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Staggering Stories Commentary #196: Babylon 5 – Rising Star
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, allied, in front of the Season 4 Babylon 5 penultimate episode Rising Star, and spout our usual nonsense! Sheridan has a new job offer, Garibaldi has an impromptu rescue to mount, Ivanova jumps ship and everyone is generally very busy. But enough of their […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #267: The Doctor has a Fall
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:23

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review the 2017 Doctor Who episodes ‘World Enough and Time’ and ‘The Doctor Falls’, take look back at Big Finish’s ‘Doctor Who: Spare Parts’ audio play, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #195: Doctor Who – Thin Ice
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 09 Jul 2017 11:24

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, fished, in front of the 2017 Doctor Who S10 episode, ‘Thin Ice’, and spout our usual nonsense! The Doctor has himself a very fine hat, Bill has cold feet and the filthy Thames is somehow harbouring life. But enough of their problems, please sit […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #266: Tenth Podcast Anniversary
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 02 Jul 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller celebrate ten years of the Staggering Stories podcast in Cardiff and review the 2017 Doctor Who episode ‘The Eaters of Light’, play some games, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #194: Babylon 5 – Endgame
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:24

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, earthbound, in front of the Season 4 Babylon 5 penultimate episode, Endgame, and spout our usual nonsense! Sheridan is talking Clark to death, Marcus is turning tail and Ivanova is not taking much interest. But enough of their problems, please sit down with us […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #265: Wonder Cough
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sat, 17 Jun 2017 16:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review the 2017 Doctor Who episodes ‘The Lie of the Land’ and ‘Empress of Mars’, discuss the 2017 film ‘Wonder Woman’, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. […]

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The Cre'at Club

Chief Inspector Grey-um:
The Dead of Lower Futon

Arresting the mind of Adam J Purcell


Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um alone in his office.

Meet Detective Chief Inspector Grey-um, a hard drinking police detective who likes word search puzzles, being grumpy, bad novelty music and especially solving murders.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um and Velma in his office.

But who is this coming into Grey-um's office? It's the one and only other member of CID, Detective Sergeant Velma Dinkley. It looks like she has some bad news.

"There has been a murder, sir!" exclaims Dinkley.

"Another murder on our patch, Dinkley?" asks Grey-um. "It's almost as regular as a TV schedule around here. Quick, to my car..."

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um and Dinkley in the Falcon, TV room green background.

Like many great detectives, Grey-um likes to own a quirky and distinctive classic vehicle in which to zoom around his manor (Adam's house). Those unfortunate to be passed are currently hearing the irritating tones of Joe Dolce's 'Shaddap You Face' blaring out of Grey-um's speakers.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Randy, dead Cyril and gawpers in TV room, below futon.

Here we are at the crime scene, in the wrong end of town (just below the seats in the TV room), and there's PC Randy (the Roman centurion) trying to keep the gawpers at bay.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Close up of Randy the Roman and Grey-um.

PC Randy clearly hasn't recognised Grey-um but then Randy was always excruciatingly stupid and is never likely to get that promotion to sergeant he wants.

"Move along, there's nothing to see here." says Randy to Grey-um.

"It's me, Grey-um, you incompetent, uncultured oaf. Let me see the body."

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Velma and Randy talking.

"Don't mind him, Randy, he's still getting over what happened recently - when his new girlfriend turned out to be the murderer of the week. Again." soothes Dinkley.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um looking at Cyril the cyberman's body.

There's the body. If Grey-um is looking a little greyer than usual, that's because he's uncommonly squeemish for a detective. He also knows the victim.

"It's Cyril the Cyberman. His head's been taken clean off. It's a tragedy, Dinkley..." emotes Grey-um.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um, Randy and Dinkley.

"Who found the body?" Grey-um asks PC Randy.

"Vampire Willow but she ran just as you were arriving."

"Jinkies! She's the local Tom, sir. Must have been worried you'd run her in." explains Dinkley to Grey-um. "She's probably just hiding around the corner, this is her normal street, after all."

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Cyril's body being stuffed into the Falcon.

They're quickly stuffing Cyril's lifeless body into the empty battery compartment of Grey-um's ship before searching the area for crime scene fleeing Vampire Willow.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um and Dinkley trapping Vampire Willow.

It looks like Dinkley was right, they've managed to trap the ferral beast and she's started to talk.

"I just found him like that. Didn't see no one. And no, I didn't really know him, though I've seen him around a few times. Nothing else I can tell you." pleads Vampire Willow.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um and Dinkley in his office, with a miniature whisky.

As it typical for Grey-um, he has no leads and so has decided to return to his office to drink until inspiration hits.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um and Dinkley with Chief Super Naked Tom Baker in his office.

As is also typical, Grey-um's boss, Chief Superintendent Naked Tom Baker, has stormed in and wants results.

"I want results, Grey-um. Results!" insists Naked Tom Baker, before storming off again.

"It's no good, sir," says Dinkley, "We'll have to talk to your snout."

Grey-um isn't happy about this but he knows that Dinkley is right. So it's downstairs to the living room for them both, for now they must meet The Head of Pertwee.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um and Dinkley in the Falcon, hovering by The Head of Pertwee, offering him a Twirl.

"What's the word on the street, Head of Pertwee?" Grey-um asks as he turns down the Timmy Mallett version of 'Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' and hands the Head of Pertwee his customary payment - a chocolate bar.

"Cyril is dead. Unlike me, he didn't survive the decapitation. It's mind over matter, you know." says The Head of Pertwee.

"Tell me something I don't know, something useful." insists Grey-um as he wafts the chocolate under the cavernous nostils of The Head of Pertwee.

"Relax, copper. I can't say who did it but Cyril had recently taken up with that Evil Gang, the one run by Fascist Spock. Also they're in some kind of battle against the Doctor's gang. But it may be neither of them, there's talk of a rogue element, too." confides The Head of Pertwee.

"A rogue element?" Grey-um asks.

"I can say no more." The Head of Pertwee says with a note a finality.

"That Fascist Spock and his gang are nutters, sir. How about we talk to the Doctor first?" Dinkley says hopefully.

"My thoughts exactly, Dinkley. After another drink..." says Grey-um.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um and Dinkley outside the Police Box with Amy in the door way.

With a few more drinks in his wobbly belly, Grey-um and Dinkley are now outside the TARDIS, knocking on the door. Ah look, it's Amy Pond come to let them inside (though a bit of a squeeze for blubbery Grey-um).

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um, Dinkley, Amy, Rory, the Doctor, River, Idris and Amelia inside the TARDIS.

Of course we now find ourselves inside the TARDIS and while it is slightly bigger on the inside it's still rather overcrowded!

"What is this between you and Fascist Spock?" asks Grey-um of the Doctor.

"Well, they are evil, aren't they? I waggle my screwdriver at evil!" says the Doctor.

"What about Cyril, the Cyberman. Did you waggle it at him? To death?" demands Dinkley.

"What? No, of course not. We don't kill people, do we gang?" asks the Doctor.

"No, we just make sure they are hoist on their own petard!" says Amy enthusiastically.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Close up of Rory giving Grey-um a slip of paper.

Grumpily Grey-um has decided there's nothing more to gain from this lot and has turned to leave. But what's this? Rory, looking a little nervous, has slipped Grey-um a note...

The note says: "We've had an anonymous tip that Spock and the Evil Gang are going to be up at Nativity Hill tonight, so we're going to be there first and get the drop on them!"

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um and Dinkley in the Falcon, TV room background with TV behind ship.

After another quick drink at the office, Grey-um and Dinkley are, against their better judgement, on their way to visit Fascist Spock and his Evil Gang.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um and Dinkley with Spock, Sally the Silurian and Wilbo the Weevil.

"Your visiting us is illogical, Inspector. You know we don't talk to the likes of you, being a dirty grass is doubly illogical, but I will say this: we did not kill Cyril." says Spock.

"So he was part of your gang? When did you last see him?" asks Grey-um.

"That would be talking to you but if it will get you off our back I will say this: we thought we were being followed, so Cyril hung back to deal with them. Next thing we know, people are saying someone knocked his block off. Fascinating, isn't it?"

So maybe the Head of Pertwee was right and neither gang was behind Cyril's death?

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Close up of Grey-um being given a note by Wilbo the Weevil.

Satisfied he'd get no more from Spock or his cronies, Grey-um goes to leave but Wilbo the Weevil siddles up to him and secretly offers a note...

The note says: "An anonymous tip says that the Doctor and his gang are going to Nativity Hill tonight, so we're going to get there first and knobble them!"

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um, Dinkley and Naked Tom Baker in his office, more miniatures.

Grey-um and Dinkley have returned to the office, for another drink and to keep their boss in the loop.

"So there we have it - it sounds like someone is setting them up to wipe each other out and maybe they want the survivors for themselves." Grey-um is explaining to the Naked Tom Baker.

"I can't spare you any uniformed officers, I'm afraid. It will just have to be the two of you in the final act, as per usual. Do you have any clues as to who this mystery murderer might be?" the Naked Tom Baker asks.

"No, probably some cheap trick of it being someone we haven't previously seen." groused Grey-um.

"Well get out there, Grey-um, and feel some collar!" orders the Naked Tom Baker.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Nativity scene - not showing the roof, only the two gangs.

Here we are on Nativity Hill but it looks like each gang has already arrived. Poor little Amelia must be tired, it's a very late night for her, as Amy and Rory have put her to bed - right in the manger! Look at cowardly Rory, he always was a pathetic specimen and in no way deserving of Amy! Don't worry, I'm sure Amy will protect them both, though.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Nativity scene - a look up at the roof and the Weeping Angel.

But who's that on the roof? It's Wendy the Weeping Angel! Now all becomes clear. You never can trust a Weeping Angel and she's clearly set this up from the beginning. Wendy must have been seen by Cyril and killed him so he couldn't tell anyone. Isn't that Wendy a naughty girl!

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um about to jump from the Falcon onto the stable.

Grey-um and Dinkley are hoving over the scene and it looks like Grey-um is going to jump out and tackle Wendy!

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um sliding down the stable roof.

Oh no! Grey-um's missed her and is sliding off the roof! I think he's going to land on Fascist Spock and his gang!

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um on top of Spock & gang.

Oh dear, what a mess! All those arms and legs, it's almost impossible to tell which belong to Grey-um, Fascist Spock, Wilbo the Weevil or Sally the Silurian. That will be a lot of accident at work report forms to be filled in.

And look out, is that Wendy about to take advantage of the confusion and jump down to kill the Doctor and his gang? What on earth can anyone do?

It's Dinkley, here to save the day!

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Dinkley in the Falcon, with Wendy grabbed between the front forks.

Excellent work, Dinkley! Wendy the Weeping Angel has been captured. Now to wrap up the case.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Police outfit Amy bending over in front of Grey-um.

Before they go back to the station, Grey-um has noticed that Amy appears to be impersonating a Police Officer. Again. The punishment for this is a smacked bottom! Again! It's almost as if she enjoys it.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Grey-um and Dinkley in his office, more miniatures and Wendy hanged in the background.

All's well that ends well. Chief Inspector Grey-um and Dectective Sergeant Dinkley have solved another murder case. Wendy the Weeping Angel has been brought to justice - to death. All just in time for the closing credits.

Chief Inspector Grey-um #1 - Chief Inspector Grey-um will return in When Midnight Murderers Do Murdering at Midnight.