After the stressful events of last week, we’ve decided to treat ourselves to a luxury cruise. Brendan’s working out in a pink tracksuit, Todd’s playing Galaxian and terrorising the waitress, and Nathan’s hanging around the communications room with an axe. And, in order to protect a secret hidden on the space liner, one of us will become a murderer. And there are Vervoids, of course.
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Terror of the Vervoids was (again) released as part of the Trial of a Time Lord box set in 2008/2009. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
Notes and links
Originally considered for this slot in the Trial was a story called Paradise 5, by P J Hammond. It has since been adapted for audio by Big Finish as part of its Lost Stories range.
Michael Craig, who is this story’s Beryl Reid, later went on to star as Dr William Sharp in the ABC drama series GP, set in a medical practice in inner-city Sydney.
This story has no Script Editor credit at all, because Eric Saward has ragequit the show. So let’s link to his pungent Starburst interview one more time.
Here’s are some future Colin Baker stories that the Doctor probably should have chosen to present as evidence instead: The Marian Conspiracy, Arrangements for War and The One Doctor. (More of which later.)
Bonnie Langford brings a dark past to her time on the show. She played Violet Elizabeth Bott in the Just William television series in 1976 and 1977. You can see some of her very early work here. (Don’t skip this one. You really need to click on that link.)
You can find a detailed account of Noël Coward’s cruel remarks about Bonnie Langford here, including another quip that we didn’t mention.
Sciencey murderer Doland is played by Malcolm Tierney, who played horrific northern Tory Patrick Woolton in the original British House of Cards (1990).
The Brink of Death
The Colin Baker Era is about to meet an untimely end, but Colin’s Sixth Doctor lives on very successfully in the Big Finish audios. So to round out our appreciation of the era, we’re planning a Very Special Episode in which we discuss some of Colin’s audio highlights.
If you want to prepare for this episode, here are the stories you should listen to.
He just likes to irritate people
There’s still time for you to vote for a Tom Baker story for the four of us to talk all over for our next commentary episode. Just pop over to last week’s shownotes and cast your vote.
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Over on Bondfinger, we’ve already dusted off the Nintendo 64 in preparation for the Pierce Brosnan era. In the meantime, you can still catch up on our commentaries on both films of the Timothy Dalton era.
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