The Omni-Rumourist

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Episode 40 – The Omni rumour is now the subject of a book! Rob and Mark speak with Dave Hoskin, journalist and author of the forthcoming tome ‘Chasing Shadows’ from Obverse Books.  The book will look at the impact of the omnirumour on Doctor Who fandom in the internet age, as well as examining some of  the rumours themselves.

All this and make sure you listen to the end where we unveil a brief archival blast from the past featuring everyone’s favourite goldfish love, Professor Zaroff!

At 2:45 in the morning, on June the 2nd, 2006, pirates stormed an oil rig off the coast of Nigeria. Eight workers were taken hostage. Four days later, all of them walked free… but one returned a changed man.

Seven years later that man re-emerged onto the world stage.

And he’d brought treasure with him.

Much of our television history is lost forever. A victim of fashion and economics, British television allowed some of the finest programs in the world to be destroyed. Images of people walking on the moon and fledgling stars being born. Laughs and thrills and a new kind of pop music wafting in from the streets. Gradually, systematically, the videotapes that contained this precious heritage were erased. But in 1967 the BBC began wiping a program that would ultimately attract an especial brand of fascination.

A science fiction series called Doctor Who.

This is the story of a man named Philip Morris and his hunt for missing treasure. A story about his return to Africa to face his demons and the years he spent searching for lost television. It’s a story of the world as it used to be and what it’s become. A story of successes and failures, of politics, rivalry and money. It’s about the priceless things that Philip Morris found on his search and the impact his discoveries had upon a subculture.

This is a story about chasing shadows… and what happens when you catch them.

Obverse Books can be found at http://obversebooks.co.uk/

The Fanzine Menace!

 

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Episode 39 – Before podcasts, before cosplay, before the discovery of time travel, there was…NOTHING!

Well, not entirely.  In ye olden days, when fans went to meetings riding on the backs of pterodactyls there was…the (PAPER) FANZINE!  Within those hallowed and now yellowed pages, fans would gather together in a papery, non-digital environment to express their ideas, love (and hate – some things will never change!) about the show.

One of the very best of these was none other than TSV, the august fanzine from across the ditch in New Zealand.

Mark and Rob chat with TSV editor Paul Scoones.  In between bouts of inhaling duplicator fumes, we reminisce about producing fanzines before and after desktop publishing era.   We examine how some contributors ascended to the realm of the professional novelist and put the internet in the dock for once again killing something that is fine and previous – damn its eyes!

Plus we also touch on Doctor Who comics and Paul’s definitive history of them in his book and his involvement in the recovery of The Lion and his work on the DVD Production notes.

  • Paul Scoones’s website:
    Features a blog and additional pages with details about the Comic Strip Companion and the DVD production information text.
  • TSV / New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club:
    Includes Archive section featuring material from many past issues of TSV, and the fan novelisations. The discussion forum is still active.
  • Retrospace Sci-Fi Collectables:
    Auckland-based shop (with shipping worldwide) owned and managed by Paul and his wife Rochelle.

The Four Mouthketeers Unplugged!

Episode 38 – In this very special 12″ extended edition of 42 to Doomsday, the four smartest Doctor Who fans south of the equator get together to grapple with many of the pressing issues gripping fandom today. With special guests former Doctor Who Club of Victoria Presidents Richard Nolan and Dave Kitchen, Mark and Rob dive deep into the classic and new series, take a peek at UK politics, Steven Moffat OBEs impact on the show, the Omni-Rumour destroy the Paternoster Gang with sledgehammer brutality and we reminiscence about what the ABC used to show before Doctor Who. Is Missy the great Missy-ed opportunity and is Doctor Who’s future on Netflix? and we ask the question that fandom never knew it wanted answered – behind that benign mask, is the Second Doctor a cackling serial killer?

Dragged from the Archives – The Movie !!

Episode 37 – With the lack of any real news reminding us of the wilderness years, Mark talks about his experience at the Whoniverse convention and with Steven Moffatt staying around for Season 10 and does he now need to buy an Hawaiian shirt? As requested by two of our listeners we present a extended edition of our ‘Dragged from the Archives’ segment We dive headlong into the aftermath of Season 24 where bile and rage ensued but will your two trusty podcasters survive by the skin of their teeth ? All this plus readers letters and Mad Max: Fury Road!

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Number 5 is Alive! – The Fifth Doctor Revisted

Episode 36 – Rob, Mark and special guest Jono from New Zealand’s premier (and only) Doctor Who podcast Zeus Pod!  look back on the highs and lows of the Peter Davison era of our favourite show and try to determine if Caves is the only good story from the entire run or is our affection for the 5th Doctor’s reign coloured by nostalgia? All this plus we subject Jono to ‘Who Knows’ and make sure you listen to the very end for a musical treat from that perennial favourite ‘The 5 Doctors’

The top 5 underrated stories of Nu Who!

Episode 35 – The boys from Oz are back and with nothing of consequence occurring in the world of Who, we fall back to ‘ye old faithful’ top 5 countdown, this time looking at the top 5 underrated Nu Who episodes. Which stories will make the cut and which entries will render Mark speechless?

We touch upon the Sony leaks, the Radio Times Nu Who poll and the long awaited (and delayed) return of our ‘Dragged from the Archives’  segment looking at casting of a new Doctor, the unfortunate death of another and an intriguing look at an alternate universe’s version of  Season 24 – would it have been an improvement on what was served up to us?

Finally – has the Omnirumour claimed the sanity of its latest victim?

Andrew Smith & The Common Men

Episode 34 – Andrew Smith, writer of Season’s 18 Full Circle and many a Big Finish production is our special guest in this episode. We talk about his early radio and television work, his interactions with not one but four Doctor Who script editors, how he novelised Full Circle, his career in policing and the accuracy of today’s TV police dramas. Andrew is also our first victim, sorry, ‘participant’ in our new segment / quiz “Who Knows” where he has to guess the Doctor Who story based on comments left on YouTube!

Your hosts unmasked !!

We have had a few comments from listeners asking what we actually look like so they can put a face to the names. We both went on a location shoot, decked out in full Who regalia for these exclusive images! (ladies, steel yourselves)

Rob

Rob in a reflective pose after watching Death in Heaven 

Mark

Mark in a pensive mood after hearing of Missy’s return in Series 9

 

Who-ographies Part Deux

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Episode 33 – We continue our look at the biographies from the worlds of Doctor Who with our resident merchandise expert Richard Nolan. We sort the wheat from the chaff and talk about the good, the bad and the indifferent examples from this rapidly growing market.  Being literary types, we briefly touch on the Doctor Who Pattern Book and ask if one of the pictures contained within this lofty tome a premonition of the 9th Doctor?

Happy Hiatus-versary Doctor Who!

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Episode 32 – To “celebrate” the 30th anniversary of the original cancellation / postponement / whatever it was, Mark and Rob travel back in time to the mid-80’s where the fashion was just like the 6th doctor’s costume bright and garish..We reminiscence over the ‘bad old’ days’ and discuss if the cancellation was the right thing to do or a wasted opportunity ? Featuring contributions from listeners and JNT Biographer Richard Marson, strap yourself in because as Homer Simpson once said “Sure it’s not 1985 right now, but who knows what tomorrow may bring”!