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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 232: The Science of Lemonade

Everyone knows how to make lemonade right?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Well, sort of. This episode awkwardly gets plopped between the two but, close enough. And we’re even talking about a Christmas episode, can you believe that? Pretty sure this will never happen again until 2020 at least if they air one we can watch live. Otherwise, savor the moment. It’s The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe, written by Stephen Moffat and aired on December 25, 2011.


Show-notes:


1:46 Last Christmas is actually by Wham. Now we know who to thank for performing the worst Christmas song of all time.
2:17 Fairytale of New York isn’t from a musical, but according to Wikipedia it’s the most played Christmas song of the 21st century in the UK and also considered by many to be the best Christmas song of all time. Good thing we found out a while ago that opinions can be wrong.
6:32 Aslan is Turkish for lion according to Wikipedia.
13:33 If you’ve ever wanted to hear us talk about Aladdin, you’re in luck.
13:59 Entertainment Weekly’s first look image of Aladdin 2019 (mirrored for some reason)
19:57 If you’ve ever wanted to hear us talk about Blake’s 7, you’re in luck.
28:15 I forgot the part where Dr. Seuss’ wife committed suicide. After the affair.
34:20 Chocolate Rain
35:06 Big Chungus is a fairly new meme.
42:26 Here’s the video about The Last Jedi.


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Episode 206: Sea of Leeches

This is the uncrossable leech sea.

This is it. We finally made it to the very first episode that Dylan watched of Doctor Who. Well before this podcast was even a glimmer in either of their eyes, there was The Next Doctor. It was written by Russell T. Davies and aired on December 25, 2008.


Show-notes:


10:09 Labyrinth is a Jim Henson movie starring David Bowie.
16:56 I guess nobody really knows how long the London area has been inhabited, but it’s definitely thousands of years.
20:12 Thomas Paine’s most famous revolutionary pamphlets are Common Sense and American Crisis.
28:15 It’s called a belt.
36:14 Simulacra and Simulation is a book by Baudrillard.
53:22 Here’s Stephen Fry’s language rant (actually part of a larger essay).


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Christmas Special 2017

Best wishes to all of you at home. Or something.

This year we decided to do a Christmas Special because apparently we just love recording so much we just had to do another episode. In fact, we love recording so much that we even decided that we’re starting a third podcast! I know! Blah: A Blah Podcast can be found wherever your podcasts are sold… soon ™. I’ve cunningly censored the name of the podcast in this description to force you to listen! I’m brilliant! So Happy Holidays and stuff. The story we talked about is called The Hopes and Fears of all the Years, which was written by Paul Cornell and published on the Telegraph website on December 22, 2007. You can read it here.


Show-notes:


1:27 It’s from a hymn called O Little Town of Bethlehem. I’m tempted to click on the “Play a random hymn” link on that site.
4:52 A Shocking Accident by Graham Greene. Apparently Rap Genius has full stories now, so here’s the full text.
6:00 Might have been related to the Japanese occupation of Burma or Burmese independence from British rule. But I really don’t know, so read those links and do your own googling to find out more.
14:18 Actually coming January 2nd.
14:53 The Way Ahead actually isn’t out yet, which makes sense since Blake’s 7 isn’t 40 yet. But it will be in a couple weeks, so you can get it from Big Finish then.

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