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Staggering Stories Commentary #211: Doctor Who – World Enough and Time
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, pained, in front of the 2017 Doctor Who S10 episode, ‘World Enough and Time’, and spout our usual nonsense! Bill’s innards are feeling a bit of a draft, Razor is channeling Zathras and the Doctor is taking years to do anything. But enough of […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #282: Lighting Up Leicester
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review the 2013 Big Finish Doctor Who 50th anniversary story ‘The Light at the End’, discuss their visit to the Doctor Who convention ‘Science of the Time Lords’, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #210: Babylon 5 – The Wheel of Fire
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 04 Feb 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, bargaining, in front of the Season 5 Babylon 5 episode ‘The Wheel of Fire’, and spout our usual nonsense! G’Kar has become a cult, Delenn has a parasite and Lochley finally does something. But enough of their problems, please sit down with us to […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #281: Ruler of Swindon (or maybe Sweden?)
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn discuss our Top Ten 2017 Films, review the 2017 Big Finish Doctor Who boxset ‘The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield, Vol. 4 – Ruler of the Universe’, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #209: Doctor Who – The Eaters of Light
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:55

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, consuming, in front of the 2017 Doctor Who S10 episode, ‘The Eaters of Light’, and spout our usual nonsense! Bill has fallen down a hole (again), Nardole is getting inked up and Kar is fending off a demon. But enough of their problems, please […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #280: Welcome to the Annual Predictability
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller discuss Capaldi’s best Doctor Who bits, review the film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, come up with our Predictions, Hopes and Dreams, and Fears for 2018, see how wrong we were about our Predictions for 2017, find some general news, […]

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Tony Gallichan is Mildly Perturbed by... The Daleks!


Well, it's completely understandable, isn't it? The Kings of Terror. The scariest monsters in television history. Forty one years of scaring the pants off kiddies all over the world. Not too shabby...

But hold on a mo'...

What's this, hmm? No Daleks in the new series? You bleedin' what?

Cor blimey Guv'nor, strike a light, luv a duck (illegal in some states - but probably not in the south.).

You see, I LOVE the Daleks. I'm a HUGE fan. I'm almost as batty about them as Nick Briggs, he of Dalek Empire fame.

Don't ask me why. Ok, I can say that the design is great - except there's the stair problem - it doesn't matter if we can now see them flying around all over the place, their very design stops the leap of imagination - they don't have legs, thereofre they can't go up stairs. Well, that's what the newspapers would have you think, lol.

One of my earliest memories of Doctor Who is Day Of The Daleks. I was rather little when it was on. And a couple of streets away there was a path that led to fields. Now then, Andrew Cox and I went for a walk there.

Now, you know how it is. Small boys, walking through trees, talking, isn't it? And of course, all it needs is for the trees to curl over and form a tunnel. What happened at the end of part two? A Dalek materialises in a tunnel. All it took was for one of us to mention that there were Daleks here and well, terror took hold. We both ran the half mile back home as fast as we could. Both panic stricken, convinced that the Daleks were after us.

I remember the thrill of part six of Frontier In Space. when the metal gits turned up. This was, of course, before I could really tell the difference between Dalek voices. I remember seeing, the following Saturday, a trailer for Planet Of The Daleks part one. I was SO excited.

I watched the story through the crack in the lounge door.

The films were wonderful also. They kept appearing at the most inconvenient moments. Either we were just off on a picnic or I had to go to Highland's College for orchestra practice. I played second clarinet, for those interested.

Even now I get a tingle when they appear. The first con I went to, I spent the night in hospitality. They had two life sized Daleks there and I dunno what it is, but one's eyes kept being drawn back to them.

(As an aside to this, someone else there spent the Saturday night dressed in a rabbit suit, collecting for charity. He got completly plastered and woke up in hospitality the following morning with no memory of the previous night. To say he was confused is an understatement. Firstly, he had to work out how he came to be dressed as a rabbit. The icing on the cake was when he turned around and saw two full sized Daleks glaring down at him. Suddenly his head was VERY clear, lol).

And now we shan't see them.

And while part of me thinks that it's ok, they might be around once the new series is successful, the rest of me is right narked, I can tell you.

I AM SO FED UP WITH HANCOCK PISSING OVER ALL THINGS DALEK.

Ahem.

Surely its time that the Beeb considered taking the agents to court? Ok, so Dr Who might not be around if not for the Daleks, but likewise, the Daleks wouldn't be around without Who. I mean, every attempt Nation made to launch them on their own failed.

Miserably.

Who bloody designed them? Who provided the voice? The BBC, that's who, pal! I mean, have you read the description Nation popped in the script? Bare bones is such a generous phrase when used here.

It's only now with the advent of Big Finish, that we see the Daleks being shown in their greatest light. I wonder how much editorial control Hancock has on their scripts? So surely the Beeb should be allowed to use the Daleks in the show without being dictated to? Ok, fine, anything else should be cleared with the agents. But for use in Doctor Who the beeb should be allowed to do what they will - I mean, they aint gonna meddle with something SO iconic.

However.....

That said, have you see the photos of the new police box prop?

Oh dear.

What on earth happened?

I know, I know, its a silly thing to get mildly purturbed by, but the bottom line, said frequently in the newsgroups is this;

If they can get something so basic so wrong then what about the rest?

The windows are too big and square as are the door panels. And the window struts are somewhat flimsey. I was so hoping that at last we'd get a prop actually built from the plans for the police box.

Pah.

I know, its such a small, silly thing, but it has unnerved people.

For those who haven't seen things yet, here's a piccie for ya.

http://www.gallifreyone.com/newstvpic.php?sub=whophotos&id=photo0721w.jpg

and another...

http://www.gallifreyone.com/newstvpic.php?sub=whophotos&id=photo0721o.jpg

one more...

http://www.gallifreyone.com/newstvpic.php?sub=whophotos&id=photo0722o.jpg

Ok, here's a comparrison between the old series, the new series....and a little something by the new show's conceptual artist...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v390/flotanner2272/doctorwho/policeboxes.jpg

Silly, ain't I? LOL

Ah well, the joys of being a fan.

Fingers crossed, hmm?

And before you all start spouting off, I'll do it for you...

What a sad tosser. Get out more. Looney!

And quite right, too.

 

 

UPDATE 4/8/04

Oh well that's just bloody typical!!! I simply do not belieeeeeve it! ARRRGGGG!!!!!!

There I am, happily spouting off in true post sad fandomist style and what do they go and do, hmm?

They only go and agree terms for the Skaroan gits to appear in the new series, don't they?

B*&tards!

How did they know? Are they watching me, is that it? If so, should I wrap another layer of tin foil on my collander hat?

Still, at least it gave us Mitch Benn's wonderful Dalek song on The Now Show. Loved the bass line. Seemed familiar. Wonder if he's actually listened to the music for the Catharcerous trailer?

Yeah. Right.

 

Tony Gallichan is now hooked on Star Wars Galaxies. Oh dear.