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Episode 94: Equal Opportunity Life Force Drainer

Weng-Chiang is in violation of the temporal employment act.

This week Kiyan and Dylan investigate a mysterious magician in the back alleys of London as they discuss Robert Holmes’ finale to season 14, The Talons of Weng-Chiang. It originally aired in February through April of 1977.

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Episode 3: That’s Too Sappy for Han Solo

But is it too sappy for Napoleon Solo?

Better get yourself ready, because this episode covers what is probably the biggest trilogy of them all: the Star Wars original trilogy. Join Kiyan and Dylan as they set themselves right into the action and explore just how Star Wars was made. Then be thrilled as they discuss it’s two sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Back to the Future may be Dylan’s favorite movie, but Star Wars is at least second for Kiyan. And remember to keep reading this description, because below you will find links to the original source of most of the information that Kiyan and Dylan talk about in this episode!

The genesis of the Star Wars series can be read about at this archive link here. The four versions of the script and the original plot summary mentioned can be read on this website too.

Information on Lucas’ intention with droids and more information on the beginning of Star Wars and the creation of Episodes V and VI can be seen in an interview conducted in Rolling Stone a few months after the release of Episode IV, which you can read at this archive link.

In May of 2015 io9 compiled together links to all of the audition tapes that they could find on youtube, which is what Dylan eventually stumbled upon while researching this trilogy.  You can view this collection over here on io9’s website.

While investigating J.W. Rinzler’s books on amazon (see below), Dylan discovered that you can actually still buy the radio play versions of Star Wars. If you’d like a taste of them first (and don’t want to engage in anything illicit…) you can listen to part 6 of the 13 part Episode IV adaptation on npr’s website. For a comprehensive history of the radio dramas, you can read this article on a fan site, the logbook. If this has captured your interest, here are links to the radio plays on amazon: Episode IV, Episode V, and Episode VI.

The wikipedia page on ILM has a list of all of their movies. It would be terribly impressive if you’ve not seen at least one of the films on that list.

Quite a bit more additional behind the scenes information for both the original and the prequel trilogy can be found on Empire’s website, where each tidbit of information is also linked with some fascinating behind the scenes images. The information on the Yoda radio incident came from here.

Empire also featured an article in its magazine in 2002 on the making of Empire Strikes Back, which is where we gathered most of the information on that film, including information on how Darth Vader became Luke’s father, the improvised “I love you” ,”I know” and on the massive time crunch on filming. You can read this article on their website.

Who came up with the idea of killing Obi-Wan is a bit up in the air still. In the Rolling Stone interview above, George Lucas claims that it was his wife’s idea, but in this interview from 1999, Alec Guiness claims that it was his, because he couldn’t stand reading “mumbo-jumob” anymore.

J.W. Rinzler’s books would have been a fantastic resource for this podcast, but on the other hand, a key point of this podcast is that we only bring forward anything we can find in one evening. Luckily for us, multiple websites featured short tidbits of information and fun facts that can be found in the books. Here are links to io9’s compilation of tidbits from the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi books. In addition, here is a link to a page on the official Star Wars website featuring tidbits from the Return of the Jedi book.

The famous 2001: A Space Odyssey song is Also Sprach Zarathustra, by Richard Strauss. It is in the public domain, or at least it should be, since Strauss has been dead for well over 70 years.

A list of changes made in the Star Wars rereleases can be seen on wikipedia here. Also Weta was founded in the late 80’s. For once, Dylan was right before correcting himself.

Star Wars Holiday Special. That’s all I’m saying.

This is the Clone Wars series Kiyan was talking about, if anyone is curious.

Comic Book Resources actually has a pretty useful article on the levels of Star Wars canon and their relation to each other, and their current standing given the upcoming Episode 7. You can find that here.

Weird Al’s song, while spoiling episode 1, actually didn’t release until after the film came out. Read about it on wikipedia.

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Episode 93: Don’t Justify, Just Accept

Sometimes even accepting isn’t enough.

This week Kiyan and Dylan continue their Chris Boucher phase and explore his second serial in a row. That makes him just the second writer to write two consecutive serials, after Ian Stuart Black. The serial this week is The Robots of Death, aired in January and February of 1977.

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Episode 92: What Does God Need With a Spaceship?

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was not the best Star Trek film.

This week Kiyan and Dylan boldly go where many people have gone before to discover the Doctor’s new companion, Leela! Not to be confused with other characters named Leela that are famous in other franchises. How confusing. The serial of introduction is The Face of Evil, written by Chris Boucher and aired in January of 1977.

Sidenote, Chris Boucher was script editor and not show runner. Minor error, large difference. On the upshot, here’s the character who crossed over between Doctor Who and Blake’s 7, possibly establishing them in the same universe. Decorative Vegetable Blake’s 7 podcast confirmed?

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

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Episode 91: Doctor Who: Age of Ultron

“You’re all just puppets in my political game” – Chancellor “Ultron” Goth.

This week we learn that Dylan doesn’t know the difference between commissioned and decommissioned. To be fair, flammable and inflammable mean the same thing, so… honest mistake. Anyway, the serial at hand for Kiyan and Dylan this week is The Deadly Assassin, written by Robert Holmes and aired in October and November of 1976.

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

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Episode 90: There’s a Lot of Hands in This Serial

Wow, a lot looks really weird in that title.

This week Kiyan and Dylan discuss hands. Like all sorts of hands. Human hands, Kastrian Hands, Sarah Jane’s Hands. Why Sarah Jane’s in particular? Because it’s her final serial, The Hand of Fear, written by Bob Baker and David Martin and aired in October of 1976.

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

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Episode 2.5: Watch the Book and Read the Movie

Look I have this planned out: watch a video of the book pages flipping, and read the screenplay.

This month, while our loyal fanbase waits for our next trilogy episode, we read Jurassic Park. The Novel. Not the movie. We didn’t find the screenplay and just read that, because that makes no sense and wouldn’t give us any topics for an episode. So while you wait for our next trilogy (coming in November; it’s out of this world.), enjoy this little .5 episode discussing Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton.

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Episode 89: Sacrifice Sarah to Davros

All hail the mighty Davros. I think.

This week Kiyan and Dylan accidentally shoe-horn Davros into a non-Dalek serial. Actually, Dylan won’t lie, he chose this title for the sweet, sweet SEO. This week the non-Dalek serial that they covered was The Masque of Mandragora, written by Lewis Marks and aired in September of 1976.

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

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Episodes 88: Dial Up Saves the Day!

Beeeeep boop boop  beeeep.

Disclaimer, what we said about John Leven is based only on stories we’ve seen or read on the internet. They can be faked. Do not necessarily believe everything you hear, it’s possible we (or they) were (and are) wrong.

This week Kiyan and Dylan…. release late, and then silently swear at the cricket on the recording. It stops about 3 minutes in, don’t worry. Well he returns for a short encore or two and then disappears. Maybe he died. Anyway the serial at hand is The Seeds of Doom, written by Robert Banks Stewart and aired in January through March of 1976.

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Episode 87: Now That’s What I Call Doctor Who 57

They say Steven Moffat is a big contributor to Now That’s What I Call Doctor Who: Greatest Hits Revisted 3.

This week Kiyan and Dylan explain their way through The Brain of Morbius, and successfully avoid accidentally joining a cult. The Brain of Morbius was written by Robert Bland (Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes), and was aired in January of 1976. Just January.

(Ok so The Eight Leg two parter and the Morbius two parter are different seasons of the Eighth Doctor Adventures, but let’s not forget that a good deal of the other stories are greatest hits revisited too. I.e. the return of the Wirrn, the Zygons, Susan, the Daleks, the Cybermen and the Ice Warriors.)

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

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