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It's the start of a new season, and Brendan, Nathan and Todd are sent on a mission from God to find six hidden podcast episodes, that, when assembled, form hours and hours of tiresome commentary on Season 16 of Doctor Who. First stop: The Ribos Operation. Buy the story! Okay, this one's complicated. In 2002, The Ribos Operation was released on DVD exclusively in the US both individually and as part of a Key to Time box set. In 2007, there was a limited edition box set released in the UK and Australia, which was then released more generally in 2009. You can read all about that on the Wikipedia page, if you're interested. The upshot of all this is that in the US you can buy The Ribos Operation by itself (Amazon US) or as part of a box set (Amazon US). In the UK, it's only available as part of a box set. (Amazon UK) Notes and links Ian Marter's novelisation of this story is available as an audiobook read by John Leeson. (Audible US) (Audible UK) (Audible AU) Here is a Season 16 publicity photo of Mary and Tom with a giant sticking plaster on his lip after Paul Seed's dog bit his face. Follow us! Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or nothing at all will happen to you. Ever. Bondfinger We've just released our fifth James Bond commentary, on You Only Live Twice (1967). Our previous commentaries are still available: Thunderball (1965), Goldfinger (1964), From Russia With Love (1963), and Dr. No (1962). You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on our website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
Remember the 1960s, when this podcast first began? We had such high ideals, and we enjoyed making people happy. Well, it’s 2017 now, so welcome to our bitter, jaded and utterly mercenary take on The Greatest Show in the Galaxy. The pebble drowning in his lake Campaigning for our postal plebiscite has turned predictably nasty, but it’s very important for everyone to have their say on this issue: which Colin Baker story should be the subject of our upcoming commentary podcast? Head over to the show notes for Episode 121 to cast your vote. Buy the story! The Greatest Show in the Galaxy was released on DVD in 2012. (That was easy.) (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) Notes and links Brendan’s “surprise mirror” remark is totally incomprehensible unless you’ve seen this literal music video of Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart. Watch it now. The first episode of Australian comedy series Outland featured a gay Doctor Who fan who briefly considered abandoning his date when he made a crack about Daleks being unable to climb the stairs. In Richard Marsden’s biography of John Nathan-Turner, it is revealed that JNT and his partner used to refer to hard-core fans as “barkers”, and the attractive ones as “doable barkers”. Chris Chibnall will be taking the reins of Doctor Who any day now. Here he is on the BBC’s Open Air programme in 1986, criticising The Trial of a Time Lord. The Pakleds from the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Samaritan Snare were intended to be a parody of Star Trek fans. This sketch from A Bit of Fry and Laurie depicts Stephen Fry’s reaction to increasing choice in the media landscape. Watch it all the way through — there’s a lovely surprise in there for fans of Doctor Who. Richard identifies 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) as one of the inspirations for this story. The eponymous Doctor is played by Tony Randall in some appalling yellowface. Check out the trailer here. Picks of the week Brendan Take a deep breath. Brendan’s first pick is Doctor Who on Holiday a remix by Dean Gray of The KLF’s Doctorin’ the TARDIS, featuring Green Day. It’s good. His second pick is The X-Men: The Animated Series Podcast, a podcast in which two American fans discuss, well, X-Men: The Animated Series. Nathan Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies, read by Robert Hardy. It’s not available on Audible in the US. Write to your Congressman. (Audible UK) (Audible AU) Richard Richard (bless him) just wants you to watch Season 25 again. And eat some fruit. Follow us! Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam, and the logo was designed by Anthony Wells. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. And more surprising and completely reliable information about the show can be found at @FTEwhofacts. 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 descend on your fruit cart like a pack of hippie weirdos. Bondfinger Richard is off on a top-secret mission to Piz Gloria right now, so our coverage of the Brosnan era will resume in a few weeks’ time. While you’re waiting, you can enjoy our previous commentaries on the Pierce Brosnan films, and our commentaries on the Timothy Dalton Era. We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.
As Season 15 limps towards its inevitable conclusion, we discover a new trope, reflect on the possibilities of Sevateem–Gallifreyan romance, and deplore the indefensible cruelty of horse racing: it's The Invasion of Time! Buy the story! The Invasion of Time was released on DVD in 2008. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK). It was also released in Australia and the UK as part of the Bred for War box set, along with the other Classic Series Sontaran stories. (Amazon UK) Notes and links The Vardans appear to share a stylist with the Ultraman Science Patrol. No, I don't know who they are either. Gallifreyan hippy Presta is played by Gai Waterhouse, a famously wealthy Sydney horse trainer. Fabulous posh air-traffic controller Rodan moonlights as a giant red pterodactyl thing who attacks Godzilla in various Japanese movies, while Castellan Spandrell moonlights as a supporting architectural feature in various Gothic cathedrals. In the Sarah Jane Adventures story The Last Sontaran, Chrissie Jackson fabulously disables a Sontaran by hitting its probic vent with her high-heeled shoe. Picks of the Week Brendan Tom Baker stars in a series of Big Finish adventures, featuring Louise Jameson and Mary Tamm (and Lalla Ward in early 2016). Brendan mentions Foe from the Future and Phillip Hinchcliffe's Valley of Death from the Fourth Doctor Lost Stories box set. Candy Bar Books is publishing a series of four novels by Andy Frankham, featuring Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, including The Beast of Fang Rock, featuring Ann Travers. The prequel short story is called Cult of the Grinning Man. Richard Gallifrey is a Big Finish audio series chronicling political intrigue on the Doctor's home planet, featuring Mary Tamm, Lalla Ward and Louise Jameson, among others. Green Wing was a Channel 4 comedy series set in a hospital, starring Doctor Who's very own Tamsin Grieg and Michelle Gomez. Here's Michelle Gomez playing Margaret Thatcher in the Sky Arts TV series Psychobitches. And here's a photo of Michelle Gomez with two Missy action figures on her shoulders. God, she's fantastic! Nathan Maureen O'Brien reads Ian Marter's novelisation of her debut story, The Rescue. (Audible US) (Audible UK) (Audible AU) Follow us! Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll come round to your house and make acidly snarky remarks about your pedestrian infrastructure. Bondfinger Next weekend, we'll be releasing our commentary on You Only Live Twice (1967), but in the meantime, you can enjoy our commentaries on Thunderball (1965), Goldfinger (1964), From Russia With Love (1963), and Dr. No (1962). You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on our website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
Served during the recording of Episode Zero: A Little Queer Ingredients 2 egg whites 1 cup almond meal, sifted 1 cup dessicated coconut 2/3 cup icing sugar, sifted ½ teaspoon vanilla extract Method Preheat oven to 170°C (150°C fan-forced). Line two baking trays with baking paper and add a small knob of butter to each. Place trays in oven. Whisk egg whites in a clean bowl using an electric mixer at high speed. Whilst the eggs are whipping, remove the trays from the oven and use a brush or spoon to spread the butter, now melted, around the baking paper. Mix the almond meal and coconut in a separate bowl. When the egg whites are stiff but still moist, switch the mixer to a slow speed and add the vanilla extract and icing sugar gradually. When the icing sugar is fully mixed into the egg whites, add the almond meal and coconut. Mix until the ingredients form a sticky dough. Using a teaspoon, scoop small balls of the dough onto the greased trays, leaving at least 2cm between each. You should get about 20 macaroons, but the more, the merrier! Press down each ball lightly with a fork. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. The finished macaroons should be crisp and golden on the outside. Remove from oven, and leave to cool for 5 minutes on the trays. Gently transfer for a cooling rack. The finished macaroons will last about a week sealed in the fridge. If no-one eats them before that, which is impossible. If you want to add any flavourings, stick to dry things like cocoa powder or small dried fruits. Add these between Steps 5 and 6. You can also join sandwich them with chocolate ganache as a filling!
A lot going on this week: Brendan wanders from the manor house to the mill and then back to the TARDIS, oh, and then back to the manor house again; Nathan is moving test tubes from one box to another; and Richard is, oh, I don’t know, assembling a vibrating meccano set or something. Hold onto your hats: It’s The Visitation. Buy the story! The Visitation was first released on DVD in 2006. A special two-disc edition with extra things was released in 2013. (Amazon US) (Amazon K) Notes and links Brendan is very cross about Michael Bay’s horrible movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016), the latest in an endless stream of mediocre movies starring the youthful chelonian martial artists. At least this one features the beautiful Stephen Amell from TV’s Arrow. Fans of slightly terrible films in which Samuel L. Jackson is unexpectedly killed mid-speech by genetically-modified sharks will enjoy Deep Blue Sea (1999). Fans of Richard Chamberlain and Fred MacMurray being killed by a swarm of bees will enjoy The Swarm, a 1978 horror film directed by Irwin Allen. Richard riffs on Alexei Sayle’s surreal 1982 hit “’Ullo John, Gotta New Motor”, which includes such immortal lyrics as “Your goat’s made a mess of the carpet”, and “He stuck his head in a dustbin, and then ran through the laundrette”. On the Buses was an inexplicably successful British sitcom which ran on ITV from 1969 to 1973, and spawned a stage play, a board game and three horrifically forgettable films in three successive years. The first film was the second most popular movie at the British box office in 1971, beating out Diamonds Are Forever. Clive Swift played Jobel in the massively overrated Revelation of the Daleks and Mr Copper in the rightfully beloved Voyage of the Damned. He is, of course, most famous for his role as Richard (“RICHARD!”) in Keeping Up Appearances. In 2008, he gave a hilariously dyspeptic interview to Benjamin Cook from DWM. TARDIS Eruditorum’s Phil Sandifer hasn’t appeared here in the show notes for a while. Here’s his take on this story. Perhaps, despite its marginal relevance to this story, the Terileptil android inspired Siimon Reynolds to create this 1987 ad campaign warning the people of Australia to use condoms to protect themselves from HIV. Follow us! Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. (Or at flightthroughentirety.sexy, if you're in that kind of mood.) Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll send you to your room with only Michael Robbins, Michael Melia and a vibrating box for company. Doctor Who in 10 Seconds Yesterday Brendan released the long-awaited Season 4 episode of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds. It's sweet and hilarious, as always, and Brendan is wearing a particularly lovely shirt. You can see it here. To see all the previous episodes, as well as the blooper reel, just visit the webpage or subscribe on YouTube. Bondfinger Our commentary podcast on The Spy Who Loved Me was released yesterday, probably. So, off you go! And once you're done, you can also enjoy our commentaries on all of the preceding Bond films, from Dr. No to The Man with the Golden Gun. You can find these commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.
In this convention-busting episode of Flight Through Entirety, Brendan (Jamie Lee Curtis) really hates this week's Doctor Who story, while Nathan (Lindsay Lohan) quite enjoys it. And Richard (Mark Harmon) splits the difference by being witty and charming as always. Welcome to Cranleigh Hall: it's Black Orchid. Buy the stories! Black Orchid was released on DVD in 2008. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) Notes and links We all love Moray Watson, who plays Sir Robert in this story. He's still with us, after a career spanning 6 decades. Richard remembers him fondly from Catweazle, a children's TV programme about an 11th-century wizard (The Creature from the Pit's Geoffrey Bayldon), who finds himself trapped in the present day. The producers of The Avengers considered Watson as a possible replacement for Patrick Macnee had Macnee been unwilling to return for the show's final season. Watson also played George Frobisher, Rumpole's hapless old friend in George Frobisher in Rumpole of the Bailey. The second worst lawn party in human history is depicted in the Monty Python sketch Sam Peckinpah's Salad Days. Terence Dudley produced Terry Nation's Survivors, a post-apocalyptic story set in a world where a global pandemic has wiped out everyone except a small number of lovely middle-class white people. Once again, here's Bonnie Langford's reaction to seeing Brendan dressed as Bonnie Langford from Time and the Rani. Fans of things that are insanely entertaining will enjoy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a 1953 comedy starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe. Follow us! Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll travel back in time and persuade Terence Dudley to put a Terileptil in this story. Doctor Who in 10 Seconds Brendan's work on Doctor Who in 10 Seconds continues unabated. So far he's summarised the first four seasons of Doctor Who and created a hilarious blooper reel for the first three episodes. You can watch all five videos on the webpage or, better still, you can subscribe on YouTube. Bondfinger Over at Bondfinger, Sean Connery is now a distant memory, and we're heading into Rodge's highly acclaimed Blue Period. Our most recent commentary covers The Spy Who Loved Me: previous commentaries include The Man with the Golden Gun and Live and Let Die. You can find all of our commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.
Well… it’ll just go on and on and on and on, because it’s part of our television, isn’t it? Why should it stop, there’s no evidence… everyone’s been very successful in it. Tom's gone, so it's time for another retrospective episode, ably compered by Sir Todd Beilby. Who will we snog, marry and avoid this time? Notes and links Fans of Tom Baker will enjoy his 1997 biography Who on Earth is Tom Baker? (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) Pearl Mackie is introduced as Peter Capaldi's new companion when she faces the Daleks in this introductory video. The Robots of Death do return, in the Kaldor City audios and in Robophobia, a Big Finish audio starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor. Tom's Doctor makes his comic debut in 1975, in the TV Comic strip Death Flower. Chris Boucher's terrible (but highly absorbent) BBC Books include Last Man Running and Corpse Marker. Follow us! Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we'll become increasingly grumpy and difficult to work with until you're forced to fire us. Then we'll do a drunken interview on Nationwide. Doctor Who in 10 Seconds Doctor Who in 10 Seconds is FTE's first flight into the world of online video, and Gareth Roberts has described it as a hoot. To see every story from Doctor Who's first three seasons summarised in 10 seconds by our very own Brendan Jones, visit the webpage or subscribe on YouTube. Bondfinger While you wait for our slightly delayed commentary on The Man with the Golden Gun, why not listen to our other commenary tracks, starting with Dr. No and going all the way to Live and Let Die? You can find these commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.
This week, we're back on Earth, being menaced by giant glowing fibreglass rocks. Incidentally, we're also discussing the third story in the Key to Time season, The Stones of Blood. Buy the story! In the US, you can buy The Stones of Blood by itself (Amazon US), or as part of the Key to Time box set (Amazon US). In the UK, it's only available as part of the Key to Time box set. (Amazon UK) Notes and links For the first time ever, Brendan was wrong about something. When auditioning to replace the divine Miss Rigg in The Avengers, Susan Engel didn't act against Moray Laing, the current editor of Doctor Who Adventures magazine. It was actually Moray Watson, who played Sir Robert Muir in Black Orchid. Fortunately, Nathan was also wrong about Beatrix Lehmann — she went on to appear twice more on screen, in the film The Cat and the Canary (1978) and the miniseries Crime and Punishment (1979). Evelyn Smythe was one of the Sixth Doctor's companions in the main Big Finish series of Doctor Who audios. And in other things that Nathan is wrong about, Gareth Roberts's comic strip about sentient sand that attacks people was actually written by Paul Cornell and called Seaside Rendezvous, published in DWM's 1991 Summer Special. Follow us! Brendan is on Twitter as @critiqaltheory, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. We're also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or, like typical males, we'll strand you here in the middle of nowhere with two complete strangers while we go off somewhere enjoying ourselves. Bondfinger We now have five James Bond commentary podcasts: You Only Live Twice (1967), Thunderball (1965), Goldfinger (1964), From Russia With Love (1963), and Dr. No (1962). You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on our website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
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. Surprisingly, we’re still going even though we’ve completely run out of Bond films.
It’s Christmas in July and an apocalyptically hot day in London. Still, Nathan, James, Todd and Peter 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.
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.
This week, children are disappearing from the streets, while the people at number 20 are taking delivery of huge numbers of Derwent Lakeland pencils. It’s no wonder, really, that everyone around here seems to Fear Her. Notes and links Like pretty much everyone else in Australia, Brendan expected the Prime Minister to lose office between the recording of this episode and its actual release. Surprisingly through, the “government” headed by self-satisfied sack of ham Scott Morrison was re-elected mere days ago, which means that Morrison will be still available to advocate for the much-neglected male gender during next year’s International Women’s Day. Ghostwatch was a mockumentary about a haunted suburban house which was screened on Halloween 1992 to 11 million credulous BBC viewers. It led to thousands of complaints, and was blamed for the death of a teenage viewer. You can watch screenwriter Stephen Volk’s TEDx talk about it. While we were recording this episode, Doctor Who fans were angry that the creators of the animated version of The Macra Terror had omitted a hilarious scene where the Doctor (Patrick Troughton) was neated up and re-shevelled by one of the Colony’s refreshment machines. For the record, we are now angry about a Judoon with a mohawk, and we plan to move on to something new next week. Nathan mentions a film about a fevered child who finds herself trapped in fever dreams created by her own drawings. That film is Paperhouse (1988), and it’s available in HD on YouTube. So go and watch it — it’s terrifying. (It’s based on a somewhat less terrifying book called Marianne Dreams (1958) by Catherine Storr. Follow us Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley 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 Daniel is one of the hosts of the New to Who podcast, which discusses Classic Doctor Who stories and introduces the Classic series to new fans. You can follow New to Who on Twitter at @NewToWhoPodcast. 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 into your kitchen and absentmindedly lick all your condiments. 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. We’re now out of James Bond films to comment on, we’re planning to keep going with other stuff: in fact, there will definitely be a new episode in the next day or two.
In this week’s earnest Radio National podcast episode, Nathan, Peter and Todd discuss religion, the concept of Satan, the nature of human evil, and a proposed Marxist reading of the plight of the Ood. Plus, an episode of a children’s science fiction series called The Satan Pit. Notes and links We mention a lot of tropes from the Hinchcliffe Era of Doctor Who, and so to brush up on this, you will probably want to listen to New to Who’s recent Hinchcliffe overview. Further Hinchcliffe tropes are discussed in our episode on Pyramids of Mars, which also features a star turn from Gabriel Woolf as the Devil. Take a listen: it’s Episode 39: He’s Always a Villain. And still more Hinchcliffe shenanigans abound in our Hand of Fear episode, which is called — fairly appropriately — Not Sufficiently Executed Enough. And I found the video of that Very Special Episode of The Weakest Link which screened just before the début of Series 3 and starred David Tennant, John Barrowman, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke and a bunch of guest stars from Series 2. You must watch this. Picks of the week Todd Quite rightly, Todd recommends that you should watch The Creature from the Pit. After that, you should of course listen to our episode on that story, There Shall Be No Fire. Peter Peter recommends a satirical science fiction series on YouTube Premium — Weird City. Nathan And finally, Nathan recommends the Netflix series Russian Doll, which stars and was co-created by Natasha Lyonne from Orange is the New Black. Follow us Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Peter is too busy fomenting war against God to read any of your tweets. 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 completely forget your name when we deliver your eulogy. 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. We’re now out of James Bond films to comment on, we’re planning to keep going with other stuff, much like Captain Cook from The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.
This week’s episode of Flight Through Entirety contains over 200 special effects shots and was recorded in a delightful civic temple somewhere in Cardiff. It’s not quite the new normal, but we’re definitely on our way there. Welcome to The End of the World. Notes and links (Whatever happened to the Buy the story section? I used to love that.) Russell T Davies’s historical miniseries Casanova starred David Tennant as a mouthy romantic lead, and meant that we were all fairly certain that he would be the new Doctor when Eccleston’s departure was announced. Another hint came from Tennant’s appearance in The Quatermass Experiment (2015), which was a live-to-air remake of Nigel Neale’s 1953 TV series. The Temple of Peace in Cardiff has been used as a location in no less than 920 episodes of Doctor Who since 2005. Follow us! Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby 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. You can also find valuable and stunningly accurate facts about Doctor Who at @FTEwhofacts. 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 replace our moisturiser with acid, sneak up behind you in the bathroom and scare the crap out of you when you’re trying to shave. Bondfinger Over on Bondfinger, you can find our commentaries on just about the entirety of the James Bond oeuvre, including three Daniel Craig commentaries, four Pierce Brosnan commentaries and two Timothy Dalton commentaries. We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. Even fake ones. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.
It’s been a few years now, so it’s time to cynically murder another one of the Doctor’s companions. Which is why we spend a lot of time talking about what’s great about this story. It’s episodes 5 to 8 of The Trial of a Time Lord — Mindwarp. There’s Always a Choice You’ve waited long enough: it’s time for you to vote for a Tom Baker story for our next commentary podcast. It’s just like the British General Election, only not horrendous. Voting in the FTE Tom Baker commentary poll has now closed. In this poll, our listeners made a choice between The Hand of Fear , The Sun Makers, The Stones of Blood and The Horns of Nimon. The winner will be announced in Episode 115. Buy the story! Mindwarp was (unsurprisingly) released as part of the Trial of a Time Lord box set in 2008/2009. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) Notes and links Not much to say here, but Nathan makes a reference to Peri being “fridged”. You can find the TV Tropes entry on fridging here. Moments later, he namechecks another trope when he talks about “lampshading” the convenient arrival of a new companion. It’s just tropes tropes tropes tropes tropes this week. Follow us! Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll do something so horrifically cynical that it completely ruins the best TV show of your entire childhood. Bondfinger Over on Bondfinger, we’ve finally reached the end of the entire Timothy Dalton era, with our recently-released commentary on Licence to Kill. Fans of Timothy Dalton will also enjoy our commentary on The Living Daylights. Of course, wealsohaveplentyofRodgecastsonline, and thereareotherBondsavailable, aswell. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.
As Season 15 limps towards its inevitable conclusion, we discover a new trope, reflect on the possibilities of Sevateem–Gallifreyan romance, and deplore the indefensible cruelty of horse racing: it’s The Invasion of Time! Buy the story! The Invasion of Time was released on DVD in 2008. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK). It was also released in Australia and the UK as part of the Bred for War box set, along with the other Classic Series Sontaran stories. (Amazon UK) Notes and links The Vardans appear to share a stylist with the Ultraman Science Patrol. No, I don’t know who they are either. Gallifreyan hippy Presta is played by Gai Waterhouse, a famously wealthy Sydney horse trainer. Fabulous posh air-traffic controller Rodan moonlights as a giant red pterodactyl thing who attacks Godzilla in various Japanese movies, while Castellan Spandrell moonlights as a supporting architectural feature in various Gothic cathedrals. In the Sarah Jane Adventures story The Last Sontaran, Chrissie Jackson fabulously disables a Sontaran by hitting its probic vent with her high-heeled shoe. Picks of the Week Brendan Tom Baker stars in a series of Big Finish adventures, featuring Louise Jameson and Mary Tamm (and Lalla Ward in early 2016). Brendan mentions Foe from the Future and Phillip Hinchcliffe’s Valley of Death from the Fourth Doctor Lost Stories box set. Candy Bar Books is publishing a series of four novels by Andy Frankham, featuring Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, including The Beast of Fang Rock, featuring Ann Travers. The prequel short story is called Cult of the Grinning Man. Richard Gallifrey is a Big Finish audio series chronicling political intrigue on the Doctor’s home planet, featuring Mary Tamm, Lalla Ward and Louise Jameson, among others. Green Wing was a Channel 4 comedy series set in a hospital, starring Doctor Who’s very own Tamsin Grieg and Michelle Gomez. Here’s Michelle Gomez playing Margaret Thatcher in the Sky Arts TV series Psychobitches. And here’s a photo of Michelle Gomez with two Missy action figures on her shoulders. God, she’s fantastic! Nathan Maureen O’Brien reads Ian Marter’s novelisation of her debut story, The Rescue. (Audible US) (Audible UK) (Audible AU) Follow us! Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll come round to your house and make acidly snarky remarks about your pedestrian infrastructure. Bondfinger Next weekend, we’ll be releasing our commentary on You Only Live Twice (1967), but in the meantime, you can enjoy our commentaries on Thunderball (1965), Goldfinger (1964), From Russia With Love (1963), and Dr. No (1962). You can keep up with the Bondfinger news on our website, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
Our flight through Season 4 continues, plunging underwater and crash landing on the moon with The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace and The Moonbase. Nothing in ze vorld can stop us now! Buy the stories! Yet again, no episodes of The Highlanders exist. However, the audio survives, of course, and has been released by the BBC with a linking narration by Frazer Hines. (Audible US) (Audible UK) Things get even more complicated with The Underwater Menace. Episode 3 was included in the Lost in Time box set. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK). Episode 2 was rediscovered in 2011, and is the only extant episode of the entire show not yet released on DVD [citation needed]. An audio version exists, narrated by the charming Anneke Wills. (Audible US) (Audible UK) The Moonbase has been released on DVD, with passable animated versions of the missing episodes 1 and 3. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) The Highlanders Oh my God. Here’s Hannah Gordon singing The Windmills of Your Mind on Morecambe & Wise in 1973. The Underwater Menace Thunderball, the fourth Bond film, released just before this story screened, spends a massive 20.8% of its running time underwater. Yawn. Other thrilling underwater frolics are also available here: Gerry Anderson’s Stingray and Irwin Allen’s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, starring Barbara Eden. Here is a lovely picture of some Fish People. And here, from the BBC website, is the scene between Troughton and Professor Zaroff from episode 2. Geoffrey Orme wrote some screenplays for the increasingly mental Old Mother Riley film series in the 30s, 40s and 50s, but, sadly, not the one where she meets Bela Lugosi as a vampire. The Moonbase David Banks wrote an exhausting history of the Cybermen which was published in the 1990s. (Amazon UK). So there’s that then. The first episode of The Avengers featuring the Cybernauts is availiable in full, probably illegally, on Dailymotion. The delightful Damian Shanahan is responsible for finding many surviving clips from otherwise lost episodes, clips that were cut from the program by the ABC’s censors because they were too violent. You can read about this on Steve Phillips’s Doctor Who Clips List website, where the surviving clips are exhaustively catalogued. Follow us! Follow us on Twitter, or on Facebook. Check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes.
And we’re back, now on the big screen in glorious Technicolor! This week, Brendan Who, Nathan Who and Richard Who discuss the two 1960s Peter Cushing films, Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Come with us into that strange new world. We cannot guarantee your safety. But I can promise you unimagined cakes! Buy the films! You can get lovely remastered Blu-ray versions of both films. Dr. Who and the Daleks (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) and Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK). Dr. Who and the Daleks George Pal produced lots of iconic science fiction films in the 50s and 60s, including When Worlds Collide, The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, whose Eloi clearly share a stylist with this film’s Thals. Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. The episode of Danger Man that Richard mentions, “The Paperchase”, is available on YouTube in its entirety. Here’s the Wikipedia article about Trümmerfilm, also mentioned by Richard, a genre of film that deals with the aftermath of the destruction visited on Germany in World War II, including films directed by Wolfgang Staudte, as well as Germany Year Zero. Luis Buñuel was a crazy surrealist filmmaker, who worked with Salvador Dalí on the film Un Chien Andalou. Chuck Jones directed many of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Cartoons for Warner Bros. Sir Bernard Cribbins stars in Carry On Jack. (Is he Sir Bernard yet? If not, can you get on that, Your Maj?) Ray Brooks, who plays David, stars in the fabulous British comedy The Knack…And How to Get It. Here’s a fabulous trailer from the alternative universe in which there was a third film based on The Chase: Daleks vs Mechons. Here’s the entry on the TARDIS Wikia about Journey Into Time, the unbroadcast pilot for an unmade 52-episode radio series starring Peter Cushing as Dr. Who. Sadly, we couldn’t find any details about the proposed fan recording of the script, which was re-discovered a couple of years ago. Brendan’s pick of the week The Peter Cushing Dr. Who Fannual is now available. What would a 60s–style Doctor Who Annual have looked like if it was based on the world of the Peter Cushing Dr. Who films? (The U.N.I.T. fannual that Brendan mentions is still under development.) Follow us! Follow us on Twitter, or on Facebook. Check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes.
Hold your breath, everyone! Brendan, Richard and Nathan besiege, invade and finally burn down the first three stories of Doctor Who’s highly controversial third season: Galaxy Four, Mission to the Unknown and The Myth Makers. Dusty Springfield wigs at the ready, girls! Buy the stories! Well, of the nine episodes we discuss this week, only one is known to exist. You can see episode 2 of Galaxy Four, Air Lock, as part of a reconstructed version of the entire story on The Aztecs: Special Edition DVD. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) Galaxy Four audio, narrated by Peter Purvis. (Audible US) (Audible UK) The Daleks’ Master Plan audio, narrated by Peter Purvis (Audible US) (Audible UK) The Myth Makers audio, narrated by who else but Peter Purvis? (Audible US) (Audible UK). You can also buy Stephen Thorne’s reading of Donald Cotton’s excellent novelisation (Audible US) (Audible UK). Galaxy Four Richard recommends Susan Sontag’s Notes on Camp (1964), and he’s right to do so. Don’t miss it. Buy your Sindy dolls here. (No, don’t.) Mission to the Unknown (Dalek Cutaway, anyone?) Ian Levine’s animated version of Mission to the Unknown can be found on YouTube, for the time being at least. (Part 1) (Part 2) Here’s the interview by Loose Cannon with the cast of Mission to the Unknown — Edward de Souza (Marc Cory), Barry Jackson (Jeff Garvey) and Jeremy Young (Gordon Lowery). The Myth Makers Increase your classical cred, and your appreciation of this brilliant story, by reading Robert Fagles’s beautiful translations of the Iliad (Amazon US) (Amazon UK), and the Aeneid (Amazon US) (Amazon UK). Follow Vicki’s mysterious further adventures in the Big Finish Audio, Frostfire. Follow us! Follow us on Twitter, or on Facebook. Check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. And consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes.
Our vast Flight Through Entirety budget for this season has now run out completely, so this week we’re just hanging out in some dingy corridors listlessly rebelling against things for no reason. It’s here, it’s lame — it’s Timelash. Welcome to voting cubicle three thirty Our poll is still open: just head over to the shownotes for Episode 103 and cast your vote for the Pertwee story you would like us to ruin for you forever in an upcoming commentary episode. We’re in Australia here, so voting is compulsory. Buy the story! Timelash was released on DVD in 2007/2008. But you’d really be better of spending your money on plutonium and cigarettes (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) Notes and links Inspired by the events of this story, H. G. Wells will go on to create modern SF, probably, with classics like The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Invisible Man, and with more terrible books like The Food of the Gods and In the Days of the Comet. Fans of guest stars coming on to a science fiction programme and completely upstaging the lead will enjoy Colin Baker’s performance as Bayban in the Blakes 7 episode City at the Edge of the World. At the start of the Virgin Missing Adventure Speed of Flight by Paul Leonard, the Doctor plans to take Jo Grant and Mike Yates to Karfel for an exciting adventure of some kind. This story’s composer, Elizabeth Parker, was previously responsible for special sound on Blakes 7 from Season 2 onwards. She may have provided the music for Duel; she seems definitely to have provided the music for Gambit. She will go on to have resounding success with the music for David Attenborough’s The Living Planet. How did we all react the last time the Loch Ness Monster appeared in Doctor Who? Listen to Episode 37: A Shaved Mr Snuffleupagus to find out. Todd is horrified to learn that Brendan enjoyed Star Trek: The Next Generation bottle show Where Silence Has Lease. In a nearby parallel universe where Timelash was never made, this week’s episode of Flight Through Entirety covers either Leviathan or The Song of the Space Whale. And a very loud voice We can’t get enough Colin Baker, of course, and so in an upcoming episode we plan to talk about some of his work for Big Finish. If you want to prepare, here’s a list of the audios we plan to cover. Jubilee, by Rob Shearman The One Doctor, by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman Doctor Who and the Pirates, by Jacqueline Rayner Criss-Cross, by Matt Fitton Follow us! Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll simply come and take the grain. Don’t make us come over there. Doctor Who in 10 Seconds Brendan has been [hard at work] in the studio this week, which means that it won’t be too long before we get to see another episode of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds. While you wait, you can still watch all of the previous episodes, in which Brendan summarises 51 Doctor Who stories in no more than 10 seconds each. Make sure you subscribe to his YouTube channel, so that you are informed immediately when the Season 8 episode becomes available. : https://twitter.com/brandybongos/status/835424810909892608 Bondfinger We were so gutted by Rodge’s wildly premature departure from the Bond franchise, that we’ve been unable to bring ourselves to watch his successor in the role. Is he any good? But, our duty to Queen and Country compels us to continue, which means that Bondfinger will return with our commentary on The Living Daylights (1987). In the meantime, we have a range of Rodgecasts online, and other Bonds are also available, of course. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.
This week’s episode is mostly a series of increasingly angry rants. But The Twin Dilemma may just be the worst story in fifty years of Doctor Who. Buy the story! The Twin Dilemma was originally released on DVD in 2009/2010. It is the only Doctor Who DVD never to sell a single copy. Let’s see if we can keep that record intact. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) Notes and links Less than a year ago, the code was finally cracked. You’ll be surprised to find out what Romulus and Remus were actually saying to each other during their game of equations. This is Nathan. Nathan hasn’t seen The Shining (1980). Nathan is on a Doctor Who podcast. Nathan basically only has time to watch Doctor Who these days. Don’t be like Nathan. Richard alludes to two novels by John Wyndham: Chocky, which involves a boy in psychic communication with a mysterious alien force, and The Midwich Cuckoos, which features an entire village of creepy alien twins. Picks of the week Brendan In a totally free Big Finish audio, Fifth Doctor companions Peri and Erimem (don’t ask) encounter Seventh Doctor companions Ace and Hex (no idea). It’s The Veiled Leopard, written by Iain McLaughlin and Claire Bartlett, and directed by friend-of-the-podcast Gary Russell. Download it for free here. Nathan Nathan has just rewritten and relaunched an improved version of his website The Randomiser. The Randomiser allows you to choose a Doctor Who story completely at random, or to avoid particular Doctors, long stories, or stories with missing episodes. He is yet to implement a feature allowing you to avoid stories that are simply tiresome. Todd Todd picks two stories. A prequel to Warriors of the Deep called Doctor Who and the Silurians (which we discuss here), and a sequel called Bloodtide, a Big Finish audio in which Colin’s Doctor and Evelyn meet Charles Darwin and some Silurians on the Galápagos Islands. Richard Richard chooses no less than four stories. The first one is Cold Fusion. This is a recently-released Big Finish adaptation of a Virgin New Adventures novel by Lance Parkin, in which the Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa and Adric meet the Doctor, Roz and Chris on “an occupied ice planet” of some kind. Hoth, possibly. And the Doctor’s wife is there as well. No, not that one. He also mentions three Big Finish audios. Two feature the Fifth Doctor, Peri and would-be Pharaoh Erimem: The Eye of the Scorpion and The Church and the Crown. The other features the Fifth Doctor and Peri encountering the Ice Warriors: Red Dawn. Follow us! Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll force you to wear an outfit so hideous that it nearly causes the cancellation of your favourite TV show. Meanwhile, here’s something Brendan doesn’t like… While you’re waiting for the latest episode of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, why not listen to Brendan’s intemperate rant about the Big Finish story Nekromanteia, starring Peter Davison as the Doctor, with companions Peri and Erimem? You can find the rant here. There may be swearing. And don’t forget to subscribe to Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, so that you are informed immediately when the Season 8 episode becomes available. Bondfinger Bondfinger is back for the new year with our final Rodgecast, a commentary on A View to a Kill. A full range of Rodgecasts are also available, from Live and Let Die to Octopussy. Other Bonds are also available, of course. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.
This week, we give Sylvester McCoy a brief holiday while we revisit a Doctor Who story with some actual women in it. Which seems like the right thing to do nowadays. Sausage sandwiches at the ready, everyone: it’s our commentary on The Stones of Blood. Buy the story! In the US, you can buy The Stones of Blood by itself (Amazon US), or as part of the Key to Time box set (Amazon US). In the UK, it’s only available as part of the Key to Time box set. (Amazon UK) Notes and links You can find a much more concise and sensible discussion of this story in our regular episode about The Stones of Blood — Episode 58: The Fool Idwal Morgan, recorded in December 2015. Makes you think. 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 logo was designed by Anthony Wells. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. And more surprising and completely reliable information about the show can be found at @FTEwhofacts. Brendan recounts his experiences reading his way through the Doctor Who novels on his blog, The Doctor Who Reader. 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 monograph about something and make you look a fool. Bondfinger Next week on Bondfinger, we’re planning to record our commentary on Pierce Brosnan’s good Bond film, The World is Not Enough (1999), which was released just months after The Phantom Menace. While you’re waiting for that, you can listen to our two previous Brosnan commentaries, as well as our commentaries on the Timothy Dalton films. We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.
It’s 1950s night at Flight Through Entirety, which means putting on bobby socks, combing Brylcreem through our remaining hair (if any), and leaving our copies of The Doctor Who Monster Book at home. It’s Delta and the Bannermen. Er, just remind me. What day is it again? As a valued listener of FTE, it is your democratic right to inflict a particular Peter Davison story on us, which we can inflict, in turn, upon your fellow listeners. To cast your vote in our Peter Davison commentary poll, just go to the shownotes for Episode 116. Buy the story! Delta and the Bannermen was released on DVD in 2009. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) Notes and links Well, the ur-source of this story is the long-running 1980s sitcom Hi-de-Hi!, set in a 1950s holiday camp, starring Ruth Madoc, former wife of our very own Philip Madoc (in fishnets). The Tollmaster was played by Ken Dodd, who earned a place in The Guinness Book of Records for the longest joke-telling session ever — 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours. (Not four days, sadly.) Other actors considered for the role included comedian and stand-up comic Bob Monkhouse, and Doctor Who-impersonator and part-time Roman Emperor Christopher Biggins. Weissmuller is played by Stubby Kaye, who is best known for his role as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls. The music in this story is provided by Keff McCulloch, apart from one track during the Doctor and Ray’s hunt for Delta and Billy — The Devil’s Galop by Charles Williams. Fans of Keff’s work will also enjoy the Doctor Who 25th Anniversary Album, particularly the track “8891 Royale”. Goronwy was played by Hugh Lloyd, who had a massively long career. You can see him here as lonely pensioner Billy in Victoria Wood as Seen on TV. He also appeared in Hancock’s Half Hour and starred alongside Terry Scott in his own show Hugh and I. Bannerman costume designs by Akira Kurosawa. 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 logo was designed by Anthony Wells. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. And more surprising and completely reliable information about the show can be found at @FTEwhofacts. Brendan recounts his experiences reading his way through the Doctor Who novels on his blog, The Doctor Who Reader. We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or all three of us will wander around after you, making goo-goo eyes and occasionally swiping your medication. Bondfinger Over on Bondfinger, we have now released two commentaries on the Pierce Brosnan films, to match our two commentaries on the mercilessly (or mercifully) short Timothy Dalton Era. (We own him, remember?) We also have plenty of Rodgecasts online, and there are other Bonds available, as well. You can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.
Our flight through the vast green void of the E-Space Trilogy continues, as we land on an unnamed planet inhabited only by playing-card monarchs, unconvincing plastic bats and press-on BBC beards. But we still have a pretty good time. Welcome to State of Decay. Buy the story! State of Decay was released on DVD in 2009. Unlike last week’s Full Circle, I can’t find it on sale by itself on Amazon in the US, but it’s available as part of the E-Space Trilogy box set from either of the Amazons. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) Notes and links As is now well known, State of Decay started life as the Season 15 opener The Vampire Mutations, which was nixed by the BBC so that it wouldn’t steal the thunder from BBC’s own version of Dracula scheduled for broadcast that same year. The Wikipedia article on this lavish production links to several fairly positive reviews, despite Nathan’s tiresome and predictable insistence that it would have been simply terrible. Terrance Dicks will revisit this unnamed planet in his Virgin New Adventures book Blood Harvest, published in July 1994, which is before some of you young people were even born, for God’s sake. Follow us! Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or Nathan will come round to your house to explain the etymology of the word technocotheca at intolerably tedious length. Doctor Who in 10 Seconds These days, the Flight Through Entirety team can usually keep going on about a Doctor Who story for upwards of 40 minutes. But what if we only had 10 seconds? In the latest (well, only) video project from Flight Through Entirety (well, just Brendan, really), Brendan summarises Doctor Who season by season, spending no more than 10 seconds on each story. Season 1 is up already; by the time you see these shownotes, Season 2 will probably be up too. You can see Brendan’s fabulous work here. Bondfinger Next week, we hope, we’ll be releasing our commentary podcast on Roger Moore’s Bond début, Live and Let Die, so you’ve got about a week to enjoy it one last time before we ruin it for you forever, probably. Our most recent commentary is on Diamonds Are Forever (1971). You can find our other commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.
This week Bondfinger meets Flight Through Entirety, as we attempt our first ever Doctor Who-related commentary podcast. DVD remotes on standby: it’s the lump of coal in all of our 1981 Christmas stockings — the first and worst Doctor Who spinoff: K9 and Company: A Girl’s Best Friend. (Other Doctor Who spinoffs are also available.) Buy the story K9 and Company was released on DVD in 2008 as part of the K9 Tales box set, which also includes the execrable Season 15 story The Invisible Enemy. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK). Notes and links As usual in the 70s, we reference a whole bunch of Avengers episodes, including Murdersville, The Winged Avenger and The Midas Touch from The New Avengers. Colin Jeavons appears in some vastly better television programmes: he’s Stamper in the original BBC House of Cards, directed by Graff Vynda-K Paul Seed, and Max Quordlepleen in the somewhat terrible television adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Fans of children’s television who don’t hate themselves will enjoy these seminal programmes: Robin Redbreast, Children of the Stones, Sky and the Chocky trilogy, based on Chocky by John Wyndham. The K9 and Company Annual is included in the K9 Tales box set, so if you’re as sad as we are, you probably own it already. Acorn Antiques was a hilarious series of sketches on Victoria Wood as Seen on TV, which parodies the conventions of badly made television programmes. You can see it all here, and you really, really must. Hilary Briss, played by Doctor Who’s very own Mark Gatiss, secretly sold special stuff to the inhabitants of Royston Vasey in the horrific and superlatively clever League of Gentlemen TV series. The Travelling Salesman problem is a giant thing in computer science, which posits that it’s really, really hard to work out the shortest route to take to cover a whole bunch of known locations. So no wonder K9 was so incredibly unhelpful. Here’s the Literal Video version of Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart. If you click one link in these shownotes, it must, must, must be this one. And, of course, the best Doctor Who spinoff ever (apart from Wizards vs Aliens which totally doesn’t count), is The Sarah Jane Adventures. Take that, Terence Dudley. Follow us! Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, and Richard is @RichardLStone. The Flight Through Entirety theme was arranged by Cameron Lam. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at @FTEpodcast. We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at flightthroughentirety.com. Please consider rating or reviewing us on iTunes, or we’ll pick up this stupid pilot and create an entire series. Don’t think we won’t. Doctor Who in 10 Seconds Doctor Who in 10 Seconds is Brendan’s vanity video project, which is basically a lot better than this podcast. Fans of things that are just superb will enjoy Brendan summarising every Doctor Who story in less than 10 seconds. To see Brendan’s summaries of the first three seasons, visit the webpage or subscribe on YouTube. Bondfinger And it’s just up: our commentary podcast on the Rodgetastic Bond classic The Man with the Golden Gun. It’s our best episode yet, but other commentaries are also available, starting with Dr. No and even including the ludicrous 1967 film Casino Royale. You can find these commentaries on our website, and you can keep up with all the Bondfinger news on Twitter and Facebook.
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Started
May 26th, 2014
Latest Episode
Mar 29th, 2020
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Weekly
No. of Episodes
302
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About 1 hour
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