Gareth Kavanagh joins the Four Faces of Delusion to debate the Doctor Who issues of the day and to present K9 – the Doctor’s second best friend – for permanent display in the marble halls of the Whoseum (along with his duelling partner).
Gareth’s researches have uncovered Steve Gallagher’s original scripts for “Warriors’ Gate” (greatly changed by Messs Bidmead and Joyce) and reveals K9’s originally planned, heartbreaking farewell words – you will sob your heats out. We also find the perfect replacement voice for K9 should John Leeson ever retire and the reason why Jo Grant was never given a K9 of her own.
Along the way, Hayden disappears mysteriously while researching the Shada shooting locations in Cambridge. While waiting for him to reappear, we chat about Gareth’s recent hosting of “An Evening with Terrance Dicks”, the similarities between Trau Morgus and Alan Sugar, the top ten business lessons from Caves of Androzani, the plot outline for the “Life on Mars” Christmas special that never happened and Doctor Who / Coronation Street crossovers. Finally Doc gets potty trained by Orac. Only on Diddly Dum.
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In 1975 Weetabix ran its first Doctor Who promotion in the UK. The famously yellow packets of the breakfast cereal contained collectible stand-up card characters. The inside of the cereal packet was printed with a variety of background diorama scenes in which to place the cards. Betweeen March and May 1977, Weetabix ran another Doctor Who promotion. There were four full-sized boards to collect from the back of the cereal packets. Each pack also contained one of six sets of double-sided, stand-up game cards consisting of three character cards and one coded “Message from the Time Lords” card. Our very own Doc (for it is he) has also discussed these Weetabix promotions in his own blog.
In 2011, Volume 2 of Vworp Vworp! magazine came with a free Vworpabix game, an affectionate tribute to the originals comprising four game boards and four sets of double-sided stand-up game cards. These were updated to portray modern Doctor Who characters and were beautifully illustrated by Gareth’s chums Adrian Salmon, Graeme Neil Reid, Leighton Noyes and Simon Gurr.
Stephen (Steve) Gallagher is a British novelist, screenwriter and director famed for writing the Fourth Doctor story “Warriors’ Gate” and the Fifth Doctor story “Terminus”. But he earned an eternal place in Doc’s personal hall of fame by writing a trilogy of sci-fi serials in the late 1970s which Doc heard in his tender and impressionable years on Piccadilly Radio in the days when even independent British radio stations were obliged by their licences to produce a certain amount of decent drama.
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