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Episode 244: Lucasarts Did it First

One day we’ll be able to prove that, but not today.

When we recorded this there was a bout a 15 minute period where we just got paralyzed with fear. Turns out the Crimson Horror is the lobster we bought as a pet for the podcast. Of course, we’re only ever in the recording room once a week so the poor guy didn’t get much socialization. You might think he died, well actually he just came up with a extremely convoluted plan to overthrow the podcast. It’s The Crimson Horror, written by Mark Gatiss and aired on May 4, 2013.


Show-notes:


0:31 Damn my past self for asking me to link to this.
1:53 Last year Ahmed Best revealed he almost killed himself over the backlash against his role as Jar Jar. We discussed some of the reasons against the backlash years ago on our movie trilogy podcast Triple Play.
7:05 Check out our Blake’s 7 podcast, Zenith.
11:50 Space Fall is a great Blake’s 7 podcast.
33:00 Can’t blame Disney for this.


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The Doctor Who title music was originally composed by Ron Grainer. The version used in this episode was arranged by Murray Gold.

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Episode 243: Elon Musk’s New “Innovation”

How many things has Elon invented now?

Trust Your Doctor is a complex beast. We record in an office so sparse and huge it’s comparable to the TARDIS itself. We even have a whole room just singularly dedicated to cotton candy. Like. It’s just walls and walls of cotton candy machines. That’s all that’s in there. This is a 100% true fact. It’s Journey to the Center of the TARDIS, written by Steve Thompson and aired on April 20, 2013.


Show-notes:


0:37 The Rock was actually in the sequel to the 2008 Journey to the center of the Earth, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
1:19 Michael Caine on Jaws: The Revenge: “No [I haven’t seen it]. But I have seen the house it bought for my mum. It’s fantastic.”
1:49 Check out our discussion of Iron Man on our other podcast Triple Play.
14:09 Challenger was the one in 1986 that blew up when it took off. Columbia was the one that blew up when it was coming back in 2003.
25:22 Not gonna link the 2018 Slender man trailer again. That thing gave me nightmares last week. Instead have this harmless wikipedia link.
33:49 Free Solo is a movie about a guy who climbs mountains without equipment.
40:43 Here’s the documentary from 1986.
47:10 Young Goodman Brown.


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Episode 242: Floral Print Pants

Nooo, not the floral print, please, not the floral print!

The other day we were recording the podcast and then suddenly discovered that our recording studio is haunted. We’re currently being haunted by our great-great-great-great-grandchildren. Weirdly enough they’re still doing a podcast that far in the future. If you all wanted to know when Doctor Who would end, I can tell you it doesn’t end before our descendants get their grubby hands all over our podcast. It’s Hide, written by Neil Cross and aired on April 20, 2013.


Show-notes:


1:30 Neil Cross’ only ongoing show is Luther. I thought his other show Hard Sun was still ongoing but it’s not.
2:22 Omega tried to harness the power of antimatter in Arc of Infinity.
5:11 Here’s all the other stuff Jessica Raine and Dougray Scott have been in.
6:02 Horace Walpole wrote the Castle of Otranto.
12:27 Next time I have any problem, big or small, supernatural or not, I know who I’m gonna call.
18:20 Check out our Blake’s 7 podcast Zenith.
20:10 Truth or Dare is a recent horror movie from Blumhouse. And yeah the characters in it are really dumb.
21:31 Here’s the blog post that maps out all the references to Cumbria.
36:25 The projector scene from the new It.
40:59 Slender Man was a meme horror character from like 5-10 years ago. There was a Slender Man movie last year (warning: the link is to an official trailer with some scary shit in it, watch at your own risk).
45:43 It was Monster of Peladon.
53:18 Playing in the Dark
54:51 Time dilation sounds like some complicated shit.
55:31 Must suck to be Sarah Winchester. (Disclaimer: I didn’t actually read any of this page)
59:15 Thomas Pynchon may be a secretive reclusive, but he lent his voice to The Simpsons at one point.
59:24 The Last Question is actually by Isaac Asimov.


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Episode 23: Superhero Movies Are Not Grounded

Well this is the biggest plot twist of our lifetime.

Last time we got stuck in a cave we were forced to start a podcast, and that’s how we got Zenith. Frankly we all know how that turned out. Pretty well actually. All the best things are made in caves at gunpoint. It’s Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Iron Man 3. Unlike two months ago these movies are actually connected in a trilogy.


Show-notes:


4:53 Our Spider Man episode. I thought this was more recent.
6:00 Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot.
12:26 This Daredevil movie that came out in 2003. I thought this was more recent too.
13:12 Happy Hogan is played by Jon Favreau in a lot of these Marvel movies.
18:38 Quantum of Solace: 2008. Skyfall: 2012. Spectre: 2015.
30:46 Matthew Libatique is the director of photography for Iron Man 2.
38:08 Iron Man is by Black Sabbath.
51:20 Genndy Tartakovsky is a Russian-American animator who storyboarded Iron Man 2 and created Sym-bionic Titan, which was cancelled for merchandising reasons.
56:56 We also did an episode on The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (and the other Dollars movies) a few years ago.

Sources and other stuff:
The Making of Iron Man 2 documentary
Robert Downey Jr.’s improvisation in Iron Man 3
On how Iron Man 3 was supposed to have a female villain
Casting Robert Downey Jr.
A few ideas behind Iron Man 1 before anyone really knew what the movie would be about
RDJ getting into the role of Tony Stark
A look back at Iron Man
The Goals Marvel Had When Making Iron Man
More on RDJ’s improvisation
Iron Man 1 production timeline
Some Iron Man 2 info
Jon Favreau getting pissed about Iron Man 2 lol
Even more Iron Man 2 stuff
More about the female villain that could have been in Iron Man 3


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Episode 241: Check Out Duran Duran

Only true Duran Duran fans listen to this podcast.

You know, sometimes I wonder how hard it must have been if you were an American or British spy and you were sent into Russia. You have to spend months, if not years, learning Russian, and then you have to perfect it to the point where you have basically no accent at all. And then if you do have an accent, well, good luck buddy you’ll probably get shot on sight. It’s Cold War, written by Mark Gatiss and aired on April 13, 2013.


Show-notes:


1:38 The Seeds of Death was in season 6, The Seeds of Doom was in season 13.
10:38 Ronald Reagan: 1981-1989. George H.W. Bush: 1989-1993. Bill Clinton: 1993-2001.
11:30 It was Yuri Andropov.
16:16 We (I) got some stuff wrong here, but wikipedia has a pretty good article on Japanese holdout. Hiroo Onoda is probably the most famous.
17:00 We also do a movie trilogy podcast called Triple Play.
19:30 According to Manatee-World, manatees can’t live in water below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, so there aren’t any arctic manatees.
25:17 It looks like Sony still makes the Walkman as an mp3 player.
34:37 Images of the Cold War playset.
43:17 According to imdb, Jenna Coleman was born on 27 April 1986, making her 32 right now. Her bio doesn’t mention anything about her early life that would be linguistically interesting, so I don’t know what, if anything, is up with her accent.


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The Doctor Who title music was originally composed by Ron Grainer. The version used in this episode was arranged by Murray Gold.

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Episode 240: Russell “Rose Tyler” Davies

How many Rose Tyler jokes can we make before this gets old?

If you believe the fan theory that Doctor Who is just based on someone going back in time and reconstructing what the episodes should look like based on our podcast then by that theory our podcast represents not only how Doctor Who is, but how it could have been, how it should have been, and how it wasn’t. We literally represent every possible timeline of Doctor Who, right here in this podcast. Hey if it Stephen Moffat can do it so can I. It’s The Rings of Akhaten, written by Neil Cross and aired on April 7, 2013.


Show-notes:


0:56 I’m guessing this is other Russel Davies.
1:49 Dwayne The Rock Johnson (a.k.a. the Fourteenth Doctor) usually eats like a week’s worth of food on Sundays.
2:19 The other shows Neil Cross writes/wrote for.
11:37 One’s near a church, the other’s not. That’s it.
18:50 This is the billionth time I’ve linked to this chart and I have become exceedingly efficient at it.
20:44 it was the Dogon people from Mali, actually in West Africa.
33:48 The Hath.
57:07 Unicron is a planet-sized Transformer.
57:40 I actually miss Blake’s 7 and the podcast we made about it, Zenith.


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The Doctor Who title music was originally composed by Ron Grainer. The version used in this episode was arranged by Murray Gold.

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Episode 239: It’s Not a Leaf, It’s a Bomb

Who could have seen that coming?

I’m actually pretty sure the first time I saw this episode I thought Moffat was really clever for the whole “bells of St. John” thing. And you know, I still do. On the other hand though, he’s aware enough to make a joke about it, but where did the St. John’s Ambulance logo go during all those years between like 1970-something and now? In universe the exterior design of the TARDIS isn’t supposed to change so… where dit that logo go? It’s The Bells of St. John, written by Stephen Moffat and aired on March 30, 2013.


Show-notes:


4:31 Neuralink is the company Elon Musk started to create real Cybermen. And no, he doesn’t live in the house he was born in. Lol.
8:10 BBC article about how American accents resemble the British accents of a couple hundred years ago.
12:33 Summer Falls was actually published as an ebook.
22:17 National Geographic footage of a deep-sea squid interacting with bombs.
23:03 A painting by Banksy was put up for auction a few months ago and was shredded as soon as it was sold.
38:38 David Tenant started a new podcast last month.


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The Doctor Who title music was originally composed by Ron Grainer. The version used in this episode was arranged by Murray Gold.

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Episode 238: More Deadly than Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins? Now there’s a name I have not heard in a long time.

Ding dong, turns out Christmas is here again, in February! Hasn’t Christmas just passed? Like, two months ago, or not even. A month a week, on this podcast anyway. That’s kind of weird, I’d say this is the shortest period between two Christmas Specials, but during the 12th Doctor’s Era we get two in a row, which naturally has to be the shortest possible period. It’s The Snowmen, written by Stephen Moffat and aired on December 25, 2012.


Show-notes:


20:13 The Artful Dodger sounds like kind of a sketch guy.
32:23 Apparently Russell T. Davies is actually a pseudonym and as far as I can tell the “T” doesn’t stand for anything. His real name is is Stephen Russell Davies. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says he added the T to avoid confusion with another Russell Davies.
32:32 The children’s show I was talking about here was Century Falls, which came out i 1993. I think I was mixing up the characters with another Russel T. show, Bob & Rose, which has a character named Rose Cooper. I’ve never watched either of these shows, so I could be wrong about this.
33:41 Full text of How Watson Learned the Trick and The Hound of the Baskervilles.
52:27 The hardest Sherlock Holmes story to solve in my opinion is The Boscombe Valley Mystery. The other stories we mentioned here were The Six Napoleons and The Blue Carbuncle.
57:35 Miss Marple is one of the most famous female fictional detective.


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Episode 22.5: It’s Freaking Troll 2

And introducing, the one, the only, TROOOLLLLLLL 2!

Unsurprisingly there was very little expanded universe, well, “stuff” to do for the Troll “trilogy.” Perhaps that’s because Troll isn’t even really a trilogy, and not only that these movies flopped so badly when they came out pretty much every studio within a million years didn’t want to touch it with a twenty foot bottle of Nilbog Milk. It’s Best Worst Movie, written and directed by Michael Stephenson and premiered on March 14, 2009.


Show-notes:


0:29 South by Southwest 2019 starts on March 8.
1:58 MST3K is a show about watching stuff. Kind of like this, but with more little-known movies that are usually considered poorly made. One of the most notoriously bad movies they ever covered was Manos: The Hands of Fate.
2:49 Birdemic and The Room are two other contenders for the worst movie of all time. I haven’t watched either but I doubt they’re worse than Troll 2.
5:41 Troll “trilogy” episode here.
11:20 Still can’t find the full script of the Troll 2 fan sequel, but it’s called Troll 3 Monstrous Beings if you want to try and find it yourself.
11:28 Trust Your Doctor is our Doctor Who podcast.
22:24 Her name was Deborah Reed. Apparently she has an interview in the dvd extras. Here’s the Troll 2 section of her blog. She’s also talked about Troll 2 in various interviews.
24:52 Chuck is a movie about Chuck Wepner, the guy who inspired Rocky.


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Episode 237: Walmart Wilf

On the prowl for dangerous criminals it’s Leadworth’s latest superhero…. Walmart Wilf!

I typically don’t shop at Walmart. I’m honestly just too lazy to drive that far, like it’s definitely not the closest department store to me. I haven’t done the math, but I’m pretty sure the extra cost of gas spent in driving to Walmart would outpace the money I’d save spending it there instead of anywhere closer. Now I’m wondering, are there any Walmarts in New York? Let alone Manhattan? It’s The Angels Take Manhattan, written by Stephen Moffat and aired on September 29, 2012.


Show-notes:


2:34 Frederick Law Olmstead was some guy who designed Central Park. I’m sure he wasn’t that important.
10:38 The Angel’s Kiss was a prequel to Melody Malone: Private Detective in Old New York Town that was actually published as a book and audio book. The Hardy Boys is a series of detective stories for kids.
11:59 Project Gutenberg is a great site for getting public domain stories. Standard Ebooks is the site that standardizes them “for the true book lover.”
13:12 The Golden Compass a.k.a. Northern Lights is another book for kids. I watched the movie version of this when it came out like 10+ years ago and all I remember was that there was a pretty badass polar bear.
14:27 Philip Marlowe is yet another fictional detective. Philip Marlowe vs. The Hardy Boys when?
17:06 The storyboarded version of Brian learning about the events of this episode is online here.
17:15 Tom Baker finally published Doctor Who Meets Scratchman as a novel. There’s a even a video of Baker himself lovingly providing a sneak preview of the book (which is already out but yeah).
32:12 Triple Play is a podcast where we discuss movie trilogies and stuff.
39:15 We even discussed the amazing Troll trilogy (Troll, Troll 2, and Contamination .7)
40:03 Here’s all the Sting/Police songs we mention (also Oingo Boingo is a thing): Every Breath You Take, Don’t Stand So Close to Me
43:31 The wiki doesn’t list anyone else as playing Rory, so it was probably Arthur Darvill.
1:13:59 This is the millionth time I’ve linked to this River Song timeline and I have become exceedingly efficient at it.


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