Episode 27: Bessie Doesn't Say Very Much

It's the Doctor's tenth birthday, but we get the presents, as we discuss non-existent Time Lord heroes, the inestimable Cheryl Hall, and large and savage reptiles in The Three Doctors, Carnival of Monsters and Frontier in Space. Thank you Miss Grant, we'll let you know!

Buy the stories!

The Three Doctors was released as a Special Edition in 2012 — by itself in the US (Amazon US), and as part of the Revisitations 3 box set in the UK and Australia (Amazon UK).

Similarly, Carnival of Monsters was released in 2012 — by itself in the US (Amazon US), and as part of the Revisitations 2 box set in the UK and Australia (Amazon UK).

Frontier in Space was released in 2009/2010 as part of the Dalek War box set. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

The Three Doctors

Guy Crayford, from The Android Invasion, is famous for never looking under his eyepatch to discover that his eye isn't actually missing. Is he as careless about his personal appearance as Omega is?

The Gell Guards look like a slightly more cuddly version of Sigmund the Sea Monster, a horrifying Saturday morning TV show from the 70s by the equally horrifying Sid and Marty Krofft.

Fans of Chris Achilleos will be appalled by the similarities between his cover for the Three Doctors novelisation and the cover of Fantastic Four issue 49.

The Fifth and the Tenth Doctor team up for the 2007 Children in Need special, Time Crash.

Carnival of Monsters

I think we've mentioned the Bechdel test before, as a back-of-the-envelope way of assessing the sexism of a film or TV show. Here's an analysis of how Doctor Who has stood up to the Bechdel test over the last 50 years or so.

Fans of inexplicable time paradoxes that drive Todd crazy will enjoy the first Big Finish Paul McGann audio Storm Warning, which features the real-life doomed airship R101, and it's only survivor, India Fisher's Charley Pollard.

Frontier in Space

Fans of the Hammond Organ will enjoy the Doctor Who theme: Delaware version.

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