Entering a New Phase
Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast
by Flight Through Entirety, Nathan Bottomley
3M ago
A big week for beginnings this week, with a new Doctor, a new origin story for the Daleks, and a whole new approach to defeating the bad guys. Oh, and a new podcast to discuss them all on. So let’s welcome Patrick Troughton to the studio floor, as we discuss The Power of the Daleks. Notes and links The most recent Blu-ray release of The Power of the Daleks was the Special Edition in 2020, which includes a compilation of all the surviving footage, including material shot on an 8mm film camera pointing at a TV screen. This material was also included on the Lost in Time DVD release way back in 20 ..read more
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Allowed to Be the Doctor
Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast
by Flight Through Entirety, Nathan Bottomley
8M ago
From Skaro to Gallifrey, twelve episodes of one of the strangest seasons in Doctor Who’s history. What did we think, what did we learn, and what are we most looking forward to? And, as always, who would we snog, marry or avoid? Notes and links Thanks to Bob Gilbey (@bobgilbey), Bryan says… (@bryan1981) and DJ Alpha-T (@DJ_AlphaT) for contributing their questions to this episode. As we well know, an anthology of short stories about the life of Ashildr was indeed published in 2015. It was called Doctor Who: Legends of Ashildr, and it includes stories by Justin Richards and James Goss. In the sho ..read more
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The Shooting Gallery of Retired British Thespians
Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast
by Flight Through Entirety, Nathan Bottomley
8M ago
This week, the Doctor learns that mere relentless persistence is no match for the inevitability of loss, and a Doctor Who spinoff is created which we will never get to see. It’s Hell Bent. Notes and links According to Todd, the old woman in the barn is either Leela or Aunt Adah from the Star Trek: Voyager pilot episode Caretaker — a hologram created by a vast pan-dimensional being to make the crew of Voyager feel at home by offering them lemonade, sugar cookies and corn. Magic or magical realism is a genre closely associated with Latin America, and particularly the writers Gabriel García Márqu ..read more
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The Time on Him
Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast
by Flight Through Entirety, Nathan Bottomley
8M ago
If you think because she is dead, I am weak, then you understand very little. If you were any part of killing her, and you’re not afraid, then you understand nothing at all. So, for your own sake, understand this. I am the Doctor. I’m coming to find you, and I will never, ever stop. This week, Rob Valentine drops by to spend four-and-a-half billion years admiring how clever Steven Moffat, Peter Capaldi, Rachel Talalay and Murray Gold are. It’s Heaven Sent. Notes and links Here is the full text of the Brothers Grimm fairytale The Shepherd Boy. It’s very short. Rob feels that this episode echo ..read more
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The Planet Quantos
Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast
by Flight Through Entirety, Nathan Bottomley
8M ago
This week, we’re hanging out in a mystical London street full of Sontarans, Judoon and Cybermen, investigating a murder with Johnny Spandrell — only to find, to our horror, that the murder hasn’t happened yet. And, of course, that it’s time for Clara Oswald to Face the Raven. Notes and links Fridging or Women in Refrigerators is a trope in which a woman is murdered and the emotions of her male parent/lover/friend become more important to the narrative than the death of the woman herself. This article from The Guardian discusses its use in Strangers, an ITV drama in which our very own Devla Kir ..read more
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The Cappuccino Thing
Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast
by Flight Through Entirety, Nathan Bottomley
9M ago
This week, in orbit of the planet Neptune, a Doctor Who story is created which kills literally everyone who watches it. Which is why we should probably have thought twice before inviting the lovely Jeremy Radick to discuss it with us. Notes and links Steven Moffat’s version of Dracula (2020) is actually Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s version of Dracula. It stars the beautiful and terrifying Claes Bang in the title role, and it features the full complement of Moffat and Gatiss tropes, which will either be to your taste or not. And The Ring (2002) — a remake of the Japanese film Ringu (199 ..read more
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Orange Babies
Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast
by Flight Through Entirety, Nathan Bottomley
9M ago
This week, we’re all enjoying bombing and threatening one another, until the Doctor comes along and delivers a long speech about New Cruel People, which starts making us feel bad about ourselves. And fair enough. It’s The Zygon Inversion. Notes and links The Decimas were tiny squeaky-voiced aliens, who looked like nothing so much as miniature Zygons; their leader was played by our very own Deep Roy. They appeared in the fifth episode of Blakes 7, Web, and so you can hear more about them in Maximum Power episode 5, Color-coded Anoraks. Sonequa Martin-Green is the astonishing beautiful lead in t ..read more
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Electrified Pubic Merkins
Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast
by Flight Through Entirety, Nathan Bottomley
9M ago
This week, we’ve invited twenty million Zygons over for cocktails, and now we’re starting to feel self-conscious about cooking up all that salt-and-pepper squid. And so soon we’re involved in an international political thriller that takes us from Fake New Mexico all the way to Madeupistan. It’s The Zygon Invasion. Notes and links Sister Lamont from Terror of the Zygons was played by Lillias Walker, who died in August at the age of 93. I hope she knew how many small children she terrified. Bless her. I thought I would probably regret researching this, but here’s a link to the Scottish Falsetto ..read more
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John Scott Martin in a Zarbi Suit
Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast
by Flight Through Entirety, Nathan Bottomley
9M ago
It’s been a mere 900 years since last week’s episode, and it’s time to check in with Ashildr to see if she’s still the naive and loving young girl she was back in her Viking village days. Or — like the rest of us — has she simply turned into Peter Capaldi’s Doctor? It’s The Woman Who Lived. Notes and links Nathan refers to the Blackadder the Third episode Amy and Amiability in which a young woman played by Miranda Richardson disguises herself as a highwayman called the Shadow, who has a serious problem with squirrels. The first scene of this story is very much written by someone who remembers ..read more
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Eels with Jazz Hands
Flight Through Entirety: A Doctor Who Podcast
by Flight Through Entirety, Nathan Bottomley
10M ago
This week, we remind ourselves of what the Doctor stands for, as we watch him train up some very silly Vikings to be sweet and funny enough to see off an invasion by big stupid monsters with mouths full of teeth. Stacey Smith? joins us to discuss the story of The Girl Who Died. Notes and links Stacey discovered how much she liked this episode while watching it for Who is the Doctor 2, an unofficial guide to the Smith and Capaldi years, published in 2020. Wallander was a Swedish TV series based on the detective novels by Henning Menkell. It was re-made in English, in a version starring Kenneth ..read more
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