The walls between realities were fairly porous back in 1986, which is why we find ourselves this week in a terrifying parallel universe where the Hiatus never happened, and the original plans for Season 23 actually came to fruition. Beware.
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The Ultimate Evil was also published as a novel in 1989. It’s nearly impossible to find. Sadly, Big Finish have been unable to persuade Wally K. Daly to let them produce an audio version. Sorry, Brendan.
Fans of genuinely funny and brilliant radio comedy featuring wacky computers and morose robots will enjoy The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, particularly the first radio series. (Audible US) (Audible UK) (Audible AU)
Slipback’s two computer voices are played by Jane Carr, who plays bald Centauri alien Timov Moralli in a number of Babylon 5 episodes, including Soul Mates. She also plays Malcolm Reed’s mother on Enterprise. In that role, she actually has hair, which just goes to show how impressive her range is.
One of Slipback’s computer voices is hideously reminiscent of the presenter of the 1990s Australian children’s programme, Mulligrubs. Take a look here, if you dare.
Fans of the Planet of Women trope will enjoy the reference to the planet Cygnet XIV in the Star Trek episode Tomorrow is Yesterday, in which Captain Kirk is annoyed to find the Enterprise computer flirting with him after its overhaul at the hands of that planet’s engineers.
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We have only one (or four) stories left to cover in the Colin Baker era. And because we can’t bear to say goodbye to him so soon, we’re planning a Very Special Episode about some of Colin’s best Big Finish audios. To prepare for that episode, you might like to listen to these audio stories:
In an eventful podcast recording, interrupted by bomb explosion, affected by earthquakes, and ruined by interference in the kitchen, all four of us talk all over the recently-discovered Troughton classic, The Enemy of the World.
Michael Grade just phoned, and he’s cancelled rested the podcast, so we’ll be back in a month’s time for The Trial of a Time Lord.
I had to vote for someone
Our Pertwee Commentary poll closes next Saturday, so go straight to the shownotes for Episode 103 and cast your vote. It’s your democratic duty, you know.
You might not want to spend 144 precious minutes of your life listening to us blathering on about this fabulous story, so why not go back many years to listen to Episode 15: Internal Pink Wobbly Bits? In that episode, we discuss the newly-discovered The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear.
And, of course, you should all take the time to revisit Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, in which Brendan summarises all the stories from the first seven seasons of Doctor Who while wearing a distractingly tight T-shirt. New episodes are on their way, so make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel so that you are immediately notified when Brendan uploads the next episode.
This commentary totally counts as our Bondfinger for this month (shut up!), which means that our commentary on The Living Daylights (1987) will be up in early April. But it will be worth the wait, probably.
It’s the end of the season, so we decide to head over to Necros for a delicious meal of synthetic protein, which is at least more palatable than the rather pungent protein for sale on Delta Magna. Everyone on this planet seems to be getting on so well, and the direction is lovely, so this can only be Revelation of the Daleks.
And I voted against that, thank you very much
Our Pertwee Commentary poll is still open, so go to the shownotes for Episode 103 and make your voice heard. which Pertwee story do you want us to talk all over in an upcoming commentary episode?
Nathan identifies two well-chosen influences on this story. The first is last year’s The Caves of Androzani, which we talk about at length in Episode 97: Men Manning and Being Men at Each Other. The second is much better: Evelyn Waugh’s horrifically black satire of both American and English culture: The Loved One. Read it.
Famously miserable bastard Clive Swift is horribly cruel to all of us in a DWM interview about his role in Doctor Who’s highest-rated episode Voyage of the Damned. Read it, and feel terribly bad about your love of Doctor Who, if you have one.
Among many other much more significant achievements, Nelson is responsible for a scathing review of Blakes 7 Series 3. He is also the creator of Inform, a computer language for authoring text adventures, based on a subtle and clever understanding of how natural language works.
Todd just wants you all to watch Season 22 again. The sentimental old thing.
What are you, a comedian?
Colin may not have been a resounding success on television (quiet, Todd!), but he has gone on to be one of the most successful actors to play the role in the Big Finish audios. To celebrate this achievement, we’re planning to spend an upcoming episode discussing these Colin Baker Big Finish stories.
The Brink of Death, by Nicholas Briggs. This is the final part of The Last Adventure, a series of four linked hour-long adventures culminating in a spectacular regeneration scene, even better than the television version featuring Sylvester McCoy in an unconvincing wig.
(In spite of last week’s shownotes, we won’t be covering Criss-Cross, but it’s still very much worth listening to, apparently.)
Post-production is well underway on the next few episodes of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, which is terribly exciting. In the meantime, make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel, so that you are informed immediately when the new episodes becomes available.
We have been completely unable to locate 007, who is probably off in Gibraltar or Bratislava or somewhere completely fictional like Isthmus or Oz or Narnia or something. And so our commentary on The Living Daylights (1987) has been unavoidably delayed.
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.
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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.
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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)
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.
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.
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).
This week, most of us are delighted to be served a delicious meal of lobsters, clams, and squid, brains in white sauce, two whole suckling pigs, a ham with figs, eight steaks, and Robert Holmes at his most cynical. Welcome back, Pat, for The Two Doctors.
Governor’s punch-in vote tonight
It’s time for you all to step up and vote for a story for us to cover in our upcoming Pertwee commentary episode. Please consider your vote carefully. These things can often go so horribly wrong.
Voting in the FTE Pertwee commentary poll has now closed. In this poll, our listeners made a choice between Spearhead from Space , The Mutants, The Two Doctors and Death to the Daleks. The winner, with 35% of the vote, was Death to the Daleks.
Fans of tropes tropes tropes tropes tropes tropes will enjoy the way that Anita hints flamboyantly at the Final Girl trope. Fans of tropes generally will definitely enjoy TV Tropes, the Internet’s repository of all of the world’s tropes, apart from Word Peril and the Exposition Coma, obviously.
People who hate the Doctor’s costume in this era (we know who you are) will enjoy this CD cover that features the Doctor’s fabulous waistcoat from The Two Doctors, created by Deviant Artist Hisi79 for The Red House, one of the four audio stories that make up the Big Finish ultimate Sixth Doctor box set, The Last Adventure.
Richard Marsden has recently released a second edition of his biography of Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner. Now called Totally Tasteless: The Life of John Nathan-Turner, it includes a new chapter chronicling the drama that accompanied the first edition’s release. And it’s not available as an ebook, for no good reason.
None of us have slept for weeks, and our exposure to Twitter has taught us that technological progress must be resisted at all costs. So join in with us as we smash the machines and discuss The Mark of the Rani.
For those of you who don’t live and breathe the history of Doctor Who, Michael Grade was Controller of BBC One in 1985. In February of that year, he announced that Doctor Who was cancelled; later on, he announced instead that it would be “rested” for eighteen months.
Trapped in a futuristic dystopia run by crazed B-grade reality television stars, Brendan, Nathan and Todd attempt to take their mind off things by watching the remarkably vengeance-free Vengeance of Varos.
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Vengeance of Varos was originally released very early on: in 2001 in the UK, in 2002 in Australia, and in 2003 in the US. Mercifully, a special edition of the story was released in 2012. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
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Todd draws a deft comparison between this story and Gogglebox, a television programme on Channel 4 in which we get to watch various households watching various other television programmes. There’s an Australian version as well.
In Australia, this season of 45-minute episodes was broadcast in a 25-minute timeslot, which led to some horrifically bad cliffhangers. The worst of these will be horribly evident next week.
Nigel Kneale, creator of Quatermass and conservative grandpa angry about the way the nurses keep moving his pills, was the creator of The Year of the Sex Olympics, which depicts a future where the elites pacify the population with a steady diet of violence, pornography and reality television.
Owen Teale plays Maldak in this story, a guard with a truly regrettable 80s hairstyle. He will go on to appear in the Torchwood episode Countrycide, and in a popular television programme called Game of Thrones, which Nathan has never even heard of.
This week, Brendan, Nathan and Todd are back to review the Cybermen’s 1985 compilation album Attack of the Cybermen, in which the band revisit all their classic hits from the 1960s, including Another Planet (1966), Clever Clever Clever (1967), You Belong to Us (1967), Initiate Plan Three (1968) and perennial fan favourite It Has Been Agreed (1968). Not all of us appreciate the nostalgia.
Every week, we remind you about Brendan’s brilliant video series Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, in which he summarises no less than 51 Doctor Who stories in no more than 10 seconds each. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should. And make sure you subscribe to his YouTube channel, so that you are informed immediately when the Season 8 episode becomes available.
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.
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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)
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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.
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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 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 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 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.
For some people, small, beautiful events are what life is all about!
Another era reaches its end, and somewhere, someone’s favourite television show is cancelled again. Perhaps Peter Davison’s years on the programme weren’t its heyday, but all four of us have found a new appreciation of his portrayal of the Doctor. Thanks, Peter. Time to say goodbye.
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We have been unable to substantiate Brendan’s claim about Janet’s knickerlessness in Frontios Part 1, but brave souls wishing to assist us might try starting at timecode 23:10.
For once, Richard is excited about his choices in Snog–Marry–Avoid. But will he pick Chancellor Flavia, played by Dinah Sheridan in the 1953 film Genevieve? Or will it be Chancellor Thalia, played by Elspet Gray, who was the mother in Season 2 of Catweazle? Or finally Joe Orton’s beloved Beryl Reid?
Fans of the podcast like to think that Brendan is a sober and responsible ringmaster, bringing much-needed gravity to every episode of Flight Through Entirety. But the truth is that he’s both crazy and remarkably attractive.
For direct visual evidence of this, check out his critically-acclaimed YouTube series, Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, in which he summarises the first seven seasons of Doctor Who, spending no more than ten seconds on each story. Check out the playlist on YouTube.
To celebrate 2017’s impending dumpster fire, all four members of the Flight Through Entirety crew take an ill-advised trip to the blowholes of Androzani Minor. Things don’t go well. For anyone.
Spoiler warning for Rogue One about 5 minutes into this episode. Spoiler warning for Passengers: it makes Robert Holmes look like a militant feminist.
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The Caves on Androzani was originally released on DVD in 2001/2002. The Special Edition, with extra gunfire and leg pustules, was released on its own in the US in 2012 (Amazon US). In the UK, it was released in 2010 as part of the Revisitations 1 box set, along with The Talons of Weng-Chiang and Grace: 1999 (Amazon UK).
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Christopher Gable, who plays the once-comely Sharaz Jek, starred in The Boy Friend (1971), along with Twiggy, and Doctor Who’s very own King Priam, Max Adrian. Here’s some terrifying footage of Gable and Twiggy singing You Are My Lucky Star and A Room in Bloomsbury.
In this critically-acclaimed YouTube series, FTE’s very own Brendan Jones deftly summarises the first seven seasons of Doctor Who, spending no more than ten seconds on each story. To see this feat unfolding in real time, check out the playlist on YouTube!
The Bondfinger team are yet to get together for our farewell Rodgecast, a commentary on 1985’s A View to a Kill. With a bit of luck, we should be releasing it next weekend.
As 2016 draws to a close and as major festivals approach for several of the world’s great religions, we’re taking refuge in the crude religious analogies that abound on the planet Sarn. And the Master and Peri are here! It’s Planet of Fire.
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Planet of Fire was released on DVD in 2010. It’s the usual thing: in the US, you could buy it on its own (Amazon US), but in the UK, the hapless punters were forced to buy it as part of a box set called Kamelion Tales, which also contained the massively forgettable Season 20 finale The King’s Demons (Amazon UK).
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Peter Wyngarde was once wildly famous, and he made a point of appearing regularly in Richard and Brendan’s favourite television programmes, including a crazily popular episode of The Avengers called A Touch of Brimstone, as well as The Champions and Department S. His breakout starring role was in a series spun off from Department S: Jason King, in which Wyngarde played the eponymous groovy womanising detective whose look is clearly the inspiration for Austin Powers.
Barbara Shelley, here playing Sorasta, the only woman on Sarn, also appeared in two episodes of The Avengers. She played Venus Browne in the first colour episode From Venus with Love. She had already appeared in a Season 1 episode called Dragonsfield.
As usual, Big Finish has filled in a much-needed gap in Doctor Who by casting the fabulous Claudia Christian as Peri’s mother in Joe Lister’s audio play The Reaping, starring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant. You can follow Claudia on Twitter at @ClaudiaLives.
Fans of Steven Moffat’s favourite tropes will enjoy his first ever television series Press Gang. We love it, despite Dexter Fletcher’s terrible, terrible accent. If you haven’t seen it, you really should. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
To distract yourself from the impending annual holiday horrors of gift-giving and being surrounded by your family and loved ones, why not escape into the fun fantasy world of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds?
FTE’s very own Brendan Jones deftly summarises the first seven seasons of Doctor Who, spending no more than ten seconds on each story. To see this feat unfolding in real time, check out the playlist on YouTube!
Bondfinger has wrapped for the year, but the prevailing fan theory is that we just can’t bear to say goodbye to Sir Roger Moore. We’ll be back early in the new year for our farewell Rodgecast, a commentary on 1985’s A View to a Kill.
After the whimsy and quality of last week’s story, 1980s Doctor Who is back on form with a grim 90-minute slog, bristling with guns and clunky macho dialogue. And a bigger body count than the last three seasons combined! Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to Resurrection of the Daleks.
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Resurrection of the Daleks has been released on DVD many times, for some reason. The Special Edition DVD was first released in the Revisitations 2 box set in 2011 (Amazon UK), which at least includes a new edition of Carnival of Monsters. As always, it was also released on its own in the US. (Amazon US)
And if this story hasn’t slaked your thirst for ultraviolence in London (and Newcastle), you should watch the 1971 Michael Hodges masterpiece, Get Carter, which stars Michael Caine and largely deleted Avengers alumnus Ian Hendry.
And if even that’s not enough for you, The Long Good Friday (1980), launched the career of the late Bob Hoskins and featured the delightful and somewhat terrifying Helen Mirren. Like Resurrection of the Daleks, it heavily features the London Docklands and people shooting each other with guns.
And in Separated at Birth?, we encourage you to consider how uncannily similar Eric Saward looks to Baron Silas Greenback from our childhood favourite Danger Mouse. (No, not the 2015 reboot. Or the music producer.)
Most of our listeners are longing for those other guys to shut the hell up, so that they can hear what Brendan has to say. And who can blame them?
Fans of the delightful Brendan can actually see him in person in his video series Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, in which he takes a leisurely 10 seconds to summarise individual stories of Doctor Who. Think how much time you’ll save watching the show by checking out the playlist on YouTube instead!
Well, we’ve been overcome by a seasonal inability to be arsed enough to watch A View to a Kill, so our Rodg-a-thon will reach its final conclusion in the New Year, possibly under a Trump presidency.
Patron of the podcast, Christopher Hamilton Bidmead, returns for a victory lap in what might be the best story of Pete’s final season. Raid at the ready, chums, it’s time to defend the last of humanity against an onslaught of fibreglass woodlice, in Frontios.
In this story, Jeff Rawle plays Plantagenet, the colony’s young and inexperienced leader. Rawle is mostly famous for his role as George in the terrifically clever Channel 4 comedy Drop the Dead Donkey. He would go on to play the Mona Lisa’s gay sidekick in a Sarah Jane Adventures story called Mona Lisa’s Revenge.
Fans of things that prove the non-existence of a merciful and beneficent God will enjoy The Human Centipede, which is not a million miles away from CHB’s original vision of the Tractators’ unconvincing excavation devices. Fans of things slightly less gruesome might enjoy South Park’s take on that film, HUMANCENTiPAD. Best not to Google either of them.
Big Finish have recorded an improbably long series of Doctor Who audios set between Planet of Fire and The Caves of Androzani, starring Peter Davison as the Doctor and Nicola Bryant as Peri. These include Red Dawn and The Church and the Crown.
These days, it takes Flight Through Entirety more than 45 minutes to discuss a Doctor Who story. Fans with better things to do with their time will enjoy Brendan’s ten-second summaries of Doctor Who’s earliest stories in Doctor Who in 10 Seconds. So far, he has managed to summarise the first seven seasons of Doctor Who, starring William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and the first of five seasons of Jon Pertwee. To watch the show, check out the playlist on YouTube.
Grace Jones has stolen all of our microphones and knocked us unconscious, and so we’ve actually been unable to finish our flight through the entirety of the Roger Moore canon in time for Christmas. We’ll be back in the new year for A View to a Kill.
We’re broadcasting live this week from Little Hodcombe, where there’s an ongoing battle between Eric Pringle and some long-time Doctor Who podcasters desperately trying to find anything at all to say about this story. It’s Roundheads versus Cavaliers, and somehow the Doctor finds himself caught in the middle. Welcome to The Awakening.
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The Awakening was released on DVD in 2011. In the US, it was released on its own, as usual (Amazon US), but in the UK, it was released as part of a completely inexplicable box set called Earth Story, which inadvisedly bundled this story along with the really rather wonderful The Gunfighters. (Amazon UK).
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The ITV series Sapphire and Steel was essentially about weird anachronisms creating hugely upsetting time things. The Awakening owes a lot to this, but it’s vastly less slow-moving and intolerable. Watch it, or maybe don’t watch it.
Brendan’s back from Fiji, and he’s wearing a lovely sulu, but he’s still yet to find time in his exhausting schedule to acquire a stick-on BBC beard and record a new Master-centric episode of Doctor Who in 10 Seconds. While you’re waiting for that, feel free to enjoy the previous seven episodes, in which Brendan summarises the first seven seasons of Doctor Who. Check out the playlist on YouTube. You won’t regret it.
We’ve all been totally rogered by the nightmare before Christmas, which has prevented us from recording our Bondfinger commentary episode on A View to a Kill, the final entry in Bondfinger’s flight through every Rodgefilm in the James Bond œuvre. We’ll be back on board early in the new year.
This week, Brendan, Nathan and Richard build a giant Seabase underwater. It’s going to be the best, most beautiful Seabase ever. And we’ll get the Silurians to pay for it!
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Warriors of the Deep was released on DVD in 2008. In the US, it was released on its own (Amazon US), but in the UK, it was released along with Doctor Who and the Silurians and The Sea-Devils in the surprisingly good Beneath the Surface box set. (Amazon UK).
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This story’s writer, Johnny Byrne, wrote more episodes of the first season of Space: 1999 than anyone else ever. And, my God, can’t you tell from this story?
Gary Russell desperately attempts to wallpaper over these horrific continuity problems, with some success, in his Virgin Missing Adventure, The Scales of Injustice. It was republished as part of The Monster Collection in 2014. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)
Brendan has spent the last few weeks in Fiji, basically living on drinks with umbrellas in them and not doing any work. So there are no new episodes of Doctor Who in 10 seconds right now. But that won’t prevent you from enjoying the previous 7 episodes, in which Brendan summarises the first 7 seasons of Doctor Who. Check out the playlist on YouTube.
The Rodgeathon is reaching its ultimate conclusion: in a couple of weeks, we’ll be recording our final Rodgumentary, on the 1985 classic A View to a Kill.
This week, we’re taking a break from our relentless flight through the entirety of Doctor Who to go back and visit an old favourite. Fire up your VHS player and get ready to listen to all four of us slurring drunkenly throughout the incredible six-episode run of that 1964 Terry Nation classic The Keys of Marinus.
The Flight Through Entirety Troughton Commentary Poll
Thank you to everyone who voted in the Flight Through Entirety Troughton commentary poll, in which our listeners were asked to choose between The Power of the Daleks, The Enemy of the World, The Web of Fear and The Krotons. So who won? Listen to this episode to find out. (The announcement is finally made some time into the third hour of this episode. So you’ll probably never hear it.)
If you’re keen to hear a sober assessment of the literary qualities of The Keys of Marinus and its celebrated indebtedness to German expressionism, then you will undoubtedly enjoy the third ever episode of Flight Through Entirety, from way back in 2014: Episode 2: So Maudlin.
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 all vote for the only six-part story in your podcast fan poll and force you to talk relentless nonsense about a largely forgotten 1960s Doctor Who story for more than two and a half hours.
Doctor Who in 10 Seconds
Doctor Who in 10 Seconds is Brendan’s brilliant video projet, in which he summarises every Doctor Who story in no more than ten seconds. You can see him take on the Keys of Marinus in his first ever episode. To see the rest of the series, which currently covers the first seven seasons of Doctor Who, just check out the playlist on YouTube.
Our next James Bond commentary will be released next weekend, and in it we’re suprisingly positive about Connery’s weird return to the series in the ill-advised 1983 Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again.
We’ve now been recording Flight Through Entirety for exactly twenty years, and to celebrate this milestone, all four of us are back for our second ever commentary podcast. So grab your iPhone, fire up your Blu-ray player and settle down to a relaxing pineapple daquiri. It’s The Five Doctors!
The Flight Through Entirety Troughton Commentary Poll
In two weeks’ time, we’ll be releasing our increasingly drunken commentary podcast on The Keys of Marinus. Until then, why not vote in our latest poll: which Troughton story should be the subject of our next commentary podcast?
Voting in the FTE Troughton commentary poll has now closed. In this poll, our listeners made a choice between The Power of the Daleks, The Enemy of the World, The Web of Fear and The Krotons. The result will be announced at the very end of Episode 91 of Flight Through Entirety.
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The Five Doctors: Special Edition was the first Doctor Who DVD released, even before the main line got underway. The 25th Anniversary edition was released (obviously) in 2008. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)
Weird First-Doctor substitute Richard Hurndall played old man slave murder victim Neebrox in the ridiculously camp 1981 Blakes 7 episode Assassin, which also features a villain who changes into a special villain outfit when there’s some extra villainy to be done.
Brendan is currently working undercover in an undisclosed Pacific location, which probably means that we won’t get a new episode of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds for the next few weeks. While you’re waiting, you can watch the previous 7 episodes, in which Brendan summarises the first 7 years of Doctor Who stories. So check out the playlist on YouTube.
In our latest Bondfinger commentary, Brendan, Nathan, Richard and James talk all over Octopussy, the best James Bond film to be released in 1983.
As is now well known, Season 20 trails off with a whimper, and so Brendan, Nathan and Todd take a week off to allow our discussion of The King’s Demons to be conducted by shapeshifting robot replicas. And they do a great job!
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The King’s Demons was released on DVD in 2010. As usual, it was released on its own In the US, (Amazon US). In the UK, it was released in yet another uninspiring DVD box set, called Kamelion Tales (Amazon UK).
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Fans of obsessively flying through the entirety of Doctor Who will certainly enjoy subscribing to Doctor Who: The Complete History, which is a series of beautifully-produced books chronicling, in obsessive detail, every Doctor Who story in the programme’s fiftysomething year history. Seriously, check it out.
Kamelion (spoiler alert!) has a key role in Christopher Bulis’s BBC Past Doctor Adventure The Ultimate Treasure, first published in 1997.
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Follow @WhoLabels on Twitter, for all your Doctor Who labels needs. He’s also on Facebook. And he’s brilliant. Unmissable.
Read The Writer’s Tale: The Final Chapter, a book which includes a years-long email exchange between Benjamin Cook and Russell T. Davies, in which they discuss the production of Series 4 and the 2009 Specials, as well as TV in general, RTD’s earlier (and later) TV series, and writing in general. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)
While Brendan tries to source a convincing stick-on goatee for his Season 8 episode of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, you can enjoy his previous 7 episodes, in which he summarises the first 7 years of Doctor Who stories. So check out the playlist on YouTube.
This week, we discuss the final story of Season 20’s Black Guardian Trilogy. Todd wants to know all the details, Nathan is busy admiring Captain Wrack’s décolletage, while Brendan waxes philosophical on the nature of Enlightenment.
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Enlightenment was released on DVD in 1992/1993. In the US, it was released on its own, I think, but it’s completely unavailable on Amazon. Still, you can just buy it as part of the Black Guardian Trilogy box set (Amazon US), which is how it was released in the UK and Australia (Amazon UK).
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Barbara Clegg and Rona Munro (Survival) are the only women ever to write for the Classic Series, if we don’t count Lesley Scott’s co-credit on The Ark, and we don’t, apparently.
We’ve mentioned Sapphire and Steel before. It ran on ITV from 1979 to 1982 and starred Joanna Lumley and David McCallum, who played time-travelling agents (sort of), who tried to rectify strange and scary time things caused by anachronisms or paradoxes or something. It’s worth a look, even if it’s glacially slow by modern standards. You can read Den of Geek’s take on the story here; in this essay, Sandifer discusses the series, as well as just about every other genre thing from the same period.
Brendan has now recorded 7 episodes of Doctor Who in Ten Seconds, summarising 54 Doctor Who stories in at most 10 seconds each. If you’d like to see him performing this feat with your own eyes, visit the webpage. To keep up with future summaries, subscribe to his channel on YouTube.