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Episode 119: It’s More of a Mauve

Mauve is defined as a pale purple. Which means purple is still correct.

This week we come to the end of an era. Yes truly, Tom Baker has finally regenerated and Peter Davison has taken on the mantle of the Doctor. It’s Christopher Hamilton Bidmead’s Logopolis, aired in February and March of 1981.


Show-notes:


1:15 They did bring back the “Doctor Who” credit in the reboot. And then, this time at David Tennant’s request, they changed it back to “The Doctor” again.
4:51 Apparently Tegan comes from the Welsh word for “fair.” Can’t say I’ve ever heard it. And this Tegan was like the third result on Google when I googled it, so how common could it be?
18:38 It’s actually “Logopolitans.” Just to set the record straight.
24:57 Palpatine. Something tells me he wants Anakin to do “it.” But what could “it” possibly be? Surely not killing Christopher Lee…
28:48 My guess is that they’re going to brush it off with a single passing line next story!
33:18 It’s actually from Meglos.


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

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Episode 118: Murder is Definitely OK When it’s Leela

Just to clarify, we don’t condone murder.

This week our greatest villain returns: difficult to pronounce names! Just kidding, it’s the Master. The serial at hand is The Keeper of Traken, written by Johnny Bryne and aired in January and February of 1981.


Show-Notes


2:11 Ki-Adi-Mundi was a member of the Jedi High Council. He was a Cerean, a species whose members have two brains.
9:45 In 1974 Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon of any crimes he may have committed. You can read the full proclamation here.
12:36 Terrible. Just terrible.
26:00 The seagull that landed on the chimney when Pope Francis was elected was apparently symbolic. Also, the old pope, Pope Benedict XVI, didn’t die. He resigned.
26:24 Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders thinks “there may be some symbolism” regarding the bird that landed on his podium last month.
26:36 I was probably thinking of Duck for President, a children’s book about, surprisingly enough, a duck running for president.
27:06 Article 1, section 8 (a.k.a. the necessary and proper clause) of the U.S. constitution and the 10th amendment act in opposition to each other. Article 1, section 8 gives the federal government the “power… to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution… all other powers vested by this constitution in the government of the United States,” while the 10th amendment explicitly relegates to the state governments all powers not specifically given to the federal government in the constitution. If you can’t wrap your head around this, well… you’re not alone.
37:09 Spaceship Earth is a spherical building at Epcot in Disney World. The original concept for Epcot was developed by Walt himself, who, as we now know, got the idea from Adric and Nyssa.


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Episode 117: Adric is a Cat

We flipped a coin to decide this title.

This week Kiyan and Dylan record in a white featureless room. It might be a padded room, we’re not really sure anymore. There’s a gate here somewhere. A Warrior’s Gate, written by Steve Gallagher and aired in January of 1981.


Show-notes


8:31 Several Dragon Ball Z characters train in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, another single-gated, featureless plane that you wouldn’t want to get lost in.
9:43 The Infinite Featureless Plane of Death is, unsurprisingly, an infinite featureless plane from the surprisingly-regular Irregular Webcomic. Here are some strips that feature (get it?) the Plane.
19:13 Two-Face is a Batman villain who decides things based on the flip of a coin. Kind of like how we make all the decisions for this podcast. Ok, not really. Maybe.
19:59 Daredevil is a Marvel character who lost his sight in a freak accident. In exchange, all his other senses are hilariously overpowered.
32:00 Carl Sagan was a scientist and the host and co-writer of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.
44:57 Richard Dawkins is another scientist and a strong opponent of creationism. He and Lalla Ward got married in 1992.
46:46 Here’s costume designer June Hudson’s design archive if you’re interested. Here are her recent designs, which include more contemporary Doctor Who characters.
49:48 Our Fourth Doctor retrospective will be a collaboration with Jim and Martin of Krynoid Podcast! Links to their various outlets here.


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Episode 116: Sass of Rassilon

“I’m a Time Lord bro. Back off. BACK OFF.” – Sassy Rassilon

This week Kiyan and Dylan do not make it to Gallifrey yet, however much this title may imply that they did. Instead they fail to even leave E-Space. It’s the second story of the E-Space trilogy this week, State of Decay. It was written by Terrance Dicks and aired in November and December of 1980.


Show-notes

10:02 Purple was traditionally associated with nobility in a number of ancient cultures (and still is today).
15:16 You’ve probably already seen the new Star Wars trailer, but go ahead and watch it again. Or watch it for the first time if you haven’t seen it. It was pretty good. Or not. I dunno.
27:29 Punch cards were used to program computers and to store information back in the stone age. We’ve never seen the Doctor use his before and we’ll probably never see it again.
31:20 Here’s a pretty extensive list of vampire weaknesses from various mythologies and media (including Count Chocula).


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Episode 115: As Unstoppable as Sylvester Stallone

ADDRIIIICCCCC. (This is a reference to Rocky.)

This week we’ve come Full Circle. Yes, we’re right where we started. Where was this start? Well, hell if I know. But it’s right here. Right here, where we’ve come Full Circle, thanks to Andrew Smith. The serial aired in October and November of 1980.


Show-notes


05:10 The staple crop on Alzarius is called riverfruit. Like everything in the Doctor Who universe, riverfruit has its own wiki page.
07:11 Peter Howell’s site, which hasn’t been updated in 4 years. Here’s the page on his work for the BBC.
12:26 The Right Stuff (1983) is the film that popularized the power walk. Here’s the clip.
12:45 G.I. Joe is a line of dolls action figures from Hasbro.
13:04 Trump.
17:23 The Rambo films star Sylvester Stallone. They should star K9 though.
19:29 Those were actually riverfruit, not spider eggs. The spiders use the fruit to incubate their eggs during mistfall. Our bad.
25:27 Dexter’s Laboratory is a cartoon that follows the adventures of boy-genius Dexter.


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

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Episode 114: Unassuming Cactus

Just uh. Don’t mind me. Just a cactus. Nothing more.

This week Kiyan and Dylan record a new episode, and specifically ensure that there are no cacti in the room. No guarantees about Eucalyptus though. It’s Meglos, written byJohn Flanagan and Andrew McCulloch. It aired in September and October of 1980.

We dedicate this episode to Adrienne Corri.


Show-notes


00:28 The Cailleach is a Gaelic deity that appears in season 17’s The Stones of Blood.
07:27 Scene Sync was an advancement of CSO technology used only in this story. It allowed CSO shots to include moving backgrounds. A documentary about the technique, The Scene Sync Story, was included on the DVD release of Meglos.
08:18 Solfatara is a volcano in Italy whose name is derived from the Latin sulpha terra, or “sulfur earth.” Sorta makes you wonder what Zolfa-Thura smelled like…
19:00 Goosebumps is a children’s horror book series. The second book in the series, Stay Out of the Basement, features a sentient plant.
24:35 Eucalyptus is a native Australian tree that’s considered an invasive species in California. Read more about its invasive properties here.
28:54 Couldn’t find the specific documentary that detailed the Death Star’s inaccurate lasers, but here’s an article with a video that discussed the same thing!

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

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Episode 113: Apparently Legendary

They say that she’s a myth around these parts.

This week Kiyan and Dylan reach into the 1980s for real. By which I mean, everything takes a turn for the synth. Yes, the title theme is synth, the visuals look totally 80s, and everything is in a new decade. It’s The Leisure Hive, written by David Fisher and aired in August and September of 1980.


Show-notes


00:55 We use a piece of the Peter Howell’s theme arrangement as our intro and outro. If you’d like to hear the full theme, it’s on YouTube here.
01:47 You can watch Sid Sutton’s title sequence for the 4th doctor on YouTube as well.
03:09 You can find Triple Play on this very website!
06:28 You can see the full image of Tom and Lalla that we used in the header here. In addition, here’s another promotional image for The Leisure Hive that better shows both of their costumes.
07:49 June Hudson has a rather comprehensive Wikipedia page. Her website contains a portfolio which includes her original concept drawing for Tom’s new costume.
08:30 Here is an image of Raymond Reddington. If you’re interested in the show (Dylan recommends it), you can get some more information on The Blacklist’s wikipedia page.
09:00 Color comparison between burgandy and maroon
12:10 An image of The Namekians (From Dragon Ball Z).
12:28 A comparison image of the Argolans.
21:50 For reference, here is a screencap from this episode that shows The Fourth Doctor aged 500 years.
28:34 Tammany Hall was a corrupt political machine that basically ran most of New York in the early 20th century before losing influence when FDR got elected against their wishes. You can get a better overview at Wikipedia.
41:28 The Doctor Who site has an overview of all of the landings of Tom Yardley Jones’ new TARDIS.


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

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Episode 112: Totally Wizard

Wicked is a totally wizard musical. Wait a second…

This week Kiyan and Dylan jump a time track and end up in a parallel universe where Shada was finished with some animation. Wait no, that’s this universe, sorry. Well listen in to Douglas Adams’ final script, which would have (presumably) aired in January through March of 1980.

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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 111: Papier-Mâché Shia LaBeouf Head

Running through the night… It’s the Nimon! Actual cannibal Nimon!

Watch out, it’s the Space Minotaur! He’s chasing us down! Well, may as well take a quick break here and listen to Trust Your Doctor, I’m sure the minotaur will wait. I mean, Kiyan and Dylan are discussing The Horns of Nimon, written by Anthony Read, and aired in December of 1979 and January of 1980. Unfortunately for us, this serial was released 2 years before Rambo. Pity.

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Episode 110: The Real Radiation Experience

Please fasten your seat belts and put on your radiation helmets.

This week, the question at large is, does the serial make a political point? Well actually the question is, as usual, can Kiyan and Dylan summarize a serial without totally failing? Listen in and find out if Nightmare of Eden can answer both of these questions. It was written by Bob Baker and aired in November and December of 1979.

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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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