Classic Rewatch: Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Invasion of the Dinosaurs

If you were handed the keys to a spacious house, complete with every amenity, and seated on a sprawling property, but every room had a distinct and inescapable unpleasant odor, could you still enjoy the place enough to call it home? If you won a high-performance luxury car, but the trunk (boot) kept popping opening randomly and the radio wouldn’t stop playing “Memories” from Cats at full volume, could you make it your daily commuting vehicle?

It’s difficult to gain the fullest appreciation from something that has so many wonderful characteristics, but simultaneously exhibits egregious flaws. We want to celebrate the positives, and somehow pretend the negatives are at least dismissible, at most misinterpreted. Sure, some aficionados will click their tongues at a crazy straw in the bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but does that really make it any less exceptional of a vintage?

This week, television editor and fellow Gonna Geek Network podcaster Wil joins us to revel in the story and cringe at the effects of ‘Invasion of the Dinosaurs’. Malcolm Hulke’s script and Paddy Russell’s direction provide the canvas for exceptional cast performances, but the shortcomings of the effects have become infamous legend since 1974. We are consummate optimists, however — so we boldly tackle the pterodactyls, take aim at the T. Rex, and celebrate the many things that make this six-part Pertwee and Sladen something truly memorable, in a good way.

EXTRA: A little “Five Rounds Rapid” Q & A with our new guest!

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Classic Rewatch: The Time Warrior

The Time Warrior

You can mark exact timestamps in your life that could be described as “where I was when” moments. The birth of children, superlatives like first kisses or last goodbyes, the instant when meeting a personal hero. These are carved within our memories like sculptures that adorn our mind palaces, capable of transporting us instantaneously back to wherever and whenever we were on first experience.

For a few of us at Gallifrey Public Radio, one of those “statues of memory” is the remarkable likeness of Elisabeth Sladen, grinning with eagerness and spark, adorned in a roughspun woolen tunic.

With barely contained enthusiasm, we charge the proverbial castle walls in our rewatch of the opener for Doctor Who‘s Season 11, “The Time Warrior”, joined by Deb Stanish of the Verity! Podcast. We discuss the merits of the story, the pros and cons of “Monty Python” elements of humour, the early representations of Sontarans, updates to effects (and title sequences), and of course, the arrival of our patron saint, Sarah Jane Smith. Bringing wide-eyed energy, love for adventure, quick wit, an inquiring intellect, and feminist strength to the role from her first scenes, we all agree that the pedestal upon which this companion stands is both tall and revered — even if we may connect her in our minds more often with another (slightly more eccentric) Doctor.

EXTRA: What is there to do with a first-time guest, than play a little “Five Rounds Rapid”? Deb’s a great sport with our fast-paced line of questioning.

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The Third Time Lord’s the Charm

This week, we shine a light on the work of our Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee. We explore a few stand-out episodes from a truly stellar run, that helped to steer “Doctor Who” into becoming not only an increasingly popular program for the family, but one that became synonymous with the British identity and its pop culture through the 1970s and well beyond.

From space hobo to action hero, the Doctor made a dramatic change in persona, and once again, brought new (regenerated?) life to a show just it when it was most needed. We watch as he battles his nemesis for the first time on screen in “Terror of the Autons”, sets out into space again in “Carnival of Monsters”, and meets the legendary and beloved Ms. Sarah Jane Smith in “The Time Warrior.”

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