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Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast

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

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Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast Statistics
Episodes:
463
Average Episode Duration:
0:0:58:10
Longest Episode Duration:
0:2:46:16
Total Duration of all Episodes:
18 days, 16 hours, 54 minutes and 37 seconds
Earliest Episode:
26 May 2014 (9:11am GMT)
Latest Episode:
16 May 2021 (6:08am GMT)
Average Time Between Episodes:
5 days, 12 hours, 1 minutes and 9 seconds

Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast Episodes

  • Balancing the Darkness

    16 May 2021 (6:08am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 53 minutes and 25 seconds

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    This week, James, Nathan and Richard are joined by friend-of-the podcast Fiona Tomney for a few days mooning around in the south of France staring into the gaping maw of isolation and depression and trying to prevent Vincent from inadvertently destroying some very pretty paintings. It’s Vincent and the Doctor.



  • The Status Quo

    9 May 2021 (5:28am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 51 minutes and 2 seconds

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    This week, our hopes and dreams crumble to dust in the face of centrist realpolitik and an inability to imagine a true, multracial utopia. And, of course, we’re also talking with Erik Stadnik about a Doctor Who episode called Cold Blood Notes and links Brendan mentions an eerie parallel with on one the cheesiest moments ... Read more



  • Don’t Kill the Lizard Lady

    2 May 2021 (5:13am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 46 minutes and 23 seconds

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    This week we’re joined by Erik Stadnik for a whole day of taping cameras to things while we wait for something — oh, okay, the Silurians — to emerge from The Hungry Earth.

    Notes and links

    Nathan incorrectly says that the Silurians in Doctor Who and the Silurians were voiced by Peter Hawkins (which was a good guess), but — delightfully — they were actually voiced by Peter Halliday (Packer!).

    The novelisation of Doctor Who and the Silurians was re-released in 2011, and is still fairly easy to get hold of. Very highly recommended. It’s called Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters.

    The Silurians from Doctor Who and the Silurians inspired the concept and the design of the Voth from the Star Trek: Voyager episode Distant Origin. Did the Voth go on to inspire the Silurians from this story?

    Follow us

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

    Erik is @sjcAustenite on Twitter, and appears by arrangement with an impressive number of podcasts, including The Writer’s Room, which discusses the writers of Doctor Who and The Outer Limits, So Much Stuff to Sing, about the American Musical, and The Real McCoy, which is about all the serials and books which make up the Sylvester McCoy era.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll lock you up in a church and leave you behind to be tasered by a racist.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well.



  • A Man Who Sees His Own Shadows

    25 April 2021 (6:59am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 53 minutes and 5 seconds

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    This week, we’re joined by Johnny Spandrell for an hour of love, self-loathing and psychic pollen from the candle meadows of Karass don Slava, as we discuss Amy’s Choice.

    Notes and links

    Steven Moffat’s first attempt at self-loathing sex comedy was Joking Apart (1993–1995), in which he rummages through the ruins of an old long-term relationship. It’s funny in places, and deeply problematic in others, in a way that many Doctor Who fans will find disturbingly familiar.

    Toby Jones’s father was Freddie Jones, who started his career in amateur dramatics and was always in work from the 1960s onwards. He appeared opposite David Tennant in Casanova (2005).

    Toby Jones plays Truman Capote in the 2006 film Infamous. Richard also mentions another film featuring Truman Capote, this time played by Capote himself. It’s The Capote Tapes, a documentary that featured as part of this year’s Mardi Gras Film Festival in Sydney.

    Simon Nye’s script for this episode can be found on this page of the BBC website, along with a whole heap of scripts from nearly every season of the new series of Doctor Who.

    Follow us

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

    Johnny is now well-known for his blog Random Whoness, in which he goes through every single story from the first thirty-seven series of Doctor Who, in random order, and manages something surprisingly new and insightful about each one. He can be found on Twitter at @JohnnySpandrell.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll prolong our engagement with you for an entire year, possibly getting you killed once or twice in the process.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well.



  • Those Facepalming Moments

    18 April 2021 (6:05am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 45 minutes and 57 seconds

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    “Remember us. Dream of us.”

    Rosanna Calvierri

    This week, James is getting excited about being accepted into a new finishing school, Todd is being complacent about the size of his torch, Nathan is huddling in a corner repeatedly saying the word fish, and friend-of-the-podcast Karen Carpenter is lying in the courtyard and rehydrating. It’s The Vampires of Venice.

    Notes and links

    While we were preparing this episode for release, we were saddened to learn of the death of Helen McCrory, who played Rosanna Calvierri in The Vampires of Venice, and who died of cancer just a few days ago at the age of 52. Her husband, Damian Lewis, posted a beautiful tribute to her on Twitter.

    Rather than having to contend with literally millions of tourists, the production team decided to recreate Venice in the tiny Croatian town of Trogir.

    The Doctor might have tried to be a bit more careful defusing that weather control thing in the final act — the Campanile di San Marco collapsed in 1902 and had to be rebuilt.

    And, finally, here’s Helen McCrory herself, describing her role in the 2000 production of Anna Karenina in The Guardian.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, James is @ohjamessellwood, and Karen is @ladgygaymatisse. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll fix you up with a terrifyingly large number of extremely soggy husbands.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well.



  • Spatial Relationships

    11 April 2021 (4:49am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 54 minutes and 39 seconds

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    This week, Nathan, James, Peter and Simon are all huddling terrified in a dark forest, waiting for the image of an angel to materialise and kill us all, but not before we finish our discussion of Flesh and Stone.

    Notes and links

    Peter mentions writing for Doctor Who Magazine, in particular “The First Fifty Years Poll”, published in Issue 474, July 2014. You can find the results helpfully listed here.

    Simon and Peter have a shared history with Remember Me, an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in which Beverly is horrified to find that her friends and fellow crewmembers are disappearing around her and no one even remembers them. Recommended, if you like that sort of thing.

    As James points out, the forest scenes in this episode were shot in Puzzlewood, which is part of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, and which the rest of us pretend to have heard of.

    Picks of the week James

    As always, James has some Big Finish audios for us to listen to. The Fifth Doctor meets Michelangelo, the Weeping Angels and Sacha Dhawan in Fallen Angels, which is part of the first volume of the Classic Doctors New Monsters series, released in July 2015. He also recommends the many, many box sets that make up Big Finish series The Diary of River Song.

    Peter

    Peter suggests that you watch Netflix’s Bridgerton, featuring the magnificent Adjoa Andoh (Martha’s mother from Doctor Who) and the decorative Jonathan Bailey (Psy from Time Heist). But you’ve watched it already, haven’t you?

    Simon

    Simon recommends The Time Traveller’s Wife, both in book form and as a film starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams and released in 2009. You will find the premise eerily familiar, sweetie.

    Nathan

    Predictably, Nathan recommends Russell T Davies’s latest drama series It’s a Sin, which tells the story of a small group of friends living in London during the AIDS crisis. He thinks it’s lovely.

    James also mentions the Tales of the City books by Armistead Maupin, which are contemporaneous accounts of gay life in San Francisco, starting in 1978 and going all the way through to 2014.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley and James is @ohjamessellwood. Peter and Simon are both currently depriving themselves of dog ratings by not going on Twitter at all. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll completely baffle you with shenanigans about gravity.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well.



  • Implacable and Completely Incomprehensible

    4 April 2021 (5:40am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 59 minutes and 2 seconds

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    This week, we spend 45 minutes climbing a staircase in search of 2007’s most celebrated Doctor Who monster. Peter’s dreaming about the Aplan, James is wishing he hadn’t worn these heels, Nathan is wondering if he left the mortars in the nave or the vestry, and friend-of-the-podcast Simon Moore is admiring the low lighting and the sombre vaulted ceilings. It turns out our dreams no longer need us, so this must be The Time of Angels.

    Notes and links

    Peter suggests that River might not be popular among Doctor Who fans who are “very gun”. To find out what he means by this, pop along and take a look at Nathan’s essay on Guns and Frocks.

    We allude to Lance Parkin’s AHistory: An Unauthorized History of the Doctor Who Universe: a quixotic and unserious attempt to deform Doctor Who by placing all of its stories into a coherent external version of reality.

    Nathan mentions Erik Stadnik’s recently expressed sentiment about the constrained universe of RTD’s Doctor Who. You can find this on a recent episode of Doctor Who: The Writers’ Room, a podcast he does with Kyle Anderson, which is now tackling the RTD era, after dealing comprehensively with the Classic Series, The Outer Limits and Sapphire and Steel. A must-listen.

    And, finally, here’s Graham Norton paying the price for ruining the cliffhanger to the episode on its first broadcast on BBC One.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley and James is @ohjamessellwood. Peter and Simon are both currently limiting their daily exposure to members of the far right by not going on Twitter at all. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll use the hallucinogenic lipstick to make you believe that you’re on the planet Refusis, under attack by a hundred Dodo Chaplets.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well.



  • Thirteen and a Half Minutes

    28 March 2021 (7:17am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 52 minutes and 9 seconds

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    This week, we’re hunkering down in the Cabinet War Rooms with Col Sillitto from New to Who, surrounded by increasing numbers of suspicious-looking miniature tanks. Nathan is finding the Prime Minister increasingly intolerable, James is gagging for a cup of tea, Richard is admiring the Group Captain’s Spitfire, and Col is reminiscing about that night behind the post office with Dorabella. Little do we know how close we all are to the ultimate Victory of the Daleks.

    Notes and links

    Richard mentions Alan Turing, that unsung and horribly mistreated hero of World War II, who has just been commemorated with the issue of a delightfully nerdy new £50 note.

    We’ve mentioned it before on the podcast, but here it is again: Charles Chilton’s Journey into Space, a popular BBC radio drama of the 1950s, which tells the story of a British rocket trip to the moon.

    Richard’s picks of the week

    Richard has chosen two BBC radio sitcoms featuring Doctor Who alumni and set in Britain during World War II.

    The first of these is Hut 33, featuring Alex MacQueen and Olivia Colman. It’s set at Bletchley Park, presumably in the hut one over from the one where Alan Turing was doing his life-saving codebreaking work.

    And the second is Dot, starring Fenella Woolgar and set among the girls working in the Cabinet War Rooms.

    Follow us

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

    You can find Col on New to Who podcast, which is on Twitter at @NewToWhoPodcast. He would also like you to check out a new Doctor Who commentary podcast by friend-of-the-podcast Joe Ford — A Hamster with a Blunt Penknife. And so would we.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll keep making lewd jokes about the Doctor’s hungry crack until well after the end of Series 5.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve just released a new episode as part of our Kate O’Marathon — a commentary on an episode of Danger Man called A Room in the Basement.



  • Make a Better Choice

    21 March 2021 (4:44am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 1 minutes and 14 seconds

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    This week, Amy and the Doctor head off to a version of Britain in the distant future which is exactly like the Britain that they just left — crumbling, nostalgic and in deep denial about the giant alien whale in the basement. Or as we like to call him, The Beast Below.

    Notes and links

    The Minisode that precedes The Beast Below is called Meanwhile in the TARDIS. It’s one of the special features on the Series 5 box set.

    Fans of giant space whales will also enjoy The Song of Megaptera, a Big Finish audio starring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant, and part of their Lost Stories range.

    Sophie Okonedo had previously starred as Alison in Paul Cornell’s Scream of the Shalka. A webcast released on the BBC website in November and Decemeber 2003, it featured Doctor Who guest artist Richard E Grant as a pre-Eccleston version of the Ninth Doctor. It was released on DVD in 2016, and has never been covered on Flight Through Entirety. My bad.

    Nathan mentions Ursula LeGuin’s beautiful and heartbreaking short story The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, in which the citizens of the kingdom of Omelas are faced with a more profound and lyrical choice than the one facing the subjects on board Starship UK.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Brendan is @BrandyBongos, Steven from New to Who is @steedstylin, and Kevin is @scribblesscript. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    You can find Steven on New to Who podcast, which is on Twitter at @NewToWhoPodcast.

    Kevin Burnard has been working with Twelfth Doctor Fan Audios: you can hear the episode he mentions here: Christmas Alone, Part 1. He has also co-written a collection of plays with Laurence Watts called Threesome. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll drill a big hole in your head and force you to give us a lift home.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve just released a new episode as part of our Kate O’Marathon — a commentary on an episode of Danger Man called A Room in the Basement.



  • Tiggers Don’t Like Bacon

    14 March 2021 (5:37am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 5 minutes and 1 second

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    We’re back. It’s the first episode of a whole new era, and Matt Smith has 20 minutes to save the world and an hour to convince the audience that there’s life after David Tennant. Pull up a fire engine and delete your browser history — it’s time for The Eleventh Hour.

    Notes and links

    Richard mentions Pretend It’s a City, a seven-part documentary series in which Franz Lebowitz discusses her most bracing opinions with Martin Scorsese.

    Perhaps the Atraxi come from Atraxi 3, a planet first mentioned in Kate Orman and Jon Blum’s novel Vampire Science. It’s also inhabited by a a race of giant mosquitos.

    Nathan mentions Neil Gaiman’s short story The Problem of Susan, which uses the character of Susan Pevensie to discuss C S Lewis’s problem with adult female sexuality in his Narnia books. Sandifer uses this short story in her analysis of why the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan fails as a character in the early years of Doctor Who.

    Lynda Day is the main character of Steven Moffat’s brilliant (and occasionally problematic) children’s series Press Gang. Brilliant played by Julia Sowalha, Lynda will be eerily familiar to anyone who has watched this era of Doctor Who.

    Olivia Colman talks about first becoming really famous in the first episode of David Tennant’s excellent podcast David Tennant Does a Podcast with….

    Follow us

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

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll barge in on you during one of your most private moments and demand that you help us to save the world.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well.



  • Technical Virtuosity

    8 January 2021 (4:33am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 31 minutes and 56 seconds

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    This week, we answer the most important questions about the latest leg of our flight — the Russell T Davies Era. What happened to Nerys during the Year of Hell? Which monsters would we most like to party with? Who is the best guest character, and why is it Ida Scott? And, finally, is this the best era in the show’s history?

    Notes and links

    Thank you to Pete Lambert, Steven Alexander, Bob Gilbey, Joe Ford, Simon Hart and Nathan Bottomley for supplying us with questions to answer on Twitter, and to Colin Neal for his contribution to our final round of Snog Marry Avoid.

    Nathan would like to clarify here that the Astrid he’s referring to is not Kylie Minogue’s Astrid Peth but Astrid Ferrier from The Enemy of the World, who seems to be a source of fascination for Patrick Troughton’s Doctor.

    Here is Christopher Eccleston’s appearance on Blue Peter on 21 March 2005, just a couple of days before Series 1 was first broadcast.

    You can listen to the Forest of the Dead commentary that Nathan mentions here: it features David Tennant, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat. And you need to hear it.

    Here’s El Sandifer’s piece on The Idiot’s Lantern, in which she briefly analyses the differences between Eccleston’s and Tennant’s performance styles.

    Miranda Raison’s companion character in the Big Finish audios is called Constance Clarke, who is a Wren working at Bletchley Park during World War II.

    Project: WHO? is a 2005 radio documentary about the process of bringing Doctor Who back to television in 2005, featuring all of the production crew and actors that we would grow to know and love over the next five years. It’s still available as an audiobook. (Audible US) (Audible UK) (Audible AU).

    To celebrate the end of the production of RTD’s Doctor Who, the cast and crew shot a lovely video in which they lipsync to The Proclaimers’ “I would walk five hundred miles”. They’re all in it, and it’s absolutely adorable. (I still cry. I just checked.)

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Richard is @RichardLStone, Todd @toddbeilby, and Peter has wisely elected to avoid being available online. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll do such a great job of bringing back your favourite TV show that your life will be irrevocably changed for the better. Pretty intimidating threat, right?

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found. We recently released our episode on Revolution of the Daleks.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well.



  • A Great Release of Tension

    1 January 2021 (1:47am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 2 minutes and 0 seconds

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    This week, we’ve hastily convened an emergency meeting in our darkest conference room: Todd’s itching to try out his new glove, Nathan has some serious objections to make, James is here mostly for the exposition and Peter is hunched over the desk doing his best Dalek Caan impersonation. It’s the end of the David Tennant era — The End of Time, Part Two.

    Notes and links

    For the last time ever, the best source for background information about the development of this script is Russell T Davies’s The Writer’s Tale, particularly Chapters 23 and 24. That’s also where you’ll find the scripts to some of the deleted scenes where John Simm was playing against himself, scenes which were very kindly pointed out to us by friend-of-the-podcast Scriptscribbles.

    Our new trope for 2021 is the Florana speech — which is the speech where the Doctor lists a whole bunch of possible magnificent destinations in order to entice someone to travel with him. The locus classicus for this is Pertwee and Sarah at the end of Invasion of the Dinosaurs; Nathan’s personal favourite can be found at the beginning of The Day of the Doctor.

    Picks of the week Todd

    Todd has been enjoying Marie-Claire’s World, a YouTube channel where a new series fan is watching her way through the entirety of the Classic Series and recording her reactions. She’s very positive about it.

    Honourable mentions also go to SeskaSays and Medusa Cascade, who are doing pretty much the same thing.

    James

    James’s pick is returning favourite W1A, also chosen by Simon in Episode 172. It’s a sitcom set inside the BBC itself, starring Doctor Who royalty Jessica Hynes and Hugh Bonneville, and narrated by David Tennant.

    Peter

    Peter wants us to take a look as some of the news coverage of Donald Trump’s childish and mendacious post-election tantrum, so that we can properly appreciate what Joe Biden and the American voting public will deliver us from on 20 January. Not long now.

    Nathan

    Nathan has been watching The Boys, a violent and hilarious satire of comic-book superheroes and American capitalism, brought to you by those cuddly Marxist hippies at Amazon Prime.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd @toddbeilby, and if you see Peter around anywhere, tell him how keen you are to follow him when he finally gets round to creating a Twitter account. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or you’ll find it impossible to get us to leave your next New Year’s Eve party.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found. We plan to release an episode on Revolution of the Daleks very soon after its broadcast.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well.



  • Do Something Big

    25 December 2020 (2:30am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 54 minutes and 34 seconds

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    This Christmas, everyone’s incredibly hungry, but we’re not allowed to start on dinner until the Doctor’s embarrassing relatives arrive. It’s the episode with the most oxymoronic title in the entire series — The End of Time, Part One.

    Notes and links

    Prisoner — or Prisoner: Cell Block H — was a classic Australian soap opera before such things even existed. In this clip, the Freak introduces herself to fan favourite Doreen Burns in a particularly memorable way.

    V was an American mini-series from the mid-80s, in which rat-eating lizard people invaded America in a way that we can only describe as extremely prophetic. You can see the scene that Todd mentions here.

    Nathan prepared for this episode by live-tweeting both parts of The End of Time, using the hashtag #FinalDaysOfPlanetEarth.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd @toddbeilby, and if you see Peter around anywhere, tell him how keen you are to follow him when he finally gets round to creating a Twitter account. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll buy you a copy of The Art of the Deal for Christmas.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found. We plan to release an episode on Revolution of the Daleks early in January.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. In our most recent episode, we watched the 1998 film version of The Avengers, so you don’t have to.



  • Fix or Flux

    21 November 2020 (8:08am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 15 minutes and 7 seconds

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    This month, Brendan’s got his hand stuck up a robot, while Nathan is preparing a roast dinner made entirely of carrots and prions, when they are unexpectedly joined by those travellers in space and time known only as Pete Lambert and Conrad Westmaas. The conversation soon turns to accents, zombies and specious moral dilemmas: this is, after all, The Waters of Mars.

    Notes and links

    The review of this episode Conrad mentions is by Sam Wallaston’s, who has a healthy disregard for children, apparently.

    Fans of things that traumatised Brendan as a child (see also Episode 94: Not Allowed to Watch That One) will also enjoy Bob in a Bottle (1991), a weird Canadian dub of a Japanese animation called The Genie Family (1969). The last episode is particularly upsetting.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Brendan is @brandybongos, Pete is @Prof_Quiteamess and Conrad is @HairoftheHound_. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    Pete and Conrad can also occasionally be heard on the Trap One podcast, which you can follow on Twitter at @TrapOne_.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll wash our hands thoroughly the next time you invite us over to dinner.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. Our recent tribute to Kate O’Mara, the Kate O’Marathon, was interrupted by the death of Diana Rigg, whose tribute may in turn be interrupted by a tribute to the late Sean Connery. 2020 hasn’t really worked out all that well, has it?



  • Big Finish, Call Me Now

    20 September 2020 (6:26am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 3 minutes and 28 seconds

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    It’s Easter 2009, and here we are, huddling in a bus with Michelle Ryan on the desert planet San Helios, with the sun in our eyes, hope in our hearts and a hundred billion dead people in our hair. It’s the first special episode of David Tennant’s final year: welcome to the Planet of the Dead.

    Notes and links

    Planet of the Dead was in some ways inspired by Gareth Roberts’s first Virgin New Adventure novel The Highest Science, which was first published in February 1993.

    Transport nerds like James will be keen to learn more about the route followed by the 200 bus in our own non-Doctor Who universe.

    Although Big Finish is yet to release its series of box sets starring Noma Dumezmeni as Erisa Magambo, Michelle Ryan’s Lady Christina is now an official Big Finish property, with a box set of her own released in August 2018.

    Simon points out the similarities between this story and the story of The Flight of the Phoenix by Elleston Trevor, first published in 1964 and turned into a film starring Jimmy Stewart in 1965.

    The best source of background information about the 2009 specials is of course Russell T Davies’s own account of their production, The Writer’s Tale. The section on this episode is particuarly harrowing.

    And finally, the banterous relationship between the Doctor and Lady Christina is inspired by a similar relationship between Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in Charade (1963).

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Simon Moore can be found at Fine Music 102.5. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll patronise you shamelessly the next time you tell us about your dinner plans.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We are all still shaken by the death of Dame Diana Rigg, and will soon be releasing the first of a series of commentaries in which we go on and on about how much we loved her.



  • Welcome to the Kandy Kommentary

    23 August 2020 (3:15am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 18 minutes and 18 seconds

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    This week, Thatcherism, marshmallows and contractual obligation collide as we fulfil a promise made late in 2017 to record a commentary on one of Doctor Who’s angriest and most revolutionary stories, The Happiness Patrol.

    Buy the story!

    The Happiness Patrol was released on DVD in 2012. In the US, it was released on its own (Amazon US), while in the UK and Australia, it was inexplicably released as part of the Ace Adventures box set, along with Dragonfire (Amazon UK).

    Notes and links

    Our original discussion of The Happiness Patrol, featuring Brendan and Richard, can be found in Episode 122: This Neocon World, recorded in July 2017.

    James and Nathan discussed the story with Erik and Adam on The Real McCoy Podcast in December 2019.

    James nominates The Happiness Patrol as his favourite Doctor Who story on New to Who’s surprise Christmas Special back in December 2018.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, and Todd is @toddbeilby. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll run off with your husband in your personal escape shuttle. Again.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well.



  • Mr Cole, Mr Scoones, Mr Fetch and Mr Commentary

    25 July 2020 (5:10am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 3 minutes and 57 seconds

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    It’s Christmas in July, and an amnesiac Todd is cosplaying as Colin Baker while his missing son Brendan is slaving away in a workhouse somewhere. Meanwhile, Richard is frocked up and ready to take over the British Empire, as usual, while Nathan is wearing a brass N95 mask and a gorilla suit and dreaming of summer days spent frolicking in the forests of the planet Tara. Pass us the eggnog, someone: it’s time to meet The Next Doctor.

    Follow us

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

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll upstage you at your next family Christmas by pretending to be a much more bombastic and somewhat less annoying version of you.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve finished our Honor Blackman tribute season, and before embarking on our impending Kate O’Marathon, we recently spent a lovely 50 minutes admiring Joanna Lumley as Purdey in an episode of The New Avengers.



  • Dalek Caan Saves the Day

    14 June 2020 (9:53am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 16 minutes and 27 seconds

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    This week, we look back on Series 4 and consider some of the unanswered questions from the last thirteen weeks of Flight Through Entirety. Is Series 4 the best ever series of New Who? Sylvia Noble: threat or menace? What is the best story of the season, and why is it Midnight? And, as always, who or what should we snog, marry and avoid?

    Notes and links

    James mentions Donna’s solo return to the world of Doctor Who in the Big Finish box set Kidnapped!, which also stars Jacqueline King. Big Finish has also released an adventure with the Doctor and Donna that features Sir Bernard Cribbins as Wilf: it’s called No Place.

    TV’s Sylvia Noble, Jacqueline King, stars as the Good Witch of the North in the Big Finish adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which also stars the extremely pretty and excitingly named Dan Bottomley as the Scarecrow. No relation.

    Ryan Sampson, who played Luke Rattigan in The Sontaran Strategem, has a Twitter account. Of particular note is his currently pinned tweet.

    And finally, this article in the Radio Times reveals the true identity of the Library’s Doctor Moon.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Peter is currently meatspace only. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll never again do a run of episodes as good as the last few months have been.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. In our most recent episode, we again commemorate Honor Blackman by watching her appearance as Ronald Allen’s wife in an episode of Patrick McGoohan’s Danger Man called Colonel Rodriguez.



  • Why He Wins

    7 June 2020 (5:04am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 5 minutes and 7 seconds

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    This week, all four of us gather in the Console Room to tow the podcast home after a particularly trying week. It’s time for our journey to end, in — er — Journey’s End.

    Notes and links

    Perennial FTE punching bag Dodo Chaplet contracts syphilis — or at least an alien sex virus — in Daniel O’Mahony’s Virgin Missing Adventure The Man in the Velvet Mask.

    During the Doctor’s year off in 2009, the 456 arrive on Earth to kidnap millions of children and are thwarted by Torchwood, without the assistance of Martha or Mickey. Despite this, Children of Earth is just about the best thing produced in Doctor Who’s modern era. If you haven’t seen it, you definitely should.

    After the traditional transporter accident, Troi finds herself with two Will Rikers in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Second Chances, and somehow fails to take the obvious course of action.

    Picks of the week James

    James wants you to watch The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, which is episodes 5 and 6 of Series 3 of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and which includes the last scenes David Tennant filmed at the Doctor before his final regular episodes were broadcast at the end of 2009. It features the Trickster and Nigel Havers, only one of whom is trying to marry Sarah.

    Peter

    Peter recommends War of the Worlds, a Fox co-production from 2019, which features Ty Tennant, the son of Georgia and David Tennant, previously seen in his grandfather’s Doctor Who fiftieth anniversary special, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.

    Todd

    Todd wants to take us a bit highbrow this week, with the sensational Netflix series, Tiger King, which for many of us was the way we celebrated the beginning of our endless COVID lockdown. Very much worth a look.

    Nathan

    Taking the opportunity to retreat into his own childhood, Nathan suggests that you read Tove Jansson’s Moomin books, which range from charming and whimsical to elegiac and character-driven. Recommended.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Peter is nowhere at all. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll rudely push your ex-girlfriend across the room in an unsubtle attempt to hit on your ex-boyfriend. You really have quite the complicated love life, don’t you?

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. In our most recent episode, we again commemorate Honor Blackman by watching her appearance as Ronald Allen’s wife in an episode of Patrick McGoohan’s Danger Man called Colonel Rodriguez.



  • Mr Smith’s Fanfare Is Diegetic

    31 May 2020 (10:14am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 57 minutes and 54 seconds

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    This week, Nathan, James, Todd and Peter sit in our separate homes, longing for an invasion where the aliens order us all to congregate in the street together. Which is what happens, of course, in The Stolen Earth.

    Notes and links

    We’ve mentioned this over and over again, but for an account of how this season and its finale came to be, there’s no better place to go than Russell T Davies and Ben Cook’s The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter. It’s illustrated with cartoons by RTD himself, including his original conception of the Shadow Proclamation, and his headcanon explanation of Harriet Jones’s daring escape from the Daleks. An absolute must-read.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Peter is nowhere at all. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll Zoombomb your next departmental meeting and flirt outrageously with your boss.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker Era of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. In our most recent episode, we again commemorate Honor Blackman by watching her appearance as Ronald Allen’s wife in an episode of Patrick McGoohan’s Danger Man called Colonel Rodriguez.



  • Just One Thing

    24 May 2020 (5:20am GMT)
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    This week, we’re joined by TV’s Joe Lidster, to discuss one of our favourite Doctor Who episodes while the world around us devolves into fascism and the universe collapses into nothingness. I guess that’s what happens when you fail to Turn Left.

    Notes and links

    We spend a lot of time talking about Years and Years, which is Russell’s latest iteration of the story of society’s impeding collapse, and which we first mentioned way back in Episode 159. If you haven’t seen it; you must. If you’re worried that it’s too bleak, it is, but it’s funny and heartwarming as well.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Brendan is @brandybongos, and Joe is @joelidster. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or when the impending disaster strikes, we’ll send you to Leeds. We’ve got an enormous stamp.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. In our most recent episode, we commemorate Honor Blackman by talking all the way through her appearance alongside Roger Moore in an episode of The Saint called The Arrow of God.



  • Your Bezzie Mate

    17 May 2020 (8:31am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 50 minutes and 39 seconds

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    Remember tourism? Sure, you would always end up on a crappy bus full of middle-class English tourists who wanted to kill you, and there was always the imminent threat of alien attack, but at least it got you out of the house. Which is why this week we decided to catch up with Doctor Who YouTuber Josh Snares for a weekend getaway on the planet Midnight.

    Notes and links

    Russell T Davies’s script for Midnight is no longer available on thewriterstale.com, but it can still be found here. (It doesn’t have a title yet, and it’s still called Episode 8.)

    In her essay on Fury from the Deep, El Sandifer explains that in a trad base-under-siege story, characterisation tends to focus on the competence of the characters rather than on anything more human and interesting.

    The Midnight Entity™ reminds James and Brendan of the creature from The Twilight Zone episode Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. (Which starred William Shatner, excitingly.)

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Johnny is [@JohnnySpandrell][johnny], and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    On Josh Snares’s YouTube channel, he can be found narrating the history of the missing episodes and animating missing scenes, comparing the DVD animations of Doctor Who stories with their original versions and many other things. He also created the official making-of documentary on the recent recreation of Mission to the Unknown. Josh’s videos are clever, informative, sophisticated and beautifully produced. Do not miss.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll record ourselves reciting the creepy goblin poem and sneak it onto your iPhone when you’re not looking.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. In our most recent episode, we commemorate Honor Blackman by talking all the way through her appearance alongside Roger Moore in an episode of The Saint called The Arrow of God.



  • Our New Brigadier

    10 May 2020 (10:47am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 55 minutes and 40 seconds

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    This week, we’re joined again by rockstar Doctor Who blogger Johnny Spandrell, for just under an hour of conversation and fruitless dieting in a VR environment. It’s the start — and the end — of a beautiful friendship, in Forest of the Dead.

    Notes and links

    Richard mentions the fact that Donna arrives at the virtual sanatorium in a Judeo-Christian ambulance. Other kinds of ambulance are also available.

    Carole Lombard and Clark Gable do a number of films together, but their big romcom is called No Man of Her Own (1932).

    Just by sheer coincidence, Kenny Phillips meets an Irish girl, who he falls in love with, loses and then nearly meets again in two episodes of Press Gang, Season 2’s Love and the Junior Gazette and Season 3’s Chance is a Fine Thing.

    Miss Evangelista’s exciting new look owes more than a little to Picasso’s Weeping Woman series. One of the series, belonging to the National Gallery of Victoria, was stolen in 1986.

    Picks of the week Johnny

    For some mysterious reason, Johnny wants you to read the Wikipedia entry on Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife. I suppose the reason will somehow become clear to you as you read it.

    Peter

    Peter wants you to rewatch The Tomb of the Cybermen to see a prototype of Mr Lux in the character of Betty Kaftan. He also wants you to watch the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Relics to see the prototype of someone saved in a transporter buffer for many years. And finally, he wants you read the New Series Target Novelisations Rose by Russell T Davies and The Day of the Doctor by Steven Moffat, two writers whose relationship is characterised by warmth and cameraderie. (In fact, by the most amazing coincidence, the most recent issue of Doctor Who Magazine has them interviewing each other, and the warmth of their relationship is very much evident there.)

    Richard

    Richard refers to Naomi Klein’s recent book on Donald Trump, No Is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics. You can read an extract from the book here.

    Nathan

    As usual, Nathan suggests that you read the TARDIS Eruditorum entry on this story, which is actually a 100 000-word history of the first 50 years of Doctor Who. It’s an amazing piece of work.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Johnny is @JohnnySpandrell, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    Johnny’s magnum opus is his blog Random Whoness, in which he goes through every single story from the first thirty-seven series of Doctor Who, in random order, and manages something surprisingly new and insightful about each one. It’s like Flight Through Entirety, only random and less tiresome.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll forget to charge our sonic screwdriver properly before our last date at the Singing Towers of Darillium.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. Our Honor Blackman retrospective continues with her appearance alongside Roger Moore in an episode of The Saint called The Arrow of God.



  • No One to Blame but Himself

    3 May 2020 (12:45pm GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 57 minutes and 49 seconds

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    This week, Nathan, Peter and Richard are joined by renowned Doctor Who blogger Johnny Spandrell, but we spend most of our time lurking among the bookshelves frightened by our own shadows. And despite the customary non-stop chattering, it’s all about Silence in the Library.

    Notes and links

    Fans of the Vashta Nerada will also enjoy the episode of Scooby-Doo, Where are You? in which the gang are confronted by a terrifying skeleton in a space suit, characteristically called the Spooky Space Kook.

    The Library of Babel is a short story by Jorge Luis Borges, in which he imagines a library the size of the universe, which contains every book ever written, in a series of hexagonal rooms lined with shelves full of 410-page books containing every possible combination of letters. It’s a weird and interesting thought experiement. You can find a copy of the story itself here. Philosopher Daniel Dennett explores the idea further in Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (1996).

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Johnny is @JohnnySpandrell, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    Johnny’s magnum opus is his blog Random Whoness, in which he goes through every single story from the first thirty-seven series of Doctor Who, in random order, and manages something surprisingly new and insightful about each one. It’s like Flight Through Entirety, only random and less tiresome.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll feed your lunch to the shadows. And you were really really hungry.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. Our Honor Blackman retrospective continues this week with her appearance alongside Roger Moore in an episode of The Saint called The Arrow of God.



  • No One to Blame but Himself

    3 May 2020 (5:39am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 57 minutes and 49 seconds

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    This week, Nathan, Peter and Richard are joined by renowned Doctor Who blogger Johnny Spandrell, but we spend most of our time lurking among the bookshelves frightened by our own shadows. And despite the customary non-stop chattering, it’s all about Silence in the Library.

    Notes and links

    Fans of the Vashta Nerada will also enjoy the episode of Scooby-Doo, Where are You? in which the gang are confronted by a terrifying skeleton in a space suit, characteristically called the Spooky Space Kook.

    The Library of Babel is a short story by Jorge Luis Borges, in which he imagines a library the size of the universe, which contains every book ever written, in a series of hexagonal rooms lined with shelves full of 410-page books containing every possible combination of letters. It’s a weird and interesting thought experiement. You can find a copy of the story itself here. Philosopher Daniel Dennett explores the idea further in Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (1996).

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Johnny is @JohnnySpandrell, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    Johnny’s magnum opus is his blog Random Whoness, in which he goes through every single story from the first thirty-seven series of Doctor Who, in random order, and manages something surprisingly new and insightful about each one. It’s like Flight Through Entirety, only random and less tiresome.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll feed your lunch to the shadows. And you were really really hungry.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. Our Honor Blackman retrospective continues this week with her appearance alongside Roger Moore in an episode of The Saint called The Arrow of God.



  • Lowbrow–Highbrow

    26 April 2020 (10:48am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 52 minutes and 15 seconds

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    This week, Peter’s having a quiet drink, Brendan’s spending a suspicious amount of time in the toilet, Max has gone for a walk in the woods with Sacha Dhawan, and Nathan is looking at dirty postcards and reminiscing about the days when he still used to get out of this chair. Plus, Agatha Christie’s here for cocktails. So be sure to watch out for The Unicorn and the Wasp.

    Notes and links

    Nathan has dim memories of three Agatha Christie miniseries, adapted for TV by Sarah Phelps, who is writing a second series of RTD’s A Very English Scandal in 2021. These adaptations were And Then There Were None (2015), Witness for the Prosecution (2016) and Ordeal by Innocence (2018).

    Meanwhile, at TARDIS Eruditorum, El Sandifer talks about how The Robots of Death draws on the genre features of Agatha Christie novels.

    The Doctor reminisces about rescuing Charlemagne from an insane computer, a scenario taken directly from a Doctor Who story on the BBC website: The Lonely Computer, by Peter’s old friend Rupert Laight.

    This Guardian article from 1999 theorises that Agatha Christie disappeared to get back at her cheating husband, and that her amnesia was feigned to conceal this fact. Nathan learned this story, like everything else he knows, from a tweet. (You can see his reply here).

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Brendan is @brandybongos, and Max is @maxpjelbart. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll write a whole bunch of Doctor Who episodes that you really enjoy and then behave so poorly in public that you have no choice but to cancel us.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. Our Honor Blackman retrospective will be continuing soon.



  • About His Mainpain

    19 April 2020 (2:13am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 4 seconds

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    This week, we basically stand around gloomily watching a fish drown until Todd cheers us up with some surprisingly athletic backflips. It’s The Doctor’s Daughter.

    Notes and links

    During the recording of our episode on 42 last year (Episode 170: I Believe Beryl Reid as a Freighter Captain), Brendan and Todd enter an unholy pact to reunite on this week’s episode to redeem The Doctor’s Daughter. With the most terrible consequences.

    A few days before we recorded this episode, Chris Chibnall was interviewed in the Radio Times, saying that he would love one day to bring back some of the show’s earlier companions, like Amy, Rory, Ace and Tegan.

    Over on Brendan’s YouTube channel, he is — among other things — reviewing each episode of Series 1 exactly 15 years after its first broadcast. Please like and subscribe, of course, and send him your takes on the episodes of the Eccleston Era.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Brendan is @brandybongos, and Todd is @toddbeilby. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll give you three delightfully unexpected weeks of work, during which you’ll mostly be required to flail around in mud.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. Our Honor Blackman retrospective will be continuing soon.



  • This Soldier, This Soldier, This Soldier, This Soldier

    12 April 2020 (10:07am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 54 minutes and 35 seconds

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    This week, Nathan is crushing on that nice Colonel, James is crushing on a cloned replica of himself, and Peter is crushing on that nice young man who runs the local startup cult academy. And all the time, Adam Richard is roaming this suburban street with an axe, looking for cars to attack. It’s the end of the world, as usual: it’s The Poison Sky.

    Notes and links

    Adam’s TV show Outland (2012) screened on ABC-TV and told the story of five queer science-fiction fans thrown together after the breakup of their local fan group. Adam was co-creator, co-writer and one of the stars of the show. Outland was must-see TV for another small group of queer science fiction fans who would one day grow up to create the podcast Flight Through Entirety.

    In March 2020, Catherine Tate returned to Big Finish with Jacqueline King in the Kidnapped! box set, in which Donna teams up with an old school friend to fight aliens in the Doctor’s absence.

    Freeman Agyeman has just made her Big Finish début, but not in a Doctor Who story: instead, she’s joining Eve Myles in Torchwood: Dissected, released in February 2020.

    As we said last week, Adam writes for the ABC-TV comedy quiz show Hard Quiz, which has been running in Australia since 2017, and is now in its fifth series.

    Peter ponders the similarities between Luke Rattigan and convicted fraud Martin Shkreli, who is literally one of the world’s most appalling people.

    Picks of the week James

    James wants you to watch Up the Women, a BBC4 sitcom created by Jessica Hynes, starring Hynes, Rebecca Front, Vicki Pepperdine and the Rattigan Academy’s very own Ryan Sampson.

    Adam

    Adam recommends The Stranger, Netflix’s answer to Broadchurch, produced by Nicola Shindler’s Red Production Company (Years and Years, Cucumber, Queer as Folk).

    Peter

    Hoping for the Rutans to make a return to Doctor Who, Peter suggests that you should watch Horror of Fang Rock, which we covered in the our delightfully named Episode 50, The Practical Problem with Leaving Someone Alive.

    And he’s particularly keen for you to watch Netflix’s Elite, a Spanish teen drama in which attractive young people have sex and occasionally murder someone.

    Nathan

    Nathan finds depressing parallels between life in 2020 and life in 2060 as depicted in Avenue 5, a new HBO science-fiction comedy series by Armando Ianucci (The Thick of It).

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, and Peter’s not here, man. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    Adam is @adamrichard on Twitter, adamrichard on Instagram and Fabulous Adam Richard on Facebook. His website is at adamrichard.com.au. He can currently be found opining about Doctor Who and Star Trek: Picard on his own podcast Adam Richard Has a Theory.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll foil your dreams of conquest by simply walking out the door.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We released a new episode yesterday commemorating our favourite Bond girl, the incomparable Honor Blackman, by watching The Mauritius Penny, an episode of The Avengers in which she starred as Cathy Gale.



  • Crossed That off the Whiteboard

    5 April 2020 (4:23am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds

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    This week, we’re joined again by Adam Richard for a discussion about RTD’s early-season two-parters, sidelining the main characters, the military, cloning, Sontarans, and the perils of spending too much time with our families. It all smells very much like The Sontaran Stratagem.

    Notes and links

    Martha is now engaged to the impressively handsome Thomas Milligan from Last of the Time Lords, who is played by Tom Ellis, who can now been seen in the titular role in Netflix’s supernatural police procedural Lucifer.

    Sergeant Benton’s pretty new replacement in this version of UNIT, Ross Jenkins, is played by Christian Cooke, who was recently one of the suspects in the BBC adaption of Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence (2018).

    Take a drink, dear listener. In her TARDIS Eruditorum article on The Time Warrior, El Sandifer explains that Bob Holmes did not create the Sontarans as a second-tier race of Doctor Who monsters; what he created there instead was the character of Linx.

    If you’re young enough, you might not know that Christopher Ryan — who plays General Staal in this story — first became famous as Mike the Cool Person in the Thatcher-era BBC comedy series The Young Ones. He went on to play Jennifer Saunders’s long-suffering ex-husband Marshall in Absolutely Fabulous.

    Adam writes for the ABC-TV comedy quiz show Hard Quiz, which has been running in Australia since 2017, and is now in its fifth series.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, and Peter is still, unaccountably, nowhere to be found. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    Adam is @adamrichard on Twitter, adamrichard on Instagram and Fabulous Adam Richard on Facebook. His website is at adamrichard.com.au. He can currently be found opining about Doctor Who and Star Trek: Picard on his own podcast Adam Richard Has a Theory.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll rudely correct your grammar even though you’re speaking perfectly idiomatic English.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well.



  • The Icy Moral High Ground

    29 March 2020 (9:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 47 minutes and 45 seconds

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    This week, James is admiring Mr Halpern’s hardware, Richard’s showing a PowerPoint presentation to some very important clients, Todd’s trying desperately not to fall over this railing, and Nathan’s ranting incessantly about Marx while seriously regretting his lunch order. Welcome to the Planet of the Ood.

    Notes and links

    Keith Temple was well-known for a BBC TV Movie called Angel Cake (2006), in which the Virgin Mary appear some rock buns baked by Sarah Lancashire, to miraculous effect. You can read interview with both of them about the production here.

    Temple has also written a number of books, including It’s Behind You, in which a wash-up soap actor starts to receive death threats in the post while she’s doing panto, with hilarious results.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll slip something unpleasant and unexpected into your Minoxidil.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We just released our first episode for the new year, in which we slur incoherently during the first ever episode of Roger Moore’s The Saint.



  • The Cambridge Latin Course

    22 March 2020 (11:12am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 59 minutes and 56 seconds

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    This week, while Nathan’s lying on the couch hungover, James is in an ecstatic vaporous trance, and Brendan’s admiring his latest avant-garde objet d’art, we are unexpectedly joined by friend-of-the-podcast, Erik Stadnik, who we hope will (eventually) find it in his heart to save us from the latest impending apocalypse, The Fires of Pompeii.

    Notes and links

    Strap yourself in. There’s a lot this week.

    The Doctor’s previous and completely contradictory visit to Pompeii is chronicled in the first Big Finish audio starring Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford, called The Fires of Vulcan.

    Roman historian Mary Beard defines the Dormouse Test like this: “[In a modern recreation of ancient Rome,] how long is it before the characters adopt an uncomfortably horizontal position in front of tables, usually festooned with grapes, and one says to another: ‘Can I pass you a dormouse?’'”

    Here is a 3D recreation of the house of Lucius Caecilius Iucundus in Pompeii. It’s seen better days, to be honest.

    This article appeared just days before our recording: the remains of one victim found in Herculaneum revealed that their owner’s brain turned to glass in the heat of the eruption.

    David Whitaker was, in many ways, the creative genius who gave us Doctor Who, and in his very early novelisation, Doctor Who and the Crusaders, he not only gives his take on how history works, he also explains the morality of the Doctor’s historical adventures. A must-read.

    Caroline Simcox finds a new way to approach historical Doctor Who adventures in Big Finish’s The Council of Nicaea. Son of the Dragon, by Steve Lyons, covers similar territory.

    Tat Wood’s About Time 9 is the (sort of) definitive guide to Series 4 and the 2009 specials. No sign of About Time 10 yet, but we’re desperately hoping it will arrive before 2021.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood and Brendan is @brandybongos. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    Erik is @sjcAustenite on Twitter, and appears by arrangement with an impressive number of podcasts, including The Writer’s Room, which discusses the writers of Doctor Who and The Outer Limits, So Much Stuff to Sing, about the American Musical, and The Real McCoy, which has released two episodes since we recorded this one, on Silver Nemesis and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or challenge you to a yo’ mamma competition the likes of which you’ve never seen.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We just released our first episode for the new year, in which we slur incoherently during the first ever episode of Roger Moore’s The Saint.



  • For Exactly the Same Reason

    15 March 2020 (10:37am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 56 minutes and 33 seconds

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    We’re back for a new year, a new companion and an exciting new series of the Biggest Thing on TV These Days. But first, we have a simple and effective new weight-loss programme to explode. It’s Partners in Crime.

    Notes and links

    So, if you want to find out more about how this era of the show from Russell T Davies himself, you must take a look at The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter, which contains his candid real-time account of how this final RTD series developed. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

    In The Writer’s Tale, Russell says that the Adipose were inspired by the horrific puppet creatures that pursue a Vauxhall Corsa in this appalling advertisement.

    Whereas Nathan had always assumed that they had been inspired by the horrible food creatures that featured in an ad campaign for Wrigley’s chewing gum. (Which would have had to travel back in time five or so years for that to be possible.)

    The Supernanny was a British reality TV show in which Jo Frost would turn up at your home and explain to you exactly how terrible your parenting was. It had been running on Channel 4 since 2004.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby and James is @ohjamessellwood. Peter continues to deprive himself of the world’s biggest source of cat pictures and targeted harassment, so Twitter fans will just have to do without him. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll put on some lippie, dump you and head off to a nightclub in search of someone better.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on the Whittaker of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’re planning to continue releasing episodes of sixties spy-fi nonsense despite the delayed release of No Time to Die.



  • Mrs Golightly’s Happy Travelling University and Commentary

    25 December 2019 (1:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 19 minutes and 1 second

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    In our highest-rated episode since 1979, Nathan, James, Todd and Richard celebrate Christmas aboard the Titanic with champagne, buffalo wings and Kylie Minogue. It looks like it’s going to be a successful maiden voyage — after all, the episode is called Voyage of the Damned.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll trick you into wearing fancy dress to our black-tie Christmas Party.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Series 11 of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found. We’re planning to return in the New Year with our ill-considered hot takes on Series 12.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve just released a Very Special Christmas Bondfinger, in which we comment on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which shares a surprising amount of DNA with You Only Live Twice.



  • Remember Who We Were

    22 December 2019 (8:41am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 24 minutes and 32 seconds

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    Our farewell last week was so heartbreaking that we decided to sneak in one last episode before Christmas. So, here are Terry Wogan and John Barrowman to introduce a heartwarming episode of Flight Through Entirety, in which Nathan and James are joined by Steven and Dan from New to Who to discuss the 2007 Children in Need special, Time Crash.

    See you at Christmas!

    Notes and links

    A festive shout-out to Elizabeth Sandifer from TARDIS Eruditorum, whose essay on Time Crash James has been reading behind Nathan’s back.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley and James is @ohjamessellwood. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    Steven and Dan are two of the hosts of the New to Who podcast, which discusses Classic Doctor Who stories which might be of interest to New Series fans. You can follow New to Who on Twitter at @NewToWhoPodcast, and you should immediately subscribe to the podcast in your podcatcher of choice.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll (rather hypocritically) make snarky remarks about that bald patch that you think we haven’t noticed.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Series 11 of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found. We’re planning to return in the New Year with our ill-considered hot takes on Series 12.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve already recorded a Very Special Christmas Bondfinger, which should turn up in your feed any day now.



  • Subtlety and Undertones

    15 December 2019 (1:06am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 13 minutes and 28 seconds

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    We’ve survived our first year of post–Camille Coduri Doctor Who, and our only full year in the company of the charming and charismatic Freema Agyeman. So, what did we all think?

    Notes and links

    The Angry Black Woman stereotype combines sexism and racism, and seems designed to discourage black women from speaking out. You can find out more about it in this article from the BBC; this article from Forbes discusses ways of combating it.

    As we’ve said before, Derek Jacobi had previously played a weird robot version of the Master in Scream of the Shalka, a Doctor Who story written by Paul Cornell and released by the BBC as a Flash animation in 2003. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU).

    Nichola McAuliffe as Vivien Rook (no, not that one) was awarded Richard’s very first Bonnie Langford in this episode. She had previously done seven seasons as the lead in the ITV sitcom Surgical Spirit. Catherine Tate’s first ever TV appearance was in the first episode of its third series.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. Peter doesn’t know what Twitter is and just wishes you would all stop asking him about it. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll confound your expectations by praising an episode that you don’t really like very much.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Series 11 of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found. We’re planning to return in the New Year with our ill-considered hot takes on Series 12.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’re planning to release a Very Special Christmas Bondfinger this year, so make sure you keep updating the podcast feed every few minutes between now and the end of December.



  • Saving the World with the Power of Podcasting

    8 December 2019 (6:09am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 53 minutes and 30 seconds

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    It’s the last episode of Series 3, so we’re walking the Earth and telling anyone who’ll stand still for long enough about our favourite television show in the whole world. It’s Last of the Time Lords.

    Notes and links

    Todd mentions the Voyager Reset Button™ — the overuse of the Reset Button Trope in Star Trek: Voyager. You can find a detailed fan complaint about this here.

    Picks of the week Todd

    This week, Todd wants you to go back and watch Tom Baker and Louise Jameson in The Invasion of Time, which we discussed in Episode 55: Timothy Dalton’s Pyjamas.

    James

    Quite rightly, James recommends Life on Mars, in which John Simm plays a present-day police officer who finds himself stranded back in 1973.

    Nathan

    Nathan wants you to read Sally Rugg’s How Powerful We Are: Behind the Scenes with One of Australia’s Leading Activists. It’s an account of the campaign for the YES vote for marriage equality in Australia, whose successful outcome was finally finalised almost exactly two years ago today.

    Richard

    And Richard recommends John Lanchester’s article in The London Review of Books, Good New Idea, in which he makes an argument for the introduction of a Universal Basic Income.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll give you a manly hug and dribble snot in your eye.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Series 11 of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve run out of Bond films, but there’s plenty of 1960s spy-fi nonsense to keep us going until James Bond returns next April.



  • This Is What You Were Voting For

    1 December 2019 (10:25am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 52 minutes and 45 seconds

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    We’re on the run this week — skulking in shadows and eating chips while talking about the Master’s backstory and the deplorable state of British politics. Which is a normal Sunday for us, even when we’re not talking about The Sound of Drums.

    Notes and links

    Richard mentions an article from The Guardian called The west’s self-proclaimed custodians of democracy failed to notice it rotting away, published about a week before this episode was recorded.

    Broken News was a six-episode comedy series shown on BBC Two in 2005, which recreated the experience of channel surfing across a range of 24-hour news channels while some weird and incomprehensible news story is breaking. We love it.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, chan or we’ll elbow our way into your insanely popular TV show and be much more fun and entertaining than you are.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Series 11 of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve run out of Bond films, but there’s plenty of 1960s spy-fi nonsense to keep us going until James Bond returns next April.



  • On the Set with Dame Derek Jacobi

    24 November 2019 (9:19am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 26 seconds

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    This week, we’re joined by TV’s Adam Richard to talk about Martha, the Master, Heather Locklear, Coronation Street and Russell’s original plans for the end of the season. And we also talk about a little Doctor Who episode that we like to call Utopia.

    Notes and links

    Scream of the Shalka was a Doctor Who story written by Paul Cornell and released by the BBC as a Flash animation in 2003. It starred Richard E Grant as the Doctor and Derek Jacobi as a weird robot version of the Master, who was kept captive in the Doctor’s TARDIS. It was released on DVD in 2013. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU).

    Derek Jacobi also plays the War Master in Big Finish’s The Master of Callous. Adam recommends it.

    Unlike so many Doctor Who YouTubers, Brendan loves Doctor Who. And what more proof of this do you need than his web series Say Something Nice, in which he goes through all of the lowest-rated Doctor Who episodes and says something nice about them. Bless him.

    Another Master, Geoffrey Beevers, joins Tom Baker in a battle of terribly mellifluous voices in Big Finish’s Death Match, whose key scene Brendan recreates expertly during this episode.

    And our final Master for the week is Alex Macqueen, who eventually reveals himself opposite Sylvester McCoy in the Big Finish story Dominion.

    The Future Kind are undoubtedly inspired by the Links in the final episode of Blakes 7 Series 3, Terminal, which you can now watch online in its entirety.

    And fans of SV-7 beating up a bunch of tiny seaweed Zygon monsters will also enjoy the Series 1 Blakes 7 episode, The Web.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Brendan is @brandybongos and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    Adam is @adamrichard on Twitter, adamrichard on Instagram and Fabulous Adam Richard on Facebook. His website is at adamrichard.com. He has also appeared on Whovians, and he was one of the writers for Hard Quiz, both of which screened on ABC TV in Australia.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, chan or we’ll completely forget our manners when you finally get round to introducing us to your parents tho.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Series 11 of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve run out of Bond films, but there’s plenty of 1960s spy-fi nonsense to keep us going until James Bond returns next April.



  • Flirting Wittily

    17 November 2019 (7:15am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 3 minutes and 31 seconds

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    This week, we’re joined by Lizbeth Myles from Verity! podcast to discuss a terrifying romantic comedy about the brevity of human life. It’s called Blink. People seem to like it.

    Notes and links

    Nathan’s allusion to a Phrygian king at the start of the episode comes from a half-remembered story in Herodotus Book 2, in which the Egyptian king Psammetichus kept two children in isolation, believing that they would grow up speaking the oldest human language.

    This episode’s conceit and the name Sally Sparrow were first used by Stephen Moffat in a story in the Doctor Who Annual 2006 called What I Did in My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow. You can read it here.

    And, of course, we never stop mentioning Stephen Moffat’s breakout TV show Coupling, which is essential viewing for Moffat fans (if somewhat problematic at times). Here’s what Elizabeth Sandifer had to say about it.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Brendan is @brandybongos, and Liz is @LMMyles. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    You can also hear Liz on the Doctor Who podcast Verity!, which is on Twitter at @VerityPodcast; she can also be heard on the Hammer House of Podcast with Paul Cornell, which is at @HammerHousePod on Twitter.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll sneak into your house in 1969 and scrawl cryptic messages on your loungeroom wall.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Series 11 of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve run out of Bond films, but there’s plenty of 1960s spy-fi nonsense to keep us going until James Bond returns next April.



  • Six Bullets

    10 November 2019 (8:35am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 59 minutes and 19 seconds

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    Simon, Todd and Nathan are still trapped in 1913, which is better, at least, than being trapped in chains, a collapsing galaxy, every mirror, or a scarecrow. With World War I on the horizon, all three of them await the answer to a single question: Will John Smith have the courage to leave the stage, so that the Doctor can confront The Family of Blood?

    Notes and links

    A group of scarecrows inflicted on the Doctor the horrifying fate of regenerating into Jon Pertwee in the 1969 Doctor Who comic The Night Walkers. The Fourth Doctor also met walking scarecrows in Tom Baker and Ian Marter’s Doctor Who movie treatment Doctor Who Meets Scratchman, novelised by James Goss in 2019.

    When The Family of Blood was released in 2007, Harry Lloyd was playing Will Scarlett in the BBC’s Robin Hood (which also starred Patrick Troughton’s grandson Sam). He can be seen in this episode’s corresponding Doctor Who Confidential episode, looking very sweet and just ever-so-slightly stoned.

    The Inner Light is a highly regarded episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, in which Captain Picard, in the blink of an eye, lives an entire life as a Californian hippie whose community is devastated by the effects of climate change.

    Picks of the week Todd

    Wisely, Todd recommends watching Horror of Fang Rock. You could also listen to our Horror of Fang Rock episode, The Practical Problem with Leaving Someone Alive.

    Simon

    Simon recommends taking a look at Jessica Hynes in another role, in the BBC sitcom W1A, set in the BBC itself. It’s on Netflix in the US, probably, but not in Australia, where it used to be available on iView but isn’t any longer. In the UK, its on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Television is delightful in 2019, isn’t it?

    Nathan

    Of course, Nathan recommends Paul Cornell’s original novel. He thinks Chapter 8 is particularly good. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU).

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Simon Moore can be found at Fine Music 102.5. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or the next time you try to serve us lobster thermidor for dinner, we will overreact in the most terrifying and poetic way.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Series 11 of Doctor Who, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve run out of Bond films, but there’s plenty of 1960s spy-fi nonsense to keep us going until James Bond returns next April.



  • Dropped into Downton Abbey

    3 November 2019 (3:46am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 46 minutes and 55 seconds

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    Well, the Doctor has been exiled to Earth again, but instead of hobnobbing with lizard men, he’s spending his time flirting with Matron and delivering incredibly tedious history lessons. There’s some indefensible name-dropping in this episode, but after all, that’s just Human Nature.

    Buy the story!

    You all have actual video of this episode on disc already, I imagine, so here are some links to Paul Cornell’s original Virgin New Adventure. It’s very good, and even better in places. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU).

    Notes and links

    In honour of Simon’s return to the podcast, here’s the TV Tropes entry for the Kick the Dog trope, in which a villainous character confirms their villainy by doing something pointlessly cruel early on in the narrative.

    It’s been a while since we mentioned that the entirety of Blakes 7 is available to watch for free on YouTube, so here’s a link to the episode Nathan mentions, Series 2 Episode 2, Shadow.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, James is @ohjamessellwood, and Simon Moore can be found at Fine Music 102.5. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll get you a detention by deliberately including several obscure Roman obscenities in your Latin prose composition homework.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Doctor Who’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve run out of Bond films, but there’s plenty of 1960s spy-fi nonsense to keep us going until next April (turns out).



  • I Believe Beryl Reid as a Freighter Captain

    27 October 2019 (7:05am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 42 minutes and 0 seconds

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    This week, we hop aboard the SS Pentallian just in time for it to start plummeting into the heart of a blazing sun. And so while we wait for our inevitable incineration, we answer trivia questions about Bananarama, forget everyone’s names, throw shade on the Captain’s marriage, and spend far too much time crawling around the ship, gurning and gnashing our teeth. Fortunately, it’s all over in 42 minutes.

    Notes and links

    The 1972 film Solaris, based on Stanislaw Lem’s 1961 novel, features — spoiler alert! — a sentient ocean on an alien planet.

    Fans of real-time narrative in cinema will also enjoy Run Lola Run (1998), Fail-Safe (1964), and The Set-Up (1949); United 93 is also good, but might be more difficult to enjoy.

    Lis Sladen gets to do some much more enjoyable possessed-by-aliens acting in the third story of the first season of The Sarah Jane Adventures, Warriors of Kudlak.

    And there’s coffee in that (sentient) nebula in the sixth episode of Star Trek: Voyager, The Cloud.

    Follow us

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

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll hide your iPhone just out of reach on a ledge outside a second-story window.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Doctor Who’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve run out of Bond films, but we’ve found a way of keeping ourselves amused until next August.



  • Some Custard Pies and a Few Harsh Words

    20 October 2019 (4:33am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 48 minutes and 15 seconds

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    This week, we’re hosting our first ever black-tie function, and you’re all invited! Nathan’s scoffing all the canapés, Brendan keeps being mistaken for the waiter, and somewhere upstairs is a roaring and slavering Colin Neal, who will join us later — we hope — to discuss The Lazarus Experiment.

    Notes and links

    Brendan compares the Lazarus monster (favourably) to the deplorably bad CGI Scorpion King played by Rock “the Dwayne” Johnson in The Mummy Returns. (Some dedicated VFX nerds on YouTube have been kind enough to fix this.)

    Fans of Adjoa Andoh will also enjoy her turns in RTD’s Wizards vs. Aliens and Cucumber.

    Guga Mbatha-Raw appeared in the Series 3 Black Mirror episode San Junipero. She also played Ophelia to Jude Law’s Hamlet in a production in the West End and on Broadway in 2009 — she is interviewed about it here.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Brendan is @brandybongos, and Colin is @colin_neal. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll keep making inappropriate and suggestive remarks about how lovely you smell.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Doctor Who’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve run out of Bond films, but somehow that hasn’t stopped us.



  • A Long Tradition of Doctor Who Monsters That in Some Way Resemble Human Genitalia

    13 October 2019 (3:57am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 41 minutes and 6 seconds

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    This week, we reluctantly come to the conclusion that both the Human Factor and the Dalek Factor are just a little bit rubbish. Which means that there can only really be one possible outcome of the Evolution of the Daleks.

    Notes and links

    The script for this episode is clever enough to borrow from David Whitaker, the Doctor Who script editor who wrote the cleverest Dalek stories from the 1960s. To find out more about him, have a listen to our episode on Evil of the Daleks, which is Episode 13: Airwick Gatport.

    James identifies one of the influences on this story as a period-appropriate adaptation of The Island of Dr Moreau called Island of Lost Souls (1932), starring Charles Laughton as Dr Moreau.

    And last of all, our founder and dear friend Brendan has revived his YouTube channel and is producing huge quantities of fantastic content every day now. Please like and subscribe.

    Picks of the week James

    James wants you to watch Frankenstein James Whale’s classic Universal film Frankenstein, which is undoubtedly an influence on this story. After that, you should immediately go and watch Bride of Frankenstein. Finally, you can round all that off with a read through Paul Magrs’s series of novels, the Brenda and Effie Mysteries, in which the Bride of Frankenstein, who now runs a B & B in Whitby, solves supernatural mysteries with her friend Effie. Audiobook versions are also available, brought to life by our very own Anne Reid.

    Peter

    Peter wants us to curl up on the sofa and re-visit Blood Harvest, a Virgin New Adventures novel by Terrance Dicks, and a sequel to his TV story State of Decay.

    Richard

    Richard wants only what’s best for us, and so he thinks we should all pour a small glass of whisky, draw the curtains, switch on the turntable and listen to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Because we should.

    Nathan

    Nathan was not allowed to pick Russell T Davies Years and Years again, even though it screens in Australia on SBS starting on 6 November. Instead, he wants you to read Eric Saward’s novelisation of Resurrection of the Daleks, which is every bit as good as you might expect.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Richard is @RichardLStone and Peter is nowhere to be found. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll force you to read our lengthy post on Gallifrey Base which explains in leaden detail that this episode has no idea about how DNA actually works.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Doctor Who’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve run out of Bond films, but somehow that hasn’t stopped us.



  • The Big Busby Berkeley Number

    6 October 2019 (6:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 46 minutes and 9 seconds

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    This week, we learn that the mortal enemy of showtunes is capitalism, that the mortal enemy of some Doctor Who fans is fun, and that the mortal enemy of the Doctor has descended upon Depression-Era New York in an exciting new thematic guise. The show must go on, in spite of the Daleks in Manhattan.

    Notes and links

    The idea of the City as a hostile, inhuman place is found in Fritz Lang’s masterpiece of German expressionist cinema Metropolis (1927) and the terrifying version of 1980 depicted in Just Imagine (1930). Both of these are inspired by the looming monuments of architect Hugh Ferriss’s cityscapes.

    On a lighter note, Busby Berkeley choreographed lavish dance number for both Broadway and Hollywood during the era of the earliest move musical. Take a look at some examples here.

    Andrew Garfield’s big break wasn’t that superhero film at all: it was his film début, Boy A (2007).

    It’s been some time since we did this, so here’s a link to El Sandifer’s discussion of this entire story on TARDIS Eruditorum.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Richard is @RichardLStone and Peter is nowhere to be found. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll wander on stage during your big musical number and knock over several of your less talented dancing girls.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Doctor Who’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve run out of Bond films, but somehow that hasn’t stopped us.



  • Deeply Platonic

    29 September 2019 (7:00am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 58 minutes and 42 seconds

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    This week, Brendan’s high on Honesty, James is driving naked, and Nathan can’t stop scratching himself for some reason, while special guest star Erik Stadnik brings some philosophy and literary criticism to our discussion of Gridlock.

    Notes and links

    Fans of David Tennant massively overplaying the Doctor’s enthusiasm will also enjoy his audiobook reading of The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner. (Audible US) (Audible UK) (Audible AU)

    Simon and Nathan discuss realism in Doctor Who — and in Gridlock in particular — in our The Girl in the Fireplace episode, Episode 151: Tropes, for Want of a Better Word.

    Plato’s allegory of the Cave can be found at the start of Book 7 of The Republic, 514a–520a.

    The actor who plays Valerie in Gridlock and Bill’s foster mother Moira in Series 10 also had a small part in RTD’s series The Second Coming, which stars Christoper Eccleston in the title role and which is very definitely worth watching.

    Brendan’s morbid fear of Tractators is recounted in some detail in our Frontios episode, Episode 94: Not Allowed to Watch That One.

    The very first people to get addicted to Bliss are described by Homer in Odyssey 9.82–115.

    Russell T Davies’ first draft of this episode can be found on page 63 of Monsters and Villains (2005) by Justin Richards.

    Erik’s podcasts are The Real McCoy and The Writers’ Room, so you should all subscribe to them immediately, of course.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Brendan is @brandybongos, and Erik is @sjcAustenite. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or the next time you come with us for a drive you won’t believe what’s on the lunch menu.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Doctor Who’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve run out of Bond films, but somehow that hasn’t stopped us.



  • It’s Neither of Them

    22 September 2019 (10:58am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 2 minutes and 28 seconds

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    This week, we’re joined by Pete Lambert and Conrad Westmaas for a social history of Elizabethan England, a whirlwind tour of the life and works of Shakespeare, and some serious criticism of Martha’s taste in men. It’s Tuesday, so this must be Hamlet — it’s The Shakespeare Code.

    Notes and links

    Conrad has two recommendations for you. For a straightforward guide to Shakespeare’s life and works, see Emma Smith’s This is Shakespeare.

    And for an equally useful introduction to Shakespeare, here’s Julian and Sandy’s Bona Bookshop.

    For a history of some of the African immigrants living in London in this period, Pete recommends Miranda Kaufmann’s Black Tudors.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Brendan is @brandybongos, Pete is @Prof_Quiteamess and Conrad is @HairoftheHound_. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we will do such things — what they are yet I know not — but they shall be the terrors of the earth.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on _Doctor Who_’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. We’ve run out of Bond films, but somehow that hasn’t stopped us.



  • The Tara King Confidence

    15 September 2019 (9:18am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 0 hours, 49 minutes and 16 seconds

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    And we’re back! It’s a new year for Doctor Who, and there’s a new companion, with a new mother who will at some point slap him in the face. But until then, it’s all about a bunch of rhinos menacing a hospital on the moon, which is just the kind of premise literally any TV show would come up with. Welcome aboard, Smith and Jones.

    Notes and links

    It’s a scientific fact that San Junipero is the only episode of Black Mirror in existence which won’t reinforce your hatred of humanity in general and everyone in the world in particular. And Gugu Mbatha-Raw is spectacular in it. Watch it.

    We will be mentioning Years and Years every week until we finally get to The Eleventh Hour. Anne Reid stars.

    (Our Australian listeners should keep an eye on SBS, which has reportedly bought the series. Maybe.)

    An exhaustive search has unearthed a copy of one of the Zovirax ads referenced in this episode.

    The Judoon will return in The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3 story Prisoner of the Judoon. They fit right in. (I miss that show. It’s great.)

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or you’ll never see your daughter in Florida again. Unless you actually have a daughter in Florida, in which case please give her our love.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Doctor Who’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well. Surprising, we’re still going even though we’ve completely run out of Bond films.



  • That’s Not Even a Proper Commentary

    28 July 2019 (5:50am GMT)
    Episode Duration: 0 days, 1 hours, 5 minutes and 2 seconds

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    It’s Christmas in July and an apocalyptically hot day in London. Still, Nathan, James, Todd and Nathan have been cordially invited to attend the wedding of that guy off EastEnders and the incomparable Catherine Tate. Things don’t go quite according to plan. It’s The Runaway Bride.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Peter still can’t be persuaded to open a Twitter account. Very wise. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll ask you to be our bridesmaid so that we can dress you up in something that makes you look like an angry apricot.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Doctor Who’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well.



  • Past Master at the Double Commentary

    7 July 2019 (2:00am GMT)
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    This week, we head back to the planet Necros to revisit Doctor Who’s most entertaining funeral: we’re joined by healers, cosmeticians, mercenaries and a great, big bomb — but you should definitely avoid the canapés at the wake. This one’s certainly a revelation, a Revelation of the Daleks.

    Buy the story!

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

    Notes and links

    You can find a more conventional discussion of this story in Episode 105: Famous Miserable Bastard, released in March 2017.

    Follow us

    Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, James is @ohjamessellwood, Todd is @toddbeilby, Richard is @RichardLStone, and Peter isn’t on Twitter at all. Sad. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the strings performance was by Jane Aubourg. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast.

    We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll turn up to your perpetual instatement picking our noses.

    And more

    You can find Jodie into Terror, our flashcast on Doctor Who’s most recent season, at jodieintoterror.com, at @JodieIntoTerror on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and wherever podcasts can be found.

    Our James Bond commentary podcast is called Bondfinger, and you can find that at bondfinger.com, at @bondfingercast on Twitter, on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else as well.



 
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