Episode 208: The Curse of fatal death

We’re back after our summer break, Martyn is joined once again by Sam Michael and Chris Walker-Thomson, as the trio discuss the 1999 Doctor Who parody ‘The Curse of Fatal Death’.

Obvisouly, with this being the podcast it is. They don’t stick to the subject for long.

Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death is a Doctor Who special made for the Red Nose Day charity telethon in the United Kingdom, and was originally broadcast in four parts on BBC One on 12 March 1999 under the title Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death. Later home video releases are formatted as two parts and drop the “and” in the title. It follows in a long tradition of popular British television programmes producing short, light-hearted specials for such telethon events.

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Review – Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon

The Dimension Cannon gives the character Rose Tyler her own series, in four audio dramas by Big Finish Productions. Billie Piper reprises her role as the first of The Doctor’s travelling companions in 21st century Doctor Who.

Shop girl turned sci-fi action hero Rose Tyler is consigned to a parallel universe with her mum, Jackie (Camille Coduri) and a parallel version of her dear departed dad, Pete (Shaun Dingwall). They’ve turned their attention to helping protect not only their world from extraordinary threats but also many other Earths. They’re following in the footsteps of Rose’s beloved Doctor: the charismatic, time-travelling space alien whose defence of Rose’s Earth left her separated from it – and him.

The Dimension Cannon offers Rose a chance to bring The Doctor back into the fight – and into her life again. For short periods of time the cannon allows her to visit other parallel universes that offer clues to the whereabouts of The Doctor. On her first trip she’s reunited with a parallel version of Clive, a conspiracy theorist who was murdered in Rose’s universe. Bark Benton reprises the role of Clive throughout the set and it’s good fun to have him back.

The four stories take us to four new parallel versions of London, where we’re introduced to startling alternate versions of the well-loved characters that head up this series. This collection of audios is not so much a spin-off from Doctor Who as it’s a spiritual follow-on from ‘Father’s Day,’ the episode that introduced us to the ‘original’ Pete Tyler and led us through dark times leading up to his death.

Chasing The Doctor inevitably means getting to know the locals in each different London and Rose finds she already knows many of them all too well. She gets personally involved in the lives of the people she meets, encountering Jackie, Pete and others in slightly different forms. It makes arriving in each universe a treat for the listener – and leaving each of them is tough all round.

Big Finish tie-in plays lure us into the audio realm by offering us characters and situations that are proven successes on television. They honour these successes with intriguing stories that at least equal their predecessors in quality. Rose’s story in Doctor Who has a lot of heart – and heartbreak. These new tales are equally engaging character pieces.

By presenting so many alternate versions of the original roles played by the cast, the normally-invisible work of the actors gets a bit of a peek into the limelight. I was properly immersed in and moved by the drama here but I also enjoyed listening for the subtle differences between the characters parallel to each other.

I’m very much opposed to more for more’s sake; I hate seeing delightful series run down by commercial supplements. You’ll find none of that here in Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon. This box set revisits the Tylers in a clever way that gives us more of what we’re counting on in ways that constantly surprise.

Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon is available now from Big Finish.

Thoughts on Spider-Man leaving the MCU

Normally, I’d record this as a quick podcast. But I’m away at the moment and don’t have access to any of my equipment.

News broke recently, that the current deal between Sony and Disney/Marvel has broken down. There seems to be a lot of misinformation/misunderstanding of why the Sony/Disney deal happened in the first place.

A surprising amount of people think it’s because The Amazing Spider-Man films were financial flops. They weren’t. Far from it. They received a critical panning. But they were financially successful. The first one was the seventh highest grossing film of 2012, the second was the ninth highest grossing film of 2014. These are far from the duds so many Marvel fans are claiming.

The original deal happened because the head of Sony (Kenichiro Yoshida) felt dishonoured by Andrew Garfield. In Japanese culture, being dishonoured is a pretty serious thing. Garfield didn’t show up to the event in Rio, that was announcing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4, The Sinister Six and, the wider Spider-Man universe. He’d also turned up to meetings unkempt and seemed entirely disinterested-making the Yoshida feel dishonoured. He wanted Garfield gone.

The company then found themselves in the position where they would either have to recast and make The Amazing Spider-Man 3, or reboot it again. For the third time in 15 years. Understandably Sony Pictures didn’t want to reboot. Which is why they initially turned the deal down. It was only when Kenichiro Yoshida wanted the deal, that it was accepted. Yoshida felt that rebooting the character for a third time, but into the MCU would limit damage control and garner good will with the audience. For both companies, which it did.

The deal was Disney would get to use him for 5 films. Starting with Captain America: Civil War, ending with Avengers: End Game. In exchange for this use, Disney would produce 2 films for Sony-with Sony maintaining distribution rights. In exchange for these films, Disney would get 5% the box office takings and all the money from Spider-Man merchandise.

Essentially, the MCU deal happened because the owner of Sony got offended. Not because Sony needed Disney-the deal was mutually beneficial for both parties, but either would’ve still been okay without the other.

Episode 207: James Dreyfus

Martyn had the great pleasure of spending some time with 90’s sitcom legend, James Dreyfus.

The pair geeked out about 70’s horror movies, James talks about his ambitions and Martyn confesses to a bizarre rule that he still adhears to. 

James Dreyfus is an English actor, most notable for his roles on television sitcoms The Thin Blue Line as Constable Kevin Goody, and Gimme Gimme Gimme as Tom Farrell. More recently, he has moved into voice acting-playing The Master for Big Finish.

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I was a guest on ‘Take your seats’.

In life you’ll find very few people who’ll truly support you-when you find them, you’ve got to keep them close. They encourage and help you to grow.

When Gerrod and I launched Bad Wilf in 2010, one of our very first listeners was Suky Khakh. Over the decade we’ve been been podcasting, Suky has been a constant supporter of ours.

He tweets about every episode and encourages our endeavours both off and on mic. When I was going through a tough patch recently, Suky was there with the words of support and comfort.

After years of talking online, it was an absolute pleasure to put a voice to the face when he joined those fine folks over at Progtor Who.

When he launched his own spin-off podcast, I was honoured that he wanted me to guest. I jumped at the chance. Not only was I getting the chance to talk about one of the greatest films of all time, I was getting the opportunity to give a little pay back to the man whose shown so much love, over the past 10 years.

So, everyone check out this episode of ‘Take your seats’.

Who’s he? Podcast episode 322

Phil was kind enough to invite me on his podcast, to present my case that Martha Jones is the most important companion Doctor Who has had.

Martha Jones is a fictional character played by Freema Agyeman in the long-running sci-fi series, Doctor Who. The character would also appear in the spin-off show Torchwood, on TV and BBC audio.

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How to put together a passable fourth Doctor cosplay, at short notice

Last month I was invited to a fancy dress party in Devon’s Devon. I had a weeks notice and the only thing I was told about the party was “vintage”.

Given this limited information, I decided to go as a vintage character from Doctor Who. The fourth Doctor, as played by Thomas Stewart Baker.

Now, before we get into it. Let me start by saying I wasn’t aiming for screen accuracy here. I just wanted something that would be passable and recognisable as Doctor Who. I was also only going to Devon for the day, so I wanted something I could wear on the train to and from.

The first item I purchased, was a burgundy crombie jacket from Jacamo.

Again, in no way screen accurate. But, it’s passable and a really comfortable jacket to wear.

The jacket cost £99 and can be ordered here.

It could also pass for a Twelfth Doctor burgundy jacket.

For the trousers, I just went for a standard black pair. Again, in no way screen accurate. But passable. You can get these anywhere that sells trousers.

For the fedora, I just picked up a cheap one on amazon.

I also ordered a brown curly wig from Amazon. As the wig made my head massive, I put two safety pins through the wig and into the fedora to keep it on my head.

The scarf came from Lovarzi and is a 13” replica of one of the scarfs Thomas Stewart Baker wore, as The Doctor. This is a high quality replica and I absolutely love it.

Shoes, I just wore my Nike’s. I know, not screen accurate.

But you can’t prove he isn’t wearing these on Big Finish audios!

Overall, I was proud of the way this outfit came together. I’m in no way a cosplayer, but after doing this. I can see why people enjoy it, I got so many smiles, hugs and high-fives at the party. Maybe I’ll work on a more screen accurate version in the future.