![CDATA[ if (window.showTocToggle) { var tocShowText = "show"; var tocHideText = "hide"; showTocToggle(); } //]]> Plot Synopsis When the TARDIS lands in London near the Post Office Tower, the Doctor is unsettled by it. There the Doctor and Dodo meet Professor Brett, the creator of WOTAN (Will Operating Thought ANalogue), an advanced computer that even knows what TARDIS stands for. On C-Day, WOTAN will be linked to other major computers to take them over, including those of the White House, Cape Kennedy and the Royal Navy. WOTAN begins to have its own agenda and takes control of Professor Brett through a hypnotic beeping noise. WOTAN's hypnotic influence is exerted over many humans including Dodo until the Doctor breaks her out of it. He subsequently arranges for her to be sent to the country house of Sir Charles Summer, leader of the Royal Scientific Club, who has come to the aid of the Doctor. WOTAN uses its hypnotised workforce in a secret warehouse near Covent Garden to construct an army of War Machines to take over the world. Major Green, the chief of security at the Post Office Tower, has been programmed to oversee the construction of the War Machines. He ensures that any intruders are dealt with and all humans continue working on the project until they drop. Polly, Professor Brett's secretary, is one such production line convert, though a friend of hers, Royal Navy Able Seaman Ben Jackson, evades the production line. He seeks out the Doctor, whom he met through Dodo before her conditioning, and helps flesh out what is known about the threat of WOTAN and the War Machines. The Doctor alerts the army to the warehouse production factory, but their weapons are somehow disabled when they go to confront the War Machines. He knows WOTAN is behind the plot too, but can do nothing as humans cannot enter the Tower through the strong hypnotic beams being emitted. Given scientific and political support, the Doctor manages to capture a War Machine using an electromagnetic trap. He changes its programming and then uses it to enter the Post Office Tower and destroy WOTAN. This ends the threat and immediately releases the human slaves from the hypnosis. Ben and Polly, the two "fab" young people the Doctor has befriended during the adventure, meet him at the TARDIS to explain that they visited Dodo, who has revealed that she has decided to stay in London. The Doctor thanks them and heads into the Police Box - followed by Ben and Polly, who enter the TARDIS with the intent to return Dodo's key to the old man. They are then suddenly whisked off into time and space... Continuity Naming issues WOTAN is pronounced "Votan" - as, it is explained, the Norse god sometimes was. It stands, though, for Will Operating Thought ANalogue, which is indicative of its ability to connect to the human brain. WOTAN refers to the Doctor as "Doctor Who" - the only time the character is ever given this name within the series' narrative (though he is often credited as such in the end titles). While there is nothing in the series that directly contradicts it, many fans see this as an error and several theories have tried to account for it, one noting that WOTAN may have been misinformed, since it also described the Doctor as "human". WOTAN also manages to discern the meaning of the acronym TARDIS; how it manages to do so is not explained. [edit] Destination Earth This serial is the first in the series to be completely set on a contemporary Earth. The previous landings of the TARDIS in the 1960s were either brief (the Empire State Building sequence from The Chase, several landings during The Daleks' Master Plan, the stop over on Wimbledon Common in The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve) or exceptional (Planet of Giants, where the TARDIS crew were shrunk down to the size of insects and could not fully interact with present day humans). Here, for the first time, we see the Doctor take a leading role in the protection of the planet, which becomes a regular theme for the series from here on. The decision to set more episodes on present-day Earth was taken because the producers felt that the audience was becoming bored with the purely historical episodes that had been a major element of the show to date. As a result, this story marks the beginning of the turn away from historical stories. The next two historical stories, "The Smugglers" (which immediately follows "The War Machines") and Season 4's "The Highlanders", were to be the last historical stories until Season 19's "Black Orchid". [edit] Synchronicity The episode appears to be set on 20 July 1966 - Ben and Polly leave the Doctor in the Second Doctor story The Faceless Ones set in London on the same date (see the Chronology). However, the days of the week mentioned in The War Machines mean it cannot be 1966 if they're the same in Doctor Who continuity as in the 'real' world. Curiously, at the start of the latter serial, the Doctor comments that he feels the same sensation as he felt when the Daleks were around. While this appears to be intended to equate the War Machines and WOTAN to the Daleks, it is interesting to note that the events of the serial are revealed later in the series to happen contemporaneously with the Second Doctor serial The Evil of the Daleks. The Past Doctor Adventures novel The Time Travellers by Simon Guerrier is set in an alternate reality where the Doctor had not been around to stop WOTAN. The villain is never referred to by name, only as "the Machine", and while he was overthrown thousands were left insane by his mind-control and Britain was reduced to a technologically backward dictatorship. A later serial that also foreshadows the internet is The Green Death, which features a very similar computer villain. The Face of Evil also sees the Doctor encountering another such being (this time having been linked with his own brain rather than that of a human) and commenting on how familiar the threat has become. Production Serial details by episode: Episode Broadcast Date Run Time (mm:ss) Viewers (in millions) Archive "Episode 1" 25 June 1966 24:01 5.4 16mm t/r "Episode 2" 2 July 1966 24:00 4.7 16mm t/r "Episode 3" 9 July 1966 23:58 5.3 16mm t/r "Episode 4" 16 July 1966 23:11 5.5 16mm t/r Source: Error: Production Code not specified. Working titles for this story included The Computers.[1]. The idea for this story came about when Kit Pedler was being interviewed for a position as science advisor to the series. The producers asked all of the interviewees what would happen if the recently-built Post Office Tower somehow took over. Pedler suggested that it would be the work of a rogue computer that communicated with the outside world by means of the telephone system. The producers liked this suggestion and not only offered Pedler the job but developed the idea into a script (one of the few to feature a 'Story Idea by' credit). Only one War Machine prop was actually constructed; the production team changed the numbers, to represent the different machines. The titling style of each episode in this serial differs from the standard titles of other serials. Instead of a title overlay, after the "Doctor Who" logo has faded, the screen shifts to a solid background containing four inversely-coloured rectangles aligned down the left-hand side (reminiscent to an old-style computer punch card). The title, one word at a time, scrolls upwards - "THE", "WAR", "MACH", "INES" - with a final flash displaying the complete title on two lines. Another flash reveals the writer, the next flash reveals the word "EPISODE", and the final flash shows the actual episode number. All of the lettering displayed in this titling sequence is shown in a retro-computer font. Each of the four episodes' title sequences have slight variations to them. Casting Michael Craze provided the voice of a policeman heard in Episode four.WOTAN received a credit as "And WOTAN" at the end of the first three episodes, the only time a fictional character was credited as itself in the series.Jackie Lane's contract expired midway through production of this story. She does not appear again after episode two; Dodo's off-screen departure is relayed to the Doctor by Polly.This is the last William Hartnell era serial, and the only serial featuring Anneke Wills and Michael Craze, to exist in its entirety. Missing episodes Aside from its soundtrack (recorded off-air by fans), this serial was lost in the junk of episodes in the 1970s. The master videotapes for the story were the last of those starring William Hartnell to be junked, surviving until 1974.[2] The 16mm film telerecording copies held by BBC Enterprises were also the last of their kind to be destroyed, surviving until 1978, shortly before the junking of material was halted by the intervention of fan Ian Levine.[3] In 1978, a collector in Australia provided a copy of episode 2. Later in 1984 copies of all four episodes were returned from Nigeria. Episodes 2, 3 and 4 all had cuts to them, but most have been restored due to a combination of the other copy of episode 2, material used in a promotional item on the BBC's Blue Peter and censored clips from Australia. Some of the restored footage did not have its accompanying soundtrack, and so the missing sound was restored from the off-air recordings. To date, only episodes 3 and 4, do not exist in their entirety as was originally intended. Episode 3 is missing a visual brief bit of dialogue with Krimpton talking. This was replaced in the VHS release with a combination of a shot of WOTAN with the accompanied dialogue from the off-air recordings. Episode 3 is also missing around 59 seconds worth of the battle in the warehouse. Episode 4 is missing only a small amount of material. The first instance occurs with the man in the telephone box. Part of the continuing closeup of the man talking on the telephone is missing, but this was compensated on the VHS release by continuing in audio-only over the top of the beginning of the high shot of the phone box. There are also two lines of dialogue missing when Polly reports back to WOTAN. This scene, however, has not been re-instated for the VHS release as it was felt that there wouldn't be enough visual material to drop into the gap. The DVD release will have all of the episodes in their entirety. Commercial releases The serial was released on VHS in 1997, with an item from Blue Peter and a BBC1 "globe ident" (from the first part of the story) as extras. A DVD issue has been announced for August 25th 2008. Also, in 2007, an audio CD of the serial's soundtrack, with linking narration by and bonus interview with Anneke Wills, was released. In print Doctor Who book The War Machines Series Target novelisations Release number 136 Writer Ian Stuart Black Publisher Target Books Cover artist Alister Pearson and Graeme Wey ISBN 0 426 20332 1 Release date 16 February 1989 Preceded by Delta and the Bannermen Followed by Dragonfire A novelisation of this serial, written by Ian Stuart Black, was published by Target Books in February 1989.



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #97 - Sir Reginald's Dirty Little Secret

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    07:15 (GMT) - 25 Aug 2008

    Never let it be said that Radio Free Skaro digresses or makes up its own back story for the classic series episodes that we commentate on...because that's precisely what we do, especially in Day of the Daleks, our latest butchery of the works of Jon Pertwee. Not a bad story overall, enhanced by our analysis of Jo's mental state (lukewarm), the secret life of Sir Reginald (tawdry) and the gaseous state of Chris's belly.



  • Radio Free Skaro

    Radio Free Skaro #97 - Sir Reginald's Dirty Little Secret

    Radio Free Skaro

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    06:15 (GMT) - 25 Aug 2008

    Never let it be said that Radio Free Skaro digresses or makes up its own back story for the classic series episodes that we commentate on...because that's precisely what we do, especially in Day of the Daleks, our latest butchery of the works of Jon Pertwee. Not a bad story overall, enhanced by our analysis of Jo's mental state (lukewarm), the secret life of Sir Reginald (tawdry) and the gaseous state of Chris's belly.



  • Staggering Stories Podcast

    Staggering Stories Podcast #27: Guilty Pleasures

    Staggering Stories Podcast

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    12:42 (GMT) - 24 Aug 2008

    Show summary: Andy Simpkins, Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith and the ‘Real’ Keith Dunn talk about Moments of Bliss and Guilty Pleasures, Doctor Who: The Best of Old Who and New Who, Heroes Season Two, some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically:

    • 00.00 – Intro and theme tune.
    • 00.28 — Welcome!
    • 01.05 – News:
    • 01.12 — Hugo Awards 2008 – Doctor Who: Blink and Stardust.
    • 02:27 — No plans for Firefly/Serenity sequel.
    • 04:20 — Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince film delayed until July 2009.
    • 06:21 — George Lucas considers Indy V.
    • 07:30 — Doctor Who: Trial of a Time Lord delayed until September.
    • 09:11 — Possible delay to Cubicle 7′s Doctor Who Roleplaying Game.
    • 10:08 — Song: Happy Birthday Dear Crumbly!.
    • 10.39 – Emails and listener feedback.* Hit us yourself at show@StaggeringStories.net
    • 12.35 – Fight Club: Bones vs. Bonekickers
    • 23.36 – Moments of Bliss and Guilty Pleasures.
    • 32.05 – El Presidente.
    • 33.14 – Doctor Who: Our Best of Old Who and New Who.
    • 48.33 – Heroes Season Two.
    • 55.00 – Farewell for this podcast and what’s coming up next time!
    • 55.28 — End theme, disclaimer, copyright, etc.

    Vital Links:

    • Staggering Stories.
    • Staggering Stories: Podcast Drinking Game.
    • Hugo Awards 2008.
    • No Serenity Sequel.
    • Wikipedia: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (film).
    • Wikipedia: Indiana Jones Franchise.
    • BBC: Trial of a Time Lord DVD Boxset delayed.
    • Cubicle 7.
    • Doctor Who: Tin Dog Podcast
    • Wikipedia: Babylon 5.
    • Bones.
    • Bonekickers.
    • Heroes.


  • Doctor Who Review Today

    EPISODE4 - review of Time Meddler and the Mind Robber

    Doctor Who Review Today

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    20:00 (GMT) - 22 Aug 2008

    Review of the time meddler and the mind robber and review of dalek



  • Geek Syndicate

    Comic Book Outsiders Episode 23 with added Nuge

    Geek Syndicate

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    06:53 (GMT) - 22 Aug 2008

    Hi all, whilst you're waiting for your regular GS schedule to return I thought you might interested in my co-host spot on the excellent Comic Book Outsiders hosted by Steve and Scott. Below are the show notes for this episode.

    Enjoy and see you in September!

    Comic Book Outsiders

    Bringing you some of the very best hidden gems from the world of independent comics, movies and TV.

    In this episode our Main Feature is an interview Scott conducted with Brad Lovett, our roving reporter who gives us his feedback on the San Diego Comic Con and what his experience was like as an attendee but also an independent comic creator.

    Then it's the first Challenge Barry, where I pitch three comics to Barry and try to get him interested enough in them to pick up at least one.

    Barry reveals a Guilty Pleasure and we get into a bit of a discussion about other guilty pleasures from the same era.

    Our last segment as always is the Hidden Gem and this episode Barry and Steve talk about Supernatural, a great TV show that more people should be watching.

    There is also a quick recap of the Secret Quotation competition. You need to send all five quotes, plus the name of the film that they come from to secretquotation@gmail.com. More information about the competition and which episodes you need to listen to can be found at UK Comics Podcast Secret Quotation Page

    If you want to get in touch about anything we talk about on this show, then you can email us at comicbookoutsiders@hotmail.com or visit our myspace or facebook pages, leave an iTunes review or a comment on the libsyn page.



 
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