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Staggering Stories Commentary #198: Babylon 5 – Day of the Dead
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, visited, in front of the Neil Gaiman’s Season 5 Babylon 5 episode ‘Day of the Dead’, and spout our usual nonsense! Zooty has a terrible secret, Lennier has a shadowy visitor, Lochley is trying to establish an identity for herself and Kosh has another […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #269: Jago, Litefoot and AsBill
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Crumbly, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn have a retrospective on Doctor Who ‘Series 10’, discuss Big Finish’s ‘Jago and Litefoot, Series 4’ audio boxset, play a game, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #197: Doctor Who – Knock Knock
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 06 Aug 2017 09:58

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, bugged, in front of the 2017 Doctor Who S10 episode, ‘Knock Knock’, and spout our usual nonsense! Bill has herself some new digs, the Doctor is suddenly a man with a van and the landlord has a wood infestation. But enough of their problems, […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #268: Whittaker and Watling
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Crumbly, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller discuss the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, remember Deborah Watling, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:37 — Welcome! 02:07 – News: […]


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 […]

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News of the Universes Alf Roland

By Alf Roland
Chief Pan-Universal Correspondent

Brian Blessed Is The Doctor HELLO! I'M BRIAN BLESSED!

Yes, it's true! After the exciting announcement about the return of the not-as-popular-as-it-once-was-I-liked-the-one-in-the-scarf television programme, Doctor Who, here at The News Of The Universes we can exclusively reveal that non other then esteemed actor, Brian Blessed, has been cast in the part.

Blessed, a veteran of such shows as "Fun At The Funeral Parlour" and "Z Cars" was mooted, erroneously, to have been offered the part as long ago as 1984. However, this was a mere rumour from the Blackpool Doctor Who exhibition, apparently.

However, Clayton Hickman's comment about Bill Nighy being Russel T Davies' choice for the part was mere smokescreen. We did some digging and realised that Bill Nighy is an anagram of Brian Blessed, (with one or two changes of letters). This got us thinking.

Recently trailers for the new series have been appearing on commercial channels. They depict Blessed as the Doctor in a story that appears to have been based on an old TV Comic Hartnell strip.

Tracking down Blessed, the only man to employ his very own THX sound system, to confirm our theories, we discovered him in Luton, preparing for panto. Speaking from a concrete bunker, 10 miles away from him and 3 miles deep, we asked the actor how he intends to play the part.

"I like the idea of of basing it on IDS" he replied "Yes, the Doctor should be just like that, the Quiet Man."

When asked about his costume his answer proved interesting,

"I think we all remember the classic silhouette, with the scarf. That's what we are going for here."

Our intrepid reporter was unable to take the powerful sonic waves emanating from the Bedfordshire area and perished. The rest of the interview we have, quite frankly, made up.

So, what's your favourite monster, Brian?

"Fly, my Hawkmen, fly!"

And your favourite Doctor, apart from your good self, of course...?

"Chiswick! Fresh horses!"

Hmm. Perhaps we should look elsewhere for some sense. And some peace and quiet.

We expect to get a screenshot of one of the trailers for our readers so watch this space...

Also, DWM have confirmed to this reporter over a pint of jasmine tea, that Blessed's Doctor will indeed be taking over from Paul McGann in the magazine's comic strip.

"We see the ninth Doctor as being a larger then life character. Imagine Tom's Doctor sober. And of course, he'll have his magic bag to help him out of any sticky situations. We're going retro. Back to the halcyon days of Billy. Time to pay tribute to those wonderful TV Comic strips that were REAL Doctor Who. I mean, honestly... Did people think we were really serious about that talking penguin?"

Here for your "enjoyment" is a sample from the new strip that débuts with "Return Of The Fishmen on Planet Zebedee"