His exhibits for presentation at The Whoseum include the 1977 Denys Fisher Giant Robot doll, instances of the Doctor Who world invading Marvel comics and a curious papier maché Dalek tableau with a unique link to Bagpuss.
Along the way, we pay tribute to the late Gordon Murray, Mark tells us of his unusual way of striking up a conversation with Brian Croucher by finding an experience in common, and we run down Hayden’s Top 15 jammy anecdotes.
And please take the opportunity to support the Caudwell Children’s charity, either by a direct donation or by buying the recently released paperback edition of “Seasons of War”.
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(00:14:20) “Rogue Trooper” is a science fiction strip in the British comic 2000 AD, created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons. It follows the adventures of Rogue, a “Genetic Infantryman”, a genetically created, blue-skinned, manufactured super soldier and his three comrades’ search for the Traitor General. His comrades are in the form of biochips – onto which a G.I.’s entire personality is downloaded at the time of death for later retrieval – and are named Gunnar (mounted on Rogue’s rifle), Bagman (on his backpack) and Helm (on his helmet). He is genetically engineered to be immune to almost all known toxins, can submerge in strong acid unaffected, and is able to withstand a vacuum in his bare skin. A photo of the Rogue Trooper cosplayer can be found on our Tumbr page here.
(00:26:54) Gordon Murray (3 May 1921 – 30 June 2016) was a British television producer and puppeteer. He created and wrote some of the most popular children’s television programmes ever seen in Britain: Trumpton, Camberwick Green and Chigley, collectively known as the Trumptonshire Trilogy, were all made by the company he set up.
(01:16:25) David Chester “Dave” Gibbons (born 14 April 1949) is an English comic book artist, writer and sometimes letterer. He is best known for his collaborations with writer Alan Moore, which include the miniseries Watchmen and the Superman story “For the Man Who Has Everything”. He was an artist for the UK anthology 2000 AD, for which he contributed a large body of work from its first issue in 1977.
(01:24:00) “Bagpuss” is a British children’s television series, made by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate. The series of 13 episodes was first broadcast from 12 February 1974 to 7 May 1974 through their company Smallfilms. Although only 13 episodes were made, it remains fondly remembered and was frequently repeated in the UK for 13 years. In 1999 Bagpuss topped a BBC poll for the UK’s favourite children’s TV programme.
(01:26:18) “The Boney King of Nowhere”.
(01:26:45) “The Ship in a Bottle”.
(01:32:00) “Seasons of War” is an unoffcial collection of stories written about The War Doctor. it’s now out in paperback and all proceeds are going to help “Caudwell Children”, a charity which provides family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK. They also run their Enable Sport programme for talented disabled athletes and their Destination Dreams holiday for children fighting life threatening conditions. We’d love our faithful listeners to support this wonderful cause, either by buying the book or by making a donation to the charity. The book can be ordered here at Chinbeard Books. Andy Robinson’s short film to accompany the book can be found here.
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