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Staggering Stories Commentary #238: Doctor Who – The Timeless Children
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Mon, 22 Nov 2021 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, matrixed, in front of 2020 Doctor Who episode ‘The Timeless Children’, and spout our usual nonsense! Tecteun has grabbed a child, the Cyberium is playing coy and the Doctor discovers her shocking past. But enough of their problems, please sit down with us to […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #380: The Dog and Wok
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 14 Nov 2021 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review the new Doctor Who episodes The Halloween Apocalypse and War of the Sontarans, discuss their BFI visit to preview Doctor Who: Galaxy 4, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #237: Doctor Who – Ascension of the Cybermen
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Mon, 08 Nov 2021 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, boundaried, in front of 2020 Doctor Who episode ‘Ascension of the Cybermen’, and spout our usual nonsense! Brendan is having an odd life, Ashad has found some friends and the Doctor spies something familiar through a hole. But enough of their problems, please sit […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #379: Chimes of Midnight Mass
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 31 Oct 2021 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Jean Riddler and Keith Dunn review Doctor Who: The Chimes of Midnight (Big Finish) and Netflix’s Midnight Mass, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:09 — Welcome! 02:25 – News: 02:45 — Doctor Who: Series 13 timed and […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #236: Doctor Who – The Haunting of Villa Diodati
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 24 Oct 2021 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, spooked, in front of 2020 Doctor Who episode ‘The Haunting of Villa Diodati’, and spout our usual nonsense! Graham needs the loo, Ryan gets a skeletal hand in the face and the Doctor gets hit upon. But enough of their problems, please sit down […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #378: What If… Dizzy Daleks
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 17 Oct 2021 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks and Marvel’s first season of What If…?, talk about media we’ve been consuming, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. […]

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Doctor Who: I Remember... "Remember I"

By Keith Dunn


Right, says Tony, I want an article about what Doctor Who means to you, ready for the next update.

He doesn't want much, just blood from a stone (writing well doesn't easy come to me)

Sit at the keyboard until blood starts to seep from forehead.

Ok lets work my way up to this. My earliest Who memories are probably my earliest memories. To begin with, it's the second Doctor being chased down by a unicorn. I can't remember any Yeti stories but I can remember calling Auton energy units Yeti eggs and being very disconcerted when we traveled through disused underground stations on the train.

I can remember the sense of anticipation after tea on a Saturday waiting for Grandstand round up to finish, I can remember being told that I'm too close to the T.V., sit back, or to sit over here to stop mum from being frightened. (I don't remember hiding behind the sofa or watching through a crack in the door, it was always up close and personal, though my mum may say differently).

That was what the Mary Whitehouse brigade couldn't understand; everything was going to be all right. The Doctor was there!

Later came the conventions, starting with Longleat and the queues (yes I was one of the people who lent against the wall to look at my program and a queue started behind me), but mostly it was the sense of silly fun. It was talking to people that I have never met before and have never met again but they had the same mind set as me (at some places the queues got so crushed together that if you bent over to pick up a thrown postcard you couldn't get up again. I helped many young American ladies off the floor that day).

I then moved on to proper conventions where I met people who were true friends, people to whom I'd like know what happened. We have drifted due to time and distance but every now and then one will pop back in to my life. But this time of my life can be summed up in one word (well looking back it can) joy, pure unbound joy.

It's where I met Karen (by connecting straws to drink my cider!) and later married (later followed by two sons).

It was performing the Whovian Brothers in front of about 50 people with Shawn (Now gone and sadly missed but not forgotten).

It's were I first met Jean in That! Dress (I could never work out whether she was outside that dress trying to get in or inside that dress trying to get out.)

It's the look on Paul's face when he told us he had been commissioned for his first book,

It was meeting Heather; the only thing she can do is in lighten your life.

Later Adam snaked in, bringing his own bizarre sense of humor, Tony gatecrashed into my life, then followed by Andy (with his booming laugh)

So in answer to Tony's question, "what does Doctor Who mean to you?": joy, fun, anticipation and love. A good way to spend 25 minutes or a weekend.