This week, we review “Fugitive of the Judoon” and “Praxeus”. Along the way, we pay tribute to the late Nicholas Parsons with a selection from Doc’s “Golden Age” of Just a Minute.


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(00:02:44) Nicholas Parsons CBE (10 October 1923 – 28 January 2020) was an English actor and radio and television presenter. He was the long-running presenter of the comedy radio show Just a Minute and hosted the game show Sale of the Century during the 1970s and early 1980s.

(00:04:23) “Just a Minute” is a BBC Radio 4 radio comedy and television panel game, chaired, with a few exceptions, by Nicholas Parsons from 1967 until 2019. The object of the game is for panellists to talk for sixty seconds on a given subject, “without hesitation, repetition or deviation”.

(00:06:38) Our own Hayden has just published another of his books, “Tales from Another Me,” documenting from 2007 until 2010 his thoughts, dreams, nightmares and desires through a collection of poems. This selection illustrates how the world looked through the eyes of a teenager – lost in the noisy digital age – trying to find his way in an exciting yet confusing world against a backdrop of friendships, romance, work life, sex, drugs, alcohol, the rise of Facebook and the stranglehold that the economic recession had on a the youth of the time.

All proceeds will be going to the MindUK mental health charity.

You can get hold of Hayden’s book here: Amazon

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(00:16:48) “From Hell” is a graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell, originally published in serial form from 1989 to 1998. The full collection was published in 1999 by Top Shelf Productions. Set during the Whitechapel murders of the late Victorian era, the novel speculates upon the identity and motives of Jack the Ripper. The novel depicts several true events surrounding the murders, although portions have been fictionalised, particularly the identity of the killer and the precise nature and circumstances of the murders.

(00:39:20) The Doctor Who Monthly comic strip Mark is referring to here is  “The Stockbridge Horror” which appeared in issues #70 to #75. The particular frame Mark is referring to where an image of the TARDIS is dug up can be found on our Tumblr page here.

(00:55:12) “Game On” was a British sitcom which ran for three series and aired on BBC2 from 1995 to 1998. The central characters are three childhood friends from Herne Bay in Kent; laddish agoraphobe Matthew Malone (Ben Chaplin in the first series and Neil Stuke in the second and third), man-eater Amanda “Mandy” Wilkins (Samantha Janus), and wimpish Martin Henson (Matthew Cottle). When in their twenties, the trio move into and share a flat in Battersea, south-west London, which Matthew bought with his inheritance, and the series follows their lives as flatmates.

(01:09:20) The reference to Arthur Dent throwing the Nutrimatic Cup comes of course from “The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (Fit the Tenth).

(01:32:34) “Last Tango in Halifax”is a British comedy-drama series that began broadcasting on BBC One in 2012. Screenwriter Sally Wainwright loosely adapted the story of her mother’s second marriage.The series stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as Alan and Celia. The series has been praised for its depiction of the older generation, strong acting, and believable dialogue. “Last Tango in Halifax” accrued four nominations for the 2013 British Academy Television Awards and won the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series.

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