This week we look at the First Doctor’s antepenultimate story “The War Machines” from 1966. But first we pause to remember Victor Pemberton and Brucie.

Along the way, we discuss the apostasy among cattle and the cultural impact of “Carry On Up the Khyber” and Mark visits Kit Pedler’s grave.


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(00:09:26) “The Adventures of Black Beauty” is a British adventure family television series produced by London Weekend Television and shown by ITV in the United Kingdom between 1972 and 1974.

(00:10:31) “Carry On Up the Khyber” is a British comedy and the sixteenth in the series of Carry On films to be made, released in 1968. The film is, in part, a spoof of Kiplingesque movies and television series about life in the British Raj.

(00:12:37) A clip from the “Carry On Up the Khyber” dinner scene can be found here.

(13:42:00) Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson CBE (22 February 1928 – 18 August 2017) was a British presenter, actor, comedian, singer, dancer, and screenwriter whose career spanned more than 75 years.

(00:16:03) Bruce Forsyth’s appearance at the 1974 FA Cup Final can be found here.

(00:21:09) The dialects/Dalek clip from “The Generation Game” can be found here.

(00:21:27) Our discussion of the BBC’s Saturday night scheduling took place during episode 58 of our podcast during a visit from friend of the show, Mark (for it is he) Cockram.

(00:27:19) The French Maid clip from “The Generation Game” can be found on our Youtube channel here.

(00:31:11) Mark took a photo of Kit Pedler’s grave which can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:33:23) The “Who Is It?” page from Mark’s 1975 Valiant annual can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:46:50) A very noisy version of the 1966 clip from “Blue Peter” featuring the War Machines can be found on Youtube here. A cleaner version can be found as an extra on “The War Machines” DVD release.

(00:57:24) The Bette Davis interview from 1958 can be found here. The moment where her daughter reveals her career ambitions is located at 00:06:25 into the clip.

(01:02:55) Johnny Hawksworth (2 February 1924 – 13 February 2009) was a British musician and composer.

(01:03:29) “Man About the House” is a British sitcom that was broadcast for six series on ITV from 1973 to 1976. The series was considered daring at the time due to its subject matter of a man sharing a flat with two single women. It was made by Thames Television. The Johnny Hawsworth penned theme tune can be found here.

(01:03:29) “Roobarb” is a British animated children’s television programme, originally shown on BBC1 just before the evening news. Each cartoon, written by Grange Calveley and animated by Bob Godfrey, was about five minutes long. Thirty episodes were made, and the show was first shown on 21 October 1974. The theme is that of the friendly rivalry between Roobarb the green dog and Custard the pink cat from next door. The Johnny Hawsworth penned theme tune can be found here.

(01:03:29) Thames Television was a franchise holder for a region of the British ITV television network serving London and surrounding area on weekdays from 1968 until the night of 31 December 1992. Johnny Hawsworth’s famous ident and jingle can be found here.

(01:08:55) Tony Benn opens the Post Office Tower in 1966.

(01:16:52) Anneke Wills appeared in “Dressed to Kill”, and episode of “The Avengers” from 1963.

(01:18:06) “Moriarty – The Hound of the D’Urbervilles” by Kim Newman.

(01:23:51) Hayden’s new website home for his writing can be found here and his new Facebook page to accompany it can be found here.

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