On the Time Lash

By Ben Verth and Mark Donaldson

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A podcast pub crawl through Doctor Who old and new with film programmer Mark Donaldson and stand-up comic Ben Verth

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133. Up His Astronaut Suit
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Ben and Mark tackle the big environmental issues as they discuss Praxeus and Planet of Giants. Wouldn't Praxeus have been better if they'd kept the Autons in? What was it about the idea of Planet of Giants that made it a story worth returning to for season 2?

ALSO: Why Adric should have got married. Ben's advice for getting rid of caterpillars and aphids. Tim Peake's wife working in Tesco. 

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Sep 25, 2022
132. Pricks
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Ben and Mark let the listeners decide this episode's pairing with Fugitive of the Judoon, resulting in them having to chat about Meglos.

Under discussion: Jason Bourne in Space, ITV Light Entertainment figures interacting, creepy cakemakers, and cacti.

Also: Did JN-T require Jacqueline Hill's Hartnell wrangling skills? An unexpected Doctor but not the one you think, and Mark begins collecting debts. 

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Sep 12, 2022
131. Hipster Historicals
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Ben and Mark discuss the Doctor Who sub-genre of the Hipster Historical by way of 'Nikola Tesla's Night Of Terror' and 'The Visitation'. How well do both stories succeed in informing and entertaining audiences about less famous historical celebrities?

Ben finds a kinship with Richard Mace, Mark attempts to pin the blame on someone other than Eric Saward, and a Waltzer carriage transforms into an android.

ALSO: Canine in company! The Wedding of Ben Verth! The blob in the cafetiere!

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Jul 31, 2022
130. Benni-Verthy-Vici
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Ben and Mark are joined by the internet's foremost 'Orphan 55' expert Pete Lambert of the Trap One podcast to discuss all-inclusive holidays, Greta Thunberg, spunk gags, and much, much more in Ed Hime's difficult second episode. 

In the second half, they pair the mysterious planet of Orphan 55 with Robert Holmes' 'The Mysterious Planet'. As the Lash Lads bring the Trial of a Timelord to a close with the serial's very beginning, the three of them discuss Joan Sims' needs, the genius of Sabalom Glitz, and Ben, rather than clickbait miner Mark, generates a complex Doctor Who theory that ties the Trial with the Timeless Child. 

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Jun 26, 2022
129. Doctor Who: Banged Up Abroad
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In many ways, it's all been building to this. The 12th series of On the Time Lash opens with Mark finally coming face to fist with Eric Saward and Ben getting to call people SPIES.

In a packed show, Ben and Mark discuss Ben's stag, the DWAS Capitol event, Spyfall, and Frontier in Space. Not to mention bollock monsters, holding a pillow over an elderly screenwriter, and they struggle to remember what the aliens from Spyfall are actually called.

ALSO: An appreciation of Sacha Dhawan and Roger Delgado's Masters, comparing Malcolm Hulke and Gene Roddenberry's respective visions of the future, and some clunky references to the current geopolitical situation.

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May 21, 2022
128. Dicking Around In A Victorian House
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After an unintentionally long gap, Ben and Mark are back to discuss two types of Whittaker Dalek stories. Jodie Whittaker's first festive special 'Resolution' and David Whittaker's 'The Evil of the Daleks'.

While building up their own hangovers, the Lash Lads tackle the first ever Doctor Who New Year's Day special, and ponder how the energy changes compared to Christmas.

And does 'The Evil of the Daleks' buckle under the weight of fan expectation? Ben and Mark attempt to find out.

ALSO: Digital dog gate! The winner of DWDICG11 is announced! Aren't Daleks sometimes a ropey as fuck?

Apologies for the slightly tinny sound on Mark's end!

The Dalek 63.88 Documentary about the American series is here. 
Toby Hadoke's Evil Of The Daleks reactions begin here.

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May 15, 2022
127. Ravioli in My Colon
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Ben and Mark bring Series 11 to a close with two tales of spiritual saps being taken for a ride by old enemies of the Doctor. In The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos, Graham and Ryan get a satisfying ending even if no one else does. Whilst in The Keeper of Traken, Adric and Nyssa actually seem to like each other. What kind of evil energy is Peter Davison bringing in a few episodes' time?

Also: Geoffrey Beevers climbing up the back of you, an invitation to the wedding of the year, Tom Baker's Ghost Detectives, and bum regenerations.

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Feb 20, 2022
126. Let Bigon Be Bigon
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Ben and Mark can find nothing with the emotional complexity to compare with It Takes You Away and so pair it with another story featuring a frog on a chair, Four to Doomsday.

Comparing Jodie Whittaker with Peter Davison sparks some interesting discussions about the regard which each of their eras are held. Is the frog on the chair the most Doctor Who moment in post-2005 Doctor Who?

ALSO: Kwuok Facts! A Degsey's Ding-Dong Ping-Pong upset! A golden shower from Stratford Johns!

You can read Mark's Doctor Who lists here.
You can hear Ray Charles' melancholy Kermit the Frog cover here

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Jan 23, 2022
125. Mud
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In a very special seasonal episode, Ben and Mark welcome writer and director Joy Wilkinson to the podcast to discuss writing The Witchfinders, the mechanics of the S11 writer's room, British history and folklore as well as her own love of The Daemons. 

What other stories from S11 did Joy want to write? Was the Doctor's gender the impetus or a happy accident? What the hell is going on with the Bury Man? We chat all this and more. 

ALSO: Dick Strawbridge shoots heroin, a fiendish new round of Degsey's Ding-Dong Ping-Pong and that most British of malevolent forces - mud. 

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Dec 19, 2021
Kerb!am Uniqueness Nerve Taxation
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Ben and Mark are joined by Steven from New to Who to discuss the BBC's perceived political bias through the prism of 'Kerblam!' and 'The Sunmakers'.

Isn't the system actually the problem? Is it enough in 2018 to just make a Doctor Who story about Space Amazon or do you actually have to have something to say? Is it a by-product of a more centrist approach to entertainment? And how do three men manage to cover all the potential readings of this slightly muddled tale in around 45 minutes?

The Sunmakers brings up discussions of high anxiety, Louise Jameson firing a big gun in the back of a car, flushing officials down the toilet and throwing them off the roof. And much more besides!

CONTAINS BIG SWEARS FROM THE OUTSET

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Nov 21, 2021
123. Horrendous Histories
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Religious tensions, post-colonialism, court intrigue,  unimaginable slaughter. It should be a right bloody laugh as Ben and Mark discuss 2018's 'Demons of the Punjab' and 1966's 'The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve'. 

Ben and Mark have nothing but praise for Vinay Patel's powerful portrayal of a historical moment that is woefully untaught in the history curriculum. It's Doctor Who at its most Reithian and leads to a discussion that takes in legacy, religious extremism and the Doctor's policy of 'no interference'.

Meanwhile, the Lash Lads find it harder to speak highly of John Lucarotti and Donald Tosh's flawed historical 'The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve'. Might this be better if we could see it? How on Earth were they portraying such a grisly and grotesque historical event on teatime telly? And what happened to the little boy on Wimbledon Common? 

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Oct 31, 2021
122. Happy Ugly Cry
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After some hot off the presses RTD reactions, Ben and Mark are joined by Pting expert Millie McKenzie to discuss 'The Tsuranga Conundrum' and 'Nightmare of Eden'.

Is 'The Tsuranga Conundrum' really as bad as everyone says it is? The discussion touches on Chekhov's abdominal pain, Chris Chibnall's limitations as a writer, the tonal inconsistencies and Ben's ginger Dad fetish. 

And then we snort a few lines and chat all about Bob Baker's insane anti-drug allegory 'Nightmare of Eden'. Is it a hard-hitting tale of the real-life cost of the drugs trade or is it just a load of daft mucking about? 

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Sep 28, 2021
121. Mar-A-Lago in Sheffield
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In a creepy crawlie special, Ben and Mark discuss two giant insect stories by way of 'Arachnids in the UK' and 'The Web Planet'. 

Is 'Arachnids in the UK' even a pun? And is 'The Web Planet' actually just Doctor Who at it's most cynical?

Under discussion: 'The Green Death' for the Trump administration, the environmental impact of luxury golf courses, wobbly morals, insect movement by Roselyn De Winter, how Peter Capaldi's talking a lot of shite and Viva Las Vortis!

*Apologies for the tinniness of Mark's audio, there was a microphone issue. It's slightly less annoying than a Zarbi though. 

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Sep 06, 2021
120. Rosé for Rosa
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Ben and Mark tackle quite the tonal tightrope as they discuss 2019's 'Rosa' and 1965's 'The Romans'. 

Dodging both white liberal hand wringing and patronising audiences of colour, Ben and Mark attempt to discuss the importance and freshness of 'Doctor Who' confronting racism head on. 

As they discuss the relevant Reithian values of both stories, they touch upon the increasing relevance of 'Rosa', amdram productions of 'Grease', the boldness of Season 11's historicals, how Ian and Barbara were definitely at it, and 'The Romans' subtle importance in establishing the character of the Doctor and the show's mission statement going forward. 

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Aug 22, 2021
Swift Hauf - Chibnall Out!
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In a very special bonus episode Ben and Mark try to unpack all the news from a packed and slightly chaotic week in Doctor Who. They've become everything they said they'd never be...

Under discussion: San Diego Comic Con, Series 13, potential replacements for both Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker as well as pointless, uninformed speculation about the future of Doctor Who.

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Aug 01, 2021
119. A Tubigrip in a Bush
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Ben and Mark continue the Jodie Whittaker/Chris Chibnall era with looks at two races against time without much urgency - 'The Ghost Monument' and 'Enlightenment'.

Struggling to study for their NVQs, Ben and Mark tackle dodgy portrayals of coordination disorders, one of the best cliffhanger resolutions in Doctor Who and the ghost of Sydney Newman. 

Whilst back in the 1980s, the first story to be written and directed by women, 'Enlightenment' suffers from dodgy bird hats, mad eyes and the weight of hype for new viewer Mark but wins him round with its high concepts and treatments of class and religion. 

But what do the bandages say?

WARNING: Contains Star Trek chatter.

 

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Aug 01, 2021
118. Whittaker's World
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Ben and Mark return to cast their bloodshot, drunken eyes over the Jodie Whittaker/Chris Chibnall era as they pair ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’ and ‘Time and the Rani’ – two series openers that will eventually lead to the Doctor being revealed to be “more than just a Timelord’.

Hoping to avoid being dragged into the never-ending culture war, Ben and Mark discuss the many positives of Jodie Whittaker’s opening episode, from a more naturalistic, real world setting to a more stripped back form of storytelling. But is it a pilot for a series we never get?

And for possibly the last time in the current format, Ben and Mark talk about the McCoy era, not that you get much of a sense of it here – great looking monsters that move terribly, the most 1980s Doctor Who weapon ever and Josef Mengele in tinsel and shoulder pads.

Also: Who is the UK’s answer to Mr. T? ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ fan fiction, a new game from the Degsestial Funmaker and much more!

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Jul 16, 2021
117. Live, Laugh, Logopolis
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Ben and Mark are joined by artist, model maker and friend of the show Millie McKenzie to bid a fond, melancholic farewell to Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat and Tom Baker.Is ‘Twice Upon a Time’s meta look at the show’s history from 1963 to 2017 perfect Christmas viewing or one last self-indlugent flourish from a departing writer? And is ‘do the exact opposite of Douglas Adams’ a wise choice for anyone when the result is ‘Logopolis’? We discuss all of this along with mathematics, mortality and getting rid of Tom Baker without pomp or occasion.Also: Can you have too much David Tennant? A very special May Day edition of Degsey’s Impression Challenge Segment and don’t you think Ben and Mark look tired?Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
May 02, 2021
116. Body Horror with Ben and Mark
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Two fine examples of body horror, Ben and Mark discuss Cyber origins by way of 'World Enough and Time'/'The Doctor Falls' and the Big Finish audio 'Spare Parts'. As well as discussing the inevitability of the Cybermen, they also discuss the relatable aspects of the Master's self-destructive downfall.With 'Spare Parts', they ponder how much Big Finish has changed since the show returned in 2005 and how you avoid the pitfalls of "just doing Genesis of the Daleks again".Also: Has Steven Moffat actually written the last ever episode of Doctor Who? What does the Doctor's failure say about the political climate of 2017? And what's it like to cook a lasagne in the company of four different versions of Nick Briggs?Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Apr 18, 2021
115. Romans in the Gloamin'
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Ben and Mark discuss two TARDIS trips to bonnie Scotland by way of 'The Eaters of Light' and 'The Highlanders'. As they're roman in the gloaming, they chat about Peter Capaldi's old-school charm, the National Theatre of Scotland, the Falkirk Wheel and Ben's crystal waving fascination with standing stones. After that they top up their glasses and visit another blood soaked battlefield as they discuss balancing historical horror with swashbuckling adventure in 1967's 'The Highlanders'. Mark discusses another BBC production about the battle of Culloden and the lads discuss the historical importance of those dark days in 18th century Inverness. There's some laughs too!ALSO: Who pulls a reverse Marter? An appreciation of Nick Briggs' unique interview style and some gratuitous Proclaimers.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Apr 04, 2021
114. Briggsit
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Ben and Mark tackle two Doctor Who stories placed at Britain's exit and entrance into the Europe - The Empress of Mars and The Curse of Peladon. What do these two stories tell us about exceptionalism, federalism and the ideal of something larger than ourselves? Who are we kidding, it's mostly knob gags and digs at Big Finish.Also: How good are the Ice Warriors, really? An appreciation of Christopher Eccleston, a brief chat about the new Target novelisations, joining DWAS and quite a few references to Star Trek. If you enjoy the podcast, you can buy us a pint here.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Mar 21, 2021
113. Poppin' a Cap in P Cap
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Ben and Mark discuss two benevolent dictatorships as they tackle 'The Lie of the Land' and 'The Macra Terror'? Does the Monk trilogy reach a satisfying conclusion? Were British holiday camps all that bad?Under discussion: Would the Monk arc have worked better as a 12 part Netflix series? Is 'The Lie of the Land' the most overt bit of political commentary in all of Doctor Who? Is the first Troughton series one of the great under-appreciated moments in Doctor Who?Also, Ben and Mark ponder the thesis that humanity never learns from its mistakes, and discuss how 'The Macra Terror' may be more relevant than it's ever been. Support the show
Mar 07, 2021
112. Claws of Axos Meets It's a Knockout
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Ben and Mark discuss hangovers, wasted potential and climates of fear as they try to spin a few hours out of ‘The Pyramid at the End of the World’ and ‘Warriors of the Deep’.Ben and Mark try to criticise the failings of ‘Pyramid’ without being too insensitive, discussing how successfully Doctor Who tries to tackle Brexit and Trump through the Monk’s trilogy. Meanwhile, Margaret Thatcher throws a spanner in the works for Johnny Byrne’s Cold War allegory ‘Warriors of the Deep’.Is the Doctor’s blindness actually just a bit insulting? How did that chemical lab meet building regulations with such a dangerously access unfriendly lock? What exactly does Turlough offer young boys watching at home?ALSO: Ben and Mark audition for the Degsestial Funmaker’s Shakespeare Company, Mark’s girlfriend drunkenly tries to describe the Myrka and there’s a competition to win a copy of Sylvester McCoy’s new film ‘The Owners’ on DVD.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Feb 21, 2021
111. Shrugging Priest
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Ben and Mark compare holiday destinations, discuss Catholicism and their own audiences with the Pope as they discuss 2017's 'Extremis'- Just how difficult is it to get information from a book in 2017? Is this just a Greatest Hits collection with a killer new track? Shouldn't it be Donald Trump dead in that chair? And they pair that up with another tale of simulated alien invasion with 1975's 'The Android Invasion', featuring an appreciation of Terry Nation's episode 1s, the best roast dinner Ben's ever had and Kenneth Williams' damning critique of the story.If you like the show, and would like to buy us a pint, you can do so here. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Feb 07, 2021
110. Walnut Baby
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It's space, the final frontier as Ben and Mark traverse two less than utopian visions of mankind's future via 'Oxygen' and 'Colony in Space' from a less than utopian present. Is 'Oxygen' just 40 minutes of set-up for one gag? Is Bill the most human and real Doctor Who companion? Is that a chip and pin terminal on the airlock? And then 'Colony in Space' inspires Ben to give a potted history of both Doctor Who quarries and the East India Company.ALSO: Jimmy Savile, the strangeness of early 00s television and a moment of Zen courtesy of Glen McCoy.If you like the podcast you can buy us a pint hereSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jan 25, 2021
109. Spooky Hoose 3: Soor Ploom
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In the first of another round of Lockdown Lashes, Ben and Mark tackle some creepy goings on in an old house and a murderous rampage in a spooky lighthouse as they discuss 'Knock Knock' and 'Horror of Fang Rock'.Just how accurate a representation of modern student life is 'Knock Knock'? What is it about lighthouses that have become so ingrained in popular culture and mythology? Is 'Horror of Fang Rock' a compelling weekly serial or a cracking film split into four parts? Also: Mark reminisces about living in a nunnery, we analyse the Doctor's property portfolio, There's some Accidental Glen McCoy courtesy of Noel Edmonds, unforeseen Brexit casualties and Ben has a full-on breakdown during another round of DICS. Brought to you by Wooden Mother IPAIf you enjoy the podcast, you can buy us a pint here.Support the show
Jan 17, 2021
108. Dudley Simpson's Foam Party
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In a special live Christmas broadcast, Ben and Mark discuss 'Thin Ice', 'Fury from the Deep', punching Richard Spencer, the obligatory 1960s BBC foam party, dodgy Doctor Who gifts and much much more.ALSO: A couple of absolutely deranged DICS, the return of both negative Ben and negative Mark, canonising the Margate waste water plant, Blinking Angels, pots of white good and music from The Modest. It's been a tough old year, but we hope that we've brought you some good cheer this Christmas and in the past twelve months. Happy times and places!You can buy us a festive pint hereSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Dec 23, 2020
107. Aubergine
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Aubergine emojis and a bit of a gunging, it's Ben and Mark's discussion about 'Smile' and 'The Happiness Patrol', will happiness prevail?Yer auld da writing about emojis for yer auld space uncle, the old-school charms of 'Smile', stunning location work. Then it all gets a bit high-fallutin' with a discussion of the influences of Margaret Thatcher, German expressionism, Kafka, Chekhov, and Ionesco on 'The Happiness Patrol'. Also: Ben is buoyed by the positivity of Doctor Who day, a guest appearance from Tom Baker, John Barrowman's Scottish accent and more ropy impressions in another few rounds of DICS. You can listen to Ben's new podcast 'That, But Funny' hereYou can buy us a pint hereJoin the LIVE Christmas podcast on Saturday 19th hereSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Dec 13, 2020
106. Skagra's Big Baw
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On the Time Lash: The College Years opens with a discussion of 2017's The Pilot and the unfinished 1980 serial Shada. In other words, it's Joy Division and cheap lager v.s bicycles and acapella choo-choos. Is The Pilot really a fresh start? Who or what influenced Steven Moffat's re-imagining of the 12th Doctor as an educator? What happens when you add orange juice to Vodka and Coke? Just what is the definitive version of Shada and what the bloody hell does Kylie Minogue have to do with all of this?Also: The Degsestial Funmaker pays a long overdue visit to launch a new series of Degsey's Where Did it Come? Game, Ben and Mark ponder when Doctor Who last excited them and Ben shares quite a moving story about the personal connections he has to Douglas Adams' great unfinished work. You can buy us a pint hereSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Nov 28, 2020
105. A Red Hole
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In a crossover worthy of Marvel comics, Ben and Mark are joined by Dylan and Jack from 'Doctor Who: Too Hot for TV' to discuss fake invasions, hollow pastiches, dodgy American accents and much more by way of 'The Return of Doctor Mysterio' and 'Invaders from Mars'.Under discussion: letting an old man in through your window, awkward sex stuff, nostalgia for the Eighth Doctor era, feeling protective over Mark Gatiss and whether or not Steven Moffat has actually seen a superhero film since the 1970s. Also: A definitive decision on the best War of the Worlds, Dylan pitches a documentary about Ian Levine, there's a chocolate surprise from listener Andy Moore and another round of DICS sees everyone gargle with gravel.You can listen to 'Doctor Who: Too Hot for TV' hereYou can listen to Ben's new podcast 'That, But Funny' hereYou can buy us a pint hereSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Nov 15, 2020
104. Waiting for Someone to Get Stabbed
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Ben and Mark attempt to save Christmas with a discussion about two seasonal stories of romance, decapitation, precious jewels, swashbuckling and braining someone with the Royal sceptre - The Husbands of River Song and The Androids of Tara.Under discussion: Endings, Steven Moffat's extended farewell, watching Doctor Who with your family, four Mary Tamms, the flimsiness of the Key to Time arc and a tin dog with an ASBO. Also: Ben and Mark act like a couple of DICS, Ben battles with a devastating hangover and Mark tries to watch Doctor Who on John Logie Baird's original television. Listen to Ben's new podcast "That, but Funny" hereBuy Ben and Mark a pint hereSupport the show
Nov 08, 2020
103. A Glaswegian on Gallifrey
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A homesick Ben and Mark discuss the Doctor's difficult homecoming in 'Hell Bent' and delight in the first meeting with one of the Doctor's people in 'The Time Meddler'.Along the way they'll fundamentally miss the point of 'Hell Bent' by wittering on about Timelord mythology, discuss why Steven Moffat's writing sometimes rubs people up the wrong way, propose a new Gallifreyan foe for the Doctor and learn all about the tumultuous year that was 1066.You can buy Ben and Mark a pint hereListen to Ben's new podcast "That, but Funny" hereWatch Ben's livestream "The Party Tits" hereBuy 'Soft Top, Hard Shoulder', written by and starring Peter Capaldi hereSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Nov 01, 2020
102. He's Punching Himself a Lintel
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Ben and Mark discuss pain, anguish, death and loss in another hilarious episode of On the Time Lash which pairs 2015's Heaven Sent with 1982's Time Flight.Heaven Sent: Paul McEvoy writes in to tell us all about the beauty of Murray Gold's score, Mark tries to structure the plot around the Kubler-Ross 5 stages of grief, and Ben unpicks the clockwork mechanisms of Steven Moffat's tremendous script.Time-Flight: What would this be like as a Pertwee story? ponders Mark on his first viewing of a much-derided story, but will he toe the line or dissent from fan consensus? Meanwhile, Ben introduces the ropiest conspiracy theory you'll hear all year and discusses what Time-Flight had to offer his younger self as he started out on his Doctor Who journey.Also: Glen McCoy has an issue with his gym membership, Peter Grimwade ponces about on a big plane and Anthony Ainley greys up. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Oct 25, 2020
101. #NotMyEldrad
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Ben and Mark say farewell to two long-serving companions and celebrate the 46th anniversary of The Hand of Fear by pairing it up with Face the Raven.Trap Street's back, alright? Visiting an alien refugee camp, the Lash Lads quibble the legality of Me's contract with the raven, Mark's disappointed to see a bunch of drably costumed extras on a Harry Potter set, Ben's unconvinced by the Doctor's fury and Letitia Wright is wasted in an expositionary role. But what of Rigsby? Meanwhile over at the Nunton nuclear power station, Mark discusses doing Chernobyl on a shoestring, Ben loves a quarry and small, positive steps for trans acceptance in 1970s television before the near-immediate murder. Also: Ben and Mark find a new guru figure, the correlation between dislike for Clara and the #NotMyDoctor "movement" and a series of references to obscure British crime shows.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Oct 11, 2020
100. Teatime Torture Porn
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Ben and Mark celebrate 100 episodes with their listeners in a very special bumper episode of the podcast which discusses ‘Sleep No More’ and ‘Timelash’. Two disparate stories that, as the episode plays out, have something very special in common.We talk about Doctor Who coming late to the found footage party, the inherent nastiness of the Sixth Doctor era, eye bogies, missed potential and the perils of Peri.Also: Undercutting giant leaps for diversity, Hammy Darrow, cancelling HG Wells and the things Glen McCoy can do with seven minutes. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Sep 27, 2020
98.2 Without Teeth is £80 Extra
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Ben and Mark continue their look at the price of immortality as they watch Douglas Adams' Doctor Who debut - The Pirate Planet!Under discussion: How far can/should you go when making a comedy about genocide? Tom Baker's top lip, the joys of the Doctor and Romana dynamic, shipping the Captain and Mr Fibuli and the daftness of a fight between a robot dog and robot parrot.Also: Shitting lasers, discarded jewels and Graham Williams in a dog suit.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Aug 30, 2020
97.1 No Shame in Being the 25th Tallest Man
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Ben and Mark attempt to undo some bootstraps with a discussion of the second Series 9 two parter - Under the Lake/Before the Flood.Under discussion: Is there a link between the Fisher King and the Myrka? Is time travel really all that complex? Why Doctor Who can't do ghosts and whether base under siege stories light a fire beneath Peter Capaldi.Also: Being amongst the 25 tallest men, levels of fandom in guest actors and another of Mark's terrible Doctor Who anecdotes.If you enjoy the podcast, and would like to buy Ben and Mark a drink you can do so at buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash or if you want to help us out in other ways, leave us a review on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Aug 09, 2020
95. Opening a Cheese Toastie
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It was the 5th of July and all round the house, not a creature was stirring except for Ben and Mark as they discussed the seasonal special 'Last Christmas' and the Season 20 story 'Snakedance'.Under discussion: Ordering VHS's in Boots the Chemist, cribbing on old movies, an incendiary and 25 year old interview with Steven Moffat, How good 80s Doctor Who can be when it plays to the strengths of it's leading man, pub toilets and sexual harassment as a character quirk.And it's the grand finale of Degsey's Where Did it Come? Game S8! Who will win the coveted star prize?Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jul 14, 2020
93. In the Forest of the Shite
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Ben and Mark take a before and after look at solar flare damage in Doctor Who - pairing 'In the Forest of the Night' with 'The Ark in Space'.Is 'In the Forest of the Night' really all that bad? Is 'The Ark in Space' really one of the all time classics?Under discussion: Doomed relationships, challenging children, childishness, body horror, bubble wrap and how the multicultural vision of 'Star Trek' doesn't always match with a BBC directors address book. Also: a sacred cow gets a little knick, the lockdown experience as told through Netflix documentary series and Mark discovers a new Smiths B-Side.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jun 21, 2020
92. Running from the Boners
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As the Doctor and Clara visit Bristol in 'Flatline', Mark advocates toppling 'The Celestial Toymaker' off a harbour in an oddly topical, yet mostly trivial new episode of On the Time Lash.Under discussion: Artistic expression, class and race in 1960s Doctor Who, child-unfriendly childishness, the evolution of the Doctor-lite episode and how a prestige Saturday night drama can attract a younger audience.Also: Two painful things more enjoyable than 'The Celestial Toymaker', Mark taps into an austere childhood at his Great Aunts and Ben relates a heart-warming tale from a children's play park.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jun 14, 2020
89. Space Dad
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Ben and Mark turn their attention to the teachers of Coal Hill School as they look at 'The Caretaker' and 'The Rescue'. One story features two kindly teachers specialised in history and chemistry whilst the other focuses on two teachers who, whilst romantically involved, have neither. Under discussion: A whistle stop history of portrayals of the military in Doctor Who, the unassuming historical significance of 'The Rescue', boyfriend errors, and the invention of the Doctor Who companion. If you enjoy the podcast, you can buy us a pint over at buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash, thanks to those who have so far.Over on our YouTube channel, you can watch the podcast with an added 20 minutes of visual gags and extras.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
May 24, 2020
88. Soup
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Ben and Mark take to Zoom for the first On the Time Lash video podcast - discussing 'Time Heist' and 'The Ribos Operation' so apologies in advance for the occasionally tinny audio. Mark discovers that 'Time Heist' has less in common with 'Ocean's 11' and more in common with something else entirely and Ben's left cold by the wintry charms of Ribos. Under discussion: Female villains, casting speculation, the 12th Doctor's character, Sgt. Bilko, con artists and Tom Baker coming face to face with God. Also: The cracks in Eric Roberts' living room, Mary Tamm in Poundland Wonderland and Scottish words.You can watch the special, longer, video version of the podcast on our YouTube channel and you can visit buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash if you want to buy us a pint!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
May 16, 2020
87. Scratchy Blankets
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Ben and Mark discuss 'Listen' and 'The Mind of Evil' in two classic Doctor Who stories that deal with fear. Under discussion: The comforting message of one of the show's creepiest episodes, talking to yourself in isolation, military brutality, the origins of the Black Mariah, the simplicity of one of the show's most memorable monsters and the pointlessness of another. Also: The brain of Philip Morris, visiting Stangmoor prison, Master plans and major crawlersIf you like the podcast, you can buy us a pint at www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
May 09, 2020
86. King Johnathon
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It's medieval madness as Ben and Mark discuss ROBOT OF SHERWOOD and THE KING'S DEMONS. As they wander through Sherwood forest, the Lash Lads chat about grumpiness, comedy in Doctor Who and take a little detour to look at the rise of internet criticism and clickbait snark.After that, they wander around an old castle whilst singing songs of the Crusades, discussing historical inaccuracies, the mad story of Kamelion's conception, unconvincing beards and the slightly more muted season finales of the classic series.You can read Ben's first "Time Worrier" column at onthetimelash.wordpress.com from Sunday 3rd May!If you enjoy the podcast, and you want to buy us a pint, you can donate to buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelashSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
May 02, 2020
85. Oscar Wilde of the Daleks
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Or: The Incredible Shrinking Doctors SpecialBen and Mark discuss miniaturisation, prawns, robot dogs, soldiers and viruses as they tackle both 'Into the Dalek' and 'The Invisible Enemy'.Is 'Into the Dalek' just a rehash of old ideas? Is 'The Invisible Enemy' really as rubbish as everyone remembers? ALSO: The return of Degsey's Where Did it Come Game, meeting Michael Sheard in a car park, and how Mark is due royalties from sales of Into the Dalek.For Les Anderson

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Apr 25, 2020
82. The Three Birthdays Part Two
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Ben and Mark go back to where it all began, with the very first multi-Doctor story 'The Three Doctors'. After a very special edition of Degsey's Where Did it Come Game, they try to define the indefinable magic of Doctor Who by looking at this most comforting slice of nostalgia.Under discussion: Trying to understand the reverance with which each later Doctor holds the earliest incarnation, John Levene's finest hour, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee's hugely entertaining rivalry and an appreciation for those fabulous Bristol boys - Bob Baker and Dave Martin.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Feb 09, 2020
81. Steven Monster
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Ben and Mark reach the end of Series 7b with 'The Name of the Doctor' and pair it up with another story of myth, legend and future Doctors; 'Battlefield'. Is 'Name of the Doctor' a suitably exciting pre-cursor to the anniversary special, and does it still hold up today? And is 'Battlefield' a fitting farewell to one of Doctor Who's longest serving military leaders? Under discussion this episode: INTRODUCING JOHN HURT AS THE DOCTOR, the Doctor's tears, air-snogging, a crash course in Arthurian legend, nuclear disarmament, and doing your best.ALSO: Ben reveals which Doctor Who celebrity he saw out and about doing their shopping and a tribute to a stalwart of Scottish television. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jan 26, 2020
80. Hong. Kong!?
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Ben and Mark return from their festive hibernation to discuss the mythical Cybermen.In Nightmare in Silver, the fantastical worlds of Neil Gaiman clash with the sci-fi action movie, whilst Tomb of the Cybermen updates Egyptian tomb raiding for the cybernetic age.But are they any good?Under discussion: Brazilian stew, Mark's proposed Tomb of the Cybermen stage production with a cast of 10 year olds, racial representation, what it means to be human, the slow, creeping death of Doctor Who fandom and the perils of imagination. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jan 12, 2020
79. Ben and Mark of the Rani
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Ben and Mark celebrate the 100th On the Time Lash upload by discussing 21st Century Doctor Who's 100th episode 'The Crimson Horror'. It's Ben's favourite story of the post 2005 run, will Mark and our listeners share his enthusiasm? Also this episode: Vile Victorian villainesses as we discuss 'The Mark of the Rani'. Ben meets a descendant of Major Barrington. Mark reveals his two degrees of Terry Nation. Byker Grove. Ant and Dec. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and much much more. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Dec 01, 2019
78. Ripping Out the Copper Wiring
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Ben and Mark take two very different journeys to the centre of the TARDIS as they discuss 'Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS' and 'The Invasion of Time'.Just what is it about the Doctor's TARDIS that fascinates people so much? And similarly, what's the obsession with Gallifrey? We don't have the answers, but they're questions worth positing.Under discussion: Reprehensible and terrifying supporting characters, bottle episodes, tinfoil, Star Trek, Yes, Minister, an eloquent analysis of Steven Moffat's approach to time travel and the excellence of Milton Johns.ALSO: Mark outlines Leela's life in spin-off media to an increasingly anxious and upset Ben.WARNING! May contain looms.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Nov 13, 2019
OTTL Extra: On the Slime Lash
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In a very special episode of On the Time Lash to celebrate the release of 'Sil & the Devil Seeds of Arodor': Mark interviews the director and producer Keith Barnfather about how the project came about, and how he brought Philip Martin's world to life. He reviews the serial for the benefit of Ben, which leads to a brief discussion about serialisation in the age of Netflix. Mark then chats to Nabil Shaban about returning to the role of Sil, the universality of love and on-screen representations of disability in 2019.ALSO: Do Thoros Betan's get greener the older they get? What does Sil deserve more than Peter Capaldi? And what is it about a repulsive businessman with a great deal of political influence that makes Sil so relevant today?Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Nov 03, 2019
77. Spooky Hoose 2: Penis Snake
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Ben returns to the podcast for a Halloween special as we discuss the spooky goings on in Hide and Image of the Fendahl. Two stories, it soon turns out, that are quite evenly matched. (About time, 77 episodes in)Under discussion: The perils of dropping the T-Bomb, reaching the age where 'totty for the dads' is directed at you, the flaws of the show's sci-fi format, two(!) sequels to Image of the Fendahl, some opinions on Ravenous 4, and a competition over whose girlfriend is least interested in Doctor Who.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Oct 27, 2019
76. Mammoth on a Submarine
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It's a Ben-lite episode, but will it be Love & Monsters or Blink? Mark is joined by friends of the podcast Lee McMenemy (The Polis Box) and Richie Morgan (I Hate Doctor Who) to discuss 'Cold War' and 'The Ice Warriors'. Under discussion: Mammoths on submarines, Ultravox, planning your whole story around a title, everyday sexism, design marvels and scavenging hee-haw.ALSO: The On the Time Lash listeners provide their worst Doctor Who anecdotes, Mr. Eccleston has some strong words about the state of the park and we discover the secrets of Richie Morgan's sock drawer.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Oct 05, 2019
75. Take it all Baby
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In the last episode before a summer break, Ben and Mark rather aptly confront an evil sun and an evil arts project that attracts a cavalcade of freaks and riffraff.Is 'The Rings of Akhaten' as bad as its reputation suggests? Is there any real merit in asking an old Doctor to do a new speech? Does arc-building have casualties? And whilst we're at it, what is 'The Greatest Show in the Galaxy' about, anyway? Violent hippies? The battle to save Doctor Who from cancellation? Comedy as a defence mechanism? All this and more in the 75th On the Time Lash!Support the show
Jul 21, 2019
74. Ridden up the Shard
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Ben and Mark dodder down the stairs to present another episode of the hottest podcast in town!This Week: WiFi and WOTAN as we discuss 'The Bells of St. John' and 'The War Machines'. Two brand new London landmarks hide terrible secrets, can the Doctor stop them? And can Mark navigate his way through London construction works to have a little nose around himself? Is 'The War Machines' a second pilot for Doctor Who, and one that the series still returns to even now? Along the way we also discuss the Great Intelligence's complete lack of modesty, our occasional need for the Doctor Whoiest of Doctor Who, onion ring towers, and play a round of Pointless.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jun 30, 2019
73. You Just Haven't Earned it Yeti Baby
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Ben and Mark ponder the intangible, nebulous threat of the Great Intelligence as they discuss 'The Snowmen' and 'The Abominable Snowmen'.Under discussion: The Doctor's weird characterisation in 'The Snowmen', grittily reimagining Christmas classics, Mark's dating history, and a tightrope walk through issues of representation.Dedicated to Paul Darrow 1941 - 2019Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jun 16, 2019
72. When We Were Lion Kings
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Ben and Mark bid farewell to three Doctor Who companions and ponder the differing approaches to the farewell story. In 'The Angels Take Manhattan', they discuss just how sad and tragic an ostensibly happy ending can be, suggest that Dudley Simpson is better than Sting, compare Alex Kingston to a frog and wonder just how practical sending a Weeping Angel out for your groceries actually is.And in 'Warrior's Gate', Ben can't get his head round how bad many companion departures actually are, Mark admires Paul Joyce's pretensions, and is it really just simply about how awful slavery is? Contains references to Jean Cocteau, Lewis Carroll and Reg Varney...ALSO: 'What's Brie Larson ever done to you?', Mark encounters some sexist internet trolls in the flesh. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
May 26, 2019
71. Extraordinary Participation
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As we prepare to say goodbye to the Ponds, Ben and Mark talk about friendship via THE POWER OF THREE and THE SEEDS OF DOOM. In a podcast first, Ben views a bona-fide Doctor Who classic for the very first time, whilst both hosts try to read between the lines to figure out exactly what the hell was going on with Steven Berkoff.Also: Yet another Big Finish pitch, rampant consumerism, a bolshy and bruising Tom Baker, another tribute to the wonderful Elisabeth Sladen and the fall and rise of UNIT in Doctor Who. You can tweet us @OnTheTimeLash or find us on Facebook, and do please leave us a review on iTunes.NEXT TIME: Time to say goodbye as we chat THE ANGELS TAKE MANHATTAN and WARRIOR'S GATESupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
May 12, 2019
The Magnificent 70
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To celebrate 70 podcasts, Ben and Mark discuss the Doctor Who westerns 'A Town Called Mercy' and 'The Gunfighters' over a magnificent 70(ish) minutes of drinks and chat.Under discussion this month: Toby Whithouse's Wild West shopping list, the Western genre, comedy in Doctor Who, William Hartnell's comic chops, singing, childrens TV and a long overdue appreciation of some of the show's unsung heroes like cinematographers and directors. Thanks for joining us for 70 of these things, as ever, if you like the podcast, leave us a review on iTunes and/or tweet us @OnTheTimeLashSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Mar 23, 2019
69. Dinosaurs on a Podcast
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Delayed like your Season 18 BluRays and not nearly as rewarding, Ben and Mark return to discuss 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship' and 'Invasion of the Dinosaurs'.Under discussion: Heavy moral decisions, other less successful Saturday tea time sci-fi shows, dinosaurs, the poignancy of a Burger King and a rug shop, starting again, an appreciation of both Richard Franklin and the brilliance of Elisabeth Sladen and dinosaurs. Again.ALSO: Pondering the political parallels of current Doctor Who fandom, and giving up on DWM.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Mar 09, 2019
68. Rodney Bewes' Groin Strain
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Returning after a series break, Ben and Mark return to cast their eyes towards Doctor Who's 50th anniversary series as they discuss Asylum of the Daleks and Resurrection of the Daleks.Along the way, they'll play relationship therapist to Amy and Rory, ponder Daleks as set dressing, discuss big movie concepts, busy plotting, bad acting, the brutality of Eric Saward and the breath of fresh air that is Jenna Coleman. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Feb 09, 2019
67. A Pigeon in a Loft
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Time is against them as Ben and Mark battle sickness and a naughty dog to bring you their discussion about 'The Wedding of River Song' and 'The Time Monster'. Two season finales as Steven Moffat brings his tangled web of plotlines together to close out Series 6 and Robert Sloman does whatever it is he's doing to close Series 10. Why does the Doctor have a mullet? Is the new series missing the madness of Moffat? Is Kronos, God of time really such a threat? How does eating pheasant at a publicly funded institution look? How sexy is Roger Delgado? ALSO: Ben and Mark discuss their reactions to Series 11 thus far and question whether or not Doctor Who is still for them. You can read Mark's blog for the Big Blue Box Podcast here: https://www.bigblueboxpodcast.co.uk/doctor-who-the-childrens-own-programme-that-adults-abhor/Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Nov 17, 2018
66. Pantomimetic
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Ben and Mark discuss sub-par Cyber sequels as they debate the relative merits of 'Closing Time' and 'Attack of the Cybermen'. Are they each as bad as fan wisdom will have you believe? If you've been listening to this podcast for a while you'll probably know the answer to that.Under discussion: Parenthood, the fear of children, psycho-analysing Steven Moffat, being rude about DWM staff, saying nice things about Eric Saward, dodgy synths and guns.Also: As series 11 continues, Ben and Mark briefly discuss 'Rosa' and 'Arachnids in the UK'. As ever, tweet us at @OnTheTimeLash, @BenVerth & @OldmankrondasSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Nov 03, 2018
65. Ben and Mark Get the Horn(s)
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Ben and Mark talk a load of bull in their fruity Scottish accents as they reach The God Complex and pair it up with 1979's The Horns of Nimon. Expect Brexit metaphors, an impassioned defence of a much maligned classic, an embarrassing defeat in Degsey's Where Did it Come Game, the differing approaches to the comedy of Douglas Adams and appreciation for an animatronic minotaur, Amara Khan, Rory Williams and Lalla Ward. Praise them.Also this week: Ben and Mark discuss The Ghost Monument, the new TARDIS, and ponder where the new merchandise for the kiddies has disappeared to. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Oct 20, 2018
64. An Enigma Wrapped in a Mystery Dressed in a Schoolboy Outfit that's Age Inappropriate
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Discussing generic walking paradoxes, dual companions, Ben and Mark discuss 'The Girl Who Waited' and 'Mawdryn Undead'. Along the way there's discussion of lost loves, missed opportunities, and the Macarena.Is Mawdryn Undead horrible? Was Wilfred Mott in the employ of the Black Guardian? Shouldn't Handbot Rory get a credit for such a brilliant performance? ALSO: Ben and Mark discuss the imminent launch of Series 11 and it's first press screening in a manner that is not at all bitter.Support the show
Oct 06, 2018
63. EastEnders Land
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Ben and Mark discuss Doctor Who's relationship with realism as they watch "Night Terrors" and "Survival".Is Night Terrors' main issue a lack of grounding in a particular time or place? Is Survival the perfect end for Doctor Who?Along the way, Mark goes a bit Noel Edmonds and ponders Doctor Who's cosmic coincidences, Ben discovers the inherent sadness of the humble dog on a chain and there's some discussion of the endings to Seinfeld, Star Trek and Will & Grace. ALSO: Doctor Who Magazine, Series 11 "news" and "Earthshock" at the BFI.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Sep 22, 2018
61. On the Time Lash LIVE!
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Or: The Caves of Andro-ZanyThree men go to war against sobriety as Ben, Mark and Derek tackle "A Good Man Goes to War" and "The Caves of Androzani" in a special 61st episode, recorded live at the Edinburgh Geek and Nerd Festival's WhoFest weekend.Competing with both an incoming pub quiz and the hottest day of the year, they discuss hubris, consequences, toy boxes, glibness and "American Daytime Soap Opera shitness".ALSO: It's Saturday niiiiiiiiight! Ben and Mark compete with members of the audience in a very special "Degsey's Where Did It Come Game", Robert Holmes' bleak 1980s output, and a tribute to John Nathan-Turner.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jul 14, 2018
60. A Depraved Nicholas Lyndhurst
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Free tickets for On the Time Lash LIVE are available from tinyurl.com/OTTLLIVEBen and Mark discuss evil doubles as they reach The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People and pair it up with Enemy of the World. Along the way they discuss pregnancy horror, David Cronenberg, Malcolm Hulke, Donald Trump, Brexit, fictional Mexicans and rapey Captain Kirk. ALSO: Ben sings, Mark rounds up some of the most insane responses to the lack of a S11 trailer, Ben admits to a criminal act and nobody mentions Miami Twice. Support the show
Jun 30, 2018
59. A Hand in the Doctor's Wife
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Ben and Mark crack open a can of TARDIS Special as they discuss The Doctor's Wife and The Edge of Destruction/Brink of Disaster/Inside the Spaceship/Or What You Will....Along the way, they discuss the muted effect mythology episodes of long-running shows can have in retrospect, have a brief but spoileriffic chat about Steven Moffat's Day of the Doctor novelisation and place the praise for who the Doctor is today firmly at the feet of Ms. Barbara Wright.But before all that there's the matter of Doctor Who on Twitch, #London1965, the Tom Baker BluRays and brand identity.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jun 15, 2018
58. Whipping Boy
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Wednesday is the new FridayBen and Mark visit some of Edinburgh's less busy taverns on an uncharacteristically busy Wednesday evening to discuss The Curse of the Black Spot and The Smugglers. Apologies for the slightly noisy soundscape, just imagine you're in a pirate tavern, a pirate tavern pumping out Lionel Ritchie. The Curse of the Black SpotBen and Mark discuss fatherhood, angry responses to mediocrity, sappiness and Doctor Who's whipping boys.The SmugglersArguing that this is possibly Hartnell's true last great performance, the Lash Lads talk about handsome location work, superstition, human greed and Mark hopes for a return of the straight historical in 2018.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jun 02, 2018
57. Kicking F*** Oot Ae Silence
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After a slightly longer break than planned, the boys are back!We open Series 6 with late 60's set conspiracy thriller The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon and pair it up with 1970's conspiracy thriller The Ambassadors.........................of Death!Under discussion: How many ideas are too many in a Doctor Who story? Mark defends the controversial 'genocide' ending, more Big Finish proposals, a pitch for a controversial new reality show, why The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon gets Nixon right and an analaysis of  the idolatry towards a bright yellow roadster.ALSO: Ben and Mark relay how they came to meet Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Terry Molloy and Jimmy Vee at Edinburgh's Capital Sci-Fi Con and an impromptu tribute to Elisabeth Sladen.Support the show
Apr 22, 2018
56. Tegan Jovanka's Funky Ambulance
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"All the baddie podcasts have got together to lock us in a big box" Ben and Mark FINALLY reach the end of Series 5 with a discussion about The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang and Castrovalva. Along the way, they ponder how a Dalek would read an Usborne guide to the Romans, pitch a potential Big Finish boxed set, sing Alanis Morissette, sing Morrissey and just generally have a good time. Whilst some of the chat is potentially a by-product of booze and two friends having not seen each other for a while, there are also some more measured discussions of Amy and Rory's relationship, the problems with the Davison era and a lot of 80s Doctor Who as a whole, and what makes for a good debut from a Doctor. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Mar 11, 2018
55. Spooky Hoose
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Travel back in time with Ben and Mark to a snatched conversation that took place during the May bank holiday 2017.Under discussion: Two spooky houses as we turn our focus towards The Lodger and Ghost Light. Ben reappraises a story he long thought that he hated and Mark tries to explain just what on Earth is going on at Gabriel Chase, which would be easy enough if he could even remember watching it.Also: Comedy shows that are worse than Horne & Corden, memorialising the West London Islamic Centre, taxidermy and whether themes and artistry trump good storytelling. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Feb 24, 2018
54. Sunflowers A-Go-Go
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After nearly a (very eventful) year away, Ben and Mark resume their "New=Who Watchthrough" with 2010's Vincent and the Doctor, pairing it up with 1964's Marco Polo.Along the way, the pair get refused booze, discuss the weird world of Doctor Who themed ASMR, try to tactfully navigate discussions about mental health, gender and race before delving into some missing episode rumours. Editor's note: Whilst a number of topical references have been excised, we are aware Broadchurch S3 finished nearly a year ago and that Chris Chibnall has indeed cast a brilliant woman as Doctor Who, but the discussion seemed like a good one to keep in!See you in two weeks, we promise! Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Feb 11, 2018
53. Whippy Tongue
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*Not Episode 54, as we keep saying it is.The Reverends I.M Jolly of Doctor Who podcasting, Ben (riddled with a cold and thankfully not the Silurian virus) and Mark return to discuss The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood and Doctor Who and the Silurians. Unavoidably, they speculate what this Chris Chibnall penned, modern Silurian two parter could mean for the future of Doctor Who.Also: Changing perspectives on Doctor Who series, a not particularly original reading of Series 7, and Mark recounts how he once sold a VHS tape to someone quite high up in the Doctor Who production team.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Mar 31, 2017
52. Shit Trivia Podcast
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Ben and Mark welcome host of the I Hate Doctor Who podcast, Richie Morgan into an echoey Edinburgh basement to discuss our darker selves, death and unconvincing realities via Amy's Choice/Mindwarp/The Ultimate Foe. They also dole out some really uninteresting trivia that everyone already knows.Under discussion: Sex with Brian Blessed, a fate worse than death? The best BBC sitcom of all time. A contemporary reading of the Valeyard's motives. An appreciation for Anthony Ainley. Charity singles!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Mar 18, 2017
51. Space Fish in Dolmio Sauce
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Renaissance men Ben and Mark visit Italy via the middle of the road through Croatia and Wales as they discuss The Vampires of Venice and The Masque of Mandragora. Under discussion: Authentic Italian flavour. Vampires. Throat cutting. The Doctor's inability to understand simple human relationships. Some mildly inappropriate giggling at a very particular date.But the big question is, did Robert Holmes and Philip Hinchcliffe ruin Doctor Who?Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Mar 04, 2017
50. Verthshock?
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In their 50th episode, Ben and Mark address their changing opinions on the Peter Davison serial Earthshock, which has been paired up with Matt Smith Weeping Angels two parter, The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone.Under discussion: Alien/Aliens, the difference between characters you care about and cannon fodder, Beryl Reid: Space Pirate.Ben relates the story of how his enjoyment of the climactic moments of Time of Angels was ruined (and not in the way you're thinking), whilst Mark has resorted to exhaling in despair at the mere mention of Eric Saward's name.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Feb 18, 2017
49. A Crack in Churchill's Bunker
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Oddly topical for a podcast recorded back in August, Ben, Mark and their good friend Derek discuss poor decisions made in the interests of marketing as they cover Victory of the Daleks and The Claws of Axos. Over the course of 100 minutes, they cover everything from the ill-judged colourful Daleks, the perfectly judged Ironside Daleks, the magic of Bill Paterson, bureaucratic slugs, Jon Pertwee impressions, maths problems and a remote control Bob HopeSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Nov 25, 2016
48. Birdbath
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Or "Worse than Tom Baker blowing off a big green cock"Ben and Mark discuss two of Doctor Who's lesser loved stories; The Beast Below and Dragonfire in a discussion of benevolent creatures, good/bad monster design, the BBC's sitcom season, the introduction of Ace, the hastily written departure for Mel and that cliffhanger. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Sep 24, 2016
47. Licked by a Stegosaurus
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Ben and Mark return to usher in the Smith/Moffat era with a discussion about The Eleventh Hour and Spearhead from Space. Also; Mark interviews The Eleventh Hour's director, Adam Smith about his experiences directing one of the most scrutinised hours of TV ever.But before all that, there's the small matter of Mark becoming part of established Doctor Who continuity.Support the show
Sep 11, 2016
46. It's All About the Feels
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It's the 46th episode and time to bid farewell to David Tennant and Russell T Davies with a discussion about the (criminally underrated?) End of Time, pairing it with the (criminally overrated?) The War Games.Topics covered include: Fans "tweaking" established history, differing portrayals of the Timelords, why the Tenth Doctor's regeneration isn't long and drawn out and whether or not a 10 episode story is too long.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jun 25, 2016
45. Shitty Robot
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Communicating via video link like the inhabitants of Bowie Base One, Ben and Mark discuss The Waters of Mars; a story Ben feels is one of the very best pieces of Doctor Who there is. But what is it that disappoints Mark?After that, as chosen by the listeners; The Seeds of Death, a story that in many ways predicted the current state of space travel in the 21st century. Also under discussion: The fall of Woolworths 8 years on, excellent Doctor Who directors, the benefits of a "by Russell T Davies" credit, and lots more!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jun 11, 2016
44. An Unwarranted Snog on a Bus
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Ben and Mark begin looking at the specials with Planet of the Dead, pairing it up with another foreign location set tale Planet of Fire. Do the stories warrant the extensive location work? Is Peri the most overtly sexualised companion ever? Did the 80's production team ruin a golden opportunity for interesting storytelling and character development? And can Planet of the Dead really claim to be a special?Also: We raise a glass to 500 issues of Doctor Who Magazine and discuss the potential Doctor Who writers room. Meanwhile, Sex Leers It's Inquisitive Head.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
May 27, 2016
43. Walking in the Footsteps of Cyber-Kings
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Ben and Mark visit the Cybermen’s favourite pub to discuss The Next Doctor before wandering over to Soho to celebrate Tom Baker’s debut in Robot.But before all that, there’s the small matters of a new companion and an exhibition of Target artwork to discuss!Apologies if some of the background noise is distracting, but who knows? Maybe those people chatting in the background have some equally important opinions on Mr Pastry playing the Doctor.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
May 15, 2016
42.2 A Cacophony of Companions (Part 2)
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PREVIOUSLY: One bottle of cava, the Stolen Earth and Journey's End.NOW: The Five Doctors, another bottle of cava, some whisky and the sound of a podcast screeching it's way off the rails.In this episode: Ben attempts to slaughter a sacred cow, can Mark salvage The Five Doctors and present all the good that it has to offer?Also this week: Why Christopher Eccleston and Tom Baker don't owe you a damned thing.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Apr 16, 2016
42. A Cacophony of Companions (Part 1)
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In part 1 of an epic 2 part finale Ben and Mark (with a little help from their friends) discuss The Stolen Earth and Journey's End.Does nostalgia, fun and goodwill trump logic, reason and plot coherence? Is Rose and the Meta-Crisis Doctor a satire on human relationships? Has an attraction to Ian McShane as Lovejoy made Sylvia Noble the woman she is today?And just how much whisky and Prosecco can the Lash Lads consume before the wheels fall off the podcast? (That question will be answered in Part 2)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Apr 09, 2016
41. Picking Over Scraps
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Ben and Mark discuss worlds without the Doctor; the current drought, which forces the Lash Lads to pick over the scraps of news items from the past few weeks.After that, a visit to the alternate worlds of Turn Left and Inferno. Does Turn Left really actually make any sense? Is Inferno the most important piece of the Third Doctor era? Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Mar 18, 2016
40. A Bunch of D*cks on a Boat
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Ben and Mark reach Midnight in their Nu-Who Watchthrough Ben and Mark reach Midnight in their Nu-Who WatchthroughPairing it up with another tale of evil beings in paradise; Kinda, the conversation takes in a wide variety of topics including; air travel, fear and paranoia, Donald Trump, colonialism and ITV's drama output of the 1990s.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Mar 06, 2016
39. Cracking yer Boxed Set Open
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Ben, Mark and host of the Televigion podcast; James Myles get themselves into a timey wimey tangle whilst discussing the first appearance of River Song before they've seen her last outing but also after you've seen it.Paired up with Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead is The Mind Robber, a story that has special resonance for all three Lash Lads.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Feb 20, 2016
38: Wasp Drowning with Ben and Mark
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All change in the present day as Steven Moffat hands over to Chris Chibnall. Ben and Mark discuss their reactions to the news and the possibilities the future holds.Meanwhile, in the past, we continue our Series 4 watch through with The Unicorn and Wasp and pair it up with Terror of the Vervoids as we look at Agatha Christie's influence on Doctor Who. The now traditional Doctor Who fan discussion of why Trial of a Timelord was a massive mistake gets an On the Time Lash spin. Ben discusses the dangerous wasp based lessons The Unicorn and the Wasp gives our children and Mark references Akira Kurosawa to show just how bloody clever he is.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Feb 06, 2016
37. Peter Davison's Ballsack (The Doctor's Daughter/Galaxy 4)
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Ben and Mark return from a short Series 9-centric break to discuss The Doctor's Daughter and Galaxy 4.Does Stephen Greenhorn fundamentally change the character of the Doctor? What is it about one shot characters that inspire such a desire to see them return? Just how many references to The Zygon Inversion can Mark cram in?Also: An ode to those wonderful people who bring us reconstructed Doctor Who stories. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Dec 19, 2015
36. Arse Dialing the End of the World
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Ben and Mark pay tribute to those brave men and women of UNIT in another episode of Radio 4's premier Doctor Who discussion show; On the Time LashThe stories under discussion this week are The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky and The Invasion. Is The Sontaran Stratagem REALLY all that bad? And is The Invasion REALLY all that good? Does the memory cheat?Also; Explaining Doctor Who to a pissed off security guard as Ben visits some more Doctor Who locations, the perils of controlling a nuclear arsenal via a mobile app, and an examination of the Brigadier's management style that you've probably never heard before. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Nov 14, 2015
35. A Bollock on a String
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Ben and Mark welcome back definitely-not-a-competition-winner Richie Morgan to discuss Planet of the Ood and Robots of Death.It’s a fairly wide ranging discussion taking in parenting advice, slavery, battery farming, commercialisation of sentient life, the Nazis, brutal murder and cola flavoured carrots.Support the show
Oct 25, 2015
34. Thumbs Up, Pompeii!
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In a look at The Fires of Pompeii and The Aztecs, Ben and Mark discuss rewriting history, the statute of limitations on joking about catastrophic human tragedy and whether or not William Hartnell was the first of the romantic Doctors.Also: An appreciation of 1960's design work, ham fisted attempts to pronounce ancient Mexican names, The Crystal Maze theme tune and Frankie Howerd.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Oct 08, 2015
33. Two Fat People in a Pub, Gyrating
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Ben and Mark return after the Fringe to discuss Series 4 of 21st Century Doctor Who!THIS WEEK: It's Partners in Crime featuring the return of Catherine Tate as Donna Noble which they're pairing up with the return of another gobby companion; Tegan Jovanka in Arc of Infinity!Also: Mark Cousins! Jacques Brel! Amsterdam! Facial disfigurement! Colin Baker and Peter Capaldi! Giving it your all in a cleaner's cupboard.Support the show
Sep 26, 2015
32. The On the Time Lash Holiday Special 2015
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Ben and Mark say goodbye for a month with a special episode all about holidays gone wrong as they discuss Voyage of the Damned and Delta and the Bannermen. The stories act as a springboard for discussions about star power, music, character deaths and love. We also discuss the recent Colin Baker/Doctor Who Magazine drama, and look back at another time the magazine fell foul of an actor from the show.

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Aug 08, 2015
31. Up the Himalayas with an Alien and a Dildo
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In a slightly tense, raucous and rambling finale to Series 3, Ben and Mark welcome Andrew Blair and Tony Sloan (Host of The Geeking Awesome podcast) to try and figure out whether or not the Master is an effective villain as they discuss The Sound of Drums/Last of the Timelords and Terror of the Autons.There's singing, Eric Roberts impressions, an appreciation of Doctor Who insults and nary a mention of Comic Con 2015. (Because we recorded this AGES ago, that trailer's quite exciting though innit?)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jul 12, 2015
30. Regenerating All Over the F***ing Shop
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Ben and Mark make a much more successful second attempt to discuss Utopia and Frontios after previous technical and geographical difficulties. The return of the Master and Captain Jack, the destruction of the TARDIS, rubber skirts and spittle flecked deliveries all come under discussion.Also this month: Ben and Mark discuss Doctor Who celebrities they haven't met, Christopher H Bidmead tries to flog us some merchandise and Mark proposes an X-rated remake of Mawdryn Undead.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Jun 27, 2015
29. Fruity Chardonnay for Deep People
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In a first for the podcast, Ben and Mark record the episode from opposite ends of the country! Under discussion this month: Blink and The Stones of Blood, 2 more years of Steven Moffat, Doctor Who location visits and the well deserved rise of Carey Mulligan. Listen all the way to the end for some very helpful advice.As ever, if you enjoy the podcast why not like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter?Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
May 23, 2015
28. Booted into a Collapsing Star
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Ben and Mark welcome old friend Jon Melville to discuss Human Nature/The Family of Blood, Remembrance of the Daleks and touch upon the Virgin New Adventures. ALSO: Doctor Who as a serious election issue, the proposed Doctor Who movie, controversial opinions on Harry Lloyd and the British Cinema Avengers!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
May 09, 2015
27. You Make a Point, I Suck out a Bag
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We're at that halfway point in David Tennant's second season as The Doctor, and Mark and Ben are joined by actor, comedian and all-round science-fiction and fantasy nutcase Des O'Gorman to chat about 42, the Hinchcliffe/Holmes/Baker 1976 classic/total rip-off Planet of Evil, and what the similarities are between the Ghostbusters and the IRA.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/onthetimelash)
Apr 25, 2015