Andrew McCulloch

114: Unassuming Cactus (Meglos)

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.


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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