Four of the Five Four Faces of Delusion have been listening this week to the audiobook of “Who on Earth is Tom Baker”, the great man’s autobiography, and have gathered to find the maximum number of tangents to shoot off at while discussing the masterpiece.
Along the way, we take a well-earned cup of tea until rain forces us indoors,we look at boys’ comics of yesteryear, and we find out what Doc as a boy wanted to be when he grew up.
(01:09:57) “Late Night Story was a TV series broadcast on BBC2. Over Christmas 1978, it starred Tom Baker reading to camera four macabre stories on the theme of childhood. These stories were “The Photograph” by Nigel Kneale, “The Emissary” by Ray Bradbury, “Nursery Tea” by Mary Danby, “The End of the Party” by Graham Greene. The fifth story, “Sredni Vashtar” by Saki (Hector Hugh Munro), was unscreened owing to a BBC strike. The full set can be found as extras on the “Key to Time” DVD box-set.
“Imagine a world created by George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and the Marx brothers”. Yes, it’s the Diddly Dum Whoseum, put once more to its proper role as a repository for Doctor Who memorabilia. The themes of the items presented this week by the podcasters is food and board games, with a linking theme of Daleks.
It’s the podcast’s 4th birthday and the Five Faces of Delusion are reviewing “Twice Upon a Time”. Along the way, we find a connection between “Box of Delights” and early breathalyser tests, we howl for The North, and we look at the pros and cons of having superfans as showrunners and writers.
This week, we take a look at the Season 14, Fourth Doctor story “Robots of Death”. Along the way, we ask who was the hardest Doctor, Mark recalls being at the 1988 gig when Alice Cooper very nearly did hang himself and we salute the passing of heroes in Paddy Russell, Dudley Simpson, Scott Fredericks, Keith Barron and Rodney Bewes.
This week, we take a look at Earthshock (the Season 19, Fifth Doctor story from 1982) and we lift the lid on the long-concealed scandal of overenthusiastic sentry-extras in Doctor Who.
Along the way, we take a good look at coarse acrostics, David Banks’s career as a soap star and Beryl Reid’s lookalike. And, if any of you think that a school bully breaking one of his toys in Hayden’s book was the most heartbreaking thing you’ve ever heard about, then our swerve down the side road of the Planet of the Apes TV Series from 1974 and how it inspired a young Mark’s imagination may well leave you in tears.
(00:01:42) “Child Out of Time” is our own Hayden’s long-awaited book telling the story of how, having been born in the year Doctor Who was cancelled, he still managed to grow up loving Doctor Who during its Wilderness Years. Copies are hoped to be in the shops by Christmas. Until then, paperbacks can be purchased on Amazon (here) as can Kindle editions (here). Hayden’s own website (here) and his Facebook author page (here) give more details.
The Five Faces of Delusion examine the Sixth Doctor story “Vengeance on Varos”. Along the way, we look forward to Hayden’s book being published next week and we look back to the BBC’s repertory company of the 1970s.
This week we look at The Seeds of Doom. Along the way, Hayden completes his Doctor Who annual collection, Mark and Allan celebrate their first anniversary on the podcast, we recall the hot summer of 1976 and Mark tells how he once met John Challis.