Sculptures Fantastiques!

Episode 89 – We are back with a New Year’s day special, albeit one with a difference! In this episode we debut our FANtastic creators segment where we shine the spotlight on some of the many talented people in Doctor Who fandom. We are delighted that our first guest is sculpture extraordinaire Millie McKenzie.

We discuss how she became a fan of the program and what inspires her to create her wonderful creations as well as the process involved.

Millie can be found on Twitter @CowBearCreates and Instagram @cowbearcreations

Aron’s Collectables can be found on:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Arons-Collectables-103975918212052/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/arons_collectables

Staff Xmas Party – The Sixth Sense(less!)

Episode 88 – The Doomsday Weapon(s) are back! Rob and Mark are again joined by friends of the podcast, Dave and Richard, for our anticipated (and much loved) Xmas special!

Your Xmas stockings will overflow as we discuss the Doctor Who stories we watched during lockdown and obsess over our Top 3 Doctor Who stories featuring plagues. Then we journey back in time for our Target Book Club where we chat about novelisations of historical stories.

I want to spend my xmas with a Dalek!!

No 42 to Doomsday Xmas special would be complete without our Annual Fanwank of the Year award…what has set off snarky Marky this time. and for the first time in six years, will Big Finish lose the crown of biggest Fanwankers?

‘Incidentally, a happy Christmas to all of you at home!’

What If Part 2 – Should Have Been Another Way?

Ready for the chop?

Episode 87 – It’s another ‘What If’ episode, this time looking at what could have been for Season 23! Which previous Doctor would we have chosen to appear in the Past segment of Trial of a Time Lord? Did the umbrella theme actually work. And gasp as we ponder what exactly is a ‘reverse Samson’?

All this plus a yet another bulging sack of listeners emails, plus we have a special treat as Mark embraces the blasphemous animations as we hear his thoughts on the resurrected Fury from the Deep…plus, listen in to Rob’s emotional tribute to those Victorian’s who have chosen to vacate the state post lockdown!

Remember When – Le début

Episode 86 – In the first of a new and (hopefully) semi-regular segment we talk to ex-Grumpcaster and occasional Something Whoer Mike (aka Servo Robot) on his early memories of watching the programme. What was it like to live through Dalekmania? Is Wheel in Space any good? How exciting was it to watch Invasion of the Dinosaurs episode 1 (in full colour)? and why is Mike cursed to have seen The Space Pirates not once, but twice!!

Mike shares his research on Doctor Who transmissions in Australia, in particular new information about how remote mining companies got to
see TV in the early 70’s. And finally, riddle me this – how can a Doctor Who story with only one print be shown on the same day across three different time zones (cough Duplicate Prints cough)

And what treasures could exist in the store…Bond store!

End of an Era(s) – The (K-Tel) Collection !!!

Since 2013 your favourite Doctor Who podcast has released episodes taking an in-depth retrospective of various eras of Doctor Who.  We’ve even had guests come on to give their unique perspective as we look at everything, ‘warts and all.’

Because we love making your lives easier, we’ve collected in this handy post, the links to all our retrospective podcasts.  Why dress up like Indiana Jones when you can search through this list from the comfort of your own toilet?

While you’re listening to us wax lyrical about the great (and not so great) eras of Doctor Who, we’re hard at work putting together a new, semi-regular feature we call ‘Remember When…’ where we…. hang on that would be telling put down that gun…….Mark…#staytuned

The Hartnell Years

The Troughton Years

The Pertwee Years

The Davison Years

The Colin Baker Years

The McCoy Years

The Eccleston Year

The Smith Years

What if? (A.K.A Coulda Shoulda Woulda!)

Episode 85 – With our ‘normal’ reality in lockdown and frankly a bit pants, Rob and Mark go all Sliders (the TV show not the small burgers) and use our fanwank powers to discuss many ‘what if’ scenarios about Doctor Who as suggested by you our wonderful listeners!!!

What if Ray Cusick hadn’t designed the Daleks? What if Zoe had stayed on for Season 7? How about Mary Tamm as the 5th Doctor? What does the tv landscape look like if The Dark Dimension is made? And was Pigbin Josh the Watcher all along?

What if
All this, plus recommendations on ‘family friendly’ comedy films of the 1980’s, the length of Rob’s new ‘rocking’ lockdown mullet and will Mark’s latest attempts at ‘humour’ finally make the Indiana Jones of film collecting hand over some ‘artefacts’? (hot tip – no!)

 

Thanks to the Complete Menagerie (almost!) chaps for uploading the video of Sylvester McCoy’s ‘unique’ interpretation which we pinched for the above screenshot.

 

The Cannonball(s-up) Run!

Episode 84 – Unlimited Doctors? More like unlimited Rice Pudding! The Timeless
Children certainly set the the internet and fandom alight with its wholesale changes to Who canon. Rob, Mark and special guest Rob Lloyd try to unpack their feelings about the Series 12 finale and explore why changes to our beloved Who canon are met with resistance.

Are there common threads/themes with other sci-fi franchises to be found?

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All this plus heaps of listener feedback mail, more ideas for Happy Finish productions and we ask the big question – would the world’s most forthright Doctor Who Missing Episode hunters unite to help out the unemployed??

 

 

Corona(s) of the Sun (a.k.a Dragged from the Archives)

Episode 83 – The Onmi-Tw*ts (C-PM) are back and have broken out of isolation to bring you a brand new episode!

We again drag ourselves through the archives and set the Wayback Machine to mid-1990 where Guru Josh ruled the charts and not one, but two actual real life and not made up production companies were interested in making the programme (even if the BBC were not).

Listen as we marvel at how BBC Video and W H Allen schedules were filled to the brim to plug the Doctor Who-shaped hole in our lives. And finally, which companion was described by that august publication The Sun as ‘curvy’?

Sophie

All this plus: ‘honest’ reactions to Series 12, The Faceless Ones (re)animation, what we think about recasting dearly departed companions from those purveyors of Fan Wank ‘Happy Finish’, more attempts of ‘humour’ by Mark and a rant from Rob which can only be described as biblical!

 

 

Annual Staff Xmas Party – The 5th (Element)

Episode 82 – The Grinch’s (a.k.a) Rob and Mark along with Dave and Richard are back to help you celebrate the season of good (s)will with the right amount of cheer!

We talk about the impact of the Chibnall/Whitaker era, one year on, what do we consider the best series of the classic era, take a look back at the Virgin and BBC books Uncle Terrance wrote during the 1990s, pump up our 2019 Fanwank of the Year Awards, read your letters and tweets and then punch 2019 in the proverbial on the way out.

Gasp as Rob almost bursts an artery during the intro, dine out on Dave’s erudite take down of The Space Museum, ponder Richard’s love for the Hinchcliffe era before finally revealing has Mark watched anything anything of Series 11 past Rosa?

Thanks to all our listeners who tuned in during our very sporadic output during the year. We appreciate your continued loyalty, and look forward in 2020 to bringing you more entertaining episodes of yes, the greatest Doctor Who podcast in the goddamn universe!

 

 

 

 

Doctor Who? No its Doctor What!!!

In episode 65, Mark and Richard discussed the many (in)different attempts to bring the greatest TV show in the world from the humble home micro to the latest generation of gaming consoles. We thought we covered every last one of them, however, as with The War Doctor who appeared from nowhere (and made absolutely no sense) we have discovered a new ‘non-canon’ entry into the pantheon of Doctor Who computer games.

In 1986, while the Trial of a Timelord was underway on TV, CRL Software released Doctor What! for the Spectrum 48K computer.  Just like his TV counterpart, Doctor What ! also travels in time and space in something called a TRYDIS which looks like a souped out Police Box.

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When previewed in the October issue of Sinclair User they hyped up the release of this software extravaganza like so:

‘Doctor What! is a new arcade adventure from CRL. It features four Doctors . . . What, Why, When and Where. No Who for obvious legal reasons (expensive licence that one, guys!). The four Doctors have travelled back in time to watch the Big Bang at the aptly named Big Bang Burger Bar. I guess they took over the concession from the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. The object of the game is to get each Doctor the Jellybaby of infinite wisdoms.’

Despite the preview’s attempt to make this adventure sound like a cross between Terminus / Hitch-Hikers and The Five Doctor’s, when the reviews finally hit they were, alas, not particularly kind!

Crash Magazine:

“What the hell is this? WHEN can I pull the plug out please? WHERE does it go? and WHY? the hell release it? Just a few of the questions I asked myself when I started to play this rubbish. Dr. What is obviously, from the packaging, supposed to be a rip off of the BBC’s Dr. Who, and a very dismal effort it is. The graphics are average, sound is practically non-existent, and playability is kept to a minimum. I shouldn’t think many people would go wild over Dr. What — that is if CRL don’t get sued first.”

Overall Score = 17

Sinclair User:

A questionable program featuring Doctors What, Where, When and Why… but don’t ask where Who is in case the BBC decides to sue. Obviously all these interrogative medicos are no relation to the televisual time-traveller, even if they do have time machines shaped like police boxes. You get the idea? Its plot could finish the TV series faster than a decision to let Bonnie Langford sing and dance her way out of danger every week. It all concerns hang-overs and a trip to the Jelly Baby of Infinite Wisdom — which gives you an idea of the sort of party the Doctors were attending to get in this confused state! But despite all this Hitchhikers Guide to Time Travel-style parody, at heart these four travellers remind me more of another hero whose name begins with a W… Wally Week! The game is just another example of the ‘pick up objects and find where to use them’ school. The puzzles are refined by the use of four characters, each trapped in a different era, but able to bring each other vital objects thanks to their trusty time machines. But in the end a program should reach into the future, and I couldn’t help feeling that the time destination for this one was set for a good two years ago I was left with only one question in my brain — why release this at full price in this day and age?

Overall Score = 6

Whether this release fell afoul of JNT’s yellow Highlighter of Death is unknown, however unlike many other titles Doctor What! wasn’t ported over to either the Commodore 64 or Amstrad CPC and was quickly forgotten…until now!

As we briefly mentioned in our Merchandising Melancholia podcast, Aron Challinger has recently obtained a copy from eBay and has kindly taken some photos. It’s in very good condition for its age, but as the Sinclair Spectrum wasn’t a big seller in Oz we are unable to see if the program will load off cassette tape.  However, if you feel the need to relive this particular adventure via an emulator the file can be downloaded from here.

 

But if you have a spare 25 minutes check out the full walk-through video!