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.


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(00:15:09) Links to Allan’s “A Day in the Life” short story in the “Read Now, Write Now” anthology can be found here on his blog.

(00:16:24) Out of the Silent Planet is a science fiction novel by the British author C. S. Lewis, published in 1938. Two sequels, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength were published in 1943 and 1945, completing the so-called Cosmic Trilogy or The Space Trilogy.

(00:19:39) A scan of what may well be the final installment of Wotcher! by The Watcher from DWM #518 can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:21:19) A scan of this Private Eye article can be found on Doc’s personal blog here.

(00:26:52) Our suggestion of what the DWM Reminder Room might look like can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:40:17) L!VE TV was a British television station that was operated by Mirror Group Newspapers on cable television from 12 June 1995 until 5 November 1999. It was later revived for Sky from 2003. In 2006, the new L!VE TV’s name was changed to Babeworld to reflect the channel’s gradual change of focus towards “adult material”.

(00:40:35) L!VE TV’s content included “Canary Wharf”, a soap opera, which used the station’s offices in the Docklands as a set and starred none other than the Cyberleader himself David Banks. David’s climactic scene starts 03:10 into this clip.

(00:44:10) “Planet of the Apes” is an American science fiction television series that aired on CBS in 1974. The series stars Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton, Mark Lenard and Booth Colman. It is based on the 1968 Planet of the Apes film and its sequels, which were inspired by the novel Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle. The series starred Roddy McDowall as Galen, a young chimpanzee that is sent by Zaius with Urko to ensure the safety of two humans that have survived a crash landing on Earth. McDowall previously played Cornelius and Caesar throughout the various film versions. Mark’s Galen doll, now sadly lost to a tragically heroic death by a laser defence system, can be seen here.

(01:01:00) The “cold open” song from Craig Ferguson’s show can be found here.

(01:11:48) Hylda Baker (4 February 1905 – 1 May 1986) was an English comedian, actress and music hall performer. Born and brought up in Farnworth, Lancashire, she is perhaps most well known for her role as Nellie Pledge in the ITV sitcom Nearest and Dearest (1968–73) and for her role in the 1960 film Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

(01:12:08) British comedians Arthur Mullard and Hylda Baker released a version of the “You’re the One That I Want” in 1978 which reached Number 22 in the UK charts.

(01:12:49) “Not On Your Nellie” is a British sitcom that ran from 1974 until 1975. It starred veteran actress Hylda Baker as Nellie Pickersgill, a Bolton woman who moves to London to help run her ailing father’s Chelsea pub. Seventeen episodes of the series were produced by London Weekend Television for the ITV network.

(01:14:56) Our suggestions of what the cyber sentries are gossiping about can be found on our Tumblr page here. The scene of the overenthusiastic Tommy from “The Pandorica Opens” can be found on our Tumblr page here.

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