Strangers in Space

By J.R. Southall

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Broader and deeper than just Doctor Who Main episodes: talking about Doctor Who so you don't have to Film Club: reviewing and contextualising a popular movie or film director TV Club: ditto but TV Film Club Lite: focussing on a particular movie for a shorter, more focussed review Music Club: the hosts talk about artists that have been influential in their lives Who Review Extra: choosing an older Doctor Who story for the shorter review routine Desert Planet Picks: once in a while, a special guest chooses the eight items they'd take with them, if they were about to be marooned on a desert planet

Episode Date
Music Club 16: The Blow Monkeys

JR tells the story of how he fell in love with his favourite band ... three times

Sep 30, 2022
Music Club 15: Michael Jackson

Elizabeth Taylor might have dubbed him the King of Pop, but what do we think of Michael Jackson? Following the format of our ABBA episode, we each choose our five favourite (or least favourite) Jacko records

Sep 28, 2022
Episode 89: The Power of the Doctor Preview

Looking ahead to the thirteenth Doctor's final story, and some thoughts on the journey so far

Sep 26, 2022
Film Club 51: The Road to Downing Street

Three TV films from the noughties this time, each one an education in what it takes to become (and in one case stop being) Prime Minister: The Deal (2003), The Long Walk to Finchley (2008) and Margaret (2009)

Sep 23, 2022
Episode 88: The Fifth Doctor

Matt introduces a new member of the Strangers team and leads the conversation through a discussion of Peter Davison's time as the fifth Doctor Who

Sep 21, 2022
TV Club 32: The Stone Tape

Nigel Kneale's version of a Christmas ghost story in 1972 was this attempt to explain away the phenomenon through a revised exploration of the concept of residual haunting - but how does The Stone Tape look (and sound) fifty years later?

Sep 19, 2022
Private Members Club 03: The Queen

A few of our thoughts

Sep 16, 2022
Private Members Club 02: Trussed Issues

What better way to fill the power vacuum left behind by Johnson's exit than with Liz Truss, right? Our thoughts on the new Prime Minister (delayed by a week after the news cycle overtook us).

Sep 14, 2022
Film Club Extra: Crimes of the Future

With Crimes of the Future, David Cronenberg returns to the body horror that made his name - and even uses the name of one of his own films (despite this not being a remake). But now that it's landed in the UK, what did we think of it?

Sep 12, 2022
Desert Planet Picks 52: Dr Robert of The Blow Monkeys

Dr Robert, lead singer and chief songwriter of The Blow Monkeys, chooses the eight items he would take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Robert's Patreon page (to which JR contributes):

Autumn live dates (JR will be at the Worthing gig):


Sep 07, 2022
Music Club 14: R.E.M.

A fan, a lapsed fan and an agnostic form the panel for this discussion of Atlanta, Georgia's finest song-workers, R.E.M.

Sep 05, 2022
Film Club Extra: Nope

Now that we've all had chance to digest Jordan Peele's third offering as director, was Nope the dope, or was there scope for improvement...?

Sep 02, 2022
Film Club Extra: Carter

Recently debuting on Netflix, a new South Korean zombie thriller from Jung Byung-gil - but when does a lot of action become too much action, and how realistic does that action need to be?

Aug 31, 2022
TV Club 31: Light & Magic

Matt and Simon discuss the Disney+ series about Industrial Light and Magic, the special effects company formed by George Lucas in order to make the Star Wars films

Aug 29, 2022
Film Club Duets 03: Sherlock Holmes in the 1970s

Comparing and contrasting two original Sherlock Holmes films of the 1970s, Billy Wilder's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes and The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, based on the novel by Nicholas Meyer

Aug 26, 2022
TV Club 30: The Year of the Sex Olympics

Nigel Kneale looks ahead to the future of television from the vantage point of 1968, predicting text speak and Love Island among other things. But is The Year of the Sex Olympics as dated as Ekin-Su, or standing test of time like laughing out loud, you only live once?

Aug 24, 2022
Film Club Extra: Moonfall

Our review of the latest from Roland Emmerich, a sci-fi rescue mission-cum-disaster movie about the moon falling from the sky, that's called Moonfall

Aug 22, 2022
TV Club 29: For All Mankind

Matt and Mark travel to an alternative timeline where the space race is still ongoing, in order to discuss the Apple TV+ series For All Mankind

Aug 19, 2022
Film Club Extra: Prey

Our thoughts on the fifth film in the Predator franchise, and whether it's a successful reinvention of the series

Aug 17, 2022
TV Club 28: The Sandman

There's been a little flurry of Neil Gaiman related screen activity of late, the most recent being this Netflix adaptation of the late 20th century DC comic book The Sandman. But what will Jon and Matt make of it?

Aug 15, 2022
Film Club Lite 29: Time After Time (1979)

The passing of David Warner prompted us to take another look at Nicholas Meyer's 1979 film Time After Time, in which Warner plays a Jack the Ripper pursued to modern San Francisco by Malcolm McDowell's H.G. Wells

Aug 12, 2022
Who Review Extra 06: An Unearthly Child

Our random journey through short-form Doctor Who reviews takes us back to the very beginning, 1963's An Unearthly Child

Aug 10, 2022
TV Club 27: Stranger Things

Our thoughts on the Duffer Brothers' homage to the 1980s, Stranger Things

Aug 08, 2022
Music Club Choices 01: JR's Top Ten

Road testing a new strand, JR chooses his ten favourite songs and the team discuss the choices

A YouTube playlist of the ten songs

A YouTube playlist of the ten that got ruled out

Aug 05, 2022
Music Club 13: AᗺBA

A conversation about the Swedish pop sensations AᗺBA, during which JR, Jon and Simon each choose their five favourite songs

Aug 03, 2022
Episode 87: The Sixth Doctor

He arrived in a blaze of ill-temper and departed in much the same way, but what is the sixth Doctor's legacy? Matt leads Jon and Mark through a discussion of the short life and times of Colin Baker's incarnation of Doctor Who

Aug 01, 2022
Film Club Extra 38: Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

The reaction to Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok follow-up has been somewhat Marmite, but how will the Strangers team react to it? Simon leads the discussion in our review of Thor: Love and Thunder

Jul 29, 2022
Film Club Extra 37: David Warner

A short tribute to the career of David Warner, whose distinctive voice and face graced many a fine film or TV project and who improved those things immeasurably when he did

Jul 27, 2022
Film Club Lite 28: Dougal and the Blue Cat (1970)

There's something evil in the Magic Garden and it isn't Robbie Williams... In this edition of Film Club Lite, we turn our microphones to Dougal and the Blue Cat (released in 1972 in the UK), the first long-form spin-off from The Magic Roundabout

Jul 25, 2022
Film Club Lite 27: The Tune (1992)

Simon and JR chat about Bill Plympton's debut feature, the 1992 animated musical The Tune

Jul 22, 2022
Book Club 01: John Wyndham

Our first tentative steps in the direction of reviewing books, this initial instalment is a potted bibliography of renowned science fiction author John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris, author of The Day of the Triffids, The Midwich Cuckoos and Chocky

Jul 18, 2022
Film Club Lite 26: The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980)

Now that we've covered Pistol, here's a very much pre-Pistol biography of The Sex Pistols from inside their own camp, an apparent collaboration between manager Malcolm McLaren and director Julien Temple who tell the almost-sort of-true story of what really might have happened but probably didn't

Jul 15, 2022
Music Club 12: Radiohead

The highs and lows and very very highs of the Oxford art-rock outfit with the Exeter connection

Jul 13, 2022
Film Club International 11: RRR

Matt and Mark travel back in time to India a hundred years ago for a rollicking bromance about two frenemies united in a single cause, that bust out of Bollywood to become an international success on its release earlier this year; S.S. Rajamouli's RRR

Jul 11, 2022
Private Members Club: Post-PM

Our reaction to a momentous day in British politics and our answers to the question of who and what comes next

Jul 08, 2022
Film Club Extra: Men

It's a new Alex Garland film and he's prodding at the outer edges of modern morality once again, so we sat and watched it and here are our impressions

Jul 06, 2022
TV Club 26: The Time Traveler's Wife

With the news that a second season has now been cancelled by HBO, this review - recorded a week ago - becomes our post mortem on Steven Moffat's adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's book about a woman who is married to an accidental time traveller, The Time Traveler's Wife

Jul 04, 2022
TV Club 25: Pistol

Simon and Matt watch the new, dramatised biography of the Sex Pistols on Disney+, examine the legacy of the band, and ask whether it's a better use of Danny Boyle's time than the Richard Curtis pic Yesterday

Jul 01, 2022
TV Club 24: Obi-Wan Kenobi

Matt hosts a conversation about the latest Star Wars streaming series on Disney+, the story of what happened to Obi-Wan before the original trilogy and after the prequels 

Jun 29, 2022
Film Club Extra: Dual

Mark and JR exchange differing opinions on the latest outing from Karen Gillan, Riley Stearns' film about a woman who ends up with an unwanted clone, Dual

Jun 27, 2022
Film Club Duets 02: Blade Runner

On its fortieth anniversary we ask if Ridley Scott's Blade Runner was all it's cracked up to be, and if Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 is a worthy sequel

Jun 24, 2022
Film Club Extra: Jurassic World Dominion

Mark and JR discuss the latest film in the Jurassic Park-World franchise, and ask if it might have been better off left stuck in the amber

Jun 22, 2022
Episode 86: The Ninth Doctor

Matt, Jon and Mark discuss the short-lived era of the first modern Doctor, Christopher Eccleston's ninth

Jun 20, 2022
Music Club 11: Talk Talk

A retrospective of Mark Hollis' synth-rock outfit Talk Talk, who gradually morphed from a post-punk keyboard band into something much more singular. Including contributions from one host who is experiencing most of the music for the very first time.

Jun 17, 2022
Film Club Lite 25: Minority Report (2002)

Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, Philip K Dick; what can possibly go wrong? 

Jun 15, 2022
TV Club 23: The Midwich Cuckoos

It's 65 years since the publication of John Wyndham's classic story about an invasion of alien babies, and so here's our review of Sky TV's latest adaptation

Jun 13, 2022
Who Review Extra 05: Frontier in Space

It's been a long wait, but it's finally time for us to rewatch Malcolm Hulke's Season 10 story Frontier in Space, and decide whether it's a scintillating political thriller or just two-and-a-half hours' worth of going around in not very interesting circles

Jun 10, 2022
Film Club Extra: Everything Everywhere All At Once

Now that we've all had chance to see it, here's our review of the Daniels' follow-up to Swiss Army Man, the multi-universe comedy drama set in a laundry, Everything Everywhere All At Once

Jun 08, 2022
Music Club 10: Nick Drake

A conversation about the brief but influential musical career of singer-songwriter Nick Drake

Jun 06, 2022
TV Club 22: Picard Season 2

Simon, Jon and Matt discuss the second season of the Star Trek The Next Generation spin-off Picard

Jun 02, 2022
Music Club 09: Madonna

JR springs a surprise subject for the latest Music Club episode, leading to a hunt through some forty year old memories and a few revelations about our favourite Madonna songs

May 27, 2022
Film Club Lite 24: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

It's forty years since Steven Spielberg's horror film for kids about a friendly resurrecting alien who gets stranded on Earth, was first released. So here we are looking back on it, with mostly fond eyes

May 25, 2022
Bonus Episode: Shooting Not Ncuti

A moderately spoilery round-up of some Doctor Who casting and shooting news, after the first week of outdoor recording on Russell T Davies' return to the programme

May 23, 2022
Film Club 50: Spielberg in the 1970s

Ahead of the fortieth anniversary of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, we look at Steven Spielberg's first four movies from The Sugarland Express to 1941, taking in Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind along the way

May 20, 2022
Film Club Lite 23: I'll Do Anything (1994)

Unhitched from our James L Brooks conversation, a separate discussion on the musical he made with songs by Prince, Sinead O'Connor and Carole King, which were subsequently removed before the movie's release - begging the question, was I'll Do Anything any better without them?

May 18, 2022
Bonus Episode: Re-Sitting Tennant

Fifteen years after they took their final trip in the TARDIS (by the time their new episode is broadcast, that is), David Tennant and Catherine Tate return to Doctor Who. That's right, it's another Sunday and another casting announcement, so here are our immediate thoughts on the reveal

May 16, 2022
Episode 85: Call of Ncuti

Is it too early to invent the expression Doctor Whuti? Our thoughts on the casting of the new Doctor Who

May 13, 2022
Film Club 49: James L Brooks

You'll have seen his name attached to every episode of The Simpsons, his directorial debut won Best Picture at the Oscars and he once did a musical without any songs with Prince (but that's another story); we turn our attention to Jack Nicholson's most long-term employer James L Brooks

May 11, 2022
Music Club 08: Suede

Thirty years ago it looked like they might be about to replace sliced bread, but things didn't go quite that far for Suede. Our latest Music Club profile, primarily focussing on their imperial phase in the 1990s

May 09, 2022
Episode 84: The Fourth Doctor

Matt, Jon and Mark take a look at the tenure of the fourth Doctor Tom Baker, in the first of a series of Doctor retrospectives that will look at the legacy of the actors and the characters they created in the role

May 06, 2022
Film Club Lite 22: The Quick and the Dead (1995)

As a postscript to our Man With No Name episode, Simon chooses Sam Raimi's 1990s Western The Quick and the Dead as a subject for conversation in the latest Film Club Lite

May 04, 2022
Pop Culture Clash 03: Jane Lovering

Jane Lovering, biscuit-loving author of A Cottage Full of Secrets and winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year award, braves a less than ideal internet connection in order to undergo a series of occasionally tailor-made (but largely off-the-peg) pop culture challenges - before getting rudely cut-off by a disturbance in the host's neighbourhood

May 02, 2022
Film Club 48: The Man With No Name

Gallifrey Most Wanted's Ross returns to chat with JR about Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood's Spaghetti Western trilogy, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Apr 29, 2022
TV Club 21: Who Killed the KLF?

Our review of Chris Atkins' new documentary about the KLF, telling the story of how they progressed from being an art-house Jive Bunny to deleting their entire back catalogue and burning a million quid before finally releasing it all on a streaming service nearly three decades later; it's quite a story, but does the film live up to it?

Apr 27, 2022
Film Club Extra: The Batman

Our review of Matt Reeves' new version of (The) Batman

Apr 25, 2022
Pop Culture Clash 02: Andrew Cartmel

Playwright, author and ex-Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel undergoes a series of sometimes tailor-made pop culture challenges

Apr 22, 2022
Who Review 19: Legend of the Sea Devils

Our review of Legend of the Sea Devils, the penultimate story for Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall, and that trailer for the Centenary Special

Apr 20, 2022
Pop Culture Clash 01: Dr Robert

Dr Robert of The Blow Monkeys participates in the inaugural set of challenges in the first edition of our new interview format, Pop Culture Clash

Apr 18, 2022
Film Club Duet 01: Open Your Eyes / Vanilla Sky

A comparison between Alejandro Amenábar's 1997 film Abre los Ojos - aka Open Your Eyes - and Cameron Crowe's 2001 remake Vanilla Sky

Apr 15, 2022
Desert Planet Picks 51: Tim Dorney

Tim Dorney of Republica and Tin Gin, chooses the eight items he would take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Tin Gun on Twitter

Apr 13, 2022
Film Club Lite 21: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Mark Cockram sticks around after his appearance on our anniversary episode, and chooses Edgar Wright's 2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as his selection for a Film Club Lite

Apr 11, 2022
Episode 83: Poll of Winners

It's ten years since the first Blue Box Podcast turned up in people's ears, so to celebrate here we (almost all) are, running down our listeners' favourite stories according to our poll of the various individual season poll winners. With a very special guest, returning from the very beginning

Apr 08, 2022
Music Club 07: Manic Street Preachers

Simon and Jon talk Caerphilly's finest in the latest instalment of Music Club

Apr 06, 2022
BBP: City of Song (Unreleased Reserve Episode)

Back in 2012 we decided it might be an idea to bank a Blue Box Podcast for a rainy day, so early that June JR, Mark and Simon convened to record a couple of commentary tracks, pairing a single original run episode with a complementary modern story. We weren't particularly pleased with the result, though, so we never did publish that podcast. Until now

Apr 04, 2022
BBP4: Time (Unused Original Recording)

Back in April 2012, after our first recording session (in which we ploughed through all of our first three episodes), Lee suggested we add his friend Simon to the team to make sure there were still enough of us to hold a conversation on the off-chance there were occasions when one or other of us wasn't able to come along. So we invited Simon to our second recording session - and Lee didn't turn up. And try as we might to be welcoming and to include Simon in the conversation, as soon as that dreaded red light went on things didn't quite go the way we'd hoped. And so the following week, we decided to re-record that episode with Lee, and ditch the one with just JR and Mark and a little bit of Simon.

Ten years later, we were looking for something old or previously unheard that we could publish to celebrate a decade of podcasting, and lo, here's that very episode. 

Apr 01, 2022
Film Club Extra: CODA

A review of this year's Academy Award Best Picture winning film, CODA, plus a catch-up on a few of the other Oscar nominees in that category

Mar 30, 2022
Film Club Extra: Spider-Man: No Way Home

A review of the latest Spider-Man movie, No Way Home, as it comes to home media; warning: if you've somehow managed to avoid the spoilers surrounding this film, we will be discussing them here

Mar 28, 2022
Film Club 47: Other Realities

There's a waft of fin de millénaire on this edition of Film Club, as we head back to 1998 to investigate existential angst among the parallel realities of Dark City, The Truman Show and Pleasantville

Mar 25, 2022
Music Club 06: They Might Be Giants

A discussion of the band They Might Be Giants, formed in New York in 1982 by Lincolnites John Flansburgh and John Linnell

Mar 23, 2022
Film Club Lite 20: Body Heat (1981)

In an admittedly perhaps ill-advised tribute to the career of William Hurt, we decided to go back to the movie that firmly put him on the Hollywood map, Lawrence Kasdan's 1981 directorial debut, the steamy thriller Body Heat. And there is lots of steam. Lots of it

Mar 21, 2022
Music Club 05: The Stone Roses

JR and Simon look back to the turn of the 1990s and "rave culture", and discuss The Stone Roses' place in taking indie music overground

Mar 17, 2022
Film Club Lite 19: Seconds (1966)

By way of an appetizer for our forthcoming millennial angst Film Club episode, here's a short review of an existential thriller from the 1960s: John Frankenheimer's Seconds

Mar 14, 2022
Episode 82: Season 14

It's our very last season poll, and we're going back to 1976 to talk about Philip Hinchcliffe's third and final year as producer of Doctor Who: Season 14

Mar 10, 2022
Film Club International 10: Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea

Mark and Matt turn their attention to the subject of comic Czech sci-fi, with particular emphasis on Jindřich Polák's 1977 film Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea, aka Zítra Vstanu a Opařím se čajem

Mar 07, 2022
Episode 81: Series Nine

Once planned to be the last season for Steven Moffat, our journey through the Doctor Who back catalogue reaches its final destination of the modern incarnation: Series Nine

(With apologies to mimikeyu for co-opting the art)

Mar 03, 2022
Music Club 04: The Cure vs Depeche Mode

JR and Simon take a trip back to the 1980s to talk about playgrounds, peer pressure and programming, and to examine the differences and similarities between The Cure and Depeche Mode

Feb 28, 2022
Film Club Lite 18: Deathgasm (2015)

Another music-themed Film Club Lite review, and this time it's JR's choice: New Zealander Jason Lei Howden's 2015 comedy horror with a heavy metal theme, Deathgasm

Feb 24, 2022
Episode 80: Season 23

Triumph, or travesty? It's the Trial of a Time Lord, as Season 23 goes under the scrutiny of our own particular Whodiciary

Feb 21, 2022
TV Club 20: The Book of Boba Fett

Did Disney's thirds Mandalorian series live up to the first two...?

Feb 17, 2022
Film Club Extra: Oscar Nominations 2022

Matt and Mark take a look at the films nominated for Best Picture at the 2022 Academy Awards

Feb 14, 2022
Episode 79: Series Three

It's time to wind the clocks back to 2007; David Tennant was enjoying his middle series as the tenth Doctor, Martha was stepping into Rose's shoes (or not) and Steven Moffat had just delivered Blink. But what did we make of it all?

Feb 10, 2022
Music Club Extra 03: Top Six Bond Songs

A short extra episode in which we choose our favourite songs from the Bond movies

Feb 07, 2022
Episode 78: Doctor Who the Music Volume Two

In the second half of our discussion about the use of incidental music in Doctor Who, we concentrate on our feelings around the use of incidental music in the revived series

Plus ten minutes at the beginning on the latest anniversary casting rumour concerning David Tennant

Feb 04, 2022
Music Club 03: Jethro Tull

Lee and Matt mark Ian Anderson's Blackpool-born band Jethro Tull's 55 years of existence by discussing their history and reviewing their new album

Feb 02, 2022
Film Club 46: Macbeth, and the Bard of Avon

A comparison between the two recent movie versions of Macbeth, and a discussion of Shakespeare on film

Jan 31, 2022
Film Club Lite 17: Once (2007)

Matt and Simon discuss Once, John Carney's 2007 Irish musical romantic drama starring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

Jan 27, 2022
Bonus Episode: The Once and Future Doctor

With JR absent, Matt and Simon convene to discuss the rumours of a certain actor's possible return to the role of Doctor Who...

Jan 23, 2022
Film Club 45: The MCU Phase Three Part 1

A conversation about the first half of the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the introductions of Spider-Man and Black Panther

Jan 17, 2022
Film Club Lite 16: It Couldn't Happen Here (1987)

Our "music month" round of musically themed film reviews begins with Simon's choice, the Pet Shop Boys' absurdist memoir It Couldn't Happen Here

Jan 13, 2022
Episode 77: Doctor Who the Music Volume One

It's the first half of our discussion about the use of incidental music in Doctor Who, this time focussing on our memories of the classic series

Jan 10, 2022
Episode 76: Flux, A Retrospective

Mark Donaldson of On the Time Lash joins us now that the dust has settled on Flux, to talk about the thirteenth series of Doctor Who

Jan 06, 2022
Who Review 18: Eve of the Daleks

We did eventually manage to record our review of Eve of the Daleks, but only after ten minutes' worth of interruptions from JR jr. 

Jan 03, 2022
Book Club Extra 01: The Black Archive

Simon talks to Matt and guest Jon Arnold about their work writing Black Archive titles for Obverse Books. Yes, Matt has written one - about The Dæmons!

Dec 30, 2021
Film Club Extra: The Matrix Resurrections

Mark Donaldson of the On the Time Lash podcast rejoins us to discuss the new Matrix movie, Resurrections

Dec 28, 2021
Film Club Lite 15: The Matrix (1999)

Ahead of our review of the latest instalment in The Matrix franchise, we look back at the very first film along with guest reviewer Mark Donaldson

Dec 26, 2021
Who Review Extra 04: The Christmas Invasion

A retrospective review of the first Christmas Special of the modern revival - and the tenth Doctor's debut - 2005's The Christmas Invasion

Dec 24, 2021
TV Club 19: A Ghost Story for Christmas

Lee and Matt travel back to the 1970s to talk about the BBC's spooky seasonal strand A Ghost Story for Christmas, plus its progenitor, 1968's Whistle and I'll Come to You. Warning: there may be gushing

Dec 22, 2021
Film Club Lite 14: Die Hard (1988)

As chosen by our listeners, we are joined by Ross Aitken (of the Gallifrey's Most Wanted podcast) and Mark Donaldson (of On the Time Lash) in order to ask of this year's Yuletide feature: is Die Hard a Christmas movie, or simply an action flick with festive trimmings? And after a painstaking process of argument and counter-argument - and a legally watertight margin of three votes to two - we think we've come up with an objectively decisive answer.

Dec 20, 2021
Film Club Lite 13: eXistenZ (1999)

Mark Donaldson rejoins us for this episode, to talk about David Cronenberg's grim fairy tale (or should that be fairly grim tale) eXistenZ, which arrived in 1999, the Year of Our Matrix

Dec 17, 2021
Episode 75: The Grand Moff Specials

A rundown of the eleventh and twelfth Doctor Specials according to our listeners' preferences. With a really most unsurprising winner!

Dec 15, 2021
Film Club Lite 12: The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

Ahead of the release of the new sequel, Mark Donaldson joins us to look at The Thirteenth Floor, one of many similar films which appeared around the time of the first Matrix film back in 1999

Mark's own podcast

Dec 13, 2021
Music Club Extra 02: Peter Capaldi - St. Christopher

Our review of Peter Capaldi's first album, St. Christopher

Dec 09, 2021
Who Review 17: The Vanquishers

Our review of the final episode of Doctor Who: Flux, Chapter Six: The Vanquishers

Dec 07, 2021
TV Club 18: The Beatles Get Back

Jon Arnold joins Matt and Simon for a review of Get Back, Peter Jackson's new eight-hour Disney+ documentary on the making of The Beatles' final album Let It Be

Dec 05, 2021
Who Review 16: Survivors of the Flux

Our review of Doctor Who Series 13 Flux Chapter Five Survivors of the Flux

Dec 01, 2021
TV Club 17: The Ploughman's Lunch

A review of the early Film On Four presentation The Ploughman's Lunch, starring Jonathan Pryce and Tim Curry

Nov 29, 2021
Who Review 15: Village of the Angels

Our review of Doctor Who Flux Chapter Four: Village of the Angels. Just two of us this week; Simon has gone back in time while Lee is dealing with cherubs

Nov 24, 2021
Film Club Extra: Last Night in Soho

A review of Edgar Wright's latest

Featuring guest reviewer Mark Donaldson of the On the Time Lash podcast

Nov 22, 2021
Film Club Extra: Finch

Tom Hanks with a robot in a post-apocalyptic landscape? Of course we were going to review that

Nov 18, 2021
Who Review 14: Once, Upon Time

Our review of the third chapter in Series 13 of Doctor Who; Flux: Once, Upon Time

Nov 15, 2021
Who Review 13: War of the Sontarans

Our review of the second chapter of Doctor Who: Flux, War of the Sontarans

Nov 12, 2021
Episode 74: Season Eight

Is all-Master too much Master? That's just one of the questions we ask in our Season Eight retrospective. Warning: includes bonus book-plug

Nov 08, 2021
Film Club Lite 11: Fantastic Voyage (1966)

Coming under the microscope in this edition, is Richard Fleischer's 1966 medical drama Fantastic Voyage

Nov 04, 2021
Who Review 12: The Halloween Apocalypse

Our review of The Halloween Apocalypse, aka Chapter One of Doctor Who: Flux

Nov 02, 2021
Film Club 666: Demon Babies

What better way to mark Halloween than with a review of three classics of the demon child genre, Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist and The Omen

Oct 31, 2021
Film Club Lite 10: Dave Made a Maze (2017)

A bonus extra Film Club Lite in the run-up to Halloween, it's Bill Watterson's (not that Bill Watterson) shoestring fantasy horror comedy from 2017, Dave Made a Maze - spoiler-light for those who haven't seen it

Oct 29, 2021
Film Club Lite 09: Night of the Demon (1957)

Matt's latest choice of movie review is Jacques Tourneur's 1957 British horror Night of the Demon (aka Curse of the Demon west of the Atlantic), in which runes are cast, seances will be held and souls must be taken...

Oct 27, 2021
Film Club 43: Harry Potter (Part Two)

A slightly shorter edition of Film Club this time, as we go back to Hogwarts to run check out the second half of the Harry Potter saga

Oct 21, 2021
Episode 73: Series Thirteen Preview

Series Thirteen is almost upon us, but what can we expect from it? In this far from definitive guide to the next six episodes, we predict the precise viewing figures, pull the trailer apart, discuss the BBC's promotional efforts and discover the truth about Ranskoor Av Kolos

Oct 18, 2021
Who Review Extra 03: The Infinite Quest

It's just like so Totally Doctor Who, to go on an infinite quest ... for just three data-chips

Oct 16, 2021
Film Club 42: Duncan Jones

A conversation about the director of Moon and its semi-followup Mute, Source Code and Warcraft (not A Beginning)

Oct 14, 2021
Episode 72: Season Two

It's back to London 1965 in this episode, except by the long way around. We're turning our microphones to the subject of the first Doctor's middle series, Season Two

Oct 12, 2021
TV Club 16: Ted Lasso

Some thoughts on the runaway hit TV series from AppleTV+

Oct 10, 2021
Film Club Extra: No Time to Die

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in No Time to Die, the 25th Bond film from Eon and definitely Craig's last. But what will we make of this much delayed entry in the 007 canon, in this extremely spoiler-heavy review?

A video version of this podcast can be watched here

Oct 08, 2021
TV Club 15: After Pilkington

If it's January 1987 and it's murder among the dons in rural Oxfordshire, then it must be Screen Two's fondly remembered black comedy After Pilkington, starring Bob Peck and Miranda Richardson

Oct 06, 2021
Film Club Extra: Free Guy

Not content with Wrexham, looks like Ryan Reynolds has his sights set on the entire internet too. It's The Truman Show meets The Matrix meets TRON meets Ready Player One as we turn our microphones to Free Guy

Oct 04, 2021
Episode 71: RTD Returns

Our reaction-cast to the news of Russell T Davies' forthcoming return as Doctor Who showrunner.

Oct 02, 2021
Music Club Extra 01: The Blow Monkeys' Journey to You

It's forty years since The Blow Monkeys formed, and to celebrate they've just released their eleventh studio album. What better way to kick off a new strand of the podcast than with a review of Journey to You

Sep 30, 2021
Film Club Extra: The Green Knight

Our review of the incomparable new film from David Lowery, The Green Knight

Sep 24, 2021
Music Club 02: Oasis

With Matt away, Simon and JR seem to have accidentally recorded another edition of Music Club, and they've stayed in Manchester for this overview of their feelings about Oasis.

Sep 22, 2021
Episode 70: Series One

It's back to 2005 for the first year of the revived series this time around, as our journey through the Doctor Who back catalogue arrives at Series One

Artwork 'borrowed' from Si Hodges

Sep 20, 2021
Film Club Extra: Gunpowder Milkshake

A short review of the new neo-noir starring Karen Gillan, with support from the likes of Lena Headey, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino and Angela Bassett

Sep 18, 2021
Music Club 01: The Smiths

Genius, or self-parody? Or just a new strand of the podcast in which we talk about some musical artists that were culturally or personally significant on our arrested development. First up, The Smiths.

Sep 16, 2021
Film Club Extra: 2021 Movie Round-Up

With Simon away watching Fiction Factory, it's down to Matt and JR to talk about a fiction factory of a different kind: it's our review of the movies we've seen through 2021 so far.

Sep 13, 2021
Film Club 41: Planet of the Apes (Part Three)

After looking at the original pentalogy, and the Tim Burton calamity, we've finally arrived at the modern Planet of the Apes trilogy. But will it be a Caesar salad or a Koba cabana?

Sep 09, 2021
Who Review Extra 02: The Keys of Marinus

It's back to the spring of 1964 for our second short-form Doctor Who review, our subject being Terry Nation's sophomore script The Keys of Marinus. But will we judge it a Velvet Web, or a Sea of Death?

Sep 06, 2021
Film Club Lite 08: Akira (1988)

Katsuhiro Ôtomo's 1988 adaptation of the 1982 manga is the latest movie selected for the Film Club Lite treatment

Sep 02, 2021
Episode 69: Season 26

It was the end, but it prepared for a moment of new beginning... Our journey through Doctor Who arrives at Season 26

Aug 30, 2021
TV Club 14: The Tenth Man

It's back to 1988 as we take a look at Hallmark's prestige adaptation of Graham Greene's recently unearthed psychological drama, The Tenth Man

Aug 26, 2021
Film Club 40: The MCU Phase Two

As J.R.'s maiden voyage through the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues, we pause to talk about the films that make up Phase Two, including the introductions of Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy

Aug 23, 2021
Film Club Lite 07: Fame (1980)

In this episode of Film Club Lite, we turn our attention to Fame (Fame!), Alan Parker's movie about wannabe Glee club members in 1980 New York

Aug 19, 2021
Episode 68: Series Ten

The whole of Peter Capaldi's third season - Steven Moffat's last - in ninety minutes, as our trawl through Doctor Who's past lands on Series Ten

Artwork 'borrowed' from FunnyNWittyReferenc

Aug 16, 2021
Film Club Extra: The Suicide Squad

A short review of the latest from James Gunn, in which Harley Quinn returns as part of a mission movie ensemble in this latest offering from the DC Universe

Aug 12, 2021
Bonus Episode: Panic-Moon Grams

As suggested by listener Andy Van Kay, here's a short bonus quiz in which we try and sort our Acrids from our Agents

Aug 09, 2021
Film Club Lite 06: The One (2001)

We set the randomiser for this edition of Film Club Lite, and it chose us the 2001 Jet Li-starring martial arts multiverse actioner from James Wong, The One

Aug 05, 2021
Film Club 39: Mad Max

Our American correspondent Ross Aitken returns for a conversation about George Miller's (to date) four Mad Max movies

Ross on the Gallifrey's Most Wanted podcast

Aug 02, 2021
Episode 67: Kicking the Backside of Gamdom

Our reaction to the news that showrunner Chris Chibnall and current Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker will be leaving the series in 2022

Jul 30, 2021
Film Club 38: Village Invasions

This time on Film Club we're looking at English villages playing host to Nazi invaders in the middle of a World War, in Went the Day Well? (1942), The Eagle Has Landed (1976), Eye of the Needle (1981) and The Spy in Black (1939)

Jul 28, 2021
Film Club Lite 05: Sneakers (1992)

In honour of the Film Stories project's recent Blu-ray release, we've snuck in a bonus review of Phil Alden Robinson's 1992 comedy thriller Sneakers, starring Robert Redford

Jul 26, 2021
Episode 66: Season 17

Our season-by-season journey through the history of Doctor Who arrives at the fourth Doctor's penultimate series, the somewhat divisive Season 17. But was 1979 an annus mirabilis, or just anus?

(Artwork 'borrowed' from FunnyNWittyReference)

Jul 23, 2021
Film Club Lite 04: Onibaba (1964)

The latest short Film Club Lite review is of Kaneto Shindo's precursor to J-horror, a medieval tale of spirits and civil war from 1964; warning: moderate spoilers (Onibaba can be watched for free on YouTube)

Jul 21, 2021
TV Club 13: Loki

A short bonus episode looking back on Season One of the latest Marvel Universe endeavour on Disney+, Loki

Jul 19, 2021
Film Club 37: Harry Potter (Part One)

It's back to school on Film Club this time, as we take the train straight from platform 9-and-whatever all the way to Hogwarts and the first four Harry Potter films. But did we enjoy them...?

Jul 15, 2021
Film Club Extra: Black Widow

It's been two years since the MCU was last in cinemas, but now it's back - and back five years ago, as it happens. But what did we think of Natasha Romanoff's long overdue solo outing?

Jul 11, 2021
Who Review Extra 01: Snakedance

The first instalment in our new strand features Season 20's Snakedance, Christopher Bailey's 1983 sequel to Kinda

Jul 09, 2021
Film Club 36: Tim Burton (Planet of the Apes Part Two)

Because Tim Burton directed the first remake of Planet of the Apes, it wouldn't have been right for us to move directly from the original franchise to the new without making this stop-off in between - taking in Mars Attacks! and Ed Wood for good measure. But oh boy, this was not the layover we would have wanted...

Jul 07, 2021
Film Club Lite 03: They Might be Giants (1971)

Simon's first Film Club Lite choice is a spoiler-light review of Anthony Harvey's 1971 adaptation of James Goldman's play, with George C. Scott as a man who believes he's tilting at Moriarty

Jul 05, 2021
Film Club Extra: Freaky

A short bonus - and spoiler-free - review of Freaky, the new body-swap horror from Christopher Landon, director of the Happy Death Day movies

Jul 02, 2021
Episode 65: Season 21

The spotlight of our microphones this time around is Peter Davison's third term as Doctor Who, but our biggest question is of course what will win our listeners' poll - and which story will come last?

Jul 01, 2021
Film Club Extra: Luca

Pixar's latest - an homage to Italian cinema of the middle of the last century - dropped straight onto Disney+, but is it a sea monster or cinema heaven?

Jun 28, 2021
Film Club Lite 02: Happy Death Day (2017)

The second edition of Film Club Lite turns its attention to 2017's Groundhog slasher from Blumhouse Productions, and its 2019 sequel Happy Death Day 2U

Jun 24, 2021
Film Club Lite 01: Hell Drivers (1957)

Cy Endfield's 1957 toxic male melodrama Hell Drivers is the first film randomly selected for our new, shorter single-movie review strand

Jun 21, 2021
Film Club 35: The MCU Phase One

As JR embarks upon his maiden voyage through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, what better way to mark his progress than through the medium of podcasting?

Jun 17, 2021
Episode 64: Staying With Veena For A Bit

Our discussion of the role of the Doctor Who companion arrives in the modern series

Jun 15, 2021
Film Club Extra: Spontaneous

A short (and very much spoiler-free) review of Love and Monsters writer Brian Duffield's directorial debut, the 2020 film Spontaneous

Jun 13, 2021
Film Club 34: Castaways

Man vs nature is kind of the theme of this (spoiler lite) instalment of Film Club, as we cast our attention towards three very different reinterpretations of the basic Robinson Crusoe story: Cast Away, Man Friday and Swiss Army Man. 

Jun 11, 2021
Film Club Extra: Army of the Dead

With his new Netflix zombie apocalypse, Zack Snyder goes back to his roots - only bigger, longer and uncut. So what did we make of Army of the Dead? Did we agree with the rest of the internet that it's an egregious waste of everybody's time - or did we make our own minds up?

Jun 09, 2021
TV Club 12: Jupiter's Legacy, Invincible and The Boys

TV Club turns its attention to three recent superhero series from beyond the usual Marvel / DC stable, primarily a couple adapted from Image Comics including the recent Netflix release Jupiter's Legacy

Jun 07, 2021
Episode 63: Drifting Aimlessly Around in Space

Tom Baker might have thought a talking cabbage adequate company for his TARDIS travels, but the reality is that a television programme needs characters for the audience to recognise and identify with or care about. But how has that role changed over the years? In the first half of our discussion, we talk about the Doctor's companions during the original series.

May 31, 2021
Episode 62: Series Four Part Two

In a discussion that has literally taken over a week to conclude, here are our further thoughts on David Tennant's third year in the TARDIS, Series Four.

Artwork 'borrowed' from Douglas Sommerville

May 17, 2021
Episode 61: Series Four Part One

In a discussion that literally takes over a week to conclude, here are our thoughts on David Tennant's third year in the TARDIS, Series Four.

Artwork 'borrowed' from Douglas Sommerville

May 10, 2021
Film Club 33: Planet of the Apes (Part One)

After four sequels, two reboots and two television versions, Planet of the Apes is the adaptation of a novel that just keeps on coming. But just what is it that keeps on coming? That's the question we accidentally end up asking in this latest edition of Film Club, the first of four (non-consecutive) episodes dealing with the Apes saga.

May 06, 2021
Film Club Extra: Oscars 2021

A short bonus Film Club, in which we discuss the eight movies nominated for Best Picture this year - plus a few others - and select our own favourites from the field

May 03, 2021
Film Club Extra: The Mitchells Vs. The Machines

A short bonus Film Club episode, reviewing the new film from the Lord and Miller stable

May 03, 2021
Film Club 32: Walter Hill

Gallifrey's Most Wanted's Ross Aitken rejoins us for this edition of Film Club, in which the subject is director Walter Hill, with particular emphasis on Southern Comfort, Streets of Fire and Last Man Standing.

Apr 29, 2021
Film Club Extra: Ross Aitken On the Directors' Spot

As a warm-up for our forthcoming discussion on Walter Hill, I put Gallifrey's Most Wanted's Ross Aitken through his paces with fifty-nine seconds each on a variety of randomly chosen film directors.

Gallifrey's Most Wanted Podcast

Apr 26, 2021
Episode 60: Who is Doctor Who

There have been thirteen Doctors Who - give or take - and each has brought their own unique interpretation to the character. But what is the Doctor's character across all thirteen interpretations - and what are the differences?

Apr 19, 2021
Bonus Episode: Doctor WhoSaurus Round Three

Yet another short bonus round of the game in which Doctor Who story titles are run through the synonym-o-meter and the co-hosts have to guess what the stories really are

Apr 15, 2021
Episode 59: Torchwood

It's fifteen years since Torchwood (dis)graced our screens; what are our memories of watching it, what were our favourite (and least favourite) bits, and would we like to have seen more?

Apr 12, 2021
Bonus Episode: Harry WhoSaurus

In which J.R., while recording his recent appearance on the Who Can Convince You podcast, surprises host Harry Whitley with a round of Doctor WhoSaurus - and things don't quite go as expected. Happily, Harry gave his blessing for the results to be published... so here they are.

The Who Can Convince You Link Tree

Apr 08, 2021
Episode 58: Season Eleven

It's back in time to 1974 and Jon Pertwee's final go-round as the Doctor, as our journey through the history of Doctor Who arrives at Season Eleven

Original artwork by Huw

Apr 05, 2021
Bonus Episode: Cod-rot How Round One

A short bonus episode in which we send a bunch of Doctor Who story titles through the anagram generator, and then try and decipher which stories they belong to

Apr 01, 2021
Film Club 31: Werewolves of 1981

Forty years ago the werewolf movie got a nip in the neck when three examples were released into cinemas with months of one another. But which has survived best, Wolfen, The Howling or An American Werewolf in London?

Mar 29, 2021
Episode 57: A Little Bit Different

Should Doctor Who start remaking itself? And if so, which stories should it remake? More to the point, what is a remake anyway?

Mar 25, 2021
Film Club 30: Rogue Males

A discussion of the adaptations of Geoffrey Household's 1939 novel Rogue Male, both official and unofficial, including the 1976 TV movie, Fritz Lang's film Man Hunt, and First Blood.

Mar 22, 2021
Bonus Episode: Team Stand On the Spot

It's another round of Doctor WhoSaurus - only this time with a difference: it's the substitute review team who got together to talk about The Stand who face the questions instead. But who will win, Tim Allman, Iain Martin or James Wheildon...?

Mar 18, 2021
Episode 56: Season Five

It's time to take a look at Patrick Troughton's middle year, the "monster season", in our random journey through the history of Doctor Who

Artwork 'borrowed' from Jeremy Bonwick

Mar 15, 2021
Bonus Episode: Doctor WhoSaurus Round Two

Another short bonus round of the game in which Doctor Who story titles are run through the synonym-o-meter and the co-hosts have to guess what the stories really are

Mar 11, 2021
Bonus Episode: Millie McKenzie Under Pressure

During modeller Millie's recent visit to Strangers HQ, these are the challenges we forced her to undergo before she was allowed to record her Desert Planet Picks appearance...

Millie's Twitter

Millie's Instagram

Mar 08, 2021
TV Club 11: WandaVision

A review of WandaVision, the Disney+ satire-cum-sitcom (let's call it a satcom) that kicks off Phase IV of the MCU.

Mar 06, 2021
Episode 55: The Same But Different

What if the actors who played Doctor Who hadn't left when they did? What if, for example, Colin Baker had stayed on to become Andrew Cartmel's Doctor Who...? Or Matt Smith's Doctor had met Missy...

Mar 04, 2021
Desert Planet Picks 50: Andrew Cartmel

Author and playwright - and former television script editor - Andrew Cartmel chooses the ten items he would take with him, in this fiftieth edition of Desert Planet Picks, if he was about to be marooned in outer space...

Andrew on Twitter

Andrew's Facebook

The Vinyl Detective

Mar 01, 2021
Desert Planet Picks 49: Stacey Smith?

Stacey Smith?, pandemic modeller and co-author of OutsideIn and Who is the Doctor, chooses the eight items she would take with her, if she was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Stacey's website

The Doctor Who Ratings Guide

The Cloister Library

Feb 25, 2021
Film Club 29: Sleuth

A discussion of the two cinema adaptations of Anthony Schaffer's play Sleuth, in 1972 and, latterly written by Harold Pinter and directed by Kenneth Branagh, in 2007, and the 'spiritual remake' Deathtrap ten years after the first which was directed by Sidney Lumet from Ira Levin's play. All three of which starred Michael Caine.

Feb 22, 2021
Episode 54: Series Seven

Our journey through the Doctor Who back catalogue reaches 2012 and the run-up to the series' fiftieth anniversary, and the content we will be discussing is Series Seven. Buckle in, there's a lot of it

Feb 18, 2021
TV Club 10: The Stand

A mildly spoilery (stop when we get to the 'elephant in the room' if you don't want to hear about the new ending) look at Stephen King's The Stand and its television adaptations, in which J.R. is joined by Iain Martin, James Wheildon and Tim Allman

Iain on Twitter

James' The Movie Lighthouse on Twitter

Tim on Twitter

Feb 15, 2021
Desert Planet Picks 48: Millie McKenzie

Millie McKenzie, the crazy cat lady with the love of polymer clay, chooses the eight items she would take with her, if she was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Millie on Twitter

Millie on Instagram

Feb 11, 2021
Desert Planet Picks 47: Tim Allman

BBC news reporter Tim Allman chooses the eight items he would take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Tim's Twitter

Tim on YouTube

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Feb 08, 2021
Bonus Episode: Clue Who Round One

Another new game to while away a dull fifteen minutes, in this short bonus episode in which we guess the Doctor Who story from three clues

Feb 04, 2021
Episode 53: Brief Encounters

A conversation about the various writers who only have one Doctor Who story to their credit

Original photo: Tim Drury

Feb 01, 2021
Bonus Episode: Doctor WhoSaurus Round One

This short bonus episode introduces a new quiz format in which Doctor Who story titles are run through the synonym-o-meter and the co-hosts have to guess what the stories really are

Jan 28, 2021
Film Club 28: Clinton-Era Political Satire

Film Club celebrates a changeover between American Presidents by travelling back in time to the late 1990s, and watching three films that sent up American politics during Bill Clinton's term in the Oval Office: Wag the Dog, Bulworth and Primary Colors

Jan 25, 2021
Film Club Favourites: Richard Sandling

Actor, comedian and film-maker Richard Sandling stops by to talk about his ten Film Club Favourite choices, his new movie Phase and all sorts of other film and comedy related stuff

Phase on Vimeo

Richard's website

Richard's Twitter

Jan 22, 2021
Episode 52: Season Eighteen

Our randomly-ordered season-by-season discussion of the history of Doctor Who arrives at Tom Baker's final year as the fourth Doctor, and it's a conversation that's not for the faint-hearted

Jan 18, 2021
Bonus Episode: AOTAS On the Spots

Iain and Mark of the All of Time and Space podcast get put through their paces in the usual series of not-quite challenges

All of Time and Space on Twitter

All of Time and Space home

Jan 14, 2021
Film Club 27: More 1970s Futures

Ross Aitken, aka Old Who from the Gallifrey's Most Wanted podcast, guests once again to chat about another three dystopian future visions from the 1970s, in Z.P.G., Westworld and Rollerball

Gallifrey's Most Wanted on Twitter

Jan 11, 2021
TV Club 09: Soul, and On the Christmas Box

A review of Pixar's latest production Soul, and a round-up of some of the Christmas TV treats that were on offer this year

Jan 06, 2021
Who Review 11: Revolution of the Daleks

A review of the New Year's Day 2021 Doctor Who Special, Revolution of the Daleks

Jan 03, 2021
Bonus Episode: Six Degrees of Doctor Who Snap Round Three

Another short bonus instalment to take us into the new year, as we randomly select pairs of Doctor Who stories and then try and divine the connections between them

Dec 31, 2020
Episode 51: The RTD Specials

From The Christmas Invasion to The End of Time, the Russell T Davies era saw Doctor Who become established as a Yuletide family favourite. But were the tenth Doctor specials any good?

Clay figures created and photographed by Millie McKenzie

Dec 28, 2020
Film Club 26: It's A Wonderful Life

Our Christmas film of 2020 is Frank Capra's 1946 classic It's a Wonderful Life. Plus a rundown of the films we reviewed in 2020; what was our least favourite - and will this one top the list?

Dec 24, 2020
TV Club 08: The Mandalorian Season Two

Matt and Simon review the second series of The Mandalorian from Disney+, and discuss the latest Star Wars announcements

Dec 21, 2020
Bonus Episode: Gallifrey's Most Wanted Goes On the Spot

Old Who (that's Ross) and New Who (that's Vic) from the Gallifrey's Most Wanted podcast, go On the Spot for sixty seconds at a time, on randomly selected Doctor Who stories, so you don't have to

Gallifrey's Most Wanted on Twitter

Dec 18, 2020
Episode 50: Season Nine

With no new arrivals and no departures, Doctor Who in 1972 was very much like Doctor Who in 2015; business as usual. But was Jon Pertwee's third term any good?

Clay figures created and photographed by Millie McKenzie

Dec 16, 2020
Film Club Extra: Tenet

It's been on the radar for most of the year, but now that Christopher Nolan's latest has arrived on DVD, it's time to level up on our thoughts about Tenet. Top spot, or dud?

Dec 14, 2020
Film Club 25: Welles and Mank

A review of Mank, David Fincher's new film for Netflix, a comparison with its predecessor, RKO 281, and a brief detour into the legacy of Orson Welles and Citizen Kane

Dec 11, 2020
Bonus Episode: Revolution of the Daleks Preview

A short bonus episode, in which we look ahead to the 2020 Doctor Who holiday special, Revolution of the Daleks. Warning: contains potential spoilers and speculation

Dec 09, 2020
Episode 49: Series Eight

The twelfth Doctor's first season comes under the spotlight as we travel back to 2014 for Series Eight

Artwork borrowed from "JwMnMaso"

Dec 07, 2020
Film Club Extra: Fifteen-Minute Film Fanatics Go On the Spot

Dan and Mike of the Fifteen-Minute Film Fanatics podcast go On the Spot for sixty seconds over a randomly selected variety of movie titles ... so we don't have to.

Fifteen-Minute Film Fanatics on Twitter

Fifteen-Minute Film Fanatics Podcast

Dec 03, 2020
Film Club 24: Life and Death in the 1970s

Ross Aitken of the Gallifrey's Most Wanted podcast returns, to discuss three more movies from the 1970s: No Blade of Grass, Electra Glide in Blue and The Stepford Wives

Nov 30, 2020
Bonus Episode: Off the Spot

An experiment in talking about Doctor Who without mentioning specific stories or anything connected with them ... so you don't have to.

Nov 26, 2020
Episode 48: Season 24

The nadir ... or the renaissance? We had back to 1987 to check out Sylvester McCoy's first season as Doctor Who, to find out how we feel about it 33 years later.

Millie McKenzie on Twitter

Nov 23, 2020
Episode 47: Series Two

It's time for RTD's second series, David Tennant's tenth Doctor's first, to go under the spotlight, as we turn our microphones back to 2006 and Series Two

(Artwork borrowed from Wario64I)

Nov 19, 2020
Film Club 23: John Fowles

A discussion on the merits - or otherwise - and meanings of the three motion picture adaptations of the novels of John Fowles, The Collector, The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman

Nov 16, 2020
Film Club Extra: Rebecca

J.R. and Matt chat about the new Netflix adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, and absolutely avoid comparing it with the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock film, which we also talk about just incidentally. Honest.

Nov 12, 2020
Episode 46: Higher and Further Than Ever Before

Our discussion on opening and closing episodes in Doctor Who arrives at the modern era

Nov 09, 2020
TV Club 07: The Haunting of Bly Manor

A review of Netflix' and Mike Flanagan's The Haunting of Bly Manor

Nov 05, 2020
Film Club Extra: Sean Connery

We choose some of our favourite moments from the career of Sean Connery

Nov 02, 2020
Film Club 22: Halloween Special 1973

With actual Halloween on general hiatus this year, we head back instead to our pagan past and take a Venetian holiday in 1973, to talk about the horror double bill of The Wicker Man and Don't Look Now
Warning: contains swears

Oct 29, 2020
Bonus Episode: On the Spot Round Three

(Three of) the regular hosts each talk for sixty seconds on a variety of randomly selected Doctor Who stories.

Artwork from a photograph by Scott Sebring

Oct 26, 2020
Episode 45: Season Six

It's the final season of the 1960s, and the last for second Doctor Patrick Troughton. We turn our microphones to Season Six, perhaps the most inconsistent till the fifth Doctor's first.

Artwork 'borrowed' from FunnyNWittyReference

Oct 22, 2020
Bonus: The Happy Man Part One

The first in a three-part story by Stephen Muppet, in which the TARDIS lands fifty years into the future to find all is not well.

To find out what happens in the following two instalments, visit Beermat Productions at

Oct 19, 2020
Bonus Episode: Six Degrees of Doctor Who Snap Round Two

A short bonus episode in which we select random pairs of Doctor Who stories and then struggle to find connections between them

Oct 15, 2020
Film Club 21: 1970s Dystopias

Our foreign correspondent Ross Aitken returns to help examine what the filmmakers of the 1970s seemed to think we had coming; it's the turn of Soylent Green, A Boy and His Dog and Logan's Run to go under the Film Club microphones

Ross on Twitter

Ross' podcast

Oct 12, 2020
Episode 44: Inventing An Emergency

In the second instalment of our look at Doctor Who's curtain raisers and finales, we focus on the first and last episodes of the late 1970s and 1980s

Oct 08, 2020
Film Club 20: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

A shorter than usual edition of Film Club this time, looking at Peter Jackson's epic trilogy of adaptations of The Lord of the Rings books. But which of us are the friendly hobbits and who turns out to be the irksome Orc...?

Oct 05, 2020
Episode 43: Series Five

It's back to Matt Smith's debut season in this episode, our retrospective of Steven Moffat's first year in the showrunnership, Series Five

Oct 01, 2020
Bonus Episode: Doctor Who Are You Round Two

A short bonus podcast today, in which we play another round of 'Guess the Doctor Who story'

Sep 28, 2020
Film Club 19: John Carpenter

A profile of genre director John Carpenter, with particular emphasis on reviews of Halloween and Escape from New York

Sep 24, 2020
Episode 42: Having Its Time and Beginnings Again

Examining the role of the opening and closing stories in a season; in the first part of this feature we look at the curtain raisers and finales in Doctor Who between 1963 and 1974

Sep 21, 2020
TV Club 06: Morse

J.R. and Matt head back to the 1980s to remember the TV series that came to define how we watch TV detectives
Opening theme: And Also the Trees

Sep 17, 2020
Episode 41: Season Twelve

It's time to turn our microphones to 1975, and the first year of Doctor Who with Tom Baker in the role

Sep 14, 2020
Episode 40: The Final Return

The final instalment of our returning characters conversation turns to (mostly) the Steven Moffat era

Sep 10, 2020
Film Club Extra: I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Charlie Kaufman's new film goes under the Film Club microphone, in this short bonus review episode

Sep 07, 2020
Episode 39: We Meet Again Still

It's time to turn our attentions to the subject of returning characters in modern Doctor Who, and in this first of two episodes, generally more specifically during the Russell T Davies era

Sep 03, 2020
TV Club 05(00th): Top Ten TV Sci-Fi

3,067 days (or eight years, four months and 23 days, or 499 podcast episodes) ago, Mark Cockram, Lee Rawlings and J.R. Southall published their first Blue Box Podcast. Today, 3,067 days (or eight years, four months and 23 days, or 499 podcast episodes) later, and with the help of new regular podcasters Simon Brett and Matt Barber in place of the waylaid Mr Cockram, it's time to publish our 500th. With a very special guest, and ostensibly in order to talk about our listeners' Top Ten TV (Other) Sci-Fi shows (that aren't Doctor Who).

Normal service will resume shortly. (Theme music by Unilever.)

All of Time and Space on Apple Podcasts

Aug 31, 2020
The Interview Room 03: Peter Harness Unbound

The TV writer of Kill the Moon, The Zygon Invasion/Inversion and The Pyramid at the End of the World stops by for a chat about surviving the pandemic, the intersection between whimsy and seriousness, writing movies, deleting Kenneth Branagh's jokes and of course, his Doctor Who stories
Opening theme: Unilever

Aug 27, 2020
Bonus Episode: YouTube Audience Quiz

Earlier this year I recorded one of my little Doctor Who quizzes to go out on YouTube; here's the audio for that quiz, for anyone who might like to play along without the video element...

Aug 24, 2020
Episode 38: The Order of the Master

From Terror of the Autons to The Timeless Children and all points in between (except the ones we ruled out), we asked our listeners to name their Top Ten Master Stories - and here are the results.

Aug 20, 2020
Film Club 18: I Am Legend

Ross Aitken of the Gallifrey's Most Wanted podcast joins me to look at the three film adaptations of Richard Matheson's debut novel I Am Legend, including The Last Man on Earth and of course, The Omega Man

Gallifrey's Most Wanted on iTunes

Gallifrey's Most Wanted on Twitter

Aug 17, 2020
Episode 37: Season One (Again)

It's back to the beginning as we reach the end of our initial run of revisitations, with a look at Doctor Who's very first season from 1963/4

(Artwork borrowed from Jeremy Bonwick)

Aug 13, 2020
Film Club 17: Christopher Nolan

With the release of Tenet coming up on August the Septemberth, we thought it was time to turn our focus on the film career of Christopher Nolan, and sort out the Interstellar from the Prestige

Aug 10, 2020
Bonus Episode: The Title of Gum

By way of a preamble (and it's very amble) to our Season One review next week, J.R. takes a dive into the Cuttings Archive, to look at how those earliest of the Doctor Who serials were promoted in the press

The Doctor Who Cuttings Archive

Aug 06, 2020
Episode 36: Season Fifteen (Again)

It's all change in the producer's chair as Doctor Who enters its fifteenth year, but can Horror of Fang Rock achieve the highest percentage score yet?
(Art borrowed from mimikeyu)

Aug 03, 2020
Episode 35: We Meet Again and Again

From the Master to the Mara via the Monk (but not the Megara), we turn our attention to the returning Time Lords and other villains that plagued the Doctor throughout the original series

Jul 30, 2020
Film Club 16: Top Five Spielberg Movies

As a prologue to doing something a bit more substantial on Steven Spielberg later on, we decided to each choose our top five movies of his career

Jul 27, 2020
Episode 34: Season Twenty (Again)

It's back to Doctor Who's twentieth season for this week's listeners' poll, as we ask if Enlightenment was the choice they made, and whether Terminus was the last thing on their list.

Jul 23, 2020
Film Club 15: King Kong

Is there more to the giant ape picture than meets the eye? It's time for Film Club to take a stroll back to 2005, then 1976, and finally 1933, to find out...

Jul 20, 2020
Episode 33: Season Four (At Last)

Our listener polling reaches Season Four, wherein some important new Doctor Who lore is created and the historicals are phased out. But will the Daleks be victorious - and if so, with which story?

Artwork 'borrowed' from embersfieldfilms

Jul 16, 2020
Film Club Favourites: Rob Shearman

Caustic comedies author Rob Shearman chooses the ten films that have been the biggest influence on his life and career, in a variety of "randomly chosen" categories.

Opening theme: Unilever

We All Hear Stories in The Dark hardback

We All Hear Stories in the Dark paperback

Jul 13, 2020
Bonus Episode: Post Postscript

So, this thing happened, a bit like that scene in Blink where Sally Sparrow gets a letter from the past.

Jul 09, 2020
Episode 32: The Point of a Return

The latest episode is the first half of a two-part examination of the legitimacy and effectiveness of bringing characters back from Doctor Who's past. This week, we look at the Doctor's friends.

Jul 06, 2020
Episode 31: Not Only the Only Good Daleks

We asked our listeners to name their ten favourite Dalek stories. This is what they said.

Jul 02, 2020
Episode 30: Season 25 (Again)

It's back to the 25th anniversary, as Season 25 of Doctor Who comes under the microphone 

Jun 25, 2020
Film Club Extra: Ian Holm

Our tribute to Ian Holm

Jun 22, 2020
Film Club Favourites: Simon Brett

Our host Simon chooses films in ten categories, that have made a significant impression upon him.

Jun 18, 2020
Episode 29: Season Ten (Again)

Our wanderings through Doctor Who's past bring us to the series' tenth anniversary. But will it be the one with the three Doctors, the one with the maggots or the one with the chap who looks suspiciously like Harry Sullivan, that our readers vote best in Season Ten?

Jun 15, 2020
Film Club 14: Charlie Kaufman's Adaptation.

An off-the-cuff edition of Film Club, as we take a stroll through the various movies written (and sometimes directed) by Charlie Kaufman, including the likes of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Jun 11, 2020
Episode 28: Series Six (Again)

Another week, another trip to the past - and this time, we're visiting the recent past. It's 2011, and it's the turn of Matt Smith's second series to come under the microphone.

Jun 08, 2020
Film Club Favourites: Matt Barber

Our host Matt chooses films in ten categories, that have made a significant impression upon him.

Opening theme: Unilever

Jun 04, 2020
Episode 27: Season Thirteen (Again)

Is Tom Baker's second series as Doctor Who the best season ever? It certainly has a huge claim on being the most popular. Time, then, for us to head back to the autumn of 1975 and rediscover what it has to offer for ourselves.

With apologies to herbarianband (aka Andy Walker) for borrowing the art.

Jun 01, 2020
Film Club Extra: Home Media Round-Up

With most of the rest of the Best Picture nominees - and some other interesting titles - turning up on home media platforms of late, and after we turned the spotlight on Joker a few months ago, we thought it was time to give our thoughts on the likes of Jojo Rabbit, Once Upon a Time .,.. in Hollywood, and of course Parasite.

May 28, 2020
Episode 26: Season 22 (Again)

Join the Strangers in Space team as they head back to early 1985, in order to re-examine Doctor Who's first attempt at moving to 45-minute episodes, as producer JN-T nears the end of his Eric Saward experiment. It's our re-review of Season 22 folks!

With apologies to FunnyNWittyReferenc for borrowing the art...

May 25, 2020
Film Club Extra: The Film Club Film Quiz

Having quizzed quite plenty about Doctor Who, we thought it was time to try out some questions on our other big love: the movies. 

May 21, 2020
Episode 25: Silver Splatter and Cyber Fun Days

The last few years of modern Doctor Who have proposed the question, Do the Cybermen only really 'work' if they're the henchmen of one iteration of the Master or another? We decided to ask our listeners a different question entirely: What's your favourite Cyberman story? Here be the answers.

May 18, 2020
Film Club Favourites: J.R. Southall

Our host J.R. chooses films in ten categories, that have made a significant impression upon him.

Opening theme: Unilever

May 14, 2020
Episode 24: Season Three (At Last)

Our season by season wander back through the meanderings of (mostly) original run Doctor Who fetches up in 1965/6; it's time for William Hartnell's final full season as the eponymous character to go under the Strangers in Space microphone.

May 11, 2020
Bonus Episode: The Final Doctor Who Quiz

With Lee, Simon and Matt having each won a heat, it's time to find out which of the three knows their Doctor Who the best. So join us for the grand final of our coronavirus quiz, in which lockdown starts getting to Simon, Lee takes it all in his stride and CyberMatt's will to win almost sees him breaking a sweat.

May 07, 2020
Episode 23: The Inexpressible Joy of Never Having Existed

A special lockdown episode chewing the lean over some mini-topics as suggested by our listeners. Well, we say "special", you'll have to determine that for yourselves.

May 04, 2020
Film Club International 09: L'Appartement in Wicker Park

Matt is joined by JR this week to compare the French romantic thriller L'Appartement, with its American remake Wicker Park, a film that Steven Spielberg was at one point attached to, and that ultimately ended up being made by the director who went on to create the visual style for Moffat and Gatiss' Sherlock

Apr 30, 2020
Episode 22 - Season Nineteen (Again)

The first (and possibly only genuine) companion death, a whodunit without a "who" (although it does feature two Doctors, one of which doesn't even bother to show up) and an alien world that was only conjured into being just in time to turn up on the telly; it's back to 1982 this week as the Strangers in Space podcast revisits the rudderless season that was Peter Davison's first.

Apr 27, 2020
Bonus Episode: The Third Doctor Who Quiz

With everybody else having won a quiz (except for JR, who sets the quiz), you'd think Matt would have an easy time of it in this last of the three preliminary heats. But oh no, it's not as simple as that; Matt still has competition, even if only of the virtual variety - so can he beat everybody else off and emerge triumphant?

Apr 23, 2020
Episode 21: Dousing a Friendly Venture

Can Season One and Series Three live together in perfect harmony? Or: which is reallest, the original run or Nu Who? We don't know, but we thought it would be fun to find out.

Apr 22, 2020
Bonus Episode: About Writing

The 'Other Three' chat about writing in this bonus podcast

Apr 20, 2020
Bonus Episode: The Second Doctor Who Quiz

After Lee's unexpected victory in the first quiz, Simon and Matt battle it out to see who will be the worthiest challenger in the next round. Surely it's got to be Matt this time, right?

Apr 16, 2020
Episode 20: Season Seven (Again)

It's back to Jon Pertwee's first series of Doctor Who this time around, as we invite our listeners to vote the four stories into order of preference and work our way through the results.
(with apologies to Douglas Sommerville for borrowing his Blu-ray-inspired artwork)

Apr 13, 2020
Bonus Episode: The Doctor Who Quiz

It's eight years since Lee and J.R. first published a podcast together, so it's only right that for our anniversary, J.R. should set the Strangers a quiz for Lee to make a right hash of. Can Simon make up the ground, or will it be Matt's academic training that sees him triumph?

Apr 09, 2020
Episode 19: Season Sixteen (Again)

Seven years on from the Blue Box Podcast's dissection of The Key to Time, the Strangers in Space head back to 1978 for another look at Season 16 - this time with input from our listeners!

Apr 05, 2020
Episode 18: Series 12 Retrospective

Looking back over the highs and low of Series 12, now that we're able to see the whole thing in context

Mar 26, 2020
Bonus Episode: Series 12 Listeners' Poll

A short bonus podcast before we get back on track next week, with a solo J.R. reading out the listeners' feedback and revealing the Series 12 poll results

Mar 19, 2020
Film Club 13: Hitchcock, Psycho and The 39 Steps

A look at the films of Alfred Hitchcock, with particular emphasis of The 39 Steps and Psycho as examples of the two genre types he was most associated with

Mar 12, 2020
Who Review 10: The Timeless Children

There's a lot to talk about this week, so as you'll probably expect, we take a lot of time to talk about it... It's our review of the Series 12 finale episode, The Timeless Children.

Mar 04, 2020
Desert Planet Picks 46: Clare Eden

Actors' agent and audio producer Clare Eden chooses the eight items she would take with her, if she was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Clare's website

The John Thaw Foundation

Clare on Twitter

Clare on Facebook

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Feb 27, 2020
Who Review 09: Ascension of the Cybermen

A review of the ninth episode of Series 12 of Doctor Who, plus a bunch of speculation about what might happen in episode ten.

Feb 23, 2020
Film Club Extra 03: Joker

A review of Todd Phillips' film Joker, now available on home media.

Feb 21, 2020
Who Review 08: The Haunting of Villa Diodati

A review of the eighth episode of Series 12 of Doctor Who, The Haunting of Villa Diodati.

Feb 20, 2020
Who Review 07: Can You Hear Us?

Series 12 reaches its seventh episode and we're back to four members - about which much more in the Easter Egg - for this review of Can You Hear Me? Which also includes mentions of Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and The Peanut.

Feb 10, 2020
You and Who Talking Volume Four

With guest host Christopher Bryant, editor of featured publication You On Target, plus readings from Stephen Hatcher, Jef Hughes and Miles Northcott

Buy You On Target

Feb 06, 2020
Who Review 06: Praxeus

A review of the sixth episode of Series 12, plus more rumour debunking, then later on some speculation and eventually some consideration (involving loaded knives) as to what actually constitutes rumour

Feb 04, 2020
Desert Planet Picks 45: The Time Lash Two

Mark Donaldson and Ben Verth of the On the Time Lash podcast, reveal which eight items they would each take with them, if they were about to be marooned on a desert planet

Warning: there are swears!

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

On the Time Lash on Wordpress

On Twitter

And on Facebook

Jan 30, 2020
TV Club 04: Worzel Gummidge

A review of Mackenzie Crook's recent adaptation of Barbara Euphan Todd's children's novel.

Jan 27, 2020
Who Review 05: Fugitive Offrom the Judoon

Well now. It's the Strangers in Space review of the fifth episode of the twelfth series of what we like to call modern Doctor Who. And blimey, that was something wasn't it.

Jan 26, 2020
Who Review 04: Nikola Tesla's House of Horror

Our review of the fourth episode of the twelfth series of the second incarnation of Doctor Who, featuring its thirteenth Doctor.

Jan 24, 2020
Who Review 03: Orphan 55

What did we think of the latest episode of Doctor Who you ask? Well, I guess this is the place to find out...

Jan 13, 2020
TV Club 03: Dracula

A review of the BBC's recent three-part adaptation of Dracula, written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat

Opening theme: And Also the Trees

Jan 10, 2020
Who Review 02: Spyfall Part Two

Could the second half of Spyfall live up to the promise of the first episode? Find out in our in-depth review.
Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Jan 08, 2020
TV Club 02: The Mandalorian

The Strangers in Space booked themselves onto a three-for-two flight to the USA, so we could bring you our review of Disney's first live-action Star Wars TV series, The Mandalorian
TV Club theme: And Also the Trees

Jan 07, 2020
Who Review 01: Spyfall Part One

Twelve months on from Resolution, has Chris Chibnall's second series started in a way that makes good on the promise made by that episode?

Jan 04, 2020
Film Club 12: The Rise of Skywalker

J.J. Abrams returns to the director's chair for the final instalment of the Skywalker franchise. Was it everything we hoped it would be? Find out in this in-depth review.

Dec 30, 2019
Film Club Extra 2: Top Ten Films

A short bonus podcast, in which we count down our collective favourite film Top Ten

Dec 26, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 44: MarkCockram

Nerdology host and president of the palindromes Mark Cockram, chooses the eight items he would take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum


Nerdology on Twitter

Nerdology on Facebook

Dec 23, 2019
Episode 17: Christmas from the Pit

With no new Christmas Specials to talk about, and with pantomime season in full swing, we ask if The Creature from the Pit might be turned into something seasonally appropriate instead?

With much thanks to our special guests:

The Movie Lighthouse
On the Timelash
Who's He?
Diddly Dum
Progtor Who
Iain Martin's A to Z
Something Who
The Krynoid Podcast

Dec 19, 2019
Bonus Episode: Series 12 Preview

A short look ahead to what may or may not be ahead in Series 12, given how little information has actually been released!
Warning: contains spoilers. And probably also a fair amount of poppycock.

Dec 16, 2019
Film Club 11: Gremlins

Is Joe Dante’s Gremlins, originally released on the 8th of June 1984, really a Christmas film? And how does Gremlins 2 match up? Plus, find out what our best – and worst – reviewed films of 2019 were

Dec 12, 2019
Bonus Episode: Word Peril, and a Quiz

Some pre-Christmas games and quizzes, as the Strangers team find themselves with half an hour to spare and only JR's bag of trickery to keep them occupied. Playing along at home is only recommended in a safe environment

Dec 09, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 43: The Best Pick Pair

Actors, writers and podcasters John Dorney and Tom Salinsky choose the eight items they would each take with them, if they were about to be marooned on a desert planet
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

The Best Pick Podcast

Dorney's Twitter

Tom's Twitter

The Spontaneity Shop

Tom's Blog

Dec 05, 2019
TV Club 01: The War of the Worlds

Beginning a new strand reviewing television, we turn our attention to the BBC's adaptation of H.G. Wells' iconic book
Opening theme: And Also the Trees

Dec 02, 2019
Film Club 10: The Road to Star Wars

With The Rise of Skywalker looming, Film Club goes back to George Lucas' pre-1977 movie career and examines THX 1138 and American Graffiti, with a view to working out where the first Star Wars came from

Nov 28, 2019
Episode 16: Trailer Trash Talk

A new trailer, new and old news, speculation, rumour, wild imaginings... (Half of) Strangers in Space look forward to Doctor Who Series 12.

Nov 23, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 42: Robert Hammond

Artist and author Robert Hammond chooses the eight items he would take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Rob's Twitter

Rob's Instagram

Rob's website

Nov 21, 2019
Film Club International 08: Amadeus

Miloš Forman's 1984 Mozart biopic comes under the scrutiny of the FCI team, plus bonus Simon, this time around.

Nov 18, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 41: Emma Byrne

"Sweary Scientist" Emma Byrne chooses the eight items she would take with her, if she was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Emma's Website

Emma's Twitter

Profile Books

Nov 14, 2019
Episode 15: The Second Death of Doctor Who

Could Doctor Who be about to regenerate more significantly than at any point since the original death of the series and its successful rebirth a decade and a half later? We discuss the latest rumours Chinese Whispering their way around the internet.

Nov 07, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 40: Emma Reeves

Award-winning TV writer Emma Reeves chooses the eight items she would take with her, if she was about to be marooned on a desert planet
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Emma's Twitter

Nov 04, 2019
Desert Planet Punts 39: Halloween Special

Three returning guests each choose the three items they would send to a desert planet, if they were given the opportunity

Opening theme by Yummy Fur, incidental music by Jesus Couldn't Drum

Oct 31, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 38: Ashley Thorpe

Filmmaker Ashley Thorpe chooses the eight items he would take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Ashley's Twitter

Borley Rectory on Blu-ray

Hell Tor Festival on Facebook


Oct 28, 2019
Film Club International 07: Daughters of Darkness

It's Halloween, so travel with the Film Club International crew back to the year 1971, as they review Harry Kümel's Daughters of Darkness, aka Les Lèvres Rouges aka Le Rouge aux Lèvres aka The Red Lips aka The Red on the Lips aka Dorst Naar Bloed aka Blood Thirst...

Oct 24, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 37: Matt Sanders

Art designer Matt Sanders chooses the eight items he would take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Matt's website

Oct 21, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 36: Jane Lovering

Author Jane Lovering chooses the eight items she would take with her, if she was about to be stranded on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Jane's website

Jane's Twitter

Jane's Facebook Page

How to Write Romantic Comedy

Oct 17, 2019
Episode 14: New Can Be Scary

Join us one year on from the debut series of new showrunner Chris Chibnall and new Doctor Jodie Whittaker, as we re-watch The Tsuranga Conundrum (and the other episodes too, of course) and revisit our feelings on this most divisive of Doctor Who seasons. Was it as bad / good / indifferent as we had at first thought?

Oct 14, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 35: Rhoda Baxter

Author Rhoda Baxter, who also writes as Jeevani Charika, chooses the eight items she would take with her, if she was about to be marooned on a desert planet.
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Rhoda's website

Jeevani's website

Rhoda's Twitter

Oct 10, 2019
Film Club 09: Terminator Genisys

An overview of The Terminator film series, plus a more in-depth review of the 2015 instalment in the franchise

Oct 07, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 34: The Progtor Two

Marc Atkinson and Bob Fleming, accomplished musicians and erstwhile co-podcasters, choose the eight items they'd (each) take with them, if they were about to be marooned on a (separate) desert planet (from one another)
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Progtor Who

Marc's Bandcamp Page

Oct 03, 2019
Episode 13: Time, and a Crayon

It's a case of "What would you have done?" this month, as three of the four Strangers discuss the (potential) new showrunner and launch into listeners questions regarding an alternative last few years of Doctor Who - or a future the way we'd rewrite it ourselves.

Sep 26, 2019
Bonus Episode: On the Spot Round Two

J.R. and Matt found themselves at a loose end, so a short bonus podcast of our random sixty-second Doctor Who monologuing ensued.

Sep 23, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 33: Tom Spilsbury

Journalist and magazine editor Tom Spilsbury chooses the eight items he would take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Inside Soap

Sep 19, 2019
Film Club 08: Skyfall and Spectre

Film Club reconvenes to discuss Daniel Craig's third and fourth Bond outings

Sep 12, 2019
Bonus Episode: A Short Dicks With Some Targets

A short bonus episode in honour of Doctor Who royalty Terrance Dicks, who recently passed away

Sep 09, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 32: Martyn Havell

The host of the Bad Wilf podcast chooses the eight items he would take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

The Bad Wilf Podcast
Martyn on Twitter

Sep 05, 2019
Episode 12: Gathering 'Round Patterns

Our listeners asked which were the worst production decisions of each era and which stories were the most reflective of their times, and as there were only two of us available to record we decided to answer those questions more fully than we really thought sensible
Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Sep 03, 2019
Bonus Episode: Martyn Havell on Changing Doctors

A short bonus discussion with the Bad Wilf podcast's Martyn Havell, on the subject of whether the next Doctor Who ought to be another woman or not

Sep 03, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 31: Kara Dennison

Author and editor Kara Dennison chooses the eight items she would take with her, if she was about to be stranded on a desert planet
Opening theme by Jesus Couldn't Drum

Kara's Twitter

Altrix Books

Aug 26, 2019
Episode 11: When the Doctor Was Them

A wander through the opening and closing scenes of the various Doctors Who, in an attempt to evaluate what the writers were trying to say about their characters
Theme music: Richard Judge

Aug 22, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 30: Jemima Williams

Artist and illustrator Jemima Williams chooses the eight items she'd take with her, if she was about to be marooned on a desert planet
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum
Jemima's website
Jemima's Twitter
Hibernate With Me on YouTube
Hibernate With Me on Amazon (UK)

Aug 19, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 29: Pat Howe

Record distributor, National Album Day advocate and part-time guitarist Pat Howe chooses the eight items he would take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

National Album Day on Facebook
Pat on Twitter

Aug 15, 2019
Bonus Episode: Doctor Who Are You Round One

It's our 400th episode, so here's a short bonus podcast we recorded a little while ago - featuring another of our patented (by other people) Doctor Who games - followed by a more recent recording in which we celebrate our millstone by running down our collective Top Ten Doctor Who Stories.

Aug 12, 2019
Bonus Episode: The Death of Doctor Who

Have the reports of the death of Doctor Who been greatly exaggerated? Find out in this bonus episode.

Aug 08, 2019
Film Club 07: Idiocracy

A look at Mike Judge's 2006 projectionist political comedy Idiocracy

Aug 08, 2019
You and Who Talking Volume Three

With guest host Kara Dennison plus readings from David Busch and Drew Meyer

Original cover art by Andy Lambert

Aug 05, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 28: Nabil Shaban

Actor and co-founder of the Graeae Theatre Company, Nabil Shaban chooses the eight items he would take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet.
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Nabil's YouTube channel


Aug 01, 2019
Episode 10: Expanding Returns

Nope, the title "Expanding Returns" is not some clever reference to another batch of missing episodes turning up, rather it's a play on the expression diminishing returns, as half of the Strangers in Space team (that's all who turned up this month I'm afraid) ask whether recurring monsters are always better on their first time out.

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Jul 25, 2019
Film Club International 6: Boy

The Film Club International team turn their attention to Taika Waititi's 2010 New Zealand film Boy...

Jul 22, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 27: Mark Morris

Horror author Mark Morris chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Mark's Facebook

Mark's Twitter

Mark's Website

Jul 18, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 26: Stephen Hatcher

Convention organiser, writer and potential after dinner speaker Stephen Hatcher chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Jul 11, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 25: Matthew Jacobs

Film and TV writer, director and producer Matthew Jacobs chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Matthew on Twitter

Doctor Who Am I on Facebook

Your Good Friend on Vimeo

Jul 08, 2019
You and Who Talking Volume Two

The guest for this episode is Stephen Hatcher, who joins J.R. to chat through the links between some more readings from the You and Who books

Jul 04, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 24: Paul Vanezis

Television producer/director and restoration expert Paul Vanezis chooses the eight items he would take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet.
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Paul's Twitter.

Jul 01, 2019
Episode 09/B: A Pair of Burnt Skies (The Perils of Polly Part Two)

Our listeners' favourite Doctor Who cliffhangers

Jun 28, 2019
Episode 09: The Perils of Polly

A look at the various varieties of cliffhanger that have tempted us back to watch the next week's episode of Doctor Who over the years, plus our listeners' vote as they choose their favourites.

Jun 27, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 23: Sophie Iles

Artist and writer Sophie Iles chooses the eight items she'd take with her, if she were about to be marooned on a desert planet
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Jun 24, 2019
Bonus Episode: On the Spot Round One

A short bonus podcast (plus an even shorter bonus bonus podcast within the bonus podcast) as the Strangers in Space team go On the Spot in this episode (plus in the bonus bonus podcast Logan's dad sums up the classic era of Logan's Look).

Jun 20, 2019
Film Club 6: Toy Story and Pixar

A review of the first full-length computer animated movie Toy Story, and an overview of Pixar's subsequent output

Jun 17, 2019
Film Club International 5: Orphée

Matt and a revised gang dive straight into the middle of Jean Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy with an instalment devoted to its middle film, the 1950 picture Orphée

Jun 12, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 22: Richard Smith

Host of the Something Who podcast Richard Smith chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Something Who Podcast

Richard's Twitter

Jun 06, 2019
Episode 08: Good for the Bees

A discussion about which modern Doctor Who stories might make good viewing for fans who gave up watching the series back when Boris Johnson was still studying for his 2:1 at Oxford.

Jun 03, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 21: Phil Cannon

Host of the Who's He podcast, Phil Cannon chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

May 30, 2019
You and Who Talking Volume One

Editors J.R. Southall and Dan Barratt talk through some brand new readings of You and Who essays by the authors themselves, explain the new miscellany volume One More Lifetime - and announce a brand new series of books.

May 25, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 20: Jack Bowman

Audio dramatist Jack Bowman chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Jack's Twitter

Jack's Facebook

Home Front Audio

May 23, 2019
Film Club International 4: Persona

Matt Barber's breakaway Film Club group turns its attention to Ingmar Bergman's 1966 psychological drama, Persona

May 16, 2019
Film Club 05: Casino Royale

A review of Casino Royale, and a discussion about Daniel Craig's Bond, his first two films as 007, and the changes made to the series when he was cast

May 10, 2019
Episode 07: Not-Quite Doctor Who

A rundown of the various spin-offs, charity shorts and alternative media versions of Doctor Who, that have played alongside the television series

May 06, 2019
Film Club Extra 1: Swinging!

A short-ish bonus Film Club instalment, with reviews of the two recent home video releases of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Mary Poppins Returns, and a few thoughts on Avengers: Endgame

May 02, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 19: Brian Gorman

One Man Bond, playwright and graphic novelist Brian Gorman chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet

Brian's Facebook

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Closing theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Apr 29, 2019
Bonus Episode: Six Degrees of Doctor Who Snap Round One

A short bonus podcast, in which the Strangers team randomly selects Doctor Who stories and then tries to connect them thematically

Apr 27, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 18: Steven Warren Hill

Gallifrey Base forum owner and co-author of Red, White and Who, Steven Warren Hill chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Apr 26, 2019
Film Club International 03: Invention for Destruction

A review of the 1958 Karel Zeman film Invention for Destruction (US title The Fabulous World of Jules Verne), and a discussion about other films which mix live action and animation.
Opening theme arrangement: Finn Talisker

Apr 19, 2019
The Interview Room 02: Nicholas Briggs

A short conversation with Nicholas Briggs (recorded in March 2018) about the Koch Media re-releases of Reeltime's Myth Makers Doctor Who interview compilations

Apr 15, 2019
Film Club 04: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

A review of Philip Kaufman's 1978 adaptation of the Jack Finney novel The Body Snatchers, and a discussion around the various other film versions of the book

Apr 11, 2019
Episode 06: Resurrection of the Partless

A review of the new animated version of The Macra Terror

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Apr 04, 2019
Episode 05: Showrunning on the Spot

A conversation about the role of the showrunner in Doctor Who, and who the next one might be

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Mar 28, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 16: Nicholas Briggs

Actor, writer, director, sound designer, composer and voice actor Nicholas Briggs chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Mar 26, 2019
Film Club International 2: My Neighbor Totoro

A review of Studio Ghibli's 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro

Theme: Finn Talisker Music

Mar 21, 2019
Film Club 03: The Day of the Triffids and the Brit TV Apocalypse

A review of the 1962 film and a discussion about other adaptations of John Wyndham's work, those of John Christopher, and end of the world television in the 1970s

Mar 14, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 15: Toby Hadoke

Popular actor, writer and comedian Toby Hadoke chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet
Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum
Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Mar 12, 2019
Episode 04: If It Wasn't For X, We Wouldn't Have Y

A conversation about the stories that have changed the direction of Doctor Who.

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Mar 03, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 13: Peter Harness

Screenwriter Peter Harness chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet.

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Feb 26, 2019
The Interview Room 01: Peter Harness

TV screenwriter Peter Harness discusses his forthcoming adaptation of War of the Worlds.

Opening theme: Brian Hodgson

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Feb 26, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 14: Rob Shearman

Author and screenwriter Rob Shearman chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was going to be stranded on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Feb 26, 2019
Film Club International 01: Russian Ark

A review of Alexander Sokurov's 2002 film Russian Ark

Theme music: Finn Talisker Music

Feb 23, 2019
Episode 03: Chekhov's Deus ex Machina Gun

A discussion of the relative merits of two literary tropes often cited in conjunction with modern Doctor Who

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Feb 12, 2019
Film Club 02: H.G. Wells and Spielberg's War of the Worlds

A review of Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, and an overview of various other adaptations of H.G. Wells' work

Opening theme: Dudley Simpson

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Feb 12, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 12: Jonathan Lemon

Cartoonist Jonathan Lemon chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Jonathan's Twitter

Alley Oop

Rabbits Against Magic

Opening and closing themes: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Lemon's photo choice:

Feb 07, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 11: Paul Cornell

Mani-talented word wrangler Paul Cornell chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Paul Cornell's website

Paul Cornell on Twitter

Jan 31, 2019
Episode 02: Rating Over the Krolls

The Strangers in Space choose the original run stories they'd show a modern series fan, with a cruel caveat or two and with the occasional surprise choice

Jan 31, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 10: James McLean

James McLean of the PodKast (with a K) chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

PodKast (with a K)

Jan 20, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 9: Radio Free Steven

Radio Free Skaro's Steven Schapansky chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Steven's Twitter

Radio Free Skaro

Jan 17, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 8: Nathan Bottomley

Nathan Bottomley from Flight Through Entirety chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be marooned on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Flight Through Entirety


Jan 15, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 7: Doc Whom

Doc Whom of the Diddly Dum Podcast chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Diddly Dum:


Jan 09, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 6: David Kitchen

The Doctor Who Show's David Kitchen chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn't Drum

The Doctor Who Show:

Jan 09, 2019
Film Club 01: Brian De Palma and Carrie

A review of Brian De Palma's 1976 film Carrie, and an overview of the director's career

Opening theme by Dudley Simpson

Theme arrangement by Richard Judge

Jan 06, 2019
Episode 01: Resolution of the Dalek

A review of the New Year's Special, plus the results of our listeners' votes on Series Eleven


Theme arrangement by Richard Judge

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Jan 06, 2019
Desert Planet Picks 5: Graham Cluley

Internet security champion (and Doctor Who fan) Graham Cluley chooses the eight items he’d take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet



Smashing Security Podcast:

Opening theme: Jesus Couldn’t Drum

Theme arrangement: Richard Judge

Dec 29, 2018
Bonus Episode: An Easter Egg for Christmas

A little something extra we found that we thought you might enjoy.

Dec 21, 2018
Desert Planet Picks 4: JR Southall

JR chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet

Dec 18, 2018
Desert Planet Picks 3: Matt Barber

Matt Barber chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet

Dec 18, 2018
Desert Planet Picks 1: Simon Brett

Simon chooses the eight items he'd take with him, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet

Dec 15, 2018
BBP 336: Froggie Went A-Talkin'

The second of two 'unreleased' Blue Box Podcasts, a review of the ninth episode of Series Eleven

Dec 15, 2018
BBP 335: Cumming in General

The first of two 'unreleased' Blue Box Podcasts, a review of the eighth episode of Series Eleven

Dec 15, 2018
Desert Planet Picks 2: Lee Rawlings

Lee chooses the eight items he'd take, if he was about to be stranded on a desert planet

Dec 15, 2018
Episode 00: Return of the Kings

Sound Zero of the new podcast from J.R. Southall, Lee Rawlings, Simon Brett and Matt Barber, in which we review the Doctor Who Series Eleven finale, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.

Dec 12, 2018