• @JanetteB

    Yes, I hadn’t watched this before, either, apart from episode 2. I have no idea why I saw episode 2 but not the rest. I really enjoyed it – for a ‘filler’, emergency story it was a really good one.

    The ending felt like Terry Nation had realised he couldn’t do his detective story in one episode, so had to take over half of part 6 -…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Spoilers (3)


  • More audio commentary: warning – this particular commentary contains a lot of spoilers for the final episode, so don’t listen to it before you see episode 6. I will avoid spoilers in this post.

    The retaken ‘Ian gets hit’ scene. Much better… John Gorrie also comments that it was noticeable that William Hartnell had much more energy when he came…[Read more]

  • More from the audio commentary:

    Carole Ann Ford wasn’t exactly delighted at the prospect of furs. The ones in Unearthly Child had little biting insects hiding in them: lovely! πŸ˜‰ And while she spotted the ‘rape’ subtext (and Francis de Wolff seems to have played it that way), it appears to have completely bypassed the director, John Gorrie.…[Read more]

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  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Maldovarium


    The Great Easter Kerfuffle was complicated by the speed with which the National Trust changed their website – but Sky managed a before and after shot.

    So not quite fake news. Poor old Cadbury was fairly embarrassed; while they’d sponsored Cadbury Egg Hunts at the National Trust/National Trust for Scotland, they’d been very careful…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    what if Americans invaded parliament and overthrow them?

    You’d be politely informed that we’re perfectly capable of overthrowing our own parliament, thank you. Then we’d give you a bill for the tea. You still haven’t paid for that bloody tea. 😈

    There’s a novel by Daphne Du Maurier, called Rule Britannia, that has the US invading…[Read more]

  • Ray Cusick doesn’t seem very happy with the jungle set; he grumbles that he didn’t have very much room and had to spend a lot of money hiring the greenery. He’s also very unhappy about the creeping creepers. Then he mutters about the space being so restricted that they actually had to open a door to get enough room for the sound boom. Meanwhile…[Read more]

  • So: notes from the audio commentary from the DVD.

    Raymond Cusick resorted to ‘borrowing’ the very first wall set from another programme; he was also reprimanded for spending too much on the gorgeous set in this episode. The food was apparently practical – it was cheaper. πŸ˜‰ Showing Barbara in the beautiful set and the others in the dingy set…[Read more]

  • Okay, a replacement DVD has now made it through; the audio commentary is with William Russell, Carole Ann Ford, Raymond Cusick (designer) and John Gorrie (director).

    All the special effects were made by Shorecraft Models. Ray Cusick had a budget for set design and another budget for special effects – so the Conscience of Marinus was designed in…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Maldovarium


    That’s real life for you. But the lack of commentary is now rectified. πŸ™‚

  • Yes, indeed, the Doctor is back from his hols. It’s interesting to compare the obviously exhausted Billy Hartnell in the first couple of episodes with the bouncy Billy of this episode. On top of his acting form, obviously enjoying himself. By this time Doctor Who was a clear success; Bill Hartnell’s contribution to that was to act his socks off.…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic The Maldovarium


    You may feel like taking a break is ‘shutting out the real world’, but sometimes going cold turkey on the news cycle is a good thing to do. Pick a date, shut off your feeds and alerts, tell yourself you’re on retreat until a week or a month later. If anyone notices, just tell them you’re taking a holiday from the news.

    I’m a bit of a…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)


    Presumably that picture was taken before the Cyberman’s arm fell off?


  • @Wolfweed

    Yeah, I think Chibbers could well be prepared to go there – and capable of writing it in such a way that the kids don’t understand the implications. As you point out, he wrote the Nefertiti/Solomon scene in such a way that it implied both ‘slavery’ and ‘rape’, with the kids much more likely to pick up ‘slavery’. But Nefertiti was a…[Read more]

  • The epic this week was getting to actually watch the episode. Between the DVD getting lost in the post, my YouTube app collapsing, and DailyMotion deciding to perpetually replay an ad about alien casinos without ever getting to alien snowscapes, I was beginning to feel like someone trekking across a sub-zero landscape peopled by greedy wolves,…[Read more]

  • Bluesqueakpip replied to the topic Website comments (2)


    Everything is fine so far

  • @Craig

    I dunno about George Lucas – but it was pretty obvious that Steven Moffat’s watched this one. πŸ™‚ Though his Weeping Angels were cast using dancers who could hold absolutely still, not an extra who was clearly starting to tremble with the strain of holding the axe.

    I’m really starting to dislike Arbitan and his friends. Okay, evil Voords,…[Read more]

  • @wolfweed

    I just wonder if it’s meant to be a metaphor for something specific and if so, what?

    Given that this was written in the period when the various European Empires were collapsing – the British one being closest to home and most frequently in the news of the day – I did wonder if the definite ‘Roman Empire’ vibe was deliberate. (Rather t…[Read more]

  • @wolfweed

    Weirdly, Babs kills the Morphotons by not breaking their jars

    Not weird. I bet those jars came from the BBC Props department and they wanted them back. Unbroken.

    It’s possible to play ‘spot the BBC Props goblet’ with BBC historicals between the 1960’s and 1970’s. Apparently all historical periods, from Elizabethan England to…[Read more]

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